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Top Story – 3 Closet Cleaning Tips For Women With Too Many Clothes

Most women say that you can never have too many clothes, shoes, bags, or accessories. That is a big fat lie. If you are living in a small apartment unit with limited space, you will have a relatively small closet which will fit a number of clothes, shoes, and purses. If you keep on buying clothes, you will end up with so many that you won’t be able to access or wear them. In fact, you won’t be able to move them freely on the rail; thus, you won’t be able to put together the best outfit.

If you are like most women with too many clothes in their closet, it is time to purge and declutter. There is a huge chance that your wardrobe contains clothes which you haven’t worn for at least a year. You might even have clothes that still have the price tag on. If so, it is time to consider these closet clean-up tips to get rid of some of the unnecessary clothes that you don’t want to use anymore.

Set Your Goals And Follow Your Rules

The first thing you need to do is set a goal. For instance, you can set your goal into giving away at least half of the clothes in your closet at the end of the year. Setting a goal will help you stay on track. In addition, it will remind you of what needs to be done. It is also a good idea to make your own rules and follow them. Here are a few rules:

  • Donate, store, or throw out the clothes you haven’t worn for a year
  • Donate or store the clothes that don’t fit you.
  • Donate the clothes which you are not excited to wear within the year.

It is also a good idea to make rules for different pieces or styles of clothing such as rules for the collectibles or vintage clothes, shoes, and coats. To that end, the basic rule of thumb is to get rid of what you don’t wear and let your closet and drawers close easily. Keep in mind though that setting your goals and rules are very helpful, but they can’t magically declutter and clean-up your closet.

Give Yourself Enough Time

You need to understand that cleaning out some of the clothes in your closet won’t happen overnight. It took years for you to accumulate all the clothes you have; thus, it is only practical that it’ll take you some time to clean and de-clutter them. Don’t expect to finish cleaning your wardrobe in one weekend. The best thing you can do is try to allocate at least two days in a month to sort out your clothes. You will need to determine which items you want to throw out, donate, or store.

Find Creative Ways To Get Rid Of Clothes

Sell Your Clothes: One of the best things you can do when getting rid of clothes is to sell them. You can sell them through a garage sale or you can sell them online. In doing so, you will be able to get a few bucks for the clothes you are trying to get rid of. As a tip, if you are selling them at a garage sale, you need to properly hang them. Most people have no patience to dig through piles of clothes. If you hang them, potential buyers will be able to see them properly; thus, there is a higher chance of getting a sale.

Donate The Items To A Thrift Store: When you consider this option, your clothes will be displayed well and will sell for a reasonable price. In addition it will go to someone who will definitely wear them.

Store Clothes In Another Location: You can also store your clothes in another location, such as in a storage unit. This is not advisable, except if you are trying to store seasonal clothes. These storage units can also store other items, such as furniture pieces and appliances which you rarely use.

Give To Friends And Relatives: Another option is to give your clothes to your friends or relatives who is about your size and have similar tastes.

These are just a few closet clean-up tips to help you enjoy enough closet space in your small apartment unit. Keep in mind though that cleaning out the clothes you don’t wear is only half the battle. You also need to properly store and organize the pieces which you chose to keep.

 

The author, Kris Bennette, is a professional home organizer who offers closet clean-up tips for women with too many clothes. She advises her readers to visit usstoragecenters.com/self-storage/california/torrance/zip-90502 if they are in need of another storage space for their valuables.

 

4 Ways To Look Fantastic, Regardless of Your Budget

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Keeping up with trends can be a disaster on your wallet. By the time you have built up a worthy wardrobe, the trend has passed and a new one is arising. There are a few ways to keep up, and keep your wardrobe fresh no matter what you put in there. Follow a few simple guidelines, and you can save hundreds of dollars each year and still look fresh and amazing to everyone.

“First In…Last Out”

Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner released a new book called “You Are What You Wear” and insights that most people wear twenty percent of their wardrobe eighty percent of the time. Think back on the past week and the clothes you have worn. Now think about the week before. Chances are you are wearing a majority of the same clothing week after week.

You are not only physically wearing down the fiber of your clothes, but you are not fully utilizing your closet. Go through and look at all of the clothes in your closet and dresser. Chances are you have a few hidden gems that you completely forgot about. Use some of the older shirts with new ones to create new combinations.

Fashion experts agree that after wearing an outfit, hang it in the back of your closet. Slowly pull from the front and bring out some old favorites. If you have a lot of clothes that you own but will not be wearing them anymore, consider donating them to a thrift store, or host your own yard sale. You can get rid of some of your old clothes, and you can get a few bucks for them instead of collecting dust in the back of your closet.

Check at Thrift Stores/Retail Stores

The cost of clothing can get a little extreme at times. Thrift stores can hold hidden treasures for some styles you may find a little extreme. There is a least one person everyone knows that can wear practically anything. You may have never thought to combine hot pink pants with an interesting top. Not only does it work, but he/she pulls it off beautifully. Get creative, you can put together intricate outfits without breaking the bank.

There are some stores that carry name brand products at a fraction of the cost. Consider shopping at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. Sure, some of the products may have a little snag in the lining, or be last year’s styles, but they can be greatly reduced. In fact, less than five percent of the products within the TJ Maxx and Marshalls store lines have imperfections.

These stores truly care top of the line products at a fraction of the cost, in thanks to their marketing strategy, shop for jeans or pants that never seem to go out of style. You can get name brand products such as Levi’s among others for cheap. They carry many dresses and jewelry as well for those who are looking to accessorize without breaking the bank.

Consult with Friends/Get Creative with your existing wardrobe

As many teenage women can attest, some of their friends help create their fashionable outfits. They can help you find some new twists and creative ideas you would not have thought of.  You can try on different outfits and have your very own fashion show. You will be surprised at some of the combinations that will arise. It is a great way to spend the afternoon with friends and expand your wardrobe.

Shopping with friends can also save you money. Ask for opinions before you rush home and rip the tags off. You may realize you have other feelings for the same piece you loved in the store. They can give you honest answers and help you piece together outfits. If you are about the same size and weight, consider swapping clothes.

Exchange a shirt here for a skirt or a dress for a few days. You can mix and match and the possibilities are endless. Be sure to take care of each other’s clothes and if you do have the misfortune of ruining an article of clothing (let’s face it, it happens), be kind and replace it.

Invest in Timeless Pieces…and Take Care of them

If you are going to spend a fortune on your clothing, this is the one area of your wardrobe that you should focus on. There are trendy outfits that will expire and be lost in the world of fashion, and there are other outfits that will hold their integrity through the years. A pair of jeans and a relaxing t-shirt has forever placed itself on the relaxation list. Everyone has their necessities, such as pea coats, white dresses, black dresses, dress pants, among others.

Once you have spent the money on said timeless articles of clothing, ones that you intend for years, the mission is to preserve them. They are considered timeless for a reason, and they will last as long as you take care of them. Follow the washing and drying instructions. Do not run them through the dryer if it is to air-dry. Try to avoid using bleach, and invest in a garment shaver. It will trim the loose ends off of your attire without creating snags and holes.

Try not to wear your new fashion staples every day. If it is a jacket, try to avoid washing it after every wear. Chances are it did not get that dirty after being worn for a few minutes to and from work.

Dressing fashionable no longer has to revolve around your budget. You can save your hard earned money and toss it aside for the adventures you will be having while wearing your newfound wardrobe. Be sure to look for the deals, explore the clothes you already have; but most importantly, get creative. You will be surprised at how many different options you already own and have merely forgotten. Create new styles; even start your own trends. Take the lead in the fashion world among your friends, and you can do it for cheap.

This article was written by Mitchell Lodowski of Manhattan Time Service. He is a master watchmaker with over 35 years of horological experience. Trained in Poland and Switzerland Mitchell’s skill level allows him to work on some of the most complex timepieces ever created, including double tourbillons and minute repeaters (including the famous calibre 89 Patek Philippe pocket watch).  Follow him on Google+, Facebook and Youtube.

 

How To Sneakily Increase Your Boyfriend’s Fashion Sense

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You’ve found the perfect guy but his dress sense is lacking. That can be changed. It only takes a few steps. The following article lists some simple ways to encourage your man to take more pride in his clothes and general appearance.

It’s Not A Race

You to keep in mind that this is not a sprint, take your time. Changes take time. His had his own style for a long period of time so it’ll be no surprise if he is resistant to change. He needs to adopt a more fashionable sense and therefore won’t be too quick to switch. Start sooner rather than later to avoid a rushed feeling.

Step Silently

He most likely hasn’t asked for your help so you need to tread lightly. This is a more strategic approach. If you just come out and tell him he may feel as though you are trying to change him. That’s not that case, you are just trying to tidy him up around the edges. You need to be slow to avoid him feeling hurt and getting defensive.

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Lets Go Shopping

Plan a shopping trip together. Let him know that he will be the center of attention for this outing and not will be dragged around. This will avoid him trying to get out of it. Don’t hint that you are trying to make him over just make casual suggestions of what you think he would look good in. Just let him know what you would like to see him in that should be enough encouragement. Take him into some of your favorite shops, for example General Pants Co.

Set An Example

Buy him something first to set the trend. It’s a way of showing him that this is what you would like to see him wearing. Encourage him to wear it and compliment him, boys need reassurance too. You need to be persistent and patient because it is more than likely he will resist at first.

Reward

Rewards make all the difference. You assured him that you loved him in that shirt and that you thought it made him look more appealing. Now it’s time to put your money where your mouth is, so to speak. You can’t be all talk.

Flexible

Last but not least, you need to be flexible. This is not going to happen overnight. He may have a different idea of style to you so you need to be accepting of this. You don’t want him wearing something that his not confident and comfortable in. Stay open to possibilities and perhaps you can come to a mutual agreement. Just remember that you don’t want to lose the guy that you fell for to begin with. Keep it light and remember it’s about the clothes, not him.

How To Do Charity Right At Christmas

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Let’s be real here. It’s Christmas. It’s not always like the TV movies promise. You’re going to schlep home to your family and yes, parts of it will be magical, the lights will twinkle and you’ll be suffused with yuletide cheer and goodwill to all men.

And a lot of it will be about wrapping and unwrapping underwear with an open mouth grin that you hope to God closely approximates gratitude and familial regard.

For instance, this year I underwent a ritual that will be familiar to all those who are products of a somewhat problematic divorced family setup: Fake Pre-Christmas.

The Present Problem

Well, the thing about Fake Pre-Christmas is that its expectational weight is even higher than at regular Christmas – because the setup is, by definition, contrived the need for everyone to have a Cheery Good Time to counteract this unspoken feeling is very, very high. To be honest, even the waiters at the Holiday Inn where we convened were beginning to feel the pressure. You cannot refuse anything at Fake Christmas. The gifts must be ostentatious, arrive in multiples and the thank-yous must be sincere.

It also means you end up laden with a bunch of odd items gifted by people who only see you once a year and have very little idea of what your life is. In my case, I received from my father a pair of Juicy Couture diamond earrings that I would never wear, a Kate Spade hair clip and some lacy Victoria’s Secret thongs that would engender some complex Freudian analysis if lingered upon for too long, a mini hair straightener and some purple fluffy slipper-boots. I love my father. But he seems to think I am a 19 year old sorority girl. I am almost 30, I am almost entirely constructed of cardigans and I do not know how to deal with this kind of thing. However, it does allow us, here and now, a chance to discuss how to donate your unwanted stuff to charity so that some good comes out of this whole thong situation.

The Thong Situation or, Can I Donate Underwear?

It’s not unusual in a Christmas situation, to end up with underwear that poses a problem. You’ll be pleased to know, however, that most charity shops will accept underwear as long as it has clearly never been worn – we’re talking tags on, pristine from the bag. If the tags have been removed then things become a little more tricky. Think about it – would you buy maybe-used underwear from a thrift store? Ideally, no-one should have to deal with this kind of crotch-based ambiguity. If the underwear looks in any way questionable, a better strategy would be to donate it to a clothes bank. Clothes bank don’t necessarily sell on the items to the consumer but can instead package them as scrap fabric to be up cycled. The most important thing is to be mindful of where you donate so that nothing goes to waste. There is a similar issue with pierced earrings – jewellery has to be hygienic if a shop is to take it. Luckily, if you can hand it over with its packaging intact then you are much less likely to encounter problems. People are much more picky about underwear for some reason.

What about my mini hair straighteners? or, The Electronics Issue

A lot of charity shops have to refuse electronic items (that is to say, items that require plugging into a wall socket) as they are unable to guarantee their electrical safety. It’s important that you check with your preferred donation site before you hand them a bunch of stuff that will just malinger in their back room until someone has time to take them to the scrap section of the dump. Some shops do have the facility to PAT test items and sell them on, so don’t discount them until you know the score. However, perhaps a simpler way would be to sell the electronics yourself on eBay or Amazon. When you make a listing, you have an option to give a percentage or the entirety of your profit to charity, and this can be an excellent way of ensuring the item finds a good home and that the proceeds go to your preferred good cause.

Christmas can be pretty tough. It’s easy to get hung up on the commercial stuff (sample internal dialogue to be avoided: “this Kate Spade clip proves that you know nothing about me”) But it is easy to unburden yourself both physically and emotionally if you look at the weird items you have been given as a chance to make someone else’s life a little bit better, their hair a little straighter. Remember, we’re all only human and not all thongs are symbolic. Merry Christmas!

Author Byline:  Lara Mullveany is a blogger who writes about family, volunteering and staying out of the fetal position.

How to Shop for the Holidays on a Budget

The holidays are fast approaching and with each day, budgets and wallets begin their yearly shriek of dismay. Shopping for so many people can quickly add up and though it may seem easy to stick everything on “plastic,” the repercussions come January and February can be brutal. But fret not because there are some great tips for shopping throughout the holiday gift giving season while still remaining on a budget. If you think that the best laptops are out of range, think again because there are some incredible deals to be found. Here are some tips for shopping that will allow you to spend exactly what you have budgeted while still getting some of those big “wish list” items.

Gift Cards

Often people make the mistake thinking that gift cards are the easy option for gifts and so tend to avoid them. They want to give personalized items and do not want to come across as being unfriendly. But sometimes those “personalized” gifts end up being returned after the holidays. Gift cards are a fabulous way of giving someone the power to buy exactly what they want. That means it saves you time and them the hassle of returning clothing that does not fit, or jewelry that is not their style or redundant electronics. The bonus: there are some great gift card swaps that allow you to purchase gift cards for a fraction of their worth.

Household items

There are some great household items that make fabulous gifts and a great place to shop is local antique or thrift stores. You can pick up incredible decorative vases, plates, china, antique furniture and even handmade quilts for incredible bargains.

Toys

If you do not want to battle Black Friday shoppers the day after Thanksgiving to stock up on all those must have toys…be patient. You can get the same deals, if not cheaper, by shopping online. Most online retailers even offer free shipping. Retailers know that by offering deals throughout the holiday shopping season, they will attract more customers. If you are patient and scan the sales each week, you can find those expensive toys and not break your budget.

Big Ticket Items

As for the big ticket items such as Smart TV’s, the best laptops, printers and cameras, keep an eye out on “Bundles.” These bundles will often offer the higher end items combined with other useful electronics for far less than the cost of just one. If you take the time to scan the circulars, online ads and browse websites, you will save a lot of money.

Holiday shopping is not easy but it does not have to be expensive. Take your time and find the best deals that will not break your budget!

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Author Byline: Jillian Johnson is a professional marketing content writer who blogs on a variety of topics. Follow her @MissWritey.

Not So Material, Girl – How to Shop Smart in a Recession

Call me materialistic if you want but I think there is nothing wrong in wanting nice things. It’s even better if you don’t have to pay a ransom for those nice things. I like to know I am wearing quality and using well-made items in my day to day life. In the past I found that affording these nice things was not too out of my reach. I am not talking about designer labels here, just good solid items and well-tailored pieces of clothing which will not fall apart after a year of service, or less.

The New Table Can Wait

Unfortunately with the recession I have found it increasingly more difficult in affording the type of clothing I like. I am happy to restrain from buying furniture and larger items for the home, thankfully I have not had to replace anything as yet, which is another reason why it is important to shop well. I am expecting my current household goods to last me for several years yet, a relief considering the hard times we are all experiencing right now. Clothing and food on the other hand is one area where I like to continue to spend.

Learning to Save Money by Changing Habits

With mortgage payments, the high cost of heating and household bills not to mention the cost of keeping our car on the road cut backs are most definitely required. I have started to shop at times when I know my local shops reduce the price of their stock, so instead of a large weekly shop I tend to go every couple of days to ensure I can still eat the good stuff just without having to pay out the higher prices. It is a system that is working well for us and I have certainly managed to dramatically cut down on the cost of groceries.  Such a simple change like this makes all the difference. I also leave the car at home at lot more to save on petrol, which is healthier for me too so it is a win win system.

Saving Money on Clothing

Clothes have been a little trickier to cut back on, although now I have found a way. Instead of buying on the high street I do most of my shopping online. I have found it is possible to find very expensive items for a lot less simply by shopping on the Internet and writing for online sales. The clearance sections are always full of quality items, often costing a lot less than some of the cheapest brands that only seem to last a few washes.

Knickers to Being Cheap!

Bras and knickers is another area I don’t like to scrimp on. I need to know I am well supported and feel comfortable at the same time. Finding great pieces of underwear online is definitely money well spent.  Like most women these days I am also a fan of supportive undergarments that hides my bumps and accentuates my curves. These can be expensive if buying off the high street, but you can find them online for so much less.

If I sound like a bit of a snob I don’t mean to. I am just a woman who likes to know that the money I am investing is being well spent. I have tried to shop in some of the cheaper stores and each time I have ended up with clothing which has quickly lost its shape, colour, or started coming apart at the seams. I work hard for every penny I earn and now I know where to find the best items with small price tags I believe I have found a way of getting the best of both worlds. Fine clothing that will last for years without spending money I cannot afford.

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