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Feb 26, 2018

The world can sometimes be a place of organised chaos, which can make us feel out of control at times. The good news however, is that we all have the power to be in control of ourselves. We don’t have to act in a reactive way if we are proactive in deciding how we will deal with situations before they arise. On a day-to-day basis, this helps us operate with a clear mind as we have clearly laid out priorities and can let go of the things that are holding us back and replace them with the things that will help us move forward in the direction of our choosing.

Of course, with anything...

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Feb 12, 2018

Time; It’s one thing we never seem to have enough of, especially whilst we juggle the priorities of family, work, housework, relationships and self care. Often, it’s difficult to know the best way to make use of the time we do have, flitting between racing through our to-do list at a hundred miles an hour or slowing down to just breathe – still worrying about the million and one things we should be doing. What’s for the best? Embracing the chaos or spend all of our time getting things in order?

In reality most us love the idea of being effortlessly organised, neat...

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Jan 01, 2018

Happy New Year!

Today is a special day for numerous reasons, the start of a new year, a chance to start with a clean slate and Empower, our monthly newsletter has been published for the 100th time. Today our 100th Anniversary edition was sent out and we thought a celebration was called for. When this journey started, the newsletter was sent out quarterly but has been of benefit to our Empower community of mums and mumpreneurs for nine years, providing advice, inspiration and support helping them overcome the daily challenges mums face.

For all the advice and support we have shared over the...

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Mar 26, 2017

My last blog covered the topic of starting to get to grips with the clutter that may have accumulated over some time in your home. The process of decluttering doesn’t need to be a stressful one but it does require some discipline.

Today I’d like to look at the bit that most of us find difficult when it comes to deciding what should stay and what should go. Letting go of the things we no longer need to keep. How do we decide what should stay and what should go? After all, we don’t generally come from a place of buying and storing things we think we don’t need. Often...

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Mar 13, 2017

Spring has officially sprung and with Shrove Tuesday traditionally allowing for clearing out the pantry, the start of Spring seems a good time to have a general clear out. In this month’s Empower we talked about the effects clutter can have not just on the appearance of our homes but also how it can make us feel.

Sometimes when we’re moving from one task to the next and the days seem to blend into one another it’s easy for mess and clutter to accumulate quickly. Before you know it, the few pieces of mail you promised yourself you would deal with has turned into a mountain...

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Mar 27, 2016

It’s not a full-time job staying clutter free.  You really can do it easily, with a bit of organisation and by keeping on top of it in manageable chunks. A cluttered environment suggests a cluttered mind and a cluttered life. Just like your clutter, ways to become and stay clutter free are all around you. As a time-stretched mum, it’s maintaining your declutter that is often the most difficult part.

Go Utterly Clutter-Free
To stay clutter free, you need to plan. Set aside a small amount of time for it and do a general tidy-up. If it’s not allowed to build up, clutter...

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Mar 14, 2016

As all mums know, clutter has a way of mounting up without you noticing. We’re all partly responsible for it, with daily lives that tend to verge on the busy side. There’s never quite enough time for everything and something’s got to give. And that’s how clutter starts to build up in the first place. But it doesn’t have to be Spring to have a clean-up.

Clutter Creep
It started with a sock. Then soon other items of clothing were left strewn on your bedroom floor. Then the clutter builds and spreads. Things remain in plain sight, not put away – coats,...

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Feb 23, 2015

With today’s fast-paced and hectic lifestyles, it is little wonder homes become cluttered with too many things. Clutter can impact the way you feel in general, which is why it is advisable you de-clutter when you can. Here are some quick tips to help you cut your clutter so you can enjoy a relaxing home environment.

Incoming!
If you feel overwhelmed by all the paper messages that enter your house each day, set up an inbox for everything you need to keep. Place all your post, messages from school, general reminders and any documents that require your attention in the inbox. If you need...

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Feb 09, 2015

If you’re sharing a house with 2.4 children, a cat, dog and budgerigar, it is likely you’re a bit strapped for space. Here are some great ways to maximise your living area and enjoy a relaxed, organised home.

Cut The Clutter
It makes logical sense that if you’re struggling with space it is likely you have too many things. If your family has grown but your home hasn’t, it is inevitable you won’t have space for all the things you acquire. Give some real thought about the items you use regularly and what you could do without. Be ruthless and daring – get rid...

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Nov 10, 2014

Before your entire family and friends descend on you for festivities and fun, here are some great ways you can prepare your home in advance. A little careful planning during the run up to Christmas will help you to relax and enjoy this festive time.

Clean & Tidy
The best place to start your preparations is by de-cluttering your home and cleaning each room. Don’t use this time as your annual de-clutter but put things away in their respective homes. If toys are a problem, put them away in a pretty basket in the living room or in storage boxes in your child’s bedroom.

Sparkle...

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