Organised Bliss

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Over the last few weeks as I’ve prepared for my move, I’ve been an organizational whirlwind. Boxes of old knick-knacks, household items and clothes that have seen their better day have been divided and sent to the charity shops, dumped in the recycling bins, given to friends and when beyond repair gone into the garbage! The best thing one can do to organize their home is to move often – 6 moves in 12 ½ years has proven this to me! As I was sorting through our filing cabinet this morning (in what started as a search for my marriage license which will be needed by the Immigration dept for my German residency but ended in a wholesale clean-out of more than a decade of unnecessarily saved or misfiled items), I thought “Why didn’t I hire Organizational Expert Jenni van Heyningen to come help with my pre-move prep? She could have saved me so much time and I ‘m certain her way is better than mine!”

I’ve asked Jenni to speak at numerous International Women’s Club events and yet until this morning in my pre-move madness she’d slipped my mind. If only I’d been on top of things she could have saved me loads of work and helped me prepare for my new life in Germany – giving me an edge on the German efficiency & organized lifestyle I’m about to embrace! Not wanting you to make the same mistake I did, I thought I would write a quick post to introduce you to Jenni of Organised Bliss so that next time Holland-based readers are planning to get organized, you think to give this expert a call!

Jenni, the charming South African-born owner of Organised-Bliss, comes to your home and helps you assess your problem areas, sort and categorize items and then decide what you really need to keep and which of your precious items someone else could make better use of. Rather than me telling you about her services read on…. in Jenni’s own words as she describes what she can help you do.

The Antiques Diva

Organised Bliss writes:

Diva Readers – It’s 2009 and it’s time to get organized!!

Another year has gone by and this year is going to be different because you are going to GET ORGANISED once and for all! You have been living with clutter and have become frustrated because you feel your home or office should be more organized. Well, now is the time to get started and finish the job!

You may want to:

  • Improve the way you organize your personal administration so that you can work smarter and more efficiently.
  • Re-organize your clothing cupboard and finally get rid of (or donate/sell) the clothes that you haven’t worn in many years.
  • Change the storage units in your children’s rooms. This will make it easier for them to put their own toys away and also to ensure that all their toys / books / cds have a permanent, practical place. It’s amazing how much quicker the tidying up process takes if each thing has a practical place.
  • Organize your living room so that it can be a place of relaxation and enjoyment instead of a room that has a little bit of everything in it.
  • Ensure that everything you have has a permanent, practical place – you will then notice how much easier your daily routine will be because you will know where to find things and where to put them back.
  • You may feel that it is TIME to clear all the clutter or unnecessary things that you have. This may be the many collectable items you have gathered over the years, or all the clothing that you have not worn for years, or magazines/cds that need to be sorted out (and given to a second hand store or donated to an old-age home).
  • You may want to organize your time better – this may include time spent on work or household things vs. time socializing with friends or family.

Benefits of being organized are many:

  • Not only will you have a more practical / organized home or office, you will also feel psychologically better as you won’t have “the mess” on the back of your mind each day and the disappointment that “you still haven’t sorted things out”. Remember that an organized home = an organized mind.
  • You will also feel a remarkable difference in your daily routine (especially is you have school-going children) as you won’t have to frantically search for their things 2 minutes before they have to leave for school. You will know where to find it because it will have a permanent, practical storage place.


Organised Bliss can help you achieve your goals, quickly and efficiently!

Contact Jenni van Heyningen for more information or to make an appointment for a free assessment.

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One Minute Diva – Del Mar, California

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My friend Kelli at A Rendez Vous with Style wrote a diva-worthy blog this week on shopping at the chic and arty shops in Del Mar, California. My favorite among her selections was a sneak peek into a boutique called Bon Bon. Bon Bon offers an array of delightful comforts for your home including luxurious linens from Bella Notte, House Inc., and My Blankee. They have plump down-filled sofas and chairs, custom draperies and a fabulous selection of vintage chandeliers and custom lighting, not to mention oodles of statuary and iron garden elements! To read more diva-worthy shopping tips on the best boutiques in and around Del Mar, California, visit Kelli’s blog today!

The Antiques Diva™

Taking a Page Out of the Dutch Book of Organizational Design!

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>As a collector, I find myself on a continual quest to keep my home tidy while using, in a creative or decorative way, all the items I lug home from vacations, antique fairs and flea markets. It’s a constant battle between my inner creative diva and my anal-retentive side that insists everything in my home must have a place and be kept in perfect order.

While visiting a clog factory north of Amsterdam, I found the perfect way to display my tourist clogs while at the same time solving a necessary organizational problem in my home.

Clogs (antique, new, vintage or used) are the perfect accessory for decorating the walls of your work room. Simply store your tools, paint brushes, art supplies or gardening accessories inside the wooden clogs. Attach a wall-hanging hook to the back of a pair (or two or three) of clogs toma+clogs.jpg”>toma+clogs.jpg” border=”0″ />and hang them from a nail in your office or atelier for an inventive and creative home storage solution! This kills the proverbial two birds with one stone by giving you reason to display your holiday souvenir while finding a much needed decorative storage space for utilitarian items.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to work I go….

The Antiques Diva™