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Jan 19

A Professional Organizer Shares the Biggest Decluttering "Don'ts" — Home Organizing Tour

Name: Rachel Rosenthal and Jon Cowan, Ellie and Marin (age 11, identical twins), and Poppy (sheepadoodle puppy)
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Size: 3500 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Marie Kondo isn’t the only one with good home organizing advice. Rachel Rosenthal is the mother of identical twins, a busy entrepreneur, and an expert in home organizing. But she also wants to make it clear that the end game to decluttering isn’t necessarily an Instagram-worthy closet. “Getting organized is a way of life, and a realistic one at that, not a one time event that leads to a Pinterest-perfect world (unless you really want that!),” she writes on her website.

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Jan 19

12 Etsy Finds For A More Organized, Stylish Home, Picked Out By Their Trend Expert

If you’ve just done a Marie Kondo-inspired purge or are midway through our January Cure, why not reward yourself for your newly-immaculate space with something beautiful and useful. We asked Etsy’s head of trends, Dayna Isom Johnson, to pick out her personal favorite organization buys from their marketplace. Ahead, twelve pieces for every part of your home, for a more organized, stylish 2019.

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Nov 18

4 Things You Should Never, Ever (and Actually Can't) Donate

As the holidays approach, you’re probably beginning to haul your seasonal decorations and wrapping paper out from storage. Surprise! Your storage space is brimming with things you totally forgot about, too. But don’t be dismayed by all the crap you forgot—it’s actually great that you’re noticing it during a season when giving back is top of mind. Think of the holidays as your yearly reminder to donate your old, outgrown, and gently used items.

However, as you start on your decorate-and-purge journey, keep in mind there are some items that absolutely no one wants—but that doesn’t mean you have to throw them away! Here, four things you should recycle or repurpose instead of donate:

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Nov 18

There's A Psychological Reason You Want to 'Nest'

My house has never looked better than it did in the third trimester of my pregnancy. My kitchen cabinets and bedroom closet were organized, my carpets and counters were clean, and my living spaces were decked out with the latest mid-century pieces from Target and CB2. As I deep-cleaned and primped my home prior to the baby’s arrival, I knew exactly what was happening: I was nesting.

(And then the baby came, and all bets for a clean or well-designed home were off. But that’s a story for another article.)

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Nov 18

The Assassin Bug: Facts, Dangers & Prevention

Assassin bugs (or kissing bugs) get their names from their habit of biting humans on the face near the lips. (It’s true people: I can’t make this stuff up.) Here’s what you need to know about this not-so-nice insect.

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Sep 18

Organizers to the Stars The Home Edit 'Master the Mess' On Their New TV Show

Here at Apartment Therapy, September is meant for decluttering and getting organized—so what better time to check in with some organization experts? You may already be fans of The Home Edit founders Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin from their excellent Instagram account where they share both professional and personal antics, but they’ve recently taken their gorgeous organizational aesthetic (and their fun friendship) a step further.

The Home Edit has teamed up with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine to bring you Master the Mess, a 12-part series currently airing on DIRECTV, DIRECT NOW, and U-Verse, that follows Clea and Joanna as they transform rooms for clients and tackle organizational projects big and small.

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Sep 18

The Best Mops — The Best List

On the list of most tedious household chores, mopping ranks pretty high. You have to clear the area of any obstacles, sweep beforehand and get a proper amount of water and cleaner ready to roll. It’s a necessary task, and in the grand scheme of things isn’t a big deal, but it’s not the most fun thing to do on a Saturday afternoon. Things have changed in the past few years though—no longer dependent on a bucket and string mop, we have a ton of different mop styles to choose from, each with their own list of pros and cons. To help you make a clean break from your old mop, we rounded up our list of favorites, from the classic spin mop to the newer robot mop.

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Sep 18

Busy Philipps' Pantry Transformation Is Majorly Therapeutic

There are few things more inspirational than seeing an impressive before-and-after that takes place in the home. From the smaller spaces like this shoe storage area to the larger projects like this incredible kitchen reno (for under $400!), these jaw-dropping transformations can get you vamped up and ready to organize.

To put it plainly, we just can’t get enough of these refreshes—part of the reason why we’re currently swooning over Busy Philipps’ pantry.

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Sep 18

How To Create a Bedroom Closet Out of Thin Air

Though it would seem like life without a closet in your bedroom is an impossible way to live, it’s more than just possible — it can even look stylish. All these beautiful homes below have something in common: The master bedroom either doesn’t have a built-in closet or doesn’t have nearly sufficient closet space. But, these home dwellers were able to come up with an elegant storage solution anyway. Whether you’re in the same no-closet/not-enough-closet boat as they are — or you’re just looking to add more storage to your home — use these storage solutions as inspiration for your own “closet” project.

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May 18

5 Chores You Should Never Skip (Even If You're Busy)

Pressed for time? Running late? Didn’t finish your Sunday morning “to clean” list but need to head out the door to brunch right now? Whenever you’re pressed for time — or have an extra heavy schedule a certain week — don’t let all your chores and cleaning duties slip into disarray. Keep your house functioning by being choosy with which chores you skip and which ones you tackle.

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