I am a woman with needs.
You know the needs I'm talking about.
They are the needs that make a woman sway unsteadily when she lays eyes on the subject of her lust. A lust so greedy that it makes her breathe deeply with desire.
They are the wants that make a woman's eyes turn green with jealousy when they see that other women have what should be rightfully theirs.
You know what I'm talking about ladies, right?
That thing that makes every woman go weak at the knees.
Oh how I need storage, with its hidden places of depth and cunning. How it fulfil mes with its ability to mask my secrets, to hide from prying eyes the little indulgences I like to keep at my disposal, but don't necessarily want everyone to see.
Yes, storage is the one thing I want and yet lately, it remains tantalisingly beyond my grasp.
When the kids and I moved into our new, old home recently, we were really happy with it.
It's got character with ornate plaster ceilings and solid walls; history - it was once a local doctor's surgery; and a backyard full of fruit trees to climb and rose bushes to raid. But the house itself is tiny. And was clearly designed by a man.
For apart from the kitchen and bathroom, where a few cupboards have been added, there is no storage to be seen. No built-in wardrobes. No cupboards. No wardrobes. Nothing.
Each room has just one powerpoint, except the kitchen, which has two. Side by side.
Which means the obvious place to put the kettle, toaster and microwave would have involved feeding extension cords across the kitchen or across the kitchen and into the bathroom.
Not a good look. Or a safe one.
So when I received an invitation to a morning tea to celebrate the launch of the new Howard's Storage Solutions catalogue, I was immediately interested.
Not only would I get morning tea and a catch-up with some of my blogging buddies, but I might learn how to keep my house tidy too. (And anyone who knows me, knows I need all the help I can get!)
The catalogue was launched at Brisbane's fabulous Franklin Villa, a lovingly-restored five-level mansion at Highgate Hill.
There we were served high tea (or coffee) on the sprawling verandah. Oh it was divine.
Tea in good China cups, with tasty treats and dainty sandwiches
It was the yummiest morning tea ever, with the most delightful company.
And then Howard's Jillian O'Keeffe, took us through the catalogue and gave us a few handy hints on how storage could help us keep our homes and lives organised. (Don't we all need more of that? Or maybe that's just me... sigh.)
We were each given a goodie bag of products to try at home, which I'll probably take you through at a later stage, because, to be honest, I'm still trying them!
Morning tea over, and tummies full, we then visited the nearest Howards Storage World at Mt Gravatt to get a feel for some of the products.
We'd each been given a gift card in our goodie bag, and although there was no pressure to make a purchase, when I spotted this groovy kitchen trolley, I knew my microwave/kettle,toaster problem in the kitchen was sorted.
It could go next to my fridge, right where the powerpoint - and no cupboard/bench space - was. Awesome.
The Howards lady patiently explained how to put it together, and a trolley was fetched and I was on my way home.
Before I got a chance to put it together myself, Mr 11 had it out of the box and ship-shape in about 15 minutes. It was that easy!
And here it is in action at home:
Next to the fridge, where it fits in perfectly
The Man-Child who put it together for me, with his able assistant Lucy.