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Embracing Autumn: Decluttering and letting Go

Embracing Autumn: Decluttering and letting Go

Drawing inspiration from nature, particularly Autumn, we can adopt Autumn’s letting go approach within our homes. Autumn is the season that teaches us the beauty of letting go (decluttering) to make space for new growth to come.  Just as it whispers its message of...

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Landfill is not the only option

Landfill is not the only option

When downsizing and decluttering there is understandably a concerned about the destination of cherished belongings. At A Hand to Help, we are deeply committed to the principle that valuable possessions should not be consigned to waste. Our priority is to diligently...

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5 ways to use children’s artwork

5 ways to use children’s artwork

With another year of master pieces to create and come into your home, we would like to share with you 5 ways to use children’s artwork. Having a child’s artwork on the wall is a beautiful personal touch to a home. It’s so encouraging for the child and builds...

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Habit stacking. An easy way to stay organised

Habit stacking. An easy way to stay organised

Habit stacking is an easy way to stay organised. It is a powerful strategy that can help you stay on track and manage your daily tasks. This is your simple guide to habit stacking and staying organise. What is Habit Stacking? Habit stacking allows you to piggyback a...

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January Reset

January Reset

A January reset is all about embracing sustainable habits and focus for the New Year. As you bid farewell to the past year, and begin to plan and create your year ahead, you may set New Year’s resolutions. New Year resolutions can put unnecessary pressure and stress...

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Last Minute Recycled Gift-Wrapping Ideas

Last Minute Recycled Gift-Wrapping Ideas

Discover three simple, last-minute recycled gift-wrapping ideas with us. We've all experienced that moment when the presents are ready, but the wrapping is nowhere to be found. Fear not! We'll delve into some last-minute gift-wrapping tricks using common household...

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A free Christmas gift

A free Christmas gift

Christmas is coming and we want to share with you a free Christmas gift idea. There are many strains on budgets and home incomes which makes Christmas a financially challenging time. One gift that is undervalued is the gift of a story. A story makes a beautiful free...

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How to save money by shopping at home

How to save money by shopping at home

Shopping at home will save you money, time and helps the environment. We have experienced this twice recently. We needed a new light bulb. It was one that doesn’t get changed often so we assumed we’d need to buy one. Before heading to the shops we looked at the light...

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What to do with my wedding dress

What to do with my wedding dress

Let's talk wedding dresses and what to do with my wedding dress after 15 years. Hello, I’m Kate. A Professional Organiser at A Hand to Help.When I got married I felt like a princess in that beautiful white dress. The gorgeous stitching, bead work and the big foofy...

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Too much craft!

Too much craft!

Can you have too much craft? How do you accumulate too much craft? Hello, I’m Veronica owner and professional organiser at A Hand to Help. As a crafter myself I get excited about the ideas, possibilities and starting a new project. I have also experienced the...

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Declutter with Nature

Declutter with Nature

Have you ever considered decluttering with nature? Decluttering is a natural process for Mother Nature. We see this the most in Autumn. Mother Nature doesn’t hold back. She generously lets go of her leaves. And for a time, we enjoy her “minimal” style. Following...

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Two top moving house tips

Two top moving house tips

Moving house is not exciting for everyone. In fact, as a professional organiser at A Hand to Help I see the stress of moving house firsthand. Yet, I was so excited about the whole process when I moved house recently (to be fair I had lots of warning about this move,...

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Marie Kondo and clutter

Marie Kondo and clutter

I was recently reading an article about Marie Kondo and clutter.Two things struck me about this article in the Australian newspaper: The notion that clutter is a “Bad” thing. Marie’s change of view on how decluttering is done was presented negatively. Let’s explore...

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Best Organising and Planning Apps

Best Organising and Planning Apps

Kristianna, A Hand to Help’s admin guru, has investigated, weighed, and measured some of the best organising and planning apps for your phone. Choosing the right organising and planning app for you makes being and staying organised this year so much easier. We get it!...

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January reset

January reset

Congratulations you have made it through another year, another Christmas and reached another January reset. Hello, I’m Kate, a Professional Organiser and declutter expert at A Hand to Help.I don’t know what life looks like for you in January, but for me I see my...

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Gifts that make a difference

Gifts that make a difference

At A Hand to Help we love meaningful gifts that make a difference. Christmas gifts or gifts at any time of the year. Gifts that fill a need and change a life are the ultimate! But how do you do this within a personal budget? It’s easy with GIVIT GIVIT was born in 2019...

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Packing for a holiday

Packing for a holiday

Packing for a holiday doesn’t have to be a trial. Think of it as the necessary preparation for your time away.Hello, I’m Kate and I love a good holiday! Whether it be a trip in the caravan, a road trip interstate visiting family or friends or a bigger trip on an...

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How to write a To Do list

How to write a To Do list

“How to write a To Do list?” you ask. Should be easy right? Isn’t it just a list of all the things you need / want to do. No. A list of all the things you want to do is called a wish list. A wish list can have a few tasks on it or it can fill a book. Wish lists are...

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Disorganised to organised

Disorganised to organised

Life doesn't always go to plan and even a Professional Organiser can be in a state of being disorganised. After discovering our fridge had been leaking for quite some time, most of our kitchen floor and half the kitchen needed to be demolished and replaced. Hello I’m...

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I don’t want it to go to landfill

I don’t want it to go to landfill

When we help clients edit, declutter and organise, it’s not uncommon to hear “I don’t want it to do to landfill”. This is a legitimate concern. Caring for our environment and being careful what goes to landfill is important. But I wonder if we should be asking the...

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A Professional Organiser at home

A Professional Organiser at home

I wanted to share with you a day of a Professional Organiser at home. I'm Kate, a Professional Organiser at A Hand to Help and I have just finished reorganising my bathroom cupboard due to a cotton tip “disaster”. You know the ones? Cotton tips everywhere! With my...

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How a body double can help you organise

How a body double can help you organise

We want to share with you the power of a body double and how it can help you organise. While working with Danielle recently she said “What is it about you? I can’t do it without you!”  I joked “It’s the apron,” but we both knew my apron was not a magical cape....

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Stay organised by finishing the loop

Stay organised by finishing the loop

There is a way you can stay organised. At A Hand to Help, we call it finishing the loop. Finishing the loop is about maintaining your organising and your home. Finishing the loop helps us stay on track. There are 3 things we need to share about finishing the loop....

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One size does not fit all

One size does not fit all

When it comes to organising one size does not fit all!The pretty, tidy organised spaces we see on social media cannot and will not work for everyone. And that is okay. Organising will look different because we are all different.Some people are comfortable with more...

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Change your wardrobe for the season

Change your wardrobe for the season

When you open your wardrobe do you see the clothes you need to stay warm this autumn or winter? Would it help you to find them easier? Just as the season is changing, you too may need to change your wardrobe so you can quickly find and quickly put away what you need...

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Breaking Christmas Pressure Rules

Breaking Christmas Pressure Rules

Hi, I’m Kate a Professional Organiser at A Hand to Help and I love Christmas, I love everything about it. But I am definitely a “break the Christmas pressure rules” kind of person.I put up my Christmas tree before the 1st of December because who doesn’t want to look...

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Three things to do to stay organised

Three things to do to stay organised

Many people tell us they find it difficult to stay organised. You may have had an edit / declutter and clean up in your home and you now feel organised. That is until life happens; the washing needs to be put away, shopping is dropped on the floor, toys have piled up...

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The pressure to have an Instagram Pantry

The pressure to have an Instagram Pantry

A Hand to Help's Professional Organiser Kate, writes about the pressure to have an Instagram pantry. Have you noticed the latest Instagram trend of people’s immaculate pantries? You know the ones with the beautiful brand-new containers and the personalised vinyl...

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A Morning routine

A Morning routine

A morning routine will set you up for the day and help you leave home with what you need. A morning routine focuses on your needs and your tasks. As it is personal to you there is no one size fits all when it comes to your morning routine. Your morning routine is...

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“Small” activities make big impacts

“Small” activities make big impacts

At A Hand to Help we hear statements from our clients that might seem small or insignificant to the ears of the average organised person.They are statements like: “We can sit at the table to eat”. “The children are playing on the floor”. “A friend can come over!”. “I...

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3 Unexpected Organising Tools

3 Unexpected Organising Tools

Can organising have unexpected organising tools? Yes! We want to share these unexpected tools because they are foundational in helping you be and stay organised. When you think organising a picture of tubs, a trip shopping for something pretty or labels might come to...

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What is clutter?

What is clutter?

What is clutter? This maybe an easy question for some to answer and a harder question for others. Clutter comes in many forms. Physical, mental, financial and digital clutter and you may be able to add more to the list. Several years ago, I came across Anxiety...

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Stop Clutter

Stop Clutter

A great way to stop clutter is to catch it where it drops. It is nearly Easter and an Easter egg hunt is something to look forward to. But try hunting for something you want when you cannot find it. This is not fun It is stressful!! Items usually get lost because they...

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How to stop Groundhog Day Organising

How to stop Groundhog Day Organising

What is “how to stop Groundhog Day Organising” you ask? It is A Hand to Help’s take on the movie “Groundhog Day” where every morning is the same. Groundhog Day Organising is when you start organising an area and start again and start again… The starting process...

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The Gift of Time

The Gift of Time

After such a difficult year, giving the gift of time this Christmas is special. Thinking of friends and family and being with them over the Christmas season brings a smile to my face. If spending money on gifts is not be an option for you now, then do-it-yourself...

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Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy

Do you have an exit strategy for items leaving your home? Or you might be asking “what is an exit strategy?” An exit strategy is the way your belongings leave your home. As an organiser I often come across items that are not wanted but have not left a home. They may...

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Hooked on Hooks

Hooked on Hooks

I’m hooked on hooks! They can be used for so much more than just hanging up a coat or a bag. Here’s three reasons why I love hooks. Great way to use vertical space Vertical space is space waiting to be used for organising. So many options! I love Crafty Hack’s...

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How To Organise When You Don’t Feel Like It

How To Organise When You Don’t Feel Like It

I want to share with you how to organise when you don't feel like it. We all have those day when "I'm not up to it today" happens. I really understand the "I don't feel like doing it" mood. I've been putting off writing my monthly blog because of it. A difficult week...

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To Label Or Not To Label

To Label Or Not To Label

To label or not to label? Before I became an organiser, I wasn’t drawn to labels. The written word didn’t grab my eye. But after many years working in homes of clients with diverse needs, I’ve become a label lover; but not a label lover in the sense of perfect writing...

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Shop at home

Shop at home

When I’m working in client’s homes, I encourage them to shop at home first and see what can be reused before considering purchasing new organising products. We usually find something that was purchased before or we repurpose an item already in the home. This is a...

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When is too much, too much for our home?

When is too much, too much for our home?

I’m often asked “when is too much, too much for our home?” Every person has their limit of belongings. Some like less while others are very comfortable being surrounded by more. Because we are all different there is no one size fits all for quantity of belongings. A...

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Clutter Free Christmas Gift Guide

Clutter Free Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is a special time of year; filled with fun, festivities and family.However, when it comes to Christmas gifts, it can be difficult knowing what to give to others. To help out, A Hand to Help has come up with a clutter free gift guide. Giving a gift that is...

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The power of a gift

The power of a gift

I believe a gift can hold power with its recipient. A gift doesn’t have to be an object. It can be time, a loving action or a kind word. There are two actions involved in a gift; the act of giving and the act of receiving. I’m not going to expand on the action of gift...

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Tidy is not Organised

Tidy is not Organised

With the arrival of spring, this may percolate thoughts of spring cleaning and tiding up. But a tidy home doesn’t mean an organised home. Can items be easily found when needed? Have the cupboards been used to keep things out of sight? As a Professional Organiser, my...

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It’s Ok to ask for help

It’s Ok to ask for help

It’s ok to ask for help. I experienced this recently when I was generously given shelves for my garage. I had an idea where I wanted them and was excited about how they would help me keep A Hand to Help items together, but that’s where my enthusiasm stopped. It was...

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How to help children be organised

How to help children be organised

I love the school holidays, always have done. I like it for 2 reasons; firstly, it’s a break from the usual routine with my family and secondly, I have the pleasure to work with children in their homes to help them build skills to be organised. Being organised is a...

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Meet the team.

I wanted to introduce A Hand to Help’s team. I’m very thankful to you, our clients and the support you have given, and it’s only because of your support I’m expanding the team.  Our new team members are also members of my supportive family. So here we are, and excited...

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Choice and Control

Choice and Control

We all like to have choice and control. Some people fear engaging the service of a Professional Organiser because they think they will be told what to discard or part with. This is not how it should work! Choice and control are important when making decisions about...

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My learnings as an award finalist

My learnings as an award finalist

During my adult years I’ve embraced learning. Often asking myself “What’s the learning from this experience?” Especially when something went wrong and didn’t work out as I had expected. In 2018 I joined the Manningham Business Network because of their ethos of...

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Slow Down in 2019

Slow Down in 2019

Happy New Year! With every new year comes discussions of what we are going to change and do. You might be planning a trip, study, to work on your health or be more organised. It’s not uncommon for me to hear “I need to be more organised!” This is often said as the...

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The Next Step

The Next Step

I often find disorganisation and clutter arises when the next step has not been completed. It could be the laundry hasn’t been put away, dishes are not washed or rubbish is not placed in the bin. Why does this happen? Common reasons why a task is not completed...

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Two step organising

Two step organising

I’m a simple creature. I often joke that I’m a two-step cook. If it has three steps, I won’t be making it; I’ll never produce a lemon meringue pie. Being organised is all about having a way of doing something. As an Organiser, I call this a system. We see systems in...

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Organising Paper Flow in Your Home

Organising Paper Flow in Your Home

In a digital era, it may surprise you that paper is still a common problem in many homes. Paper seems to hark back to its tree days and manifests itself as a forest of paper piles in the home. The key to keeping on top of paper is having a paper action station with a...

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Snap Happy

Snap Happy

We are taking more photos now than ever in history, yet we are looking at them less. Since 1827 when the first photo was taken, photography has grown in popularity. Technology has improved and cost has decreased dramatically. And now, with the use of smart phones,...

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Digital clutter, why bother?

Digital clutter, why bother?

Digital clutter is your “pile” unseen. If it can’t be seen, do you need to give it any consideration? Is it even affecting your life? Yes and yes! With lives so connected to digital devices and digital applications, it is crucial digital spaces are de-cluttered. This...

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Be organised and eat well for less

Be organised and eat well for less

I recently watched the channel 9 serious Eat Well. For Less?. I couldn’t help but watch it through the eyes of a Professional Organiser. Food. It takes up a huge amount of our time. Shopping, preparing, cooking, eating and cleaning-up afterwards. Even buying takeaway...

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Downsizing at home

Downsizing at home

When we think of downsizing, we think of moving into something smaller. But can you downsize and not move? Most Definitely! Downsizing our possessions; having less in the home has great “upsizing” benefits. Read more about this in my post Less is More. Downsizing at...

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Tiny Home Living

Tiny Home Living

Many of you may have seen American Tiny Home programs broadcasted on TV. The Tiny Home movement exploded in the U.S due to the impact of the GFC (Global Financial Crisis). I recently had the pleasure of meeting Indi Hangan from Tiny Homes Australia. Yes, tiny has come...

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How to sort the bathroom cupboard

How to sort the bathroom cupboard

Spring has finally sprung here in Melbourne and the warmer weather has me reaching for my sunscreen. first of all it has to be found, somewhere among the bathroom cupboard bottles and tubs. Then questions are asked “how old is it”? and “is it safe to use”? Sound...

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Does clutter consume more than space?

Does clutter consume more than space?

Clutter. It conjures up a picture of a pile of something or too many possessions in one space. Some may shiver at the mental picture and some will feel comfortable. I believe clutter and life go hand in hand. Everyone will have a different tolerance of clutter and...

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My Secret to Decluttering

My Secret to Decluttering

When we think decluttering, we usually think about throwing things out. It can be very hard to decide what to part with. So hard in fact, that the process may never start.  I find, to get the process started my secret to decluttering is not to say “What will I...

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Winter, lets clear the cupboards!

Winter, lets clear the cupboards!

Winter is the perfect time to clear the cupboards.  It becomes colder and is a time of the year when we tend to hibernate. This hibernation period is the perfect time to look inwards and clean out a cupboard! Cupboards are the perfect place to start when it comes...

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Your Very Own Memory Quilt

Your Very Own Memory Quilt

Memories are powerful and precious. Many of the items we keep evoke memories of events, people or special times. These items may consist of photos, mementoes, books, jewellery, furniture and clothing. Treasured clothing that is special may include baby and children’s...

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Declutter for sale

Declutter for sale

If there is one action I would recommend for preparing a home for sale, it’s to declutter. And yes, I know it is hard to do, especially at such a stressful time, but it’s well worth the effort. A decluttered house, a house with less, will feel open and light. How your...

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Staging your home for sale

Staging your home for sale

Staging your home for sale is an established technique with considerable advantages. It increases buyer interest and improves the sale outcome. But..I have one question once the decision has been made to sell and stage a home. “How do I live, work and function in a...

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What is clutter? Where is clutter?

What is clutter? Where is clutter?

What is clutter? I’ve made the dictionary my first stop and I’m excited about its meaning! Clutter: to make a confused noise, irrelevant echoes on a radar screen from sources other than the target, bustle, confusion and a mess. I’m fascinated that the meaning of the...

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There is a difference between organised and tidy

There is a difference between organised and tidy

I’ve been contemplating the difference between being tidy and being organised and I’m convinced there is a difference. Just because a home looks tidy, is it organised? What happens when the cupboards are open? Have the cupboards been used to keep things out of sight?...

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Less is more

Less is more

When I first heard “Less is more” as a child I couldn’t understand the concept. How can having less be more? Some years ago, I set off travelling with all my favourite belongings in one backpack for a year overseas. All my worldly passions were there on my back. I...

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