My friends Anita and Walter live in New York City. For a city apartment, theirs is a comfortable size, but it’s by no means big. They enjoy objets d’art, music, and reading. They are gourmet cooks, they travel, and they ride their bikes all over the city. They make room for their hobbies and pleasures by being very careful about what they acquire and keep and by using home organizers.
I haven’t looked into the depths of their closets, but I have seen a number of impressive organizing and storage methods. In their kitchen everything has its own place. The cutlery drawer has wire basket dividers, same for the cooking utensils. The pots hang from hooks attached to a plastic-coated wire mesh rack that hangs above the stove. After they go shopping, Walter empties the boxes of cereal and pasta into clear glass or plastic canisters. Teabags go into perfect teabag holders. I never put anything away when I visit for fear of putting it in the wrong place.
Anita and Walter store their out-of-season clothes in a storage locker in the basement of their building. The locker has plenty of closet organizers, shelves, racks, etc. Their boots and shoes are in special shoe holders that hang from the rod in the closet.
No space is wasted in their bedroom. The headboard has shelves to hold books. Under-the-bed storage boxes contain-well, I don’t know what they contain; I just know they are there. But Anita and Walter know exactly what’s in those boxes because they keep lists of the contents. Walter showed me his sock drawer the other day; pairs of socks are lined up neatly in a special sock storage box. I spend way too much time looking for pairs of socks, so I was very impressed.
The bathroom is fascinating. Perfectly fitting shelves in the shower hold all the shampoos, soaps, and accessories. The waterproof radio has its own shelf. A mirror on a radiating arm attaches to the shower wall. A shower cap hangs from a clothespin that’s attached to the wire shampoo shelf.
Around the sink everything has its place. Even the headband Anita uses to keep her hair out of her face when she washes has a special spot on the towel rack. Of course they have soap holders and toothbrush holders.
Their bikes hang on sturdy hooks in the hallway-ready for use but out of the way. Bookcases line that same hallway. And of course the books are categorized and alphabetized.
As for their desks, every paper has its place. Walter has several multi-tiered paper holders on his desk. Boxes of different colors hold different categories of papers-bills, school papers, etc. Anita has a small desk. Every piece of paper is in some sort of box, holder, or container. Personally, I can’t find anything unless it’s sitting on top of a pile, but I truly admire their organization.
I don’t know where Anita and Walter buy their home organizers and storage products. I’m sure there are plenty of places in New York City. Or maybe they buy them online; that’s what I would do.