organization

  • make your own: corded clothes hanger.

    In New York City there tend to be two types of closets: the ones that are too small and the ones that are non-existent. In this extremely simple project, Rose Pearlman solves for both.…

    June 11, 2019 5 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #179: Hide it in plain sight. What’s a thing in your home that you use regularly but that doesn’t have a home of its own—a special spot to return to? A laptop? Your…

    January 29, 2019 9 Comments
  • tidying up, with kids.

    I worry that when I write about kids and tidying I’ll come across like a draconian weirdo. Or, more precisely, that I’ll have come to my own defense. No, I’m not constantly haranguing my…

    January 23, 2019 32 Comments
  • tidying up, together.

    Last week, James finished a box of chocolate-covered salted caramels I’d slipped into his Christmas stocking. I fished the small cardboard box from the recycling basket we keep by the front door and, after…

    January 16, 2019 77 Comments
  • keeping the fridge tidy (and the food fresh).

    This post is sponsored by Pyrex and features the Pyrex Simply Store glass storage containers. Whither the way to a low-waste kitchen? Is it meal planning? Eating your carrot tops and cooking your corn cobs?…

    October 11, 2018 38 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip # 176: Get a magnetic thing-y for your knives, take two. Last week’s encounter with our neighborhood knife grinder lit a fire under me to figure out a solution for storing our kitchen…

    October 3, 2018 12 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #170: Put your phone in a basket. Hello, my name is Erin and I am a very tidy person. (You likely already know this.) I hate clutter. I never let things accumulate on countertops…

    July 25, 2018 27 Comments
  • a tall dresser in a tiny apartment.

    It’s a chief joy of mine to find something that someone else discarded and to make it mine. One woman’s trash becomes another’s treasure and not much of anything goes to waste. With the…

    July 16, 2018 27 Comments
  • simple stuff: bottles & caps.

    Simple Stuff: A new series devoted to talking about the stuff that might prove useful or helpful or otherwise necessary while making a home in a small apartment or anywhere. Its aim is to provide…

    April 19, 2017 60 Comments
  • simple stuff: clips & clamps.

    Simple Stuff: A new series devoted to talking about the stuff that might prove useful or helpful or otherwise necessary while making a home in a small apartment or anywhere. Its aim is to provide…

    April 5, 2017 40 Comments