How are you enjoying the first week of Spring? It is really my all time favourite season as it brings such a magical renewal of energy and promise.
Resparkle is so excited to be dedicating the whole month in celebrating Spring with a weeks devoted to spring cleaning not just your home (week 2), but your body (week 3) and your planet (week 4). In each week, look out for some pretty cool giveaways to help you on your spring clean journey so make sure you subscribe to our blog or like us on Facebook!
To kick off the Spring Clean Series 1: Resparkle Your Home, we’re so lucky to have the gorgeous a guest post from a professional home organiser and baby planner, Beverley founder of Home and Life Organising (HALO). AKA in my world she’s a Domestic Goddess in the flesh! She’s here to share her top tips on getting your home organised.
Reduce. Rethink. Reorganise.
The beginning of September means the beginning of Spring for us in the southern hemisphere, which means warmer weather, happier faces, and a surge of motivation to Spring Clean and get organised! This is exactly why the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers (AAPO) declared the first week of September as National Organising Week. This is the 7th year National Organising Week (NOW) is running, and it grows in popularity and scope with each year. This year’s theme is “Reduce. Rethink. Reorganise. Making an Impact”, so for a Professional Organiser like myself who comes from an environmental science background – this is very close to my heart!
“Getting organised” is so much more than doing a big clean and tidy – it is creating an environment (whether at home or work) which allows you to function efficiently and live well, without the stress, frustration, and wasted time that comes with chaos and disorganisation, by setting up systems and spaces to suit you and your lifestyle. I believe creating a healthy environment is as important as creating an organised one, and the two go hand-in-hand for me. Here are some tips on how to Reduce, Rethink and Reorganise in order to make a positive impact on your life and the environment:
- Reduce what you own and what you purchase. 90% of purchases end up in landfill within 6 months. The less you own, the less you have to maintain, clean, and store.
- Reduce costs by purchasing less and wasting less. Use a meal plan and shopping plan to avoid buying duplicate items and throwing away expired food.
- Reduce stress by setting up routines for the family, and prepare as much as you can the night before to make mornings run smoother.
- Rethink the products you purchase – you do not need 10 different cleaning products in your cupboard which are all full of nasty chemicals. This is why I love Resparkle products – simple and healthy.
- Rethink your schedule and to-do lists – if you are always feeling overwhelmed then you need to find a new way to prioritise what can and can’t get done in a day.
- Think about what you already have which can be repurposed – do you really need to buy new storage boxes? If you have a bunch of mismatched cardboard boxes, you can cover them all in matching paper or paint to create a cohesive look. Or check out this really clever but so easy to do idea of up cycling old drawers into under-the-bed storage:
- Arrange your furniture and the contents of your cupboards to be more efficient.
- Don’t be afraid of trial and error when setting up new systems and routines – everyone’s organising personality is different, and it may take a few tries to find what works best for your family.
- Keep at it – organising is an ongoing process and way of life, and the way you organise will change as your lifestyle and needs change.
To learn more about AAPO or to find a Professional Organiser near you, visit www.aapo.org.au
Beverley is a Professional Organiser and Baby Planner, and the founder of Home And Life Organising. She works with expecting parents and busy families to help them plan, prepare and organise, using her environmental knowledge to create healthy and efficient homes for her clients. She has also written a book “Preparing your home and life for baby” as a simple practical guide to help expectant parents create a safe, healthy and functional environment to bring baby home to. Visit her website at www.homeandlifeorganising.com.au or follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/HomeAndLifeOrganising