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    A Dream Of A Linen Press

    Twelve months is long enough for any girl to have her linen shelves highly visible in her dining hall don’t you think? Embarrassingly it’s not even as if I kept it neat all the time, the messy truth is, it often looked like this! Before visitors were due that is, the visitors at least got to look at tidy shelves. When I uttered the words on Saturday to my darling Prince Charming, “I’ve reached my limit, I want the linen cupboard out of the dining hall” He immediately responded with, “Let’s plan how to design the linen press and I’ll build it tomorrow.”  That’s all it took! He stopped tiling…

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    Our New Toy Shelving

    Sewing fabric bins has been going on apace and I was thrilled to complete four more this week, bringing my total to seven bins. Finally I was ready to set up a new toy area!  The last three years our toy area has been set up in our ‘new bathroom area’, as this room is not plastered it smells of cement sheet dust. Also it wasn’t very large to play in, therefore the children haven’t played much with their toys.   We filled up the new bins, set up the toys on their new shelving, sold unused toys and gave away surplus furniture. The new toy shelving is a pleasure to…

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    Fabric Bins

    I’ve been busy making fabric bins.  Due to the nature of our shelving (ex-school cupboards) standard size storage containers don’t fit. The measurement calculations recommended were nearly perfect, although I had to still adjust my height. Making a paper template first is very helpful  (architects’ ‘cast offs’ are perfect) I’m a bit of a ‘cheater’, I cut the outer and the lining together, saving time. After following the sizing directions suggested above I sewed the right sides together of both the outer and inner bins.  These bins used lots of material, I have a big space to fill!  Fortunately I’ve had stored fabric put aside and unwanted sheets.  I’m also scoring…

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    Plating Up

    In our early years as a family, many an afternoon I would ring my husband at 4.30pm at work and ask him, “What will we have for tea!?” Not planning properly and frozen in decision making, we consequently bought pizza on far too many nights! I came to realise that the key to success for us in our cooking juggle was organisation.  On the days that I thought about tea immediately after breakfast and removed meat from the freezer accordingly, were the days all went well (at least in the meal arena;)    It became apparent that I functioned far better with a plan, I was not good at making…

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    Organisational Bliss

    Every family needs a shipping container, truly it is an organisational dream.  Originally, as we spent three years squishing a large family into 77 square metres the shipping container was a necessity. Now it plays a different but integral role. As we had a massive cull and re-organisation of the shed and container recently, I thought I’d take you on a tour, perhaps I shall convince you that you too, need one of these;) *In Australia most homes do not have attics or basements, flooding and white ants are deterants. On the immediate front left we have baby furniture and tall sports equipment, golf clubs, cricket bats, tennis rachets etc Continuing along we come to…

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    Living in a Little Home

    Throughout our married life our homes have consisted of two extremes; very small or very large.  We have owned three homes, the first we reinvented and sold (a story for another day), the last two(8 sq metres-Aust) we renovated and then added huge (house size) extensions. Reflecting on Multiple Mum’s deliberatings; sell and buy larger, extend, or to make better use of current space?  I thought I’d share some of my thoughts and experiences. Perhaps you’ve looked at moving but have decided it is currently best to consolidate financially and re-visit moving in a few years.  Perhaps you’ve considered extending but finances also dictate it is best to wait.  Or your current location is not…

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    The Real McCoy

    One item that we mourned, when we moved to this property, that was left behind in our town yard was our clothesline.  We were the proud owners of a genuine Hills Hoist.  A huge metal and wire clothesline with long arms spanning nearly half our yard.  Large enough to hold ample loads of clothes and  strong enough to withstand children swinging on it as they swung madly in circles hanging off its arms. Alas all we were able to purchase for here was a modern Hills Hoist,  of the aluminium and plastic lines. These modern lines are vastly inferior in quality to the old and for the last few years I have regretted not…

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    Soap Suds and Pegs

    The undeniable fact is, eleven people generate a large, consistent amount of washing.  To ensure the laundry is maintained, a workable system needs to be implemented.  Family dynamics impact dramatically on what is needed and how it is carried out.  The number and ages of family members, family lifestyles and the seasons create variation.  Over the years our methods have been organic, changing and expanding with our family.  Babies, toilet training, winter, summer, sports, farming, building etc all have created variation. Washing is a task I enjoy, an effortless way to change the dirty to clean, and time in the sunshine hanging the wash is always refreshing.  Whilst folding is a little more mundane, I…