Favorite Things (To Hoard)

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Just because I believe in an organized, streamlined approach to living doesn’t mean I don’t have a few hoarding tendencies of my own to battle.

I find myself going weak in the knees, eyes glazing over, and I’m pretty sure animated hearts pop out of my eye sockets.

That’s right, it’s confession time… I have shopping Kryptonite too. I’m usually excellent at avoiding impulse buys, I’m very frugal, and I deny myself unnecessary expenditures frequently. But when it comes to these 5 things, I find myself going weak in the knees, eyes glazing over, and I’m pretty sure animated hearts pop out of my eye sockets.

Here are my 5 shopping weaknesses, and a few ways I keep them [relatively] in check.

1 - Zippered Bags

Whether they are makeup bags, pencil bags, or any other type of small zippered bag…if they are cute, I want them. Unfortunately, they are usually well under $10, which makes them all the more enticing.

Stylish makeup bags and pencil cases

To keep myself in check

MY RULE: I have to determine if there is a specific area of use for the pouch before making the purchase. However, I can’t just figure out if it has a use (I’m sure I could make something up), it has to be an organizing task that will be accomplished within 24 hours of that purchase. It has to be a current need; meaning something that is disorganized to begin with could use it. Then it has to be a steal of a deal!

For example, gold pencil bag #1, and black pencil bag #2 were a steal, on sale for under $3 each. However, if my purse had already been organized, I would not have allowed myself the purchase. I use these three pretty little babies to keep my purse well organized, so I don’t need to dig to find something. How I organize my purse is an entire post on it’s own (soon to come).

Organized Purse - cute zippered bags

This lovely sparkly little bag holds my makeup, which I rarely use, so it stays tucked away in my bedroom. I’m pretty comfortable having imperfections, and like to keep things au naturale. I probably don makeup a few times a year, pretty much only when I have to be in front of a camera for a professional shoot or video segment. But I keep it stored in this little bag, ready to go when it is needed.

Sparkly Makeup Bag

I have a few other little zippered bags, but these were just a couple examples for you of how I like to make good use of them.

Glitter Makeup Case

2 - Blank Journals

I’ve had this weakness since I was little. I remember standing in front of the journal section in Barnes and Nobles, and feeling my little heart thumping in my chest as I gazed upon the floor to ceiling shelves filled with every beautiful variety of journal you could imagine. I would clutch my few dollars in my hand, excited to choose which of these possibilities would come live with me.

Favorite Things - Cute Journals

Ironically, I never was successful at keeping a daily diary. I think as an avid sketcher and a sometimes story or poem writer, all those empty sheets of paper just evoked this deep sense of possibility. Huh, now that I think about it, blogging just makes sense for me.

Favorite Things - pretty journals

To keep myself in check

MY RULE: Every journal purchased must have a designated purpose. That means no empty journals lying around, no wasted money. Then taking it to another level, I try to use each of my journals for some good. I keep one for life planning & goals, another I journal with my girls as a mom & daughter activity, I keep one to document prayers and devotional thoughts, another I sketch and document household organizing plans…so on and so forth.

3 - Adorable Hats

Since my teenage years, my friends lovingly teased that I was the hat lady. It was true. I dared to wear hats I’m fairly sure I couldn’t pull off, and that habit has stuck with me to this day. I especially love to Fedora-it-up when going out, I’ll even give it a jaunty tilt to the side.

Favorite Hats

To keep myself in check

MY RULE: If I want to buy a cute hat, I had to think of two separate wardrobe changes it would match perfectly with. This ensures I will actually wear the hat, and not have it sitting in my closet waiting for the day an outfit comes along that I can actually wear it with. Then if I don’t wear that hat at least twice in it’s season, I sell it online. Oh, and of course it has to be a very inexpensive!

Summer's Favorite Things

4 - Magazines

It’ true, I am one of those people who hates to let go of magazines (and catalogues)! It is completely illogical since I rarely sit down and re-read my collection. To me, it feels like I’m burning books, as if I’m tossing years of great content away, and apparently I’ll be doomed to end up in the dark ages if I let them go. Uh huh. I’m a nut.

Since I recognize that any “reason” I could possibly give for keeping my collection is really just a justification, I don’t even bother. I’d rather be straight with myself and take strides to keep my collecting under control.

Favorite things - Magazines

To keep myself in check

MY RULE: I allow myself to have magazines in 4 different rooms of my house: a basket in my living room for guests to read from, 3 magazine files worth in my kitchen for food related magazines, a cube basket in my basement of decorating inspiration, and 1 storage container in my bedroom for my favorite issues. Once these storage spaces are full, I rotate out my least favorite issues and add new ones in. This helps me keep my magazine collection to a reasonable size, and not let it get any larger. I donate the ones I don’t keep to my local library.

HMC Magazine Features

Did you notice I photographed two of the magazines I’ve been featured in? (Can you believe it? Me! A dream come true!) Being such a magazine fan, these features are a huge honor…those are the magazines I will definitely keep forever in my portfolio.

5 - All Things Gold

By now you are beginning to realize that I might have a slight obsession with all things gold. Ugh, it is a problem! From decor, to clothes, to accessories and beyond, if it is the perfect hue of gold and incorporates a cute design…I’m tempted.

Gold key ring tassel

To keep myself in check

MY RULE: I have a ridiculously tight household budget (self inflicted), and I don’t go outside of that budget. I do find creative ways to make extra wiggle room in my budget by hardcore couponing, deal hunting, and reward point sites that give gift cards. The extra amount I don’t spend goes into my “things I want / extra household” fund. This keeps my spending strictly under control!

I also did something a bit unconventional a few years ago, I started this blog! It allows me to seek out brands I love and work with them in exchange for that item I desire so much, and of course get paid. Cool right? I get the things I adore, and I get paid to show you how I use them in my house. Now you know what is going on behind the scenes when I do a sponsored post here on the blog! Affiliate links are another way I make a little money…you’ll see a “Shop My Favorites” carousel at the bottom of this (and other) post. It allows me to share a source for where you to buy some of the things you see (at no additional cost to you), but it gives me a few cents for the advertising of the product. I’m so blessed to be able to make money doing (and buying) what I love most! And it wouldn’t have been possible without you, so here is a huuuuge hug! <3

Favorite things - Gold key ring tassel

Now you know!

So what are some of your favorite things? That “shopping Kryptonite” you struggle with? You can come up with a solution to keep your collections in check (and organized), and put them to their best use! By the way, I see nothing wrong with having a guilty pleasure as long as it doesn’t rule you. Be intentional about what you choose to be that guilty pleasure in your life…turn it into something that will benefit you and your family in some way.

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10 Comments on Favorite Things (To Hoard)

  1. Denese Stanley
    May 15, 2016 at 8:09 pm (6 years ago)

    How do you store your hats?

  2. melissa
    May 3, 2016 at 8:49 pm (6 years ago)

    wow. never knew other people had the same blank journal habit i did, yet i have never lasted more than a week actually writing in them!! and i have a soft spot for ones with graph paper, Clarefontaine is my favorite. And pouches, i even keep the clear plastic pouches that my kids underwear comes in and use those for traveling with crayons or mini first aid kits, etc. And hats, oh boy. i just got home from a trip with 2 new sun hats and i already had almost the exact same 2 in my closet, i just forgot! i am not as bad at magazines lately, i think just because with 3 younger kids i just don’t have time (but really energy) to read them. and gold…i do love sparkle but i’ll take it in silver and rose gold too! glad i am alone in this battle of hoarding beautiful things, even without a chance to necessarily use them!

    • Ursula Carmona
      May 4, 2016 at 11:38 am (6 years ago)

      😀 Sometimes we just need to know we’re not alone! Haha!

  3. Lori
    April 26, 2016 at 11:59 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi – can you please source the gold sparkly bag and the tassel shown on the Eat,Sleep,Repeat bag? Thanks!

    • Ursula Carmona
      April 27, 2016 at 8:43 pm (6 years ago)

      Absolutely! I found it at JoAnn’s Fabric Store.

  4. TM
    April 26, 2016 at 1:04 am (6 years ago)

    You can never have too many zippered pouches! I even started sewing my own, because, you know, I don’t have enough already, LOL
    I could have written this post, except for the hats. I do bags instead of hats 🙂
    BTW, I have that same black bag.

  5. This design journal
    April 21, 2016 at 9:10 am (6 years ago)

    Ha.. I am happy that there are other hoarders around the town . Out of these – magazines and blank journals are definitely on my list – Another thing I hoard is washi tapes – I buy them – they are so pretty I don’t use them, thinking I will run out (insert, my hands on my head and eyes closed).

    Guilty as judged 🙂

  6. Janet
    March 20, 2016 at 7:10 pm (6 years ago)

    I love that you rarely wear make up! Me neither. It makes me feel more authentic, real. Plus, most people don’t need it. You don’t! And I love your keep it in check rules. Some of my fav things to buy are cute little bird decor/ bird cages, buffalo check, cute coffee cups. My rules are that I have to REALLY like it, (otherwise I just admire it for a little bit and move on) and that it has to be cheap. I also have a fair amount of magazines. Some, I just read and put it straight into the stack for the library and others I keep for a bit. When I’ve got about 3 years worth of my top magazines (This Old House & Country Living), I’ll grab about 6 of my oldest magazines and page through them on a Sunday. (I take God’s day of rest seriously and it’s great leisure time.) Then they go into the library stack as well.

    • Ursula Carmona
      March 21, 2016 at 10:09 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you so much for the support and kind words! I like your rule! I need to follow that rule too…otherwise I get carried away in thrift stores and then wonder why I bought it. Lol!
      Oh wow, I love that you take a rest day! I do too! My family and I take a Sabbath rest day on Saturday, and like you said it is great to have a dedicated leisure time, and special family time too! <3
      Aw, it's so nice to find a kindred spirit, you've just warmed my heart today! 🙂 Thanks for following along!

  7. Antionette Blake
    March 19, 2016 at 12:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Yes, a woman after my own heart – I love zippered bags and journals and have waaaay too many! Have an awesome weekend.


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