This spring cleaning post about unlimited talk text and data has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #MyDataMyWay
Few things feel better than those first sunny spring days, except maybe for the feeling you get after the accompanying spring cleaning is done. Cleaning out closets, washing those windows, sorting through those piles of paper that seem to accumulate everywhere over the winter – the work itself isn’t so much fun, but the feeling you get after “The Big Declutter”? Phenomenal.
The problem with spring cleaning is that is often feels overwhelming. As cleansing as it is to get rid of things, it can also be hard to let things go. Right now, as the kids get bigger, I’m struggling with a few very specific things – things want to keep, but hate to get rid of. My solution? A little help from my unlimited data plan from Walmart Family Mobile!
I know, it sounds strange. How can a mobile plan help declutter your home? Let me explain.
The perks of having an unlimited data plan are obvious. Gaming, messaging, music, and whatever apps you might use…all without the worry of overage fees. (Not to mention the unlimited talk and text, but I digress…) Now, I’m getting even smarter with my data and putting it to work for me in decluttering my home.
First up: Kid Art
I know I’m not alone when I say that we are drowning in art projects. Every time I pick the kids up from daycare, I bring home a handful of art projects and crafty things they made. I love them all and they are SO proud of them, but seriously – how many can one mom keep?
Handprint crafts and coloring pages and lettering practice, oh my! The craft clutter is taking over my house! But they’re so proud of their creations that I can’t just funnel them into the trash can (which would kind of break my heart, anyway.)
So our new plan is to keep one drawing from each kiddo on the fridge at all times, and I photograph all other noteworthy projects with my Samsung Galaxy S4 (with a 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash, Zero Shutter Lag and full HD video capability.) Then, I funnel those photos over to a service that can create a photobook for us. There are a ton of services online now, like Shutterfly or Picaboo.
You can even create an Instagram account just for the purpose of saving art photos and then choose a service like Chatbooks that will create a book from your Instagram photos. It’s an easy and inexpensive way of keeping all of your kids’ art work while not keeping it at the same time!
That Recipe Box
I’ve been trying to tell my Mom forever that she doesn’t need to keep all of those cookbooks on top of the fridge anymore, since recipes galore are now available online. But honestly, I’m guilty of nearly the same thing. I hoard recipes on cards and printed sheets of random paper, and I also hold onto cookbooks just for the ONE recipe in them that I like. No more.
The same idea I described above is also a great solve for the recipe clutter in your kitchen. Take photos of those handwritten recipes and recipe cards, and of the pages in those books that you don’t use otherwise. Make a photo “cookbook” with the added benefit of preserving those wrinkled edges, weathered photos and your grandmother’s handwriting. That’s definitely a treasure worth keeping.
And only keep those big heavy cookbooks that are truly worth keeping. (I’m looking at you, Mastering the Art of French Cooking and Thug Kitchen.)
Can I get a collective sigh for all the baby clothes that won’t be worn again? The tiny onesies and the little pants with room for poofy diaper butts. We buy them with such anticipation, then we carefully dress our babies to keep them comfy and snuggly and warm, and then before we know it, they’re a too-small thing of the past.
Tossing them just isn’t an option, so here’s my answer: Choose a few. The favorites. Set them aside in a box with the hospital stuff and the ultrasound photos. Maybe even seal them in something airtight so they stay baby-fresh. Then, decide if you might be into the idea of a quilt or stuffed animal made from the items that remind you most of your little one. Do some Google searches, browse Etsy – you’ll find lots of options.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be left with piles of clothes that fall somewhere between the “save forever” pile and the “straight to the trash” pile. Those need to go to someone who needs them, so use that data plan to sign into Facebook and look for some local yard sale groups (because ain’t nobody got time for eBay.) They’re a thing, and each step, from taking nice, clear photos to answering buyers questions, can all be done on your phone.
The best part? You’ll end up with a few bucks for…you guessed it…more clothes!
What? Kids grow. (Just be safe and don’t go meet anyone for a sale.)
First Step: Get the Plan
If unlimited talk, text and data/web sounds like something that might make your life a little easier, you can find it with Walmart Family Mobile’s 4G LTE service. I’ve been an ambassador for a while now, and I rely on my $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service for so much, especially while traveling. Walmart’s lowest priced unlimited plans include up to a gig of 4G LTE data (with an option of upgrading to $39.88 for 3 gigs of 4G LTE service.)
Signing up for service is easy, and you’ll find everything you need to get started at Walmart. Bring your own phone or check out these current rollbacks!
- Nokia Lumia 530 – $49.88 (was $69.88)
- Nokia 635 – $79.84 (was $129.88)
- Galaxy Avant – $149.00 (was $199.99)
- ZTE ZMAX – $179.00 (was $199.88)
- Alcatel Fierce 2 – $119.00 (was $129.99)
- Alcatel Evolve 2 – $39.83 (was $59.88)
- ZTE Zinger – $29.88
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/6zxv or your local Walmart for current pricing.
Learn more now by clicking over to get more details about Walmart Family Mobile service, then welcome spring (and spring cleaning) with open arms!
How would you put unlimited data to work for you?