Steph Peucker’s Organised Home
Do you visit friends sometimes and think, ‘how do they keep their house looking so organised?’ Well, l think this every time l visit my friend Steph Peucker. And lucky for us she was happy to share some of her organising tips.
Let me introduce you… meet Steph and family doggie Gertie! Steph lives in Ballarat, Victoria with husband Hayden, five kids (William, Georgia, Edward, Charlotte and Bella), five chooks and of course Gertie! Steph leads a pretty busy life, so l wanted to know how she does it all…
Q | Steph, how do you manage to keep your home organised as well working and looking after your family?
A | It’s all about being organised and keeping on top of the jobs. If l didn’t get to the dishes before school drop off, l will race home and do it before the next job.
When l arrived to interview Steph the house was looking gorgeous and it was smelling amazing. She was baking Christmas cakes with the girls, getting organised for this years festive season.
Q | Steph, do you wake up early to make time for all you need to do?
A | I do wake up pretty early but it’s more about learning to be flexible… you can not think it is going to be perfect every day. My life is about flexibility. Some days are really productive, it runs really smoothly and some days not. I have learnt now to be OK with the not so perfect day.
Q | Today is going pretty well? House is looking great and l noticed the washing is hanging up already!
A | I guess it’s about having a few systems in place. I was telling a friend the other day… l only have one washing basket. I don’t have a lights and l don’t have a darks. One colour is in the basket and the other sits in the washing machine until it’s full. It makes washing so much easier.
Q | You have a big family, you must have a big mound of clean clothes somewhere needing to be folded??
A | Nope, l’m pretty pedantic about that. I find if l fold and hang all the clothes straight off the line it cuts out the need to iron everything!
Q | Do you sometimes think… ‘Oh l can’t be bothered doing that washing’?
A | I think because l have a large family l just have too. Sometimes l do two loads a day. Sometimes the kids help me which is great.
Q | Steph do you have any tips for getting ready for work and getting the kids out the door?
A | I make sure l put in the prep time and get organised the night before. I get the kids’ lunch boxes out, pop their snacks in and make sandwiches in the morning. I’m at a different stage now the kids are a little older. They get dressed themselves but they occasionally need a little move on!
Q | What about kids’ sports, ballet classes, etc. Do you have to organise the uniforms?
A | It’s usually just a reminder… ‘Charlotte, you have ballet tonight’, and she will grab her bag and pop in her snack for after school. All the sport and school bags are together hanging up, so everything is in there ready to go.
After having a wander around the house to take some photos l wonder… ‘How do you keep the sitting and dining room free of kids’ clutter?’
Q | I noticed your dining and sitting rooms are clutter-free and looking gorgeous! How do you keep them toy and clutter free?
A | We have designated areas for different things… playroom is for toys. When we moved into the house we created the boundaries and told the kids the dining and sitting rooms were for the adults and not for all the toys! We are lucky to have the outdoor playroom… which can be a relaxed play area for the kids. They can make a mess and l don’t have to look at it!
Q | Steph, you have some great storage pieces around your home. Do you follow the principle of ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’?
A | Yes, l have a few good storage baskets and boxes for keeping things that we use all the time, like the sports gear. That’s in a big basket next to the door, so it’s easy for the kids to access as they go outside. In the living space the kids have a storage box each on the book shelf to put their things. That way it keeps the space clutter-free. I also love hooks for hanging up all the bags, hats and coats.
Q | When do you get some me time?
A | Exercising is my time out. This morning l did a 5.45 class, day before a run at 6am. So l’m up early to make sure l have that time for me.
Q | Do you think you were born with the organising gene?
A | I think l’m just like that. I’m forever running around. I’m always thinking of the next step… thinking l will drop the kids off then pick up the bread, get home put washing out, then go out to pick up a birthday present. I don’t sit around!
Q | The kids’ bedrooms are lovely. Do you get them to tidy up?
A | A bit of both. I think we all live under the same roof and everyone should get involved and help when it’s needed.
Q | Do the kids get rewarded for their chores?
A | No, that doesn’t really work for us. I just think they all need to help. When I ask them to do something I expect them to do it. We make it a bit of fun and everyone gets involved! The other day l asked, ‘who wants to wash the windows?’ So l got two of them out there washing the windows and the others helped me wash the car.
Q | Do you declutter regularly and do you find it a challenge?
A | I do declutter but l have to be in the mood. I had a great day decluttering the kids’ clothes the other day. I just decided to move a lot of it on as fashions change with kids clothes and the gap from one child to the next is big, so best to go to charity. I think as you get older you become more giving. The other day l collected three bags of clothes for charity and felt good about it. If l can’t part with something l put it in an old suitcase l have. If it’s still there in 12 month it has got to go!
Q | Do you have any last advice for people wanting to get organised?
A | I guess l just make sure l keep on top of the jobs, always doing a bit of prep! During the day l would do some prep for dinner for example. Good communication with the family, making sure everyone helps out is important. As well as being flexible… you are going to have your good days and bad days. But at the end of the day everyone is different and what works for them is different to what works for me. I would say listen to how other people do things and take on the advice that works for you, your family and your lifestyle.
Thanks so much Steph for your time and sharing your organising ideas with us!
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