Fall Closet Cleaning Tips

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Wait what? Yes, you heard me! Fall cleaning. Just like there is spring cleaning, I think there should be fall cleaning.

A lot of us are familiar with spring cleaning, but this year i am not waiting till spring, I am organizing and cleaning out in the fall.
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Have you ever bought large plastic bins to store your clothes in for the winter? I remember when we were looking at buying our house, we visited so many different ones, and in one of the attics, the owner had the whole bin/labelling system that I was fascinated with. But Sam convinced me there was no need for that.
And he is right.
We have very small closet space and I store my sumer dresses in our upstairs closets in the winter, and winter clothes upstairs in the summer, but before anything is moved up there, I go through it and toss anything that:
  • doesn’t fit
  • looks too worn out
  • hasn’t been worn in over a year
  • isn’t “me” anymore – style changes, your tastes change, so your wardrobe should too

If you’ve read my latest post, you know that I have just a slight obsession with coats. But coats, especially if made from natural fibers and vintage, can begin looking worn out too soon. Those are definitely items to let go off.

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Accessories are another item that becomes outdated too fast. The slogan – you can never have too many pairs of shoes or too many bags isn’t for me. You might never have enough of those, but you also might run out of space really fast. And fashion, even though is a constant in many of our lives, is also fast.
The fall cleaning doesn’t only include the clothes. Being a beauty blogger, I receive a lot of samples and full size products. So cleaning out my makeup drawer (read: closet) is as important as cleaning out my wardrobe. Carefully examine the expiration date, get rid of the products that have expired, or that you know you are not going to use. This is one of my favorite product shelf life guides:
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Make up/Beauty to clean out:
  • anything you may be allergic to
  • anything that has expired
  • anything that has separated or smells funny
Being in love with the idea of DIY I seem to hoard craft supplies. I have yarn, fabric and leather that I think I am never going to use. I also have a lot of patterns that never see the light of day. Realistically estimating the free time I am going to have for the DIY projects I have planned, and the fact that my sewing machine has been broken for over 6 months now, I donated most of my supplies, and cleaned out my upstairs area.
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Art and frames bought on impulse, sometimes even furniture. The side tables, that you can never have too many of. All these need to go. I was holding on to glass center pieces from our wedding from 3 years ago.
Savers has recently introduced an easy donation system. Now you don’t have to drop off at the store, but choose one of the locations from the list below or click on the following link

·       COLUMBIA HEIGHTS: 4300 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

o   Supports the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota

·         RICHFIELD: 36 W. 66th St., Richfield, MN 55423

o   Supports the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

·         SAVAGE: 14100 Highway 13 S., Savage, MN 55378

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         AUSTIN: 1700 17th St. NW, Austin, MN 55912

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         ROBBINSDALE: 3501 W. Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale, MN 55411

o   Supports the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

·         ELK RIVER: 19112 Freeport St. NW, Elk River, MN 55330

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         WHITE BEAR: 2499 County Road E., White Bear, MN 55112

o   Supports the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

When: The new Donation Drop Spots are currently open and accepting donations from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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Keep your wardrobe fresh, donate often and remember – there will always be more clothes! I have been making regular trips to donation centers over the past month. Would you be interested in seeing more photos from my closet organization projects? 
Final thoughts: We’ve been talking about different types of consumers in one of my classes, and here is a great example of Jessi Arrington, who may seem extreme in her approach, but we can all learn from it.

The Love of Freebies

Oh Consumerism!

Alright everyone, let’s be honest, we all love free stuff. I know I do! There is a very good word in Russian that describes it – халява (read “halyava” or basically swag/freebies).

There are different kinds of swag, there are freebies that you get for running marathons (like mugs or T-shirts), but if you come to think of it, those aren’t really free, because you paid a fee to run the marathon in the first place.

Then there are samples (some people call them testers, I have no idea why, because those two words have totally different meanings). Samples sometimes come from a store, or you can get them in your mail. And samples are a good way to try put new products if you are serious about buying something. If you are like me, then you probably have a drawer full of shampoo/conditioner/body wash/lotion samples that are really hard to get rid of, because they just don’t end. Yes, maybe I am a sample hoarder, but at least I use them! I am working my way through all of those shampoo/conditioner samples that I’ve been receiving in the mail.

Then, there are samples that come with purchase, the so called Free Gift, and this is what I am going to tell you about. Actually I am going to tell you what not to do when getting Free Gift with purchase.

– If it says 1 per customer, it means 1 per customer. I don’t care if you are from China or California, it is 1 per customer. And if you think I don’t remember faces, oh you are so wrong! It’s all a game for me, after you’ve been coming to the counter 3 days in a row and purchasing the same thing every time! I also can’t imagine what you are going to do with 3 or 4 of those free gift bags? Donate them to Goodwill? How are you going to use up all the product?

– If there was another freebie in addition to the gift and you didn’t get it, don’t come asking for it for free, no one will give it to you. You can make another purchase, and we’ll all pretend we see each other for the first time. But do you realize how pathetic you look asking for that freebie? Especially if you start crying? So please don’t do that! There will be another free gift and more extra freebies.

– When you are nice, everyone else will be nice to you! No one cancelled “thank you”, just remember that!

– And finally, sales associates are there to help you, not to scare you away, so don’t be shy!

Finally, a couple days ago there was a “Beauty Bag” available on Target.com – and the ridiculousness of the situation and all the people who wanted to get it was rather comical. A lot of customers wrote on Target’s Facebook wall claiming there were problems receiving that beauty bag, but one comment stood out to me the most:

“Stop complaining that you can’t receive your samples! If you’ve been sitting refreshing your browser for the past hour trying to get the bag, you are probably a hoarder and have too many of those samples anyways!”

Kudos to the author of that message and good luck to you!

Xo,

Z

PS. There are usually free samples available at Target.com or Walmart.com. I also use mommysavesbig.com and sweetfreestuff.com! Good luck with your freebies!