From Stuffed to Sorted: Your Essential Guide To Organising, Room By Room
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"MaryAnne is the only person I would consider consulting to tackle any organising challenge."
—Shaynna Blaze, interior designer and TV presenter
Follow organisational expert MaryAnne Bennie's in8steps system and organise your entire home without turning it into total chaos in the process. In eight simple steps the system helps you to decide what stays and what goes, and how to store what remains efficiently.
Learn how to:
reorganise your whole house in a series of eight-minute blitzes
bust your excuses and find the motivation to start
develop techniques to set yourself up for success
focus on one area of your house at a time—from kickstarting your kitchen to boosting your bedroom
make the finishing touches to create the home you have always wanted.
So, what are you waiting for? Work at a pace your lifestyle allows and use this tried-and-tested system to completely overhaul your relationship with your stuff. Take control of your clutter and enjoy living in your home once again.
That’s a whopping $10.5 billion for the nation. We clearly have a problem. We are too embarrassed to entertain at home and are constantly frustrated by our attempts to put things in order. No matter what we do, our possessions have outgrown our capacity to store them. We think more storage will solve the problem so we add cupboards, shelving and containers. Some of us renovate or put on an extension; others relegate the car into the driveway or the street and use the garage as a storage
chemicals to prevent chemicals leaching into the food. • Keep walking leads handy on a hook for instant access. • Keep flea collars and medications in clearly labelled containers and out of reach of children. • Keep feeding bowls on drip trays to reduce mess. • Air bedding daily and wash it regularly to avoid odour build-up. • Have a place where items on the floor such as bedding and feeding trays can go when you need to use the room for washing, drying or ironing. If outside the door is not
But when the time comes to part company, you will know how to gently break the news. The in8steps system will show you the way. Excuses, excuses, excuses People have many excuses for not getting organised. It’s a good idea to look at some common excuses and dismiss them, just in case you are using them to justify your acceptance of the status quo. Excuse 1: You think you need everyone in your household to support your organising efforts. It can be lonely being the organising warrior of the
everything in its place: • Give the kitchen a thorough clean, including light fittings and exhaust fans. Your kitchen should look like the ones you admire in magazines: fresh, clean and welcoming. • Place items in their new locations, adjusting and adding storage if necessary. Label containers. • Decide how much you want to have out on benches. Aim for the least amount possible. Items on kitchen benches take up valuable working space. • Last, add a few decorator accessories to give the room
the music and have refreshments on hand. Step 2: investig8 what you have Note the physical, functional and emotional elements. Draw a floor plan and take measurements as required. Discover what’s in your cupboards, on shelves and in drawers. Get an overview. Note anything you need to purchase or fix. Take ‘before’ photos. Step 3: consolid8 into big fat categories Set up ‘Bin it’, ‘Gift it’, ‘Sell it’ and ‘Move it’ containers. Determine your big fat categories and subcategories. Sort