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StorageMart Announces their "Pin to Win" $500 Sweepstakes

by Holly Robinson January 7, 2013 7:15 PM
Over this past year, StorageMart has used different social media to promote its business. It held contests on Facebook and also posted videos to YouTube. Now, it is using Pinterest, another type of social media, in their marketing efforts. They are holding a new giveaway sweepstakes promotional called Pin To Win: Organize It 2013. [More]

For a Happier, Healthy Life, Experts Say Get Rid of the Clutter

by John Stevens April 7, 2011 6:47 PM
Clutter has a way of creeping into everyone’s lives. Piles of paperwork stack up, mounds of books overflow off the bookcase and old shoes crowd closets. “I buy, therefore I am” is a Western way. But experts agree clutter is not just an eye sore; it can also be detrimental to one’s health. Clutter can be a big trigger for stress and can affect peace of mind, especially when coming home to a vision of unsightly chaos. [More]

September: A Good Time to Clean Your Garage, Professional Organizers Say

by John Stevens September 17, 2010 6:13 PM
Depending on what the climate is like where you live, professional organizers say that now might be a good time to clean out your garage. Most residential garages are not heated or air conditioned -- so the cool temperatures of fall can provide an ideal climate for pulling garage gear out into the driveway and reorganizing. Be ready to get rid of some things, store others, and organize the rest. One afternoon of garage cleaning could make the rest of the winter much more bearable, especially for people who live in states that have cold, snowy winters.

According to the National Association of Professional Organizers, about half of homeowners say that the most disorganized part of their home is the garage. [More]

Organized Storage Improves Hospital Care by 40%

by Tony Gonzalez May 21, 2010 6:07 PM
Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has discovered that when medicines and medical equipment are stored in an organized way, nurses end up with 40 percent more time to spend on patient care. The organized storage approach, spearheaded by organizing specialists from Releasing Time to Care, a pilot project of NHS’s The Productive Ward program, was tested at Lanarkshire’s Hairmyres Hospital, in Scotland. It was paid for the NHS’s Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Linda King, Hairmyres’ senior cardiac ward charge nurse, told the BBC that the project was difficult in the beginning. Now, King says proudly, “Our motto in here is ‘a place for everything and everything in its place.’” She explained that the time saved through organization had allowed the nurses to start a hand washing campaign to improve hygiene and to set up an early warning system to alert the staff to patients who were at risk for becoming seriously ill. [More]

Study Shows that Fathers Who Clean and Declutter Have Happier Marriages

by John Stevens May 17, 2010 10:50 PM
Sorting possessions, organizing closets, and packing objects into boxes can be hard work. But husbands and fathers who do these chores can now regard themselves as investing in their own future happiness, according to a study released Thursday by the London School of Economics (LSE). [More]