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

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 06:07

Retirement/Downscaling Tips

So here we are again! In the last couple of weeks I have been working with an elderly couple as they downscale and move from their lovely family home of 30 years to a one bedroom apartment in a retirement complex. Initially it was very hard for them, as they had to let go of most of their furniture and treasured possessions collected over the years. We took our time, as they talked about the memories and said their goodbyes to children’s toys and artwork, items collected over years of travelling, collectables and the hardest of all, their photographs.

Here are some ways to help you, or someone you know, with the downscaling process:

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.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 04:37

Eco-friendly Cleaning Tips

More economical and eco friendly cleaning tips:
• Before squeezing a lemon, place in microwave for 15 seconds. This will increase amount of juice extracted
• Make candles last longer by placing in a plastic bag in the freezer for 24 hours before lighting
• To descale a washing machine put a cup of vinegar into detergent dispenser and run empty machine through a hot water cycle. Repeat twice a year
• Use cornflour to remove oil stains from delicate fabrics. Cover stain with cornflour. Leave a few hours. Shake off flour and hand wash

Friday, 11 March 2016 07:36

The Do’s and Don’t of De-cluttering

Is paperwork taking over your kitchen? Does your wardrobe resemble a jumble sale? If this sounds familiar, then it's time to get sorted!

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

Friday, 15 January 2016 03:10

Top Rules For Treating Stains

  • Never pour salt on red wine or any stain - it will set it
  • Never rub soap into fresh stains
  • Never use very hot water on a fresh stain
  • Never sponge oil based stains
  • Never overwet stain - repeat often with small applications
  • Always lift off dry debris (with sticky tape)
  • Always scrape off solids with a blunt knife
  • Always blot water based liquids with paper towels
  • Always absorb oil based liquids with cornflour or talcum powder sponge off protein stains with cold water 
  • Dab, don't rub - rubbing spreads stains and damages fabric
Thursday, 14 January 2016 05:57

Gooi Dit Weg!

Meer as net ‘n ‘spring clean’ is nodig om iemand te help wat goed opgaar en niks weggooi nie.

Artikel in Kuier, deur Saafia February

Kuier Jan 2012 Chronic hoarding


Thursday, 14 January 2016 05:27

The Do’s And Don’ts Of De-Cluttering

Is paperwork taking over your kitchen? Does your wardrobe resemble a jumble sale? If this sounds familiar, then it’s time to get sorted.

Plan of Action

Here are some tips to become organised:

  • Decide which room you want to start with and tackle it one area at a time. If you set yourself an achievable goal, you’ll be more likely to get it finished. Don’t aim to do the whole house in one week-end.
  • For things you don’t use much but can’t bear to part with, find somewhere out of sight to stow them. For instance, store your boxes of precious memories in high cupboards.
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