by Louise D'Allura on May 7th, 2015

​Are you like most of my clients who find that their struggles are 

a. Finding time to plan 
b. Making a shopping list
c. Fitting cooking into my working week

If this sounds like you, you are not alone!  Keep reading this series of blog posts from our Meal Planning Your Way Blog and check out the guides in the shop to see how I suggest you approach this for your Meal Planning Personality®:

​a. Finding time to plan 
http://www.mealplanningyourway.com/?p=3596

b. Making a shopping list  http://www.mealplanningyourway.com/?p=3599

c. Fitting cooking into my working week
http://www.mealplanningyourway.com/?p=3614
Now I'd love to hear from you = what do you find a struggle with dinner time?

by Louise D'Allura on April 9th, 2015

 As we now have finished the first quarter of the year, I decided to share this post - it is an old one but it is great.  Written by Oliver Emberton who has a background in web software development, the article is called "Life is a game. This is your strategy guide"  It has been shared a stupid number of times.  Chances are you've seen it, but I stumbled across it again and thought I must share it in case you've not seen it.  

Either way it is a great reminder to TAKE STOCK of where we are at!

I like so many aspects of this article.  Firstly It reminds us that life actually is a game that we are ALL playing - there are highs, lows you name it!  The article starts out at the 'childhood' phase and goes through every main phase of our life.  The point that Oliver stresses throughout this article (note it is long) is the key to "winning" this game is:
  • manage our resources,
  • put time into the right things and 
  • always be mastering where your time goes.
Simple and a great read, I think it will appeal to many different ages!  

Click here to read it:  http://oliveremberton.com/2014/life-is-a-game-this-is-your-strategy-guide/

​​Now, I would love to hear from you!  In the comments below, tell me what else would you add to the Strategy Guide? I would love hear it!  

If you’ve found this article of interest, please share it with your friends!  I really do appreciate you taking the time to read and share.  

by Louise D'Allura on March 26th, 2015

​I came across this great article on Apartment Therapy the other day and thought you might enjoy it too!  It is all about ​decluttering just 8 things that you won't even know they are gone!  

The article suggests it is a great way to get started on a declutter project and I would have to agree.  You just want to get some momentum happening!

Some of my favourites on the list are ​coffee mugs, old medications and food storage containers!

It can be a great discrete project to just tackle each of these in your space.  They will make a massive difference to the start of your day in your:
  1. kitchen - with less crappy coffee mugs, it will be easier to find your favourite cup for your first cuppa of the day! BLISS! 
  2. health - with less crappy food containers, you'll find making and packing your own lunch and snacks will be easier because you'll ALWAYS be able to find just the right size you need! 
  3. bathroom = with no old meds in your way you won't have to experience the frustration of trying to find what you want quickly when you're trying to make yourself look even more fabulous!!
I hope by unpacking these three "little" project areas you got to see just how much of a difference they can make to the start of your day?  Great aren't they?!

​​Click to keep reading the full article for the other 5 items:  http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/worryfree-decluttering-8-things-to-get-rid-of-that-youll-never-even-know-are-gone-212860 
Now, I would love to hear from you!  In the comments below, tell me the difference decluttering the other five items would have on your life/ day?  I would love hear them!  

If you’ve found this article of interest, please share it with your friends!  I really do appreciate you taking the time to read and share.  

by Louise D'Allura on March 14th, 2015

This month I've been having so much fun working with clients to make their mornings easier - all by Decluttering their Wardrobe!  

As one of my Wardrobe Kickstart clients said - it's about creating "Peace and the perfect start to the day because everything is in its place."

How true is that!?  If the rest of your life is crazy and chaotic you can invest in your own sanity by getting that area organised!

Where to start?
Before you even open your wardrobe take a moment to answer these questions:
  • How do you need your wardrobe to function first thing in the morning?
  • How do you put outfits together - is it by colour/ style/ type of clothing? 
  • What type of clothes match your lifestyle NOW vs five years ago? 
  • Where will you donate the items that don’t make you look absolutely positively  fabulous?
If you're going to struggle:
  1. get help (see our kickstart by clicking here)! AND
  2. get decluttering for a CAUSE!!  
The Corporate Clothing Pop-up hosted by Women’s Legal Service Queensland and Women  Lawyers  Association  of Queensland is on at the historic Historic Hanworth House on Friday 22 May 2015 in Brisbane.  Brisbane author and fashion blogger, Nikki Parkinson will be providing style tips, while I'll be conducting Wardrobe Clinics!  Just bring a photo of your problematic wardrobe and I'll share lots of tips and tricks!

There are a few ways you can support this event - the first is decluttering your wardrobe of fantastic quality corporate gear you've barely worn (if at all!!) 

When you know the charity you’re going to donate to, it gives you new-found motivation.  You don’t hesitate on the decision to keep or donate.   I've been collecting client's clothes for this event - which is great because I know what some clients no longer love, they will find something they love MORE at the event!!​

If you're in Brisbane clothes can be dropped off before Friday 8 May at:
• Women’s Legal Service Annerley office - 387 Ipswich Road, Brisbane (corner of Ponsonby Street. Entry via Ponsonby Street)
• The College of Law Queensland - Level 5 Wesley House, 140 Ann Street, Brisbane
• Griffith Chambers, care of Kylie Hillard - Level 18, 239 George Street, Brisbane
• Robbins Watson Solicitors - Suite 12, 2 Executive Drive Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

The good news is once you declutter, you know what you have, making it easier to be decisive about what buying the corporate attire and designer fashion bargains at the Corporate Clothing Pop Up.
 
Visit this website for details:  http://wlaq.com.au/event-registration/?ee=42

Check out the event page here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1403144349989581/  

 

by Louise D'Allura on March 12th, 2015

​Do you struggle to keep focused? In this article for the fantastic  Working Women's Magazine published by Women's Network Australia, I share five strategies to keep your day on track.

If you know things need to change but you’re not sure where to start read the FULL article in the Women's Network Australia magazine by clicking here.

I would love to hear from you!  In the comments below, tell me what are your strategies to help you get unstuck and supercharge your efforts?  I would love hear them!  

If you’ve found this article of interest, please share it with your friends!  I really do appreciate you taking the time to read and share.  





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