Category Archives: Cluttering & hoarding

“Six Ways to Deal With Sentimental Items When Decluttering” – next avenue

“Start slowly, create categories and seek help if you need it”


“Sentimental clutter is the hardest clutter to part with.”

by Rachel Hartman

“Organizing. and getting rid of, extra belongings can make it easier to downsize, clean a home and entertain guests.

“But what should be done with a stack of boxes containing memorabilia stashed in a closet? Or a basement filled with items that represent the past 30 years?

“‘Clutter is real, and stuff follows us to the end,’ says Felice Cohen, author and professional organizer based in New York City who teaches online organization classes to older adults.

“Sorting through last week’s coupons can be much easier than tackling a bin filled with memories from the past.”

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Several partner agencies and organizations with the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources |Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area can help your decluttering decisions.

“40 years into the war on clutter, and we’re still overwhelmed by stuff. What’s going on?” – The Boston Globe

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by Beth Teitell

“It’s hard to put a start date on America’s War on Clutter, but you could trace it to 1978, when the first Container Store opened in a 1,600-square-foot space in Dallas, or to 1985, when a few professional organizers from California saw gold in people’s junk and started a trade association that today counts about 3,400 members.

“But despite an industry that’s grown so massive it’s become its own form of clutter — with books, and experts, and storage containers, and apps, and YouTube videos — we’ve made so little progress that even the professional organizers aren’t pretending the problem has been solved — or even that it’s solvable.

“In Melrose, Kathy Vines, of Clever Girl Organizing, calls decluttering a ‘journey.’ ‘There isn’t an end game,’she said.”

Read this Boston Globe article in its entirety, click here.