Archive for the ‘Save Space’ 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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How to Avoid Organising Mistake #5

January 5, 2012

#5 in the list of 7 Common Mistakes of DIY Organising Projects

Let the unwanted stuff hang around

is so easy to rectify.  But first the reasons why you should avoid this mistake at all costs.

You’ve done the hard work sorting your stuff and deciding to get rid of some of it.  Some of those decisions may have been particularly hard.  Your main aim was probably to make some more room at your place.  If you let the unwanted stuff hang around, waiting for

  1. time to take action on the next step – removal
  2. another decision – where or who this stuff is going to
  3. another step – garage sale or eBay

you run the risk of

  1. getting used to the pile of unactioned, undecided stuff
  2. second-guessing your hard-earned decisions
  3. having the piles of stuff to go and stuff to stay getting mixed together
  4. feeling hopeless because all your hard work has not produced the clear space you were hoping for
  5. having to sort it all over again

So, like I said, this mistake is rather easy to avoid.  Just take action immediately.

  • If you’re going to have a garage sale, set a date in the near future and go for it.
  • If you’re going to sell on eBay, either get online and do it, or pay someone to do that for you.
  • If you’re donating it, make a call and get it carted away, or put it in the car and deliver it the very next time you make a trip.
  • If you’re tossing it, toss it.

And make a date – with yourself, someone close or a whole bunch of people – to enjoy the space you’ve created.

Ready Set Christmas – the Guest Room 1

December 18, 2011

Expecting overnight guests?  Where will they sleep?  In the guest room?  Have you been treating it like a junk room?

Well, now’s the time to turf the junk – all those deferred decisions, the “I’ll just put it here for now” stuff, the stuff waiting for that garage sale or to go on eBay, the stuff that belongs to someone else but you’re holding onto it for them, the stuff that you can’t even remember what it was for or why you kept it, the stuff you thought someone else might find useful.  Know what I’m talking about?

Make way for the guests and make way for a little extra living once they’ve gone.  Make the decisions on that stuff now.  If you’re holding a garage sale, set a date.  If the stuff belongs elsewhere, put it there.  If you’re stuff for someone else, tell them to come get it by a deadline (I guarantee you they won’t want most of it – but make it their responsibility to get rid of the stuff, not yours).  You get the idea.  Now is a great time to set the tone for the New Year.

So make way and give the room a good clean.  Your guests will appreciate it, but you will reap the benefits even more when you have the space to yourself again.

or not 😉

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.

Ready Set Christmas – the Tree

December 10, 2011

 

O Tannenbaum,O Tannenbaum!  With a German mother, I grew up hearing the lyrics of this Christmas carol and always with a beautiful real Christmas tree.  I must say I love the smell of a fresh tree and can put up with the needles dropping and the tree leaning imperfectly just to have that lovely scent.  And we’ve always had one…

…till now.  This year we celebrate our first Christmas in our little apartment and there just isn’t room for a full sized tree.  So we’re looking at other ideas.  We could go for a small living tree in a pot on the balcony or a small fibre optic tree inside.  Those are our 2 favoured options at the moment.

Other ideas I’ve seen work are

  • branches, either bare or with needles, in a vase
  • a poster tree made up of handprints
  • decorating a tree in the garden
  • table centrepiece tree

Have you seen other space-efficient Christmas trees?  What do you do at your house?

Will you consider saving space with an out-of-the-ordinary tree?

or not? 😉

 

 

Ready Set Christmas – Deck the Halls

December 9, 2011

Have you decorated your home yet?  Do you go all out, or are there just a few special decorations you put out each year?

Whichever the case may be, think about the other 11 months of the year, when those decorations are not in use.  Do they cause a storage problem?  Are there some decorations you use less frequently or not at all, but hang on to anyway?

As you take out your decorations this year, make some decisions about each piece and whether it’s earning its place in your home.

You could even do away with storing Christmas decorations altogether and go for a combination of other options like …

  • edible decorations
  • items you have on hand, like cookie cutters or candles
  • things you can repurpose after Christmas like fabric or ribbon
  • consumables, like fake snow spray

or not 😉

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 😉

Ready Set Christmas – Gift Wrapping

December 4, 2011

There are a couple of schools of thought on Christmas gift wrapping.

  1. Set up a gift-wrapping station and wrap as you shop
  2. Wrap in one session after all the shopping’s done

Here are my thoughts on those options.  Both methods have their pros and cons.

The gift-wrapping station gets the gifts ready for giving as you catch up with friends and family but you need free space and the supplies will be out on display.

Wrapping in one session is more time and space efficient but may not work if you have gifts to give in the weeks before Christmas, before the gift shopping is done.

I propose a compromise…

In fact the title of this post may have been misleading.  I propose ditching the wrapping altogether and settle instead for gift bags.  This is so much quicker and the bags are reusable, which means less waste.  Keep a stash of various sized gift bags in one large gift bag.  (Once the tree’s up, you an even put that bag under the tree where it is disguised as another gift.)  Also in that bag keep some ribbon and gift tags, even a fancy pen or some self-adhesive bows if you like.

With this method you’ll have the convenience of being able to “wrap” as you go but with time savings without setting aside valuable space.

Or not 😉

Ready Set Christmas – the Gift Hoard

December 2, 2011

With all the pressure to get the gift shopping done, you could be forgiven for feeling the urge to grab the car keys and head out to the shops, or to spend time at the keyboard checking online gift options.  But before you do…

Shop at home first.

Just like with meal planning or clothes or school supply shopping, it pays to take stock of what you already have on hand before going out to spend more money.

My guess is, if you are in the majority, that you already have a stash of gifts you’ve purchased over the year(s) and kept safe.  And here’s the thing – if you don’t give them this Christmas, ask yourself when will be the right time?  What are you waiting for?

Start by checking in all the places you keep gifts “for later” or “just in case”.  Now make a list of all the inventory.  Against that list, can you make allocations to people you normally give to?

Likely there will be gifts left unallocated.  Unless you have bought them with some person or occasion in particular in mind, consider donating them.  Local shopping centres have giving trees.  You could wrap those unallocated gifts and have the joy of giving, even if you don’t know the recipient.

So today’s message is

  1. Shop at home first
  2. Donate the gift hoard
  3. or not 😉

One In One Out

November 7, 2011

With the change of season, now is a good time to assess your wardrobe.  What’s missing?  What do you have Waaaaayyyy toooooo much of?  What’s in good condition and what needs replacing?

This is just what I did the other day, and found I needed some cool dresses, something a little dressy and some more t-shirts.  A shopping trip ensued and lucky for me I found nearly all I needed in one session – 8 new items.  (I am not a keen shopper.)

On bringing my haul home, I took the time to look through the wardrobe again.  To make it all fit, something had to go.  Actually, at least 8 things had to go.  Out with the tatty t-shirts and out with the things that I haven’t worn (for good reason!).  I don’t have anything in my wardrobe that doesn’t fit.  There are a couple of things which are tucked away in a drawer.  But if you have a closet full of things for “some day”, now’s the time to rethink.

Finally, with the change of season, it’s a good time to move the coming season clothes front and centre and the out of season items to the far reaches.

If this sounds all too daunting, I’ll happily help.  We can come to you and have your wardrobe working for you.  And via the miracle of virtual organising, we can even help those who are far, far away.