I have a veneer of organisation. A thin one. Scratch the surface and it’s chaos. I am, however, feeling a new sense of empowerment having more or less tipped my house upside down and shaken it.
Everything that came loose has been edited, boxed, labelled or thrown out. ‘Geeeeek’ I hear you scream. Yup – fair comment. The bit I enjoyed most? I am almost afraid to admit it….the labelling.
To get the trappings of your life in order, I recommend a visit to Toa Payoh Industrial Park
Why? The mother of all storage shops resides here; the birth place of the humble Toyogo plastic box
Here’s the end result from one room (the rehaul of the dreaded under stair play area)
But it doesn’t need to stop there. One of the things I did before a holiday last year was to decant all of my day-to-day beauty products in to little plastic bottles and…here’s the crucial part…label them.
Toyogo boxes are just a little on the large side for this (a 30cm box of face cream is not desperately streamlined), so Muji in Paragon to the rescue where they sell all manner of things like this:
It also means that – once decanted – you can just leave everything inside your sponge bag after a trip so that when another one comes along, all you (might) need to do is top up each tube or bottle – depending how long you’re going for.
My decanted treasures for travel that came skiing with me are pictured below (excluding Clarins Double Serum that I didn’t decant and meant to, it’s brilliant. More on that to follow).
They include (in order) Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, (the best detangling frizz tamer and heat protector that I’ve found) Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream (to slew off all that heavy ski sun cream) Barefoot SOS, (award winning organic and natural skin saver for harsh weather by UK brand Barefoot Botanicals) Lanolips, (medical grade lanolin and lip salve extraordinaire, I’ve blogged about the brand before here) La-Roche Posay Eye-Make Up Remover and Olay Touch of Sun (this is a brilliant product; daily moisturiser with the tiniest hint of fake tan, much needed by ghost-face here and nice to wear for a bit of base colour when skiing. My well-used pot of it has taken on a rather disgusting fake tan tinge around the seal of the lid – but as this makes it easier to spot, it’s no bad thing).
Toyogo Wholesale Shop is found at Block 11 Toa Payoh Industrial Park, Lorong 8 #01-1207. It’s open from 10am-7pm