Monthly Archives: March 2015

Decluttering – A Rich Life With Less Stuff

As we come to the close of our hot topic on decluttering some of you may be sceptical about the psychological benefits to living a life with less stuff and when I saw this Tedx talk on decluttering and living a minimalist life, I knew I just had to share it with you! The speakers in this talk, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, used to earn six figure incomes and have an abundance of ‘stuff’ and yet we learn in their talk of how they were living for their stuff, rather than having it work for them.


Their breakthrough came when they decided to donate and sell around 80% of their belongings, often luxury items they didn’t need that were causing them to feel burdened, and which they soon dubbed their clutter. Rather than reading about the talk I’ve decided to share it with you so you too can know the liberation that comes from decluttering your belongings, I encourage you to watch it and hear for yourself their powerful story!




PC Health Check – How to Keep You and Your Computer Happy!

With most PC’s nowadays being connected to the internet it is becoming increasingly important to protect your computer from malicious viruses. Most people know about the threat of viruses but were you aware of the threat of both malware and spyware?


Malware is software which is specifically designed to disrupt or damage a computer system and spyware is software that enables a user to obtain covert information about another’s computer activities by transmitting data covertly from their hard drive and both are equally important to protect yourself against.


PC Back-up – Give Yourself Piece of Mind

I’ve spoken a lot about the psychological benefits of decluttering this month and how to go about doing it but when it comes to computers backing up is just as important. Without a back up of your computer you could be left having lost all of your important documents should your computer break down on you. I would recommend backing up to your portable hard drive once a month and possibly more regularly depending on how much you use your computer for work, studies or in my case, writing.


The portable back up hard drive I use is excellent and very slim line so it needn’t take up loads of space when it’s not in use. Should you wish to purchase one (which I would strongly recommend you do) the details of the product are listed below:


Electronic Clutter and How to Make it Go For Good


When you start up your computer do you dread sifting through your emails? Do you spend ages looking for that document you saved in some obscure file path that seemed to make sense at the time? Often electronic clutter gets dismissed as unimportant however it is just as damaging to our focus and productivity as physical clutter. Here are my top tips and tricks for streamlining your computer files so that you never have to spend ages searching for something again!


  • Try not to save items to your desktop as this will make it cluttered. Instead save them under a logical file path and create a shortcut to that file path on your desktop.


No Office? No problem. How to Create a Home Office You’ll Love


For many people, myself included, often there just isn’t enough space to have a room dedicated as a home office. But what do we do if we don’t have one? How do we file all of our paperwork and set up a system that lends itself to being conducive to studying, doing personal administration or working from home?


I write and complete paperwork from my bedroom, a room which I have created as my very own little oasis. Here are some top tips and tricks for streamlining your filing systems and finding space for that all important paperwork, whilst creating a space that will serve you well when working at home.


  • Only keep one year’s paperwork for bank statements, bills and tax post – archive the rest and keep them in the loft, garage, basement or in a suitcase on top of your wardrobe. Ensure you use dividers in your files to organise your paperwork by category (for example, bank, credit card, tax details, pay slips, phone bills, etc.).


How to create a Welcoming and Friendly Lounge

Everyone knows that the lounge is where most people spend most of their time in the home (unless you’re wealthy and can afford a large kitchen) and so making it a welcoming space, free from clutter is essential in order to create a harmonious living environment. In the past I have project managed an interior design project from conception to completion, here are the tips and tricks for creating a welcoming lounge that I picked up along the way.


Declutter your life, declutter your mind; Part Two

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As I discussed last week, having grown up in a somewhat cluttered environment I yearned for an organised, streamlined living environment where absolutely everything had its place. In my early twenties I was far from organised and, not having carved out a career for myself yet, earned relatively little which meant I lived in small rooms that served to make the task of streamlining my possessions that much harder. One of the first resources I came across was The Flylady. She made decluttering possible for me, a task which seemed huge at the time.

As part of last weeks exercises you made a list of all the rooms or spaces you wanted to declutter. If you found that you wanted to declutter almost all of your rooms when you made the list, I strongly recommend getting The Flylady’s book ‘Sink Reflections’. It tackles all of the issues most of us have with getting started, keeping on track and maintaining a streamlined living space. If you’re just too keen and want to get started now, here are the five essential decluttering tricks of the trade to lead you to the organised living environment you’ve always dreamed of! More

How to Turn Your Bathroom into a Relaxing Nirvana

Try these top tips and tricks for bathroom storage, organisation and decor, to help turn your bathroom into your very own relaxing nirvana.


Bathroom storage tips:


Having shared bathrooms for my entire life I know a thing or two about nifty storage ideas that keep everyone involved happy. Try these top tips to turn your bathroom into a space that works for you.


  • A tall corner bath rack
  • Hanging rack attached to the shower rail
  • Tall wicker basket with drawers
  • Mirror with cabinet


How to Create Your Ideal Bedroom Oasis Part One


My bedroom is where I spend most of my time. I do everything from write to listen to music to meditate in my bedroom so I’ve spent a lot of time making it an organised and tranquil environment. But it hasn’t always been that way.


Like many people living in London I’ve lived in incredibly small rooms and as a result I’ve come up with some tried and true techniques on how to maximise space whilst creating a peaceful atmosphere that is a joy to come home to. Here are some of my tips and tricks to help you create your ideal bedroom oasis.


Storage tips and tricks


Invest in a wardrobe that has short legs where you can fit items underneath it.


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