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You know, throw out anything that doesn’t “spark joy”. Her new show on Netflix covers her quirky ‘tidying up’ system. Well, apparently women in New York ARE and the thrift stores are brimming with fresh cast-offs (some with the tags still on). But the real winners are those who are willing to take the time to SHOP in those thrift stores. Who knows what gems might be there that were tossed in a fit of kondoing?

So if this is happening in New York, what about here in Houston? Maybe this weekend is the time to go thrifting. January is always the biggest month for The Container Store as New Year’s Resolutions kick in and we’re determined to ‘get organized’.

Oh, and did you know that ‘resale’ (yes, also known as thrift) is one of THE fastest growing markets segments in fashion? And surprisingly, many of these clothes are worn 3 times or less before being discarded. Not everyone can afford full-price retail – and thrifting offers a sense of adventure that the mall doesn’t! Who knows what you’ll find for just a few dollars? Look for the labels that you love and quality fabrics that really work. And, with rodeo coming up, maybe you can snatch a vintage shirt or boots now!

Do you have a favorite thrift store? Let me know, I’d love to hear!

And, if you need help, call me. 832-707-9339 And I have more tips in my blog on my website www.marilynbarber.com

I’m always on the lookout for new organizing products and these chrome metal tote hooks from The Container Store impress me. Finally, a way to hang your purses and totes in an organized and neat way. Hanging them will keep their handles straight and preserve their body shape. For a little extra preservation of shape, stuff the bags with something, especially the corners or anywhere they’re trying to collapse on themselves. And then zip or fasten the top to sustain the structure. Any sagging will distort the shape. Yes, you can squish them closer together, just try not to mash the bags too much.

Plus you can see them! And easily put them back in their place so you always know where they are!

I’m not being paid by The Container Store, I just think these are so practical. They’re $9.99 for 6. What else could you use these for????

Here's an easy way to save closet space - uniform hangers! Take a look at your closet and see if you have a random assortment of clothes hangers, plastic or wire or otherwise. The width of the hanger steals valuable closet space. And the visual aesthetic of all these random hangers is off-putting to the enjoyment of your wardrobe. I'm not a fan of these plastic ones, but at least they're all alike. The 'velvet' hangers are the slimmest, wooden are the thickest. Oh, and pants hangers really take up a lot of space - the width and the two clasps are very side (and easily scratch you). If you can find a better way to hang them, you could save a great deal of space. Decide what your wardrobe will benefit from and plan to work on it. If you need help, call me at 832-707-9339 and we can get to work!



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