Monday, February 28, 2011


A friend and client passed this onto me for all of you who live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan (or those who are willing to make the trip). I just did my annual paper clear-out in preparation for my tax return appointment, so this April event is apropos for those of us in the tax mode.

I am also including info about an UES Greenmarket that started this weekend. It takes #5 plastics (yogurt containers, plastic bottle caps, etc.), batteries etc. - some of those pesky things you just don't know what to do with. It's a great idea so we don't toss them in the trash and have them sit in a landfill.

Saturday, April 30th: Recyclorama/Shred-A-Thon III
St. Stephen of Hungary Church, 82nd Street, between First and York,
10 am – 4 pm
Old tech… Tax returns and receipts dating from the dawn of time… And anything else we can responsibly recycle… Bring it on!!
We’ll be filming, too!
On to the week to come:

Saturday, February 26th: 82nd Greenmarket
St. Stephen of Hungary Churchyard, 82nd Street between First and York, 9 am – 3 pm
Can the weather be more bizarre than that of last week with gusts of wind attempting to lift goat skins to the heavens? We’ll be finding out. Not that the inclement seems to keep you hardy shoppers at home. And UES’s reputation for being soft and spoiled? HA!
With us will be Atlantic Seafood, Bread Alone, Gayeski, Samascot, Baghoo, Rabbits’ Run, our new beef vendor, Ballard Honey and Beth’s Kitchen. Beth’s Kitchen was present last week and will be on Saturdays to come.
Again, I’ll arriving around noon for recycling duty.
Commencing within the month, I’m going to start weighing our weekly accumulations in the various categories. For sure, it’s more all the time. Be fun to be able to quote statistics, yes?
Accepted weekly are #5 plastic (well-washed), wine bottle corks, cellphones, printer cartridges (if you can’t get to Staples), household batteries and DVD/CDs you want to discard.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Closet Case

Here we are half-way through the 2011 winter and I know people are getting restless, especially in the Northeast, because of the cold weather and snow that has blanketed our area since December. I am seeing though, something positive emerging from our hunkering down in the house. Since some of us are virtually trapped, we're taking the time to look at our homes and see what's working, what's not and just how overstuffed our closets are. In the last week alone, I have done four consultations about closets with enthusiastic clients who can't wait to tackle spaces that are bursting. I am all for it and very excited to help out. If you need guidance, get in touch. We can discuss a plan that meets your needs and start tackling those ever-growing piles I keep hearing about.

Whether you need my help or want to give it a go on your own, The Container Store's annual Elfa sale is on until February 15. If you place your order by this date, you will save 30% on your purchase and 30% on your installation. Not only is this is a great deal but a very useful system for closets, garages, laundry rooms and basements. I have some of their shelves in my apartment kitchen and it has allowed me to use my table for eating instead of a desk. I'm also working with two clients who are considering systems for the kids' room and kitchen pantry. Go to: for more details and inspiration.

Happy purging!

P.S. Don't forget to re-use, re-purpose and re-cycle!