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10 benefits of living with less

We are told from a very early age that we need to buy stuff in order to make us happy. This happens through television, radio, magazines, billboards – it is all around us and difficult to escape. We are brainwashed into thinking that the more stuff we own, the better our lives will be. That this so called ‘stuff” will give us absolutely everything that we need in life. Many of us buy into this to the point where we have convinced ourselves that this is true – we are all looking for meaning in our lives and we think that it is going to come from ‘stuff.’ Our houses become a storage space rather than a living space, causing anxiety, stress and an all over feeling of overwhelm. They are crammed to the brim with toys, books, clothes, appliances, stuff stuff stuff! Today I want to share with you 10 benefits of why owning less really is more and how you can live a happier, more fulfilling and purposeful life without all of that stuff……..

1: More time to do the things you want to do and that matter – time with friends, family, loved ones and yourself!

2: Less to tidy up each day, making tidying up a breeze……

3: Less stress – our possessions cause us to feel overwhelmed and anxious.

4: Better for the environment – where does all that stuff we buy eventually end up?

5: Easier to make decisions – choosing what to wear each day means we will be in control rather than out of control.

6: Less to maintain which gives you more time and energy.

7: Find items quickly and easily.

8: Improves relationships as you are not weighed down by your stuff – you feel lighter and brighter.

9: Saves you money – allowing you to spend your money on quality rather than quantity.

10: Mindfulness – you are conscious of what you are doing and why.

The benefits of owning less are endless – please feel free to add more in the comments below :-)

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5 secrets to an organised home

No matter what space you organise, big or small, you will need to commit to a simple maintenance routine. If you don’t, your systems will potentially fall apart and all of your hard work to will go to waste! Here on Stuff I am sharing my 5 secrets on how to keep your home organised in both the short and long term and stay in control.

This is the sixth and final article of a series that I have been writing for Stuff Magazine :-)

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3 steps to an organised wardrobe

Are you struggling to create order in your wardrobe? If so, then this post is for you! Clothes bursting at the seams? Nothing to wear? Can’t find what you need when you want to wear it? These three simple steps will help you to create the order that you have been looking for, once and for all! Pop over to Stuff to read the full article – there is even a short video for you to watch to help you too.

This is the fifth article of a series that I am writing for Stuff Magazine :-)

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Tame your laundry once and for all!

Doing laundry is not one of the most exciting tasks to do at the best of times, but let’s face it, it has to be done, whether we like it or not. An organised laundry that functions well will not only make your life easier, it will save you time and help you to get the job done efficiently and with ease. Featured on Stuff here are some smart solutions to help you keep on top of your laundry and to make this task a much more enjoyable one!

This is the fourth article of a series I am writing for Stuff Magazine :-)

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Want to get organised? Here’s how……

Do you find yourself scrambling to get out the door every morning? Perhaps you are missing bill payments or there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Are you having trouble finding important documents or even every day items when you need them?

There are many reasons that cause disorganisation and recognising their cause, can be the first step in helping us to get on top of them. Here are four key causes of disorganisation and how you can get on top of them. Pop over to Stuff to read the full article :-)

This is the second article of a series that I am writing for Stuff Magazine.

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Letting go of our possessions…..

Living with the things that we love brings liberation. But the thought of letting go of our possessions can be overwhelming for many. So much so, that many don’t face them at all – it’s all too much. Does that sound like you? If so, this will be a good read for you. It is important that our belongings make us feel happy rather than making us feel sad, guilty or resentful. This month I shared my four key reasons with Stuff that can help you to understand why it can be so difficult to let go.

This is the first article of a series that I am writing for Stuff Magazine :-)

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Where do I take my preloved items?

“Where can I take my items that I no longer want?!” I am often asked as I go through the process of helping people to declutter their belongings. I offer my clients the service of taking away their charity items – I like to donate them to the SPCA as that is a charity that I want to support. Even so, charity stores are getting more picky these days on what items they either want or are allowed to receive. Keep reading to find out where you can take a variety of items, including E waste, spectacles and even your bras!

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How to organise kids school papers……

It’s that “Back to School” time of year again already! It’s time to drag out those summer uniforms, purchase the school stationary and get your head back into routine mode……..which sparks me to ask: How organised are you with your kids school paperwork and art? What do you do with their reports, certificates, photos and yearbooks? How about their creative writing work? Does it get shoved into a box or cupboard, in the hope that you might deal with it one day? If this sounds like you, this blog post is for you! If you don’t have a place and more importantly a SYSTEM for these items, they will build up and potentially be forgotten or even lost.

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Make Space At Your Place

When Suzanne Oh approached me about the new business “BOXi” she and Matt Cruickshank had recently launched, I was excited to hear how this valet storage company does things a little bit differently to other storage companies. If you are needing to make space at your place, then look no further! These guys really know their stuff and their service is simple, convenient and affordable……

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