10 great father’s day gift ideas

If you are after a Father’s Day gift that’s a little different and might even help keep Dad organised, then look no further. Father’s Day is only a few days away so here’s my 10 top gift ideas, with something for every type of Dad.

  1. Personalised Wooden Coin Tray
Fathers Day Gift - Wooden Coin Tray

Fathers Day Gift – Wooden Coin Tray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a stylish and practical wooden coin tray that you can personalise with initial’s and message of your choice. A great storage solution, this wooden tray is the perfect  place to keep keys, change and accessories.

It’s not too big either, the solid beech wooden tray measures 13cm x 13cm x 2.5cm and is 1cm deep.

 

  1. Super Hero Dad
Fathers Day Gift - Super Hero Poster

Fathers Day Gift – Super Hero Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A super print to let Dad know how special he is (even if he can’t fly or climb up walls).

 

  1. V8 Race Car Driving
Fathers Day Gift - V8 Race Car Driving

Fathers Day Gift – V8 Race Car Driving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go V8 racing for the ultimate thrill. This V8 driving experience will have you strapped in and raring to go for a spectacular 4 laps around a real racetrack. Dad will be taught pro driving techniques and talked through his experience through an intercom, getting him up to speeds of up to 200kph!

 

  1. Massage and Footbath for Dad
Fathers Day Gift - Massage Voucher

Fathers Day Gift – Massage Voucher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A soothing spa hour designed specifically for blokes. Step into a relaxing day spa and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Combine a massage with a relaxing footbath will leave him feeling like a new person.

 

 

  1. Gold Class Movie Tickets
Fathers Day Gold Class Movie

Fathers Day Gold Class Movie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dad can enjoy an afternoon or evening at the movies in style. Gold Class Cinemas features luxury reclining seats and state of the art cinema technology, a full service bar and gourmet food with personal waiter service.

 

  1. Garage Make Over

Instead of another boring tie or DVD try a gift that is a little more practical. Dad’s love gifts that they can use over and over again, especially if it helps them organise their favorite places in the house. And, if you’ve ever spent any time in a disorganised man cave or a messy garage you will know how helpful a little organisation can be. Get Dads  garage decluttered and organised by a professional organiser. Contact the experts at organising, The Lifestylers Group.

Gift vouchers available.

 

  1. Virtual Reality Headset
Fathers Day Virtual Reality Headset

Fathers Day Virtual Reality Headset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A totally immersive digital experience from the comfort of his favorite chair. Because getting up is the last thing Dad wants to do. Buy and watch hundreds of Hollywood movies & TV shows in Oculus Cinema. In Oculus Video, watch 2D videos including trailers, clips, and your own movie files in a completely new way. You can choose from multiple VR theater environments including a home theater or a huge screen theater.

 

  1. Classic Shades
 Fathers Day Ray Band Sunnies

Fathers Day Ray Band Sunnies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect for the classic Dad. Gold RAY-BAN Aviator Sunglasses available at Sunglass Hut.

 

 

  1. Sneakers

    Fathers Day Sneakers

    Fathers Day Sneakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They’re not just for hipsters anymore. Check out these Green Suede Sneakers for Dad.

 

 

  1. Office Make Over

Get Dads office organised once and for all. A professional organiser will declutter, sort and get his office looking schmick and organised. Gift vouchers are available.

Contact us for more information.

 

Declutter and prepare your home for sale

There is a lot to do when you declutter and prepare your home for sale. So I have broken the tasks you need to declutter and organise down into 4 manageable parts (1) the outside, (2), the inside declutter (3) furniture placement, and (4) on the day.

A little bit of planning, organising and decluttering your home for sale can have a big impact on the bottom line. Remember, you only have one chance to make a first impression when people come to view your home so you want it to be the right one. Plus, as you know house hunters will often do a “drive by” of properties before they attend open for inspections, so first impressions counts.

Declutter and prepare your home for sale – Start with the outside

Preparing your house for sale

Preparing your house for sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image credit: http://www.realestate.com.au/

Prepare a maintenance and declutter list and write down everything that needs to be done in the front garden. Do you need to address any of the following:?

  • Gardening – either a tidy up or removing and replanting
  • Lawn mowing
  • Roll up any hoses and place tools out of site
  • Painting including the front fence, house and front door
  • Fix up or replace the mail box
  • Fix the front fence/gate
  • Wash down the outside of the house
  • Wash the windows
  • Wipe down or paint any outdoor furniture
  • Place some pot plants around the garden/patio/front entrance (my tip is to plant full-size, bright annuals that will provide immediate colour)
  • Replace the front door knocker, knob or other hardware if it looks worn out
  • Clean up any clutter, debris, toys and gardening gear from the side of the house (remember people will poke around everywhere so there is no hiding anything).
  • Purchase a new door mat.

How’s the view

  • Take the time to think about the best attributes of your garden by standing inside your home and seeing what buyers will see when they are standing inside your house. What do you see from the window above the kitchen sink or the biggest window in your living room?
  • Do you need to think about creating an outside focal point to draw buyers’ attention to the landscaping? For example, by planting bright flowers in the garden will help draw the eye of outside. Or, if the view is not that great, do you  need to consider putting up a screen, hedging or plants?
  • Are bushes overgrown and blocking out light from coming into the home?

Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression, so you want it to be the right one. Writing down your maintenance and declutter requirements helps you to get organised and stay organised when you are decluttering and preparing your home for sale.

Also, you will then identify that some tasks will need to be done before others, so a little bit of pre planning will save you time and ensure everything will happen when it’s meant to. For example, you will want to paint before you wash the windows.

It’s also worth considering that in the spring time, you might need to book a more regular gardening service or make sure the lawns are mowed more often.

If you find that the process to declutter and prepare your home for sale is too hard or overwhelming then contact The Lifestylers Group. We can help declutter and get your home ready for sale. Click here to contact us.

8 ways to organise your laundry

The laundry is often a small space so having it well organised is essential. So that often means looking at utilising some creative storage solutions to help maximise the space you have. I hope that these 8 ways to organise your laundry give you some inspiration.

8 ways to organise your laundry

 

 1. Go vertical – put shelves or cupboards above your bench

By putting shelves above your bench you can create more storage space. They can be easily fixed to the wall by a handyman and can store things like cleaning product, toilet rolls and towels. It’s a great solution to help organise your laundry.

Organise the laundry with shelves

Organise my laundry with shelves

Organise my laundry with cupboards

Organise my laundry with cupboards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Go for front loading appliances

If you stack your front loading washing machine on top of your dryer you can save valuable space.

Space saving ways to organise your laundry

Space saving ways to organise your laundry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Bench space and more bench space

Place your front loader washing machine and dryer side by side under your bench top. This creates extra bench space and provides room for you to fold and organise your clothes. This helps avoids the dining room table from becoming a dumping ground for clothes and keeps your laundry organised too.

Organised laundry

Organised laundry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Organise your laundry baskets

Most people will do a load of whites, then a load of colours and then a load of dark clothing. You can set up this system by using 3 different baskets. Clearly label each one with the category. Now all you have to do is get the kids (and hubby) to put their clothes in the right basket when they take them off. (Which could be more challenging than you think!).

Baskets to help organise your laundry

Baskets to help organise your laundry

Over head baskets to organise your laundry

Overhead baskets to organise your laundry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baskets to help keep your laundry organised

Use baskets to help keep your laundry organised

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image credit: http://www.amazinginteriordesign.com/15-awesome-laundry-room-storage-organization-hacks/

 

5. Drying lines are great

Install a drying line, such as a rail, or a fold down or retractable drying line in your laundry. They take up very little space and are the perfect solution for drying clothes during winter. They help keep wet laundry out of the living room and keep everything organised in one spot.

Drying racks in your laundry

Drying racks in your laundry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image credit: http://www.amazinginteriordesign.com/15-awesome-laundry-room-storage-organization-hacks/

 

6. Create extra storage under your washing machine

Yes, that’s right. These units are perfect if you have a front loader washing machine. Your front loader washing machine sits on the unit. Not only does it lift up your washing machine making bending over and putting clothes in easy, but it also provides valuable storage space as well in a small laundry. This clever stand features a heavy duty steel construction. It also has a lockable child proof sliding drawer and adjustable locking feet that make it safe and sturdy, especially if there are kids in the house.

Washing machine stand

Washing machine stand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image credit: https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/easy-living-front-load-washer-stand-with-drawer-ws1

 

Another solution to help keep your laundry organised is to have a custom made storage solution like this one built. If you need some assistance to help organise your laundry, then we can help organise it.

Organised laundry

7 ways to organise your laundry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7.  Give your laundry some personality

Just because it’s your laundry doesn’t mean that you cannot have some fun and decorate the space.

Organise and decorate your laundry

Organise and decorate your laundry

8 ways to organise your laundry

8 ways to organise your laundry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Image credit: makingitinthemitten.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/laundry-room-chalkboard-printable.html

 

8. Doors and more space

Maximise the hidden space behind the door with these clever storage solutions that will help organise your laundry.

Your laundry organised

Your laundry organised

Organise a laundry without cupboards

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Ways to organise my laundry

8 ways to organise my laundry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I hope that I have given you some inspiration with 8 ways to organise your laundry. However, if you are still struggling to organise your laundry, then contact The Lifestylers Group. Since 2005 we have been helping to organise every room in the home – the kitchen, office, laundry and bedrooms and have a wealth of ideas and knowledge to share. Based in Melbourne, our professional organising service can also assist in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

 

 

 

 

6 stylish storage ottomans

I’m a big fan of storage solutions that not only help to keep your belongings organised, but have a dual purpose and look good too. I recently did a home office organising job and we used a gorgeous white leather ottoman in the office to store files. It looked great, was functional and ensured that there was no loose papers and files lying around the newly decluttered and organised office.

So I thought I would put together 6 stylish storage ottomans which can be used for storing things like spare blankets and cushions in.

Ikea Storage Ottoman

Ikea Storage Ottoman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This storage ottoman works just as well in the living room, hallway or bedroom. It has storage space under the seat. Plus, the cover is easy to keep clean as it is removable and can be machine washed. It’s both a stylish and practical bench that gives a warm, cosy feeling.

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/S29129333/

Cost: $399

 

When style matters – Linen fabric storage ottoman

Ottoman Storage

Linen Ottoman Storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern and practical, this Life Linen Fabric Storage Ottoman is the perfect designer furniture piece for any bedroom, study room or home living decor. Not only great as a foot stool, it also offers generous storage space to store any unused items and declutter the room.

http://www.templeandwebster.com.au/i.Life-Ottoman-Storage-Foot-Stool-ILIF2780.html

Cost $125.00

 

After a deep chocolate brown look?

Ottoman Storage

Chocolate Ottoman Storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then look no further. Offering more than meets the eye, the Jeremy Storage Ottoman from Resort Living provides stylish seating for your space while creating hidden storage for household items. The lift-up lid provides generous storage space for household linens and cushions.

https://www.zanui.com.au/Jeremy-Storage-Ottoman-108885.html

Cost: $109.95

When style matters

Ottoman Storage

Plush Ottoman Storage

 

 

 

 

Refresh your home with a beautiful ottoman from the Plush range. They add instant colour, style and storage with the Roller Storage Ottoman. This one is available in a wide range of decorator fabrics too, so it will match any decor.

https://www.plush.com.au/roller-storage

POA.

 

Is vintage more your look?

Ottoman Storage

Vintage Ottoman Storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add some vintage charm to your décor with this faux leather and brass Owen Storage Trunk.  It looks great, is upholstered in linen fabric, providing exceptional softness and durability. It’s a stylish form of storage that can hold anything from linens to shoes to books. This size is perfect for the living room, bedroom or reading nook.

https://www.zanui.com.au/Owen-Storage-Trunk-Large-132515.html

Cost: $699

 

Space for more than just your feet

Ottoman Storage, declutter, organise

Ikea storage ottoman

 

 

 

 

As well as that extra put-your-feet-up comfort, they make great seats for guests, too. Plus, you can put things like magazines and toys in them.  But best of all, with this one they have a range of coordinated covers which makes it easy for you to give your furniture a new look. The covers are easy to keep them clean as they can be removable and machine washed.

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/categories/departments/living_room/20926/

Cost: $249

15 things to declutter now

Decluttering doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, decluttering can be made really simply. Below is a list of common items found in most homes that we don’t need. So, set some time aside and start your declutter. You may even like to declutter one of these items each day. It won’t take long and best of all, by doing this it will help clear the clutter in your home.

  1. Hangers from the drycleaners
  2. Plastic shopping bags
  3. Old makeup you haven’t worn in ages
  4. Shoes that aren’t comfortable
  5. Clothes that are stained
  6. Old electrical appliances
  7. Cables from electrical items you no longer use
  8. Warranty manuals written in foreign languages
  9. Cookbooks you never use
  10. Complicated recipes you will never cook
  11. Books you will never re-read
  12. Bad photos
  13. Junk mail
  14. Old newspapers
  15. Out of date medicine

Once you have done your declutter you then need to make sure you deal with the items. Some drycleaners will reuse the hangers. So put them in your car and drop them off next time you are out. You might be able to drop off your old cookbooks at a local charity. Again, put them in your car, ready to be dropped off. The rest of the items will probably just go straight into the rubbish bin. Just don’t get into the habit of leaving the items at the front door ready to take out next time you go. Somehow they always seem to make their way back into the house (I have seen this happen all the time with clients).

If you complete this list of 15 things to declutter now, you are on the way to having a clutter free home.

Your clutter is our business. The Lifestylers Group is a professional organising service that specialises in decluttering and organising homes (bedrooms, kids bedrooms, kitchens, pantry’s, offices and garages) and life’s in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.