‘I could live simpler’: Floods and fires make Americans rethink their love affair with stuff

Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, a professional organizer in Tysons Corner, Va., has noticed a higher call volume at her office since the spate of natural disasters. “I think the coverage has affected people. People are ready to begin the process. It reminds them to think, ‘What do I have in my house and how would I gather those things and put them in my car and leave?,’ ” she says.

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Organizing Messy Offices to Increase Productivity

Have you spent the better part of an hour looking for a document? Of course, we always seem unable to find that important document at just the worst moment (like when the board chair asks for it or three hours before the big grant proposal is due).

For some of us, losing an important document is just an occasional occurrence, while for others it happens every day.

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Trying to Furnish Your Small Home? These DC-Area Stores Can Help.

Your home might be compact, but keeping it both stylish and neat is no tiny task. Here are our favorite places to buy small-scale furniture and organizational systems—plus, in case the job is too much to DIY, local pros who can help you declutter.  Read the rest of the article…

An organizer’s top strategies for problem areas of the home

We asked Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, owner and founder of Organizing Maniacs in Tysons Corner, Virginia, for her advice about some of the biggest problem areas in people’s homes. Read the rest of the article…

An organizer’s strategies for 5 problem areas of the home

We asked Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, owner and founder of Organizing Maniacs in Tysons Corner, to join the first Home Front online chat of 2017. Here is her advice for some of the biggest problem areas in people’s homes.  View transcript.

A Good Way To Stop Losing Your Stuff

“The reason why things get lost is because we fall out of our every day habits,” says Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, a productivity consultant and Certified Professional Organizer at Organizing Maniacs. “I’ve noticed that, even with people who are normally not forgetful, it’s just the overwhelm of everything coming at us.”  Read the rest of the article…

Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton on getting organized for the new year | Home Front

How many of us are determined to get our clutter in order in 2017? Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton is the owner and founder of Organizing Maniacs in Tysons Corner, Va. and she has solutions for almost any household organizing issue.  View Live Chat

The Super Organizer Show

James talks to NAPO member Cris on her company Organizing Maniacs, Chronic Disorganization, productivity and education. She is based out of Maryland, DC, Virginia.​ Visit podcast on The Super Organizer Show.

Outsourcing Personal Organization

Organizing Maniacs genuinely understand how to bring order to the chaos and carnage that clutter can bring, and the best way to ‘create visual results and transform spaces, which help change lives.’ No surprise, then that they’re dedicated to helping folks ‘reach their goals of living better lives, spending more time with their families, have clutter-free spaces.’  Read the rest of the article…

Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton on getting organized for the new year | Home Front – January 7, 2016

Home Front is an online conversation about the best way to feather the nest.  Jura Koncius is a Washington Post staff writer who specializes in home and design.

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How to tackle organization challenges of 2016 – January 12, 2016

Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, the owner and founder of Organizing Maniacs in Tysons Corner, joined staff writer Jura Koncius’s weekly online chat to help readers get organized for the new year. Here is the professional organizer’s best advice to start 2016 on the right foot.

If you find your home is a mess just a day after cleaning, the work might not seem worth it. But she has three possible solutions:…”

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Tips for unpacking: An unpleasant task made easy

Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, owner of highly rated Organizing Maniacs in Tysons Corner, Virginia, suggests unpacking one room at a time to keep stress at a minimum. Read the rest of the article…

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Boomers are ready to retire from holiday hubbub, but their kids won’t let them.

Cris was quoted in the December 7, 2015 Washington Post article, Boomers are ready to retire from holiday hubbub, but their kids won’t let them.

The article was about boomers trying to downsize and declutter after a lifetime of acquisitions, while millennials still want to come home to their parents’ fully decorated house. The adult kids aren’t interested in taking the parents’ stuff.

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“Boomers want to downsize, but they feel they are the holders of legacy, and they have every ornament that was ever made by every kid,” says Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, 42, a professional organizer with Organizing Maniacs in Tysons Corner. “Millennials are living in as little space as possible so they can afford to travel and spend more time doing things with others. Millennials don’t have the emotional attachment, or the space, for legacy memorabilia.”

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Children and Adults with ADHD

Out of Sight! Out of Mind! Out of Control!

Article by Stephanie Wright and Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton published in Attention Magazine

“Whatever the content, there they are,  filling up your inbox and pulling your attention away from the task at hand. And it’s not just emails either. The popularity of paperless options and greener living haven’t alleviated the piles of paper cluttering our desktop, they’ve just relocated themselves to our electronic desktop. But what can be done about it?

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Work It Harder Make It Better Do It Faster Makes Us Stronger

Improving the least productive, most important, and definitely the longest part of your waking hours (your job), an article By Kevin Roose

Cris is quoted in this November 2014 article Kevin wrote about his experiment where he spent a month testing gadgets, talking to experts, and tweaking his habits to make his workday as happy, efficient, and fruitful as possible.

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Smead Podcast – Green Organizing

01:33 Why Cris is into “green” organizing

04:58 How green organizing looks from a client’s point of view

06:55 Statistics on recycling vs. garbage

07:38 Areas in a home that are ripe for recycling

11:30 Green organizing techniques

12:30 Unique things that can be recycled or given away

14:40 How to “let go” of things

17:00 Environmentally friendly organizing products

19:10 Is the digital revolution making paper go away?

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Hear Cris talking about Spring Cleaning on the March 13 airing by WHUR 96.3 / Washington DC Show: The Daily Drum, SIRIUS XM 141.

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