Archive for ‘Closets & Storage’ Category
If organizing your closets seems like a big job, I’ve got a great tip for you. Always happy to lead by example, here’s a shot from my own closet.
Tip: If it’s dusty, you haven’t worn it in a very long time, and it’s probably time to let it go.
These were my favorite go-to shoes once upon a time, but it’s time to pass them on.
Isn’t it nice to know that a layer of dust can be a GOOD thing sometimes?
Do you have a lazy susan? Yeah, I’ve got one, too. Is yours organized? Yeah, same here.
Built-in lazy susans can be a mixed blessing. They utilize otherwise hard to reach back corners, but they are also a challenge to efficiently fill. While my lazy susan won’t be winning any beauty contests (I’m still itching to upgrade my 30 year old kitchen), I do make her work pretty hard.
Keep reading for the three things that my lazy susan does for me.
Read the rest of the article, originally published on the ShopGetOrganized blog.
As long as there will be children (or princesses, as mine now demand to be called), there will be a need for posts like these: How to Organize Playrooms. Since every home, mom, and batch of kids is different, while answers may vary, there are some truisms, and a before and after picture to back it up.
Even if you don’t actually have a playroom- or maybe especially if you don’t have a playroom, like me- these are strategies to live by.
Read the full article over at the ShopGetOrganized Blog.
It’s spring consignment sale time. If you live in my neck of the woods and have young kids, you are in luck! Some of my favorite sales are happening soon, including the Just Between Friends sale in Oaks this weekend.
I wanted to pass along to you THE BEST tips that I got from my friends last year: measure feet and height before you go. Don’t just know your kid’s size, which might be especially useless when it comes to shoes. No, here’s the insider’s tip. Template both feet and height.
Draw out their feet and take the template with you to the sale. (warning: this will tickle!)
Use a string to tie off both their inseam and their overall height and take it with you to the sale.
Then, head to the sale!
Last year, I totally scored with a huge Melissa and Doug Victorian doll house that pretty much finished out Christmas for the girls!
If you’re interested in my view of whether to consign or not, check out this classic article on the value of consigning versus donating.
I’ll see you at the consignment sales near Philadelphia this spring!!
BTW, if you are looking for other sales, here’s a quick list provided by some mom friends:
Spring Chicken Sale -
3/8 12-8 & 3/9 8-2 (50% off many items 12-2) http://www.springchickensale.com/
Mothers of Multiples Delaware County – 3/9, 10-1
Chester County Moms of Multiples – 3/16, 9-12
And other local ones:
Wish there was a consignment sale for big girls (mommies)? Check out the Saturday Club Women and Children’s sale on April 5 and 6.
Disclosure: I am receiving an invitation from RealMom Radio to shop early at the JBF sale this year, which is much appreciated, but all comments about the sales are my own.
You’re ready to organize your closet. But then you look at some of those sweaters that you barely even wore before you changed sizes. They’re still nice, and they weren’t cheap. Still, it would be easier to part with them if you knew that they were really going to go to someone who would appreciate them.
Many women get hung up on value of their old clothes versus the original cost of them. If you really are interested in making those clothes valuable again, be sure to check out donating your clothes to the Career Wardrobe. This organization based in Center City Philadelphia exists primarily to provide outfits and support to women re-entering the work force.
They have the greatest need for career items that are in fashion, and basic black and white tops and bottoms that can be used in many service industries as part of a uniform. Larger sizes are always needed.
A friend of mine recently had a great experience as a recipient of a makeover and interview outfit from The Career Wardrobe. You’ll love Dana’s story, and how they helped her get back to work. http://thesinglecitymom.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/style-me-hired
There’s another side to this wonderful organization, and it’s one that I got to visit recently. The Wardrobe Boutique is the retail outlet for the Career Wardrobe, open to the public. Many donated designer pieces end up here, as well as items that are a little too fancy for workwear, and even wedding and ball gowns. I love these kinds of places because they offer incredible variety and styles. I can also find a new favorite designer or style that I might never see in my favorite stores. It doesn’t hurt that prices here are a tiny fraction of the original prices. My friends Lauryn Blakesley of The Vintage Mom blog and Alyssa Boyle of Fun Finds for Families blog scored some fun finds here, too. Just a few.
Did I mention the shoes?????
I loved my recent find from the Wardrobe Boutique so much, that it ended up in my headshot from Lens Friends. (Shhh, don’t tell anyone this is a “thrift store sweater”.)
Now here’s some exciting news from the Career Wardrobe, and another way you can help. Thanks to Paige Wolf for sharing this.
Career Wardrobe Selected as Finalist for National Fundraising Contest to Address Jobs Crisis
Career Wardrobe one of 74 organizations selected for excellence in helping individuals transition to work and survive the jobs crisis
Philadelphia, PA – February 5, 2013 – Career Wardrobe is one of 74 nonprofit organizations selected to participate in the national Job Raising Challenge, a crowd funding competition giving away $250,000 in grants to the groups that demonstrate who has the most promising, scalable employment solutions. The JobRaising Challenge is an innovative competition to help job-creating nonprofits raise money and publicity.
Career Wardrobe was selected by The Skoll Foundation, The Huffington Post, and knowledge partner McKinsey & Company as one of the nation’s most innovative, feasible, and scalable candidates of the 210 applicants representing 31 states and 110 cities across America. The contest runs through March 1, 2013.
“We are thrilled to be participating in this unique fundraising opportunity,” commented Sheri K. Cole, Career Wardrobe’s executive director. “The national attention we are receiving by partnering with The Huffington Post and its partners is amazing. During the first week, our initial blog post which explained how unemployment is disproportionately impacting women – 70% of low-wage workers in the US are women – received over 150 re-tweets on Twitter and cross postings on other social media platforms like Facebook.”
To win the competition, Career Wardrobe needs to attract 100 donors to give to the organization’s Crowdrise.com fundraising page and be one of the top 3 fundraisers. Anyone can donate and promote the Job Raising Challenge by visiting Career Wardrobe’s website (www.careerwardrobe.org) or dedicated Crowdrise page (www.crowdrise.com/careerwardrobe-jr).
“We are in a bit of a disadvange in the competition,” Cole continued. “Because we are in this national competition, but we are a grassroots, local organization. We encourage everyone in the Philadelphia area who cares about helping women move from poverty to employment donate $5 or $10 to help our cause. Post a picture of your favorite suit and share your #StoryofaSuit on Twitter, Facebook or email to promote the contest. Together, we can make a positive change for women in our region!”
If selected as one of the Job Raising Challenge winners, Career Wardrobe will have access to up to $250,000 in grants from The Skoll Foundation. Career Wardrobe will use the grant to replicate its successful social enterprise outlet, The Wardrobe Boutique, in a new Philadelphia-area community. Opened in 2009, The Wardrobe Boutique is a women’s resale clothing store where all purchases benefit Career Wardrobe’s programs to help women transition to work. Career Wardrobe clients can also apply for on-the-job training internships at The Wardrobe Boutique to learn retail management skills that they can use to improve their job prospects.
Other Philadelphia-area finalist joining Career Wardrobe in the challenge are: Baker Industries, NPower Pennsylvania, Opportunity Finance Network and Programs Employing People. The Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington and CrowdRise co-founder and actor Edward Norton recently explained the JobRaising Challenge and the finalist phase on HuffPost Live.
About Career Wardrobe (www.careerwardrobe.org)
Career Wardrobe is among the nation’s largest and most effective community-based organizations assisting women transition to work by providing free professional clothing and job readiness skills training. Since 1995, Career Wardrobe has helped over 75,000 women in their job search and over 50% of its clients are successful in finding employment within 6 months of their visit to the organization. Career Wardrobe’s social enterprise model uses The Wardrobe Boutique, an independent resale store benefiting the organization, as an earned income and internship with the goal of helping women develop job skills and transition to work. Donate and promote the Job Raising Challenge: http://www.crowdrise.com/careerwardrobe-jr