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Home Living : September 27th 2011
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, September 27, 2011 5 HOMELIVING Dust off the cobwebs Time to welcome the freshness of spring. IT'S that time of year again -- time to dust off the cobwebs of winter and welcome the freshness of spring. Sounds wonderful. But let's be honest, it's a daunting task that doesn't exactly excite, made worse by the fact that we haven't even finished last year's spring clean! Here, MaryAnne Bennie and Brigitte Hinneberg, two of Australia's leading organisation gurus and authors of Paper Flow, (published by Wiley July 2011) have some fab tips to cheat spring cleaning and get it done in eight minutes, or close to it. Take a tour of your house and make a list of jobs to be done. Set the timer for eight minutes and go through one room at a time to do a general tidy up while racing the clock. Anything that has to leave the room can go into a basket by the doorway. Ding ding, now take the basket and put items into correct rooms. Take an ''after'' photo to prove to yourself just how much can be done in an eight-minute power burst. Your success at one room will motivate you to move on to the next room. Set the timer again and race the clock running through all the rooms with a duster. Run it around the cornices, window and door frames and light fittings and do a quick dust of the walls and any hanging artwork. Set the timer again and take the duster, a bucket of water, a sponge and a dry cloth and race around and dust all surfaces in each room, giving them a damp wipe down and clean ornaments along the way. Wash the floors and take a break while they dry. While resting check over your list to see if there are any big jobs you listed on your to-do list. Plan which you will do first. Work your way around the kitchen, bathroom and laundry for only eight minutes at a time completing jobs that need to be done. It might not be perfect but it will at least be done. You will feel great, have had fun and given yourself a bonus workout along the way. The more time you allow for a job, the more time you take to do it. Give yourself less time to do the jobs in the house and have more time for better things in life. cumberlandnewspapers.com.au 2189101 Inspiration, innovative products and practical solutions Each week Home Living provides you with the latest in renovation, interior decorating and design Introduce your business to over 1.8 million* prospective customers. phone 9689 5395 *Roy Morgan Readership Survey, September 2006 On custom Shutters, Blinds, Curtains & Awnings Free Installation 131913 accentblinds.com.au Improve your home AND save money Alexandria . Chatswood . Seven Hills Penrith . Newcastle . Wollongong Hurry! Limited Time Only Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c 2258438 13/9 Turn your dreams into reality Rodney Binet 0412 822 608 Ann Chen 0404 888 198 2IÀFH 9868 3222 www.binethomes.com.au 45 YEARS EXPERIENCE EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY GREAT RESALE VALUE MULTI AWARD WINNING BUILDER Love where you live, but need a new home? SPECIALISING IN Z New homes Z .QRFN GRZQ UHEXLOG VHUYLFH Z +RXVH ODQG SDFNDJHV Z 'XSOH[ GXDO RFFXSDQF\ GHYHORSPHQWV Z )XOO EULFN EULFN YHQHHU FRQVWUXFWLRQ Z ,Q ODZ DFFRPPRGDWLRQ KRPHV FREE QUOTE FREE 'IN HOME' CONSULTATION 1300 137 198 www.ccbd.com.au W Curtains W Romans W Sunscreens W Pelmets W Swags W Shutters W All Blinds W Bedspreads LATEST DESIGNS IN CURTAINS & BLINDS by Design CREATIVE CURTAINS 2188211i 11/1 Plantation Shutters Comprehensive selection of... • Quality Blinds • Curtains • Venetians and Shutters • Motorised Systems COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL Free Home Consultation After hours appointments Mobile 0452 224 971 2077729 23/8
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