Patty is atop the Eiffel Tower, throwing Pierre Herme chocolate sables to the adoring masses below……so I’m jumping in here, if anybody’s around, to tell you how completely CRAZY Ann’s post from yesterday made me. Ca-ray-ZAY. So I started hauling out all my decants and samples because, let’s face it, I’m awash in those….and I realized that I have this ALL WRONG! See, I have my decants/samples on two shelves and the FB reside in the drawer below (and misc crap resides in the drawer below that)….so…
……..so? you say? Well here’s the problem with that: I can never find anything in those shelves and even with the ammo boxes (unlabeled, btw – I mostly know which ones are which – but it’s stupid to have them unlabeled) I have to move tons of boxes to get to anything – and the top shelf is truly dangerous because I am just a tad too short to comfortably eyeball what’s what. So.
I have come up with what I hope is my Perfume Solution: I am getting pull-out shelves. These, profiled in Olive and Love’s blog, look to be an excellent solution. One of the things that makes being a perfumista so fraught with danger is Getting To The Stuff in the Back of the Stash. Or, if you’re wearing a full-sleeved something …or you’re just a klutz, Getting to ANYTHING beyond the Very First Row.
Wait! But that’s not all! El O has a vending business and every week he breaks down scads of those cardboard trays that hold things like this : the boxes are about 9x12x3″, perfect for holding boxes of samples – you can see what’s in there but stuff doesn’t ribblerabble all over the shelf, if you knock something down.
“But it’s UGGGGGGLY!!” you say. Yah. That’s why Floyd made paint. I spray-painted a bunch of these awhile ago and they looked GREAT! Best of all, if they get grotty, I can replace them (if you do not have a vending biz, get them from your grocery store – they have tons of boxes in the back)
I fell madly in love with the Transglobal lab freezer boxes that Michelle (#8) recommended. Ammo boxes? Your days are numbered! The ammo box is too deep, so you have to pull up each and every sample to see which is which (if you have a sample of all of the….I dunno…Annick Goutals…that can really harsh your mellow pdq).
I think I’m really onto something here. I’m going to start this little project in the not-too-distant future. This is what the top two shelves look like most days (FB drawers are below) This was taken awhile ago but it hasn’t changed much, except for the Tragic Loss of Lady Million… As soon as I get this thing ‘done’ I’ll be back! We’ll see if it looks any better.
If any of you have suggestions, BRING ‘EM! I’d love to know how you keep your stuff in order.