Do you want to know how she does it?

Do you want to know how she does it? SYDNEY, NSW, November 3, 2011 – AS A busy mum, successful business woman and devoted wife, Valerie Petersen is constantly asked: “how do you do it all?’’. That’s not to say the Sydney woman’s life isn’t unlike Sarah Jessica Parker’s rather frazzled character in the new Hollywood film I Don’t Know How She Does It, released nationally tomorrow. But she has mastered a few skills, which she now passes on to help hundreds of ordinary Australian mums keep on top of that ever-present “to do’’ list.  Valerie said there were two secrets to her success: “ if it’s not in the diary it’s not going to happen” and “a routine life is not a boring life”. These messages are part of the motivational workshops she runs nationally to educate stay-at-home and working mums in the processes for an organised life. She said one of the recurring questions was: “How can we do it all?’’ She said it wasn’t about attaining perfection, but about getting your “stuff’’ together – work, family and everything in between. “Yes, things fall apart,’’ she said. “Just because I’m known for being organised, doesn’t mean my life is perfect. Appearance wise, I look in control. I’m like that duck gliding peacefully on top of the water, all the while under the water I’m paddling like a mad woman. But when things do fall apart, I know it’s not the end of the world. That’s just life.’’ How Valerie “does it’’: Declutter weekly, because paper clutter can cost money (up to $3000 a year). Use products that...