Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Gift Wrap Gets Rocked

Things got a little crazy around my apartment last Friday night.

My gift wrap was out of control. While I could mostly find what I needed, the box from my first pair of Lucchese boots (serious sentimental attachment) wasn’t large enough to hold the actual gift wrap.

As you can see from this before shot, no bueno. Time for an upgrade!

I toyed around with the idea of creating a gift wrap station on the back of my closet door. I mean, this is awesome.

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

I also dreamed about the Elfa gift wrap cart. But who has room for that in a New York City apartment!

Photo Courtesy of The Container Store

So decided to go with an under bed storage option instead. As much as I love shopping for gift wrap supplies, I truly only wrap a few gifts a year aside from the holidays, so I couldn’t justify giving my gift wrap such a prime location in my home. Under the bed is perfect – out of sight but super easy to access.

I couldn’t be happier with The Container Store’s classic under bed gift wrap center, which is basically their Long Underbed Box, plus their Shoe Box and Accessory Box. I used for smaller boxes for items like ribbon, gift tags, tape, and scissors. All these pieces are sold as a set for less than $30.

Now that I’ve shared all the details of my exciting weekend life, please tell me...

How do you organize and store your gift wrap?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Organizing Obsession: Longstem Jewelry Organizer

I’m going to go out on a stem, I mean, limb and say that you’ve never seen a jewelry organizer like this before.

When it comes to organizing, the space on the back of closet doors is often overlooked. Why not use this valuable space to display a jewelry collection?

The Longstem Jewelry Organizer solves a common problem, allowing you to see all your jewelry and accessories in a glance. Better yet, this piece can also be mounted on a wall.

And today might be your lucky day! The National Association of Professional Organizers New York Chapter (of which I'm a Board Member) is giving one away this week via social media. All you have to do is visit their Facebook page and comment on their post or share the post on your page to be entered to win. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 30. Enter today! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Before and After: Entryway Closet for an Active Family

What do you get when you mix a New York City closet with multiple strollers, bike gear, and a family of four constantly on the go? A cluttered closet!

I had the privilege of working with a charming family in Gramercy recently. While they were blessed with several closets in their apartment, things just weren’t working.  

Enter: US! We purged a few unwanted items, redesigned the existing Elfa closet, and set-up a system that allows this family to get in and out of the house in a breeze, with bikes and two tots in tow.

Check out the before photos.

And now the after…

Over the door stroller hooks - Brilliant! 

Command Hooks are perfect for helmets. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

New Press Page + Romio Features US

It’s been a busy summer, and the expansion of our website is just one of many exciting projects over here. If you haven’t visited our website in a while, put it on your To Do list, or better yet, click over now. 

You’ll notice that the look and feel hasn’t changed, but we’ve expanded to include a Press page with some of our favorite hits from Daily Candy, Pure Wow, Getting Organized Magazine, and more.

But the hits don’t stop here! We were recently featured on’s blog. If you haven’t yet heard about Romio, I guarantee you will. It’s a fascinating concept – basically a site where you can find the best of what’s around you (from professional organizers to retailers to salons and more) as recommended by your friends and people in their networks. Your social network becomes a referral network! I love it. 

Check out their feature on US on their latest blog post. Then, sign up for Romio, so you can recommend your favorites.  

And despite our hectic summer schedule, we’re working on some other website updates for the coming months, so please stay tuned.