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Amy Revell and Kirsty Farrugia are Professional Organisers and they chat about how they keep their homes organised and decluttered and how they help their clients to achieve the same.
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The Art of Decluttering Amy Revell & Kirsty Farrugia

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.1 • 19 Ratings

Amy Revell and Kirsty Farrugia are Professional Organisers and they chat about how they keep their homes organised and decluttered and how they help their clients to achieve the same.
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    Best of Guests - Brooke McAlary

    Best of Guests - Brooke McAlary

    Every December we take a little break from recording and bring you some of our favourite episodes to listen to. For the next 5 Mondays we will be bringing you our favourite famous guest episodes!
    Up this week we have the wonderful Brooke McAlary chatting to us about her brilliant book 'Care'. Brooke is a beautiful friend of ours and we very much enjoyed this catch up. We hope you enjoy the episode and are inspired to schedule in some downtime in the midst of the holiday chaos.
    Oh and if you haven't already got Brooke's book, then we highly recommend you add it to your Christmas list!
    In this episode we;
    ● Catch up on what Brooke has been up to since we last spoke;
    ● Remind you who Brooke is for those who may not have heard from her before;
    ● Ask Brooke to share how writing 'Care' came about;
    ● Highlight the importance of down time and it's impact with and without it;
    ● Dig into rest and what it truly means and looks like;
    And so so so so much more...
    We hope from this conversation we all learn something and put a smile on your face!
    Things mentioned in this episode and other helpful links:
    ● Brooke McAlary Episode
    ● Brook McAlary Listener Questions Episode
    ● Brooke's Instagram
    ● Brooke's Website
    ● The Slow Home Podcast
    ● Care
    ● Get Curious Episode
    Thank you so much Brooke for your time!! We absolutely adore spending time with you, thank you for coming on our podcast (again!) and sharing so much gold with all our listener.
    For more details on how to connect with us head to our website.
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    • 53 min
    Mr Monkeyjocks

    Mr Monkeyjocks

    Who doesn’t love Bluey!? If you don't know what we are talking about we'll try to bring you up to speed. This Aussie kids show about a family of dogs has taken the world by storm in creating such a buzz for its wholesome, beautiful storylines containing simple, yet powerful life lessons. One of those being about decluttering, so when Amy had one of her clients sit her down and make her watch it we knew we just had to talk about it! We are not the target market so forgive us as we call characters by the wrong names or forget their names all together! (Can you count how many times Amy forgets Bandit's name or how many times we call Bingo, Banjo?) What we do hope is that you come along with us today and have a giggle as we share the gold in the Bluey episode titled Mr Monkeyjocks - because in the words of Bluey's mum Chilli - 'When you have everything you want, nothing feels special anymore.'
    In this episode we;
    ● Give you a rundown of the episode and share our observations;
    ● Discuss empowering our children to make the decisions that are right for them;
    ● Remind you it's ok for things to go in the bin;
    ● Encourage you to make wise and intentional decisions about what you choose to spend your money on;
    ● Highlight the importance of learning how to decide what to donate and what to bin;
    ● Suggest what you can do when you find something that is special to you but not to your kids;
    And so so so so much more...
    We hope from this conversation we all learn something and put a smile on your face!
    Things mentioned in this episode and other helpful links:
    ● Mr Monkeyjocks TV episode
    ● Soft Toys Episode
    ● Kid's Bedrooms Episode
    ● Children's Toys Episode
    ● Kids Books Episode
    ● Minimalism Episode
    ● Treasure Hunting Episode
    Where to watch Bluey:
    ● Australia - ABC Kids App or ABC iview
    ● USA - Disney Junior or Disney+
    ● UK - BBC or Disney+
    ● International - Disney+
    Thank you to isla874 for you podcast review!
    Don't forget to jump onto Apple Podcast and leave us a review!!
    For more details on how to connect with us head to our website.
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    • 19 min
    Treasure Hunting

    Treasure Hunting

    Do you love to treasure hunt? We love treasure hunting with clients! There's nothing quite like the look on a client's face when they find that missing passport or birth certificate or that lost earring they thought was long gone. Some of our clients also love to treasure hunt outside the home - hands up if you too love finding a treasure on the side of the road?! Today we encourage you to look for the gold in your homes when you are decluttering by picking out the treasures and letting go of the rest. We share stories about helping clients find their treasures and coaching them in asking the hard questions when it comes to those roadside treasures too. If you've found yourself with a pile of projects that you've not quite got to yet or you're always losing things then make sure you tune in for all the gold in today's episode.
    In this episode we;
    ● Define what we mean by treasure hunting in relation to decluttering;
    ● Encourage you to look for the gold in your home and how it can motivate you in your decluttering;
    ● Learn about the time Amy thought she had a priceless antique in her possession and what she learnt from the experience ;
    ● Talk about roadside 'treasures' and give advice on how to be intentional with these;
    ● Highlight that important stuff can get lost amongst the clutter especially paperwork;
    And so so so so much more...
    We hope from this conversation we all learn something and put a smile on your face!
    Things mentioned in this episode and other helpful links:
    ● Paperwork Episode
    ● Wardrobe Episode
    ● Love It Episode
    ● Unfinished Projects Episode
    ● Crafts & Hobbies Episode
    ● Freebie Clutter Episode
    ● Bargain Clutter Episode
    ● Online Selling Episode
    ● Sentimental Items Episode
    ● Deceased Estate Episode
    ● Free Wardrobe Challenge
    Don't forget to jump onto Apple Podcast and leave us a review!!
    Come into our FB group or email us as hello@theartofdecluttering.com.au to let us know if you have any topics you’d like us to cover in future episodes!
    For more details on how to connect with us head to our website.
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    • 27 min
    Recovering from Fire

    Recovering from Fire

    *Trigger warning - today we chat about losing your home to a fire, some listeners may find this triggering and choose to skip this episode or listen at another time*
    Nomes is a longtime listener, passionate member of the Head, Heart & Home Course and all round wonderful person. In March 2018, Nomes tragically lost her home in a fire. Today almost 4 years on from that traumatic experience she tells us what her journey has been like thus far. She has incredible insight to share and lots of wisdom and advice to offer to others on how to navigate such a dark time. So come with us and hear how Nomes' decluttering journey and relationship with stuff was impacted by the fire and how the Head, Heart & Home Course changed her life!! There is so much gold in today's episode that we know you will be touched by Nomes story.
    In this episode Nomes;
    ● Tells her story and reflects on the aftermath of the fire;
    ● Gives her thoughts around developing a strong connection to stuff due to suffering a tragic loss;
    ● Shares how she was eventually able to let stuff go again;
    ● Offers advice to others on having to declutter after a traumatic experience;
    ● Highlights that some positives came out of the losing everything;
    And so so so so much more...
    We hope from this conversation we all learn something and put a smile on your face!
    Things mentioned in this episode and other helpful links:
    ● Moving House Episode
    ● Storage Units Episode
    ● Sentimental Papers Episode
    ● Sentimental Items Episode
    ● Offloading Episode
    ● Mental Health Episode
    ● Mental Health Care Episode
    ● Mental Load Episode
    ● Head, Heart & Home Course
    TV shows mentioned
    ● Only Murders in the Building
    ● CSI
    Where to get help in an crisis
    ● The Salvos
    ● The Australian Red Cross
    To Nomes - thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and our listeners. We love you and thank you for always being supportive and encouraging of us and those in our community.
    For more details on how to connect with us head to our website.
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    • 1 hr
    Estate Planning

    Estate Planning

    **Trigger warning - things mentioned briefly in today's episode such as domestic violence, divorce, separation and death may be triggering for some listeners**
    When we received a request from one of our listeners (thanks Owen! - go check out his episode 'Sea Change' from earlier this year) to do an episode on estate planning, we knew just who to turn to! Anna Hacker is the National Manager of Estate Planning for Australian Unity and today we give her permission to take over the podcast and share her wealth of knowledge and experience about estate planning. She is passionate about making it easier for loved ones to find the important documents they need and for you to have your wishes for the future carried out in the way that you want.
    There is so much packed into this episode, so grab a pen and paper as you take it all in.
    In this episode we;
    ● Discuss what estate planning is;
    ● Explain the roles of wills and power of attorney;
    ● Give examples of documents and how to organise them;
    ● Emphasise that documents need to be easily found and share tips of how to achieve that;
    ● Highlight the importance of getting legal advice;
    And so so so so much more...
    We hope from this conversation we all learn something and put a smile on your face!
    Things mentioned in this episode and other helpful links:
    ● Deceased Estate Episode
    ● Paperwork Episode
    ● Paperwork Course
    ● Death Episode
    ● Australian Unity
    ● Amy on Anna's Podcast
    ● SAS Australia TV Show
    Thank you so much to Anna for sharing your time and expertise with us!!
    Join our community
    ● Our website The Art of Decluttering
    ● Become a Patron with Patreon – your monthly support makes a huge difference to us being able to produce
    this podcast. Support can be as little as $1 a month!
    ● Follow us on Instagram
    ● Follow us on Facebook
    ● Join our Facebook group
    ● Leave a review on Apple Podcast
    Thank you to our sound engineer, Jarred from Four4ty Studio Productions.

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    • 46 min
    Shopping Bags

    Shopping Bags

    Did you know that shopping bags don't have to take over your house and that they can actually be nicely organised?!
    Over a week ago Amy posted a video to our socials showing us all her hack for folding reusable plastic shopping bags - well it created quite a stir! We even had our friend and fellow podcast host Mandy from Too Peas DM us on Instagram with her own questions after seeing it. So thanks Mandy, today's podcast was inspired by you!
    Since grocery stores phased out single use plastic shopping bags a few years ago, people all over the country have been unintentionally hoarding reusable bags. It is very common for us to find said bags stuffed into multiple cupboards and drawers when in our clients homes. We get it, we've all been there, you get to the checkout and the realisation sets in....you forgot your bags! Faced with the choice of becoming a pack horse laden with groceries or buying a new bag most pick the more convenient latter option.
    Get ready as we delve into what we think about this and how to stop it by putting some helpful steps in place! Enjoy some laughs and giggles with us in your ears today.
    Oh and if you are a super human and have managed to maintain the condition of those little black plastic bases that come with the green fabric bags please jump into our Facebook Community and show us - we need to know!
    In this episode we:
    ● Discuss the different types of bags we use and for what;
    ● Ask how do we stop acquiring more shopping bags;
    ● Share ideas on where and how to keep your bags;
    ● Tell you what you can do with the ones you don't need anymore;
    ● Give advice to Mandy (and you) on what to do with those blue freezer bags and how to contain them;
    ● Challenge you to question if you really do need freezer bags and suggest alternate uses for them;
    And so so so so much more...
    We hope from this conversation we all learn something and put a smile on your face!
    Things mentioned in this episode and other helpful links:
    ● Inside the Car Episode
    ● Cars Episode
    ● Garage/Shed Episode
    ● Kitchen Episode
    ● Entrance Episode
    ● Too Peas in Podcast Podcast
    Special thanks to akreviews for your review! Don't forget to come share in the Facebook Community what you do with those bits of black plastic in the bottom of your reusable fabric bags! Oh and maybe write us a review too!
    Also thanks to Mandy for supplying us with excellent material for the podcast!!
    Join our community
    ● Are you looking for decluttering services near you in Sydney or Melbourne, we would love to help you?
    ● Our website The Art of Decluttering
    ● Become a Patron with Patreon – your monthly support makes a huge difference to us being able to produce
    this podcast. Support can be as little as $1 a month!
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

JojoSober ,

ADHD episode oh glory be

I just found this podcast and have been listening pretty much 24/7 as I work my way around my house!
The first episode I listened to was the ADHD one, seeing as my 11 year old daughter has just been diagnosed. (My husband also has undiagnosed ADHD 😩)
It gave me so much hope, and really positive, empathetic ways to deal with the stress of living with family members with ADHD. I might even go so far as to say that it brought me back from the brink of divorce!
I’ve since listened to many more eps, including EDEN (currently awaiting my Committed Necklace 🥰) and I love your ethos and your way of talking through topics. I have also arranged a visit from a professional organiser here in New Zealand (Shout out to Sort My House!) and can’t wait to get that process started.
Thanks laydayz, you have really kickstartedsomething wonderful in my head, heart and home. Luv yer stuff x

HanfMc ,

Amazing !

I happened across these two wonderful ladies while I was trying to find something to listen to while my county (New Zealand) was in lock down with Covid . Now I’m hooked and I wait in anticipation for their weekly pod cast . It’s been great building on my knowledge or organisation but also learning so much more and getting ideas for things in general . Would highly recommend listening to these !

Jjjodynz ,

Excellent resource

Lots of helpful ideas, both practical and philosophical. I think the fact that Amy and Kirsty are good friends who know each other well, and can laugh and be very serious together, helps the listener to feel like it's a nurturing space to start/keep up a decluttering and organising journey. I think the podcast would be helpful for absolute beginners, as well as those who have been on this journey for a while. I've certainly found the podcast to be an excellet resource. Thanks Kirsty and Amy!

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