Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Giving Thanks to Five Organizational Tools

Well, hello, Thanksgiving! The time for gratitude and shopping (not) is here. I hope you have lots of fun, food, and time with friends and family in the coming days.

This week, I’m giving thanks to five organizational tools that I couldn’t live without.

1. Command Hooks – There isn’t a home that can’t use a Command Hook. They come In various sizes and are an amazing solution if drilling and potentially damaging surfaces makes you nervous. My favorite use – put one under your bathroom vanity to hang your hairdryer.  

Photo courtesy of The Container Store 

2. IKEA’s Big Blue Bag – How many pounds of donations have I lugged to Goodwill in these awesome blue bags? A gazillion. If only I had the patience to master the proper folding techniques. Oh, and they cost 59 cents! 

Photo courtesy of IKEA 

3. Canvas Bins – So simple, so lightweight, and so easily label-able. These bins are my go to for closet storage.

Photo courtesy of The Container Store 

4. IKEA Expedit – Have I gone on and on about the Expedit? Maybe. But I can’t stop, won’t stop. If you need storage on a budget in almost any room in your home, the Expedit is a go to solution.

5. Fridge Binz – Maybe the most versatile bin out there. Don’t be fooled by the name. It’s not just for your fridge. Oh, and the “z” on “Binz” just makes me love it more.

Photo courtesy of The Container Store

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Organizing Obsession: A Dreamy Vanity

It’s no secret that New York City apartments are seriously limited on space. So this week any New Yorkers reading along should suspend reality.

To display beauty products in an organized way, my dream is a vanity in a dressing area. There is nothing more luxurious than an organized vanity as your go to beauty area. 

Vanities tend to have limited drawer space, so use drawers for bulkier, less attractive items like hair styling products. 

Then you can use the counter space to display and organize beauty necessities like makeup and perfume in an attractive way. Arrange lipsticks on a pretty dish, and store make-up brushes in a small vase. Add stylish trays and your makeup will look like a work of art. Plus you’ll always be able to see what you have. 

Just remember there is a fine balance between a functionally organized and cluttered. The secret to keeping it neat is to give everything a home so that it only takes a second to put away. 

Check out these dreamy vanities. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Organizing Tips Featured on Daily Glow

Organizing all those beauty products and gadgets takes a creative approach. I mean, how are you supposed to fit all 50 shades of finger nail polish in one drawer?! 

That's why I was so excited to contribute expert organizing tips to Daily Glow, a top website providing a fresh perspective on healthy beauty. 

Check out my tips and the full story, 7 Creative Ways to Store Your Beauty Products

Friday, November 1, 2013

Ten Tips to Survive The Container Store

As you might imagine, The Container Store is my happy place. Sometimes when I’m having a rough day, I go there to cheer myself up and relax. 

But sadly most of my clients don’t feel the same way. For them, The Container Store is overwhelming, scary, and the site of much money spent on the wrong things. I can understand their stress.

Today, I’m sharing ten secrets to make shopping at The Container Store a spa-like experience. Okay, that might be stretching it a bit, but read on...

Clearly not an NYC store.

1. Do your research. Before heading to The Container Store, hit their website to get a sense of the products they carry. Their website is user friendly and most of the product reviews are spot on.

2. Make a list. Even if empty containers and handy gadgets scare you, I guarantee you’ll end up walking out with more than you need if you don’t bring a list. Be very specific and only shop for what you need, lest you get sucked down the rabbit hole of fancy gift wrap.

3. Measure before you go. Many a mistake is made when you fail to measure in your home before you go to buy products. Whether you are finding products for a closet or even a single shelf, draw it out on paper with a clear diagram and measurements. You'll be sure to buy the right containers.

4. Make friends. The Container Store employees are the friendliest and most helpful around. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve racked my brain for the perfect bin for a client only to ask an employee and have my problem solved. They know the products and are not shy about recommending the best solutions.

Who knows what's going on here,
but they are having fun, right?

5. Bring a tape measure. While The Container Store product tags generally list a product’s dimensions, I find it much quicker to whip out my small tape measure to double check the size than trying to read the fine print.

6. Understand the store layout. If you’re not hitting The Container Store multiple times a week like I am this can be tough, but trust me it’s worth your time. Before grabbing a cart, take a quick walk around the store. You’ll notice areas are well organized (shocker) by type from kitchen to office to closet. Find the area you need and avoid wandering around like a lost puppy.

Office supply heaven.

7. GoShop is your best friend. GoShop is best used when you are placing a large order. Check in at the kiosk and a smiling employee gives you a handheld device that’s similar to what you would use for an in store wedding registry. You then walk through the store and scan all the items you want. When you are done, you can choose to have the items delivered or you can pick it up on another day. Amazing.

8. Avoid weekends. The stores can generally be a mad house on the weekends, at least in Manhattan. If at all possible, try to arrive on a weekday when the store opens or in the late morning. That’s when you can avoid the rush. Oh, and those weekends when college kids are moving into dorms – avoid at all costs!

9. Watch for sales. The regular sales cycles at The Container Store are downright fantastic. The best by far tend to be the fall and spring sales when the elfa closet systems are discounted 25 percent. It’s worth waiting and watching for that if you are looking to redesign your closet.

Hello, elfa closet.

10. Take a deep breath and enjoy the music. Remember, take a deep breath. You are shopping not heading into a war zone. And I realize not everyone out there loves Taylor Swift, but it’s always on the mix, and that just makes me smile. 

Happy shopping!