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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…

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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!

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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’…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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“JUNK”

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…

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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…