Tag: Organisation

Moving the family home (including breakables & decluttering)

As you may of seen we recently moved house! We packed up all of our belongings – which was  A LOT by the way! I didn’t quite realise just how much stuff we had accumulated, especially since having kids. We said goodbye to our 2 bedroom apartment in favour of somewhere with more space and garden for the girls to run around in. Moving is never easy, but it can be made a lot simpler by following a few steps!

Step 1: Prepare

Preparing for a house move is almost more important and stressful than actually moving! You need to prepare a thorough step-by-step plan to ensure nothing is left to the last minute. The earlier you start to pack means you will have extra time to declutter – ensuring only your favourite and most useful items make it to your fresh new home! Make sure to allow enough time to go through each room from top to tail, dedicating one day per room so you don’t get bored (or more likely tired, haha). As you go through your belongings I find it very useful to have three piles: the yes section; the no section; and maybe section. The yes comes with you to your new home, you can pack this up when ready. The no is what you don’t want or need anymore (think of how you can donate or recycle this pile to reduce waste). The maybe pile can be set aside – you have two options here, either leave them out and revisit closer to moving day, or store them until after the move and when unpacking ask yourself if you missed them?

Step 2: Pack

Packing can be a nightmare – even more so with kids. The thought of packing with young kids can be very draining. When do you do it, nap time? What if they wake up, will you have enough time? It can be so easy to get stressed out and try to rush and end up breaking your favourite vase or precious memorabilia. My biggest tip here is for mums out there is to accept help and hire a packer! By hiring a professional who does this every day, knows what to do and how to do it quickly… it’s a real lifesaver. This means you can leave the precious breakables to them and focus on what is important – family (and getting all the other hundreds things ready for the move, ha!) And labelling…I’m forever a labelling queen.

Step 3: Moving day + after

Once the truck is loaded by the pro’s and you’ve got the essentials in the car – by essentials I don’t just mean the kids, hubby and the dog… don’t forget to keep a few days of clothes and toiletries/snacks with you juuuuuust in case. Once you arrive at your new happily-ever-after make sure to unload the big ticket items first, there’s nothing worse than tripping over boxes trying to get the couch through the door. Let your kids “help” by opening up a few non-breakable boxes and helping them to start sorting their own belongings into their new home.

At the end of the day moving can be very stressful, but also really exciting – just take the stress out of it by using the professionals…think of all the grey hairs you’ll avoid! 😉

This post was written in collaboration with professional home pack and unpack company – Hire A Packer & Influencer Agency – #AsSeenOn.

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

As a busy mum sometimes my jobs pile up without me even realising it. I’m a very organised person (well I like to think so) and love a good sort out but sometimes there isn’t enough hours in the day which I know all you mamas can relate too. As we are coming up to spring here in Australia I decided to have a big clear out, and tidy up every room in my house.

It was a daunting task but it had to be done. I cleaned kitchen cupboards, bathrooms, bedrooms, endless supply of clothes to give to charity and slowly but surely my house was becoming much cleaner and a lot more organised. Don’t get me wrong I tidy weekly, sometimes daily but there is no better feeling than a nice clean home. Am I right?

One thing that I feel like I constantly have to tackle is my floors. As you fellow mamas know they do not stay clean for long. I didn’t realise how much damage my toddler could do with a granola bar! I’m forever vacuuming, mopping, sweeping. I swear its easier to just keep them dirty but well you know…germs – I definitely do not want them hanging around.

One item that I have recently tried out is the VAX steam mop – Not only is it quick and effective it also can be used on different floors. Whether that be your bathroom, kitchen or even your carpets for a freshen up. The Vax Steam Fresh is a powerful steam cleaner ideal for hygienically cleaning sealed hard floors, which combined with specially formulated Vax Steam Detergent, breaks down grime, neutralises odours and eliminates 99.9% of harmful bacteria. It breaks down grease and grime which leaves floors sparkling. I also really like how lightweight and easy to use it is. It’s only 3.0kg and took very little time to set up and get started on my floors.

One feature I also LOVE is the detachable handheld steamer making cleaning grout within your tiles or shower super easy. No more scrubbing for what seems like hours. See some before and after photos below which show just how clean it makes tiles and floors.

Not heard of Vax before? Vax is a complete floorcare brand offering a range of products for all in home cleaning tasks. They provides products that provide both efficient and effective results.

If you would like to give this or any of their other products a try then Vax is sold through a range of retailers including;Bunnings Warehouse, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi Home, Bing Lee etc.

Cleaning made easy! Be sure to give it a go and let me know what you think.

Happy Cleaning