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Expert Mom Offers Tips on How to Shake "Closet Clutter Syndrome"

Simple and Creative Ways that Give Back, Gain Space and Get Control This Holiday Season

Mountain View, CA, October 30, 2014 --( Parents from Philadelphia to Portland and every town in between face the age-old dilemma: kids grow, clothes don’t. Moms open kids’ closets daily and are faced with unused or outgrown favorites and suffer from what Beth Engelman, nationally renowned expert mom and founder of Mommy on a Shoestring, dubs ‘Closet Clutter Syndrome.’ Engelman, known for her smart yet savvy advice to thousands of fellow moms, shares ten fun, feel-good tips on how to kick the clutter for good.

“Messy closets are part of the package with young kids,” explains Engelman, “During the toddler phase of parenting, the amount of unworn clothes and clutter will inevitably multiply in size if not addressed.”

Engleman estimates that most children wear as little as 30 percent of the clothing in their closets each year. To keep the clutter under control, Engelman suggests that closet clean-outs should happen seasonally, which may seem daunting but ultimately saves time and potentially money.

“I like to turn the closet challenge into a great opportunity to clear out the unwanted clothing, while padding my pockets in advance of the holidays,” says Engelman.

“As a mom of twins, I love the ease of getting rid of outgrown clothes with the simplicity and speed of my phone,” says Samantha Fein, vice president of marketing, Totspot. “Even better, I can easily search for Fifth Avenue ready fashions without breaking the bank.”

Here Engelman offers ten tips on how to beat closet clutter while keeping it fun and simple.

Ten Tips on Kicking Closet Clutter

1. Get your child involved. The process of giving them an active role in managing their closet teaches responsibility.
2. Establish a system. Using baskets or bins, find an accessible spot where you can place gently loved items for resale and donation.
3. In or out? As you peruse their closets, ask your children these two simple questions:
· “Can you remember the last time you wore this?”
· “Do you think that someone else could benefit more from these items?”
4. Download the free Totspot app and create a listing to sell their outgrown clothing right from your phone. Upload a photo of your item with a brief description and Totspot transforms it into a snappy, Pinterest-like post. Items can be bundled by size, style or category.
5. Cash in. When items sell, Totspot deposits 80% of the transaction into your account while keeping a 20% commission.
6. Baby give back. Identify a local shelter or charity group close to your child’s heart that you can offer used items to and/or donate your Totspot sales.
7. Feel the shared economy spirit. Resist purchasing expensive brand new items and head to Totspot for gently loved, brand name kids’ fashions.
8. Observe the hanger rule. At the beginning of each season, flip all the hangers around the opposite way. At the end of the season, you will be able to determine which clothing has not been worn, and can be donated or sold on Totspot.
9. If your children are resistant to letting go of items, remind them that less is more. The less clutter in their closet, the less mess to address at the end of each day.
10. Play nice and share. Post your Totspot favorites to Facebook or Instagram and share the best-kept secret to beating closet clutter syndrome (gotta love good karma).

About Totspot
Totspot was launched less than a year ago by entrepreneurs Vijay Ramani and Vikrant Ramteke and is the premier social marketplace for buying and selling gently loved children’s fashion. Totspot solves the age-old challenge every parent faces when outfitting their growing soccer stars and fashionistas – kids grow, clothes don’t. The free app and intuitive interface supports fast and easy mom-to-mom mobile retailing giving families a simple way to cash in their kids’ closets and keep little ones toddler-trendy and fashion-forward. For more information download the app or visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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