Decluttering, Selling, Donating, Kondoing, and More

declutteringWe are doing a major declutter of our apartment, and I just feel completely scatterbrained because of it.  We donated a good chunk of stuff to charity a week or two ago, I have a ThredUP bag filled and ready to go, and yesterday some eBay auctions ended, so I’ve been scrambling today trying to get packages out to people. (The last time we did a major declutter we talked about eBaying and selling your old stuff, as well as what the best stuff to buy on eBay is; we’ve also talked about thrifting for workwear.)  We are trying to get rid of a ton of baby stuff via the local parents’ listserv, first offering it for sale and then issuing curb alerts, which requires more email management.  (The woman who sent her nanny to pick up the Bumbo this morning sent like 10 texts, which is fine, but considering it was a $5 sale, the drain on my attention was less than good.)  It is a colossal waste of time, when looked at per hour. And here’s the thing that I’ve been asking myself all morning:  Why do I feel obliged to do this, make “use” of stuff we no longer want? Why am I not just walking it to the trash chute/garbage room and disposing of it?  I answer myself with these thoughts:
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Favorite Fashion Movies

fashion moviesI mentioned one of my favorite fashion movies a little while ago, and thought the topic was deserving of its own post — what are your favorite movies for fashion? Some of my favorites (they’re almost all rom coms!), below. (Let’s just say it may not be a huge mystery why we named our son Harrison Grant after you read this…):

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Fashion Resolutions

fashion resolutionsHere’s a fun topic for today’s open thread: what are your FASHION resolutions (if any) for 2015? Some different forms this may take:

For my $.02, I’d love to start wearing heels again.  Between the babies and the babywearing and the work-at-homing I’ve gotten out of the habit — I put on a pair of 3″ boots last week and nearly fell over.  Part of the problem was that all of my old shoes haven’t fit for a while <sob> because I seemed to pick up an additional half shoe size with each pregnancy.  After Jack was born I knew I wanted to get pregnant soonish so I didn’t want to bother with buying a ton of shoes in my new size, so I tried to squish myself into my old shoes — and it went about as well as it sounds. (Not good…. ow.)   I’ve heard your feet can still change size (up or down) in the postpartum months, so I’ve been waiting a bit after Harry’s birth as well.  Obviously I don’t need to wear heels — no one does! — but I really miss them! (Pictured above: I may just have to pull the trigger on these best-selling Cole Haan booties at Zappos.  Hmmn…)

Ladies, what are your fashion resolutions?  (Any other general resolutions you’d care to share?)
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Kat’s Favorite Posts of 2014

Corporette-2014-reviewI always do a roundup of which posts were my most-viewed ones for the year — but I thought I’d start our review posts this year with some of MY favorites.  Some of them were fun to write — some of them sparked a great discussion — and some of them were just something that I thought was important we talk about.  Ladies, which were your favorite posts?  Any I’m forgetting?

Here were my favorites of 2013, as well as my favorites of 2012 and 2010.

Don’t Be Shy When Changing Careers (and 5 Other Career Changing Tips)

magazine to lawyerDisclosure:  In today’s sponsored post, State Farm Insurance asked me to talk about my first career change — magazine editor to lawyer — and some of the people who helped me along the way.

I was at a recent alumni networking event, and everyone older than 30 heartily encouraged the students and new graduates to reach out to alums. An email that mentions a shared connection opens a lot of doors. Generally, people are happy to give advice. Cast a wide net — particularly don’t be shy about reaching out when you’re looking to enter a new career or change careers entirely. All of this advice rings true with my own experience in networking when you’re junior, and changing careers — not once, but twice now. I’ve written about my career change from media lawyer to fashion blogger, but I’ve never talked about the first big career change I made: from magazine writer to lawyer.

It’s fun to think back on what drove the change…

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Sponsored: My Mom Clearly Needs a Ellipsis™ 7 from Verizon for Mother’s Day

Ellipsis7Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Verizon, but written by your usual friendly blogger Kat Griffin. Pictured: The Ellipsis™ 7 Tablet from Verizon (vzw.com/bestdeals), $49-$250 depending on contract (or free with any purchase of a smart phone).

What are you getting for your mother for Mother’s Day?  If you’re a mother yourself, what do you want — and how heavily are you leaving hints for your partner and/or kids? If you have siblings, do you make joint purchases for your mom — and how do you organize them?

I’ve written before about my amazing mother — but I haven’t shared a kind of amusing story about my brother and Mother’s Day.  See, years ago when I started working and finally had disposable income, I decided that both my mother and grandmother should get flowers on Mother’s Day (and all other holidays), if not also a gift.  Being the good Big Sis I am, even if I picked out and paid for everything, I always put my brother’s name on the card, and we both got credit.  But this bugged me:  I didn’t want to have to become go-to The Purchaser/Organizer.  I was wary, as a woman, of putting myself in that default role where, if I didn’t get Mother’s Day gifts, no one would do it.  [Read more…]