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April is Earth Month

Posted on Apr 7, 2014

We are so busy in our day-to-day lives that we may not take time to think about our energy consumption. It’s important not only for our Earth, but for our pockets too. I found some interesting facts that I had no idea about, here they are: Replacing your old thermostat with a new programmable one is a great way to save energy. They are relatively inexpensive and you can get them at your local hardware store. This is something to look for when you are purchasing an air conditioner this Summer. Make sure the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) is 14 or higher. Who knew? Lower the thermostat on your electric water heater to 120 degrees. Americans only recycle about 30% of their waste. If we could double that to 60%, we would save 315 million barrels of oil per year. That is a lot of $$$$ and too much going to our landfills. If you don’t already, start recycling now! Don’t know where to donate or how to get rid of those old clothes or kitchen items. Check out Freecycle, where you can post those items you don’t want and someone who needs them will take them off your...

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Snow Days Are Great For Organizing

Posted on Feb 3, 2014

Snow days are perfect for organizing! We’ve had a few of those this winter, so no excuses for not getting organized. Here are some ideas… Go through your closet and purge any items you haven’t wore in the past year. Don’t forget those accessories – shoes, purses, jewelry, etc. Here’s a twofer, while organizing your office and files, get your tax documents ready at the same time Organize your linen closets and bathroom drawers Does your kitchen need a fresh start? Organize and clean out your cabinets and pantries. Throw away outdated items. Give your basement a makeover. Purge all those kids toys they no longer play with. Some of you may be thinking, yeah right, I have to take care of my kids on snow days. My answer is… put them to work. Have them help you organize their bookshelves, bathroom drawers, or in the basement. STAY WARM!    ...

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Donate, Sell, or Recycle Your Unwanted Items

Posted on Oct 9, 2013

Now that your closet is organized, what do you do with all those unwanted clothes and shoes? DONATE Dress for Success is a great place to donate your dressy and business casual clothes. Click on the link for donation guidelines. Soles 4 Souls is a wonderful organization that accepts all shoes, new or worn. Click the link for info on how to donate. American Red Cross and Salvation Army are also great spots to donate and are close to almost everyone. SELL Tired of having garage sales or posting on Craigslist….check out these online selling resources Dresm is a site for Women, Men and Kids. Most sites cater to women, so this is a great site! Twice is the easiest way to purge and get paid. They offer free shipping and cash upfront, check them out. RECYCLE SMART is a company that is doing good for the world. Here is a statement from their website: “Glass, cans and paper can all be recycled. What about t-shirts? Yes, in fact all forms of textiles can be recycled. The EPA estimates that the average person throws away 70 lbs of clothing per year. That adds up to 3.8 billion pounds of unnecessary waste added to our landfills.”  ...

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Get Your Kids Ready for Summer

Posted on May 11, 2011

Some kids will be shipped off to camp while others will be setting up camp at your house.  Either way, it may make sense to incorporate these organization tips. Organize your children’s toys and play areas. Does the sandbox need sand? Does the playhouse need a spring cleaning?  Time to call the pool man? Arrange the kids’ closets.  Pull out their summer clothes and donate any old items. Plan activities for your kids.  There are many places that offer activities for kids or you can get creative and invent some homegrown activities. Do not forget to stock your pantry and organize your kitchen.  Since your kids will be home all day, adjust your grocery list accordingly.  Stock up on healthy snacks, fruits, veggies, etc. Get your kids interested in something so that you can enjoy some “Me time”.  Some examples may be reading, language programs, day camps or sports. Hopefully these tips will help you enjoy every minute of your...

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Spring Closet Cleaning

Posted on Mar 23, 2011

It’s about that time….finally.  The Spring season is here and it’s time to start thinking about your Spring/Summer wardrobe.  Stores are receiving their Summer clothes and in about a month or so, the selection will start to run thin.  Start cleaning out your closet/drawers and make room (and excuses) for new clothes!! Here are some suggestions: Get rid of all those items that you haven’t worn in over a year Get rid of those items that no longer fit Remember to hit and sort through your accessory drawers as well Donate all those items you are willing to get rid...

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