We Want You – To Give Us Your Opinion!

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wewantyouStacks and Stacks and Clutter Control Freak Blog are starting off the New Year with you, our readers, in mind. You are truly a great bunch of die-hard organizers and we value your opinions.

We would like to ask YOU what you think we should carry on our Stacks site. Is there a product you’ve seen that you think every organization website should carry? Is there something you need for organizing that you just can’t find? Click here to submit your product and a short review. We’ll see if we can hunt it down for you and add it to our site. We would love for Stacks and Stacks to be your one-stop organization shop!

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A Salute to William Morris

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“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

I’m sure when he uttered those words in the mid 1800’s, he had no idea he would be the most quoted man in organizing circles more than a hundred years later. His words cut to the heart of organizing. He simply encouraged others to shift their direction–to move toward simplicity.

Imagine if everyone owned only what was meaningful or useful! They would have more time, more money and less stress; because possessions bring responsibility which requires time and money.

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The Truth About Clutter

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shelvesMy biggest problem with tackling clutter is that feeling of being so overwhelmed. I read posts all the time about taking it in baby steps; cleaning one small area at a time, or cleaning for an hour at a time or even fifteen minutes at a time. At first I feel encouraged by that advice and I’m ready to go! But when the reality of the amount of stuff I really have to deal with hits me, I find myself thinking “how is fifteen minutes going to make a difference. With three kids and a houseful of pets, won’t it get messed up again just as fast?

I realized this morning that we’re talking about two different kinds of clutter. Read more

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Product of the Week: Think Green

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bambooNot quite a product of the week; more like a material of the week. Did you know that Stacks has a whole section of its website dedicated to environmentally friendly “green” products? Here’s something you may not know; Bamboo and Rubberwood are very Earth friendly.

Bamboo is actually a grass. Incredibly fast growing and hardy, it can be harvested wild or plantation grown and will replenish itself within only a few years. Bamboo used whole is an excellent building material for furniture and home décor, while its fibers can be broken down and used to make paper, carpet-style rugs and even clothing! Read more

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5 Steps to Organise Your Kitchen Counters

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kitchenI often get asked, “how do you keep the kitchen counter neat, tidy and organised?”

A kitchen counter can get out of control very quickly because of all the different things happening, like children’s papers, meal preparation, cooking, homework, crafting, shopping, etc. Because of this, I don’t think you could ever just leave the kitchen and hope it would stay neat and organised! However, here are a couple of tips to help you at least try:

1. Have clearly designated areas for each activity
We have one little corner just as you enter our kitchen where we pack and unpack lunches, sort papers and so on. The rest of my smallish kitchen is for meal preparation and cooking. Read more

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Getting to the Root of Clutter

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simplicityYou are determined this time. You’re going to organize your home and KEEP it organized. Then, before you realize what’s happened, your home has succumbed to chaos again in just a few short weeks. How many of you find yourselves in this endless cycle? I know I do.

When you really think about it, clutter is so much more than that stack of papers or the clothes you no longer wear. Clutter is the dozens of different distractions you are bombarded with every day. Clutter is ANYTHING that is preventing you from living a simple, beautiful, and harmonious life. Unhealthy relationships and negative beliefs about yourself are forms of emotional clutter that can sap your energy and dampen your spirit. Read more

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Cutting Back On Clutter Calories

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At some point, you’ve probably seen Peter Walsh dishing out his organizing advice on Oprah or on TLC’s Clean Sweep. His latest book is called Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? An Easy Plan for Consuming Less and Living More. Here’s a short description of the book, courtesy of its publisher Simon and Schuster:

“When it comes to clearing clutter, it isn’t about the stuff itself; it’s about the life you want to live…

Using his expert techniques honed from years as a clutter expert and organizational consultant, Peter demonstrates…how to clean up not just the spaces…but the routines around them…

Peter knows all the pitfalls and in Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?, he gives you the tools (and courage) you need to get over all your excuses, [and] face the issues…” Read more

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Earth Friendly Cleaning

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cleaning-suppliesWe all want to do our part in keeping the Earth free of bacteria and still have it smell fresh, and there are ways we can do just that without the dangerous fumes! Just think of all of the unnatural odors that we already contend with on a daily basis; gas fumes, cigarette smoke, pet odors, smells from outdoor wood furnaces, odors from factories.

Cleaning supplies on the market are too numerous to mention and all claim to be ‘bacteria cleaning agents’. I wonder how great, great grandma lived to be so old without having some of these in her cabinet. However, she must have used something to keep the houseclean and smelling fresh; I wonder what it could have been. Let’s see, there wasn’t any Lysol, any 409 or Mr. Clean, and Clorox with bleach wasn’t in existence. How did that woman do it? Read more

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

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resolutionsI don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions but I absolutely DO believe in goal-setting. So what’s the difference, and why is one better than the other?

New Year’s Resolutions are usually broken within the first two weeks of January and at the very latest by the end of January in 90% of cases. Why do you think all the gyms are chock-a-block at the moment? Everybody’s said they want to lose weight and get in shape this year. Check out all the cars at the gym this week and then do it again in a month’s time, and see the difference.

People decide on spur-of-the-moment New Year’s Resolutions and expect to be able to make major life and behavioural changes for the entire year. It’s just not logical. Enthusiasm will keep you keen for a couple of weeks but then what?! Read more

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