Buy Nothing Day – Will You?

“Buy Nothing Day” usually lands on the last weekend of November each year. In Australia each October we have ‘Buy Nothing Month,’ however internationally in November ‘Buy Nothing Day‘ has become the ‘thing’ you hear more about and for some reason, North America usually celebrates it a day earlier in November than the rest of the…

Preparing for Summer Weather Extremes

With reports in the news that fire season is already well and truly upon us in some areas of Australia, it is now, during the final months of spring that we should take the time to get ready for what promises to be a very hot and dry El Nino summer. In Brisbane of 2011…

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…

Rebuilding Lost Memories

I often talk about honouring the physical things we treasure, by displaying or storing precious items in a way that will keep them in the best condition possible for generations to come. If ever there was a time to be reminded of why, then surely the natural disasters many of us have witnessed via the…

Refrigerator Hygiene & Efficiency

When groceries and power bills are getting more expensive, it makes sense to try and preserve food for as long as possible and make sure our fridges are working efficiently. Believe it or not there is a right and a wrong way in terms of fridge shelf hierarchy. So let’s start with a run down…

Suitcase Envy – Packing for Travel

Need to pack for a trip away and not sure where to start? Think you’ve got it worked out and then can’t close your suitcase? Packing a suitcase can be an art, but not complicated. Before you get started consider: duration away activities you will be doing while away climate at destination accommodation and whether you have…

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…

Organising laundry on wet days

As a companion to my other article Drying Laundry In Wet Weather, this article is full of links to some great products and ideas for getting your laundry dry on continuous wet days. Most of which are available either from Australian retailers or online stores.  While I’ve only personally tried or viewed a couple of…

Home libraries

  Believe it or not there are several ways to get your reading material in order, and make them a decorative feature at the same time. When wandering through your local library, you’ll know that books are stored and organised to a set of rules. They may be ‘filed’ according to the Dewey Decimal System…

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…