Clearing Off Space to Make a Snowflake

Well, it’s the weekend, and I’m having a garage sale to get rid of items I’ve had in the garage for five years since I moved. Overall, I did pretty well, marking and boxing about 30 boxes of material and keeping about three. Ruthless is all well and good, but some things need to stay a bit longer.

But for those of you ready to clean out your studio:

Get rid of unwanted Direct Mail (and save some trees.) Here are five suggestions that would reduce a lot of unwanted solicitations and letters.  And a way to end the junk mail.

Stop unwanted catalogs. This site requires that you know the name of the catalog (or company), but it is incredibly detailed, so you can get rid of only the ones you don’t like.

My first virtual snowflake of the year!

My first virtual snowflake of the year!

And if you need some fix-it help: Drooling for a pair of ultra-cool Christian Louboutin shoes–the ones with the red sole? Of course, you can’t stand the idea of the red sole wearing off–those shoes would look like the rest of  us in the common ruck wear. Arty’s Shoes in Manhattan will replace the sole in a nice bright red for $40. Call Arty’s at 212-255-1451.

Or just stop worrying and make a virtual snowflake with virtual scissors and paper. It takes a bit of practice, but they all wind up looking wonderful. Best of all, you can email them, or save them to your computer, like the one above.

Or laugh at do-it yourself projects gone oh, so wrong.

Have a creative weekend!

Quinn McDonald is hoping this is her last garage sale.