Getting things organised …

Hello there! Have you been keeping well? … things are starting to get back to some kind of normal in my world, so if I haven’t caught up with you (or your blog) yet, I won’t be too far away. After finding myself unable to keep up with my usual blogging frequency I’ve found myself very much missing my wonderful blog friends.

Seeing as we’re now well into the month of February, I’ve been feeling it’s high time I got myself more organised for the rest of this fabulous year that lies ahead. I’ve started to become more drawn to pursuing a more minimalistic existence (especially in relation to my wardrobe … but more on that another time), so a first important step is getting all the ‘stuff’ of my life better under control. I’m all for a measure of ‘mess’ when it comes to the things I own and how I spend my time each day, but I really don’t like feeling ‘cluttered’.

A couple of new things have been helping me with my goal of better organisation, the first of which is my lovely Frankie Diary (which I won some time ago in a blog giveaway hosted by the lovely Jasmine). With this beauty by my side, I have no excuse not to become more disciplined in how I use all the hours of my day.

The second lovely thing that has been helping organise my daily life, is this beautiful messenger bag custom made for me by Missy Mao Mao. Not only is my bag the perfect size to fit everything I need to carry, it’s also made from vegan materials and features the most adorable woodland-esque print.

So, while work and life have generally been keeping me a little (too) busy lately, I’m hoping my (soon-to-be) superior organisational skills will whip everything into shape sooner rather than later.

Have things been busy for you too? How do you keep yourself organised?


  1. Erika Lee Sears

    How cute is that bag. I have a binder that I use to keep my idea, thoughts and magazine clippings in πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Glad you like my bag … it’s been working out perfectly for me! πŸ™‚
      Keeping a binder for all your ideas, thoughts and clippings sounds like a great idea … I currently have a huge pile of hand-written notes on my desk (and in my desk drawers), so I really need to find a better system for keeping those.

  2. belinda/gretchenmist

    beautiful things you have there. hope it helps to keep you organised and on top of things.
    always feels super busy here πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Belinda – Thanks so much, I’m glad you like my lovely diary and bag (here’s hoping they make miracles happen in my world!) πŸ˜‰ … I’ll be keeping fingers and toes crossed that I have more organised days ahead, but I’m not quite sure I completely believe it yet … let’s wait and see shall we? πŸ˜‰

      I love that despite how busy your world is, you still produce such beautiful and calm-inducing art. Yours is truly a magnificent gift.


  3. Galit

    Oooh!! This Frankie Diary is so cute!! I almost bought it but gave up to a smaller one. Winning it in a giveaway is sure sweet!!
    My tips on keeping organized? Keeping a tidy journal, scribbling electronic notes on my iPod Touch and basically giving up on being organized.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Galit – I agree, the Frankie diary is super sweet (and the cover has a lovely textured fabric feel). I always end up with a range of diaries in any given year – one small one to throw in the handbag, one ‘desk’ based one and then whatever electronic ones I have … no wonder I tend to get confused! πŸ˜‰

      Keeping a tidy journal is great – I wish I could do the same … I tend to be a note scribbler more than anything, although I do need to get better at using my iphone note function more often … the benefit of that is that my phone then emails me my notes … clever phone! πŸ™‚

  4. bobbi

    VEGAN BAG!! You know I love vegan things. I try to make many vegan bags in my shop, but until the big companies are throwing away all the leather they don’t need…hey, that was a cow!! A life!! And they’re throwing it away. It’s like the poor cow died twice and both time completely nonsense. I try to give it a sense, if a bag can, not to mention save us from more waste.
    Ok enough. Sorry, I get passionate about these issues.
    The diary it’s lovely too, I shoul get myself another one and maybe try to use it this time.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – I thought you might like that bag … it has the look and feel of leather too.
      I completely see the sense in using leather that is otherwise going to waste. I would much rather see an animal’s life put to as much use as possible rather than have those products simply thrown away. I think you do wonderful work Bobbi, and I think it’s fantastic that you’re so passionate about animals (and the environment).

      I’m going to do my best to use my diary for actually scheduling things, rather than just as a place where I can scribble down any random thought that pops into my head … or at the very least a little balance between the two would be nice.

  5. Sophie

    ohhh my that bag is beautious! annnd I totally hear you on the wardrobe thing – gosh I wish I had enough time to make my own clothes! One day one day!
    I use my google calander religiously for everything. If its not in there its almost certain I will forget whats happening – plus it sends me free text messages half an hour before anything I have in there is happening.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sophie – Thank you … I’m rather fond of my bag and it’s woodland-y goodness myself (though perhaps I’m a little biased!). πŸ˜‰

      I would love to make my own clothes too … then I wouldn’t always be trying to search and buy the perfect garment, I’d be able to whip it up myself. I need to get better sewing skills, but making my clothes is on my list too! (great minds think alike).

      How fantastic that you use your google calendar, and having text messages sent to you as a reminder is a wonderful feature. I use an electronic reminder system at my day job, but I’m a little more ‘old school’ when it comes to organising the rest of my life … it’s a combination of appointments stored in my iphone and things written down in diaries. I suspect your system may work much better! πŸ˜‰

  6. Debby

    Love the diary it’s beautiful and the bags cute …even better being vegan….I found some sweet vegan shoes over at this etsy shop a while ago I didn’t need any at the time so haven’t got them but they are nice to look at…..!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – Thanks so much for your kind words about my diary and bag … I’ve been meaning to share these pretty things with you all for a while … and I agree, it’s a bonus that it’s a vegan bag (the maker even reuses all the components at the end of the bag’s life and makes something else from the salvaged material … how great is that?).

      Ohhhh, those vegan shoes you found are delightful … I agree they’re very nice to look at, and I’m especially loving the cute Mary Jane styles (they’re my favourite type of shoe).

      Take care.

  7. Caz

    We;re on the same wave-length again Tracey – I’ve been away from blogging a bit too much too and have also been spending some time trying to get more organised! Love that bag by the way.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – Perhaps it’s not just a case of ‘great minds think alike’, but ‘great people experience the same things’? πŸ˜‰

      Spending some time getting ourselves better organised will hopefully see us come back to full blogging strength sooner rather than later … though I know it can be tough at times to get the balance just right.

      I’m so glad you like my new bag – it fits everything, and it’s so comfortable to carry! πŸ™‚
      Take care of yourself.

  8. Sandrine

    When I grow up I would like to get organized!! πŸ˜‰
    Funnily I visited kick k today and thinking about signing up for a “get organized” paper flow workshop!!lol

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – Haha, yes I think that dream of yours would be echoed by my own (although I’m not sure that I’ll ever really grow up) … πŸ˜‰

      Lucky you, going to one of the most wonderful stationery and organisational stores … I’ve spent many a lunch hour having a wander through there, and I always manage to find myself a few lovely bits and pieces.

      Signing up for a ‘get organised’ workshop is probably a really great idea – if you do it, you’ll have to share your tips! πŸ™‚

  9. Camila F.

    I also hate feeling β€˜cluttered’! My work-desk is a mess right now, I have to do something about it. The diary is lovely. Can you believe I didn’t get a 2011 journal/diary yet?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – There’s nothing much worse than that feeling of clutter all around us … it just makes it far too hard to think clearly I get anything done … to be productive I need to have things more or less in order.

      My work desk has started to get particularly messy again too, so consequently I’m feeling a little out of sorts myself … that’s a high priority job for the weekend I think.

      I’m glad you like my diary … it sounds like you’ve been too busy this year to worry about getting a journal or diary yet … I mainly use my diaries to collect notes and random thoughts … otherwise my mind gets ‘messy’ too! πŸ˜‰

  10. Lucent Imagery

    Hi Tracey,
    Looking forward to hearing more about your wardrobe minimising! I follow a few blogs on minimalism and simple living which are very inspiring. They are in my blogroll if you are keen to look.
    Like you, I am old fashioned when it comes to keeping a diary of appointments etc etc. I like to whip it out of my handbag and be able to book in social engagements on the spot. I also like the act of writing in it each year, filling in birthdays etc to remember. While I’m now an e-book convert for reading books, I think it will be a lot longer before I convert to a digital diary! Lovely blog. Have been following for a little while but this is my first comment. And I managed to ramble on a little. Sorry!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lucent Imagery – Thanks for your visit!
      I’ll definitely be sharing more on my wardrobe minimising soon … it’s been an interesting, challenging, and yet ultimately rewarding process (and one that is a long-term commitment). I follow a few blogs on minimalism too … and I’m always picking up extra tips and hints which inspire me too! πŸ™‚

      I love filling up an annual journal or yearly diary with hand-written notes … I love seeing those pages fill up with thoughts and words … it’s a great thing to look back on.

      I’m an e-book convert too … something I never thought I’d be … though of course physical books will always hold a place near and dear to my heart.

      I’m glad to hear you’ve been following my blog for a while, I love hearing from my readers! πŸ™‚
      I’ll come and visit you at your virtual home soon …

  11. Marilyn Cardinal

    Hi Tracey.
    I am so super glad you love your bag.
    I bought the woodland print as a lining fabric for some of my other bags but then I fell in love with it.
    I since made aprons and oven mitts, laundry and market bags out of it.
    I’m now thinking of making a top from it.
    Enjoy 2011
    Missy Mao Mao

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Marilyn – It’s such a wonderful bag and you were able to make *exactly* what I wanted … so once more, I thank you for your creative talents. I’ve been giving the bag quite a work out already … most days it’s filled to the brim! πŸ˜‰

      The woodland print is lovely … I could imagine it would be perfect for aprons, oven mitts and tote bags … how creative you must be! πŸ™‚

      Making a top from it sounds wonderful too … I wonder if it would work as a skirt? (I have a skirt fixation at the moment).

  12. fairchildstreet

    Love the bag and journal. Yep I am feeling unorganised at the moment so blogging a little be less.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – I’m so glad you love my bag and journal … they’ve certainly been welcome additions to my life this year.

      I hope you’re starting to feel a little more organised … I feel like I’m very slowly getting there … though perhaps another weekend will see me in much better organisational shape! πŸ™‚

  13. Jasmine

    so glad my little giveaway could help you get organised! I can’t believe it is almost March, and I feel like I have barely started the year yet, and certainly am not organised in the slightest! Thanks for the mention πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jasmine – Yes indeed, my lovely Frankie diary has helped immensely … I now have a place to organise my day and my thoughts (what a difference that makes).

      Like you, I can’t believe it’s almost March … the year is racing away so very quickly …
      Here’s hoping there’s plenty of wonderful stuff ahead of us both this year …

      PS. I hope your study is going well.

  14. Ricardo

    Yeah my blogging updates have gone down too because of all the chaos in my life. But I am trying to catch up too and will. Best to you.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ricardo – Yep, life’s like that sometimes … things catch up and we have to re-prioritise what we can get done. I hope life settle down for you soon … it’s always lovely to have you visit here! πŸ™‚

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