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Organizing Local @ RE

I was recently scrolling through Instagram to get some inspiration for an upcoming client. The longer I scrolled, the more everything started to look the same. Literally. The images showcased perfectly curated homes and while they were beautiful, I saw countless photos containing the exact same items purchased from the exact same stores.

Now don't get me wrong, there are absolutely times I need to purchase organizing items in large quantities. So it obviously makes sense to order from box stores. BUT what about the times I need an incredible basket to contain blankets or pillows? Or a piece of furniture to better organize books, board games, and home decor? As an organizer, it's times like these when I realized I don't take my business small and local as much as I could. So I challenged myself to think outside the *BIG* box (see what I did there?) and broaden my purchasing power as a professional to not only shop local but organize local whenever I get the chance.

With that in mind, I headed to RE's Country Club Plaza location and found exactly what I was looking for. If you're not familiar with RE, it's family-owned and one of my favorite local spots to shop for home decor in Kansas City. I have a love affair with this gem that originated in the KC West Bottoms. Chrysy and her team have an incredible eye for design and the store includes a mix of the old and new. From vintage pieces to brand new furniture and decor, RE is my go-to when I need a few items to refresh my home.

Similarly, there are so many instances as an organizer when I need a few smaller items to sort and contain things for my clients. For instance, jars to hold pencils, a crock to hold cooking utensils by the stove, or hooks to hang just about anything. By re-imagining what these pieces typically look like, not only are you able to find gorgeous pieces with personality, you also have the opportunity to bring character to a space and give it your own stamp and style.

In a time when many small and local businesses are struggling, now more than ever it's so important to support them. RE has done an incredible job pivoting and adapting despite all the curve balls 2020 has thrown. For instance, I'm a huge fan of their LIVE Instagram sales where you can literally shop from your couch while they showcase items from their store. Be sure to get involved in future sales by registering here. It's really true that every time you make a purchase big or small from a local business, they do a little happy dance!

Be sure to follow along with RE on Instagram. Also, check out their sister company, KC Furnishing Co. The next time you're on the Country Club Plaza or in the Kansas City Crossroads, stop to visit - then let me know what you find. I guarantee you won't walk out away handed... You've been warned!

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