Kick it To the Kerb

Depending on where you are on the Gold Coast (as in what Division), this is the time of the year when the words “kick it to the kerb” takes on a whole new meaning. A few years ago during a council kerbside collection week in my district on one weekend many of my neighbours, and…

The Big Move

Yay! The house is sold, or you’ve finally found that rental. Suddenly feeling overwhelmed? Here are some quick tips to help you plan for your removalist. Allow at least 4-6 weeks and use every ounce of spare time to work towards moving day. Next, really assess your new home, if possible take a tape measure…

Beating the clock

Everyday we run for our lives through responsibilities and seemingly never-ending ‘to-do’ lists. Not enough can be said about having starting blocks. Seriously, think about it. When an athlete is about to run that 200M sprint, he’s hyped up yet focused on the task ahead and he gets his start from well-placed blocks on which…

Valuing the ‘really good’ stuff over just ‘stuff’

As it said on the big board out the front of a local school recently … “Predict your own future by creating it in your present.” What a cool thought! It gives us permission to take back control of our lives. Sure, there will always be things that are beyond our control, but for the majority,…

D is for downsizing (without moving)

Sad to say my terrific neighbour is moving out today, and while he is in the process of moving to a place with more room for his changing circumstances, I am reminded that when I moved here, my situation was just the reverse, I had to do a massive ‘down-sizing’. Truth is moving or not,…

Are tiny apartments and houses a sign of the times?

Next time you start feeling sorry for yourself because you don’t have enough space, spare a thought for Felice Cohen, a Professional Organiser living in an 8.3 square metre room in New York’s Manhattan. For US$700/month Felice has traded lifestyle for space where neighbour’s are paying US$3000 for the same conveniences of this up-market address. Check…

The dangers of compulsive hoarding

This week I came across a very tragic story about an elderly lady who has died as a result of her problems with compulsive hoarding. She had been reported missing by her husband who had feared she’d wandered off as a result of being disoriented by a stroke. After four months of searching by police…