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Tidy Tightwad: Quick tips

extra Willmar,Minnesota 56201
West Central Tribune
Tidy Tightwad: Quick tips
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

* If you buy something, a like item must leave the house

* Deal with mail immediately.

* Let somebody else, like banks, electronically store your information and eliminate paper records

* If you haven't worn clothing for a year and it doesn't have special meaning, donate it

* Drawings from children can be laminated and used as placemats or sent to grandparents

* Be careful when purchasing gifts that don't end up as clutter in someone else's home and ask for gifts that are consumable

* Special T-shirts with school and sports logos can be made into quilts

* Elders should be encouraged to downsize early and give heirlooms to family members who want them

For more tips about simple living and de-cluttering, go to Cindy Haugland's website at