GOODBYE JANUARY & HELLO FEBRUARY

Happy February lovely people! Wow! January went fast, didn’t it?

January can be a tough month to get through. We tend to have little cash in our pockets, we are exhausted from the Christmas parties and get togethers, the weather is getting colder… Even the children feel it! Chaotic Monkey told me yesterday that he was very tired because we had too many parties in Spain over Christmas. Life is tough when you are 6, for sure!

I have to say that this month was ok for me. It took me a good while to get back into the swing of things. Back into the routine, the organised meals, the timetables… everything. It was the same after the summer holidays. I think I am just so good at being on holidays that my whole self fights going back to reality. So, if you ever hear of a job that requires being on holidays and relaxed, please make sure to let me know… please….

Last month on the blog, I shared my new approach to the tidying conflict in my house.¬†I have to say it is working a treat. The idea of the toys being confiscated or in “time out”, as they call it, for few days is a great incentive to get things going before going to bed without an argument. If I had only known this before… Have you tried it yet?
A new approach to the tidying conflict - OrganisingChaosBlog
I also talked about being a blanket person and how to cheer up a plain blanket with simple pompoms. By the way, I can’t stop making pompoms. I find it so soothing and therapeutic. Also, I am trying to stop biting my nails so it helps having my hands busy on the couch ūüėČ
Make a plain blanket super cute with pompoms - OrganisingChaosBlog
I also shared tips on how to keep the cables tidy around the house, and 3 different uses for paint brushes that should help you make your life easier. Have you tried any of them yet?
KEEP YOUR CABLES PRETTY TIDY OrganisingChaosBlog
Paint brushes are not just from painting - OrganisingChaosBlog
I am delighted with my personalized sign crowning my stair gallery. I love that it means something to us and that it is now part of our home. There will be fights as to who gets it on the will, I just know it… ūüėČ
Make your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.com
My January plant smells so delicious that I would love to have one in every room. As that is not going to happen, it will have to move with me from room to room until at least Spring has arrived.
Monthly Plant : My Jasmine Hoop @ OrganisingChaosBlog
And this month as we get closer to my kitchen renovation date (insert happy dance here!) I needed inspiration in the kitchen lighting department, and also some inspiration was needed to decorate the boy’s rooms according to their age and needs. I will be copying some of the ideas for sure.
Kitchen lighting Inspiration @ OrganisingChaosBlog

www.thestickerworkshop.com
www.thestickerworkshop.com

So goodbye January. It was lovely to have you but glad that you are gone. We are now a month closer to Spring. A month closer to Summer.

I have a gut feeling that February will be kind to us. What do you think?

Chaotic Itzi

 

A NEW APPROACH TO THE TIDYING CONFLICT

Chaotic Monkey turned 6 last October. It is a bit insane to think that my youngest is already 6, a full little person with a lot of personality and spirit.

Chaotic Monkey

He loves toys. That might sound like an obvious statement considering that he is a child but not all kids are the same. Big Monkey has always been more about making up stories and acting them out, drawing or making things. Toys, not that much. But Chaotic Monkey could spend hours playing with the tiniest figurines. Hours! He always has a toy in his hand – going for dinner, to the bathroom, to his bed, everywhere!

He mixes and matches also. So the dinosaurs, Darth Vather, Storm Troopers, Ninja Turtles and Spider-man can all easily be in the same game. I love that about him. He has an amazing capacity to immerse himself into a game for so long that he forgets about the rest of the world – just him and his toys

The downside to all this playing, is that the playroom’s floor gets covered in toys every day. He has an uncanny ability to have at least 20 toys down in .2 of a second, and that is no exaggeration¬†whatsoever! But then,¬†at the end of the day, when it is time to go to bed, he is always too tired to tidy up, or there is too much to do, or he can’t do it by himself and he talks his brother into helping him, or his head/ear/nose/hair/foot/brain is sore, or he just simply refuses to¬†do it.

Shortly after he turned 6 I had a chat with him about what it meant being a big boy : helping out more, no winging, tidying up, eating better… Looking back at our little meeting I realise that he would have agreed to anything that day as there was a hot chocolate and a brownie in front of him… oh well, we live and learn..
Chaotic Monkey - always with toys

As much as I would like to say that the tidying improved, I can’t. It only happened as a consequence of “Angry Mum”, blackmail (“your friends can’t come to play until the toys are tidy”) or when he wants something and, as a side note, always be aware when that happens…

So I decided to try a new approach in the new year, one they had been threatened with for a while but I never implemented.

Every toy left out of place at night goes into a bag and is decommissioned for 2 days.

Simple? Yes!
Does it work? Oh Yes!
Why did I not try it before? Don’t know!

There was of course resistance from Chaotic Monkey. He might have even contacted Amnesty International to make sure it was in agreement with the Geneva Convention on Human Rights, but once that was confirmed, he had to go along with it.

A tidy playroom

I have been doing it for a couple of weeks and I am picking up less and less toys every day so it seems to be working. For how long? I expect I will have an answer to that very soon, but for the time being, the toys are put away at night and there are less toys on counters and tables everywhere, so I’ll take this little victory and enjoy it while it lasts.

Have you got a technique to get your kids to tidy up that works for you? Let us know! All together we can win this battle!

Have a great day.
Chaotic Itzi

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20 AMAZING FREE PRINTABLES

20 AMAZING FREE PRINTABLES

OrganisingChaosBlog - 20 Amazing Free Printables

I am of the opinion that a gallery walls makes a house feel homier. I think it is because every gallery wall is different, with different frames, different layout, different color schemes, different prints… and all these choices make the space more personal, homier, and homier is right down my street.

I am thinking of getting a gallery wall of my own, on the stairs. I currently have few photos hanging but I want something bigger, with a big more impact.

With this in mind, I have been looking around the web looking for prints that would suit my space and I am in awe of the amazing talent that is out there and ever so grateful that those talented artists are willing to share it with the world for free. Thank you.

FREE QUOTE PRINTABLES

Every gallery can benefit from a quote or 5

Organising Chaos - Free Printables - Inspirational Quotes

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FREE PRINTABLES FOR KIDS

Every playroom or child’s room deserves fun and colorful prints

OrganisingChaosBlog - Free Printables for kids

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FREE BOTANICAL PRINTABLES

Perfect for Autumn and Spring

Organisic Chaos Blog - FREE BOTANICAL PRINTABLES

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FREE KITCHEN PRINTABLES

Some fun and color for the kitchen

Organising Chaos Blog - FREE KITCHEN PRINTABLES

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Have you got a gallery wall? Are you planning one?

Chaotic Itzi

WEEKLY INSPIRATION

It’s Saturday!!! and it is starting to… (should I say it? maybe not… I will say it…) feel like Spring!
I am feeling positive and I think that reflects my choice of weekly inspiration. What do you think?

Make your own terrarium
This image really inspire me to create my own terrarium at home.

paint that looks like wallpaper-2
I am totally obsessed with this ¬†paint roller! It is just adorable! It’s in my wish list (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

Vintage Caravan
This lovely vintage caravan makes me dream of summer.

Wild
Looking forward to seeing this film.

No-Sew-Teepee
I want to make this no-sew-teepee for the kids, for the garden – they would totally love it!

Have a great weekend lovely people.

Chaotic Itzi

UPDATING A STOOL

My big monkey loves drawing. I mean, he LOVES it. He¬†is¬†usually with¬†pen and paper in hand, drawing a collection of ninja weapons, dinosaurs’ skeletons or karate symbols. Anything and everything.

His latest theme (read obsession) are karate silhouettes and he is very particular as to what markers he uses. He loves using my thick black markers to fill the silhouettes and surprise surprise, the marker goes through the paper and whatever is below ends up black. Thankfully the Ikea table in the playroom is very wipeable and easy to clean, not like some other surfaces that he uses as tables.
Updating a stool with electrical tape - OrganisingChaosBlog
One of the latest casualties was the computer stool in the playroom – it has black¬†stains on top and I can’t seem to remove them with anything.¬†So what solutions do we have when we can’t remove a stain? a) ignore it and b) cover it. I originally went with option a, but it kept bugging me, so it is time to explore option b.

I always have electrical tape in the house as it is very useful for quick updates and fixes, it is colorful and you can pick it up¬†in discount stores for a couple of Euros.¬†I decided to cover the whole top with tape, this way in the (very probable) event of having any more “accidents”, I could just remove the tape and cover it again.
How to update a stool - OrganisingChaosBlog
Starting at the very end, I added one stripe of each color. Once¬†the stool was covered I added some more tape diagonally and then using a ruler and a box-cutter, I very gently cut¬†out¬†some of the tape exposing the color underneath. There is no method to do this, it depends what colors you want exposed. The cuts need to be very gentle in order not to cut the first layer of tape. I removed the yellow and white tape so the blue and green would be the main colors – the boys’ favorite colors.
Updating a stool with electrical tape - OrganisingChaosBlog
The stain is gone, the stool is protected and the colors look great in the playroom. Happy and quick update, just the way I like it. Oh yes!
Is there something in your house that needs covering?

Chaotic Itzi