Local Chick… Margot Krekeler-Obertopp from Coogee
Coogee’s Margot Krekeler-Obertopp moved here from Germany with her hubby in 2015 and launched Peace of Mind Organising Services. She shares her local favourites with The Beast…
How long have you lived here? My husband and I moved from Germany to Australia at the beginning of 2015 and have been living in Coogee since then, and we plan to stay forever.
Why do you live here? We both love living close to the sea and we were lucky to find a nice home with a garden for our two dogs (and for us).
What’s your favourite beach? Coogee Beach is my favourite. I love the atmosphere, especially in the early mornings. I also like the Ladies’ Pool and Wylie’s Baths.
What’s your favourite eatery? There are so many great eateries here, such as Seahorse, Thai Riffic and the Spanish Fly in Randwick, and Barzura, Banana Palm and Sugarcane in Coogee.
Where do you like to have a drink? In the local beer gardens, Bat Country at The Spot, and the balcony bar at the Ritz Cinema.
Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? The relaxed ‘holiday-feeling’ atmosphere, the coastline and coastal walks, the beaches and pools, and that everything you need (supermarkets, coffee shops, restaurants, vet, etc.) is so close by.
Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? It’s so overcrowded on weekends, the traffic is terrible in the mornings and evenings, and the alcohol ban is no fun (it was nice having a picnic with a glass of wine).
Do you have a favourite sporting team? I used to follow up on the Bundesliga but I don’t currently have a favourite. I’m a big fan of Roger Federer though.
What music are you into at the moment? Anything from Rodriguez to African music, such as Sibongile Khumalo, Miriam Makeba, Oliver Mtukudzi and Johnny Clegg.
Who is your favourite person? My husband, very closely followed by our dogs.
What do you get up to on the weekends? From time to time I have a client meeting on the Saturday. On sunny days I like to spend some hours reading on the cliffs at the Ladies’ Pool or in our garden. In the evenings we go out, often to meet friends for dinner.
What do you do for work? As a professional home organiser I help my clients get their homes clutter-free and organised. My business is called POMOS Peace of Mind Organising Services (www.yourorganiserpomos.com) because that’s what my clients find at the end of any bigger organising project – peace of mind at home. If our homes only contain what’s important to us, what we need and like, we are able to relax and focus our attention on the people we love and the activities we enjoy.
What’s your favourite thing about work? I find my work very satisfying because it’s so useful to others. Most of us feel overwhelmed if we are surrounded by an unorganised amount of ‘too much’ – paperwork, clothes, toys, books, kitchen stuff, etc. It makes a huge difference if we get active and start to sort out and organise the mess. We realise what we truly value and we know exactly what we own and where we can find it, which frees up a lot of space, time and energy!
Do you have a favourite quote? “Outer order contributes to inner calm.” – Gretchen Rubin.
Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? Make it better – just a tiny bit, but every day!