The art of organising

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If you’re on Netflix or at least connected to some kind of media outlet you would have heard of the Konmari method, Marie Kondo or something about op-shops getting too many donations in the last month! There is a new Netflix series that recently dropped into our Netflix called “Tidying Up.” Marie Kondo takes various couples through tidying up their homes- some are hoarders, some families with young children and others just needing the room in the homes to breath! It’s a great series that has spurred millions on to find things that “spark joy” rather than having their closest and cupboards full!

After one episode I was hooked and began the task of tidying up our home!

The first stop was the bags of baby clothes we had in the garage- they were in vacuum bags but they had punctured which meant the bags were really really big. I bought $5 plastic tubs from my local hardware store, Bunnings, and began putting the clothes into sizes. This fete alone took my mum and I a couple of hours but once it was all done we stacked them neatly in the garage with clearly visible labels as to what sizes they were.

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The next thing to tackle was the bathroom- my Nan has a habit of buying me deodorant so come to find out I have 7 or 8 brand new deodorants (ha).. I bought a few $4 plastic tubs from Kmart and organized everything:

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The next task was the drawers and cupboards- especially Ava’s as Baby No. 2 would be sharing the chest of drawers and cupboard. We’re going to try to keep the third bedroom as a playroom. Marie Kondo has a specific way of folding clothes- you can watch it here. I loosely followed this method as you can see below. It really helped to get everything to fit into drawers and seemed to create room out of nowhere!

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Greg’s knickknacks, tie clips and running gear separated by use into clear plastic containers I already had. Out of reach so Ava can’t collect the tie clips but visible enough that Greg has daily access to it!

Last, but not least, came the kitchen drawers. They were already organised (I have a really small kitchen) but there were a few cupboards and drawers that were a bit of a dumping ground, especially the plastic container drawer!

I used containers I already had for the plastic container drawer as I was really trying to keep costs to a minimum.. Here are the results!

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I put round containers in round containers, squares in squares etc.img_8397

Tea towels could definitely be folded better, I know, but at least the beginnings of organisation are there!img_8398

My second drawer is only for the utensils I use every day. Everything else goes into the third drawers or storage in a container.

Anytime I get the camera out Miss Ava wants to have her picture taken and take some pictures of other people..so I bring to you two cute photos amidst all the organising!

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A big girls room.

img_8342Considering Ava was my first baby I have had no idea what ages they are supposed to transition into big girl beds or drop bottles or learn to talk – I have googled almost everything!

We had an inkling that perhaps Ava was getting a little too big for cot converted to small bed before we left for the U.S. last year- we would find her half hanging out of the bed some mornings. She was also getting into the habit of coming into our bed a lot earlier than her normal 5/6am. We didn’t think to change her over to a single bed beforehand though as we weren’t sure if she was big enough- was it normal for a 2 year old to need a single bed already? She is so little…

When we got back after our trip we put her to bed as per usual but was woken up at about 11pm to her crying inconsolably- she had fallen out of the bed! The same thing happened the next night- Greg and I looked at each other and new it was time to transition her to a big girl bed!

I had been scouring Facebook Marketplace while we were overseas waiting for a white metal frame bed to appear at a bit cheaper than Ikea’s price of $200- and so on Monday morning a bed came up and I pounced! Come to find out the bed was for sale from a little girl (this was her old bed) because she wanted to buy an ipad! I felt so bad that I was buying her old bed for such a discounted price.. haha.. When she found out that the bed was going to be Ava’s first bed she included some of her old favourite books for Ava- it was the sweetest thing!

We set her up in her big girl bed a few months ago and she has been loving it!

Our little girl is not so little anymore!

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Sources for mostly everything here!

Faux Sheepskin – Ikea | White Frame – Kmart  |  Colourful pom pom bunting- Adairs (similar linked here)  |  Flowers- House 2 Home (they don’t have their items listed online. You can visit their website here) |  Wall Dots – 100percentheart  |  I love you forever print – Caravan Shoppe  |  Bed – Ikea (similar linked here)  |  Quilt Cover Set – Pillow Talk  |  Swan head – Target  |  Fairy doll – Adairs  |  Pink throw pillows– Ikea  |  Jewellery Box – Pottery Barn

I’ll have a DIY for the dollhouse coming next week!

Kids Bedroom Inspiration

It is not secret that I love looking at kids bedroom ideas. There is something extremely fun and exciting about designing a space for a little one to explore every day- at least I’ve found it to be so! A bedroom needs to have the necessity of storage and a bed but then everything else is totally left up to the designer! I am by no means an interior decorator but my heart skipped a beat when I saw the final layout of the rooms (especially the little girls’ room.. I know.. I’m partial)! You guys, I am dying over that little girls bed- like literally swooning.

As Ava gets older I will definitely start looking into transitioning her into a big girl bed- as practical as bunk beds or trundel beds are I cannot ignore these little house beds that are EVERYWHERE at the moment.. Should I throw caution to the wind? I would love to hear your feedback as to when you moved your kids to big beds and how you went about changing their rooms up.

Baby Girl

Magnolia Canopy Bed | Target Swan Head | Leo & Belle Canopy | Kmart Nursery Clothes Rack | Nathalie Lete Wallpaper | Freedom Furniture Ranunculus | Freedom Furniture Rocco Rug | H&M House Shelf | Adairs Pom Pom BasketBaby Boy

Freedom Furniture Charlie Bunk Beds | Target Dinosaur Night Lights 1 & 2| Target Superhero Print | Target Colourful Rug | Indoor Climbing Wall Source* | Target Timber Rhino Wall Decal | Adairs Jack Storage Shelves

* Look for your local climbing store that sells climbing wall hooks. If you’re in Australia here’s a local company- Uncarved Block.

All paint colours are from Dulux Paint.