The 40/70 Rule

Discussing & Making a Plan for Aging I recently presented to a group meeting on decluttering/downsizing methods and mine in particular, which is tailored to an individual’s goals, along with our consumerism culture and having 'those' important discussions with family about possessions etc. I introduced the 40/70 rule of thumb, which is a great one to consider.  The principle is, that when you are [...]

2020-08-19T00:49:05+00:00August 19th, 2020|

Learn How to Clean & Sort Lego

Choka Blocka Washa! Lego en masse Faced with a jumbled-up mountain of dusty and miss-matched Lego, Duplo, matchbox cars and other miniature kids toy donations from a recent house declutter/downsize, I needed a plan.  Everything needed a thorough clean and sort into sets, before I could find them new homes.  It’s a good thing that sorting, patience and cracking puzzles are some of the [...]

2020-07-27T05:28:41+00:00July 27th, 2020|

Ready To Sell – Quick Tips for the Week

READY TO SELL – QUICK TIPS OF THE WEEK Preparing your older, empty property for sale and want to present it to its best advantage? We thoroughly cleaned a small, older property this week and as part of the job, we used a few easy tricks to make sure that this empty property looks as inviting and appealing as possible before it has it's [...]

2020-06-19T00:39:31+00:00June 19th, 2020|

Stepping Out in Your 80’s

BEING PATIENT For older folk like my 86year old mum (pictured), the idea of going shopping or to a café is I imagine abit like how the first astronauts might have felt when they left their rocket to step out onto the moon in 1969 – a heightened sense of anticipation and excitement, but it’s another planet! The saying goes; “Patience is a virtue”. [...]

2020-05-16T05:32:14+00:00May 16th, 2020|

How To Re-organise Your Linen Cupboard

HOW TO RE-ORGANISE YOUR LINEN CUPBOARD It’s a great time to get stuck into your linen cupboard to pull out anything that is past its best, to re-organise for better use of space and make it easier to find your go-to items. As charity shops can’t take donated items right now, stow these in your garage or use anything old as cleaning rags or [...]

2020-04-20T03:55:33+00:00April 20th, 2020|

GREAT CLOSET CLEAROUT IDEAS

AN EXCELLENT STUFF ARTICLE ABOUT CLOSET CLEANING OUT - March 30, 2020 Life & Style section Isolation to do list: 7 steps to an organised closet 1. Pull everything out 2. Sort into keep, sell and donate piles 3. Mend, de-stain, de-pile and iron 4. Organise by type/colour 5. Undies & socks 6. Squeaky clean shoes 7. Make it smell fresh For fun, try [...]

2020-03-31T00:18:31+00:00March 31st, 2020|

Unite Your Socks Day

Happy Unite Your Socks Day 2019 Happy Unite Your Socks Day. Tomorrow is New Year's Day. It's a traditonal time to think about and commit to our New Year resolutions.  I've promised myself to hit the gym, drink more water, get at least 8 hours sleep and a long list of other self-promises that I may also find hard to keep! To [...]

2019-12-30T23:48:09+00:00December 30th, 2019|

Cooking Up a Surprise for Christmas

Cooking Up a Surprise for Christmas I've been cooking up a surprise for Christmas for a lovely client, that needs something special to happen at this time of year. We were working together recently and talking about some of the challenges she was facing in her home.  One of these was at night.  She goes downstairs and heats some milk up to have with [...]

2019-12-19T22:20:30+00:00December 19th, 2019|

Possession Estate Planning for the Future

Possession Estate Planning for the Future Had a lovely time earlier this week with residents of Village at the Park in Newtown, presenting various approaches and the benefits of decluttering.  Also discussed what to consider when possession estate planning for the future. How did we get so much stuff that we need to estate plan for its future distribution? One answer is that with [...]

2019-11-07T05:26:19+00:00November 7th, 2019|

Trademe Survey $1200 of unused stuff – Get help decluttering

Decluttering - A great idea, but do you need help? Read Amber-Leigh Woolf's interesting article in Stuff about the $1200 value and approximately 15 items per person we hoard as unused goods, and how reselling and donating is diverting these items away from going straight to the landfills.  Donating unwanted goods is a great way to give back help your community and the charitable [...]

2019-10-21T20:58:19+00:00October 21st, 2019|