@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!


What’s good about Mercury retrograde?

What’s good about Mercury retrograde?

unnamedDid you know that for the past three weeks that will end next Tuesday, October 7, Mercury has been retrograde? Have you noticed lots of misunderstandings with co-workers, family members and friends? Have you lost and then found keys and all kinds of things? When Mercury is retrograde, there’s usually much confusion. People forget little things. Delays and frustrations abound.

It’s said that because Mercury rules communication, clear thinking, truth and travel, all these things go backwards. They start to get ugly and tangle up. When Mercury goes retrograde, it means that it looks like the planet is going backwards in the sky.

Larry Schwimmer wrote for the Huffington Post Top 10 things not to do during Mercury retrograde.

But let me tell you that this is the perfect weekend to de-clutter your closet. Aside from being wet, rainy and windy, Mercury is retrograde! Some people who cleaned up their messy closets during Mercury retrograde say they found that family heirloom they thought was lost forever.  Or they found that favorite pair of jeans that fit perfectly and they thought their roommate from hell had stolen.

And if you live in Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx, you can responsibly re-purpose or recycle your unwanted clothing at your door! Literally.

The New York City Department of Sanitation will conduct a one-time pilot curbside collection program from Monday, September 28 through Saturday, October 31, 2015. Goodwill NYNJ will re-purpose and recycle all collected goods.

“Each year NYC residents throw away over 200,000 tons of clothing and textiles in to our landfills,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “Textiles make up about six percent of our waste.”

The Pilot Program will occur in one district in each of the four outer boroughs, chosen because they were the furthest from drop-off locations. Columbus Day week will be skipped. More than 210,000 households will be able to participate.

  • Week beginning 9/28: Staten Island – Community Board 3

    (Includes Arden Heights, Tottenville, Huguenot, New Dorp)

  • Week beginning 10/5: The Bronx – Community Board 8

    (Includes Riverdale, Fieldston)

  • Week beginning 10/19: Queens – Community Board 11

    (Includes Bayside, Auburndale, Oakland Gardens, Douglaston, Little Neck)

  • Week beginning 10/26: Brooklyn – Community Board 11

    (Includes Bath Beach, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Mapleton)

How to Participate:

  1. If you live in the designated pilot program neighborhoods, you will receive a specially marked pink-colored bag in the mail. You may pick up additional bags at your Community Board or use a clear bag with labels available at on.nyc.gov/textile-collection-pilot
  2. You should fill the pink bags with clean, unwanted textiles. Next, securely tie the bags and place them at the curb after 4 p.m. the night before recycling collection day, during your designated collection week. DSNY will make only one pick-up, from each residence during their specified collection week.
  3. DSNY will accept clean, unwanted clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, towels, linens, and curtains. Ripped or torn items will also be accepted and recycled. Please do not include books, rugs, suitcases, lamps, or toys.

DSNY will bring ALL collected clothing and textiles to Goodwill NYNJ. Your donations will help support our mission of empowering individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work.

Meet Clutter Diet’s Lorie Marrero at NYC’s Goodwill Boutique Today!

Today’s the day! Join us at the Goodwill Boutique (44 West 8th Street, NYC) at 3pm to meet Lorie Marrero, Goodwill Industries International spokesperson and founder of The Clutter Diet, dedicated to helping you streamline and declutter your closet/office/life.

From tax drawer clutter to bursting wardrobes, Lorie's an expert on what to keep and what to let go - and she's ready to share her best secrets with you today, Thursday, April 11th at NYC's Goodwill Boutique!

We’ll have books to sign and give away and an opportunity for you to ask Lorie any Spring Cleaning questions you might have. Expect great tips and a revived spirit ready to tackle the overflowing dressers and drawers back home. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Meet and Greet with Lorie Marrero, The Clutter Diet

Spring Cleaning & Organization Expert

Thursday, April 12th at 3pm at the Goodwill Village Boutique

44 West 8th Street (between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 477-7024

Hope to see you there! And don’t forget our big Outdoor Furniture and Cushion Sale this weekend – plus EIGHT window sales (!)  – all listed after the break. Just click more to read ’em….:

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Clutter Diet’s Lorie Marrero at GoodwillNyNj

Declutter your calendar – we have an event this week you won’t want to miss! Lorie Marrero of Clutter Diet is coming to town and she’s chockful of organization tips to get your home/office/life decluttered this Spring.

Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet and spokesperson for Goodwill, is coming to NYC this Thursday to help you with Spring Cleaning!

Come meet us and Lorie at the Goodwill Village Boutique this Thursday at 3pm – and spread the word! Let’s make this event even more crowded then your closets…

Meet and Greet with Lorie Marrero, The Clutter Diet

Spring Cleaning & Organization Expert

Thursday, April 12th at 3pm at the Goodwill Village Boutique

44 West 8th Street (between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 477-7024

We hope you can make it, Goodwill fans. This is one meet-and-greet you (and your closets) won’t want to miss!

Spring Cleaning with E-Card Encouragement

If you love someone, set them free… from clutter. Goodwill Industries International has come up with two fun e-card options to support your friends, family or loved ones as they tackle Spring Cleaning get organized. Take a look, have a laugh, and spread some joy that all that summer-fall-winter clutter is finally on its way out!

Know someone who's Spring Cleaning? Send a you-can-do-it e-card to help cheer them on!

To send the cards, click here or on the card above. Enjoy and Happy Spring Cleaning, all!

Goodwill Gem: Strong, Stylish Wedges

New year, new you – and new chance to streamline that wardrobe! Our correspondent Lauren has boxed and bagged the no-longer-neededs and now she’s on the Goodwill hunt for a few key pieces to revive those never-fail faves staying put in her closet. Sounds like it’s time for a Goodwill Gem right? Right! This week’s find: strong, stylish wedges.

These chic wedges are the perfect addition to any minimalist city girl’s newly pared down wardrobe.

Resolve to put your closet on a diet. Many of us make resolutions when January rolls around, and often those resolutions center around taking better care of ourselves, our bodies and our health, after weeks of parties, cocktails and all the delicious treats and nibbles that go with them. It’s always a good thing to take care of yourself, but after a holiday season glamour, sparkle and shine, it’s time to take care of your closet, too, and pare it down so that it’s filled with functional pieces for more everyday use.

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Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

We love shopping, but we hate needless waste. Solution? This week’s GoodwillNyNj/BurdaStyle Boutique You pick: the Charlie Reusable Grocery Bag!

This little tote can make a huge impact. Just think how many plastic shopping bags you could save in a year alone!

Secondhand fashion is the perfect way to create your own signature style without hurting the planet, but what about those plastic shopping bags? Be a real Eco Champion & make your own out of reused thirfted fabric! BurdaStyle shows how with this nifty little pattern.

And if bobbins and spindles sound like whosiewwatsits to you, be sure to join us and Bags for the People for a Make-You-Own Tote Bag workshop during our Clutter Hunter Donation Drive this Sunday from 1pm-4pm at the Goodwill Chelsea store (103 W 25th Street between 6th & 7th Aves.) – hope to see you there, Eco Champions!

The Clutter Hunter Donation Drive!

This Sunday we’re having a big Donation Drive at the Goodwill Chelsea from 1pm-4pm this Sunday, May 30th to celebrate our Clutter Hunter Contest! This is the perfect time to drop off all those no-longer-needed items (clothes, books, dvds, electronics, shoes) you’ve been stumbling over for far too long. Tackle that clutter – and come join us Sunday!

As an added perk, we’ll have the amazing non-profit Bags for the People leading a Make-Your-Own Reusable Tote Bag Workshop. How cool is that? Come on by to celebrate reusability, giving back and smart shopping all in one!

(Many thanks to all at Bags for the People, BurdaStyle, and the Craft and Hobby Association for all your great help & ideas!)

Oprah Says Tackle That Clutter!

Dealing with clutter? You’re not alone. Seems like everyone out there has a closet, attic, or bedroom begging for a paring down.

Image courtesy of liberatedspaces.wordpress.com.

So you’ve decided to tackle the problem and go through those old heaps of who-knows-what. Awesome! Now, for where to send it all… Well, follow Ms. Oprah Winfrey’s lead with “Where to Get Rid of Your Stuff,” an online extension of this month’s O, The Oprah Magazine (and check out Goodwill under the New York list!).

Oprah tackles a formidable challenge... clutter. One of her suggestions? Donate your no-longer-neededs to Goodwill!

Wondering what exactly happens to everything you give to Goodwill? The great eco-friendly blog Liberated Spaces follow’s your donation’s journey through the Goodwill world, going from old and unwanted to something treasured and new.

And did you know that, in addition to donation centers, you can also donate your gently used goods at any Goodwill store? You can see our store locations sorted by neighborhood here, and all our Goodwill centers searchable by zip code here.

Now, get to tackling that clutter, donating the old, and letting the Goodwill roll!