When I got married, I used most of the financial gifts we received to purchase a beautiful service of Arzberg crockery. A big set, 12 of everything along with soup tureens, platters and serving dishes. A very expensive service. A very special service. A service which we have used every day since. We have lost items along the way – dropped plates, chipped dishes and badly scratched platters. We are down to uneven numbers of plates and side plates, and a half dozen pudding bowls.

We probably would have most of the collection today, if we only brought it out on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. Instead, we enjoyed using it every day, and have 25 years of memories of wonderful times around our dinner table with friends and family!

I spend most of my working days in my client’s homes, assisting them with the business of downsizing and decluttering. And in most homes, I find everyday crockery and glasses, and then tucked away in a cupboard that is seldom opened I find the “SPECIAL” crockery and glassware that only comes out on high days and holidays. The reasons are usually they are afraid of spoiling these items, or they are wanting to pass them down to their children.

Why? What good do these items do, what joy do they bring you if you keep them locked away in a cabinet to be used on a few special occasions each year. They are yours to enjoy, yours to appreciate and admire and you should be doing that all the time. What’s more special than using something beautiful every day?

And if I haven’t convinced you to unpack granny’s heirloom service or crystal glasses here are 5 more reasons you should:

  • You need less storage space as you use the good tableware daily and therefore won’t need space for a second set of crockery.
  • You are using something beautiful and special daily. Do you need another reason?
  • There is no longer guilt at not using the beautiful set that has been languishing at the back of a cupboard.
  • The best way to say thank you for a gift or heirloom is to use it and enjoy it.
  • If you bought it, you get far more value using it every day, rather than a few times as year.

And don’t stop there… Dig out the best table linen, wear the jewellery often, use the perfume liberally!

Life is short!

Every day should be a special occasion!

Published in Organizing
Thursday, 28 September 2017 05:33

Spring Wardrobe Sorting

So you have decided to spring clean and this means your clothes too! I might covered some of these points before, but I think you will find them helpful if you are keen to sort your wardrobe. 

Published in Organizing
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:03

What to Do With Photos

Last week I attended my niece’s wedding which was a wonderful and magical affair. Beautiful church, exquisitely beautiful bride and the perfect garden setting for a wonderful picnic reception. All in all, a memorable occasion. And to capture the special day, there were several photographers and plenty of smartphones!

It got me thinking! When last did I look at our wedding photographs? When last did anyone look at their wedding photographs? In fact, when last did you look at any photographs?

Are you able to find your photos easily? Are they all together in one spot?

Perhaps the holidays are a good time to get your photos sorted!

Here are 5 tips to help you along …

Published in Organizing
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 06:44

The Benefits of Being Organised

Most of the organising and decluttering articles you read talk about the process of getting organised. What to do and how to do it. What storage to use, and how to maximise your spaces. How to maintain your organised and decluttered space.

So I thought it would be good to talk about the benefits of being organised. Why should you get organised? Why take the time to declutter, sort and let go of things you no longer need or love? Why have schedules and routines, lists and calendars brimming with important appointments and dates?

Here are a couple of good reasons:

Published in Organizing
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 06:07

Tips For People Who Want To Declutter

Clutter builds up over time

“I can’t believe we haven’t finished yet!” or “I did not know there was so much to sort!”

These are comments I hear over and over from clients as we declutter and sort their belongings.

I currently have clients who are moving out of their home for a few months, in order to renovate, and then move back when it’s all done. They are decluttering (yay!) before the move, and we have spent several days going room by room, touching and deciding as they go. At the end of each they CAN NOT believe what they have accumulated, what they have come across that they had forgotten about and that the decluttering process is taking so long.….I CAN believe it!

Published in Organizing
Friday, 17 June 2016 05:52

Organising Children's Rooms

We are currently in the process of organizing a client’s home from top to toe. This week we tackled the children’s rooms and as we worked I thought about the ongoing problem of keeping children’s rooms organised. Here are some hints and tips that I have found helpful when organizing kid’s spaces:

Always get your children involved

The first mistake mom’s make is to clear, sort, toss and organise a child’s room when they are not there. It’s important that children are involved in the process, help to make decisions regarding what goes and what stays, and are introduced to the systems that are put in place to keep it organised. With their input see what is currently working, what isn’t, what’s causing the problem and what is important to the child. This way your children feel included, they are not afraid that their treasures will disappear and they will be more likely to maintain a system they have been involved in!

Look at the space from their point of view

Published in Organizing
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 05:43

Welcome to My New Blog

Since I was a little girl going off to boarding school with one suitcase, I have been organised. Learning to pack a term’s worth of clothes and other belongings into 4 shelves, limited hanging space and a bedside table has stood me in good stead for the years that were to follow. Add moving 8 times in 12 years, where I had to sort out, throw out and only take the necessary and you have a Professional Organiser in the making.

After many years in office management and administration, as well as conference organizing and event management, I finally had the opportunity to go on my own and start an organizing business.

Ten years on and I love every single day that I am out sorting out someone’s space and time.

Published in News
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 10:37

Finesse September 2014 Article

Organiseer jou huise sonder moeite. Click here to view the pdf version: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

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