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Domestic Downsizing Innovative Organising Ideas...

What to do if you are organised and your partner isn't!

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Happy Chinese New Year

...although it is hard to think of it like that when Mother Nature keeps throwing us curve balls like floods, cyclones and bushfires!

It is now officially the Year of the Rabbit and this means the next 12 months will be placid, very much welcomed and needed after the ferocious year of the Tiger! We need to find a quiet spot to lick our wounds and get some rest after all the battles of the previous year.

Speaking of which, I am heading over to Christchurch New Zealand this month for the Professional Organisers conference (yes there is such a thing) as it had to be postponed due to the earthquake last September. I will be also heading down to Milford Sound for a bit of serenity and will be back on deck raring to go soon.

Here's to harmony in your home!
Kerri Rodley

Professional Organiser, Interior Stylist,
Feng Shui Consultant

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Flood Relief - Food, Fridges and All!

While my husband was busily shovelling mud at the nearby RSPCA shelter, myself and other members of the Association of Professional Organisers joined forces to deliver baked goods, drinks and hand sanitiser to flood affected homes in Brisbane as part of a project called Baked Relief.

(Pictured (L-R): Louise D'Allura, myself and Adele Blair get ready for our Baked Relief delivery run to homes in Fairfield.)

Click to read stories of hope, relief aid and what $100 can do!

Salvaging a Fridge - Channel 9 Interview

I was also privileged to be asked by the Today Show on Channel 9 to demonstrate how to salvage flood affected fridges. Although it was the worst smelling thing the crew or myself had ever encountered in our lives (as you can tell by our faces in the picture), it gave us a very good insight into what the poor flood victims have to contend with, cleaning out their own homes each day.

Click here to watch the interview on the Today Show.

What to do if You Are Organised and Your Partner Isn't

A Valentines Day story

When I asked my friends and family for their decluttering dilemmas, I had responses varying from paperwork in the home office to tackling Tupperware in the kitchen. One recurring challenge that really struck me however, was the problem of what to do if you are organised and your partner isn't.
Being part of a mismatched couple is quite common. By "mismatched," I mean couples where one of the people in the relationship is clean and organised and the other person in the relationship is messy and disorganised. This doesn't necessarily cause a problem unless at least one of the two people has animosity about the difference.

If this scenario rings true for you, read on here.

Fabulous Feng Shui

Do you leave your shoes at the front door? It is considered bad Feng Shui as the space at the front door needs to be free and clear. The chi (energy) rides with the wind and will collect all the smell of those shoes into your house causing sickness. Ewwww!

Selling Homes Successfully

Tips to have your house open and ready for inspection!

Street appeal - if your house doesn't have it, potential buyers won't even want to come in the door. Here are a few tips to have your house open and ready for inspection:


Clean up your landscaping with pruning and planting


Mow, rake, edge, weed and water to make the yards look greener


Wash the walls and eves


Repair and paint if needed


Get the pressure cleaner out to give the paths and the driveway a blast and repair any broken or chipped cement


Create some visual interest: ensure the mailbox looks good, add some easy to see house numbers, nice front lights and even a water feature (good for Feng Shui too).

Have you read my new eBook yet?

"The Essential Guide to Declutter and Organise Your Home" covers topics like:


Why do we need to declutter?


The roots of clutter


What is your organising style?


The mechanics of decluttering


Wardrobe and children's clutter


13 top tips to make the job easier

Click here to read the first chapters for free or get your instant download of the eBook for only $5.95 and be on the way to organised bliss today!

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