Sunday, 29 December 2013

Storage on the brain.

 I am sure that I am not the only parent that thinks about storage, in fact it drives me made trying to find homes for everything!! In the last eight weeks we have had three birthdays and Christmas, and our eldest will be in nine in two weeks time.  Even with a massive declutter, we have still got too much stuff.  So I am always on the look out for inventive ways to maximise the space that we have.

I spoke to a carpenter about making use of the space underneath our bath, it seemed silly to have so much wasted space when we needed more storage. Our bath panel was all broken, and pretty unsightly. This is what he came up with, a wooden frame that sheets of MDF fit onto. The end of panel is fixed, but the side is attached by clips. The whole thing was finished off with a few coats of heavy duty vanish, that is designed for outdoor jobs.  Now we have storage for bath toys, extra toiletries and toilet rolls.  I really could not be more pleased with the end result, and now I need a few more brain waves like this .

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Wash day blues.

This isn't me at the moment, for one thing our washing machine has  been out of action for three week.  I have been relying on kind friends to help me out, and do all the washing for our family of five. You certainly find out who your friends are.  We are waiting for parts from the manufacturer, but they do not seem to be in a rush.
I am really surprised at the amount of people I know that think that they can not function without a tumble dryer, and even use it all summer.  We have not had a dryer for years now, due to environmental reasons and the running costs. I dry our washing outside all year, apart from when its raining and then it goes on the clothes horse.
After reading Fly lady's organisational wisdom, I wash a load everyday to try to keep on top of the carnage.  I can't say that I am that organised about the ironing. Hubby has just asked  how high is the ironing pile exactly, its not too high as it hasn't fallen over yet.