One of my favourite books is Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management. I read the first few chapters again and again and have put most of her tips to the test. Recently I found a copy of Readers Digest Good Housekeeping, and again found some wonderful tips for the home. I thought I would pass on my growing list to you and would love to hear about your tried and tested tips!

Here goes:


Wednesday, 17 August 2016 21:05

Clearing & Sorting Your Wardrobe

We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. That means that most wardrobes have way too much in them, and as a result we struggle to find things we would like to wear.

Take time to organise your wardrobe. Set aside a Saturday or Sunday and enlist a friend who will be ruthlessly honest with you.

Have a few boxes marked” Donations”, “mend”, ”store” and “toss”

Take everything out and sort into categories – jerseys, tops, undies etc.

Now take one pile at a time and touch each item. Try on if you are not sure, and take a good look.

Ask yourself:

• When did I where it last? Will I wear it again?
• Does it fit?
• Do I still like it?
• Does it look good on me?
• Do I have things to wear with it?
• Does it need to be altered and will I alter it?

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:

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 05:21

How to Get Your Family Through a Busy Week

School holidays are behind us, and another term starts with all the pressures of getting to school on time, homework, extra murals and homework. It’s probably quite hard to get back into a routine and so I thought it a good time to talk about how to get you and your family though the week smoothly and without stress.
The key is to lead a simple life during the week with a plan of action, daily routines and early nights. Then relax over the weekends!

Friday, 08 July 2016 06:48

Rethinking Recycling

I am in Maputo on holiday and saw these fun recycling containers on the beach front promenade. They certainly got my attention! So what better time to talk about recycling…

By now we should all be recycling on some level, but even before the recycling step there are things we should consider:

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!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 19:05

Packing For a Holiday

We are off on a roadtrip for two and a half weeks, and I am in the process of getting my lists together and checking that we have everything we need. I thought this would be a great opportunity to share with you how I get myself organised for a relaxed and happy holiday. We are crossing borders so this could be seen as ‘international travel’!

What to pack:

#1: Take half as much clothing as you think you need, and twice as much money!!
#2: Make lists and tick off as you pack
#3: Have a checklist with you so that when you pack up again you don’t forget anything!

#4: Important documents:

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:

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