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Functioning home office

Posted by Head Chiquita on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Office Tips 
Home offices need a clear work area. You need to have enough space for computer and other related equipment. You also need to ensure that you have enough work space - writing, reading and filing. Make sure that your office furniture provides ample space for work and storage.
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Labelling is key when archiving

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

Every home or office has loads of paperwork to deal with (despite the move to email) and every so often, you have to make space for current paper. That is why we need to archive and simply throwing it into a box isn't how it's done.

If you want to avoid wasting time looking for documents, the key to archiving is labeling the box you put it in. A blanket description is required BUT add exact descriptions as well, e.g. HR Files 2010 and thereafter, Joe Soap, Jane Doe, Cliff Ric...


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Keeping the underwear drawer in check

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 
When I decided that enough was enough and that I simply had to acquire nicer underwear, I also realised that I needed a better system to keep the matching items together.

So I've placed old shoe boxes in my lingerie draw with panty and bra neatly tucked together (panty in the cup of the bra). Now when I reach for that lovely number I don't have to go in search of the parts that make up the sum...

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Identify kitchen zones

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

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 to house. We think we need all these lovely things but actually, what we really need is to sort through all our things, keep what we really use, give away what we don't and organise ourselves into work zones.

Basically, you need to access what you do in the kitchen...


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Organise your groceries

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

If your groceries are driving you insane because you don't know where to put them and you keep buying more because you can't see what you have, then these tips are for you.

  • Remove all grocery items from where you are currently keeping them. You need to see the space you have available.
  • Clean the space you will be using and purge what has expired or you know you aren't going to use (remembering to donate where you can).
  • Now group items together: tins, baking suppl...

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Bathroom cleaning in a snap

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

If you have the space available in your bathroom, you can save a lot of time off cleaning it by creating a bathroom cleaning kit that you store in the room. Fill a cleaning caddy with everything you need to clean - not having to search for these things will make cleaning more efficient.


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Purge and breathe!

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

It has been said over and over and yet we don't seem to hear it. STUFF can make it hard to breathe because it just takes up space so it makes perfect sense that getting rid of things will make life easier.

But it seems that we don't like hearing this so we dig our heels in and will not give anything away. I challenge you therefore to do this slowly. Choose a room that is frustrating you beyond belief and start purging. Decide beforehand how you will get rid of that PESKY ST...


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Make that garage work for you

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

Whether you have one garage or two, it needs to be organised otherwise it risks becoming the dumping ground for all manner of household items.  So, if your garage isn't working for you, resulting in you parking one of your largest assets outside, then you need to make a plan!

Start, as usual, by taking everything out so you can see what you have and what you don't need. It is a process, but the best tip, once you have sorted through everything, is to group your items by cate...


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Bring order to groceries

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

My grocery cupboard has been a challenge of late (even though I admit that there isn't always a huge stock in it). So when I recently did a monthly shop, I thought it the most opportune time to sort it out. And here are a few tricks I learnt:

  • Divide cans into categories and try to line them up next to each other. This means that when you only have two cans of the tomato mix available, you know straight away.
  • If your cupboard space is deep, take advantage of this space by ...

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Keep it at eye level

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

It stands to reason that items of clothing you use often, need to be accessible. So store these at eye level or below whilst keeping items you seldom use, higher up. If you don't have a lot of space in your cupboard, then store seasonal clothing like large jerseys or conversely, your swimming gear, in clear and labeled boxes. That way you have more shelf space for the items you need this season.


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