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Sunday, April 24, 2016

How to declutter sentimental items

Decluttering sentimental items can be really hard because of the emotion that goes along with it!

You may be attached to the item because of the memory that goes with it, or you might feel a sense of responsibility to your family to keep these items.

But if your home isn't big enough to showcase these items and take really good care of them, then it can create more stress & guilt rather than provide happy memories..

So it's important to make a decision on whether or not it's realistic for you to keep all of your sentimental items.

It's not an easy decision, but I have a couple of tips that should help :)

In a nutshell:
  • Remember the item is more about the memory and story behind it rather than the item itself.
  • You can still tell the story or enjoy the memory by keeping a select few items instead of everything.
  • Predetermine a number of items you can keep. Forexample, you may not be able to keep all of your family handed down crockery, glassware and cutlery, but maybe you can keep the crockery, or maybe keep 2 glasses out of a set of six.
  • Try offering the rest to other family members. Maybe someone has a favourite piece they wish they were given but doesn't want to risk offending you by asking you to give it to them..

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Plan with me: Feb 15 - 19 Summer pineapples & flamingos

Welcome to this week's plan with me post!

The past week has been incredibly hot here is Australia and I am really struggling with the weather, so I thought I would do my best to put a positive spin on summer with some cute planner print designs for my Erin Condren planner :)

The print I'm using this week is pineapples and flamingos from Laughing Without An Accent and they make me feel all summery and happy!

Here's how it turned out!

Let me know if you like it, and as always, you can check out my Pinterest board for other free Erin Condren printables!

I'd love to see your Plan with Me for the week ahead! Comment below with a link to it so I can check it out :)

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

What to do when dinner isn't planned

I talk a lot about including an 'easy dinner night' in your weekly meal plan..

The other night was a real "we have nothing in the house for dinner" night. No meat, no beans, just some penne in the cupboard and what's left from our fruit & veg this week.

So I cooked the pasta plain and added some cut up yellow capsicum, cucumber, tomato and a bit of grated cheese on the side. That's it.

Georgia dumped her salad into her pasta bowl and told me what a beautiful rainbow pasta I made, and Sophie ate everything colour by colour without giving it a second thought.

Just goes to show, dinner doesn't have to be fancy, on busy days you can keep it simple and in real life no one needs 5 star cooking every day and you'll still be mother of the year :)

Just wanted to let you know in case you're feeling a bit of dinner pressure this week!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Decluttering: How to get started even if you are really busy (and the kids are with you)

Take 2 of our live show on decluttering ;)

We talked about how to get started decluttering last week as well but we had a few tech issues so on Monday we re-filmed the show, and I decluttered my handbag live!

The video has more detail but if you don't have time to watch it now, the main point is this - when you're getting started decluttering, and it's overwhelming, or the kids are with you, or you don't have much time, you need to start small.
Really small. 
Don't declutter the whole house at once.

Don't declutter one room in one go.

Don't declutter a wardrobe in one sitting.

Start really small, like with your wallet, or handbag, or one shelf, or one drawer.
Watch the video for more detail:

Now it's your turn! Take 15 minutes this week to declutter something in your home, and start small.

Need more help? We cover decluttering and more in the Less Mess, Less Stress.. and More Calm email program here.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

How to make your home feel calmer, more beautiful and more nurturing - simple ideas you can try in minutes

I know a lot of Beautifully Organised readers loved the interview I did with Naomi Findlay a few weeks ago on creating a bedroom sanctuary in your own home!

Many of you also took Naomi's free Instagram bedroom challenge and LOVED it, so I wanted to chat with Naomi again and talk about how to get that feeling in other areas of our home as well. 

So today Naomi and I are talking about about simple ways to create beautiful, calm, nurturing spaces in your home. We talk about a quick & easy way for anyone to bring freshness, life and beauty to their spaces in a matter of minutes, and Naomi also has lots of other tips to share that will do the same in her new video series!

You can watch Naomi's other free videos at

Naomi's tips are awesome - she knows exactly what it's like to juggle work, family and life and how full the days can get, so the techniques she share are really do-able and effective :)

Enjoy the interview! 

Access Naomi's free Space Medicine videos here:

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