Thursday, September 24, 2009

Getting my act together


I promise I am still here, and I am still working on these areas of play posts. I have fallen into the trap of being so busy researching that I haven't got to publishing ... but I hope to have some more 'areas' up soon.

The other thing I've been up to is a massive organising binge (I blame Nicole!). Actually, I've been working at it for the last couple of months, but its taken a long time to get real traction.
Originally this blog was intended to be an organising and homekeeping blog (hence the title) ... I've always loved tidying and cleaning, and until I fell pregnant with number 2 I was one of the most organized people I know (and one of the most modest right!!!)

But, during my second pregnancy things got more and more on top of me, and when my little guy arrived I was totally shell-shocked by the tiredness, and the busy-ness. Fortunately it never got to the point of post-natal-depression but I think it got pretty close ... I suffered from some reasonable severe panic attacks and was lucky to have a supportive holistic doctor who sorted me out.

So, after a couple of months of sorting, de-cluttering, and re-organizing I am now at the stage of feeling really motivated again. I'm back to having a planning notebook full of lists (in five categories!) my wardrobe is in perfect order, even our bathroom cabinets are spick and span. To top it all off hubby made me an organiser for my 'utilty drawer' so I have little cubbies for things like my stapler and holepunch, notepaper, mending kit, string and sellotape ... it really is a 'good thing'

As a result of all this organising, we have been able to turn our spare room into a playroom (which means the baby may have to stay in the teeny-tiny baby room for ever). We now have our ' Steiner' open ended toys in the lounge, and Montessori-ish activities in the playroom. We don't have any classical Montessori ... we are more Michael Olaf than Neinhuis, but for us its a great mix. I thought you might like some photos ...





Must go clean a cupboard!

6 comments:

PlanningQueen said...

That looks fantastic. I also use the Montessori approach with the kids toy shelf - sparsely covered and then just rotate them. It is a great feeling when you start to feel on top of things again.

GrowingBump said...

Wow - sounds like you have been incredibly busy!!! Looks great :)

Nikki said...

Looks great! It is addictive isn't it once you get going!?

Angela Mobley said...

What beautiful play spaces. I love the roomy feel. I hope to pare down our stuff similarly.

Johanna in NZ said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Love the photos of your toy shelves. Inspiring. :)

Chaucey said...

Your presentation of the toys make them look so inviting. Well done!