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The Junk Inside

The majority of times we engage in conversation about getting rid of junk, we are referring to the excess stuff we have neglected, hoarded, abused, or otherwise not needed, in our homes and businesses. Recently, I’ve begun to view organizing the junk in our minds as a precursor to successfully dealing with the other junk…

Taking Control

Earlier this week I flicked through my saved searches on Twitter and came across a brilliant piece on NPR, “For Hoarders, the Mess Begins in the Mind”.

It’s a moving 4 minutes and 30 seconds.

The discussions between psychologist Catherine Ayers and one of her patients, Cheryl Sherrell, hit on something very important: control.

How I Love Moving!

Five months ago, after packing up 8 years worth of living in a 3400 square foot home, I vowed it would be at least one year before I moved again! Various challenges arose that dictated I rent for a short period of time before purchasing a new home.

The Story of Stuff

In our never-ending pursuit of helping people to live cleaner, healthier lives, I wanted to take a moment to talk about stuff. Several months ago, I stumbled on Annie Leonard’s “The Story of Stuff“. For those of you who have never heard of this before, on the surface it’s just a 20 minute video that looks at the…

Inside the LA Organizing Awards

I had no idea how my day would unfold when I arrived at my office last Tuesday. Waiting for me was a message from Dorothy Breininger, professional organizer who has appeared on Hoarders, Dr. Phil and The View to name a few: 1-800-GOT-JUNK? was invited to the 2010 Los Angeles Organizing Awards!

Is Clutter Cramping Your Relationship?

I’m no relationship expert but I do know a thing or two about furniture that needs to be tossed for the betterment of a relationship. I’m talking about the ‘I’ve-had-this-since-college’ items and the ‘black-never-goes-out-of-style’ stuff. They are the pieces of furniture your boyfriend doesn’t want to get rid of because ‘they’re so practical and comfortable’…

Holiday Waste Guilt?

Now that the holidays are over it’s not uncommon for people to feel a little guilty about all the waste those gifts and entertaining events generate. Piles of ripped up packaging:  brightly-colored wrap, those frustratingly hard to open cardboard housings, plastic shards of all shapes and sizes. Where are they now? Stuffed in the bin…


On the topic of “junk”, if there’s something I’ve increasingly become aware of in recent years, it’s that “junk” doesn’t always equate with happiness. In future, I’ve decided to be more careful about acquiring junk. Junk costs us money. We have to work hard to buy junk. Junk then needs to be stored; requiring more…