However, there are some staples of home keeping and basic girly stuff that change our lives for the better. Here are some of my life and time savers, which I would have a hard time parting with.
In the kitchen: Jar opener
Gone are the days in which I had to ask my husband to open stuff for me. And it does not hurt that mine is a Mickey inspired one, since I am a huge Disney fan!
In the bathroom: make-up mirror
I don’t often doll myself up (I’m a teacher, and therefore very low key when it comes to prepping for work!), so this was an impulse buy I thought I wouldn’t use that much. Not only do I often use it for make-up, checking my skin, tweezing and the sort, but I’ve seen my husband staring at his zoomed in face!
On the hallway: clothes hamper
Brazilian homes usually have a laundry room next to the kitchen, or in the backyard. It makes me long for my house in Roswell, Georgia, where I had my washer and dryer right next to the top of the stairs. These days, I literally have to up and down with piles of dirty and newly washed clothes, and with a clothes hamper right next to my stairs, I only have to make the trips a couple of times a week, instead of a couple of times a day.
In the living room: hold all for keys and mail
We used to have an end table where we kep all our stuff, until my dog decided to methodically chew through my husband’s Formula 1 prized tickets. Overnight, all our stuff ended up on the kitchen counter, which made me cringe. Good thing my brother and sister-in-law gave us this hold all for Christmas: no more scattered stuff and frantic searching for keys!
My bookshelf and bedside table (top and drawer!) were often crammed with books. You see, I cannot read one book at a time. I read the bible, and keep a journal. I always read a Christian book and nowadays a veggie one as well. There is usually an educational book for work, and also a lighthearted chick-lit for my unwinding time. I remember I used to see piles of books my mom was constantly reading and tell myself there was no way she could read them at once. Now I understand that depending on my mood, I need something to relax, not to learn about vitamin B12 alternatives.