Monday
Jul042016

Mater Little Miracles 5km Walk 


The Little Miss Organised Team at the Mater Little Miracles 5KM walk (Source: Mater Little Miracles Facebook Page)

On June 5 the Little Miss Organised team participated in the Mater Little Miracles 5km walk at Southbank, Brisbane. As a proud sponsor of the event, this is a local charity close to our hearts.

 

Meet Ruby.

 On January 30, 2016 Ruby was born 6 weeks early, despite hospital efforts to prolong her life in the womb. Ruby was born perfect and no cause for the premature labour could be determined. She was moved straight into the Paediatrician’s care and I did not see or touch her until she was 3 hours old. The outlook for Ruby was very positive despite her early entry to the world and Ruby was able to breathe on her own after just 36 hours of life.

 

When Ruby was 2 days old she began spotting blood in her nappy and blood tests, X rays and stopping breast milk could not detect the problem. It was Suspected (or Stage 1) NEC, we were told.

On Day 5 Ruby took a turn for the worst and her little body went into shock. Lying there pale and lifeless on the bed, the doctors struggled to find an answer. Ruby was handed over to a Neonatologist, a newborn specialist. I asked him if Ruby would be okay. He looked me straight in the eye and said he couldn’t guarantee it. That was the moment our world fell apart. 

Ruby had more tests – this time a contrast X-ray and Ultrasound at Lady Cilento Hospital. During this journey Ruby had to be prodded to keep her alive as her vitals dropped. It was a very harrowing day. Thankfully the scans showed her bowel was fine and she didn’t need surgery. But there were still no answers. Ruby was put on TPN (Total Parental) Nutrition to heal her stomach and bowel and placed under a heater lamp so her tiny body would have a chance to recover.

 

Three days later we finally had some answers – Ruby had a blood infection. E. Coli.

Ruby needed a lumbar puncture to rule out Meningitis (which could have been fatal) and was put on 14 days of antibiotics. After a week of complete gut rest she was introduced to milk again, just 3ml at a time. Each success was a major celebration. Ruby gradually put on more weight and was sent home after 3 ½ weeks in hospital.

 

This is Ruby at 4 months.

She has no ongoing medical issues. Ruby is a social butterfly and loves chatting with anyone who’ll listen. She is our own little Mater Miracle and this is all thanks for the wonderful team at Mater Mother’s Hospital, Brisbane.

 

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

 

To support Mater Little Miracles please donate here.

 

Friday
Jul012016

Talking Life with Peter Janetzki and Dr Randy Frost

“Understanding Cluttering & Hoarding” Summary

Bonnie and Peter in the 96five Studio

 On Sunday night I participated as a panel member for Peter Janetzki’s live talkback program, ‘Talking Life’. Also on the panel with Peter and myself was Dr Randy Frost, a Professor from Smith College in Massachusetts, USA. To listen to the podcast please click here.

The topic was “Understanding Cluttering and Hoarding” and the focus was on understanding Hoarding Disorder, how to identify it and ways to manage it. We also talked about clutter in general and how disorganisation negatively affects us and how much freedom is found in being organised. The minimalism movement and how to help loved ones get help were also popular topics. 

If you or someone you know are struggling with clutter, mess or disorganisation, help is available. Our Organisers are empathetic, discreet and non-judgemental. We’ll help you make decisions about what’s important to you and sell or donate the items you no longer use.

What have you got to lose? 1300 737 121

Monday
Apr182016

Setting Up a New Home

You’ve found your new home. 

You’re excited. You’ve got everything lined up ready for the move. The removalist (Scotty’s of course) is booked in. The packing has commenced and moving day draws near. You’re so focused on moving out of your current property that you haven’t given much thought to what moving in is going to look like. Sure, you’ve dreamed about that big new bedroom and that fantastic play area for the kids, but you haven’t checked that your stuff is going to fit. Where will your camping gear, tupperware and the paperwork live? Are the bedrooms big enough to fit all the current furniture? Do you need to replace or add to your current set up?
 
Many people make the mistake of just focusing on the move.

They forget to plan for where they’re moving to. They just want to get over that finish line, where their stuff is in the new place, so they can stop paying bills for two properties. The thought is just about dumping the boxes anywhere in the new house and unpacking later. What if later never comes? Most people never plan enough time to move properly. To ensure that the new home is set up and running smoothly. They take a day or two to pack, move and unpack, but it’s never enough. There are always boxes that get left in a garage to be unpacked later, but they never are. And if you’re someone who has moved frequently, chances are, those packed up boxes have tagged along like a stray cat each time. Never being unpacked, or looked at. In fact, you’re not even sure what’s in them anymore, it’s been so long since you first packed them.
 
It doesn’t have to be this way.

You don’t have to pay to move and store items that don’t have any relevance in your life anymore. You don’t have to spend weeks or months in your new home feeling guilty about the unpacked boxes and stressed about not finding items you need for daily life. Heard the saying ‘Fail to plan, plain to fail’? When you move into a new home without having a plan for the set up of your stuff, you are creating extra stress and pressure for yourself. You’re making a task that should be fairly straightforward, more difficult.
 
So, how do you set up a new home from scratch?

Firstly you need to walk through the new space and imagine your ideal for each room. What furniture would look best, and where? What new items complete the vision? Are there pieces of furniture that aren’t worth transporting or setting up? Write as many notes as you can, with drawings.  Imagine what each room is going to be used for, zoning your house by purpose. In the living room, will you play board games and read books? Those items will need to live in there. Is the linen cupboard is big enough to store your picnic and party items? Is the garage set up with shelving for your camping gear? Where will your office be, and the daily paperwork? Once you have zoned the house by use, you’ll know where your furniture is going to live in your new home.
 
No matter what the home you left looked like, you can start with a clean slate in your new home. 

When moving day does arrive, and your beloved possessions are being unloaded at your destination, take the time to instruct exactly where they should be set down. Know where the furniture is going to go, exactly. You do not want to pay another couple hundred dollars to have the pool table moved 30cm because you didn’t measure the space beforehand. Ensure that all the boxes are unloaded in the exact room that they will live in. Make sure the boxes are clearly labelled before you move, so that unpacking is a breeze. List your new rooms by priority and task older children and helpers to unpack a room each, with instructions on what boxes are to be emptied into which cupboards. Make sure you’ve allowed enough time to sufficiently unpack and organise each nook and cranny of your home. It will take an investment of time to do it right, but it will be worth it in the end. Starting from scratch is the best time to organise your home, making it easier to maintain later.
 
When you don’t have to rummage through boxes trying to find your favourite shoes, you’ll thank us.

 

Monday
Apr112016

What’s That Smell?

5 Steps to Get Your Fridge in Tip-Top Shape

Ever pulled out a container and wondered what that green, fuzzy stuff is? If your fridge smells a bit pungent and you’re not sure what’s lurking behind the front row of items, it’s probably time for a fridge spring clean! Having an organised and clean fridge is not only good for the soul; it’s good for your body too! Keep yourself healthy and happy by eating fresh foods and eliminating odour-producing leftovers that should have been thrown out a week ago.

Not sure where to start when giving your fridge a bit of cleaning love? Try these 5 steps below to have your fridge smelling sweet and looking a treat!

1. Pull everything out shelf by shelf. Disinfect each shelf and give a good clean. Wipe over with a few drops of vanilla essence for some fridge perfume. 

2. Sort through all the items, discarding expired food, unidentifiable items, and foods you don’t like to eat.

3. Organise the items into categories - leftovers, fruits, vegetables, sauces etc. Place back according to use, and size. Don’t keep milk in the door!

4. Make an “Eat First” section using a basket or coloured paper to stop hidden food from going off.

5. Keep a magnetic notepad on the fridge to update when items are running low. Makes shopping a breeze!

Maintain the order and cleanliness of your fridge by giving it a good clean each time you do the grocery shopping. Make sure you eat as much of the contents of the fridge as possible before completing your shopping. This will make it easier to see what foods are left and if any shelves need cleaning before you restock with fresh contents. Give your clean a full spring clean every 6-12 months to keep your senses happy.

Friday
Feb262016

So, you want to study online?

How to juggle online study 

Apparently these days it’s common for us to switch careers three times in our working life. I’m already on my second career and I’m not even 30, so maybe this theory is more than just a myth. If you’re wanting to head back to study and increase your knowledge and qualifications as a mature student, there are many things to consider and steps to take to ensure study success. It’s time to organise your time!

Think about what stage of life you’re in. Are you in the middle of building a family? Are you a single person looking for a career that you can be passionate about? Are you returning to work after raising a family? How much time do you have free to add another commitment to the mix? If you’re raising a young family and you’re the primary caregiver, how much spare time do you have on your hands? Is studying online the best option so you can do assignments while the kids nap?

Whether you’re raising kids, working multiple jobs to pay the bills, or volunteering full-time there are so many commitments taking up your time and headspace. It can be hard to know how you’re going to cope after adding another stress to your place. Luckily for you there’s a simple and easy way to work out the juggle. And I’m about to use one of my favourite words to describe the process - PLANNING.

You’ve heard the saying, ‘Fail to Plan. Plan to Fail’, I’m sure. If you’re contemplating heading back to online study, you need to have a plan in place to ensure you meet all your study commitments as well as keeping all the current juggling balls in the air. So what’s this simple and easy process? I’ve outlined it below for you.

1. Assess 

Have a good hard look at your current situation. Personal, financial, emotional, spiritual - take all these factors into account. What’s the end goal for going back to study and how will you get there? What time will you need to commit to your study on a regular basis and how long will the course take? Look at your week, the commitments you already have. Map out the hours you spend caring for children, at work, doing household tasks, socially, physically and spiritually, etc. Use this simple planner to help you plan your week and see what time you can commit to studying online.

2. Implement

Research the courses you’re looking into. Find out which provider offers exactly what you want, with the financial incentives you need. Don’t focus just on course cost - if you pay peanuts you get monkeys after all. Choose the course and institution that’s right for you, adjust your schedules to plan for assignment/lecture times and request support where needed. You’re not an island. Don’t act like one! It takes a village to raise a child and you will need help from time to time. Don’t be afraid to ask for it.

3. Refine

As the course progresses take regular stock of your timetable. What needs adjusting? What commitments are taking up too much time with little profit? Admit there are some projects and activities that are nothing but a black hole on your time and delete them from your schedule. Don’t forget to add plenty of restoration time - time for you to relax and be refreshed doing what you love, with the people you love.

 

I think it goes without saying that if you’re struggling to keep up with your daily/weekly household tasks that’s a project that needs to be taken care of immediately. Don’t put it off any longer - get organised, and get out there and pursue your study dreams. You could be the next big thing, don’t let clutter hold you back.

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Tuesday
Jun092015

6 Kids and Still Organised!

Yes, you read right… 6 kids. Some, well most, call us crazy but the simple fact is that we love kids. Although, we never set out to have half a dozen, once our first arrived we couldn’t resist adding more gorgeous children to our brood. As the numbers grew my need to be more organised grew alongside it - so here are some strategies that work well for keeping our busy family of 8 organised and on track!

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Monday
Jun012015

Top 10 Tips for Families with Multiples

Have you got twins, triplets or quads? Maybe you’ve just got a brood of children in a range of ages and you’re struggling to keep all the balls in the air. Don’t despair! Help is at hand - Read more to find out our top 10 tips for families with multiples.

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Wednesday
May202015

7 Differences Between Organisers & Cleaners

What’s an Organiser? Aren’t they just an expensive Cleaner? What’s the difference? Organising is a relatively new profession. AAPO (The Australasian Association of Professional Organisers) celebrates 10 years in 2015 but Organising has become increasingly more popular worldwide in the last 30 years. When trying to explain what an Organiser does, the closest existing profession is the Cleaning Industry. But an Organiser is not a Cleaner. They are SO MUCH MORE!

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Wednesday
Apr292015

36 Ways To Organise Your Jewellery

Friday
Mar202015

Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out Challenge

I was invited to take part in a medicine cabinet clean out challenge. I was actually surprised by the results!

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