No Weekend Plans? Start Spring Cleaning Early With These Great Tips

Posted 3 weeks ago by

With the cold weather truly settled in, you might be looking around for things to do indoors that might keep you occupied. To stay busy without getting cold, consider getting a head start on your spring cleaning.

When you are clearing out the house, clothing seems to be the hardest thing to let go of. The trouble is, none of it ever lasts. That top that brings back fond memories of summer years ago really isn’t going to survive another run in the washer machine. It’s bobbly, and the colors are faded. Most importantly, it does your current shape no favors whatsoever.

Below are a few ways to make clearing out your closet less daunting:

How To Clear Your Closet For This Season's Hot Looks

Put Everything in Piles and Try It All on

The best way to streamline your current hoard of clothing is to try it all on. Start by putting all the sweaters and warm wear that only comes out in winter to one side. This can be dealt with later in the year. Next, put your clothes on the bed in piles. You need all your trousers in one pile, shorts in another, skirts, then dresses. Shirts, tops, and thin sweaters can have their own piles too. Once it’s all sorted, it’ll be easier to see what you and don’t have.

Create New Outfits by Playing Dress-up

When clothing is tucked away in a drawer or a wardrobe, we tend to wear the same combos again and again. Mixing it up can breathe new life into older clothes. Start with work clothes, if you need them. You’ll want to make sure they still look good on you. If something no longer works, put it in a thrift or Buffalo Exchange pile.

Casual clothes like summer dresses and tops can be checked next. Shorts come in lots of different styles so see which tops work with what you have. You are probably starting to notice that some good tops lack a bottom buddy, or your skirts don’t have a partnering top. Keep working through all your items until you have enough items for about ten days. This caters for sweaty days, spillage days, and long holidays!

Make a Shopping List

Anything that is missing gives you a great shopping list. This is great news because the spring collections are in store now, and there is plenty to check out. Having an idea of what you need to buy helps prevent overspending. It also helps prevent overcrowding in your closet when you have too many of the same things! Focusing your mind on the three or four essential items you need to look out for makes you a better shopper. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from checking out this season’s hottest new items either…

When all is said and done, closet space is tight. We only have so many places in our homes where we can stuff our clothes. Buying smart is buying right. Once you know the looks you want to achieve, you can figure out how much of that look you already have tucked away in a wardrobe, and shop to find the rest.

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Craigslist Post & Garage Sale

Posted 10 months ago by

‘Tis the season for spring cleaning and garage sales! It’s time to part with what’s getting in the way (i.e. your unused snowboard or record collection) so you can buy what you really want (i.e. a pair of Warby Parker’s or a Marc Jacobs bag).

Here’s how to get the most out of your Craigslist post and your weekend garage sale:

1. Write a clear headline

Most people on Craigslist are looking for something specific. Write a detailed headline for what you’re offering, and don’t YELL AT YOUR AUDIENCE or use annoying characters (*#$$+@&*&*).

2. Balance creativity with clarity in your post

Write a clear, descriptive post about what you are selling. Include all item details and dimensions.

3. Use lists

When posting a garage sale, list all of the items for sale in the post. Lists are also good for including details about one particular item for sale.

4. Include images

Use your own pictures instead of linking to similar items on websites. People prefer seeing photos of the exact item for sale.

5. Price your item(s) right

Do a bit of research to see what the market rate is for each item you are selling, and be open to negotiation and bartering.

6. Have your garage sale outdoors with family & friends

Don’t invite strangers over when you’re alone, or invite anyone into your home. Keep your doors locked as you will likely be distracted during the sale.

7. Accept cash only

Don’t use a cash box; keep the cash on you.

8. Be open to meeting new friends.

We have heard countless stories about people meeting friends and significant others while buying/selling items via craigslist. Be friendly!

*It’s very important to take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline. Read all of the Craigslist safety tips and familiarize yourself with common online scams.

Happy selling!

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Start Counting Down: New Year’s Resolutions for Your Apartment!

Posted 2 years ago by

Your body and bank account aren’t the only ones in need of a change. This year, instead of focusing on losing weight or saving money– make a New Year’s resolution you can keep. Your apartment needs some love too; make 2013 about keeping your home comfortable without spending too much (or any) cash.

Do a Deep Clean

Sure you keep the floors swept and dishes done, but what about the less noticeable areas that collect dust? Start the year off by doing your apartment a favor— a serious deep clean. Wipe down all the baseboards and door frames. Using soft soap and water, clean the top of the fridge and the cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom. Dust fans and vents with a cloth and all-purpose cleaner, and wash lighting fixtures (after turning them off). Look around and ask yourself when was the last time you shook the bathroom rugs out or washed the living room draperies. Even if items don’t look dirty, they could be full of dust and ready for a serious deep clean.

No More Postponing

If you’ve been putting something off, saying “I’ll get to that later,” later is now here! Hang at least one picture you’ve been wanting to hang. Put up the bamboo shades you bought to switch out with the old plastic blinds that came with the apartment. Rotate your mattress. Take your pile of items waiting to be donated to Goodwill. Tackle those sewing projects that have been sitting in a pile waiting to be mended. Instead of setting lofty goals this year— just do what you said you’d get around to.

Clear Clutter

Clutter can cause stress because it inhibits the flow of daily life. Entryways tend to be the most congested area of an apartment or home, mostly because that’s where we take off our shoes and dump our belongings at the end of the day. Even if it’s stuff you regularly need and use, find a way to organize it. Start by mounting hooks to the wall to hang coats, purses or school bags. Place a multifunctional ottoman near the entry table so you can have somewhere to sit and take off your shoes, then store them in it until later. Set up a system that works for you so you’re more likely to stick with it for the entire year.

Go Green

Showering is one of the main ways we use water, and it accounts for nearly 17 percent of American residential indoor water use, according to Epa.gov. This year, tackle water waste (and save money, too) by going green. Install low-flow shower heads and water faucets in your bathroom and kitchen to save water and heater energy— which in turn will lower your utility bills. Low-flow shower heads can be purchased at home repair stores and start at about $10. The EPA suggests using products that bear the WaterSense label— proof that the product uses no more than 2.0 gallons of water per minute. Standard shower heads use 2.5 GPM.

What’s your New Year’s resolution this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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