Habitat Happenings

Meet us Monday: Mohammad Khan

This post is part of a series to help you get to know the many faces at the Habitat Wake ReStores. Check back every other Monday to meet a new face and read a little about the people who make up our great team. 

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Name and Title: Mohammad M. Khan, Raleigh ReStore Associate​

Home town: Karachi, Pakistan​

Current town: Cary, NC​

When did you start working at Habitat Wake? May, 2006​

What is your favorite thing about working for Habitat? Meeting new customers, finding new ways to help others​.

What does your typical work day look like? Managing the ReStore, processing donations​, assisting customers, overseeing volunteers, and running the checkout registers. Oh, and how can I forget making coffee for the staff!  [Editor’s note he also brings Panera sweet treats in for the staff regularly and crashes all of our diets!]

What do you do in your spare time? I enjoy praying at the mosque, spending time with my children, and playing with my 3 grand-cats.

Do you have any pets or children? I have 5 kids, 3 daughters and 2 sons. Maryam, my middle daughter, works every Saturday at the Raleigh ReStore with me. She has 3 cats: Ebenezer, Toothless, and Colby, all fun to be around. ​

Favorite meal: This is hard, I enjoy eating all types of food!​ I love desi (Indian/Pakistani) cuisine, as well as Chinese, Italian, and Mexican food. I also enjoy trying new food.

Dream vacation: Hanging out at the beach, enjoying the water, fresh air, and the delicious seafood!

Do you have any strange hidden talents? I cook delicious Indian/Pakistani food!

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Can you spot other Raleigh ReStore staff in this group photo?


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May Blood Drives at the ReStores

TBC square 300x300 May Blood Drives at the ReStores The Blood Connection will have their blood mobile in the parking lot of three of our ReStores during Saturdays in May. All who donate will receive a gift card to use in any of the six Wake County ReStores. You’ll do double good by donating blood and shopping at the ReStores! See below for dates and times.

Saturday, May 6
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Glenwood Ave. ReStore
8009 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC

Saturday, May 20
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fuquay-Varina ReStore
1352 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC

Saturday, May 27
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Apex ReStore
826 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC


Meet us Monday: Greg Webb

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Name and Title: Greg Webb, Donation Operations Manager

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC aka Camel City aka The Twin City. Also birthplace of Texas Pete, BB&T Bank, Krispy Kreme, and Reynolds Tobacco.

Current town: Raleigh, NC. Been here for about four years now, and I’ve quickly transformed into one of those ITB snobs.

When did you start working at Habitat Wake? I started working at Habitat in November of 2014, and have been on this crazy train ever since.

What is your favorite thing about working for Habitat? I love the personal interactions I am able to have with our many donors who come from all walks of life and have really big hearts.

What does your typical work day look like? The days vary mostly, but typically I get to work around 8 o’clock, check the voicemails from our donation hotline, respond to any urgent calls, then work on a mix of tasks related to managing our hardworking Donation Ambassadors, emails, confirmation calls and scheduling pickups. Around 3:30pm, I enter the “final countdown” stage of my day where I work on optimizing the routes for pickups the following day and making sure that they make sense.

What do you do in your spare time? I am a bit of a gym rat and like to workout in the mornings before work. When the weather’s nice after work, I like to ride my bike from my apartment to the art museum and back, it’s a great way to de-stress and reflect on the day. Come ride with me!

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Favorite meal: I’m gonna take some liberties and say two here. The first is a meal I had recently with my mom and my sister in Savannah at The Wyld Dock Bar which is situated on the edge of a large expanse of undeveloped marshland. I had some fish tacos that were out of this world! The other is a meal I make for myself if I’m ever facing hardships, be they mountains or molehills, chicken and dumplings. One bite of it, and I’m instantly comforted.


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Dream vacation: I’ve been wanting to go to Oceania for a while now, either Australia; Tahiti; or the Philippines. Give me lots of water and sun and I’m happy. I must have been a plant in a past life.

Favorite movie line: “It’s very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present” – Little Edie Beale from Grey Gardens (1975) Putting aside how absolutely bonkers this documentary about Jackie O’s aunt and cousin who live in a dilapidated house in the Hamptons is; I chose this quote because I found it really profound and I think it speaks to how our past is always coloring our present.

Favorite place to take out-of-town guests in the Triangle: I love bringing people to Calavera on the corner of Davie and Blount downtown. A table on the second floor overlooking the street, with one of their fantastic cocktails (my favorite is the cilantro jalapeno margarita) and some flaky rich empanadas and you’re sure to please your guests. For dessert, I like to walk to Bittersweet on Martin Street. The walk helps steady the ballast from dinner, and make a little room for the delicious sweets.

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Spring Decluttering Strategies

By now you’ve probably heard of the KonMari method of tidying up, which advocates for minimalism and only owning items that spark joy. Spring is a great time to reevaluate your space, declutter, and organize. But don’t toss all those things that no longer spark joy! Someone else may need them.

We’ve rounded up a list of favorite online tips and resources for tidying, organizing, and setting up systems to keep things neat (and at the end, a list of places to donate!). The best part is, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get your space in order — many of these tools and materials are available at the ReStores (and you can certainly donate unwanted items when you’re finished with your overhaul).

1. Create an outbox to help you corral items that need to be donated, given to a friend, returned to the library or store, etc. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/lose-the-clutter-organize-your-54884

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2. Hide unsightly items with clever DIY decorative storage http://www.homedit.com/toilet-paper-dispenser/ or http://hative.com/behind-the-couch-ideas/

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3. Add shelving in unexpected places to corral items http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/small-space-solutions-9-perfect-places-to-squeeze-in-shelves-239088

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4. Turn a thrifted CD or DVD holder into plate storage http://www.woohome.com/diy-2/the-most-genius-ideas-to-organize-your-pot-lids
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5. Install a shelf or tension rod to store gift wrap and other strangely-sized items (also works well under the sink, in cabinets, and other small, tricky spaces http://www.organizeandinspire.com/2013/12/gift-wrapping-storage/
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6. Add pegboard — works in any room of the house! Bonus: it will add an industrial, minimalist feel to your home http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/12/elsies-laundry-room-tour.html and http://www.cravingsomecreativity.com/2015/08/19/how-to-build-your-own-pegboard-office-supply-organizer/
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7. Craft a pretty tray or bin to collect items that tend to get scattered: living room blankets, kitchen counter condiments, etc. http://www.hometalk.com/16382145/five-minute-farmhouse-footed-stoolfive minute farmhouse footed stool organizing repurposing upcycling rustic furnitu Spring Decluttering Strategies


8. Use an old frame and add cork board, a screen, or blackboard to write messages, hold earrings, or pin notes. http://www.batchelorsway.com/2013/02/office-redo-pin-board-of-dreams.html
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9. Need a little extra storage space? There are tons of great ideas for reusing old media stands (which are inexpensive and readily available in thrift stores). Two great examples are this bar cart: http://loveandrenovations.com/2013/03/14/creating-with-the-stars-week-1-project-upcycle/ and this craft center: http://ourdailyideas.com/8-diy-projects-for-making-a-crafting-armoire/

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10. And after you finish decluttering and have gathered everything you want to donate: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/where-to-donate-all-your-unwanted-items-small-space-organization-236842
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