Jeanie's Three Quick Tips
Tip 1: Organize
Ahh, February, the romantic month when our clothing items fell in love and produced offspring in our closets.
Now it's March, and getting into your closet is akin to hacking through a jungle trail.
Don't despair. Bring your closet progeny under control without spending a dime.
1) Clear out everything that doesn't fit. This includes gorgeous, blister-inducing shoes.
2) Dump everything that doesn't flatter you.
3) Throw out all tattered, frayed, ripped, and torn items....unless you're 25 years old and just paid an entire month's salary on them.
Good Housekeeping offers 30 tips to organize your closet. Click here to choose the ones you find helpful.
Tip 2: Simplify
Pare Down Excess Utensils
My handyman hubby Jake emptied our kitchen utensil drawer so he could fix a sagging bottom. The drawer's, not his.
"Why do we have five spatulas?" he fumed.
Being an ever-so-wise wife, I removed the duplicates WITHOUT pointing out that he'd put them there.
DISCLOSURE: Jake, an ever-so-wise husband, rarely points out my idiosyncrasies. What a guy!
To maintain kitchen harmony and simplify finding the proper cooking tool, eliminate duplicate items.
While you're at it, give away the kitchen gadgets you never use.
If your spiffy garlic press is still sitting untouched after a year, give it to a cook.
HINT: Facing utensil handles in the same direction in a drawer makes grabbing them easier.
Tip 3: Save Money
Take a "Stop Spending" Challenge
Stop spending? That sounds a bit simplistic, doesn't it?
But how often do we run to the grocery store for milk, and wind up with a cart full of goodies to go with it?
Check out one of the many "Stop Spending for ___Days" challenges you'll find online.
Don't Waste the Crumbs has a family/organic focus, while Real Simple shares their top 10 spending excuses.
With a little searching you'll find one that meets your needs, and helps your wallet.