July 9, 2012

OCD anyone?

Funny? Not funny? I guess it depends.
March 9, 2012


Two weeks ago I  joined freecycle. Should have done it much earlier. I heard about it a few years ago through a friend of mine who, as it now turns out, is the ‘owner’ of the Sydney Central group. Other friends have been using it and rave about it. Finally, I had a customer end of last year who was using it very successfully. You know how it is a lot of times. You decide to let go of something, […]
February 27, 2012

Pathway through the Maze

There was a fair bit of media attention around hoarders in the last two weeks due to the National Squalor Conference here in Sydney. This little video was posted on YouTube by my dear college Wendy in Melbourne. She clearly is an expert on working with Hoarders.
July 12, 2011

Are you a hoarder, collector or just have ‘too much stuff’?

I think they are all quite different things: Most of my clients would have “a bit too much stuff” . It mostly started with a life changing event: having a baby, getting divorced, losing a loved one, moving, new job… We help them getting back on track, and they find the routine they once had and (hopefully) live happily ever after. Being unorganised is very much in the eye of the beholder – if you don’t have a problem but […]
July 7, 2011

THINK about your filing infrastructure

Filing infrastructure are the containers and gadgets that contain files and things. See below for a couple of ideas (and I am sure you’ll find more at Officeworks) Most of my customers inherit a filing cabinet from somewhere and start using it, never asking themselves whether it’s the right system for their personality and their type of files. Ask yourself whether you are a “chucker” or a “tucker”. Chuckers love suspension filing, just open a drawer and fling it in. […]
June 29, 2011

Filing is about retrieving

I have been asked by a big international Company to talk to their staff about an organised office and ideas how to achieve is. And because it’s corporate, they want as much information up front as possible, but don’t have much time, which means you come up with one liners. My answer always is, whether corporate or residential: Filing is about retrieving. If you just want to put something away, consider the bin. If you know you will never need […]
August 9, 2010

Scrapbooking kills…

… not necessarily people but definitely relationships. I am coming across a lot of people with an oversupply of scrapbooking material. To an extent that there are three kids bunking in one room, because the second bedroom is completely overtaken by paper products and ribbons. Most scrap bookers are very fast to admit, that they do love scrapbooking, but never have enough time to produce the page about  little Tom’s  christening (little Tom being big Tom in the meantime and […]