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Spring Clean Your Digital Life

Spring

Spring (Photo credit: Charalampos Konstantinidis)

It’s finally here!  It is officially Spring!  Usually when this day rolls around I am packing up my sweaters and bringing out the tank tops – – but with the chilly weather still here in NYC (UGH) I thought I would get into the mood by spring cleaning my digital life instead.

It seems like a daunting task to go through the TONS of files and folders that have been clogging up your hard drive but never fear I’ve got you covered.  Here is a list (of course) of ways to help refresh your desktop, emails, and your social media accounts! Your computer will thank you for the fresh start 😉

Untweep:  Get rid of those lingering twitter accounts that you follow with Untweep. This will go through and pick out accounts that haven’t tweeted in x amount of days (you decide, can be 1 day of not tweeting or a whole month) and unfollow them for you. This is a great way to clean out your account!

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Make Cash From Your Clutter

Yard Sale!

Yard Sale! (Photo credit: moon angel)

I started my spring cleaning a little early this year, not only in the hopes that maybe Mother Nature will get the hint (crossing my fingers and toes that this ridiculous snow in the Northeast ends) but also to make a little extra cash! YES – cash for your clutter, what could be better then that? I thought I might try and sell my diamond ring so I could easily pay my moving bills and supplies. So, I found some apps/sites to help you clean out your closet, junk drawers, and entertainment centers, and fill your pockets with cash!

Getting cash from your clutter is a great way to make some money if you’re saving up for a big purchase. However, this isn’t always the quickest way to do things. Especially if you need money in a hurry! Fortunately, there are other ways to get the money you need in a timely fashion. For example, there are various loan companies that allow you to låna pengar snabbt (borrow money quickly). As with anything finance related, just remember to do your research and compare lenders first to ensure you’re getting the money you need at a rate you can afford to pay back.

PoshMark
Dig out those glamorous heels in the back of your closet that you love but can’t find another occasion to wear and let this app do the rest. You can set up an inventory of clothes, shoes, and jewelry to sell on the app or through their site. All you do is upload the photos, set the price, negotiate with customers, and voila you now have a little extra space in your wardrobe and cash in your hand. They make shipments super easy by sending you the prepaid packaging – all you need to do is add the address (because of this they take 20% of your sale). You can also browse through other “closets” in case you need to fill that heel hole in your heart 😉

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Makeover Your Home Office

Have you started spring cleaning yet? I went through my closet this weekend and got rid of 20 pairs of shoes. I’m not even exaggerating. It was ridiculous. But I feel much better now that the task is complete…and excited to replace some of those shoes. When I spring clean, I start off decluttering the drawers and closets then begin general cleaning stuff that I don’t do enough. Things like dusting, mopping, vacuuming… Pretty soon I’m hit with the realization that I should probably get a House Cleaning Service because I’m clearly not doing this enough! 🙂

But spring cleaning doesn’t apply to your home only. Don’t forget your office too. Whether it’s at home or in an office — an organized desk can send your productivity soaring.

When it comes to giving your office a makeover, it could be as simple as adding little features such as wall quotes around the room or switching up the carpet once in a while. Speaking of carpets, it’s also important to make sure whichever one you settle on for now is perfectly clean – bad stains and smells can be distracting in a work place. Services like Dr Carpet can help with this. With this being said, no matter what you do, if you like the new look, then that’s what matters. This may also improve productivity in the office.

Recently the folks at Manilla.com came to me with a dilemma. A comedian/actress named Jo had let her desk mess get out of hand. She wasn’t even able to use her desk anymore and had moved over to her dining room table to get work done. Except — her productivity suffered so they called me in to do an office makeover. Check out this video for a look.

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Shopping for Clothes with a List

This weekend my husband was cleaning out his closet – so I was inspired to do the same thing. Our approaches were quite different – he was done in 10 minutes after giving each item a quick glance.

I, on the other hand, had to try on EVERYTHING with the right shoes and undergarments. Please! How am I supposed to know if it still looks good without seeing the whole look? This process took me two hours. (I have a lot of clothes.)

Closet-Cleaning Strategy

I made five piles to keep myself organized as I went through my clothes and shoes:

1. Keep: Stuff that I have worn in the past six months and look really good on me.

2. Donate: Stuff that I really loved at one point but no longer fits, I’m tired of wearing or I’ve never actually worn (I know I’m not the only one who has done this! Right?) If you don’t know where to donate your clothes — here’s a list for “Getting Rid of Stuff.” Read more