Is your home looking tired? Are you feeling uninspired? The good news is you don’t need a total home renovation in order to change things up. There are plenty of easy and inexpensive things you can do to your home that will make it look bright and fresh again. And the good news is there are also plenty of budget ideas that are earth-friendly too.
Professional Organiser Ulrike Cao shares a few simple tips she has picked up over the last few years of organising homes and wardrobes, which can significantly cut down on the volume and duration of the ironing task.
Professional Organiser Leanne Barker shares her step by step guide of what she did to implement her laundry routine and some hints and tricks she has learnt along the way.
Susanne Gray a first time mum to be, enlisted the help of Professional Organiser Anita Birges from mise en place to set up her nursery in time for the delivery of her baby.
Although it is the dream of many to have a large, walk in style pantry, a large space is not essential to create a functioning and organised pantry. Even the smallest and most awkward of spaces can be practical and functional.
Is your wardrobe bursting at the seams - yet you still can’t find a thing to wear? Rather than wrestling with a lion every morning, try taming your wardrobe into a seasonal one and start off your day in a positive way.
Nicola Evans, Professional Organiser from 'Sort it Now' shares her Favourite Howards Organiser......Howards Storage World has so many great products to solve your organising challenges so it’s hard to choose just one favourite! However, the latest addition to my favourite products is the new Evovac Suction storage range as it provides flexible storage around the home and can be installed and reused again and again as your needs change.
We can all make some changes in our lives that will also have an impact on our environmental footprint. Here are some great ideas that are simple, effective and eco-friendly.
Marianne had a corner in her Kitchen that was being used as an open pantry. With kids and working, she felt that it was difficult to keep things tidy.
We spend a lot of money on our shoes. Storing them correctly will not only keep them in tip top shape, you will be able to see what you have and will extend the life of them. LOVE your shoes, and give them the home they deserve.
This pantry had a mix of drawers and shelves and with the addition of a few key organisers and a little organising know how, they were sorted in no time!
Article by Georgia Madden featured on houzz - With the world currently in the grip of Marie Kondo organising mania, you might be wondering if your home could benefit from a little decluttering magic......
Keep lunches bacteria free with an insulated lunch bag and avoid the soggy school bags with a leak proof Dink bottle. Here is the best of Howards Lunch Bags/boxes and Drink Bottles!
We all want to make things a little easier and enjoy stress free entertaining so we can enjoy the occasion and spend time with those we love.
We are so generous at Christmas with gift giving. Time is so precious to all of us, maybe it's time to think outside the box and give the gift of organisation this Christmas.
The one storage dilemma that can get even the best organising buff in knots has to be Jewellery! With so many beautiful options, which storage is best for your space? And what types of items do you need to store? But it's not just how they are stored, is it? You also want to make sure you're taking the best care of those precious jewels.
The good news is your home does not have to look like a tip! There are plenty of practical and stylish options to organise your recyclables around the home, that will not break your budget. To store your recyclables successfully, you need to consider space, looks, convenience and of course, what to recycle.
Thinking about what type of Christmas you want to have now, and planning to make that happen, is a good start to dealing with the overwhelm.
The school canteen is often a very important part of the school community, going far beyond simply serving good food efficiently. Its a vibrant place where students, teachers, volunteers and canteen staff all come together.
Do you wish your fruit and vegetables would last longer, instead of continuously throwing them out? This ingeniously designed Swag Produce Storage Bag will keep your fruit and veggies fresher and nutrient rich for longer.
This Laundry Rescue with professional Organiser Anita Birges, has completely changed the way this family uses this space. What's more, the laundry is not only functional, it looks great too!
Your wardrobe is the first thing you see everyday, and sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you are running late because you cant find what you want to wear, then chances are, you are stressed and overwhelmed - even before you have stepped out the door!
In all its multipurpose glory, the garage is a space that is often under utilised, but it is full of potential. In these nine easy steps, you can tackle this project in one go, or focus on one step at a time.
It’s Spring! Sun and warmth are replacing cold and gloom, and we’re gradually emerging from hibernation.......
Goodbye Winter…Hello Spring! Effective archiving will help you to eliminate clutter, provide valuable space in your cupboard and ensure your items remain fresh until they are needed again. Archive your clothes the right way with this handy guide.
As parents we want the best for our kids and for them to grow to be the best versions of themselves. A good education is also important but this is not just limited to the classroom. There are so many learning opportunities within the family home that get overlooked......
Meet Evovac. Evovac employs a new vacuum fusion technology to offer unparalleled suction. Perfect for DIYers, renters and the style conscious....
TOP 5 ORGANISING TIPS TO MAKE TAXES LESS TAXING! By Nicola Evans, Professional Organiser and Member of IOPO With the end of the financial year just ending, the task of doing your tax return might feel daunting - especially if you have paperwork and receipts scattered everywhere! Instead of letting stress take over, why not seize the opportunity to get your tax paperwork organised by putting a system in place that you can follow throughout the new financial year? By breaking the job down into manageable tasks, with some of these easy to follow tips, doing your next tax return will be far less stressful. Who knows, if that isn’t incentive enough, you might even discover you are eligible for a tax refund or at least a reduced tax bill!
Time. It’s a precious commodity. With busy work schedules, ever present family demands, domestic chores and the occasional social activity; finding time, saving time and using our time wisely have all become common catchphrases. So what if we could give some of it back? It’s all in the laundry and in particular, the way you iron…
Clutter can be defined as belongings that you own that aren’t needed, used or loved, and get in your way as you try to live around them. They are things that overwhelm you, annoy you and cramp up your home. Clutter can come from many sources and take many forms.
Professional Organiser, Amy Kennedy from The Organising Bee explores clever ways to turn awkward spaces into functional and practical storage spaces
The laundry can very quickly become a catch all space, where we hide away those items we cleared from our kitchen benchtops when guests arrive or those bits & pieces that you simply don’t know where else to store. So how do you go about creating a space that is not only functional but an organised space that’s not overloaded with unnecessary content?
Howards Expert Organiser Cathy Player teamed up with Houzz to answer common questions about wardrobe organisation. Here are her top tips to sort your wardrobe and save you time every day!
When it comes to making rubbish look good, it’s all in the bin. Here at Howards we have a bin for all occasions. Whether you’re after a slimline, wall mount, in-cupboard, family sized or recycling bin we can solve your rubbish needs. The thing is, our solutions not only look great, they’re engineered for longevity. Here we put the spotlight on a few collections from our range….
If you’re thinking you don’t have the time to organise your home, think again. Professional Organiser Robyn Amott shows us how small changes around the home can make a big difference.
Simple fixes around the home, can make a big difference to how we feel in our home. If you have a space that isn't working for you, a complete overhaul is not always needed, a simple fix can be the answer.
The New Year often brings thoughts of starting fresh and resolutions. How do we stick with and maintain these thoughts throughout the year?
Here are some great Christmas decorations storage solutions from Professional Organiser Anita Birges, that will have your precious items stored beautifully until next year!
Whatever your holiday style, whether it be relaxing by a resort pool or outdoor adventuring, getting there should be as enjoyable as the destination. Here are a few top tips to ensure your next holiday will be super easy, stress free and fun. Safe travels!
There's no need to feel overwhelmed each year when Christmas rolls around. A little pre-planning and a Countdown Checklist will take the stress out of Christmas and allow you to enjoy the day!
Like to make Christmas a little less stressful? Here are 10 things that will help you have the best Christmas yet.
Storage for your pots and pans is usually the number 1 problem in the kitchen, here we help you solve this perennial problem.
With innovative design and function at its core, Joseph Joseph products for the kitchen or bathroom is a smart choice. Not only will it stand the test of time, they are easy to use, space efficient and look good!
The kitchen is without doubt one of the busiest and most hard-working spaces in our homes - so it makes sense to have it working for us in the most functional way possible to become not only an efficient space, but also a pleasurable one to spend time in too.
See what all the fuss is about! Featuring the latest in home design trends, this Academy Eliot Range perfectly combines the rustic appearance of Mango Wood with the sophisticated grace of Marble to create the perfect addition to your Kitchen.
Howards Storage World is pleased to announce that it is officially out of Voluntary Administration with Deloitte securing a sale of the business and its importing company to dual companies My Home Storage Pty Ltd and Store Trade Pty Ltd. This applies to the Company store operations and main importing company. Franchised stores were never affected by the administration process.
How child friendly is your pantry? In this pantry, we created a “self serve” zone to empower kids to pick and pack their own lunches and serve themselves breakfast.
It's that time of year again, organising school uniforms, ticking off the stationary checklist, and ensuring that the kids are ready for the first day back to school. Having a leakproof drink bottle and a lunch container that will keep your kids food safe to eat is also a must on the to do list!
Thermos. It’s a household name and has been for years. A trailblazer with innovation within the food and beverage container arena.
Kilner Jars are perfect for preserving or is a fabulous vessel to layer up a dessert, breakfast or salad!
Christmas is such a busy time of year. When it come down to it, we all want to make things a little easier, enjoy stress free entertaining, and spend quality time with those we love.
Looking for a healthy low fat alternative to Pasta? The Microplane Spiral Vegetable Cutter is a fabulous addition to any kitchen!
Naughty or Nice? Which list are you on?
Christmas is a time for a bit offun! Here is a Naughty or Nice Barometer you can use for the whole family. Also a downloadable Wishlist to give out to each person in your family for a sneak peak into their Gift wishes this Christmas.
To serve up the perfect Turkey, you'll find it easier if you have a Baster, Pop-up timer and a quality carving board. We share with you why. Includes a bonus Turkey stuffing recipe.
Ways to support others in the lead up to Christmas ......Checking on neighbors, cooking a meal for someone who is less mobile, help makeover a friends cupboard if they are going through hardship. Give a little thought to how you can help others.
Less Work, More Cheer - Strategies to get you through the silly season - Use the word guests in the title. Easing your way into the silly season. Stay Calm and Get Ready for Christmas - make a checklist and make it happen!
It’s time to sift out those toys the kid’s no longer use, clear out items that have missing or broken pieces and create space to hide Santa’s stash... Also finding the ultimate hiding spots is half the fun. A good job to tackle pre-December!
How to make the most out of the space you have. Using the backs of doors and space pockets in cupboards and wardrobes to maximise storage.
Mini Makeovers for your fridge, drawer, bathroom vanity, office and toys
Top Tips from the Howards Team to Make Your Week Easier.
Like to know the top organising picks when people move into a new home? We share the top picks.
Top ways to prepare your house for sale. Featuring products to help contain your clutter.
How home clutter impacts our physical and mental health. Howards suggest an easy method to break down big tasks of decluttering any room in the house.
The end of financial year is nigh. It’s a time to hit the ‘reset’ button on your office, overhaul your systems and get totally organised for the financial year ahead. Lets face it, if you’re organised, you’re less likely to feel frazzled and out of control, and you can reduce that feeling of being overwhelmed. An organised office, where ultimately money comes in and goes out; will relieve the stress of finding your financial papers when tax time comes! So where to start? We’ve carved our ‘organised office’ into three easy categories…
Love it or hate it, there’s no escaping the laundry. Whether you pop one load on a day or you dedicate a few consecutive hours to cleaning clothes and linen each week, it’s a job that simply can’t be avoided. We can, however, suggest a number of time saving strategies that will minimise the hours spent pre-sorting, removing stains, ironing and distributing cleaned items. Let’s take a closer look.
From the modest to the mid size collection and beyond, there is a shoe storage solution for you. Here we show you storage - perfect for heels, best for flats, quality basics and great ways to hide them away! Plus the ultimate solution every girl dreams of!
Anything you can dream, we can create. There are no limits to creating a wardrobe space to reflect who you are. Come in-store for a FREE personalised wardrobe design session and create YOUR dream wardrobe.
Hangers are the quiet achievers of the wardrobe, an essential workhorse, when used correctly will love your clothes! There are specialty hangers designed to hold items renowned to create clutter. Howards are a hanger specialist. See some of the 'out of the box' hanger solutions that will amaze and delight!
Accessories can make or break an outfit! Having your jewels, belts scarves and hats easily accessible can revolutionise the way you dress. Here are some top tips to organise your accessories and help you step out in style…
We’ve found a big fan of the Décor Range in Lorna Jane Clarkson, founder of the iconic active wear brand Lorna Jane.
In a pantry, on a shelf, in a cupboard or in a drawer, a little bit of structure goes a long way! Howards are specialists when it comes to organising these spaces. Sometimes all it takes is the addition of a rack or specialty organiser to utilise height, add a shelf or create order in a space.
When it comes to making rubbish look good, it’s all in the bin. Wesco Bins, NEW to Howards shows German engineering at its very best. Not only functional and durable these bins have been designed with looks in mind! The New Howards Range of Bins have some great features and includes slim designs to suit narrow spaces.
Glass is the hot new trend in food storage. Glass is freezer, microwave and fridge friendly, and does not stain or retain colours or smells. This means that food can go from freezer/fridge/pantry straight into the microwave for reheating. Whether using Kilner or Le Parfait Jars for preserving or as a display, or Décor Realseal or Snapware for leftovers, glass is the smart choice.
There is always a few essential items in the pantry that will revolutionise and organise your world. Here are Howards Top 5 Pantry essentials to make your everyday easier.
Doing your wardrobe on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean going for the cheapest alternative. With a little forethought and planning your wardrobe makeover can be created in stages, not only allowing you to save for the ultimate solution but allowing you the time to determine what inclusions you really want. Here we show you how we made over a U-shaped wardrobe by using the Howards Neata Shelving System. Start with the Basics, then when your budget permits, add the finishing touches! Part 2 – The ultimate solution for this difficult u-shaped space – including drawers, sliding shoe racks and archive storage.
It doesn’t cost a lot to go from a disorganised pantry to one that is ordered. With the inclusion of a few clever organisers to help group items and maximise your cupboard space, you will not only have more room, but will save money as you will not be doubling up on items hidden away.
When space and money is an issue, thinking outside the box without spending up big can really make a difference. Here are 5 essentials for a Wardrobe Makeover on a budget.
No room and no budget? Do you know a student who could do with a little help? Make a difference in someones world with some clever organisers and a few small changes. Uni student Karla and her partner Will are happy to have a kitchen that is much more user friendly.
Doing your wardrobe on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean going for the cheapest alternative. With a little forethought and planning your wardrobe makeover can be created in stages, not only allowing you to save for the ultimate solution but allowing you the time to determine what inclusions you really want.
An organised garage will not only give you fabulous storage, it can provide a dropzone for all the daily essentials. Here are some ideas and tips to make this high use area a well organised and functional space.
Suitable for both adults and children alike, the multifunctional Fuel Bento Lunch Box has room for four courses. With one large compartment and three smaller areas this clever box offers flexibility to build your own lunch. The compartmentalised interior containers are great for separating your sandwich from your salad and pasta, particularly for children. Here are some lunch box recipes and ideas to make the perfect lunch and save money.
With a little organisation your kitchen can be the hub for the brekkie rush, prepping for school lunches and the hungry munchkins for afternoon tea. It all starts with a good breakfast! Allowing your kids to be self sufficient from an early age will set them up for good habits going to school in the future. Stocking breakfast and lunch items in easy to access containers will allow them to pick and pack their morning tea and lunches.
Staying hydrated is important in more ways than one. We’ve got tips to help you keep the fluids up and a collection of our Top 10 of hydration bottles that will keep you on the straight and narrow!
We all worry that our kids are getting proper nutrition and ensuring they’re prepared for a good learning day. Are your kids lunches coming home squashed an uneaten? It’s hard to maintain a healthy lunchbox with variety and appeal. Here are some great ideas that will create playground envy and be a winner with your child. TOP TIP: Freeze your kids lunches and save time in the morning.
How To Organise My Everything Author and Concierge Collective Managing Director Adele Blair talks to us about her journey to create a practical guide to storing your home belongings. Adele’s lifelong passion for planning, sorting and streamlining was her inspiration for creating this book.
The right tools make all the difference for your festive drinks! We show you what you need plus a few favourite recipes we've found to test your new tools out!
Cocktail recipes we've found to help you get Christmas ready. Time to try out your new bar tools!
Like to know how to make your picnic perfect? Here are some tips and recipes to make it oh so lovely!
A stress free Christmas lunch or dinner comes with good planning. Prepare your meal plan in advance and enjoy the day, the food and the company!
Ever wondered how long you can keep cut ham? Or how long you can store your Christmas cake? Learn the tricks to extend their life.
Set a budget and get organised this festive season. Create a special day without the budget blowout.
Recipes to inspire your Christmas feast. Pavlova, Ham Glaze, Baked Pumpkin Fruit Cake, Christmas Tuffles, No Cook Fruit Cake Pudding Balls, Stained Glass Biscuits, Baked Ricotta, Lychees with Macadamia Nuts and Cream Cheese. Howards have the perfect products to store and display your baking triumphs!
There are many apps available to help organise, manage and track your gifts. Here are a few recommendations from a couple of very organised Howards people!
Save time during the silly season by getting these 5 simple jobs out of the way. Simply organised!
Have you heard of Trolley Bags? Well they are the latest thing in making your shopping trip easier and faster! We review this product and show you how it works.
We all know that dividers are essential to creating order in our cutlery drawers, so using this principle and adding organisers to all your drawers makes perfect sense! From modular solutions for deep drawers to organisers for spices, we have a solution to create order in any drawer. Don't have a drawer where you need it? We also show you how to turn a shelf into a drawer with some clever pull-out organisers!
It’s time to shake off winter and start prepping for the warmer months ahead. We all tackle the traditional "Spring clean" in our own way but here are a few tips that’ll make it even easier!
Here is an interesting thought… How much money do you have tied up in your clothes? Read on for the top 5 reasons why it pays to invest in premium elegance hangers.
New Greensaver fridge storers by OXO will revolutionise the way you store your produce to keep it fresh for longer; saving on wastage, time and money.
It’s seems a little scary but Christmas decorations will soon be gracing the stores in the lead up to Christmas. It’s time to spring-clean the pantry and get Christmas ready; so get rid of unwanted items and pave the way for a system that will see you through the festive season and beyond!
Whether you’re redesigning an existing wardrobe or creating a new flexible solution, in order to maximise the functionality of your space, a wardrobe design takes careful consideration. This checklist from Wardrobe Designer will help you achieve the perfect solution.
It’s cold outside and the best way to warm up is with a bowl of hot and healthy soup. Here are some soup recipes ideal for your thermos that will warm the cockles of your heart.
Offering solutions for everything to do with cords, as well as ideas for storing, charging and travelling with your devices, our new cord control range will streamline tech chaos. View the video HERE.
We use the bathroom every day and by eliminating unnecessary clutter and adding efficient organisers, you’ll add to the visual appeal of your space and create an efficient bathroom that’s a pleasure to use. It might even save you time!
Carol shares with us how she prepared for her downsizing journey moving into a 2 bedroom apartment from a 4 bedroom townhouse.
If you want a very satisfying makeover to complete in a day, the linen cupboard may just be your project. In this inspirational makeover, Sophie called in the Howards team to totally renovate a tired old cupboard. The old shelving was removed and replaced with a highly functional neata shelving system, complete with drawers. Space was planned for the ironing board and even the vacuum cleaner.
Short on time? Make drying clothes faster and easier with these practical tips about how to hang out your clothes and choosing the best airer for the job.
Follow the organised makeup checklist – and put your best face forward every day.
Like to know the age old secret behind staying on top of paperwork, particularly at tax time? Keep reading to see how this contemporary office solution using Howards own Neata Shelving System can tame the paperwork and save you time (and hopefully money!)
The trick to saving time is to simplify the number of steps it takes to get things done. Breakfast, particularly with a family, is an ideal activity to employ time saving tactics and this Easy-Build solution is a beauty. View the full article HERE
We take a closer look at sorting your laundry and offer some practical hints and tips about conquering this part of the laundry process.
Baby on the way? Simply and easily convert your spare room into a nursery with a mix n’ match solution that won’t cost a fortune. View the full article HERE
Backed by rigorous research and development, simplehuman continue to design products that make everyday life super efficient. View the full article HERE
Turn your wall into a highly functional storage masterpiece. Inspired by Julia Child’s classic blue pegboard system, we show you how to create your very own work of art. View the full article HERE
Odd shaped appliances can disrupt even the most organised kitchen. When storing bulky items, work smarter, not harder. View the full article HERE
New Elegance Range for your corporate wardrobe. Chris Carroll from The Life Creative shows you why.
Interview with Helen Butler
Back To School Product Review
Recipe: Butter Cream Icing
Recipe: Preserved Lemons
Five alcoholic and five non-alcoholic drinks recipes to brighten your Christmas table! View the Christmas Catalogue HERE.
Save time during the silly season by getting these 5 simple jobs out of the way.
Here's 2 quick checklists to ensure you don’t end up at your holiday destination without the kids! One for the home and one for your packing. It's a top way to reduce stress before going away.
In the 8 weeks leading up to Christmas Day, use this Time Planner and Job Allocator to make sure when the big day comes it's relaxed and fun!
Christmas is a personal event. It’s the time when many of us set up our own traditions that are upheld year after year. Here are five Christmas tradition ideas…
Perfect Picnic Pointers
Making Christmas memorable goes beyond the perfect gift. It’s the people you share your time with and the memories that you make together. Let’s create an unforgettable Christmas…View the Christmas Catalogue HERE.
How To Pack Your Christmas Decorations so they last the distance.
Christmas street parties are on the rise in Australia and its little wonder….they’re so much fun! Getting to know your neighbour is a simple way to expand your community making it happier and safer for all. We caught up with Howards customer Felicity, who lives on a street that is famous for it’s Christmas lights. View the Christmas Catalogue HERE.
A few simple strategies will keep your fridge organised and extend the life of your food, saving you time and money. View the full article HERE.
Kick off your spring projects with a simple solution that will have a big impact: head to the kitchen, it’s time to organise your plastics cupboard. As seen in the September 2014 Howards Catalogue. View the full article HERE
A practical guide to the do’s and don’ts when organising your utility cupboard. As seen in the September 2014 Howards Catalogue. View the full article HERE.
Howards is a hanger specialist, check out the Free E-Book Hanger Guide
We talk with Natalie Edel, Personal Stylist from The Stylist Co about ‘caring for your accessories’
Anyone with a large family knows that the smooth running of a laundry is fundamental to a busy household. With three young boys and a husband, no one knows this more so than Sonia. Let it be said, that pre-makeover Sonia was very organised but her laundry presented ‘limited space’ and ‘next to no storage’ challenges. See how we helped convert her laundry, into an amazing space that Sonia is incredibly proud of. Interestingly, when we stopped and really broke down the issues, the solution didn’t just focus on her laundry. A supreme solution was created by adding a family distribution station in the utility room next door where the ironing was being done….
If you’ve ever folded your clean washing on your dining table or rummaged through baskets of clean clothes you were “yet to put away”, well this one’s for you. With a little planning, your laundry can be everything you need it to be. It makes sense really; improve the overall effectiveness of your laundry with a well-organised workflow and you’ll save time each and every day. This solution shown enables you to pre-sort, wash, dry/drip dry, fold and distribute your washing. elfa is so flexible it can be modified to suit your needs and changing requirements.
Shannon Lush, author of the international bestselling book 'Spotless' and all round cleaning guru explains how to love your laundry the eco friendly way. Shannon shares tips on washing, stain removal, drying and how to cut down your time in the laundry.
With the new school year imminent, it’s time to get 'Back to School’ ready with these Top Tips.
See how we used 2 elfa basics drawer sets, an old recycled door and a few elfa shelves to create this super economical and functional office space.