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Time for Home

home and organisation – stuff I’m not amazingly good at but I do try.


Finishing our bedroom

Feb
22nd
2019

almost!

22 Feb, 2019

Our bedroom is very nearly there! With the arrival of our bedside tables today, I thought I’d do a little update post on where we are with it.

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Bedroom renovation

We moved out of our room in July and didn’t get it back until a couple of days before Christmas. It quickly went from this(more…)

Pre-loved and handmade

Feb
20th
2019

baby clothes with a back story

20 Feb, 2019

Loads of Nancy’s clothes are from the big stores in the sales – Tesco, Marks and Spencers, Next, etc. I couldn’t wake past a baby sale rail without buying something. I had to stop going shopping! But some of my favourites are the ones with a story. They’re either the ones that used to be someone else’s or ones that have been handmade for her. She’s just about to move up to the 3-6 month stuff, of which she has some lovely things but here are a few pre-loved and handmade favourites…before she grows out of them too!

Reuben’s old clothes

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This was Reuben’s first onesie (from TK Max) and with Nancy looking so like him, I thought I’d been transported back 6 years every time she wore it!

She’s also been using his old muslin squares, blankets and towels, and of course Reuben’s monster suit (from Asda).

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Rufus’s old clothes

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Rufus is Reuben and Nancy’s newest cousin (born in April 2018) and he’s been kindly passing on some lovely things – including these amazing fire engine dungarees (handmade), some vests and these lovely foxy leggings (Joules).

Pre-loved

Handmade

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Nancy 4 days old and 3 months old

My mum bought this cardigan for Nancy from her church, I think, made by one of the ladies. I love it and she’s been in it since she was only 4 days old! She’s nearly out of it now though.

{The onesie is from M&S and the leggings and jumper are from Boots Mini}

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My mum has since made her this cross-over cardigan, which will be fitting her for a long time I think. Happily, because I love it!

{Onesie from Next}

Do you have any favourite pre-loved and handmade clothes for your kids?

I’d love to hear about them! Comment below or over on the Mums’ Days Facebook or Instagram pages.

Decluttering

Feb
19th
2019

sorting the kitchen and a lot of out of date stuff!

19 Feb, 2019

A month ago my mate Cath, who runs a decluttering business called Clear the Clutter, came to my house and helped me sort out the kitchen. It took 5 hours and it nearly finished me off.

Decluttering the kitchen

After months of building work and living out of the kitchen, even after we had got most of the house back, ‘stuff’ had still accumulated over ever surface and was spilling out of every cupboard. It was positively oppressive.

Decluttering the kitchen

Decluttering the kitchen

For the sake full disclosure, this is not an ad. Cath is a mate but I paid her for her service and she’s bloody good.

People who are professionally tidy (or just tidy for that matter!) think differently from me (that’s not tidy, it’s just a pile), they help you see your stuff with fresh eyes (I have no idea why I still have that. And why do I have every cooking accoutrement I own next to the cooker?), and, they can keep going long after you would have thrown the towel in.

If Cath hadn’t been there, I would have stopped after the tea and coffee cupboard. Who knew I had so many boxes of tea? I only ever drank one or two varieties but now I can see them all I have different ones all the time. Living it large!

Decluttering the kitchen

Seeing all your belongings on the table is weird. A) there’s a lot of it and B) items hide after a while – it’s there in plain sight but you stop seeing it well past its used by date.

Decluttering the kitchen

After the 5 hours we had boxes of stuff to go out (the best part of Cath’s service is she takes it away!!!!) – to the tip, to the charity shop and to the scrap man.

After the decluttering

That Marie Kondo really is onto something. Having less stuff and space to put things that never had homes, is life changing! It was so liberating once it was done I went on to start wearing my glasses again and sort out a few niggly things that were wrong with my car.

Mike was gobsmaked when he came home. Best present I’ve ever given him! He started talking about finally putting artwork up and making it homey (only 2 years after we moved in!).

A month later and we are yet to put up any artwork and keeping the kitchen decluttered is something you need to keep working at but it’s certainly easier now.

Today I thought I’d finally finish off the last 2 cupboards that we didn’t manage to do when Cath was here.

Decluttering the kitchen

Two thirds of this stuff was OUT OF DATE!! I’ve so much space now 🙂

I had to do it in 2 sittings as Nancy had had enough after the first cupboard (and watched Dumplin’ on Netflix in between) – there was so much out of date stuff in them but we’re finally done with the decluttering. Now where’s that artwork?

When was the last time you had a big declutter? Was your out of date stuff as bad as mine?!

I’d love to hear about it below or head over to Mums’ Days Facebook or Instagram to join the convo there. You should also check out Cath’s Clear the Clutter Facebook Page – she’s been sharing her decluttering expertise on there, including how to get an extra fiver from Music Magpie when you sell your stuff there. Noice!

Bootroom and utility

Feb
16th
2019

Inspiration

16 Feb, 2019

We’re in the final straight of the building work and after a quiet January, the start of February has seen a lot more action. The back of the house has had quite a bit of rejigging – we’ve moved stairs around, blocked off a door way and made a new one, and moved the washer and drier from right by the door. Brian the builder, is part way through fitting units in the utility and bootroom (that are way nicer than the ones we have in the kitchen!) and should be done next week!! Waaaaa! I’ll share the finished article then but for now I thought I’d share the inspiration…

Bootroom

Bootroom and utility

The idea for this area is to have a space when you first come in (there is a ‘proper’ front door but we always use this entrance) for everyday shoes and coats. We’ve used the image above as inspiration with the navy units, wooden bench and brass hooks.

Then we’ve turned what was the pantry and stinky cat room into a utility space for washer/drier, storing dirty clothes, the kids clean clothes and mops and brooms.

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The animals inspecting what used to be there feeding room… soon it will look like this: 

Bootroom and utility

An idea of the layout for the utility space

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“We’ll put the door right where this pipe is, yes?”

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Perfect.

Then the dusty bit will be over. Ahhh! It’ll be a lick of paint in the bootroom, utility, Mike’s office and the TV room above and goodbye builders!

I’ve shared the inspiration picture for the utility area on my Instagram tonight and if you scroll along you’ll see a video of the space before the units were put in at the start of the week. I’ve also shared the video on Facebook, if that’s your preferred social media!

Onesies

Feb
13th
2019

Favourite PJs from birth to 3 months

13 Feb, 2019

It’s been a PJ kind of day here. I don’t know if I had super immunity while pregnant but I’ve not been ill for over a year and I’ve felt pretty smug about it! Well not anymore. I’ve been coming down with a cold for the past few days and today it hit.  I’ve felt so rubbish that my crowing achievement of the day is making a bolognese and watching a season of Friends from College on Netflix (really enjoying it!).

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Onesie of the day – 13 weeks old tomorrow and 3 months on Friday!

In light of our low key day I thought I’d share my favourite onesies that Nancy has had so far. With them having feet she grows out of these so fast but she’s had some lovely ones.

1 day old – so tiny!

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Onesie – TK Max

This was Reuben’s first onesie too! I just popped it in to show how much she’s grown.

8 weeks old

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Padded onesie – F&F

It’s winter, it’s snowed and the heating has broken multiple times…a padded onesie has come in handy! This one was a gift from Mike’s aunty but we’ve got a few from Mothercare that I really like and this super cute one from Patpat.

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10 weeks old

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Rainbow Onesie – Next – pack of 3 (see spotty cat onesie at the top of the post also)

Blanket – B and M

muslin – Tesco, pack of 3

Nancy was bought these by a friend when she was born and I just love them! Cute prints and gorgeous quality . You can see from the picture at the top of this post that in just 3 weeks she’s nearly grown out of them 😭

We’ve also had onesies from Tesco, M&S and Boots Mini but I’d say my favourites have been these Next ones.

where are your favourite onesies from?

Comment below or head to the Mumsdays Facebook or Instagram.

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