Wednesday, 24 October 2018 05:45

60 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS!

Can you believe it?

Christmas is just 60 days away! Christmas jingles ring out in all the shopping malls. Baubles and tinsel and stars and trees adorn shop windows. Before you know it, the holidays will be here! Friends, family, festivities, outings and traditions; so much to look forward, but so much to plan and organise.

I love Christmas with old family traditions along with a whole lot of new ones created over the years while our girls were growing up. I love Christmas pudding, a Christmas tree and Christmas lights. I love family gatherings and get-togethers. I love Christmas day with our South African version of Christmas lunch – delicious cold salads, turkey on the weber, and a gammon waiting to be sliced followed by an ice cream bomb with Christmas spices, watermelon, Christmas pudding and custard! Light summer dresses and bathing suits, dips in the pool and a nap in the shade when it all gets too much! Most of all I love spending time with loved ones and friends.

I don’t like the chaos, the queues, the frenetic to-do list, the stress over menus and venues. I don’t like the stress, the panic that sets in when it’s not going according to plan. And so, I take time to prepare and organise well ahead of time so that it is truly a relaxing and wonderful time of the year!

Here is my 15-step checklist I work off every year starting now, and thought you might find it good to use.

  1. START NOW!
  2. Make a To Do list to take you through to the end of the year
  3. Break it down into smaller lists - Food, gifts, cards, activities etc
  4. Delegate tasks, and cheat where possible - buy your Christmas pudding, don't make it!
  5. Set a budget. Know what you have to spend, allocate and stick to it.
  6. Do half as much as you want to do.
  7. How much is enough? Keep it simple
  8. Spend twice the time and half the money
  9. Resist the pressure of too many invitations, too many expectations
  10. Schedule appointments and dates further apart to allow for holiday traffic
  11. Set boundaries and say no sometimes
  12. Think ahead
  13. Take shortcuts, don't do too much
  14. Remember one stunning dessert is better than a few average ones!
  15. Take some ME time - small breaks just for you

I would love to hear about your tips for a more relaxed festive season…

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I posted this towards the end of last year when I was rundown and sick on and off for a month: 

“SO, going forward I am not going to be so busy, that I don't take care of myself. I am going to take mini breaks, I am going to make time for coffee with girlfriends, I am going to make tea in my teapot and sit and drink it quietly, I am going to work on ticking off my bucket list. From today, not next week, not in the new year...TODAY!”

Since then, I have made some defining changes, small things, habits that individually don’t make a huge difference, but collectively have added hugely to my quality of life. Hey, I have a good life, actually a great life and these changes just make it even better!

Here are the 5 small changes I made in January:

1. Before I rush out the door to work, I take time to sit down and eat breakfast. No more eating on the run!
2. I make a conscious effort to be courteous in traffic. Not a biggie, but I certainly get to my destination happy and relaxed.
3. Once home in the afternoon, I make a pot of tea (in my favourite teapot) and sit outside for 5 minutes before I start the chores of the evening.
4. I go to Pilates once a week. I have been promising to start for a few years now, and finally did it. I am looking forward to a stronger, more supple body soon!
5. No more coffees on the run. If I cant sit down to enjoy a cup of coffee, I opt for a glass of water instead.

As I said, not huge changes, but huge benefits!

I somehow feel full for longer, and don’t get hungry as quickly. My body is getting stronger every week. I savour my coffee and tea. I no longer feel frazzled in traffic (well most of the time).

My point is, lets work on being less busy. Let’s work on enjoying the small things in our lives. Lets get UNBUSY!

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 15:52

10 Good Rules To Stay Organised

I am constantly reading articles and books about organising, decluttering and sorting. Over the years I have taken what works for me and used it at work with clients and in my own home. Here in a nutshell is some of the best advice to stay organised.

10 good rules to help you stay organised:

Rule 1. When in doubt, throw it out.

Not sure about how you feel in that dress? Can’t make up your mind about the vase? Let it go

Rule 2. Use it, or lose it.

At least twice a year, go through your cupboards and drawers and remove all those items you haven’t used. The chances are you won’t, so let go.

Rule 3. Handle things once

Especially when dealing with paperwork, junk mail, children’s art. Touch it once, decide what you are going to do, and do it.

Rule 4. Recycle

Most people have packaging and paper coming into their homes. We should all recycle.

Rule 5. DO SOMETHING

When you are not sure where to start, pick a place. A drawer, a shelf, anywhere! Once you start, you will find it easier to carry on

Rule 6. A place for everything, and everything in its place

This is one of my favourite rules. Find a home for everything in your home. Putting things back is a lot easier when you know where it belongs.

Rule 7. Do it NOW!

Don’t put things down thinking you will sort it out later. Do it immediately, and you will be amazed at how quickly it becomes a habit

Rule 8. Label, label, label

I think my favourite organising tool is my labelling machine. I love to label things as it makes it so easy for everyone in the household to find things and put them back

Rule 9. Pick a number and stick to it

You choose how many handbags you want, or how many pieces of children’s artwork you want to keep. You choose how many breadboards you REALLY need, and how many vases. Then stick to that number. When you bring another one in, one needs to go.

Rule10. Efficiency is everything

We want to find things easily, put things back without hassle. So, store things that are most used in the most accessible spots. Store similar things together. Store heavy items lower down.

Pick one or two rules, or all of them and try them out!

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