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Lindsay Robertson

10 ways to organise your home for back-to-school!

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‘Back to school’ time affects the entire home. Whilst your first thoughts might be to concentrate on creating harmony and space in the kids rooms and play areas, the reality is that from the moment you wake up and rush to get out the door, until pick up, homework, dinner, bath and bed… it’s a full house exercise. Exhausting right?!

So hit the ground running with these 10 tips that will help you start off the school year as you mean to go on…

  1. The kitchen.

On school days your kitchen is the very heart of hurried breakfasts, half drank cuppas and homework central. Look closely at your fridge/pantry situation – could you separate shelves for packed lunch items? Could you dedicate a specific pantry shelf to ‘help-yourself’ after school snacks?

  1. The Living area

Ideally your living area should be clutter free and a neutral space dedicated to enjoying conversation, television and general hanging out. By creating a storage system for books, magazines, video games and DVD’s you are allowing the family to be together at the right times.

  1. The entire house!

Any room that you and your kids waste time looking for items needs to be organized!

  1. The point of entry

How quickly you and your team can get out of the house of a morning really depends on how quickly you can find your essentials. You need a specific somewhere for bags, jackets, hats, wallets, keys and phone chargers… so that it is there when you need it.

  1. Go easy on yourself – start off small

Declutter areas that hold last year’s homework and art works and make way for new masterpieces. If you have time scan in the good stuff – because there is so much more to come!!

  1. The Laundry Room

The laundry really does see the worst of us. Back to school means activities galore and the playground dirt and grime to match. Invest in some quality tubs, one for each member of your family and get the older kids to pitch in with folding and sorting.

  1. The Kids’ Closets

Best to tackle this one without the kids. If it’s old, out of season or too small, it no longer has a place in this closet and should go to someone who needs it more.

  1. Kids study and play area

Kids need somewhere quiet to be productive. If possible, keep media and TV in a separate spot so that distractions are limited but creativity is encouraged.

  1. The Bathroom

Did you know that the bathroom is actually the busiest room in the house? To keep the household moving try organizing toiletries in marked buckets or baskets. Remember to utilise hanging space behind the door. Howard’s Storage World has some excellent ‘over door’ hangers if you don’t want to install permanent hooks.

  1. Sit back and enjoy

It’s hard to go back to school. An organized home will make it that bit easier though. If you can find everything you need you are naturally more relaxed and you’ll have more time to enjoy your kids and your family.

And of course, if you need some professional advice on organising your home for 2018 do not hesitate to get in touch on 131 546. We would love to help.

The hottest Christmas trends of 2017

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Hit the panic button – 5 Friday’s til Christmas!

And trust us – you do NOT want to be at K-Mart on Christmas Eve playing tug-o-war with another shopper for the last set of fairy lights.

But we have your back.

To save you the hassle of last minute decorating, the team at Jim’s Interior Design have put together the must-have Christmas trends of 2017.

Often inspired by current fashion trends, this year’s festive decor tips include –

  • An all white, highly textured look. White Christmas trees and decorations can be absolutely stunning if executed well. It is a really elegant and chic look but make sure you add some baubles that are different textures to add interest and warmth.
  • We’re seeing a definite move towards organic, earthy and natural decorations around the home. Homemade pieces are always fun – think pinecones, gumnuts, ribbons and twine. Get the kids involved and thread some baubles on a branch from the garden!
  • Crystal decorations (or faux crystal is definitely a thing!), make for a truly eye catching look. Chock full that tree with sparkly sparkly crystal – amazing!
  • But if you’re a minimalist at heart, you can’t go wrong with fairy lights and fairy lights alone. Magic!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, full of love, happiness and a tipple of Bailey’s.

Don’t forget to check out the Jim’s Interior Design online store and snap up a special something for your special someone.

Tackle Spring Cleaning like a pro!

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Spring is fast approaching and the countdown to longer, warmer days and balmy nights is definitely on.

And as always, with the onset of Spring comes a plethora of resolutions – earlier starts to the day, improved fitness regimes and of course, the big one – tidier, more organised homes.

It’s no wonder that traditionally, people sell their homes in Spring. Gardens are in bloom, everything is brighter and people are happier and pleased to be out and about on a Saturday morning.

Whether you’re thinking of selling this Spring or just looking for some simple ideas to spruce up your home, the team at Jim’s Interior Design have put together the ultimate guide to decluttering, creating good energy and removing stress from your home and from your life.

  1. Declutter. A favourite method of ours is to simply grab a large garbage bag and see how quickly you can fill it up. It may be trash, but it may be someone else’s treasure. Either way, it is no longer in your home and you  are one step closer to living more minimally.
  2. Make your house sparkle! Go beyond the usual weekly or day-to-day cleaning regime and tackle the big ones – windows, cobwebs, floors, walls, exterior walls and don’t stop dusting! PS – this qualifies as a workout plus you get to try out all those cleaning hacks you keep hearing about… did you know that lemons can zap microwave grime?
  3. Go through your closet, your partner’s closet, your kid’s closet. If you pick it up and you don’t feel immediate love and positive energy for it – send it on to someone who will.
  4. Look at your home critically and thoroughly. Check for water damage on floorboards or ceilings. Check for signs of pests and pest damage. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes, understand your home’s flaws and get them fixed once and for all!
  5. Create a welcoming entrance. Make the drive-by inviting. This is for potential buyers, but also for yourself and your family. Paint the door if need be, replace any damaged hardware, keep decorative items to a minimum and declutter the entrance area. It’s good to be home!
  6. Complete each task…. completely. Once you have decided where something has to go – take it there. Don’t let jobs drag on and on.

But home organisation and spring cleaning isn’t for everyone and that’s why there are experts on hand.

If you are looking for some help with decluttering, styling or preparing your home for sale, don’t hesitate to call the team at Jim’s Interior Design on 131 546.

Also, in exciting news – Jim’s Interiors have launched a small, exclusively curated selection of new, quality homewares and furnishings for sale via the online store. If you’re looking for a gift, or a beautiful piece to showcase in your Spring-ready home – check it out here.