How to keep your Garage Shelving organised.

Garages. Those small crowded spaces which are so hard to organise. For many months we were struggling to find items and ended up throwing things onto already cramped shelving hoping we could locate them next time. Enough was enough, so here we are…

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To fix this problem I purchased two garage shelving units which you can get from most hardware stores. What we did, was paint the shelves with a coat of undercoat to prevent them from getting water damaged from any leaks or not so sealed points in the garage. This was a very simple process and will extend the life of our shelves.

IMG_5167On the top shelf I keep my tarp and rope so whether it’s cyclone season or hauling something in the car we are able to locate and put it to use easily. On the second shelf I repurposed containers from the reject shop that I had during my full time teaching days. In them I placed my electrical boards, packing tape and hose tap accessories. As these were some of my most frequently used items I placed them at eye height and on the shelf closest to the door. On the lowest shelf sits our leftover softdrink and a boules set. Each of the shelving units are labelled with yellow label tape as it allows the shelves to stand out in a dark space.

IMG_5168On the side of the shelving unit I came up with a clever way to store our electrical cords. I found a command hook that I can lift in or out. No more fallen power cords for me!

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On the second unit sits most of our gardening accessories. Again I repurposed containers keeping things contained but also making the shelves look bright and colourful. In the first container I keep garden sprays such as weed killer. In the second are gardening tools to help keep my garden accessories contained. Finally the last container stores our garden gloves. I love that no longer do I have to search everywhere for a matching pair.

ThumbnailOn the next shelf down is equipment for the mower such as our diesel and petrol jerry cans as well as 4 and 2 stroke oil. Below we store our car washing equipment ready for use.

IMG_5173Do you have any thoughts, questions or comments? Please leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you. Until next time!

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How to Organise your Garage

Today I’m sharing with you how to organise your Garage with some space saving shelving ideas to help maximise the space of your Garage.

Friday Favourites

140801 Friday Favourites FeatureOnce again we have four amazing blog posts that I read through the week and loved. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did…

1. Clean Mama tells us 5 things to do today to keep us more organised tomorrow…

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2. Home Storage Solutions 101 shows us a new app to keep our groceries under control.

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3.  Organizing with Less helps us simplify our home by finding a place for everything

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4. A Slob Comes Clean inspired me with this post to delete my emails and sort my documents on my computer.

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What should I do with my Mail???

Today it’s all about my mailing centre. This has been a brilliant addition to the smooth running of our household and great compliment to our filing system which I showed you last week. Here it is!

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I love how it sits on my desk unobtrusively and ties in with my décor by placing in the orange tabs. I purchased the on desk organiser from office works and changed over the hanging files from the multi-coloured pack to plain black ones. This was purely a cosmetic move to make everything feel uniform and help the tabs stand out more easily.

IMG_4574When deciding on which categories I would need I had to keep in mind was that my goal was to empty the entire centre weekly on a Sunday afternoon. I decided on a maximum of 5 tabs and try to keep the categories as broad as possible to create flexibility when filing the paperwork. I decided to pick: Receipts, File, Scan, Shred and Action.

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Here I place in my weekly purchase receipts whether it be a grocery bill or a new pair of shoes. At the end of the week I determine if it is necessary to keep long term for warranty purposes or to dispose of on Sunday.

File

Here I try to store documents I generally know are going to become long term in my filing cabinet. This could be a bank statement or a letter containing important information.

Scan

In here are documents that must have a computer copy as well. This can be warranties, government documents etc.

Shred

Very self-explanatory, but I like to have a specific file to ensure that I am doing this task on a weekly basis and not let myself procrastinate which I often tend to do.

Action

These are documents that are in use and have a purpose. For example a note I need to grab mid-week or a bill that is yet to be paid. On a weekly basis I ensure that all documents have been sighted and determine whether they need to be placed in another file for scanning etc or to be disposed of.

IMG_4576I hope this gives you inspiration when sorting your mail. If you have a great idea that our readers should know leave a comment below and I would love to hear from you. Bye for now!

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Organising your Mail

Today I am going to show you how I organise my mail and ensure that everything is up to date, paid on time and never lost. Enjoy!

Link: https://cleanandorganised.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/how-to-organise-your-files-with-freedom-filer/

You love filing…Are you crazy???

I love filing! “Crazy?” you may ask. There was a time where I dreaded filing, wondering where to put the dreaded piece of paper that seemed to be sucked into a void of no return. It has taken some time but I finally have a system that I love that looks fabulous, is functional and easily maintained.

IMG_4576After some research online I purchased a filing kit called ‘Freedom Filer’ which has been a life saver in setting up my home office. Never having set up a filing cabinet before I loved the fact that the kit contains all the necessary tabs making it easy to decide what to use and how to collate my paperwork. To see my video on my finished product click here.

My husband and I have been using the filing cabinet that came with my desk set for a few years now and for a long time it wasn’t working. We weren’t able to place any tabs on the file holders as the cabinet had a drawer that would not close with them in place, hence the paper chaos and void. I was umming and ahhing trying to find a new cabinet that would fit into my budget when the genius solution came to me… Take the drawer out! Now the tabs can sit up to their hearts content and I love the visual effect of seeing the pops of colour when they catch my eye.

IMG_4577I decided to purchase black hanging file folders from office works which allowed me to keep the system uniform and make the tabs ‘pop’. When it comes to sorting the documents I like to read the tabs quickly and easily to make the process run smoother and less mundane. I purchased a set of 50 Crystaltabs from office works and I liked the brand as they opened from the side rather than the top stopping the paper from slipping out easily.

IMG_4573How do you do filing? Do you have any fabulous ideas that you wish to share? If so, please leave a comment below and don’t forget to like our Clean and Organised Facebook page. Until next time!

How to Organise your Files with Freedom Filer!

Today’s video is one of my favourites spaces in my house. It has made me love filing! I hope you enjoy!

Friday Favourites

140801 Friday Favourites Feature

It’s Friday again and due to my busy week I’m only posting my top three. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

1. Check out Better Homes and Gardens as they give us video tips on how to clean a shower.

2. The Organizing Junkie explains her travelling pharmacy

3. A Bowl Full of Lemons shows us how to naturally clean our fridge and freezer

Planner Love!

Planners! I love them. For me they are a way of remaining focused and keeping me grounded when life gets overwhelming. Let’s face, it always seems to. This is the first year that I have used a planner for my day to day life and it really seems to work for me.

IMG_4231I purchased the 2014 Kikki-K planner in mint green and I love the quality. On the inside cover you can see that I utilise the storage pockets with items that I frequently access. I always keep sticky notes and tab divides on hand ready for me to flag or jot down something important as it comes up. Also on the cover rests my vouchers or discounts. I always have them here as they are a central place where I know that they won’t get lost. Before I place them in the cover I will note the date of expiry and write it into the page of my diary enabling me to have a ‘heads up’ so they don’t go to waste.

IMG_4233The main part of my diary is my weekly view which helps keep my on track with my day to life. This is only filled with personal projects and tasks to complete. I keep the planner open on my desk a majority of the time. On a Sunday afternoon, I will sit down with my husband and compare schedules and work out what tasks need to be completed throughout the week. On the right hand side of the page is a master list I purchased from Alejandra TV in her Power Productivity Program. It is a place where I can keep track of all my long term projects that I highlight in orange when completed. This is a long term list which I try to complete on a monthly basis.

IMG_4232Daily I write my tasks in bullet points and highlight in green once they are completed. I also make note of any upcoming events that will take place and what is needed to make them a success. I keep my daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual chores/tasks on my wall in photo frames where I can be visually reminded on a daily basis. The lists I again purchased from Alejandra TV. This allows me to focus on the tasks that are essential to make the day run smooth or to keep things running on time.

How do you organise you diary/planner? Leave a comment below and I would love to hear from you!

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How I Organise my Planner

I love my planner! I use it everyday and I’m so excited to show you how I organise it and in turn keep myself organised…

For more information on my Master To Do List visit: http://www.alejandra.tv/

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