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Plastic Ocean

Each year International Earth Day arrives and departs bringing us a brief smattering of hard-hitting, often downright shocking truths about how we are wrecking the planet. This past 40th anniversary edition of Earth Day delivered some of the worst news I’ve heard about our collective environmental footprint. Many of us are becoming aware of  “Garbage…

Review: NAPO 2010 in Columbus, Ohio

Having been to the LA Organizing Awards in January, I knew that professional organizers could throw one heck of a party. After attending the National Association of Professional Organizers Annual Conference and Organizing Exposition in Columbus, Ohio last week, I know that they can pull off a phenomenal conference too. Not that it comes as…

Another Year, Another Earth Day.

A reporter today posed the question whether Earth Day has become more of an opportunity to promote a company or an event than a serious reflection of our Earth’s fragility. I can’t tell you more about it than that because I merely glimpsed the headline somewhere during my rush to start the day, and I…

Announcement: Marriage!

The 1-800-GOT-JUNK? PR Team is privileged to inform you of the marriage of the “Everybody’s GOT JUNK” blog with the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? website. We have observed, with anticipation and excitement, the growth of our new blog and believe there is no better time to create its union with our website. Please join us in wishing these…

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!

Women Working in Male-dominated Industries

Twenty or 30 years ago, seeing women in hard hats leading construction crews through a project or skilled craftswomen fusing together the structure of a downtown office building was a rare sight indeed. Today, those doors to working in commercial real estate and construction are now open — even though many admit it’s been a…

What lies beneath….

Picture this: You open a door. Peer in and see nothing but years of what appears to be just useless junk. It needs to go. So it’s gone. But like the Transformers, there may be more than meets the eye! Take The Lido for example. Our Vancouver team walked into this mysterious building, that hadn’t been cleaned for decades,…

My First Hoarders Episode

Source: The New York Times I have learned a lot about compulsive hoarding while working to set up junk removal for the hit reality show, Hoarders, on A&E. But nothing prepared me for the experience of participating in the real thing – cleaning out a hoarder’s home! I approached my task with one goal in mind: to…

Don’t take junk with you!

How difficult is it moving all your worldly possessions from one home to another? When I moved from Scotland in 2008, I packed up an entire apartment of  goods and…well, rubbish… and brought it with me across the other side of the world, only to join the rest of the rubbish I had already stored…

Clutter Close Call

Some of the dangers and pitfalls of a cluttered home are more obvious than others. When your home is dominated by clutter you can’t use your valuable space to the height of its potential. In other words, you are bound and controlled by your possessions.

As evidenced in shows like A&E’s Hoarders, clutter is often related to mental illness, such as compulsive and obsessive hoarding.

But living in a space that is stifled by junk poses another problem that can have more physical effects.