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BOSTON (CBS) — From books to bakeries to small boutiques, Small Business Saturday was a success across the Boston area.

Black Market in Roxbury’s Nubian Square was packed with local vendors selling their artwork, craftsmanship, and creativity. This is their fifth year in business.

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“Small business Saturday is always our busiest day of the year.

Our business had a very difficult time during COVID because we are a gathering place,” Black Market owner Kai Grant said.

Many small businesses were hit hard by the pandemic, so having support from the local community is big boost. On Saturday, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu visited a number of shops.

“This space is such a gift in Boston. Black Market has been that intersection of arts and community and local vendors. I want to make sure we are doing all we can to get our businesses back on their feet after a really hard time in the pandemic,” Mayor Wu said.

Elaine Ellis Phillip and her daughter SaiAnna started their small business, Sweet Glam, in the middle of the pandemic.

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“Sweet Glam is bakery and cosmetics, so it’s look pretty while you eat,” Elaine said. “We came up this concept of making everything tasty all over. So tasty in your mouth and tasty on your body.”

At Flock in the South End, the registers are ringing.

“It’s been super busy for the holiday season, which is fantastic,” Elli Barkett of Flock said.

Hiwott Taddesse was looking for party supplies and gifts for a friend and happy to support small businesses.

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“It’s very important. Especially after the pandemic,” Taddesse said. “You can get unique items when you go shopping, and then it helps everyone in the local community stayed employed and stay in business.”

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I’m a professional organizer and ANYONE can get their house tidy with my ‘5-minute’ home hack

THE THOUGHT of cleaning your home can sometimes be more overwhelming than the work itself.

A professional organizer shared her quick hack to get you into cleaning mode, and it will only take you five minutes.

4A professional organizer shared her quick hack to get you ready to cleanCredit: TikTok 4Organize your drawer in just a matter of minutesCredit: TikTok

In a video posted on social media, she shared the one step you must do in order to start your cleaning routine.

"Choosing one small 5-minute project can really give us a sense of accomplishment and set us down the right track," she said.

An easy way to feel accomplished is by checking off your to-do lists, even if it's simple things like chores or errands.

So, find one task that you can work on in just a few minutes, and as the expert said: "Open that drawer that you've been avoiding."

"We often look around at all the clutter and things we have to do and feel completely overwhelmed," she said.

In her video, she demonstrated her 5-minute drawer decluttering hack.

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She took all of her items out and then filled the empty drawer with small storage bins to help organize her stuff.

While sorting through the drawer, she advised making decisions about what you actually need in there, that way you can save space by tossing out the items you don't.

"Take the win from that small project and let the momentum carry you onto the next one," she said.

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When you're ready to move on to your closet, a fashion expert shared her three tips to declutter your wardrobe and save you space.

Fashion and lifestyle expert Jade Leanne wants decluttering your closet to be as easy as possible.

So, she shared a video on social media explaining the three questions you should ask yourself when deciding which garments should stay, and which should go.

First, she said to go piece by piece and ask yourself: "Would I buy this if I saw it in a store now?"

This will help you decide how much you value the clothing item.

She reasoned that if you wouldn't buy it now, you probably won't have a desire to wear it again.

Second, Leanne said to ask yourself: "Does it fit me?"

If the item is too big or too small and hasn't fit you for over a year, Leanne said it should be tossed in the bin.

"It makes us feel like s**t to have clothes that don't fit us in our wardrobe," she noted.

"Get rid of them."

Lastly, if the item has holes, stains, or rips in it, she said to just toss it.

"You're not going to fix them later, you're not going to patch them up, you're not going to bleach them, get them in the bin," she said.

The expert even suggested using old clothing as a cleaning rag.

For the pieces you decide to toss, Leanne recommended putting them in a bin that you can later sort through to decide if you want to sell them, donate them, or, for ruined clothing, throw them away.

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