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February 2019

Using A Tiered Shelf Organiser In Your Pantry

Have you ever come home from a trip to the grocery store to find that you have purchased vegetable stock again and you now have 15 litres of it? Or you thought you had coconut milk in your pantry… but you don’t. Nobody likes to waste their time or money!

The never ending mess in pantries.

Pantries are one of my most requested areas in the home to get organised. We are continually buying, using and moving the stock in our pantries so I’m not surprised that it gets messy so quickly.

Plus the very impractical shelf depth of 45cm can make it impossible to see all the products you have in there. And don’t mention the mess that is made when you try and reach for anything at the very back.

What I use.

My go to product is the Madesmart expandable tiered shelf organiser. This shelf organiser expands up to 66cm to fit your own pantry needs plus it’s made with durable plastic and the tiers are lined with a soft grip material to keep your items in place. And at $35.95, it is well worth the investment.

We all have tinned food, bottled sauces, stock, oil and lots of types of jars that keep for a long time. Having a way to organise these well will ensure your pantry stays neat and tidy.

If you find numerous quantities of the same type of food in your pantry then think of the money you will save grocery shopping in the future.

With such a simple way to organise your pantry items, why not spend a little time this weekend getting it done. You will be glad you did.

See you next time!

Mei x

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February 2019

Why You Must Create Checklists

Do you find that in moments of calm, you totally know what needs to be done and feel like you have it all under control? But all it takes is a little bit of stress and chaos and your whole thought process totally goes out the window… think of your mornings before a busy day. You and your family know what needs to be done but in the rush of it all, something always gets forgotten..

This is where checklists help.

For those tasks that are done on a regular basis, it still doesn’t hurt to make a checklist. Kids chores are a perfect example.. and I like to add in the basics as well, such as brushing their teeth – since no matter how many times they are told, they still forget! By laminating these checklists, a dry erase marker can be used to check them off once completed and then wiped clean to start a new day or week.

Checklist Examples:

• Party and Event planning would be a lot more stressful if you didn’t keep a checklist on the things that need to be ordered or purchased. Not to mention keeping track of invites and RSVP’s.
• Cleaning is made a lot simpler by using a checklist of your weekly or monthly routine.
• Kids Chores that need to be done daily or weekly. By enforcing the rule that these items must be done before screen time or play time will hopefully get them done quicker.
• Travel Checklists are handy to avoid forgetting those important items.. like your passport.
• Any project at work or home that requires numerous tasks to be achieved.

Checklists are such a time saver when you are rushed and don’t feel like you even have the time to think about what needs to be done next. Plus they help keep you focused on the important tasks and it is incredibly satisfying when, at the end of the day, everything is checked off.

See you next time!

Mei x

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February 2019

Using Vertical Space For Extra Storage

Do you feel like you have run out of storage space at home? Do you feel like your cupboards are at their maximum limit and not another thing can fit in without them bursting? With your cupboards being this full, can you actually find anything that is stored inside?

Going vertical.

Did you know that the space on your doors is one of the best places to store your everyday items?

My go to product is the Elfa Over The Door Rack system which is perfect for internal doors. Even better, it hooks over the door so you don’t actually need to attach it permanently in place – although you can if you want to. It’s perfect for those renting their home as well. This system is so easy to install and with the various sized baskets being adjustable, it can be tailored to suit all of your needs.

A lot of internal doors have a frame that has a gap of about 10cm so the baskets fit well within this space. For the large basket which requires space of 13.5cm, it just needs to be sitting above the shelf so the door can close.

When I install these systems into my client’s homes, I always make sure their everyday items are place in these baskets. It is incredibly convenient to just open the door and everything you need being in plain sight for you to access and put away easily.

Other products that use vertical space without having to attach fixtures permanently are suction storage products or over the door hooks.

If you like something a little stronger and don’t mind a bit of diy.. why not install a shelf or hook system?

The options are endless and these products will help keep your home neat, tidy and well organised.

See you next time!

Mei x

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February 2019

The Benefits Of Using Labels

Chances are, the people in your home just don’t know where things belong. Or you may struggle to actually remember where some things are, especially if they aren’t used often. And if you’d spent hours de-cluttering and getting your things stored the way you like but didn’t label anything… it can be frustrating when clutter just builds up all over again.

Don’t let your storage and organisation efforts go to waste by not using a label.

A Simple Label.

Labels come in lots of different styles. From a beautifully printed sticker to the more simple, masking tape and a pencil. Whatever style works for you!

Once an area is labelled with its contents, it makes finding your things easier and ensures that things will get placed back there.

Even if you have kids that shove things anywhere – if areas are labelled then it makes them so much easier to be put back right. Having them re-sort an entire cupboard may make them think twice about making such a mess in the first place!

The Benefits Include:

• Defines the area or space
• Makes the area or space look great
• Helps the people in your home know where things belong
• Saves time looking for things that are always misplaced
• Saves money by not having to purchase the same things again because you can’t find them
• Less stress by knowing that your things have a place to call home

The areas that benefit from labels the most are pantries, junk drawers, garages, kid’s toys and storage areas. Although it probably wouldn’t hurt to walk around your home with a label maker!

If your things don’t really have a home and seem to be in one place one day and another place the next, then it’s definitely time to start making some labels.

See you next time!

Mei x

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January 2019

Work With Your Own Organising Style

Have you ever spent hours organising a space to find that you struggle to keep it that way? Or you delay getting things done as you don’t really enjoy the process or getting organised?

While getting your home organised can be as dreaded a task as cleaning, it doesn’t have to be this bad.

Find your style.

There are some people who just love to organise and thrive on having everything in it’s place. Then there are those who are happy to ignore the clutter and life goes on around it. Then there is everyone else in between.

If you prefer to stack your paperwork into piles rather than file it away then go for it. If you like your shelves open so you can see your items rather than concealed in containers then that’s great too.

Working against the way your lifestyle runs can makes this process very difficult and having to conform to a ‘one style suits everyone’ type of organising can be quite stressful.

So before you start to organise an area, think of how your family lifestyle impacts your home. For little kids, there is bound to be lots of toys around but restricting this to a specific area or play room may work better for you. If your family tends to dump everything around your front door then allocate an area just for this so things don’t get lost. You may prefer to keep your possessions to a minimum so you know everything you have while others may prefer to keep everything – even if they are packed away almost forgotten.

As long as the areas in your home are defined and your items are labelled if necessary, any style of organisation works.

Find what works for you then get started – one drawer at a time, one room at a time. And soon enough you will have the stress free home environment you really desire.

See you next time!

Mei x

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January 2019

How To Delegate Effectively

It seems these days that there is just so much to do. At work, at home and not just for ourselves, but our kids as well. It’s no wonder that we always feel that we are rushing around during the day going a million miles a minute and then need medication at night to help us switch off to get some sleep. Waking exhausted the next day only to do it all over again!!

Sometimes, delegating some of our tasks is just the only way to get things done.

But what should we delegate?

There is the obvious chores at home if you live with others. Even though you can generally do these things 50 times quicker and with less whinging, you need to learn to ‘let go’ if you want to get it all done.

Then there are those things that you can have a professional do for you. From cleaning to ironing, gardening to car detailing… although you have to pay someone you must remember that a professional can get these tasks done in a fraction of the time it will take you. Plus they have their own special tools of the trade required to do it – also a time and money saver. So money well spent I feel.

Some examples around the home or office.

  • Food delivery service – shopping centres can be a massive time waster, not to mention the money wasted when you purchase more than require. Most grocery stores deliver s9 why not order online and have it delivered when it suits you.
  • Gardener – lawns and gardens can be quite labour intensive so I feel hiring a garden is well worth the money.
  • Cleaner – I don’t need to explain the benefits of hiring a cleaner, but there are many!
  • Window washer – this can be especially helpful if you have a multi storey home or a home with lots of windows.
  • Ironing – another despised chore that many are happy to delegate.
  • Babysitter – having your children looked after, even for a few hours, makes the world of difference in getting things done. Distractions are such a time waster and kids are happier when they’re occupied and entertained.
  • Handyman – these guys some with their own tools and are experienced in doing those things around the home so can do the jobs in a fraction of the time.
  • Car detailing – this task is to mainly upkeep the appearance of the car. Definitely a money saver when the time comes to sell or trade in your car.
  • Professional organiser – the benefits of this are endless. A professional organiser will not only get your home functioning better but can give you peace of mind.
  • And at the office… an Office junior, virtual assistant, Social media expert or Apprentice can free you up to get the more important things done.

We just cant do it all sometimes and there is nothing wrong with easing the stress and delegating some of our tasks to someone else.

See you next time!

Mei x

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January 2019

How To Multi Task Effectively

Multi-tasking is the ultimate way to get more done in your day. And when I say multi task, I don’t mean putting on mascara as you’re driving to work.

The experts say that multi-tasking is ineffective as your brain can only really focus on one task at a time. But while that might apply to important tasks that require a great deal of thought, I find that multitasking a boring job, such as ironing, together with something enjoyable (like watching TV) then it distracts us from the task at hand. I might even say I look forward to ironing!

Examples of where I multi task.

Each morning I unstack my dishwasher as I wait for the coffee machine to make my coffee. I regularly have the washing machine running while I work on my computer in my home office. And folding my laundry is always done in front of the TV so I can catch up on shows that have been pre-recorded.

When I meal plan, I always make numerous meals and snacks at once. I figure that I’m already in the kitchen for a couple hours so I might as well use the oven to bake something while I’m stirring a pot – I even use the time waiting for meals to wash, chop and store my fruit and veg for the week.

Get started today.

While dinner is cooking, spend the 10 minutes you need to wait to do another task around the home. If you’re worried about time getting away from you while you are occupied elsewhere, then make sure that you set a timer to remind you to check that dinner isn’t burning.

By creating these habits, I have managed to get more done in my day – sometimes almost twice as much! This massive time saver is something we all need as we all seem to be running out of time each day trying to get everything done.

See you next time!

Mei x

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January 2019

Using Suction Storage To Organise Your Home

Do you want to live in a more organised home? Or do you feel that a basket here or a hook there will solve your clutter issues? Do you even know that there are storage products available that are super simple to attach and can be repositioned numerous times to suit your needs?

These storage products are not just perfect for those who don’t like to DIY, but also those renting their property – where drilling holes in walls and tiles require approvals or professionals which can be time consuming or costly.

My go to product.

The White Hook i-hook storage system uses nano suction material to bind strongly to any smooth, sealed surface. Perfect for tiles or glass in the bathroom to store everything from toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner bottles or anything.

While I enjoy a DIY project, the thought of drilling through the tiles to attach a permanent fixture is a little daunting. So suction storage is definitely my go to in the bathroom or laundry.

Lots of products to suit your needs.

Storage products like the handy basket are great for the kitchen or laundry for those products that can make cupboards over cluttered. This way you can store your regularly used items in the easiest to reach areas.. and if you find that the position isn’t right, then you can remove and replace as required.

Hooks are perfect for items like jewellery or keys. The larger hooks even hold handbags or towels.

Suction storage is so simple to use that anyone can do it and incredibly convenient as it takes no time at all to make your cluttered areas organised.

See you next time!

Mei x

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December 2018

Getting Rid of Out Of Date Items

Have you ever gone to your cupboard to reach for that seldom used ingredient to add to your meal, only to find it well past it’s use by date and has now made your food taste funky? Or in a rush you’ve applied what you thought was your every day mascara but it happened to be one that hasn’t been used in years and now you have an irritating itch on the side of your eye?

First rule of clearing clutter.

When working with my clients and starting the de-clutter process, the simplest place to start is by getting rid of those items that are out of date. It just doesn’t make sense to keep those items that are old and don’t work as well as they did when they were originally purchased. So they have to go…

Some examples are as follows:

FOOD ITEMS – the obvious items being the fresh produce in the fridge, then work on the pantry and then freezer.
UNRECOGNISABLE FOOD ITEMS – things that we have stored out of their packets so you can’t actually tell what they are or when they expired.
*TIP – do not throw these items in the bin if refuse collection is still a week away or you will end up with a rotten stinking mess!
BEAUTY PRODUCTS – especially eye makeup as they can lead to nasty infections.
SKIN CARE – old sun cream may not work effectively and old skin care can irritate your skin.
OPENED PAINT TINS – check out my blog post on labelling your paint tins here.
*TIP – check with your local council or shire on how to dispose of these correctly.
CLEANING PRODUCTS – as these can lose their effectiveness over time.
MEDICINES & SUPPLEMENTS – can lose their active ingredients making them ineffective or even dangerous.
*TIP – check with your doctor or medical professional on whether it’s safe to use these past their expiration date.

While out of date items are the easiest place to start, while you’re at it, why not de-clutter a little more. Ask yourself… Do I need it? Do I use it? Is it broken?

Making quick decisions is key. The longer you hold onto something, the more chance you have in talking yourself into why you must keep it.

If your home has out of date items and is overflowing with stuff, then get started on this process today!

See you next time!

Mei x

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December 2018

Get It Done Now!

Do you get frustrated when you spend ages planning something only to procrastinate in getting started? Do you write off the end of the day thinking that you will start fresh the next day? Or does the excuse of your constant distractions keep you from getting anything done?

It could be your time management..

Sometimes we underestimate how long things take to accomplish. Plus we seem to have so many distractions these days that it’s hard to keep focused on the task at hand. We can also spend our days rushing around being crazy busy without actually getting anything done.

Get the planning right.

Start your planning by being clear on what it is that needs to done in your day then make a list – try not to make it too long. Then prioritise the tasks that are most important and need to be done straight away. Then get the hardest task on that list done first.

What are the consequences?

There is no point in planning the itinerary for your holiday in six months if you have a looming deadline that could cost you your job if not done in time. And  that third load of washing can wait until the important paperwork that needs reading, signing and returning is completed – or you risk incurring late fees! Asking yourself what the consequence will be if you don’t get those important things done, should hopefully motivate you to move.

The night before is a great time to plan your day. I like to make a cup of tea and sit for 5-10 minutes to jot down what needs to be done. If I have a lot of phone calls to make, I write down the numbers on my list together with any questions or decisions that need to be discussed to ensure nothing is missed. If I have a lot of emails, I like to allocate time without distractions to get them done. Late at night or early morning is my preference – I then save a draft of the emails so I can just send them during business hours.

This simple plan together with the concept of ‘Get It Done Now!’ should make your days incredibly productive. And lastly, make sure you reward yourself for getting those important tasks done.

Getting things done straight away is a habit well worth the effort.

See you next time!

Mei x

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