They love posting countless selfies and pictures of food, babies and pets. Or maybe they're the more passive digital technology addicts who just can't stop looking at their devices, even at the dinner table. We all know these people and — sadly, yes — often we are these people.
Times have changed and so have media consumption habits. These days, most people check their smartphones, emails or Facebook feeds compulsively.
With proper planning, life in a senior's residence can still feel like home
By Sera Akdogan
Shelagh Westberg made the decision to transition to a senior's residence on her own. She was not forced by family or health circumstances to consider making the big move; she simply decided that she no longer wanted to be a homeowner.
"I was tired of having to call somebody every time something went wrong," Westberg says. "We did not have a resident manager at my old place so if I had light bulbs I couldn't change, I had to look to the Yellow Pages. I was tired of trying to find somebody to fix everything."...
It was a good time had by all when Como Lake United Church hosted an evening “Show Clutter the Door!”. The fun-loving, de-cluttering duo, Heather Knittel and Susan Borax, entertained the enthusiastic crowd by playing piano and singing Broadway show tunes with the lyrics changed to reflect peoples’ relationships with their stuff...
They clutter up your kitchen, hog your closets and collect in your entryway. Just about everyone has too many of something. And the things we hoard are surprisingly predictable. Forget heirlooms and sentimental tchotchkes, it’s the utilitarian items that overrun our homes.
Good Riddance:Showing Clutter the Door by Susan Borax and Heather Knittel.
Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door is a reality check and must-read for
self-described packrats as well as those in denial about the issue of household
accumulation. Authors and professional organizers Susan Borax and Heather
Knittel refer to this phenomenon as CRUD: Completely Ridiculous Useless
Good Riddance:Showing Clutter the Door by Susan Borax and Heather Knittel.
The Global Ebook Awards honor and bring attention to the future of book publishing: Ebooks. Now in its second year, the Awards are in 72 specific categories.. The awards ceremony will be in gorgeous Santa Barbara on August 18, 2012. If you have read it, you can leave a comment . http://tiny.cc/kf18ew on the nomination page.
Heather and Susan are delighted to in the company of a good many authors who are spreading the word via eBooks
Tri-Cities News: May 14, 2012
A GOOD READ: De-clutter your home with help of books
Vancouver-based professional organizing duo Susan Borax and Heather Knittel have written Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door. They approach the topic of de-cluttering with common sense and humour. They dare readers to "dream of a life minus the burden of CRUD: Completely Ridiculous Useless Debris." They issue CRUD challenges that urge people to rid themselves of unneeded, outdated items. much stuff around.
I am one of those people that loves kitchen gadgets. I use most of them several times a year , but there are a few that are really just taking up space. You know the stuff you buy because you know someday you will use it. Yeah , it's now been three years since I bought the candy molds and still haven't made anything in em. Trouble with this pattern is CLUTTER. I received a copy of "Good Riddance to Clutter" that will hopefully help me out. I love this book. It uses common issues and describes em in a humorous way to show us all how truly ridiculous it is to keep so much stuff around.
Making it easier to move mom and dad.
Professional organizer says it's all about de-cluttering
"When seniors are moving to a small condo or to a seniors community, they can't take everything with them because they are downsizing to a much smaller place. Often you have to go through years and years of stuff, some of which might need to be saved," explains Knittel. "This can be quite daunting for many families and often they just don't have the time."
There's plenty to be said for the motivation that comes when the calendar flips over from one year to the next - there's nothing like a fresh start to make any goal feel manageable. But in truth, there's no "best time" to tackle resolutions and, with spring right around the corner, what better time than now to revive one of those goals that may have been dropped since New Year's.
Burnaby NOW reporter Christina Myers has been talking to experts around the region to gather advice to help NOW readers reach their goals in 2012. In past instalments in this series, the NOW heard from experts in finance, nutrition and exercise, family relationships and education.
There are many people living in isolation in extremely cluttered or borderline hoarding home environments. Many are reluctant to ask for help. Some have no immediate family members to help. Good Riddance concentrates on these clients as well as well as other populations like busy, growing families or independent business people and self employed professionals who are often too time-challenged to stay on top of their clutter. They guide people through a difficult decision-making process so that their future remains clutter-free.
Giveaway: Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door Book Review: Jan 27, 2012
Professional organizers Heather Knittel and Susan Borax came together to write Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door which is about getting rid of your CRUD (completely ridiculous unworthy debris). Like you can guess, this entire book is about how to sort through your home and possessions to get rid of useless things and make room for more useful items. While the book could have been written in a serious and boring manner, Susan and Heather both came together for a humorous outlook on the idea of getting rid of the extra stuff that takes up extra room in your house.
Items gathering dust in your basement or attic are often things that are easiest to part with – and can free up space for storing stuff you’re about to liberate from other rooms. Susan Borax of Vancouver’s Good Riddance says the major culprits she and her business partner, Heather Knittel, encounter include mindlessly acquired collections of cookie tins, for instance, and boxes of miscellaneous “shrapnel.” “We separate the crud, the completely ridiculous, useless debris, from things that are still useful and loved,” she says.
Keep kids' clutter (and chaos) capped at Christmas
When it comes to Christmas and kids, there seems little way to avoid the inevitable clutter that comes with the influx of toys and gifts that appear under the tree - never mind the hordes of decorations that get pulled out from the attic each year...
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HomeStarts: July 13, 2011
Let's talk about Cluttermania: The Musical Revue
In Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door, Susan Borax and Heather Knittel, owners of Good Riddance Professional Organizing Solutions, define CRUD as Completely Ridiculous Useless Debris. And in Cluttermania: The Musical Revue, Susan and Heather along with friends Kim Yarnold and Brenda Kay don other persona to help audiences look at CRUD in a fun and entertaining method.
The crowds filled the room eager to learn a very important lesson. It was one George Carlin had talked about in his comic routines regularly, all about: "Stuff." And there wasn't a single person in the VIP room on Wednesday, May 11th who wasn't aware of the importance of what the two lively, bright young ladies were trying to remind them about...
Interview with Sean Leslie on CKNW Radio: June 19, 2011
Susan Borax speaks live on radio with Sean Leslie from CKNW about GoodRiddance Professional Organizing Solutions. Listen to to the full interview now and get some instightful tips on how to de-clutter your home.
Burnaby NewsLeader: June 2011
HEALTHY AGING: Don't let your stuff prevent you from moving
Before many seniors can move to retirement communities, they need to develop strategies that will allow them to go, clutter free. There are many avenues for distributing unwanted belongings.
Comfort Life Newsletter - 16 Best De-Cluttering Tips: May 2011
Decluttering and downsizing is a big job so we've compiled some of our favourite tips from the experts: Pat Irwin of ElderCareCanada, Susan Borax of Good Riddance and Vicky Riley Keyes of Red Coats Moving Solutions.
You've found the perfect adult-lifestyle community.
What can you do to promote the sale of the house you're in now?
Many a homebuyer has decided not to enter a house because they didn't like the exterior. That's how important curb appeal is to the sale of your home. You can increase the perceived value of your home with a little elbow grease, practical maintenance work, and some inspired accents...
Elder care: Going it alone
can be a recipe for burnout:
For members of the so-called sandwich generation, fitting the needs of aging parents into an already busy life can be a recipe for severe indigestion. Determining whether an elderly person can stay in their residence or needs more intensive care, finding an appropriate care home, dealing with health and financial issues – it's time-consuming and draining.
If you don't know what you have, then chances are you are going to duplicate by buying something again that you can't find now. I know that problem all too well. I've lived in the same home since 1994 and I have collected a lot of stuff along the way...
Riddance featured in The Province:Feb. 6, 2011
Susan Borax and Heather Knittel describe themselves as "fit-ness"
coaches, but you won't finding them giving tips in the gym.
Instead, they're focused on helping
folks determine what fits in
their homes — and just as importantly,
If your stuff rules you, here's how you can rule it:
You've just received a phone call that someone -a friend, your boss, your mother-in-law -is going to drop by shortly. You fly into a panic and start running around the house, shovelling belongings into an area of shame. Maybe your things don't even fit into your home any more, and have begun spilling over into a series of storage lockers...
TV Interview with Susan Borax and Heather Knittel of Good Riddance
Professional Organizing Solutions:
Susan Borax and Heather Knittel, who run a Vancouver-based organizing business, have written Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door. It's a practical how-to guide about ridding your life of CRUD: Completely Ridiculous Useless Debris.
Online News Web Articles: Jan 11 2011
Winnipeg Free Press Online,
Sync Sympatico News
It's not uncommon for people to want to keep treasured possessions that elicit warm memories, like a baseball mitt from Little League or a quilt crafted by Grandma.
But what about the stickered piece of a glove compartment salvaged from a Volvo? Or sheets and linens for beds you no longer own? And Christmas decorations you keep year after year but no longer put up?
Burnaby company, Good Riddance, helps clients clean up the post-holiday mess.
On the first day of Christmas, my uncle gave to me, another baseball cap I didn't need. On the second day of Christmas, my husband brought to me, two extra tree stands and a box of Christmas lights tangled like weeds.
This is the time of year when all the holiday junk we've accumulated is pulled out of storage, just as our friends and relations give us more to add to the pile.
Is your New Year's resolution to clear out junk from your cupboards and closets? Susan Borax and Heather Knittel, who run a Vancouver-based organizing business, have written Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door. It's a practical how-to guide about ridding your life of CRUD:
Listen to the audio interview here: News1130 GR.mp3
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Global TV, Dec 6, 2010
Good Riddance Showing Clutter the Door answers the question: Is it possible to lose 25 years of clutter with utter glee? It is when you surrender your CRUD (completely ridiculous unworthy debris), according to know-it-all professional organizers, Heather Knittel and
Crushing the Clutterbug: "Got too much stuff lying around? So disorganized that there's always a
mess in your way? If your clutter can't be defined as circumstantial (for example, your house is untidy because you've recently moved), you might be a clutterbug..."
Global Television, January 2009
Good Riddance’s Heather Knittel appeared on CBC Newsworld March 23, 2009 to discuss tips for Spring Cleaning your garage.
Home Organizing - Global Television January 2008
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The Daily, January of 2009
Watch Susan and Heather tackle host Laura Lynn Tyler’s kitchen drunk drawer, on Vancouver’s The Daily with Mark and Laura Lynn on JOY TV. One of 5 episodes that included organizing her pantry, kitchen counters, hall and linen closets broadcast in January of 2009.
The Daily with Mark and Laura-Lynn
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Savvy Mom- Read about Susan and Heather’s tips on getting your kids
organized for back to school.
Knittel appeared on The Fanny Kiefer Show on Studio 4 and discussed Packing
Efficiently for Your Summer Holiday with host Fanny Kiefer.
and Heather were Christy Clark’s guests on CKNW radio discussing
their “Practically Daughters” program- supportive downsizing and relocation
for older adults.
Living Condo explores the big ideas about small-space living, including
tips from Good Riddance’s co-founder, Susan Borax.
demonstrates how to pack, when you can only bring one suitcase on a
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Simple Life Seniors At Home
Good Riddance’s Heather Knittel and Susan Borax discuss clutter management
and downsizing and relocation support for seniors with the courier’s Helen
Petersen. Read the whole story
Good Riddance featured as experts in toddlers toteen rooms, home offices
and high-traffic areas.
Avoid the Stress of a Mess
Christina Myers of the Burnaby Now talks to Susan Borax about the benefits
of having an organized home- save time, energy and money. Read the whole story
Garage Sale Will Help Kids
Good Riddance supports AFABC with a community garage sale to benefit kids
looking for families Read the whole story
Helping Clean Up Your Act
Mike McQuillan writes how professional organizer Susan Borax created
solutions for a client living and working in a 350square ft space. Read the whole story