Organising Objects of Beauty

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I recently travelled to the UK and Italy which was amazing. I also saw beautiful items that could be used to help get organised in style. These were my favourite pieces                             The first three pictures are from Portobello Road Market. The tin to store the herbs is so delightfully vintage. This picture is from Tuscany. They produce a lot of Olive Oil and of course you have to have a lovely way to store it.             Have you found any items Read More

Are your pets hoarders?

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            Meet Dusty the Cat. He likes to go out at night and pick up neighbours clothes and items and bring them home!   Although items go back to the owners, Dusty likes to collect them again (like the trainers). He’s a hoarder and by bringing unwanted clutter into the owner’s home, he is making them become disorganised and cluttered. How can it be fixed? I’m sure there must be a cat therapist in the USA who can help him! But I am sure that the owner’s will need help from an organiser and also Read More

The Difference Between Cleaning and Organizing

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Many times during the week I will be compared to a maid. It seems to shock people when I explain that I do not provide a maid cleaning service, but provide an organizing service which enables you to be organized moving forward. Organizing and cleaning are entirely distinct undertakings which require you to have different thought processes and actions. So here is my explanation of what is cleaning and organizing (or in other words the difference between a professional organizer and a maid): THE DIFFERENCE Cleaning Cleaning involves the use of cleaning products such as dust cloths, disinfectant, brooms, mops, Read More

Clear Your Clutter Into Cash

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I have written about the benefits of clearing clutter for your health and time management. But it is also the perfect time to get some cash in your purse or wallet or spread some goodwill (especially during the month of Ramadan). Here are my tips on how to make some money with your clutter: 1. Review the Clutter Look at the clutter and assess whether you need it in your life? Have you used it in the last six months? If no, why not donate or sell it to give you some space. 2. Take Action Sort through the clutter Read More

The 4-2-2 Decluttering Challenge

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  If you’ve missed the back to back coverage, adverts and tweets – it’s World Cup 2014 in Brazil. I am excited as it is the only time of the year when I follow football (or make that 2 years – I follow the Euros as well) and especially follow my favourite two teams. :). In celebration of the start of the World Cup, the APOD UK team have come up with a great decluttering challenge for the World Cup weeks called The 4-2-2 Challenge. The challenge is: Every day between now and World Cup Final on July 13 you must: 1. Read More

Reduce Clutter, Save Money

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A lot of people do not realise how much clutter costs them in their home and office, and also financially.  Do you want to save money, increase productivity and have more time to spend with your family and friends, then you need to consider removing the clutter from your life. Here is how to calculate the cost of clutter in each part of your life: Home Clutter A simple formula has been created to calculate the cost of lost space in your home: 1. Current monthly cost of your living space / square footage = Value of your home per Read More

Is your Clutter Cloud Affecting your Health?

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Do you feel like you have this cloud over your head due to clutter. Is it physical or mental clutter? What is physical clutter? It can be in your home, office, kitchen, bedroom, wardrobe, or even your desk. It can be hidden in cupboards by your maid or out in the open. It may be organised and arranged or just disorganised; but it is too many things or stuff. If you have to move the stuff, walk over it or see it covered in dust; then its time to move the physical clutter to start living in a clear, open Read More

What is more important – Organising or Decluttering?

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What is more important, or superior – Organising or Decluttering? This is the question raised by Lani Rosales in her post which you can read here. I agree with the point that you can organise all you like but if your wardrobe (or other storage area) is full to the brim you still need to declutter first. This is what I explain to my clients when working with them in their homes and offices. If you still have to squeeze items into you’re organised wardrobe or kitchen cupboard or filing room, and your items become creased or damaged, then it Read More

VAT it back!

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  People don’t believe me when I say I take an empty suitcase with me when I go to the UK.  UAE is not cheap or good for shopping. Back home there are constant sales and we also get our VAT back as non-residents #win. Admittedly it took me a few years to realise that as a resident of the UAE, I could claim my VAT back in the UK and Europe. After several years of claiming back, I am now an expert at it and highly recommend doing it. So if you live outside Europe this is what you Read More