Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Organizing Obsession: Vertical File Folders

My love affair with Martha continues. This week, I’m obsessed with her vertical file folders from Staples.

What’s a vertical file folder you might ask? Check it out and consider your life changed.

Photo Courtesy of Staples

Photo Courtesy of The Container Store
Martha’s file folders fit perfectly into magazine files leaving the tabs readable for easy access and quick filing. Consider using magazine files for things other than magazines and booklets. They are a great organizing tool for papers that you need at hand on your desk, in the kitchen, or on any old bookshelf.

Here’s to another great solution to crack down on paper clutter. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Organizing Obsession: No-Iron Clothing Labels

Say what you will about everyone’s favorite white collar criminal, Martha Stewart, but I happen to think she’s brilliant.

Earlier this year, she released a line of office supplies sold exclusively at Staples. In short: fun colors, great packaging and quality materials.

This week, I’m sharing one of my organizing obsessions from the line.

Photo Courtesy of Staples

Maybe you have multiple children around the same age, and maybe you’re lucky enough to have some help around the house to put away laundry. But somehow things just don’t seem to get to the right place.

Enter: Martha Stewart’s no-iron clothing labels.

They are also the perfect solution for kids going off to camp, boarding school, or even college. I once had my favorite white tee snagged from the dorm washers. If only it had been labeled!

Next week, I’ll share my another obsession from Martha's line. Stay tuned…

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cut the Souvenir Clutter

The last two weeks in August are vacation time here in New York City. Midtown Manhattan streets are empty and office phones go straight to voicemail.

While you’re traveling later this month, don’t fall into that trap of bringing clutter into your home when you return. You know, the crappy plastic magnets and t-shirts you never wear…

This week, I’m sharing two creative ideas to help you eliminate souvenir clutter and bring home long-lasting memories from your trip instead.

Play the alphabet game. While organizing a client’s paperwork last week, we came across notes from a recent vacation. As opposed to keeping a journal about family travels, they play the alphabet game to capture memories from their trip. At dinner one night toward the end of their vacation, they sit together and make notes of memories that correspond with each letter of the alphabet. You could even type this on your smart phone or iPad to eliminate the paper.

Me in Paris. Note the empty glass.
Make a tradition. The year I was married, I came up with an easy tradition to capture our travel memories. For Christmas each year, I buy my husband one ornament that reminds us of a trip we took that year. For example, last year when we were in Paris, I found a beautiful ornament of Notre Dame Cathedral. Knowing I can capture the memories in a special way compels me to walk right past those souvenir shops.

How do you and your family capture memories from your travels?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Organizing Obsession: Back of the Door Gift Wrap Station

In a New York City apartment, every inch counts. One of my favorite tricks is to use the back of any closet door to organize my clients' favorite things.

Often times, it’s traditional things like shoes, but I’m ready for a client in need of a more creative solution.

Like gift wrap!

Photo Courtesy of I Heart Organizing Blog

Photo Courtesy of Brooklyn Limestone Blog

Finally, I’m combining my obsession with beautifully wrapped gifts and organization. I think I see an organizing project for my own home in the near future...