The Life-Changing Magic of Selling Things

(This photo is from our entrance hall and I recently decluttered it a bit. The mountain bike that we sold also used to stand next to these shelves - I'm happy the space is now clear.)

I'm a total nerd when it comes to organising and decluttering. In fact I can almost say it's a hobby. I love the idea of always knowing where things are and not having unnecessary items taking up space in our home. Things need a place and if they are no longer useful then they need to get on out of here. Luckily, Daniel is really good at respecting this aspect of my (crazy) personality and he has an element of it himself. As his interests and hobbies have changed, so he has ensured that he cleans out and sells thing on. We recently had a good hard look around our home and although we are fortunate to have quite a lot of space - the challenge is to not succumb to adding more and more things. Through the cleaning out we managed to sell two huge items that we had decided to move on from. A mountain bike and a vintage style motorbike that Daniel restored. Both were in the way and gathering dust. We sold these two bigger items and several other small things via Gumtree. I like to look for unusual finds via the site as I did during my office setup, but selling scares me a bit. Luckily with some coaxing from Daniel and their helpful seller guide I was able to get my head around it. The process was simple, easy and now we have some extra money in the bank which Daniel has partly used for new machinery (one that I can't wait to make use of too).

Cleaning out and selling things is the perfect way to feel not only liberated, but inspired too. More space is always welcome and some extra cash is ideal for reinvesting in items that you actually want. I like donating, but so often there are items that I know someone else could make good use of and in that case I would prefer to sell them, especially if they were expensive.

Thinking of having a clean out or declutter? Here are two of my favourite sources of inspiration to get going (and stay organsised).

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: I'm currenty listening to an audio version and I'm enjoying it. I like certain aspects and have already been putting her way of thinking into play. I do feel that you need to use aspects of it rather than take every single element literally.

A Bowl full of Lemons: Following Toni's insight via the site and on Instagram is so inspiring. I love browsing the projects and challenges.

> Oh and of course my 'Organised Spaces' board on Pinterest is my happy place.

I hope this inspires you to get rid of a few things and perhaps to reinvest in some joyful new home decor or organisation items. The Gumtree seller guide offers the perfect tips for making a start.
Images via: 1, 2, 3

*Posted in collaboration with Gumtree. All views are my own and this is a site that I truly use in my personal capacity.

Etsy Craft Party: Durban 2015

Hooray! It's that special time of the year again! Tickets for the Etsy Craft Party / Durban are now on sale. The party is held globally on the same day with Etsy at the helm - they set the theme and offer us a wonderful excuse to get creative (not that we need one). Over the last two years the Durban event has been the only one in South Africa - which makes me pretty proud.

Date: Friday, 5 June 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 10pm
Venue: Anthology in Windermere Centre / 163 Lilian Ngoyi Road (old Windermere Road)
Theme: Paper takes Shape
What to Bring: Scissors and your favourite supplies.
Cost: R355 (including booking fee)

Why the price increase? To ensure the party is the best it can possible be. The party is a community project, but there are still several costs that need to be covered. It's well worth it - I promise.

You can look forward to: Crafting and learning something new, lovely freebies, craft supplies, light snacks, giveaways (and heaps more).

Tickets are limited this year to only thirty people so don't delay bo. Click here to book your tickets. Quicket is reliable and safe online booking system.

To get inspired or even persuaded take a look at party pics from 2013 and 2014
If you would like to become a sponsor - get in touch. In the past there have been incredible sponsors from In Good Company through to Skinny laMinx.

See you there!

Out & About: Life of Late

I received this amazing leather folder last week Friday at a M-Net lunch hosted by Kershnee Govender. It was a beautiful lunch at the Oyster Box and it was wonderful to chat business with a room full of inspired people. But... this folder was the cherry on top. I have been on the hunt for something similar for years. Woohoo - one happy stationery addict!

Tweeling Plaas in the Freestate belongs to a very dear friend of my mom's and we were invited to visit recently. Life changing... pretty much sums it up. From the loving hospitality through to meeting the most beautiful little lambs - I was in awe! It was so great to spend time out and about on the farm, eating (way too much) and taking things easy. The perfect place to gain some perspective.

The opportunity of going to Cape Town for the Creative Business Exchange was so exciting. Besides being able to do what I love and connect with creatives, I was also (very) excited to stay in a hotel. It never gets old. Plus the city view was breathtaking and made my heart want to burst with gratitude. POP! The other highlight that surrounded the event was my interview on CliffCentral (listen to it here - 22 April). Happy dance moment if ever there was one! My comfort zone was stretched, but it was totally worth it.
I'm loving office life - especially faffing around styling things and making sure everything is just right. It also really helps with productivity, focus and of course it's the perfect place for hosting my one on one consulting sessions. I'm happy (actually overjoyed) with how the space has turned out and the list of things to complete is now really short. 

In other news I would love to connect with you on Snapchat. Send me a creative business question via Snapchat and I will answer it for you. I'm also sharing snippets of my day via video - vlog style so if you want to see my sometimes boring, sometimes busy and sometimes fun days then stop by (nadiavdmescht). Chat soon!

Saying Thank You with help from aQuellé

Saying thank you is one of my favourite things - it feels good and fills my heart with gratitude. Kindness is seriously lacking in our busy, rushed world so when I get a gap to take stock and thank people - I love to make it extra special (especially if I get to write and decorate a pretty note). 

aQuellé asked me to be part of their 'Random Acts of Coolness' campaign and I jumped at the opportunity to thank a few people who aren't often rewarded for their hard work. First on my list were the wonderful people who work at my local post office. Now, I know our postal service hasn't got the best reputation, but the staff at Musgrave Post Office go above and beyond to make up for the short comings of the service as a whole. They are always friendly, helpful, kind and to date none of my snail mail sent via them has not arrived, in fact my post from faraway friends is also always delivered. They don't get thanked enough - I have never taken the time to say how grateful I am for their hard work (although I always say thanks). With some encouragement from aQuellé I was able to thank them properly with treats, including refreshing flavoured water and I also added in a big batch of cupcakes. I spent a bit of time with the lovely ladies who always help me and told them how thankful I am for all they do. They were so overjoyed and grateful in return and in fact I almost shed a little tear. One of the lovely ladies said she really needed the boost - today of all days as she was on the brink of tears herself after a particularly difficult customer had screamed at her. I was so happy that I was able to turn her day around! Plus... I got crafty too and spent some time making them a few special thank yous. They always see all my papery delights that I send to friends and it was their turn this time round.

I gave a few more thanks along the way including to a toll road attendant on a recent road trip to see a client. She was quite literally flabbergasted that I was offering her something and taking the time to chat to her - most of all to say thank you for the work she does. The thing is... we should all take more time to say thank you, not a rushed or quick thoughtless thanks, but rather a heartfelt and sincere THANK YOU! 

The lovely news is aQuellé wants to spoil one of my readers with a R1000 cash prize. The aim is to encourage you... my wonderful readers to go out and say thank you to someone who you thinks deserves it or isn't often on the receiving end of gratitude.

To Enter:
1 > Buy a bottle of aQuellé - you will see the 'Random Acts of Coolness' logo displayed on the label. The Strawberry is particularly delish.

2 > Give the bottle away to someone who you want to thank. Think of someone who isn't often thanked for the work they do.

3 > Take a photo with your special 'nominee' and tag or tweet me on social media. Be sure to include the hash tag #ActsOfCoolness. You can also tweet @aQuelle if you like.

That's it... so go out and bring some joy, the world really needs it as I'm sure you agree.

For added inspiration be sure to watch the aQuellé team's videos where they hit the streets to say thanks to people... from firemen to construction workers.

The Serious Stuff:
Entries close at 7pm on 25th April 2015.
You can enter multiple times - as long as each entry includes a new random act of coolness.
Entries welcome via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@nadiavdmescht).
This is a local, South African giveaway.
Only entries that include the hash tag will be accepted.
Further T&C's apply - via aQuellé who is offering the cash prize.
Winner will be notified via social media.

Good luck and enjoy sharing some love, care and joy!

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