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.