Archive for the ‘Spring Cleaning’ Category

Now that we are going to Brazil, you can imagine what a hassle we’ve been trough trying to organize the move.

We’ve got a lot of stuff (furniture, clothes, appliances) “New York style” that won’t fit too well in Brazil. So it’s time to donate, give away to friends or swap!

There’s nothing more fun than clean your closets, grab your friends and trade your stuff at a party where everybody leaves happy and nobody spends a dime.

Here’s how it works:

1) Invite a few friends and ask them to bring items to swap;

2) Bring also some food and drinks!

3) Lay out the loot allowing some space and time for each person to browse;

4) Everything should be clean and in good condition;

5) Tag each item with price and description of the product;

6) Take turns choosing one new item for each item that you brought;

7) Box and donate leftovers to charity at the end of the party.


photo from internet.


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A while ago I read the book “Cleaning plain & simple”, by Donna Smallin, and found it to be very useful. It gives direct and easy to use cleaning tips and everyone can benefit from it.

As most of  professional organizers recommend, “Organization must be incorporated into your daily life, one space at a time. It is not a one-shot deal”. This book gives you steps that you can take for 15 minutes a day – and that’s it!

I highly recommend it (and I secretly hoped I’ve written it…)

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Do you want to clean your closets for a good cause and a green city from the convenience of your own building?

If so, check out re-fashion NYC, a brand new partnership between the city of New York and Housing Works.

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Gap Inc. and Goodwill® are encouraging consumers to clean out their closets for a cause. From May 19-29, Gap stores in the United States and Canada will accept clothing donations in support of the Donate Movement. The clothing donations will be given to Goodwill Industries® and then sold in Goodwill’s more than 2,500 stores.

To thank customers for their generous donations, donors will receive 30-percent off their entire Gap purchase, just in time for Memorial Day shopping.

Bring your Goodwill® clothing donation to any Gap, GapKids, babyGap, or GapBody store from May 19 – 29 and you’ll get 30-percent off your entire Gap purchase including regularly priced and sale items!

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Better Home and Gardens and Share Our Strength – the leading national organization working to end childhood hunger in America by 2015 – are inviting all of us to participate in a worthwhile event.

Here’s how: Declutter your house and host a yard sale with the items you want to get rid of; them donate the proceeds to Share Our Strength. You’ll get a clean house and a chance to help the 17 million children in America facing hunger.

Check BHG website for tips on preparing for a sale.

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Spring is around the corner and we are getting ready for that annual clean. Since only a few privileged have some help in this task, the great majority (us!) have to do it on our own. For me it’s a great pleasure to work on it, especially to see the results when everything is clean and neat, but for some people it can be a nightmare just to start thinking about it.

Martha Stewart is a great source for home cleaning tips and her team designed a very helpful printable checklist. Just remember to tailor the list to your home and create a realistic schedule. It won’t take long; try to get your family, roommates and friends together and it will be much more fun.

Don’t forget to share the results with us!

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