Great Magazine: ShopSmart

shopsmart-magazineMany people have read Consumer Reports magazine.  That same company now publishes a magazine called ShopSmart.  I love it because it talks about a wide variety of products; has short, easy to read articles; is non-biased and best of all has no dvertisements at all! They cover everything from cosmetics to vacuums to technology tools.

Check it out and see what you think.

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Simplify Gift Wrapping

 I know it is hard to resist the sales and the beautiful colors, but here is a tip to make gift wrapping quicker, easier and less expensive:  Decide to have only 2 colors of gift wrap– gold and silver (or 2 colors you like the best).  Then decide to have just a few colored ribbons.  With the right combination you could make your gift right for the holidays, a birthday or even a baby gift.  Gift wrap can easily become clutter if you aren’t careful.  And make sure that the bows and ribbons are contained in a plastic bin or bag so they are easy to access.

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Clean/Organize Your Fridge and Freezer

 When was the last time you cleaned out your freezer or fridge?  I mean pulled out that mysterious package from the very, very back?  The end of the year is a great time to clean out your fridge, freezer and pantry.  Toss anything that is outdated or you can’t identify.  Consider putting things back in groups (meats, breads, soups, vegetables, etc.)  I recommend taking a pen and marking the date on items for both fridge and freezer.  Even though you think it was just a few months ago, you would be surprised at how long it really has been in there. fridge1

 

 

Unique (Clutter Free) Gifts

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 Need to purchase a gift for someone but don’t want it to end up as clutter in their home or office?  Consider getting them a item that will be used and tossed…. consumable.  

Food: fun or practical

Services:  Professional Organizer, housekeeper, lawn care, pet care

Charitable contribution in their name

Personalized Postage stamps

Put money towards their bills: utility, mortgage, cell phone

Event tickets: sports, concerts, museum, zoo, cooking classes

Practical:  oil change, car wash, grocery gift card

Not Practical– but SO Fun:  manicure, massage, facial, lottery tickets