You might recall a couple of months ago I did a big(ish) cull of the stuff in our house and wrote an update about that a couple of weeks ago. At that point I still had quite a few things had stored in the study ready for the op-shop. Well I finally got around to taking it all there, five bags full of clothes, toys, kitchen items and so on. I also found an op shop willing to take the big box of soft toys (I think there were about 30 in there) I had been struggling to get rid of. The only things left are a couple of small bags of baby clothes destined for friends and a small stash of books and CDs to take to another op shop.
It felt great to do the final clear out and as I did that I also found the motivation to do a couple of other things. Firstly, I sorted through all the things in the bathroom cupboards, tossing the bottles and jars of stuff I don’t and won’t ever use. The space vacated from all this stuff meant that I could put all my towels, bathmats, face washers and hand towels in one place. All the medicines and first aid things were gathered and stored on the top shelf and the everyday toiletries and equipment like my hair dryer are now easily accessible under the sink. And I’ve ticked off one more thing from the to-do list – the laundry is up next.
Mr Good got the organising bug too and has been rewiring the network cables and so on (I say ‘and so on’ because I really have no clue about these things) ready to swap the spare room and study around. Also in this plan was a network and aerial point in the family room so we could put a small TV out there. I had resisted a TV in this room worried that the kids would watch too much TV, but to be honest if they’re going to watch it they’re going to watch it no matter where the set is. And this way we only have to heat the back room during the day. So far it hasn’t made any difference to the amount of TV watching.
The idea was to get a second hand Ikea bookshelf to lay on its side (as in the photo I posted in here), put the TV on the top and keep the craft supplies and duplo in the baskets. I looked and looked and looked for months (almost a year actually), but could find the right bookshelf despite theyir popularity – which is probably a good thing, people don’t seem to be getting rid of these. In the end we had to buy it new. It’s all set up now with a small stack of kids books, the TV, a kids fruit bowl easily accessible for them, a speaker for our music during the day and the baskets neatly housing all the things I couldn’t quite get my head around effective storage and reducing the clutter in the family room!
This has also meant that the girls craft table is clear so they can actually use it – apparently it’s very good for posture for kids to work at an appropriately sized table and chair . The piano has been cleared off with the music books in the old duplo tub underneath and the dolls house just squeezing into the space between the piano and the laundry door.
And of course, because the bookshelf came in a great big cardboard box, the girls have had all sorts of fun doing some outside craft – sunny, but COLD!
I have another idea in mind for the next mini make-over, I wonder if I’ll get a chance to do that anytime soon? I shall keep you updated, in the meantime, check out Ren Likes Red for more toy storage ideas. Have you had any home decorating triumphs lately? I’d love to see or hear about them so please leave me a comment….. and then I will potentially steal your genius ideas!
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