Friday, September 30, 2011

Pop Quiz Friday

Remember in high school when that jerky teacher would give a pop quiz on a Friday afternoon? Yeah, that was no fun.

Well, today I guess I’m that jerky teacher.

My clients always ask if their clutter and disorganization is worse than average. I’ve found that it’s difficult for people to gauge how much disorganization is impacting their life.

That’s most likely because to a certain extent everyone feels some stress or pressure to have it all together. In reality, no one is perfect. But putting some organization systems into place can go a long way to help relieve the stress of everyday life.

So for some perspective on the state of your disorganization, click on this link to take the quiz. You never know, much like getting an A on that pop quiz, it might just surprise you. 

How did you score? I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Got Bras?

This one is for the ladies. After writing about disaster preparedness last week, I figured I would lighten it up a little and write about bras. That’s right, bras.

When was the last time you cleaned out your lingerie drawer? I’m going to go out on a limb and guess it’s been a while. Well, here’s some fantastic incentive to do so.

The Bra Recyclers is a textile recycling company that recycles and reuses bras that would otherwise go to landfills. The bras are distributed around the world through exporters and Bra Recycling Ambassadors to deserving women and girls in transition.

They take bras in all sizes and styles that are in good condition with clasps and straps that function. Special needs bras, post breast surgery and maternity bras are particularly valuable.

What’s best is The Bra Recyclers make it easy to donate. Just follow these four steps:

1. Wash it. All bras should be washed.
2. Tag it. Fill out the Bra Recycling Form.
3. Box it. Place your bras in a box or large envelope.
4. Drop it off or mail it to: 3317 S. Higley Rd, Ste 114-441, Gilbert, AZ 85297.

It’s so important to many of my clients that the items they are getting rid of are reused. The Bra Recyclers is just one of many fantastic niche recycling programs out there.

So, why not take 15 minutes this weekend to dive into your lingerie drawer, try on those bras you haven’t worn in a while, and donate them to a good cause. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Three Steps to Preparedness

We’ve had quite a month on the East Coast. Hurricanes, earthquakes, and the memories of September 11… All in the span of about three weeks.

But, naturally, as New Yorkers, we’re resilient, and it’s on to the next. While our flexibility is fantastic, let’s use our recent experiences as an opportunity to be even better prepared for whatever comes our way. Plus, September is National Preparedness Month, a natural reminder each year to be prepared.

This week, here are three easy steps you can take to be better prepared for any emergency situation.

1. Prepare a Go Kit. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel on this one, instead visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website,, for the list of 12 items that should be included in a basic emergency supply kit. It’s only 12 items; you could pull that together in no time! also provides a list of additional items to consider including like cash and first aid books.

Once you have a Go Kit, make sure you find a place for it in your home or office, a location that is easy to get to and everyone in the family can locate.

2. Plan with family. It’s clear we can’t rely on cell service to reach loved ones during an emergency, so it’s important to plan in advance so you know how you will contact each other and make a plan to get back together. Even if you hate Facebook and Twitter (AHEM, like my husband), it might be worth having an account to access in an emergency situation. Finally, identify an emergency contact out of town to call and pass information through. It’s often easier to make calls out of the local area in an emergency.

3. Know your local resources. We’re lucky as New Yorkers that the City of New York offers so many resources like Notify NYC that sends emergency notifications and messages through the telephone or text message. Another great resource is the 2011 Ready New York Downloadable Calendar. The calendar has regular reminders that break planning into small, quick steps to help everyone work preparedness into their schedule. Perfect for busy New Yorkers.

Go to to quickly figure out resources available in your area. Search your location under Local Information.

If the thought of preparing in advance for an emergency is overwhelming, a professional organizer can help. Feel free to reach out if you’re looking for additional guidance to pull all these important pieces together. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Get Busy Media Features Urban Simplicity

One of the things I love most about owning a small business is meeting new people. Before starting Urban Simplicity, I wasn't much into networking. I know that sounds crazy since I was working in politics, but the reality was that I was often chained to my desk plowing through To Do lists.

After a month or so in business, I stumbled upon the world of small business networking. That’s when I met Jim Armstrong and Stephen Murphy, co-founders of Get Busy Media, a small business blog and resource center devoted to helping small, local, and start-up businesses improve their marketing and operations. We had a great time chatting, and when they suggested featuring Urban Simplicity on Get Busy Media, I was more than happy to sit down with them.

Just a little plug for Get Busy Media: It’s ranked as a top 100 small business blog by Technorati, and has been featured on prominent industry sites such as Small Biz Trends and BizSugar. Nice.

So if you’re curious about how my small business came to be, check out Get Busy Media’s profile on Urban Simplicity here.

And definitely check out Get Busy Media.