Carol Posener

Self-Isolation and Quarantine Life – Opportunities Abound

What can we do to keep busy and productive during this new experience in our lives? 

I don’t think I’d be alone in saying I’m feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed by the enormity of what is happening in the world, and I still haven’t got my head around it nor realised completely what it means. Everyone must be feeling like this because it’s never happened before.

The good news is, we are open and 100% committed to supporting you via remote sessions.

For me, what I’m taking solace in, is the unexpected time I’ll have to work on stuff that I’ve been wanting to do for ages. It feels right – this time, the world needs to work as one to change the way we, work, live, love and provide. And it all starts with a period of enforced self-isolation to self preserve and self reflect . 

So as of Monday 23 March, 2020 we are all self-isolating, and I think this will be a massive opportunity to get stuff done at home. 

But first up, the reality is, for the first few days or possibly for the next few weeks, will be all about settling into quarantine life. 

What does this mean? Quarantine life. We must think ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to BE quarantined in the comfort of our homes BEFORE this virus takes hold so we are protected – unlike others.  So let’s be grateful thus far.

And we’ll be doing it together ! The whole world. A first ever! How incredibly amazing!

Quarantine life means for some it will be…Yayyy we can stay home with all our mod cons and just hang out watching netflix. And Yayyy… we can have a break and spend this enforced (but fabulous) time with our families that we don’t normally get. 

For others, being separated from our loved ones will be challenging. For example my 95 year old mother lives in a Nursing Home and from today its in lockdown, so no more visits for a while – possibly months. The trouble is she is 95… so this is one horrible part of this virus already – the separation at her age – I’m feeling for Mum. 

Lockdown will mean difficult challenges for most. For us at home, we can think in new, creative ways to get around these challenges. You watch what happens. It already started last week with the race to the supermarkets to buy up big – just in case.

Most of us have stocked up ‘just in case’ pantries even though we haven’t needed to in Australia @ 23 March 2020. It may come a time, so those of us who did are ready. Pat on the back as that’s a great start to give you feelings of control but excessively hoarding toilet rolls was a bit much for some.

Whatever can reduce your stress at this point. There is a bonus in doing the shopping for your ‘just in case’ pantry now, and it won’t be a waste of time as you’ve done this shopping so you won’t have to shop for food and essentials for a while. 

As time goes on, perhaps within the next week or so, you’ll be setting up new daily routines to make your life easier, like who does the cooking each night and establishing a fair washing up roster. But we’ll have to learn to share nicely, be kind to each other and practice patience on an ongoing basis to work out ways to live together 24/7.

This is NEW to most of us except the people who lived through the depression during the late 20’s early 1930’s, who lived on rations and when quarantining was a way of life.

In fact, most of us don’t normally experience this at all. Ever.

I’m specifically referring to the day-in-day-out, 24 hours a day with our partner and children at home. Normally, we are separated by our work-day, school day, daycare, sport, outings, parties… time away from each other for periods of time even though we live together. 

I am sure we can go for walks, and short shopping trips, carefully keeping the prescribed distance away from others, but I have to admit, apart from the natural angst we are all experiencing in wondering how to negotiate the coming weeks, I’ve realised there are some cool positives coming. 

1. We’ll have more time to catch up on sleep (no commuting). You can still catch up on sleep and be ready to start your ‘work from home’ work at 9.00am. 

2. For those who can’t work from home and who are just stuck there, you’ll also have some more time to catch up on tasks around the house, like:  Gardening, cleaning out the fridge, preparing meals, cleaning, decluttering, and planning projects for after this thing is over. That’s just a few ideas.

3. If you seriously planned this ‘home time’ carefully, you could get SO much done. PLUS the EXTRA bonus is, you can get stuff done while there’s others around to help – which will lighten your load. (Lifting and moving furniture, boxes, reorganising rooms).

So, instead of wasting time, it will make you feel totally rewarded if you do get stuff done. You don’t want to look back, after this is over, and regret this precious time available to do things – and you didn’t take advantage of it.

To those of you who are keen to declutter and plan projects, or simply nut out what to do about a certain task, or want to brainstorm an idea – it’s perfect isn’t!

If you feel like a chat or to do a remote session for support, DM or email or call me on 0414 975 657 and remember, I’m here for you. Take care. Sending love from Carol

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Wallet Clutter – New APP Organises Your Loyalty Cards

Hands up who’s got a wallet chock-full of loyalty cards? We have the answer for you!

Stocard, a free app from iTunes and Google Play, allows you to select from hundreds of pre-set loyalty cards (or input your own) capturing your loyalty details simply and effectively, ready to be used immediately. The Wall Street Journal enthuses that it’s ‘a clever way of turning a smartphone into a virtual wallet’.

Use your phone’s camera to quickly scan your loyalty cards, and store them in your phone.  As technology moves forward, many stores can already scan your smartphone to access the card information. No registration is necessary, so you can start using Stocard as soon as you have uploaded your cards. No login is required either…your information is safely kept on your device.

We believe many people underuse their loyalty programs because they have too many cards in their wallet, lose track of what they have, or just find the process messy or time-consuming. We LOVE this idea as a way to get organised and stay organised.

How to Find Help Treating a Shopaholic

Courtesy of our Guest Blogger This Month – Melissa Fallon


Giving in to the occasional impulse buy is normal. After all, the majority of people enjoy shopping. The problem occurs when you or someone you know has succumbed to obsessive shopping. When it happens to you, a negative change in your spending habits is noticeable. For instance, you are likely tempted to dash off to the mall to buy items you don’t really need. Being constantly exposed to shopping ads on TV and the Internet makes things even worse. If you think you or a loved one is showing the telltale signs of compulsive buying or shopping addiction, you should seek treatment before the situation worsens.

Understanding Compulsive Shopping

The irresistible desire to shop is known as compulsive buying disorder or oniomania. According to a research by World Psychiatry, 5.8 percent of Americans are afflicted with the disorder, with women comprising 80 percent of the total number of affected individuals. Commonly known as shopaholics, these people are overly focused on buying and suffer from disruptive anxiety that can only be relieved by shopping. People with compulsive buying disorder are also likely to have other mental issues, including mood disorders, anxiety and substance addictions.

How to Diagnose an Addiction to Shopping (or Shopaholism)

Ruling out normal buying behavior is important. Given that the US and other wealthy industrialized countries have citizens whose leisure time is often spent on shopping, spending a lot of time shopping does not necessarily mean a shopping addiction. The holiday season, for instance, is often a common time for people to splurge on things that are normally outside their budgets. Shopping sprees are also common among people who have recently acquired a large inheritance or won a significant sum of money. As such, the apparent impulsive buying done by these people does not necessarily constitute an addiction to shopping.

How to Recognise a Shopaholic

Identifying if someone is affected by a shopping problem can be achieved by referring to the signs listed below. Manifesting four or more of these behaviors possibly points to shopaholism:

  • Spending over your budget
  • Buying more than what is needed
  • Keeping the excessive buy a secret from friends and family
  • Returning bought items because of guilt
  • Alienating relationships due to a shopping preoccupation
  • Preferring the use of credit cards to cash
  • Shopping in order to eliminate feelings of anger, depression or loneliness
  • Arguing frequently with other people about your shopping habits
  • Experiencing guilt and shame after a spending spree
  • Mulling over money matters
  • Delaying paying bills and opening new credit accounts to allow more shopping

Steps You Can Take to Help Someone With Compulsive Buying

When you recognize that someone is dealing with shopping addiction, several measures are available to help manage the disorder. Your presence and advice are very important during the whole process, especially when you’re a parent trying to assist your teen in overcoming addiction. The road to recovery isn’t an easy path, which means patience is needed.

Talking to a Shopaholic

One essential step to curb compulsive buying is to avoid scenarios that can lead to shopping binges. Indiana University professor Ruth Engs compiled a list of these possible situations. For instance, convince the shopaholic to enter a store with a shopping list in hand, instead of arriving unprepared. All credit cards must be paid off, cancelled and destroyed, save one that must only be used for emergencies. Furthermore, talk the affected person out of carrying a wallet all the time. After all, without financial means, the temptation to shop cannot be fulfilled.

Adolescents and Teens

If you are a parent or responsible adult helping out a teenager, the first step is to get the child to acknowledge the problem. You can expect the teen to deny the addiction, hence the need to be persistent. Convincing your child to open up is usually the best tactic. You can also point your teen to other activities that do not involve shopping. Exercising, jogging, reading and listening to music are just a few examples of healthy ways to keep your child occupied.

Learning to Cope With Shopping Addiction

To successfully deal with shopaholism, knowing what goes in the mind of an affected individual is important. Contrary to popular belief, shopping addicts are not always easygoing young women who are only concerned about the latest shoes and handbags. Truth be told, the shopaholic often suffers from emotional problems, has low self-esteem, and desires the approval of other people. Positive encouragement is a great way to help the addict follow constructive advice. Let the person realize that self-worth is not related to the items that they buy.

A shopping addict also has trouble controlling impulsive behavior, which can be addressed by dealing with the underlying issues. Finally, the shopaholic often has a profound sense of materialism, with the assumption that affection and admiration can also be bought. A real social connection with other people helps to reduce this problem.

How to Treat Shopping Addicts

According to WebMD, the origin of addictions remains unknown, although some evidence indicates that the addictive behavior may be partially exacerbated by genetics. As such, no standard treatments for shopping addiction are available, and current treatments involve a couple of sophisticated approaches. For instance, antidepressants may be prescribed to shopping addicts who have also been diagnosed with underlying depression. Therapy, on the other hand, involves addressing maladaptive behaviors and cognitive processes. Support groups and credit counseling are also used in dealing with shopaholism.

Deciding Between Shopping Addiction Solutions

Different people respond well to different therapies. For changing unproductive thought patterns, such as negative thoughts that influence the behavior regarding money and shopping, one approach may involve cognitive behavioral therapy.

Sharing experiences with people in an empathetic atmosphere is available via Debtors Anonymous, an organization that offers a free 12-step program for people who want to stop acquiring unsecured debt. If you prefer self-help, you can buy books or join online support communities. For help in managing debts, you can try credit counseling. Companies who offer this service also have debt management plans to help you create reasonable payment arrangements with your creditors.

Where to Find Shopping Addiction Treatment for a Friend or Family Member

If your own efforts are not working and you want to seek outside help, you can consult professionals or organizations to treat shopping addiction. Remember, recovery begins with acknowledging the addiction and seeking help.

Given all the personal and professional measures available, overcoming shopaholism is entirely possible. On the other hand, breaking free from this insatiable need to spend requires time and effort. You can’t expect recovery to happen in a few days. In fact, temptations and relapses can happen while attempting to change for the better. Patience and perseverance are essential when trying to defeat your addiction.

HAD TO SHARE – I feel like a Very Lucky Girl

Here is a gorgeous B & B called Cottonwood Cottage – a stunning space to relax and unwind in beautiful Bellingen, NSW Australia, an inspiring country town on the North Coast of Australia. (Visit to see this stunning website.

I am lucky to stay in this B & B each time I visit my twin sister and her husband. The style and taste is exceptional and one doesn’t want to step outside the door of this amazing space once you have arrived. Every inclusion has been thought of – every touch placed to perfection.

Suzanne and Daniel Maher, have built Cottonwood Cottage to share their amazing country property with the outside world and the build was a years labour of love. Lorance McLashan, their builder is an absolute perfectionist, clearly demonstrated here.

For many years, Suzanne & Daniel have travelled the world, selling their inspirational cards and books (visit and in their downtime have collected the coolest things – books, magazines, art and momentos from Paris and regions of France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Japan and New Zealand – everything you find on the shelves in Cottonwood Cottage has a special place in their hearts. I am sure you will love these too.

The walk-in wardrobe with two long glass shelves, is designed to unpack your clothing on to with french vintage crystal knobs in different designs on the wall to hang clothing. The kitchen is fully equipped and self-contained. Beautiful tiles from Jatana Interiors line the benchtops. On arrival you will be welcomed with a fridge full of nibbles, fresh eggs from a friends farm down the road, fresh bread from Hearthfire Bakery in Bellingen, wine (and they are good at choosing wine!) all to set you up to relax amidst pristine views and the quiet of country life. If you do visit Cottonwood Cottage one day, you will appreciate the fine selection of interior design books and magazines.

I particularly love the full wall of shelving which stores a constantly changing display of much loved collectibles. I must mention the bed. I have never in my life slept on such an exquisite bed – it feels like floating on a cloud.

The wallpaper is a rare historical book called ‘The Book of Palms’ which includes watercolour paintings from an artist who travelled the world by boat for three years in 1623, on an expedition to find and document for the first time, the worlds palm species. The pages were trimmed to create this wallpaper – how stunning and unique!

There is also 400 metres of Never Never River to swim in – fresh water from the mountains and you can even become a member of the ‘Cottonwood Swimming Club’ whilst there. How cool! Sit by the river on colourful lounges and doze to the sounds of rippling water or read and swim in total privacy.

And I MUST mention the bird life, which is growing steadily due to the planting of thousands of trees on the property which adds so much to the scene…You will hear the beautiful sounds of ‘Pukekos’ calling out to each other, ducks quacking and racing over the paddock being chased by Charcoal the resident black rabbit, a cute and funny sight, plus colourful Rosellas come to visit, and of course Charcoal will come to visit you. She’s very social and loves being fed wild bird seed and is up for a cuddle – so CUTE.

Enjoy, if you ever get to experience this dreamy place!

Do You Really Need a Big Office?

I recently decided to downsize my own home-office space, because I realised that a BIG office isn’t absolutely necessary now. This advice is something I ‘impart’ to my customers regularly, but in running my own office from my home, I was adamant that I wanted a big office to run my business from.

It’s time for change – for a shake-up. It must be in the planets, as I feel like changing my life completely, and in feeling that, like synchronicity, many things are happening. My business is reshaping and being refined, my attitudes are transforming and adjusting and therefore I don’t want the same things. I want my whole life to change – now.

I live in a 2 bedroom apartment, so making the switch between bedrooms was going to take some energy and organising knowhow…

I planned it for about a week prior, whipping out my tape measure a number of times to ensure it would work, and I drifted off to sleep each night visualising my new office space and new larger bedroom.

I lined up a friend with a trolley (and his handy mate) to help me and was SO excited all week.

When my friends arrived to move the big furniture, they both commented…”gee you’re organised”, I think without realising what they were saying…Of course I was organised! I wanted it to run like clockwork! My friend had already told me he only had an hour to help, so I had to maximise the use of their time and this meant being totally ready when they arrived.

I vacuumed, cleaned, wiped skirting boards and dusted after I had taken out all of the small items from both rooms – all before they arrived, so all they needed to do was to move the furniture.

It took them half an hour to make the move, and within a few hours I had both rooms back to normal – fully functioning and operational again.

It felt wonderful to make this change, shifting my life, ready for some new energy to unfold. I think it is important to change things around a bit – as they say, change is as good as a holiday and now I feel like I’ve moved to a new home and that also feels amazing.

Of course, the key is having the right storage for filing, paper and resources – and then you definitely don’t need a large space to operate a business from. My 3 staff members are all virtual assistants so I don’t need a second desk space, nor to rent another office space – just yet anyway.

It was a revelation (even to me) to realise that I could fit my large desk and my lateral filing cabinet into this smaller, compact space, and be happy to juggle all the tasks needed to run this company in this smaller environment.

If you have recently made a shift in space, realising it was for the best – send me your comments and I will share some stories…

Need Inspiration for Styling Ideas?

Home Styling on a Budget

We are always on the lookout for new ideas, content and articles for your interest. At Get Organised, our interest extends beyond organisation and into design, function and beauty. 

We love gorgeous products, and of course we are passionate about organising products especially! 

So, when we come across a site which addresses these criteria, we figure it makes sense to send the information your way…to see what you think!

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Today, we want to let you know about a site that focuses on clever and beautiful design ideas at affordable prices. Don’t you love the whole concept of blogging? A platform for motivated and talented people to express their passions for us to share and get enthusiastic about, all organised into bite-sized modules! 

Why not visit Home Styling on a Shoestring for some cool ideas for styling, well-designed pieces and (of course) thoughtful and useful storage products. Let the author know if you like their pages – encourage them to keep up the good work!

Lessons in Letting Go – Confessions of a Hoarder Book by Corinne Grant

I just spyed a new book release – ‘Lessons in Letting Go – Confessions of a Hoarder’ by comedian Corinne Grant. Should be a funny and insightful read…

A funny, appealing and big-hearted memoir of how one of Australia’s leading comic talents, Corinne Grant, learned to reconcile love, loss, lack of cupboard space and far too much stuff.


‘It took a year to drag myself out of the mess. A year in which I lost my dearest friend and then promptly lost my way. A year in which I ran away overseas, came back and then ran away again. A year in which I learnt to let go, learnt to forgive and learnt to grow up. It was a big year. It was a lot of work. And I head-butted two people. Accidentally.’

‘Lessons in Letting Go’ is an honest, uproariously funny and sometimes moving memoir of the year in which Corinne Grant decides to do something about her hoarding. From every scrunchie she’s ever owned, to every pencil case and magazine, it’s time for it all to go. Problem is, getting rid of the stuff turns out to be much harder than she initially thought.

This delightful memoir is about hoarding and about how the things we hold on to can end up dictating our lives. Warm, funny, candid and insightful, Lessons in Letting Go is about the pain – but also the necessity and the joy – in learning to let go.

About Corinne Grant

Corinne got her start in TV as a regular Good News Week panellist in 1999 but her first full time TV gig was as one of the original members of Rove. In 2001 she took on a second job on ABC’s The Glasshouse until it wrapped in 2006. Corinne is an accomplished stand-up, MC, presenter, writer and broadcaster and has performed both nationally and internationally. She has also appeared on everything from Spicks and Specks to Dancing With The Stars to Good News Week.

She has co-hosted successful national radio shows, performed countless solo live shows and appeared everywhere from the Sydney Opera House to the Kalgoorlie Arts Centre. Her natural, down-to-earth charm and her quick wit have made her one of Australia’s best known, and most warmly regarded, performers.

Welcome to Spring! Organising Your Winter Wardrobe For Storage

Sunny days and balmy nights seem to have replaced the cooler winter months overnight! Of course, I’m sure that the big chill isn’t all over yet, but the weather has certainly brought the promise of bare toes and swirling skirts to the front of my mind…

In saying that, I’m always a little reluctant to say farewell to winter – not so much the cooler temperatures, but the scarves, gloves, hats and coats that go together to make winter fashion so FUN! So, as the time draws near to file away our winter accessories and woollies, let’s take a few moments to consider how to store them so that they will be fresh and beautiful when we pull them out to play with next winter!

I know that many of you don’t have lots of space for wardrobe storage, so it can be really useful to put your out-of-season clothes and accessories into what we call ‘deep storage’ and at the same time bring last season’s clothes back into service in your current wardrobe space. But to do this really well, here are a few hints to be aware of:

·   Go through your clothes and accessories and weed out anything that you haven’t worn this season. Unless the item is formalwear, or fancy dress, or a couture garment that you simply haven’t had occasion to wear, consider moving those items on – to a charity shop, a second hand clothing consignment shop, or even to ‘Fitted for Work’, a service committed to helping long term unemployed and disadvantaged women obtain work, maintain employment and ultimately achieve financial independence. (see ) While we’re on the subject of storage, if you want to see how the other half (?) lives, have a look at Storage at its finest! I want to play in there!
·   With your remaining items, make certain that everything is clean and pressed. Food and other substances can be invisible at first, but over the duration of a season, will develop and permanently discolour your valuable clothes and accessories. Don’t forget that dry-cleaning is often Tax-deductable, so keep the receipts! Why not see if your cleaner will do a bulk deal for you – all your scarves, coats, and jackets together! Once this is done, and it’s a great feeling, be sure to remove all of your items from the plastic bags, and choose instead to store them in fabric coat bags on great hangers! At a pinch, you could use a sheet and some pegs to form a makeshift coat bag for a few items at a time…Put a few cedar balls in the bag, see below. Also, I make a point of collecting those silicone absorbing packets that come with shoes etc. and these can be a good idea as well, in case of any dampness.
·   On the subject of great hangers, by now you may have taken our advice and decided to invest in some quality coat hangers. Coats, jackets and specialty garments really need to be hung with due respect to their nature. Coats and suits generally have padded shoulders, which will mark disastrously if slung over cheap wire hangers (especially the dry-cleaner type – no!!!). Even good wooden hangers should be reserved for other, less-structured garments. This is the time to invest in a few really chunky, sculptured hangers, purpose-built for tailored garments. Trouser hangers with non-slip bars (available from good storage outlets) are perfect for storing multiple pairs of trousers on one hanger, and are ideal for storing half a dozen cashmere or woollen scarves, or pashminas. Why not consider identifying one brand or range of hangers that you like, and adding to your collection each season when changeover time comes?
·   Knitwear should be cleaned and pressed, and stored loosely folded or rolled in an airtight box. This is a great opportunity to use some cedar balls as a preventative measure against moths and silverfish. Made from cedar, the aroma from these balls is an environmentally friendly way to deter creatures dining on your best cashmere. Make sure that you avoid allowing the timber balls to come into direct contact with your clothing, perhaps placing them loosely in tissue, or a small ziplock bag which hasn’t been closed. I always use the opportunity of storing my woollies as an excuse to do a maintenance chore which many of you may be familiar with by now. I get out a razor (or a specialist tool) and the ironing board, and ‘shave’ my woollens to get rid of all the little balls that accumulate over the season. Time-consuming and, yes, boring…but use it as an opportunity to catch up on the past seasons of a favourite series, and it will be time well spent. Press well, and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that the next time you see your beloved cardi, it will be clean, beautiful and in perfect order! Well done!
·   Sadly, the time has come to say farewell to our beloved boots…! How I love my boots, well, I love shoes in general, but that’s a whole other story. Boots and shoes need to be stored carefully. Polish them first… shoe polish nourishes leather, and if shoes are stored polished, they will love you for it. Of course, now is the time to take any shoes that need re-heeling to the bootmaker. There’s no point in owning a $250 pair of shoes, and then letting a $10 heel job stop them from lasting more than a couple of years. One of the wonderful things about growing older (growing up?) is that you don’t change your shoe size – so ensure that your shoes thrive for as long as you can! After all, you don’t want to be seen as ‘down at heel’, so to speak! Consider using ‘Booty Shapers’ available at our online store. These hold the boots in shape beautifully, and can be deflated for travelling should you be lucky enough to go somewhere cool and exotic this summer! Dust is a common issue in storage: dust collects in crevices and seams, and acts as an abrasive which destroys your shoes over time. Shoe and boot bags are perfect for this. Sole Passion makes a stunning range of protective shoes bags, which are also ideal for travelling – they keep your shoes separated from your items of clothing. Have a look at their website, and check out our competition for this month. You could win some!
·   Dry clean all of your precious scarves and wraps, and as indicated, and hang them over a trouser hanger, to save them from being wrinkled. Hang in the coat bags with your coats etc.
·   Socks, winter hosiery, gloves and beanies can be stored in marked shoeboxes, or plastic boxes with silicone sachets, and hats should certainly be clean and stored loosely in boxes. Don’t forget that inner brims can become soiled and need occasional attention from your drycleaner.
·   Repair anything that requires it, or if you really don’t want the seamstress to do it, move them on! Drop them off at the alterations shop on your way to another appointment. Do it this season, and they’ll be ready to wear next season. Otherwise, why store a problem?
·   Finally, when you open up your Summer collection of clothes, make a list of anything that you really need to fill the gaps from last summer, and be prepared to be firm with yourself and buy those things that you really need first. Be sensible about your wardrobe selections and you’ll get miles more use, for a fraction of the cost, and you’ll need less storage space. Did you know the average woman wears 20% of her wardrobe 80% of the time! A ‘capsule wardrobe’ is an eighties concept, but still a goodie…check out
this article on the Capsule Wardrobe.
Well, farewell winter fashion, and roll on summer! Now is the time to pull out your summer sizzlers and PLAY! I always forget what I’ve put away, so it’s a bit like Christmas…and since I practice the same rules for summer storage as winter, my clothes are always in perfect order! I can’t wait, actually!

Recycling Mobile Phones

When your current mobile isn’t giving you maximum efficiency anymore, check with your mobile phone provider to see if you are entitled to a free upgrade.

People tend to stay with their phone company for a number of years so you could be surprised. When upgrading your mobile phone – recycle the old one consciously for our environment. Most retail mobile phone outlets provide recycling bins for the collection of your old phone.

FACTS: Over 90% of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered to make new products. The gold, silver, nickel, cadmium and plastics in the mobile phones can be turned into jewellery, stainless steel, batteries and plastic fence posts and pallets. The mobile phone industry claims that you can recover the same amount of gold from 50,000 handsets as from mining 110 tons of gold ore. (Source: Australia Mobile Telecommunications Association). 

Get Involved: visit to learn more on recycling your phone and to find the nearest drop-off location to you. 

If you need to upgrade your mobile phone, consider the option of getting a handheld PDA (or Personal Digital Assistant), a Blackberry or, of course, an iPhone, to streamline your appointments, contacts, tasks and other important information.

We’ve found a product which will make charging your mobile phone, Mp3 player or PDA device easy. 

The Drinn™ Mobile Phone Holder is a handy, easy to use product for anyone with a mobile phone, an Mp3 player or a PDA device. It is made of a special mix of plastic and rubber giving the holder strength and grip. Drinn™ is 100% Made in Italy. Bellissimo!

How does it work? Drinn™ hangs between your battery charger and the wall socket. It provides a support for your mobile phone, Mp3 player or PDA device and convenient storage for your charging cord.

TIP 1: It will reduce desk and bench-top clutter, and allows you to nominate one place for charging your device every time. (A place for everything…) 

TIP 2: Every member of the family can own one in a different colour so there’s no confusion with charger cables. Bonus: A great organising tool for the man in your life, too!

Available in white, black and lime green. PRICE: $10.00 (Ex GST)

To purchase a Drinn™ Mobile Phone Holder, go to our online store at  and follow the steps to order and pay online. We know you’ll love it!

Post It Notes Organising

Have you ever had a ‘to-do’ list that was so long it felt like you’d never get to the end of it? 
Or, have you ever started the day with a manageable list, but by the end of the afternoon it was longer than when you began – because of all the things that got added during the day? 
Too many days like this, and your to-do list starts to look like a wish list.

Take a look at this light-hearted but serious topic by Mark McGuinness on the Behance website to read his excellent take on the topic and post you comment below…we’d love to hear from you!

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