Secret to organising a shed

Shed storage ideas

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The Edit and Declutter

 

  • Check the weather forcast (aim for a dry day)
  • Get spare tarpaulins or dust sheets, to lay on the lawn or patio
  • Take a before photo (so you can see what you’ve achieved after)
  • Get everything out
  • Have recycle bags, rubble stacks or a skip (depending on the scale of the project) ready for waste items
  • Dedicate an area for Re-home and to Sell items to be put as you go
  • Remove broken or un-repairable items
  • Remove items you just don’t need anymore (be honest about when you last used them)
  • Decide what’s to be kept
  • Organise into categories on the tarpaulins as you go e.g pots, gardening, tools, seeds, bike stuff etc.
  • This will help decide how best to store it once you start to put it back – match the quantity and size of items to the best place in the shed

 

If you want ideas on where to donate your unwanted items see my Donation Directory

 

How to maximise shed storage and keep it tidy:

 

  • Take a look at the empty shed
  • Does the current furniture or shelving best use the space?
  • Look to hang up as much as possible 
  • You might want to invest in wall racking to exactly match what you have to store e.g Wall storage systems and is flexible for future storage
  • Use clear, labeled containers to put the same categories together
  • Dig out old Tupperware and take away containers which can be great for storing seed packets or screw/bolts etc.
  • Choose an exact place for everything – label shelves and containers, so everyone knows where things are and where to put them back
  • Sort out the best lighting possible for your shed and budget – a dark space will be harder to use and keep tidy

 

The secret to being more productive working from home

Your Home Office

 

 

“We all get distracted, it’s how we manage this that counts”

To start with, think about what you like best about working from home? Maybe it’s more sleep in the morning or being able to get involved with daily family activities? What have you enjoyed doing and what really matters to you? Are you now having lunch together or have you recognised that your partner really needs you to be around for home schooling when they take work calls in the afternoon?  So think about what is non-negotiable in your day and what you don’t want to miss out on.  Book these in to your routine and remember this is the trade off for other parts of your working day. 

 

Secondly, we all get distracted, it’s how you manage it that counts. We get interrupted by others at home, lose focus, get frustrated or anxious as we try to keep on top of work or finish projects. 

Start with the physical space and set-up of your work area to reduce distractions. Be deliberate in your choice of work space. Don’t underestimate the effect a good home working environment has on your concentration and well being. Keep an area tidy, studies show a mess reduces our ability to focus on a task (Sabine Kastner 2015).

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Then think about those you share your house with. Discuss your working hours together, consider what everyone needs. Just because you are at home doesn’t mean you are off work. This might not always translate to younger members of the family but explain when and what you will do together daily, and talk to them about what you do in your work time. 

 

Are you looking after yourself outside of work? If you are physically and mentally well then this will show in your work. Don’t allow good habits to slip while at home. It will be better for you and your work long-term. Eat your 5 a day, rest, divide work and relaxation clearly. Don’t work late and over time, which is really easy to do, allowing a recharge and rest will aid problem solving and decision making. A Stanford study showed longer hours didn’t increase productivity (John Pencaval, 2014).

 

And lastly, and most importantly, ask yourself when you are most productive? Noticing your own habits and natural tendencies and working with them is key to maximising your productivity. Try different things to find out what works for you: start early, try exercise before work, or swap some work hours to the evening when your children are in bed. It’s time to get creative and really work out how best you work and make the most of it. Don’t forget to communicate any changes you are trying with your colleagues and those you live with. Being flexible and open will help others help you. You being more productive is better for your company or colleagues in the long-term, so ask them to help you. For more support find an accountability partner, a person you trust, to check in with regularly regarding your to do list. You can help keep each other on track. Just by vocalising what you want to do and what you haven’t done, to someone else, will focus your actions.  

 

Distracted? Not getting your to-do list done?

 

Productivity tips:

  • Use Pomodoro timer*
  • Dress up for your day
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  • Leave your phone away from you
  • Choose 3 things you need to get done today
  • Declutter your desk/workspace
  • Do one thing a day which aids your mental health
 

* breaking tasks into easy to achieve, focused slots, Pomofocus

For more: What productive people do to stop getting distracted (3-minute read)

Top 5 ways to organise shoes

Shoe storage ideas

1 minute read

 

How to maximise shoe storage and keep it tidy:

 

  • Get editing, are you holding on to shoes you don’t use?
  • If you are keeping a pair of shoes just for sentimental reasons, put them in a mementos box or on display – don’t keep them with your everyday shoes.
  • Add actual storage to where you keep your shoes (not just in a pile)
  • If this is overflowing – can you store less-used shoes elsewhere?
  • Consider storing out of season footwear away
  • Maximise hanging space (inside a cupboard/downstairs toilet door)
  • Don’t overfill the bottom of the wardrobe with shoe storage, this can add to a cluttered feel and it’s tempting to pile other stuff on top of it.
  • Consider investing in a simple modular wall unit (this way you can make it fit exactly what you have. See video for where to get.
  • Baskets work well for children’s shoes – label one container for each child – so they know where to put them away after use.
  • Change your shoe storage to reflect any change in lifestyle or hobbies. Make it work for you.

 

If you want ideas on where to donate your unwanted items see my Donation Directory

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Quick Labelling Hack

Kitchen Storage Hack – 30 second video

Using glass jars in the kitchen

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Why use jars?

 

Anyone can easily see what stock you have and how much is left of it. It looks great and there is the simple pleasure of pouring rice into a glass container. For an extra touch add a label – see my video hack above.

 

My top tips are:

 

  • Use glass (a bit more sustainable) or plastic containers
  • Use sturdy jars or washed out produce jars are fine
  • Measure shelf/cupboard before buying jars to make sure you get the right fit 
  • Match jar size to produce e.g I use Risotto rice more than normal rice so I have a larger jar for that.
  • Try square jars, to use space more economically, see Eden and Willow
  • For a better look – buy all the same jar style and if on display, use groups of three or fives, looks more appealing.
  • I use a combination of Maddison jars, Eden and Willow square jars and M&S on a pull-out rack. I tend to use jars with wooden lids.
  • At end of life check if the glass can be recycled (toughen glass can not be recycled in the normal way)
  • See the video for more ideas

 

For more ideas join my Organise your Home like a Pro class.

Best Basket Storage

Basket Storage – How to use baskets in your home – 3 min video

How you can use baskets in your home

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Why I use baskets for storage in my home:

 

  • Eco-friendly, coming from fast growing crops
  • Biodegradable at end of life
  • Long-lasting if cared for
  • Available from Fairtrade companies (helps communities generate own income)
  • Look good, obvs 😉
  • Versatile, I use baskets in my own bathroom, wardrobe, kitchen and office

Can be used for – toiletries, as drawer dividers for clothes, linens, towels, toys, packet foods in the kitchen, and office items like paperwork and stationery (anywhere except where they might be exposed to sustained damp)

 

While researching some baskets this week I noticed some lined baskets were on offer @La Redoute – 35% sale on these (see below).

 

Why I like lined baskets:

 

  • Easier to clean (the material comes out and can be washed in a machine)
  • The material protects what’s in it, like clothes
  • Comes in 3 sizes so you can match the size to what you are storing.

See fairtrade baskets at Bolga Baskets, Ethical Superstore and Natural Collection

 

Also see lined baskets at @ The Basket Company. You get non-lined baskets at @Wilkos @John Lewis @Ebay

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P.S I don’t get any incentive from recommending them. I just like the product and the brand

 

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Jewellery Storage Ideas

Jewellery Storage Ideas – 30 second video

How to organise your jewellery

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When organising your jewellery choose carefully the storage you use. This will help keep it tidy with less effort.

 

My top tips are:

 

  • Lay all your jewellery out on a bed or floor
  • Get rid of broken or unwanted items – see my Donation Directory for re-home options
  • Divide into categories, rings, earrings, different lengths of necklaces then chose storage to match what you have
  • For drawers use dividers to make into smaller sections so it stays tidy as you look for items
  • Use the inside doors of cupboards for long hanging items
  • For a box on display choose one with a lot of compartment options 
  • See video for ideas

 

Old or broken jewellery can be donated to charity – see My Donation Directory for links and details 

Not on the high street storage
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Folding Directory

Firstly, why bother folding your clothes?

And when I say ‘folding’ I mean folding clothes in a certain way so they are easily seen when you open your drawer or cupboard e.g. upright in drawers in containers,  you can also do this on shelves.

  • Easier to find what you want
  • You can see what you have quickly, saving time
  • Keeps clothes tidy 
  • Avoiding messing up clothes as you look for items
  • Looks better
  • Best used with containers
  • If you have limited hanging storage, folding clothes will take up less space
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Ways to fold

1.. T-shirt  – the pocket method (from @out_of_horder)

2. Hoodie – the pocket method (from @out_of_horder)

3. Jeans (or other trousers) – the non-pocket method 

4. Sun Top – the pocket method