lightbulb sponge

// After getting a bunch of requests for room organization, I realized I don’t actually own too many things TO organize - nevertheless, I’ve done my best. Hope you find some of these helpful. 

GENERAL LAYOUT - #1, #2, #3

I live in a super compact studio apartment in the city (Sydney) and I absolutely love my place. It has a big bed, large studying area, a kitchen, bathroom (not pictured but it’s by the door) and plenty of storage.

CLOTHES - #4, #5

I organize my clothes by type (from left to right): empty hangers, pants, sleeveless, short sleeve, ¾ sleeve, long sleeve, cardigans/hoodies, blazers, Indian outfits, jackets. Belts are kept on a towel-rack kind of thing. I’ve used this method for about 3 years and I’ll never go back! When I get dressed, I don’t think about colour, I think about type (”I feel like wearing jeans, top and a cardigan today” vs “I feel like wearing yellow”). Also, this gives me a pretty good idea of what kind of clothes I’m actually in need of if I go shopping.

For undergarments, I use 2 drawers:

1. “Cover-boobs-&-up Drawer”  (pictured above: includes bras, bralettes, slips, extra bra straps). AND 2. “Cover-butt-&-below Drawer” (includes underwear, stockings, socks). I like to have them laid out so that I know when I need to do laundry soon.


Because I had this long hallway and a blank wall, I put up 4 hooks and displayed my 4 bags as room decor (and now each bag has its own place in my room!)

Since I have quite a bit of jewelry and like to be able to see what my options are at one glance, I’ve displayed them on the side of my shelving unit. I put my necklaces up on a corkboard, evenly spread out (most commonly used ones near the bottom - cause I’m 5″1 and can’t reach all of them #sadstory). For my earrings, I used the bottle holder that came with the bar fridge and put it on hooks. It’s actually pretty ingenious if I do say so myself.

PAPER - #7, #11

One of the biggest culprits of mess is PAPER. I absolutely hate loose paper, especially if you want to find something specific and have to go through piles. 100% of my loose paper is tucked away somewhere and cataloged. Most of my class notes, important documents, bills, etc are filed into binders. My binders from left to right are: critical life binder, money management binder, floater folder (to carry things to/from places without carrying bulk of binder), recipe binder, theory/methods binder (for lab and thesis work), and my coursework binder. What if I just need paper to write junk stuff / ideas/ info from phone calls? I’ve got 2 ring-bound books for that! (the hot pink one and mint one in #11). And if I’ve got business cards, flyers or coupons, I put them up on the corkboard in front of my desk. For receipts, I put them in a receipt jar (will include photo as part of my future money management post)

KITCHEN - #8, #10

If you’re Indian, you or your mom probably already do this. I keep my spices in a round container, with small spice bowls inside. It comes with a tight lid and a small spoon that I keep inside. The reason Indians like to store it this way is because we use a lot of the same spices for different recipes, so it’s a lot easier for us to have it all in one place. For those of you who are interested, the spices I’ve got in there are: red chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin, fenugreek seeds, salt, ground pepper and chili flakes (others may have mustard seeds and maybe coriander seeds, instead of the last 2).

The rest of the powders (refills) are kept in their bags, and then put into sandwich bags, and then filed into a container so they’re kept nice and neat. Next to them I keep my onions, garlic and potatoes.


My two biggest tips are to 1) compartmentalize everything and 2) have a place for everything you own. This makes tidying up soooo easy, and a complete no-brainer. I usually put on music and dance my way through a clean-up because I’m so used to where everything belongs. Up top in the photo, I’ve got my cleaning-related supplies. Second shelf is my back-up shelf. I’ll include a list of things you should think about including in your back-up box/shelf. Under that, I’ve got my make-up, hair-ties, perfume, etc. Everything I need to look like perfection. #jokes

What’s in my back-up shelf? Outside the green box, I’ve got extra toilet paper rolls, tissue rolls, and Kleenex. Inside the green box, I’ve got extra batteries, pads, lightbulbs, razors, washcloths, sponges, floss, soap, sandwich bags, hooks, pocket tissues, and white-out.

DESK DRAWERS - #11, 12, 13

Basically, I don’t like to keep loose ANYTHING. It’s all about the pouches. If it’s big and bulky, then it can stay out. Even in my junk drawer (#12), it’s all compartmentalized. My swimming goggles and lock for lockers in one pouch, my broken sunglasses in another, my foldable flats in a small gold pouch, memorabilia in a larger one underneath, my actual junk pouch (includes flashlight, keychains, lanyards, etc) and my passport pouch (not junk, but you know, gotta put it somewhere). 

In my final drawer (#13), I keep anything technology related. One container is for adapters and charging cables, and the other container is for electronics (external hard drive, portable charger, earphones, DSLR accessories, etc). I’ve also got a green container that includes more delicate items like memory cards.

Let me know if these were helpful, or if you want more specific information/photos on what I’ve mentioned! Have a productive day : )


Shu Uemura “the lightbulb” oleo-pact review (plus a preview of a couple of Fall 2014 “Brave Beauty” products)!

Here’s a quick peek at 2 products from the upcoming Brave Beauty collection, which features intensely strong colors and beautiful printed packaging. But this post is really about the lightbulb oleo-pact!

I’ve spoken about Shu Uemura’s the lightbulb foundation and powder foundation before, but I’m not joking when I say the new oleo-pact launching in Sep 2014 is my favorite of the bestselling series so far.

The original Lightbulb foundation is better for dry skins and dry weather; I loved it when I was traveling in Japan. In warmer weather or on oily skins, it can feel slightly heavy cos of the different oils in the formula, doesn’t really set and has a tendency to shift or smear off after a few hours.

The Lightbulb powder foundation I’m afraid I never quite liked as much because I personally don’t like matte full-coverage powder foundations, and I could never get this powder “glow” with the buffer sponge.

The oleo-pact combines the best of both worlds. It isn’t as dewy as the liquid foundation, isn’t as matte as the powder, and comes in a convenient portable compact for touch-ups on the go. 


Satin finish (natural-looking glow)

Lightweight feel; not as heavy as the liquid, but not as weightless as the powder of course


This has less coverage than the original liquid foundation, but it’s still buildable to a respectable medium coverage.

Lasting power: 

I tried this on normal/dry skin in humid weather without any powder and it stayed quite fresh for the whole day (about 10 hours) without oxidizing; no oil-control but it didn’t get dry or cakey on my skin either.


  • Sustained natural glow and good skin-evening coverage without being heavy or unnatural
  • Reasonable lasting power for normal-to-dry or combi/dry skins
  • Lightweight and non-greasy feel
  • Skin-conditioning
  • Stays fresh-feeling even after experiencing some humidity and sebum over the day; didn’t bleed, streak, or cake up after sweating even without setting powder
  • Good for normal to slightly-dry or even slightly-combi/oily skins


  • Contains oils so it won’t last extremely well on oily skins, although it would do ok on combi skins if set with some powder
  • Won’t be hydrating enough if you are extremely dry
  • The dense slightly-domed bouncy sponge is a PAIN to clean, just like the other lightbulb sponges. 
  • Not enough coverage to cover more prominent blemishes; a separate concealer would be needed
  • Not refillable; I’d like to purchase a refill for a reduced price instead of throwing out the compact and paying full price each time

The Lightbulb Oleo-pact will launch in Singapore on 1 Sep for $75.