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.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Urban Simplicity in L.A.


Hey, L.A. friends! We're taking our talents to the West Coast with sessions starting next week.

Korinne, Urban Simplicity's Organizer-in-Chief, is available for Full Organizing Sessions and DIY Simplicity. 

Full Organizing Sessions - This is perfect for anyone with projects they are looking to tackle and have been struggling to do on their own. I generally work in four-hour increments which start with sorting and decluttering and end with a beautifully organized space. Projects could be any closet in the home, a kitchen, kids' playrooms, workspaces, or really any space... I've done it all! Prior to scheduling these sessions, I'll schedule a quick call to discuss the project and review photos of spaces to be organized. At that point, I will provide an estimate of hours to complete the work and get the project scheduled. The hourly rate is $125. 

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 provided unlimited email support following the consultation to help you get it done! Cost is $500. 

Availability for CA sessions is Tuesday 7/12, Saturday 7/16, Sunday 7/17, Monday 7/18, Tuesday 7/19. At this point both AM and PM sessions are open. 

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

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Live Segment! Travel Tips on Fox 19 Cincinnati

We were back on Fox 19 last week sharing family friendly travel tips heading into Memorial Day weekend. 



Below we're sharing links to all the products mentioned in the video. 

Tip One – Create a Trip File
As soon as a trip is booked, create a file with the name and dates of your upcoming travel. You can also do this electronically by creating a folder in your email inbox. Then you can access it from anywhere.

As you book flights, rental cars, and hotels, print the confirmations and drop them in the file.  As time passes, continue to include list of restaurants, sites to see, maps, and interesting articles about your destination – anything of interest you come across. 

The Barcelona Document Bag is perfect to keep all travel documents organized.

Tip 2 – Get Road Trip Ready 
An organized car is a major sanity saver. 

Keep snacks in a grab and go bin that everyone can access. Pack a water bottle for every family member.

Pack an on-the-go medicine cabinet that is always easy to access when you’re driving. Pack a small supply of bandages, pain reliever, stomach medicine, first aid ointment, sunscreen, hand sanitizer along with a stain removal pen and a small first aid and sewing kit.

For younger children, keep toys and coloring books under control with a back of the seat organizer for quick access. It has deep pockets to store iPads and other essentials. 

For teens, the travel GRID-IT organizer keeps chargers, earphones, and personal items under control. Plus you can easily drop it inside a handbag, backpack, or tote. 

A travel-sized trashcan is a must have for all the stuff that is accumulated along the way.

Tip 3 – Create a Travel Staging Area
Packing an entire family can be a complicated process. Stuff ends up all over the house and can take several days to complete. You want to make this process as efficient as possible.

Clear and designate an area in your home that can be used to prepare for trips and on return from trips. Use a collapsible bin to hold items as you begin the packing process. When not in use, the bin can be easily stored out of the way. 

Keep any other items you commonly need for travel in this area – travel size toiletries, chargers, packing checklists, shoe bags, packing cubes, jewelry cases, laundry bags, toiletry bags, and travel adapters. When you’re ready to finally put all items in the suitcase, you’ll have things in one place. 

Tip 4 – Contain Your Stuff
The other big secret to packing is containment. The big mistake is throwing everything into a suitcase and hoping you can find what you need. Like all organizing you want to group like with like.

Packing cubes keep like with like in your suitcase. If these aren’t in your budget, Ziploc bags or even shoe and purse bags work just a well. 

For younger children consider packing and labeling outfits for each day of the trip. Ziploc bags work perfectly for this.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Closet Organizing Tips on ABC News

Spring is the perfect time for a closet cleanse to breathe new life into your space. We tackled entryway closet organizing with ABC News. 


Video: Decluttering Your Entryway Closet

As an added bonus, follow these five steps to organize your closet.

Step One: Pull everything out of the closet. As you pull items out, sort like with like and put clothing and accessories into piles. Put all dresses together, all tops together and so on. The types of clothing you wear most will become clear as you go through this process.

Step Two: Declutter. Now is the time to make tough decisions. Go through each category of clothing and decide what to keep. For items that you aren’t keeping decide if they can be donated, given to a friend or family member or sold. If damaged or worn beyond repair, items should be trashed or put into textile recycling.

Step Three: Come up with an organizing plan. Before putting all the items back in the closet, you want to evaluate the space and how best to organize all the items you’re keeping. Grab a piece of paper and sketch out where and how to store items. Measure the space so you can select the right sized bins, shelving or any other organizational products needed. 

Step Four: Spring clean the space. While the space is empty, vacuum the floors and wipe down shelves that have gathered dust. 

Step Five: Put it all back together. Put all items you’re keeping back into the closet and organize them according to the plan you developed in step four. Don’t forget to label bins and shelves to make it easy to put things back on a day-to-day basis.