Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tips Tuesday! More Ways to Clean House

During the summer season, we go through our entire houses for items to sell, donate or even toss.

I found this tip strip in the June 18, 2010 issue of AllYou magazine. If selling, tossing or donating doesn't appeal, check out these other options:

Regift It-Remove the tags from your unused items, wrap them in new packaging and give them to a friend. Make sure you keep track of who has given you which presents so they don't end up in the same hands.

Create a Family Heirloom-So what if that necklace cost $2 at a flea market? If it was special to you at one point, pass it on to a daughter, niece or granddaughter. You could start a tradition.

Swap it Online-Trade clothes and cosmetics with other woman at swapstyle.com, books at paperbackswap.com, gift cards at swapagift.com, CDs at swapacd.com and DVDs at swapadvd.com.

Get Crafty-Glue magnets to old brooches to jazz up the fridge, or turn mouse pads into trivets for hot pots. Do a Google search to find ideas for new ways to use your object.

Fix It-If you're discarding something because it no longer works, why not give it a second chance? Get an estimate at a fix-it shop, or check out the how-to videos at youtube.com and ehow.com.

Throw a Swap Party-Round up your unwanted items and invite friends over for a "Goodbye, clutter" gathering. Rummage through one another's goods while munching on snacks and listening to music.

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