Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sorting samples

Arghhh!! Spent HOURS attempting to bag all samples and put them in alphabetical order into this cute little cabinet/drawer thingy.

But then I think "should Malle be under M or F?  Should my Goutals be under A or G?"  So then I switch them in the drawers, but when I need to go find my little bag of Goutals, I have forgotten that I just put them in the G-L drawer.

So if it's all first names, what about Tauer?  I would never THINK about putting his samples under A. Yeah that's right, it's Tauer Perfumes....  But shouldn't Malle's be under M?  But then Mary Greenwell Plum under M or G?

Any suggestions!?!


The current mess that is the office/spare bedroom 

At least I was smart and used post-its on the drawers!  ;)

12 comments:

  1. I have the same kind of problem--I need to do something so that I can find samples when I want them. Knowing that I lack any talent for organization, I will ask myself where I would instinctively look for something the next time I want it, whether or not it seems logical to anyone else. Therefore, filing under T for Tauer and M for Malle makes perfect sense to me, because that is how I think of those names. I don't know what I would do about Mary Greenwell Plum--you are way ahead of me there. ;-) Go ahead and create your own filing system. Your high school librarian will not come to your house and yell at you, I promise!

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    1. Thanks Queen - I'm actually thinking using first names for females and second names for men...but then again, I would naturally put Greenwell under G. But for some reason, Goutal should be under A because I always think of her line as Annick Goutal.

      I KNOW I shouldn't worry about the librarian on my shoulder, but I do ;) I think though that I'll just go with my own instict!

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  2. I would say that if you're sorting by perfumer, then go by their last name; if sorting by house, go by the FIRST WORD of the house name (not counting A, An, or The).

    Therefore, if sorting by PERFUMER:
    Frederic Malle = M
    Andy Tauer = T
    Celine Ellena = E

    And if sorting by HOUSE:
    Frederic Malle = F (or E for Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, if you're a purist)
    Tauer Perfumes = T
    The Different Company = D.

    Or do what I do and jumble them all together in random drawers, pawing through them frantically when things are wanted. I used to have a system... you're inspiring me to get one again. :)

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    1. Thank you my dear! I sort by perfume house generally - but TDC would be filed under T for me (don't ask!). Oh see, this is where I get all convoluted!

      What I'm really attempting to do is list all my samples on a page on my blog, and the first thing is to get them in alpha order.

      The pawing through? that's what got me to do this - was trying to find of PG sample I KNEW I had - finally found it!

      BTW, did you viddy your little gift bag in the photo?

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    2. Yes! :D. I'll soon be posting pics of my "scent cabinet" including its new lovely adornment made by you!

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    3. whoo hoo! And btw, a package was mailed to you yesterday!

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  3. Good luck with that! I cannot pronounce perfume names, no matter how hard I try...hahahah.
    xoxoxo

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    1. Hello my sweet!! Actually there are a coupla websites for that...here's one. BTW, have you enjoyed any of the samples I sent?

      http://fragnameoftheday.blogspot.com/

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  4. My perfume samples started off nicely categorised and stored in plastic storage containers. Now most of them are shoved in drawers at work and home. Random does not even begin to describe it!

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    1. hehee, I keep finding them around the house! Yikes!

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  5. Wow, you are attempting a level of precision with your sample sorting that I haven't got to yet: I did have a go last week at resorting my growing collection of samples, but opted for one based on receptacle type ie 1ml stopper vial vs screw top bottle of any size vs small spray atomiser vs decant of 3ml and over vs carded samples. Then I refined the system further by separating the carded samples into niche and mainstream, chucked a whole lot of mixed presentation samples into travel bags for "winter" and "summer", and job done!

    But what is actually where - I still have no clue... : - )

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    1. Well I love your travel bags! ;)

      There's a bunch of vintage stuff that is still not categorized - I think I'll leave them all in one of the littler boxes for now. I'm not up yet to do vintage - I'm afraid that I love something that is gone forever!

      My office is still in the exact same state as it was in that photo - can you say I'm overwhelmed?

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