Thinking Outside the Gift Box

Let’s face it, gift giving can be tricky And while it may be ‘the thought that counts’ when it comes to the recipient (and our budgets), how often do we consider longevity or the environmental impact of the gift? While some gifts make our hearts sing, many don’t. Some end up in charity bins or…

Dogs On Vacation

It’s nearly school holidays again and if you’re pet owners you may want to consider the option of taking your furry friend (or friends) with you. Here are some tips based on personal experience. Our happy dog Buddy (or Budd-oh as he is affectionately known) is on holiday with us in this photo. Pros & Cons The…

What makes things valuable?

Often it’s hard to decide whether to let go of something in case it may worth something more than sentimental value. Firstly, I don’t claim to be an expert in this field although I do have conversations with valuers from time to time who have given me some basic guidelines to help me know when…

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…

Organised reading

Was getting yourself organised part of your New Years Resolutions? Has that ‘intention’ hit a slump? Here are a few inspiring and motivating books for you. As a professional organiser I realise that when it comes to de-cluttering and organising, some people benefit more from ‘hand’s on’ help with someone by their side, however, for…

Taking your craft to the next level

Considering that next step from hobbyist to earning a living from your passion? Check out this wonderful Etsy Studio Tour, with “Lotta Jansdotter” where Lotta shows how she has transformed an old 1920’s apartment to accommodate her textile crafts business and talks about how she went about growing her craft to a successful business. Although this…

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…

Lessons learned as a Mud Army Volunteer

Act now, prepare for the future and don’t leave things to the last minute. As a member of the mud-army. I’ve come away from my brief time in the sludge forever changed. Things in my life that used to matter no longer do, and other things that were perhaps put on the back burner, taken for-granted,…

Love you Dad

Yesterday I picked a flower and lit a candle, put on Dad’s favourite song “I Was Born Under a Wandrin’ Star”. Then made a special breakfast the way Dad used to do it. “Happy Father’s Day Dad, this is my tribute to you”. It’s the simple things that make Father’s Day, even for those of…