4 Simple guidelines for an organised home



Do you wish your home was more organised but feel overwhelmed at the idea of getting started?

Let’s do it the easy way.

These guidelines will help you organise your home in a way that fits with your life and your energy, making it do-able long term instead of stressing you out with a big project that makes you feel like it’s too much to handle.

Less stuff = easier organising.

When you have less to organise you don’t need to spend much time and effort organising, because you have space in your home to fit everything and give each item a place to belong.

Declutter regularly.

You don’t have to do a big declutter session if you don’t want to, you can just pop a bag or box in a corner of your home and as you go through the week, add items to it that you know you don’t need anymore. Things that don’t get used much, toys that don’t get played with, clothes that don’t fit anymore.

One small step at a time.

Setting aside a few days to go on an organising mission will just put you into overwhelm and make your home feel messier than ever.

Think of this as a long term change, not a project.

Organise one shelf of one cupboard while you’re chatting on the phone, or listening to a YouTube video, or waiting for the oven to heat up before you cook dinner.

Declutter your wallet one day, your handbag another day, one bathroom drawer the next, etc.

You’ll find these small spaces add up to big results without feeling like a lot of effort.

When you bring something new in, take something old out.

If you buy a new pair of shoes, let another pair go.

If you get a new a winter coat, donate the old one.

If you buy a new set of coffee mugs, say goodbye to the previous ones.

Get into the habit of “processing” the items in your home instead of “collecting” them.



Pay attention to how you feel and break the job down into simple steps.

If you feel cranky every time you walk past the clutter hotspot on top of your freezer, today is the perfect day to deal with it. Keep it simple and do it in 4 steps: Rubbish out, put the other stuff away, spray and wipe the surface, then out the rest back neatly (if there’s anything left that actually belongs there).

If you get frustrated trying to cram your socks into your sock drawer, it’s time to declutter your socks. Dump them out, match the pairs, let go of the ones with no match or that you don’t wear regularly, then fold the rest & put them back in.

If you hate opening the fridge because of how messy it looks, it’s time to clear it out. Rubbish or expired items out first, then clean one shelf at a time, put whatever is left back in neatly. You can do each section in 5 minute blocks over the day if you feel like doing it all at once is too much.

If you can’t stand walking past the kids bedrooms, it’s time for them clean them. Rubbish out first, then dirty washing in the basket, then make the bed, then put things away, then spray and wipe surfaces, lastly vacuum the floor. If that feels like too big a job at once, break it up into 5 minute jobs throughout the day.

I hope you found this helpful. If you’re ready for the next step in organising your home, you might want to check out my popular House & Family Binder. It’s a simple set of prints to help you get organised and run your household without stress and overwhelm.


A simple list to make Back to School easier


In Australia, we’re almost at the end of our summer holidays, which means it’s time to start preparing for starting school (or back to school).

I have a simple list I follow that helps me keep track of the to-do’s without the overwhelm and thought I’d share it with you in case it comes in handy!

Here’s what we cover in the lead-up to the return to school:

The personal stuff

  • Nit checks
  • Haircut if needed / wanted
  • Eye checks
  • Hearing checks
  • Check vaccines are up to date
  • Asthma plan update from GP / Telehealth
  • Book in for dentist check-up

The school stuff

Basics: School bag, hat, lunchbox, drink bottle. Don’t buy super expensive ones (especially if the kids are little) because they’ll get lost or broken and need replacing pretty quickly. It’s fine to use last year’s if they are still in good condition.

Uniforms: Do last year’s still fit? If not, or if this is your first year of school, check in with your local school’s website and Facebook page for uniform updates as emails and phone calls may go unanswered at this time of year. Lots of schools have a second-hand option if uniforms are too expensive and you may also see posts in your local community group on Facebook with parents offering to donate old uniforms to other families if their kids have grown out of them, so check there too.

Books, pens, and pencils: Our school does a book pack each year so we don’t shop separately for them. You can usually find information on your school’s website or Facebook page on whether purchasing school supplies in necessary.

Transport: Do you need to order an Opal card? If you’re going to drop off and pick up, can you drive past the school this week and check the parking options so you don’t have to wing it on the first day?

Lunches: Pack lunch for the first day in case the canteen isn’t taking orders yet. Keep it simple - a sandwich, a piece of fruit, a snack, and a bottle of water.

Extras

  • Stock up on sunscreen and mosquito repellant to put on the kids before school each morning. In our area, we have lots of mozzies at this time of year!
  • Grab a packet of bandaids with your next grocery shop, a couple of bandaids on heels make new school shoes less painful (no blisters) for the first week.

If this is the first year of school for your child / children

Use the week before school starts to practice opening lunch box containers, using a public toilet unassisted, putting on or taking off jumpers, filling up a drink bottle.

Go somewhere this week (library, park etc) and let the kids take their backpacks with lunchbox, hat and drink bottle inside so they can practice carrying and using it (zips can be tricky at first).

Give yourself buffer time on school mornings for unexpected delays like last minute nerves, finding shoes, trying to get a car park, etc.

Check backpacks for school notes each day and take a photo of them so if they get lost, it’s no big deal.

Check the school starter hacks eBook for other (optional) ideas

I hope you found this helpful. If you’re ready for the next step in organising your home, you might want to check out my popular House & Family Binder. It’s a simple set of prints to help you get organised and run your household without stress and overwhelm.


7 things you can stop buying this year to save money, waste and clutter



Want to start the new year off with less clutter, less waste and more money? 



All you need to do is shift your perception a little on things that feel perfectly normal but are actually costing you time, space, money and effort in your day to day life.

This is the year you stop buying things you don’t actually need and enjoy your extra cash and space! 



Here are 7 easy ideas to start with:


Bottled water.

So easy, and you’ll save hundreds this year from just this one step. Take your drink bottle out with you. Get a small one that fits in your bag if you don’t like carrying it.

Books and magazines.

Use your library app to place the books you want to read on hold. When they come in, you pick them up, read them, and bring them back. No charge, no clutter, and you can re-order one any time you like if you want to read it again.

Brand new clothes.

Do you really need to keep up with every trend? Let go of fast fashion this year.



Wear the clothes in your cupboard that make you look and feel great, say goodbye to the rest. You’ll enjoy having less laundry to do, you’ll love the extra space in your wardrobe.



If you have an event you’d like to dress up for, rent a gorgeous outfit for a fraction of the price of buying one.

If you need new clothes, save your money and go thrifting, it’s so much fun rummaging through everything to find the perfect new piece for you for just a few dollars, and you won’t have to worry about showing up to the office or at a party wearing the same outfit as someone else.

Kitchen gadgets.

Most of them don’t get used enough to justify the space they take up in the cupboard. How often do you really use your food processor or waffle maker? If you have gadgets and appliances you use all the time, keep them. Let go of the rest and don't immediately buy the next one you see being raved about on TikTok.

Anything that will put you in debt.

Is it an impulse purchase, or do you really need it? 



Can you get it for cheap or free at an op shop or on Facebook Marketplace? Does a friend have one you can borrow? Can you get it from a share shop and return it when you’re done? 



Do presents actually need to be expensive?

Can you go on a simple picnic dinner at a lovely location instead of putting an expensive meal on your credit card?

Can you choose a not new car, save money on the purchase and enjoy the savings on your registration and insurance as well?

New versions of things you already have.

Do the kids really need new school bags, lunchboxes and drink bottles , sneakers pens, pencils, pencil cases etc just because it’s the start of the school year, or are last year’s perfectly fine?

If they want the newest coolest thing, can they save up their pocket money for it? You’ll find out fast if they really want it when you suggest that.

Ingredients specifically for just one recipe.

Instead of spending an extra $20 on ingredients you’ll use once, forget about, and then throw away, Google “substitutions for” and use what you already have in your pantry.



I hope you found this helpful. If you’re ready for the next step in organising your home, you might want to check out my popular House & Family Binder. It’s a simple set of prints to help you get organised and run your household without stress and overwhelm.


10 easy tips for a clean & tidy home with no extra effort



Want to know one of my best “organised home” secrets?

You can have a clean & tidy home without actually putting a lot of effort into it.

The secret is to add incidental cleaning to the small routines you already have in your day.

When you’re going about your day - cooking, doing the washing, giving the kids a bath, drop off and pick ups, etc there are little things you can do that don’t feel like a lot of extra effort at the time but they keep everything looking lovely as if you’ve done a dedicated clean.

Add one of more of these to your day and see the difference immediately!

When you wait for the kettle to boil for your morning coffee, unstack the dishwasher. Now it’s ready for people to stack it as they go throughout the day instead of piling dishes into the sink or on the kitchen counter.

While you wait for your pasta water to boil for dinner or your oven to heat up, clean one shelf in one kitchen cupboard. Now you’ll always have clean interiors - no dust, no crumbs, etc - because one shelf only takes a couple of minutes but over the month, you’ll cover every space effortlessly.

Whenever you open the fridge (to make a snack or lunch, etc) take a quick look for any expired food items or produce that needs to be disposed of. Taking care of one or two items at a time through the week saves a big clean out on shopping day.

When you’re keeping an eye on the kids in the bath, spray and wipe your bathroom sink and mirror. You’ll never have toothpaste stains again.

Keep a pack of freezer bags and cleaning wipes in your glovebox in your car and whenever you do drop offs and pick ups, quickly grab any rubbish and pop it in a bag to throw away when you get out of the car. Give anything sticky a quick wipe and pop the wipe in the bag too so you can throw it out easily.

If you’re watching free to air tv and an ad break comes on, use it to quickly today up the room you’re in.

While you’re on the phone, pop it on speaker or put your earbuds in and organise one shelf or drawer in your bedroom as you chat.

When you put laundry on to wash on Mondays, wipe down the washing machine too so it stays clean.

The next time you check your mailbox, take a dustpan and brush and give it a dust, removing any spiderwebs.

Use a dish wand to clean your shower when you’re in it.

Those are my favourites, and I'd love to know yours if you have some too!

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I hope you found this helpful. If you’re ready for the next step in organising your home, you might want to check out my popular House & Family Binder. It’s a simple set of prints to help you get organised and run your household without stress and overwhelm.

Check out the House & Family Binder here >>

x Marissa

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Where to begin when organising your home



An organised home runs smoothly and feels like a haven to relax in.

Imagine how good it will feel to be able to move through your day almost effortlessly and truly enjoy the space you live in 💕

But the act of getting your home organised in the first place can be really overwhelming, and that’s why we struggle to do it. It feels like a big job to go through everything, declutter what you don’t need and set up your home so that everything has a home to belong in and is easy to get out, use and put away.

When you picture getting your home organised, do you picture having to do it all at once?

If so, this is the year we are going to let that go.

It’s much easier to organise your home in small steps, starting with the ones areas that need the most attention and going from there.

Which part of your home makes you feel stressed out or cranky right now? Is there a particular cupboard you hate opening? A room you don’t like to go into? A box of stuff that makes you feel guilty when you look at it?

Let’s choose just one of those spaces and work on that in small steps:

✅ Step 1: Just throw away any rubbish, anything expired, or anything broken. Pop it into a bag and into your bin. Then move on with your day.

✅ Step 2: The next day, go back to that space and remove anything you don’t want to keep anymore (it doesn’t matter the reason). pop that into a bag and put it into you car to donate the next time you drive past a donation bin.

✅ Step 3: The next day, head back to that space and look at what’s left. Is there anything you can spot that you know would be better suited in another space? Put those things away where you think they should belong.

✅ Step 4: When you’re ready, go back to that space, take out anything that is left, and wipe down the surfaces so they are nice and clean. Put the remaining items back in neatly, and you’re done!

When you declutter, clean and organise one space at a time in small steps, the overwhelm disappears and it becomes much easier to do it.

If you feel like it’s too much when you start, remind yourself you’re not doing it all, you’re just doing one step. You only have to do it for a few minutes. Then begin, pick up one thing, then another. and you’ll feel the momentum build as you go.

When you’re finished with one space, choose another one that feels frustrating and start again.

Let it become a natural part of your daily rhythm, just one of those small steps in one small space. You don’t even have to do a whole cupboard at once! Just one shelf is fine. Every step is progress and will feel good when you look at what you have achieved!

I hope you found this helpful. If you’re ready for the next step in organising your home, you might want to check out my popular House & Family Binder. It’s a simple set of prints to help you get organised and run your household without stress and overwhelm.

Check out the House & Family Binder here >>

Here’s to a tidy home and a Happy New Year!

x Marissa