Closet Purging for College Students

The Great Closet Purge

I hate looking in my closet and seeing clothes I don't wear, no longer fit, and maybe still have tags on them. At the same time closet purging is a pain, but with the new academic year right around the corner it needs to be done! So out with the old and in with the new, here are a few tips to help you purge your closet!

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As a college student that is currently working a typical summer retail job, I get the benefit of shopping around the store! I love having the opportunity to walk around and see the old clothes as well as being able to go into the storage rooms and see the new clothes. Unfortunately, as a poor college student, I have to resist the temptation to buy everything that catches my eye in addition to reminding myself that I also have no more room in my closet. Therefore, I thought to myself why not purge my closet so I can buy myself a few new items with the little money that I have. And so I did!

I will say that purging my closet was not as easy as I remembered. I sat on my bed looking at my closet questioning how to start and where to start. I also saw clothes hanging in my closet that brought back memories of trips or adventures I had taken with friends. However, after I sorted through my closet, and made some space, I felt less stressed and had a sense of peace. As the summer is coming to a close and the academic year is drawing near, it gave me the feeling of having a fresh start.

So, if you are looking to purge your closet, I do have a few recommendations! To start, take a look at all of your clothes and start with the shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, etcetera that you know don't fit you. If they don't fit, how are you going to wear them anyway? Then move on to the clothes that you haven't worn in a long time. Chances are that if you haven't worn them in a year or two, you probably aren't going to wear them again.

After these two steps, this is where the closet purging can begin to get more difficult. To continue, take an overall look at the clothes that you have, and divide them into different "categories." These can be your lounge clothes, workout clothes, internship/job clothes, special occasions, etcetera, but divide them however you see fit. Again, if you haven't worn the article of clothing in a year or two, you aren't going to wear it. Now, this step might seem tedious and very tempting to skip. However, it is super beneficial and not one to be overlooked! Not only does this help with purging, but this will help you discover what you might actually need more of when you want to go shopping. Therefore, this will help you feel less stressed or guilty when spending your money shopping.

At this point a lot of the clothes in your closet should be separated into those you are keeping and those you are donating, or getting rid of as you see fit. Yet, there may be those articles of clothing that you are debating. A great way to tackle this feat is deciding if they can fall into one or more "categories" that you had previously established. If the article of clothing can fall into two or three different categories, it is a keeper. Another great way to help you through your debate is being able to pair the article of clothing in debate with an article of clothing you already have. If you can make a complete outfit with things that you already have, it is a keeper.

Now it may seem that there are no more steps left, however, there is one and probably the hardest one. Everyone has those few articles of clothing that they have special connections to. They could take form in t-shirts, dresses, pants or maybe a cutoff or two. It is great that you have great memories with them, but you aren't wearing them probably because they are special. Therefore, there are two ways that you can look at it.

First, t-shirt blankets and commemorative items like that are becoming very popular. It is a great way to purge your closet but also have an item to keep your special memories alive. Second, the articles of clothing that you deem to be special are great items to donate. The items would then have a new home and be open to making more special memories with new people and thus you can complete your purging.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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What's Up With Love and Hip Hop Atlanta

Skin color issues, parenting issues, cave man issues and more...

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So, I managed to peep the episode of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, which aired on April 15th. Tokyo Vanity went to meet a trainer, Ace. He told her what she should and shouldn't eat. Che Mack met with her man Made Man. It was his birthday and he wanted to hang out with his friend. She called Shekinah to hang out with her. Che Mac wanted to go back to work, but apparently, Made Man preferred her to stay home. Why can't men just let women have their careers and their families? I'm shaking my head over this story line.

Then we have Spice, who went to chat with Joc. She talked about leaving her kids in Jamaica. She also talked about her desire to change her skin color. She said that in Jamaica when you bleach your skin, it is praised like that's a good thing. Wow, that is a big cultural difference. Spice explained that she wanted to use her platform to tell other dark skinned women that they could overcome obstacles that they may have because of their skin-color. Joc told her that she should go on with her plan as long as she is prepared for it. It's so sad that people look at others negatively or positively because of the color of their skin. That's really crazy when you think about.

Anyway, Mimi later met up with Spice in the Sweet Auburn district Atlanta. The Sweet Auburn district was full of African American businesses during the Civil Rights Movement, and Mimi took Spice to the Madame C J Walker museum there. Madame CJ Walker was the first back female millionaire in the USA. She made her millions in the beauty industry. Still, though, Spice argued with Mimi and the tour guide and didn't change her mind about changing her skin color. I hope that she was ready for the backlash from people who would not care so much about her point of raising awareness on this issue. Folks will just go in on her because she lightened her skin.

Another interesting scene was when Kirk met up with his sons' grandmother, great-grandmother and Jasmine, Kannon's mother. There had been some concerns about Rasheeda's and Jasmine's different parenting styles. Kirk had some thoughts about Jasmine's parenting of his son, also. He arranged to meet with Jasmine's mother and grandmother, because they spend a lot of time with the boy, but he didn't' expect Jasmine to pop up. It's a good thing that she did, because she was able to hear first-hand what Kirk had to say about her parenting. Now, commenters on the show, chuckled at Jasmine's hair style in her scene with Kirk and her family, but I think that Jasmine raised some good points. If Kirk had just became a part of Kannon's life, if the boy had recently (on the show) been allowed to spend time with Rasheeda and Kirk in their home, Kirk shouldn't have too much to say. The child was healthy, well-fed, and happy. They shouldn't argue about petty things like Jasmine going out once in a while or the baby wearing pull-ups. I think that they will continue to disagree, just like Momma D and CeCe, but I'll have to wait and see, won't I?

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