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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Declutter with me: My Tupperware cupboard!

Here's a simple way to store your Tupperware containers and lids - no need for fancy storage!
My container cupboard desperately needed a good clean out and declutter this week so I filmed the steps for you:

1. Empty everything out

2. Clean surfaces

3. Sort containers: I sorted into 3 groups (circle containers, square and rectangle ones) and put lids on as I went, so I could tell how many had bottoms and lids that went together. Once I had them matched, any odd ones went into a bag in the spare cupboard (so I could add their matching parts as I found them later) and the sets were ready to pack away!

4. Put away: I store my containers in stacks, with lids removed, so they don't get musty.

Hope that helps! 

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Night time showers vs morning showers

Night time showers vs morning showers - which team are you on?

I had the lovely Morgan from Salubrious Shack over to chat about it and we had so much fun!

Watch the video below to see which one I prefer and why - and the surprise 3rd option that can really influence your day too :)

What about you - are you a morning shower person, a night time shower fan, or do you do both?


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Holiday decor storage, organising and motivation ideas!

This week Annabelle wrote in with a question!

“My Christmas tree is still up and it’s past Easter! Taking it down and putting it all away is a big job and really overwhelming - can you please share some tips on how to organise the decorations and get motivated to put it all away?”

First things first: Know you are not alone! I have 3 loved ones that are in the same situation most years. 

Don’t feel guilty or bad about it either! We are all busy and have LOTS to do and most offs are also juggling it all around family, kids, loved ones, work commitments, social commitments, etc. 

Now onto some ideas that should help:

* Storage Ideas *

* Simplify *

Decorations: Only one theme of ornaments - give away extras, every year lots of people need these decorations and can’t afford them so giving away the ones you haven’t used for a while means you help them AND you simplify your own decoration because you have less to wade through and organise.

You need less than you think! One or two strands of lights, 12 simple hanging ornament, some tinsel - you can even pop the tree in a corner of your room and only decorate the front.

Tree: If your tree takes a long time to put up and take down, you won’t be motivated to do it. Sell or giveaway that tree and have a simpler one instead - one that comes as a whole tree (even if it’s smaller, it’s still beautiful), or one that comes in 2 or 3 ready made sections is much easier than a tree that has individual branches to put together and take apart every year. 

Can’t bear to change your tree? Then simplify the packing - wrap it all in cling wrap or put a big garbage bag over it all (lights and decorations included) and store it that way in a big cupboard or in your garage on it's own shelf!

* Motivate *

Think about how you can make putting it up and taking it down more enjoyable.

Music, soft cosy lighting, a cup of tea, a glass of wine, some good quality chocolate - comfy clothes and slippers..

If it feels like chaos trying to do it with the family, schedule it for when you have an hour or two alone. It could be while they’re at school, a playdate, or ask your partner or a family member to take the kids out for an hour or two so you can do the job by yourself and make it enjoyable with the ideas listed above.

Can’t get alone time? Break the job into smaller steps and do them after the kids go to bed over a few evenings:
  • Evening one - remove and put away decorations
  • Evening two - remove and put away lights
  • Evening three - Take the tree down (or cover it up) and put it away

Small steps! And give yourself a little reward every evening when that job is done.

I hope that helps! 

x Marissa

Sunday, March 26, 2017

How to make sure your kids take everything they need to school each day

This week my lovely sister Melodie Johnston joined me LIVE on Facebook to share how her primary school aged kids remember to take everything they need to school every day - no forgetting soccer stuff, library books, etc..

It's really simple and you can try it yourself as soon as tomorrow!

Watch the video for all the details:

Here are the basics:

Mel made up these daily prints with everything the kids need to take to school that day. Both kids are on the same print, with different columns for each, using different coloured headings so the kids can see at a glance which list is for them.

Each day these get posted at the front door and are checked by the kids on the way out to make sure they remember to take everything they need for that day!

Things to remember:
  • Switch them over each night so you have the correct day (and print the day at the tops of each page so it's easy to double check each morning)
  • Don't put them on the back of the door if your door will be open as the kids leave the house - they won't see it! Instead, post it next to the front door
  • Don't panic if they forget something - it's all part of the learning process and is actually a good thing long term- they learn how to problem solve, ask for help, or accept that life goes on even if they forget a soccer ball one Thursday!

Hope you found it helpful :) 

Don't forget to share your own ideas below or on the Facebook page!

x Marissa

Friday, March 17, 2017

How to manage school notes and other paperwork - easily!

If you get overwhelmed with the amount of paper that enters your home, if you're sick of losing important notes and being behind on your bills because the paperwork goes missing, or if you just want a simple way to keep all your papers tidy before you action it and file it, you will LOVE this technique!

Grab the Paper Flow book here for more detail and other great ideas: (affiliate link)

This book is GOLD and taught me a really simple way to keep on top of school notes, bills, - everything paperwork in my life and businesses!

Basically, we use an A4 size gift box to corral all of our paperwork. 

We keep the gift box on our kitchen counter, which tends to be where we already automatically 'dump' the incoming papers.

Every time I enter the house with new mail, bills, papers etc - and every time the kids get home from school with notes in their bag, we put them into this box.

The box has a lid on it for 2 reasons:

1. It makes it look neater
2. It sets up a clear guideline on when you have to process the paperwork - when the box is too full to put the lid on, you have to sit down and action everything inside!

Now don't worry too much about the box getting full and overwhelming - in most cases I find this is easy to avoid once you follow the tips in the Paper Flow book and set a regular time to sit down with the box and action the papers inside.

You can do it weekly, or daily. I find daily is easier and takes only a few minutes, and I do it once the kids are in bed.

Give it a try and let me know if it helps you too! And for more information, grab yourself a copy of Paper Flow - you'll love the results you'll get with it :)

x Marissa

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