OzSale – Finding and Scoring a Bargain

This is a sponsored post in conjunction with OzSale.

Anyone who has been following The Organised Nest for a while knows how much I LOVE online shopping.  If I can buy it online, I do.  It saves navigating overcrowded stores with my massive pram.  Trying to make decisions whilst being bombarde by questions and whinging form little humans.  Lets me buy presents stealthily, keeping purchases hidden from alwyas prying children (ok and occasionally the husband).  

Recently OzSale contacted me and wanted to know if I would try it out.  I will be honest in that I was a little reluctant as I had no clue about the autheniticty of Ozsale or where on earth (literally) the goods were coming from.  I let them know I couldn’t promise anything, but I was happy to check it out.  

Late one night during a feeding frenzy I goggled ozsale.  Turns out their is an app you can download to navigate it on your mobile a little better, so I did.  First thing I see, Holster sandals, dirt cheap.  Are you serious?  HALF THE PRICE people!  

I keep browsing and check out the Living category.  Cushions in bright modern designs for $12!!!  The whole cushion!  Not just the cover!  With piping! and BAGS!  Tote bags, lunch bags, cosmetic bags from $9.  An organiser like me can never have enough bags.

So I placed my first order.  I am a massive overthinker so umming and ahhing I left my first purchase until the next day.  Some summer dresses and of course those holster sandals.  THE SANDALS are SOLD OUT!!!  My first lesson of ozSale.  These are massive deals, when you see it, buy it as the stock moves quickly.  So dresses it will be!  I bought two maxi dresses and two shorter summer dresses totalling under $60.  Yep FOUR dresses for under $60!!!

Not wanting to risk loosing money, I waited for the dresses to arrive before placing my next order.  And arrive they did, FOUR DAYS LATER!  I thought I would be waiting weeks! Turns out some stock is sent from Australia so these items do not take too long to arrive.  Check on the description of the item you are purchasing in regards to where it is being sent form.

The dresses were PERFECT.  Good quality, packaged nicely, could not fault it.  So you know what I did that night!  Yep another search!

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This time I bought cushions and those tote bags (including some ballet bags for Little Miss A for Christmas)  This time they were via international post and yet they arrived in under 10 business days!!!!

So I am hooked!  

What you should know……

Get in Fast

All OzSale stock is only available for a limited time.  It is usually available for about a week but often seels out (especially popular sizes) before the sale is finished.

Check The Supplier

If you need it fast check the supplier and postage times.

Compare

Wanting to see if I was in fact getting a bargain I compared various other suppliers online.  OzSale was cheaper EVERY time.

Download The App

This definitely made shopping via my mobile a lot easier and it saved my “shopping bag” each time. 

PayPal

I ONLY use PayPal when purchasing online.  It gives me peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong I can dispute the transaction with PayPal and recover my lost funds.  It is also more secure and super easy.  OzSale uses paypal.

 Buyer beware.  If you love a good bargain you will easily be hooked on OzSale.  It sure makes those midnight feeding frenzies a whole lot more enjoyable AND productive, Christmas shopping is DONE!

You can see my purchases and what everyone else is buying by searching the #ozsale and #ozsaleloves hashtags on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

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Starting THE ELF ON THE SHELF – Everything You Need to Know

Every year I am bombarded with questions on how to “do” the Elf on The Shelf.  It is such a hard question to answer as their is no “right” way to enjoy the Elf On The Shelf.  But to get you  started and get your own ideas in motion everything you need to know is right here! In ONE post!  Follow these 6 Steps to begin your ELf On The Shelf memory making!

 

1. WHAT IS THE ELF ON THE SHELF

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What is this crazy thing I keep hearing about? A Joyful Christmas Tradition

 

2. WHERE TO BUY AN ELF ON THE SHELF?

Our favourite place is The Book Depository.  Mainly because they almost always have stock and quick and affordable shipping.

 

3. WHAT DOES HE DO?

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Get some inspiration and see how other people use the Elf on The Shelf. The Elf On The Shelf in Our House, The Elf on The Shelf In Real Homes

 

4. GET ORGANISED!  

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Be organised! It’s a busy 25 days!  Plan ahead using a FREE PRINTABLE ANTIC PLANNER 

 

5. WELCOME YOUR ELF!

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 So now you are ready to start, how ill the Elf Arrive?  Some ideas on introducing him to your children and a free printable letter from Santa to help you on your way. IDEAS on How to Introduce The Elf, FREE PRINTABLE Letter of Introduction From Santa

 

6. LET THE GAMES BEGIN

 Use the Search Bar >>>> to search Elf On The Shelf and My Christmas Elf

and uncover photos, FREE printables, educational activities, clue cards and 

LET THE MEMORIES BEGIN! 

 

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How to Make White Dough Ornaments

As a special end of year celebratory treat we like to make a little Christmas gift to share with our classmates.  Last year we made White Dough Star Ornaments.  This was by far the cheapest and my favourite gift we have ever made!  Judging by the popularity of this blog post, I am guessing lots of other people loved it too!

So I wanted to give you an update.  An after the fact recount AKA what I learnt and a quick HOW TO.

Traditionally dough ornaments are made using a “Salt Dough” recipe.  This is an easy way to make the ornaments and you get a very natural appearance as a result.  But I wanted WHITE!!!!  After some research on google, and advice from the ever helpful “The Organised Nest” Facebook flock.  I found a new recipe! I have adapted it slightly for Australians and this will create enough dough for about 16 small ornaments.

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Dough Ornaments
Yields 16
A WHITE glistening dough mixture great for making ornaments and keepsakes.
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup of Corn Flour
  2. 2 Cups of BiCarb Soda (the same as Baking Soda)
  3. 1 1/4 Cups Cool Water
Instructions
  1. Mix Cornflour and BiCarb Soda in bowl.
  2. Add Cool water and stir.
  3. Once ingredients are combined place over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  4. The mixture will bubble first and then begin to combine.
  5. Once the dough mixture has formed one large ball in the pan, remove and place in a bowl to cool.
  6. Cover the dough with a wet cloth as it cools.
  7. Once cool, knead the dough with your hands. (this should only take a minute or two!)
  8. It quickly comes a beautiful smooth dough.
  9. Sprinkle a little extra cornflour on the bench and roll it out into 1cm high sections.
  10. Cut it out into whatever shapes your heart desires!
  11. Use a straw to press out a hole in the top of the ornaments (to allow for hanging)
  12. If you want to stamp or carve pictures into your dough now is the time to do it!
  13. Place each shape onto Baking paper and leave to air dry for at least 24 hours.
  14. Admire your handy work!
Notes
  1. You can bake these ornaments, but it will give them a golden baked appearance.
  2. Like any dough, once hard they are quite fragile so be careful!
  3. Use some ribbon or twine to create a hanging ornament.
  4. These make great gifts!
  5. * I used a "Cookie Stamp" to create personalised messages. These are available from kitchen stores and even large department stores.
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 THE INGREDIENTS

These ingredients are cheap, cheap, cheap!  After some trial and error I found that the Wooloworths Homebrand ingredients work just as well and are literally half the price.   BUY the Homebrand Ingredients from Woolworths and this recipe costs you less than $2!!! I mistakenly bought the branded items and it cost me about $6 which still isn’t too bad! Win Win!

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PERSONALISING

Nothing says thoughtful like a personalised gift.  We stamped each classmates name on the ornament using a Wiltshire “Cookie Stamp” Kit from Big W.  

Wiltshire - Sweet Messages Cookie Kit - From Big W

Wiltshire – Sweet Messages Cookie Kit – From Big W

Last year this Kit was found in Big W  in the Cooking/Kitchen Utensil aisles, it retails for about $18.

 

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The kit contained some predesigned messages (Thank You, I Love You etc) and then a whole heap of individual letters for you to design your own messages. This is seriously one of my favourite purchases and I have already used it over and over again!

LONGEVITY

The ornaments once dry are ready to go but personally I like to lacquer the finished product. For longevity and to hopefully make them look even better! You can find a simple spray on lacquer at Masters/Bunnings/Spotlight.

PACKAGING


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I wrote a little poem and turned it into a bag topper just using some cardboard. 

DELIVERY
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Now they are ready to deliver!  Made easier if you have an extra cute delivery elf like this one! Oh I hope this Christmas dress still fits her this year.

There you have it.  A cheap, easy, thoughtful gift for any occasion really but especially nice to spread some joy this Christmas. 

 

 

 

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Breastfeeding – The new “Normal”

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There he was.  My first born child.  A whopping 9lb son.  I had clearly defined expectations on what becoming a mother would like.  I pictured my birth.  Natural with no complications and drugs only as a last resort. I imagined what having a newborn child would be like.  I wouldn’t sleep a lot.  I would breastfeed.  I would gaze down at our newborn son as he happily nuzzled into me.

Oh boy within the first 24 hours all my expectiaitons had been thrown out the window.  After a complicated labour, there were no time for drugs as I was rushed in for an emergency C-Section.

My first days of motherhood were spent in pain, struggling to walk and shower, depressed at the loss of my ideal birth.  I appeared confident as I approached breastfeeding.  My baby seemed to be taking to it until…..the advice began. [Read more…]

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Family Finance System Update

This picture was taken a long time ago (2012!) and although the space has changed the system has remained the same! (We have moved mail and finances into the study)

“Real organising is not just about sorting and storage.

To keep things organised, you need to establish a SYSTEM.”

Setting up systems in your home is like setting up routines or new habits. After a few months of sticking to them, you wonder what you ever did before!

So here is our Family Finance System

1. Mail In. This can be either the paper variety or most often electronically. As soon as the bill comes in it is opened. NO MAIL REMAINS UNOPENED FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS. Yes sometimes you dread opening bills. But delayed bill paying adds to paper clutter, increases the chance you will misplace it, pay it late and have to pay more in late payment fees. Collecting and opening the mail is a shared task and part of our everyday routine. As we enter the house, after the school pick up, Master O collects the mail. He loves this job! Whilst the kids are having afternoon tea, I go through the mail (and all the notes in the school bag!) [Read more…]

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The Family Finance Folder Update

Over the next few weeks, I hope to share with you how we manage our family finances.

  • Our Family Finance Folder
  • Our Family Finance System
  • Doing your Fiancnial Homework and
  • Using iCal to manage our bills.

Being on one income over the last two years, it has been more important than ever, that we manage our money carefully. Once a year, usually just after tax time, I re evaluate all of our finances.  This job is made so much easier as we have all of our financial details in the one spot.  Here is a peak inside our Family Finance folder.

 

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The Family Finance Folder [Read more…]

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The School File It Folder 2

As part of our “School Station” set up we not only try to contain the constant stream of school paraphenalia but paper too!

As a teacher I was well aware about how much paper gets sent every day (and also aware of how many actually never make it into the hands of parents!) So before Master O even started school I got to work on a school File It Folder.

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This will be a place to organise and store EVERY bit of important paper for the school year.

 

Step 1. Gather Your Supplies

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I found these cute coloured “Marbig – Vivid” folders at Big W!
You will need

  • A4 Ring Binder (one with an insertable cover and spine works best for decorating! )
  • Extra wide Tabbed Dividers
  • Plastic Pockets
  • Scrapbook Paper (Optional)
  • Labelmaker (Optional)

Step 2. Create a Cover

School File It Folder

You will be looking at this folder a LOT, so why not make it pretty! Little Mis A chose a cute sheet of Scrapbooking Paper from Spotlight. 12 x 12 Scrapbooking paper makes the perfect cover as it the perfect size!

Cut about 3 cm’s off one side to create the front cover and use the offcut for the spine! Add the date and your child’s name and your ready to go!

Step 3. Create Dividers

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The dividers are whats make this folder functional. Extra Wide tabbed dividers work the best as you can still view the tabs when the folder is closed making access easy. Although we have had a school folder before the same sections didnt really apply to Kindy. Some ideas are

  • Calendars and Rosters
  • Class Notes
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Lists (Uniform/Books etc)
  • Newsletters
  • Fees
  • Receipts
  • Certificates/Awards
  • Photos
  • Reports
  • Artwork
  • Special Days (Excursions/Celebrations)

If you are creating a folder for school you might also want to add sections for;

  • Tuckshop
  • Excursions/Camps
  • Specialist Lessons

Simply use a labelmaker (or your neatest handwriting!) to create labels for each divider tabs.

Step 4. Fill!

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I use post it notes to help categorise the papers I already have. Then simply amke a divider for each category!
Time to say goodbye to the random paper piles! Firstly fill each category with plenty of plastic pockets, you dont want to be searching for more half way through the year. Now categorise your papers and start adding!

Step 5. Extras.

I also add a large clear plastic envelope with velcro closure into the front. I keep all of the kids name labels inside it! I am also on the hunt for some specific “certificate” plastic pockets!

End Of The Year.

At the end of the year, I go through the folder and cull whatever we no longer need and add reports and any other end of year extras to create a School Memory Folder. It is so nice to be able to grab a folder and look through everything your child has accomplished and experienced during the school year! I have even thought about creating a Project Life school album with all the folders contents!

Be warned having a folder doesnt ensure you will always be on top of the paper pile! You need a system!

THE SYSTEM

A folder doesn’t fill its self. You need an effective system in place for dealing with the paper.

READ. Check for notes DAILY. Check bags, lunchboxes, communication books and if you can the school website.
WRITE. Write down ALL DATES immediately. We write them on our family calendar and in my Planner. Be sure to write in your diary

a) when the note needs returning AND

b) when the event is taking place.
ACT. What do you need to with this information?

  • Does it need returning? If it does, fill it out and put it back in their school bag immediately!
  • Do you need it for future reference? File it away in your “SCHOOL FILE IT FOLDER”
  • Do you need to tell anybody else about the event?
  • Organise different pick up arrangements or a day off work?

And now you are ORGANISED!

You have a storage place and a system to help you manage the school paper clutter!

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My Planner- Pages – DIY FISH Inserts

My Planner With DIY FIsh

My search for a new planner was prompted by my need to better manage my time. For the last 3 years I had been using the week on 2 pages format of the Erin Condren Life Planner. It worked well to keep track of appointments, but I needed a more indepth system that could not only track multiple areas of my life but where I could manage my time on a yearly, monthly, weekly and daily basis.

The beauty of customising your own planner, is that there are a smorgasbord of planner pages available. You can buy pre printed inserts for discbound planners but I was more interested in creating my own “hybrid” planner at home, using downloadable pages and my home printer. Etsy and Pinterest have a massive assortment of planner pages and templates for everything from meal planning to cleaning schedules. Most are dirt cheap and sometimes even free! Using this method, you can create your own personalised planner, customised to meet your family’s and your lifes needs.

Whilst on the hunt, I stumbled upon the brand DIY Fish. DIY Fish is a store on Etsy that offers a new planner page system, unlike anything I have seen before. THe “Packs” Consist of Monthly, Weekly and Daily pages. The range is MASSIVE and you will literally get lost in her store trying to work out which pack you like the best. I strongly suggest you go in with a clear idea in mind of what you need in a planner page.

What I need/want in a planner page

A Monthly Calendar

An overview calendar of the month ahead to record birthdays, swimming/ballet/soccer/tennis lessons, kindy days etc.

A Weekly Overview (peek at my week)

This is what my Erin Condren offered me I wanted something similar but in a different format. It has to have space for me to plan out blog posts, meals, Tot school, study and of course appointments.

A Daily Page (or two!)

This was afterall the whole reason I was looking for a new planner. I wanted somewhere to schedule my day, write out to do lists, plan in more detail the days activities, write reminders and basically brain dump (more on that later!)

With all this in mind I settled on

Version 2.1 – With a Day On 2 Pages (DO2P) and also bought a 3 Year Chart (for my yearly planning)

The system an be bought in 3 month packs (which is what I did) so after the 3 months if it’s not for you, your not stuck with a whole years worth of planner pages.

Words simply can’t describe how this system works so beautifully, so I have taken you for a walk through my planner in this YouTube clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxm1CFzAd10

Just after this video I bought the next 3 month pack (Jul-Sept) I bought the same version that has a new slightly different name

Version 2.2 Day on 2 Pages

It has very minimal changes. Here is a quick closer look at the pages.

Yearly

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Monthly

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Weekly

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Daily – Day On 2 Pages

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It also comes with “Charts” to help track other areas of your life. On this Monthly Chart (the Monthly Calendar is on the back) I am tracking my household cleaning zones. It also comes with weekly charts as well.

Monthly Chart

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You simply purchase the planner on Etsy, it is emailed to you within 48 hours (as a downloadable file) and you print, cut and punch at home. If the whole print, cut, punch bit is overwhelming for you, I know a few kind people who will do it for you for a small fee!

Over the next few weeks I will show you a closer look at each section of my planner (starting with the Daily Pages) and how I am using it!

So what do you think, would this work for you?

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My Planner – The Discbound System

So let’s start at the very beginning, because like Maria Von Trapp sung, it’s a very good place to start!

To create an organised life, it’s not just about organising your house.  You need to start by organising yourself. You need to create a routine and manage your time so you have the time and energy to clean and organise!

The best way to start is with a planner.

My name is Larissa, and I am a Planner Addict.  Not sure how it all began but becoming a teacher sure did nothing to quash my addiction to making lists, plans and timetables.  I live for lists.  I make them in my sleep I am sure.  I have plans for the day, for the week, for the month, for the year  and for the next ten years!

Over the years I have “played” with many planners.  Some were opened and used with such enthusiasm I thought they were best thing since sliced bread.  A month later they sat lifeless and I had returned to making lists and recording important dates on random scrawled sticky notes.  Some like my Erin Condren Life Planner went the distance.  I have used it for the last three years and it has literally only been in the last few months that we have parted ways.

But since our third baby entered our family,  life has been way too busy for the open format of the Life Planner.  Its beauty in its coloured fonts and gorgeous covers was great to look at but was not helping me manage my time or my life effectively as it could.  It was time to try something new.

So being a list maker I made a list of what I needed in a planner.

5 THINGS I NEED IN A PLANNER

  1. FLEXIBILITY.  There are two kinds of planners.  The ready made and the DIY.  They each have their benefits.  I have always been a ready made kind of girl as I like to be able to buy a planner and start using it straight away.  Ready Made planners are cheap, .  The problem being that it is hard to “add” to a ready made planner.  You need to adjust your needs to suit the format of the planner pages and not the other way around.  The Erin COndren planner has days divided into Morning, Day, Evening.  But I need to do lists, blog notes, tot school ideas, I need my planner to keep track of multiple areas of my life.  Although the Life PLanner was great for keeping track of general appointments it was more a diary than a planner.  I want to be able to add personlaised content and sections to keep track of all areas of my life, in one space.
  2. SPACE.  I need a daily page.  I need space to WRITE! One column is not enough for me.  I want space for a specific time schedule and space for appointments and even a space to jot down notes throughout the day.
  3. MORE THAN A DIARY.  I want my planner to hold my cleaning schedule, blog ideas, meal plans, tot school plans, goals, to do lists, shopping tracker….EVERYTHING!  I need to be able to add things and remove things as I please!
  4. PRETTY.  Of course practical is just not enough, I want it to be pretty too!  I can do without the coloured pages (I cna decorate those myself) but I want the cover at least to be appealing.
  5. SMALL.  I need my planner to be usable but compact.  I want it to be light enough to take in my handbag. My EC was one of the smaller planners I have had but it was still too bulky.  A5 is my perfect size.

After a bit of research I found the perfect system.

THE  DISCBOUND SYSTEM

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The “Arc Discbound System”

The Discbound System revolves around planners and pages that are bound together by discs.  The beauty of these discs is, unlike ready made planners that are bound, with a discbound you can remove and add pages as you like.

See those nifty little holes the punch makes?  Thats what makes the pages removable!

See those nifty little holes the punch makes? Thats what makes the pages removable!

Using the discbound punch, you simply punch holes in any paper, card, laminate and add it to your planner!  Tuckshop lists, rosters, excursion notes, dividers, plastic pockets, lists, anything can be added to your planner simply by using the discbound punch.  Once an item is in you can also remove it and relocate it to another space in your planner!  This is tricky to describe so this YouTube clip, demonstrates for you. Be kind it’s my first attempt at YouTube!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQpsufsTWa4

Now this is just a SYSTEM. It is not a specific planner.

That comes next. To start creating your own discbound planner you will need;

  • the punch and
  • a discbound notebook (I bought a Martha Stewart Discbound notebook a year or so ago, but highly recommend the Arc notebooks).

 As mentioned in the YouTube clip both the Arc Punch and Notebooks can be found at Staples Online and delivery is quick and generally free.  You could even just buy the punch and create your own planner using a laminated piece of cardstock as the cover.  The punch is also available through Amazon as a “travel” punch that is a much cheaper and lighter version of the punch I bought, you just have to find a kind friend overseas to purchase it for you (get your act together AMAZON! Australia needs shipping too!)

You now have the foundations of a completely customisable system.  This system can be used year after year.  As one year ends you don’t need to buy a whole new planner, just update your inserts!

I only wish I had of found this system a long time ago, especially whilst I was working.  I could have easily added all those newsletters, staff meeting notes, rosters into my own planner without stapling plastic pockets into my store bought planner.

So that’s the beginning. But I am afraid it is a long way from finding “Planner Peace” for  now you need some planner pages!

The options for Planner pages are endless but tomorrow I will share with you my choice and in my opinion, THE MOST AMAZING planner pages I have ever come across.

For a sneak peek I have already uploaded a look inside my planner onto my brand spanking new YouTube Channel -

You can check it out and SUBSCRIBE HERE

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School Bag Storage and Organisation

Last night on Facebook I pleaded with the flock for HELP! I have had many plans for School Bag Storage but none of them have “felt” right. Problem is DONE is better than PERFECT! I need something, before I trip over another school bag!

So here is where we were in JANUARY! Yep and that is still where we are AT!!!!

 

I must admit this is not my first “School Station”. Master O is about to start his third year at school! Please don’t ask how that makes me feel!

Our first station looked like this.

This area was set up especially for Prep – Grade 1.

Here is how the room looked as a whole.

and in that space that was supposed to be a clipboard station is now a giant pile of school/library/sheet/sport/swimming bags.

The drawers worked brilliantly, although his bag was a bit squashed in that bottom drawer I absolutely loved having those two top drawers for homework folders, library bags and everything that came along with going to school!

I also loved the Basket on top for our School File It Folder and storing notes.

THOSE TWO THINGS ARE A MUST.

But then…..once he got to Grade 1, the homework increased, and once he changed schools, it increased again. This area was simply too distracting for homework. It also meant I had three sets of stationery areas. One in the playroom, one in this area and one in the study for myself. So we moved Master O into my study. We set up his desk and noticeboard and stationery across from me in the study. In general though come homeowrk time we all sit at my desk together! I have a huge L shaped desk and three chairs. Little Miss A sits across from me and does some phonics practice, drawing, cutting or experimental writing. Master O sits next to me so I can talk him through what he is doing. He is a very self sufficient and independent learner but I love to know what he is learning at school and the best way to do this and to be involved in homework. The big desk is also great for doing projects (which seem to take up so much room and get bigger each fortnight!)

I digress! So those handy drawers moved into the study and I took them over as my own as my desk has no drawers in it. So we went through the last part of last year with a great space for homework but no specific place for storing school stuff.

and that my friend is where we are at!

What do I need this space to do?

Contain School Items
Be easily accessible and at a childs height but alos be neat and tidy
Be flexible in its arrangement for different children’s needs
1. So what do I need our School Station to contain;

  • School Bags x 2
  • School Hats x 2
  • Homework/message Folders and Planners
  • Library Bags x 2
  • School File It Folder x 2
  • Artwork Folder (Miss A)
  • Sheet Bag (Miss A)
  • Sports Bag (Master O)
  • Individual timetables/schedule

After careful thought I don’t want it to contain school shoes. School shoes and especially Kindy shoes have a habit of coming home full of sand. So they can stay in the garage!

How do I want to contain it so its neat and tidy, flexible and easily accessible?

I think I need a combination of baskets, shelves, drawers and hooks.
I dont want to hang the school bags. We have had bad luck with hooks in this house and I dont want any more damage to my walls.
I also want the end solution to be flexible. I am still thinking about moving this station to the study so whatever I use I want to be able to relocate it easily. As they get older they can also then move it to their own bedroom.
It has to be able to be configured in different ways for different children. Because my children are quite spaced apart in age (3+years and 4+Years) they are always going to have very different school needs. By the time Baby #3 starts school Master O will be starting High School!

So I think each child needs their own station. Master O’s will need to be able to hold sports equipment and Little Miss A’s, a sheet bag for Kindy.
It can’t be too tall. Little Miss A needs to be able to open and close everything herself.
After writing all this I am automatically thinking of my old friends IKEA Expedit and Trofast. The fact that the Trofast has both drawers and shelves and comes in a variety of heights has me thinking it may be the answer! Although the frames are both a similar price, it is much cheaper to buy the Trofast drawers and shelves (around $5) than buying baskets or drawers for an Expedit (between $10-20).

What will work in the space?

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So this is where I am thinking. It is where everything else organisational is located and would make the space feel complete. I do worry as this space is at the opposite end of the house to the garage (where we enter the house) and the study (where we do homework). But for now I think its worth a try! It is a tall and skinny place so those STUVA Drawers won’t work.

So let’s get planning!!!!

I am such a visual person that I had to literally piece it all together in pictures.

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I am off to IKEA today to check out a few different ideas including this one!!!

What Do You Think???

 

 

 

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