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Simplifying Life: Getting Organised

24 Jun 14
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As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m currently in the process of decluttering and simplifying my life. I’ve come to realise that a big part of this is getting things organised, finding a home for every item so that it can be put away easily every time, and making sure things are close to where you need them.

I’m also a strong believer in being sustainable. This means that where ever possible I’m trying to reuse or find a new owner for the items we’ve identified as not needed. If possible I want to keep as much of the ‘stuff’ I’m removing through the decluttering process out of the trash can.

At the moment my focus is on decluttering our spare room where all my sewing stuff and our items that to date haven’t had a home are kept. I haven’t quite finished, but I’ve been organising all the secondhand/donated material that I have for my sewing projects. We’ve repurposed an Ikea cupboard from the living room to store my material neatly.

My sewing corner

Repurposed cupboard to neatly store sewing supplies

I’ve still got my suitcase of material from Christmas and a couple of bags of smaller/scrap material to sort through but so far I thing it looks great! Before this process the material was in about 6 different boxes and bags piles messily in the spare room, difficult to see what I actually had, and taking up at least a quarter of the room. When I’m finished the material will only take up as much room as that cupboard and I’ll be able to easily see what I have. The larger pieces of material are visible in the four open  cubes while all the smaller bits are folded neatly, tied with twine into colour groups and stored in the boxes within the other four cubes.

I’ve separated out quite a lot of scrap material that I don’t believe will be suitable for sewing. These I will be cutting into reasonable sized pieces, simply sewing around the edges to make sure they don’t frey, and turning them into cleaning cloths for around the house.

As part of making sure things are where they will be used I’m setting up 3 ‘cleaning sets’ that will have their own colour coded set of cloths and the natural cleaning supplies necessary to do the cleaning jobs in their designated area. There will be one for the kitchen, one for the bathroom/toilets, and one for the rest of the house that will live in the laundry.

Today I purchased the first few supplies.

The three buckets that will be the basis for my cleaning sets

The three buckets that will be the basis for my cleaning sets

Cleaning supplies

Other cleaning supplies for the kits and a new small bin for the bathroom (to throw dirty cleaning cloths in to be washed)… (sorry for the blurry picture!)

I’m looking forward to setting this up in a way that will work for us. Given that we have the cleaners coming in to do the big clean fortnightly, at this stage the cleaning kits will mainly be used for the day to day wipe downs. The spray bottles will contain vinegar and I will be getting small containers of bicarb soda, as these two items combined forms the basis for most cleaning tasks.

Do you have a process in place that has simplified cleaning for you?

How have you organised your house to allow you to live a simplified or manageable lifestyle?

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  1. eclecticoddsnsods June 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Cleaning and sorting is really therapeutic x

    • Megan S June 25, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      It really is 🙂

      • eclecticoddsnsods June 25, 2014 at 6:19 pm

        I know, i need to do more lol

  2. Merryn June 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Great post! I can relate to your need to simplify your life and organise your living space. I had a lady from Systems for Order come and do a consultation in my home (I am from Victoria, Australia) and she has been great with her followup and support. There is so much freedom as each space is decluttered and its potential is maximised. Looking forward to hearing more about your journey with organisation 🙂

    • Megan S June 25, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      That sounds great! Was it expensive to have a consultation?

      • Merryn June 25, 2014 at 9:52 pm

        It was $75 for the hour but well worth it because she wrote an action plan for me and followed me up several times since and provided phone/ email support. She does offer a 2 hour ($150) practical help service but I will see how much I can get done by myself first.

        • Megan S June 26, 2014 at 10:33 am

          That seems reasonable! I’m in South Australia so will have to see if there’s anything similar here. Sounds kind of like part of what I’d like to do with LiveKen (my new business idea (

          • Merryn June 26, 2014 at 11:23 am

            Check out the website for Systems for Order – you may find some ideas 🙂

          • Merryn June 26, 2014 at 11:24 am
          • Megan S June 26, 2014 at 8:13 pm

            Thanks I’ll check it out. 🙂

  3. Claire June 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    A place for everything and everything in it’s place! I forget who said that…
    Just dying over your sewing room though! I’ve got a few small projects going, but I rarely work on them as I need to cart everything out onto the dining table just to start!

    • Megan S June 25, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks Claire! It’s not really a sewing room, just our spare bedroom actually. My sewing machine is in another room so I still need to move everything around as I work and definitely know how hard it is to actually be motivated to do things.

  4. margie June 26, 2014 at 5:50 am

    thanks foe sharing Megan!

    • Megan S June 26, 2014 at 10:33 am

      you’re welcome 🙂

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