Apr 30, 2013
This is so good…
Mar 4, 2013
Do you blame your children’s toys for creating clutter in your home? Well, then this is a great solution for you. Spark Box Toys has come up with a brilliant way to keep only age appropriate toys around. Keep the toys for 4+ weeks, send them back and receive a new set. See what I mean? Brilliant! It’s also a great gift idea!
Feb 27, 2013
Create and decorate a workspace you love and it will inspire you to stay organized. Here are some great tips from Brit+Co.
Feb 13, 2013
This book is right up my alley. I just drooled a little.
Jan 17, 2013
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Dec 13, 2012
It’s that time of year again. Stores are packed with gift buyers and there is about to be an influx of new stuff in many of our homes thanks the generosity of friends and family. Most people don’t need another candle or sweater, so this year why don’t you consider giving a clutter-free experience?
And now for my 2012 clutter free gift giving suggestions…
Nov 21, 2012
Kitchen stores like Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table are great. I could spend all day inspecting each gadget and spatula on every shelf. Yes, they have a wide variety of excellent products. But they can also be an organizer’s nightmare. People wander into these stores, get overly excited and find all this stuff that they just need to have. I’ve seen it happen. They buy a myriad of utensils, pastry dishes, etc. with the intention of making a perfect Béarnaise sauce or croissants.
First, most people don’t end up making these dishes. And, many recipes don’t require fancy tools. After a point, more tools does not translate into better food. On the contrary, the finest chefs in the world agree that a good knife is probably a cook’s most important tool. So, the cherry-pitters and egg-slicers spend most of their time collecting dust and creating unnecessary clutter. In preparation for Thanksgiving, as you dig through your utensil drawer looking for your meat thermometer, take a few minutes and consider discarding a couple tools you have never and will never use.
If you are just starting to build your collection of kitchen gear and want some tips on what to buy for your first “adult” kitchen, check out this helpful list of essential tools and equipment. Please resist the temptation to buy what you won’t use. Do your friends and family a favor and fill their Christmas stockings with things they really need or can eat!
Nov 16, 2012
Thanksgiving is next week! This has prompted me to think about about an elusive thing for some - the perfectly packed long weekend bag. It’s been a few years now, that many airlines charge an arm and a leg for checked luggage. Anyone who has flown during this time has experienced the result: carry-on space is at a premium. There are few better ways to identify yourself as a problem flyer than to try to bring too much on the plane and be turned back by a flight attendant, or worse, be unable to fit your overstuffed roll-aboard in the overhead compartment wheels first. Don’t be this person! With carry-on luggage comes responsibility.
So, let’s start by taking a moment to focus on travel toiletries. Your travel toiletries should always be packed and ready to go at a moments notice. Upon returning from a trip, refill containers and replace missing items immediately. Most of us who travel occasionally or frequently are familiar with the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule. Please remember that you cannot carry containers larger than 3oz even if they are not full. Leave the rolled-up toothpaste tubes at home if you want to keep them.
**Hotel toiletries can be helpful when traveling, so take them when you can. Still, now is a good time to part with some of those items if you’ve compiled a large collection. In New York, many temporary Sandy shelters would welcome the donation. So would permanent shelters around the country.
Regarding clothing, try not to pack too much. Bringing less will make the decision easier when choosing what to wear while you are away for the weekend. Make the hard outfit-creating decisions now to leave more time to focus on what you’re travelling for when you’re there. And, if you absolutely have to, you can always buy something when you get there. Unless you’re really going off the grid, chances are that you’ll be able to find what you need without much trouble.
Keep the items you do bring with you organized with cubes, containers, or bags. I use these mesh garment bags from Muji, they keep your clothes in order and make it easy to see all your packed items. Pack your shoes against the side of your suitcase or put them in bags of their own so they don’t get your clothing dirty. Pack a cloth or plastic bag for dirty clothing so it doesn't mingle with your clean(er) garb.
My carry-on bag of choice is the Patagonia MLC® Bag.
Taking time in advance to pack in an organized way and make sure you have only what you need will ensure a good travel and vacation experience, no matter where you go or who it’s with.
Oct 19, 2012
Earlier this week I saw a great talk at the 92Y Tribeca featuring photographer Todd Selby and four amazing San Francisco chefs and entrepreneurs. I know what you are thinking… what does this have to do with organizing?
Well, Caitlin Freeman was on the panel with her husband, James, owner of Blue Bottle Coffee. She is a badass pastry chef and perfectionist, as can be seen in her beautiful (and assumingly delicious) Mondrian inspired cake above. She described what it felt like to have Todd photograph her home. She proudly described how she keeps everything neatly organized (unlike many of Selby’s other quirky subjects). She said her husband describes her as having “bulimia of the home”. She runs a tight ship. She likes clean countertops and hates trinkets. When it comes to personal belongings, she and I must be soul sisters :)