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Living in a space that is organised and clutter free allows you to get on with living your life and enjoying your spaces. However, simply giving you a recipe for getting organised and not addressing 'why' you may be struggling to create order in your home, will not help you in the long-run.
As a professional organiser, I focus a great deal on why a person is disorganised before I even look at their space. As such this course will combine some introspection with lots of practical tips and ideas to organise your home.
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|Section 1: Welcome|
Welcome to the Slam Dunk your Home: Strategies for Organsing your Home course.
We look foward to teaching you all their is to know about disorganisation whilst providing you with the tools to organise your home once and for all!
|Section 2: Understanding Disorganisation & Clutter|
The definition of disorganisation is lacking order or methodical arrangement or function but what does that actually mean and why is it important to know?
This section will outline the difference between situational and chronic disorganisation and give you insight into the causes of both. Understanding this will assist you to stay organised as you will know WHY you became disorganised to begin with.
As a professional organiser, I am always trying to understand why people are disorganized as it informs how I can assist and provide them with a lasting solution to their clutter woes. This video and the notes provided will give you some insight into the challenge you may be facing in your quest to organise your home.
|Quiz 1||6 questions|
It's is important to understand WHY you may be disorganised. You can read as much as you want about how to organise a space but you'll keep making the same mistakes if you don't understand why you can't get organised and maintain that organisation.
Take the quiz to see if you are on the right track to understanding.
|Section 3: The Benefits of Getting Organised|
There are many benefits to getting organised in your home the most commonly recognised being that of saving money and time.
A client once shared that the decision to organise her home literally changed how she used her home. She would arrive home and avoid anything that needed to be organised because of the amount of stuff lying everywhere. As a result she found she would avoid coming home!
This is an outline of our top 10 benefits of getting organised in the home.
|Section 4: What is my organisational and time management style?|
|Lecture 5||3 pages|
Everyone has their own organisational style. These are:
Complete the survey to see what you need to look out for when you start organising your home. Then read our Organisation Style Evaluation feedback and suggestions.
|Lecture 6||4 pages|
Now that you have accessed what your organisational style is read our Organisation Style Evaluation feedback and suggestions.
|Lecture 7||4 pages|
Complete the survey to see what time management style you have. Knowing this will help you when you start organising your home.
Time management styles include:
Then read our Time-management Evaluation feedback and suggestions.
|Lecture 8||5 pages|
Now that you have accessed what your time management style is read our Time Management Style Evaluation feedback and suggestions.
|Section 5: Homework & Introspection 1|
Take the Survey
|Section 6: General Organising Guidelines|
In this section, you will be provided with an outline of issues to consider when organising, such as:
Get step-by-step instructions that will help you declutter and organise any space. Learn how to:
start the declutter and organising process;
be prepared to organise;
and lots more.
|Quiz 2||8 questions|
There is a process you should follow to organise a space (any space). Can you explain what you would do to get started?
A quick yet informative overview of organising spaces.
|Section 7: Organising Bedrooms|
If you think about it, your bedroom is your sanctuary. It should be where you go to unwind but instead it is probably the last space you think about dealing with and it descends into chaos.
This section will give you tips on how to:
organise your bedroom so that it can become the calm space you need;
categorise your clothing;
and much more.
Our top tips to organising your cupboards include:
rotating your clothing;
using functional organisers;
dividing your clothing;
and much more.
|Section 8: Organising Bathrooms|
Bathrooms are often shared spaces and although they should ideally be clean and clutter free, they can very quickly become a space that is dirty and full of unnecessary things. In this section you will learn about:
organising your drawers;
organising your medicines;
dealing with childrens' 'bath' toys;
and much more.
|Section 9: Organising Kitchens|
The kitchen is where we go to 'nourish' our bodies and families and is often a space that is bulging with things. So many different mugs, and pots, and bowls... we have more dishes, more utensils then we have space for.
In this section you will learn about:
de-cluttering in the kitchen and what this entails;
grouping items together;
creating zones; and
Gone are the days when we lived in homes with kitchens large enough to cater for a small army. Nowadays it is all about open-plan entertainment areas or cramped modern living. So what do we do if we want to still have a functioning kitchen but don’t have the space to do it? We get creative of course!
This video will give you some valuable space-saving solutions for your cramped kitchen.
|Section 10: Organising your Living Room|
A living room is one of the spaces you spend a great deal of time. It probably doubles up as an entertainment area, a play room and a space to relax.
This section gives you an outline of:
what to de-clutter in the living room;
how to do deal with the coffee table;
organise your movies and music; and
|Section 11: Organising the Laundry|
In this section you will learn:
|Section 12: Organising Garages|
Many families dump everything in the garage and never attend to the chaos in that space because it is too over-whelming. In this section:
learn how to plan ahead and start the process of organising;
learn how to best utilise the space;
receive our top tips for organising a garage.
|Quiz 3||16 questions|
We've given you lots of ideas and tips for the various spaces in your home. Here's a quick quiz to keep you on your toes.
|Section 13: Dealing with Home Admin|
If you run a household, it’s almost certain that you have accounts to pay, children’s school notices to keep track of, and budgets to formulate. You may even work from home, which only adds to the amount of home admin.
defining an office area;
creating a command-central
There are pros and cons to having your office at home. This video takes a closer look at:
the need to have a routine;
the need to schedule personal time;
create boundaries; and
If you like to make things you probably have a lot of craft suppliers in your home. These can become difficult to organise. In this presentation, you will gain organising tips for:
embellishments & ribbons;
stickers and paper; and
|Section 14: Putting Plans into Action|
|Lecture 25||3 pages|
Making and defining goals is great but it is writing them down that is the magic ingredient. In this section you will have the opportunity to:
|Section 15: Printables|
|Lecture 26||14 pages|
It is so useful to have printables to write down all your home info and schedules. Here are some for you to get started. Simply print out and complete and perhaps keep them safe in a binder.
The printables you will get are:
Shopping List; Personal Medication Record; Information Sheet for Household Services; Information Sheet for Household Security; Pet Information Sheet; Home Cleaning Schedule; Cleaning Schedule; Garden Maintenance Schedule; Home Entertainment Inventory; Gift Inventory, Meal Planner; New Car Purchase Checklist and Christmas Budget.
We have also included some Thank You printables that you can print out on lovely board as well as some general labels for use in the home.
Although a journalist by profession, Isabelle de Grandpre found her passion when she started Neat Freak in 2008 and began offering her services as a professional organiser to individuals and small businesses.
At the time, Isabelle had also recently started her own freelance media business but within a year she began focusing almost exclusively on organising.
Over the years, Isabelle has been an office administrator, project coordinator and manager. During this time she developed a knack for establishing systems, clearing and organising stock rooms and even created resource centres from piles of reference materials.
"I've put this experience to the test in my home and personal office and I can do the same for my clients", says Isabelle. "My goal is to help get people organised in such a way that when I leave them, they are able to move forward with whatever system we have created together."
Creating an organising business in South Africa wasn't easy for Isabelle who explains that although the trend internationally is to hire an organiser, South Africans are still warming to the idea.
"My focus has therefore not only been to offer my services as an organiser but to inspire people through our various social media platforms to embrace the idea of leading organised lives because of the rewards you get for doing so. It's so empowering to be organised and therefore have more time for family and friends", says Isabelle
Since starting Neat Freak, Isabelle has grown the business to include a line of products that help you get organised (www.neatfreak.co.za). She tested items with clients and in her home and slowly started building up her range, which she sources both locally and internationally and currently sells in South Africa only.
Isabelle has also served as the President of the Professional Organiser Association Africa (POAA) for 3 years and recently created the Directory for Professional Organiser and Virtual Administrators www.podirectory.com.