My 10 Commandments of Organising: #1 "Organised" does NOT mean "neat and tidy"

By Beverley Scheepers
on May 21, 2015

Last weekend I had the pleasure of speaking to a full room of mums in business on "Organising your workspace for greater success" at the Motivating Mum Brilliant Biz Mums Expo. My session was based around My 10 Commandments of Organising, and was really well received, so I decided to share the main points here for you too!

Commandment #1 - "Organised" does NOT mean "neat and tidy"

Rather, "organised" DOES mean having space and systems set up to allow you to function and flow through daily life with ease and efficiency. This will be different for everyone, as we all have a unique organising personality, so don’t be afraid of trial and error while you figure out what works best for you - especially if you are a creative person, or run a creative / arts & crafts business from home...

Your home office / studio CAN be organised, if it is set up in a way to support you and what you are trying to achieve in that space.

Stay tuned for the next post on Commandment #2 - Clutter exists due to a lack of decision + action. Until then, happy organising!

3 Little Organising Secrets for new mums

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on September 14, 2014

Having a baby is definitely one of the biggest life changes we experience. Everything we know about how to manage our time and space seems to go out the window, and we can be left feeling overwhelmed with unfamiliar chaos. (This was certainly my experience - and the main reason I chose to work with expecting mums and young families!)

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As I say to all my clients, regardless of their life stage -...

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Why "In-trays" are the enemy!

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on August 28, 2014

Recently there was an advert on TV for a large office supply retailer which said "Get your office organised with these stackable in-trays", and I would cringe every time I saw it! 99% of the time, in-trays are part of the problem, NOT the solution, and it is very rare to come across people who are using in-trays effectively.

This is the reality of in-trays...
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Look familiar?

In my opinion, the only...

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My Top 5 Tips for Effective Decluttering

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on March 05, 2014

As promised previously in my Top 5 tips for effective storage, today I bring you my Top 5 tips for decluttering. Remember my definition of why clutter exists in the first place?

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Therefore - in order to DEclutter, we need to address the decision AND action parts to make progress.

#1 Have a vision


Clearly define your end goal and desired result, so that you can go back to that vision to refocus and...

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HOW TO :: Cut the Christmas card clutter

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on December 12, 2013

Last month on Facebook I shared a guest post that I wrote for Mamas Group on rethinking our approach to Christmas - rethinking gift-giving, rethinking gift-wrapping, and rethinking preparations (read it here). There is one more thing we can rethink - a big contributor to general Christmas clutter - the ubiquitous Christmas card!

Now that my little man has started school, we have received waaaay...

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My Top 5 Tips for Effective Storage

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on December 06, 2013

So many of my clients have an issue with storage, and more specifically knowing how to use it efficiently, so today I'll be sharing some basic principals for maximising the usefulness and accessibility of storage spaces - whether you have plenty of them or hardly any.
(If your problem is having too much stuff to fit into your storage space - then tune in next month for my top tips on decluttering!)

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HOW TO :: Get a handle on your handbag

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on November 13, 2013

This past Friday I attended a Breast Cancer Fundraising Dinner hosted by the lovely Doan from Little Organics and Gluten Free Wagon. I did a little presentation on being organised with the ladies, and started with a fun game of 'Handbag Bingo' (which isn't really a thing, I just made it up!!). I got a lot of positive feedback about the game - the ladies loved it and it was a fun way to get the...

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Going with the flow for organising success

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on October 30, 2013

If you have ever tried to set up routines or organising systems in your home, but given up on them shortly after because they just don't work, or feel like waaaay too much hard work, then this post is for you!

Organising Style


I really believe that everyone has their own organising style which is as unique as their personality. What you like to do, how you think, the way you process and store...

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Why organising is good for the environment

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on October 23, 2013

Last week I had the unexpected pleasure of being invited to speak at the SUSTAIN Show, as another speaker had to pull out at the last minute. The title of my presentation was "Decluttering your way to a healthier home, life, and mind". I believe living an organised life has a direct benefit on our internal environment (body and mind) and external environment (home, work place, and global...

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101 Uses for Command Hooks

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on October 09, 2013

Being a renter, I have always relied on my trusty 3M hooks and picture mounting strips. But then through the wonders of Pinterest I discovered all sorts of creative ways to use them - from storing pot lids to hanging curtain rods, and everything in between, and subsequently I use them a lot with my clients. (Here is a little Professional Organiser's secret...Ssshhhh don't tell anyone I told you!...

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