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Favorite This: July 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Here it is: your personal peek into what I loved and relied on at work and at home all throughout July.

A professional organizer shares her favorite tools and tricks of the trade.

You’re going to want to get involved.


A professional organizer shares her favorite tools and tricks of the trade.

1. Interdesign vanity catch-all with built in handles

This is an exceptionally handy and versatile little organizer. I used a good bunch of them last month, all in different applications: as a way to corral cosmetics, as a makeup organizer, even as an arts and crafts caddy. It proved up to the organizing task every time. Plus, the handles make it way cuter.

Use it to contain your own smaller bits–your brushes and bottles and tubes of lipgloss and such.


A professional organizer shares her favorite tools and tricks of the trade.

2. Dyson cord-free vacuum

The Miele will always have my heart, but when it comes to cord-free vacuums, this Dyson is the clear winner.

It’s lightweight, functions as well on carpeting as it does on hardwood floors, charges quickly, and, mostly, it works.

When one of my clients asked for a vacuum recommendation this past month, I named this guy without hesitation, and in so doing, crystalized my love of it.


A professional organizer shares her favorite tools and tricks of the trade.

3. Double hang closet rod

This is the easiest solution for the non-customized closet. If you’re in a position where you’re unable to alter your closet, whether because of budget or because of rental agreements, this closet doubler is about to become your new best friend.

Here’s how you install it: you hang it like a hanger.

Here’s what it does: instantly doubles your closet capacity by providing you with two short hanging sections where before there was only one.

To all my renters reading, those poor souls whose closets contain just one sad, wooden rod: buy this. Possibly: buy two.

Trust me.


A professional organizer shares her favorite tools and tricks of the trade.


4. The Wet Brush

I’m not sure why it took me so long to get on this bandwagon, but suffice it to say I’m riding happy and tangle-free now.

The Wet Brush is like the Tangle Teezer, (which I very much hope you’re familiar with) only it has a handle, and it’s even better at navigating your locks. Get them for the wee babes who detest hair brushing and for yourself. For under $10, they’re a steal.


A professional organizer shares her favorite tools and tricks of the trade.

5. KT Pro Tape

It upsets me that more people don’t seem to know about this miracle product. I have, therefore, taken it as my personal mission to help spread the good word.

I can’t count the number of times this adhesive has saved me–both from sports related, as well as work-related, injuries and strains. This month, I had a couple too many instances where my will was bigger than my physical strength, and my back wasn’t all that pleased about it. Luckily, I keep the KT Tape on hand and in a backing-peeling, adhesive-applying jiffy, that back strain was a thing of the past.

Get involved.

FYI: kindly don’t even consider wasting your time on the non-pro version.


6. Cariloha Bamboo sheets

I first wrote about bamboo sheets a long time ago. I’m still as obsessed now as I was then, and at this point I consider myself somewhat of a bamboo sheet connoisseur. Since testing out offerings in the world of bamboo sheets has become a side hobby of mine, I was all about sampling the selection from Cariloha.

Here’s my verdict: they’re like sleeping in a cloud.

Here’s what I want to know: why don’t you own a set yet??


There it is–my love list from last month. Now I want to know: what were you obsessed with, organizing or otherwise, in July?


Favorite This: March 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

We’re in the first week of April (thank you to all those who sent sweet birthday tidings my way yesterday!), which makes it a great time to look back at the month of March and all the organizy stuff I loved and used ridiculous amounts throughout. For posterity’s sake. And/or for interested parties.

Pro organizer favorites. Take notes.

1. Russel & Hazel Acrylic bookend/ file sorter (to complete the whole R & H acrylic desktop set up I have happening, i.e. acrylic ruler and iphone stand, and acrylic stapler, which I also love)

This beauty took up residence on my desk at the beginning of March, and is sitting pretty there now. I’m currently using it as a sorter for incoming/active papers, and, for the record, it performs this function beautifully.

Also noteworthy: I feel especially okay about recommending this usage because the individual slots aren’t overly vast, which means less of a chance for paper build-up for you (ding, ding!) Plus, desktop paper sorters of this general construction are often where bits and slips of paper go to die (sit there for the next decade). This guy, however, is blessedly clear, meaning that if there’s a piece of paper in there that needs your attention (or needs to be recycled), it’s much harder for you to forget about it until oblivion (ding, ding, ding!)

It works just as well as a bookend, I should point out, and, to be honest, does a damn fine job at sitting on a surface as a lovely, sculptural, light refracting (is that the right word there?) item of interest.

2. Marble contact paper

Just go ahead and order this. Do it. Then put it on anything and everything and clap your hands in delight.

I did; I slapped it on perfectly blah table in my (rented) house and voila: marbletop table. No seriously, if it weren’t for the two air bubbles I cannot for the life of me get out (breathe it out, Annie), this contact paper could easily be mistaken for a big old hunk of stone. Rock? Stone. Hmmm. Ahem: non-foliated metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite. Obviously.

It might be the most ingenious thing I’ve done in 2016 so far.

3. Poppin metallic notebook in silver gold + gunmetal and rose gold

I am all kinds of picky when it comes to office supplies (if you’ll recall I was gifted a “play” office set for a childhood birthday and was positively thrilled with the present). That said, it takes rawther a lot to impress me if you’re a notebook.

But you combine a soft, metallic cover with pages that are just the right shade of white, whose lines are neither too far apart nor too close together, and which features a little lined/box upper corner action (all the better to write the date, my dears), and you have my favorite notebook I’ve used in years. 


4. Russel & Hazel To Do Adhesive Notes

So Russel & Hazel is rawther killing the office game (along with Poppin) if you ask me. Another offering of theirs that I’ve fallen for are their adhesive to do notes. Because nothing annoys me quite like sloping, wavy, uneven penmanship does, even when it’s just on a dumb post it note (being a perfectionist is such hard work, really) (also that’s a lie; there are things that annoy me much, much more). Also, most of the time, a post-it note doesn’t seem quite large enough to actually make a list, which is usually what I want an adhesive square of paper for.

To review: lined for anal retentively neat list writing, longer size than the standard post-it (but not too big), and overall sophisticated elegant design. Thumbs, both of them, up.

5. Riesenthel work bag

Over the years, the amount of things I carry in the work bag I take to clients has gradually increased. I haul a lot of stuff over one shoulder in order to free people up, it’s rawther enjoyably ironic.

At the beginning of the year, I decided enough was enough: I had to admit to myself that my old work bag (over capacity, no long shoulder strap) wasn’t cutting it. Then the question became: where am I going to find a bag that’s big enough to fit all the stuff I need, but that’s also non-rigid so as to accomodate things of a strange shape, that also has a shoulder strap (thing’s too heavy to carry on my forearm), that’s also not uber dorky looking, but that’s not quite as loud as many weekenders?

And then the gods of Simplicity smiled upon me and I found this bag. It’s decently sized to begin with, but when you unzip the middle expander, it becomes the most blessedly massive production that still, oddly, thankfully, doesn’t feel like a behmoth when I carry it. Shoulder strap? Seen and raised: this one’s got a padded part. Clean, streamlined design? Check check.

I don’t know how I was doing without this. And even though likely none of you will use it for the purpose I’ve described, for all the reasons mentioned it would make an equally terrific weekender/carry on bag.

6. & 7. Toilet brush & plunger

This is dumb, mostly because you’re all fully capable of sourcing a poop plunger (I assume). Only, I had to include these because they really are better! I probably might not ever have mentioned them, except that my housecleaner (upon finding and using these newly acquired tools) inquired seriously whether I had found them in some design studio / modern art museum shop. Nope, just Amazon.

She’s right anyhow; both of these have a really intentionally thought out design, from shape, to appearance, to manner in which they sit in their holders (magnetic action). Plus, they work, so that’s important.

Pro organizer favorites. Take notes.

8. Bamboo Sheets

Ettitude sought me out (probably after reading my ode to bamboo sheets), and was all, “yeah, well, wanna try ours?” To which I replied: here’s my address, size queen, please and thank you and can you rush deliver that? (I didn’t really ask for rush delivery, what kind of demanding blogger do you think I am??).

They arrive. I wash them. I put them on the bed. I get into said bed that night and am wholly blown away. Blown away as in blown up, up, upwards into the sky. “Oh my god. I am in a cloud. This is what it feels like to sleep inside of an actual cloud.” I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I tell you these are the softest, most luxurious sheets I have ever in my life experienced. Ever! In my life!

Plus, they’re bamboo (back to that), which means they breathe, they don’t get too hot, and mainly they’re just completely amazing.