Home' D Fine Redland Lifestyle Magazine : February 2010 Contents 28 d'fine magazine February 9, 2010
Ph 0423 110 555
How many of us often say "I don't have time"
or "I will get around to it one day?"
New Year is a great opportunity to set new
goals and re-evaluate your priorities.
Life has become busy for all of us and that is
why it is so easy for our daily chores to build up
and get out of control.
One simple task I do at the beginning of each
New Year is to sort out my kitchen pantry and
fridge.This is a good habit to get into especially if
your New Year resolution is to lose weight!
Completely empty out one shelf at a time and
clean thoroughly, sorting items and checking
expiry/use by dates and throw out any unwanted
or old items. Restack "like items with like items"
and add a deodorizer to omit any odors.
Another task I do yearly is to sort out my sock
and underwear drawers. It will take less than half
an hour of your time. You can throw out all those
over loved, stretched and holey items and replace
with some nice new ones.
Then move onto your bathroom/ensuite
drawers and cupboards. Again, time-wise, this
should only take about another half an hour. Let's
face it,how many deodorants,perfumes, cosmetics
and moisturizers do you actually need or even use?
Throw out all the old ones, then clean the shelves
and rearrange items. You will be amazed at how
much extra useable space you have created.
The biggest challenge I find facing most of my
clients (male and female) is their wardrobe. You
will need to dedicate at least half a day time-wise.
This can be done in sections rather than all at
once as can it become overwhelming. I suggest
you sort your garments into three piles of good,
bad and ugly -- which means outfits you are
unsure about then keep just the 'good'. Any
clothes that don't fit or are out of fashion simply
donate to charity. Replace all your plastic and
metal hangers with new wooden ones. This will
ensure that your garments hold their shape and
visually it creates a nice streamline look to your
wardrobe. I am also a big fan of clear view
stackable shoe boxes which allow you to find
shoes quickly. Sort through your bags, belts,
scarves and other accessories and store neatly.
When finished hang a couple of fragrant
wardrobe sachets in amongst your clothes.
Sometimes it can seem all too hard of a task to
get organised but with a bit of time and effort it
can be easily done. Ensure you make time this
year to de clutter and you will find being
organised and staying organised is easy.
Running Errands offers a wide range of lifestyle solutions for
busy people. They organise anything you need from personal &
corporate shopping, errands, obtaining quotes & price
comparisons, research, plan your next function, de clutter
your wardrobe, home or anything else that consumes your
WIN a 2hr wardrobe de clutter package
valued at $300 simply send your details to
"They say, just install an extra seven or eight
solar panels.That's not the point. "
In addition to educating the public about its
responsibilities, Andreas is keen to urge
designers to "choose your materials carefully"
Some of these can have a massive effect on the
"The issue for designers is there is no clear
indication of what materials are sustainably
made. There is no independent certification or
sticker you can look at to find out what is truly
sustainable and what is not. "
Gardens are an important part of our
sustainable future and one we've been getting all
wrong, says landscape designer Wendy Clarke, of
Her vision of sustainability is as much about
sustaining ourselves as our environment.
And she's critical of the popular interpretation
of low-maintenance gardens that have done
away with dirt in favour of concreted, decked and
paved spaces which, she says, are "quite sterile"
garden that just has a few pots is so tightly
constructed that it is lifeless and artificial.
"If you get a garden that is designed well and
the planting is right, taking into account the
micro-climate and the soil in your suburb, it's
going to be low-maintenance.
"And there's a whole ecosystem that develops
when you plant the right things," she says of the
animal and insect life that finds its way there. "It's
such a joy in winter to see life out there!"
Like Andreas, Wendy blames society's
obsession with homes as status symbols for us
losing touch with sustainable core values.
People have had this heavy expectation put on
them that their house is on show and that the
garden becomes part of that. So the ability to
express yourself with your garden is now a no-
no, " she says.
Wendy's alternative view is to build gardens
that lift the spirits. "When you went on holiday,
think about the places that made you stop in your
tracks and say, 'wow'. That's the starting point for
connecting with nature.
"Your garden should transport you to that
place, that 'aha' moment. And that's when you
start to relax."
Yes, but is it achievable in our fast-paced lives?
"How bad is it once a month to go out and weed?
After all, what happens when you weed is you
don't think about anything else," she says.
So it's meditative, too?
"We get lazy and the last thing we do is nurture
ourselves and look after our minds.
"There's a reason we feel good when we're out
on the water or in the bush.We have to recognise
that often it's not just about being on holidays
but about being out in nature.
"When people get the very best out of their
garden they are connected to it on an almost
spiritual level. As a society we're ready to give
back to nature and gardening is a good,
sustainable way to do this."
For more information on creating an
environmentally sustainable home, see the joint
From page 27
Relax, it's a garden
Vergola, the individually designed opening roof system
VERGOLA BRISBANE QBSA1079242
481 Priestdale Rd Rochedale
Ph 07 3341 8200 Fax 07 3341 3096
THE OPENING ROOF SPECIALISTS
• Vergola gives you contro over
• Adjust sun ight, shade and
• Remote contro operation &
automat c rain protect on
• Vergola maxim ses the use of
your outdoor space
DEF1460578 - 9/1/10
VERGOLA, THE ORIGINAL OPENING ROOF
25 YEARS STRONG
Links Archive December 2009 March 2010 Navigation Previous Page Next Page