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How to Start a Fashion Accessory Store

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Clothing Store

If you have a passion for fashion, imagine having anexciting and rewarding career as the owner of an accessories store, getting paid to help people look and feel good with fabulous fashion accessories.

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How to Break Into a Fab Job as an Event Planner

Event Planner

Before you quit your day job to become an event planner, take the time to honestly assess your current skills to ensure you have what it takes to succeed as an event planner.

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Spring Cleaning Tips to Organize Your Home

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Spring is almost in the air. As February begins to wind its path in the calendar, and Punxsutawney Phil begins to make his way out of his den, your mind begins to think about spring-cleaning. Spring really is the ideal time to revamp your home organization system. It is time to rotate seasonal items, extra blankets need to be stored away,

Spring is almost in the air. As February begins to wind its path in the calendar, and Punxsutawney Phil begins to make his way out of his den, your mind begins to think about spring-cleaning. Spring really is the ideal time to revamp your home organization system. It is time to rotate seasonal items, extra blankets need to be stored away, and any lingering holiday decorations need to find their den so they can hibernate through the warm weather. However, getting through spring-cleaning unscathed is quite the feat. Stress may be up as you work to get your household working like a well-oiled machine, and it is probably time that you set up a new system of organization.

Getting organized has to begin somewhere, and the best place to start is with taking inventory. It can be very tedious, and you probably do not want to do it. However, if you want to establish a system that can carry through for the long haul, you need to start out here. How can you properly organize your living space unless you know what is in that living space? Take a notepad and a pencil, and make a room-by-room list of what is present. When that grand act of tedium is finished, sit down and sort out each item by a few categories.

A chart may be the best way to do this and each item should get its own row. A few columns should also be created in order to keep your chart organized. These columns can categorize which seasons the items are used in, and how often the item is used, whether or not it has sentimental value and what type of product it is (Decoration, clothing, electronic, etc.) should all be included. This can help you easily split up your various items into easily discernable categories. Now go around each room and begin to picture how everything can be stored. What aspects of organization work well now? What is frustrating about the current setup? Which items need to stay in their current location? Is this space really the best place to have this room?

Sometimes a problem can be fixed simply by switching around the living room and the study. You should also be willing to add some creativity to the new setup. Keep in mind that spring-cleaning is a large task and it is the perfect time to completely rearrange things. You should try not to avoid this problem because it may be too much work. A better opportunity is unlikely to come up again.

Once the inventory and mental organization is complete, it is time to begin putting things into practice. Start with one room and take it all apart. Destroy any semblance of clean that you have, and in the process of putting it all back together, you should find yourself solving many problems. There are a few pitfalls that you may run into, but you should work hard to avoid those while going through this process.

First, do not worry about decorative items yet. In fact, get them out of there completely. With all of the moving, dusting and organizing you will be doing, they are at risk. Put them somewhere safe, and come back to them later. Another important detail to keep in mind: Do not pack locations to capacity. Always leave space for expansion. You are going to acquire new items and over the course of the year, lots of clutter can develop. However, if you set up a system that leaves extra space for that new stuff, your job should be easier next year. Indeed, a great system can remove the need for spring-cleaning for a few years because you may have left enough flexibility in place to use.

After you have finished your first room, look around and decide if there any gaps in your system? Do some area have too many items, or do others have too few? This is when you troubleshoot the problem. Maybe decide to put some items in a different room, or bring in something from another room. Make sure that you are effectively using all of your space, and do not get caught with too much clutter in one room. This can happen very easily.

Products are out there to help make your organizational dreams a reality. After all of the ideas you can think of have fallen apart, it may be time to invest in some help. Whether your solution is as simple as a clear plastic container, or as complex as a modular rotating closet, there should be a solution out there to fix your problem. In the end you may have to throw some things away, you may be tired and your family may be frustrated with having to learn a new organizational system. However, the long-term ease of living that should be created by an effective spring-cleaning campaign is worth all of the trouble. Enjoy the work, it can be rewarding

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30 Quick and Easy Cleaning Tips

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You love a spotless house—but you don’t want to spend the bulk of your time actually cleaning. Well, fret no more. We talked to seven experts who gave us some of their best methods to make chores easier, more effective and much less time-consuming, so you can have a tidy, sparkling home in no time flat. Even Mom would approve.
In The Kitchen
Circle Your Way Around: Always begin on the right side of your stove, then move clockwise around the room. The stove is typically the dirtiest part of the kitchen, so ending with it keeps you from spreading dirt and grease. (First, soak drip pans and knobs in warm soapy water. By the time you’ve worked your way around, they’ll be easier to clean.)
Sanitize the Sink: It’s hard to believe, but your dirty kitchen sink has more bacteria than your toilet seat. Use a product labeled as an EPA-registered disinfectant, or make your own. To disinfect, clean your sink with soap and water first, then spray a mist of vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide, and let air-dry. (Don’t mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together—spray one after the other.) If your sink is stainless steel, make it sparkle afterward by putting a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buffing. This prevents water buildup, which deters mold and keeps the sink looking clean longer.
Do Dishwasher Duty:: Once a week, shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the machine’s edges to remove stuck-on food or stains. To clean the inside, run an empty cycle with Dishwasher Magic, a product designed to kill bacteria like E.coli. “During cold and flu season, add a quarter-cup of bleach to the regular dish cycle to kill bacteria,” says Laura Dellutri. The dishes will be safe and sanitized after the rinse cycle is finished.
Love Your Oven: Keep the heart of your kitchen clean by lining the bottom with a nonstick oven liner. It can be wiped with a paper towel, put in the dishwasher, and reused over and over.
Disinfect the Disposal: To get rid of odors, drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes. The lemon deodorizes, and the ice and salt clean away residue. Or try Disposer Care (Disposer, which is specifically designed for the job.
Crumple Paper Towels…Forever: Use microfiber cloths instead. When wet, they sanitize and clean floors, counters, glass and tile, and eliminate the need for other cleaning products. They’re reusable (machine-wash, hang to dry) and cost about $5 for a two-pack.
Clean as You Go: Linda Cobb suggests filling your sink with hot soapy water as you start dinner. “Place used dishes and pans in the filled sink so they’ll be soaking while you eat,” she says. Also, wipe up any spills immediately—don’t give sauces, oils or spices a chance to sit around.
Zap the Sponge: We all know that sponges can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfect yours every night by squeezing it out and microwaving it on high for a minute. When it’s shredded and smelly, replace it.
Bathroom Boosters
Make Doors Shine: Rubbing a teaspoon of lemon oil on glass shower doors twice a month causes water to bead up and roll off. Or, try Rain-X Original Glass Treatment, a car-care product made to keep rainwater off your windshield. Use it twice a year.
Get a Cleaner Liner: Mold and mildew attacking your shower curtain liner? Throw it in the wash with a few towels, which will help scrub it clean, then hang it back up to dry.
Tame the Toilet: Drop a teaspoon of Tang Drink Mix in the bowl. The citric acid acts like a scrubber…and it’s nontoxic, in case the dog takes a sip. Let it sit for a few minutes, then swish and flush. And if you cringe at the idea of getting splashed by toilet water (ugh!), Donna Smallin suggests pushing the toilet brush in and out of the trap before you begin. This lowers the water level, allowing you to safely swish away.
Corral Strays: Keep drains free of hair and clogs by using a product like Drano or Liquid-Plumr to make sure potential clogs are gone, then pour boiling water down drains once a week to keep problem-free. Get rid of those annoying stray hairs on the floor by sweeping them up with a damp wad of toilet paper every morning.
Use Bedtime as Clean Time: While the kids are washing up at night, wipe down the tub, toilet and mirrors, and toss out clutter. When they’re finished, quickly wipe down the sink and floor. Bathroom done.
Sweeping Solutions
Cleaning should always be done top to bottom. That way, any crumbs or dust that fall to the floor while you’re working get picked up last. And believe it or not, there’s a right way to sweep.
Pick the Right Broom: For indoors, choose one with finer bristles to pick up smaller dirt particles. For outdoors, go for stronger, stiffer bristles, which work better to clear porous surfaces.
Get Swept Away: To sweep, hold the broom like a canoe paddle, with one hand on top of the handle and the other toward the middle. Push your hands in opposite directions to get the most out of every sweeping stroke. Sweep from the outside in so that you don’t miss any spots, and move the dirt to the center of the room, where it will be easy to pick up.
Super Storage: Store brooms with the handle down. It makes them easier to find and protects the bristles.
Banish Dust Bunnies: Pick the proper dustpan. Minimize that annoying line of dust by choosing a dustpan with a rubber edge.
Bedroom Secrets
Start with the Bed: If your bed is made, your bedroom looks neat, says Marla Cilley. When you wake up, pull the covers up to your chin, then scissor-kick your way out of bed so it’ll be half made. Finish the job before you walk away.
Address Your Drawers: Most women have drawers full of clothes they don’t wear, and their dresser tops then become repositories for things they can’t store. Get rid of things you haven’t worn in a year and vow to put away your clean laundry each week.
Keep Just the Essentials: Have a “pamper basket” next to your bed with a book, some moisturizer, your knitting or something else you like to do in bed, says Cilley. Then keep your clock, a lamp and a box of tissues on your nightstand. That’s it.
Conquer Laundry
Stave Off Static: Since fabric softener and dryer sheets can strip towels of their absorbency, add ¼ cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle or throw two (new, clean) tennis balls in your dryer to get rid of static electricity, soften fabrics and eliminate the need for dryer sheets.
Switch on the Cold: Most everything can be washed in cold water (better for your bills and the environment). But use the hottest water possible for sheets, towels and underwear. Take special care with undergarments, putting them in the dryer as soon as possible to stop bacteria growth while they sit damp in the washer.
Time It: If you actually time how long it takes to do certain chores, you won’t mind them as much, says Cilley. Believe it or not, most chores only take 10 minutes.
Multitask: Sarah Aguirre makes tasks go faster by doing two things at once. While on the phone, she folds laundry, fluffs pillows, picks up stray magazines and books, does dishes, sweeps or dusts.
Know the Hot Spots: Papers, odd toys and other things usually pile up on the dining room table or kitchen counter. Once you’ve got your table cleaned off, file papers or toss them. “One piece of paper multiplies like rabbits,” Cilley says.
Go Corner to Corner: When you’re vacuuming, begin in the farthest corner and work toward the door, using slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence, says Julie Rosenblum. As you look over the freshly vacuumed floor, you shouldn’t see any footprints.
Velcro Away Clutter: Label the bottom of each electronic game controller (Xbox, for example), and then Velcro it to the console, suggests Linda Cobb. You’ll never search for them again.
Make a Lost-and-Found: Every house needs one. Use a cute vintage lunch box or lidded storage container to stash lost game pieces, stray screws and buttons, and similar small items. When you need the item, you’ll know where to look first.
Do Quick Rescues: Do a 5-minute sweep through each room, taking a laundry basket with you. Place in it anything that doesn’t belong in that room, then put away the stuff that does belong there.
Stop Clutter at the Front Door: Mount a plastic or cloth shoe rack inside your front entry closet door, and use it to stash all kinds of living room and family room miscellany—toys, hats, gloves, magazines. You can even designate one of the pockets for mail you’re not sure whether to save or toss.
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Direct Selling

Thinking About Selling?

Whether you’re looking for a way to earn some extra money each month, or you’ve already been approached with an opportunity, start here to find information you need to help you make your decision.

Millions of Americans have turned to direct selling for part-time income or as a full-time career. In 2006, 15.2 million Americans participated in direct selling. Surveys indicate that most consultants choose direct selling because it’s uniquely flexible: They can be their own boss, set their own hours and work around other priorities such as their families.

Both men and women come to direct selling for their own personal reasons. Some try direct selling to earn just a little extra money for essentials such as braces for a child, or unanticipated medical expenses. Some come to direct selling to earn dollars for the extras such as a new car or a family vacation. Some even come for a career. Whatever the reason for giving it a try, direct sellers often find a lasting value far beyond their original goal or motivation. Direct selling offers one of the finest entrepreneurial skill building opportunities in the world. Many people find that what they learn from creating a home-based business of their own serves them throughout their lives in ways they never would have dreamed.

Direct selling can be a great way to earn supplemental income, or even provide a full-time income if you choose to focus on direct selling as a full-time career. If you are considering direct selling as an income option, be sure to understand the following before taking any further steps: regardless of your goals, direct selling is not “easy income,” you will not “get rich quick” and there are no silver bullets to success. Anyone who promises you any of these things is misleading you.

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