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Ready for a fresh start? Here's a quick list of what you can toss or donate to clear out the clutter and lighten your load in 2010.
Donate: To a good cause or save for a yard sale
Whether giving away the goods or saving them for a sale, package them now in clearly marked cardboard boxes that can be stashed in the attic, a dry garage, or your basement until yard sale season commences, or until you have time to visit your local charity drop-off center. Be sure to keep an inventory list of what you donate to share with your accountant at tax time. A write-off is very likely.
Donate: Old clothes and bags
Any clean piece of clothing, bag, or shoes that you haven't worn in the last 18 months. Dressforsuccess.org will let you know where you can contribute business wear to aspiring career women in need. Or check your local Good Will or Salvation Army for specific drop off days, times and article restrictions. (Related: Clean out your closet in a snap.)
Donate: Old computers or electronics
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Looking to pamper yourself in the new year? Make sure you're also getting a good bargain -- check out the best-tested items of 2009 from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute's Beauty Lab.
Our absolute favorite product of the year, the Remington Style Therapy Frizz Therapy Iron Model # S9951 ($50) has already changed the lives of those who've tried it. This 1-inch flat iron coats hair with conditioners as it straightens, living up to its claim that it tames frizz for up to 15 hours. Regardless of their hair type, women loved it, even if they had already invested in far more expensive irons. (Related: Get Your Dream Hair)
Forget about fancy creams and lotions, Curel Ultra Healing Intensive Moisture Lotion ($5.49) beat out ten other products that claim they'll keep skin moisturized for a full twenty-four hours. And with its mild scent, it won't clash with a signature fragrance. (Related: 9 Skin-Care Mistakes that Might be Ruining Your Skin)Read More »from The Best Beauty Bets of 2009
No time to prep before that big holiday bash? No worries, these tips will help you get ready in no time.
Edit Your Makeup
"You can get a great, polished look with just three products," says Jason Pike, makeup artist for Sephora's Pro Beauty Team: 1. Even out skin tone with tinted moisturizer, dabbing on a little extra over dark circles or blemishes. Choose one with SPF and you'll protect, hydrate, and add sheer coverage in one step, with no special tools. Try Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer With Sunscreen SPF 20 ($18, marykay.com). 2. Swipe on a neutral lip gloss. "It makes lips look full and healthy and adds color so subtle, you don't even need a mirror to apply it," says Pike. Try Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Apricot ($13, department stores). 3. Finish off with a coat of brown mascara. Try Almay Intense i-Color Bring Out the Brown Mascara in Brown Topaz ($7.50, drugstores).
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- Good Housekeeping | New Year – Tue, Dec 22, 2009 12:37 AM EST
Make 2010 the year you finally get your wardrobe in order. Here are our simple solutions for conquering the clutter in the closet.
The best way to conquer clothes clutter: Hold your own once-a-year fashion show. Empty the closet, then try on each garment in front of a full-length mirror. Does it fit? With what outfits and on what occasions will you wear it? Does it need mending? Will you ever be able to get out that ink stain? Separate pieces into four piles: keep, mend, donate, throw away. Follow the same steps for shoes. Now you can start organizing the keepers, eking out extra space with over-the-door storage and hanging shelves. (Related: Dress Better for Less)
Toss mismatched hangers: Their irregular shapes take up more space, and the wire ones that dry cleaners use are hard on your clothes. Try a coordinated set, like the Huggable Hangers ($14 for 12, HSN; HSN.com).
Keep your clothes stored by outfit: For example, store cardigans with matching slacks, blazers withRead More »from Out with the old, in with the new: Easy tips for organizing your closet
Sick of scrimping and saving and never seeming to get ahead? Well, we've found lots of small savings can add up big. These easy penny-pinching tricks let you preserve more of your paycheck.
Food and Drug Items
1. Shop the ethnic-food aisles. Spices, rice, and other staples are sometimes half the price of similar name-brand items at the supermarket.
2. Ask how a particular promotion works. For example, a "10 for $10" sale may not require that you purchase 10 items; you might be able to buy only what you need and still get the reduced price. (Use a coupon, and you just might end up paying nothing.)
3. Sign up for store loyalty cards. You'll get generous coupons for products that you tend to buy regularly.
4. Feeling high-tech? Try downloading online coupons onto your grocer's loyalty card. At shortcuts.com, you choose the coupons, add them to an account tied to the loyalty program, and redeem them when you show the cashier your card.
5. Visit grocery stores'Read More »from 25 ways to save money in the new year
This year, keep your New Year's resolution and finally drop those last 5 ponds you've been meaning to shed. Here are 10 practically painless ways to say good-bye to that extra weight for good.Read More »from 10 Ways to Drop 5 Pounds in the New Year
1. Sleep More
It's a dream come true -- literally! Add one hour of sleep to your schedule, and you could drop up to 14 pounds this year. New data from the University of Michigan shows that you'll likely eat 6 percent less if you replace 60 minutes of awake time (when you may snack) with an hour of shut-eye. And a Harvard study that tracked around 68,000 women found that those who clocked only five or fewer hours of rest a night had a 32 percent greater chance of gaining more than 30 pounds over a 16-year period than those who got seven hours of sleep. (Related: Find out if you have a sleep disorder)
2. Laugh Off 40 Calories
It's no joke! A study from Vanderbilt University showed that you can burn up to that many calories by laughing genuinely for 10 to 15 minutes. So pop in a favorite DVD or
- Good Housekeeping | Holiday – Fri, Dec 18, 2009 10:43 PM EST
Don't get caught at the office or family holiday party with the blinking Santa sweater. This year we've found stylish options for every festive occasion -- no matter if you're 3 or 50!Read More »from Step Away from the Santa Sweaters! Chic Holiday Fashions for All Ages
A figure-flattering dress that combines elegance and ease was at the top of Jeni Sussman's wish list. This satin stunner, with its ruffled crossover neckline and midriff ruching, showcases curves without clinging. "I love it!" Sussman says. Also enjoying her finery: daughter Audrey, who kept twirling in her crinoline-lined frock.
Plaid dress, $30, Crazy 8. Headband, tights, and Mary Janes, The Children's Place. Red dress, $164, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique. Necklace, Grayce by Molly Sims. Bracelet, Carolee. Pumps, Filene's Basement.
A sophisticated gleam team - brocade skirt and beaded turtleneck - are tailor-made for Jennifer Shiman's Christmas Eve meal with the in-laws. "The pieces are dressy without being fussy," says Shiman. Daughter Madeline's sweater separates have the same party-season
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If you're beyond busy (and we know you are), here are 18 easy, fast ways to beat the clock all day long!
1. If you're always searching for a pen, stock one in every handbag, and keep another in your checkbook.
2. Store buttons in clear pill dispensers so you can easily spot the one you need.
3. Schedule your next haircut before you leave the salon. (Try one of these 5 Best Haircuts Ever).
4. Keep scissors in every room so you won't waste time trying to find them if you have to open a package, cut a tag, or wrap a gift.
5. Buy stamps, print labels, and arrange package pickups online at usps.com.
6. When you find a useful number in the phone book, highlight it so it pops out the next time.
7. Skip the photo store. Order prints from an online service such as Snapfish, the top scorer in GH Research Institute tests.
8. Reserve (and renew) books online instead of driving to the library to do it in person.
9. Stash lint rollers in lots of
- Good Housekeeping | Work + Money – Wed, Aug 26, 2009 5:57 PM EDT
By Kate Ashford for Good HousekeepingRead More »from 7 surprising ways to boost your credit--and your savings!
You know you should save for retirement and, as long as the economy continues grumbling, keep a close eye on spending. But if you want to do more than just avoid a financial disaster, go beyond the obvious and add these seven steps to your money to-do list. Sound daunting? Don't worry - some take as little as 15 minutes!
1. Find Out What You Earn
Of course you know your salary - but what kind of interest does your checking or money market account get? "It's amazing how many people don't have this information," says Carolyn Walder, a financial planner in Alexandria, VA. With so many banks now paying around 4% (visit bankrate.com for the latest numbers), it's foolish to leave your nest egg in a stingier spot, earning 1% - or even nothing. Some institutions require $1,000 or $2,500 to open a money market account, but others, like Capital One (capitalone.com), set their minimum at $1. Thinking of starting a new career? Here's how to launch your own
By Miriam Arond, for the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
It's that time of year again! Housewares stores are filled with kids and their parents scouring the aisles, trying to make the best product purchases for college dorm rooms without spending a small fortune beyond the cost of tuition. I asked the experts at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute for some of their top recommendations. Here's the shopping list they prepared:
"These reasonably priced lines are very absorbent and in our tests have stood up to a year's worth of washings without fraying," says Kathleen Huddy, director of our Textile, Paper & Plastics Lab.
Before you hit the stores, ask about the mattress size in your child's dorm. There's a good chance you'll need sheets marked "for extra long twin beds." Buying a bed-in-the-bag set is your best bet, says Kathleen, because you'll get the whole shebang (comforter, sheets, pillow cases,Read More »from Must-Haves for College Dorm Rooms