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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