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Product Review – the Hanger Dangler

December 13, 2011

  It’s a quirky name but a nifty product. As you may know, I have downsized my home this past year and so I look for any advantage I can get in the wardrobe. The Hanger Dangler is one product that’s helped me gain space, as well as keep my things together in one place. I use my Hanger Dangler for my many camisoles. Thanks to this clever product my camisoles take up much less space and are so easy to find, all sharing the one hanger.

Check it out for yourself here.

A Word with Imogen Lamport

August 31, 2011

Once again I bring you an interview with a woman who gets things done. I spoke to image consultant, Imogen Lamport from Bespoke Image, about how organisation helps her get those things done.

Imogen, how did you get into the work you do?   I have never had a ‘manufacturing standard’ body shape and from my teenage years started wondering why some clothes worked and looked great on me, and others looked atrocious and were completely unflattering, even though those clothes looked fabulous on similar height/weight friends.  The more I read about colours and styles and body shapes, the more intrigued I became.  At the age of 34 I met an image consultant and we got talking and she noticed a flair for image in me and suggested I train to become an image consultant.  I realised that this was the job I’d always wanted to do but never knew existed.  I can’t tell you how blessed and lucky I feel to have stumbled into my ideal career.

Which tasks do you delegate?  Who to?  I delegate my bookkeeping to a fantastic bookkeeper. I realised early on running my business that it’s important if you don’t have the skills to do something, then to get someone else who has them in, to do the task.  My time is best spent consulting, creating products and tools and writing my blog rather than trying to do a bank reconciliation or BAS statement.  I’ve also found a fantastic car mechanic who comes to my home and does it all for me right here while I keep working.

What’s your favourite iPhone app?  Notes: when I’m out and about and I have an idea for anything, from a blog post topic to a great birthday present for a friend I note it down there.

Diary – paper or electronic?  Paper diary, because I am often out and about (in the car, in the shops etc, my office is quite mobile) and if I am talking on the phone trying to pin down a time with a client for a consultation, I need to be able to see my week in front of me.

How many pairs of shoes do you own?  Something like 80 pairs.  They have been collected over a decade or so and I only keep what is in great condition.  I need boots for winter, sandals for summer, shoes to dress up, shoes to walk the dog.  When I was about 20 I went to the doctor complaining of foot pain.  He said to me “either you can wear different shoes each day, as each shoe rubs on a different part of the foot, or you can have painful and expensive podiatry operations, as when you wear the same shoes each day it causes bunions and corns more quickly”.  So I took his advice and started wearing different shoes.

What’s the hardest thing about getting/staying organised?  The constant influx of paper into my life and the lack of time I have as a single mother of two primary school aged kids.

What’s a favourite organising tool?   The Calender plugin for my wordpress blog www.insideoutstyleblog.com allows me to schedule posts and see a month at a time so I can move posts around so the flow (depending on topic and what’s on) works well and is balanced.

Thanks so much Imogen. I think a lot of people can related to the challenges you face as a single parent and business owner.  And I love that you found a car mechanic to simplify your life as well. The “D is for Delegate” message can be extended to so many areas. And finally, thank you for the work you do, from all of us who are not ‘manufacturing standard’.

Home Delivery

August 29, 2011

Hands up who does NOT have a busy life?

Ok, so the rest of you… do you enjoy grocery shopping?  No?

One way to get the shopping done without trudging around the supermarket is to have it home delivered.

Check out these options for both fresh produce and full grocery options.

For all you need to know about Meal Planning there’s the Meal Planning Made Easy eWorkbookClick here to get yours.

Paprika – my favourite app not too spicy just sweet!

August 25, 2011

Thanks to Helen Crozier for this product review. You can read more reviews and posts by Helen, Business Productivity Genius, at her blog www.helencrozier.com/blog

Paprika  is an easy to use, time saving and fun app available for both the iPhone and iPad.

I’ve been using it for over 12 months and am slowly adding my collection of recipes to it. This app is ideal for those who’ve seen the light and like to plan their menus at week or even month in advance.

Here’s how I use Paprika during my week.  On Monday morning I evaluate my pantry and freezer to see what’s in store. I also find out who’s around for meals. I am generally able to take one-two home cooked meals out of the freezer if I have a busy day. For the other meals I select 1-2 favourites from within Paprika and I also add in 1-2 recipes so that my database slowly gets larger! There is a browser inside the app so when you’ve located your desired recipe on the web you simply click ‘add recipe’ and it does all the formatting for you. A photo of the meal is added, ingredients and method all appear in the right columns.

Each recipe has the option to add to meal plan or add to shopping list so I do this as I go and then tick off any items that I already have. The next part is brilliant –  my Paprika account actually syncs my recipes to all devices. Why this is great is that I don’t generally shop with my iPad but often take my iPhone. When I’m out at the shops I can quickly call up my shopping list or if I decide to spontaneously add something to the week’s menu I can call up the recipe to see what I need for it.  I often put the iPad on a stand on the kitchen bench and keep checking the recipe regularly. It has an inbuilt timer and stays on until you turn it off avoiding sticky smears across the screen.

My long term plan is to have all my favourite recipes from the books I have plus any out there on the web inside Paprika and nicely categorised. As it is possible to export the recipes or share them one day I hope to be able to pass the collection on to my son and daughter in particular. You can of course manually add your own recipes with photos but if you do find the recipe on the web it is quicker to use Paprika’s add function. Browsing for what to cook is easy as you can add multiple categories to your recipes. Mine are the standard main, dessert, chicken, beef, pork, seafood etc but I also have my categories for my celebrity chefs – Nigella, Bill, Jamie.

Paprika for iPad and iPhone is $5.49AUD, with free cloud sync subscription. A MAC version of the desktop software is available for $20.99AUD which also includes free cloud sync. Unfortunately there is not a desktop version for Windows. So far I’m happy enough with just syncing between the iPad and iPhone but for those who don’t have an iPad but do own a MAC, the Desktop version is an attractive alternative.

I give this app, along with all the other reviews in the iTunes store, five stars!

Review – Labelmakers

August 11, 2011

It seems everyone loves a labelmaker. I am no exception. They make my work easier. I’ve also used my labelmaker a lot around home since we moved in over 7 months ago.

When you’re assigning new homes for things, it makes sense to share that information with the others in the household. Labels make it easy to find things but more importantly, to put them away where they belong again.

A while ago I wrote a review of my new labelmaker, and as it’s still the best I’ve used, you can read that review here.

Here are a couple of related posts –

Why Label?

What to Label?

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?

The Organised Alphabet 12

March 15, 2011

Lots of Lovely L words come to mind when I think of the Organised Alphabet.

L is for Lists

If you’re a fan of Lists, or you’d like to Learn the joy of Lists, check out all your options at ListPlanIt.  There’s a List for every part of your home and life.

New Products Now Available

August 10, 2010

2 new Creating Order products are now available.

Meal Planning Made Easy Workbook

A 33-page e-workbook deisgned to make life easier and have you enjoying your time in the kitchen again.

  • The 7 Questions for successful Meal Planning
  • Rules for Stress-Free Shopping
  • Facing Fussy Eaters
  • How to Be Prepared and Flexible
  • How to Save Time in the Kitchen and the Supermarket
  • No-Fail, Tried and True, Quick, Easy Meals
  • Meal Planning Templates

Valued at $57, yours for only $27

Grab your copy here

Quotes to Organise By – an organised collection of 215 inspiring quotes

Including quotes from

  • Napoleon Hill
  • Maya Angelou
  • Edward de Bono
  • The FlyLady
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Brian Tracy
  • and many more

Yours to download now for only $12

Click here to buy or browse

Quotes to Organise By

July 14, 2010

Sometimes you need a little extra motivation. The right word said at the right time can produce inspiring results. That’s why I’ve put together Quotes to Organise By – an organised collection of 215 inspiring quotes.  This collection of quotes on an organising theme is intended to inspire action. May the actions you take inspire others as well.

You can grab your very own copy here.

Product Review – Dymo LabelManager 260P

July 12, 2010

I am a lucky lady. I was sent a brand new Dymo LabelManager 260P to try out. I’ve been using a Dymo labeller for years and love it, so was intrigued to see how they could improve on it.

Dymo LabelManager 260P

Well, right off, the most significant change, and my personal favourite, is the rechargeable battery.  That makes life so easy, especially for someone like me who labels a lot.

The buttons are so user-friendly and I love that it fits so neatly in your hand. It prints multiple copies of a label at once. And you can save your favourite labels for later use.

Other things I like about Dymo labellers in general are the scissor action, a clean cut every time; I can switch between label tapes, mid-tape; the wide variety of tapes available; the gorgeous symbols you can add, and all the fonts and styles at your fingertips.

To test drive my new labeller before I took it on the road, I put the word out to my Facebook clan. Thanks to those who responded, your new labels will be arriving in the post soon. If you’d like to get daily tips, quotes and more, come over and visit my Facebook page. I hope you’ll “like” what you see.