Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Organizing Tips Featured on GalTime.com

In New York City, we may get our laundry professionally washed and folded, but I know a thing or two about organizing a laundry room. This month, GalTime.com, a “new media” magazine for women across the country, featured my three tips to re-organize your laundry room.

Then, as if that wasn’t awesome enough, GalTime.com was kind enough to feature my tips to de-clutter your kitchen cabinets.

Do you have any burning organizing questions? Leave your question in a comment, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll give you all the answers in a future blog post. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Greetings from Baltimore

Just rolled into Baltimore for the 24th Annual National Association of Professional Organizers Conference and Organizing Exposition for three full days of workshops and networking with top organizers from across the country. Not to mention, I’ll get to check out the best organizing products and services in the industry at the amazing expo.

Plus this year, I’ve been selected to attend the NAPO Leadership Forum. The goal is to come back to NYC with ideas to support and grow the NAPO-NY Chapter.

If you aren’t already following Urban Simplicity on Facebook and Twitter, please do. I’ll be tweeting from conference with tons of exciting updates. You won’t want to miss it.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Managing the Paper Flow

Are you drowning in paper? Snail mail. Bills. Kid’s schoolwork. Junk mail. Seems like it never ends.

If so, this week’s blog post is just for you. Here are four tips to manage the flow of paper as it comes into your home.

1) Contain it at a "home base." This should be an area near where you enter the house every day. Keep a trashcan and ID guard stamp in the area so you can dispose of junk mail immediately. Also keep a mail opener, notepads, pens, a family calendar, grocery checklists, envelopes, stamps, and a bin for incoming magazines in the area. 

2) Keep files at hand. At your home base, keep basic files for the types of paper that come into your home on a weekly basis. These files become a quick and easy way to sort mail and paperwork. Examples of files might include bills to pay, items to discuss with your family, pending items, and action items. Other files can be customized based on your life. Maybe keeping a file at hand for current tax items is critical or possibly a file for family medical issues. 

3) Clear the decks. As your children’s art and other mementos come in, slip them into nice storage boxes you keep near your “home base.” Limit yourself to one box per child per year, so you can prioritize items to keep without having paper overtake your home. When invitations, notices and critical deadlines are on paper, add this information to your calendar and toss the paper. 

4) Cut the junk. Follow these instructions, invest 30 minutes, and you’ll see a dramatic reduction in the junk mail hitting your mailbox and cluttering your home.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

PureWow Features Urban Simplicity

This week I can’t help but tout the amazing profile on Urban Simplicity in PureWow, a daily email newsletter and website for women featuring the best in culture, fashion, travel, tech, and more. It’s official. We’re wowed.

And we’re thrilled they featured our Spring Closet Cleanse. Think about it this way… After you’ve spring-cleaned every room in your home, bring in an expert to give your closet a top to bottom overhaul. This three-hour organizing session includes hands on advice to purge, sort, and re-organize every last item. We’ll also offer recommendations for our favorite products to keep your closet organized. Price per session is $300. To purchase or learn more, simply call 646-942-8676 or email kkb@UrbanSimplicityNYC.com.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

We’re the “Pick of the Week” at SquareSpot

We’re all busy, but moms are crazy busy. They want the best for their family and don’t always have the time to go out and look for it.

Enter SquareSpot: a new online marketplace for busy families that will save you time and money. That’s a concept we love here at Urban Simplicity.

SquareSpot features tried and tested products and services from carefully selected partners in New York City, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, and Chicago in an online marketplace. Become a member, and you’ll receive the exclusive benefits their partners (like Urban Simplicity) offer.

And exciting stuff… UrbanSimplicity is SquareSpot founder, Michelle Clark’s, “Pick of the Week.”  For SquareSpot members, Urban Simplicity is offering a free one-hour consultation in your home or office, plus 20 percent off your first four-hour organizing session.

As a special offer for our online followers, SquareSpot is offering you a free membership, valued at $50. Go to SquareSpot.com to join and enter the promo code SIMPLICITY.