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    DVD & BluRay Organisation

    We have finally found the perfect solution on how to tackle DVD & BluRay Organisation!! ūüôā Wrestling our ever expanding DVD & Blu Rays into some semblance of organisation has long been the bane of my existence. We have tried a few different solutions over the years, some with better success than others. When my friend Jenn over at Wildflowers and Marbles shared that she had THE solution to¬†DVD & Blu-Ray Organisation¬†you better believe I paid attention. Jenn is the Queen of organisation, furthermore she had trialed this for months before sharing.¬† We’ve now had this method in place for a year, so I can verify this is the solution…

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    How We Manage Our Laundry: Large Family Logistics

      This is the second of an ongoing series addressing¬†how large family logistics play out in our home in relation to¬†household organisation. If you‚Äôve ever wondered how we manage in any area of household management feel free to ask, either in the comment box or send me an email. ¬†   1st Post: How We Daily Keep House   Last month we¬†tentatively shared with you how our family ‘Daily Keeps House‘ and were amazed at the interest and encouragement shown, the¬†comments we received here and on facebook and the private emails have motivated us to continue this series. It appears that you do not find chatting about large family logistics…

  • Blog,  Hearth & Health,  In the Home - Organisation

    How We Daily Keep House: Large Family Logistics

        This is the first of an ongoing series addressing¬†how large family logistics play out in our home in relation to¬†household organisation. If you’ve ever wondered how we manage in any area of household management feel free to ask, either in the comment box or send me an email. ¬†   Two friends on the soccer sidelines recently shared their observations regarding my household that has set me on a path of reflection. Our conversation began with their comments on; ‘how clean my house was when they’ve visited’ and queries as to ‘how did I manage to achieve a clean home with a houseful of children?’ Their surprise at…

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    KonMari and Culling Books

      In my previous post KonMari and Large Families I shared the desperation that led me to ‘listen’ to KonMari, how I adapted this method to met a large family’s needs and to what degree I ‘let go’ of many items in our home. It took us a week to blitz the whole house leaving the books till last. ¬†My ‘letting go’ muscles were by now well flexed and it was time to cull our books, all eight thousand of them. How did I do it, what questions did I ask and how did I let go?   Our library is a collection gathered over years, many are inherited from…

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    KonMari And Large Families

    KonMari first came to my attention via internet buzz, I read posts and forum chat¬†with interest and was 7th on the library reservation list. ¬†A few weeks ago my friend began reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo¬†and sharing daily updates with me.¬† We wondered what could a Japanese mother of one whose method is influenced by her Shinto faith, have to say to us, Aussie Christian mothers of many with children over a wide age spread, initially it appeared that the differences were too great. Culling certainly looks different for a family who still have children at all stages,¬†and as for thanking belongings for doing…

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    Fabric Boxes: Our Storage Solution

    Successfully completing an organisation project always makes me happy. Last week I decided our dress up storage¬†wasn’t working and I wanted a solution that involved minimising visual ‘clutter’. Therefore it was time to make more fabric boxes, purchasing a few doona cases at garage sales I was began cutting. ¬†Dividing the task over several days, I cut out sufficient material for 16 boxes, yep 16!¬†   This actually translates to 32 fabric ‘crosses’, as sewing includes a liner as well as the outer box.   Then there were also the 32 handles to cut and sew. ¬†Handles are fiddly, always a relief to finish them. ¬†Sewing madly on and off…

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    Kitchen Chit-Chat

    Over the weekend Princess and I spent time in the kitchen rearranging our workspace with heartening results.  PC had made a passing remark a few weeks previously, about the flow challenges of the kitchen, which had encouraged me to stop and evaluate how effective our kitchen was/or wasn’t working for us. Once I began focusing on the kitchen’s functionality I realised a number of areas in the kitchen irritated me and I’d just been working around problems instead of addressing them. Thus we began our assessment by considering ‘prime real estate space’, firstly the overhead cupboards, they are the easiest to access yet of the four shelves only one shelf…

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    Dress Up Storage Solution

    Often when one project is completed another is created, thus it was when PC and the girls built our incredible¬†linen press. ¬†Project created was, The Dress Ups, they now needed to be moved from the linen press alcove, and it was time to find a better storage solution. ¬†For months they have been stored in one very long box, the length and depth of our new linen press, this however meant a messy search for most items. ¬†Consequently the Dress Up storage wasn’t inviting to play. ¬†As I now had empty shelving of two sections, I considered making some more boxes and storing like the toys, but would the dress…