If not now, when?

When I was little and my mum was cleaning the house, the stairs would gradually fill up on the right-hand side with things that needed to be returned to their places upstairs. This would include piles of folded clothes, books, toys, any odd bits of shopping that needed to go up to the bathroom like replacement toothpaste, shampoo and so on. My dad, my brother and I would walk past these little piles, time and again, until we were asked in a ‘louder’ voice by mum to take them upstairs. Either that or a pile would get dislodged, she’d have to sort it out again, it must have been a never-ending source of frustration to her – and something that I’m now bitterly ashamed of.

Our son is two years and eight months old, like many children he’s got various boxes from IKEA in an Expedit unit that he puts his toys away in. One is labelled with a picture of jigsaw pieces, another with a picture of trucks, another with a train and so on. He’s only little, but when he helps us tidy up he can see where to put groups of things. He’s also got a basket that holds his cuddly toys; it may well get upended, but before he goes to bed, we treat the basket like a hoop and ‘shoot’ the toys away. It’s never too early to encourage your child to take responsibility for their belongings, he loves helping us, so we’re making the most of him being excited about running around with the duster and a cloth, smears and all, he’s helping. Continue reading “If not now, when?”

Why and when should we help you?

  • Do you open the fridge most evenings wondering what to make for dinner, thinking you’ve got nothing in, but still throw food away each week?
  • Is your laundry pile waving a white flag of surrender, or is that just the missing sock you’ve been looking for?
  • Do you feel you need more than 24 hours in a day?
  • Have you ever arrived at work wearing odd shoes?

The last one may be a bit extreme, but I do know more than one person that it’s happened to! When you’re rushing around, we all know anything can happen, and it usually does when you least expect it. Life simply gets in the way of you trying to live it. You leave small tasks thinking ‘I’ll do it when I have time’, but you can never find the time.

What if you were given the chance to start over?

With a lifetime of experience in tidying up, de-cluttering and working out what needs to be done now, and what can be done later; I will help you identify what is important to you and your family, then help you achieve that goal.

I’ve worked with families, individuals and companies, I’ve reorganised wardrobes, pantries, created bespoke filing systems for companies and de-cluttered houses. If you need help and are feeling a bit overwhelmed, please call me. Together we’ll work it out.

Non-judgemental, caring, compassionate, I’ll assist you every step of the way, from cluttered to clean.

Why Out On A Limb?

People call them ‘a-ha!’ moments, Oprah calls them God-winks, whatever you call them, it is that jolt of recognition you get when you hear, see or do something that resonates deep inside you. It may be something that just makes you go ‘Hmmm’ – but everyone knows what it feels like. When I read this quote (I’m looking at the original picture I cut out of a magazine as I type this) I knew I had to name my company Out On A Limb.

“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is” H. Jackson Browne

When I listen to my gut, my heart and trust in my intuition, I feel better in myself about making the right decision at the right time. Going Out On A Limb, trusting that if you take the first step, the rest of the staircase will be there, is difficult. Which is why when you’re making big life changes, you need someone to walk beside you.

We will walk beside you as you set up your new life. We will help guide you through the chaos to the other side and to always having a dining room table you can eat at. Little things add up to a lot, sometimes you can’t see what needs to be done, that is where Out On A Limb comes in. Trust in us, we will help you.

A few lessons I’ve learned along the way

  • Five minutes preparation the night before is worth fifteen in the morning;
  • It says Dry Clean Only for a reason;
  • If you’ve not worn it in a year, you probably won’t wear it again;
  • Likewise, if you put an item of clothing on, to promptly take it off because you don’t like it or how it makes you feel – and do that twice, it’s time to sell or donate it;
  • You know that box that you took unopened from your old attic, and then shoved in the attic at your new house? Get rid of it, don’t even open it, if you needed what was in there, you would have opened it years ago; and
  • If something is worth keeping, you need to love it and use it regularly.

What is your most pressing problem?

  • “My house is lost under a blanket of toys, but some adults live here too.”
  • “Why do I have nothing for dinner, despite spending $100 at the supermarket yesterday?”
  • “I know I’ve got something to wear in there somewhere.”
  • “We’re moving house soon, and I don’t know where to start!”

Specialising in assisting working parents & logical to the point of simplicity, Maddie will help you see past the mountain of ironing & piles of paperwork, to a workable, sensible solution that involves the whole family in pulling together and working as a team in maintain your home.

Everyone has days where they wish their lunch was ready to go & their clothes were already ironed. Sometimes we all need a bit of help, or even a prod in the right direction.

Maddie can and will help you recognise what is important to you and your family, and most importantly, will help you achieve it.