Erin Rooney Doland is Editor-in-Chief of, a website providing daily articles on home and office organization, and author of the book Unclutter Your Life in One Week, published in November 2009 by Simon and Schuster.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, William Allen White School of Journalism, and her master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. She is a writer, productivity consultant, and lecturer. She, her husband, and son reside in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

In addition to her work at Unclutterer, Erin is a weekly columnist here on SimplyStated. She has also been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, USA Weekend and the Wall Street Journal Online.

Recent Posts By erindoland

Decluttering One Last Thing in 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, look around your house and reflect on your life and determine if there is anything there that shouldn’t accompany you into 2012. Is there an ill-fitting pair of pants that you loathe to wear but that is still lingering in your closet? Is there a rusty knife in your kitchen that should be recycled? […]

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Organizing and Decluttering Goals Before the End of 2011

During this time of year, in addition to setting big resolutions for the coming months, I like to focus on a few mini-resolutions to finish before the end of December. It’s nice to start the month of January feeling like I’ve already accomplished a few tasks that will help to make the new year more organized and decluttered. First up […]

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Decluttered Gift Ideas for the 2011 Holiday Season

I’m always looking for gifts that will be enjoyed by their recipients and never run the risk of becoming clutter in their homes. If you’re someone who looks to give decluttered gifts, too, check out my recommendations for presents that are sure to please. Experiences Researchers at Cornell University have discovered that experiences bring greater happiness and satisfaction than buying […]

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Three Quick and Simple Uncluttering Projects

Looking to unclutter but don’t have a lot of time? Try one (or more) of these quick and simple uncluttering projects and get one step closer to your uncluttering goals: Clear the clutter from your purse and/or wallet. Process receipts, throw out wrappers, and rescue that handful of change. You’ll feel lighter and you’ll be glad to get rid of […]

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Are you a collector or a pack rat?

My brother recently introduced me to the television show American Pickers on the History channel. For those of you unfamiliar with the premise of the program like I was, the series focuses on two men, Mike and Frank, who travel across the U.S. hunting for antiques from junk piles, storage sheds, barns, basements, attics, and even along the side of […]

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A Wine Tasting Diary Can Help You Know What To Buy

I’m not sure if it’s commonplace in the rest of the country, but in the Mid-Atlantic wine is a form of gratuity among friends. If your neighbor lets you borrow his lawn mower, you give it back to him with a full tank of gasoline and a bottle of wine. If your friends invite you over for dinner and tell […]

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Hook It Up!

With cooler weather approaching for those of us in the northern hemisphere, you might be ready to pull your coats, hats, gloves and scarves out of their summer storage spaces. As the temperature drops, consider using hooks instead of traditional hangers for your outwear. Hooks are perfect for people who tend to throw their coats over the backs of chairs […]

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Make Decluttering and Organizing Easier By Properly Fueling Your Body

Decluttering and organizing can be mentally and physically exhausting. You may have a lot of items to move around, but you probably also have many decisions to make. With each box you lift, paper you file, and piece of clutter you purge, your body uses energy. Whenever I’m working with a client or in my own house, I make sure […]

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Five Easy Organizing Strategies

Organizing your home or office doesn’t have to be an insurmountable feat. Try these five simple steps to get your space streamlined: A little each day. The adage, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” applies very well to organizing and uncluttering. There isn’t an award to win for organizing the fastest, so take your time, be thorough, and do just […]

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Is Your Clutter Your Proof of Life?

One of the reasons mental health professionals and social psychologists believe people struggle with clutter is because humans are always trying to be immortal. This explanation is referred to as terror management theory (TMT), and is certainly one of the reasons I struggle with parting with some of my clutter. From the book Stuff by Randy Frost and Gail Steketee: […]

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