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Meet us Monday: Daisy Buitrago

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Name and Title: Daisy, Procurement Ambassador

Home town: Raleigh

Current town: Morrisville

When did you start working at Habitat Wake? November 2013

What is your favorite thing about working for Habitat? I get paid to make the world a better place! I hated working traditional retail where upper management coached employees to constantly sell meaningless goods or credit cards to customers. Habitat’s organizational values and mission are closely aligned with my own personal values and that makes a huge difference!

What does your typical work day look like? Majority of my work week, I am out on one of our 26-foot trucks, picking up donations from homes and businesses all over Wake County. The day starts with a route of 8 to 12 pickups and my partner and I drive around making pickups in the morning and afternoon. I love it because every day and every pickup is different and I enjoy strategizing how to organize and stack donations to ensure we have room for all the pickups in the day, like Tetris. Then we take all our donations to the assigned store and unload the truck alongside employees and volunteers. I also appreciate how fit I am from all the heavy lifting at work. No need to put aside time or money for a gym membership here!

What do you do in your spare time? I am a very busy person outside of habitat! I serve communion to hospital bound Catholics at Rex Hospital every month, I mentor Jobs for Life 8-week classes twice a year, I have worked as a precinct official for every election since 2013. Actually, I just started a new opportunity with the Wake County Board of Elections and now I am also teaching a 3-hour training course for all precinct officials starting this month! I am always creating, restoring and upcycling items for myself, friends or for my Etsy store. I always have 2-3 books I am reading in between all my activities and fun. Needless to say, I rarely sleep!

Do you have any pets or children? I have one fur baby, Sinnamon aka Sinn, who just turned 6 years old. I’ve had my dog since she was 6 weeks old! She is full of energy, always trying to distract me to play with her.

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What are three items on your bucket list? Take a holy pilgrimage to Israel, learn to Scuba, and learn to blow glass.

Dream vacation: I think a dream vacay for me would have to be a month long at least. It doesn’t even matter where I go or don’t go. I value my time and I always need more to accomplish my never ending list of goals. I have already had fun vacations in Honduras (with Habitat!) and the Bahamas. However if I could have a month long vacay and go somewhere cool… thats the ultimate dream vacation!

Hidden talent? I weigh 100lbs and I can safely deadlift 75lbs, so needless to say I surprise majority of donors when I arrive to procure their donations. Never judge books by their covers!

Favorite piece you’ve seen or purchased in the ReStore: I actually bought a small storage cabinet recently that had a good shape and totally upcycled it into a sewing notions cabinet with vintage cookbook ads and graphics decoupaged on drawer fronts and cabinet top. Its my current favorite, but I have many because majority of my household is composed of ReStore items or things I made using ReStore items!

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From the Archives: Small Space Round-Up

This blog post was written last August by our Development and Communications intern, Chauncey Bowden, who happens to be an expert on small spaces, as she currently lives in a little Raleigh apartment. With students coming back to the Triangle, we thought it might be a good time to dust it off again! Welcome back, students! 

Maybe you’re on a budget, or maybe you’ve decided to sacrifice space for the convenience of city living. Or perhaps you’re taking steps towards a minimal tiny house lifestyle (brave!).  In an ideal world, all apartments would come with extra large bathrooms and walk-in closets. While this may not be reality, even small spaces can be clutter free and comfortable with a few tricks. Here is a roundup of 10 hacks to make the most of any small space.


1. Corner Nightstand

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Placing your bed in the corner of a room creates more floor space, but it may  make it impossible to have a night stand. This nifty corner night stand it the perfect place to charge your phone or place your glasses at night.


2. Under Bed Storage

Under bed storage From the Archives: Small Space Round Up

This hack is my favorite alternative to small closet spaces. Place plastic bins under your bed for more drawer space. You can even add castors for easy rolling. I use mine to store denim and sandals.


3. Curtain Rings and Hangers

Tank top storage From the Archives: Small Space Round Up

Speaking of making the most of small closet spaces, use hangers as a way to easily store tank tops. It may be best to hang cotton tank tops, as they won’t wrinkle as easily. This is also a great tip for hanging belts, baseball caps, and lightweight purses.


4. Floating Vanity Shelves

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When dealing with a small bathroom, counter space is usually always a problem. Floating vanity shelves are a trendy way to store brushes, soaps, cotton balls and more. It’s easy to find inexpensive glass containers to make the display pretty as well as functional.


5. Create Optical Illusions With Mirrors

Large mirrors From the Archives: Small Space Round Up

Mirrors are a great way to make small spaces look larger and brighter than they actually are. Painting the frames of older mirrors is a great way to add new life to a product. Check out our ReStores for the perfect mirror to add to your space.


6. DIY Bed Riser

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Bed risers allow you to make the most of your floor space. Using vacuum sealed bags, you are able to keep seasonal clothes out of the way but within close reach at all times. No need to purchase these — they are an easy thing to do yourself!


7. Crown Molding Shoe Organizer

Crown molding shoe rack From the Archives: Small Space Round Up

Get your your shoes out of the pile on your closet floor and up overhead! This is an easy and space-saving way to store your high heels. Thrift stores like the ReStores often have crown molding for sale, making this project economical as well as clever



8. Organize Under Sink Space

undersink spray bottles From the Archives: Small Space Round Up

Use a tension rod to hang spray bottles and keep clutter under the sink to a minimum. You can use the extra space to store other cleaning items in baskets.


9. Floating Bookshelves

The Invisible Book Shelf From the Archives: Small Space Round Up

There’s nothing worse than waking up and tripping over your bulky biology book. Floating shelves are a good way to keep books organized, yet easily accessible. Color-coordinate the books or style the shelves for added chic-ness!


10. Lofted Bed

lofted bed From the Archives: Small Space Round Up

College dorm rooms are notorious for making the most out of small spaces. Lofted beds are a key feature of many dorm rooms, but they can also be a great feature in apartment bedrooms. Many lofted beds come with built-in desks and shelves, which is great because building up, instead of out, helps to maximize floor space.


The best news? You can get a lot of the materials for these projects at the Habitat Wake ReStores. Save money and space at the same time!


Generally available at Habitat Wake ReStores:

  • Shelf brackets, corbels, and scrap wood can easily be turned into corner shelves.
  • Crown molding for hanging shoes.
  • Tension rods for under-sink storage.
  • Mirrors of all shapes and sizes
  • Wood and old cabinet doors can be cut to various sizes and used for floating vanity and bookshelves.
  • Bannisters and other wood pieces for making bed risers