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.

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  Toss anything that is outdated or you can’t identify.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


 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