How to Make Money… fast: Time’s running out for the £1 coin clear out

Are they under the sofa cushions? In your other coat pocket – the one you wear to walk the dog in the rain? In the sparkly clutch-bag you only use on once-in-a-blue-moon nights out?

I’m talking coins. Not just any coins. The old £1 coin. Old as in, this time in a month it won’t be worth a penny. Zilch. Old as in, come the morning of 16 October, no shops will accept them. Some banks may even refuse to exchange them.

This will be annoying if you find a few odd quid stuck down the back seat of the car in two months’ time. But a big old waste of money if you have dozens of the things scuttled away. Maybe hundreds. And it’s likely that many of us do.

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Why being a Jigsaw Whizz gives me an Edge

I love jigsaws. And I’m good at them. But why is she telling us this, you ask – surely this is a blog about professional organisation, not hobbies? I mention it because clients always find that one of the benefits of using my services is that I have an uncanny gift for remembering exactly what went where, when, and why.

The amount of decisions and the overwhelming amount of changes my clients need to make can leave them feeling overwhelmed. But not me. Late night texts of “Where is the blue vase?”, “What price did we agree on that designer bag?” and ‘Did I pack the prescriptions?” are exactly what I expect from clients who are transitioning from one life to another. Read more

How wedded are you to your things?

Marriage. Two people. In love. Making vows to each other. Usually. But I have clients who are so attached to their possessions you’d think they’d made lifelong vows to their BELONGINGS. So it got me thinking. If we did make vows to our stuff, how would it work?

To have and to hold… Read more

A Letter to Charity Shops

Dear charity shop volunteer,

I know that it can be tough working in a charity shop.

That you have to sort through piles and piles of discarded clothes…

 

That sometimes you can’t get in to open the shop for bin bags stuffed full of rubbish blocking the doorway…

That you may be giving up your time for free…

That customers can be rude and annoying…

Or complain about the prices as though you were pocketing the cash yourself.

And I really respect and admire the fact that you’re giving your time to help a good cause.

BUT. And this is a big but. Read more