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Happy Spring from the US - March 2014

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Today is the first day of spring here in Pennsylvania and you know what that means: it's spring cleaning time! Although it is autumn back in Australia, it doesn't matter what season it is - it is always a good time to declutter and organise your home.

In this month's issue we will have a look at organising your garage, paring down your pantry and even how to purge your shoes (this is a bigger task for some more than others - especially me!) And yes even the Amish like to throw off their shoes and hit the beach after a long snowy winter. Enjoy!

Here's to harmony in your home,
Kerri Rodley

Professional Organiser | Interior Stylist | Feng Shui Consultant

9 Steps To An Organised Garage

If your 2nd biggest asset (your car) is sitting out in the street while your garage is used as a storage shed it is time to set aside a weekend and get sorted!
  1. Assess the clutter into three piles: Keep, Donate, and Toss.

  2. Donate or Toss: either deliver or arrange for a pickup of items to be donated and put the toss items out with the garbage/recycling. Check out The Men's Shed for donating tools. They will love you!

  3. Sort the Keep pile into their uses such as tools, car stuff, sports equipment, gardening etc.

  1. Organise: assign each category an area in the garage and look at installing storage solutions such as cupboards or tubs for sports gear or a peg board system for tools.

Read more here

Purging The Pantry

It can take only 30 minutes or 3 hours - but the pantry is the heart of the home when it comes to your family's health!
  1. Pull out all items and check their expiry dates - no guessing what to do with the out-of-dates! Non-perishables that you no longer need can be donated to a local food bank.

  2. Setting your sights too high? If an ingredient is part of a complicated recipe or is rarely used (like Tapioca or capers) give them to someone who is a bit more creative in the kitchen who will use it.

  3. Put "like" with "like" - this way you can see you have 12 cans of tuna and four packets of flour.

  4. Assign a part of each shelf to a category - tins with tins, baking with baking. If you always put the same ingredients in a dish, store them together (eg spaghetti with pasta sauce and tomato paste) so you don't have to search each time.

  1. Put all the loose items into little tubs so they don't float around and get lost - especially small ones like spices, gravy packets, flavour bottles etc. The perfect solution to all those Tupperware pieces without lids!

Sad But True...

More than four million pairs of glasses are thrown away annually in the US rather than being donated according to Unite for Sight.

And to think how much they cost a pair too!

The Shoe Showdown

Changing seasons means changing shoes so this is the perfect time to reassess your shoe collection.
  1. Clean out all your shoes and put them into groups: summer thongs, boots, sneakers, heels etc.

  2. Remove those that don't fit, you don't like, rarely wear, or have seen better days.

  3. Discard the well worn ones and donate the ones in better shape (but only if they are in good enough condition that you yourself would buy them from an op shop).

  4. Better still, have a shoe swap party with your girlfriends!

  5. How do you like your shoes organised: in boxes, in hangers, on shelves? In colour, in season, in occasion? Make sure it suits your organising style otherwise they will be all over the wardrobe floor in no time!

PS. Like the funky shoe wheel in the pic? Check it out here

App Of The Month - CamCard

Tired of carrying around thousands of business cards? The perfect solution: put them all on your phone! CamCard reads business cards and saves them instantly to your phone contacts. It syncs all your cards across smartphones, tablets, computers and the web app. Great for those who do lots of networking. I swear by it!

Get it free from iTunes here


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