Organice my home on a budget

One year, we had a big renovation in our rental house. Finally we got double (or insulated) windows, central heating, a new ventilation system, new kitchen, bathroom and toilet, and new balconies. Everything was really old and dirty, so we were happy for this big change in our house. Not to mention the mount we would save on our energy bill. We had to move out for several weeks, and when our house was finished we wanted to make a fresh start!

Window during winter before renovation, window winter after revovation
Windows before/after renovation
Old stuff for flea market
Old stuff for flea market
Moodboard of pictures I've made (@ headquarter Humanoid) and pictures we found on blogs.
My mood board

We had the idea to change most of our furniture, but we didn't had much money. So what to do?

A few weeks before our renovation we had to pack all of our stuff in boxes; the house had to be empty for the construction workers. Best moment to make choices: what are we going to keep? And what are we going to throw away?

Or better: what are we going to sell? We wanted to sell all of our old stuff at a flea market, to create money for new furniture! We packed ten moving boxes, got one big clothing rack, and collected so much more.

With a lot of enthusiasm, fun and sunshine, me and my husband had a great day! Sales of this day? 530 EUR (715 US dollars)!!!

So now we had a budget: 530 EUR to buy furniture. We didn't want to buy new stuff, cause we prefer vintage furniture. We love the old look and feel of a used piece. We made a mood board with some pretty things, and then we went searching: flea markets, second-hand stores, internet.

And we found some real good stuff!

Checklist to organice your home on a budget

Old furniture

  • Collect your old stuff in your house. Take your time; do it when the weather is bad, or when you are bored.
  •  Take pictures, and put it on internet (eBay, marketplace, etc) so people can place bids. You can also rent a stall at a flea market in your neighborhood.

New furniture

  • Make your own moodboard. What do you like? Buy magazines, follow vintage blogs, look around, visit second hand stores and make pictures.
  • Make time to search for beautiful vintage furniture on the internet. When you find something you really want mail or call the seller immediately! Place your own bid!
  • When you want to buy something from the internet, don't check everything all the time. Check the new advertisements every day. Look at old advertisements when you have more time.
  • Take your time! You don't have to hurry. Tomorrow is another day to look around. Make your own plan, make it fun. But don't hesitate when you find something you really like: buy it!

Places I visited

I hope you are inspired.. I'm in love with our home on a budget!

Joey 

p.s. Visit my work at Haus of Joey!


Oven cleaning with lemon

For everyone who needs to "Organice" their home, and especially clean their home regularly, it is great if you know smart tips to make it easier and more fun! Here is another one for your oven.

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As you know I love cooking,as cooking yourself is just the healthiest thing you can do! But that means I am using my oven a lot so that it becomes dirty. But I don't worry, as I have the perfect thing to help me clean my oven faster and easier!

This is my oven cleaning tip: oven cleaning with lemon! Take a bowl that is heat resistant and fill it with water. Then take a lemon or a lime, cut it in half and squeeze the juice so it mixes with the water. Put the lemon or lime also in the bowl. Put this in the oven and turn it on until the water starts to boil. Then, turn off the oven and let it cool off with the door closed. This little trick will not only make it much easier to clean your oven, as the bowl will attract the dirt and grease from the oven, but it also smells delicious.

p.s. a lemon is also great to clean the top of the stove with. it is anti-grease!

Love, Lonneke


Drying Laundry

When I do my laundry, I use a dryer for towels, but most of my clothes I let dry on a rack inside my home, or I dry them  outside, with nature helping me ( If the weather is good of course).

About 6% of annual total electricity use in a family home seems to come from drying clothes with a dryer. As the clothing dryer takes a lot of electricity each time you use it, it is the best choice for the environment to dry it with help of the sun and wind.

Besides that, the laundry dried this way stays better, longer. Yes a dryer makes the clothes feel softer, but it actually weakens the fabric ( the lint is pieces of fabric out of your clothes) And drying it outside doesn't do that. The sun also helps clear up stains, and makes whites look whiter. (this of course if you live in an area with little air polution)

It is good to think about things you do at home every day, and find ways to keep your clothing in shape longer, and saving money as well!

Here are some nice site with more tips!

simplemom.net/5-reasons-to-line-dry-your-laundry/

www.laundrylist.org/index.php/faq/35-general-laundry-questions/51--how-much-energy-is-actually-used-by-the-electric-clothes-dryer

Love, Lonneke


Joey's Circle of Five!

[quote]Here I was, getting ready to go onstage... to supposedly convince and inspire thousands of people... to get unified and to fight the prejudice... you know, that I couldn't even inspire seven dancers. - Madonna TRUTH OR DARE, 1990[/quote]

Do you know that feeling when you want to change the world? When you want to inspire people? But you can’t even inspire yourself sometimes?

That’s how I felt a while ago. I was lost. I didn’t know what to do. How to begin. How to get the energy again.

Let me tell you about the months in my life in mid-2013 as a lot changed for me. I resigned my parttime job because I wanted to really focus on my company HAUS OF JOEY. I only want to work as a freelance illustrator. A lot of people around me told me also to quit my job. "Just do what you do best. You can do it! Just focus!" So I did. Without a real plan.

I forgot that I always had a job (since I was nineteen). I always had a boss. I always got my money at the end of the month. I had a rhythm every day: get up, go to work, own your money, go to home, spend some time with my husband, go to my friends, etc.

I loved it, but I was also used to it. It was regular. Normal. In control. And I love it to be in control. Cause I’m a control freak.

That all ended. Now I am my own boss.
Now I have make my own plans, my own choices, my own rules, etc.
Now I have to make my own money... Oi!

I started too positive. Too happy. Cause I had some money. No worries, right? I took some time to get in my new mood, my new rhythm. And it was hard. It felt like I was in rehab.

I’s always busy in my creative head, and I had to do a lot. But how to start? Where to begin?

And then I thought about one episode of Oprah. Rudine Howard suffered from lifelong anorexia, and Oprah followed her story from 1989 to her death in 1994. When Traci Gold appeared with Rudine (age 29 and 58 lbs.), Traci insisted Rudine could overcome anorexia by taking steps to “fill your mind.” Rudine heart-wrenchingly asked, “But how do you do it?” It changed Oprah’s way of thinking.

[quote]That is it. That is what everybody wants to know. How? This is the central question in life. - Oprah[/quote]

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing myself with this sad story, or the woman who suffered from this disease. It’s all about her question. How? How do you do it? How do you get a succesful business? What do you have to do?

The Organice Your Life®'s the Circle of Five

I thought about Organice Your Life®'s the Circle of Five. These 5 steps can help you to organize and improve your home, your finances, your career, your health, your relationships, and your good charitable work for others.

Why not start with that? Just to get back on track. So I did.

1. Organice Your Home

I cleaned up my atelier, my work office. Started with my administration, organiced all my old illustrations (hundreds!!!), pictures (thousands!), etc. It took some time but boy, I’m so happy I did it! Luckely my place at home was already organiced!

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2. Organice Your AGENDA

I started reading “Start from Your Heart”, a book about how to start your company in your own steps, with your own feelings. It helped me to get back to basic. Why do I want to get a successful business? What do I want to earn? What are my goals? For now? And for the next couple of years?

I’ve written everything down, and now I have my own manuscript about how to start my own company. And I did it in the way I wanted to do it. It felt so good. Cleaned up my head again.

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3. Organice YOURSELF

I love to take care of my body and mind. But sometimes I need structure to get back the focus. I do not drink a lot, and don’t use any drugs. I’m trying to eat better (step by step, with the help of great Organice Your Life recipes), and I’m doing my exercises again. All at home. Low budget.

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My schedule? In the morning I start with the sun salutation and after that I do my push-ups, or use some dumbles. I run 3 times a week. It gives me such a nice feeling, and my body’s getting back in shape again!

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4. Organice Your RELATIONSHIPS

Husband - I married the best man in the whole world! He supports me in everything, and he believes in me. Every Wednesday evening is our night, and we do something together: we’re going to the movies, having dinner outside, take a walk. Such good quality time.

Family - I love my brothers and sister. We talk almost every day (thank God for group whatsapp), and once a while we go out together. Crazy nights!

Friends - My friends are really important to me. I really take the time to visit them, to be around them. Good friends are gold. They give me positive energy and love, and I can really be myself around them.

5. Organice Your GOOD HEART

I’m trying to be a good person. A few months ago I found a wallet on the street. Couldn’t find a telephone number inside, but a lot of his (credit) cards. Found his name on the internet and called him, and he was so grateful I called him. I didn’t noticed the wallet was filled with a lot of money (I did not search for it), but when he came back to pick up the wallet he saw all the money was there (think it was more than 1000 EUR). He wanted to give me a reward. I didn’t want it, but he insisted. He gave me 200 euro (!) and walked away. I was flabbergasted. Okay, I could have all the money if I kept the wallet, but I’m not one of those people. It wasn’t mine and I believe in karma. I know this is just a little thing, but a good heart starts with simple things. Be kind. Be helpful. Be a human.

These five steps help me to focus. Focus on what’s important.

Challenge yourself and try it. It really helps!


Camping: Back to Basic!

I want to go down memory lane and tell you about a photoshoot I did for dutch Glamour Magazine with photographer Paul Bellaart a few years ago. Stylist Jetteke insisted on having me to shoot this story. It was a lovely experience and just the right kind of place for me!

We shot at a camp site at an Estate called "Thornspick" located in one of the most beautiful places in the Netherlands: the Veluwe. This estate had only 4 tents, surrounded by trees and plants, they were very luxurious and looked more like safari tents.

And now the fun part that I like:

To use the luxury you needed to work:

- To get warm water you had to heat it.
- To have electricity you had to ride a bike to generate electricity, that was then stored in a battery and was then ready for use.
- cooking was done by yourself ( that's ok!)
- and doing the dishes as well ( that's too bad...)

But... This way the camp site is CARBONEUTRAL! Pretty cool huh? Just like camping, that's cool too! The company is called "Het Verborgen Verblijf".

translated in English it is something like "The Hidden Place". The link is in dutch, but you get a feeling of what it looks like.

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Going back to basic, doing everything yourself, together and with nature. I grew up camping with the family. We went multiple times a year. Those are my fondest memories of my childhood. We would stay in a "vouwwagen" or tent, and our daily entertainment wouldn't cost a thing. We would just go on an adventure in the woods next to the campsite, and bake potatoes and marshmallows on a bonfire. We would swim in a pond, or a river nearby. I would make friends from far away cities like Delft, or Leeuwarden, and we would become penpals and stay in contact after the vacation was over, and send each other mail the old school way. We played games. Not on a computer, we would play boardgames  and bingo until late at night, or we would make up our own games with whatever we found on the site. Good memories..

I hope more people will start seeing the beauty of going back to basic and instead of spending lots of money, go to nearby campsites, like this one. The kids will love it much more than an expensive hotel room!

The shoot went well and we all had renewed energy of being in a place like this. I went home with a box full of organic eggs, that were very tasty!

www.verborgenverblijf.nl

www.glamour.nl

These were the pictures we shot that day!

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Glamour 2010 shot at Thornspick

Glamour 2010 shot at Thornspick

Glamour 2010 shot at Thornspick

Glamour 2010 shot at Thornspick

Glamour 2010 shot at Thornspick

Glamour 2010 shot at Thornspick

 

Love, Lonneke


organizing my office

Organizing your Office.

organizing my office

Because of tax time coming up, I was like: "My office space is so not organized! I can't find anything! ". So I went to find the perfect shelves, which I found at Muji. Then it was the task of putting it together! My friend Antoniette helped me to put together the first shelves, and I did the second shelves myself.

putting together shelves

I am so happy with the results! If you feel something needs to be more organized. JUST DO IT! The feeling afterwards when you have put something together, is awesome. And my office is much neater as well! Next choir up: Painting another wall in Organice Your Life® Green color.

For my office: I painted a door that we did not need anymore in yellow, and put 9 blue boxes under neath. Et Voila! My own desk. The chair is from Knoll and I bought it at an outlet sale. You don't need to spend a lot of money to organize your work space. Just be a little creative!

I also have more room now for my treadmill, that I will start to use more often, I promise!

Love, Lonneke

My office!


Shout out for fashion entrepreneurs!

Campaign Image The Green Fashion Competition

Are you a talented fashion designer? And do you have an organiced® lifestyle and thus create beautiful designs which are socially and environmentally responsible?

Well you're in luck as the second season of The Green Fashion Competition launched during Amsterdam International Fashion Week last month with a unique ‘sneaker- installation’ by OAT shoes and great presentation by our ambassador Lonneke Engel (also featured in all of our stunning campaign imagery!).

The competition question is:
Design three outfits and write a business plan, which explains how your fashion enterprise contributes to sustaining Biodiverstiy"

The competition is aimed at entrepreneurs who can create exciting and ‘catwalk-worthy’ fashion, while sustaining our world’s biodiversity. This season we have created two categories. The second category is for recent graduates and designers who have presented less than three collections. The first category is for recognised fashion enterprises, who have presented at least three collections.

Are you, or do you know an ideal participant for competition? Please visit our website for all of the details and make sure to enrol before September 30th!

Besides a first prize of €25.000,-, a show at Amsterdam International Fashion Week, visibility in Sublime magazine and connection with the Fashion Week network,  participation within The Green Fashion Competition also provides one-on-one coaching and tailored workshops on entrepreneurship, biodiversity, innovation and technology; a complete kit for the budding (and more advanced) fashion entrepreneur.

Enrolment is possible until September 30th. We are looking forward to receiving your submission!