Homes are notoriously materialistic in that they only seduce human inhabitants as a means to acquire more furniture, cars, and jewelry. Organize the cluttersome whims of a persuasive domicile with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of organizational merchandise and gifts at The Occasional Wife on Magazine Street at the corner of General Pershing Street.
Named Innovator of the Year in 2007 and 2008 by New Orleans City Business magazine, The Occasional Wife offers solutions for organizing, planning, and de-cluttering everyday life. Their stylish, cleverly-designed organizational merchandise comes in surrounding-appropriate incarnations for every room in the house, even the hard-to-sort kids' rooms and messy oubliette. Tools of the trade include the grassy organizer, whose pointed blades of glory hold pens, rulers, toothbrushes, or real blades of grass. For the migratory mess, The Occasional Wife offers portable solutions such as the Envirosax blue bird bag, an eco-friendly shopping bag that eliminates the need for more than 2,500 plastic bags during its tyrannical, plastic-fisted reign ($10.50). Odds and ends avoid a dusty end behind the couch with the bamboo expandable bath org, a multi-compartment tray that keeps angry nail files away from low-down, two-timing cuticle pushers ($23.00).
The Occasional Wife was featured by More magazine:
- It’s not just the furnishings that impress, or the original artwork. Rather, it’s the serenity. The owners, an empty-nest couple, entertain every weekend, host fund-raising parties and welcome houseguests monthly, yet there’s zero clutter: no stray bills, keys or to-do lists lying around. Just an aura of spaciousness, order and potted orchids blooming in sunny rooms. It’s as if a witch had cast a declutter spell.
This picture-perfect tidiness is the work of Kay Morrison, who three years ago decided to create a business out of the fact that too many people have too little time to manage their domestic lives. Through her company, The Occasional Wife (theoccasionalwife.com), New Orleans residents can hire a helper who…will shop for groceries, plan a birthday party, organize closets, hold an estate sale, prepare a house for the market, manage a move, help set up a dorm room, buy presents or research housing options. Pretty much anything except clean house… – Jennifer Margulis