Tips and Tricks for Things: Trinket Tray

Continuing my series on using affordable kitchen/home products to organize accessories and cosmetics to maximize your wardrobe and shopping needs, here’s one idea on how to attractively display small trinkets and rings without having to purchase an overpriced jewelry box or tray.

This beautiful jewelry box from Modcloth (buy here for $31.99), for example, is too gorgeous for words–but it will also burn a gorgeous hole in your pocket.  Keep Reading

Tips and Tricks for Things: Makeshift Make-up Kit

A while back I wrote about using kitchen hooks as necklace holders, but the hooks aren’t the only kitchen/home tools that could belong in your closet.

One thing I’ve always had trouble with is organiziing my small make-up collection. I used to dump everything in one of my bathroom drawers, but this is inefficient and impractical. Choosing one eye pencil, for instance, meant wading through lip liners, mascaras, lipsticks, and the occasional actual pencil, and took forever.

I solved this problem by purchasing in this wooden utensil holder with a lock and clear cover, from the houseware department at the Landmark for about 200 pesos. Keep Reading

Tips and Tricks for Things: Necklace Holder

The best and worst thing about shopping is that we are forever convinced that we need something: “I need the perfect pair of black pumps”, “I’ve really got to stock up on basics again”, “Tim Gunn says I need a trench coat!”. This is great when we’re celebrating a promotion or about to get a raise, but sometimes it’s easy to forget that we’ve probably already got what we need; it’s just lying around at the back of our closets gathering dust. They need to be brought to the surface.

I tried to test this theory on necklaces, my one addiction. I am forever looking for unique pieces to add to my modest collection, always believing that I only have a few (try twenty), wearing only the ones at the top of the pile, the rest lost in the cacophonous cavern of tangled chains, buried under socks and tights, or saved for a special occasion, then promptly misplaced.

Below, my simple two-step plan to curb my necklace-buying addiction and maximize what I already had in my closet

1. Determine your bottleneck.

Bottleneck: according to, “the place or stage in a process in which progress is impeded”. What’s keeping you from using everything you have multiple tmes? What is triggering the “I don’t have this yet, let’s go out and get it!” reflex in  your head?

For me, it was a lack of visibility. Out of sight, out of mind. When you only have five minutes to pick out a necklace at 6:30 in the morning, who would want to choose an accessory out of this mess?

Other bottlenecks you may experience: overdependence on a single type of item (i.e. thirty little black dresses), overabundance of trendy items which are hardly worn/used, stocking up on things that don’t fit your lifestyle (i.e. does your day job really entail wearing a different cocktail dress every day?).

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