Friday, January 27, 2012

Five Organizing Dos

I’m a fan of “do and don’t” lists. I like that the lists are black and white and never leave me guessing.

So this week, I have five organizing Dos. Stay tuned next week for five common Don’ts.

DO keep a list of projects. On the list, jot down approximately how long each project will take to complete. That way, when you have time to commit to organizing, you can choose a project that fits the time you have available, as well as your energy level.

DO break it down. The biggest obstacle for clients is that they don’t know where to start, which leaves them overwhelmed. Look at one room as a series of small projects. It’s also smart to start in one area of a room and work your way around the room from there. No hopping around!

DO know what works for you and your family. Be realistic about organizing systems. They systems you set-up should be simple enough to maintain and make sense to you.

Do something simple. You don’t have to undertake a complete organizing overhaul on your own. Instead, walk around your home or office with a trash bag. Or leave a box in your closet so you can drop in unused items as you go. No matter how big or small, it’s all progress.

Do make it fun. Things that make organizing fun: a friend, music, snacks, drinks. And remember to take short breaks. Set a timer to keep you on track.

Do you have any organizing Dos to share? I’d love to hear them!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Not just a party staple anymore, my friends.

This week, I’m sharing a new use for an item almost everyone has in their cabinet – a shot glass. And unless you’re a serious party animal, chances are your shot glasses from exotic locations like the Alamo are collecting dust.

So, why not repurpose them into storage containers for your smallest items.
For example…
Bobby Pins

Nail Clippers and Tweezers

Collar Stays

Safety Pens

Extra Earring Backs

Plus, shot glasses are just the right size to fit on narrow shelves in a medicine cabinet and shallow drawers in a vanity or the bathroom.

Now put down the whisky, and get to organizing!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Before and After: Office Closets for an Expectant Mom

Occasionally my organizing adventures take me outside New York City’s borders, which was the case when I worked with a busy mom from the lovely Westchester town, Bronxville.

With a four-year-old, twin girls, and a baby on the way, my client decided it was time to get their home office in order. In particular, the closets in the space lacked purpose and weren’t being used efficiently. The result was that items that could be tucked away neatly ended up cluttering the office. Plus, with a growing family, it was critical to set up a system to organize and manage the girls’ keepsakes.

We went with customized Metro shelves that can be repurposed since the family will likely move in the coming years. Shelves, plus uniform bins, took this closet from wasted space to functional for the family.

Check out the before photos:

And now the after photos...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Great News to End a Great Year

Here we are four days into 2012, and I’m posting about fabulous news from 2011. But I just can’t help it…

Just as the year was winding down, Daily Candy named Urban Simplicity one of 2011’s most helpful New York City businesses. We’re honored to be featured along with 14 other companies that will surely help you keep your new year’s resolution, no matter what it is. Check out the full list here.

And just in case you missed it earlier this year, Daily Candy New York featured a profile of my company and me. You can read it here.

What a way to end the year! We’re off and running in 2012 and look forward to sharing more good news in the new year.

Happy 2012, everyone!