Mary Poppins’s Closet

Yesterday I engaged my entire family in cleaning out our entryway closet.

We are lucky enough to have walk-in closets —  designed by California Closets before we bought the apartment  —  so it is actually possible to see everything that’s in there.  Therefore, I knew we had a few items that we could get rid of.

Frankly, I am amazed at how much stuff we are giving away!

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Ballet Flats: A Cautionary Tale

Every so often, I like to write about something really boneheaded that I did.  This is so that you can learn from my mistakes, and also so that you can see that being organized is challenging even for professional organizers.

Thus, the tale of the ballet flats.
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Hooks at Your Command

One of my six basic organizing principles is “Think Vertically”.  I advise my New York City clients to take advantage of wall space, since we don’t have much in the way of floor space!  Like skyscrapers, we have no place to expand except up.

That’s why one of my favorite organizing products is Command™ Hooks by 3M.   Command™ Hooks come in a variety of types, styles, and finishes — and the best part is, they won’t ruin your wall.  They stick to the wall but are easily removable.   If you need to take one down and move it, no problem.

I have used Command™ Hooks for many purposes:

  • Keep potholders handy next to the stove
  • Prevent keys from being misplaced
  • Stow my coat on the back of my office door
  • Store my handbag inside the closet
  • Mount a shoe bag

In addition to hooks, Command™ products include picture hangers, cord organizers, and charging stations.   There’s even a new water-resistant line that can be hung in the shower, including shower caddies and soap dishes.

You can see all of the different Command™ products on their web site.   Be sure to watch the cool video!   You can buy them at the Container Store, your local hardware store,, and at many places on the web.

Before long, I’ll bet they’ll be among your favorite organizing products, too.

A Little Black Dress for Your Jewelry

Many of my clients wear the same pieces of jewelry over and over again because they can’t see all of their jewelry at once.  So they either forget about some items, or they don’t wear them because they can’t get to them easily.  Little Black Dress to the rescue!

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Laundry to Go

After my older sister went away to college, she reported that it was easy to tell which of the students in her dorm had grown up in apartment buildings (as we did), and which had grown up in houses.   The former apartment dwellers put their laundry in the washing machine, came back half an hour later, transferred it to the dryer, then showed up when it was dry, folded it, and left.

Those who had grown up in houses put their laundry in, came back hours later, and were surprised to find that someone had removed their clothes from the washing machine and left them in a wet pile.

Yes, it’s a whole different culture for those of us who live in apartments and have to share laundry facilities with our neighbors.  I am lucky enough to have a laundry room in the basement of my building.   Others here in New York City aren’t so fortunate and have to use the facilities at local laundromats.

Thanks to some new choices at the Container Store,  it’s easier than ever to get that laundry from here to there.

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