@PlanetBrandee Get it together BONUS: National Get Organized Month

LIVE from the overstuffed closets of New York City!

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In our last issue we highlighted the brilliant work of TED/Google Talks featured and world renown organizer Marie Kondo who encourages us to only keep those items which “Spark Joy!”. We shed some closet-weight and feel eons better in our thriftologic organizing! As we wind down this series on learning how to clean up, clear out and stay organized in 2016, we’re hoping you’re looking around thinking “this FEELS better!” Virtual high five!

Needless to say, our bonus panel is circling back to this Kondo powerhouse with more fab suggestions on the one thing I know many New Yorkers struggle with: BOOKS.

Maybe you’re an ex actor with shelves upon shelves of Uta Hagen books, 4 copies of Audition and a myriad of Music Theatre folder stuffed with notes and old scripts. Could you be an art student who still holds onto old projects from Underwater Basket Weaving 101? Either way, the shelves are littered with things that aren’t necessary, functional, or at this point, of any value to you. So grab a Lavazza and roll up your sleeves, we’re going to watch the Mater of Tidying up on tackle that magically growing pile of books you’ve been hoarding and make it into something beautiful.

Now tell me that wasn’t dreamy!? She’s a sweetheart with an infectious smile and deft at mastering the little things that add up in a big way and that bouncy music is terrific to dust to, no?

And if that’s not enough to unleash your inner organizer, then check out this extra snippet we came across. It covers the KonMari Method of folding. For you new to the world of Kondo, the KonMari Method is the act of ultra simplifying the way you fold everything – from socks, t-shirts to pants. It’s fast, and once learned, a time and space saver. For those who shop Goodwill and thrift like crazy on the regular, this sort of tips and tools are valuable ways to avoid having your workspace and room look like the donation bin!

Check out this video series that walks you through it step by step and if you’re feeling like some Gwenyth today, look for this Goop tutorial that guides you well on your way to achieving Kondo Nirvana.

Can you get yourself organized like a dream? Are you a natural task master? Then send us your pics and share comments below! And stay tuned for February’s @PlanetBrandee adventures, where I’ll be coming to you LIVE from HOLLYWOOD, Los Angeles! Prepare for sun, surf, starlets and tons of thrifting on the Golden Coast!

Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

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Special sales this week!

VISIT 3RD AVE. HARLEM STORE FOR OFFICE FURNITURE SALE 1/29

furnitureFeaturing Herman Miller desks and more.

East Harlem Third Avenue Store
(Store & Attended Donation Center)
2231 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10035
212-410-0973

VISIT VAILS GATE JEWELRY & HANDBAG SPECIALS 1/27-29

Jewelry Sale – Wednesday, January 27, 6-9 p.m.

Handbag Sale – Thursday-Friday, January 28-29, 6-9 p.m.

Enjoy all fresh merchandise at these special sales.

Goodwill Vail’s Gate Store & Donation Center
374 Windsor Highway
New Windsor, NY 12584
845-569-8265

COME BY OUR WINDOW SALES 1/29-31

We invite you to join Goodwill at one or more of the 22 window sales planned at our stores this weekend.

Visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all to map locations.

Friday, January 29

  • Bronx, 149th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • East 23rd Street – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, January 30

  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • East Harlem, 3rd Ave – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Elmsford – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Elmwood Park – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Fairfield – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Greenwich Village, 8th St – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Jersey City – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Lake Ronkonkoma – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Massapequa – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • New Rochelle – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Paramus – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Rockaway, NJ – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Springfield – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Vails Gate, New Windsor – starts 8 a.m.
  • Washington Heights, 181st St – starts 8 a.m.
  • West 14th Street – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Sunday, January 31

  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Window Sale General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules
  • For store locations, visit our website at here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.

To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

Lauren’s Goodwill Gems: Achieve Cold-Weather Cool

Looking good in the middle of winter is no easy feat. Dry skin, chapped lips, and the need for lots of layers and bulky, wooly clothes isn’t exactly a recipe for fashion fabulousness. But believe it or not, it IS possible to still look and feel great, even in the midst of the blizzard-like conditions we’ve been suffering through lately in the Tri-State area.

The secret? Stop fighting it. You can’t look or feel your best if you’re absolutely freezing cold, either, so it’s crucial to find a happy medium – clothes and accessories appropriate for winter conditions that still look cute. Do such pieces actually exist, you ask?

Yup, they so do. Take, for example, this sweet pair of sneaker booties (that’s a real kind of shoe, right?) spotted recently at my local Goodwill thrift shop. The thick rubber soles provide traction and protect feet from cold and snow. But the playful metallic detailing on the Velcro and tongue and shiny honeycomb-like pattern on the fabric uppers make these shoes not only comfy and practical, but also still incredibly fun to wear.

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Who says your winter wardrobe has to be drab? Take your cold-weather gear up a notch but purchasing a pair of shoes that’s both fun and totally fit for cold, wet winter weather.

 

Layer up the smart way. When it’s totally frigid and there’s two feet of snow outside, there’s no way to avoid wearing more than one layer of clothing – it’s just mandatory. But you can stay warm and cozy without feeling like a giant sweater monster. If you want to minimize bulkiness and still create a sleek look, even during the worst weather, first pile on a few layers of lighter, more form-fitting attire, like a tank and a t-shirt. Even though it’s not super heavy material, putting on more than one layer closer to the body will definitely help keep your toasty. Then, top off your ensemble with a chic, tailored blazer in a heavier fabric like wool or velvet to keep you snug, but still allow you to look like you have a shape! And when paired with some cool and casual high-top sneakers or booties like the ones I’ve found on my thrifting excursion this week, you’ve got a cold-weather appropriate outfit that’s still totally cool and on trend, and polished enough for a snowy day out on the town with friends or a necessary trek through tundra-like conditions to work. Either way, you’re ready for anything – and still looking completely adorable.

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Keep your cool this winter by pairing fun, playful, but still-sturdy shoes like the ones I spotted this week at my local Goodwill with practical, layered outfit – basics topped with a sleek, fitted blazer are always an easy way to put together a totally polished and cozy ensemble.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

 

@PlanetBrandee Get it together! A 3 Part Series for National Get Organized Month!

This January, let’s drag out those boxes of “misc junk”, old high school jeans and things we don’t use for a master purge feng shui style for National Getting Organized Month.

LIVE from the overstuffed closets of New York City

Thanks for joining us for the final of our 3 Part Series on getting organized. If you haven’t seen steps 1-5 or 6-10 go check them out in the previous posts.

Here’s an idea you might actually stick to: As is your home, so is your mind. This January, let’s drag out those boxes of “junk”: Old high school jeans and things we don’t use. Start a master purge feng shui style for National Getting Organized Month.

Step #3: OWN your journey!

As we wind down this series on learning how to clean up, clear out and stay organized in 2016, we’re hoping you’re looking around thinking “this FEELS better!”

Here as the cherry on top of our work, is the Magic Lady herself, Marie Kondo! Whom we were lucky enough to catch in this Google talk on the art of tidying up! If you’re seeking the gilded end to a fab series, this is it! So grab a coffee and sit back to hear how the simple act of stay organized and tidy changes everything.

Now tell me that wasn’t fabulous!? She’s a dream at mastering the little things that add up in a big way! So what’s on your desk today? Make it count!

Can you get yourself organized like a dream? Are you a natural task master? Then send us your pics and share comments below! Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

DROP BY OUR WINDOW SALES 1/22-26

We invite you to join Goodwill at one or more of the 12 upcoming window sales planned at our stores.

Visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all to map locations.

SALE HOURS AND DATES

Friday, January 22

  • Chelsea, 25th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 5:30 p.m.; starts 6 p.m.
  • West 79th Street – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Saturday, January 23

  • East Northport – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Fairfield – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Greenwich Village, 8th St – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Jersey City – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Paramus – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Springfield – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Tuesday, January 26

  • Chelsea, 25th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.

Window Sale General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules
  • For store locations, visit our website at here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.

To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

Mrs. T’s Closet: Are you purging your closet this month?

Happy New Year from Mrs. T!

From New York to Hawaii, and now Fort Hood, Texas, everywhere we go, I always search for the best places to go thrifting. I often carry an extra backpack or small suitcase just to carry my thrifting finds.  Thanks to Apple’s Siri, we found a Goodwill store while visiting my family in Texas. But January is the month when I purge my closet and I purchase only what I need.

It was hard, but I had to remember the main reason for going to Texas, besides visiting with my son and his wife, my daughter-in-law also believes in Thrifting. I welcomed the opportunity to help her “clean-up” her home and to donate what she no longer needs to Goodwill. So here I am, all the way in Texas and helping my daughter-in-law with purging. As the New Year begins, it feels great to begin the process!

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I’ve had a wonderful time with my family, but soon I’ll have to return home to my closet to continue my own purging process. Every year, I keep only the clothes I need to simplify and organized my life. It took a while, but once I developed a method, the process of purging got easier.

Hopefully, you are also considering purging your closet this month and throughout the year. Purging your closet will help you create your best look for less. I look forward to sharing the method I’m currently using to purge my closet in the New Year. Happy 2016 Thrifting! I hope this year you find those hidden treasures that are waiting just for you.

@PlanetBrandee Get it together! A 3 Part Series for National Get Organized Month

LIVE from the overstuffed closets of New York City

Thanks for joining us for Part 2 of this 3 Part Series on getting organized. If you haven’t read steps 1-5, go check them out in last week’s post.

Here’s an idea you might actually stick to: As is your home, so is your mind. This January, let’s drag out those boxes of “junk”: Old high school jeans and things we don’t use. Start a master purge feng shui style for National Get Organized Month.

Step #2: Get it DONE!

  1. Get rid of any office supplies you haven’t used in the past year. Return them to the store for credit or donate them to your favorite charity. Ding ding ding GOODWILL! The less clutter there’s in your office, the more happiness you’ll get in your life. If you buy a new printer, donate the old one. Here’s one of our fave points: DONATE what you don’t need! If you have two, give one the boot. We’re all guilty sometimes of holding on to things we don’t need in one way or another. So clean it up and get it done.
  2. Boooo the TAX MAN cometh! Start planning now for the next tax year. Label a box “Next Year’s Taxes,” and put it in your office. This box will hold all your tax-related documents throughout the year: bank statements, receipts for business expenses, online statements indicating what bills you paid and charity receipts. All of which beats searching for the paperwork at the end of the year. We couldn’t agree more. Keeping receipts from travel if your work has you doing that as well is a GREAT pointer.
  3. Update your Rolodex. (and by this we mean dump stale contacts!) Clear out all the cards of people you never called last year. Here, here! This also goes for clearing that cache of old necessary FB and social contacts as well. Clear your slate 100%.Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 12.59.10 PM
  4. Feng Shui. FENG SHUI!

Can you get yourself organized like a dream? Are you a natural task master? Then send us your pics and share comments below until next time, see you on the streets for PART 3 of this Get Organized Special Series.

Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

CELEBRATE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY WITH US & TAKE 35% OFF

Goodwill Storewide MLK Sale – Monday, January 18

Get 35% off at all Goodwill stores on 1/18 except the Van Dam outlet in Queens. Window sale items are not included.

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For store locations, visit our website at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all.

Paramus Offers Evening Art & Jewelry Sale

Tuesday, January 19 – Starts 5 p.m.

Stop by Goodwill’s Paramus store for gift-shopping at a special art and jewelry sale beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing to closing at 8 p.m. or while supplies last. Most jewelry is fine, though there is some costume jewelry, and framed art will also be available.

Goodwill Paramus Store & Donation Center

809 State Route 17
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-444-0596

14 STORES HAVE UPCOMING WINDOW SALES

Friday, January 15

  • Bronx, 149th Street – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • East 23rd Street – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Elmwood Park – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, January 16

  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Elmsford – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Massapequa – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Rockaway, NJ – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Wappingers Falls – starts 8 a.m.
  • West 14th Street – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Sunday, January 17

  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Wednesday, January 20

  • East Harlem, 3rd Ave – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Rockaway, NJ – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Window Sale General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules
  • For store locations, visit our website at here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.

To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

 

Laurens Goodwill Gems: Start the New Year Off Bright

The holidays are over. Womp, womp. We’re well into January now, and the season of (often short-lived) resolutions, but that doesn’t mean it’s a time to be down in the dumps – especially when it comes to fashion.

January is actually the perfect time to give your closet a clean, get rid of all that old stuff that doesn’t fit or that you no longer wear, and start the year off fresh and fabulous. And of course, after you give your wardrobe a good sweep and discard all those pieces you no longer need, you’ll have plenty of space for a few new – very select – purchases. Keep the new pieces to a minimum – you just did all that hard work, after all – but go ahead and get a few new pieces to spruce up the well-worn, well-loved items you’ve still got – preferably, of course, new pieces that you’ll wear over and over again throughout the next year.

I was super pumped to find this simple, but oh-so-bright and fun belt at my local Goodwill thrift recently. It’s an accessory that can be worn nearly every day to bring a fresh burst of color to some of my winter wardrobe standbys – during a recent cleanout of my own closet, I’ve realized that I own a lot of gray, friends – like A LOT a lot. So a fun, whimsical accessory like this vibrant pink belt now feels like a must-have piece – it’s such an easy way to add a little boldness and eye-catching color to an otherwise drab winter look.

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Instantly brighten up those winter standbys with a fresh new belt, like this sleek waist-cincher in a vibrant pink hue.

Pop it on with go-to pieces. All those gray wardrobe go-to pieces I just mentioned? Well, this is one of them – a cozy knit gray dress with loose three-quarter sleeves and a sassy scoop neck – also, I might add, picked up at a thrift store a couple of years ago, and still one of my favorite things to wear! It’s perfect for chilly (but not totally frigid) winter days when you just want to throw something on with a comfy pair of boots and go, but still look like you put some effort into your attire. But it is, of course, gray – gray all over – and all that monochrome can start to feel a bit boring as the winter wears on and on. So, jazz up a favorite dress or other all-black or gray ensemble with a bright belt, like the one I found at my neighborhood thrift shop. It takes only seconds to pop it on over your existing outfit, but makes a huge difference in the overall look and feel of it – that spot of bright color will instantly lift your mood (and make your waist look extra tiny by cinching in all that extra fabric) – a win-win, for sure!

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Give beloved old outfits an easy, almost instant lift by adding one beautifully bright accessory, like this week’s gem – a pretty pink belt.

 

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

@PlanetBrandee Get it together! A 3-Part Series for National Get Organized Month

@PlanetBrandee Get it together! A 3-Part Series for National Get Organized Month

Part 1: LIVE from the overstuffed closets of New York City!

Ok, so the Christmas ornaments are back on the shelf and the New Year’s Eve decorations are hopefully put away. Now there’s only the gloomy precept of nothing worth getting excited about until Valentine’s Day, which is a whole nother’ blog we’ll tackle.

SO what are you doing? Have new resolutions? Scheduling a juice cleanse? Planning yoga 24/7? Here’s an idea you might actually stick to: As is your home, so is your mind.This January, let’s drag out those boxes of “misc junk”, old high school jeans and things we don’t use for a master feng-shui-style purge for National Getting Organized Month.

Step #1: Take stock of what you’ve got + get clean!
Take some great pointers from Better Homes & Garden, INC, Twitter and Ms. Jacobs with these simple 5 intro steps for part one of our get it done series.

  1. Clean, organize and purge your desk. Update your files and replace all torn files. Buy new files, in different colors, and organize them by color: green for financial papers, purple for clients and so on. Be sure to label all the files, and then organize them alphabetically within each color scheme. And never, ever put the word “Misc” on any file–once you file it, you’ll forget what you put in it. If you can say out loud what the file is, you have your label. WE LOVE this idea! How many times have you circled back to an old file only to wrinkle your nose and go: “What is THIS?” Taking some time to also clear out the craft drawer that almost everyone has helps as well! Take those trinkets, doodads and misc piece of jetsam to GW for a donation, never hurts purging the old stuff.
  2. Get your ho-ho-ho on retro and be like “Santa every” day of the week. Make a list and check it twice. There’s nothing more satisfying than checking things off your “to do” list! Make a list every night of all the things you need to accomplish the next day. Do this every night, including the weekends, so you get in the habit of relying on your to-do list to help you get things done. While we’re BIG fans of lists, also be sure it’s one you use! Someone reading this definitely has “that” friend who has a million post its and nothing done, so clean house and clean mind it.
  3. Use only one calendar. Choose the one that works best for you: one on your computer, a handheld one like a PDA, or a paper one on your desk. Then get rid of all your other calendars and use just the one to record and keep track of everything. Super cool idea AND since we’re big fans of tech and accessibility, we’d recommend going mobile! Nothing is more annoying then adding a note and then not having it in your phone when you need it!
  4. Use www.Trello.com to create a vision board and/or make a list of your goals. Write down at least 10 goals you want to accomplish in your lifetime. Be specific. We always encourage readers to get up, get done, lean in and own their goals! Trello was a huge boon for us over the holidays, so consider using this mobile friendly and super inspirational tech tool as well as pen and paper!
  5. Keep these inspirations in hand or bedside, every night and morning, whether over coffee or chamomile take a few moments to reflect on what you’ve cleared on your plate and what’s lined up for the next day! Don’t glorify the act of being busy! Work smarter not harder!

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 3.46.44 PMCan you get yourself organized like a dream? Are you a natural task master? Then send us your pictures and share comments below until next time, see you on the streets for PART 2 of this Get Organized Special Series!
Till then, follow my food, fun, travel and lifestyle treks online at Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!