Organizing

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 20:23

All my bags are packed, and I’m ready to go

We are staying home this December but we used to go away every year at Christmas while our girls were growing up. We had a cottage at the sea, and would spend the holidays there. In the early days we would need to do a big shop here before we left, and ensure we had everything we needed. I had lists (I love my lists) to make it easier to organise and ensure we didn’t forget anything. Packing list, shopping…
Thursday, 29 November 2018 07:10

Pack light, pack right, travel easy!!

Our youngest daughter moved out at the beginning of 2018, which left my husband and I and our 2 dogs rattling around in our family home. We took the opportunity to do some minor changes to our extra space and now rent it out as a holiday flat. We have had lovely people come to stay, some for a few days and others just overnight. The one thing I notice is the amount of luggage they bring with them. Most…
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 06:46

1,2,3,4,5 Gift Giving Ideas With a Difference

gift  NOUN: 1. A thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present. 1.1 An act of giving something as a present. VERB:  [WITH OBJECT]  1. Give (something) as a gift. ‘1.1 Present (someone) with a gift or gifts. I love gifts. I love giving gifts. I love receiving gifts. I love the anticipation and the excitement gifts illicit. The joy of a gift given with love. The thrill of a gift received with a smile. I think we all love gifts, and…
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…

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