These bags are one of my favorite things to brag about. It sounds quite silly, but they are a huge help in organizing, and can even see what’s in them!
I told my mom once, I am a clear kind of girl. We were picking out storage bins, when I saw there were clear options. If I don’t see what is in something, I’ll forget what’s in them. That’s why these are the perfect kind of organizers. I can see what is in them, and even know what they are. They seem small, but they are pretty big in what they hold. I’ll just have to show you:
My purse bag: I love having an organized mini backpack. We have been wearing masks, but I would have enjoyed to wear lippies on the go in here. I have Raynaud’s Syndrome, where my extremities are almost always cold. I have my hat and fingerless gloves that fit perfectly in it, and with so much more room for anything else.
Stickers and embellishments: These have come in handy for these loose things I use in planning. I have coupon accordion folders for specific subjects, and love how I have something just as compact for the things that don’t have homes.
Sewing: It’s kind of nice to see what kind of colors are available for embroidery floss, and know it isn’t in a big container, or a darker bag. I also like how a bulker box fits snuggly.
Medicine Closet: I tend to miss where I put things in my super deep linen closet. I had boxes to put things in, but I couldn’t see in the boxes. These were just what I needed to solve the issue. They don’t have bulk or a top to misplace, but a zipper to still keep what needs to be closed in. (Tall things are the exception.)
Beauty: I had just shown my makeup box, but didn’t show my nail polish. A container didn’t make sense for me, since they are heavy and fall everywhere, even with a closed top. It’s so nice to have them a little more compact, and a zipper to not spill everything out. (I forgot to make this look nicer on the inside, but I love how the details came out in editing.)
It’s been a long week, and am starting this at 2am on Sunday, the day I am supposed to be posting this blog. Georgie had been very needy, and haven’t been able to get anything done. I’ve been up till late hours, trying to catch up on emails, creating a twitter account, and anything else that requires maintenance.
I thought my makeup box would be an easier topic, but I was quite wrong. I didn’t realize that I should be making an intake of every product, and that doesn’t include the pictures and collages I love to make as visuals.
So, this is my makeup:
The Box: I love my hat box. I had gotten it from a thrift store, and have used it for various things, but love the makeup in it the most. The red bags are quite a common theme on my blog from Dollar Tree. They really are some of the best things I use for storage. A glance, before diving in.
Eyeshadow Pallets: I am all about creating, and that also categories confidence. My favorite is eyeshadows; I can put on one color to feel good for the day, or sit down, and play for a while. I tend to make a look on each eye, then take it off for bed. Colors are a big thing for me, since they set moods, and eyeshadow is perfect for that. I have been picking out specific colors on Amazon for the exact mood I’m looking for; lately, it’s been purples and pinks. I got what I needed for purples, but the pinks in a pallet had broken, and took that as a sign to find something a little more encouraging for my pink search. I don’t like to keep things I don’t use, so this is my small stash of fun. Looking for pallets with certain colors, makes a huge difference in knowing if I’ll use them, instead of just going out and buying something on trend. Getting something that just came out is super fun, but for me, it isn’t usually practical on a super tight budget. (Pictured: Tati Beauty, Hard Candy, Colour Pop, Urban Decay, Wanqi’u Hongfeng, Remmel, Ulta Beauty, Milani, Revlon)(Ps. It makes me so sad, when pallets fall on the floor and shatter.)
Single Eyeshadows: I like knowing I can buy something very specific, when it pops out. I might see something that catches my eye somewhere, and pick it up. This is what happened with my midnight blue. (Pictured: Maybelline Color Tattoo Trailblazer)(Ps. I love how the photo touching got the color and texture just perfectly out in this shadow.)
Highlights: I like to use eyeshadow along with my highlighters. Anything that makes me feel pretty. They can be nice for shadows too. Sometimes, one color for the day can just be a highlight. (Pictured: Younique a la mode, Ulta Cosmetics)(Ps. Another sad, broken piece.)
Eye Primers: I have dabbled in a few of these wonderful things, since my hooded lids can make everything a mess. It can really make a difference with textures of all kinds, when blinking makes everything fall out. (Pictured: Amazing Cosmetics, Nyx Glitter Primer)(Ps. The tip broke off, and this tiny baggie fit it perfectly at the bottom.)
Mascara: I have super long, natural pixie lashes. It’s nice to dress them up by really make things dramatic, and tie everything together. My favorite is the Wet N Wild Mega Length Waterproof Mascara. With drama in the lashes, it goes a long way with different colors. I would like more color variety, but I really like when the mood calls for something bold. (Pictured: Wet N Wild Mega Length Waterproof Mascara, Wet N Wild Colored Mascara, Hard Candy Be Bold Color Mascara, Hard Candy Bold Glitter Mascara)
Lipsticks: I love dressing my lips. I haven’t been able to show them off this summer with the mask thing lately, but have promised myself, I need to start caring about my confidence again. Even if the bird tries to lick it. It feels good to put something on, and know you can rule the world with anything that makes you smile, and a pretty color to match. (Pictured: Ulta Beauty, LA Colors Shiny, LA Colors Lipstick, Wet N Wild,Almay, Sephora, Motives by Loren Ridinger, Sephora Lipstain, Ick lipstick pallet)
Lip Liners: This can be an annoying one. I have thin lips, so color can really make them look funny, especially the darker colors. Liners really make a difference on that front. I love my Almay lipstick, but it makes my lips look smaller. A liner can help make the edges a little lighter, and create a better look. They are also great for making more than one color shine. Another pink to match your lip shade, and confidence may soar.
Blushes and Bronzers: I tend to change color, when I don’t feel good. Blush and bronzer help make me look like I’m not a ghost with a headache. I like that it can bring my face in to its natural long shape, when it decides to have many shapes all day.(Pictured: LA Colors, Nars, Maybelline)
Lipgloss: Lipgloss is something I like to put on, if I don’t feel like I want to wear too much color on the lips that day. It can be hydrating with some, when chapstick isn’t enough. I also top off lipstick, or use a gloss to bolden lipstick. It’s one of those things that just makes sense to have in a makeup collection. (Pictured: Smoke and Mirrors from FiveBelow, Revlon, Ulta Beauty, Almay, Elf, LA Beauty)
To me, selfies are a way to show my mom my confidence boost for the day; she likes them. (Ps. I don’t touch up photos to make myself look better, but for the makeup to look better. Complexion varies for the different makeup colors.):
I love a good list: Grocery lists, daily lists, appointments, needs, wants…Anything that gets me through the day. I use various types of sticky notes, stationary, utensils, textures, colors. I like when things stand out, and make sure I am able to the task at hand.
I love my planner!My mom gave me one for Christmas last year, and I loved it too much. It has pretty homemade folders, tons of sticky notes in the business card section, stationary, and inspiration before the weekly pages.
I like to change how I use my memos all the time: I need something different in moments that might not have made sense from yesterday. This image is my recent change. I liked that I highlighted my usual things in pink, and added sticky flags to remove when done with them. I also love that I have a list of different departments. I made it out to be the layout of Walmart. I start on the left, then make my way around to the food. Frozen and fridge stuff would be dethawed, if I did it the other way. Craft section and clearance isles get the best of me. I might not get anything, but it sure is fun to look.
I like to use things that appeal to me: A teacup with my things to sew, just make sense. I taped the cup to the saucer with heavy duty double stick tape, and wrapped it with some mesh. These are the things that make me happy. I don’t need to go out and buy containers all the time. Organizing on a budget, usually means I continuously recycle what I have around the apartment.
Don’t be afraid to use kids’ toys: I love my Dollar Tree broom. It gets behind the toilet, under the table better, and that space between the oven and refrigerator. You might be surprised by what you might need, but in a smaller version. I didn’t realize it was a toy, until I took it to the register…
Book rings might surprise you: They sure did sneak up on me. Another Dollar Tree find, since I didn’t want things to always be in a container of some sort. So, I put my rubber bands on them, my rainbow loom bands (sometimes you just need a tiny rubber band), safety pins, and even as a keychain. I bought a pack at one place, and didn’t realize I had another size at another. I loved it though. Rainbow looms take up a lot more room than one might think.
Bulldog clips are one of my favorites: They can be used for anything you decide they need to be on. Cereal bag? Do it. Keeping a book open? Put it on. Need to hang something? Use the hole to hang, and the clip to hold what you want it to be. They really are that fun.
I’m pretty sure this is going to have a more than just one page. I love giving the advice I have to others, just to make their life a little easier as well.
I love some good life hacks. So, I decided to give some of mine to you.
Rubber Bands: Rainbow loom rubber bands have been quite handy for my organization of string. It helps things from unraveling, and can be put on just about anything that needs such a thing. I also like that I don’t have to waste products from coming undone, and having to throw them away. I keep them with me in my handy box.
Ps. The bobbins are kept together with straws, with safety pins at the ends.
Fun Box:What do you keep in your fun box? What are the essential things you need at hand for your sewing projects? I like to keep many types of these things around me for various purposes. They really make a huge difference, when different projects have different needs.
Needles: I don’t know about anyone else, but I struggle with where to put needles. I think I found just the right things to put them in for me. The sewing needles are in a loose tea strainer. I love that I can not only see the tops of them, but also feel how sharp they are. Different projects need sharpness, and others need something a little more dull.
The other ones are in a pot holder. I liked that it was minimal, and can fold it in half, so they don’t poke you as much. I topped it off in the back with an adorable button to keep it closed. A magnet is always a good idea to have around for needles. If it isn’t in the umbrella, I put it in the tea cup, and have the magnet hold on to it until I’m ready. It makes for an easier find, and nicer on the feet.
Minimal Compact Organizing: My thing for a while is to compact like items in bags, and not containers. It makes more sense for the little things, instead of toting something bigger. I found these red plastic bags at the Dollar Tree, and have fallen in love. I’ll end up buying a bulk box of 48 count, and making a post of those. For now, I have 12.
Makeup bags are so much fun! I have many, and prefer to use those any day. I love the pretty ones that make me smile, every time I see it. I make sure to get those ones. I went to Hobby Lobby, and had finally gotten the canvas pencil case I’ve been eyeing for a long time. The big one in the picture is so spacious, I have used it for many different things. Plastic bags with labels are another go-to for such organizing. It helps condense, and you know exactly what’s in it, without flipping through everything. Personalization is what gets me wanting to clean.
Oven mitts: I don’t have anything to lay my projects on, so I had to figure out how to not struggle with the thread and fabric. I came up with an oven mitt. It’s sturdy, and can be held nicely in your lap, as well as on a table. I have a clip in this picture, but I also use pins. Anything to make a tedious task a little less of a hassle.
Personalize: I like things to look pleasing to the eye. My mom gave me a sewing box many years ago. It looked bulky with the containers I had in it. I like that I have things on hand on top, and something to just grab when I need them. When something gives a sense of pride, I take care of it more. I put things back, as neat as I originally had it. Pins, stickers, pretty things from thrift stores, make a world of difference in the craft experience you want to achieve.
I hope this gives someone what they need, as much as I have needed it, and not realize how important it really was.
Behind this lady, is many planning techniques. I have always had planners, in one way or another, in my adult life. I can remember something, but unless I write it down, it will slip my mind that second. They tend to require sticky notes as a main source of paper, and some kind of pages to put them on. Here are what keep me sane on any given day:
Planners:They have grown from homemade, to something pretty, with intentions to invest in. I like to have things organized in different parts of daily life. Tomorrow might need something completely different from today. I love how they can be as versatile as you need them to be. I have made some out of a nice calendar cover, and even gutted a diary for new uses.
What I have right now are some of my new and favorites. I’m a little bias, but investing in one, even for $10, can be more fulfilling than something you put so much hard work in to. The black and white one I got from my mom last Christmas. It’s from Agenda 52, and is a loved brand of mine. The first thing I did was personalize it. It’s something I tend to do to make sure I use it, hence why I make things for them. I have made different layouts for it throughout the 8 months I’ve had it for. I have had inserts, gotten a planner 6 hole paper puncher for what I might want to put in it later, taken things out, and put more stuff in. 6 rings are pretty much endless, when you have a puncher. My other one is from Happy Planner. I have just gotten this one for this blog. The girlies are some of my favorite themes from them. You can’t have a planner without their sticker books and sticky notes. I tend to lean on this brand for those things more than not. Their stuff is always of quality, and on point for some reason. I like the disks for personalization, and the purpose of sizing. This one is a mini notebook, and came with mini disks. I bought the expander ones, since I wanted to put the sticky note pages together with it. I also bought the dividers for more space to put other sticky notes on with double stick tape. I like having things in one place, and the sizing works in that favor. I can’t do that with the 6 ring binger, but I like that this one is different for what I need it for.
This is my Agenda 52 planner:
My Happy Planner:
Stickers:Stickers are a must for me! I have all kinds of stickers, from floral, to inspirational. Stickers are like pick-me-ups; They help send the message you want to get across, and even make things bold, if you want something to pop out for you. This can also be done for sticky notes, but that will be my next point.
Pages look dull, and need encouragement, so this is one of the many tactics I go with. I have no idea how much money I have spent over the years on stickers, but they are worth every penny. I have been starting to store them in these red plastic totes from the Dollar Tree, so I know what to reach for when I need something specific. They are like your other secretary, telling you what you have to remember in front of you. I also use them on things like my laptop. It looks pretty, but looking at it makes me appreciate it more. My phone has a clear cover on the pack to protect the stickers for my daily smile.
Sticky notes and Stationary: If a planner isn’t something I would use at the time, I always have an abundance of sticky notes and stationary. Sometimes, I don’t need a layout to plan, and just need a piece of paper. I also use them as layouts in my planner. I like them to be pretty and stick out. If things don’t stick out, I tend not to remember they’re there. If I could have one thing to plan with, it would be sticky notes and stationary.
Storage: Storage is a huge thing, when you like to plan creatively like I do. My mom gave me a floral container to put all of my stuff in for Christmas as well, and have been organizing it slowly since. I have mentioned those red plastic bags before from the Dollar Tree, and they are perfect for these little things. I have one for my new Happy Planner stuff I just bought with my new planner, and another one for the odds and ends that don’t really belong in a category in my accordion folders. The accordion folders are my projects I have slowly been working on. I decided I need to organize my stickers in relevancy, since they all come in different layouts in their packages. It makes sense, when you want to find that one things, but don’t want to flip through everything to get it; That’s what I’m doing. Putting the things you use most in the planner itself is also a huge time saver.
Color: Color is probably my biggest use for planning. When everything meshes together in one color, I tend not to look at it. It all looks like too much of a task. Color coding is much easier for the eyes to process what is written down. A to-do list is always done in different colors for each task. It really does look like one big list, instead of each individual thing. The same goes for everything else. When it’s customized to your liking with bright and bold colors, it’s also easier to use. It’s personalized the way I like it, from the paper, to the sticky notes, to the stickers, to the planner itself. Everything I do, I make sure I use for the sake of not procrastinating as much, down to the scissors on my desk.
My planner storage, colors, and all that makes things fun:
This is Georgie. She is my Peach Front Conure, or others say Fronted. She is also my blog muse. I’ve had her for 4 and a half years, and love her to death. She is like the biological baby I don’t have. Literally. Birds are like children; they are so smart, they are often compared to toddlers. She is lovely when you get to know her, but it takes time to get trust from a bird. Her daily routines are important, or she will let you know.
A cat wasn’t in the cards for my apartment, since one would cost $300 for a down deposit. I didn’t know my therapist could have wavered that fee, but a bird was recommended. I had researched bird rescues in the area; Craig’s List didn’t seem like a good option, since people wanted a lot of money for them, as a way to say you need to make a lifetime commitment.
Birds are the number one pets rehomed, and a lot never get a forever home. They could be taken to recues or go from house to house. Instead of educating about birds, they put up a few hundred dollars in fees. My former roommate had gotten a bird from a rescue 45 minutes away. I looked them up online, and found birds who have been there for years. I had picked out a bird I thought would be a good fit, and trekked our way to get her the next day.
I did many months of research on birds, but nothing would prepare you for a bird. Like children, you just need to get your hands dirty to find out about them. When we went to the rescue, and we saw a small room of about 30 cages of birds. I asked this lady, who ran the nonprofit, about the bird I found online. She said that bird wasn’t an apartment bird, and picked out one named Georgie. She was quiet, and needed someone to help her bring out her personality.
We signed a $200 fee for a small bird, but was $400 for a bigger one. We needed a cage, and bought a used one from this lady for $65. The cage went in the car, and Georgie in a taped box for safety. The cage was set up in the living room, and played with her till bedtime a few hours later. She wasn’t happy to go back in a cage, and had a hard time with one for a few months. I ended up not closing the cage anymore, since she spent her first year in one. She might have been about a year, when we got her. The nonprofit didn’t get any information about her hatch time, or even a name. PTSD came over her, and I wasn’t going to make her more miserable than she needed to be.
I worked with her on everything to gain her trust; It was a hard battle for a long time. I kept the cage open, and sat next to her cage every day. She still loves when I sit as close to her as possible. She has abandonment anxiety, and it proves to be just as hard for her, as it is for someone who knows mental illnesses. Her screaming was unbearable for the first year. With her being in a room full of other birds, screaming was the only language she knew how to speak. Many tears shed from not being able to calm her down, and unfortunately, the bites were worse. Beaks are their most communicative thing they have. Different calls for different things, and it includes biting. It’s something I have come to get used to, and can’t take it personally, or the relationship will never be established.
The relationship is very intimate. You learn the language you put out, and you have to do it pretty fast. If you don’t have the right communication, you get bit. If they’re screaming, and you don’t know why, you get to hear the song of their people all day, every day; That is included with more biting. Like babies, they take a lot of work to understand what they need.
They get bored too. Toys are something that is learned to play with. Most birds will entertain themselves with what you give them, but Georgie prefers snuggles. She likes to chew on plastic baskets and buckets from Dollar Tree, but that’s most of what she’ll do. She has a play cage in the living room, and a food cage, where ever I tend to be at the moment. Her favorite place to be is in the bathroom. It has her baskets and buckets, plus running water if the shower gets turned on. I can’t use the sink, because it has deemed to be hers(I’ve been brushing my teeth in the shower for a while now).
Color popsicle sticks are reserved for her play cage, and the food cage is to make sure she eats, or she won’t eat. She likes to watch TV, and especially, YouTube. Engaging with the sounds and soaking up the images are cute to watch. These are all flock things, which can be quite hard to accommodate to daily. She tells me when it’s bedtime, by flying to her play cage, if I haven’t put her to bed yet. She’ll also use it to just hang out. That’s her favorite pass time. I have to sit in the hallway across from the bathroom, if that’s where she wants me to be, which is, in her sight.
The food cage also has many functions. To hang out on top with her bucket or perch, and eats inside, while still hanging out. She won’t eat unless I’m in the room with her, so I had to come up with a solution to remind her she needs to eat. I have it on a bathroom cart, so I don’t have to place it on things, like the kitchen table. It’s one of my favorite things I can do to make my day easier with a demanding bird. If she isn’t in the same room, she’ll scream until I call back with a whistle, or to fly over to make sure I didn’t leave without telling her. The cage needs to come with, or she’ll panic with abandonment. Nap is a sad word; no naps for sensitive babies. It takes a flock to raise a fid.
She is amazing, and have never had such a connection with any other animal like this. If you have any questions, I’m here to answer them!
Warning! Pictures may be bad. Camera phones don’t do well with shaky hands and poor lighting in a basement apartment.
I had been putting pictures together(downloading from my Amazon Photos), and noticed a theme in them; pose pics, bathroom pics, and just being cute. I look to take them at the moment, and see what they come out to be. Sometimes I take multiple, to watch how she reacts to the phone. She is quite the character, and here is the evidence to prove it:
I hope you had as much fun reading this, as I did making it.