Category Archives: ORGANISING

Keeping It Together

I work from home for much of the week. And although I spend most of my time at my desk, my job varies so much, that the things  I need to conduct my job/s are more than your average persons.

Couple this with the fact that I have clients coming to my home for “styling analysis” and the need to be organised, practical and aesthetically pleasing is even more important. So, my aim is to keep my desktop clear of clutter and stock my draw with items I used on a regular basis.

Here is a closer look at my very full desk draw, which keeps me productive and prevents me going on mini missions (and rants) looking for stationary or work related items around the house.

1. Tabs and Stickers – I’m forever making notes in books/magazine or in my paperwork
2. Charger – on hand for myself or clients
3. Pencils for sketching, led and pen refills, erasers etc
4. Calligraphy pens, sharpies, markers, silver and gold paint pens and highlighters… something for every occasions and every surface
5. liquid paper/white-out and a micro-fibre  cloth for my screen (I always have people touching my laptop screen with their fingers)
6. Retractable measuring tape, but I also have three rulers (50cm, 30cm and 15cm) in my draw too
7. Glue of every kind; glue stick, super glue, gem glue etc
8. Tapes of all kinds – packing, clear, double sided, frosted etc
9. Clips and pins – Paper, alligator, bulldog, bobby, safety etc
10. Twine and embellishments for last minute gifts/flowers
11. Post-it notes – for thoughts/to do’s that need to be dealt with ASAP
12. Lip balm and hand cream – Otherwise I’d neglect myself
13. Scissors, short and extra long stapler, blutack and a hole punch.

Other stuff in this draw: cutting mat, paper slicer, brushes, colour pencils, tags, coins and gum.

My styling and colour tool kits, sewing machine and giftwrapping box are stored in my desk cupboards – handy, but out of the way.

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Organising – The Medical Supplies

When my husband and I first moved in together, his lack of order/structure/organisation drove me crazy. Finding 5 packs of batteries in 5 different rooms, was enough to send me over the edge…. and then when I was in need of a battery, I would struggle to find one. This was a similar story to our medicines… our bedroom, bathroom and kitchen would house our different medications or first aid supplies depending on when and where we were likely to consume the item (or it was a sheer lazy factor). I quickly implemented the “everything needs a home” rule – I’m such a stickler, I know! But this simple rule really changed the way my other half approached packing or looking for items. One of the first ‘homes’ we established was for our medicines and first aid supplies. Here are a few handy tips on what has worked for us and what is kept in the said ‘medical home’;

  • Find a handy location – For us, a kitchen drawer was the most obvious. If you cut yourself or need a glass of water with your meds, everything you need is at hand and at the heart of your home. Also bathrooms have higher moisture levels, which is a big no-no for your medical supplies.
  • Drugs should be in a container for extra security – we use a clear box (lid removed below) to ensure visiting small fingers can’t get into them.
  • Stack medicines side up – Or in a manner that ensures you can read labels or tell what each item is without difficulty.
  • Prioritise & keep like items together – Keep the more often use items at the front and not so often at the back.
  • Remove bulky packing – Pop into smaller clear boxes or zip lock bags and label with key information – expiry dates etc
  • Store any assisting items in the draw also – Scissors to cut bandages, cotton cue tips, antiseptic wipes etc
  • Check medicines and supplies often – I normally do a big shop once a month, and will take that opportunity to check the drawer for expired drugs (and turf it) or items I’m running low on.
  • Create or buy a travel pack –  This means come packing time you won’t need to raid and inevitably destroy the order of your drawer/cabinet.

This is a closer look into our medical drawer…

  1. Medicines are together in a separate container in the middle to help anchor items that have a tendency to roll,
  2. Vitamins and supplements are together and stored on their side,
  3. Wipes, antiseptic spray, burn gels, blister powers, itch creams etc are all together,
  4. Other one-off items are also clustered together; thermometer, Sore throat gargle, insect repellent, travel pack and muscle ointments are just a few examples.
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My Bedside

Once I’ve made my way to bed, the chances of me getting out are very slim (it’s only a bulging bladder that will do the trick). As such, I like to keep everything I might need, close at hand. Being a “reformed” type A personality, I still like to keep things organised, so as to make my nightly ritual of makeup removal, moisturising, reading and note-making an easy process.

No, I don’t have my bathroom sink by my bed, but what you will find is…

  • A vintage ashtray which houses my hair pins and ties. I have so many of them, that if I didn’t have a home for them, they will be all over the place and nowhere to be found when I need one.
  • My skin care products; Payot milk and toner (doesn’t require water), a number of creams and serums dependant on my skins current behaviour, a tray which holds it all together whilst also being a place to keep any fine jewellery I take off of a night.
  • Flowers, normally lavender to aid sleep (I have a lavender bush growing in the yard) or off-cuts from a bunch I have purchased for the house.
  • My phone, which seconds as my alarm.
  • A candle. I go through candles every few weeks – this is a new Coconut candle c/o my baby sister.

In my drawer;

  • Handheld mirror, so I can see what I’m doing with my skin regime.
  • Hair clips/claws to keep the hair pulled away from my face during the skin regime.
  • Small jewellery boxes.

At the bottom of my bedside…

  • Books or mags I’m currently reading.
  • A notebook/diary & pen. I am one of those people that can’t sleep if I have something on my mind. Writing a to-do list or jotting down ideas helps me put my mind at ease.
  • The TV remote. Yup, we’ve got a TV in our bedroom (controversial I know) however, it’s mostly a weekend thing. Although, it did come in very handy during the FIFA World Cup and the very early morning matches.
  • Face wipes & pads,
  • Heat pack for when the husband or I have muscle aches.
  • Headphones… so I can listen to music (if I can’t sleep) without interrupting the husband.

Funnily enough, I only recently found out that the husband likes my (lazy girls) nightly ritual of makeup removal. His thoughts? a sign of self respect and diligence (insert raised eyebrow) but whatever floats his boat, right? hehe. Isn’t it funny how we interpret our actions one way and our partners another? I would love to hear what you keep by your beside… what are your musts? Am I the only lazy lady left around? What does your partner think of your bedtime ritual?

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