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20 Things to Toss Out Today: How to Declutter in Your Twenties

Not sure if you've noticed this recent trend, but I predict 2017 is the year everyone becomes a minimalist, or at least tries to. Maybe it's because of the new Netflix documentary, maybe we're all jealous of those girls on Instagram with picture perfect homes. It's 50/50 for me to be honest. 

I know myself well enough to admit to myself that I'll never be a minimalist, but I can commit to having less clutter in my home. Clutter is stuff that just gets in your way, annoys you when you have to sort through it, and in general just doesn't serve a purpose in a daily life. Even though so many people are motivated to have less and organize more in 2017, most resources on how to do that aren't really targeted towards millennials. 

What I mean is, so many of us don't have children's toys to toss out or bins full of family heirlooms. Hell, I don't even have space in my tiny apartment to save family heirlooms in! So what are us inspired twenty somethings supposed to do if we wanna do better but don't know where to start? I got you girl. 

I took a serious look around my apartment, plus a bunch of resources I've personally used, and created an inventory of things you can totally toss out to help you get one step closer to a clutter free home. If you have any ideas, please leave them in the comments below. Seriously, I'd love more ideas for stuff to get rid of in my own home.

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1. Hotel + travel size toiletries

We all think we're going to use them, then instead we stash them away for the next few years. Cut the clutter and toss them out.

2. Old magazines/newspapers

Think about it, when's the last time you actually picked up an old magazine or newspaper and reread it. Probably never. Pick a few favorites and recycle the rest.

3. Boxes for things you've bought 

Raise your hand if you have a collection of old boxes. *Raises both hands* There's no reason to keep all the boxes to your shoes and electronics, especially if the warranty has ended. If you must keep them, break them apart and stuff them underneath your bed, but that's only for expensive electronics with an existing warranty!

4. Old makeup and nail polish

We all like to pretend like makeup doesn't have an expiration date but we've all seen those Pinterest articles. Toss out anything you don't use, or anything that you can't remember when you bought it.

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5. Nonperishable food you never cook with

Am I the only one who plans to eat canned soup but never does? Dig through your cabinets for food that has been taking up space for too long, better you donate it while it's good than let it sit forever.

6. Worn towels and blankets

If you have enough towels for an entire family but live alone, pick your favorites and donate the rest. Animal shelters are always looking for these types of donations, new or used.

7. Extra buttons

You know all those buttons that come attached to our clothes? Yeah, you probably will lose it by the time you need it. Toss them out before you have a whole collection you can't sort through.

8. Plastic Bags

I'm not sure why we do it, but for whatever reason we like to keep bags we get at the mall. Getting rid of junk starts with the stuff you need the least, and I'm sure 90% of you won't have a real use for any of those bags.

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9. Pens and Pencils

During my last cleaning session, I found no less than 50 pens all around my apartment. I'm a single woman living in a studio apartment, there's no reason why I need to own 50 pens. Small stuff like this turns into big stuff, aka the dreaded junk drawer, so grab a few and toss the rest.

10. Journals and notebooks

Maybe this is a writer thing, but to go with all those pens are a collection of journals that I'll never be able to fill up. These I had trouble parting with, but my rule was to toss any that were more than 40% used or too worn out to wanna take out with me.

11. Destroyed pet toys

I'm not like a regular cat mom, I'm an overzealous cat mom. There is no toy my cat has does not have, tried or rejected. The problem is that I have way more toys than he can ever need, so I've pledged to stop buying any more and throw out those that are beginning to fall apart.

12. All of your ex boyfriends shit

I know you have it, you know you have it, so stop holding onto it and just throw it out. It's probably the easiest thing to get rid of, and will most likely clear up some space in your closet or underneath your bed.

13. Purses you never use

I've gotten better about this over the years, but there's still a bunch I could let go of. Take a loot at what you own and make a pile of what you've used over the past two months. Whatever doesn't make it into that pile, reconsider whether you really need it, or even like it.

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14. Free event tshirts

College me loved getting a free tshirt, even if all they had left was XXL in a color that washed me out. Current me has lost half her closet space to all those shirts, which is why they've gotta go. Grab a few of your faves and donate/toss the rest. Trust me, after a while you won't miss them.

15. College textbooks

If you don't need them anymore, get rid of them. Sell whatever you can to Amazon or other students, and donate whichever are left.

16. Pillows

You know that pillow you don't like using and always finds its way to the floor? Get rid of it. Life's too short to have crappy pillows! New motto for 2017?

17. Mugs

This bad habit I definitely picked up from my mom, because for a single twenty something there's no reason I need over a dozen mugs. Cut down how much you have, and if you're feeling motivated, downsize how much drinkware and plateware you have overall.

18. Hair products

It sucks to throw away product, even the stuff you don't really love. If you rather not toss it, give it to a friend or commit to not buying anymore until all your products are used up.

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19. Ticket stubs + pamphlets

As someone who is super sentimental, I have trouble throwing away ticket stubs and other items that represent memories. But unless you do something with them, they start to pile up until you eventually lose them. Do something with them, Pinterest has plenty of ideas, or toss them out.

20. Old electronics

For whatever reason I have trouble letting go of old electronics, don't believe me? I wrote a goodbye letter to my iPhone 4s, yet it's still sitting in my drawer. Toss or sell anything you don't use anymore, because I cant think of a rational reason we keep it anyways.

Now I wanna know, what do you have trouble tossing out? Is one of your goals for 2017 to be more minimalistic or would you rather just be organized? Let me know in the comments below!

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6 Things to Do on the First Day of Your New Job

First days of work are hard. Don't believe me? You must not have read my last post on how I cried in my office, twice. You can read all about that embarrassing moment here.

As someone who likes to prepare for every possible situation, first days of work are a mix of anxiety and excitement, with a whole lot of caffeine added throughout the day. If you're starting a new job soon or just moving to a different department, it's important your first impression be the best represenation of you.

In my last poisiton it was my job to get new staff memmbers acquainted with the office, as well as answer any questions they had about everything from copy machines to lunch recommendations. I'll admit that seasoned staff members have a lot to say about new people, and it's not always kind. Make sure you put your best you forward by makng your first day in the office a productive one, here's how.

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Introduce yourself to everyone

I know, I know, having to get to know a whole new office of people sucks, but it's so important you get this out of the way on day one. The reason you want to do this on your firsty day is because people are most receptive to talking to and helping you when you're new, so use your inexperience as an advantage. Plus, people are most likely talking about there being a new person anyways, so make sure you make yourself known with a good impression.

Don't pack a lunch

Before my first office job I had no idea that it's typical for someone from the company to take you out to lunch on your first day. Besides making a friend in the office, going to lunch with a coworker is a great way to ask questions one on one with someone who isn't your boss, and learn a little more about what's both inside and outside the office.

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Take an office tour

As someone who used to give office tours, I know firsthand how beneficial they are to those who accept them. Avoid the stress of not knowing which printer to select of where the supplies are kept two weeks into your new job. Plus, on most office tours you're introduced to people who you might otherwise not meet, which is another great way to make sure you meet most everyone.

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Dress for an interview

Figuring out what to wear can be hard, especially if you don't have much experience dressing for a office environment. My best advice is to dress as professionally as you did when being interviewed. Once a week has passed, you can either replicate the style of your coworkers or ask any questions to any friends you've made in the office.

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Arrive early

Most likely your first day in the office will be full of orientations and training, which is why it's important to arrive early rather than just on time. Leave some wiggle room in your commute for traffic or getting lost, especially in those first days where you're doing more than just your normal work. If something does arrive that will make you late, don't hesitate to call the office or send an email to notify your supervisor.

Take notes

Eventually your new coworkers will stop thinking of you as the new person, meaning they'll expect you to know basic office tasks and practices. Taking notes not only prevents you from remembering vital information, it also shows everyone how prepared you are on day one. Don't be shy about pausing to make a note, it will benefit you in the long run.

So tell me, what's thing you always do on the first day of work? In my case, I always wear black, it's a no fail wardrobe decision. 

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7 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Your Best Friend

One of the biggest myths about Valentine's Day is that you need to have a boyfriend or girlfriend to enjoy the holiday. For a holiday all about love, why do we limit it to romantic love? Once a day we swapped cards and pieces of candy with our classmates, is now a day we all compare how creative and thoughtful our significant others can be. Spoiler alert, I'll probably be surprised with a large pizza, and I'm totally okay with that.

Just because you're without a date doesn't mean you cant enjoy the fun, so grab your best friend or roomie and spend the time them how much you appreciate having them in your lives. Whether your stick in your dorm room or apartment in the city, there's something for everyone to do.

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Have a spa night

Put on your comfiest leggings, make a trip to the drugstore, and spend the night trying out facemasks and painting a perfect manicure. So often I buy beauty products then never make the time to use them, so pick a night to test out a bunch of products while eating some takeout.

Host a Galentine's Day Party

Have a group of single friends with nothing to do? Invite everyone over, make it a potluck, and pass the time telling dating horror stories while watching all your favorite romantic comedies. If you wanna go all out, grab bags are a fun way to remember the night and make your guests feel special long after they go home.

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Swap gifts

Have that one friend that totally gets you? Screw what's normal and make her your valentine. Buy her a gift, bouquet of flowers, or whatever else will make her feel special on this day. Bonus points if the two of you decide to do this for one another. Love isn't limited to romantic relationships, so why should gift giving be?

Netflix and chill

I think 2017 is the year we take control of this gross phrase, but first let's redefine it. Call your bestie along with any other great friends, but don't forget to invite their pets too. How fun would a night of watching TV cuddled up with all your pets be?

Take a trip

If you have a little extra cash and time, consider taking a weekend trip! Pick a destination a driving distance away, book a cheap hotel and be a tourist for a few days. Split between two or more people, plans like this shouldn't empty your wallet.

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Do a craft

Remember that Pinterest board you have full of craft ideas? Well Michaels always has a 40% off coupon on their website, which means you have no excuse to not turn one of those pins into reality! Choose one you both like, buy your supplies, and make a night out of it.

Take each other to dinner

If you wanna go the classic  route, make dinner reservations at one of your favorite restaurants and take advantage of all the Valentine's Day specials. For a more low key option, pubs are always a no fail option to get some good food fast.

How are you spending Valentine's Day this year? Share your suggestions for the holiday in the comments below!

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How I Got a Job Right After College Without a 4.0

Two weeks. Two weeks is the amount of time it took for me to send out my first batch of applications and receive my first job offer. I did it, and so can you, you just need to keep believing that.

If you've graduated college recently, you're all to aware of the common things said about the current job market. "You won't find work so easily. Everyone expects you to have experience. Maybe you should just go to grad school to set yourself apart."

While job offers weren't falling out of the sky, they also weren't impossible to find. I did attend grad school immediately after earning my masters, but it was in no way to avoid the reality of having to join the workforce. If you're approaching graduation or just want to be better prepared for when the time comes, keep reading to see how I managed to get a job within two weeks, without perfect grades or any connections.

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Maintained my grades

Just because I didn't graduate with a 4.0 doesn't mean I cruised through my courses. I worked my butt off to earn the best grade I could, but a few Bs or Cs weren't the end of the world to me. Work to keep your GPA above a 3.5, otherwise, be sure to have something else to flaunt come interview time.

Especially within my degree

You know those Bs or Cs I mentioned earlier? Well they definitely were not for my psychology or women's studies courses. Make sure your best grades reflect the courses you're supposed to be focusing on, meaning the type related to your field. That C I got in Microeconomics wasn't such as big deal to my grad school since all of my psychology courses illustrated how well I knew the relevant content.

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Took courses outside my field

I'm a big proponent in double majoring, if only because you might as well get two degrees for the price of one! Can you tell I love a good sale? If you don't have the time or the desire, consider taking classes in fields that may be relevant later, like business or marketing. Skills like these are necessary no matter where you end up, and they're a great way to show you're open to multiple opportunities.

Participated in internships

Do not graduate, I repeat, do not graduate without completing at least one internship. Why? Well only because it's the easiest way to get amazing job experience without having to have any actual experience to get the position. Did you get that? Basically, internships are this magical thing where you can get hired with no real skills, and leave trained to do a job, plus with a few recommendations.

I recommend you do a minimum of 1-2 internships, both on and off campus. I totally understand the struggle of working for free but trust me when I say it makes all the difference on your resume.

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Had something other than college to talk about

As someone who majored in one of the most popular fields nowadays, I knew I needed to stand out come application time. With everyone having internships and trips abroad, I chose to talk about my writing and social media experience to set me apart. And guess what? It worked!

Find the one thing on your resume that no one else will have, then make sure to mention it either in your cover letter or resume. Blogging may not be applicable to all jobs, but a knowledge of SEO and social media tools definitely can be.

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Went where the jobs were

There's definitely some truth in the fact that some cities don't have as many jobs as they used to, but don't think all places are that way. After graudation I moved to Washington DC, where I've easily managed to have three jobs in my two years living here. If your area isn't posting offers for the type of job you'd like, hop online and find where is.

Took advantage of fairs hosted by my university

Campus career centers don't get the praise they deserve, with revising your resumes and hosting grad school and job fairs year round. If you haven't made the effort to attend a job fair, do so before it's too late. Job fairs invite companies looking for applicants with similar skills for your level of experience, so get your resume polished and go mingle with prospective employers.

Are you struggling to get a job offer after graduation, or even an interview? Leave your questions in the comment below!

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