A mom of two known for her sleek and organized home has shared the six ‘life-changing’ tricks every homeowner should know.
Melbourne 31-year-old Olivia White runs a busy household with two young children and a full-time business, but said that by doing these six things, she always has some time for herself every day.
Olivia’s tips include taking a photo of the fridge before shopping and using a trunk organizer to make sure you are never caught without anything.
She also said that by putting a top sheet on her bed, she needs to wash the duvet cover less often because her body doesn’t touch it.
A mom of two known for her sleek and organized home shared the six ‘life-changing’ tricks every homeowner should know (Olivia White shown)
Olivia’s first ‘life-changing hack’ is one of her favorites: when cleaning at home, she uses a laundry basket (photo) to move bits and pieces
1. Use a laundry basket for cleaning
Olivia’s first ‘life-changing hack’ is one of her favorites: when cleaning at home, she uses a laundry basket to move with her.
“I take a laundry basket from room to room and throw away anything that is out of place or needs to be stored somewhere else,” Olivia wrote about her website.
Then she distributes the items as she visits each room, and towards the end, if there are any items left in the basket, she makes the decision to place the items somewhere, or throw them away or sell them.
By doing this, Olivia said it makes the clutter at home easier.
The mom of two also swears by taking a picture of the inside of her fridge before shopping so she can easily tell what she has and what she doesn’t have (photo)
2. Take a picture of the inside of your refrigerator before shopping
If you can think of taking a picture of the inside of your refrigerator before going out to run errands, Olivia said it will make a “world of difference” to your life.
“Even with the best meal planning and lists, I always find myself scratching my head about whether I have something or not,” said Olivia.
She is often caught not knowing if she has eggs or milk, so she can just take a quick scan of her photo to see what she has when she is in the supermarket.
If you don’t want your car littered with random items, Olivia (pictured with one of her kids) said a car trunk organizer should be your new best friend; and then fill it with raincoats
Buy a trunk organizer
If you don’t want your car littered with random items, Olivia said an organizer for your trunk should be your new best friend.
You can find these at stores like Super Cheap Auto and online at Groupon and then use them to store everything you need in the car inside.
Olivia said she keeps reusable shopping bags, a change of clothes and wipes for the kids, lightweight raincoats, a bag of colored pencils and books, a small blue tarp, a picnic blanket, and a pouch of Panadol and antihistamines.
This way, if she’s ever been caught in the rain with her family or if they are sick or need entertainment, she has it.
Even during times of lockdown, Olivia explained that having some sort of routine is critical to daily success – make sure you have one (pictured)
4. Have a morning routine
Even at times of closure, Olivia explained that having some sort of routine is essential to everyday success.
“I find that if I’m organized the night before and start my day off right, it sets us all up for a much better day if I start my day off right,” she said.
Some of the things the mom of two said she does is that the night before going to school for dinner and lunches for the kids, she does a wash to hang up first and get on top of her emails .
Then she hangs out the laundry in the morning, makes a list of what to do that day, and has the kids help with chores.
5. Buy birthday cards in bulk
It may sound simple, but with a stock of about 12 cards at a time when a birthday is coming, you always have a card on hand and don’t have to run to the shops.
Olivia said she buys several at a time, so she always has a dozen in a box at her house.
She also has a box with some small gifts in it for friends so she doesn’t get stuck or forget at the last minute.
The 31-year-old said that she uses a sheet (photo) with a sheet, but that she only needs to wash her sheet and fitted sheet once a week while doing the duvet cover every two weeks
6. Use a topsheet
Finally, the 31-year-old said that a sheet is a lifesaver for many reasons.
“Not only does it look nice and pretty, but it also prevents you from having to wash your doona covers so often,” she said.
Olivia said she washes her bed sheet and fitted sheet about once a week, but since her body doesn’t touch the duvet cover, she only needs to do it every two weeks.
This means that her entire washing routine ultimately takes her less time.