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    Thrifty Life Hacks 101

    Sometimes life can be hard. If we’re lucky, we get to fill our days with family and friends in a home we’ve thoughtfully decorated (with unique thrifted finds, of course!). If we work hard, we can take pride in a job well-done. But between all of the commuting, cleaning, cleaning, etc., a breath of relief is very welcome. That’s where saving time and energy with a few life hacks can really help! Here are some of our favorite tricks for making life work for you…

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    Goodwill San Antonio (TX) totally saved the day with this life hack they pinned on their Ready, Set, Organize! Pinboard. Thrifting a simple coat rack (or two) and hanging it down low for shoe storage just makes so much sense! Make sure it’s right by the door where shoes tend to be dumped so family members no longer have an excuse for the mess! When tired or overwhelmed, it’s easier for us to turn on auto-pilot and forget to use our imaginations for creative problem-solving, but thinking outside of the box with Goodwill® finds can really streamline our routines to later save us time and energy!

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    The trick of all tricks when shopping at Goodwill is to pay special attention to the stores near affluent areas. With disposable income, many wealthy people are able to furnish their homes and themselves with brand new expensive and high-quality pieces. As Nadine of East & blog points out in her blog post “How to Shop at Goodwill (and Find All the Best Stuff!)”, it’s very likely that if you frequent the Goodwill stores near the big houses you’ll score some A-list brands in fantastic condition. But since you’re buying it from Goodwill, both the price tag and the mission you’re supporting (to help people who are facing challenges to finding employment overcome their hardships and gain dignity and independence) will make you feel great!

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    And our final life hack today is brought to you by Goodwill Industries of Lane and South Coast Counties (Eugene, OR) who shared this super handy “How to Unshrink Your Clothes” tutorial on their Facebook page. How many times have you accidentally tossed a new sweater in the dryer only to pull it out doll-sized? The poor top could be saved with some baby shampoo and clean towels! Head over to get the full tutorial so you can confidently buy those 100 percent cotton lounge pants without having to worry about whether or not they’ll be mistakenly dried.

    We hope these tips will make your life a little easier. Have you figured out any really great life hacks while browsing the aisles of your local Goodwill store? We’d love to hear about your problem-solving projects!

    Julia Marchand
    is a home decor/DIY blogger at LITTLEroost. From her little roost in rural New England, fueled by coffee and fresh air, Julia blogs for Goodwill Industries International creating sustainable DIY, home decor, and fashion content from thrifted finds.
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