ORGANISING BRINGS CHAOS

Have you ever noticed that in order to organise a room, a huge amount of chaos needs to be created?

Chaos is an inevitable part of organising. Drawers need to be turned inside out, wardrobes need to be emptied, furniture needs to be moved, bags need to be filled…

It is always exciting at the beginning. I am full of energy, full of ideas, full of intention… oh… the naivety of it all…
I am one of those people who don’t over-think it. I jump right in. I get on with it.

After a couple of hours I realise how much work there is to do – that’s what happens when you don’t over-think things… ignorance is bliss they say…  By the time I come to terms with all I have to do, it’s too late to back down – there is already one more room compromised, I am covered in paint and one of my children doesn’t have a bed to sleep on that night.

There is stuff in every available surface, spare beds become dumping grounds, spare-rooms become waiting lists for furniture and decorations to be re-allocated….  Chaos, chaos and more chaos… awaiting to be organised…

My latest project : re-decorate Chaotic Monkey’s bedroom.
Status : getting there

New project : Chaotic Monkey's Room

It has taken a little bit longer than planned due to tummy bugs, general tiredness (and a bit of laziness) and kids’ social events but my young monkey is once again sleeping in his bedroom and he is very happy with his new bed.

I am hoping to finish the room next weekend.

And then I will need to organise the spare room where I have been dumping all the bits and pieces. I am just hoping that I don’t decide to organise the spare room properly as that would involve disorganizing a different room in the process and I don’t think I have it in me to do that much organising in one month.

A girl needs to pace herself…

Chaotic Itzi

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HOW TO PIMP A CORK BOARD – 3 WAYS

HOW TO PIMP A CORK BOARD – 3 WAYS

We like cork boards in my house. And when I say WE, I refer to the royal we. As in ME.

I like having somewhere to put things up, to make that drawer-full-of-random-papers a tiny bit lighter, somewhere to gather the kids’ invitations so I remember to bring them to parties and recipes that I rip from doctor’s waiting rooms while I pretend to cough (oh yeah, that’s me!).

Pimp your boards 3 ways @ Organising Chaos Blog.
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ORGANISE YOUR HERBAL TEAS

How to organise to herbal teas @ OrganisingChaosBlog My love affair with herbal teas started many, many (many, many) years ago when I was trying to give up coffee in the morning. I used to bring herbal teas to work in the naive hope that I would drink the tea instead of the coffee. Of course that didn’t work – I can’t function without coffee. The herbal teas did however help me cut down on the amount of coffee I take in the afternoon. It took me a long time (I am a bit slow in fairness) to realize that more often than not, all I wanted in the afternoon was a warm beverage, not necessarily coffee but simply something warm. 
I also find herbal teas to be a great way to up my water intake in winter when the mere idea of having a glass of water, even at room temperature, is a difficult task but a tea, a nice hot cup of tea, even if it’s not of the traditional variety (I live in Ireland and they are BIG into their tea!) is always welcome.How to organise to herbal teas - what you need @ OrganisingChaosBlog

How to organise to herbal teas - what you need @ OrganisingChaosBlog

It’s amazing the different kind of teas you can find nowadays. Gone are the days where berry teas were as exotic as they come. Now the variety is amazing : apple and pear; peach & apple; orange & chocolate… one delicious treat after another one… I get greedy. I want them all! But all those small little cute boxes full of delicious flavors take up a lot of space. A lot. And that is just tea! So it was time to unify them!

I had a pretty cookie tin from a previous Christmas lying around and together with some small zip bags, some tape and a marker I managed to simplify the tea chaos into a small pretty tin. How to organise to herbal teas - zip bags are best @ OrganisingChaosBlog
How to organise to herbal teas with a pretty tin @ OrganisingChaosBlogBy keeping the teas into zip bags, you will also be able to maintaining the flavors and smells for longer, and that is what herbal teas are all about: smells and flavors.Organising Herbal Teas - After @ OrganisingChaosBlogI now know what teas I have and which ones are running low. So easy. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before… 

Chaotic Itzi
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A SIMPLE WAY TO DISPLAY YOUR MEMORIES

3 years ago we went to Disneyland with one of my sister and her family. It was our first time and, although the kids were small (3 and 5) we all loved it! It was magical and we made some amazing memories that year.

Display your memories on a garland - OrganisingChaosBlog
Of course, we took loads of photos and when we came back we made sure to print loads of them. The kids picked their own photos and they wanted to display them in their room. I wanted something simple and that would allow us to change the photos as often as we wanted. A simple garland with some colorful beads was the perfect solution.

You only need some string and some beads. Cut the string to your desired length. Make a knot close to the end. Insert a bead until it is secured over the knot, this will keep the bead in place. You may need to make a double knot depending on the width of your string and on the width of the beads. The idea is that the beads don’t move.

Display your memories on a garland - OrganisingChaosBlogOnce you have fed as many beads as you want, secure it to the wall with some washi-tape and hang your photos with tiny pegs.
Display your memories on a garland - OrganisingChaosBlogDisplay your memories on a garland - OrganisingChaosBlog
If you are looking to display more memories than just photos (like cinema stubs, kids drawings…) you could just not secure the beads with knots so you can adjust the width as needed.
Display your memories on a garland - OrganisingChaosBlog
Simple and pretty, don’t you think?

Chaotic Itzi OrganisingchaosBlog

MY KITCHEN BLACKBOARD

We are big into blackboards in our house. Not only are we big into blackboards in our house but we are big into big blackboards.

My kitchen Blackboard - Organising Chaos Blog

We have a bit one in the playroom where the kids practice their letters, their sums, they keep score of their games…

Playroom blackboard - Organising Chaos Blog

We used to have one in the old kitchen where we had our weekly menu: the breakfast menu that stopped arguments and meltdowns in the morning,  the lunch menu that helped me give my kids balanced and varied lunch boxes, and dinner menu that help me be organised during the week and have dinner ready on the table at a decent time! It is amazing what a little black wall can do for a family!!!

Organising Meals - Breakfast Menu for an easier life

So of course we needed a blackboard in the new kitchen. I knew from the beginning where exactly it was going to go and it was a big enough space so I started planning what I wanted to put on it besides my menus.

My kitchen Blackboard - Organising Chaos Blog
My kitchen Blackboard - Organising Chaos Blog
I nMy kitchen Blackboard - Organising Chaos Blog

I now have my calendar, some fairy lights and of course, a plant. Plenty of room left for menus and other practicalities

My kitchen Blackboard - Organising Chaos Blog

There is so much room in this new blackboard that I might even use a corner as a chore chart for the kids.

Do you have a blackboard in your home?

Chaotic Itzi   OrganisingchaosBlog

 

HOW TO DISPLAY YOUR KIDS ART IN AN ORGANIZED FASHION – A MAGNETIC BOARD

My kids, like most kids, love drawing, coloring, cutting, gluing and painting. It is one of their favorite things to do around the house. Especially Big Monkey. He loves drawing and we are always encouraging him to display his art for everyone to appreciate. It also boosts his confidence and it has helped him get out of his shell a little bit, which is lovely.

I wanted for each of the kids to have a board in their rooms to display not only their art, but also to keep their birthday invitations, their school awards and all their other bits and pieces. The difficulty was trying to find the right board for them. There were many things to consider : their personality, their needs…Display your kids art in an organised fashion @ OrganisingChaosBlogThe board had to be able to hold drawings A4 size at least so a handmade one would not be much help. A cork notice board was also ruled out as I wanted to avoid drawing pins in their bedrooms – the idea of something sharp in their room and they walking around barefooted… a big no, no!! I also considered a white board but I was nervous that the drawing would not be restricted to the board and that it would extend around the wall. Another no.

In the end I decided to go with a magnetic board. Magnets are safe enough right? I didn’t want a boring one, or a random one. I wanted one that would suit their bedrooms, fit into their color scheme and that would grow with them.

HOW TO DISPLAY YOUR KIDS ART –  A MAGNETIC BOARD

I knew exactly what I wanted so I went out out and bought a simple white magnetic board and some dc fix and got to work.Display your kids art in an organised fashion @ OrganisingChaosBlogMeasure the back of your board and cut the dc fix to that size – it will be a slightly bigger than the front which will give you some room to play with.Display your kids art in an organised fashion @ OrganisingChaosBlogPeel the back of the dc fix on one side and center it on one side of the board. Keep peeling and sticking, small areas at a time. Make sure to flatten the paper with your fingers as you are sticking the paper to make sure that there are no air bubbles left on it. I knew exactly what I wanted so I went out out and bought a simple white magnetic board and some dc fix and got to work.When you have all the whiteboard covered, get something sharp (I used a knife) and press the paper well towards the frame making sure that the dc fix gets right in the corners. Then just cut the excess and your board is ready.

I added a bit of string with some pretty pegs so the kids would be able to hang more bits and pieces and I placed the boards by their desks in their rooms.  I hope that being able to display their art encourages their creativity. I really do.I knew exactly what I wanted so I went out out and bought a simple white magnetic board and some dc fix and got to work.

Chaotic Itzi

3 NEW USES FOR A PAINTBRUSH THAT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER (AND HOW TO MAKE THEM PRETTY)

It’s funny to see how different things are in every family. What is normal in one household might be something totally alien to another. You really get to appreciate all these differences when you start living with people, be friends, partners… everyone brings something different and new to the mix.

Where am I going with this? In my parent’s house in Spain, there has always been (or at least as far as I can remember) a painting brush in the kitchen. This “bug standard” painting brush was not for painting… oh no! it was to clean out the breadcrumbs left after cutting the bread. So, we would have the bread board, the bread knife and the bread brush. Perfectly normal. Or so I thought. Mr B always found it amusing. Useful, but amusing.
Paint brushes are not just from painting - OrganisingChaosBlog
This got me thinking about what other uses I have around the house for painting brushes that were not, well, painting that are totally normal to me but other people may not know?

1. GETTING RID OF BREADCRUMBS

Brushing the breadcrumbs will make it easier to clean them as they will remain dry, not scatter around the place and won’t get stuck to the cloth making it all yucky. Also, you’ll be able to get the breadcrumbs that tend to hide in the corner…. the little feckers that make you stick your tong out when you are cleaning… those ones! They will be brushed away with your dignity intact!Paint brushes are not just from painting - OrganisingChaosBlog

2. CLEANING KEYBOARDS

For those moments after haven shaken your keyboard upside down and you realize how filthy it is, clean between the keys with the paintbrush to get out the hard to get dirt bits of stuff (or whatever they are!).  Easy! Paint brushes are not just from painting - OrganisingChaosBlog

3. CLEAN THE VENTS IN YOUR CAR

By using a brush to clean the vents, you not only will you dust them but also you will push out any bit of dirt that might have got into them.Paint brushes are not just from painting - OrganisingChaosBlog

How cool is that? and how simple?
But I hear you (or maybe it’s just me!): Do I really want a manky old brush around my house in plain sight? Of course not!!! And that is why someone invented washi tape – to make everything prettier. By covering the silver part of the brush with washi tape and adding a pretty ribbon at the end, you have transformed a plain boring painting brush into something useful and pretty that you don’t mind displaying in your kitchen or your office.
Paint brushes are not just from painting - OrganisingChaosBlog
So next time you are in a hardware store, get some brushes for home, give them some love and they will love you right back. As simple as that.

What do you think? Would you give it a go?

Chaotic Itzi

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KEEP YOUR CABLES PRETTY TIDY

Whenever I am in town I always love popping into to Tiger. It is such a wonderful shop! It’s full of cute things for decorating, crafting, cooking, stationary… and everything is pretty, colorful and very very reasonably priced so, even when you are trying to watch your budget, you are guaranteed to find something pretty and useful for few euros. And no, this is not an sponsored post, I just love the shop…

In one of my visits to the shop, I bought some silicone ties for sealing bags. They are made of silicone and they are colorful. They are pretty, useful and they were cheap so they came home with me.
KEEP YOUR CABLES PRETTY TIDY OrganisingChaosBlogAs it turned out, I didn’t have much need to use them to seal bags but I thought they would be perfect to keep those annoying long cords from your blender and other small appliances around the house.
KEEP YOUR CABLES PRETTY TIDY KEEP YOUR CABLES PRETTY TIDY OrganisingChaosBlogThey are easy to tie and untie so there is no mess, no fuss when using your appliances and there is no long cable looking messy on your counter or getting tangled with anything else in the drawer.
KEEP YOUR CABLES PRETTY TIDY OrganisingChaosBlogThey are pretty tidy… you get it? They are organised AND they look pretty!!!
I know, I know it’s bad… but I still like it… :-0

It really is the little things that make me happy… 😉
Chaotic Itzi

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