Keep or Toss? Decluttering Rules to Live By

You’re not exactly a pack rat, but you definitely have more than a few items in the back of your closet that you haven’t looked at in a few years. Most people would say that their homes could benefit from a bit of de-cluttering, and these helpful tips will show you just how to do it.

  • Keep papers within reach. By keeping papers within eyesight, you’ll be more likely to deal with your paper mess before it accumulates into something much more difficult to manage.
  • Ask a few questions. When you’re going through the items in your home, ask yourself questions like: Have I used this in the past year? Does this benefit my life? Is it broken? If, so can I fix it? If you say no to most of these questions, put it in the donation pile.
  • Create a donation pile. Speaking of that donation pile, start one! You’ll feel a lot less guilty about getting rid of your unused items if you know they’re going to someone who will really appreciate them.
  • Clear off surfaces. After you clean out hidden spaces like closets and under the bed, make a rule that you’ll always keep surfaces like counters and desks free of clutter. Not only will your home feel more organized, this will ensure that it looks more organized, as well.

18 Five-Minute Decluttering Tips to Start Conquering Your Mess [Zen Habits]
25 Ways to Clean Out the Clutter [Good Housekeeping]
Keep or Toss: Questions & Tips to Help You Declutter [Apartment Therapy]

Public at the Brickyard: A Showcase for Local Farmers and Beer Crafters

Located near a popular music venue in Wichita’s Old Town entertainment district, Public at the Brickyard isn’t just a place to enjoy a beer or signature cocktail before an outdoor concert; it’s also the place to share a slice of beef brisket pizza or smoked pork shoulder, all made from ingredients from local farmers and beer crafters. Recover from your weekend by stopping in for Sunday brunch or meet friends for an after-work drink during a happy hour that lasts from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Housed in a refurbished warehouse, the farm-to-table restaurant adds a rustic feel to its industrial charm with vintage bulbs inside clear mason jars and old window frames hung on exposed brick walls. During nicer weather, don’t forget to venture out to the restaurant’s courtyard for fresh air and greenery.

Public at the Brickyard
129 North Rock Island Road
Wichita, Kansas 67202
(316) 263-4044

Where to Shop for Designer Fabric Online

Some of the best bargains on unique, beautiful fabrics can be found online. Here are just three of the best online resources for designer fabrics for all of your craft projects.

With an easy-to-navigate website that’s almost as beautiful as its large inventory of designer fabrics, it’s easy to see why Spoonflower is one of the most popular online fabric retailers. Designed by indie artists, fabrics are available in designs like tribal prints, geometric patterns, and minimalist flowers, as well as children’s prints perfect for the little ones.

The go-to online hub of anything crafty and handmade, Etsy is also a great resource for designer fabrics. Because the site contains so many individual sellers, you’ll find something for just about any style or project. sells a wide selection of name brand designers like Liberty of London, Kaufman, and Minky, as well as quilting fabrics and unique textures that may be difficult to find anywhere else. Browse the site by brand name, type of fabric, or even pattern and color, and be sure to check out the impressive clearance section if you’re on a budget.

More Than 40 Decadent Doughnut Varieties Await at The Donut Whole

Among the more than 300 locally-owned businesses in Wichita’s Douglas Design District, The Donut Whole is the one-stop-shop for coffee, doughnuts, art, and music. Three house coffee blends come from beans roasted just down the street, pairing perfectly with more than 40 varieties of doughnuts, including vegan doughnuts. Made from Kansas buttermilk and fried in 100% soybean oil, the doughnuts come topped with everything from peanut butter and marshmallow to crispy bacon or crunchy cookies.

Not a fan of caffeine? Wash down a bite of moist doughnut with a natural soda, boba tea, or made-to-order smoothie. You can get a sweet treat inside the shop from 6 a.m. to midnight or pull through the 24-hour drive through anytime of the day. If you can make it inside, check out exhibitions by local artists inside the shop’s Brown Paper Bag Art Gallery. Stop in Friday or Saturday nights at 8 p.m. to catch live music inside The Donut Whole’s Bantam Lounge.

The Donut Whole
1720 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, KS 67207
(316) 262-3700