Organising My Life And Styling My Chaos

It’s no secret I live in a whirl of semi organised chaos, some days I feel super orderly and so on top of things, then I get a day like last week when it becomes apparent that I can be an organisation failure.

This happened 2 weeks ago, you see I don’t like letters, they bug me, I think it all stems back to a letter I received last year, that rocked my life, it was delivered in such a clinic cold way that still makes me shiver when I think of it. As a result getting a letter addressed to me just irritates me, to the point I don’t even open them. I rely on Chris to open what is necessary and deal with it.

Organising My Life And Styling My Chaos

Lets face it nothing interesting ever comes in a letter, when I comes to emails I am super organized, but letters, no. So when a letter came a couple of months ago from the DVLA I dismissed it, it would only be junk. Big mistake, it was actually the renewal notice for Jack private registration. I just assumed Chris would open it and sort it, he knows I hate mail. Unless it’s a lovely parcel with a lovely gift tucked inside.

Organising My Life And Styling My Chaos

Letters just look scruffy, I hate bits of paper everywhere, and they are much better stuffed in a drawer never to see the light of day again. Unless of course it is a very important document that needs dealing with, which in my opinion would have been so much better being sent as an email, think of all those trees, and might have had a chance of being read.

Organising My Life And Styling My Chaos

My brother Terry bought the registration for Jack, as a gift when he was 2. At the time I remember thinking wow it is ages before he will ever use this. For a while I had it on my car, but when I bought my last car the garage would not put it on when they registered the car, so to be fair I hold them partly responsible. In fact while I am ranting about said garage, I also wanted sat nav and never got that either. What happened to optional extras?

Terry actually offered to look after the plate until Jack was old enough to put it on his first car, I remember rolling my eyes and saying I am perfectly capable of looking after a number plate. This memory flooded through my mind when I eventually opened the dreaded letter to find I had let the plate expire, I felt sick. How was I going to tell Jack that I had let the number plate he had waited all his life to use expire?

Organising My Life And Styling My Chaos

Or should I just re buy it and tell no one, that was an ok plan, apart from the price tag of over £1000. So I set about writing to the lovely people at the DVLA, I told them what a bad parent I felt and explained all the circumstances leading up to the event, and how traumatized I had been the last time I had opened a letter. In fact that letter turned out to be the letter that changed my life for the better, but at that time in October I never knew that. I am so lucky that they took pity on me and the plate was renewed, I never quite got the bad parent badge I was so ready to accept.

This was such a rude awakening for me, I so needed to organise myself, find somewhere to store mail and correspondence that needed dealing with, and then just like magic, as if they were reading my mind The House Network sent me a beautiful parcel of goodies that resolved my problem immediately.

Organising My Life And Styling My Chaos

Organising My Life And Styling My Chaos

Beautiful storage boxes to store and organise all my papers, yet fit in with my decor. You see interior decor and storage does not have to cost the earth. A few simple well coordinated pieces can be used to store and organise paperwork and essential items yes fit in with you home-style choices. With these cleverly chosen boxes, and beautiful scented candles that fit perfectly into our home I was able to solve storage problems yet fit in with our home colour palette.

And with the addition of some large comfy cushions was able to create a reading corner, with a box to store all the books that seem to be continuously float around our lounge from one surface to another. Whilst I encourage reading wholeheartedly, Joe can read 4 or more books at any given time, they then circulate around the house until I lose the will to live and put them back on a bookshelf.

Organising My Life And Styling My Chaos

Organising My Life And Styling My Chaos

And for me a supply of gorgeous scented candles to fill the room with the aroma of sweet sticky caramel. I actually get a bit panicky when my candles start to get low; I must have a constant supply so these should keep me happy for a while.

But in all, I have learnt a valuable lesson, not every sender of letters is out to get you, in fact some are quite helpful and will do all they can to assist you. And some days the sender of parcels can make your day and make your home look gorgeous.

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21 Comments

  1. 9th March 2016 / 7:59 pm

    I thought once you’d bought a plate that was it, it was yours. I’m shocked that you have to renew it!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      11th March 2016 / 10:05 am

      I know you would think that would be the case wouldn’t you, what a nightmare x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      11th March 2016 / 10:05 am

      I know, such a lovely treat Fionnuala x

  2. 9th March 2016 / 10:05 pm

    I must be really weird as I love dealing with letters, it must be the ‘admin’ in me lol. I pin mine on my noticeboard but I hate it when its overflowing with letters from school and various clubs the kids go to. Maybe I need some pretty boxes too. So glad you got it sorted with the DVLA x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      11th March 2016 / 10:07 am

      Ha ha Tracey it grates me so much, and yes it was such a relief they let me keep the plate phew x

  3. 10th March 2016 / 9:54 am

    I have a thing about globes and maps (must be the travel junkie in me!) but I do so love that globe so much! Glad to hear you got the plate resolved too – I can’t imagine how you must have felt when the realisation hit! If it’s any consolation, I’m sure I’ve been awarded the Bad Parent Award many times! #HomeEtc

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      11th March 2016 / 10:39 am

      Tania I was from Home Sense, I know I just love it iso pretty, and yes I felt suck when I realised, thank goodness it is resolved now xx

  4. 10th March 2016 / 8:03 pm

    I’m a bit like that — most letters are so boring aren’t they? Dickie deals with them!! 😉 maybe we should start a little circle and start writing actual letters again? That would be lovely wouldn’t it? Thanks so much for linking up with us lovely, so glad you got the plate sorted!! 😉

    • SarahJChristie
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      11th March 2016 / 10:42 am

      Ooh Caro it so would, I used to love getting letters from my friends when thy were are uni, before emails and mobile phones x

  5. 11th March 2016 / 1:31 pm

    I think that is inane that a plater runs out, I never knew that, I hope it gets sorted.

    Until 3 years ago I was crazy organised then this past 14 months I have not touched a letter, similar reason to yourself, this is fatal when you have a disabled child.

    I like you need to get my S*** together, thanks for writing this post as I think it will knock me into shape.

    Out of interest would you like to share your address with me so you can recieve a happy letter in the post ? Just a thought xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      12th March 2016 / 9:22 pm

      Ohh Kara that is lovely, I will message you what a fab idea, and yes I so need to organised my paper skills instead of ignoring them x

  6. 11th March 2016 / 5:27 pm

    I agree with Caro, we should write lovely letters to brighten up the post – that’s what it used to be like, now it’s just all bills! Phew to getting the numberplate sorted, and yay to lovely new storage boxes and candles 🙂 #HomeEtc

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      12th March 2016 / 9:23 pm

      Lovely idea Molly, yes I agree its always bills or junk mail it would be lovely to receive interesting happy mail x

  7. 12th March 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Oh im so glad they renewed it for you, I am awful at letting things like that slip, and if I think I know what a letter is I dismiss it without opening, which has got me into a panic in the past. Love those boxes though we have a plain old boring filing box and its falling apart. #HomeEtc

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      12th March 2016 / 9:27 pm

      Same here Caroline, well you need some pretty boxes then most definitely x

  8. 14th March 2016 / 8:44 pm

    I often leave mail for Paul because it’s never anything exciting. Parcels, however?! No parcel is safe with me. The postman tends to leave any for the neighbours with me because I’m at home more often, and I have to stop myself from sneaking a look at what’s in them. Gorgeous photos, Sarah!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      14th March 2016 / 9:04 pm

      Ah thank you Rachel, yes parcels are so much more inserting that letters, I do get quite giddy when I get them x

  9. 19th March 2016 / 7:02 pm

    I enter competitions so I’ve come to thoroughly enjoy getting the mail every day as I never know when it might be a lovely competition win!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      19th March 2016 / 8:21 pm

      Ooh yes Alice, I think I need to enter a few comps then ,a few lovely parcels will be perfect x

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