Tuesday, April 28, 2020

How to organise your plastic bags to save room

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In it I share 3 quick things you can do TODAY to make your home and life more organised ..even when you have kids, including:

  • The 3 easiest things to focus on for a more organised home and life
  • How to reduce stress and overwhelm as a busy mum
  • Why you DON'T need a Pinterest perfect home for it to run smoothly!

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x Marissa

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Monday, February 10, 2020

How to organise your filing system

I used to hate filing. Every time I tried to organise my filing system I would give up after an hour because:
  • It was confusing (how do I group the paperwork?)
  • It was too messy (I was trying to sort it out on the floor)
  • It took too long (and there was no end in sight)
But without a decent filing system I was losing paperwork - which led to late payments on bills and more money spent as warranties were lost. Anything I didn't lose was just piling up around the house and the mess was driving me crazy.

Luckily I like a challenge, and I love organising, so I spent some time researching filing systems and now I have a system that works well for me - simple and effective. 

Today I'm sharing it with you in case you need help with your filing too! So here it is:

How to Organise your Filing System

You will need:

Write your file labels FIRST: It will make sorting out your paperwork quicker, neater and easier because you can just pick up a pile and sort as you go. You don't need to know every label to use at the start, you can add them as you go along, but if you would like a guideline, you can use my personal filing system categories for free, and just alter them to suit you!

Click here for your cheat sheet 

Attach your labels to your hanging and manilla folders: Make sure the labels are written clearly and placed in easy to read areas on your folders. I like to put the hanging file labels on the left, and each manilla folder label on the right:

Hanging file labels on the left

Manilla folder labels on the right

Sort through your paperwork, filing as you go: If you enjoy sorting your paperwork, you can do this step in one sitting, but if you don't have a lot of time, or find you get interrupted a lot (like I do with the kids), you can do this step in 15 minute intervals. It will take you a bit longer, but you'll be less likely to give up! 

The main point to remember here is that the hard part is already over - all of your papers have a home, you are now just gradually placing them where they belong. Don't forget to have a recycling bin handy so you can rip up and throw out old, irrelevant papers as you go.
    Believe it or not - that's it! Follow those steps and your filing system will be so beautiful you'll be happy to file every new paper immediately from now on :)

    If you think this system will help your friends and loved ones too, please share it with them and help them get on top of their filing too!

    x Marissa

    Wednesday, January 29, 2020

    Keep your house tidy easily with 3 simple rules

    Having a tidy house keeps me happy and calm. 

    When my space is organised and clear, I don't panic when people drop by unannounced, I'm not wasting time searching for lost items, I arrive on time or early when I go somewhere (which is something I never did before!), and I have more time to have fun with my family.

    When I help people organise their spaces, I usually get asked what sort of tools they should buy - containers, planners, file folders, desks, cupboards, etc. I say the same thing every time.

    Fancy tools, boxes and organising products are fun, pretty and useful and I LOVE them. But they aren't necessary, they're just nice to have.

    So before you go out and spend lots of $ on organising products, get the basics covered first, so you're not wasting your money.

    To start with, you only need to focus on 3 things to keep your house clear and clutter free.

    Three things. That's it!

    And you don't need to spend and money on them if you don't want to.

    Here's what you REALLY need to do to keep a tidy house:
    1. Get Motivated: Something has to get you going, get you interested in tidying your house regularly. For some, it's writing a To Do list and crossing chores off as you go. For others, it's rewarding themselves after the job is complete. You may like to play your favourite music while you work, put up a motivational poster or keep a few inspiration photos handy - pictures of your house when it's tidy so you know how good it looks when it's organised. Clean with me videos on YouTube are great motivators, and podcasts are awesome too! Whatever you choose, it has to be something that appeals to YOU so you're more likely to do it. Personally, I get motivated to tidy when I'm stressed, because a tidy room makes my head feel clearer and I look forward to feeling relaxed..
    2. Assign a home for everything: Yep, even the little things. Where do you keep your keys, spare change, any business cards you collect, caps, phone charger, sunglasses, medicines, safety pins? If you give everything a proper place to live, it's easy to put it away, rather than just put it down anywhere, creating clutter. Make it easy for your family to put things away too by labelling boxes, shelves, etc so they know exactly where things belong. 
    3. Consistency: This is so important. Your house will only stay tidy if you look after it on a regular basis. The easiest way to do this is to get in the habit of doing a quick tidy up every day. The key is to make it part of your daily routine. Even if it's only a 15 or 30 minute activity, it will help reduce the mess so much and you won't have to spend your whole weekend catching up on housework! I usually set my iPhone timer for 15 minutes and go around the house, room by room, as fast as I can - making sure I put things away in the place they belong!
    The important thing to remember here is that keeping your house tidy is an ongoing process - it's going to need work every day. But with these 3 ideas, the work won't be difficult or time consuming, you can just cruise through on auto pilot and then relax and enjoy your beautiful home :)

    Now, time to share your tips! How do YOU stay on top of your housework?

    x Marissa