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

The Perfect List

I’ve rarely met a person who doesn’t like making a list. Irrespective of if you actually refer to the list after creating it, the act of writing down items in list format is somehow cathartic. You get information out of your head and onto a sheet of paper (or your computer screen), which is as joyful as dancing under a […]

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The Fool-Proof Method of Decluttering

When taking on a decluttering project, I approach each project in almost the exact same way every time. I call it the tabula rasa method of decluttering because you always start with a blank slate. Step 1: Empty the space. It doesn’t matter if you’re decluttering a drawer a closet or a garage, the first step should always be to […]

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Where To Begin When Decluttering and Organizing

The most common question I am asked by people who are overwhelmed by clutter and disorganization is: “Where do I begin?!” Getting from a state of chaos to a state of order can feel like a Herculean task. Worse yet, when there are so many projects on the to-do list, it’s easy to feel defeated before you even get started. […]

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Pursuing the life of your dreams is easier when you know what your dreams are

It’s easy to say, “If I were more organized, I could do X.” In some ways this is true, if X is actually dependent upon being organized (such as, if I were more organized and kept a calendar, I could check it right now to see if I’m available for a meeting next Tuesday). In most cases, however, X has […]

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Organize Your Memories: Having Your Print Photographs Digitally Scanned

Our family moved in the month of March, and one of my biggest discoveries was a box full of print photographs and photo albums. A couple years ago, I had sent out thousands of images to be professionally scanned, and I thought I had sent out all of my printed pictures. Apparently, I was wrong. I’m now in the process […]

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Three Pieces of Clothing Cluttering Up Your Closet

Do you ever walk to your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear, even though your closet is stuffed with clothes? Getting rid of the clutter will help you to see the clothes you actually want to wear, and alleviate the stress you experience when you approach your closet. Where to begin? Start by getting rid of these […]

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Three Decluttering Dicta

In need of some decluttering inspiration, these three mantras might work for you: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” — Hans Hoffman “Use it up, wear it out, make it […]

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Four Steps To Sanity When Living With Someone Who Is Messy

Living with someone else — roommate, spouse, child, partner — can be difficult, especially when that person doesn’t have the same expectations of orderliness as you do. If you’re in a position where you are constantly upset with your housemates for being messy, consider taking these steps to reduce your frustrations: Schedule a time to have a conversation about your […]

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Simplicity in Naming Children?

My name is a fairly common name for someone of my generation. Usually, the only time someone gets my name wrong is if I don’t enunciate very well and the person I’m speaking with thinks I’ve said my name is Karen or Ellen. Every once in awhile I might get mail addressed to Aaron, but I understand that confusion since Aaron was an even more popular boy name when I was born. With a common name like Erin, though, people usually get it right when communicating with me.

My friend Krystal has the exact opposite experience. She gets mail addressed to Crystal almost every day. Additionally, she has a last name of Polish decent, which is riddled with Ks, Vs, and Is. When she and her husband decided to have children, they joked about changing their last name to Smith, simply to make it easier on the kids (they didn’t).

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Making a Plan for Your Summer

Summer is coming, at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and taking the time to plan now will help you fit everything in you want to do. Here is a simple plan to make your fun-in-the-sun plans possible:

  1. Make a list. Start your summer planning process by creating a list of all the fun things you (and your family and friends) want to do. Do you want to go to the beach a couple times? Do you want to go to the pool at least three times a week? Do you want to go camping? Put all of your great ideas on your list.
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