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Do you have a mountain of dirty laundry sitting on your floor, dishes in the sink, work deadlines all over your diary and feel totally overwhelmed? Join the club.

Let’s face it, organising our lives can be hectic, tedious and downright exhausting. You’re only human, and we all need a little help sometimes.

Introducing Ireland’s first trained Professional Organiser

Sarah Reynolds is an expert in organisation and the owner of Dublin’s first professional de-cluttering and organising business- Organised Chaos.

Organised Chaos was established in 2010 during Sarah’s career sabbatical.

Having always been passionate about organising, she decided to follow this passion and develop her business idea which she had close to her heart for nearly fifteen years.

As the first trained Professional Organiser in Ireland, she experienced the business first hand under the personal guidance of America’s number one Professional Organiser, Julie Morgenstern in New York.

Sarah has been helping home owners and companies reach their full potential through effective organisation by transforming oppressive spaces into functional, productive and stylish places to live and work.

Sarah has some fabulous advice to help you go from feeling overwhelmed to calm and in control by tweaking just a few minor things in your daily routine.

-Make sure you have a great diary that you are up to date at all times, or else keep your lists of chores digitally online so you can’t lose them.

– Analyse all your tasks and pinpoint the ones that stress you out the most.

If you work out a plan to simplify your chores based on the level of importance, you’ll find that getting the worst one out of the way will allow your brain to think.

– By planning your menu for the coming week and doing only one big grocery shop per week, this will spare you so much frustration and uncertainty when you come back from work tired and hungry.

– If you’re working a full-time job, you can bet it will be difficult to find time to clean and tidy your whole house in a single mega-cleaning session.

We recommend tackling it one room or chore at a time, to make it easier on yourself.

-Have everything you need for the next day packed before you go to bed, to ensure you're not totally stressed in the morning rush. This way, you won't forget anything important for work.


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-Let’s face it, most of us spend silly amounts of time stuck in our cars on commutes to work or running errands.

Keep extra supplies in the car, like spare outfits for after those sweaty gym sessions or extra grocery bags, we guarantee you'll be glad you did it.

-Minimise distractions as much as possible. Turn off your phone, clear your head and focus on the task directly at hand without texts or noises pulling you away.

-Dirt and dust collects in cluttered places, and you can’t hoover over strewn clothes everywhere.

We all have ‘The Chair’ in our bedrooms that we throw every single item of clothing over after a long day, but its time for the chair to only be used for sitting.

-Throw out any clothes that you haven’t worn in over a year. If it’s been that long, the chances are that you won’t be wearing them anytime soon! Make more space in your closet, and donate anything you don’t need to charity shops.

-Prioritise your happiness and learn to say no.

Make time for yourself, practice mindfulness, yoga or meditation to add some much needed relaxation, or else keep some days free per month for date night.

-Make room in your life for your friends, and don’t forget to have some fun.

Nights out with your girlfriends are a rare luxury for busy mums, but everyone needs some friendship to ease the burdens of everyday life.

Arrange a shopping trip, cocktail evening or even just a coffee, and we promise you’ll feel rejuvenated. Sometimes you just need a good mate to vent to.

You can’t declutter your house, schedule or your mind without focusing on you.

Remember, if you can’t organise yourself, how can you expect to organise everyone else? Consistency is key, and balance is the goal.

Check out Sarah’s new book ‘Organised – Simple Tips to Declutter your House, your Schedule and your Mind’ for advice on how organisation can improve our home and family life, workplace productivity, time management and overall wellbeing.

Sarah has regular television and radio appearances, as well as contributing to renowned publications such as Image, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent and the Irish Tatler among others.

To contact her for speaking engagements, send her an email, and make sure to have a look at her website and blog here for some great tips




If you find you start every morning thinking "I have nothing to wear," despite having a wardrobe so full you can barely close it, then it may be time to shake things up.

Minimalist style blogger Anuschka Rees from INTO MIND has the perfect solution to disorganised dressing, and she calls it the "method" approach. Put simply, most of us dress and plan our outfits in one of four key ways and if you can identify the process you use the most, it can completely change the way you shop… and the way you look at your wardrobe.

Here is the breakdown of Anuschka's system, plus some tips we've put together on how to make it work for you.

1. The Modular Approach
What it is: Modular dressers generally find they can mix and match most pieces in their wardrobe – that top with this skirt, those jeans with that jacket, that dress with those shoes. Of course, some pieces go together better than others, but for the most part you can throw on whatever's clean and you'll still be happy with how you look.

How to shop: Take a look through your wardrobe and identify any colour schemes you see more than others. Do you wear a lot of blacks and greys for example? Do you choose bold colours over pastels? Work on developing a more honed-down style and make sure the colours in your wardrobe work well together.

2. The Set Outfits Approach
What it is: You generally have a number of go-to outfits made up of pieces that work well together. This can be anything from an entire outfit (eg. jeans, top, accessories, shoes, jacket) to one piece that you know you love wearing with another piece, like those jeans you'd never dream of wearing without your leather belt.

How to shop: First, organise your closet into the "sets" you use most often to make dressing easier. Take a look at the outfits you wear the most, and when you're shopping consider buying seconds or similar pieces, so that if a certain crop top shrinks in the wash, you don't have to ditch the skirt you usually wear with it, too.

3. The Uniform Approach
What it is: While your wardrobe has a good mix of colours and styles, you generally stick to the same basic formula eg. dress, tights and ankle boots, or jeans, tee and blazer.

How to shop: If you can easily still mix and match within your wardrobe, you should find you still have a huge range of potential outfits to choose from. Next time you're shopping, work on defining your "uniform" and choose items that work well within your colour palette.

4. The Neutrals & Statement Pieces Approach
What it is: For you, dressing is all about balance. You'll team a bold sweater with your basic black skinnies, or a plain tee with a vibrant skirt. Of course, everyone's idea of what is a "statement" or a "neutral" piece varies, and it all depends on your own style.

How to shop: Work on having a solid foundation of basic pieces to choose from, like good quality jeans, t-shirts and more. Then you don't have to feel guilty about splashing out on that emoji sweater – you've loads of things to wear it with!

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