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How to Eliminate Clutter in Your Apartment [5 Hotspots]



Clutter happens. Want strategies to eliminate it from your apartment? Here are five common clutter hotspots around your home and how to tidy them up for good. 

Depending on your lifestyle and type of person you are, you may have a certain kind of mess that accumulates in your apartment.

You’ll probably notice that you struggle with keeping the same places free from clutter. Everyone has these clutter “hot spots,” and there is a pattern in which areas tend to get more cluttered.

If you aim to keep a cleaner, more organized apartment, focus some decluttering energy on these typical hotspots.

Not only will it make an immediate improvement, but having these spots well organized will help you keep your entire home clean.

Ready to tackle the clutter? 

Let’s identify the problem areas to focus on. Once you successfully declutter these areas, you can use the tips provided to keep them organized.

How To Declutter Kitchen Counters

The first step to eliminating mess is always to identify the habits that cause some of the clutter and break those habits.

Instead of putting dirty dishes on the counter, get into the habit of rinsing and placing them in the dishwasher right away. It’s incredible how quickly a couple of cups and plates can turn into a mountain and clutter up your whole counter.

Another habit to break is when you come home and dump everything on the counter. This habit will quickly turn your kitchen counters into an eclectic mix of bags, bits, and bobbles that don’t belong.

Last but not least, you need to address the mail situation. To keep a mound of papers off your countertops, sort your mail right away. Trash the junk and file the rest where they belong.

Fix: Catch-All Bowl

To help combat the constant pile of odds and ends that end up on your surfaces, you can place a big, beautiful bowl on the counter. The dish will serve as a catch-all for items that you don’t necessarily have a set storage place for.

This will replace your junk drawer. Since it’s visible, you’ll take care of it more regularly than the mess in the drawer that’s out of sight, out of mind.

Fix: File Organizer for Paperwork

If you don’t have a plan for paperwork yet, you can use a simple file organizer in the corner near the wall on your counter. Use it to keep bills that need paying or important papers that you need to keep track of.

This will keep them from getting lost or spilled on and help make space on your counters since the organizer holds the papers vertically. 

Fix: Cabinet Organizers

Sometimes, the culprit to counter clutter is simply the kitchen mess that is too difficult to put away.

Do you own a lot of the smaller appliances like waffle makers, electric skillets, and blenders?

If so, your kitchen counter can quickly become filled with machines, leaving no room to work on.

Cabinet organizers allow you to take out and put in small appliances. They usually include some rolling or swinging pull-outs or shelves. Investing in a system like this can help lessen the number of tools on your countertop.

How To Organize the Entryway

What habits can contribute to entryway clutter?

The first is the constant dumping of shoes that you rarely use. Most people have one or two pairs of shoes that they wear regularly, but somehow, five to ten pairs can end up in the entryway.

If you make sure to put your occasional shoes back in the closet, you won’t find yourself tripping over shoes when you come through your front door.

Instead of laying jackets, bags, and hats at the closest possible spot, hang them up right away to keep your floor and furniture free from clutter.

Fix: Extra Hooks on the Wall

If your coat rack or closet is full, having extra hooks on the wall in a conveniently located area will help make hanging things up easier to do.

Fix: Shoe Storage 

If shoe clutter is a persistent problem at your apartment, try finding a shoe storage solution. A piece of furniture that will house all your everyday shoes will help keep this area organized.

Fix: Closet Organization

All too many times, the closet becomes an area to avoid because of the chaos that it contains. It certainly isn’t considered an option to help battle clutter because it is already full.

If you take an afternoon to clear out and organize your entryway closet, you will have a new place to keep much of the clutter that accumulates in the entry.

How To Tidy Bathroom Counters

When it comes to the bathroom, habits that add to the clutter include your morning dash to get ready.

Even when you are late, try to remember to put the toothpaste and toothbrush away immediately. Replace your face wash, lotion, and deodorant to their original position. 

Hang washcloths and towels up after you use them to keep them off the floor or counters and prevent them from getting that musty smell.

Fix: Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are fantastic decluttering solutions. They are a great way to store your bathroom products up off the counter but still at easy access.

Consider installing floating shelves in your bathroom if your counters are always cluttered.

Fix: Organize Under the Sink

If under your bathroom sink looks like a jungle of bottles and jugs, you could benefit from a little organization to tame the mess.

Using bins, baskets, or shelves to organize will help keep this area free from clutter.

How To Straighten Up the Coffee Table

Because the coffee table is right there while we are comfy on the couch, it becomes all too easy to use it as a second kitchen counter. Dirty dishes, garbage, and magazines can pile up here — fast.

One thing you can do to combat this is to use commercials as a cleanup time. It would be silly to expect you to get up every time you need to put something away while you are watching your favorite sitcom.

When the commercials start, get up, stretch your legs, and do a quick clean to keep the clutter down on the coffee table.

Fix: Tray for Remotes

TV remotes, do they give you the slip too?

To keep all your remotes in one place, designate a tray or basket on the coffee table as their home.

Fix: Baskets for Magazines

Magazines are becoming less of a problem since everything is going digital, but we still find a pile begins to accumulate on our coffee table.

Find a cute basket or rack to keep beside your couch to house your magazines and keep the coffee table clutter-free.

How To Clean Dresser Tops

Getting dressed in the morning and making ourselves presentable can get messy. Between the outfits that you try on and the jewelry that you take off the night before, your dresser tops can get cluttered.

If you can simply focus on one good habit to keep this area cleaner, it would be to fold and put away clothes that you don’t end up using.

Fix: Jewelry Organizer

Having a jewelry organizer can keep your dresser from looking like a pirate’s treasure chest.

Fix: Tray for Toiletries

Often, we like to have our toiletries in our bedrooms to use when we are dressing. A few last spritzes or lotion slathers can make you feel ready to go.

To keep these bottles from becoming part of the problem, use a pretty tray to keep them in one spot.

Fix: String Hung for Sunglasses and Hats

If you are a collector of sunglasses, hats, or scarves as accessories, you can use a string on the wall to clip your sunglasses and other accessories.

This will clear up space on your dressers and display your accessories in a way to help you find the ones you’re looking for quicker.

Here’s a decorative DIY if you only have a few pairs of sunglasses that need wrangling.

It’s a good idea to start with one area first and declutter entirely before moving onto the next area. This will make it so that you don’t get overwhelmed and will also prevent any half cleaning from happening. 

It can be all too easy to organize one spot halfway and then see another area that needs work and jump to that one before you’ve finished the first. Before you know it, you’re back to where you started. 

If you adopt these habits, you shouldn’t have to do this again anytime soon. Of course, the best way to ensure that your apartment doesn’t get too cluttered is to keep your belongings to a minimum. 

It may take some time, but if you persist, you’ll have a much more comfortable and clean home by tackling these clutter hotspots one by one. 

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Spring Petals and Hairy Crab: Kintsugi Aligns with a Golden Touch



Tucked away in a slate-colored corner of otherwise colorful SoHo, Kintsugi stands in contained eloquence as a testament to the exquisite fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine and modern culinary artistry. Named after the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, Kintsugi embraces imperfections, celebrating the beauty of resilience and transformation in post-pandemic NYC.

At Kintsugi, guests are treated to an omakase experience unlike any other, where every dish tells a story of meticulous craftsmanship and innovative flavor pairings. The menu, curated by Executive Chef Victor Chen (formerly of New York Sushi Ko), offers three tiers of premium omakase, each highlighting seasonal ingredients and Chef Victor’s imaginative creations.

The dining experience began with the house signature cocktail, made with sake, yuzu, and violet syrup—a whimsical nod to the restaurant’s otherwise classic Japanese ambiance. The upbeat jazz music playing in the background added a lively contrast to Chef Victor’s quiet focus, creating a dynamic and engaging atmosphere.

The exciting spring menu babied us with glow-in-the-dark Firefly Squid as well as eels so delicate one would think they’re about to enjoy a bowl of glass noodles. A hairy crab peered at us over one course, sheltering a tangy salad made from its tender meat. Such creatures are common fare on the spring tides of the large Japanese coastline, chef informed us. An array of seasonal sea urchin species always brings a knowledgable crowd to Kintsugi, so book early for that summer treat.

While the atmosphere became increasingly lively as the evening unfolded and the guests got to know each other and the staff, the omakase culture at Kintsugi is one of careful curation and attention to detail. Guests can expect to pay a deposit and be patient, as Chef Victor and his team are focused and diligent in providing a truly exceptional dining experience. From bespoke sushi tailored to individual tastes to over 40 pieces of expertly crafted nigiri, every dish at Kintsugi is a work of art.

As you embark on your culinary journey at Kintsugi, be prepared to be transported to a world where every bite tells a story of tradition, innovation, and the beauty of impermanence. The latter of which is precisely what Chef Victor loves about sushi. “All of that work and it all goes into one bite” he says quietly as he gently sears a fat slice of sable fish. “Perhaps it is chewed a few more times, rolled around and savored for that moment and then its forever gone.”

In artful consideration of framing, each course is presented on dinner ware in collaboration with EM Ceramics and Spark Bird Studio who created an exclusive line of handcrafted, gold-fused dinner ware for Kintsugi. Experience for yourself the zen magic of this divine space and discover why, as host Klaus puts it, “everyone needs some Kintsugi after Covid.”

Kintsugi recently launched The Lunch Rush Omakase, a 12- course one- hour experience for $60. It is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from12–3 p.m. Also available is an optional seasonal beverage pairing (3) for $35 per person.

Kintsugi Omakase

28 Grand Street New York, NY 646-983-4616

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12–3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5–11 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays

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Dream Tea NYC Dazzles with Delicious Sips



Calling all tea lovers!

Anney Norton has created a fabulous brand that is both delicious and a user-friendly way to create their  blend. Welcome to the wonderful world of Dream Tea NYC.

She has elegantly found a way to craft your own blend of tea from the highest quality organic ingredients. Each canister delivered to your door is full of flavor that is uniquely curated to your heart’s desire. From chamomile with whisps of apples, honey to responsibly sourced rose and lavender, there are hundreds of premium ingredients from dozens of quality sources to take the dreamer on an epic journey to discover amazing tea.

Custom tea blends are sent to your door. What is delivered to your doorstep is magical. Simply take their blend quiz by share a little bit about yourself and your flavor preferences. They then create the perfect custom blend for you.

It’s not just the special blend that will rock your world. The cutest and perfectly paired accessories help further produce a sophisticated culinary experience.

The Dreamy Tea Scoop is the perfect addition to your tea set. Using natural, non-toxic, food-grade steel, this brushed gold scoop is a safe and effective way to get the perfect amount of tea for every personal serving. In addition, Starry Sachet Bags are the only tea sachets using natural, non-toxic cotton fibers to help make a safe and effective way to brew the perfect cup.

Here is to creating your perfect sip today. For more information, please visit here.


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FAO Schwarz Launches Teddy Bear for enCourage Kids Fundraising



This is the cuddly gift that keeps giving.

FAO’s flagship store in the heart of New York City has launched the sale of a new look on Teddy with an enCourage Kids’ partnership. The high-quality plush toy is for the Send a Smile, Send a Bear program. Right now, Teddy is on sale at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Teddy will soon be able to help even more pediatric patients navigate the stress of treatment, illness, and hospitalization. The program also delivers stuffed animal bears to hospital partners nationwide to help pediatric patients navigate the stress of treatment, illness, and hospitalization.

FAO’s motto is to be a source of wonder for each new generation, along with being a relentless supporter of quality and innovation in the life of every child. enCourage Kids envision a world where every child experience joy, hope and emotional healing along their medical journey. Together, we look forward to providing each child with this Bear, the ultimate symbol of hope, strength and courage.

Since 1985, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the child life community. Serving more than one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better.


Photos by Mychal Watts

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B|STRO 38 A Hidden Gem Of Culinary Delights



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Corruption In The Queens Divorce Courts Part 3



This is the 3rd part in a series of what I have witnessed while in court with my friend in her divorce case. Here is part 1 and part 2. Part of the reason I am writing this, is I do not believe this is an isolated case and there are those who are afraid to speak out for themselves. The violation of ones rights should be something we all fight for. In my friends case many of her rights were violated and sadly a lot of them by the attorney’s she’s had.

Before I start I went to tell you what happened last night. In re-reading and checking the first article I put up, I realized several links were taken down and I replaced with ones that weren’t. Miraculously they were back up today, so I am adding them here, here and here. Hopefully these links will not be taken down again.

Here is how this all started:

When my friend told me about her divorce case I was stunned. When I came to her house for the first time there was paper work in piles all over her house. She asked for my help and I agreed. In looking at this paper work, I saw so much. I immediately noticed what looked like insurance fraud. There were numerous checks from insurance companies. My friend had not noticed the amount or how many checks or claims were made in a short amount of time. Over a million. It was staggering. In a way it was like a gigantic puzzle.

The next day I went to court with her, because it was just going to be her and her attorney. As I have stated before, no-one should have to go through this alone. Her attorney was Alyssa Eisner, who was one of the rudest human beings I have ever met. She talked down to my friend, was condescending and kept telling her to shut up. The very first thing and last thing she said was “I need more money.” I tried to tell Ms. Eisner what I had discovered and asked did she want me as a witness and she said “No I knew nothing about the law.” I proceeded to tell her “I was a journalist and had read about the law.”

When I got into the courtroom Judge Viscovich asked the other side if I was to be a witness and they stated no. This happened the second time I was in court as well. In both occasions my friend was threatened with being thrown into Rikers and her attorney sat there stone cold silent.

Ms. Eisner told the Judge she was not prepared to go to trial.

In court Ms. Eisner, seemed more on her husbands side than my friend’s. Her attitude and her tactics seemed unrehearsed and rather shabby. Her performance made me want to know more, so I did research.

On lawyer ratings she rates poorly 1.7 out of 5

You can read here what other’s went through and it mirror’s what my friend went through.

A couple of days later I drove with my friend to Ms Eisner’s office, where my friend gave her the money she required.

The next time I was there, Ms Eisner again was impolite, discourteous and uncivil. Again the very first thing and last thing she said was “I need more money,” even though she had been paid a couple of days before. Though this day was to separate assets, my friend was sent home with Ms. Eisner not even objecting. The reason why was the Judge wanted the marital home appraised. The joke of this was this could easily have been done the next day, when they didn’t have court, but the Judge specifically ask for this date.

While at the appraisal, my friend slipped and fell and was not feeling well. During this time Ms. Eisner was texting both my friend and her daughter with her daughter answering what my friend should have been answering but couldn’t, because Ms. Eisner kept insisting that my friends daughter make discussion on her mother’s behalf. Her daughter did not have the power of attorney to do this, so why was Ms. Eisner texting her? When the decision’s had been made and was texted to her daughter her daughter told her “This was one of the worst deals ever made.”

The reason my friend had not been answering the texts was she was ill due to what later was diagnosed as a brain concussion. The fact is my friend could have died.

The next day in court, my friend told the Judge she was not well. He didn’t care. Ms Eisner actually for the first time since I had arrived stood up for her, because it was clear my friend was unwell.

The court went on that day for over two hours and the reason for this was Ms. Eisner now wanted off the case. This happened as my friend was not able to make discussions.

Because of the brain concussion, she was hospitalized, had to see a specialist and still has short memory problems.

Ms. Eisner was my friends lawyer for less than 3 months and made over $75,000. My question is for what?

By the way in the case where Dr. Robby Mahadeo was to be jailed for six months in Rikers Island, the reason for that was, that he objected to paying $88,000 in legal fees to Alyssa Eisner, his wife’s lawyer. The couple had a prenuptial agreement that clearly precluded such payments and yet Judge Viscovich took it upon himself to cancel it. This made it to NBC News.

Again, if you are in need of help, have more information, or can help please email us at

Inspector General’s Office

New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, 61 Broadway, Suite 1200, New York, New York 10006

Marguerite A. Grays: Administrative Judge-Civil Term, Eleventh Judicial District: Presiding Justice – Commercial Division, Queens County: Queens County Supreme Court: 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard: Jamaica, NY 11435 (718) 298-1212

Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts: Renaissance Plaza
335 Adams Street, Suite 2400: Brooklyn, NY 11201-3745: (718) 923-6300

The Queens Courier PO Box 610257, Bayside NY, 11361 Phone: 718–260–2500 718-224-5863

TimesLedger Elizabeth Aloni 45-17 Marathon Parkway Little Neck, NY 11362 718-260-4537

Queens Chronicles Mark Weidler  718-205-8000 x114 4161 Kissena Blvd Ste 2077 Flushing, NY 11355 (718) 886-8160 30 Rockefeller Plz Fl 7 New York City, NY 10012 (212) 664-4444


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