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recycling and resale

At reSPACEd, we work with clients to help them organize their spaces, which often means bagging up unwanted items for donation. We try to donate as much of our clients’ unwanted items as possible, rather than throwing them away. But sometimes it can be really tricky to find a place to donate certain things. So […]

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What is one of the biggest problems I see in my clients’ home offices? No recycling or shred bins! Sometimes no trash bins either. This is one of the main reasons paper piles are such horrible problems in many home offices: There is no convenient place to dump all of the unwanted paper. You can […]

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If you have been reading for awhile, you know how much stuffed animals are a thorn in my side. The children in the families that I work with have often lost considerable real estate in their bedroom or even on their bed due to the overwhelming number of stuffed animals in their collection. Yet the […]

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Does your house feel out of control? Are you sick of the clutter, the piles of papers, and the tornado of toys and art supplies on the floor? The trick to keeping your house clutter-free is to get rid of the stuff you are not using. The less stuff you have in your house, the […]

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Today I took down all of the Halloween decorations and packed them away. Or at least I tried to pack them away. Amazingly, our little stash of Halloween decorations doubled this year, which meant I was going to have to round up more boxes plus clear some extra space in the attic. (Nathan and I […]

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Garage Sales: fun sources of cheap clutter

by respaced on May 14, 2012

It’s now garage sale season. I have mixed feelings about this because while they can be great places to find fixer-upper items for DIY projects, they can also be a source of cheap junk for your home. How often have you bought something at a garage sale because it was cute or worth a lot of money or “useful” or simply […]

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In my line of work, one of the most common reasons I see houses get so disorganized is because the owners have a great system for getting stuff into the house (shopping, gifts, freebies) and no system for getting stuff out of the house. If you keep adding to the contents of your home without ever removing […]

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Victorian party guests unhappy with the gifts they received at a Passing Party. Or maybe they just ate some bad hot dogs. My mother recently sent me an old newspaper clipping that dated back to the late-19th, early-20th century about how to get rid of items in your house that you don’t like (because there […]

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You know how after Thanksgiving, you end up with a bunch of that disposable Tupperware (e.g. Gladware and the like) filled with leftovers? And then you eat up all the leftovers, leaving you stuck with 12 new pieces of disposable/reusable storage containers? Instead of shoving them all into the back of a cupboard, why not […]

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I just watched this excellent video online called Reuse It, made here locally by Bring Recycling, an Oregon-based waste reduction organization and used building materials retailer. You can watch it here. What does this have to do with organization or budget home design? Well, when we organize, the first step we take is to sort through all of our […]

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