From the Momfilter Archives  For the past 10 years or so I have been giving my husband antique sterling napkin rings for Christmas. They are mostly mismatched and many have engravings. We try to imagine the histories of the owners from the inscriptions–“Nettie 1925” or “Christmas 1861.” During the holidays, I ask my family members […]


If we had outdoor space, and a mild climate (we can dream), we would love to organize our kids’ stuff the way our friends Dewey and Stephanie Nicks do. They have one locker each for their school things, and one locker each for their outdoor activity things. They had theirs built for them, but you […]


It’s hard to imagine that a hanger could make you so happy, but there it is. Their velvety wrap prevents silky shirts and dresses from slipping into the closet abyss and their slim profile translates to more real estate for clothes. A set of 50 for $29 on Amazon.

band reminder

We are working on independence at our house. At 10 years old, I shouldn’t be packing my son’s backpack for him in the morning. Nor should I have to hover over him while he ties his shoes, assaulting him with a long list of “don’t forgets.”   “Don’t forget your glasses!” “Don’t forget your math worksheet!” […]


Reader Michelle Matsui sent us in this clever kid closet organizing suggestion, which is a great idea, especially for families with small spaces. We love the way she uses two sweater organizers to store her son’s clothing, and it only uses the front of closet. That way there’s still room in the back for the […]


I saw this story in the most recent Marie Claire Maison, and while it doesn’t necessarily apply to my life (no, I don’t have a ginormous loft space), I like the idea so much. The Florence-based architect who lives here took the idea of wooden crates (granted, they are really beautiful ones) and made walls/storage […]


It’s the perfect little bag— just big enough to hold my wallet, keys, phone, sunglass essentials—that I then transfer from one big bag to the next. It’s an ironclad system, where I never lose anything important in the oh-so-risky bag switch. I originally got it this summer from Muji before we went on vacation as […]

bulletin board

I have a glass-fronted refrigerator, which everyone, including me, thinks is a terrible idea. My husband, who takes perverse pleasure in art directing condiments, begs to differ. What’s worse is a glass-fronted fridge means no logical place to put non-frameworthy kid art, invitations, and school reminders. When you are the child of immigrants, it is […]

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