Are you overwhelmed by your photos?

How to survive photo clutter and avoid the guilt.

Social media is awash with images of perfect homes. They have designer furniture, pristine design and always seem to have a photobook on the coffee table.

Shes Organised photobook on the coffee tableWhilst the designer room might take some work the photobook can be realistically achieved… through photo organisation!

Do you wish you had time to enjoy your photos in coffee table worthy books? Are all of your images still on your phone or lost ‘somewhere’ on the computer? Do you feel guilty because you aren’t doing anything with your images?

Digital clutter is on the increase. People are contacting The Filing Fairies when they become overwhelmed by images that are stored on memory cards, CD, USB, hard drive, phones, tablets, cloud and a plethora of photo sorting and storing software programs. And it is not only digital images that people feel overwhelmed by; it can also be negatives, slides and prints. No matter what format your precious memories are in we understand that all you want to do is enjoy your photos and have peace of mind that they are safe.

The Filing Fairies tagline is #organiseutiliseenjoy. Our primary purpose is to help you overcome that overwhelming feeling and get your images organised. Once organised we can show you how to utilise your photos in photobooks, slide shows and all the other display options in the current market (or we can do it for you). Once utilised the enjoyment for you and others comes naturally. As does the peace of mind that you can easily ensure the safety of those images with regular backups. The best thing of all is we can teach you a simple way to STAY organised so you don’t end up overwhelmed all over again.

One of my all-time favourite quotes is this
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Think about your kitchen for example, if your fridge is full of healthy ingredients and your meals planned in advance how much easier is it to do the right thing?

The magic of our photo filing services is to help you over that initial hurdle; be it digitising old prints and slides or searching for images on numerous devices. We manipulate your environment to make the things you should be doing easy.

Our organise > utilise > enjoy concept can apply to a myriad of situations and life scenarios. I hope we have inspired you to think ‘organised’ and look for ways to ‘hide the cookies’.

To find out more about The Filing Fairies and our systems, visit our website or blog: Fairytales – The Blog

BIO and Contacts Mara The Filing Fairies

The Filing Fairies are Professional Organisers specialising in photo and office organisation including paper and digital filing. They provide easy to use solutions to small business, individuals and families.

Mara – 0419 447 262

Jo – 0438 525 640

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Managing your Social Media Personalities

social media personalitiesThis post is from guest Blogger Phillipa Spork from Blue Sky Engagement. We would love to hear your thoughts – please comment down below.

Consider for a moment how many personas you have. I know I’ve got a few.

I’m Class Parent Rep, morning reader, PandC event organiser, U6 rugby team manager and overall fabulous School Mum – who would love to project the (often inaccurate) impression that I am completely in control, that all three children are on top of their reading, have their homework done, are always on-time to their commitments (hmm), are always wearing clean (‘ish at least) socks, having brushed their teeth (well at least once this week). I also always have dinner in the table on time ( of course I do.) You get the idea. The holes are starting to show. But don’t I sound amazing!?

I am also Business Director running a team of 4 people, not-for-profit board member, who presents multi-million dollar ideas to a range of high-flying executives, around Australia for a living. I’m also building an innovative Communications and Engagement business. I wonder what they would think if they knew I had written our meeting agenda from the school pick-up line.

Of course I am also the carefree fun loving and relaxed party girl, who doesn’t mind having a few champagnes at the races, and tends to take photos of my escapades and try to post them on Facebook.

But I don’t want my clients to know that. That’s not who they want in control of their vital thought leadership and corporate communications strategies.

Do I really want my clients to know I went to Hawaii at Christmas or that I just bought a BMW? Will they think I charge them too much?

My son’s Prep teacher who happens also to be my Assistant’s Mother, and devoted church going, enviably angelic woman who I adore; I am friends with on Facebook. Right! I can absolutely never post, like, share or comment on anything rude, politically incorrect or anything with swearing in it ever again. What would she think?

And so the editing of my social profile begins. Don’t get me wrong. We all do it. I could however be excused for being confused about who I actually am!

I’m a fraud! No, I’m just selectively sharing. No, I’m just adaptable. No wait, I’m a multi-tasker!

In fact, I am all of these things. And let’s face it, who isn’t?

The challenge is merging our personas into an authentic and engaging communication portal through which we contribute to the discussions around us in a meaningful way.

It’s as simple as that. But do not be fooled. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

For fun, have a look at your social profiles and consider the duplication. I know many of my Professional LinkedIn Connections are now my Facebook friends. One night out with your clients and you end up on Facebook – just don’t forget you friended them next time you head to the beach on a weekday.

And let’s face it – how many of us trawled our Facebook friends list in the beginning to fill up our professional contacts on LinkedIn. My husband and I actually had a race to see who could get to 100 first. What I’m saying is that whatever you do in your social Comms space, be authentic. And consider who is watching.

phillipa_sporkI recently decided to just fess up and merge my personas! My personal Facebook and Twitter pages have merged with my professional pages. My business brand icon has merged into my personal brand and my name has merged into my business brand. After all, like I said, I am many people, and they are all authentically me.

The opportunities for business promotion are endless and the chances to slip up, ever present! It’s a fascinating time we are living in.

By the way, I wrote this blog post on my iPad on the plane to Sydney for business.

Don’t I sound amazing! I hope the kids remembered their lunches.

‘Find your rhythm – you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve’

Kristina KarlssonKristina Karlsson on life, business and style. 

1. Congratulations on the rapid growth of kikki.K. What inspired you to create the stylish and much loved stationery store?

Thank you very much! We have come a long way in 12 or so years, but it feels like we’re just getting started and there are so many exciting times ahead! As for what inspired me, there’s a bit of a story to it actually…

There came a time when I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do with my life. I had just moved from Sweden and I soon became quite restless. I lay awake in bed one night, and my partner Paul, prompted me to get out a pen and notepad and write down a list of what was important to me. This list, which I now call my ‘3am List’ included things like; I want to drive to work on a Monday morning feeling happy, I want to do something that connects me to Sweden and design, and I want to make $500 a week. This list really helped guide my thinking, but it wasn’t until I went to set up my home office that an idea really sparked! I couldn’t find the beautiful stationery and workspace essentials I had grown used to in Sweden. Nothing I found suited my design taste, and the market was very price-driven. As for my love of stationery…well that’s been around ever since I can remember! I always looked forward to the start of a new school year surrounded by new notebooks, pencils and folders and the promise of organisation and joy they bring every day – and I still get just as excited today when a new delivery of kikki.K products arrives at the office!

2. We love seeing people’s offices. Especially productive and stylish ones. What does yours look like? (Could you send us a photo)?

I like to think of my workspace as an extension of my personality and my ideas on design. Being an inspiring place to sit and work is just as important to me as being an organised space. First of all, I like to have a clear, empty desk when I work – free of files that can take my attention off the task that I’m doing. I’m always finding inspiring quotes, designs and photos, so an inspiration board with all these things is a big part of my workspace. I also love the simplicity of white (it gives that wonderful sense of being organised, calm and in control) so I love using White kikki.K Storage Boxes and Magazine Holders to store everything from documents to magazines and stationery. Of course, I’m always burning a beautiful kikki.K candle and surrounding myself with all our gorgeous products to keep me productive and happy!

3. What inspires you on a daily basis and how do you come up with fresh creative ideas for your stationery lines? / What or who inspires you?

Everything! I never switch off and am nearly always open to be inspired. Travelling back to Sweden is something particularly inspiring for me. Just spending time with family and friends, going to cafes, restaurants, forests, lakes, beaches, galleries – it all has me bubbling with ideas! I’m also constantly reading magazines from around the world, blogs and beautiful books. Inspiration is all around us.

4. We’d love to know what do you keep in your handbag?

I’m always carrying around one of our Stockholm Collection Bags because there’s really a place for everything, and it carries my laptop safely too. Generally I carry:

  • MacBook – You just never know when you’ll have time to hop on to do some work!
  • iPhone with earphones – I always listen to an interesting podcast or book when I have a spare minute waiting for a meeting or sitting on the plane
  • kikki.K Notebook – Who knows when a great idea might come to mind?
  • kikki.K Pencil Case filled with pens – I’m a complete stationery freak and can’t resist fresh pens!
  • A ‘reading folder’ where I keep things to read when I have a spare minute on the run. It can be a printed article, blog post or an industry magazine, a page out of a newspaper or magazine. It’s important reading but not urgent, so can be done in between meetings or when I’m waiting for the next plane to catch.
  • A book – At the moment I’m reading ‘Positivity’ by Barbara L. Fredrickson
  • A bottle of water – Water is like coffee for me, I drink lots of water!
  • Coin purse & Wallet – I always refill my coin purse for parking or small purchases on the run.

5. What are your top organising tips for entrepreneurs?

As an entrepreneur, you’ll find yourself anywhere from your own workspace, to on the road, in internal and external meetings or even travelling internationally.

For that reason, my number one tip is to ensure you have suitable working systems in place. Systemising learnings and ways of working means doing it the next time around will be so much more efficient and enjoyable. Once you’re in a perfect rhythm, you’ll be amazed with the things you can achieve!

KK_KikkiPortrait_C2858[1]It’s also important to ensure your workspace has a place for everything, and everything in its place. Paperflow can throw your workspace (and soon your mind!) into chaos. Pick suitable storage solutions like labelled kikki.K storage boxes, file documents intelligently and keep regularly-used items within arms’ reach.

Last but not least, make sure your organised workspace can just as easily become an organised workspace on the move. Have a great workbag that you can easily pack down your laptop, stationery, documents and anything else you need to work remotely.

6. If you had 24 hours left on this earth, what would you do?

I would spend the day with my beautiful family, eat amazing food and drink the best wine I can afford. I would also write a lovely letter to each of my children that they can keep when I’m gone.

7. You travel a lot with your job which sounds exciting. How do you keep fit, sane and organised when you’re on the road?

I always take my runners and get up early in the morning when travelling and go walking to explore the city. It’s a great way to combine my passions for travelling, exercising and having some ‘time for me’ before a hectic day. If I don’t have a late night I try to get up at 5am for my ‘wholly hour’. This is where I write in my journal, read or listen to something inspiring and go through my goals and plans. Then I exercise, and when I return I feel ready to take on a big day, whatever that may be!


‘Believe in yourself and keep jumping in’

Lisa Messenger on life, business and playing big

What a huge pleasure it was to interview the inspirational Lisa Messenger for our launch week here at She’s Organised. The Collective team’s mantra is “anything’s possible” and as they champion entrepreneurs from around the globe, their editor Lisa is leading by example, carving her own path and setting an example of what’s possible if you keep following your dreams.

Congrats on double digits for The Collective. Issue # 14 on its way. What inspired you to create the world’s greatest mag?

I was sick of the gossip and negative content portrayed in so much of the media. I wanted something that could showcase brands and individuals and really get the story behind the story to inspire others and show them that anything is possible

We hear you’ve been invited to Richard Branson’s Necker Island this November – wow – what are you going to do there and what will you pack?

Yes, it will be one of those truly amazing pinch yourself moments. I believe there will only be 28 of us on the island and Richard will be there for the whole four and a half days! I’ll be packing my tennis racket. I hear he’s keen for a hit at 7am sharp every day!

We love seeing people’s offices. What does yours look like?

My office is very much like a home. Floor to ceiling glass windows so very light and bright. My dog Benny comes to work every day. We have big fluffy white sofas and a massive deck filled with plants overlooking the city of Sydney. It’s a happy homely space

How does your mantra of “anythings possible” apply to you on a daily basis – how do you love it and what does it help you to achieve?

I truly believe everyone is equal in this world and that there are opportunities absolutely everywhere if you are open to them. You just have to believe in yourself and keep jumping in, taking risks and moving forward. Nobody ever achieved anything great by staying small.

We’d love to know what do you keep in your handbag?

Haha you really don’t right now – it’s a complete mess. I’m moving so fast at the moment that details just fade into the distance. Its probably filled with doggy bags, copies of the Collective, some make up and an assortment of other crazy things. My partner thinks I’m mad – the other day I did say to him randomly “who’d be a woman’s handbag” as I was once again searching in the depths for something or other. In short, it’s a mess!

What or who inspires you?

My readers inspire me every day. They are having the courage to take risks and I literally receive hundreds of emails every single day from them telling me about their triumphs and hardships. It melts my heart.

What are your top organising tips for entrepreneurs?

Surround yourself with a great team. Entrepreneurs move fast and we need a great team to keep us on track, do the detail and implement

Daring and DisruptiveIf you had 24 hours left on this earth, what would you do?

Probably just hang out with my partner, my family and my closest friends and have really close nurturing time. At the end of the day, its these intimate moments of true connection that are the most sacred

You travel a lot with your job which sounds exciting. How do you keep fit, sane and organised when you’re on the road?

I have a “training is not negotiable” mantra. I train and keep fit as a priority. My health has become my number one priority above all else. Without it I have nothing. I realised this late last year when I became extremely fatigued and had complete burn out. I was a crap boss, partner and friend. It was a great wake up that without my health I have nothing and cannot be the very best version of me.

We’re hanging out for your new book Daring and Disruptive – unleashing the entrepreneur. Can you give us a little hint?What can we expect?

Well its not the tell all (that is being written on a daily basis and will be released in about 5 years) but its pretty gritty. Its basically my philosophies on business and life and lots of my personal stories and anecdotes along the way. It’s a pretty personal insight into who I am. You can get your copy here.

Lisa Messsenger, Editor-in-Chief Renegade Collective

LisaMessenger1_smlFounder/Editor-In-Chief Lisa Messenger started her business life in sponsorship and events, brokering international deals for the likes of The Wiggles, Barry Humphries and Cirque du Soleil, before she expanded to PR (managing her own firm) and book publishing (where her company produced more than 400 books for others with a disruptive new approach). In 2013, with a strong sense of purpose and her entrepreneurial spirit firing, she launched The Collective. Under her leadership, it has grown rapidly into a multi-media brand to more than 30 countries, has defied the odds of the print magazine industry and along the way, has created a community of like-minded, driven, talented and inspired human beings. As Uber Australia General Manager David Rohrsheim says, Lisa is… “A powerful combination to make the impossible happen”.

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