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Display Name: astroande
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1 and 2 totally come with age. These are two of the biggest things that have governed how I shop as I've moved into my 30s.

I've also found that looking at fashion magazines and even J.Crew catalogs can help me come up with new outfits from the clothes I already have. "Hey, I have a striped top and green skirt just like that! New outfit ahoy!"


Savvy Style: How To Save Money on Clothes (and Look Great Doing It!)
6/11/14 08:15 PM

I'm looking for the exact thing for the exact same room, how funny!


Tried & True Tips for Finding the Best Deals on Craigslist
6/3/14 08:51 PM

This post and comments are so helpful! My fiance and I are trying to plan our wedding and man can it be a lot of work and money. We're trying to keep things small and simple and just have it be a really fun party with our family and friends.

We have a guest list of 75 people, and figure we'll get somewhere between 55-65 show up. We're trying to do something in Brooklyn, since it's our home, and are looking at somewhat offbeat places -- mostly bars that don't get the bulk of their business from weddings.

We'll be having a bar, because both of us are beer enthusiasts and would like decent stuff for our guests. Food we're not too worried about -- and I love the idea of having a favorite restaurant cater. I don't really care about flowers either and may just some wholesale from Whole Foods, like a friend of mine did. My mom could throw them together into some vases easy.

And I don't really want a "wedding gown" -- I'd rather have a kickass dress I love and can wear again. I'm going to call my regular tailor and see if she actually makes dresses and see if that might be cheaper than going the retail route.

I would like to do paper invites, as I'm one of those people that still sends thank you notes and birthday cards through the snail mail. I want them to be simple though -- no fancy calligraphy.

But man it's hard to find exactly what you're looking for on a set budget.


8 Ways to Spend Less for a Wedding
5/30/14 04:05 PM

It really hasn't been a big deal for me. I wash my sheets and towels every week, and the napkins just go in with them, so it's no extra work.


12 Things Every Home Should Have
2/2/14 08:42 PM

No quick clean for me today -- had an after-work engagement. But should be selling something via Craigslist tomorrow, so one more thing out of here!

Will definitely be extending this Cure into February to finish up a few things. And of course it's always a ongoing process!


Final Stretch: The 60 Minute Quick Clean The January Cure Assignment #20
1/29/14 11:16 PM

Our print won't be ready for 8 weeks (!!), but I can chip away at some of the things I haven't yet finished. I still need to wipe down the inside of my dresser and scrub those darn kitchen counters. I was too pooped last night after yoga. Will get to it though!


A Gift to Yourself: Hang that Artwork! The January Cure Assignment #19
1/28/14 02:52 PM

Ha, I definitely need more than once catch-up day! But after yoga tonight I'll scrub down the counters in the kitchen I haven't gotten to yet and then I'll be all done in there, yay! (This is of course neglecting the black hole cabinet under the sink, which is a whole separate project...)

Took some stuff to the textile recycling booth this morning, so that stuff is out of the outbox, yay!


The Assignment We've All Been Waiting For The January Cure: Assignment 18
1/27/14 02:02 PM

Well, not much progress made on the living room, but I finally, finally mopped the bathroom floor. Also gave the tub a scrub along with the usual weekend cleaning in there, and washed the shower curtain. Also caught up on a few other little things and have a hearty veggie winter stew brewing in the slow cooker.


Weekend Chores: Flowers, Outbox, Living Room & Lighting January Cure Assignment #17
1/26/14 06:53 PM

I don't know if it was the case 40 years ago, but most donation centers in NYC won't take any kind of bedding (and I'm guessing "soft" furnishings) because of all the potential issues with bed bugs. Not saying you had them of course!


Clear Out & Help Out: A Big List of the Best Donation Centers for All Your Stuff
1/26/14 11:21 AM

Took a bunch of stuff off to Housing Works this afternoon, yay! Also worked my way through more of the receipt backlog by checking them against my statements, so that's a bit more mess off my desk. Also tried on some more clothes to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Progress, slowly but surely.


Weekend Chores: Flowers, Outbox, Living Room & Lighting January Cure Assignment #17
1/25/14 08:36 PM

Bracing myself for the living room clean -- lots of books to take off shelves and dust! But that'll also help us go through them. Will be taking some stuff to Housing Works tomorrow and listing a couple items on Craigslist. Old, holey socks and a few other clothing items to worn to donate will go to the fabric recycling stand at the farmer's market on Monday morning.

Still have a little scrubbing to do in the kitchen and need to give the inside of my dresser a wipe down, but overall in pretty good shape I think!


Weekend Chores: Flowers, Outbox, Living Room & Lighting January Cure Assignment #17
1/24/14 12:28 PM

This is another one where we're mostly OK. Catalogs usually get looked at right away -- if there's something I'm interested in, I pin it and then recycle. For magazines, I keep only the current month and the ones that have arrived for the next month. When the month ends, I use the trusty Exacto to tear out any inspiration pages, recipes, etc. that I want and then recycle. I'm a little behind in my New Yorkers, but catching up.

I have maybe 15 CDs, and they're ones I want to keep. The fiance is slowly replacing his CD collection by buying them on iTunes (most of the CDs are too scratched up to burn), but it's too expensive to do all at once. DVDs are neatly stored in Ikea boxes and the drawers of our TV console (along with my original Nintendo and games -- I don't really play it, but I want to show that to my kids one day!)

And like other commenters, the books are a sticking point for us. We're both huge bookworms and really like having them around -- as someone upthread noted, they're part of what makes a house a home to us. I will look through and see if there are a few we can get rid of, and we have culled some in the past. Mostly we just need better shelves in the office to hold what we have, as new ones aren't really come in since I joined the library and the fiance has his Kindle.


Lightening Up: Declutter Media Collections January Cure Assignment #16
1/23/14 03:26 PM

Spa night sounds divine. I may have to start doing that myself...


Declutter & Organize: Bathroom Cabinets Cleanout The January Cure: Assignment # 15
1/22/14 05:14 PM

Luckily I did just this only a couple months ago, but I'll give the medicine cabinet a wipe down and straighten up everything in there. I'll go through all my samples from Sephora, etc., too and see if maybe there are any I can take into the bathroom at work for folks to use.

I worked a bit on some papers last night, but, also luckily, that is another thing I have fairly well in hand. Most all of our bills are electronic and the things I get in paper I have a filing system for. A little catching up to do there after the holidays, but it'll get tackled.


Declutter & Organize: Bathroom Cabinets Cleanout The January Cure: Assignment # 15
1/22/14 05:07 PM

I reaaally need to do this. I've been meaning to come up with a household budget for about 3 years now...


Fresh Start: 5 Things You Should Do Every January
1/17/14 06:52 PM

So sorry about your puppy dog. It sounds like she was much loved.


Weekend Chores: Flowers, Bedroom Cleaning & Wardrobe Organizing The January Cure: Assignment # 12
1/17/14 06:44 PM

I, too, am a fan of the crockpot on the weekends. We do our weekly cleaning and laundry on Sunday, and I usually have yoga, so cooking is harder to fit in -- the crockpot makes it a breeze!


Weekend Chores: Flowers, Bedroom Cleaning & Wardrobe Organizing The January Cure: Assignment # 12
1/17/14 06:38 PM

Totally still working on the kitchen. You've got the knee, I've got a cold. Weee!


Weekend Chores: Flowers, Bedroom Cleaning & Wardrobe Organizing The January Cure: Assignment # 12
1/17/14 06:27 PM

I've come down with a cold, but am hopefully in the last stages of it, so we'll see what I can get done this weekend. At least it's a long one!

My flowers are still hanging in there from the first week, but I'll get some more this weekend. It really is nice to have them around.

Luckily our bedroom is probably the cleanest room in our apartment. Clutter stresses me out, so I try hard to make sure it doesn't collect in there so I have a serene place to sleep. And our closet is actually in our office, which certainly helps. We did a clean and purge of it in November, so I've done that at least. We will go through the clothes in the dressers though, and give everything a good clean. And sorting at least is something I can do while I'm on the mend.

And hopefully the long weekend will give me time to finish up the kitchen as well.

Good luck everyone!


Weekend Chores: Flowers, Bedroom Cleaning & Wardrobe Organizing The January Cure: Assignment # 12
1/17/14 06:01 PM

Don't feel discouraged! Just do what you can -- even small changes can have a big impact.


Weekend Chores: Flowers, Bedroom Cleaning & Wardrobe Organizing The January Cure: Assignment # 12
1/17/14 04:59 PM