Justine

Photo by Virginia Cummins

Hello! I’m Justine Law – a Melbourne-based professional organiser, home-lover and founder of Domestica.

I love all things domestic (hence the name – a play on the Italian ‘housekeeper’, or as I prefer, ‘keeper of the house’) and I love the art and science of keeping house.

Domestica has taken on a few forms since its inception in 2004 as a decluttering and organising service. I had a wander into shop-keeping, housekeeping, in-home cooking and now, fifteen years later back to where it began – but with more of a focus on sustainability, low-tox, low waste living, real food, minimalism and creating uncluttered, healthy homes.

During my twenties and thirties, I honed my skillset working as a nanny, cook, cleaner, housekeeper and PA from Melbourne to London to Venice and places in between. I love helping others get stuff done, making things happen,while doing it in the most efficient manner possible.

My goal is to be part of helping create healthy, uncluttered homes for families across inner Melbourne. It’s something I am passionate about in my own life, so if I can help support others travelling a similar path towards conscious consumption and a clearer, calmer brain space then I’m even happier.

I’ve had my own health challenges over the years which meant a huge lifestyle changes including diet (strictly gluten free, low FODMAP and low histamine), changes to what I use on my body and around my home due to sensitivities to fragrance and chemicals.  This led me to completing Alexx Stuart’s ‘Go Low Tox‘ online course in 2018 and hope to do further study with her in 2019 which will enable me to expand my knowledge and skills to help even more people.

I’ve in the past studied a random assortment of things from liberal arts, tour guiding, Italian, urban farming and small business. Some of my proudest moments: learning to row with locals in Venice, cooking at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant in London and finally coming to the realisation that you can love and see beauty in things without having to actually own them! I’m by no means a minimalist with a spartan home, but I do understand that you don’t need lots of stuff surrounding you to make you happy. It’s people who do that.

In my spare time, you’ll find me fossicking through op shops (but not buying much these days!), cooking, tending to my little vegetable patch or learning to embroider. While cooking for families the past few years, I developed a keen interest in feeding children, particularly babies who were just learning to eat and enjoy food.  I learnt too, how important it is to nourish Mamas while they nurture their babies. I am also often found hanging out in one of my favourite online travel forums discussing with other packing enthusiasts the most efficient methods of packing and everything that goes with it. (True story- I am rather obsessed!)

I hold current police and working with children checks and am trained in first aid and food handling. I’m fully insured and a member of the Australian Institute of Food Safety.

I’d love to set up a time to chat about your needs and how I might be able to support you. Send me a message via the contact form , my Facebook or Instagram page or the old-fashioned telephone!