March 7, 2016


These pictures where posted on the LessMess Facebook page over two weeks. They where meant to get people going on starting their de-cluttering journey – but also to highlight just how much stuff we actually have in our homes. Ask yourself: “Do I need it, Do I love it, Is it useful?” I know that the lists are by no means complete- too individual and too much for me to complete – but I would love some comments on what […]
April 17, 2014

A Cupboard for all Occasions? Or Conservation Collecting gone wild?

When my first child started kindergarten, a note came home after a couple of weeks asking for donations of household items for art and craft. Things like empty egg cartons, tissue boxes, yoghurt containers, card board rolls from paper towels, bits of string and spare office paper. That’s where the trouble began. Being a middle class parent wanting to do the best job of mothering my first-born I took to this task with gusto. I knew you shouldn’t do your […]
June 21, 2012

sort your fridge

Did you know it takes just 7 min. to sort and clean one shelf in the fridge? No reason to be scared of your fridge. It helps when you have some categories going on in the fridge; label your shelves so everyone in the family knows. For example, Top shelf: mine is the meat chiller – and I store chocolates there in a separate container First shelf: all condiments, opened food, leftovers Second shelf: breakfast and sandwich ingredients Third shelf: […]
April 12, 2012

Woolies Boxes

That’s how they are called in our household – and with the soccer season starting last weekend, I have been in and out of this one quite a bit. They are 50cm x 35cm x 27cm see through plastic with a lid that closes by folding over the handles. They are big enough for most items and small enough to not be overloaded. Because of their size, they are a bit sturdier then the bigger ones you get from hardware […]
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. […]
May 8, 2011

Fridge product tip

These fridge baskets from Howard’s Storage a fabulous because: they are plastic which is very hygienic, They a long an narrow. Perfect to use the whole depth of your fridge They have a handle so you can take two at a time in and out of the fridge Fridge Basket Large Ventilated with high sides and sturdy handle. Ideal for the fridge or cupboard. Product cod Hll100 Dimensions (Width x Depth x Height): 15 x 31.5 x 13 cm Howard’s […]
February 28, 2011

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way” B.Washington hanging your spare chairs from the wall. using wall lights as ceiling lamps: much cheaper using  shoe boxes and ice cream containers to hold your sorted and de cluttered posessions. making the kids sort the spare change: for a percentage
February 25, 2011


with all the natural desaster happening around AUS and NZ in the last two month, everyone should have one:   This can be a lever arch file or just a flat box. Lots of this info could also be stored on your phone, which makes it less to‘grab and run’ perhaps the only file where copies of documents are OK. Insurance policies: Life insurance, Superannuation, Health insurance, Medicare, Pension numbers copy of receipts (In an A4 sized envelope. If using […]
January 21, 2011

Back to School

Now that we are on the tail end of the school holidays (as you might have guessed by the amount of sibling fighting going on in your house), here are a couple of points I find/found helpful over the years: Don’t buy the school uniform too early. When I helped at my kid’s primary school at Orientation day in October, I couldn’t believe how many parents bought every item available, even winter clothes. Kids can grow considerably in three months. […]