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Professional Organisers

The Role of the Professional Organiser

So, you are perhaps unsure of exactly what the role of a Professional Organiser is… or maybe you think you know exactly what their role is and are wondering what on earth would possess people to hire one. After all, who would want someone coming to their home and seeing all that mess and disorganisation? Particularly someone who is, no doubt, extremely organised, has the cleanest house, the best behaved children...

What's in a Name?

Most people working in the Organising field call themselves Professional Organisers (or Organizers in America). And yet people looking for Organising help, often refer to them as Personal Organisers. So what’s in a name? I asked my fellow Organisers to offer their opinions on the title of “Professional Organiser”. Thank you to the 53 Organisers who completed the survey. Of these, 46 call themselves Professional Organisers, 1 Personal Organiser and 6...

Pomodoro

It’s been around for a while but just lately it seems to pop up in print media and on twitter. So I had a look what it actually was. First, don’t be distracted by the name, Pomodoro is Italian for tomato and it has to do with the one and only gadget you need for this productivity tool: a kitchen timer that ticks. It basically is about putting the focus...

Keeping Kids' Stuff in Check #2

Kids are messy, and kids need to have the freedom to be messy. But I believe that kids should also be given the responsibility for helping clean up their messes. By the end of the day, my house often looks like a Lego bomb went off – does yours? I remember the first play-date I hosted with my mother’s group. It was a memorable new mum experience because I later found...

NOW Blog 14: Finding the Right Professional Organiser for You

Decluttering and organising your home and life is a very personal undertaking. You will come across items that evoke strong memories, both happy and sad. You may deal with documents holding intimate details of your business, health or finances. You will find things that you are just not sure what to do with. Often the sheer volume of 'stuff' that you want to sort can be overwhelming. Who can help? Relatives...

NOW Blog: How to Keep Everything in its Place

One of the most frustrating things about our homes can be that we spend time tidying and cleaning only to have them look like Cyclone Yasi has blown through within a few days. How can that be? The answer is that organising is very different to tidying and cleaning. Organising is not about being neat, it is about finding what we need for a specific task, when and where we need...

President's Blog: Lending a helping hand!

I had the privilege of working as a volunteer at Vinnies in Rozelle last week as part of N.O.W. Leslee Stroud, Presidents Award recipient for 2012, organised for a group of us to help out and learn a little more about what Vinnies do. Together with Susanne Thiebe & Angela Hunter, Leslee & I organised bric a brac, clothing, jewellery, blankets, curtains, rugs, glasses and crockery. We were delighted to learn...

NOW Blog 12: Organising your Garage or Shed

Garages are built to protect cars – but more often than not they become a dumping ground for all manner of things from broken toys and sports equipment awaiting repair to old furniture not needed anymore. Just like your home, most garages can work more efficiently and benefit from a little organisational TLC. It is easy to roll that door down and write it off as ‘too hard’, but really the...

NOW Blog 11: Five Simple Steps to an Organised Wardrobe

Your wardrobe is a unique challenge to get organised. This small space needs to fit so many things in to it. You need to be able to grab items at a moment’s notice so it can easily get messy and out of control. Closet space is usually at a premium, so the organisation of this space needs to be considered carefully. Rule of thumb is, if you can see it...

NOW Blog 10: 5 Steps to Organising Your Childs Room

Children’s bedrooms are very much multipurpose spaces. They are a small persons living room, rumpus room, office and sleeping space all wrapped up in one so should take some special consideration in getting and keeping it organised to ensure it looks good (tidy) and functions well. Although a room strewn with toys, clothes and other kid-clutter may seem a little daunting and overwhelming, and you are tired of trying to get...
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