September 14, 2016

Travelling with kids – teenagers

I have written about travelling with kids numerous times – one article I did 10 years ago. I used a pic from exactly the same hotel we stayed in in Bangkok as we did this time. And I do have to say, it was the same positive experience – but oh so different. I recently came back from overseas, Germany (mostly). We travelled over to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday. Due to training and HSC commitments of our oldest son […]
May 5, 2015

Routine

Next time you go through your memorabilia or photos, take a moment to ponder on how different  life was. Different and a lot slower. Past Generations weren’t as fast moving – they couldn’t be. Not every family had a car, kids would walk to school and if an afternoon activity was too far away, you just couldn’t do it.  The absence of modern communication technology meant you had to arrange things well in advance – knowing that a change could […]
August 19, 2012

Lost Socks anyone?

Don’t ask me why, but everyone has lost socks. We even breed them on holidays… There is not much you can do about it, but be on top of it. I have a lost socks box, where they all go when I fold the washing and can’t pair them up. Periodically I get the shi… and one of the kids has to sort them (for computer time!) Works quite well!!!! Last Friday, at a client, I sorted 146 into pairs! […]
August 2, 2012

Nobody is born with clutter

I spent the best part of last week at the AAPO annual conference. AAPO is our, as in Professional Organisers, industry association. I do enjoy these conferences immensely. As I have been doing this job for a while, including various volunteer roles, I know most of the delegates but rarely do we see each other in person. Our keynote speaker this year was Dorothy Breininger, one of the Organisers on the US show Hoarders (currently showing in Australia on the […]
July 9, 2012

OCD anyone?

Funny? Not funny? I guess it depends.
June 25, 2012

Sustainable thinking – quotes

“The kids probably won’t remember that you gave them a fire engine one time for their birthday. But they will remember the time you spent with them to go see a fire engine.” “There’s only one way to take a four year old on vacation. You have to take her when she’s four years old.“
June 16, 2012

The absolute best laundry basket

I have installed this system not just in my own house, but in customer’s laundries, too. It’s the absolute best in many ways: you can store a lot of dirty washing – the baskets are square. (Who invented oval or round laundry baskets – such a space waste!!) you can store your dirty laundry vertically, no more clothes on the floor easy to sort by colour They fit exactly one full load. Whenever the baskets get packed, wash. The wire […]
May 31, 2012

Time nightmares – how they can be avoided

When people ask me what I do (for a living) I obviously answer that I am a Professional Organiser. If people want to know more I mostly say that I organise people’s stuff and time. The stuff thing most understand, but why organise time? I think organising time is the more important part of my work. If you have a (working) timetable for your employees and/or your family, the stuff tends to follow. I sit down with clients and sketch […]
May 28, 2012

Not just for wine or shoes

get creative with this one. Not just by making it yourself, but all the uses you could find: matchbox car collection, pens, pencils, brushes, paint, shoes, shoe cleaning/polish, socks, wine, condiments, seeds, spices… Anything else? please comment For the DIY instructions go here