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Tales from the Closet brings you all the reading material you need to become and expert at organizing.

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ORGANIZING WEBSITES

Use the list of resources below when its time to organize your things. No matter how big or small the job is, you’ll find any one of these websites helpful.

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It's time to remove the emotional value from the items you never use and the ones that clutter up your home. Remove the clutter and get organizational advice.

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A Valentine’s Menu That Only Tastes Like a Million Bucks

With Valentine’s Day arriving midweek this year, you might have a special dinner date set for Friday or Saturday night — and if you’re on a budget, you may be doing the cooking yourself! The ol’ surf-and-turf is a favorite romantic repast, but your options are limited only by your time and creativity. The Kitchn suggests sumptuous starters such as lobster bisque and deviled eggs, main dishes such as grilled branzino and parmesan risotto with shrimp, and decadent “sweets for the sweet” such as panna cotta and dark chocolate brownies, plus adult beverages that are sure to make the mood buoyant.

Crafty Valentines for People and Pets

Nothing says love like a handmade gift, so why not craft your Valentine’s Day cards and gifts? Homemaker extraordinaire Martha Stewart has 37 suggestions for handmade gifts that will help you show your love, including felt coffee-cup sleeves, zip-tie garlands, heart-shaped potholders and even a Valentine’s fortune wheel. Spending the holiday with your pets? Make felt catnip pouches to give your feline friends a little extra love, or try baking some homemade treats for your hounds. The recipients will appreciate your hard work and creativity!

Conquer Valentine’s Day Gift Anxiety Cheaply

Not everyone is great at shopping or expressing their feelings, making Valentine’s Day an anxiety-ridden event. Men wondering how to observe it should consult their partner’s parents and friends for suggestions, ThriftyFun says. Still stuck? Those with kids can give their partners the gift of a few hours of “me” time, entirely alone. Massages — do-it-yourself or professional — make for a relaxing respite from everyday stresses. Hide thoughtful notes she can discover throughout the day. Or volunteer to watch that romantic comedy you’ve been avoiding without complaints. Such gifts cost little, but mean a lot.

Valentine’s Day Without the Diamonds

Early on in a relationship, many people expect extravagant dinners and diamonds on Valentine’s Day. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to show you care, says Cherie Lowe, author of Slaying the Debt Dragon. “Don’t be cheap with your love. Instead, find ways to display just how much you care by making your own gifts.” Make your own cards, she suggests, or write a longer, more heartfelt letter. Bake cookies or prepare your partner’s favorite meal. Finish a household fix-it project without being asked. On this holiday, the clichés often ring true: It is the thought that counts, so make memories that last a lifetime.

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