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Home Living : September 27th 2011
4 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, September 27, 2011 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. Custom Fibre Window Furnishings Save up to 60%! Free measure and quote. Call for an appointment Mobile Showroom 02 9659 0718 email: email@example.com Specialising in: • Curtains • Blinds • Shutters • Venetians Order Shutters By 14th October 2011 For Pre Xmas Delivery YOU THINK IT • WE MAKE IT CABINET MAKING PURPOSE-BUILT FOR YOU KITCHENS • LAUNDRIES • BEDROOMS OFFICES • SHOPS • DEVELOPMENTS ALL PLYWOOD, particle board, mdf & speciality panels, delivery, cabinetry hardware, discount paint, cut-to-size, edge-banding 1300 138 771 to nearest store firstname.lastname@example.org 1 Melissa Pl, KINGS PARK 9621 7177 55 Salisbury Rd, ASQUITH 9476 3800 The Original Industry Leader in design, product & service 1300 552 330 ABSOLUTE 2203307 30/08 www.absoluteoutdoor.net Over 30 Years Experience Builders Lic. No. 208107C Original Charlwood Group Carports N Awnings N Pergolas Timber Decks N Screen Enclosures N Glass Rooms 5/9 Packard Avenue, Castle Hill www.shuttersaustralia.com.au Call 8858-0967 6\GQH\ &HQWUDO &RDVW %OXH 0RXQWDLQV Receive $30 cash back with Stock Fabric 5DQJH RI 5ROOHU %OLQGV DQG Receive $100 cash back on our External Sunscreens, Custom made in our Castle Hill factory. Our Low Price Guarantee means that you never pay more from Shutters Australia and our Lifetime Warranty gives you extra peace of mind. Receive $100m2 cash back with our +DQG &UDIWHG &XVWRP 0DGH SMRT Plantation Shutters, and receive $30 cash back RQ RXU 5HDO 7LPEHU 9HQHWLDQ %OLQGV $100 Bonus Cash Back Ken Dawes roller blinds external sun screens external sun screens rialto shutters plantation shutters kiri timber blinds ORDER NOW IN TIME FOR SUMMER #& )NDUSTRIES ",. # 2340595 27/9
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