Organisation is the key to success
It’s sometimes life’s simplest of moments that end up living forever in a heart-filled pocket of our mind, helping to shape the way we blossom into adults. At the time these moments seem to camouflage throughout our everyday adventures, but upon reflection they shine ever so brightly as one of life's northern stars.
For Fleur, one of these memories includes a banner that hung in her grade 3 classroom, reading ‘Organisation is the key to success’; a motto that remains to this day, tightly held by Fleur. Also holding this sentiment close to their hearts, is Melbourne-based duo behind Interior Organisation, and two friends of the Fleur Harris community, Nadia and Maxine.
Sitting in a sun-drenched pocket of Fleur’s garden and sharing in a pot of tea, Fleur spoke with Nadia and Maxine and asked for tips when organising one of the greatest sources of disorder in a child’s room - their wardrobe.
Each with two little ones of their own, Nadia and Maxine certainly know a thing or two about messy rooms and how to manage them, jumping in quickly to offer, ‘it’s not about being perfect, it’s about function that works for you.’
‘If everything has a home and you get in the habit of returning things to their home after using them, life becomes a lot less chaotic’ - Nadia and Maxine, Interior Organisation.
To achieve this, Nadia and Maxine recommend good storage, good habits and ‘labels, labels, labels!’ As one of the most common causes of clutter in their mini client’s wardrobes being that they are overflowing with items that are no longer being worn, the duo suggest ‘a wardrobe edit’ be completed every 6 months. To do this, Nadia and Maxine recommend pulling every item out by category, ‘beginning with socks and underwear and working through each category.’
Giving you the perfect chance to vacuum or wipe out the drawer/cupboard while it’s empty, this process plays perfectly for the time poor, with the option to tackle one drawer at a time. Addressing each item from the category using three simple questions, each item is then re-categorised:
1: Does it still fit them?
2: Will they wear it? (Often children will have both favourites and pieces they refuse to wear), and
3: How many of these items do I have in total - and keep only what you need.
For the pieces that don’t make the cut? Nadia and Maxine divide the unwanted items into two categories: ‘donate/pass on’ and ‘recycle’. For those items ready to be passed on to younger siblings, ‘either a box or basket with a label on the outside clearly marking what size it is, stored in the recipient’s room’ is best, whilst Rebel Sport and H&M are two retail hubs who accept shoes and clothes respectively, for recycling.
One of the greatest benefits of providing a sense of new-found order to a child’s room, Nadine and Maxine believe, is the ‘pride it instils in them in their own space, offering a sense of independence as they master learning to manage their own belongings.’