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The thriftiness of organisation

23 February, 2012

“If a cluttered desk is sign of a cluttered mind, what, then, is an EMPTY desk sign of?”

Eh, eh?! An EMPTY MIND! HA!

And thus I stay happily contended in my disarray.

But you know what? There is something particularly unthrifty and complicated  about mess. Having to buy more balloons simply because you can’t find your existing 5 million. Spending 6 minutes every morning foraging for bobby pins to hold your quiff together.

Inspired by the spectacular Thrifty Mrs I have begun organising my shiz. GASP! I know. It is a massive turn around for me but I have to say it is working a treat.

I began with my bedroom sideboard. It is the place where EVERYTHING ends up.  Surplus crockery, tools, make up, pants, coins and pens.

A Thrifty Mrs explains the importance of having your every day things accesible and your rarer things tucked away.

Taking this principle I found a better place for the pens (er, the desk drawer?) and the coins. I got rid of makeup I will never touch and divided up make up, jewelry and hair stuff into seperate tins.

In two tea cups I placed the bobby pins and hair clips and earrings I wear most days, and in my box I placed bigger things I need every day like deodrant and my hair brush.

I realise probably none of you struggle with mess like this (and I am even a bit embarrased blogging my mess) but I am  pretty stoked with this new organisation marlarky. I feel quite evangelical about it (hence the blog!) And flipping heck the THINGS I will achieve with my extra six minutes a day. I’ll probably end up as the Prime Minister after this.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Stacy 23 February, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    You might find some ideas here: http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2011/09/31-days-to-cheaply-organize-your-home_30.html?m=1. Saw this on pinterest. I wish I could recommend pins to other people (without pinning them myself)-I see a lot of things on there that make me think of you!

    • Reply lulastic 24 February, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Ohhh this site is amazing! Thank you :-)

  • Reply Becca Williams 23 February, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    My favourite thing about this is your “Essential” lanyard!

    • Reply lulastic 24 February, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Oh my days we have such a collection of lanyards! Grrr. Luckily Ramona is in love with them, she wears at least one every day, so they’ve come in quite handy.

  • Reply San 23 February, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Come on girl, you’re just gonna have to do a make up show and tell; after all you’ve sussed the nasties in the shampoos, so what’s lurking in an average make up bag I wonder!

    Love the tidy tops… must admit I’m a bit of a neat freak :-)

    San

    • Reply lulastic 24 February, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Yeah that is a major one I think. I’m not sure I’m the one to do it as I don’t make any make up choices – I just scab my mum and sisters when they are finished with it. Wildly breaking all the make up rules!

  • Reply Thrift Shopper for Peace 23 February, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    this is inspiring – i love using tea cups as containers! what a great idea!

    • Reply lulastic 24 February, 2012 at 8:39 am

      thanking you kindly. tea cups were Thrifty Mrs idea too

  • Reply dimpsy 28 February, 2012 at 9:44 am

    im dying to know, is that an old bottle of body shop perfume oil and if so what is the scent? love your blog by the way :)

    • Reply lulastic 28 February, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Thank you. Yep good spotting! Body shop perfume oil, strawberry, have had it for 8 years and still use it and love it!

  • Reply Ten new uses for old teacups « 22 April, 2012 at 10:14 pm

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  • Reply Stacy 30 August, 2013 at 6:51 am

    This has just reminded me, I need a good sort out. I’m feeling motivated, thanks for the inspiration! x
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