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FABruary Style Challenge

February 2, 2013

Sometimes we have stuff in our wardrobes we never wear.  Sometimes our stuff is used in only a limited way, like the twin set we only ever wear as a set.  And sometimes we have something we love so much and wear so often, we can’t imagine trying to wear it in a different way.

Well, my friend Imogen Lamport from Bespoke Image, has something to change all that.  It’s her FABruary Style Challenge.  Each day she gives inspiration to wear clothes in a new way.

Today’s theme was Pink, so I took a look in my wardrobe, thought about what I’d be doing today – exploring the central part of the city, shopping, eating out and going to a movie – and put together this outfit.  Can you see the cute hot pink watch?  A good friend gave me that for my birthday, which came in really handy for Day 1 of the challenge, which was Arm Candy.

I want to share Imogen’s Style Challenge with you and encourage you to take a look at your wardrobe in a new way.


Your Clutter Can Help Others

June 7, 2012

You’ve decided to declutter – to make the tough calls over what to keep and what to let go of. The vase you don’t like, the baby outfit that was outgrown before it was worn, the couch that clashes with your new decor – they’re all going, but they’re too nice to put in the bin. The most effective way to stop the unwanted creep back into your domain, is to part with it while the decision is fresh. Sure, you could load up the car and try to squeeze it into a charity bin in the supermarket carpark…

Or you could make one phone call and have it taken off your hands.

One charity to call is the Epilepsy Foundation, who are happy to pick up a large variety of goods from your home as a donation to the Epilepsy Op Shops. These unwanted items – including furniture, manchester, bric-a-brac, electrical, clothing and most miscellaneous items – are sold in their Op Shops to help provide services to the thousands of people each year who contact the Foundation each year, seeking support and counselling around epilepsy. So if you have anything you’ve been meaning to get rid of that’s in saleable condition, please contact the Epilepsy Foundation on 9805 9111.

Ready Set Christmas – Camera Action Smile

December 23, 2011

Got enough film/memory for your camera to capture the big fun day?  Are the batteries charged?

Check that checked.

or not 😉

Wouldn't want to miss precious moments like this.

Temporary Downsizing

July 31, 2008

Years ago, when we moved to Melbourne, it was into temporary rented accommodation, while we sold our previous residence and hunted for our new home.  It was rather a complicated time in our lives and it made sense to simplify and settle before launching into the next stage.

The house we chose was small.  That choice was deliberate.  We needed something that would put a roof over our heads for as little money as possible.  We also needed time to concentrate on settling children into new schools, starting new jobs, house-selling and house-hunting, on top of all the other stuff life throws at you.  So we didn’t want to spend a lot of time maintaining someone else’s property.  The deal we struck even had the landlord doing the gardening.

One consequence of this temporary downsizing was putting anything that wasn’t absolutely necessary into storage.  The property had a large shed, which we filled with boxes holding all our extras.  And there it stayed for 16 months.  Ok, I confess, just once I did need to go retrieve something from a box in the shed.

And then came the day we moved into our new home and unpacked all those extras.  For adults and children alike it was like Christmas, seeing our old friends again.  Most of those possessions were welcomed back warmly.  But there were a few I didn’t even remember we owned, and others made me wonder what on earth I was thinking!  Of course before the initial move, we’d decluttered.  So nothing we didn’t love, use or need should have made the cut.  But lo and behold, there were things coming out of storage that had us in fits of laughter at our poor choices.

This little exercise brought into sharp focus which stuff had been important to us, and which most definitely wasn’t.  So, even if you do it on a small scale – pack one boxful away for a month – I encourage you to give it a try.

Just because it’s free…

May 15, 2008

Just because something’s free of charge doesn’t mean it won’t cost you.

How many “free” toys from a fast food joint are lurking in your home or car?  How many “free” cosmetic samples, hotel soaps or teeny bottles of shampoo can be found at the bottom of your bathroom drawers?

I’m no different to most of my clients.  I hate to waste.  I hate to throw things out.  If I own something I like to make good use of it.  So I try not to take the “free” stuff when offered.

Why not?  Ok, remember I said just because it’s free doesn’t mean there’s no cost.  Well, first there’s the cost to the environment in producing and then discarding this free stuff.  Then there’s the cost to you in storing it.  It costs you in space, in time spent maintaining/cleaning/moving/looking for it, and in peace of mind.  So many of my clients feel guilt because of their clutter, then they feel guilt when it’s time to get rid of the clutter.  And in many cases the clutter came “free”.

As I said, I try not to bring free stuff home.  But sometimes it comes uninvited.  I entered a competition once.  I didn’t win the major prize but I did win a consolation prize of 3 cartons of Brush Ups.  These are little individually-wrapped mint-flavoured “textured teeth wipes” which you slip over your finger to “brush” your teeth on the run.  Now while I would never buy something like that, now that I have them I find it very hard to get rid of them.  I consolidated the 3 cartons into one to save space.  I keep some in my car, some in my handbag and some at home.  I could use one a day for over a year.  Still they linger.  It’s time for me to set an example.

Out they go.


Goodbye Brush Ups

What are you ready to let go of?


May 6, 2008

Organising is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. – A.A. Milne

Clutter-free Mothers Day

May 4, 2008

Mothers Day is just a week away.  Stuck for ideas on how to show your appreciation and affection?  Here are some ideas for last minute clutter-free gifts any mother would love.

  • a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure
  • a subscription to her favourite magazine
  • a promise to weed the garden or iron for a month (or more)
  • dancing/photography/painting lessons
  • a double pass to the movies
  • tickets to the theatre/opera/ballet/rock concert/sporting event
  • an outing to her favourite gallery/garden nursery/cafe
  • a framed photograph
  • a mix CD of favourite songs
  • your time