Friday, March 29, 2013

Top Seven Closet Accessories


If you’re in the mood to put away those heavy wool sweaters and pull out your summer shorts, my Spring Closet Cleanse special is exactly what you need. This week in honor of the seasonal closet switch, I’m sharing my favorite closet organizing accessories.

No closet is alike, especially in New York City, but these seven closet saviors work in almost any space. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a custom closet or are just dealing with a basic clothing rod and shelf, these accessories work almost every time.

Acrylic Shelf Dividers from Clos-ette Too

Shelf Dividers – These acrylic babies are the best shelf dividers around. Sleek and sturdy, use them to keep stacks of sweaters or even clutches upright and organized.

Booti, the easiest boot shaper

Booti – Most boot shapers take up lots of space when they aren’t being used. Not the Booti. All you do is insert it tightly rolled into the boot, and let it unroll itself.

Simple Division Closet Rod Organizers from
The Container Store

Closet Rod Organizer – It’s easy for clothing to get mixed up. It just happens and before you know it, you’re weeding through tees to get to work tops. Talk about a time waster. This is where the Simple Division Closet Rod Organizers save the day.

Modern Twig Coat Hook from StudioLiscious on Etsy

Cool Hooks – Hooks with a purpose, particularly hooks that give your closet some style are the best. Use them to hang items you need quick access to on an everyday basis like belts, your robe or even your guy’s baseball cap.

Real Simple Slimline Hangers from Bed Bath & Beyond

Real Simple Slimline Hangers – There is nothing like a closet full of coordinated hangers. Enough said.

Our Shoe Box from The Container Store

Clear Shoe Boxes – The Container Store’s basic shoe boxes are: 1) affordable 2) classic, and 3) stackable. Adhere a photo of your shoes to the box if you’re really feeling awesome.

Firenze Bin from The Container Store

Richard Eyelet Tote from Gracious Home

Open Canvas Bins – Nine out of ten times I suggest open bins for clients’ closets. For busy folks on the go, these bins make grabbing items and putting them away so easy. Two of my favorites are the Firenze bin from The Container Store and the Richards Eyelet Tote from Gracious Home.

As an added tip, store a simple folding step stool in your closet to make it easy to reach items on high shelves.

Would love to hear from you! Do you have any favorite closet organizing accessories? 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Closet Cleanse


Spring is here! Or as well call it in New York City, a really cruel joke.

Take advantage of the less than spring-y temperatures that are keeping you trapped inside and get organized.

To get you motivated, we’re offering a Spring Closet Cleanse special. Think about it this way… Before or after you’ve spring-cleaned every room in your home, bring in an expert to give your closet a top to bottom overhaul. This four-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 $325. To purchase or learn more, simply call 646-942-8676 or email kkb@UrbanSimplicityNYC.com.

And as an added bonus this week, I’m sharing my spring cleaning planning guide and six tips to make sure you get it done.

Here’s to warmer weather ahead! 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Guest Blog Post: Roomations

Your favorite guest blogger is back over at Roomations, a fantastic resource for interior design. 

This month, I’m blogging about stylish file cabinets. But before you hit the snooze button, check it out. File cabinets have never looked so hot, and I’ve found the best ones out there just for you. I mean, you have to put all that paper somewhere, right?

Don’t forget to find me at Roomations every month for a perfect mix of organization and interior design. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Organizing Obsession: Unsubscribe Me Please


I came across this quote from Kim John Payne, an educational consultant and author, and was struck by it. So simple and so true. How often are we overwhelmed because we just can’t say no? 

This week I’m just saying no to the incessant email clutter. I’m going to unsubscribe to all those useless emails that clog up my inbox.

Who’s with me? 

At the bottom of every email, you will see the option to unsubscribe. Click on that and you’re done. The process takes about 5 seconds per email.

You might start to struggle with deciding which emails you no longer want to receive. You might sort of like knowing when Bloomingdale’s is having their big sale, but maybe it’s not critical information. I say, set some guidelines. For example, I’m staying on email lists for products and services related to my industry like the Container Store.

But I’m unsubscribing to emails from - 
  • Stores that I don’t shop at on a monthly basis 
  • Random stores where I bought presents for family members like GardenFun. Seriously, I don’t even have a garden.
  • Deal sites that I never use
  • Charities that I’m not closely involved with
  • Email newsletters I never read

And just like that my inbox is a happy place.