Profile: Lissane Oliver, organiser extraordinaire
At 43 and newly married, Oliver is still adorable and still riding high on the success of her 2007 book SORTED! The Ultimate Guide to Organising Your Life.
"It's actually a bestseller and has been translated into four languages," she says. "The loveliest thing is to receive emails from peeps saying how much it's helped them. What a joy! Or when people say, 'Dear Lissanne, I feel like you've written this book just for me', or, 'I feel like you took me by the hand and showed me how it was all going to be okay'."
After rising early (she doesn't use an alarm, but her body clock) and making a pot of tea with a cosy on top before jumping online to read the paper with her cat in her lap, Oliver's daily life involves sorting through paperwork and clutter and setting up systems for her clientele.
"I love the problem solving and creativity," she says. "It's a real privilege to be allowed into the privacy of someone's home or office. Right now, I have a lot of clients I haven't seen for four or five years calling up for some more work saying, 'The work we did back then made such a difference, I'm ready for more!'"
This Saturday, Oliver will be joining two of her international colleagues – Chantale Bordonaro of SimplicitySource.com and Joshua Zerkel of CustomLivingSolutions.com – in Sydney presenting a workshop called 6 Steps to Your Organised Life, to be followed by the same workshop in Melbourne the following weekend.
"Josh is a gun with technology and productivity – honestly, I thought I was organised but he is impressive!" she says. "He gets stuff done like I have never seen. And he introduced me to the most amazing online tools to really help my productivity. Chantale is a stunning French Canadian who is much adored and respected in our industry. What kills me about her is that she's fun and witty in delivering her message: how do we find/reclaim more space. I'm going to share all you need to know to stay clutter free forever and also how to whip your paper into shape without pain. We are so excited about our workshop – even the lunch is delicious!"
Those interested in attending the workshops can sign up today and receive a discount. But for the rest of us, Oliver – who intends to enter Apartment Therapy's colour contest ("I think my space is almost Apartment Therapy worthy!" – has some critical advice for getting into the silly season swing of things.
"Start now! Start now! Start now! Get organised NOW! Don't wait! Get your cards started, make your list for shopping, purchase non perishable foods, etc. Those who suffer – and are run ragged – leave it all to the last minute. Even putting away a bit o' cash now will help you finanicially rather than having it all come out of one pay packet."
Girl With a Satchel