Clothing

Give Back Box

If you do a lot of mail order, as I do, you are frequently recycling cardboard boxes. Would you like to know a better use for those boxes? Give Back Box is a charity that was established to reuse those cardboard boxes to donate clothing and small household items. Simply pack up your unwanted items in the empty box, go to GiveBackBox.com to print a label, and mail it to Goodwill for free. You can drop off your package at a local UPS store…

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Any Color You Want

Henry Ford allegedly said that you could have the Model T in any color you want, as long as it’s black. While I have long laughed at that statement, I have recently become aware of the elegance and simplicity of it. And it’s all because of my socks. For years, I have worn only three colors of pants: black, navy blue, and gray. As a result, I have been buying only three colors of socks. Pretty simple, right? The problem occurs…

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The Short Shelf Life of Clothes

Six years ago, I wrote a blog post called “Why Vegetables Are Better Than Clothes“. The bottom line: unlike vegetables, which go bad and induce you to throw them out before they overstay their welcome, clothes have no way of reminding you that they are past their expiration date. I had a vivid reminder of this fact recently. I had been invited to a friend’s wedding, so I tried on all of my nice dresses to see what looked good. As…

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Shoe Bags Are Not Just For Shoes

When is a shoe bag not a shoe bag? I specialize in organizing small spaces, so I’m always looking for creative ways to store my clients’ items. I love using the inside of closet doors to gain extra space. Shoe bags are a favorite of mine to get shoes off the floor and keep them visible. But shoe bags are not just for shoes. Anything small that can get easily misplaced can be stored in a shoe bag. I recommend clear plastic shoe bags…

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Packing Up

We took our 18-year old daughter to college a few days ago. It was a huge undertaking – physically, emotionally, and of course, organizationally. As I’ve mentioned before, I deal with emotional upheaval by getting organized. (See Love, Loss, and Organizing). Getting my daughter and all her stuff to school was a logistical puzzle that kept me focused and helped keep the emotions at bay. Before I go on vacation, admiring friends often say to me one or two weeks before, “I bet…

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