5 Myths of Organising… busted.

To celebrate Decluttering Diva’s 5th Birthday I’m giving you a gift… I’m debunking some popular organising myths.

1. Containers are the key

Not everything needs to be contained. One of my pet peeves is seeing linen cupboards with all the linen in plastic containers – it’s just not necessary and a waste of money.

Why all the baskets???

2. What works for you works for me

There is no one size fits all when it comes to organising. I don’t have a linen cupboard so we store the sheets in the bedrooms and the towels in the bathrooms. That may not work for you. It all about find systems that work for your home and factoring in your layout, the people in it, the items you own, the space or storage available.

3. You got to do it all

Often when people think about getting organised they feel that have to block out a weekend (or week) and tackle it all in one go. I say no way do it in stages – build on your progress and you’ll be far more likely to stick with your new organising systems. Pulling everything out of wardrobe, spare room or garage may seem enthusiastic but more often than not it just turns to feelings of being overwhelmed and anxiety.

4. Label the lot

Labels can be helpful that’s for sure but you don’t need to label EVERYTHING. Yes for sure label the flour and self raising, cornflour and icing sugar look pretty similar too but for sure you can tell what is pasta or rice.

5. Looks perfect like those pics on the internet

Being organised has nothing to do with fancy folder, pretty matching baskets, laser cut labels etc. Organised literally means to systemise, or to form as or into a whole consisting of interdependent or coordinating parts… ie sorting “like with like” (one of my favourite phrases!) Putting things together that work together for YOU even if doesn’t look like a show home. For example I like to have my hand cream near my favourite seat so it helps me remember to moisturise my hands and I store my coffee and tea near my kettle and cups not in the pantry.

Actual pic of my lounge 🙂

I want nothing more than for you to know that having a decluttered and organised home is about enjoying your space not feeling like a slave to it. I want you to let go of those preconceived ideas of what organised looks like and take the control back. Take action and start – I know that can be the hardest step – start something small like a drawer. It’s doesn’t need to look fancy but just work for you.

I hope this has encouraged you to keep going and get the #divaeffect in your home.

Happy Decluttering!

An out of the box wardrobe solution 

Was reading through my Facebook feed this morning and up popped this post – People are losing their minds over this family’s wardrobe hack

An article about a family who set up a centralised wardrobe. 

That’s nothing new – I did this for a busy mum a couple of years ago 😝. 

She was recently divorced, had three kids under 10, one child had special needs and they all went to different schools which meant mornings were a crazy affair. 

Lucky for me she had a huge buffet and hutch system near her kitchen which wasn’t being utilised effectively so I converted into a school uniform wardrobe. 

I removed the shelves in the tall section and inserted a tension rod for their hanging items like shirts, pants and dresses. 


Each child was allocated a shelf for their sport shoes, school shoes and hat.


Drawers are easy for kids so the simplest solution was inserting some stand alone wire basket sets into the existing bar fridge sized holes. These conveniently store nappies, wipes, play hats and gum boots. 

 
 The laundry is just around the corner so it’s super easy for mum to restock school supplies when the laundry is done.

I also created a “hair” drawer that contains all the brushes, accessories and products needed for easy hair wrangling in the mornings. 

As you can see from the photos not all the supplies were included as some were being worn, some were in the wash and some were MIA… a common problem for this poor mum. 

All the solutions created were temporary fixes as I know that not everyone wants a wardrobe in their kitchen. The system can be tweaked as the kids grow and needs change. This clients loved her centralised wardrobe – it was the perfect solution to help her get her three kids fed, dressed, bags packed and out the door on time… most of the time ;p

Would a centralised wardrobe be a solution in your home??

It’s time to teach your kids the joy of decluttering 

Are you sick of tripping over toys that spill out of the toy boxes? 

Tired of nagging the kids to tidy up?

Do you feel overwhelmed with where to start?

I can hear parents everywhere reply with a big “yes”. I see it all the time – the toys take over the space and the whole family is overwhelmed. 

The parents repeatedly ask the kids to tidy their mess and they don’t know what to do either, usually because 

  • the toys don’t have defined homes
  • there are too many toys for the space
  • the kids don’t have a system
  • it’s not fun

Decluttering Diva can save the day! In these  school holidays (and in future) I am offering “kids only” sessions – a time where I work with your child to clean their room or toy area and teach them the how-to’s of decluttering and some basic organising principles. 

I’m all cleared with the official stuff as I have my WWCC and as a mum of three myself I know how to motivate, communicate and work with kids. I have a limited number of powerhouse 2.5 hour sessions available to families living within 30 min radius of Hornsby for only $250 (plus GST)

Times available:

  • Tues 26th (arvo)
  • Wed 27th (arvo)
  • Thurs 28th ( morn & arvo)
  • Tues 3rd (morn & arvo)
  • Thurs 5th ( morn & arvo)

Contact me at declutteringdivaau@gmail.com to book your kids only session now. 

How to adult

For many of my clients my job is to help them “adult”. 

Maybe their parents didn’t teach them, they’ve had someone else to do it for them or have just managed to procrastinate somethings forever. 

According to a recent  article we google a lot of how to” things. (Click here to read it yourself – it’s pretty interesting). Some of the top searches are for tasks that may seem pretty basic to many like how to change a lightbulb or boil an egg. 


But not everyone was taught to adult and that’s ok. 

I love teaching my clients to adult – whether it’s creating systems for bills, meals, laundry, home maintenance or other random things.  I love empowering my client to build on their skill set, set goals and achieve them – no matter how big or small and master this thing called life. 

So if you’re ready to learn now and want some help “adulting” thats ok. Google doesn’t actually have all the answers to life so maybe I can help. 

#adulting #divaeffect #declutteringdiva

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!

Give your year an organising kick start with a fantastic February special

Well the holidays are almost over and reality is about to it – busy schedules, routines (or lack there of), school lunches and more.

If all of this makes you want to hide under the covers,stop and think – Life doesn’t have to be this way -it doesn’t have to run you, you CAN have control. You are never too busy to get organised.

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Getting organised actually helps to save your valuable time. It can also help you to save money, reduce stress and feel in control.

I want to share the organising love (pardon the Valentine’s pun) and give you a kick start to declutter and organise your year. Book your in-home session in February and I’ll put you in the draw to win Decluttering Diva’s Organising Pack (valued at over $100) containing some of my favourite organising tools.

So call me on 0402 021 995 or email me @ declutteringdivaau@gmail.com and we can get started on having a fantastic February living life with the #divaeffect.

 

 

 

What are you procrastinating???

Folding a basket of laundry? booking your Pap smear? De junking the junk drawer? Taking your charity items to the op shop?

Big or small we all procrastinate, believing that the task is too big for now. 

When working with my clients I like to challenge them – I ask them how long they think the task will take and then get them to do it while I time them. Every time the task takes less time than anticipated. Getting organised, setting up systems and making plans are great but often you don’t start doing until you think the plan is perfect. 

Perfection Paralysis – the ability to not do anything in case it’s not perfect (whatever that means ;p)

If you need help challenging your procrastination and perfection tendencies – book a session with me and I can train you to be a doer. 
I can help you to set goals, figure out how to achieve them in manageable steps and motivate you to achieve success. 

So I know what you are thinking, I’ll do that later. Do it now! Email me or phone 0402021995 and begin living with the diva effect.

RESET – in readiness for reality (your busy week ahead)

  

AAPO‘s National Organising Week is over. It’s a busy week for a Professional Organisers as we  spreads the word about our industry and share some  practical tips and insights. I hope you have felt motivated to make your wardrobe work for you. 

I’m back to “normal” schedule this week. I just love the feeling on Sundays when I look over my calendar and get my head around the week ahead. I plan the weeks meals, get the kids to pack their bags, check they have their uniforms ready, get their “stuff” and put it back where it belongs etc.
It’s a clean slate. The to-do list carries over, the priorities, goals and space are reset and I can breathe. 

You should try the reset button in your home. 

Organising the Study – TODAY Extra 2/3/2016

In case you missed it live – here is the link to Study Declutter

As featured on TODAY extra -here is the fabulous Space Cube  – I just love it – a compact, stylish organising tool that will not only keep your things neat and tidy but help you to limit the quantity you have on hand.

 

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Buy yours now at the spacecube

Other supplies featured on this segment are available at Officeworks (I have no affiliation but love there range and prices)

Decluttering the Bathroom – TODAY Extra 22/02/2016

 Want to learn some tricks of the organising trade on how to keep your bathroom feeling clutter free?

Click Here to view.