By Caroline Alegado
If you went back to school shopping and don’t have room for all your new clothes,
it’s time to declutter your closet.
1. Start by taking everything out of your closet. It’s best to start fresh.
2. Clean your closet thoroughly before putting any clothes back in it. Once you’ve dusted and wiped your closet, it’s ready to organize.
3. Sort all your clothes into three piles: yes (anything you’ve worn lately, you know fits well, and makes you feel good NOW!), no (anything that doesn’t fit, that you don’t like anymore, or is just out of style), and maybe (anything you’re unsure of).
4. Now that you’ve sorted your clothes into three piles, you should look back at your maybe pile. Go through those clothes and make a final decision. I suggest that you try on those outfits to see how they fit and look on you. Once you’ve put all the maybes into either the yes or no pile, it’s time to clean up.
5. You can take the clothes you don’t want to a consignment store where they sell your clothes for you. While consignment allows you to make some money, donating is also a good option. There are lots of places that will really appreciate your donations.
6. When putting the clothes back in your closet, try organizing them by color or season. This will allow you to know exactly where to find your clothes.
7. Stay on top of your closet by going through it regularly and trying to get rid of something every time you get something new.
8. Make sure to keep the floor clear. Inserting a shoe shelf gets shoes off the floor to a place where they can all be seen.
9. Organize the rest of your closet by hanging hooks for bags and using small baskets for other loose items.
10. By decluttering your closet and only keeping what makes you look and feel good, you are giving yourself a happier and healthier lifestyle.
By Julia Ischinger
As summer comes to an end and school rolls around, you may start to worry about what you’re going to wear on the first week of school. Here are some tips on what to wear and how to look cute while staying comfortable.
When dressing for school I like to stay comfortable. However, during the first week of school you are usually giving people first impressions and you want to try and look good. Looking good doesn’t mean you have to get all dressed up. Wearing a simple shirt with leggings, jeans, or shorts is a great outfit for the first week and is very comfortable. Another great outfit is a romper. They are super cute but also very comfortable.
As of shoes, you can wear your favorite new sneakers. If your school lets you wear open-toed shoes you could also wear a cute pair of sandals. Also, you can accessorize with some cute jewelry. Wearing a scrunchie around your wrist is also cute, and helpful for when you want to tie your hair back.
These are my tips on dressing for back to school and how to look cute while staying comfortable.
By Emma Engel
What inspired you to start your clothing line?
When I was eight I was getting bullied. I was so sad that I didn’t want to go to school or even leave my house. One day I was talking to my parents in the car and I said, “I wish everyone would just be kind.” My parents told me I should do something with that phrase. So, I decided to make shirts and that was the first shirt I designed. “Be kind “
How has your line developed since it first launched?
I’ve sold it in stores and I have had so many new costumers. I even traveled to Dominican Republic as a young designer by invitation, designer expenses paid.
Do you have any big thing coming up in the future?
Yes, I have Inspiring Teens Fashion Week coming up in September where I’ll get to show and sell my shirts. It’s my third fashion show! I am also in pre-planning for a Wounded Warriors project. Once my Autism Awareness donation gets delivered, WWP is next.
Beside your clothing line do you have any other hobbies?
I also like acting, dancing, & modeling. I’m also a varsity cheer flyer, and I surf.
What is your favorite part about having your clothing line?
Helping kids, seeing how happy they get when they open their packages, and the support I get from friends and family are among my favorites. I also love planning outreach events that go with my messages.
Were there any challenges while making your clothing line? If so did you overcome them?
I have had a few challenges like spreading the word and getting people more interested. I think that I have overcome some of the challenges because so many people are loving this message. I am growing and learning more, and I WILL NEVER GIVE UP!
Interview by Emma Dickinson
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