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Hacks4School: Save space and preserve your child’s art

Finally a solution to that growing pile of precious artwork and projects your little ones bring home. Start with designating an Art Drop Box to collect your child’s creations. At the end of the year send it off to Plum Print and they’ll digitize everything (including 3 D objects) and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece of a book!

#Hacks4School: Drowning in your little Picasso’s artwork? News4’s Angie Goff shares a digital trick that will help you keep all of your child’s school projects – in half the space! For more school hacks, check out our Pinterest board here –> http://nbc4dc.com/SeaeGn0

Posted by NBC Washington on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Clothes Purging: Tips to let go

Here’s round #3 of my great closet clean-out. Today it was about tackling the blazers. Here’s my latest stack that includes a black leather jacket. I’ve decided to send this stack to Dress for Success DC…. since they give interview appropriate clothes to women in need applying for jobs.

MORE: 100 pairs of shoes giveaway

I found this article helpful in finding ways to part with my stuff. Below are some questions you can ask yourself if you feel inspired to purge your clothes in time for Fall!

Org Junkie’s Tips for Parting With Your Clothes

1.  If you haven’t worn something in a year then out it goes regardless of condition, price or size.  Why a year?  Because you cover every season in that period of time.  If you haven’t worn it during the year, you probably never will.

2.  If you have a piece of clothing that you wear but are annoyed with it every time you do, seriously stop it.

3.  If it’s waiting to be mended and it’s been waiting for a long time then enough is enough already.

4.  If you hate to iron and your ironing pile sits there totally neglected while you wear all your favorite clothing over and over again, why do you still have an ironing pile?

5.  I’m not opposed to keeping your “skinny” clothes (and I know we all do it) but for goodness sakes you don’t need to keep all of it.  Styles change, your tastes change, your body shape changes so chances are good that when you get back to that size you’re going to want new stuff anyway.

6.  If you absolutely love a shirt but never wear it because you have nothing to wear it with, well guess what, a mate isn’t going to magically appear in the night.  Follow the one year rule.

7.  Sentimental clothes that you aren’t wearing shouldn’t reside in your closet.   Either take a picture of it and preserve the memory or limit yourself to one tote of “clothes to show my kids so they can laugh their heads off at me someday”.

8.  Don’t hang onto something that is “just alright” because you don’t have something better yet to replace it.  Let it go now unless it means you go naked, that wouldn’t be right.

9.  You don’t have to do it all at once.  Like I did try it in stages and be motivated by your success.  One day you could do shirts, the next day shorts, etc..

10.  Try everything on.  This one I can’t stress enough.  Do not hold something up and say oh this is so beautiful I’m going to keep it.  That’s too easy and what you might not remember is that, although it’s beautiful, the buttons gape at the front showing off your woman parts.  Nope we don’t want that now do we.  Get rid of it.

11.  You only have the space that you do.  Jamming your clothes into the closet and fighting with them every single day to find what you need won’t make your closet grow in the night.  It will only make you grumpy…every single day.  It’s not worth it.

Pintrest

When I got married I found doing a storyboard for my reception really helped me organize my ideas for decor, food, centerpieces etc. It’s a great way to get creative and to stay inspired. Talking with my neighbor Nikki she  mentioned her addiction to this website Pintrest. What I said P-I-N like Pin and Interest. I was intrigued. The whole idea is that you organize and share all the pretty things you find on the web. You make pinboards to help plan an event, wedding, decorate your house, organize recipes or create your closet. I already made boards titled: Fashion, Mommy, DIY, OMG and Tech/Media Request an invite to join Pintrest.  

So what to do with your old fashion pin board? I wrote a while back about what I think they’re good for.

Giving away 100 pairs of shoes

And then some. Yep these are lawn bags brimful with my heel history.

Some of it hard to part with.

Some of it just plain horrible.

I recently was inspired by the big O and her Makeover Issue to get rid of all the clothes and shoes I’ve been hoarding in massive tubs and bags. In the issue organizing genius Peter Walsh got me thinking it is time to let go, keeping all this stuff  he says is just “unhealthy.”  He’s right.

I decided instead of giving my shoes and clothes away to friends, my little sister (sorry Jenny) or just throwing it down the chute it would be better to donate it. I will tell you after the drop off I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. The only problem… there’s more.

 

 

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