BIG MONKEY’S WALL

Remember when back in December I had enough of my kid’s bickering and fighting when going to bed and I decided to re-arrange my entire upstairs armed with coffee and an alan key?

Well, since then, things have improved in that front. Don’t get me wrong – there is still plenty of fighting and bickering during the day but I guess that is part of having siblings and I can ignore it to an extend. But now, at night, they each go to their room. They read for a little bit. They turn off their lights. And they go to sleep. No chats. No fights. No “MUM!!! HE SAID (insert random comment!)”. No more of that. Only silence. Bliss.
Big Monkey's wall - Organising Chaos Blog
When I moved the furniture around, my mainly focus was getting the wardrobes organised ASAP. Moving Big Monkey’s clothes to his room, and Chaotic Monkey’s to his together with their toys,  shoes, summer clothes, winter coats, rain gear and all the million little “things” that they needed to survive. By the time I finished tidying all the bedrooms, it was Christmas and I was too exhausted and too bored with those rooms to think about decorating them, so I didn’t do anything for ages. Until now.

After only 5 months of sitting on my hands, I decided to buy some frames and start decorating at least one of his walls (only one though…. let’s not get too carried away here people…).  I wanted to decorate Big Monkey’s walls in monochrome, with some grey thrown in to it and some bright fun colors scattered around the room. This room used to be the spare room and it already had a little bunting and some paper flowers that I made. I thought about removing it but in the end I kept it to have a bit of color on the wall.

So I framed a print that we made together as a family and an amazing drawing that he had made a couple of years and had afterwards aged the paper to make it look old.
Big Monkey's wall Family print - Organising Chaos Blog
Big Monkey's wall - his own art - Organising Chaos Blog

It was ready for him the other when he came back from school and he loved it! I was deeply touched that an 8-year-old was so
appreciative of a collage wall in his room! There is a lot of him on the wall. Memories. It’s personal. It suits his personality. Serious but fun.
Big Monkey's wall -his room- Organising Chaos Blog
Big Monkey's wall - displaying his own art- Organising Chaos Blog
I was so delighted with his reaction I might actually finish his room before he leaves for college!
Big Monkey's wall - Organising Chaos Blog
Next up! One wall for Chaotic Monkey!
How long will it take me???

Chaotic Itzi

OCB

PRESENTS FOR HIM – UNDER €10

I have to admit that I always find it more difficult to buy for men than for women and I think I am not alone in this.
I am not sure why that is. Most men that I know have plenty of interests and hobbies, and yet, it takes me twice if not three time as long to buy presents for guys.

As promised, here I am with the list of 5 presents for him under €10. 5 presents for him under €10

1. Stencilize has amazing animal prints and t-shirts and sells in its Etsy shop. I particularly like this buffalo print, it has sweet eyes…

2. You are my Star mug from Next. They are so cute and they come in pairs, so you can have coffee together.

3. Bulldog Sensitive Moisturiser by Natural Skincare is perfect for men with very sensitive skin as it contains Vitamin E and Green Tea and a bunch of other natural products, and nothing nasty.

4. Personalised phone covers by Vistaprint are a great personal present. You can add any photo you want so you can make it as romantic, as Christmasy or as professional as you want.

5. Headphones like these are always extremely useful for listening to music or watching soccer on the tablet… they keep balance in the universe.

I hope these ideas will provide you with some guidance and inspiration to help you reach the finishing line. I am nearly there and I am planning to sit back, relax, and enjoy some wine.

Chaotic Itzi