First things first, tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to start Simplify My Home.
Firstly, I want everyone to know that I was an unorganised person. Organisation and having order in my life are learned habits, which have changed my life.
Prior to having children, I worked in a very busy commercial role. I met my now, husband at the age of 26 and I became a stepmother of two young children. The children were very young, only 1 and 2 years old. I started to understand the pressure of working full-time, and parenting two young kids, and I started to suffer from extreme anxiety, I quite literally couldn’t keep on top of everything. I fell pregnant with my daughter Olivia, and following her birth I went through terrible Post Natal Depression. My house was in absolute chaos and so was my mind. My stress and anxiety had a negative impact on my family.
My sister-in-law, gifted me a “pantry makeover” for my birthday. We went to many different stores to find jars and baskets. We even imported labels from Australia. It was a stressful process, but the feeling was indescribable. I instantly felt calm and relaxed. I was no longer throwing food out and I could plan my meals effectively. Three months later, I found out all my food was stale. The $500.00 I spent on jars was a waste of money. We soon realised there was nowhere you could go in New Zealand to purchase all things organisation. There was no good quality product available in New Zealand. We spent months sourcing high-quality eco-friendly products, which over the last four years have expanded into organisation for all areas of your home.