Keeping organised in the home is not just about where things go and how we use them. It is also about creating a home we enjoy being in. Indoor plants are a great way of creating spaces that feel good and compliment our lives.
By surrounding ourselves with plants, we can create a sort of natural, living sanctuary, which can help reduce stress and create a feeling of well-being.
The process of caring for plants offers a sense of accomplishment. This is good for the soul.
Plants help lower background noise. Plants and their leaves absorb, diffract or reflect background noise, thereby positively influencing the acoustics of the space and making the home quieter and more peaceful.
Not only do indoor plants add colour and liveliness to your space, but they can also be used to screen unattractive areas, and moderate room temperature by shading hot, bright areas .
Plants help improve air quality by reducing carbon dioxide levels, turning it into oxygen and thereby improving air quality. They can also reduce levels of certain pollutants in your home. Place several plants together, and you can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keep respiratory distresses at bay.
There are heaps of great places to find indoor plants, gorgeous pots to put them in, and, helpful advice and guidance on choosing them.
Choose just one to get started or create a little oasis in a space you love. It's so easy and so good for you.
Everyone has paperwork. Everyone can get lost in it too. Here are some simple steps to get your office sorted and keep you in control of it.
1. Purge - de-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. One area at a time.
2. Gather and redistribute - gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.
3. Establish work ‘zones’ - there are usually 3 main spaces in an office: 1 workspace / desk; 2 reference area with filing, cabinet, shelves, binders; and, 3 supply area with shelves or drawers.
4. Close proximity - position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach.
5. Label - shelves, bins, baskets, drawers. This is for you and anyone else who might use the office.
6. Filing system - what can your store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past.
7. Clear your work desk - remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.
8. Organise your desktop and drawers - use desktop organizers and trays. Put items used together in the same drawer space, eg. stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads. Use drawer organizers for little items like paper clips, tacks. Use a separate drawer for personal items.
9. Clear the piles - go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.
10. Sort mail - sort it as soon as you get it, into trays: Action, Read, File, Delegate.
11. Assign discard dates - mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.
Straighten your desk at the end of the day so you have a clean start for the next.