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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How to save money easily

Whether you want to save up your cash for something special, pay down your debt, or have money available in case of emergency, it's always a good idea to have some extra put aside for when you need it.

But it's not easy moving away from living pay check to pay check and building up your savings - for most of us it seems like there's always another need to provide for, another bill to pay, or simply not enough money coming in to cover all of our expenses.

The best advice I've ever received when it comes to making your budget work is to know the difference between a NEED and a WANT.

Your 4 basic NEEDS in life are food, shelter, utilities and transport - everything else is a bonus.

I know, that doesn't sound realistic in an age of smartphones, packaged foods and Netflix - but you'll be surprised at how much you can do without when you really need (or want) to save some cash.

Once you settle on your needs based budget (it's different for everyone - start with the basic 4 and build from there, staying under what you bring in with your income every week or fortnight), it's time to make sure your money actually gets put aside, so you can't spend it before you get a chance to save it.

Personally, I like everything in my life to be as simple as possible. So today I'm sharing my favourite 3 techniques to save money.. on autopilot.

You set it up, and then it basically takes care of itself.

Watch the video below for a walk through of the 3 techniques, and when you're ready for more, you can get ALL of my favourite ways to save money easily with this handy cheat sheet:

Sunday, February 11, 2018

How to add more storage to your living room

You spend a lot of time in your living room, so how can you keep it tidy without adding too much daily work to your To Do list?

The answer is to incorporate as many clever living room storage ideas as possible.

I use a simple 2 part process when I'm organising a room:

  • I look around the room and ask myself "What makes this room look untidy?"
  • I look for ways to hide those untidy aspects - or make them look nicer!

Here are 6 clever living room storage ideas I've incorporated into my home - try them in yours!

1. Keep kids toys off the floor and packed away neatly in ottoman stools

via Fantastic Furniture

2. Corral your many remote controls into a remote holder box

via Howards Storage World

3. Pack blankets away into ottoman stools, or upgrade to beautiful throw blankets to cosy up your living room and make it look even more beautiful

via IKEA

via Etsy

4. Limit books or magazines on your coffee table to 3, or invest in a coffee table with hidden storage drawers or shelves

via Temple & Webster

5. Keep all incoming paperwork (bills, school notes, etc) in a beautiful A4 storage box with a lid and say goodbye to paper clutter in your living room. Process these papers each Sunday - action and / or file them for a clean start ready for the week ahead!

via Kikki K

6. Add a "put away box" to the room so that anything dumped can be quickly placed into it when company comes unexpectedly (or when you just get sick of looking at it). At the end of the day, everyone needs to go through the box and put their stuff away where it belongs.

via IKEA

Now that you're armed with a list of simple solutions for your living room storage - I'd love to see you try it - share a photo of one of your living room storage solutions on the Beautifully Organised Facebook page and join in the discussion!

x Marissa

Saturday, January 13, 2018

How to do the things you don't want to do without hating your life

One of the reasons we procrastinate on the things we don’t enjoy doing is it feels like a bigger job than it actually is.

Even daily chores, like doing the dishes, seem like a big deal when you don’t enjoy doing it and it’s a job that you need to do over and over again.

The simple solution is to just take the first step. Once you do, you’ll find it’s easier to take the next step, and from that point, the job doesn’t seem so big and overwhelming, and you usually breeze through it in less time than you thought it would take.

With our dishes example; Start by telling yourself you don’t have to do all the dishes, you just need to scrape off the plates and empty the glasses. Once that’s done, it will feel easier to just think, well, I’ll just stack like items together ready to wash when I feel like it. After that, it’s no big deal to fill the sink with soapy water, telling yourself you’ll just wash the glasses… and cups….. And then you’ll find plates aren’t a big deal either.

As you continue, the job gets smaller and you find your momentum building. Then all of a sudden, you’re done!

Worst case scenario, even if you don’t finish, you’ve taken positive steps to making the job less overwhelming and easier to complete later.

Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

x Marissa

A quick and easy beauty routine for people who don't have much free time

Today’s tip is perfect for you if you love the idea of a regular at home beauty routine but have no time to fit it into your day.

It’s a really simple 10 minute addition that will leave you feeling beautiful, rested and relaxed at the end of each day, and the best part is, It’s pure indulgent self care, without the guilt that normally comes with taking out some time for yourself.

Today’s simple tip is to shower at night instead of in the morning, and to add an extra 10 minutes to your shower routine to focus on beauty and self care.

A morning shower is rushed - you cram it into your morning routine before you fly out the door on your way to work or school. A night time shower is different - it’s slow, indulgent and uninterrupted - it’s pure ME time.

Schedule in an extra few minutes for beauty during or right after your shower when you’re already relaxed and warm, and your skin is soft.  Assign a simple beauty task to each day and you’ll be able to take care of everything by the end of the week. Then just repeat the cycle!

For example, you can try my weekly beauty routine:

Monday: Body scrub

Tuesday: Manicure

Wednesday: Hair wash and treatment

Thursday: Face exfoliation and eyebrow grooming

Friday: Pedicure

Saturday: Face Mask and Eye Treatment

Sunday: Hair removal

Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you!

x Marissa

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

How to keep your household running smoothly each day, no matter how busy you are

Today’s post will help you keep on top of your housework each week without needing a long To Do List!

It’s perfect for you if you prefer an easy rhythm to your day rather than a busy daily routine.

It will keep your household running almost on autopilot so you can cruise easily through your days knowing the essentials are done, stress free.

Today’s simple tip is to get clear on your daily non negotiables.

Grab a pen and paper and write down the basic daily chores that keep your household running smoothly. In my home, that’s one load of washing, 3 lots of dishes, one room tidy from top to bottom, meals for the family and daily showers for the kids.

Now that you have your basics, look at the outline of your typical day and add each activity to it. In my example, the morning includes breakfast and lunch preparation, taking care of the breakfast dishes, putting a load of washing on.

While the kids are at school, I take care of the room clean from top to bottom, and hang the washing (which includes bringing in yesterday’s dry laundry - we hang our washing undercover and leave it overnight to dry).

In the afternoon, after the kids get home from school, I get dinner ready and wash the second load of dishes while my husband or I cook. At this point we are washing my dishes from lunch, the kids lunchboxes for school and the prep dishes for the cooking (chopping boards, etc).

In the evening, the last of the dishes from dinner are done, we manage the shower routines for the kids, and that takes care of our essential chores for the day that keep the household running smoothly.

Give the daily non negotiables activity a try and let me know how it works out for you!

x Marissa