What have I learned from my personal Madame Chic?
Taking part in the student exchange was undoubtedly one of the greatest adventures of my life. It was 2006, before Paris was even in absolute fashion. When I announced that I was looking for an au-pair job, I didn't know that living with a Parisian family in the XNUMXth arrondissement of Paris would change my life so much.
Today I will share with you 5 ways to organize home life, thanks to which we live a nicer and better life.
1. Everyday luxury
My Madame Chic taught me how to get a dose of luxury every day. Although huge bouquets of live cut flowers are undoubtedly a manifestation of true luxury, almost everyone can afford a few, literally a few flowers. In order for them not to look modest, it is enough to match them with an equally small vase, because strength lies in the right proportions. And each table will gain charm and ... a luxurious look.
My Madame Chic taught me how to complete everyday items, and buy new ones in sets and use them like that. This applies, for example, to textiles such as bed linen, towels, cloths, decorative items such as candlesticks, vases. So when I buy new pillowcases for the living room, I either complete them with the already owned pillowcases and blankets, or buy a new full color set. I do not pull out towels in 5 colors for the whole family so that they will not get confused, but I choose the colors so that they match each other. I no longer find myself shopping for single towels, cloths or underlays, I prefer to wait, save and buy a set, and if I do not want the towels to be wrong, I buy sets that differ in color by a ton or two (I love Home & You stores in this respect). I also put them together in sets and we use them in sets. If I buy dishcloths, I also choose more than one dish cloth, in the same style I choose a kitchen hand towel or even an apron and baking gloves, and sometimes also table mats in the dining room. Thanks to this, there is a consistent design at home, and I do not catch promotions and shopping in the style of a pillowcase for PLN 10 or a towel for PLN 15, because I know well that shopping must be carefully considered.
My Madame Chic taught me that there must be a notebook in the kitchen. And in it I write every thing that ends in the kitchen or at home. Thanks to this, every household member who goes to the store knows what is missing in the house. Because good shopping organization is the key. An innovation that I introduced to the system is taking photos of the list and storing it on the phone so that you can have it with you or send it easily.
Who among us does not like hotel breakfasts? Thanks to the evening preparations, we can treat ourselves to morning luxury. Every minute in the morning is worth its weight in gold, so it's worth preparing everything we use in the morning. And not only will it be clothes for the morning, but a cup for morning coffee placed on a tray, on a cotton napkin, next to a plate and fork. Exposing your favorite breakfast cereals, preparing a glass of water and lemon next to it, supplements or putting in a clean coffee filter. Thanks to this, we can feel really special in the morning. And so my Madame Chic taught me to prepare the kitchen for a wonderful morning every evening.
5. Escalator? Elevator? No thanks!
My Madame Chic taught me… to walk! 15 minutes to the store? Just in time for a wonderful walk. There are no vacancies? They are always at the end of the parking lot, and we steal those few precious moments just for ourselves from a busy day. Anything closer than a quarter of an hour from home? It is not profitable to leave the car, since you can walk, meet people, move around, breathe, obligatorily with a smile on your face, throwing kind glances left and right. You can read about how I deal with motivation to walk here.
I don't remember all these teachings on a daily basis, so I'd like to remember a lot more of them, just let me know that you like the topic, and I'm happy to remind you of more such curiosities, and maybe I'll tell you about the eccentricities that the French think about us . Au revoir!