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Posted in 'Tips' on May 9, 2008

This week's tip comes as I have just finished doing the floors...

Special mops for wooden floors or 'static' types are very expensive. You can modify your old broom by fitting a stocking over the bristle part and then simply sweep the floors as usual. Animal hair will stick to the stocking like a magnet and dust and dirt will collect far better than using a broom alone.

Have a great week



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Is it clutter?

Posted in 'Clutter' on May 17, 2008

Whenever I go into someone's house to help them declutter, I always get told that they aren't really sure if it is clutter or should be kept, so it just gets kept. Here are a few rules to help you decide whether it should be kept or thrown out:

Is it clutter? Ask yourself these 7 questions to help you decide.

1. If I haven't used it within the last year or probably never will – It's clutter
2. If it's broken and has been broken for the last year, I have no intention of ever fixing it or using it – so it's clutter.
3. If it doesn't fit me, and hasn't fit me for a year - it's clutter.
4. If it's valuable or an heirloom, and I want to keep it for my children I'll keep it. If I have no intention of having children I will give it to the next closest relative.
5. If it's a gift I am hanging on to because it was a gift, not because I like it or use it – it's clutter.
6. If I have 25 sets of the same thing – it's clutter
7. If it's past its use by date – it's clutter .

I hope that helps clarify things for you.



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Tidy Up TIme

Posted in 'Clutter' on May 28, 2008

This week I have been doing battle with Miss 3 1/2 and Master 20 months over the state of our toyroom/office. Like most parents, I am constantly tripping over things and asking for them to be picked up. Only to get the response "I'm sick of tidying up mummy" or "I'm still playing with all of my barbie dolls and my dressups and my doctors kit" or best of all, no response!

So I am now practising what I preach and have implemented this weeks tip into our house:

Just before dinner each night, set the timer on the oven for 7 minutes and get everyone in the house to do a bit of a tidy up. You can make it a game for the kids to see who can clean the fastest. Put away the clothes that are sitting on the couch. Empty the bin, sort through the junk mail and through out the ones you don't want to look at, empty the dishwasher (or the washing up rack), toys back to where they belong. 7 minutes isn't a long time but it will make a difference and you will start tomorrow with a cleaner house.

For those of you that have younger kids like I do, I sometimes do multiple 3 minute cleans well before dinner time. I turn the oven timer on for 3 minutes and they clean up till it goes off. Then they can watch TV or play for a little longer, then the timer goes on again. That way they are trying to tidy as quickly as they can so they can get back to doing fun stuff! 



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I wish I could keep Kay all to myself.....she just handles what needs to be handled.....easily, effortlessly and without drama.

— C Matson, Alito

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