With freelance jobs on the rise, more people than ever are working from home. If you live in a home that is limited on space, however, you may be struggling to carve out a dedicated area to help you focus and thrive. With the handy tips below, however, you can fit your dream home office into even the smallest of homes.
1. BUILD OR BUY A DESK THAT FITS PERFECTLY INTO YOUR SPACE
When you are trying to fit maximum functionality into minimum space, custom furniture can be a perfect solution. One option is to incorporate built-in desks into your chosen home office area. Because these desks are custom tailored, you can easily squeeze a workspace into a corner of your kitchen or any other available area of your home. If a built-in desk does not fit into your budget or home, you can also consider other compact desks that can add some personality and practicality to your small workspace. You can use a floating shelf to add a tiny office to your windowsill or even the most minimal alcove in your smaller home.
2. SHOP FOR HOME OFFICE DECOR COST A FORTUNE
For a smaller home office, it doesn’t really make sense to blow your entire project budget on decor and you don’t want to clutter up your new workspace. Clutter is a disaster for focus. So keep office decor minimal and look for budget-friendly ways to decorate your space. If you need a pop of color and stress relief, try adding a few houseplants or create a custom gallery wall using old postcards and magazine pages. You can even pick up dollar store frames and paint them, for an even cheaper way to add a personal touch to your workspace.
3. SET YOUR SMALL OFFICE APART FROM THE REST OF YOUR HOME
If you live in a smaller apartment or truly tiny home, you may not be able to find an entire room to use for your new home office. Still, you will want to give your new work area a look that helps separate it from the rest of your home. You can easily do so with a room divider, which can be made from shelves, creative screens, or even curtains. If you use the latter, you also have the advantage of noise absorption, especially if you use a heavier fabric. Some people also use paint to create separation, but if you are renting a space, you can also use removable wallpaper to accomplish the same thing without permanent damage.
4. LOOK FOR A LAPTOP OR COMPUTER THAT TAKES UP MINIMAL SAPACE
No home office is complete without the right tech, but when you are limited by space, you have to make sure any equipment is as compact as possible. A laptop is the most versatile solution for smaller workspaces, plus you can find mounted laptop desks that can help you save even more space in your home. If a laptop is just not your style, you can also look for compact PCs that will take up even less space on your desk. These can be a bit more friendly to your budget than the Mac’s compact desktops and pack just as much power for your work.
5. LEAVE NO AREA UNUSED WAHEN SETTING UP YOUR HOME WORKSPACE
If you are looking around your home and seeing no space for a new office, don’t despair just yet. You may just need to think outside the box and use a linen closet or smaller corner to set up a super tiny work area. If you have an outdoor area, you may be able to fit a small home office into your yard as well. Even if you are not handy, you can buy a prefab shed to add some square footage to your home, which will also give you enough space to create a small home office that will really make you want to spend more time hustling.
Living in a small apartment or home shouldn’t stop you from creating a functional home office. You just need to be careful with your planning and take the steps above to carve out a space you can’t wait to start working in from home.
WHAT DO OUR CLOSETS REFLECT ON OURSELVES?
Psychologists say that the cabinets can be a window to the mental health of people, either because they are perfectly organized or because they reflect a complete disorder.
An article that I read recently in The Wall Street Journal published some interesting stories that I tell you next:
Jennifer James and her husband do not have a lot of clutter, but they find it hard to let go of their children's things. The nice guest shed behind your house in Oklahoma City is full of old toys, discarded clothes, works of art, school documents, two baby beds, a crib and a wooden horse.
"Every time I think about getting rid of it all, I feel like crying," says Mrs. James, a 46-year-old public relations consultant. She fears that her children, ages 6, 8 and 16, will grow up and believe that she does not love them enough if she does not keep everything. "Keeping all this, I believe that one day I will be able to tell my children, I loved your innocence! I loved you so much!"
Among the things we store are powerful emotions, whether they are stacks of newspapers read, small clothes, obsolete electronics or even empty margarine containers. Our deepest thoughts and feelings are reflected in everything we accumulate.
There is an increasing recognition among the professional organizers that we face every day with the disorder, about the need to understand why we keep what we keep, or why we inevitably accumulate things again. Our work goes far beyond making cabinets look beautiful. It consists of entering hearts and understanding feelings.
For some people who have large basements full of old appliances and no apparent use, this is not a problem. But many others say they are drowning in disorder and are anguished at the idea of getting rid of things.
In some cases, chronic disorganization can be a symptom of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, an obsessive-compulsive disorder or even dementia, all of which would imply difficulties with planning, focus and decision-making.
In its extreme form, hoarding is now a distinct psychiatric disorder, defined in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as "difficulty in discarding persistent possessions regardless of their value", such that can no longer be used.
The difficulty of getting rid of our things could go hand in hand with the anxiety of separation, compulsive shopping, perfectionism, procrastination or image problems. And the refusal to face these problems can create a vicious circle of evasion, anxiety and guilt. In most cases, however, psychologists say that the disorder can be due to what they call, cognitive errors, flawed errors that drive exaggerated behaviours that get out of hand.
Some example would be: "I might need it someday", "this could be valuable" or "this could serve me again if I lose (or gain) weight".
We all have these thoughts and it is perfectly normal. The trick is to recognize the irrational thought that makes you cling to that object and replace it with another that helps you, for example, someone else could use this, so I'm going to get rid of it.
However, the biggest source of disorder and the most difficult to discard is everything that has a sentimental meaning. It is natural to want to cling to objects that trigger memories, but some people confuse getting rid of the object by letting the person go.
There is no reason to get rid of our belongings simply for doing it. What we need to find out is, what is important for one and create an environment that supports that.
Robert McCollum, state tax auditor and husband of Mrs. Jenifer James, mentioned at the beginning of our story, said he kept a broken fairy wand of his daughter from when she was only months old.
"I do not want to lose my memories, and I do not need a professional organizer," he said." I have already organized everything in boxes. The only problem is if we ever move to a house that does not have 100 square meters of storage room or garage, "he added.
Sometimes people who cling to memories are images of themselves in different roles or in happier times. Our cabinets are windows to our inner being. Nostalgia is the feeling that often leads us to save those piles of newspapers, magazines, obsolete electronic equipment and decades of records of invoices and materials for crafts.
For people who are afraid of throwing things they might need in the future, it helps to think about the worst scenario: what would happen if the tutu you threw away you needed to make a Halloween costume? What would you do? You could find almost anything on eBay, for example.
Can we also be too clean, too organized and too quick to get rid of things? Everything is subjective. What matters is whether our habits distress us.
"Guilty of the charges, my family makes fun of me," says Dr. Baumgartner. "I have to control my desire to get rid of things. Often and literally I have nothing to wear "...
FACING THE DEMONS IN YOUR CLOSET
Professional organizers and therapists, we offer these tips to help eliminate clutter and prevent it from accumulating again:
Organize from start to finish:
If you organize one day the shirts, another day the dresses and the next the pants, by the time you are finished you will find yourself exactly where you started. You must start and finish the task the same day or the next day. Organize the work and make sure you have all the material for when you start: hangers, boxes, garments etc ...
Give things away:
Finding a second home for those salvageable things can alleviate the separation anxiety and also alleviate feelings of guilt for being a waste.
Pictures of old party dresses, hats of our grandmother and shirts of our basketball team when we were eight, will evoke the same memories and take up much less space.
Remember the 80/20 rule:
Most of us use only 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. The rest reflects an image or role in a past life. Recognize them for what they are. If you want to move forward and free yourself from the past, start with your wardrobe!
How many pairs of jeans, shoes, shirts, black dresses or other items do you have and how many do you need? You have to set limits!
Full attention on purchases:
Am I really going to use it or am I trying to fill an emotional gap? A closet full of clothes and shoes with the price tags still on is a tell-tale sign that I am buying without a real need. Surely you have more than enough!
Take this test:
If getting rid of things seems painful to you, hide them temporarily in an accessible place and check if the sensation is passed. It is very possible that you even forget that you kept them!
By Lorena Peláez
Personal Organizer - Palma de Mallorca
Who hasn’t heard about Feng Shui or about the influence of energy and the environment on people's well-being?
In this article I will try to give you an introduction to the Feng Shui philosophy and its application in the home.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese belief, which studies the influence that landscape, orientation, distribution, shape and colour of buildings has on the vitality of its inhabitants.
Feng Shui is a way of seeing the world and living, based on the principle of unity and the observation of the perfect and eternal order of the universe. According to this discipline, everything that surrounds us, even the smallest piece of furniture and the most insignificant decoration, influences our energy. Its principles are based on the theory of yin and yang, two types of energy that connect people with the places where they live.
What does it mean?
"Feng" and "Shui" are two Chinese characters that mean wind and water. It is the art that determines the perfect harmony between the energy forces of the Earth and the cosmos, with the particular energy of each person. Understanding the influence of these energy flows is the basis for determining the location of objects, where everything merges harmoniously.
Feng Shui has been developed by great teachers, who have developed different schools or systems according to their application. In the West, four Feng Shui schools have developed:
1. School of the compass or the eight directions
According to this method, each of the eight cardinal points is related to a certain type of energy and these points or directions can be determined within a room or a house.
2. School of the eighth house
The facades of the house and its arrangement with respect to the compass allow it to be divided into eight segments or "houses". The astral charts of its inhabitants would indicate which house is the most suitable for each individual, that is, the place where he should sleep, work or spend most of the time.
3. School of the shooting star
This school starts from the orientation of the facade and draws an astral chart of the building from the date of its construction. Evaluate the effect of the surroundings and the elements of the building, and anticipate the problems. It deals with the cycles of time and defines the periods of good and bad luck of a property. It is linked to the intangible forces of time that cause health, material, physical or economic problems.
4. School of black hat form or sect
Take the entrance to the building as a starting point. Part of the notion that the energy of a building flows according to the location of the entrance and the form of the surrounding landscape. A grid called Bagua will establish how each area of the building can affect its inhabitants.
All these systems use a compass to evaluate the circulation of energy in a building and attribute a crucial influence to the magnetic fields of the Earth and to the energy of the sun and the planets. They are linked to the astrological system of the Nine Ki, which allows choosing the most appropriate time to carry out an action.
The four schools of Feng Shui share the basic principles of Yin and Yang, the Five Elements and the Eight Trigrams. The differences between them lie in the application of these principles. The astral charts of the inhabitants of the house are also important in the four streams.
Practical application of Feng Shui in the home
1. Main entrance
It must be cosy. Make sure the mat is relatively new and clean. The hall must be neat and decorated with bright colours, charming photographs, plants or flowers. When the main entrance is attractive, you are attracting the good things to your life.
Whenever possible, choose furniture that does not have straight edges and sharp corners.
Avoid filling the spaces.
The bright and luminous objects attract the Chi, thanks to the subtle fluids that they emit and give to the people who are nearby.
5. Irregular spaces
Place auxiliary furniture to fill the corners or dead zones.
6. Chairs and beds
Do not place them directly in front of the door since you will receive an impact too suddenly.
It needs to be bright to attract good doses of Chi that permeate the food. It should be well ventilated and clean so that the Chi circulates smoothly, but without stalling. Ideally, it should be regular and spacious.
Avoid sleeping or sitting with your back to them if they are not covered with a thick curtain since you will feel restless and have difficulty sleeping.
They charge great importance in Feng Shui. They serve to accelerate and redirect the flow of energy. You can use them to direct the energy and light to a certain direction of your house, where the Chi is stagnant.
Decorate with plants that clean the environment and reduce the noise and environmental pollution of the home: aglaonema, chamaedoria, chrysanthemum, dracena, gerbera, ivy and sansevieria.
Orderliness is a very important aspect in Feng Shui, because it deals intensively with the vital energy, the Chi and its flow. Disorder can prevent Chi from flowing: in a room full of objects, the energy movement is paralyzed.
When the Chi is stuck in a corner, it loses its strength. It stands still and begins to rot and spread negative air to become Sha. For this reason it is important to maintain order, so as not to slow the current of Chi. The corners replete with newspapers, papers or other objects, cause the Sha to circulate in the room.
Feng Shui is based on the interaction of the external environment and inner well-being. If order is viewed from this point of view, then it is clear that order on the outside brings clarity inside. In a messy and crowded room, it does not make sense to place a bouquet of flowers to increase the energy of the space.
Your positive energy is lost in the chaos of the space. On the other hand, if the bouquet is placed in a room where there is only one table and a nice armchair, the positive effect of the flowers will act throughout the room.
Naturally, the places where one lives and works are not usually empty, but in these cases order is achieved by placing things in their proper place.
The act of ordering sets in motion the Chi and helps to re-establish the movement of everything that was paralyzed. Discarding, recycling and letting go of what is no longer needed, will result in a critical confrontation with a part of our past, but will leave room for the new.
"A place for everything and everything in its place"
BASIC CONCEPTS TO REMEMBER
Ancient art of Chinese origin, which studies the influence of landscape, orientation, distribution, shape and color of buildings on the vitality of its inhabitants. Its purpose is to balance the energy or chi of the place where we live or work.
The energy or universal life force that exists in every living and inert being. Chi can be auspicious, unfavourable or benign. In general, this term refers to favourable energy currents flowing to a well-placed location.
It is the harmful and negative chi that according to Feng Shui, attracts bad luck and affects the economy, profession, family, health and personal life of the people affected.
The Yin and the Yang
Two types of energy that represent the active and the passive. They are opposite and complementary forces at the same time and one of the fundamental principles on which Feng Shui is based. They suppose the duality of the universe.
The Five Elements
Wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
Diagram used, among other methods, by astrologers to exercise astrology. It represents the sky (positions of the planets, fixed stars and some other bodies) and the earth (horizon and meridian) from one place (latitude and longitude) and at a specific time (local side time), being a geocentric representation.
Local Side Time
Measurement of time based on the movement of the Earth with respect to a star.
Itinerary of Chi energy variations through each year, each month and each day.
Astrological System of the Nine Ki
In Japan, the astrology of Feng Shui is known as the Nine Ki. The 9 corresponds to the nine figures of the Magic Square; "Ki", in Japanese, is the term for Chi energy.
Symbols of different types of energy. Each one consists of three straight lines, continuous or interspersed, that represent ying and yang.
Source: Practical Feng Shui, Iona Purtí. Editorial Oceano.
By Lorena Peláez
Personal Organizer - Palma de Mallorca
REDUCE THE LEVEL OF STRESS
Disorder does not understand social status, economic status, religion or family type. Disorder enters our lives stealthily and invades the most unsuspected corners and the most prodigious minds.
I have seen families hold on to memorabilia from their pet for ten years after the pet has died.
If you want to enjoy a tidy and clean home where you feel relaxed while you are there, you have two alternatives to get it:
1. Do it yourself
2. Hire the help of a professional organizer.
The longer you leave it, the greater the disorder and the more work it will be.
Suppose you choose option 1. Where do you start? I suggest you start with the clothes. The method is simple:
1. Place several cardboard boxes or chairs near the closet that you want to organize and deposit on them by categories all the clothes that you are taking out: T-shirts, blouses and shirts, dresses, sweaters, pants, skirts, jackets and coats. Remove all clothes from their hangers. One of the boxes will be used to store the clothes you discard. And what do I discard?
What is not your size
What you have not worn for more than a year
What is outdated or out of fashion
Anything torn or damaged or unstitched that has been waiting for more than 6 months to take to the dressmaker!
Clothes that have been given to you and that you do not use because you do not like them, but you keep them for sentimental reasons.
2. Take each garment out of the closet and deposit it in its corresponding box.
3. Remove all hangers from the cabinet and clean it thoroughly. Do not forget the corners of the bottom of the closet please! If you clean with water or a product that moistens, make sure to dry it thoroughly.
CLEANING RECOMMENDATION: WATER AND VINEGAR (economical, degreasing and eco-friendly)
4. Put back the clothes you have decided to keep in this order:
- Blouses and shirts
- Knitted jackets and sweaters (if they are heavy it’s better to fold them rather than hanging)
- Skirts and pants
- Jackets and Coats
Once you have the closet tidy, continue with the underwear and socks ...
Remember that organizational habits in a house are difficult to change, but it is not impossible. Therefore I recommend a drastic organization from beginning to end. If you try to organize a drawer every day, by the time you finish organizing the whole house, you will find yourself back where you started.
Forget the advice of decoration magazines and fashion blogs that recommend you perform this task little by little. It does not work like that. You must have patience and be persistent, but at the end of the marathon, you will be greatly rewarded.
If you have any questions, contact me. I will be happy to help you and answer all your questions !!!
Professional Organizer - Palma de Mallorca
Alzheimer's disease consists essentially of the death of certain neurons in the cerebral cortex gradually and progressively over the ten years that, on average, the disease lasts. The cause of neuronal death is not definitively clarified and is also referred to as neurodegeneration. That is why it is said that Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative disease.
Source: University Clinic of Navarra
HOW TO ORGANIZE THE HOUSE FOR A PERSON WITH ALZHEIMER’S
A clean and orderly home will reduce the stress and fatigue of a person with Alzheimer's, in addition to providing greater clarity and independence.
Numerous investigations conclude that patients with limited options such as dressing for example feel less stress and the task becomes easier.
An orderly house, free of obstacles or objects that make movement difficult, as well as access to belongings in a logical and simple way, will result in more freedom of movement and confidence.
STEP BY STEP
- Deep cleaning of cabinets and having a selection of appropriate clothing by discarding clothing that is already unusable or that has not been used for a long time will make it easier. Only the clothes corresponding to each season of the year will be kept in the closet. Choose washable clothing that does not require ironing and is easy to put on and take off, for example: velcro closures, shoes without laces, socks without heel ...etc.
- Keep photos and sentimental objects in view and make albums or scrapbooks that help stimulate memory.
- Label products, cabinets and even doors with drawings if necessary.
- Provide adequate lighting by illuminating dark areas that cause mistrust and highlighting key areas, such as the bathroom, where it is advisable to keep a lamp on at night. You can also place luminescent bands that lead the way from the room to the sink. It is advisable to fix the bedside lamp to facilitate switching on and off without knocking it over.
- Pay Attention to Floor Coverings. Remove any loose carpets and doormats that might hinder movement.
- Check if there are electrical cables that drag along the ground and mount them higher up. Also install protectors on the plugs sockets.
- Remove excess ornaments, furniture and any decorations with protrusions. Have safe chairs that are easy to get out of, with armrests, backrest and adequate height.
- It is advisable to fix non-slip strips on the edge of the stairs as well as installing barriers at the top and bottom landings to prevent unsupervised access.
- Keep small items for example matches, lighters, firearms, car keys as well as toxic products such as bleach and medicines under lock and key. The bathroom medicine cabinet should not contain any medication.
- Elimination of locks on the inside of the doors. The windows and exterior door must be provided with a safety device that prevents them from opening without assistance.
- Remove small objects.
- Ensure the radiators are protected with a well secured safety cover.
- Regulate the water heater to avoid possible scalding.
- Secure particularly dangerous sites, such as terraced balconies and pool edges.
- Reduce toilet items to a minimum and install safety rails in shower and toilet to provide easier mobility.
- Cover or remove mirrors so that the person does not get startled by the "stranger" looking back at them.
- Keep in mind that it is better to gradually organize and restructure the home environment in the initial phase of Alzheimer's progression. It is advisable to avoid abrupt changes rather than waiting until the person has adjustment problems. Having designated places for each of their belongings will make it easier to find them.
Remember my motto: "A place for everything and everything in its place"
I would love to help you, do not hesitate to contact me for more information.
Professional Organizer - Palma de Mallorca
For those who have never heard of this concept, HOME STAGING is a technique that consists of preparing and presenting a property in an optimal way, in order to make it more attractive for potential buyers and tenants. It is an English term that literally means "staging the house". That is to say, we adapt the house in a way that improves the small defects that can distract the potential client; details that can be corrected like an unpleasant odour or a squeaking door. The lighting is enhanced and the space is optimized. It is not about drastic changes but about small touches that will make a difference.
A LITTLE HISTORY
Barbara Schwarz is credited with creating the home staging technique, appearing for the first time in the United States in the 1970s and coinciding with the real estate boom. Its application began with innovative marketing techniques and interior design.
Almost immediately it extended to Canada and Australia and arrived in Europe in the early 90s, opening up the British market and then extending to the Scandinavian countries, Holland, France, Germany and Belgium.
In Spain it was established throughout the 2000s in a slow but firm and progressive manner, currently there are numerous agencies specializing in this service.
Can I apply the technique of home staging myself?
Of course! The good thing about home staging is that it does not consist of an interior design project, so it is not the exclusive work of interior designers or decorators. Obviously it will help you to have some basic knowledge. Don’t worry though, you can do it yourself. You just need to follow a few steps and do not skip any!
1 ORDER AND ORGANIZATION
Grab a large cardboard box and go around your house collecting everything that is out of place. Then put away whatever is in the box and remember: "a place for everything and everything in its place". An organized house will greatly facilitate the next step.
In my opinion, it is one of the most important phases and also the one that will take you the longest. But do not despair; the result will make a big difference. Set a high standard of cleanliness (tip: knife and toothbrush in hand for the most difficult areas) and plan the task. Do not tackle the whole house at once. Go room by room and apply the right products and use the correct tools. Try to have everything ready for when you start and thus avoid having to go to the supermarket in the middle of the operation.
Even if it looks like a small problem area, a small crack in the wall, a loose tile or a window that does not close properly, do the repair. It could ruin a sale or trigger a price reduction beyond what is reasonable.
Remove all personal items. The client must imagine that this can be his house. Put all photographs away, completely clear the kitchen counters, in the bathroom also remove most of the jars and shower gels, shampoos, etc. Imagine yourself in a hotel bathroom and try to imitate it.
5 DECORATION AND STAGING
At this point your artistic vein will come into play. Try to recreate small moments of the day, as if you were filming a movie and you were the protagonist. Imagine reading a book in your favourite corner of the room or having a sunny day on the terrace. Then ask yourself, what would you need to put in place to capture this scene?
Use candles to add warmth to the environment and do not forget to light them before potential buyers arrive.
Perfume your house. The smell, although you do not believe it, influences the sale of a property. It is what is known as olfactory marketing. Choose different scents for each room. For the kitchen you should apply natural scents such as cherry, blackberry, lemon, mint or berries. In the bathroom, fresh aromas that transmit cleanliness. In the children's room, those fragrances that transmit the smell of clean clothes and baby. Floral odours for the sitting room or study because they fight mental fatigue and neutralizing fragrances if we have pets or smoke.
As for the colour, if you think you need to paint your house again and you are not a decorator, always choose neutral and white colours. White, although hard to believe, also has a wide range of shades.
Receive potential buyers with ambient music in a very soft tone. It will be a favourable factor that will increase your chances of selling. After all this fine-tuning process, your house will be ready for a good photographic report:
• Turn on the lights.
• Shoot at the height of your eyes because in this way you will achieve naturalness.
• Take pictures from different angles and if necessary, move some furniture to achieve balance in the image.
• Use the new Smartphone applications to perform panoramas. It will be very useful for short stays.
• Do not use the zoom of the mobile since you will detract from the image.
• Avoid standing in front of the window because you will receive too much illumination. (The curtains will serve as diffusers of light)
• Try to keep the camera at a right angle. A crooked line could spoil the photo. Pay attention to the lines of the frames on the doors, windows, pictures ...
Maybe now you don't want to sell or rent out your house any more.
By Lorena Peláez
Personal Organizer - Palma de Mallorca
You never find the time to do it because you think you will not be able to and you think that in the end it will be a waste of your time. Don’t give up, you can do it!! Follow these simple steps and you will see it is not complicated, you may even become addicted to order!!
1. CHOOSE THE DAY
It's not about waking up inspired. To carry out this task you need to be calm. It's difficult, I know, but I'm sure there is a time when you feel more relaxed: having slept well the night before, eating a good breakfast or after a huge hug from your children. Do not even think about getting organized after an argument with the children, your partner or your mother-in-law!!!
2. COLLABORATION WITH YOUR CHILD IS FUNDAMENTAL
And if we include dad, then it will be perfect. Tell your child that you are going to play a game and that the game is called "a place for everything and everything in its place". Give him an example that he understands easily. If you have a lamp on your nightstand, remove it and then point to the nightstand. Ask, “What's going on here?” Then take some socks and ask this other question, “These socks, where do they go?”
3. OPEN THE WINDOW
Let the fresh air in and renew the atmosphere and remove the stagnant energy in the room.
4. THE BED WELL MADE
There is a current debate about the advantages of not making the bed but I advise doing it and doing it well. A well-made bed protects the sheets from dust and provides a sense of order and cleanliness.
5. PLACE SOME BOXES TOGETHER
The boxes must be strong, large and, if possible, with handles and a lid. Name them: keep, recycle, relocate (in this box we will deposit the objects that belong to other rooms of the house), sell, give or donate.
In the recycling box, use a garbage bag to make removal easier. The bag must be opaque. If you can’t see the contents you will avoid changing your mind. And if you want to do it in an even more professional way, place in this box four bags of different colours (always opaque). Each bag will correspond to an object to be recycled but of different material: cardboard, plastic, glass and organic.
6. THE GAME BEGINS!
Start the timer for 15 minutes. During this time all the participants will try to fill the boxes with articles that correspond to each one. Laugh together, if you stumble when you go from one place to another in the room or if someone is mistaken for a box, don’t be upset. It is a game and so you must play. No penalties or reproaches. It's about enjoying.
7. TIME UP.
Once the timer has run out we will start with the recycling box. If you have opted for the professional option, get rid of the garbage bags by taking them to the corresponding recycling bins. If you consider that your child is old enough to accompany you, it can be the perfect opportunity to explain in a simple way the need and benefits of recycling.
8. BOX “GIVING, DONATING OR SELLING”
Transfer it to a place that is easily accessible and where you see it, because you will have to do this task as soon as possible.
9. BOX “RELOCATE”
Place all the objects in this box in each corresponding room and in the right place.
10. BOX “KEEP”
You are ready to organize your box and put everything where it belongs.
By Lorena Peláez
Personal Organized - Palma de Mallorca
It was 6.00 a.m. when my pregnancy test indicated the word "zwanger" (pregnant in Dutch). I did not want to wake up the future dad, so the first moments of excitement and nervousness I spent in intimacy with my Little “bud”, growing already millimetre by millimetre inside of me. After a few days, which I remember in a state of unprecedented happiness, my brain began to work as usual and I decided to start preparing for the arrival of my baby.
One of the first things I did was to acquire two good books: "Your pregnancy week by week" by Lesley Regan (Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics) and "Baby’s First Skills" by Dr. Miriam Stoppard, (A guru in child care). I enjoyed them so much that I thought I was wrong in my profession.
After a few days I informed my family and my closest friends of my pregnancy. Some people recommend waiting until the end of the first quarter, but I was clear about it; the good news must be shared and even more so with the people who love you. Of course I was worried about the possibility of a miscarriage in the first trimester, it worried me until the end, but at that moment I was overwhelmed with happiness.
About fifteen days later I requested an appointment with my gynaecologist, who confirmed what I already knew. I was pregnant!
During the first month I continued enjoying that state of permanent happiness. I never wanted it to end, until one day the nausea and vomiting came and they accompanied me everywhere for the next eight weeks. In the street I was looking for discreet places, corners and trees to lean on until I regained my breath.
Those days I missed the hugs of my mother, my sister and my Friends. I appreciated that they prepare pureed vegetables for me.
During that time when my smile changed to tears and when I began to question everything, I did not make many preparations. Striving to eat healthy foods was already a great challenge for me. But one good day, around week thirteen, everything went returned to normal. I regained my strength and usual mood. The countdown then began for me. There was no time to lose! I had heard that you “just became an expert in childcare” and that's how it is. No matter what you are advised, you want to investigate and test for yourself each of the brands, models and colours. For example: Carts, cribs, car seats, and a host of gadgets. Some necessary and others not so much. In my case, I started to inquire about baby- carriers, strollers and car seats. After many comparisons, questions and tests, these were finally my main purchases:
CARRY-COT AND STROLLER. Brand: Bebetto. New in the market but entering with firmly and competing strongly, not only in price but in design and quality, compared to the most recognized brands. http://bebetto.eu/en
CAR SEAT. Brand: Nuna, model REBL plus 360 °. Robust, smart and exceeding the i-size security standard. https://www.nuna.eu/en/rebl-plus.
BABY-CARRIER. Brand: Ergobaby, model 360. Four ergonomic positions and with the possibility of using it from birth with the Ergobaby baby cushion. https://ergobaby.es/portabebe/mochila-360
CRADLE. Brand: Piccolandy, Nice model. Standard measures 60 x 120cm and 3 positions in height. 4 wheels with brake (in my case). Available in white and beige and with the possibility of buying it separately without having to purchase the set with quilt, protector and bedguard . http://www.bolinbolon.es/files/descargas/PICCOLANDY1.pdf download
BABY CHANGING STATION AND ACCESSORIES. Brand: Ikea. With perfect height, practical storage and easy cleaning.
• Changer: http://www.ikea.com/en/catalog/products/20045205/
• Bath: http://www.ikea.com/en/catalog/products/40248443/?
• Diaper support: http://www.ikea.com/es/es/catalog/products/10319658/
• Changer pad: http://www.ikea.com/en/catalog/products/50251798/
• Changing cover: http://www.ikea.com/en/catalog/products/00360479/
• Storage baskets: http://www.ikea.com/en/catalog/products/30199283/
• Small towels: http://www.ikea.com/en/catalog/products/40054538/
By Lorena Peláez
Personal Organizer - Palma de Mallorca