Stay stylishly organised with the Inner-B Mum Organiser

Stay stylishly organised with the Inner-B Mum Organiser Sydney, NSW – Modern day, busy mums looking for a stylish alternative to better balance their daily schedule of family, work and home life are increasingly looking to the Inner-B Mum Organiser ($44.95). The chic, but practical compendium is based on the concept a routine and organised life is not a boring life. Designed by Inner-B director, organising educator and Sydney mum Valerie Petersen, it has become a popular product for real mums seeking to declutter, organise and simplify their busy lives. The Organiser also adds a little colour to a mum’s day through three gorgeous colour options – fuschia, lime green and turquoise blue. “I understand how the language of colour can make a mum feel certain emotions, such as striking a chord to achieve goals or feel inspired,’’ Valerie said. Appealing to mums needing to stay on top of all elements of their life – including finding time for themselves –  the week-to-a-view planner provides space to write appointments, to-do lists, birthdays, anniversaries, children’s activities or planning for family dinners and outings. The bonus 50-page lifestyle resource is full of useful tools and information, including health and fitness, entertaining, travel, family medical information, passwords, My Brilliant Ideas and the favourite My Dilemmas. New mums also benefit by being able to keep track and manage their baby’s routine. “It doesn’t take long to realise that you’re not just a mum, but your baby’s PA too,’’ Valerie said. The organiser allows mums to stay on top of every single medical appointment, check-up and social outing. It even includes an immunisation schedule....

The 12 tips of Christmas

The 12 Tips of Christmas Keeping your home and life organised during the busiest season of the year SYDNEY, NSW, December 12, 2011 – THERE is a mere 12 days until Christmas, yet many to-do lists are still overflowing with things to do. Inner-B director, organising educator and Sydney mum Valerie Petersen said they key was to break things down into smaller tasks. 1.            Start Early. As a busy mum, one way to keep your sanity during the festive season is to start on Christmas shopping early. In fact, if you haven’t already started, now is a great time to do it. Use your diary to schedule in some shopping times  (whether you plan to go out or shop in your PJs, which I highly recommend by the way), and keep a list of what you bought for whom. 2.            Organise Decorations and Miscellany. If you’re new to the idea of organisation or have struggled with it in the past, then it’s time to dig out all those boxes of Christmas decorations and bring some order to the chaos. Separate Christmas tree decorations from the others. Box gift wrap and ribbons together in a separate container, and start storing your presents in additional boxes. 3.            Make a Christmas Tool Box. You’ll need a standard set of tools along with the gift wrap, bows, and decorations as you prepare for Christmas. Fill a box with items including rolls of double-sided tape, Scotch tape, scissors, pliers, wire cutters, permanent markers, smear-proof ink pens, Velcro, spare Christmas light bulbs, extension cords, tissue paper, miscellaneous small cardboard boxes, self-adhesive labels, and a notebook....

Declutter your way to a Christmas bonus

De-clutter your way to a Christmas bonus SYDNEY, NSW, November 30, 2011 – THE days of the boss handing out a big fat Christmas bonus may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself one. Many sink themselves further into debt over the festive season, when decluttering their home – and life – could lead to a tidy Christmas lump sum. Inner-B director, organising educator and Sydney mum Valerie Petersen said it was about deciding the total amount needed to cover your Christmas budget and working towards achieving that. “If $1600 is needed to cover your Christmas costs, then divide that by 11 months – January to November. It becomes more achievable to work towards finding and saving $115 per month for next Christmas. It also means you don’t leave Christmas behind feeling like you owe heaps of money.’’ While this Christmas is just mere weeks away, Valerie said there was still an opportunity to receive a self-made bonus. Here are Valerie’s tips: Don’t pay more than you need to for bills As soon as a bill is late, it is common practise for companies to charge a late fee. By paying an extra $5 on top of bills regularly, you could be paying anywhere up to $50 by Christmas. Give wardrobes and kids cupboards an overhaul This time of year people are in spend mode, so it’s the ideal opportunity to go through that wardrobe or cupboard and sell items you no longer want or need. Try garage sales, eBay and baby and toddler markets. She said eBay success could often be dictated by the...

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...