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Sorting out the bedroom

4886297425_f34867ba41_zOkay, so you can probably tell I’m more than a little excited about our upcoming trip to Florida. I know I’ve travelled quite a bit around Europe, but since I’ve never been across the Atlantic, it’s something I just can’t wait for. And it’s always been my dream to take my family to Disney before they get too old to enjoy it. So anyway, in my excitement, I decided to get a little bit of a start on my packing. Yes, I know it’s still a month to go, but I wanted to make sure that I had enough summer clothes after my little wardrobe clear out to be able to make it through the trip before it got too late so I’ve got the chance to go shopping to get more.

Well, as it turns out, I didn’t have enough! As I said, I got rid of all the clothes that were just too short to wear anymore, and those that just didn’t fit my post-children body properly any more, and now I’ve only got a few summery dresses, a couple of pairs of shorts and various tops, not many of which will be good for the hot sun of Florida.

Unfortunately though, I may not be doing as much clothes buying as I thought since I noticed something when I got right to the back of my old wardrobe: woodworm. It’s a wardrobe we’ve had since we got married that we picked up in an antiques shop, so I should have known really that this would happen sometime, and I can’t believe I hadn’t noticed before! So that wardrobe has been completely emptied (onto the spare room bed…) and has gone to the tip, and I’m now looking at getting a new one installed, something along the lines of these sliding wardrobes will work well in our bedroom since we have a little alcove that they would slot into perfectly. I like how modern looking they are too, very different to the old one (which is very similar to the picture above)!

And of course, since I’m getting a new wardrobe that’s a completely different style, I’m having to look at other things around the room too to get them to match better. Everything will have to be moved around since the layout will be slightly different, and I think that means we’ll need to get some new bedside tables. We’ve only got one on my side of the bed since the room wasn’t big enough with the bulky old wardrobe in there, but I think there should be space for two now, and it would look a little odd if they didn’t match, so there’s a bit more money down the drain.

So, it looks like I’ll be budgeting for these new summer clothes! One of my friends who has been to America before (New York, but I think Florida is similar) told me that clothes are a lot cheaper there than they are here, so I think I might try to buy a few bits and pieces over there. I guess they’ll also be more suited to the hot weather than our shops will be too. The only thing I definitely need to get my hands on though is a probably fitted bikini since I threw out the old string ones. So a shopping trip is definitely in order for that!

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Car Booting

Car boot saleI saw a few signs around where I live recently advertising a local car boot sale that was going to be taking place, and I thought it might be the perfect opportunity to get rid of a few things. I’ve never sold at a car boot sale before, but I used to frequent them when I was younger for buying. I would only get little things like old clothes and beauty products that hadn’t been opened or used, as well as the occasional piece of furniture. I’ve got a load of baby clothing that the boys wore when they were smaller, and since I’m not planning on any more and the clothes are just hanging around the house, I decided this might be the chance to get rid of them all in one go.

Since I’d never sold at a car boot before, I took a bit of time to do some research beforehand into the best ways to go about it. I’ve sold a few things on eBay, but it’s not the same at all. Here are a few tips I collected and found useful before I set up my pitch:

  • Research what you have on eBay first to find a general value for things. I discovered an old book I was planning to get rid of in a box full was actually apparently a first edition, so I should have been selling it for much more than the £5 I got for the whole box!
  • Get everything into the car and organised the night before. Car boots generally start early, and as a first time seller you’ll want to get there even earlier so that you’re prepared when the buyers start to arrive.
  • Make sure you’ve got plenty of small change in case people are trying to buy with bigger notes. And don’t give away all your small change straightaway, especially if for a low priced item. Offer to keep it to one side under they have more change.
  • Take a chair along for quiet moments as it can be a long day on your feet.
  • Take along a lot of carrier bags and some newspaper for wrapping up any fragile items.
  • Final tip: it sounds silly, but this was a great tip my “next door neighbour” stall offered me. Make sure your car’s interior lights are all switched off when the boot is open otherwise you might end up with a flat battery and not being able to get away at the end of the day!

I only ended up making about £60 in the end, but that wasn’t bad really – I was in profit after paying the £10 fee and I’d managed to get rid of a few boxes full of stuff. My sister and I are thinking of doing another soon where we put some of our old clutter together because hopefully we’ll sell more then we can split the cost of the fee. I’m looking forward to it already!

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New Greenhouse

We buy most of our veg from Riverford, as well as our meat, however we are intending on growing our own veg this year. We will still be relying on Riverford, as its going to take us a while to get ourselves established. So we have built a greenhouse to get us going and dug a few plots to grow veg in. As spring comes, we will be getting a few small plants going in the greenhouse, ready to plant for the summer.

Autumn Veg Delights

We don’t expect much this year after all first yields are never very successful, unless you’re lucky. Hence why we will still be keeping the organic veg box! Anyway I though growing our own veg would be fun for the whole family. The boys are getting bigger and won’t be too long until they can help out, plus it’s a great learning experience for them. Plus it has meant and means hubby gets to put his DIY skills to good use.

What it has made us realise is that we really needed to tidy up the garden, it’s been a little neglected since the boys were born. Plus the weather this winter really took its toll. So as well as adding a veg plot and greenhouse, I also looked at the Garden Trends for 2014 to get some inspiration. I defiantly need to add some more colour to the garden, there really aren’t many plants in there at the moment, so my task this spring is to get a few more potted up!

The garden is an important aspect to a home and whilst you can spend time and money of getting the inside right, the outside can become neglected, as ours has. That being said we still have work to do on the house, it’s a work in progress since we bought it. The boy’s arrival slowed things down though. But we will get back on top of our home improvements, after all you can quite easily double your house for half the money if you’re canny.

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Keep your home office organised

As someone working from home I know how important it is to keep your home office organised! I also love home décor and my home office reflects me and my home and allows me to be as creative as possible when I have two children under 3 running around!

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Keep Clutter to a minimum

This is achievable with some organisation and clever storage solutions. It’s a good idea to keep on top of your clutter by having a weekly cleaning spree. As a working mother I know it can easily clutter can build up. I start off with good intentions to tidy as I go, but children can easily stop you in your track doing that! Setting aside just 15 minutes a week to sort you clutter is all you need. I normally wait until my hubby comes home from work and can easily entertain the boys.

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Organisation

In small spaces storage is key to good organisation, so you can manage the first point. It’s no good clearing clutter if you have nowhere to put it! Luckily there are plenty of chic storage options out there that you can find to go with your décor! You don’t have to opt for ugly filing cabinets, get creative and cover with a coat of paint or wallpaper. Reclaim old wardrobes or cupboards and add shelving and storage boxes. All they need is a coat of paint to look good as new, for a fraction of the cost.

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I love the family/living/office space. My home office is in a larger room which also doubles as a playroom. I can keep an eye on my boys whilst getting on with some work. Sometimes for some people, rooms having multiple uses means you can make the most of your space and for families this is essential.

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You no longer have to go for the cheap nasty looking file organisers, modern Perspex can be chic and stylish or reclaim old glass jars and vintage boxes if you want to go for a shabby chic look instead. Not only do containers look pretty, but they do serve a useful purpose, so follow suit as you would your dressing table.

Desk Organisation

Decoration

I love bold colours in a home office, when I have worked out of an actual office, I always found them dreary and drab with grey being the most common colour. So now I work from home, I love adding colour into my life. It really does brighten up the day and can make a small space look bigger.I love the bright child-like primary colours which stand out against the white walls.

Bold Colours Home office

Mood boards are a favourite of mine, it helps me keep on top of my ideas and provides me with inspiration when I’m work or a much needed distraction if I have writers block. It also means you can keep on top of loose clippings, notes, cards and postcards from friends. I am obsessed with Pinterest the modern version of a mood board or notice board, but I still love the old fashioned notice board.

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 Photos Courtesy of House to Home, Stylizimo, Red andGlitterguide