Desk Reveal

I haven’t had a desk since Zia peed on my old one in Fall 2015. Not only did I find one that was petite, sleek and modern but it still had enough space for my necessities without giving me so much room that I felt like I should fill it up with useless paper goods and writing utensils from Target. I am sure that I will make more desk adjustments in the future to the drawer but I am content to share its current state.

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{I am still using acrylic dividers. Most of these I bought at the Container Store. I use the back half of the drawer for store and the front half for items I grab almost daily. }

Index Update: Book Journal

Last month I revealed that I was going through all my books and writing my memories of them within a book journal (you can read the post here). Since then not only have I catalogued over 60 books but I also customized my index.

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The paper base is made up of pieces of a replica of a 1908 Sears Catalogue. The letters are stickers I had from a planner set from 2011. Black Acrylic makes up the black rectangles  and I used Metallic Silver Sharpie to write in the numbers.

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Before I seal the index with full-page cold press lamination, I will fill in the back sections of the notebook. I have 10 blank square pages to fill, which is where I am considering putting short stories. I also will need to fill in the perforated To-Do pages where I am currently in the works making my Top Ten lists (Top Ten Young Adult Novels, Top Ten Novels of all Time, and Top Ten Dramas of all Time). You will also see that I went nerdy and wrote in textbooks I thought would be useful later down the road i.e. parenting.

Winter Storm Stella & Spring Cleaning

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{Some Stella Artois to celebrate the snow day}

Stella was a bit of a disappointment since it did not reach two feet of snow within New York City, but everything was still pretty much cancelled. Schools closed, above-ground train tracks were closed, and only mean bosses made their employees take taxis to work.

I stayed inside and ironically began spring cleaning (what else have I been doing the past two months?). I went through my winter capsule closet and purged items that I did not get much use  out of: some black tank tops, many cardigans, and duplicates of black blazers. Then I stored it all. Unfortunately at the moment my storage system consists of black trash bags piled in the corner, but this summer I am planning to buy some storage containers from the Container Store (divided between these or these) to help me with my off-season storage options. But the good news is that my entire winter collection, sans shoes, fits into a single black medium sized trash bag. Score! Now to make the other seasons match that amount!

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I realize that Spring does not officially begin until this upcoming Monday, but I just couldn’t wait to dive into my spring collection. I am still keeping out all my black for work, but I will only be wearing white, light grey, camel, and pastels in the months to come.

Book Detox

A downsize-needed area that I have been avoiding on purpose has been my overflowing book collection. I have been collecting these books since I was a child. Some were gifts, some mind blowing, and others an integral part of my education. It pains me to have to part with any of my old friends, but moving books is not only expensive but painful to both your back and storage. I decided to only keep those with extreme sentimental value to myself, and donate or sell the remainder.

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In an attempt to save my memories, I opted to create a Book Journal  and have an entry for each book I was parting with. In the future if I have the money and unlimited amounts of space, my plans will be to buy the books back in hardcover.

I bought Moleskins’s Square Pro Series Workbook, and used the format of Moleskine’s Book Passion Journal for guidance.

Unlike the official Moleskine Book Journal which only gave me six pages to fill in for each letter (156 books total), I was able to create a journal that allows me to write about 4 books per page for 6 pages (624 books total).

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My first couple journaled books:

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Jewelry Organization Redux

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After going through all my clothes and accessories earlier in January, I realized that I  did not need to wait to go through my costume jewelry and hair accessories. I am very aware of what I do and do not wear in these categories and I like to display all my items at once. To give my jewelry a fresh look (and to cut back on dust collection) I ditched the green desk organizer and opted to have  hanging organizer similar to those used to display jewelry at Free People. The glass box was a freebie found on the street, the base cardboard, and the fabric plain flour sack dish cloth. I spruced of the rest of the table with some greenery. You can find my former organization here.

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Inside the box: All of my hair accessories arranged in acrylic organizers.

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What’s in my bathroom cabinet?

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{Philip has the top shelf: Arbonne’s Men RE9 Advanced Set, The Art of Shaving Razor and Brush Set, Mod Cloth Cup(sold out: similar here), Bamboo Toothbrush, Arbonne’s Pure Mint Toothpaste, Uppercut Hair Paste, Givenchy Pi Cologne, Arbonne Sky Cologne, Arbonne Pure Mint Deodorant}

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{I have the second shelf: Modcloth cup (sold out: similar here), Bamboo Toothbrush, Arbonne Pure Mint Toothpaste Arbonne Pure Mint Deodorant, My Morning and Night Face Schedule Items}

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{Mostly storage and spill-over items: Arbonne’s Pampermint Footscrub and Foot Cream, Arbonne’s Aromassentials Awaken Body Mist, Estee Lauder Brush bag converted to a Nail Kit bag, Nail Polish remover, our prescription toothpaste and dental floss}

Fashion Jewelry Organization

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[Inspiration from Martha Stewart]
My friend Grace has called my storage for my fashion jewelry as Kitsch. Really it was a creative solution to an item that wasn’t really working out. I bought the green organizer years ago from Goodwill with the HomeGoods tag still on it. At the time, it was perfect for the top of the mini fridge in my dorm room. After it was just a weird piece that didn’t really fit anywhere. The shelves were small and it appeared that it could only fit desk items like envelopes and pens.  Thanks to my cats playing with my teacup collection i.e breaking either the cups or the saucers, I had some mismatched intact pieces that I repurposed.

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What’s in my fridge?

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P and I usually go shopping for groceries early Sunday morning at Trader Joes. Getting there early means we don’t have to deal with the mad crowd, but also so we have enough time to make it to mass by noon in Manhattan. You will notice that our fridge is only half full, that is because the right side is our roommate’s space of the fridge. He would rather eat-out than eat-in but we still respect his boundaries.

 

 

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Door Shelves [Top to bottom, left to right: Peanut Butter and Almond Butter Spreads, Salsas and Salad Dressings. Margarine and Butter. Yogurt, Cream cheese and Hummus. Reusable Water Bottles, and Half & Half. Whole Milk.]

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Top Shelf [Reserved for Blue Apron ingredients.]

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Second Shelf and Drawer Insert [Eggs, Shredded Cheese, Fruit. Cold cuts and sliced cheese for sandwiches.]

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Third Shelf and Bottom Drawer [Sealed meats and Brits Filter (just to the right). Assorted Vegetables.]

What’s in my desk?

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My biggest pet peeve growing up was going to my mom’s supply drawer and not being able to find anything I was looking for. It really should have been called a junk drawer. The same scene happens every time I go home for a visit, I head to the drawer looking for tape and it take 10 years to find it, if I find it. Due to this constant annoyance (in my opinion), all my drawers are super organized so I know where everything is and others who borrow know where to find

[Left-Calligraphy Set, Rulers, Glass Calligraphy Set, Post-Its (in acrylic desk organizer), Hole Punch, Glue, Face Tissues, Scissors, Calculator and paperclips (in a polish teacup)]
[Right-binder clips (in an Italian paper box lid), tape, white out, stapler remover, erasers, tabs, pencil sharpener, swiss army knife, writing utensils (in utensil drawer from Walmart with the bottom painted)]