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April 27, 2017 Spring Cleaning Our Yards and Gardens, Part One

by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton How to Get it Done Winter can wreak havoc on a yard. As spring arrives and our thoughts turn to spending more and more time outside, so do our concerns about how to make our yards and gardens as beautiful as possible. We try

April 20, 2017 Be Honest: Is Your Garage Just an Attached Storage Unit?

by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton We’ve all seen it driving through our neighborhoods: the car parked in the driveway because of a jam-packed garage that leaves no room for the very thing it was built to hold. Sometimes, the garage has walkable areas where someone can squeeze around

April 13, 2017 Recycle, Reuse, Reduce: Earth Day Is April 22

by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton Excess Clothing April 22 is Earth Day, and as we try to reach a billion acts of green, one of the categories we see a lot is excess clothing. We've been talking about organizing our wardrobes, but when you get rid of clothing, it's important not

April 6, 2017 Spring Cleaning: Organizing Our Wardrobes

by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton Isn't it about time we get to organizing our wardrobes - putting away the snow boots, heavy sweaters, and raincoats? There's something wonderful about the lightening that happens in Spring. It's not just daylight, but moods, clothing choices, and attitudes. Spring is a

March 31, 2017 Maniacs’ Book Club – Messy ~ Tim Harford

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i26W8TfSgio April 2017 Maniacs’ Book Club – Messy: the power of disorder to transform our lives  by Tim Harford “Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives celebrates messiness in our lives: why it’s important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Drawing from

March 30, 2017 Tax Refund Joy: How to Spend Your Tax Refund

by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton Have you filed your taxes yet? Are you getting a tax refund? It's that time of year again! We spend a lot of time helping people get their paperwork organized for tax season, but it's worth the effort. When you have all of your

March 23, 2017 Organizing All Things Baby

  by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton Organizing a house is tough enough, but add a baby to that effort, and you have chaos. Whether it’s your first or your fifth child, babies bring extra “stuff” to the home, from diapers and pacifiers to bottles and baby clothes. Combine baby chaos with

March 16, 2017 How to Organize: I Might Need This Someday

One of the most difficult aspects of organizing for many of our clients is getting rid of the "I might need this someday" things. If you don’t experience strong attachment to your "stuff" it isn't so hard. When you struggle with the idea of getting rid

March 9, 2017 How to Get Rid of A Mattress Infested With Bed Bugs

Guest Contributor Mark Stanford They're not in the news as much as they used to be, but one of the most difficult things to deal with in a home, especially a cluttered one, is bed bugs. It’s entirely possible to do the treatments yourself if you want

February 23, 2017 Resetting Our Password Habits

by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton Who has trouble remembering their passwords? I recently wrote a blog about passwords, Organize Your Passwords, so it is ironic that it took me three times to get into this site to write this blog!  It's time to reset our password habits. With the

February 16, 2017 Where to Start Organizing

by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton Where to start organizing is probably the most commonly asked question we get here at Organizing Maniacs. It's as if clients are unable to see anything but the whole overwhelming project