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Bonnie and Lily discuss the essential, top ten tips you need to know to organise your home. Learn how to organise your home like a professional organiser with this super-charged episode! EPISODE SHOW NOTES

Episode Transcript

BONNIE: Hello and welcome! I am Bonnie,

LILY: and I am Lily, and this is Little Home Organised the Pod Cast dedicated to helping you declutter, get organised and reclaim time for the things you love. 

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BONNIE: Hello and welcome, in today’s episode we are going to be sharing with you our top 10 tips in this supercharged episode you are going to learn what those 10 secrets are that we use as professional organisers to help you organise your space. 

LILY: We are recording in a new location today. 

BONNIE: We are, so I am in the middle of my move to the Sunshine Coast

LILY: woh woh woh

BONNIE: woo woo woo.  I don’t think we have really updated people on that whole situation

LILY: If they have been on our social media they may or may not know already. 

BONNIE: This is true, so just for those who are maybe new to the Podcast or who haven’t stayed in the loop, my husband and I have purchased a house up in Sippy Downs and it is not the house we were originally looking for, we were looking for the acreage with the lifestyle change, a couple of acres, fruit trees, veggie patch all that kind of stuff, chickens, and because COVID has happened and everyone has decided I can work from anywhere a lot of people have decided the Sunshine Coast is where they want to be, so all the prices up there have gone up which has made it really difficult for us to kind of find what we wanted and we decided okay we are going to change our approach, we are going to buy just a standard suburban block and when we travel around Australia which we want to do in about 5-7 years with our family for a year we may rent it out and may not return and then to the acreage thing after that but we are kind of leaving it up in the air at the moment, so the house just settled and we have just done one load but since we are not quite at the end of term we are only doing weekends up there at the moment and then we are back down in Brisbane during the week so that our kids can still stay at their school until the end of term, so

LILY: Lots of transitioning happening

BONNIE: Oh there is so much transitioning happening and for the listeners who are new we are currently living with my parents, we have been living with them since the beginning of September 2020 and this morning I was getting the kids ready and mum came and said, where is your washing basket because you have got a load of washing in the machine and I want to put in your basket and I said oh it is up at Sippy Downs, and she goes ohh, and I said do you want me to go get it and she was like oh yeah thanks, go get it tomorrow, and I was like ah yeah I don’t think so, that is an hour and twenty minute drive but yeah it is interesting because there are these things that we have to now adjust to. Ok they are not at this location they are at another location. 

LILY: It is not just down the road, it is a huge drive up the coast

BONNIE: It is a huge drive so why we are recording at your house is I have closed up my office and I have moved my office up the coast so we are transitioning there too. 

LILY: You are, you are, so there is much happening at LHO, the other thing that you should mention if you aren’t aware is that I Lily have returned to Uni, I am doing my post graduate studies in Psychology.  I have decided to continue down that route which is real exciting. 

BONNIE: It is super exciting and I think our listeners in particular are going to benefit so much from all the money you are putting into your uni degree so thank you for that. 

LILY: What can I say except “you’re welcome”, but todays episode is all about home organisation and decluttering and we wanted to give you the top 10 tips, so if you are someone who just needs to know the essentials, what are the top 10 things I need to know to have an organised and clutter free home, this episode is for you. 

BONNIE: So our very first tip that we would like to share with you are the zoning tip

LILY: So simple and so effective. 

BONNIE: It is life changing it really is.  If you look around especially bedside tables, I don’t know what it is but our bedside draws always tend to have mementos from when our kids were children and in hospital, when our kids were babies

LILY: Just random stuff accumulates in those spaces

BONNIE: Yeah especially if you get mothers day or fathers day gifts and you don’t really know what to do with them, they just kind of go on the bedside draw and they are there with your hand cream and your book and stuff that you actually want to use but you kind of have to dig around in all the memorabilia stuff to kind of find what you need, so the zoning thing is basically like okay well like a bedside draw is not for your memory box, you need to have a memory box somewhere up in your cupboard and then use your bedside draw for things that you actually need on a daily basis so this might be your hand creams, your body lotions, whatever is part of your night-time routine plus whatever book you are reading and that kind of thing, rather than it being this random collection of different categories, so that is where the zoning really can come into play. 

LILY: Zoning is really about being intentional and having like this is the boundary, this is what goes in this space and just making sure that you are using those categories to your advantage, it is so simple but when life is overwhelming we really need to break things down and the same goes for clutter in the house, so if you are overwhelmed by a certain space you need to look at the zones that in that space and establish them if they are not currently there.  So that is tip no 1, tip number 2 is do not have a maybe pile.  We are very anti delayed decisions here and I can attest that many professional organisers are the same. 

BONNIE:  Yeah because delayed decisions are what cause clutter because we are just not sure, do we need it, do we use it, do we love it, ah not sure so I am just going to make that decision later and then our future self looks back and goes this thing is still here what do I do with it, I will just put is aside and deal with it later.

LILY: Nothing is more frustrating than like opening the door to a room and just seeing all these pending decisions and responsibilities and think oooh and closing that door again

BONNIE: Yes

LILY: Like it has to be dealt with eventually and you would feel so much better if you dealt with it now an didn’t have to keep adding to it and making it a bigger and bigger problem, that is how you end up with the storage room of doom, that is how you end up with a spare bedroom that isn’t ready for the guests who are suddenly going to be dropping by in an hour or two that you weren’t expecting. 

BONNIE: This is different to the delayed decisions and the maybe pile is different to the I am not sure if I need this pile, so I just wanted to clarify that, say you have gone through all your frying pans and you have decided ok yep these are the favourite 3, I am not really sure about these 3 so I am going to put them in a box in the garage and put a time stamp and if I haven’t needed them in 3-6 months then I know I can donate or sell them, that is different from the maybe pile, because the maybe pile is the I don’t know and I don’t want to make a decision

LILY: And this feels too hard, so I am going to put it off. 

BONNIE: Yes, and this is probably one of the things that causes the most clutter in our lives is that fear and that shying away of that discomfort, we have to allow that discomfort to have a place next to us, it is uncomfortable getting rid of things especially if there is some sort of memory attached to it, or we have spent a lot of money on it or there

LILY: We are not sure of the right way to even begin to address it, we want to make sure we do it the right way, we know that there is some time and energy that has to go into thinking about how we want to handle this item, these items

BONNIE: Yep don’t delay those decisions ok because those delayed decisions just end up giving you a cluttered house. 

LILY: So that is Tip number 2 and we really want to hone that one in, no maybes. 

BONNIE: No maybe piles

LILY: No

BONNIE: Ain’t no maybe

LILY: Ok number 3 Bon

BONNIE: Okay so number 3 is all about your real estate, now when you think about a cupboard for example you need to think about what is the prime real estate, so this is the inner city living, what is the rural real estate

LILY: Shhhhh that is the local café of the inner city

BONNIE: Oh, I am like I don’t know what

LILY: I just thought we needed some ambience. 

BONNIE: Oh yes you can ambience away.  How about you just play some elevator music because there are always elevators in the city?

LILY: Alright keep going, and I will do your elevator music. 

BONNIE: Not distracting at all, and then your rural real estate

LILY: Music…. Tumbleweeds……. We are very animated today

BONNIE: Oh we are super animated, um your rural real estate is where you put things that are really high, really hard to reach, you know those back corner cupboards, that is the stuff that you might only use once or twice a year

LILY: Marge that rains are here, you remember that add, you will have to let us know

BONNIE: Oh I loved that add. 

LILY: I just got really sad, oh he is going to be filled with hope but it is just corn juice. 

BONNIE: Oh you have to totally look up that add

LILY: I know

BONNIE: I don’t know if you noticed it but one of our local fire stations a few weeks ago literally had that on their sign out the front

LILY: Noooo

BONNIE: Marge the rains are here

LILY: They sure are, the La Nina, the La Nina year we are in at the moment.

BONNIE: Sorry we were talking about prime real estate, you have your rural real estate on the other end and then in between you have kind of got your suburban stuff so when we think of like a cupboard that is vertical anything that is between your shoulder height and your hip height, that is your prime real estate, that is easiest for us to reach and for us to see, the next shelf kind of above and below that, so maybe around knee height and around head height, that is more of your suburban stuff, anything that we need to get up on a stool to access that shelf or that spot, that is your rural real estate any corners that you kind of have to get down and into, that is your rural real estate as well. So apply that real estate analogy to your cupboards, to your rooms, to all of those things so that you can organise according to what you use and how often you need it. 

LILY: Okay so the next big one Number 4 is baskets.  Baskets are your best friend but they are your best friend for many reasons and the one I want to focus on here is you can use them are pseudo draws, and as we have come to realise over the years, draws are essential for being able to have easy access to your stuff that is at the back of the space, so implementing baskets all throughout your house is not only going to keep things contained, organised, looking uniformed but it is going to be really functional as you can slide things out like a draw in a space that doesn’t have one. 

BONNIE: Yeah and baskets are a really quite and cheap fix if you don’t have the money or the means to be able to get a cabinet maker or to buy purpose built draws for particular places so when kitchens were all built with this long tall deep kind of cupboards but we didn’t have draws, a tub or a basket as a pseudo draw in there is a really great way to maximise your space.  So number 5, is a strategy that we talk about before and we have a whole episode on in fact

LILY: Because it is so important?

BONNIE: It is so important and especially for people who are very emotional and very sentimental about the things that they want to keep, which I can be as well

LILY: Or if you are someone who really likes rules

BONNIE: Yes

LILY: This is what I, tell me Bonnie, tell me Lily how do I determine how many cups I need in my cupboard. 

BONNIE: Yeah if you are a really black and white person and you do love the rules, this strategy will be a favourite for you.  So we call this strategy the magic number and what we basically say with this strategy, is say you are looking at your cups that you use, your water glasses that you drink from, think about if I was starting from scratch how many would I need to be able to satisfy what my family uses and maybe having you know just your average guests over sort of thing and you might decide okay I need 12 water glasses so that we are not running out because we are family of 4 or 6 and then that gives us an extra 6 spare for if guests come over or whatever, so your magic number might be 12 and then you go and you actually look at all the water glasses that you have got and you realise oh I have got 25, lets pick my favourite 12 and that is the number that I am going to stick with because that is the number that I have decided I actually need rather than the opposite way of pulling out those 25 water glasses and going oh I love this one, oh I love this one, oh I have kept 20, oh dear the magic number just helps you be a little bit more logical rather than emotional about your decision making. 

LILY: Keeping those boundaries in place but if you want to know more about that definitely listen to our episode, we go into it in a lot more detail.  Ok we are going to take a break for a clutter confession. 

CLUTTER CONFESSIONS;

BONNIE: Ok for today’s clutter confession we have a rather anonymous clutter confession, the caller did not even want to leave an audio message but sent us a text message instead, so we are just going to talk about this person’s clutter confession rather than hearing their Audi.  So this clutter confession is from someone who is a mother of 4, she is in her late 30’s and she said up until a few months ago she had stored in the garage covered in gunk as they always are some sporting trophies and medals for various sports from when she was younger, at school mostly things like swimming or netball and lifesaving and she said they just sat there in the garage and especially once you have kids you don’t need them anymore and she was able to get rid of them just a few months ago because she realised that she was never going to display them again and she didn’t need them in her life anymore so bye bye trophies and old medals. 

LILY: That’s so interesting because a lot of our clutter confessions are people who aren’t letting go of it, they are like no I am not going to but like in this case she was like no its time. 

BONNIE: Yeah I find it interesting that when people do send a clutter confession in that there are times where they are like I know that I need to get rid of it but I just can’t, whereas this one is definitely someone who was able to get rid of something that was no longer serving its purpose in her life, it was something that was part of her past, not part of her present and not part of her future so good on you anonymous caller. 

LILY: Yeah well done anonymous texter and if you

BONNIE: Texter, that is right word

LILY:  And if you have a clutter confession we want to know about it, and if you are too shy yes we will accept anonymous texts as well but yeah you can just head to our Facebook page, Little Home Organised and send it as a text or an audio file. Confess something weird, wacky or wonderful that you have held onto. 

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BONNIE: Ok so this episode we are talking all about the top 10 tips from our professional organisers, what you can use to change your home and your life today and we are up to number 6, now this is probably something that has only really become popular worldwide culturally thanks to Marie Kondo

LILY: Absolutely

BONNIE: But people have been doing it for a lot longer than that and that is the vertical folding or the file folding

LILY: Now the thing that makes vertical folding so great is it is just a visual way to see everything that is in your draw because if you think of sliding a draw out and having like everything flat laid, so you can see I have a pile of 10 shirts but I can’t actually see when I look down into the draw what shirts are in the pile I just know that there is a bunch of shirts in there so I have to lift them up, lift them up, lift them up, lift them up to see through and see what is in the pile, the thing that makes vertical folding so great is you visually just look down into a draw and you can see them because they are folded and they are spread out across the draw instead

BONNIE: Yes

LILY: And also as things are pulling in and out of the draw and space is like made between each item if you folded them correctly which is generally in thirds, then they stay sitting where they are too, or standing technically where are they too, so it is a really cool functional system and it is a fun way to make a colour wave and it is just like a really great system that you can use. 

BONNIE: Yeah and it really stops that inevitable pulling a t-shirt from half way down the stack and the whole stack falling over which is actually one of the most annoying things to happen. 

LILY: Now there is an exception to where we would say not to use this style of folding and that is where your draw is exceptionally deep, if your draw is really deep you may not be utilising all the space properly if you go with this folding method unless you make pseudo draws within your draw

BONNIE: Stacking one on top of the other

LILY: Yeah so unless you want to be pulling baskets or something, other containers in and out potentially in those kinds of draws, you do want to go with just like your general normal flat folding that we are all very accustomed to, but vertical folding is fabulous, if you have not tried it yet, you don’t have to do a whole system makeover why don’t you just pick one draw and give it a go. 

BONNIE: Yeah we were talking to someone just yesterday actually who said that they were listening to our Podcast for the very first time and she said oh I have now gone and organised my bra and undies draw thanks to one of your latest episodes and I thought that is great and she said I have only, it is only a starting point but it has really made a difference and I thought that’s it, that is our whole motto is all about that progress not perfection.  We want you to take a tip that you have heard on this Podcast or that you have seen on social media and just apply that to that one draw, that one cupboard space and then work your way up from there, because we know that that one draw of your bras and undies, getting that organised it is actually life changing and it means that every time you open that draw you have a little happy dance inside because oh it is organised and I can see everything and it is easy. 

LILY: There isn’t an appending job waiting to be done here it is not like chaos and I just think that is one of the most beautiful perks of getting things organised is there are all these monotonous mundane everyday tasks that we have to do, why not add a bit of joy into them, why not add a bit of pleasure into them.  So like for me, when I open a draw and it has like the clothing folding that way, I am like oh that looks nice

BONNIE: Yes

LILY: And you know some people they would be like oh that is not for me but I think for a lot of us it really is that sense of oh that’s nice, it is why we walking into a shop and everything is laid out really beautifully we go oh I feel good in here

BONNIE: There is a reason that there is a profession for visual merchandises because when we go to a shop and we see something that is presented in the best possible way it does make us want to buy it so imagine if your home can be organised and presented in that same way it does make you want to actually access the use those items in those draws or those cupboards, so instead of going out and buying money on things that are beautifully presented in the shops work with what you have got at home, present it correctly and so that is organised and easy to access and then you will be saving yourself a whole lot of money. 

LILY: And if anyone is confused about Bonnie saying buying money, she meant spending money.  She does actually know how shops work. 

BONNIE: Ohhh

LILY: Okay number 7. 

BONNIE: Did I really say that?

LILY: Yes you did

BONNIE: Doesn’t money grow on trees?

LILY: No, I wish.  No 7 is the go box and I am just going to let, I’m going straight to you Bon, you are so passionate about the Go box

BONNIE: Oh, I love the Go box, this is just the spot where you put everything that is going from the house, so the lasagne dish that needs to be returned.  The library book

LILY: The donations

BONNIE: that needs to go back, any donations and it is so great because when you get your family on board for a go box and it stays in the same place and they know where it is, anytime they come to you and say I have outgrown these pants, or I don’t want this toy anymore, great into the Go box it goes and like my kids got really use to this when we were doing the ooshies collection which was a supermarket thing that was happening over the last couple of years and we had a rule that we only could have one of each or she, we didn’t have any double ups, we didn’t want double ups we were just donating them, so my 5 year old would come to me and say oh Mum we got a new ooshie but it is the same so we have to donate it and he would go an put it in the Go box and it was like this is so good, like I don’t have to have these random little squishy things hanging around the house cause I don’t know where to put them. 

LILY: Oh random, they are squishy and then once the competition and hype dies down everyone is trying to get rid of them. 

BONNIE: That is exactly right. 

LILY: Um one of the things that is so great about the Go box is if you imagine yourself being frazzled in a rush to get out the door and suddenly your kid is like oh I have to return my stuff to the library, or you are like have you got those books ready for the library, if you have a system in place that the whole family understands it makes those things so much simpler and we need our lives to be less stressful so if you don’t have a Go Box yet you do need one time to go make one. 

BONNIE: Absolutely.  Ok so number 8 on our top 10 lists is a multi organiser,

LILY: Oh I love my multi organisers, I use them throughout the house for multiple things, so a  multi organiser is something, they are plastic and they have all these little compartments in them and you can kind of pick them up and like move them around and it is a way to contain all those small odds and ends type things, so in our place we use the multi organiser for makeup, so I have all my makeup that I kind of want to pick up and move into where I do my makeup and then put it back away, I use it for that, and then I also use it for medicine, so like I divide my medicines up into little categories and they sit in there and it is just a way to stop things becoming so messy that when you pull out a basket or another container everything is just jumbled in together and you kind of riffling through and taking that time trying to find stuff, no ones got time for that and like you use it in another way as well like with the hair stuff right. 

BONNIE: Yeah so I have got maybe 4 or 5 of them in my house because we use one for the medicines, great to have the kids stuff at the front, Band-Aids easily assessable, you know the smaller compartments just means that everything is not kind of rolling around and it is super easy to find everything and they have a little handle on either end so you can pick them up and carry them anywhere quite easily.  I have got another that we use for the kids stuff in the bathroom so on one side it has got hair stuff, like the bows and the hair ties and the clips, in the middle it has got the couple of hair brushes and the comb and then on the other side it has got the kids tooth brushes and toothpaste at the front, you know nail scissors and like the Vicks Vapour rub sort of stuff at the back.  So that, the kids all use that, that is all they need because they are still young for their bathroom organisation.  We have got another couple that my husband and I use in our draws to help keep our bathroom products organised, so like our moisturises and creams and all that kind of stuff and it is just, they are so awesome and when they get dirty, because they are kind of like this hard plastic, maybe even acrylic

LILY: Acrylic I think they are

BONNIE: Yeah you just stick them in the dishwasher

LILY: Oh have you done that, that is a great idea. 

BONNIE: Yeah, yeah so like inevitably

LILY: Make sure before you put anything in the dishwasher that it can go in the dishwasher.  

BONNIE: Yeah

LILY: Don’t take our word for it. 

BONNIE: Maybe it is top shelf only, but yeah you stick it in the dishwasher and it comes out like practically brand new, it is amazing. 

LILY: And that is like one of the things that can people is like what have I got all these little odds and endsy things, you know sure you can use a bunch of tiny little containers that are like loose and moving around but if you need to move a bunch of stuff at a time then oh having a little container with your hair ties and a little container with your bobby pins and a little container with your scrunchies, you know that would just be like time consuming and tedious and you know it is likely that things will get dropped and it will be messy so unless you put it in another basket, so which is essentially what a multi organiser does all in one. 

BONNIE: Yeah it is all in one. 

LILY: SO multi organisers, if you don’t have one yet, highly recommend them, I know in Australia you can get them at Target but they are around the place so consider investing in a multi organiser in your house, maybe just start with one and you will see how amazing it is and then you will have no money left because you will be buying so many I am sorry. 

BONNIE: But they are only like $9 or $10 each so they are really worthwhile

LILY: It is an investment.

BONNIE: But they are just so handy, they really are. 

LILY: I think it is time for a listener’s question. 

YOU’VE GOT MAIL

LILY: Ok so it is time for a listeners question and this one comes to us from Denise in Acacia Ridge.  Denise’s question is what do you do with all the stuff you want to keep but you don’t know where to put it?

BONNIE: Oh, this is a tough question because Denise is not specifying exactly what sort of stuff it is and why she is keeping it, so if it is sentimental stuff then we would say the solution is to create a memory box

LILY: It is, and then it gets hard because if it is sentimental but large and bulky like furniture

BONNIE: Yes

LILY: Oh it is I don’t have room for it in my house and I am not going to use it but I still need to find a space for it. 

BONNIE: So I will stick it in the garage where things go to die. 

LILY: so often yes

BONNIE: So often

LILY: So if it is sentimental just put it in the garage to die, that is Bonnie’s advice

BONNIE: Absolutely

LILY: But you know it is hard to answer this question because we are not sure specifically what you are referring to

BONNIE: But say it is something that you want to keep but you are no longer using, I think put it somewhere say like the garage and give yourself a time frame of if I don’t use it before this 12 month period or something like that than I am going to get rid of it, because often one the reasons we hold onto things that we are no longer using and that are maybe not sentimental is because we actually don’t know where to send them, we want them to be appreciated, we want them to be loved and valued but we feel like no one is going to love them and appreciate them as much as I have, so we just hold onto it and we kind of become like this museum curator holding onto all these relics from the past. 

LILY: Now if they things that you are going to be engaging with a bit more than a sentimental piece that is chucked into the back in storage, potentially if you just use the strategy of zoning, so if you look at your entire house and think about all the different zones and think about all the cupboard space and storage and everything that you have available to you, you need to divide those up into zones into categories and think about ok I have got this much space for these items and then when they overflow from that space I either need to readjust my system or I need to let go of some things, so that can be a good strategy if you like I don’t really know where to put this, well it has to live somewhere and it is either going to impinge on your ability to function everyday or you can make accommodations and move things around so yeah just something to think about, hopefully that answers your question Denise but thanks for sending it in Denise. 

BONNIE: What a great question

LILY: Yes what a good question, and if you have a question we would love to hear from you, so just head to our Facebook page Little Home Organise and send it one through. 

BONNIE: Ok so we are talking about our top 10 tips and we have got 2 tips left.  No 9 and this is especially good if you have got multiple children, whether it is 2, 3, 12, 15 colour coding.  So I am talking

LILY:  Somewhere over the rainbow.  I do love rainbow colour coordinating though

BONNIE: I do too and when it came time for me to colour code my kids towels a few years ago, I took great delight in laying out the rainbow colours and picking which 3 or 4 colours would look really pretty together in the bathroom and it is so funny because I only had 3 kids but I brought 4 towels

LILY: Its like you knew all that time ago

BONNIE: It’s like I knew and now the 4th one is on its way.   But that 4th towel was really great to have because it made the rainbow colour look amazing but also when your son came over or when we had another little friend that use to come over frequently for dinner we had that 4th towel that was a kids towel

LILY: for bath time

BONNIE:  For bath time.  So it was super awesome, now the reason the colour coding is so amazing is because you know when you see that orange towel on the floor, whose towel it is and who to say hay go and pick up your towel and hang it up

LILY: Or if you look at the towel rack and you see that the orange towel is missing you know who to go to as well but it is cool if you can actually use this throughout the house, like if you can have one child having one colour consistently throughout the house because then it makes everything really easy and coordinated and as parents you want things to be as easy as possible, so if my child has the orange towel with the orange face washer, they also have the orange folder, and so on and so on, maybe even the orange backpack  if you want to go that extreme. 

BONNIE: Yeah

LILY: But if you just keep things in a system like that it can really help things function better. 

BONNIE: So to give you an example we had a little sleep over at our new house on the weekend and the kids have a travel toiletry bag right, it is already packed ready to go with their toothbrushes, toothpaste, comb and all that kind of stuff anyway I said to them when we were up there, okay time to brush your teeth and my daughter comes out with the 3 toothbrushes and she goes whose is whose, because they are slightly different colours to the ones that we use at home, and I said well what colour is your towel, and she is like my towel is pink, so what colour is that toothbrush, oh pink, this is mine,  and what colour is your brother’s towel, oh orange and what colour is that toothbrush, oh orange, and then what colour is the last one? Oh it is green and what colour is your other brothers towel, green,

LILY: oh and so she was able to make that connection of oh these actually match the towels that we use at home and it prevented her sharing someone else’s toothbrush, which is disgusting. 

BONNIE: It is so gross and

LILY: Dental nurse fact here, can I throw one in, yes okay. So in our mouths we all have bacteria right, we have all got our own like beautiful little ecosystems of bacteria in our mouths which is so gross, so what happens if you use someone else’s toothbrush, it doesn’t matter if you love them and they are your nearest and dearest husband, partner, wife whatever, do not use each others toothbrushes because you have all got different bacteria in your mouths and they rub that into their gums which sometimes bleed and then you are putting it in your mouth, it is so, if your partner has lots of fillings and they have shocking, shocking oral health and you put their brush in your mouth, you are basically giving an open invitation for that bacteria to come not only into your mouth but you are brushing it straight into your gum line.  How gross is that. 

BONNIE:  Oh moving swiftly along

LILY: That was about colour coding and we ended up talking about oral health.

BONNIE: Love it

LILY: It always comes back to oral health. 

BONNIE: Not quite. 

LILY: Number 10 of our top tips is the go zone,  we did a whole episode on it because it is a game changer, if you don’t have a go zone in your house you need to consider it, the go zone is a place i.e. either at the point where you enter and exit maybe through the garage or through the front door where you need to have everything that immediately gets dropped off when you walk in, like your backpacks, your shoes potentially for someone who wants to do your keys etc and it all lives in that space and you put your go box in there to. 

BONNIE: Yes, yes this is the space where you can have that go box, and it is amazing because you have got that home right there before you get in the house where your kids can take their shoes off so they are not traipsing mud and dirt through the house, where they can put their school bags, where they can put their hats, and their homework folders and if you just Google station or go zone or even command centre there are just so many amazing inspiring pictures out there of how people have set them up with different types of furniture, sometimes it is a cube storage, sometimes it is using hooks on a wall or draw systems

LILY: You can be really creative.

BONNIE: You can be super creative and especially if you have got like multiple kids, you know 3 or 4 kids you can have like a little whiteboard above each of them, you can even use their names to create their own personal zone for their station so yeah so a go zone is a game changer, it really is

LILY: Right and there you have it our top 10 tips for home organisation, get amongst it, give them a try, check out a multi organiser, try colour coordinating, if you have not using zoning and looking a prime real estate it is time to do it, we hope this has helped you to get prepared to get more organised in your home but you need more support,  if you want more information, if you want the nitty gritty then we do have an online course that can help you

BONNIE: So the essentials guide is designed for the time poor parent in mind with short sharp videos only 2-3 minutes long, broken down into modules and the best thing about is you can do it at your own pace and you have lifetime access to it. 

LILY: That’s right, so if you just want to hop on this week and yep this weekend I have got time I am going to check out a video and give it a go and then I am not going to have time for few weeks, you can do it that way, it is designed to do at your own pace.  So if you want to check it out head to our website littlehomeorganised.com.au go to our online courses and you will see the essentials guide and then you will also see that we have got some new ones upon the way as well. 

BONNIE: Yes we are not sharing too much about those, although if you are following us on social media we have spilt the beans already sorry but just quickly lets talk about today’s Tidy Task, so obviously we have given you 10 top tips that you can implement into your home, I would like you to pick just one of those

LILY: Just one UNO

BONNIE: Uno and implement it into your house, so maybe you have got some of these systems in place already.  Maybe you don’t have any of them, just pick one that sounds super easy and super achievable because we do not need to make it more difficult for ourselves and implement it and please feel free to share it on our Little Home Organised community Facebook group, because we love getting inspired by seeing what you guys are doing in your homes and please come over and share it there. 

LILY: That’s it for this week, thank you for choosing to have us in your ears

BONNIE: And remember PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION. 

LILY: See you later

BONNIE: Bye

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