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


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We're getting Christmassy!

01 Dec, 2015

Advent is here! I love the run up to Christmas, even if it does make me a bit bonkers. I really wanted to be ready for christmas by now so I could enjoy Advent all the more. But in all honestly, despite a bit of panic buying this morning, I don’t feel like I’m too far off now. And things are feeling Christmasy in our house already thanks to the arrival of our Advent Boxes.

Advent Box for Reuben with Christmas Minion Onesie, Christmas socks and Stickers (more…)

Everything you need to know to make big savings on Black Friday

24 Nov, 2015

It’s one of the biggest days in the Retail year this week. Black Friday is on Friday, 27th November and I’m already a bit anxious in anticipation! It really is one of the very few days that you can get money off most stores and in some case off things that might never actually make it to the end of season sales.

Black Friday Tips from Ashleigh Money Saver - 7 tips for making the most of the best day in the retail year!

It’s a great way to get your Christmas presents sorted…But, if you’re not careful, Black Friday could cause so much excitement that you might spend way more than you might have wanted to (I speak from experience here!).

So, to avoid some of the pitfalls I fell into last year, I’ve been in touch with the lovely Ashleigh from Ashleigh Money Saver, to ask her for her top tips for making the most of Black Friday and where she thinks the hottest deals can be found…Here’s what she said. (more…)

30 Sep, 2015

We’ve been in our ‘new’ home nearly 8 months and our bedroom has probably been almost finished for about 3 months. I say almost because we’ve been lacking in Bedroom Ideas!

black and yellow bedroom ideas with colour palette and wish list

There’s no art on the walls and a horrible mirror that has been leaning against the chest of drawers for months. It’s those last finishing touches (like furniture and the bits and bobs that would add some personality) that are preventing it from being completely finished and ours. (more…)

23 Sep, 2015

Reuben is an incredibly fussy eater but we’ve recently been having some success with a sticker chart. I’ve written about what we did and my tips for fussy eaters and succeeding with a sticker chart here…but basically, I think the combination of him turning 3, so his understanding had increased, and the power of a reward system has really paid off!

There are tons of great charts out there but I struggled to find anything generic that could be used for anything. Many of the charts are related to toilet training or chores, not so much for little ones with a penchant for beige food (although I’m sure they’re out there). Whilst I was writing up my tips, I thought for fun I would create my own sticker chart.

Since we’re now in the run up to Halloween, why not do a Halloween themed Sticker Chart.

I’ve left it blank so you can use it for any reward system you like, not just for food, and left a space where you can write your child’s name.

I guess the prize for completing it could be something like go to a Halloween Party or to go trick or treating? Or both?! Since there’s only 12 spaces, you may need to complete 2 lots of the chart before the big day!

What do you need the power of the sticker chart to help you with?!

Halloween Sticker Chart

Just click the image you want and press print

Orange Sticker Chart

Halloween sticker chart - free printable sticker chart / reward chart

White Sticker Chart

Halloween sticker chart - free printable sticker chart / reward chart

21 Sep, 2015

Last week I introduced a revolutionary book by Marie KondoThe life-changing Magic of Tidying. I explained Marie’s philosophy and her approach to forever banishing the clutter. Sounds too good to be true, so I’d highly recommend reading that post about how to declutter before you move on to this one!

Marie Kondo's method for how to declutter and tidy your house. How to clear out your clothes!

Always on the lookout for life-changing magic, I’m slowly working my way through the book in the exact order she describes.

This first post looks at what I’ve done so far…clothes and books. But before you congratulate me, bare in mind that I’ve only been tackling my own stuff. Apparently before I can tackle anything else I need my own space and storage to be fully in order! So here’s how I’ve got on.

How to declutter – Clothes

On Reuben’s first day back at school (2 and a half weeks ago, I might add) I was ready to tackle the first items on the list; clothes and books. I got every article of clothing I owned, from pants and socks to big winter coats, and piled them in the spare room.

It was pretty scary to see it all piled there, and just as I was ready to start I’d remember something else that was hidden in another part of the house.

Finally convinced I had rounded everything up, like errant sheep, I touched every single item of clothing and asked Marie’s question:

“Does this spark joy?”

It took me 2 and a half hours and by the end I had a pile, a third of the original size, of clothes that I loved, 4 huge bin bags ready to go to the charity shop and a final bin bag of things that didn’t make the grade (think holey pants and stained vests).Marie Kondo's method for how to declutter and tidy your house. How to clear out your clothes!

I was amazed at what I was able to say goodbye to. Literally. Marie encourages you to thank each item you discard for bringing joy at a certain time and for working hard!

I got rid of expensive dresses that just don’t fit me right, and I even said goodbye to the dress Mike proposed to me in. It’s just not something I will ever wear again and I certainly don’t need it as a reminder of that time. I just hadn’t realised that until now!

Tidying away

Feeling liberated, I stopped for lunch and to consult the bible (Marie’s book) about what to do next, which is when I read this beauty again:

“To go through life without knowing how to fold is a huge loss.”

This didn’t half make me chuckle.

But actually now I know how to fold, I’m really enjoying it! Each morning or evening I fold all my clothes and put them away. Two weeks later and you could go in my room now and there would be no clothes (of mine) on the floor. That is a minor miracle. As a former clothes-pile keeper, I never thought I’d see the day.

Marie Kondo's method for how to declutter and tidy your house. How to clear out your clothes!

Drawer 1 – this used to be stuffed to overflowing with socks, tights, leggings and nightwear

Marie Kondo's method for how to declutter and tidy your house. How to clear out your clothes!

Drawer 2: this used to piled high with tops I didn’t wear

Marie Kondo's method for how to declutter and tidy your house. How to clear out your clothes!

The wardrobe: every hanger used to be in use and I also had piles of jeans and jumpers on the shelf above

Learning to fold and tidying away my clothes took a while, and by the time I’d finished I think I only had about half an hour until I needed to get Reuben from pre-school, so I had a cup of tea and read about the next section again…books.

How to Declutter – Books

Once we got home, I tackled my books next (remember: you should sort your own things before the heady task of dealing with everyone else’s). I piled every book I own in the snug, set up marble run for Reuben and then took each book in my hand again.

I had been sceptical about dealing with books. Being surrounded by books is lovely. But Marie makes some really good points that help you realise why it’s important to discard certain books. I filled 5 supermarket bags with books for charity, and have yet more as gifts or to give back to people!

Again, I found the process liberating, so I’d highly recommend it!

Next stop is papers. Then it’s miscellaneous (argh!) and finally the sentimental section, which I’m feeling much better equipped to deal with now.

Do you have any tips on how to declutter? Or are you in need of lessons like me?!

I’d love to hear your approach to decluttering, or if you have been reading Marie’s book. How are you getting on?

 

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