[Organise My House] Storing Wrapping Paper


I love this idea for storing wrapping paper - two IKEA plastic bag holder/dispensers (VARIERA $1.99 each). I have attached it to the inside of my office cupboard with removable hooks though, as the adhesive that came with it doesn’t stick to anything! 


Originally I was storing my wrapping paper in a wire hamper, which works well too, but does take up more space. This was $10 from Kmart. 

[Organise My House] Storing Board Games

I found a $4 fabric clothes hanger at an op shop the other day and thought I'd trial how it'd go storing our board games, which were originally in a large tub, and were difficult to access and see what we owned. 


The clothes hanger is in our office cupboard, and now the games are both easy to see and access for family board game nights! 




[Organise My House] A Filing System for School Items

Here's a great idea for storing kids artwork, reports, school photos & important documents!

Charlene at Teacher by Trade Mother by Nature came up with this terrific idea for storing kids documents for each school year and I've just made one each for the girl's.

Using a Sistema filing container (the 40L was recently 50% off at Woolworths and was only $11), Sistema filing clips (which are now only available directly from Sistema), and 15 foolscap suspension files from Kmart (a pack of 20 is $12), I’ve put together a space for us to file & store paper items & photos from each school year (including daycare, playgroup & preschool). Charlene added an A4 display folder to each section so that it is protected as well. It is so easy to file anything away, and just as easy to look through or grab something you need from a specific year. There is space at the bottom of the tub for extra or bulky items too. I’ve created one for each girl and they will live at the bottom of their built-in cupboards in their rooms. I love it!






To purchase the file clips from Sistema, contact this email address: customerhelpdesk@sistemaplastics.com and they will send them directly: $3.25 for a pack of 2 (you’ll need 2 for each tub), and then postage cost me $8.50 (they will calculate depending on where you live), so $15 all up. To create these two tubs it cost about $60, but it’ll last me 15 years for each girl!


The 2018 LBD is here!




I was so surprised to see that my Leanne Baker Daily planner had arrived today, after only being dispatched from Brisbane yesterday! I knew exactly what it was when I saw the box. I was excited first of all to see the new beautiful custom-made dusty pink & gold box the LBD was packaged in, and then the actual planner inside - wow!!




Such incredible quality, and amazing colours! I chose Take Flight this year (I have used the Pink 2017 one which I love!), and for awhile after I ordered I wondered if I should have picked Emerge (even though originally I was tossing up between Take Flight & Celebrate), but once I saw my planner this afternoon, I was in love all over again!! I absolutely love the purples and the watercolour effect on the feathers. And the name ‘Take Flight’ is just so inspiring! This was the reader's choice this year, and Jess Rankin won with this design - I can see why!!



I cannot speak highly enough about this planner (read my blog post from earlier this year here). It’s the first proper planner I’ve ever used (that isn’t a $2 diary from The Reject Shop), and is my first daily planner too. I don’t have an issue with the price as this is my Christmas present from Brendan (and will be every year!) but because it is $54.95, it’s something you want to be sure you are using (the same way I felt/feel about my Thermomix - it's an investment). I was excited to begin using it at the start of this year, and I was surprised the novelty didn’t wear off like it would in other years (with other diaries/journals). Leanne kept me motivated with her weekly YouTube videos & content posted on her page & group on Facebook. The group is an amazing team of supportive ladies, and you'll find so much inspiration on there! I have found I have been so much more productive and organised this year through using the planner, and I am less stressed, because everything is in the one place and I can do a ‘brain dump’ and write everything that’s in my head down, and know that it will get done because I love the feeling when you’ve ticked off what you need to do.  


The monthly overview is fantastic as I love to see what’s coming up & helps me to know when I’m available later in the month, and this year, a yearly overview has been included. The weekly meal planning pages are perfect for sitting down each Sunday to plan my dinners for the week, again making my upcoming week less stressful and run more smoothly. The list of 3 each day ensures that I know what my top priorities are, and enables me to achieve 21 things each week (that may not normally get done!) The self care section means that I ensure I am a priority each day too! Another addition this year is the sticker sleeve at the back of the planner, and as soon as Leanne revealed this, I knew I had to buy some planner stickers! I didn’t use them this year and used coloured pens, but for 2018 I’m going to use a black pen with colourful stickers. I’ve purchased lots of stickers from Lime and Mortar and Peaceful Mind Designs, and have received some free from Black Wombat. I’ve already had fun putting in dates and stickers for next year! 


I can’t wait to have another productive and organised year next year! If you are keen to buy a planner, they are still available until sold out (or until the end of the year) on Padtastic’s website - and while you’re there, grab some of their fantastic notepads and new notebooks and meal planners which are amazing quality and such fun designs - I bought 8 notepads this year - 2 for me and the rest for Christmas presents!


A look inside our Christmas tubs

One tradition of ours for Christmas each year is to decorate the Christmas tree and the house on December 1st, which I'll share in another blog post. I thought that today I'd share how we organise & store our Christmas items thoroughout the year. 

I have 3 red & green plastic tubs that I purchased from Kmart a few years ago for $9 each, that were stored underneath our house in the garage before we moved, and in the shed at our current rental. Plastic tubs are just perfect for keeping things organised and away from the weather, water & any bugs or spiders, especially when you have to store things out of the house. I would like some more of these tubs, but unfortunately last year they only had gold Christmas tubs. Hopefully they will bring red and green back one year! 

In the first tub we have all our baubels for the Christmas tree. In previous years I had a purple and silver theme for the tree (we actually used these baubels for our wedding centrepieces in vases - it looked really effective!) but I've decided to just go with a colourful theme from now on. This means I won't be worried about the look of the Christmas tree when the kids bring things they've made home from daycare/preschool/school. Last year in the Boxing Day Sales I picked up lots of different coloured baubels cheaply. I don't feel the need to organise this any further as they aren't expensive, and it's just as easy to decorate the tree by grabbing a bauble out of this tub, as it is if they were organised in their own little section or another way. 




This is the next tub. We have our Elf, a ham bag, some Christmas sippy cups, NOEL wooden blocks, a white wreath, battery operated lights (continued in next pic...)




Reindeer headbands, our Christmas tops & outfits & pyjamas, our countdown to Christmas sign, hessian star decorations, a small tin I plan to use for a present or random act of kindness for someone this year, a small fabric wreath I made about 15-20 years ago (at Girl's Brigade!), more Christmas plastic cups, and in the snaplock bag are little wooden signs that say 'Joy' and 'Love' etc. plus ribbons , some loose Christmas cards and small random items. 




In the bottom of the tub are my two advent calendars (one wooden one, and one made of cardboard boxes that have magnets on the back - I made it at a Stampin' Up party a few years ago), pom pom garlands, the white wreath, bunting, Santa hats and stockings. 




Here's the next tub: 




In this one we have our Christmas plates, chocolate moulds, sticker bunting for the window, stakes to decorate the front lawn, Santa babushka doll, DVDs, tinsel, toys (for Christmas Eve boxes/stockings), napkins & napkin holder, pillow cases and moulds for making gingerbread houses.




And under that is a mini tree, 3 table decorations (vases with baubles), tea towels, tablecloths, Christmas cards and a light bag in the packet that I haven't opened yet. A lot I picked up on clearance after Christmas last year as well so I'm excited to use it this year! Yes it may seem like a lot, but some of the items I have kept from when we used to occasionally host Christmas parties, and it's handy to hang out these items as I assume we'll host more Christmas events in years to come! 




Our Christmas bedding (2 singles and a Queen for us) has been stored in the girl's room/linen cupboard this year but I'd love to have it in another tub. The Christmas pillows/cushions for the lounge (red and silver) are stored in the linen cupboard too. Our wooden nativity set, the 24 books for our advent calendar, and some bon bons are stored in our Christmas tree bag (which I purchased from Bunnings as few years ago), as well as our special baubles that I give the girls each year. I went through it all a few months ago, and it felt great to get rid of lots of items I wasn't ever going to use.

Our special baubels and tree decorations is another tradition I only started last year, and the idea came from Organising the Four of Us (you can follow Leanne's page on Facebook). Each year, you or your kids can choose 1 special decoration or bauble each, which they place on the tree. These are stored separate to the normal Christmas decorations (ours are in a Christmas box from The Reject Shop) and when the kids are ready to move out, say at 18, they will have 18 special decorations to take with them for their own Christmas tree. I'll share our special baubels when I share how we are decorating our tree and house on December 1st! 
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