Day One- Clean and Organised 5 Day Challenge

Clean and Organised- A Step by Step Guide to Organising the Closet

In this second video of my New Year’s organising series, I show you all the steps necessary to organise your closet. Great for people who are not sure where to start.

Clean and Organised- A Step By Step Guide To Organising Your Pantry

In this New Year’s video I show you all the steps necessary to organise your pantry. Great for anyone who is not sure where to start.

What’s in your bag??

Handbag organisation is something I have struggled with in the past. As an organised person I liked to fill my handbag with enough items to fit every scenario that could possibly eventuate filling my bag so full with mystery items that I couldn’t find what I needed or it became so heavy that I struggled to even lift it on my shoulder. As the years have gone by I have come to realise that a simple trip to the shopping centre does not require emergency food rations, first aid kit and an umbrella, so I have narrowed it down to these essentials:

1.Wallet/Purse

IMG_5636I just have an ordinary everyday wallet. I tend to only carry around a limited amount of cash and keep only the essential cards inside, such as driver’s licence, bank card, health insurance card etc.

2. Membership Card Case

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It seems every shop you visit now has a membership rewards program requiring you to take a card and cram it into the limited amount of space in your wallet. To stop this I purchased a business card holder and placed all my non-essential cards in there. It makes it easier to search for the right card and in most cases the shop assistant can scan through the clear sleeve without requiring you to take the card out of the case at all!

3. Sunglasses

IMG_5642Very useful for when driving. I try to keep in the habit of keeping them in their case to prevent damage, but that is still a work in progress.

4. Keys

IMG_5641I don’t keep my house or car keys on a hook or in a bowl as I am most likely to forget them. Instead I throw them straight into the purse that I just used as soon as I walk in the door to ensure that I don’t waste precious minutes searching for them when I next have to go out.

5. Lanyard

IMG_5643A lanyard??? I am a relief teacher and I like to use my own whistle so I keep it in my handbag so I don’t forget.

6. Travel pack of ‘Envrio Cloths’

IMG_5644I am a huge ‘Norwex’ fan and love the travel pack of enviro cloths as I just add a bit of water and I can quickly sterilise a café table or wet it to wipe and clean my hands. I had a lot of people comment on various social media inquiring about the cloths so I will place a link below of a youtube clip where enviro cloths are described in more detail.

(Enviro Cloth Link)

7. Paper and Pen

IMG_5646Very handy when out and about. There is always something I need to remember and jot down.

8. Tissues

IMG_5645I always buy a travel size to fit more conveniently.

I hope that this list provides you with some inspiration. Remember that when you pack your handbag don’t forget about the weight you a placing in there as too much can cause more harm than good. Bye for now!

How to Organise your Handbag

Today I’m showing you what I keep in my handbag and how I help it stay organised.

Keeping the Tools Organised

Today we’re talking about the tool chest and how I utilise this space effectively in a small double bay garage. So here we have it, our Stanley tool chest. We purchased it at Supercheap Auto and love that it comes with adjustable shelving heights and the ability to change door container heights as well.

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When it came to organising the space I had to keep in mind that this was primarily my husband’s zone and the way he likes his spaces organised is a lot different to how I like my spaces organised. I had some ground rules that I had to follow:

-Everything must be clearly visible

-No fancy labelling

– Everything must functionally make sense (ie. Don’t go overboard on making it visually appealing).

With this in mind we came up with the current layout. On the top shelf we keep his tools that are not accessed frequently such as saws and vices. They are sitting visibly on the shelf making the items easy to locate.

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Below I used blue stackable containers to hold loose items such as chisels and measuring equipment and small red ones for screws and the like. I was able to find a draw system to place all his different grades of sandpaper. This makes things functional when time to use as all the different grades are pre-sorted and the drawers have a press down button lock so they don’t slide open accidently when moving the container.

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On the third shelf sits the most used item in our house which is the tool bag. In it we keep everything we need to complete odd jobs around the house such as hammers, measuring tape, screwdrivers, spanners etc. Beside sits our painting equipment such as our primer, undercoats or varnish. I found an empty food can and recycled it to store our paintbrushes when not in use.

The heaviest equipment sits on the bottom shelf and they are all my husband’s power tools. They sit neatly on the bottom shelf easy to find and ready to go when needed.

How do you store the tools around the house? Please leave a comment below and don’t forget to like our Facebook page or watch my Video Tour of How to Organise the Tool Chest.

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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.

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!

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