Sunday, February 28, 2010

Organizing Your Bed Linens

• Before placing linens, be sure to dust and wipe shelves. I stick a dryer sheet in my linen closet to keep it fresh smelling (and my coat closet).

• Divide linens into categories. For example, place bed linens arranged by size. Or organize them on a separate shelf for each of your bedrooms. I keep two sets of sheets for the boys. Two sets for us and then I keep two extra for guests or sleepover friends.

• Keep sheets and pillow covers sets together.

• Rotate sheets for even wear by putting freshly washed linens at the bottom of the stack and using sheets from the top of the stack.

• If space allows, store extra or out-of-season comforters, blankets, and coverlets on lower shelves.

• To help organize smaller items, consider using baskets, bins, and boxes to sort items as well as keep them contained.

• Keep a basket of fresh toiletry supplies for each bathroom in one central location. That way you can see at a glance what needs replenishing, and products won’t take up precious space in each bathroom.

Keep in mind, if you replaced your comforter because you no longer liked it, holding onto it will not make you like it later. If you are not going to use it for a soft bed for someone who is going to stay over, now would be the time to sell it or donate it. Don’t forget the matching pillow shams, curtains, and bed-skirt!
By Michelle Lehman with Organizing Solutions “Clear the Clutter”

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Let’s Make Some $$$$ Selling Your Clothes

It’s that time of year again….time to clean out those clothes closets. I bet each of you have at least $100-$200 or more worth of clothes you could make from consigning your clothes or selling them at JBF Sale (February 28-March 6, 2010).

Two great consigning stores that I like is Bearlee New in Broken Arrow (93rd and Aspen/145th) and The Children’s Closet in Tulsa (32nd and Harvard). Bearlee New sells women’s, men’s and children’s clothing so that’s why I go there plus I have always been happy with the money results. They are always have customers. A good friend of mine loves the Children’s Closet for selling children’s clothing. If you know of some great consignment stores, please let us know!

The easiest way to find clothes to consign is to go through all of your closets when most of your dirty clothes are in the hamper. Why you ask, because if your dirty clothes are in the hamper, that means you are currently wearing them! Hopefully you closets are still packed with clothes…right…you don’t have too many clothes do you? You know we only wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.

Here is what you need: grab a bunch of dry cleaning hangers and go from closet to closet. Start with the kids closets first. Here is what I do, I start with my oldest son’s closet first because if any of his clothes are too small, I let my youngest son decide whether or not he wants them. More times than not he doesn’t want any of his clothes but you never know!

With the first child’s closet & dresser drawers quickly scan the clothes that are in the closet and dresser drawers. Don’t forget to go through everyone’s swimsuits and shoes!! Sort into three piles:
1. Too small (hand me down or consign)
2. Not sure if he still likes, hardly ever wears
3. Donate or use them as park clothes (we have a huge park with a creek that runs through it so we use old clothes to play in the creek, hence the term park clothes)

Now take your too small clothes to your next child’s room that you want them to see if they would like to keep. Put the donation clothes in a box or bag. Leave the “not sure” clothes on your child’s bed for them to give you a yes or no to after school. Use the same procedure for this child but instead add the clothes from older child as part of the 2nd pile of not sure clothes after you go through his closet. This way he can say yes or no to the hardly ever wear clothes from his closet and the older child’s hand me down clothes.

All clothes that your are going to consign place onto dry cleaning hangers and keep your good hangers. Presentation is everything, your clothes will look nicer hanging than pulling them out of a trash bag to consign. Any clothes that your consignment store is not interested in, take to a donation store…no need to bring them back into your house…NO ONE is going to wear them!

Your closet…be honest with yourself. If you haven’t worn in it in the past year more than likely you are not going to wear it. I know sometimes you think, you just never know, but I am telling you, you will make more money selling your clothes when they are in style than waiting three years to sell them later. Plus you not going to wear it, so it is just going to sit in your closet for three years and collect dust, choose $money$... not dust!!!

With your husband’s closet be kind, don’t get rid of all of his ugly golf shirts…leave some in his closet so you can make fun him!!! LOL! Just kidding, use the same principals as you did for your children, three piles and let him make the decision with a little guidance from you of course!!

Now go make some extra money!!!