Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Simple Spring Cleaning for Busy Mothers

It's Spring here in Australia!

The time of year when most of us busy mums think we should really be spring cleaning.. but to be honest, there's not a lot of motivation to do it.

We're already busy.

We just had Fathers Day. It's getting closer and closer to the end of the year. Halloween is coming soon. Christmas prep.

Not to mention every day life.

We're working, we have family stuff on. Many, many loads of laundry to get through.

BUT it would be nice to have a fresh clean house at this time of year... so we're doing it in a simpler way!

If you wish spring cleaning was easier, grab our Simple Spring Cleaning cheat sheet and work your way through it with us on Facebook!

Get your copy here on Facebook - just comment on the post and I'll send it straight to you on messenger.

We'll go step by step through the checklist and tackle the stuff that normally feels too hard.

Here's to a simpler Spring!

x Marissa

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

5 Things Organised Mums Never Leave Home Without

Not long ago, I asked on the Beautifully Organised Mums Facebook page, "What's one thing you never leave home without?"

"Kids, keys and phone" were the top 3 answers and they are SO true!

You're basically winning at mum life if you remember those.

Want to make your life even easier?

Here are my other faves if you're looking to step up your organised mum status a notch!

1. Keep cup.

Put whatever you want in here - coffee, tea, wine (just kidding!), even water. You'll save a ton of money when you're out & about and you'll have something to cling on to for dear life when the kids are driving you crazy. Take it empty if you have to, you can buy your coffee on the go and save the planet at the same time.

2. Sunglasses.

The ultimate accessory. It won't matter what your hair looks like or whether you have make up on or not if you're wearing a pair that makes you look and feel put together. Don't worry about trends - invest in a good quality pair that suits you and will last for years. I've had the same Oroton ones for 13 years now and they are still the best part of my outfit every day.

3. Water bottles.

Yes, bring one for you (if you don't use your keep cup for it as mentioned above). But even more importantly, make sure each child has one and that they CARRY IT THEMSELVES.

Seriously, you will get out of the car and immediately you will hear "I'M THIRSTY" whines followed by requests for soft drinks, milkshakes, juice, slurpees.. anything except water. Which, if you bring it from home, is FREE. and doesn't stain if spilled on anyone's shirt.

If the kids complain their water bottle is too heavy, just fill it halway. You can refill on the go at any tap. They'll be fine and you'll save cash.

4. Snacks.

This is pretty much the same advice as the point above. Pack snacks into your kids' bags and you'll save money.. plus you'll be prepared for ANY unexpected delays. Car breaks down? No problem, you have snacks. Tired, cranky kids? No problem, they love snacks. You get hungry? No problem, eat some of their snacks.
Keep it simple. Fruit and biscuits will work, or a sandwich. Add an ice pack if you want to bring cheese, yoghurt etc.

5. Tissues or hankies.

andindadesignbp on Etsy

I swear, the ONE time you leave without them, one of the kids will sneeze and it will go EVERYWHERE (gross). Or someone will cry. Or hurt themselves. Or you'll spill something on yourself. I prefer hankies for reducing waste. At this point most people go "Ew! But they are disgusting to wash!" To be honest, with the amount of times I've seen kids wipe their nose on their sleeve, this doesn't seem like a big deal to me. Sleeves wash up fine. So do hankies. But if you're not ready for that yet, tissues are fine.

6. BONUS! Phone charger or battery pack.

Because let's be honest, whenever your phone runs out of battery, that's when school calls to say your kid needs to be picked up early.
Put an extra (cheap) phone charger in your handbag AND one in your car so you're not wasting time and energy moving it from one place to another.


** What would you never leave home without? Tell us on Facebook!**

x Marissa

P.S. This post contains an Etsy affiliate link - if you purchase via my link, I may receive a small commission

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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 my handy cheat sheet! It comes with access to my WHOLE freebie library!

Friday, March 29, 2019

One simple habit for a clean and tidy kitchen

It's so simple you can do it on autopilot.

I love to cook, but to be honest, one big downside to home cooking is the state of my kitchen when I’m done!

I hate how messy it gets, and my goal is to finish my cooking / baking session with a kitchen that has been reset back to it's original level of clean & tidy:

Now I don't LOVE cleaning, so I try to keep the clean up as simple as possible by washing dishes and wiping down surfaces as soon as I put my food into the oven.

It means I can take my time because I’m waiting for the baking / cooking to happen anyway, and If I need to check on how the food is going, I’m right next to it and I won’t forget about it.

Most of my baked goods and meals take 20-60 minutes, so if I’m done with the dishes before it’s ready, I’ll declutter or clean a cupboard or pantry shelf too. Then it’s never a huge job!

That's it! Nice and easy, just how I like it.

Tell me about your kitchen habits - when do you wash your dishes? How do you manage bigger jobs like pantry cleaning and organising?

x Marissa

Tuesday, November 27, 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: First, I look around the room and ask myself "What makes this room look untidy?". Next, 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

Fantastic Furniture

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

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


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

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!

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.


Now that I've shared my ideas for simple living room storage, I'd love to see yours! Share a photo of one of your living room storage solutions in our Facebook group and join in the discussion!

x Marissa