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Home Remodel Survival Guide

Home Remodel Survival Guide

Tips from a Professional Organizer Who Remodeled Three Houses and Lived to Tell About It Woohoo, you’re finally going to remodel! That avocado green kitchen will soon be history. Or maybe you’re saying a not-so-fond farewell to your ‘70s orange bathroom. Be excited!...

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Refresh Your Room For Zero Dollars

Refresh Your Room For Zero Dollars

It’s a new year, and I’m lying on my couch looking at my same old living room. The one that looks exactly like it did a year ago. I don’t even see the décor anymore. It feels boring and blah and the same. So, I jump off the couch and announce to my family, “Guess...

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Keep Only The Keepers: Photo Organizing Basics

Keep Only The Keepers: Photo Organizing Basics

When I was growing up, there was a stack of photo boxes in the front bedroom at my grandmother’s house. Some were marked with family names, others were labeled “sunsets” or “to be sorted.” A box of my baby photos and treasures sat in my parents’ attic along with a...

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How to Start Swedish Death Cleaning

How to Start Swedish Death Cleaning

We all have to go sometime. So does our stuff. Whoever coined the phrase “Swedish death cleaning” really needs a new marketing person. Death cleaning? Really? That’s the best they could do? Anyway, it’s a terrible name for a good idea: Getting rid of your excess stuff...

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Sentimental Clutter: How to Let it Go

Sentimental Clutter: How to Let it Go

As a “Militant Minimalist” (my family’s title for me), I’m pretty good about letting go of sentimental things. If it weren’t for the fact that my family loves every dopey holiday ornament we’ve collected for decades, my Christmas tree would be just white lights. Like...

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Decluttering the Decades: Rightsizing for Seniors

Decluttering the Decades: Rightsizing for Seniors

There was a box that sat in our attic for twenty-three years. It contained twenty-three years of my husband’s unopened monthly bank statements—276 statements. Did I mention they were unopened? When it was time to move to a smaller house, that box was the first thing...

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5 Steps to Spring Clean + Organize Your Office

5 Steps to Spring Clean + Organize Your Office

Whether working in the kitchen, the garage, or any other space, the fundamental principles of organizing remain the same. There are many names for these steps, some with catchy acronyms, but basically, they boil down to: sort, organize, systemize, contain, and...

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