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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…)

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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…)

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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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16 Sep, 2015

A few weeks ago I started reading a book called, I kid you not, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, by Marie Kondo. You have probably either read it or at least heard of it but it was a new one on me.

Marie Kondo - the life-changing Magic of tidying. Full review!

Thus far I’m about two thirds of the way through and about a third of the way through tackling the tidying…so the life-changing magic hasn’t quite hit the Mums’ Days household yet. But I am fully bought into the philosophy.

With quotes like this, who wouldn’t?

“When you’ve finished putting your house in order, your life will change dramatically. Once you have experienced what it’s like to have a truly ordered house, you’ll feel your whole world brighten. Never again will you revert to clutter. This is what I call the magic of tidying.”

Where do I sign up?! (more…)

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15 Jul, 2015

We moved into our new home in February and one of the big things on the list was to get the Garden finished by the summer so we could enjoy it. Well, as of last week, the garden is all but finished! There are some finishing touches which I’ll mention below but I’m thrilled with it. So I wanted to share some of our garden ideas for both adults and kids to enjoy, and how it looked before and after…

Before

Garden Ideas - Before and after post with our ideas for the perfect kids and adults garden

Garden Ideas - Before and after post with our ideas for the perfect kids and adults garden

And this doesn’t even demonstrate how bad it was. It was basically paved over with a mixture of both stones and paving slabs, so it was a trip-hazard for adults and toddler alike! The Garden’s saving grace over the spring and early summer has been the Clematis and the decking which Neil (our in-door DIY hero) put down in April.

After

Garden Ideas - Before and after post with our ideas for the perfect kids and adults garden (more…)

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