January 2013 - Posts

Toy to the World: Out with the Old, Before In with the New
Thursday, January 03, 2013 11:13 PM

'Twas the season for toys, toys, toys. Whether the eight days of Hanukah, Santa, or gifts from generous grandparents, your toy box is likely in overload.

Make room for the newest additions by getting rid of playthings that are no longer in use. Ideas for keeping toy chaos under control include:

Donating: Take a good look around your toy room or spare closets. Often we have brand new toys or art kits that simply don't get opened or used. Many local charities run toy drives this time of year: Goggle for drop-off spots and make another child happy.

While many charities require donations to be new, others accept gently used toys. SAFE  (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) accepts gently used stuffed animals for children in need. Look for a local chapter here.  Another great place to donate items is Goodwill, a nationwide organization providing assistance and job training for needy families, funded in part by its network of retail outlets selling donated items.

Selling: Plan ahead to the spring for a toy yard sale. Find a spot in your attic or garage to store toys in a clean, dry area. Enlist your children in identifying items that are likely to move in a yard sale. A yard sale is a great way to teach valuable lessons about money; it can also be a great bonding activity for the whole family.  Consider recruiting friends and neighbors to join the fun; multi-family yard sales are often more lucrative. For advice on throwing a great yard sale, read How Much for This Lamp? Tips from the Garage Sale Millionaire.

Repurposing: Saying good-bye to beloved toys can be hard. Consider saving a few special keepsakes by giving them new life. Small toys like Lego minifigures or a Barbie outfit can make excellent tree ornaments. Or use wooden blocks to create decorative signs for your home or as gifts. Other creative ideas for repurposing toys can be found in this wonderful article, 10 Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Toys. 



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A New Organized You!
Thursday, January 03, 2013 10:11 PM

Spice up your New Year with funky and fabulous organizing treats.

 Slim Purse Organizers: Tame purse clutter with one of these small, compact cases. The organizer makes switching bags simple: just slip the case into your new bag, confident that all your must-haves are on-hand.

Travel Bags:  Fashionistas will love these stylish bags for corralling small items while traveling. Not shopping for a road warrior? The exercise nut in your life will find these equally handy for gym bags.

iPad Organizer: Gift the tablet lover in your life the Grid-It organization system, which uses a weave of rubberized elastic bands to hold digital devices, cords, chargers and other items firmly in place. The neoprene casing also protects your tablet from any knocks.

Minimergency Kits for Her: Good things come in small packages: this glittery little case has every product you would ever need in a pinch. The must-haves include: hairspray, clear nail polish, polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, sewing kit, double-sided tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss and adhesive bandages. Whew!

Mini Flashlight:  Shine a light with a handy, hand-crank flashlight. Perfect for power outages or sneaky bedtime reading for tweens to the young at heart.

Charge It!:  Keep the juice flowing to your lifelines (aka iPhone, iPad and iPod) with this compact and stylish portable battery. Each adds an extra three-hours to your Apple device. 

Petite Ports:  Take your digital files on the go with this cute cat shaped USB port.  It's purrfect for the cat lover in your life.

Key Holder: Mount this mod Magnetic Cloud Key Holder near your front door and never lose your keys again.

Recipe Box with Divider Cards:  Keep kitchen inspiration close at hand with a recipe box that organizes your culinary greatest hits.

Cactus Flower Sticky Notes: Pretty post-its keep your to-dos attractive!



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