Monday, November 14, 2016

Live Segment! Holiday Card Organizing Tips on Fox 19

Sending holiday cards to family and friends can take quite a bit of time and effort at this already busy season, not to mention the clutter they create around the house. We were back on Fox 19 last week with tips to organize your holiday cards.

Video: Holiday Card Organizing


Get your holiday cards sent out as efficiently as possible.

Tip One: Organize all your supplies.
Holiday cards and accompanying supplies can quickly get out of control. Grab a small basket to corral all those odds and ends like cards, envelopes, stamps, address labels, pens and Sharpie markers. Include washi tape and scissors to dress up the envelopes. Keep a copy of your holiday card list here along with a ruler in case you are hand-addressing envelopes. 

Tip Two: Embrace technology. 
Every minute counts during the holiday season, so use technology to maximize your time. Online card services like Minted or Paperless Post allow you to upload your address list so your envelopes can be pre-printed. This leaves extra time for you to write a thoughtful note on your cards. 

Avoid the Post Office like the plague! You can order stamps online and have them delivered for $1.

Creatively organize the cards you receive.

Tip Three: Display the cards all season in one of three ways. 
Don’t let incoming cards clutter your counter space.  

Clothespin Photo / Memo Holder
Spiral Wreath Card Holder
Decorative Basket

Tip Four: Toss! But take a photo first.  
A good organizer is always going to suggest that you recycle the cards. One creative idea is to take a photo of the card first and save it with your friend’s contact information in your phone. Then when they call, their photo pops up.

Tip Five: Organize cards you can’t bear to toss.
Our sentimental side sometimes wins out. The container you use should make it easy for you to read and enjoy the cards in the future. The Bigso card organizer has tabs that you can use to separate the cards by year. Remember to label the tabs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Covetable Closets: Katie Kime’s Austin Oasis

Fashion, furniture and accessories. Katie Kime (and her team) somehow do it all. We’ve been in love with her style (and tassel earrings) for some time. It’s not much of a surprise that Katie’s closet is at the top of our most coveted list.

First, can we talk about the banana leaf wallpaper? This and more are available from her line of wallpapers.

The major organizational key here is Katie’s use of space, especially considering the number of windows in the space. The island in the middle of the room provides storage with cubbies below for shoes and larger accessories. I'm pretty sure there are some pretty amazing handbags stored down there.


There is plenty of long hanging space for Katie’s collection of dresses.


Moving over to the corner of the space is Katie’s vanity. When you’ve got room, a vanity is the way to go to make getting dressed so much easier. Drawers corral small items that tend to make counter tops look cluttered.


Trays and pretty boxes on top of the island keep accessories organized. This is a work of art!



For more background on Katie’s colorful world, visit her website. Photos courtesy of Lonny and Camille Styles.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

One Junk Drawer, Three Ways

The thing about junk drawers... 

1) Everyone has one. 
2) They are easy to keep neat when they look this good. 

Our favorite 15 minute organizing task gets elevated with some major style. Why not redo your drawer (see four simple steps) and use some of these drawer organizers? 

Look One: Colorful Metal Organizers with White Accessories



Look Two: Acrylic Organizers with Cork Liner 



Look Three: Bamboo Stackable Organizers with Polka Dot Liner (Pro Tip: That's actually wrapping paper!)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Live Segment! Junk Drawer Organizing Tips on Fox 19

We were back on Fox 19 this week sharing tips to organize your junk drawer.



The secret is that we no longer want to call it a junk drawer, which gives us permission to use the drawer as a dumping ground. Think of the space as a utility drawer instead to keep it organized with the most useful items in your home. So say NO to the junk drawer and YES to the utility drawer!

Here are five steps to organize your junk drawer.

Step One:  Pull everything out of the drawer.

Step Two:  Sort “like with like,” toss trash, and set aside items to be put elsewhere.

Step Three:  Determine what stays. Hint: only the most useful items. Examples for a kitchen utility drawer are pens, markers, notepads, scissors, tape, matches, chip clips, tape measure, paperclips and batteries.

Step Four:  Measure the drawer and clean and wipe down surfaces. Drawer organizers come in two sizes deep and shallow. So always measure the height of your drawer as well.

Step Five:  Containerize items to keep things organized and easy for you and your family to maintain.

Monday, September 12, 2016

DIY Simplicity Launches for New York City


Simplicity is now accessible for all New Yorkers! 

If you tend toward organized but could use some expert advice to get your home in order, DIY Simplicity is for you. We’ll do a full walk through and review all the spaces in your home to develop a custom plan to get you organized. 

DIY Simplicity includes… 

  • A two-hour in home consultation 
  • Measurement of all key spaces
  • Design plans to maximize closets or other spaces
  • Custom, step-by-step project instructions
  • Recommended product list to finish the space
  • Unlimited email support

Cost is $500. Call or email US to get scheduled today.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Covetable Closets: Rebecca Minkoff’s elfa Dream

Fashion designer and New Yorker Rebecca Minkoff’s fabulous creations aren’t the only items on trend. So is The Container Store’s elfa closet system.

Minkoff’s marbled walls and glam gold light fixture give her custom white elfa with birch finish a runway ready look.


A combination of open sloped shelving and pull out racks keep shoes easily accessible and organized by style.


Elfa wall racks are the perfect way to store small clutches and wallets along open wall space. Minkoff knows how valuable NYC closet space is!


Open ventilated shelving and an elfa utility board maximize the additional wall space for jewelry and accessories storage. We're fans of the acrylic jewelry organizers.


Shallow pull out drawers with dividers and small trays keep earrings and other jewelry organized.



Best news yet, the elfa shelving sale is happening NOW with 25 percent off closet and installation.

All photography credits go to InStyle Magazine.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Urban Simplicity in Boston


The summer road show continues! We’re headed to the land of lobstahs to get all those Red Sox fans wicked organized. (Sorry, not sorry.)

Please share with anyone in the Boston area who might need a little organizing love. We’re offering our DIY Simplicity consultation, aka a total life changer.   

DIY Simplicity - If you tend toward organized but could use some expert advice to get your home in order, this is for you. In this two-hour in home consultation, we'll do a full walk through and review and take measurements of key spaces. Within two weeks of the session, you'll receive custom, step-by-step DIY project instructions to declutter and organize your space. This includes a recommended product list to finish the space. I'll also provide unlimited email support following the consultation to help you get it done! Cost is $500.

Availability for Boston sessions is Monday, 9/19, Tuesday, 9/20 and Wednesday, 9/21.

Feel free to contact US at kkb@urbansimplicitynyc.com or call 646-942-8676 at anytime.