Category Archives: Organization

Leather Backpacks

Many years ago when I first began my graduate program, I carried a very handsome and dependable Perlina black leather backpack.  I remembered one snowy night, quite like today, I decided to walk home rather than to wait for the bus (which was uncharacteristically delayed).  The backpack had survived my walk through the harsh weather much to my surprise and delight.  As soon as I arrived home, I toweled off the snow to preserve the leather.  Pictured below is one which looks identical to mine.  One feature I loved most about it besides its buttery soft leather was its very convenient side-zip.

These days trying to find a nice leather backpack feels like trying to search for a needle in a haystack.  Only every once in a while will you find a really special one (sorry if it sounds overly critical of me).  Wish I didn’t allow Rebecca Minkoff’s to get away a couple years back =(.  Just recently I spotted one by OrYany and can see for myself why it has received such rave reviews!

*Photocredit: BrandAlley UK and Various Sources

 

 

Other Noteworthy (Luxury) Planners…

My three favorite personal size planners other than those by Filofax are from Anya Hindmarch, Kate Spade, and Louis Vuitton.  They are a bit pricy (some more so than others) but if you are a serious planner-keeper or “Filofaxer” looking for something a little different, you can consider these a worthwhile investment that you’re bound to find very nice to have around.

*Photocredit: Anya Hindmarch, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton

 

 

 

Organization Tip: Honey Can Do…

Just a short post regarding an affordable space saver which has worked wonders for me…  I like Honey Can Do and have been using various products by this brand for over a year now.  One of my favorites is the Over-the-Door Folding Hanger Holder in chrome.  I live in a small abode where space can be a luxury.  The hanger holder is hooked onto one of my closet doors which I keep conveniently open at all times.  I hang my dresses on this HCD gadget; it’s quite sturdy and does the trick!  Mine was purchased from Amazon.com.

You can also use it like a valet stand of sorts by hanging outfit(s) for fast-approaching events, clothing to be altered/repaired, highlighting favorites from current season wardrobe, or new outfits you’d like to wear (reminder tool).

Amazon’s & HCD’s description of it:

  • “Hanger holder is 17-inches long x 2.875-inches in width x 3.375-inches in height
  • Soft lining protects door surface
  • Folds flat to 2-1/4-inch depth when not in use
  • Sturdy metal construction with a polished chrome finish
  • Hanger arm swings up and locks into place to offer ten storage slots
  • Works with all types of hangers and doors 1.25″ to 1.75″ thick”

 

*Photocredit: Amazon.com

honey can do over the door folding hanger holder chrome

 

 

Filo Fancy

In the past few years I’ve gradually become increasingly disorganized =(; almost to the point of being unrecognizable.  I didn’t remedy this realization immediately…

One day I was rifling through my drawers (like a crazy lady) looking for blank Christmas cards and found my old planners from early 2000.  I remembered how much I used to love writing in them and having them close at hand like friends who wanted to see me succeed in the world.  I never gave up on making lists but did sadly give up on them.  They were too tiny to carry all that I wanted, even for 7″x 5″s; chalk it up to being a flaky Gemini.  The organization I had worked for also kept me dependent on their FREE desk-sized calendars and 8.5″x 10″ Weekly Monthly planners (with the nice two page monthly spread) so there was no need to think outside the box.

Then, someone mentioned Filofax recently… and I thought back to how dull they were when they first came out =( yuk!  Nothing like those ridiculously cute Kate Spades.   Though something in me wanted more out of life; I wasn’t living the way I wanted to so I was led to You Tube to check out current day Filofaxs (gotta love You Tube).  I couldn’t believe how nice they became; a real turnaround!  I’m at present moment smitten with the Malden (Vintage Pink [sadly discontinued] & Purple [only available across the pond in A5 but Personal size still available in the U.S. in limited quantities]), Finsbury (Raspberry [currently still available]), Chameleon (Raspberry [also regrettably discontinued]), and Luxe in A5 (Black Currant [out in 2013]).  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for purple =).  I’m also interested in converting a Filofax Compact into a functional wallet and thensome.

When I get the chance, I will post a special blog regarding my new Raspberry Finsbury and how I have it set up.  I will also include other helpful references just in case you would like to begin your own Filofax journey.  ‘Til next time…

*Photocredit: Various Sources

My Kitchen Necessities

Just a list of some kitchen necessities I cannot do without.  It really depends on how often you cook and what you like to cook; you may not need all these items.  This is simply food for thought…

  • slow-cooker
  • rice cooker or a small pot will do
  • electric kettle
  • rotating spice rack (if you work heavily with spices like me)
  • cooking set (non-stick and cast irons are great to have)
  • mortar & pestle
  • knife set (love Henckels)
  • kitchen shears
  • toaster oven
  • microwave oven
  • baking pans (including assorted shapes)
  • pyrex baking dishes (small & large)
  • roasting pan
  • pyrex measuring cups (love that they are see-through).  1 cup & 2 cups are very handy to have.
  • baking sheet
  • aluminum foil
  • seran wrap
  • wax paper
  • baking parchment
  • kitchen twine (for baking)
  • cheese cloth
  • casserole dish (corningware)
  • muffin & cupcake pan and wrappers/liners
  • colander (small & large)
  • wooden spoons & plastic cooking utensils (metal ones tend to damage pans)
  • stainless steel tongs
  • soup ladel
  • grater & zester
  • melamine mixing bowls (assorted sizes; they are lighter weight than glass ones)
  • countertop blender
  • hand-held mixer
  • dish rack
  • dishwashing sponges (plastic sponges for e.g. cast iron pans & O-Cel-O Scrub & Wipe Pads for everything else.  Love O-Cel-O; so sturdy for all the abuse they take!)
  • lighter
  • twistie ties & rubber bands
  • Dishwashing detergent e.g. Dawn (best I ever used to cut grease)
  • tupperware with lids (assorted sizes & shapes)
  • trivets
  • oven mitts
  • absorbent kitchen towels
  • bread/cake cloche with plate
  • stainless steel measuring spoons
  • can opener
  • baster
  • apple corer
  • candy & meat thermometer
  • ceramic or plastic wide-mouth jars/containers (for cookies, rice, etc.)
  • plastic & wooden cutting boards

So now I’m wondering what are your kitchen necessities?  Please do tell…

*Photocredit: O-Cel-O

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage Recommendation: The Container Store Like-It® Translucent Stacking Drawers

Been loving The Container Store’s Like-It® Translucent Stacking Drawers!  Some models come in translucent white or translucent smoke to compliment your decor.  I’m impressed how sturdy they are as well as how much they can hold.  I’ve been storing toiletries e.g. bar soap, body butters, and massage bars in mine.  They are also ideal for storing cosmetics (including nail polish upright; see picture #3) and hair care products.

*Photocredit: The Container Store

InterDesign Three Drawer Organizers

I just bought two more InterDesign 3 Drawer Organizers to hold and separate my hair barettes and other small items including bath related or haircare related samples and lip glosses.  I initially started organizing with these InterDesign drawers about a year ago.  They hold what I need, are affordable at ~$11.99 each, attractive in design, and easy to clean.  I tend to keep items fairly light weight in them so I cannot attest to heavier items.  They don’t seem as sturdy as organizers made of thick acrylic so I wouldn’t overload them.  I believe they are made of Resipreme plastic.   They measure ~6-1/2″ sq. x 6-1/2″ h with chrome-plated drawer pulls.  I’ve seen someone on You Tube use these drawers as her main cosmetic organizers.  I usually order them online from The Container Store; they may have some on display at your local Container Store if you would like to check them out before purchasing.  I really do like these organizers a lot and highly recommend them.

*Photocredit: The Container Store