Archive for the ‘Green’ Category

No time to Get Organised?

June 20, 2012

Think you have no time to get organised?  I’ll bring you a series of quick tasks that will make a big difference, and they only take 5 minutes or less.  Yes, work your way to organised in just 5 minute increments.

Today’s 5 Minute Organiser Tip is…

Stop Junk Mail Coming in the Door.

Grab your Dymo Labelmaker or a felt tip pen and some masking tape or a sticker.  Create a “No Junk Mail” sticker and put it where it will be seen by the postie.

That’s it, you’re done.

No more junk mail taking up space and time and money.

No!

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Less Stuff = More Happiness

October 7, 2011

Here’s a quick little video that makes a big point. I like it so much I want to share it with you.

Graham Hill presents a TED Talk really worth listening to.

Sunday Reflections

August 28, 2011

We used to build civilizations.

Now we build shopping malls.

~ Bill Bryson

Like quotes? There are 214 more in our

Quotes to Organise By – an organised collection of inspiring quotes.

The Organised Alphabet 18

March 22, 2011

Ready for some Organised Alphabet action?  Today’s a 3-pronged one.

R is for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Part of being organised is simplifying, reducing our resources and reducing the strain on the budget.  It’s about being smart with the resources we have.

We’ve had some interesting discussions about the Organised Alphabet on Facebook.

Creating Order Christmas Shortcut #3

December 3, 2010

Was yesterday’s shortcut a step too far for you?  Still want to send Christmas cards to keep in touch or show appreciation?

Send virtual greetings.

Get thee online and check out your options.  One of these is SendOutCards, where you can select from a huge range of cards (for any occasion), hand-type a personal message, in your own handwriting if you wish, even add your own photos before SendOutCards prints, stuffs it into an envelope and posts it on your behalf.  If you’d like further explanation or to become a SendOutCards subscriber, just let me know.

Or perhaps you’d like to save trees and send beautiful and imaginative e-cards using Blue Mountain or Jacquie Lawson.

Here’s another way to send Christmas greetings to many – Film it and post it to You Tube.

As you can see, there are lots of ways you can get creative with Christmas greetings while saving time and effort.  Can you think of more?

No Clothes for a Year?

November 24, 2010

Could you survive a year without shopping for clothes?  My friend, Imogen Lamport, is busy writing for her part in a unique project to help shopaholics – My Year Without Clothes Shopping.

So this week’s poll is plain and simple…

Your Old Books Can Make a Difference

August 11, 2010

Many of my clients like to know their discarded items have found a good home elsewhere.  That’s why I offer to donate appropriate items to the RSPCA and Fitted for Work.  Here’s another worthwhile donation point, and this time for books.

It’s called the Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library.  Their vision is to empower homeless and disadvantaged people through books.  They achieve this by delivering a regular supply of books to homeless and disadvantaged people living in hostels and on the streets, and through community organizations. Currently they operate in Sydney and Melbourne.

I’m sure you can understand that with limited space for storage, and the nature of their work, they have some guidelines for suitable book donations.  Here’s what they said:

We have great respect for our customers.  In support of their self esteem and pride, please consider our clientele and use commonsense when donating books.

Please do not send damaged or poor quality books especially those that may have been sitting in a garage for years!  Books over 10 years old are not suitable.  It costs us valuable time going to the tip to recycle them!

Yes please!

  • Autobiographies/ Biographies
  • Paperback Novels – thrillers, crime, historical, romance, science fiction, fantasy, teen etc
  • Dictionaries
  • Thesaurus
  • Atlas
  • Music theory
  • Art history
  • Cookbooks – very basic, no gourmet, desserts, cordon bleu etc
  • Parenting
  • Health
  • Self-help
  • War history
  • Science
  • Geography
  • University texts
  • Photography
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Childrens books
  • National Geographics/ Australian Geographic
  • Car or motorbike magazines

No thank you!

  • Encyclopaedias
  • Hardback novels
  • Religious material
  • Coffee table style books on any subject
  • True crime
  • Wine/ restaurant guides
  • Street directories
  • Travel guides eg Lonely Planet
  • Sport – golf, tennis, rugby, motor racing
  • Anything with suicide or drug themes or extreme violence
  • Magazines except those above
  • How to get rich quick guides/ Investment guides/ how to run a small business

For Melbournites, if you have books which are suitable you’re welcome to deliver directly to their storage unit at:

The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library

c/- Kennards Self Storage, 159 Racecourse Road, Flemington (entrance via Stubbs Street)

Just ask at reception and they’ll show you were to leave the books.

Kennards’ opening hours are: Mon to Fri 8:30-6, Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4

50 Ways to Leave Your Clutter

February 23, 2010

with apologies to Paul Simon 🙂

1. Abolish damaged goods

2. Bin the junk mail

3. Chuck old magazines

4. Clear your desk

5. Consolidate cleaning products

6. Cull files

7. Delegate duties

8. Discard lonesome socks

9. Dispose of clothes that don’t fit

10. Ditch tatty towels

11. Do away with dust-catchers

12. Donate books

13. Eliminate excess

14. Eradicate piles

15. Farewell dried out pens

16. Fling fuzzy photos

17. Flush out crimes against fashion

18. Forget unfriendly “friends”

19. Free up the minutes

20. Free yourself from overcommitting

21. Give away unwanted gifts

22. Go through greeting cards

23. Hand down hand-me-downs

24. Hurl dead batteries

25. Let go of old cosmetics

26. Liberate bric-a-brac

27. Lob misshapen candles

28. Monitor medication expiry dates

29. Obliterate junk emails

30. Pass on outgrown toys

31. Pitch perfection

32. Purge useless “storage solutions”

33. Recycle newspapers

34. Reduce pantry stores

35. Register on the “Do Not Call Register”

36. Release untried recipes

37. Remove unreal expectations

38. Resist timewasters

39. Say goodbye to stale spices

40. Shed worn shoes

41. Simplify systems

42. Stamp out stress

43. Toss empty boxes

44. Trash the trash

45. Trim down collections

46. Uncomplicate the complicated

47. Unshackle unused tools

48. Unsubscribe from spam

49. Wave goodbye to worn out pots and pans

50. Wipe out worry

Mobile Phone Hoarding

February 18, 2010

According to the non-profit mobile phone recycling program, MobileMuster, Australia is a nation of hoarders.  So what would make them say that?

It seems Australians are hoarding old no-longer-used mobile phones, up to 22 years old.  MobileMuster commissioned a study and discovered our dark phone-hoarding secret.  And according to the report, entitled Australia: a Nation of Mobile Phone Hoarders, if Australians handed in the 14-16 million unused or broken mobile phones (not including batteries) hidden away across the nation, it would be worth 3.2 million aluminium cans, 31,000 gold wedding bands and 160,000 plastic fence posts.

What more motivation could you ask for?  So dig out the old mobile phones and visit the MobileMuster website to find out how to recycle them.

I believe in the cause so much I’m giving it Project of the Month status.

Angela’s Advent, Day 20

December 20, 2009

The last 2 days have seen me recommending indulgent foods.  Today I’m focusing on the healthier side of things.  How about a luscious fruit basket?

Or just one fruit – cherry anyone?