Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year


I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and holiday break. Here's to health, happiness, and peace through the coming year. 

Cheers! 

Check out Urban Simplicity's card from Paperless Post.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Last Minute Clutter-free Holiday Gifts


It’s crunch time, people! With just five days until Christmas, it’s now or never to finish up that holiday shopping.

Even though I’d love an organizing gadget or two in my stocking, I’m all about giving clutter-free gifts. One thing is for sure; these gifts won’t end up in the re-gift pile.

Photo courtesy of Southern Living

Beauty and Relaxation
What girl would turn up her nose at a spa gift card? But no worries about expensive spa prices if you’re on a budget. Use Yelp to find a local manicure and pedicure spot near your favorite girl. My other beauty favorite is a gift certificate for a blow out from Dry Bar.

Entertainment
Tickets of any kind are a brilliant gift for the guy or gal on your list. Think Broadway, concerts, sporting events, or even plain old movie tickets!

Classes
Giving someone an experience is sure to create a special memory. Some of my favorites in New York City: cake decorating classes from Sugar Flower Bake Shop, photography lessons from JP Teaches Photo, dance lessons from Simone Assboeck, and flower arranging from Sarah Tallman Design. There are lessons on almost anything and everything out there, so get to Googling.

Donations
Giving back to others, especially this year after the hurricane in New York and the tragic school shooting in Connecticut is sometimes the perfect gift for the person who has everything. Consider making a donation in their name to worthy organizations helping folks through these tough times.

Time
The best gifts don’t have to be extravagant. The gift of your time is incredibly meaningful, because everyone knows just how valuable it is. Offer to babysit for your nieces and nephews. Or cook dinner for your best friend.  

Organization
Why not give a loved one the gift of more time and less stress? A gift certificate for organizing services is the perfect option. To purchase or learn more, simply call 646-942-8676 or email kkb@UrbanSimplicityNYC.com. We’ll get you taken care of right away.

Happy holidays! 

Friday, December 14, 2012

An Organizer’s Wish List


The holidays are here which means it’s time for a little wishful thinking. This year I’ve been oh so nice and not so naughty, so I'm thinking Santa will definitely deliver big.

This week I'm sharing the organizing goodies on my wish list this year. With these under the tree, 2013 will be the most organized and productive year ever.

Pehr Canvass Basket

Love these stylish bins from See Jane Work, one of my favorite online shops for organizing supplies. They're the perfect solution to store dry cleaning and laundry in my closet. 

Acrylic Clipboard

You might have heard about my love for clipboards. This sleek acrylic clipboard with gold toned hardware from Russell + Hazel is so chic. Yes, a clipboard can be chic.

Baggu Zipper Bag

I just can't get enough of Baggu zippered bags. I use them in every bag, and they are great for organizing a suitcase. I'll just go ahead and put this on my wish list every year.

Button Box

I have a dirty little secret. My buttons and sewing supplies are totally disorganized. A button box from See Jane Work is just what I need.

Handy Manual Shredder

First, I love Poketo so check it out. Second, I NEED this. Turquoise, please! 

Carnaby Nesting Trays

Jonathan Adler anything in my stocking would make me a happy girl, but these nesting trays are on the top of my list. They're perfect for organizing and displaying pretty jewelry or holding loose change and keys in an entryway. 

Real Simple Slimline Hangers

Another confession... My hangers don't match. Gasp! 2013 is the year I get a closet full of Real Simple Slimline Hangers from Bed Bath & Beyond. 

I'd love to hear from you! What's on your holiday wish list? 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Organizing Obsession: Holiday Efficiency


One of the things I love most about New York City is that you can get anything – and I mean anything – delivered. It’s not that we’re a lazy bunch. It’s that we’re all about efficiency.


When I heard about Tyler’s Trees, a Christmas tree delivery and set-up service bringing “everything but the presents,” I was conflicted. Isn’t this taking our love of doorstep service a tad too far? Shouldn’t families be picking out and decorating the perfect tree together?

But in reality… What if you live in a sixth floor walk-up? What if you work crazy hours? Or what if your spouse travels for work? I bet wrangling a Christmas tree and stroller down the city streets is enough to zap the holiday spirit right out of you. 

In the holiday season, when our To Do lists are a mile long, it's all about prioritization and relying on help when you can. Ask a neighborhood teen or family friend to wrap gifts, and delegate tasks around the house to all members of the family.

So I say, all New Yorkers should have Christmas trees (at least the ones that want one)! Cheers to Tyler’s Trees for being the ultimate in urban simplicity.

Check out their website for details and pricing.