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Hard Working Junk

What has your junk done for you lately? What’s it really done for anyone lately? Other than lazing around, taking care of all that pesky ‘free space’ for you, that is. I don’t expect much from the stuff, and I don’t think anyone really does. I mean…it’s junk! I doubt anyone’s counting on it to bring…

Why is e-Waste Different?

So – we now have the iPad in Canada, and the iPhone 4G is coming. I’m sure all the gadget geeks among us are frolicking with joy – I’m a geek, I get it. But nowadays, when there’s a shiny new model rolling out every year or so…what happens to last year’s model? E-waste is…

Playoff decluttering challenge

I was mulling over ideas for this blog post while watching the Canucks lose to Chicago last night when I stumbled on a connection between junk removal and playoff sports. Crazy, I know!  No matter your sport of choice, there is something special about the playoffs. It’s not just the prospect of your team winning the championship,…

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’…