Friday, December 23, 2016

Live Segment! Gift Wrap Organizing on Fox 19

With the holidays in full swing and Christmas just three days away, chaos can start to set in. Wrapping paper is just one more thing strewn about the house, unless you’ve got a system in place to keep it organized.

Before you decide how you’d like to store your gift wrap, you first need to gather all the gift wrapping supplies around your home like paper, tags, boxes, bags, scissors, tape, ribbon, tissue paper and Sharpie markers.

Next, you want to consider how much space you have and how often you actually wrap gifts. If you only wrap gifts at the holidays a solution to store it out of the way is ideal.

Below are four creative solutions to keep your gift wrap organized. With one of these four solutions, you are sure to save time wrapping gifts. You’ll also save money usually spent over-buying paper and supplies you already have in your home.

Option 1: Under Bed Storage
The festive chevron holiday wrap organizer holds up to 24 rolls and has pockets to store other accessories. The divider can also be removed to accommodate longer rolls. When not in use, it easily slides under the bed if you’re short on space.

Option 2: DIY Storage
If you’re feeling a little creative, why not DIY a storage option! Hang basic S hooks for scissors, gift bags and other accessories on a clothing hamper and you have an affordable solution that can be easily wheeled into a closet to be stored.

Option 3: Hanging Storage
If you have extra hanging space in a closet, the gift wrap work station sandwich board folds up to hang when not in use. It holds up to 12 rolls of wrap and has pockets for all the accessories you need. Plus hooks hold the wrapping paper so you can unroll it easily onto any surface.  

Option 4: Cart Storage
The elfa gift wrap cart is a favorite if you have a bit more space. Drawers store gift wrapping supplies while ribbon and gift wrap are stored on the sides of the cart. The top flat surface provides the perfect work space to wrap gifts.

All these solutions and more can be found at The Container Store.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Live Segment! Holiday Card Organizing Tips on Fox 19

Sending holiday cards to family and friends can take quite a bit of time and effort at this already busy season, not to mention the clutter they create around the house. We were back on Fox 19 last week with tips to organize your holiday cards.

Video: Holiday Card Organizing

Get your holiday cards sent out as efficiently as possible.

Tip One: Organize all your supplies.
Holiday cards and accompanying supplies can quickly get out of control. Grab a small basket to corral all those odds and ends like cards, envelopes, stamps, address labels, pens and Sharpie markers. Include washi tape and scissors to dress up the envelopes. Keep a copy of your holiday card list here along with a ruler in case you are hand-addressing envelopes. 

Tip Two: Embrace technology. 
Every minute counts during the holiday season, so use technology to maximize your time. Online card services like Minted or Paperless Post allow you to upload your address list so your envelopes can be pre-printed. This leaves extra time for you to write a thoughtful note on your cards. 

Avoid the Post Office like the plague! You can order stamps online and have them delivered for $1.

Creatively organize the cards you receive.

Tip Three: Display the cards all season in one of three ways. 
Don’t let incoming cards clutter your counter space.  

Clothespin Photo / Memo Holder
Spiral Wreath Card Holder
Decorative Basket

Tip Four: Toss! But take a photo first.  
A good organizer is always going to suggest that you recycle the cards. One creative idea is to take a photo of the card first and save it with your friend’s contact information in your phone. Then when they call, their photo pops up.

Tip Five: Organize cards you can’t bear to toss.
Our sentimental side sometimes wins out. The container you use should make it easy for you to read and enjoy the cards in the future. The Bigso card organizer has tabs that you can use to separate the cards by year. Remember to label the tabs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Covetable Closets: Katie Kime’s Austin Oasis

Fashion, furniture and accessories. Katie Kime (and her team) somehow do it all. We’ve been in love with her style (and tassel earrings) for some time. It’s not much of a surprise that Katie’s closet is at the top of our most coveted list.

First, can we talk about the banana leaf wallpaper? This and more are available from her line of wallpapers.

The major organizational key here is Katie’s use of space, especially considering the number of windows in the space. The island in the middle of the room provides storage with cubbies below for shoes and larger accessories. I'm pretty sure there are some pretty amazing handbags stored down there.

There is plenty of long hanging space for Katie’s collection of dresses.

Moving over to the corner of the space is Katie’s vanity. When you’ve got room, a vanity is the way to go to make getting dressed so much easier. Drawers corral small items that tend to make counter tops look cluttered.

Trays and pretty boxes on top of the island keep accessories organized. This is a work of art!

For more background on Katie’s colorful world, visit her website. Photos courtesy of Lonny and Camille Styles.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

One Junk Drawer, Three Ways

The thing about junk drawers... 

1) Everyone has one. 
2) They are easy to keep neat when they look this good. 

Our favorite 15 minute organizing task gets elevated with some major style. Why not redo your drawer (see four simple steps) and use some of these drawer organizers? 

Look One: Colorful Metal Organizers with White Accessories

Look Two: Acrylic Organizers with Cork Liner 

Look Three: Bamboo Stackable Organizers with Polka Dot Liner (Pro Tip: That's actually wrapping paper!)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Live Segment! Junk Drawer Organizing Tips on Fox 19

We were back on Fox 19 this week sharing tips to organize your junk drawer.

The secret is that we no longer want to call it a junk drawer, which gives us permission to use the drawer as a dumping ground. Think of the space as a utility drawer instead to keep it organized with the most useful items in your home. So say NO to the junk drawer and YES to the utility drawer!

Here are five steps to organize your junk drawer.

Step One:  Pull everything out of the drawer.

Step Two:  Sort “like with like,” toss trash, and set aside items to be put elsewhere.

Step Three:  Determine what stays. Hint: only the most useful items. Examples for a kitchen utility drawer are pens, markers, notepads, scissors, tape, matches, chip clips, tape measure, paperclips and batteries.

Step Four:  Measure the drawer and clean and wipe down surfaces. Drawer organizers come in two sizes deep and shallow. So always measure the height of your drawer as well.

Step Five:  Containerize items to keep things organized and easy for you and your family to maintain.

Monday, September 12, 2016

DIY Simplicity Launches for New York City

Simplicity is now accessible for all New Yorkers! 

If you tend toward organized but could use some expert advice to get your home in order, DIY Simplicity is for you. We’ll do a full walk through and review all the spaces in your home to develop a custom plan to get you organized. 

DIY Simplicity includes… 

  • A two-hour in home consultation 
  • Measurement of all key spaces
  • Design plans to maximize closets or other spaces
  • Custom, step-by-step project instructions
  • Recommended product list to finish the space
  • Unlimited email support

Cost is $500. Call or email US to get scheduled today.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Covetable Closets: Rebecca Minkoff’s elfa Dream

Fashion designer and New Yorker Rebecca Minkoff’s fabulous creations aren’t the only items on trend. So is The Container Store’s elfa closet system.

Minkoff’s marbled walls and glam gold light fixture give her custom white elfa with birch finish a runway ready look.

A combination of open sloped shelving and pull out racks keep shoes easily accessible and organized by style.

Elfa wall racks are the perfect way to store small clutches and wallets along open wall space. Minkoff knows how valuable NYC closet space is!

Open ventilated shelving and an elfa utility board maximize the additional wall space for jewelry and accessories storage. We're fans of the acrylic jewelry organizers.

Shallow pull out drawers with dividers and small trays keep earrings and other jewelry organized.

Best news yet, the elfa shelving sale is happening NOW with 25 percent off closet and installation.

All photography credits go to InStyle Magazine.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Urban Simplicity in Boston

The summer road show continues! We’re headed to the land of lobstahs to get all those Red Sox fans wicked organized. (Sorry, not sorry.)

Please share with anyone in the Boston area who might need a little organizing love. We’re offering our DIY Simplicity consultation, aka a total life changer.   

DIY Simplicity - If you tend toward organized but could use some expert advice to get your home in order, this is for you. In this two-hour in home consultation, we'll do a full walk through and review and take measurements of key spaces. Within two weeks of the session, you'll receive custom, step-by-step DIY project instructions to declutter and organize your space. This includes a recommended product list to finish the space. I'll also provide unlimited email support following the consultation to help you get it done! Cost is $500.

Availability for Boston sessions is Monday, 9/19, Tuesday, 9/20 and Wednesday, 9/21.

Feel free to contact US at or call 646-942-8676 at anytime.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Urban Simplicity in L.A.

Hey, L.A. friends! We're taking our talents to the West Coast with sessions starting next week.

Korinne, Urban Simplicity's Organizer-in-Chief, is available for Full Organizing Sessions and DIY Simplicity. 

Full Organizing Sessions - This is perfect for anyone with projects they are looking to tackle and have been struggling to do on their own. I generally work in four-hour increments which start with sorting and decluttering and end with a beautifully organized space. Projects could be any closet in the home, a kitchen, kids' playrooms, workspaces, or really any space... I've done it all! Prior to scheduling these sessions, I'll schedule a quick call to discuss the project and review photos of spaces to be organized. At that point, I will provide an estimate of hours to complete the work and get the project scheduled. The hourly rate is $125. 

DIY Simplicity - If you tend toward organized but could use some expert advice to get your home in order, this is for you. In this two-hour in home consultation, we'll do a full walk through and review and take measurements of key spaces. Within two weeks of the session, you'll receive custom, step-by-step DIY project instructions to declutter and organize your space. This includes a recommended product list to finish the space. I'll also provided unlimited email support following the consultation to help you get it done! Cost is $500. 

Availability for CA sessions is Tuesday 7/12, Saturday 7/16, Sunday 7/17, Monday 7/18, Tuesday 7/19. At this point both AM and PM sessions are open. 

Feel free to contact US at or call 646-942-8676 at anytime. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Live Segment! Travel Tips on Fox 19 Cincinnati

We were back on Fox 19 last week sharing family friendly travel tips heading into Memorial Day weekend. 

Below we're sharing links to all the products mentioned in the video. 

Tip One – Create a Trip File
As soon as a trip is booked, create a file with the name and dates of your upcoming travel. You can also do this electronically by creating a folder in your email inbox. Then you can access it from anywhere.

As you book flights, rental cars, and hotels, print the confirmations and drop them in the file.  As time passes, continue to include list of restaurants, sites to see, maps, and interesting articles about your destination – anything of interest you come across. 

The Barcelona Document Bag is perfect to keep all travel documents organized.

Tip 2 – Get Road Trip Ready 
An organized car is a major sanity saver. 

Keep snacks in a grab and go bin that everyone can access. Pack a water bottle for every family member.

Pack an on-the-go medicine cabinet that is always easy to access when you’re driving. Pack a small supply of bandages, pain reliever, stomach medicine, first aid ointment, sunscreen, hand sanitizer along with a stain removal pen and a small first aid and sewing kit.

For younger children, keep toys and coloring books under control with a back of the seat organizer for quick access. It has deep pockets to store iPads and other essentials. 

For teens, the travel GRID-IT organizer keeps chargers, earphones, and personal items under control. Plus you can easily drop it inside a handbag, backpack, or tote. 

A travel-sized trashcan is a must have for all the stuff that is accumulated along the way.

Tip 3 – Create a Travel Staging Area
Packing an entire family can be a complicated process. Stuff ends up all over the house and can take several days to complete. You want to make this process as efficient as possible.

Clear and designate an area in your home that can be used to prepare for trips and on return from trips. Use a collapsible bin to hold items as you begin the packing process. When not in use, the bin can be easily stored out of the way. 

Keep any other items you commonly need for travel in this area – travel size toiletries, chargers, packing checklists, shoe bags, packing cubes, jewelry cases, laundry bags, toiletry bags, and travel adapters. When you’re ready to finally put all items in the suitcase, you’ll have things in one place. 

Tip 4 – Contain Your Stuff
The other big secret to packing is containment. The big mistake is throwing everything into a suitcase and hoping you can find what you need. Like all organizing you want to group like with like.

Packing cubes keep like with like in your suitcase. If these aren’t in your budget, Ziploc bags or even shoe and purse bags work just a well. 

For younger children consider packing and labeling outfits for each day of the trip. Ziploc bags work perfectly for this.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Closet Organizing Tips on ABC News

Spring is the perfect time for a closet cleanse to breathe new life into your space. We tackled entryway closet organizing with ABC News. 

Video: Decluttering Your Entryway Closet

As an added bonus, follow these five steps to organize your closet.

Step One: Pull everything out of the closet. As you pull items out, sort like with like and put clothing and accessories into piles. Put all dresses together, all tops together and so on. The types of clothing you wear most will become clear as you go through this process.

Step Two: Declutter. Now is the time to make tough decisions. Go through each category of clothing and decide what to keep. For items that you aren’t keeping decide if they can be donated, given to a friend or family member or sold. If damaged or worn beyond repair, items should be trashed or put into textile recycling.

Step Three: Come up with an organizing plan. Before putting all the items back in the closet, you want to evaluate the space and how best to organize all the items you’re keeping. Grab a piece of paper and sketch out where and how to store items. Measure the space so you can select the right sized bins, shelving or any other organizational products needed. 

Step Four: Spring clean the space. While the space is empty, vacuum the floors and wipe down shelves that have gathered dust. 

Step Five: Put it all back together. Put all items you’re keeping back into the closet and organize them according to the plan you developed in step four. Don’t forget to label bins and shelves to make it easy to put things back on a day-to-day basis. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Live Segment! Pantry Organizing Tips on Fox 19 Cincinnati

You won’t want to miss our live segment on Fox 19 Cincinnati.

As an added bonus, here are six steps to organize your pantry.

Step 1:   Pull everything out of the pantry.     
Step 2:   Declutter and discard expired items.
Step 3:   Clean and wipe down pantry surfaces.
Step 4:   Sort like with like and group those items together. Examples include                  grains, salty snacks, savory snacks, sauces, condiments, etc.
Step 5:   Consider family favorites and what you use most often to set-up zones               in your pantry.
Step 6:   Containerize and label items to keep things organized and easy for your             family to maintain as well.

US Named New York Magazine's Best of New York 2016

Just over five years ago, I left the world of politics (Best. Decision. Ever.) to start my professional organizing company. It’s been an adventure more challenging and rewarding than I could have ever imagined.

Now I’m so excited to share that Urban Simplicity was featured in New York Magazine’s 2016 Best of New York issue. 

I want to take the time to thank you for all you’ve done to help me grow the business over the years. Your referrals, online support, and trust in our services have been the true reason behind our success.

Closet Makeover Featured on Fox 19 Cincinnati

Check out our two-part makeover of Fox 19 morning anchor Kara Sewell’s closet.

We had the best time transforming her basic single rod closet design into a much more sophisticated and organized closet using The Container Store’s elfa system. It’s our go-to for affordable, adaptable closet design.

As a bonus, here are some of my favorite ways to store common closet staples. Many of which I put to use when organizing Kara’s space.

Hanging Clothing – Hang items on matching hangers, organized by type, then color. Consider separating work wear from weekend wear to make getting dressed in the morning quicker. Every good closet has a mix of short and long hang. 

Sweaters – Folded on open shelving, organized by color. Use a shelf divider to keep stacks upright.

  • For belts, hooks are the way to go with a pull-out rack or simple hanger.
  • Ties can be hung on a similar hook system or rolled and stored in a shallow drawer – always use drawer organizers and group ties by color.
  • Jewelry – By color and type. The elfa wall system from The Container Store helps to keep items displayed. Use shallow drawer organizers for earrings and rings.
  • Handbags – Treat them like a work of art and display them. If you can’t see them then you’ll never use them. 

Shoes – Open shelving by color and type is best because it’s always best to see what you have. Consider using The Container Store shoeboxes for dress shoes that are rarely worn. Bin for flip-flops and quick grab slippers.

Lesser Used Items – Consider storing lesser used items, like swim suits and baseball caps, in coordinated bins on higher shelving. Don’t forget to label the bins.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Bring on 2016

Wishing you a happy, healthy and ORGANIZED 2016! 

All the best,

Korinne and the team at Urban Simplicity