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Organising ideas to help the QLD flood victims

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Domestic Downsizing - 0422 520 354


Hi ,

Before, during and after the floods here in Brisbane, I had one eye glued to the rising floodwaters in my street, one on the TV with the continuous news coverage and all ten fingers flying across my keyboard. I was busily sharing information and sending messages via Facebook, Twitter and email with ways that we each can help with the flood relief.

Luckily we were spared the flood waters (the picture shows my street), but the affects will be felt throughout Queensland for a very long time.

Here are some ways that you can help others who have been affected by this tragedy.


Of course money is the No.1 need during a crisis of this magnitude and you can donate to the flood relief appeal here. Domestic Downsizing is also donating 10% of all takings (not just profits) for the months of January and February to flood relief.


The evacuation centres are already overflowing with donated clothes, but they have requested that they be sent to your local charity for future use (such as Vinnies, Lifeline or Smith Family).


Finger foods, water and hand sanitizer are greatly needed for all those affected and who are helping in the clean up.
Learn more here.


With all the mud and stench, people desperately need their washing done: Help out by washing a load of dirty clothes. Register here.


Volunteers will be required to help in the weeks and months to come (they currently have 60,000 on their database!) They will notify registered volunteers as new opportunities to help become available. Register at

This picture shows my local member and neighbour Kevin Rudd cleaning up in Norman Park.

Lost and Found

Keep your eyes peeled during the clean up as many sentimental items may end up being discarded. A facebook page has been set up - click here to notify of a lost or found item.

Lost and found pets

You never know where they may be hiding, very scared and very hungry. Use this facebook link to report lost or found animals.


RSPCA Qld is calling for cash donations that can be used to purchase pet, livestock and wildlife supplies.They also require blankets and towels but they don't have storage so I am collecting them. Please email me for my address in Norman Park (4km from city) to drop them off.

Donating business skills

A group of entrepreneurs who can lend a hand to other small businesses affected by the floods by donating time and skills. Use this facebook link to register.

Families Helping Families

The coordination of donations of goods and services between Australian families. Use this facebook link to register.

A Sad Story

A woman who was evacuated from the Brisbane floods was asked to describe the range of emotions she has felt over the past few days. She spoke of the excitement of the event, the anxiety at not knowing if her entire home had been submerged and also of course her fear of losing her belongings.

She said she felt upset that she hadn't been able to salvage more prior to be evacuated. She added she was "disappointed that my home was so cluttered" (so identifying important items was difficult). If there's ever a reason to be a bit more organised, this type of situation is surely one of them.

Perhaps now is a good time to rid yourself of the excess stuff you are holding onto. Keep what you would want to save in a flood or fire and sell, donate or throw out the rest. Make a start now.


Stay safe and dry,
Kerri Rodley

Professional Organiser, Interior Stylist, Feng Shui Consultant



Domestic Downsizing
PO Box 3313, Norman Park QLD 4170

Ph: 0422 520 354


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