Ikea Malm dressing table with storage inserts

Three Things Friday | Organisation, and other adventures

The first thing I have to report about this week is that, look, I successfully deployed another sticker from my planner!

hair appointment(Oh yeah: and I also got a haircut. It doesn’t look anything like the one on the sticker, obviously, but I have to work with what I’ve got here, right?)

Unfortunately for me, that haircut turned out to be one of the highlights of what has probably been my least-favourite week of the year so far. Nothing bad, just more work-related stuff that I won’t bore you with: instead, here are three of the other highlights in an otherwise crap-tastic week:

Ikea Malm dressing table with organisation inserts01. Getting organised

When I’m stressed, I clean. When I’m REALLY stressed, meanwhile, I also organise. This week has fallen into the “REALLY stressful” category, so I bought these new inserts for my Ikea Malm dressing table (they’re the Ikea Billingen drawer inserts, but I got mine from eBay, because I didn’t have time to go to Ikea. I’m saving that for a special treat…), and spent a pleasant half-hour or so re-organising all of my makeup. I much prefer these inserts to the ones I was previously using (Which were also from Ikea, and from the Godmorgon range, just in case you’re way more invested in my dressing table situation than I could possibly have imagined anyone would be. I can’t find them on the website, for some reason, but I’m actually starting to bore even myself by talking about this now, so I’ll stop…), and once I’d finished organising them, I felt briefly calm, centred and at peace with the world. It only lasted for about 10 minutes, mind you, but damn, that was a pretty good ten minutes, for sure.

stripe top and black capri pants

(Theory sweater*; Mango capri pants; Zara ballet flats)

02. A catch-up with friends

One of my informal resolutions this year (Er, not that I made any formal resolutions, either, mind you…) was to try my best to spend more time with friends this year. I did a pretty bad job of that last year, all things considered, and unfortunately, I’ve had such a hectic start to the year that I’ve been doing a pretty bad job of it THIS year, too: whoops! It’s always a bit tricky to get people together these days, because everyone’s so busy, but we finally managed to get a few friends round on Sunday afternoon, and it was really great to see them all, and spend some time catching up. We ended the afternoon with the usual promises not to leave it so long next time, and I’m determined to actually try to stick to that promise: I can’t imagine I’ll look back one day and wish I’d spent more time at my desk, after all…

white dog, white rug, white floor

(Er, I pretty much forgot to take any photos this week, so the last two have absolutely no context whatsoever: sorry.)

03. Something to look forward to

Finally, this weekend, Terry and I are off to the island of Arran, on the west coast of Scotland, for a bit of a mini break. We’re not travelling very far, or staying very long, but I find I’m at my most motivated when I have something to look forward to, and this little trip has been my “something to look forward to,” for the past couple of weeks. I’m just reeeaaallly looking forward to being able to kick back and relax for a couple of days, and I am NOT packing the laptop (although I will obviously be documenting the whole thing on Instagram stories, so make sure you’re following me there if you’re interested…), so that alone should make it a good weekend, I reckon.

How’s your week been?

  • I think it’s great that you clean when you’re stressed… I EAT when I’m stressed, and it’s often on the worst foods as well… y’know cookies, cakes, they’re my weakness. I also need to catch up more with my friends like you. I’m always working (I love working, ha ha) and I haven’t seen my buddies for ages…

    Charmaine Ng
    Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    March 3, 2017
    • Myra


      I eat when I’m stressed too, although I also eat when I’m relaxed and in every situation you can possibly imagine lol

      March 3, 2017
    • Lily


      Another one here for the ‘eating while stressed’ camp.

      March 5, 2017
  • Myra


    Love the photo and the outfit, and Rubin. I hope you have a great weekend in Arran. My sister worked a summer season as a chamber maid or waitress there when she was a teenager and loved it.

    March 3, 2017
  • Erin


    When I’m stressed I basically sit around being stressed. I think if I would actually organize I might be less stressed. Things to contemplate! Have a lovely trip! We’re going to the Florida Keys in a few weeks and I have “Erin – In 2 weeks you get to go sit in the glorious sunshine. Get your shit together and your work done so you can actually enjoy yourself” written on my whiteboard. Obviously, I need to get back to work 😉

    March 3, 2017
  • I found organising my malm dressing table so satisfying too!

    March 4, 2017
  • D. Johnson


    I love the picture of Rubin! So glad you could catch up with friends. No, I don’t think ANYONE looks back and wishes they had spent more time at work! I took a very deliberate day out, saw a movie, and discovered a whole new area I’d like to continue to visit.

    March 5, 2017
  • I am a mood cleaner also. Those stressed out/bad mood days make for some great cleaning sessions. I actually had one today, and now that I’m feeling more at ease, I’m happy to have an evening with a clean house.

    March 6, 2017