You’ve finally done it! You’ve cleaned out the closet, basement, attic and garage and gathered every item you no longer have use for. Whether your inspiration was an upcoming move or the desire to get the clutter out, you’re now tasked with deciding what to do with everything you’ve collected. While having a moving sale is always an option, donating household items is an alternative solution that also lets you help someone in need. To make donating goods as easy as possible, we’ve developed a guide to walk you through the process.
Getting rid of clutter: A guide to downsizing your life
It’s no secret that many people have a lot of stuff in their homes. In fact, a UCLA study found that 25 percent of homes with two-car garages don’t have enough room for vehicles because they’re filled with other things. But why does this happen?
Many psychologists believe our tendency to hoard comes from our belief that owning more will make us feel happier and more secure, or it may just be because we’re susceptible to advertisement. Whatever the reason, the need to own can get a little out of control, leaving us with a cluttered house and a desperate desire to reduce our belongings. The good news is downsizing is easier than you may think — all you need is a plan and the willingness to see it through.
With gift-giving season quickly approaching, you’re probably already dreading what holiday shopping entails — big crowds, long lines, traffic jams and an empty bank account. But, instead of getting stressed and spending hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars, why not spend some time crafting DIY Christmas gifts? You can stay home, drink a cup of hot chocolate, listen to Christmas music and enjoy the lights on the tree while making your loved ones a unique gift they’re sure to love. And even if you’re not usually a crafty person, these simple handmade ideas are easy enough for anyone to make!
While November 15 is National Clean Your Refrigerator Day, you can “celebrate” this holiday any time. Whether you’re cleaning one in your new apartment, prepping yours for a move, or just trying to get rid of fridge odor, it’s good to know the best way to get the job done.
That’s the spirit! You’ve set getting organized as your New Year’s resolution and nothing’s going to stop you from fulfilling it. Except, you’re not sure how to get started. No worries; your tablet or smartphone can help. Whether you’re team Android or team iOs, this list of organization apps can help simplify your daily routine (and maybe even help you save some $$ this New Year.
Moving and decorating a new home can really put a dent in your bank account. We can help you move affordably with U-Pack, but now how do you make your new place feel like home on a budget? If you’ve ever decorating a new home before, you know how easy it is to overspend. But, with a little creativity, imagination, and a Saturday browsing the thrift shops, you can decorate without spending tons of money. Our U-Pack team has been really creative and thrifty in their homes, and we want to share our projects with you for some inspiration for decorating on a budget.
Decorate for Christmas with these Fun, Easy, Cheap Ideas
Nothing makes a new house feel more like “home” than sparkling lights and beautiful, hand-crafted Christmas decorations. Try out some of these easy (and cheap) Christmas decoration ideas and turn your home into a gorgeous winter wonderland.
I don’t claim to be an expert at many things, but I know toys. I can tell you just about anything you need to know about the latest Skylander® product to hit the market, which Lego® set has which character, and I can bake a cake in an Easy Bake Oven like a champ. I’m not a toy collector per se, but I do have 7 kids (and 6 are under 10), so I’ll proudly wear the “toy expert” badge.
Confession time. I am not the neatest, tidiest person. This fault of mine has bothered those closest to me my entire life, from my mother, to my saintly sweet college roommate, and now my husband. Their cry has always been the same, “Brittney, you have too much stuff and nowhere to put it!” So, I started reading some home organizing blogs years ago. Now, I'm not a pro at this yet, but my home is much more organized than my dorm room or the first one-bedroom apartment my husband and I shared. I'm learning so much from these great organizing blogs, and hope they'll be helpful for you, too.