Jan 8, 2012

Furls. Costco DIY. A Makeup Streamline.

As I'm typing this post, a deluge has started over Sydney and I'm relieved.  It's been humid all day and we really needed the rain to clear the air and cool it.  All the windows and doors are open here at SSG Manor and the breeze is heavy with that rich yet refreshing scent of damp soil.  It's bliss.  But then again, I've also had a cool shower, a lethal Costco margarita watered down with Boost Juice (oh the irony) and some wasabi peas.

It's been another day of packing and it is all now D-O-N-E.  The council bins are full 5 days before collection day, there's also extra bags waiting their turn and a wall of boxes in the garage as well.  There's wardrobe space I never knew I had, bookshelves that can now be filled with books and a sense that everything I now own, I need.


I wasn't just losing stuff, I was finding things I never knew I had.  Don't you just love finding a shopping bag containing something new?  This little bag was from that epic trip to Honolulu's Waikele outlets in May 2011.

Ralph Lauren furls no less.

Inside was this furl bracelet!  Furls are best for bracelets, in my opinion.  They tolerate water better than the real thing and I don't have to worry about banging  my wrist against things by mistake.

All the action wasn't just in the house today, I also had car adventures!  Turns out I was driving with a near flat tyre all of last week.  Which explains my poor acceleration and fuel efficiency despite the relative quiet on Sydney roads.  Guess which tyre shop was the only one near me that was open on a Sunday?

Costco's $3 'slice' of pizza.

The one at Costco.  It was touch and go but Mr SSG and I managed to get there without the tyre blowing in a spectacular fashion on the M4.  To calm our nerves after the stressful drive, we had brunch which was this 'slice' of supreme pizza between us.  Let's just say it beats Domino's hands down.  The crust is thin and light and those are abundant fresh ingredients you're seeing.  I'm not usually a pizza person but I snuck a fair few bites.

Don't worry, the offending tyre got changed, the others checked and I've got a deal where I can go back and get them all rebalanced for free in 10 000 kilometres time .... while I shop and have pizza, I suspect.


With all the space we created with the massive declutter, storage space had to be created.  Specifically for shoes.  So I picked up this lightweight shoe storage unit whilst we were there.  Armed with a cup of tea and a screw driver (over kill as it turns out), I prepared myself for a day of sore arms and Ikea-esque dramas in putting the unit together.


It actually went rather well.  All the pieces fit as they should first go.  I've either gotten better in my structural engineering skills or self assembly furniture is getting more user friendly.


The shoe unit as hinged 'boxes' so each half of the pair has its own slot.  I have now done away with all my shoe boxes, except the 'special' ones that Mr SSG let me keep.



The other dramatic development today was the culling of my makeup.  I'm not joking.  This is all the makeup I now own.  So many items were past their prime, barely used, duplicates and shockingly often all three.  This is now it.  The final edit.  All I need and use for day to day.

I need a lie down now.  It's been a very cathartic weekend.  Now that all the junk's gone, I feel as if both my life and the house are ready to receive nothing but good this year.  Some of the good may actually be shopping related, but we'll try and keep that under some kind of control, won't we?



14 comments:

  1. You inspired me to declutter. I have not tackled my wardrobe much since before christmas, but so far I have 3 bags for charity, and I cleared 3 bags of rubbish today. next weekend i will do more.
    I love the furls.
    As for Costco - I see a blog sponsorship coming on...

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  2. Oh my goodness. Your makeup...maybe I should let you loose on mine, I see that elusive 'pan'.
    The decluttering is hitting me too; last week it was shoes and this week was my desk. I need to wait now until recycling day so I can continue. I can't believe I found notes from my final exam as an intern!

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  3. Nothing like a massive clean out to start the new year.

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  i seem to have taken a while to come up for air after ours!!

    Take care.

    PS - Loving the furls.

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  4. Well done on the decluttering and culling. I find culling such an emotional business. It seems every piece or junk I own has some sort of sentimental value.


    Could you please post a photo of the fully assembled shoe storage with the shoes in it? I just want to see the whole set-up. That and who doesn't get heart flutters when they see a wall of shoes?

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  5. Well done on the decluttering and culling. I find culling such an emotional business. It seems every piece or junk I own has some sort of sentimental value.


    Could you please post a photo of the fully assembled shoe storage with the shoes in it? I just want to see the whole set-up. That and who doesn't get heart flutters when they see a wall of shoes?

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  6. Oh how I need a de-cluttering weekend.  I'm going to try to do an hour or so every night because I know my place is crammed full of things that I do not need.  I am craving that peace of ordered space.  Well done to you.

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  7. Well done SSG! You got much further along in your declutter than I. Although I did manage to get rid of all those CDs you saw on twitter and pack up two huge storage boxes of clothes I am not going to fit for the forseeable future :) x

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  8. Lisa, all you need is a solid weekend under house arrest.  And margaritas.

    SSG xxx

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  9. I promise to get some pics for a post this week.  You'll have to excuse any grotty shoes in the photos.  I also have the full wall unit version so will photograph that as well if this helps.

    SSG xxx

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  10. Thanks, AFW.  Know that feeling. Stay well.

    SSG xxx

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  11. I have not been able to part with my notes or briefcase from The Exams. 

    SSG xxx

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  12. Don't you feel better for it, Carly!

    SSG xxx

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  13. God I've gotta do that with my makeup - prime, barely used, duplicates and shockingly often all three? Boy do I hear you there!

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  14. Oh I'm incredibly impressed with your make up basket! Must do something similar to mine.

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