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Back to School for Adults: 14 Life-Organizing NYC Stores

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The back-to-school routine of picking up new clothes and new supplies as summer winds down has been drilled into our heads from our early years. And now, whether you're still a student of school or just a student of life, the beginning of September makes you want to settle down and gear up for the rest of the year—and that begins with getting organized.

So we've mapped out fourteen New York City stores that'll help you do just that. Whether it's turning an unused apartment corner into a home office or finally bringing some order into that microscopic kitchen, these shops—ranging from indie to chain and cheap to, well, up there—will whip you and your space into shape after long, lazy summer days.


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Lee's Art Shop

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Skip the urge to buy pens in every single color at this landmark art supply store and head to the section of the store that includes planners for this year and next, frames for those pictures you printed but have yet to hang, and furniture and lighting for your home office—should you be so blessed to have one. [Photo]

Smythson

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For the fancy-pants organizer, there's luxe diaries and planners from the upscale leather purveyor. Go beyond with leather boxes for small storage, manly leather portfolios, and (non-leather) plain or personalized stationary. [Photo]

The Container Store

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First things first—"Contain yourself" is probably one of the best store slogans out there. But seriously, the store is ideal for solving the unique organization problems that New Yorkers most often face, like setting up a makeshift closet in a studio or putting extra shelving in an unnaturally tiny kitchen. [Photo]

MUJI Times Square

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If we were doing these reviews entirely in emojis, Muji would get the praise hands. The Times Square store utterly contrasts its chaotic neighborhood with merchandise that creates order, like storage containers in every single size you could ever need or hooks and cutlerly holders for the kitchen—all available at very fair prices. [Photo]
"Who wants to cook in a messy kitchen?" is the first thing you see on their website. " Clean up, organize, and make something good!" Head to their Broadway shop to take care of those first two items—store things you don't want to see strewn about your countertops, and get yourself some real bakeware so that you stop making brownies out of the same grocery store tin. [Photo by Racked]

Paper Presentation

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The name says it all—anything that's made with paper can be found here, and it'll look darn good. But they're not just limited to stationary and scrapbooking materials—find chalkboard panels that are a retro upgrade on white boards, or labels of all shapes and sizes to categorize what you've stored. [Photo]

John Derian Company Inc.

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Collect and organize your miscellaneous perfume bottles on a vintage Moroccan tray from this East Village shop, whose other goods that fall under the category of organization (and affordability) include coasters, paperweights, vases, and magnets. Other items here, like busts, unique dishware, and rugs, are an added bonus. [Photo]

Moleskine

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This is the city's newest location for the top-of-the-line brand best known for its notebooks and planners. Perhaps this should be your first stop—write everything down that you need to do to get organized this fall, and then cross each item off your list one by one—you know how satisfying that feels. [Photo courtesy of Moleskine]

Goods For The Study

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This McNally Jackson-owned shop has its own entrance just around the corner from the bookstore, and has everything you need to turn your desktop into a veritable battle zone against your workload: calendars, notebooks, old-fashioned tape dispensers, and more. Just be ready to spend if you're looking to buy office furniture. [Photo by Driely S.]
"Beam: For the well-designed life." Their tagline alone brings peace to a disorganized homeowner (or renter). Keep going through the store to find items like wire storage baskets, doormats, lighting fixtures, and maybe the coolest thing ever: The Suburbia Wall Organizer. [Photo by Driely S.]

Sprout Home

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Nothing says that you've got your life together more than the ability to keep a plant alive—or something like that. Owner Tassy de Give and her staff can help you select the best houseplant for your needs, whether you're going for greenery that's a few inches or a few feet tall. [Photo by Driely S.]

Court Street Office Supplies

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This no-nonsense supply shop has been getting locals the office basics they need for more than three decades, with everything from printer cartridges and paper to afterthoughts like cleaning supplies (because a germ-y office is certainly a disorganized one). They also cater to corporate and legal offices, as well as schools.[Photo]

Flight 001

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The shop with outposts here in Cobble Hill and in Greenwich is a destination for international jet setters—but packing for a trip is all about organization, no? Stop here to pick up handy items that also translate to the home, like document holders, toiletry bags to categorize your makeup, or a Grid-It case that keeps your electronics and cords in place. [Photo]

Papél New York

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Shopping for holiday gifts? Kind of stressful. Make it easier by planning a step ahead and picking up all your gift wrap, bows, tags,, cards and more all at the same place—and stop being that person who gives a present in the same recycled gift bag. [Photo]

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Lee's Art Shop

Skip the urge to buy pens in every single color at this landmark art supply store and head to the section of the store that includes planners for this year and next, frames for those pictures you printed but have yet to hang, and furniture and lighting for your home office—should you be so blessed to have one. [Photo]

Smythson

For the fancy-pants organizer, there's luxe diaries and planners from the upscale leather purveyor. Go beyond with leather boxes for small storage, manly leather portfolios, and (non-leather) plain or personalized stationary. [Photo]

The Container Store

First things first—"Contain yourself" is probably one of the best store slogans out there. But seriously, the store is ideal for solving the unique organization problems that New Yorkers most often face, like setting up a makeshift closet in a studio or putting extra shelving in an unnaturally tiny kitchen. [Photo]

MUJI Times Square

If we were doing these reviews entirely in emojis, Muji would get the praise hands. The Times Square store utterly contrasts its chaotic neighborhood with merchandise that creates order, like storage containers in every single size you could ever need or hooks and cutlerly holders for the kitchen—all available at very fair prices. [Photo]

Whisk

"Who wants to cook in a messy kitchen?" is the first thing you see on their website. " Clean up, organize, and make something good!" Head to their Broadway shop to take care of those first two items—store things you don't want to see strewn about your countertops, and get yourself some real bakeware so that you stop making brownies out of the same grocery store tin. [Photo by Racked]

Paper Presentation

The name says it all—anything that's made with paper can be found here, and it'll look darn good. But they're not just limited to stationary and scrapbooking materials—find chalkboard panels that are a retro upgrade on white boards, or labels of all shapes and sizes to categorize what you've stored. [Photo]

John Derian Company Inc.

Collect and organize your miscellaneous perfume bottles on a vintage Moroccan tray from this East Village shop, whose other goods that fall under the category of organization (and affordability) include coasters, paperweights, vases, and magnets. Other items here, like busts, unique dishware, and rugs, are an added bonus. [Photo]

Moleskine

This is the city's newest location for the top-of-the-line brand best known for its notebooks and planners. Perhaps this should be your first stop—write everything down that you need to do to get organized this fall, and then cross each item off your list one by one—you know how satisfying that feels. [Photo courtesy of Moleskine]

Goods For The Study

This McNally Jackson-owned shop has its own entrance just around the corner from the bookstore, and has everything you need to turn your desktop into a veritable battle zone against your workload: calendars, notebooks, old-fashioned tape dispensers, and more. Just be ready to spend if you're looking to buy office furniture. [Photo by Driely S.]

Beam

"Beam: For the well-designed life." Their tagline alone brings peace to a disorganized homeowner (or renter). Keep going through the store to find items like wire storage baskets, doormats, lighting fixtures, and maybe the coolest thing ever: The Suburbia Wall Organizer. [Photo by Driely S.]

Sprout Home

Nothing says that you've got your life together more than the ability to keep a plant alive—or something like that. Owner Tassy de Give and her staff can help you select the best houseplant for your needs, whether you're going for greenery that's a few inches or a few feet tall. [Photo by Driely S.]

Court Street Office Supplies

This no-nonsense supply shop has been getting locals the office basics they need for more than three decades, with everything from printer cartridges and paper to afterthoughts like cleaning supplies (because a germ-y office is certainly a disorganized one). They also cater to corporate and legal offices, as well as schools.[Photo]

Flight 001

The shop with outposts here in Cobble Hill and in Greenwich is a destination for international jet setters—but packing for a trip is all about organization, no? Stop here to pick up handy items that also translate to the home, like document holders, toiletry bags to categorize your makeup, or a Grid-It case that keeps your electronics and cords in place. [Photo]

Papél New York

Shopping for holiday gifts? Kind of stressful. Make it easier by planning a step ahead and picking up all your gift wrap, bows, tags,, cards and more all at the same place—and stop being that person who gives a present in the same recycled gift bag. [Photo]