Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Goodwill Style Makeover - Rebecca





I am thrilled to introduce you to Rebecca.  She is this month's winner of the Goodwill Style Makeover!  Rebecca has an inspiring story (that you'll get to hear in a few weeks on this blog)... but before that, I wanted to meet with her and help her gain the "I CAN DO IT" kind of confidence to move toward her goals.  And, sometimes, all that takes is being able to see yourself in a different way... sometimes it just takes a new outfit. 

Check out Rebecca's Style Makeover!

In fashion and friendship,







p.s. Are you stuck in a style rut? I'll post some tips and tricks on how to reclaim your sassy stylish self soon!




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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

High School Back to School Fall '17 Trend Report



As much as I don't want to admit it, summer is over.  In my house, that means we are over our heads in all that is 'back to school'. Over the years, we've offered tips and thoughts on getting through the back to school season...with a shred of sanity!


This year, I'm sharing with you (and your budding fashionistas) my Back To School Trend Report. Many of the things in this year's report are easy to find at your local Goodwill Store. Some things to look for include:
  • Slogan t-shirts - those t-shirts with sayings on them.
  • Anything Embroidered - if you are crafty, maybe you can add some embroidery to an old jean jacket or pair of jeans to give it new life
  • Fair Isle sweaters - remember the old 'ski sweaters'? You know, the ones with all the print and detail around the shoulders? Well...they're back! 
What are your kids loving for BTS this season?  What do you wish they'd leave home?  I'd love to commiserate with you!










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Monday, August 7, 2017

Organize kids stuff: secrets to back to school bliss!

When the kids head out the door for the first day of school, many moms start the cleaning and organizing! Fall is the perfect time to embrace an "out with the old - in with the new" attitude"...especially with your kids stuff!

This week, our organizing expert, Lorie Marrero shares some organizing tips on getting the grade and finding the Secrets of Back to School Bliss!

And remember, if you need a few more back to school wardrobe basics - including school uniforms, Goodwill is a great place to shop!




(transcript of the video)
Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program, and today we’re going to talk about getting in the swing of things with back-to-school time. So when you’re getting ready for back-to-school, you have to think about, of course, gathering all the school supplies and clothes you need, but you also need to think about creating new routines to go with the new schedule that you have.

So let’s start with weekly planning – we call it Sunday Planning – at the end of the weekend, sitting down with your calendar looking at the week ahead, figuring out who needs to be where, and making some menu plans for the dinners every night for the rest of that week.

So the next thing you should think about is your morning, afternoon, and evening routines so that your day goes more smoothly. So, of course, in the mornings, it can be chaotic trying to get everybody ready and out the door. Make that as easy for yourself as possible by thinking through it carefully. Who needs what and when? Are you getting yourself ready before you get the kids ready? Get a head start on them. Get up a little earlier. Also, we recommend having a destination station, which is the area where you enter and exit the home most frequently and you put things there that you need to take with you when you leave the house. So you establish this station, you can hang your keys there, your purses and backpacks go there, and anything else that needs to go out the door in the morning.

The afternoon is a little more complicated because maybe you aren’t there. Maybe the kids are by themselves. Maybe the kids have a sitter in the afternoons. Maybe they’re somewhere else in the afternoons. But you need to have a routine and some policies and rules around several pieces of what happens during that time of day.

So first of all, homework. Do they need to start their homework immediately? When is homework supposed to be done and where? Snack time, screen time, and general play time also need to have policies established around them so everybody understands what’s supposed to happen. Now, you may have homework being done at the kitchen table – this is this classic kitchen table dilemma of the multiple functions that are often going on in this space – so you may be setting the table for dinner while your children are trying to do homework here. And what often I see that people need is extra storage in this space. So, one of the greatest solutions that I’ve seen lately are these premium cubes that are available at Home Depot by ClosetMaid, and they look so nice with the rest of your furniture. They don’t look like they’re inexpensive and they belong in the kids’ playroom. They belong in the common areas of your house. They look great with these faux leather premium fabric drawers that they have. And so you can have extra storage really close by that looks good, and you can put things in it like a pouch full of school supplies for their homework time, like a calculator, extra notebooks, post-it notes, index cards, all the things that the kids need so that they can get them out and put them away quickly and easily when it’s time to shift to dinner time.

So, you can also use these cubes for other things you need around the kitchen table. So for example, you can put your cloth napkins or things like that, that you need for your eating along with the school supplies. So, establish those afternoon policies and if the kids are older, you can even do that with them and even write them into a formal contract. Sometimes, it really doesn’t hurt to get everybody’s very formal agreement on how that’s going to go.

Then, let’s talk about your evening routine. So that is crucial to making your morning go more smoothly. If you’ve got little kids, you probably have bath time. You may want to lay their clothes out for tomorrow. There’s a lot of activities that have to do with setting the stage for the morning. So clothing’s great, but also sports equipment, of course, their backpacks and any homework they’ve gotten done needs to be packed up and ready to go in that destination station area. And you may want to pack lunches the night before to save yourself a little bit of time and hassle in the morning.

So all these routines are fantastic to think through ahead of time, but remember, routine does not equal rigid. You want to plan some flexibility into the process, and don’t make it painful and frustrating for everybody. Have a little bit of leeway here and there, but use this as a basic outline for your day and for your week.

If you’d like to have more back-to- school tips, we have a countdown calendar for three weeks leading up to the first day of school and you can get that calendar at clutterdiet.com/countdown.
See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.
You may have been searching for stress free school schedules or how to ease back into school.











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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Quick Style Tips - FREE DOWNLOAD



In the last Ambush Makeover Video, you met the ladies from World Harvest Church. I offered them a few simple style tips that made a big difference!

Want to know a few of these style secrets I shared with the group?  Download this month's FREE DOWNLOAD now!





Would YOU like to be a Goodwill Style Makeover winner?  Just CLICK HERE, complete the form and be entered to win!  Be sure to check back in the coming weeks when we have our next Goodwill Style Makeover winner!

In fashion and friendship,







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Thursday, July 20, 2017

How to Make It Easier to Organize Your Garage

Have you HAD IT with the clutter in your garage?  This week, join our Certified Professional Organizer, Lorie Marrero, as she offers tips on how to deal with the disaster!

from: https://www.clutterdiet.com/clutter-video-tip-how-to-make-it-easier-to-organize-your-garage/
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Did you know that some of the greatest modern accomplishments have all been born in the same room of the house? Joey Ramone, Silicone Valley moguls, and countless entrepreneurs all have this one inspirational room in common - the garage. Is your garage inspirational? Can you park in it, can you find your tools? Watch this video for tips on organizing and inspirationalizing this often forgotten space. You will be one step closer to your own garage innovation.



(Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdshelf.)






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Friday, July 7, 2017

Goodwill Industrial Services - what is it?



Goodwill’s Industrial Services Division provides a resource of equipment, facilities and labor that enable the manufacturer or marketer of a product to outsource specialized packaging and assembly projects, reworks, or an entire packaging or manufacturing process.
Outsourcing to Goodwill yields many benefits:
  • Frees you to focus on your core business.
  • Frees space in your facility for other uses.
  • Frees capital by reducing your need for equipment.
  • Provides shorter lead times via the use of a specialized facility.
  • Reduces your in-house labor and benefit costs.
  • Provides a resource of labor and space for specialized or non-recurring jobs.
  • Delegating work to Goodwill Industrial Services can free space for more critical operations.
PACKAGING
Goodwill’s Industrial Services Department has the facilities, equipment and know-how to handle all of your packaging needs. Whether it is a short or long-run job, or if you need ongoing support for your packaging needs; we can provide it!

We offer bagging, bar-coding, and cartoning, as well as kit packaging, labeling, shrink wrapping, and more.

Please contact us with your specific packaging needs and let us show you how Goodwill’s Industrial Services Department can package a whole lot more than you expect.

MANUFACTURING
Goodwill’s Industrial Services Department provides you with custom manufacturing services including assembly, fabrication, inspection, and rework.

We can handle temporary, sporadic, or long-term projects yet remain a cost effective solution for your business. Stop hiring costly temporary labor and put our expertise to work.

Call today for your free, no obligation cost estimate. We are sure you will be surprised at just how beneficial it can be to work with Goodwill’s Industrial Services Department.

MAILING
We are prepared to support your communication needs with standard and automated mailing capabilities.  In many cases, our clients find that the cost of our services is offset by the postage savings.  A full complement of supplemental services is also available, from collating and catalog assembly to sorting and stapling.


WIPING CLOTHS
We stock a variety of cotton and cotton blend wipers for the needs of your application. Wiping Cloths from Goodwill Industrial Services are durable and affordable and delivery is available in select areas. Wiping cloths come in 50 lb boxes. Delivery or pickup from one of our Goodwill Stores may be available, call for more details.


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Friday, June 23, 2017

Spring (or summer!) Cleaning Myths and Resources

The kids are out of school for the summer, how are you doing on your Spring Cleaning plan?  Has that plan moved to a summer-cleaning goal?

Many of us will have the best of intentions to organize things around our homes, and really clean things up this summer. This week we decided to take some advice from an organizing expert on the best way to start these daunting projects!

(from: https://www.clutterdiet.com/spring-cleaning-myths-and-resources/)
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People always ask us about Spring Cleaning, and I love the idea and energy of throwing open the windows and starting fresh with your house, reflecting all of the new life and beauty around us outside!

When I talk with people about Spring Cleaning, however, the first thing I want to tell them is that I am not a cleaning expert. I don't know 100 household uses for vinegar, but I do know a thing or two about organizing your closets, bathrooms, kitchens, and garages!

I also want to bust the myth that you "must" do some kind of major overhaul of your home in the spring, like there is some kind of rule about exactly what should be done. Every home is different and people live in different climates, and people have varying degrees of maintenance they do all year round. Certainly there are seasonal things to do that are smart, like switching out your sweaters for shorts. But if you do a good job keeping things clean most of the year, you don't "have to" break out the kneepads and scrub the floor, unless you want to. I always want people to feel comfortable doing what WORKS for them and not compare themselves to some unrealistic standard.

If you are feeling inspired by spring like so many people are, here are some questions about "Spring Cleaning" that you can think about as you approach your weekend, with some resources to help:

What cleaning projects do you want to get done? If you are inspired to do some major cleaning like baseboards, drapes, blinds, or comforters– decide on it, schedule it in and get it done, coordinating with your family for the extra effort you'll need. For me, a must is cleaning my patio furniture so I can enjoy sitting outside. Our Clutter Diet members have access to household systems & routines that can help you plan all of your tasks throughout the year! We now offer the FREE 7-Day Quickstart which includes seven days of focused guidance from me plus an additional 7 days of full access and support!. For help with cleaning tips, please refer to Heloise at Good Housekeeping. Here is a great article with her 20 most popular household hints.

What organizing projects do you want to get done? We suggest closets because of the seasonal swap-out of clothing, and we also think it's a great time to organize your garage, since it's not too hot outside yet. Your refrigerator and pantry might need some attention, and your bathroom cupboards probably need first aid items and sunscreen to be restocked. If you'd like some support to get these projects done, our expert team is available 7 days a week to consult with you in our member message boards

What is your disposal plan? When you do big projects, especially like garages or basements, you need to plan ahead a little, and you will probably need some help hauling away that old broken bulky stuff.  If you just need to find your nearest Goodwill Donation Center, go to Goodwill-NI.org.

Enjoy your weekend, and enjoy your summer! What are your favorite Spring-Summer Cleaning tasks? Share in the comments!







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