September 24, 2019

How to: De-clutter and store shoes?

Are you treating your shoes with respect? Do you claim to love and not be able to part with them – but then just shove them in the bottom of a cupboard one on top of the other? Do you have broken ones mixed with outdated ones? Do you have sentimental shoes you know you will never wear? Are you possibly a serious collector of trainers/runners/ jogging shoes? Whatever the answer, you might benefit from putting some thought into the […]
September 8, 2019

Where To Get Help For Hoarding Disorder

In Australia there are around 1.2 million people who meet the diagnostic (under the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – DSM-5) for a compulsive hoarding disorder and counting those undiagnosed the estimate is as high as 6% of the population Criteria for a diagnosis include Difficulty discarding items regardless of their actual value A perceived need to save the items and associated distress at the idea of discarding them Clutter that prevents the home being used for its intended purpose. […]
June 5, 2019
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Living with Less – workshop

The ABC of de cluttering, organising and sustainable living Learn the basics of how to tackle clutter, how to organise and what to do with the oversupply  Susanne proactively ensured that the workshop content on recycling, donation and disposal was tailored for our Local Government Area. I particularly liked the focus on how to maintain a de-cluttered household by avoiding unnecessary purchases, Laura, City of Sydney For upcoming “Living with Less’ workshops click here. Get started What is holding you […]
May 3, 2019
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1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches people the skills to help someone who they’re concerned about. Professional Organisers  come across a lot of stuff – and behind this stuff are often stories, big and small; and emotions, big and small. Items might trigger a response, clutter might be the symptom of a mental health condition. We come across clients and family members suffering from anxiety, depression, hoarding disorder, OCD and a variety of other illnesses. Understanding them and knowing how […]
April 14, 2019
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Moving house: tips that save you time and money

De clutter and organise as soon as you know the date of moving. Every item you decide to de clutter now will not be packed into boxes and will not cost you any further money! De clutter get rid of everything you don’t need any more or won’t need in the new house. Start packing – everything you won’t need in the next 6 month Store like with like and label like crazy! seasonal decorating, unseasonal clothing, sentimental value, kids […]
January 28, 2019

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: Ask yourself, would you give this item to a friend in need (ie it’s clean, undamaged, good quality) Donate direct to the op shop during operating hours or call to arrange pick-up for larger items. […]
January 22, 2019

Hiring a PO with NDIS funding

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was initiated by the Australian Government for Australians with a disability, including people with intellectual, physical, sensory and psycho-social disabilities. It creates a managed market for disability services in Australia. The NDIS is established by the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013. The NDIS commenced being rolled out nationally on 1 July 2016 NDIS The NDIS is meant to give participants more control over what services they hire and what providers they work with. […]
January 8, 2019
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Why the Konmari Netflix show ‘Tidying Up’ is setting people up to fail

After a couple of ultra successful books it was just a matter of time till Marie Kondo would get her own TV show. The Netflix show ‘Tidying Up’ has just arrived on our TVs and causing heated discussions and polarises Organising Professionals and those that want to get their life in order. My first problem starts with the title. I don’t believe in tidying up – but do in organising. They are two very different things: Organising you do for […]
December 27, 2018
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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 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 traveled over to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday. Due to training and HSC commitments of our oldest son and […]