Jeanie's Three Quick Tips
Tip 1: Organize
1) Take a photo and save it to an external hard drive or the Cloud. The TechRadar website shares their 5 favorite ways to back-up digital photos.
Gain More Garage Space
Lawn tools and sports supplies host wild parties in our garages while we sleep. Even worse, they invite their deadbeat friends, scrap lumber and loose screws.
At some point we need to evict the party-goers.
The Simple Life Together website shares seven tips to transform Garage Party Central into a usable space. If seven steps seem overwhelming, don't panic. They're organizing basics like clearing the space, purging, and putting similar items together.
Needs differs from family to family, but as organizer Vanessa Hays reminds us, the goal is, ". . . creating a usable and functional garage!" Click here to see how simple it can be.
Tip 2: Simplify
Kibosh the Keepsakes
When my artist aunt moved into an assisted living facility, she had to leave her extensive body of work behind. My clever and compassionate mother photographed all her sister's paintings, and sent the digital pics to Shutterfly. The company created a photo book for Auntie to enjoy.
We can use my mom's strategy to immortalize items like the crumpled crafts our kids made 20 years ago.
If it still sounds confusing, ask a ten year old for help. Children are now born with micro-chip brain implants.
2) Now for the hard part...dump the dusty mementos.
3) If having the pictures isn't enough, show them off on a Pinterest page, or create a book through a service like Shutterfly or Picaboo.
Your memories remain, the clutter doesn't.
Tip 3: Save Money
Pencils, Papers, and Panhandling Teachers
Many of us pursue back-to-school sales with the diligence of an attacking T-Rex.
While we're snapping up those deals, let's consider donating supplies to teachers.
Most teachers dig into their own pockets to purchase classroom supplies.
Oklahoma public school teacher Teresa Danks, pictured above, panhandled to bring attention to the need.
Her message went viral. Click here to see an interview with Teresa.
If you live in the Omaha, Ne area, the KROC center is giving away free backpacks filled with school supplies on Saturday morning, Aug. 12th. No income requirements, but bring proof that your child is in school.
Do you have tips on saving money while giving back to your community? Click here to share.