Pinterest perfection – an urban myth

I shared this post of Pinterest beauty hack fails on my fb page earlier for a bit of a laugh. 

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I want to make something clear Pinterest is not reality. 

Many people look to Pinterest for ideas and inspiration to get decluttered and organised, that is fine. What is not fine is the unrealistic expectation that your home needs to be Pinterest perfect. 

So many of the hacks I see initially look good but practically they won’t work. For instance this bracelet organising idea using a paper towel holder…

Seems ok till you want to get to the one on the bottom. Like any organising that has stacks, you will use the top 2 or 3 and the rest will be too hard to get too and won’t get used. 

How about this one…

Firstly, I think that is too many cleaning products and secondly a cheap plastic product like this won’t last. You would need to buy a very high quality over the door shoe hanger to support the weight. Not so cheap and cheerful after all?!?

I plan to continue to challenge the Pinterest mindset that things to need to be colour coded, pretty labelled, overly contained, matchy matchy niceness to be organised. 

Using a Professional Organiser like Decluttering Diva who has experience and the ability to think outside the box will get you organising solutions that actually work… for you. 

Would love to hear your thoughts… got a Pinterest organising hack that actually works? Dare to share a Pinterest fail?

Tips for Getting Your Pantry (and Life) in Order

Here at Decluttering Diva, we understand how difficult it can be to stay organised all the time. Trust us, no one is perfect when it comes to staying organised. However, we must say that we are better than most. We specialise in working with those who struggle with chronic disorganisation issues. Similar to working with a personal trainer who you hire to help you lose weight, Decluttering Diva can help you with hands on support and expert, practical advice to help you lose your clutter for good. Because of our expertise in this area, Bupa Life Insurance featured us in their recent post about ‘How to Declutter Your Home and Your Life’. Here are some of our tips to help you tackle the dreaded kitchen pantry, one of the most common culprits of disorganisation.
Clear It Out

Start by taking everything out so that you can see what you are working with. Check every bottle or box for expiration dates and throw out anything that is past its prime. If there are any duplicates, combine them into one container, if possible. If there is any food that you and your family are unlikely to eat but that is still good, you may want to consider donating it to a local food bank or shelter. Once you have consolidated everything, take inventory to figure out if there is anything you’ll need to buy the next time you are at the store so that you have everything you need.
Tidy It Up

Now that you’ve gotten rid of the excess, it’s time to start putting things away. Don’t just shove everything back into the pantry. Take some time to really think about where things will go so that they are convenient and easy to access when you need them. For condiments or seasonings, a Lazy Susan can be a great way to stay organised. This way, you won’t have to worry about jars getting lost and forgotten at the back of the shelf. Simply rotate the Lazy Susan to find what you are looking for with ease.
Keep It That Way

Here comes the hard part: keeping your pantry organised for the long haul. Schedule a time to maintain the organisation of your pantry. It could be every week or once a month. The point is to set a schedule that works best for you. Each time you organise, put everything that moved back into its rightful place and double-check expiration dates. The more often you stay on top of your organisation, the easier it will be to maintain. With just a little bit of effort, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to keep everything in order so that you can always find that jar of oregano when you need it.

Happy Decluttering!

NOW 2017 – Thursday Challenge

Ok, today we are getting healthy. Today for your National Organising Week Challenge we are getting our bathrooms cabinets healthy. 

Did you know your makeup, skincare and medicine have expiry dates? And if you use them after those dates it can make you sick. Here is a guide for how long your makeup should stay around once it’s opened. 


Want to know something else? All those hotel samples can be decluttered for good – send them to my good friends at Every Little Bit Helps (www.elbh.org.au) and thy will distribute to the homeless. 

So take 5 minutes – chuck the old stuff, declutter the hotel stuff and make your bathroom beautiful. 

Happy decluttering!

NOW 2017 – Wednesday Challenge

It’s National Organising Week and today’s challenge is to tackle the dreaded utensil drawer (or holder if you don’t have the luxury of a whole drawer)

Take everything out, wipe out the drawer so you have a clean slate to start with. 

Be ruthless and only put back items you have used in the last month, yes I said month. If needed mark on your shopping list to buy non skid mat or shallow containers to keep it in order. 

Anything utensils left over put into a grocery bag or box and stow away under the sink or something with a piece of masking tape marking the date 1 month from now (If that seems too hard make it 6 months).  When that predetermined time comes that bag of decluttered utensils can go to charity ( if it in great condition), recycle or bin. 

Having a decluttered drawer will make food prep easier in the future and I’m sure you won’t miss that melon baller or 2nd set of measuring spoons etc. 

Happy Decluttering!

NOW 2017 – Tuesday Challenge

Here is your second challenge – NOW is the time to get decluttered and organised.

Tote bags, handbags, grocery bags, wallets, shopping bags, sports bags – we all have them and usually far too many than we actually ever need or use.


Today I want you to take 5 away (of course more if you can or if your collection is sizeable like this one!)

If they can be donated to charity – fantastic, or recycled – great. Just get them out.

Bags are useful but too many are clutter.

Happy Decluttering!

PS Here is a great post from unclutterer.com with some more ideas on how to tackle those totes

Happy NOW 2017 – Monday Challenge

It’s National Organising Week!!! A time when Professional Organisers across Australia share our love for organising and our great industry. 
NOW is the perfect time to start a new habit to help you get decluttered and organised. Each day I’m going to share a quick tip for you. 


Today I want you to quickly go through your wardrobe and pull out 5 items that you haven’t worn for about a year. If you can do more, great. 

 Don’t over think it though. 

Now put them in a bag and put that bag straight into your car to be taken to your local charity shop/ bin. 

(If you have extra time go back to the wardrobe and identify any “maybe” items that you were considering going to charity and turn those hangers backwards (or if folded items place at the top/ front of the section). At the end of this week you can revisit them and consider whether you are ready to let go of them.)

Happy Decluttering!

Plans. Why do we bother to have them when life never goes to a plan?!?

You know those days (maybe it feels like its been weeks or months for you) when you start the day with great intention. Maybe you thoughtfully made a list of things to do or perhaps created some beautiful diary entries that make your google calendar look like a stained glass window. You went to bed thinking tomorrow will be the day – the day that I fit in the exercise I want to achieve, eat the right foods, tick off my to-dos, not lose my temper, listen to my kids, be organised…and more.

Then you wake up.

The alarm didn’t go off, the “good” food isn’t in the house, the weather is wrong, the kids are in moods, you can’t find your list (or your sneakers) and this is all before your coffee has even hit the sides.

The temptation to already give up, to give in the negativity around you and trudge through the day feeling flat, like a failure. But this is life – life isn’t perfect, it never goes to plan. Obstacles, distractions, limitations – whatever you want to call them will constantly come your way. The key is to achieve something positive regardless. Now for some that may be just one or two to-do’s, for others you may get most of what you planned – it doesn’t matter how much gets done but rather acknowledging the victory, the achievement of overcoming and not dwelling in the negative to get it done.

When life derails your plans, change track. Don’t just get off the train, stop the journey and wallow in it on the side of the rails. Take the deviation for a bit and check out the view, maybe this new course is actually better for you. Maybe you have been trying to fit to many stops along the way and you need to take the express route every now and then.

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Life is a journey. We all have the same destination but unfortunately we don’t have the control to plan when we get there or how.

Its great to have plans, to make a itinerary for your life but if you get hung up on sticking to the plan you may miss the best parts of your journey. So today I hope this encourages you to get back on track, enjoy the ride and don’t be surprised when life gets a bit bumpy. It all about having perspective of the bigger picture.

Happy Decluttering !