Growing Up as a Clothes Hoarder

Growing Up as a Clothes Hoarder

Whether this applies to you or someone you know, the first step in conquering your problem is admitting that you have a problem. Clothes hoarding is not a crime but it can be a serious imposition on you and the people you love. If any of these five signs ring a bell, you my friend, or someone you know, is a clothes hoarder:

1. You screech that you have nothing to wear whilst wading through mountains of clothes, shoes and bags.

2.  Your wardrobe is perpetually broken or straining under the weight of so many clothes, all of which you ‘need’.

3.  You are the butt of every clothes-related joke amongst your family and friends and secretly take it as a compliment.

4.  You cling to clothes that haven’t been worn for about ten years and probably weren’t that fashionable in the first place.

5.  You have personal relationships with your clothes and speak to them when you think nobody is listening.

There is no beating around the bush: I am a clothes hoarder and will probably always be a clothes hoarder, and it is better to own up to the problem than to live in denial. Clothes hoarding has been a source of contention and friction in my life for numerous fairly obvious reasons. I take up a lot of wardrobe space that I should be sharing, furniture is used as additional storage and my bedroom floor has been obscured from vision for weeks on end, making simply logistical manoeuvres, for example walking, very tricky.

All joking aside, I do not think I’m alone in wanting to hang onto my clothes for dear life. The only reason why I have carried on for so long is that there is something almost socially acceptable about hoarding clothes. Hoarding dolls, old Nokia phones or cinema stubs seems to spell social pariah much more than an overloaded wardrobe. Furthermore, I would argue that the act of buying and hoarding clothes is actively encouraged in Western culture. Like many young women, I grew up watching Gossip Girl, Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada where huge walk-in wardrobes, clothes on tap and a new outfit in every scene is portrayed as the absolute norm. This has made way for reality shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and the Real Housewives franchise where owning a wardrobe the size of a small house is a sign of affluence, of social superiority and wealth. These women and characters are all classic hoarders, but when you have the space in which to keep all of your clothes, it looks a lot less like a problem.

Maybe then I am a victim of a larger social situation where we’re encouraged to buy more and more clothes that, when you’re in in your early twenties, you really don’t have space for. There is, however, the important fact that I really do love the clothes I wear because they are almost extensions of my own body: they give me confidence when I need it and allow me to reflect my moods in a physical form. Why would I then want to throw them away?

Every new season we’re encouraged to re-invent ourselves, invest in new clothes and fashion ourselves a whole new look. Herein lies the genius behind hoarding. As we all know, fashion works cyclically, with looks and styles constantly going in and out of fashion. Hoarding makes perfect financial and sartorial sense because by keeping a beloved piece that has gone out of fashion, we won’t have to go out and buy the same thing again when it inevitably rolls back around. Hoarding produces veritable goldmines, allowing you to step back in time without having to rummage through vintage shops.  Ransacking my parents’ hoards has proved very fruitful. I’ve found Ray Ban Wayfarers from the 1980s, cool leather rucksacks, clip on earrings, jumpers and band t-shirts from the 1970s. Or take the Birkenstock sandal: they were all the rage in 2008 when I invested in two pairs. A year later they had been eclipsed by the gladiator, which held firm in fashion for about six years. In 2014, Alexa Chung Instagrammed one photo of herself wearing Birkenstocks and suddenly they were all the rage again. Thank god I had my two pristine pairs, carefully preserved from 2008, in the back of my wardrobe ready to wear…

I’m not one to play the ‘human nature’ card but as a species, hoarding things we love has been a part of our cultural make-up ever since the Anglo-Saxons buried their gold, jewellery and armour for safe-keeping. I may be ridiculous, I may be over sentimental but I am part of a severely underappreciated recycling project that truly invests in and savours good clothes.

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Words by Elizabeth Harper

Cows at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UT

Cows at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UT

Ah, another Wheeler Farm post.  I just love sharing my photography with you, and the day I visited Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UT with my photography class was a good one for photos.  I took SO MANY amazing shots.  Usually, when you’re taking photos you get one or two good ones for ever 50-100 shots you take, it’s just how photography can work out.  However this day, last spring, I was able to take so many shots that I actually like and want to share.

One of the fun things about Wheeler Farm is all the farm animals you can walk around and look at. It’s kind of a fun little piece of still-functioning farm land located really close to the heart of the city, and to lots of little sub-cities around it.  This farm has a ton of cows on it. You may or may not know this, but I actually grew up on a farm with cows.  We raised them, fed them early in the morning, and then sold them later on.  Surprisingly, having cows as “pets” led me to really dislike cows in general.  Mostly because they’re not very bright, and they’re stubborn to boot.  What happens when an 800 pound cow gets out of it’s pen?  You have to chase it through the neighborhood and try and convince it to get back in it’s pen. Let me tell you, that’s a difficult task for a fifteen year old girl home alone-and the cows know it!  They kind of just look at you like “nah, I don’t want to” and go the opposite direction.  Thanks cow, I hate you.  Okay fine, I like you better when I’m not responsible for you and I can just take some photos.

Cow at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UTCow at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UTCow at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UT

Cows are still kind of cute, and pretty friendly typically, especially when they’re just calves.  A lot of the time they are happy to come to the fence and beg you for a little attention.  There were a few little ones born just over a month prior at the farm that day, and it was so fun to interact with the babies.  I don’t remember all of their names, but this friendly black and white beauty is Violet.

Violet the Calf at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UTViolet the Calf at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UTViolet the Calf at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UTCalf at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UTCalf at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UT Calf at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UT Calf at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, UT

How do you feel about cows? Ever raised one?


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Meet Kelly from Your Charmed Life + Enter to Win a Personalized Window Crystal

Enter to win a Personalized Window Crystal from Your Charmed Life

Hello my fantastic readers-have I got something lovely for you today! Today I have the fabulous Kelly in for an interview.  Kelly manages one of my favorite personalized jewelry shops (seriously, her stuff is stunning) called Your Charmed Life.  Well, Kelly always loves a good giveaway, and this go ’round she let me pick something from her shop that I thought you guys would love.  Since I’m obsessed with home goods lately, and always have a big love for stones and crystals, I’ve chosen this gorgeous Personalized Window Charm for my readers, and I really hope you all love it.

But first, let’s go ahead and get to know a little bit more about Kelly and her shop.

Kelly of Your Charmed Life

How did Your Charmed Life get started?

A simple glance at another mommy’s necklace, I was passing by and thought wow now that’s neat. Mind you this was when hand stamping was just starting to surface when my son was a baby! I thought to myself, I can do that! It started off as a small hobby, then paying for small things for my son and now 6 years later it is my full time ++ job!

What inspires your creations? 

Family, is number one. Connections and life and nature.

What is your all time favorite piece(s) that you have created?

My all time favorite is also a best seller, its my “There is this boy who stole my heart, he calls me MOM” I made it years ago before it hit the market and it was something personal I felt for my own son. When I posted it for sale in my shop it took off immediately and is still selling strong now.

"There's this boy who stole my heart, he calls me mom" necklace

Where do you see your shop in 5 years?

Hopefully in my first store font, boutique shop. Its a dream of mine and I would like to see it happen

Do you have help, or do you do this all yourself? 

I do have help, someone who has been helping for a few years now. She comes and lends a hand twice a week.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer a new Etsy shop owner?

If its a passion, do your research and never give up!
“Ambition is the first step to success. The second step is action.” – quote.

Your Charmed Life Fall Sale

Thanks Kelly!  Also, right now Kelly has a fun Fall sale going on!  You can take 10% off any items in the shop with the code FALL10 at checkout!  Here are a few of the fall-inspired items I’d recommend from her shop:

Pumpkin NecklaceI Love Fall Acorn Keychain

Enter the Giveaway

Kelly is giving one lucky winner the gorgeous window crystal pictured in the first image on this post.  The giveaway is open Worldwide and ends on 10/20/15.  Entering below agrees to all Terms and Conditions within.

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Reluctant Readers Make Reluctant Lovers + Page à Vu Giveaway

Do we have any book lovers in the house? Oh I know I do… I know you crazy fools are out there and I LOVE you for it. Well GUESS WHAT?!? Let me tell you a story…

Once upon a time there was a blogger named Angie, and she blogged here at My So-Called Chaos. Now, Angie made lots of fantastic bloggy buddies out there and one day, one of the fairest of them all reached out to her for assistance. That blogger was the lovely damsel Kenzie from Chasing My Extraordinary. You see, Kenzie was a book-a-holic and she knew her good friend Angie was, and when the idea struck her to start a blog dedicated solely to books she knew just who to email. Then the two book nerds decided to add a third host, and knowing that host’s proclivity for all things bookish-Beth from Printcess became the third partner.

And thus was born…

Page à Vu


That’s right, Page à Vu, your new favorite blog for all things bookish!  And to celebrate, the three lasses decided to host a giveaway. A BOOK GIVEAWAY. Duh!

Page à Vu Book Giveaway

I’ve read Yates and Hemingway
Maybe in our time it’s liars in love
Then you call out my name like lines from a page
Feel my sins washed away, feels like I’ve been saved
I don’t wanna die heartless in the heartland

Reluctant readers make reluctant lovers
Reluctant readers make reluctant lovers
So baby I’m yours

I’ve read Joyce, I played Heller’s games
No matter your age the portrait’s the same
Yeah, no matter the place the plots never change
Grow old in a flash of face, lust is a young man’s game
I don’t wanna die heartless in the heartland

Reluctant readers make reluctant lovers
Reluctant readers make reluctant lovers
So baby I’m yours, baby I’m yours

I’ve read Yates and Hemingway
Maybe in our time it’s liars in love
Then you call out my name like lines from a page
Feel my sins washed away, feels like I’ve been saved
I don’t wanna die heartless in the heartland

Reluctant readers make reluctant lovers
Reluctant readers make reluctant lovers
Reluctant readers make reluctant lovers
Reluctant readers make reluctant lovers
So baby I’m yours, baby I’m yours, baby I’m yours

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The Weekly Round-Up | Useful Information from Other Bloggers


“Blogging is a constant give and take of work and balance, and so many resources are needed to make our blogs more successful, and to save us time in all the tasks we have to as bloggers.  Between unique photos, social media community, blog design, and everything else, it is so great to have a handful of really useful resources to help you along your blogging journey!”

→ Christine from Christine Everyday compiled an awesome list of 10 Completely Free and Crazy Useful Resources for Bloggers, and I’m seriously digging it.  There are so many great new things in there, and if you’re a blogger you’d better check it out.


“Why am I writing this post? There’s an ever-growing amount of information out there about breast cancer, but if I’m being truly honest – I know next to nothing about it. That’s right. I’m 30 years old and I know very little about breast cancer other than the most basic definition of what it is. That’s why I’m using my blog to try to educate not only other women about this, but myself.”

→ Kimi from Kimi Who wrote this great post about how she doesn’t know enough about breast cancer, and since most of us probably don’t know enough, she also took the time to research and educate us further.  This post also includes ways to get involved.


“Both, Emilie and I, have had the opportunity to have to move within a week of eachother. I was the lucky one because I got her to come help me while she would have to do her moving on her own. Moving is hard work. Between having to buy furniture, trying to figure out where you can save some money, and having to deal with an empty kitchen – you don’t realize how expensive things are until you go to cook dinner and realize you forgot to buy basics like salt.”

→ Laura from Burke Does put together this fabulous post with a few quick tips to help you save money with that expensive first apartment move.  It can be stressful, but with good information it makes it a little bit easier.

Stumbling Upon Lizzy: I DON’T WANT TO BLOG FOR YOU

“It is so easy to get caught up in the glitz and the glam of blogging. I know non-bloggers will giggle at my last sentence (I’m looking at you Caroline!), but if you’re a blogger you know exactly what I’m talking about. I’ve just realized that it doesn’t matter. It’s superficial. I want people to read my content because they genuinely enjoy it, not because I posted in a blog group on Facebook.”

→ Well geeze, I didn’t expect to stop by Lizzy’s blog Stumbling Upon Lizzy and find myself re-evaluating my life… She wrote about how she wants to blog for herself, inspired by Venus Trapped in Mars’ doing the same thing, and now I’m thinking.  This blogging thing is hard, and it’s always changing, and sometimes you have to re-examine your priorities and POV.  Hmmmmmm. Ugh, thanks Lizzy! Haha J/k.

bourbon, lipstick, and stillettos: fall and pumpkin beer guide

“There are many things to love about fall: gorgeous foliage, cooler temperatures, boots and scarves, apple and pumpkin treats, holidays, and new beers. Seasonal beers have exploded on the market the past several years, and fall and pumpkin beers are the most sought-after of the group. With new brews released each year, it can be difficult to find one that suits your tastes. Luckily, Cassie and I tested some of the most popular pumpkin and fall beers so you don’t have to. It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it.”

→ We’re going to end on a much more light-hearted note, and some priorities I definitely don’t have to re-examine here, this Pumpkin Beer Guide from Lindsay at Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stillettos will do just the trick!  It’s great info for those of us that love Pumpkin Beer.

What are your favorite posts this week?

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Saturday Spotlight | NY Foodie Family + a $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway

You guys! It’s October and I’m soooooo excited.  You know what else?  October’s 12×30 Challenge is cooking-and I have a fantastic cooking-related Saturday Spotlight feature for you today.  I’m introducing you to, and interviewing, the fabulous Nancy from NY Foodie Family.  NY Foodie Family is a fantastic food blog that not only shares recipes, but also reviews restaurants, and gives you a great glimpse into the rest of her family life as well.  It’s nice and well rounded, and she has so many fantastic recipes and recommendations for you.

Don’t forget, if you’re a small(ish) blogger or handmade shop, you can claim a free Saturday Spotlight feature HERE!

But before you go fill that out or walk away, take a minute to read this interview, and then enter to win a $25 Target Gift Card!  Everyone loves Target!

Meet Nancy from NY Foodie Family and Enter to Win a $25 Target Gift Card!

How did you begin blogging at NY Foodie Family?
It’s something that I thought my husband (a.k.a. “The Weekend Chef”) and I could do together. We have always been big food lovers and I figured a blog was something fun that we could work on together. The blog is still evolving, but I’d like to eventually think of us as a family lifestyle blog with a focus on food.

What inspired your love of all things food?
My parents had a big influence. They always enjoyed cooking when I was growing up. In high school my mom had my siblings and I each pick one night a week where we had to cook dinner for the family. I was always trying new recipes that I found. Since then, it’s just evolved more. After I graduated college I joined a supper club and got to expand on my cooking skills. I met my husband and together we’ve enjoyed cooking together, meeting some famous chefs, eating at amazing restaurants, trying new foods and now we belong to a couple’s supper club. Plus, food is such a low commitment. If you don’t like something, it’s usually not an expensive loss (except for some of those tasting menus we’ve eaten!).

Slow Cooker Lentil Tacos

What is your favorite recipe to share, and why?
This is difficult only because I rarely make the same recipe twice. I’m always on the look-out for new recipes to try and don’t have many go-to recipes.

I am going to share this Leftover Mashed Potato Gnocchi recipe since I hate food waste and it’s a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Plus, it’s really quick, easy and tasty!

I’m also sharing this Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Tacos recipe. We try to eat vegetarian at least once a week. Again, this recipe is super easy and tasty. The kids even like it! It’s one of my husband’s favorites and I have made this several times, since first trying it. After you add the cheese, sour cream and other taco toppings you don’t realize that there’s no meat!

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ooh, too difficult to commit to one thing. I’ll say French fries. With bacon a close second. Followed by goat cheese.

What is your favorite restaurant, and why?
Eleven Madison Park. The Weekend Chef and I went several years ago before they changed the menu. We had the tasting menu and each dish was just amazing. There were so many intricate components, sauces and garnishes to each dish and everything was delicious. It’s one of the most memorable meals that I’ve had and I’ve been dying to go back and try the new menu where you pick ingredients you like and the chef customizes a meal for you. It’s just a bit on the expensive side!

Oh wait, I cannot believe I forgot about Blue Hill at Stone Barn. This is Chef Dan Barber’s restaurant that was named 2015 James Beard Best Restaurant. So glad that we ate there in April, right before it won. It was difficult to get reservations as it was, but now it’s probably impossible! We did a whole blog post review of our dining experience, but it was AMAZING!!!  You can go back every month and have a different dining experience, as everything is grown on the farm or sourced locally.  This was true a memorable dining experience!

Chewy Lemon Cookies

Do you have any meal planning tips you can offer us?
Take the weekly grocery circular and build your meals around what’s on sale. I know people like what’s quick and easy and sometimes get stuck in a rut or are uncomfortable trying new recipes. I encourage everyone to try at least one new recipe a week. There are sooo many amazing recipes and resources out there! I wrote a whole post about our meal planning process.

Do you have a favorite go-to cookbook? If so, why?
I rarely use cookbooks now and mostly find recipes from other food blogs. However, I really like the Cooking Light Annual cookbooks, where they take all the recipes from the magazine for the year and publish them as one cookbook.

You’re also a big reader, what is your favorite book and why?
I don’t really have a favorite book, but rather a favorite author, Jodi Picoult. Her books cover controversial, contemporary topics. I just love her style and how much research she does for each book.

Slow Cooker Garlic Honey Teriyaki Chicken Wings

What kitchen utensil/cooking aid could you never live without?
The slow cooker. It’s a must for busy families!

Enter the Giveaway

Nancy is giving one lucky winner a $25 Target Gift Card!  This giveaway is open worldwide and ends at 12AM on 10/13/15.  Entering below agrees to all the terms and conditions, entries will be verified. Everyone loves a Target Gift Card Giveaway!

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12×30 Challenge | October Cooking Challenge

12x30 October Cooking Challenge

Always a day late and a dollar short, but at least I’m here, right?  It’s OCTOBER!  Yay.  This is what I consider the best month of the year… But I wont ramble on about that again, instead I’ll get right down to business-because it’s time for our October 12×30 Challenge which is all about the cooking!  Are you excited?  I am, because I really need to focus more on cooking.

Ways you can participate this month

→ Give up dining out for the month of October.
→ Commit to cooking X amount of meals per week.
→ Try new recipes and flavors.
→ Teach someone you know how to make a meal.
→ Start meal planning and preparing your food ahead of time.

Blogging Prompts

→ Share a recipe you love.
→ Find a recipe on Pinterest, try it, and then write about that experience.
→  Try inventing a recipe and write about the experience.
→ Share your weekly meal-planning or cooking tips.
→ Share your cooking/kitchen wishlist!


Link up any posts related to exercise throughout the month.  Please include the button (located at the top of the post) and please make sure to check out other bloggers who have linked up and show your support for them and their progress with this challenge.  Don’t forget to share on social media with the hashtag #12x30Challenge and#OctCookingChallenge this month!

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Monthly Goals | October 2015

Ooooh, it’s my favorite month. I love all things Autum and all things Halloween, and those two love-affairs collide so perfectly this month.  I’m pretty stoked just thinking about it.  What I’m not stoked about, is my progress on September’s goals… Yowza.  I’m going to do better in October.

October Goals at My So-Called Chaos

How I Did Last Month

→ Unpack at least 3 boxes a week. FAIL.  I still have not unpacked anything really… lol
→ Start working on my ISM training. FAIL. 
→ Start working on my A+ Certification. FAIL.
→ Finish reading at least one book. FAIL.
→ Finish editing old posts on this blog to fit the new site. FAIL.
→ Post at least one post in the New Blogger Series. FAIL.
Post some of my photography. SUCCESS! Finally something… 
Get my dog and I into a better routine. SUCCESS! We’re doing okay there.
Start cooking meals again. SUCCESSish.  I did cook well for a bit, then I didn’t… 
→ Try my hand at meal planning and preparing for the week ahead of time. FAIL.
Try at least one new recipe. SUCCESS! I made potato hash and roasted veggies.
Find one of those DIY dog wash places and give Bub a bath. SUCCESS! He had one bath out, and one bath in. He hated both.

Again, in the light of all of these failures, I feel the need to mention a few other things that ended up taking up my time instead…

→ I migrated Chaotic Goddess Swaps from blogger to WordPress and re-did it’s whole design.
→ I redid all of the upcoming swaps buttons for Chaotic Goddess Swaps.
→ I created and did all the design for our (collab blog with Kenzie, Beth, and I) upcoming blog Page à Vu.
→ Enjoyed a great weekend at ComicCon with my friends and Bub experienced his first puppysitter.
→ Had a girls night with my fabulous birches.
→ Made the big decision to start moving on from this love life drama I’m experiencing.
→ I booked my Saturday Spotlight features out WAY into the future with fabulous bloggers.
→ I created a Halloween printable, and multiple versions of said printable, for my mailing list.  Sign up now and you’ll get it tomorrow!

Honestly, I still feel like I was so busy I don’t even know where I had time to breathe… So I can’t focus on the failures. I just need to focus on the wins and keep moving forward into the month of October with a little more dedication to a few of these goals.

This Month's Goals

→ Unpack at least 3 boxes a week. (REALLY-I need some of that stuff, especially kitchen and art stuffs.)
→ Start working on my ISM training.  This one depends on when work schedules me to study for a week.
→ Start working on my A+ Certification. This is SO important.
→ Finish reading at least one book. I seriously love The Diviners, which I’m working on, so I need to finish!
→ Finish editing old posts on this blog to fit the new site.
→ Finish editing old posts on Chaotic Goddess Swaps to fit the new site.
→ Post at least one post in the New Blogger Series.
→ Try my hand at meal planning and preparing for the week ahead of time.
→ Eat a more plant-based diet… Meats have been making me kind of queasy lately.
→ Try and save some money-I’m down to like $400 total in savings-but I pay two mortgages this month.
→ Sell some ad spots and try and book out my holiday.
→ Get my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways organized and ready to go.
→ Start doing some some yoga at home.

What are your goals this month?

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Giveaway | Enter to Win a $50 Gift Card to Her Universe

I can’t believe it’s October already… This year is flying by at warp speed, but at least I have an awesome crew to accompany me on this fast-paced journey! An awesome crew of fangirls who know just how to make my day and who take the time to sponsor this ol’ blog.  So, my group of wonderful sponsors and I ganged up to bring you a fun and nerdy group giveaway for the month of September-a $50 gift card to Her Universe!

Enter to win $50 to Her Universe-nerd fashion for all shapes and sizes!

Her Universe is a website filled with geek clothing, jewelry, and what they call “everyday cosplay.”  I chose them (this is not sponsored by them at all-just my fab sponsors) for our Group Giveaway this month mostly because I just got back from Salt Lake Comic Con and I’m still geeking out, but also because they have a lot of gorgeous nerdy plus-sized items too.  I love a company that supports all sizes with cute clothing.  I have a few shirts from Her Universe (from when they partnered with Torrid a while back) and I love them.  It’s not all for us fangirls, they also have nerd clothing for kids and men too!

Since we’re going geek this month, I asked my fabulous sponsors what they geek out about, and how they express that nerdness.  Here’s what they had to say:

Emilie & Laura from Burke Does geek out about Harry Potter!

“We’re Harry Potter fans. We love having marathons with our cousins on Saturday nights while under the blankets drinking homemade butter beer #sorrynotsorry” – Emilie & Laura from Burke Does.

Christine from Christine Everyday geeks out about books.

“I am one of those people who can get lost in a book and be crying over fictional characters with no shame at all. Give me Jane Austen, Harry Potter, or even Charles Dickens, and I’m there!” – Christine from Christine Everyday.

Kimi from Kimi Who geeks out about Funko Pop!

Right now, I’d say the biggest thing I nerd out about would be my ever-growing Funko collection. It all started out so innocently – a few on the rare side My Little Pony Funko collectibles found their way onto my shelves thanks to some awesome friends. Next thing I knew, I was collecting more and more Funko products – specifically Funko Pop figurines from every corner of the nerdiverse. I think that’s what makes me nerd out so hardcore for them – they cover ALL the fandoms! Must. Collect. Them. All.” – Kimi from Kimi Who.

Bethany from Stella Kenton Body Shop geeks out about seeds.

I nerd out about something that may seem a little odd.. I love seeds! I go on too many heirloom vegetable, fruit and herb seed shopping sprees; always looking for something more rare than the last gem I found. When my seeds start to grow, I talk to them and tell them how lovely they are, I do.. And, that’s my weird nerd out!” – Bethany from Stella Kenton Body Shop.

Brittany from Your Friend Brittany geeks out about books!

I nerd out about books! I am obsessed with finding new things to read and spend way too much time stalking Goodreads and the library. I also tend to brag to anyone who will listen when I’m #1 on a book request list at the library!” – Brittany from Your Friend Brittany.

Want to participate in next month’s awesome community feature and giveaway like this one?  Well you can-just sign up for an ad spot on my sponsor page-and don’t forget to take 23% off your ad for Fall by using the code MABON at checkout.  Can’t wait to work with you! :)

Enter the Giveaway

One lucky winner will win a $50 Gift Card to Her Universe where they can pick out their very own geek wear or everyday cosplay.  Giveaway is open worldwide, ends at 12AM on October 13th, and entering below agrees to all the terms and conditions within the rafflecopter widget.  Giveaway entries will be verified, no false or giveaway only accounts.

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Guest Post | Getting the Most Out of Pinterest + Ad Space Giveaway

Hello lovely readers!  Today I have a FANTASTIC guest post for you from Christine of Christine Everyday.  She wants to help you get the most out of your Pinterest account, and make it work really hard for you.  So read on, and make sure to leave Christine a little love, and follow her blog too for more posts like this!

My So-Called Chaos

When people ask me which social media channel I think is the best from promotion, I used to say Twitter.  But recently my answer has changed to a loud and proud “Pinterest”!  Pinterest is becoming more and more popular as a means of promotion for many reasons.  The biggest reason that Pinterest is becoming so popular is that it works really hard for you even when you’re having nothing to do with it.  What I mean is that when you have the time, you can sit down and work on your Pinterest account, and then through re-pins and the nature of the site (because people search for specific topics), your account continues to work for you even when you’re not around.

For a blogger, this is a revelation.  Most social media channels require our constant attention and work from us in order to work for us.  Twitter, while it can be scheduled in advance, requires interaction with other people or nobody will want anything to do with you.  Instagram can’t really be scheduled in advance and doesn’t really draw people to your page.  Of course, it’s extremely important to interact with others and take time to do those things, but Pinterest is an animal of a different color.  A little work here and there, and Pinterest does the rest.

So let’s talk about what this work is that you can do to keep your Pinterest working really hard for you, even when you’re not around.  That way, your account will be successful and will bring more people to your site whenever you pin anything you’ve posted!

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Label Your Images Correctly

This is one thing you can do from your actual blog that will make a big difference in your Pinterest activity.  When saving an image for your blog, you need to save it with a title.  Don’t just call it “IMAGE006” or something like that.  This is important for SEO purposes, but also for Pinterest.  When somebody goes to pin that image from your site, the description will populate with the image title on Pinterest, so if it’s not titled correctly and the person who pins it doesn’t fix it, it will give no description of what the post is about.  More importantly, it won’t show up in Pinterest searches on that topic, which will be a real shame.  So take the time to label your images correctly!

Pin Often

I know this sounds like it contradicts the whole premise of this post, but bear with me.  I don’t mean you should be pinning constantly and always on your computer or your phone.  What I mean is that you need to pin a few pins every now and then, but consistently.  This will keep you showing up in other pinners’ feeds, and make it more likely that you will get repins, likes, and (most importantly) followers on a regular basis.  What I like to do is pin while I’m waiting in line at the bank or the post office, in my doctor’s waiting room, and or while I’m just lying around watching TV.  20 minutes here and there makes a world of difference.

Pin from Different Categories

It’s important that you don’t just pin the same types of things all the time, for the same reason that it’s important that you don’t post the same kinds of posts all the time on your blog: you want to appeal to a wide audience.  You’ll notice that on my Pinterest account, I even have boards for wedding planning and baby showers, even though I’m already married and don’t plan on having any more kids.  I do not this for two reasons: one, because I may need to help somebody plan their events someday, but also because I know that these types of pins are very popular.  Pin a lot of different things: fashion, food, kid’s stuff, parties, etc.  If you absolutely don’t want to pin things that aren’t interesting to you, of course you don’t have to.  But having a wide variety will really help you gain a large number of followers.  Everybody is interested in different things!

Pin from the “Popular” Category

This one goes along with the last two, but when you’re pinning, try to pin from the “popular” category on Pinterest.  These are the pins that have proven to get interest on Pinterest, and so will get interest on your account, too!  They are more likely to get you repins and followers than just random pins (although I encourage those, too).  Plus, this is where the really tasty recipes are.  And we all know that’s the most important part of Pinterest.

Organize Your Account

Be sure to take the time one weekend to organize your boards into specific and obvious categories.  It makes your account more approachable and people will be more likely to follow you if they know that they can find something they’re looking for easily.  And take the time to make it pretty – whether you’recreating your own board covers or using something you’ve pinned, make sure the board covers look nice.  Everybody knows people like to look at pretty things!

Do you like Pinterest?  How do you make it work for you?

Christine of Christine Everyday

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