I share lots of projects and ideas here, and I always like to leave them a few weeks before I share them, so that I can check them out and see if they really work. Every now and then though, I also like to give you an up date on how my ideas still work in the long term. So today I’m going back through the archives, and pulling out a few of the ideas that we have used in the past, and letting you know how they are working for us now.
I shared how we manage packing for trips away in January 2013. Three years on, we still use packing lists every time we go away. The kids now request a packing list a couple of days in advance of when we need to pack. Meg no longer needs pictures, and Toby can now pack using pictures with a little bit of help from his sisters or myself. We still check over the younger two’s clothing selection – Meg in particular likes to wear the same two pairs of clothing all the time. Just this summer we went away twice for a week each, and the kids packed themselves. For his birthday last year, we gave Toby his own suitcase, so all 3 now have their own suitcase, making the task easier. In short packing lists are here to stay.
Read And Relax
Read and relax is my name for a quiet hour after lunch each day during the school holidays. It is enforced rather militantly by me, and really does make our holidays run smoothly. As the kids get older, they become a little more resistant to the idea (particularly at the beginning of the holidays), however they always have books to read, and don’t fight it too hard. What they don’t appreciate (but I do) is that this hour of quiet time really helps the whole day to run smoothly. Sometimes I let them listen to and audio book instead of reading, but either way, there is a period of quiet, and it is awesome. Read and relax; I love you!
Sharing A Bedroom
Our three kids have been sharing a bedroom for 4 years now. Last year I wrote a post about how we managed having three kids in one room. Overall, it is still working for us, but I can see that we are rapidly getting to end of having three kids in the one room. Hannah in particular, would love a little more privacy and space. As they grow, their clothes get bigger and take up more space in the cupboards, and their desire to have spots to keep their special things is becoming greater too.
In the short term, they will continue to share a bedroom. 2016 is (hopefully) the year where we finally extend and renovate the farmhouse, and Hannah is already looking forward to bedroom of her own, and to be honest, I’m looking forward to a little more space for them too!
Our donation box is a box that sits in our back room, ready for us to put anything we no longer want (but is still in good condition) into. It provides a sort of ‘clearing station’ so that things we no longer want, don’t hang around creating clutter. Do we still use it? Absolutely. It’s great for when I find an odd thing that we want to donate. The box does get rather full at times, and so we have to remember to donate it regularly (which would be easier if we lived nearer to town). When I’m doing a big cull, there is still a box or bag on the floor in the spare room, but it is next to the donation box and serves to remind me that we need to clear our.
Have you used any of our ideas? Do they work for you?