Family Cookbook Project

Going back nearly 100 years, recipes that have been passed down and scattered amongst a large, European family, needed to be brought together for all to share in a personal family cookbook. The book needed to include, memories, stories, secret family ingredients, photos, baking hints and tips, and so much more. But where to start? Based on these requirements, the initial discussion was regarding the document layout and structure, along with fonts, colours, categories, and so much more. The template, incorporating these components, has almost Read More …

Filing Cabinets – it no longer closes!

No-one could remember the last time the filing cabinet had actually been closed. Paperwork was overflowing from the drawers, so it was just left open – defeating the purpose of securing confidential family and business files. The cold, metal grey of the cabinet was in sharp contrast to the natural wood furniture and fittings in the office. It just didn’t seem to belong in the room. Preparing a large box for confidential shredding, we pulled out everything as carefully as we could to ensure the Read More …

Overstuffed Bookcases – about to collapse!

As a published author, serious book collector, writing mentor and teacher, the client had several bookshelves that were overloaded, overcrowded and completely disorganized. So much time was wasted searching and digging for books needed for workshops and teaching engagements. Where do you even start? As always, it starts with the client’s needs. Before even touching the books, time is spent determining a number of factors, such as classifying and creating categories, which ones can be recycled, donated, and much more! We came up with a Read More …

Family Box – do you have one?

I always knew I was a well-organized person and would thrive on storage units, boxes, containers – well, just about anything that would give me new sorting ideas. “Everything in its place and a place for everything”, was my mantra and if I couldn’t find that place to put that item away, I would have to question whether we needed it or not. Family paperwork was left to me and I thought I had it well organized until a friend told me about the “Family Read More …

The Suzie Syndrome – be prepared!

I was told this story whilst visiting a friend during a difficult time in my life. She was married to Steve and they had three children. They had just done their Wills. She told me about the Suzie Syndrome and what she did to make sure her children were covered. Intrigued, she explained it to me and shortly afterwards I took a good look at my own personal paperwork. Read More …