Life Hacks to Kickstart 2017

Life Hacks to Kickstart 2017

Be the most productive version of yourself this year!

By Emmy-Lou McKean | 21st December 2016

New year, new everything, right? We’re always looking for ways to become more efficient and make this year better than the last. And even the smallest of tweaks or life hacks can make a huge difference. Here’s how:


If the printer on your desk doesn’t work anymore or that sewing machine in the spare room is just collecting dust, it’s time to rethink things.

Declutter BEFORE you start the organisational process so you’re not just moving things around every few months. After that, investing in organisational products could be the key to success. Soon enough, you won’t know what you did without your cable box or your secret shoe cabinet.


HOWARDS STORAGE WORLD Bluelounge cabledrop $12.95, Howards shoe cabinet drawers $219, Earphone wrap macaroon $3, Umbra copper pendant scarf hanger $29.95, Bluelounge cablebox $44.95



A bad night’s sleep can ruin your entire day. Where comfort, back support and sleep  are concerned, there is little room for compromise. After all, we spend about a third of our lives in bed.

Most mattresses will need replacing every seven to 10 years. When it comes time for you to upgrade, seek advice from a professional so you can understand all your options. At Homemaker The Valley, you have the opportunity to seek advice from the best in the sleeping biz.


DARE GALLERY Sealy Cassini light mattress $2,199, SNOOZE bed match machine, ADAIRS Home Republic villa quilt blush $149.95



No, I’m not just talking about updating the software on your iPhone (but if you’ve been pressing “remind me later” for six months, that’s also a good idea). Take some time to discover what products are out there and how they could help streamline your tech use. Whether it’s as simple as going cordless with your charging or taking to the skies with your recording, 2017 is the year to embrace the future of technology.


HARVEY NORMAN Fitbit chare 2 heart teal $226, Belkin boost up wirless charging pad $108, Flexson Sonos play:1 pink 29.95. VIDEOPRO DJI Phantoman 4 quadcopter $1,693



Now that you’re getting better sleep, you’ve decluttered your home and streamlined those little everyday tasks, it’s time to reward yourself by reviving a tired space with new and exciting homewares for 2017.

From a vibrant floor rug  to a new light fixture in the kitchen, when it comes to giving your space a little flair the opportunities are endless at Homemaker The Valley. Book in for a free styling session with resident stylist Morgan Braithwaite, who will take the time to understand and help create a vision for your particular space.


DARE GALLERY Harper armchair $489, BEACON LIGHTING Orion 15 light pendant brass $895, Edison cylinder table lamp teak $79.95, ADAIRS Mercer + Reid floral peony print $109.95, Home Republic circular canvas blue $89.95



We’re all guilty of indulging in a big brekky or a long lunch from time to time, but rather than feeling guilty for enjoying the good things in life, make 2017 about balance.

Invest in yourself with a good exercise regimen. In no time at all, you’ll be motivated to eat well and a release of endorphins will keep you happy and positive.

And why not look as good as you feel? Revamp your wardrobe with some of Australia’s biggest brands for small prices at Trade Secret. Some of the biggest influencers on Instagram at the moment (including Elle Ferguson and Tash Sefton from They All Hate Us and our own Brissy bloggers) have been hitting up the discount retailer to score a few new wardrobe finds recently. Get in on the action; it’ll be our little secret!


TRADESECRET dress worn by @abrokegirlsblog, GOODLIFE HEALTH CLUB barre class


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Article by Emmy-Lou McKean

Emmy-Lou McKean is a Journalist at Style Magazines. She is a self-confessed pyjama enthusiast and on her weekends when she isn't in said pyjamas you'll find her enjoying live music, sipping Matcha lattes and eating her way through Brisbane and beyond.


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