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, Amazon.com, and at many places on the web.

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

Winter is Just Around the Corner

A couple of weeks ago, it was 104 degrees here, setting a record for the hottest July 22 ever recorded in New York City.   It has been in the 80’s or 90’s nearly every day since the beginning of July.  It’s certainly one of the hottest summers I can recall.

Perfect time to start thinking about winter!

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The Rest of the Plastics

Last week, I wrote about which plastics we recycle in New York City.  The bottom line is that the New York City Dept. of Sanitation only recycles plastic bottles and jugs (without the caps).

So what should you do with the rest of the plastics?  A couple of astute readers pointed out other options for recycling them.

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Plastics – To Recycle or Not

Are you confused about what kind of plastics to recycle?  If so, you are not alone.  I see my clients saving all sorts of plastic items for recycling, most of which are not actually recyclable.

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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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