Solving Storage Problems for Children: I’m Hooked!

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I had a problem.  Every day when I collect the children from school and take them home, as soon as we walk through the door the same thing happens.  They take their shoes off in the hallway and place them on the shoe rack (good work kids) then on the way from the hallway to the lounge area they take their coats off (whilst still walking) and drop it on the floor at the point wherever the coat is off their arms.  (Aarrrgghhh!!!) This is not so great!  This same action every day grates on me.  One day feeling rather stressed out I said “Why every day do you do this?” My youngest daughter who was 5 at the time, looked at me with a blank look on her face and simply shrugged her shoulders.  She did not even get what I was talking about, it was a look of ‘who cares? What’s the big deal mum.’ My eldest daughter, aged 7, looked at me and said rather nonchalant “Because there is nowhere to put it.”

I had always asked them to take their coats upstairs to their bedroom, but when I actually thought about it, when returning from school the first thing they want is a drink and a snack.  As the kitchen is not on the way to their bedroom the likelihood of the coat arriving there before they arrive in the kitchen is zero.

I had to think of a resolution.  Obvious…right? I suddenly had a ‘tahdah’ moment – COAT HOOKS

Oh……coat hooks.  Simple resolution, right? No……

Because if you are anything like me, you wont be happy with the ordinary coat hooks that you can get in your local hardware store….

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This particular example is £210, yeah it is solid wood (which is always a bonus with me) but where is the design, it is not attractive and the hooks are not always going to be covered by coats.  My thoughts were I would like something which is different, and attractive and could be made into a feature.  I also wanted something which my children would actually use, something they find to be a novelty.

After some searching I found the perfect solution.  A fabulous six coat hook rack which look like a set of pencils.  It looks like a great feature and you can even put in photographs of your children so they know who’s hook is who’s – so no more arguing! Win-win situation.

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The rack costs just £119.00 (but if you are quick can get it on sale at a discounted price of £89.00) and can be purchased from http://www.fieldsofblue.co.uk/ But be quick as there is only one left in stock!

For those of you who would love something a little more shabby chic by style, there is a great alternative also available from Fields of Blue, at an exceptional value price of £19.95, and it still offers you the option of inserting photographs so as to avoid the arguments over who’s peg is who’s.  Alternatively, you could insert some of your favourite pictures of small paintings done by yourselves or your children.  Be creative 😉

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Since getting the hooks, the problem is solved, my children not only now put their shoes on the shoe rack, but they also remember to hang up their coats.  No more stressed mum upon return from school, and additionally, we always know where coats are in the morning on the way out of the door!

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My grandmother always told me: Tidy Home, Tidy Mind

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I am going through a transition period in my life, there have been rather quite a few difficulties thrown into my path which I have to stumble my way through.  Luckily, I can see the bigger picture as I know it is the universe’s way of clearing out the things or people not needed in my life.  Instead of trying to fight what is going on, I am doing my best to embrace it.  It is still very difficult at times, and to the point when I am wondering whether I am in fact managing at all, whether it is all in my head or whether I am just going slightly crazy.  However, most of the time I am coping rather well.

In embracing the changes and the good old ‘clear-out’ I have decided to clear out my home.  I have been inspired by the article above which I found on the Zen Habits blog, which I stumbled across whilst reading another blog about keeping true to yourself whilst writing for your blog.  Something I am trying very hard to do!  I am a believer things are put into your path for a reason.  I have been thinking my home is well over due a clear out and I even bought a book on Feng Shui the other day.  I feel like things are a little stagnant and need help moving along.  I have literally just found the article on Zen Habits minutes ago and I feel I have been led to it as a sign that my thoughts are correct.

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My plan is to have a major clear out of all the things I no longer need or are not necessary in my life, and either donate to charity, take to the tip or sell.  I plan to use the money I make to put towards a holiday for my children and I in the Summer.  I feel we, as a family have culminated so much ‘stuff’ that our home feels full.  It is not a nice feeling and I always feel that in order to grow you need room! Besides, my grandma always told me “A tidy home, is a tidy mind!”

Are any of you having the same feelings and thoughts? I would love to hear about them, so that I do not feel like I am an isolated case (as when I mention this to my friends they look at me as if I have gone daft in the head!)

I will keep you updated on how this goes.  But I am determined to follow this through, and as I have a little time off work at the moment, I feel it is perfect timing.  As well as this, Spring is coming, and there is nothing more pleasing than a good old Spring clean!  Wish me luck! 🙂

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Meaning of Peacock: Symbol of Awakening

 

 

 

 

 

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It was not until recently that I found out the meaning/symbol of peacocks – Glory, Vision, Royalty, Spirituality, Awakening, Immortality, Refinement, Incorruptibility.  The reason I decided to check it out was because I got the sudden urge to make a peacock collage!  The first piece of artwork I had done since high school.  I now have that hanging above my bed, to remind me of the meaning, as I am sure I got this inspiration for a reason.

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Gratitude brings happiness

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I saw the ‘boy’ again on Friday and I have to say I really like him.  We ended up hand in hand dancing together all night.  We kissed again and this time it was really, really nice.  Every time I spend more time with him I like him more and more.  I think the next time I see him will be boxing day at a party we are going to and I have to say I am counting down the days….. I never thought that this man would affect me the way he has.  I am sure people would have never put us together and I myself could have ever anticipated how he makes me feel.

We are planning on being at the same party on NYE and I think I am going to have a great Christmas and New Year this year.  Striking a great balance of time with my children and family and also my second family….my friends!

Life could not be better for me at the moment and things are looking up after what has been a difficult couple of years following my divorce, death of grandparent, two serious accidents to family members and my child being involved in a serious accident.  Luckily, he is on the mend and things are slowly getting back to normal.  No matter however hard life gets, you have to keep on going because there is always something great waiting around the corner! Always be thankful for what you have, I believe gratitude is the key to happiness.

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