Posts Tagged ‘staying organized’


Flea Market

May 28, 2010

Okay, so I tried to come up with a witty pun for the title to this post about fleas being a dirty fix to my problems or something to that effect, but gave up. In any case, I have found what I hope to be a solution to my earlier crisis, too much junk and the inability to host a yard sale (read the post for more info on that). And the solution is: selling all my junk at a local flea market. For $18 I get a 10×10 plot with a roof, “minimal electricity” and a table. And I get to sit there with all my junk from 7am-4:30 pm. Wooo. I’m really hoping I can make enough money to buy this guitar. I’ll let you all know how that goes. (although to be honest, I should really save up so I’ll have money when I go to Canada…but maybe my beautiful music will absorb money out of the air…)

In the meantime, here’s a fun craft project:

Create a Necklace Display Rack

Since I have a good bit of jewelry that I’m going to try to sell at the Flea Market tomorrow, I needed to come up with a way to display it. Considering I have neither display racks nor cases, I was a little at a loss. However, being the wino that I am, I have a few empty wine bottles lying around, and I also have plenty of reinforced clothes hangers (you know, the kind that are wire, but have the plastic black pieces on top to hold heavier clothes). So I snapped off the plastic pieces from the hanger, taped them to the sides of the wine bottle, then draped black felt over the two pieces and voilà, necklace display rack.  Additionally, if you have any cigar boxes lying around, you can either glue small hooks to the inside of the lid for jewelry or attach a ribbon on which you can hang earrings.

Course, you may have to sacrifice a bit of your dignity to employ these methods. Yesterday, my brother asked why I had only one necklace hanging on my newly created display rack. I responded, “I don’t want it to look tacky.” I then realized that, oh wait, I’m using a wine bottle coat hanger display rack.


PS I may add pictures later if I can get my digital camera working.


To-do Lists & Why I Love Them

January 18, 2010

You have too much to do: schoolwork, clean-up, pay bills, laundry, grocery shopping, the list goes on.  You have trouble sleeping because you have so much to think about, and you live in constant fear of forgetting something important (which you do on a regular basis).  You’ve tried phone reminders, ical, email reminders – but these things take too long to program in, and besides they crowd up your inbox.  Maybe you should try it the old-fashioned way and make a list.

Why this works:

  1. If you bring it everywhere you go, you can write down a task at the very moment you think of it.
  2. Can’t sleep? Pull out your to-do list and jot down everything that’s keeping you up.  That way, you’ll be able sleep soundly without being afraid you’ll forget everything you need to do in the morning.
  3. It is incredibly satisfying to be able to check something off your list.  Sometimes I like to cross them out with strong lines – now, not only do you have an organized list of things to do, but also a list of things you’ve accomplished.  So at the end of the day, you know exactly how productive you’ve been.
  4. If you make a habit of writing down your tasks, you’ll be amazed at how much more organized and together you feel.  Just try not to leave your list anywhere – it feels almost like forgetting your phone!

Want to make your list a little snazzier? Here’re some cool list-taking products:

Pretty Lists

From Cliburn Gift Shop

Sleek, Business-like Lists

From Hanson Ellis

What I’m Listening to: The Distance – Cake