Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Six Stylish File Cabinets

Files. Everyone has them and finding stylish storage options is not easy. After hours of searching for file cabinets for clients, this week I'm sharing six stylish pieces that will motivate you to get your files in order once and for all.

First, before running out to purchase file cabinets, don't forget to:
1. Purge existing files.
2. Measure the amount of files you need to store.
3. Account for some room to grow.

Okay, now you're ready to shop.

CB2 makes a durable “mechanic-shop chic” option in bright colors and neutrals like white and grey. Plus, I love anything on wheels.

Extra Storage
For simple lines and more storage, the Linear line from Room and Board is a great option. It has four hanging file drawers, plus space for office supplies and anything else you need in your office.

The Bedford two-drawer and two-drawer lateral file cabinets from Pottery Barn are a classic and sturdy option. 

The Catalina lateral file is designed with an eye toward mid-century modern design with two drawers that fit legal and letter size files. This photo is from The Century House, but I’ve seen this piece on other sites as well.

West Elm’s Classic File Cabinet line, with the Mobile (one drawer) and Lateral (two larger drawers) options, is perfect for a modern space. And I love the white.

Custom and Reclaimed
The Wooden Duck’s Low Long File Cabinet is a great option for those looking for environmentally friendly furniture. All their furniture is made from reclaimed wood. They also specialize in custom pieces in any style, wood or finish that works for your interior.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Before and After: Kitchen in a Soho Loft

Organizing a kitchen can be sticky business. It's all about understanding how a client uses the space. For a gourmand, the challenge is finding a home for kitchen gadgets galore. For bakers, it’s about organizing all the accessories and supplies. And for regular entertainers, like this client, things needed to be sorted and easily accessible for any last minute guests or parties.

This project was less about installation of major products and containers and more about getting things sorted and developing systems that require minimal maintenance.

Under the Sink
From dark and dreary to light and cheery.


Junk Drawer
Linus drawer bins make a junk drawer a functional drawer.


Entertaining necessities like wine were mixed with everyday pantry items. A bit of sorting and planning keeps "like with like." 


Entertaining Cabinets
A mixture of candles, vases, linens and wine left items hard to reach.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lovely Organization

Oh Valentine’s Day, what a sweet holiday. I am a fan. Call me a romantic sap, but I totally understand when clients hold on to receipts and matchbooks, love letters, cards, and small trinkets that remind them of someone special.

So, I love (pun intended) helping clients figure out how to best store and organize their mementos, while setting some ground rules for what to keep. This week I am sharing those tips with you.

  • Special things deserve special boxes that can be displayed for easy reminiscing. Here are a few of my favorites.

Semikolon document boxes in great colors.

Pandan Boxes for a more natural look.

Anything Pantone is fun.

  • Organize your mementos by year or create boxes for the special people in your life, like your children.

  • Date cards or letters, and write notes and dates on matchbooks and other mementos to make them easy to organize. The notes will also make them more meaningful as the years pass.

  • Tie a pretty ribbon around batches of cards to keep them organized by type: Valentine’s Day, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, or even by sender.

  • Set aside a specific place in your home, whether a shelf or a drawer to store these items. Once the bin that fits in that space is full, it’s time to review and purge. You shouldn’t keep everything you receive, only a few of the most meaningful things each year. 

How do you organize the meaningful mementos you save? I’d love to hear from you about your organizing strategies.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Time Management Tips in PreMedLife

I may not know much about organic chemistry, or any type of chemistry for that matter, but I know a thing or two about time management.

So when the folks at PreMedLife, a magazine especially for students pursing admission to medical school, suggested I contribute some tips for their readers, I was all over it.

Even if you aren’t pre med, you’ll definitely find these tips helpful.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Five Organizing Don'ts

This week, as promised, I’m sharing five common organizing Don’ts.

DON’T buy organizing products first. Rushing out to The Container Store (as much as I love it) to buy organizing gadgets never solves the problem. First, you need to sort and then purge to know exactly what you will keep. Then, you’ll know the exact type and size of bins to buy.

DON’T work without a plan. It’s incredibly overwhelming for most people to dive into a room and start organizing. Coming up with a plan for the space including the function the space serves in your life, and therefore, what items truly belong in the space, will help you to break it down. Within the plan, quickly write out a list of steps to get you to your end goal – an organized room.

DON’T create elaborate systems to keep you organized. The best solutions are usually the simplest ones. So, be realistic. Any system that involves more than one or two steps from start to finish is not likely to happen. It’s all about developing simple systems that work for you.

DON’T keep more items than you have space. So, this is hard. I know you really love all 50 pairs of shoes, but do you wear them? Every space has limitations, even when perfectly maximized. For many, the hardest part to getting organized is making tough decisions about what to keep and what to let go.

DON’T overlook obvious solutions. Necklaces crowding up drawer space? Try hooks on the back of a door. Keep buying black sweaters? Store all of them together on a shelf. Empty hangers cluttering your closet floor? Put them in a shopping bag, and when it’s full, empty it. Take a step back from your space and really assess what problems you’re having. Often the solution is right in front of you.