How to Organise Your Underwear drawer, by Sharon Alexander
Don't suffer with your Knickers in a Twist!
Read these Great tips
to get Your Underwear Drawer Organised.
A great place to start when wanting to get your wardrobe organised is your undies drawer! Your underwear is extremely important and because often we're the only ones who see it, sometime we don't give it as much attention as it deserves. Your underwear really is the underpinning of your whole wardrobe.
Set aside some 'ME" time and take a trash back to your room and go through your underwear drawer. Throw away anything:
Next assess what you have left, Sort into categories that work for you - I do undies, g-strings, bra's and special occasion items. (I keep sports bra's with my work out gear)
Now is the perfect time to do a stock take of what you have and make a note of any items you may need to replace or any gaps in your underwear collection, i.e. a good strapless bra that doesn't cut off your circulation or have you worried it'll fall down every time you wear it is a must if you like strapless clothes! Over time our bodies sneakily change so it may be a good idea to get a bra fitting if your haven't had one for a while. A well fitting bra can give the girls some perk and change your whole look!!!
Now to our organising part - It's a good idea to put special occasion, or underwear that you may wear only occasionally, towards the back of your storage area.
Replace your everyday items in the easy to access area (i.e. towards the front of the drawer/basket/cupboard) and make them look pretty! Dividers or baskets work well to keep different items segregated, I have even used shoe boxes or gift boxes that i have on hand for an economical option and they've worked great too. The main idea is to make it easy to put things away and easy to access what you need on any given day.
Your underwear drawer is the perfect starting point if you are new to decluttering and organising and want to improve your wardrobe. You can accomplish a lot in a short period of time and it will be easier to find what you need when you're getting dressed in a hurry. Knowing that you can easily access well fitting "smalls" that are comfy and give you good support will not only help you look great but will definitely make you feel great as well.
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Building a wardrobe that Works for you!
A new series for March on
wardrobe planning and organising
from Sharon At O2B Organised
"I've got nothing to wear!"
How many times have you moaned that sentence to yourself as you're trying to get ready?
And if your wardrobe is anything like mine used to be, it's probably pretty full......pretty full of gorgeous tops, really cool pants, fabulous shoes and lovely handbags......you get the picture!
A closet full of clothes, but still nothing to wear! So we continue to spend our hard earned money to buy something new that gives us a boost....but does that help?- Not usually! It's so easy to end up with a wardrobe overflowing with items and still have nothing suitable for the occasion.
Have you ever then rushed out to buy something new so you'd have something to wear, because, you know, there wasn't anything in your wardrobe that was right. I know I have in the past. It really becomes a vicious cycle doesn't it?
I used to find looking in my closet for something to wear so frustrating. I couldn't remember what fit, what matched or what top looked best with what pants - it was such a jumble in there! Is it just me or does anyone else feel this way?
One day I decided enough was enough, I decided to declutter my closet, get a system in place and put a stop to this clothing chaos. I did a lot of research (which wasn't really a chore as this subject fascinates me!) on the best ways to plan a wardrobe, capsule wardrobes and making the most of what we have and became a convert to buying the best quality I could afford over quantity.
I'm so happy with the end result. My wardrobe is now so easy to manage and yours can be too! Even if you have a small space (or especially if you have a small space!) you can create a wardrobe that not only saves you time and stress, but also works for your lifestyle.
This month I'm very excited to be embarking on a new series on Wardrobe Organising so stay tuned to find out more :-)
Moving House can be one of the most stressful events in our life! I know - I'm an old hand after experiencing 4 international, 4 national and countless local moves in the past 20 years! (it's amazing I'm not totally grey!!!) I've kept my sanity by staying super organised so I can make sure everything runs smoothly.
Starting with a plan and following a few simple tricks can really reduce the exhaustion and overwhelm.
If you'd like any more advice or help with your next move please feel free to call - ph : 0420 402642.
Even in this day and age where we rely heavily on the internet, email and the electronic world, we are still drowning in papers! Paper seems to enter our world not only through our letterbox, but from work and also sneakily coming into the house in our children's school bags!
Do you have a dedicated system for the constant flow of paper entering your space? Or is your kitchen bench the general dumping point?
Are you wasting time and feeling frustrated and stressed every time you look at your desk? Tired of having to shut your office door whenever unexpected visitors call by?
Now imagine a world where you can easily deal with the everyday bombardment of paper, plus quickly locate those important documents when needed and you have a system in place to help you remember when to deal with items when the due date arises.
There are a few main steps to consider when starting to set up a reliable system to keep control of the constant stream of paper entering your space:
The relief of re-gaining control of your paperwork can be immense. It can reduce your stress levels, save you embarrassment of missing important events and money on overdue fines for paying bills late,
If you are struggling with paper clutter a simple review of how you currently handle your paperwork, plus setting up a system you can easily manage and maintain can bring about an amazing result, make life less stressful, maximise your space and save you time and money.
For this simple wardrobe declutter you'll need to set aside about 10 minutes as we'll be tackling only your hanging clothes at this stage.
Start by going to your closet and one by one evaluate each item of clothing hanging there. You don't really need to pull everything out and make a big mess, just take each clothing piece out one by one, on it's hanger, and think honesty about it.
As you look at each item ask yourself the questions
"Do I love this?"
"Do I wear this?"
"If I happened to bump into an old boyfriend is this something I'd want to be wearing?"
If you answer no to any of the questions, take the items out and hang them away from the clothes that are keepers.
Gather up all the clothes that don’t make you feel amazing and ready to conquer the world.
You really don’t need to look at those clothes hanging in your wardrobe everyday, thinking you should be wearing them, or you should be losing weight or thinking whatever else that wastes your time and brings you down.
Take them out of your closet and bag them up ready for donating.
If you can’t bear to part with them immediately, store the bag in the garage for a week or two….anything you don’t go looking for - you can donate to your favourite charity.
Someone less fortunate will benefit from your donations and you’ll get the good giving karma come back to you!
If 10 minutes wasn't enough time, keep going for another 10 minutes if you can. If you can't, place a marker where you got up to, and you can easily resume on another day when you have more time.
The benefit of not dragging your whole closet out and laying it on your bed or around your room, is you can do this exercise in smaller time increments, without the pressure of making a big mess and having to finish the job all at once.
Getting organised is so much easier when you can break it down into smaller more manageable chunks.
If this all seems too hard and you'd like a hand to get started or
you are just too busy and want to get the job done quickly, give me a call!
I offer a variety of packages to suit different budgets and I'd love to help you
be calm, be organised and be in control!
Packing for a holiday can often be one of the most stressful parts of travel as we all want to take the best options from our wardrobe so we look and feel fabulous. This can lead to the fear of leaving something essential behind, which can often prompt you into overpacking. Today I’m giving you my top 7 tips, that I followed when I recently went to Melbourne for the annual Professional Organiser conference, that really worked for me.
1. There are two ways you can pack, and this can depend on how long you are travelling for. For shorter trips you may like to pack an outfit for each day, though of course this results in more luggage. For longer trips or if you like to travel with carry on only a Capsule or mix and match wardrobe is a space effective way to travel.
2. Choose 2 main neutral colours that go well with each, all other items you choose should coordinate with your two main neutrals.
3. Make the majority of the clothes you pack one solid colour. if you are travelling for a longer period of time it makes them less memorable if you need to wear them again.
4. The advantage to choosing mainly plain items is you can pack loads of accessories to jazz up the outfits. Scarves, jewellery, belts and other accessories can completely change an outfit, and see you through a variety of occasions.
5. If you like patterns stick to having them in only one clothing category - tops, bottoms or toppers (cardigans, jackets, coats) You will be able to pull together more outfits from your suitcase this way.
6. Lay out your clothes on your bed before you go. Try the outfits on together. Sometimes things look great in your mind or laid out, but don't always feel right once you put them on. To be absolutely confident I find the exercise of trying each combination on quickly before you pack really works. This also seems to stop the fear that makes you pack all those "just in case" items, that you generally bring home unworn.
7. When it comes time to packing place the heaviest items on the bottom of your suitcase and roll clothes for less crushing and more space (to fit in your accessories and any shopping you may treat yourself to!)
By following these tips I wore every single thing that went into my suitcase. I was covered for 2 days of sightseeing, three days of conference and four evening functions and it all fit into a carry on case (on the way there pre shopping anyway!)
By limiting your colour scheme, thinking about mixing and matching options for each item you pack and packing accessories to jazz up plain outfits for different occasions you’ll be ready to say yes to a range of outings, confident that you have a fabulous outfit ready, plus you'll spare yourself a stressful packing experience.
Have you travelled recently or have a upcoming trip in the planning? I'd love to know if you're a carry on type of girl or do you pack everything and the kitchen sink? What works for you?
Secrets to making Meal Planning easy
What should I cook for dinner tonight?
If you've never Planned your Meals before I promise this will be a life changing event for you! Have you ever found yourself standing in the supermarket wondering what to have for dinner tonight? Or ducking out to the local to pick up ingredients at inflated prices to finish that nights dinner? Or just feeling like screaming when the kids ask "what's for dinner tonight Mum?"
Planning your meals for the week stops the stress and uncertainty and really does save you time, stress, energy and money.
If you've never done this before a great way to start is to quickly think of 5 easy, healthy meals that are favourites in your household and write them down....next allocate each meal a night. There you go-in it's most basic form, your meal planning is done! I know it seems too simple and there are a myriad of beautiful planner pads that you can buy to help you, but it doesn't have to be difficult!
"What - That's it?" you say... I told you it was easy, it really doesn't need to be difficult or time consuming to be worthwhile. Ladies, I'm all about making your (and my!) life easier!
As you're jotting down your meals for each night (I record mine in my family planner) make a list of the ingredients you need to make those meals on your shopping list. It's great if you can do your meal planning the night before your grocery shopping trip is scheduled. Truly it's that simple!
Next week mix it up a little, add in some new recipes. Start to think of what activities are on each night.
If you're expecting a killer, hectic day at work on Tuesday - Plan the easiest meal you know.
Do the kids have late sports practice on Thursday? Plan a spaghetti bolognaise with hidden vege's or some such recipe that is dead easy and everyone in your family loves. (The hidden vege's mean you don't have to feel a shred of guilt about how easy it was to prepare!)
Each week incorporate a meal that you can make a double batch of. Eat one half on the night you cook it and pop the other in the freezer for a later date. Like the killer hectic nights.
I call these FREE meals, free of stress and free of guilt!
Examples of a few I often make are : Stews, Curries, Casseroles, Bolognese Sauce and Chilli Con Carne.
When you know you're going to having one of those super busy days that leave you exhausted, take your FREE meal out of the freezer in the morning to defrost and all you need to do is
cook up rice or pasta and steam some vege's/make a salad and dinner is done.
It really reduces the stress of getting a quick, healthy home made meal on the table a cinch.
You don't always have to work hard, if you work clever!
Sharon is a Professional Organiser based in Perth, Western Australia, who loves sharing her passion for beautiful, functional, organised spaces with her family, friends and clients. If you would like any information on how getting organised can transform your life please don't hesitate to get in touch by email or telephone.
You can also connect with Sharon and O2B Organised via Facebook and Pinterest.
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If you are struggling with too much stuff cluttering up your home a Professional Organiser can help you with the decisions of what needs to go and what’s to stay. I can help you to organise your possessions so you have a system and they’re easy to use and look fabuous.
Sometimes you can become so invested in your stuff, or you might be living such a busy life that you just need someone who understands, to give you a gentle hand to make these decisions and help you through.
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