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I imagine most of you out there aren't like me. You probably exercise, and your hairbrushes are free of hair and you wash your bedding on a routine basis. I'm not like this. I'm a champion procrastinator. Occasionally, however, I have a day where I'm in the mood to do all those irksome little things. A few weeks ago I waked into a local supermarket with a look of steely determination on my face. £15 and 20 minutes later, I'd bought about 10 things (dry brush, wooden hangers etc.) that I'd been meaning to buy for years. Some of them are making my life much easier on a daily basis. Why didn't I have this little shopping trip years ago?
Of course, not all of them are irksome. Some of them are nice but you've not got round to doing them yet. So I thought I'd compile a little list of things to do today that will make you feel accomplished (and might even make your day a little brighter).
- Clean your makeup brushes. This was the catalyst for this blog post and I feel so good about myself now. Oh yes, cleaning my makeup brushes. I'm just that organised (pfffffffft).
- Switch to wooden hangers. They're much, much better for your clothes than wire and a closet full of nice, uniform wooden hangers looks lovely. If you're really organised, you could try writing or stenciling on the hanger with your monogram, a little bow or anchor, or just which item of clothing lives on that hanger.
- Alphabetize your books, CDs, or DVDs. Even better, choose a method of organisation that makes sense to you. My books are categorised by genre and I've always wanted to categorise my DVDs by mood (for those times when you feel like an action movie, or something with nice colours and good clothes).
- Buy a teapot and start drinking loose-leaf tea. I drink my way through two boxes of Twinings Green Teabags a week and I've been meaning to make the switch forever: by all accounts it tastes better, and I'm all for introducing calming little rituals into my day. If you're a coffee drinker, a little cafetiere or a stove-top espresso pot will do the same job, but beware: my cafetiere days resulted in severe caffeine shakes!
- I might be preaching to the choir, but a good wardrobe clear out always makes me feel good. My wardrobe is pretty finely-tuned these days but a one in, one out policy is the next step for me.
- Make the functional beautiful. Everything I buy, whether it be a scrubbing brush for my dishes or a pot for my makeup brushes, is pleasing to my eye. I can't stand ugliness, and an item's function doesn't excuse it. I want to take pleasure in my possessions, even tiny ones like a corkscrew or a pastry brush. This is especially important if, like me, you live in rented furnished housing, where everything is bland and designed to be inoffensive and neutral.
- Put your pictures in albums. I've had a big, beautiful leather book lying around for ages and last week I had all my best pictures from 2011 printed and stuck them all in this book, along with all the little bits and pieces I collected on my travels. It's a beautiful thing to have and really doesn't take that much time.
- Lay out your clothing the night before. I don't do this. But I dream of a world where I wake up to an ironed white shirt, black trousers, polished shoes and a tidy blazer with my bus pass and work ID in the pockets.
I promise, doing a few things on this list will make you feel awesome. Clean makeup brushes are the way forward.
For more little tips: Small Changes Serious Impact at Apartment Therapy