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Plan wisely to save your energy

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, In : General Tips 
With the demands of our busy lives, sometimes it truly is difficult to find routine and schedule our activities. What might help is chosing just one aspect of your life to start with. For example, plan routines for those VERY demanding and stressful times of the day like getting the family ready for school and work, or preparing the family meal.

If everything happens exactly the same way during that time of the day, it might lessen your stress levels.

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Memory box for kids

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

Like many children, my daughter likes to keep all those pretty little notes that she got from her best friend or that cute little picture that she drew way back when. Unlucky for her, I can't bear to have it all over her room, so I suggested that she have a memory box that she can use to put all these keepsakes in. Lucky for me, she thought that was a cool idea!!!

So I took an old shoebox and covered it with adorable wrapping paper (but if you don't have shoe boxes on hand, y...


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Tips to keep allergies at bay

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : General Tips 

I received a mail from a mom wanting general tidy tips that may help lessen her child's allergies. My son is also allergic to dust so here are a few tips to help keep allergies at bay in your home.

  • Keep the bedroom well ventilated to keep the humidity down.
  • Air the bed daily and wash the bedding frequently at temperatures over 55 degrees. I have also heard that placing the mattress in the sun regularly helps to kill the dust mites.
  • Vacuum and clean the room and b...

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Fun for the kids on your terms

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

My bathroom has white tiles, so when my kids  (5yrs & 2 yrs) want to paint, I either put them naked in the shower or bath with some poster paint and a paintbrush. 

They have so much fun painting the walls, themselves and each other.  When they are done, I just turn on the shower, wash down the walls and the little people and all the mess is gone in a flash.  They absolutely love it!

(this clever tip sent in by Ronel Lee - thx)
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Dress-up clothes for kids

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

If you have decided to spring clean your cupboard and there are some 'smallish' clothes, belts or shoes that you are considering getting rid of, then why not see if your kids would like to use SOME OF IT as dress up clothes?

Obviously this only applies to the younger child, but there are many children who dress up as jedi knights, princesses and other fantastic characters and you may make their day by giving them some 'props'.


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Uses for used paper

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

We all have to start taking responsibility for our environment and one way to do this is to re-use paper. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Print on both sides of the paper and then shred and recycle what you can. Arrange for Mondi or similar company to fetch your used paper.
  • If you have children, cut up paper and staple the pages together to make small notepads. Recycle these when they've been used (but remember to take out the staple).
  • Give paper to schools in t...

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Prepare for the morning the night before

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Time Tips 

You would think that this stands to reason, but so many people don't follow this advice (myself included). There are some days that I am disciplined enough to prepare for the next day and it ALWAYS sets the tone for my day ahead.

There have been times when I am under pressure to finalise a job for a client the next day and every time I leave it for the morning (to quickly finish), the wheels fall off - a child needs something - the email is down etc etc and suddenly, my lack ...


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To save you time and keep your sanity, consider setting up lift clubs for your kids

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Kids Tips 
Setting up systems in your home or office is devised with time-saving in mind. As such, finding ways to save time should be as important as having a tidy space.

If you have kids, you know that fetching and carrying from school and events is time-consuming. Everyone feels the same as you so consider starting a lift-club with people you know in your area. Share the burden!

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Keep gift tags and wrapping handy

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : General Tips 

Doesn't the cost of wrapping paper and birthday cards annoy you? I know I dislike spending money on this so I decided to get creative. I made up some basic square cards using clipart from Word, and printed these out in colour on thick paper. When I need one, I cut it out, punch a hole in the top and add some thin ribbon (colour depending on the gender of child). I use the ribbon to tie the card onto the birthday present.

Quick, easy and it will save you a penny or two for t...


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Dealing with your child's artwork

Posted by Head Chiquita on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

Dealing with children’s artwork can be a challenge – which to keep, how to store it and how long to keep it for, not to mention the guilt you feel when you throw half of it away. But let’s face it - realistically you cannot keep every little drawing or collage with macaroni stuck all over it! So I was very excited when a participant at a recent Neat Freak workshop said that she takes photographs of her children’s artwork, and only keeps a few special ones (thanks Jenni...


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Tidy up with a timer

Posted by Head Chiquita on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

I have often read the recommendation of professional organisers to use a timer when tidying up. Although I understood the philosophy behind the suggestion, I wanted to put it to the test so I used it with my kids this week-end.

I told them before I even began, that I wanted to set the timer to ONLY 5 minutes to tidy up their desk and throw away used paper and 'stuff' lying around collecting dust.

So we duly set the timer and off we went with the tic-tic-tic in the backgro...


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