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3 ways to refresh your wardrobe (without spending any money)

It’s no surprise that we as human beings get bored with our lives every once in awhile. So it should come as no surprise that sometimes we just hate everything in our closet and want to burn it to the ground. Instead of turning to arson, here are a few quick tricks to reviving your wardrobe without spending any money (or doing any jail time).

Decisions, decisions. I may be a pro at this sport, but even I sometimes have a hard time deciding what to toss.

1. Get rid of stuff you don’t wear anymore. It’s important to regularly cleanse your closet of things that are old, don’t fit or are just simply never worn anymore. Once a season usually suffices for this (although I usually do it way more than that because I’m OCD and get bored easily). This is important for two reasons. First, when you begin to accumulate a lot of things, it’s easy for you to forget what you actually have in your closet. Organizing and getting rid of things may help you rediscover those pants you used to wear all the time or that dress you thought you lost. Second, getting rid of the old makes way for any new items you might want to buy later on. If something in your closet hasn’t been worn in over a year, those can be the first to go. Whether you realized it or not, you moved on from these pieces of fashion and they’re doing nothing but collecting dust at the back of your closet, so say your farewells and toss ’em. Also, if there are items in your closet with tags on them that are more than several months old, ask yourself why you haven’t worn them yet. Were they impulse buys you ultimately weren’t happy with and will never wear? If you can return them, get your money back, otherwise toss them on the pile with the others. The easiest (and also the hardest) way to determine if you should part with something is to make sure it still fits. We are all guilty of hanging on to certain favorite clothes with the notion of one day fitting back into them, but they are clogging precious real estate that could be used for things that actually fit. It’s painful, I know- I’ve parted with many a-favorite dresses and shirts that I outgrew or shrank in the dryer (woe is me, I know)- but it must be done. Once you’ve compiled a collection of give-aways, make sure you get rid of them properly (don’t throw them away, like I’ve known some people to do). Give them to a friend, donate them to Goodwill, sell them online. Some stores, like Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor, will even give you cash on the spot for your name brand clothes (which I like to use to buy more clothes, duh). Whatever you decide to do, say a quick goodbye and move on (just think of it like dumping your ex, you don’t want them hanging around forever, so part ways and get the hell out of there).

2. Rearrange your closet. Sometimes we get bored with what we already own simply because we’re tired of looking at it the same way. I’ve found that rearranging the order of my closet can change things up for my style without really having to change anything at all. Maybe you’re one of those people who likes to color-coordinate their closet. Try ROYGBIV-ing, but by type. So, instead of everything being all mashed together, separate your tanks from your tees, your skirts from your shorts, your pants from your dresses. If you don’t color-coordinate, try it. Or simply move things around. If you hang your shirts on the left side of the closet and your pants on the right, try flip-flopping them. Make it easy for yourself to walk in, put together an awesome outfit and walk out- no more of this standing in the closet for 20 minutes staring at everything and sighing, wishing you had all new clothes (which I do about once a day). You’d be surprised how differently you’ll feel with just a simple change.

3. Mix-n-match. The best (and most enjoyable) way to spruce up your wardrobe is to mix things you wouldn’t normally wear together. Get out of that routine of wearing the same shirt with only that one pair of pants. Mix colors and patterns. Take an extra five minutes every day to go through your jewelry box and accessorize (that’s why you bought all that crap anyway, right?). You don’t have to be a fashionista to look good. The most important thing is to have fun with it. After all, that’s what fashion is all about. Well, that, and avoiding nakedness.

And just remember, if none of these things work for you, you have issues and should default to retail therapy immediately.

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Restoration of Stevenson Creek to resume

CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 18 — T.J. Thompson is eager for work to resume.

Thompson has lived on the north bank of Stevenson Creek since 2000 and is hopeful a project to remove muck from the water could help reduce the smell of the polluted water body.

The local water treatment plant responsible for the contamination.

But the contamination hasn’t kept him from taking his boat out on the water, even if the tides sometimes do.

“We have a small window when we can get out,” Thompson said.

Soon though, Thompson and others who live near the creek, could enjoy fishing, boating and watching wildlife. After a prolonged standstill, the Stevenson Creek Aquatic Restoration is scheduled to resume work this month.

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the contract to remove 105,000 cubic yards of muck and sediment to Paul Howard Construction Company after firing the initial contractor earlier in the year.

“The goal is to dredge the lower reaches of Stevenson Creek,” said Amanda Ellison a spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers. “Some sandy dredged materials will be returned to the creek to create shoreline mangrove areas, and [the] dredged muck will be trucked to an offsite disposal area.”

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Trash pick-up: not just for inmates and mandated community service

Imagine if this was your backyard.

What you don’t realize is this is your backyard.

Littering doesn’t just affect you when it becomes a personal issue, like having your lawn strewn with various soda cans, water bottles, food wrappers and other miscellaneous junk. It affects you and everyone else from the minute someone tosses an old cigarette butt out the window to the second trash falls off the back of the garbage truck. It may not always be 100 percent intentional, but it is 100 percent fixable.

I felt like a rugged Santa Clause this afternoon, delivering trash to dumpsters around the world. With my sunglasses on, my iPod turned up loud and a decent pair of latex gloves already sticking to my skin and making my hands soggy, I set off down the road with one purpose in mind: to pick up trash.

When I was younger, I used to recruit my friends to walk around the neighborhood with me and do this very same thing. We weren’t as successful, and I’m sure my parents didn’t appreciate the increased bill from Waste Management, but in our own small way we were making a difference. And that’s all that mattered.

Lately I’ve become more and more enraged with the current state of our environment. The world has become one big garbage-filled playground, and no one seems to notice or care. Sure, there are organizations that include trash cleanup as one of their priorities, but it never seems to be enough.

People need to start being responsible on an individual level, as well. I’m in the process of starting a volunteer organization that will allow me to recruit friends and activists from the surrounding area, getting together maybe a few times a month in different locations to assist in environmental cleanup. But in the meantime, I decided today was a perfect day to get started on my own.  I picked a local area of road near my house, so I wouldn’t have to drive anywhere. I didn’t give myself a time limit; the limit would be when the bag was full. When the trash bag became almost too heavy to carry home, and the sweat from my forehead started dripping into my eyes (they weren’t kidding, that really does burn), I knew it was time to call it a day. I checked my watch: I’d been out for an hour.

But in one hour I collected enough garbage to fill an entire trash bag.

My finds included a grungy t-shirt, an old CD, various bottles and cans, and a soggy towel.

One hour. There are 24 hours in one day, 8,760 hours in one year (yes, I used a calculator). Can you imagine how much trash we could remove from our parks, from our neighborhoods, from our sidewalks and highways if every person in the world spent one hour a year collecting trash? That’s math I can’t even do.

But I do know that it would make a huge difference in local, national and international ways. But until we take initiative, nothing will change.

So get out there, do it on your own, or with a few friends. Or find an org in your area that you can participate in. It’s okay if you don’t know where to start, the point is to just start.

Help keep our roads clean by not littering. If you don’t like trash littering your car, buy something to throw it in. Plenty of stores sell trash bags for your car, most of them under $20. There are easy ways to do your part and make a difference, big or small.

The point is to open your eyes. Realize that your actions and the actions of others, and more importantly, the inaction, is causing our environment to become dirty, polluted, destroyed.

But we can change that. We just have to be willing.

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