Tip of the Week - Ice Cream & Nail Polish
Posted in 'Tips' on August 11, 2009
Firstly, let me apologise for not posting a tip last week. I was on a family holiday to Fiji and cut myself off from technology for the entire week. To make up for it, there will be 2 tips this week
Ice Cream Tip: Once you have opened a new tub of ice cream, store it upside down in the freezer to stop ice forming on top of the leftovers.
Nail Polish Tip: To prevent nail polish caps from sticking, rub some vaseline on the inside of the cap.
Posted in 'Clutter' on August 14, 2009
I've recently been to visit a few prospective clients who have needed some help with the clutter in their homes. And I've found that the ones who book me to come in straight away go thorugh with it, and 90% of the ones that book me for a couple of weeks time end up cancelling. It is a big step to ring and ask for someone to help with this. It's a bit like making the decision to start a diet (I am speaking from experience here). Once you decide to do it, you need to start pretty much straight away. If you put it off for a week or so, the motivation that led you to the decision in the first place starts to disappear and it is easy to find excuses as to why you can't start. Then before you know it, you've gone back to accepting the clutter that is around your house.
Stop proctrastinating! If you have clutter that you want to get rid of, do something about it.
Set the timer for 15 mins and clear out a couple of drawers.
Walk through the loungeroom with a rubbish bag and pick up anything that needs to be thrown out.
Get the kids to put their stuff away in their own rooms.
Sort through a cupboard while you are chatting on the phone
Do some filing while you are watching a TV programme
You don't need to live with the clutter. If it's all too hard, call on someone to help you. We won't judge you or your clutter. We are there to help. We don't have the emotional attachment to your stuff that you do and we will work through it together with you.
Tip of the Week - Butter Tip
Posted in 'Tips' on August 18, 2009
Hubby went to make sandwiches for kindy lunches last night but the butter was rock hard and he tore huge holes in the bread while he was trying to spread it. Hence this week’s tip....
Butter Tip: To soften hard butter in a hurry, shave off what you need with a vegetable peeler and it will be soft and ready to use in no time
Posted in 'Organising' on August 19, 2009
I've just managed to complete something that was on my To Do list for about 2 months. It wasn't that it was too hard, or too big to do, it was because it was one of those boring tasks that just kept getting skipped over on my list. The way I did it was that I logged in to do a webinar and while I was listening to the presentation, I was able to photocopy all of my tax receipts so that when they fade over time, I will still have a record of them. I didn't think about it, I just did it. Multi tasking at its best - I learnt new things with the ABN Strategic Webinar, and I crossed something off my To Do List
We women are fantastic at multi tasking when it comes to our families and home life. We find it easy to cook dinner while talking on the phone, helping the kids do their homework and watching the news. We do this usually because our day has been so jam packed with work and other things that we just do it without even thinking about it.
When it comes to our work though, our mindset seems to change somewhat. We will wait on hold to talk to somebody and do nothing but get frustrated that we are wasting our day on hold. We'll stop and chat to a work colleague and then at the end of the day it is a mad rush to get everything finished before going home.
Stop and have a think about all the little pockets of time in your day that are being wasted. I bet they add up. What could you be doing to make better use of that time? How much filing is sitting on your desk that just keeps piling up? How many emails are sitting in your inbox? When was the last time you saw the bottom of your intray? These are all tasks that get thrown into the "I'm too busy" pile on a day to day basis and eventually they end up in the "Where do I start? It's too big" pile.
Next time you are chatting or on hold, grab your intray and make a start. You don't have to finish it all in one go. Don't think about it, just do it!
Tip of the Week - Clothesline Tip
Posted in 'Tips' on August 26, 2009
To rid your clothesline of annoying cobwebs (shudder!), spray a cloth with eucalyptus oil & wipe over the clothesline frame.