April 6, 2017

Piles of Paper everywhere? Email overload? No time?

Paperwork Workshop – a review   I saw the ad and thought, why not? I could sure use the help. Being a busy work-from-home mother, CEO of the Household and Queen of the Don’t-throw-that –out-I-haven’t-read-it-yet Brigade, I knew there had to be a better way to get on top of the ever-increasing piles of paper and emails without sending little Johnny off to school minus his bookweek costume or missing the Council notice about upcoming roadworks simply because I’d misplaced […]
March 18, 2017

How To… Declutter your Pantry

With the pantry moths about to arrive for their season in autumn, it might be a good time to have a look into and declutter your pantry. As with everything organising, pick a timeframe, maybe even diarise that you need to do this. Be realistic in how much time this will take. But don’t be afraid of splitting a large pantry project into a few smaller ones. There is no rule that you have to do the whole cupboard/room in […]
March 11, 2017

New Year – New Lunch – New Sandwich

Organising Tip This is a question/topic that has been circulating on social networks in the last couple of weeks as parents are getting ready for a new school year – and others trying to eat healthily and save money by not buying lunch (every day). If you are running out of ideas or out of time in the morning, these freezable sandwiches could be the solution. Make them in advance, with the filling and then freeze, take out in the […]
December 8, 2016

Why Spring Cleaning?

Clutter can be a drag on our energy levels… …unless you are completely comfortable with living in clutter and unfazed by being late, missing appointments and paying extra fees. Most people aren’t, not in our social environment. The reasons for feeling down when having too much stuff are varied: You don’t find things, so you constantly purchase things you know you have (somewhere) You forget things – late fees arise, missed appointments You constantly think about the clutter and the […]
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 […]
August 30, 2016

Filing is… about retrieving

not about putting things away! I  know, through asking my workshop participants, that paperwork is the one biggest clutter issue for people. So let’s get it done, it’s actually easier – but very time consuming- than you think. Filing is about retrieving. If you just want to put something away, consider the bin. Just reflect on this: how many pieces of printed paper do you have that you never ever looked at again – after filing or after piling it? […]
August 15, 2016

Inbox Zero??

If having too much stuff does your head in, having too much digital stuff does exactly the same, despite not actually taking up room– it still takes up space in your head and might send you mental. I did write about this topic three years ago, but technology changes so quickly and a lot of people have, by now upgraded to the new windows 10. So I edited this article to reflect outlook 2016. Have a go, you’ll be amazed […]
December 21, 2015

Life Hacks for the Lazy Smart Mum

by Helena Tosello I fully admit that if given the chance I would choose not to do most of the everyday tasks that come with being a mother. You know the things I mean. Craft. Helping with science projects. Keeping track of everyone’s vaccinations, eye and dental check-ups. Easter hat parades. Book week costumes. Other kids’ birthday parties. Craft. These tasks are never ending and come around again with monotonous regularity. By the time you have the hang of it […]
December 1, 2015

Christmas checklist

Do you have the feeling that Christmas comes earlier every year? And I mean not in before the 25th, but earlier in the shops? I think so too, but take it a sign to get started on an organised, stress free Christmas this year The trick is in the planning part – but pretty much everybody knows that. My background is German, and we celebrate Christmas Eve rather than Christmas day. So we have to be ready 12 hours earlier. […]