October 11, 2016

How to: Garage Sale

How to stage a Garage Sale First thing you absolutely need to do is ask yourself: Why do I want to hold a garage sale? If you are doing it to earn money, you’re on the wrong path. It will cost you a minimum of 15 hours and you never know how much money you will make. If you want to sustainably shift some stuff, connect to your community, sell lemonade to your neighbourhood, teach your kids about money, you […]
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 […]
August 10, 2015

Winning the People’s Choice Award

Two weeks ago, at the annual Professional Organiser Conference in Melbourne, a colleague of mine, Sarah form Heavenly Order and I won the people’s choice award for our innovative idea to promote the industry, our own business and above all help out a under-resourced not for profit organisation in country NSW. Here are the details in the nomination quote: “Reason for Nomination:  Community Building & Collaboration – Organising with a Purpose Sarah Cottman from Heavenly Order and Susanne Thiebe from […]
April 10, 2015

Donating to Charities: Is it a sustainable Cycle?

It depends on YOU weather it is. If you donate the right things at the right time to the right charity, you can indeed do a lot of good. This is what  NACRO (National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisation) has to say on their website: 1.Ask yourself, would you give this item to a friend in need (ie it’s clean, undamaged, good quality) 2.Donate direct to the op shop during operating hours or call to arrange pick-up for larger items […]
November 17, 2014

18,867 times the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Some while ago, I found this in the SMH : When I first read that, I thought, that’s a lot, but when you think about it, that’s $104 per month.  I would say that number is much higher. I would suggest that that’s the amount people spend on food they don’t eat. I looked around a bit more (googled a bit more) and found these facts: Food waste: More than one-third of the world’s food produced for human consumption is […]
August 27, 2014

Do you know what waste looks like?

by Helena Tosello Rotting smelly food scraps, discoloured bits of building materials, crumpled paper and broken glass. Is this what you picture when you think of waste? But what about that silk top you bought on holidays two years which you’ve only worn once, the glass decanter wedding present you think is too snobby, or the designer handbag you consider too good to use? Aren’t these all just another form of waste? They may be nicer looking and smelling, but […]
May 23, 2014

Angel Gowns

Not everyone is a mother, not everyone wants to be. But there are far too many out there that have lost a baby. Angle Gown is a charity that collects your donated wedding gown and has volunteer seamstresses craft tiny little Angel gowns out of them – for “little Angels that grew their wings”. Check out their website and consider letting go of your wedding dress or if you love sewing, become one of their seamstresses. http://www.angelgownsaustralia.com/ Happy Mother’s Day […]
May 15, 2014

Duplicate Finder

Peter Walsh always says, that de cluttering is not about the stuff. It’s about you changing your attitude. Every item you own is a point on your to do list and occupies a space in your mind! This applies to non physical stuff,too. All the things we have on our computers! I have written about de cluttering your e mails, but this is better and bigger; it’s about de cluttering your whole computer. A colleague of mine found this online […]
September 6, 2012

# 5 sorting at the St. Vincent Society

Whilst sorting blankets and curtains over a handrail might not be everyday maintenance in your house, at Vinnie’s in Rozelle it is. Like any other shop, they have customers going through things and they know that good presentation sells. And I didn’t take any timing – too busy chatting to my colleague. Which is always a good idea if you don’t like doing these sort of things. Do it whilst listening to music, watch TV when sorting. Have a cuppa […]