AnnMarie (Street Articles Author)
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I am an Older American - a pc term I just thought of :). I'm not elderly yet but mention this because I have lots of life experience and education and have diverse interests all of which I have spent years studying both formally and informally.

My formal education includes a bachelor's degree in communications/journalism and a master's in education. I like to mix it up and can't see doing one thing for my whole life. I guess I'd be labelled ADD if I grew up in this day and age. I think it's a good thing as I'm always curious and want to know more.

My informal education led to my extensive research on the topic of holistic health and natural alternatives to maintain good health and a healthy weight. I have attended many symposiums and conferences on the subject in addition to conducting lots of personal research.

At the present time, I am a Professional Organizer by day and a webmaster in my spare time. I really never thought I would use the term webmaster for myself, but since joining Wealthy Affiliate, I have 'mastered' enough aspects of running a website that I actually make money running them for other people. So now, I guess I can hold that title as well. Wonders never cease :)

I also love animals (I have two cats and a turtle), photography, scary stuff, gadgets, and of course, reading and writing. For exercise mostly swimming and walking.

How to Help A Hoarder: Patience, Please
Family and friends are often at a loss as to how to help a hoarder they know. When a loved one hoards, remember that, unless the behavior is life-threatening, they have a right to do so. Hoarding is confusing and confounding to those who don’t collect things in this way.…
By:  in  Self Improvement  >  Organizing   Mar 07, 2012  
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The Causes Of Hoarding: They Run Deeper Than You Think
Hoarding has been officially added to the list of disorders in medical dictionaries. Some medical professionals view hoarding as a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder while others see it as an emotional dysfunction, some say it should be in a category all its own in the world of mental health. Some…
By:  in  Self Improvement  >  Organizing   Mar 07, 2012  
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The Effects Of Hoarding: On Hoarders And the People In Their Lives
Compulsive hoarding affects more than the hoarder. The effects of hoarding are also felt by their families, their friends, and others with whom they have relationships. If you’re living with a hoarder, you are probably frustrated in your attempts to clear out the clutter surrounding you. After all, it’s not…
By:  in  Self Improvement  >  Organizing   Mar 05, 2012  
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Fair Tax: Simplifying Our Tax System | Equality Across the Board
Wouldn’t you just love it if April 15th came and went without having to fill out a ton of paperwork and meet a deadline to pay your income taxes? How would you like to retire and not have to pay an income tax on your retirement accounts when you start…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Economics   Mar 04, 2012  
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Hoarding Disorder: Recognizing the Syndromes Of Hoarding
There is a difference between having a hoarding disorder and being unorganized. The features of each may seem similar but the motives behind the clutter are vastly different. Hoarders have a compulsive disorder that is distinguished by three basic criteria: Hoarders find it very hard to give anything up. They…
By:  in  Self Improvement  >  Organizing   Mar 04, 2012  
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Glorifying Celebrity Drug Addicts | An Editorial
When your doctor gives you a prescription for a drug you’ve never taken before what do you do? Do you follow your doctor’s advice and take it as prescribed? I do. The directions are right on the bottle in black and white. I also read the inserts or discuss possible…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Pure Opinion   Mar 04, 2012  
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Junk Mail: How to Recognize It | How to Avoid It
Spam in the snail mail system still exists and companies continue to clog our mailboxes to the point that we have to weed through the junk mail to find the mail that is important. Haven’t the companies who constantly and consistently send this stuff to people who didn’t ask for…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Cleaning Tips and Tools   Feb 29, 2012  
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Organizing the Refrigerator: Tips for Organizing Your Home
Tired of opening the refrigerator and shuffling things around to find what you went in there for? Organizing the refrigerator will help you find those things quickly and easily. Keeping your fridge organized is a green thing to do since, once the fridge is organized, an added bonus is less…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Cleaning Tips and Tools   Feb 27, 2012  
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Tips for Organizing Your Home | Use it Up Or Throw it Out
When it comes to organizing your home, you may find an inordinate amount of odds and ends of which you really only need one - or a few. Before you run out to that big sale you heard about, check the supplies you have on hand. If you already have…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Cleaning Tips and Tools   Feb 27, 2012  
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Cleaning the Refrigerator: Use It Up Or Throw It Out | 10 Steps to A Clean Fridge
If you haven’t gotten around to cleaning the refrigerator in a while, watch out. It could be downright scary in there. Time for the spring cleaning of the refrigerator. :) Today, I will walk you through the process of cleaning the refrigerator step-by-step. In ten steps, you will be done.…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Cleaning Tips and Tools   Feb 25, 2012  
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30 In 30 Challenge | The Thrill Of Victory, The Challenge is Complete
A challenge is something you undertake that you know going in will have some degree of difficulty with…
The Library Of the Future: Does the Trend In Electronic Reading Devices Mean the Inevitable Extinction Of Tangible Books?
When you enter a library, any library, you the first thing you notice is the subdued atmosphere. The…
The Causes Of Hoarding: They Run Deeper Than You Think
Hoarding has been officially added to the list of disorders in medical dictionaries. Some medical professionals…
Glorifying Celebrity Drug Addicts | An Editorial
When your doctor gives you a prescription for a drug you’ve never taken before what do you do? Do…
Social Networking: How Social is Social?
Just how social are social networks? It occurs to me that people spend an awful lot of time socializing…
How to Organize Your Bills | Paying Bills Online Or Off
When your monthly bills come in, where do you put them? Are they piled up in a stack along with the…
Etsy Review: Easier Than Ebay to Open An Online Shop
Etsy is quickly making a name for itself as the place to go for handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items. I…
The Impression Of A Handshake | Does Yours Last In A Good Way
Whether in business or meeting someone new in a personal way, the impression of a handshake often lasts…
How to Help A Hoarder: Patience, Please
Family and friends are often at a loss as to how to help a hoarder they know. When a loved one hoards,…
Home Organizing Tips: Clearing Out the Clutter
These home organizing tips will help you clear out the clutter building up around the house or crammed…