Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuesday's Tip of the Day ~ Spring Cleaning and Host a Swap Party

Who is in the mood for Spring Cleaning?
To Minimize?
To Simplify??

Check out Real Simple Magazine's guidlines for hosting a Swap Party.
Invite 8 to 10 or 20 friends to participate...ask them to bring several items to your house...about 4 or 5 days in advance.

This gives you time to sort...ticket...tag the items
and place them on display in your home.

Prepare some simple snacks...finger foods...
those that leave one's hands free for browsing.
You are allowed to select and take home as many items as you donated.
Leftover items will be donated to charity.

My friend, Paula, hosted our first Swap Party last summer.
I think it is safe to say, we are all starting a box of goodies for her second annual Swap Party.

I know I'm looking forward to it.
You should plan one, too!

Take care,
~Natalie

(some photos courtesy of Paula
some photos borrowed from the Real Simple Website)

6 comments:

susie said...

HI Natalie...
Congratulations on being my 500th FRIEND!!!! {balloons are rising, fireworks light up the sky, the sound of cheering can be heard from far & wide, a diamond tiara is place on your lovely head, 499 heads all turn your way as we walk together to the potium, I turn on the mic}
Sweet Natalie, natalie, natal...{echo}
Thank you so much for becoming my 500TH, 500th, 500...{echo}

FRIEND!

You are the winner of an unknown giveaway that I have had in mind for along time now, now, no...
Please email me with 2 things...
Your naame & mailing address
& some of your favorite vintage items you may have been lookin for with we had gone to Texas together!!!
You are the winner & I can wait for you to receive you award, award, awar!
Tha crowd breaks out into a loud and roarous chant...
Natalie, Natalie, yeahhhhh Natalie!!!
Congrats Girl, now email me...
vintagesusie_2@msn.com
& like I said at the beginning,
CONGRATS my FRIEND!!!
Hugs,
Susie

Pam said...

What a great idea.

Joy Campbell said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comments about my shopping cart..boy did it come in handy in Texas...filled it up a few times..he..he. Love your swap idea I have been thinking about something like this now you gave me the inspiration to do it!

Hugs
Joy

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

HI Natalie(:)
OH how fun what a neat idea(:)
No that is a beautiful lake in our state.. about 3 hours from our town..darn I would give anything to have a cabin on it(:) But you'd have to be rich ~!
hugs,Patty

Oklahoma Granny said...

What a great idea!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Natalie...

What a great idea...a Swap Party! I love it! It looks like you and your friends had a wonderful time! My only problem is...I never want to get rid of everything...I'm sooo bad! Hehe! Well dear lady, I just wanted to stop by to say thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my spring/Easter decor! I sooo enjoyed your visit and sweet note! Thank you!!!

Warmest spring wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design