Amy’s Blog

Amy is a contributor to Houzz Australia and has regular articles published about decluttering, minimalism and organising.

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One Simple Tip to be Organised in an Emergency

One Simple Tip to be Organised in an Emergency

This week's blog is brought to you by a good friend of mine who is the best first aid trainer in Australia. Not only does Michelle provide engaging and informative first aid training but she also has available these perfectly organised first aid kits for home, work or...

Help me, I can’t do this on my own!

Help me, I can’t do this on my own!

"Help me, I can't do this on my own!" Is that to you a statement of vulnerability or a statement of power? If you hear yourself say this maybe you'd feel like you were in a place of vulnerability, but when I hear those around me say this, I...

My War On Waste

My War On Waste

Like many of you, I recently watched the ABC series called, War on Waste and boy was it confronting!! I was shocked and ashamed that we as a nation are just so wasteful in so many areas. Even areas where I felt I was quite responsible I learnt ways I could reduce my...

Working From Home… It’s a Love Hate Thing

Working From Home… It’s a Love Hate Thing

I've been working from home for the last 12 years... and LOVING it!! Over the years I've predominantly worked for myself, but I've also worked from home doing several contracting jobs and it's a great working solution for me. I'm self-motivated, driven, focused and...

I wish I did this years ago…

I wish I did this years ago…

There is a freedom that comes from having less that isn’t believed until it’s experienced. There is momentum growing around the minimalism movement and it’s exciting to be a part of it. It used to be that if you wanted to live the simple lifestyle, you’d buy a plot of...

Minimalist Birthday Parties… Or Is That Just Cruel Parenting?

Minimalist Birthday Parties… Or Is That Just Cruel Parenting?

I've written more kids party blogs than almost any other blogger in our nation... back when blogging was just hitting the mainstream I was being paid by one of the biggest mummy blogs in Australia to produce weekly party blogs on different topics and party themes. I...

Losing Everything and Gaining the World

Losing Everything and Gaining the World

Guest Blog by Kerry Anne Nelson For the past three years I have been on a liberating pathway that came out of the most devastating grief that I have ever faced. The darkness of loss is gutting to the point of nauseating. It is sadness as deep as the Grand Canyon, and...

Drowning in Paperwork

Drowning in Paperwork

When I was a kid, I used to love checking the letterbox for mail each afternoon. I checked always hoping that there would be a letter from my Pen Pal Melissa. I met Melissa while on a family holiday in Port Macquarie NSW and we kept in contact as Pen Pals for years......

Freezer Lucky Dip Dinners

Freezer Lucky Dip Dinners

When my kids were little and I didn't have the inclination to cook dinner sometimes we'd have what I would call 'Freezer Lucky Dip'. Basically that meant I would forage through the freezer for left overs and we'd pick something, often not knowing what exactly it was....

The best card game hack you’ll ever see…

The best card game hack you’ll ever see…

Our family love playing board games and card games. We're pretty competitive so a chance to wipe the floor with a sibling/ spouse or child is pretty attractive. We trash talk each other and play to win! I'm not the kind of mum that let her kids win board games when...

Where is the burn cream when you need it?

Where is the burn cream when you need it?

Why is it always so difficult to find burn cream when you need it? I burnt my finger on our fireplace the other day and nowhere in my overly organised house could I find a tube of burn cream! An area of people’s homes that can be totally forgotten about when...

Shift workers guide to staying organised

Shift workers guide to staying organised

It’s the job that doesn’t end… you know the song. This is my anthem at 4am when my eyes are as red as flying the ‘red eye’ to somewhere exotic, except I’m not going anywhere. The next day, my jet lag is a real as coming home from London, even though my workplace is...

Clutter, teens and nagging

Clutter, teens and nagging

Do you wonder if your teen will ever be organised or worry they're destined to forever live in chaos? Do you avoid walking past their room or close the door to avoid the stress their mess causes you? Dirty socks on the floor, school work piling up on the desk and...

Organised camping… possible or just a dream?

Organised camping… possible or just a dream?

Is the thought of camping somewhat romantic in your mind, but the reality of camping a little too chaotic for your liking? We camp a couple of time a year and being organised makes this adventure so much more enjoyable for me. Here are my top tips for doing organised...

Simply organised school mornings

Simply organised school mornings

As a mum I've survived (and even thrived) through approximately 1250 school mornings. I understand how busy and stressful school mornings can be; trying to get children up, dressed, fed, teeth brushed, school bag packed and out the door on time. Today's blog is simply...

The most expensive possession I own…

The most expensive possession I own…

What is the most expensive item that you own? A diamond ring? Some jewellery? A special guitar? Digital camera? Motorbike, jetski or boat? Aside from your house (if you're one of the lucky ones to own it outright!) my bet is that your most expensive possession is the...

There’s nothing to eat!!

There’s nothing to eat!!

Is there anything more frustrating than getting home from the supermarket, having spent $200 on groceries and feeling like there is still nothing to eat? If you've been looking for the motivation to clean out the pantry and get it organised, here it is... you'll save...

Divorce, decluttering and your future

Divorce, decluttering and your future

If you've been through, or are going through a divorce or separation yourself you'll know all too well the overwhelm and cloud of disorientation that can accompany this period in your life. Recently I was working with a newly divorced lady and I realised that the...

I’ll keep the old one ‘just in case’…

I’ll keep the old one ‘just in case’…

How many old iPhones do you really need to keep "just in case" You may not think of your electronics and devices as an area of your home that needs decluttering and organising. But more and more of these critters enter our home each year and few seem to ever escape....

Cookbooks… hard copy or online?

Cookbooks… hard copy or online?

Ready... steady... cook!!! Do you grab your favourite cook book or log onto your favourite recipe website when it's time for meal planning? Are you a hand written recipe kind of person or do you bring recipes up on your iPad and use that to refer to? No matter how you...

Every girl dreams of her wedding day

Every girl dreams of her wedding day

This week marks a special date for my husband and I... this week we celebrate our 15th year wedding anniversary! We look so young in the photos!!! I remember so many things from our wedding day. The perfect ceremony; our hilariously funny groomsman; the song we...

Because we all love a free feed…

Because we all love a free feed…

Who doesn't love a free feed? Not usually because we can't afford to feed ourselves... but because being fed by someone else usually means you don't need to think about what to cook! I find the brain space of cooking dinner every night usually takes more energy than...

Another one of my rubbish blogs…

Another one of my rubbish blogs…

At what point is your regular rubbish collection not enough and you need to hire a skip to do some serious decluttering? Are skips worth the money or should you just sneak around on rubbish night to try to fit your excess garbage into your neighbours bins? Over the...

Recycling turns things into other things…

Recycling turns things into other things…

"Recycling turns things into other things... which is like MAGIC!" Do you ever get confused about what can and can't be recycled? Can you mix paper/ cardboard and glass? Do tins need to be washed clean and where do you recycle things like xrays, mobile phones,...

Landfill vs Donating

Landfill vs Donating

Australians produce on average over 2,000 kg of waste per person per year. And about 60% of that ends up in landfill - some simple maths and the annual figures are staggering; and unfortunately growing. There are some things you can do about it - donating items can...

Old trampolines, outdoor settings and local council

Old trampolines, outdoor settings and local council

Once the trampoline breaks what do you do with it? When a set of drawers fall apart how do you get rid of them? What do you do with an outdoor setting when it starts to fall apart and break? You probably have a small collection of rubbish that's too big for your...

Super organised school mum…

Super organised school mum…

A question was recently sent to me via Facebook and I thought it would be benefitual to share it with you. The question was, "Hi Amy, can I ask your expert opinion on how to keep paperwork/school notices organised?" Probably a question that every mother of school aged...

Pocket money… compound interest… and online banking

Pocket money… compound interest… and online banking

Are your kids finance savvy? Does your family do pocket money? How do your children manage their money? Why is the Declutter Queen talking about money you might wonder? Well all areas in life can be simplified and decluttered, including your finances. While this is...

One mans junk is another man’s treasure

One mans junk is another man’s treasure

I've sold hundreds and hundreds of items on eBay, gumtree and Facebook buy, swap and sell pages. This week alone I've sold an iPad, two mobile phones, a keyboard stand, a paddle pool, a projector screen and a guitar case. This week is busier than usual because it's...

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Are you heading away for the summer holidays on the great Australian road trip? Australians love a good driving holiday, whether an hour drive to camp at the beach or the 10 hour drive from one capital city to another. Recently we did a driving holiday, 14 hours north...

School holidays driving you crazy?

School holidays driving you crazy?

I love school holidays. Lazy mornings, family time, time to explore and make adventures around Melbourne. I love the creativity that my kids develop over the holidays (sometimes born out of boredom) and the make believe games they come up with are awesome. But before...

The perfect Christmas present…

The perfect Christmas present…

Ah Christmas shopping... we have a love hate relationship!! I love being able to buy gifts for those I love. But I also hate it when I can't find something that I know they'll love and I spend hours browsing just wishing the perfect gift would show itself to me. I...

I always spend more than I intend

I always spend more than I intend

'Tis the season to be jolly... fa la la la la la la la la. Or maybe you feel less jolly and more overwhelmed and stressed this Christmas. Awkward family reunions, higher than expected credit card bills, health concerns or stress over finances are all things can...

At the back of the bathroom cupboard…

At the back of the bathroom cupboard…

I'm a mum of 2 boys, currently 8 and 10 years old. Their bathroom is also the main bathroom in the house and used by guests when they visit. Even though they have a large vanity bench we keep most things in the drawers or cupboards as otherwise the bench quickly...

Confessions of a Tupperware snob…

Confessions of a Tupperware snob…

I'm a Tupperware snob. Through and through. I'm blind to alternatives that don't bear the familiar Tupperware logo and quality guarantee. I started my collection at 21 when I attended my first ever Tupperware party. It was for my kitchen tea and I purchased a large...

Organising your schedule

Organising your schedule

Today I'm excited to bring to you a guest blog from my friend Pauline Delany who is a Harmony Life Stylist. Pauline works with female entrepreneurs whose growth is limited by lack of organisation, leverage and systems. She helps them to instead implement these things...

Stuck in a rut and in a funk

Stuck in a rut and in a funk

Do you sometimes feel like you are living groundhog days, over and over again. Stuck in a rut or in a funk? We all have times like this in our lives, and it's important to have some strategies in place for when you can't seem to get your mojo back. One strategy that I...

But it’s such a pretty gift bag!

But it’s such a pretty gift bag!

Did you know that framing and displaying designer gift bags is a thing? Now I do have to admit from the start that I'm totally not into brands. I like quality, but I'll never pay more for something purely because of the label on a product. But maybe you do - maybe...

Are you the hoarder next door?

Are you the hoarder next door?

I'm like you - I love watching those hoarding shows. The hoarder often looks like someone you'd pass in the shops and not give second thought to, but behind the closed doors of their private space, they are hiding a dirty secret. Hoarding is a serious disorder that...

Shoes

Shoes

I have only ever purchased two pairs of shoes in my entire life. One pair of runners 8 years ago that are SO comfortable and have lasted years. And one pair of boots about 10 years ago. How is this possible you might think... how many pairs of shoes do I have if I've...