Sometimes on this blog I like to write down some general thoughts that may get you thinking about things in a different way. Todays thought is based on making life easier by working around the way we work more – to maximise what we are good at and to minimise what we aren’t . It […]
This is the post to read if you want to get any space/room/area in your home organised once and for all. It answers the question of how to successfully organise anything in your home with an easy to follow 4 step process, which I hope really helps you to get anything you want organised! So […]
Planning what goes where in your home, whatever its size or shape, will ensure that it works for everyone who lives there – and the lives that they lead. It is also key to having a more organised home, and therefore a more organised life. If you know where things live in your house, then […]
It’s all very well thinking about getting more organised, but when it comes to actually getting started – where should you start?
So many of us strive for a perfectly organised home – but do any of us know what that really looks like? It’s really hard to describe!
Having things that we love around our home is one of the pleasures of life, but saving them for best only is one of the few mistakes that I think we are all making to some extent in our lives.
Have you found loads of information and books on organising, but just not known what to do about it all? There is so much out there on how to do this and that, and what works for people. But you need to know (especially when it comes to getting organised!) how to quickly and easily […]
I was recently asked on my Facebook page a great question by a reader – and that was whether a maybe pile was OK to have when decluttering your home. When I wrote the post about how to declutter your home, and gave you the free category printables so that it made sorting your stuff […]
When it comes to household chores, we all have our own way of ensuring they get done:- Dividing tasks equally between the adults in the house / Giving children age-specific jobs / Doing everything yourself / Doing what you can on a day to day basis – everyone mucking in / Getting someone in to […]
I often write posts about getting my own home organised – and as a result use products that I truly think help and make all the difference. These are the products that I use frequently, or have used in the past and love. Because of this, some people started to ask me to put it […]
New Year resolutions aren’t for everyone. If you ask most people come February they will say that they have let their New Year resolutions drift, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are two reasons I think its great to set New Year resolutions.
Have you ever wondered why some things seem to stay organised when others just refuse?! The more stubborn to keep organised items are usually things that you also use more often, and therefore have more need to be organised. SO frustrating!
You can live with systems that aren’t working because you are used to them and have often found workarounds that will suffice. You may barely even realise that theres an issue anymore – so deeply ingrained is your way of doing things. The problem is that some things that could be done more easily and […]
I was at the gym the other week, as usual, and while I was putting everything into a locker, the last thing I always do is grab a routine list from my bag. I have several different routines that focus on different things, and I try and change them around frequently so I don’t get […]
Thanks so much for getting in touch, its good to hear from you , and I’m so sorry that you are feeling this way about your home. I think it may be a mix of a couple of reasons – overwhelm and procrastination. When your home feels out of control its really hard to decide […]
Have you ever heard of the phrase “shaving your yak”? I know I hadn’t until a few years back, when I was introduced to the concept via Seth Godins blog post on the subject when at work. It has stayed with me all this time, as its such a funny phrase, but because of this […]
Of all the questions I get asked, this one is one of those that crop up again and again – and thats a time and task management conundrum. Whats the best approach to tackle things I have to and want to do? Should it be one at a time through to completion, or a little […]
Have I got your attention! Thought so…. I came across this theory from Brian Tracey a while ago and thought it was about time I shared it with you, as its so relevant to getting on with things, getting organised, and minimising procrastination – the bug bear of so many of us.
Clutter – we all talk about it, our cluttered lives, homes and diaries – but what exactly IS clutter? I went to the dictionary definition first – and a quick google search later came back with this:-
Surprisingly for some, messy houses can be organised, just like minimal houses can be disorganised. Organisation is more about the functionality of the house rather than the aesthetics. It ensures that everyone knows whats happening, where they should be and where everything is in the house. You may well prefer to have a messier house […]
A great way I find to make sure you don’t lose things once you have organised (oh the irony!) – is to label – a lot! Label shelves so you know (and everyone in the family knows) where to put things back (great for when you are left with a dozen spaces to choose from!)
Are you paranoid that your home is worse than anyone else? Do you ask yourself why it seems that yours is the only home that nothing has a place, or if it does have one, noone puts it there? Are you afraid to have guests over for fear of what they think? You’re not alone
Whether you have the tiniest flat or the largest of houses, the useage of space is critical to maximise what you have, and make it feel as spacious as possible. I came across this fantastic video on Youtube thats basically a tour of the most organised small apartment I have ever seen –
You may not think that the clutter you have in your home is that bad, that its not affecting you at all, that you are quite happy really, but how true is that? Is it affecting how you live, and your stress levels in any way? Clutter gets into your head. FACT.
I often get asked about where things need to go while you are organising, as it can be so easy to get overwhelmed when you start to sort out a space in your home. You have to remember one main point:- “Things have to get worse before they can get better”. So many people start […]
My organising acronym ADORE sums it up really – the A stands for assess. The assessment part of getting organised quite simply is the most vital part. Getting to grips with the what and why you are getting organised is key to organising a space so that it works specifically for you and your needs.
Motivation works in different ways for different people Some people are motivated enough just by starting something, to want to see it to its conclusion. Some people get a renewed energy when they start to see the results of their organising. When an area is really organised they get great satisfaction out of it and […]
I’m afraid to say that there is not one single answer for this, as everyone and every home is so different. It would be fantastic if I could wave a magic wand and have a tried and tested recipe for organising homes that worked on every single one in the same way – a blueprint […]
One of the most common problems people face when it comes to getting organised is their lack of time. We all lead busy lives, and have so much to do each and every day, it seems too daunting to add such a large task such as getting organised to the list as well. The easiest […]
When you drew up your 5 year plan, you were basically writing down your high level goals. Great news! But the next step is to actually make these plans become reality – and thats where some careful planning comes into play. You now need to schedule in the time to get the steps done that […]