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How to Organize Hand-Me-Down Clothes – Guest Blogger: Brittany Bullen

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A big welcome to guest blogger, awesome mama and social media extraordinaire, Brittany Bullen! She’s with us today sharing some great tips and tricks to keeping those kiddo closets in order. And once your hand-me-downs are ready for sale, be sure to check out Using Your Resources: How to Resell Your Used Items and Buy Second Hand and How to Store and Prepare Your Used Items for Resale for the next steps to the craze that is kiddo wardrobes.
 
Looking for the easy button for how to organize hand-me-down clothes for multiple kids– without pulling your hair out? Look no further, people!
 
How to Organize Hand-Me-Down Clothes - Guest Blogger: Brittany Bullen

Now that we’re on our third boy, we’ve finally got this clothes organization thing down to a science. Here are some easy steps you can follow to set up a storage system you’ll love to use for years to come.

 

1. Invest in a fabric box storage system. Mine is from ikea and I can’t say enough how much I love it! More on that later.

 

2. When you can afford it, buy more of the same kind of storage system. I know this might sound like a lot, but we currently have 20 separate boxes of clothes in the rotation.

 

3. Choose your “current size” box placement for the kids’ room. Our 8-box shelf is organized as follows: Top Row– underwear, 5T shirts, 18m shirts, dress clothes. Bottom Row– socks, 5T pants, 18m pants, Jammies.

 

4. When the kids outgrow a size, squeeze all of the outgrown clothes into the same kind of fabric box. I have a rule that we don’t keep any more clothes than we can fit into one box, the ikea fabric boxes are the perfect size for this. Put an index card with the size on top of the clothes so you can identify it quickly.

 

How to Organize Hand-Me-Down Clothes - Guest Blogger: Brittany Bullen

 

5. Put the boxes not currently in use in a place other than the kids’ room, but preferably not too far away or you’ll never want to rotate them. Ours are in the hall closet next to the boys’ room. That way, when we need a new size, we just switch out the boxes. Easy as that!

 

It’s taken us 6 years to figure it out, but I can definitely say that this is the best, easiest, most efficient system we’ve used and we’ll be sticking with it.

 

What tips do you have for keeping your kids’ clothes organized? Leave them in the comments!


headshot.jpgBrittany lives with her husband and three sons in Utah. She is a playwright, composer, actress, singer, thrift shop lover, Mormon and aspiring vegan. She is the founder of the International Bloggers Association, is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Cognitive Behavioral Society (’cause why not). Brittany has a B.A. in English-Writing from Denison University and has an imaginary Ph.d. in Googling stuff she wants to know. You can keep up with her at BrittanyBullen.com.

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  1. Brittany Bullen

    August 2, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for publishing this for me, Katy! Come write for me any time!

    • Katy Blevins

      August 5, 2014 at 9:28 am

      You know I would love to!!! We’ll have to chat more about that!

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Ways to Relieve and Reduce Anxiety

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It can be incredibly difficult to live with anxiety.  Although you may find it hard to get away from it, it’s important that you try and make room for life without these symptoms.  It may be that you need to find an anxiety therapist online to resolve your issues long-term, but in the meantime – we have given you some tips as to how you can hopefully reduce your anxiety symptoms.

Talk to a Friend

This may seem obvious, but some people live with their anxiety issues on their own. Sometimes reducing levels of anxiety can be about distracting yourself, which is exactly what talking to a friend will do.  Get on the phone to someone that you trust, and don’t be afraid to tell them if you are feeling anxious.  Sometimes just having a supportive ear can do wonders when it comes to reducing your anxiety symptoms.

Listen to Good Music

Music can inspire all kinds of emotions in you.  If you listen to some of your favourite tunes, it can really help your anxiety levels.  Make sure you don’t just put on music that you like, but that is designed to make you feel a certain way.  It could be that you want to listen to rock music if they are angry or listen to listen to music that has sad connotations to let it all out.  Music can be its own therapy.

Don’t Be Afraid to Express Yourself

The more you try and fight your anxiety – the more it will affect you.  When you try to stop it from happening, that in itself can put a lot of pressure on your physical wellbeing.  If you find yourself in an anxious state, you can go somewhere private and let it all out.  You can even do silly things like yell out loud or throw the occasional pillow now and then.  It can make you feel better.  Make sure nobody else is around and you don’t damage anything!

Get in Touch with What Relaxes You

There are already things that you will find relaxing in life, the trick is to find them and to use them.  It could be having a nice long hot bath, or shower – heading to a nearby beach and listening to the waves, or just having a stroll in the park.  Whatever it is, make sure you find time to do it – particularly if you start to feel anxious.

Get in Control of your Breathing

Breathing plays a massive part when it comes to anxiety. When you are feeling anxious and stressed your breathing pattern will change.  It is likely that your breaths will become more shallow and you could end up hyperventilating and prolonging the anxiety attacks that you are having.  There are some great breathing techniques that you can use to help calm yourself down.

If you do get feelings of stress and anxiety – then hopefully some of these tips and pieces of advice will help you.

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New Baby On The Way? Save Money on the Essentials

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Now is the ideal time to get clever with your cash.

 

How much does it cost to have a new baby? The price varies from couple to couple but every survey tells us that most of us spend more than we really need to. Of course, you want your little one to have the very best but the reality is that as long as they are warm, clean and fed babies are usually quite happy with their lot.

Far too many of us spend too much money at a time when cash will be tight anyway. Some people even get into debt using expensive credit cards or personal loans to buy what they want for their new baby when most of the stuff will be outgrown in a few weeks or months. So, when it comes to the essentials there are some simple ways to save some cash.

 

Baby clothes: Avoid over-buying

 

When Kylie Jenner gave birth to her daughter this year, a video the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star released on YouTube revealed an entire wardrobe of baby clothes and racks of shoes already purchased before the child had even arrived in the world. If you’re looking to keep costs down for your little one then steer clear of this approach. Babies grow so quickly that cute onesies and expensive little outfits will soon be redundant. Instead, buy just the basics and sell on what you don’t need when your baby has grown out of it.

 

Your clothes: Steer clear of the maternity wardrobe binge

 

It’s very easy to spend thousands on a maternity wardrobe, as there is such a range of choice these days. However, the reality is that you’re only going to wear these clothes for a matter of months so there’s no need to go crazy. Try to wear your own clothes for as long as you can, adding layers or opting for stretchy fabrics to provide coverage. It’s also worth asking friends and relatives if they have any maternity wear they no longer need so you don’t have to spend money on new items.

 

New Baby Kit: Buy the basics for the first few months

It’s tempting to kit your home out with all the latest gadgets and tech for a new arrival. However, the reality is that all you really need is a cot and a car seat for the first few months. You may not even need to buy a pram initially. So, rather than splurging up front and realising that half of what you’ve purchased you just don’t need, hold back. That way you’ll be able to make better informed buying decisions when it comes to something like a pram and have more time to find the cheapest options.

 

Food and supplies: Become a deals expert

 

From discounts on baby items through to the deals available at your local supermarket, this is a great time to get interested in what’s on special. There are always discounts available for new parents, whether you’re looking for toys or clothes or diapers. Spend a little time researching where to find the lowest prices on the things that you use the most of and you’ll be able to cut the costs during those first few months, not just of your newborn but of the cost of living too.

 

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Working Mom Spotlight! An Interview with Tami from Mom of 11 Kids

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Life as a working mom is always a busy balance between chaos, kiddos, work and play. Can you imagine running your own small business (that turns out to be not so small!) as a mom of 11 kids? Suddenly feel like your life is a bit more manageable? Me too! I’m thrilled to introduce you to Tami, of Mom of 11 Kids. She has a fabulous new line of all-natural, made in the USA products made just for you and your littles, and her life and business are just what I’m loving on when it comes to Modern Femme Movement. Say hello to Tami! If she can do it, so can you!

Mom of 11 Kids

  • A Little More About Tami’s Business Dream

In 2006, Tami met her second husband, the owner of a company called Aidance Scientific, which develops therapeutic skincare solutions for hundreds of conditions.  Having long been a proponent for health, wellness and all-natural ingredients, Tami was impressed by their core technology and knew they could formulate products to specifically support busy moms and their families. After re-marrying and settling into life as a mom of 11 kids, Tami was able to make her dream a reality.

In December 2014, in the midst of working with a research and development team on the products, Tami decided to launch Mom of 11 Kids as an online community. “When we reached 10,000 followers within a few months, we knew we found a special way to connect with moms.” The product line and a new website were officially introduced in August 2015. Want to hear it straight from Tami? Watch the video on her “Our Story” page!

  • Why Tami is a Working Mom Just Like You!

The greatest challenge Tami faces being at the helm of Mom of 11 Kids is that she is actually a mom to 11 kids!

Mom of 11 KidsShe is also honest about her secret weapon – she doesn’t have one! “There’s nothing magical. I don’t live by a planner. I’m flexible because I have to be.” Between school activities, doctor appointments, and business meetings, Tami can’t always keeps to commitments. Luckily her family and friends understand that, and she relies heavily on that support system. “There’s this notion that we feel we have to do it all. It takes a village and moms can’t be shy about asking for help.”

Of finding a balance between work and family, she says, “It’s not easy. You can’t do everything well all the time. Sometimes I ask – what was I thinking? But I love being a working mom. I especially enjoy the camaraderie and the intelligent conversations.” 

One way Tami unwinds is by listening to audio books during her commute. “From intellectual reads to guilty pleasures, it’s a great way to unwind and multi-task.”

  • Tami’s Advice for Those Tough Moments of Overwhelm

When it comes to feeling overwhelmed, her advice is “to do one productive task, whether it’s feeding your family an easy meal, making a batch of cookies, or organizing the shoes in the foyer. Something you can do that makes you feel like you have control over your life. A tangible win.”

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