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Ready Set Christmas – Charity

December 20, 2011

Charity begins at home.  And this is a great time to be thinking of others.  With so much obvious consumption going on around us, it’s natural to think of those who have little.  How will you help?

  • Ask the kids to declutter their rooms and donate toys in good condition to other children
  • Forgo gifts and opt instead for donations to a favourite charity
  • Spend time volunteering

or not 😉


Ready Set Christmas – Buying for Teacher

December 15, 2011

Having worked in kindergartens in a past life, I never have to buy soap again as long as I live. I received enough sweet-smelling gift packs, soaps and bubble bath to last me a lifetime. I’m not complaining, this is a good thing. I know each gift was given with love and received with gratitude.

Giving teacher an end of year thank you gift is long-standing tradition which children, parents and teachers honour and appreciate. But let’s face it, some gifts work better than others.

So in case you are still looking for the “perfect” gift for teacher (or want some ideas for next year), here are some winners

  • food – if it’s something to share, it makes life easier and if it’s something just for teacher, they are a welcome treat
  • pampering voucher – whether it’s a 5-minute neck massage or full facial, teachers will always appreciate some special pampering
  • a library dedication – how about buying a book for the school library and dedicating it to the teacher? That’s a lasting legacy
  • a handmade (by the child) bookmark

One year when I worked in a kindergarten, the parents pitched in together and bought a single gift for each teacher. It was a lovely piece of jewellery. What a treat!

And if you’re watching the budget, or especially keen to give clutter-free, here’s what one teacher told me when asked what her favourite kind of gift was. She preferred a heartfelt message in a card, telling something special about the child’s experience that year. In other words, all she wanted to hear was “Thank you”.

So take a tip about teachers end of year gifts. If you’re stuck for ideas, just say Thanks.

or not 😉

Ready Set Christmas – Sing

December 11, 2011

There’s more to Christmas than the tangible.  One of the things I personally enjoy about Christmas is singing my lungs out at Christmas Carol services.  The great thing is it really doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself a good singer.  No-one is taking notes or making judgement.

Check out your local carols services, in churches and parks, mark it in your calendar and join in and let the joy of Christmas come forth.

or not 😉

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December 9, 2011

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Ready Set Christmas – Order Meats

December 5, 2011

The local butcher, fishmonger or providore is ready, willing and able to provide you with top quality meat for your festive meal.  I know it may seem easier to just go and buy a frozen turkey but here are some good reasons to order fresh meat from the butcher…

  • the quality is better
  • you can customise your order – stuffing or not, boned or not
  • no need to calculate defrosting time
  • no need to make room in the freezer
  • support local business in your community

So, make friends with your local butcher or other supplier, and order now for great quality meat on your dining table.

or not 😉

Friday Fun at the Pool

November 18, 2011

This is a fun look at sorting and if you listen closely you will hear a gorgeous Swiss accent from genius Herr Ursus Wehrli. 

Why I flew half way around the world

September 15, 2011

Hello from Raleigh, North Carolina, where I will be attending the Institute for Challenging Disorganization conference, which commences tomorrow.  I’m absolutely thrilled to be here.  In fact, I even planned my annual holiday around it.

(I’ve been visiting Canada and Alaska – such beautiful places – but always keep my organiser’s hat on and have been a keen observer of both good and bad organising practices.  I hope to write about those in the future.)

So why, when I am already recognised as an Expert Professional Organiser, would I travel half way around the world to learn more about the organising profession?  Well, I am a true believer in learning more.  As research is conducted and best practices are developed, I want to be there, learning more.

And even though the conference doesn’t start till tomorrow evening, I have already benefitted from my attendance and my association with some of the smartest organising brains in the business.  We hadn’t even arrived at the conference hotel before I made a valuable re-connection.  One of the ICD Conference organisers shared some tips with me on the ride from the airport, and I got to glimpse her remarkably slim conference guidebook.  We’ll make a date for more in depth sharing later.  This will help me enormously as I chair the AAPO 2012 Conference Subcommittee and again I can’t wait to learn more.

AAPO’s next conference will be in Melbourne in July 2012 and if you’re connected to the industry, I highly recommend you attend.

Top 5 Apps on my iPhone

August 9, 2011

I know from the outset that my list of Top 5 iPhone apps is by no means conclusive, complete or even groundbreaking.  But here it is, the apps that keep me happy.

  1. Invoice2Go – makes invoicing on the road quick and simple, sending a copy of the invoice to the client, my office and to my bookkeeper
  2. VicRoads apps – this one’s more than just one app recommendation.  I like the VicTraffic and SmartPark apps, again good for being on the road
  3. WiFi Finder – another one that helps when you’re not at home base.  Who doesn’t want to access free WiFi?
  4. Urbanspoon – a great one when you are on the road and want a reliable recommendation for a bite to eat. Love the photos and reviews from fellow diners
  5. The Specials Board – currently only available in Melbourne and Sydney, this app hunts down great deals on meals.  Just log in and select the deal you want and you’ll be given a code to take advantage of the current special

What’s your favourite App?


July 11, 2011

A BIG thank you to Larna Pittiglio, Facebook connection and engagement guru and businesswoman (see Party Plan Portal and Fabulous Foodies on FB) for sharing this fabulous acronym for Systems.






Money &


They sure do, Larna.

Friday Fun One – Happy St Patrick’s Day (yesterday)

March 18, 2011

Just imagine how organised they must have been to rehearse and pull this off to perfection. In honour of St Patrick’s Day yesterday. Enjoy.