If you are anything like me you probably have a barely checked
While words may be essential to your survival, the constant acquisition of new books is bad for your purse, so today let’s do battle with “Gotta have New Books Syndrome!” and instead establish a system to read what we already own before we go trawling the second-hand
2. Scour the entire house for all the books you haven’t read, then sort them into two piles: books you won’t read in a million years and books you still plan on reading.
3. Give away or recycle the books you won’t read in a million years. Today!!
4. Place all the other books on your “Read Me Next” shelf. Add
5. Finally (and this is key) make a list of the books you haven’t read in the back of your
Only when the shelf is empty are you allowed to go
I always think that the bedside drawer is the one place in the house we should regard as sacred: that it is a private, secret, cosy place that at once speaks of our more sensual selves, whilst providing a comforting space in which to keep those things that safeguard us in the middle of the night.
Today let’s tip out all of the nonsense we have accumulated over a lifetime of shoving in goodness knows what and re-invent our private little worlds in a way that does just justice to who we are and what we need when we are snuggled up under the cosiest of quilts.
Now comes the fun part: choosing the items to put back in your drawer.
First of all think practically: every bedside drawer should contain a spare set of house and car keys, a spare mobile phone with pay as you go credit available, a torch, a packet of matches and a couple of household candles. (Don’t forget to copy a short list of emergency and family telephone numbers on to the back of a vintage postcard in case the mobile fails).
Next up, add spare reading glasses, a tiny little photograph album with your most treasured family photographs in, your
Other ideas? A small packet of facial wipes. Private letters wrapped in a hankie and tied in a bow. A tube of hand cream or preferably an all purpose balm like the very wonderful night-stand classic that is Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream. Bach Sleep Remedy. Massage oil. A tiny notepad. A pretty embroidered handkerchief. Vic’s Vapour Rub. A packet of parma violets for sweet breath first thing in the morning. Lip balm. A
And of course anything else you need beside your bed. Night night Housekeepers..