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Monthly budget and finance recording

We reviewed our finances recently and set ourselves a monthly budget; my aim is to be debt free (student loan, credit cards) in 12 – 19 months and we’ve talked about starting to save for a house deposit afterwards. I’ve previously spoken about some of the things I do to help budget (see my food shopping on a budget, clothes shopping on a budget and budgeting posts), which I still use, but after recording our finances we found we were spending a lot of our budget on food shopping or meals out and thought about ways to cut back. We Read More…

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DVD Organisation

I’m a DVD/Blu Ray collector. I like to own physical media over electronic copies of anything, including books and music. However, my growing collection has taken over the living room. Here’s one of our bookcases – the tidiest one! Problem is, even though our bookcases are generally tidy. I can never find the DVD or Blu Ray I want to watch. There’s no organisation. When we moved into this house, we simply piled them on, along with our books. Resulting in some shelves like this: I had thought about putting them into DVD binders or into filing boxes, after reading Read More…

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Bake Ware Organisation – The ‘Equipment’

Remember when I said I was sorting through my bake ware and that I started by organising the ‘supply’ cupboard? I made the decision to stop procrastinating and get on with organising the ‘equipment’ cupboard as well. 🙂 Here’s what it looked like before: I took everything out and started grouping like items on the kitchen work tops together as follows: Party supplies Pans and tins Cupcake cases Cupcake decorating sets Measuring scales Cake stands Piping bags and nozzles Chocolate/jelly/ice moulds Cake pop sticks Hand mixer Collectable cinema cups Storage boxes – to be honest, some full with things I Read More…

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Bake Ware Organisation – The “Supply” Cupboard

I made the decision to go through my bake ware cupboard(s) – I have one home to various moulds, pans, nozzles etc, my “tools” and one for the ingredients and a mass amount of sprinkles! – First: This isn’t the first time I’ve gone through it. Last time, I finished having a bag full of “tools” that I had never used for donating. But, even after doing that, my bake ware cupboard(s) still have a nasty habit of getting disorganised very quickly. Here’s what they looked like before I started :- How can I find what I’m looking for with Read More…

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Organising my Chest of Drawers (“Dresser”)

After Organising my wardrobe(s), I decided I should also go through my chest of drawers (“dresser”) & also my bedside cabinet. This also includes sorting through my accessories/jewellery. I began by removing everything from my chest of drawers (and later from my bedside cabinet too) and sorted it into piles: Things worn in public: T-shirts, tank tops, hooded tops, jumpers Workout clothes SocksHosiery Underwear Swimwear Nightwear In my T-Shirt drawer, I have a lot from various gigs/conventions/shows, most only worn once at the event itself and most too big (often you don’t get a choice of size at a convention), Read More…

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Organising my wardrobe (s)

I’d been meaning to sort through my wardrobe(s) for some time now, today I decided enough procrastinating/excuses and to actually do it. I say wardrobes as I have in fact have two, well 1 & 1/2, one that is solely mine and one shared with Artur that hangs my dresses in. I also have a chest of drawers. First I took everything out of my wardrobes and put it into piles: Tops (dresses), Bottoms, Jumpers and Jackets, Underwear, Shoes, Other – I found board games and various small items that had also made there way in there. Before photo – Read More…