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How can de-cluttering your car can make an impact?

2nd Sep 13
Carrying STUFF in or on our cars increases our fuel consumption plus adds to the wear and tear on the vehicles. Infrequently used item such as roof racks and tow bars add weight and wind resistance, making the car work harder. When planning your travel, remove unnecessary items to lighten the load and include things you really need, rather than adding a trailer or roof rack. Unsecured items can be very...

Like Attracts Like in the Kitchen

30th Aug 13
People resonate to people they relate to. I like to implement this theory when organizing kitchens. There has to be a system for your kitchen space to run smoothly and be functional. It is no use having your coffee & tea mugs across the other side of your kitchen from your kettle. Store them in the cupboard directly above or below your kettle. See…like attracts like!! Arrange your kitchenware by frequency...
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Kids

26th Aug 13
The two words ‘Kids’ and ‘Organised’ are opposites in my experience. For many parents having their lives dictated by their ‘bundle of joy’ is a challenge. Only being responsible for you seems like a walk in the park after having kids. The path to sanity with kids is creating a routine – like old people, they love them! Apply the following 6 principles to planning your time: Set time available –...

Downsizing to Reduce, Rethink, Reorganise

26th Aug 13
The Downsizing process is your time to start thinking about “quality versus quantity”, “less is more”, “living with your best stuff”. It’s the time to start your journey through your lifetime of collections and memories, deciding which items you will keep, give to other family members, donate or sell. It is the perfect way to Reduce, Rethink Reorganise your home and life. For some people, this process can be perceived as...
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Collaborative Consumption - Sally Hart

25th Aug 13
The theme of Reduce, Rethink, Reorganise was whole heartedly embraced at the recent AAPO Annual Conference. National Organising Week gives us the opportunity to share this theme with you as Professional Organisers. With the sad statistic of 99% of all items purchased being landfill within 6 months we are using up the planet's resources at the rate of 1.5 planets per year--not sustainable! We need to Re-think! Lisa Fox, of Open...
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President Blog

21st Aug 13
AAPO recently held its annual conference in Sydney and for the first time hosted the Institute for Challenging Disorganisation (ICD) exams. We are pleased to announce members Angela Hunter, Angela Esnouf and Wendy Hanes have successfully passed their exams. Members were provided with a feast of professional development topics that ranged from attracting, retaining and engaging clients to rethinking how people buy our services. Keynote speakers Lisa Fox from the Open...

Small Business - Top 5 Tips For Reserving Your Business' Domain Name & Social Network Usernames

Skim through our top tips for securing your business' online presence and protect your brand's value. Many small business owners name their business and forget a crucial step ensuring that their company name is available on popular extensions (.com, .net...) and social networks. On Facebook, for example, it is difficult to market your business if there are similarly named groups and pages. Already named your business and haven't checked? No...

National Organising Week - the perfect time to make an Impact

NOW is the time to stop, look around and think about how disorganisation is affecting your wellbeing. We all know that feeling of overwhelm; when life is full of “stuff” and out of control. Whether it’s because we waste hours looking for things we know we have somewhere, or spend money paying late fees on overdue bills or just that deflated feeling we get walking into room that looks more like...

The Power of Priorities

Definition of Priority = Prime concern, first concern, primary issue, most pressing matter Reacting to everything that comes across your desk as it arrives will result in chaos. The person who shouts loudest will get the most attention and often your most profitable clients who are quiet and patient receive the least attention. Working in chaos often results in running around putting out fires – you turn your focus to one...

Email Management

Who’s in charge? Here is how you can manage your inbox if you use Outlook 2007. The menu items in more recent versions would be similar – this information tells you what to look for! Manage You Block out a set amount of time to check and respond to emails and STICK to it, e.g. 10 mins every 2 hours. Prioritise what you need to reply to on the spot. Knock...
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