Friday, 28 September 2018 06:35

Do you love SPRING CLEANING as much as I do?

With the Spring solstice on 21st September comes warmer and longer days in the Southern Hemisphere. I am not sure about you, but I have noticed that I no longer get up in the dark, and our afternoons are stretching! I love this time of the year, when I can throw windows wide open and start getting my house ready for summer. While I am not a domestic goddess by any stretch of the imagination, I love the yearly act…
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 06:45

9 Tips to help Seniors downsize

While I was growing up we moved every couple of years. With each move my mom would ruthlessly declutter and get rid of stuff she hadn’t used or no longer wanted. My lasting memory of each of these moves was mom presenting each of her 4 children with 1 large moving box. We had to sort out our toys, books and stationery and could only take what would fit into our respective boxes. As a result, we never accumulated unwanted…
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 15:37

7 Tips to help Seniors through the moving process

Recently we assisted an elderly lady downsize and move from her family home of 35 years. Her daughter, who lives overseas, had decided that her mom needed to move to a safer, smaller environment. While her decision came from a place of love and concern, it caused a lot of stress, anxiety and pain for her mom.
Just over two years ago my sister and her family made the commitment to emigrate. A difficult decision for them, made harder as our parents lived in a granny flat on their property. The house would be sold along with the granny flat and our parents would need to move. And so, she and I had to talk to our parents about moving into a retirement home. Although they had already downsized twice – moving from a farmhouse to a…
Thursday, 23 August 2018 09:34

Are Your Affairs in Order?

In my early years as a Professional Organiser I worked in a lot of home offices and studies organising personal papers and putting filing systems in place. Day to day payments, useful information, school files, house files, insurance, social and personal files. Over time I noticed that very few people had all their important personal documents in one place. And even less had thought about having their affairs in order.
Over the years I have researched and read a lot about downsizing, minimising, reducing and living with less. I am constantly inspired by Facebook posts and blog posts by Becomingminimalist and Bemorewithless to name but two. A recent post by Courtney Carver of BEMOREWITHLESS really caught my attention. “A Toast to the Tiny Steps” mapped her journey to Living with Less. It made me think! How far have I come on my journey of living lightly, of needing and wanting…
Friday, 22 June 2018 05:29

5 Reasons Why Just Enough is Enough

I found an article in the March 2017 issue of House and Leisure by Lynette Botha titled The Beauty of Small. She writes about a holiday cottage they go to regularly, small and contained and yet with everything they need and love. No clutter, no excess, no extras! It got me thinking about the times I have stayed in guest cottages on our many road trips. Most of them have been comfortable and inviting with everything we needed for our…
15 years ago, I saw an article in the local paper about an International Professional Organiser who was in Cape Town to give a series of talks. I was fascinated and went along to see what it was all about, and the rest is history! Looking back over my years as a Professional Organiser, I realise how this job has changed my life. I have spent my time in other people’s homes, working with them in their personal space, and…
Thursday, 24 May 2018 11:13

Have you spoken to Mom?

“Help! I'm emailing you for some much-needed assistance! My mom is in her 80’s and still lives in the family home and she desperately needs some help in getting rid of a lot of accumulated stuff! She is in great health but unfortunately suffers from chronic back pain. Unfortunately, I live overseas and am unable to help! Could we perhaps organise a time chat to discuss how you could help her to get rid of a lot of items that need to go?” Most weeks…

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