organization

  • make your own: clay vessel.

    These clever clay catch-all vessels dreamed up by Rose Pearlman, remind me of barnacles in the very best way. And isn’t that fitting? On a dresser or shelf they can function in a similar…

    October 14, 2019 14 Comments
  • four fall decluttering projects.

    I’m not sure what kind of fall projects you might have waiting to get checked off your list, but new seasons for me mean taking a bit of time to take stock, sort through,…

    October 7, 2019 34 Comments
  • baby proof: kids’ art supplies.

    As a kid, I kept my most special art supplies in an old wine box, with a hinged top and a latch that always went askew. Watercolors and modeling wax and chalky pastels all…

    September 3, 2019 47 Comments
  • simple stuff: razor blade scraper.

    Every once in a while, I write a round-up of very solid options for very necessary household staples and I put them under the umbrella of simple stuff. Today, I don’t have options to…

    August 6, 2019 16 Comments
  • under-storage with wine crates

    make your own: under-bed storage.

    I’ll write more about the latest iteration of the kid’s room once we’ve had a chance to settle into it a bit and finish a few projects, but I couldn’t wait to share the…

    August 5, 2019 8 Comments
  • 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 9 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