Inspiration for our Organisation Station

My husband has a term for me that I am not quite sure is so endearing
“Last Minute Larissa”
What can I say I work well under pressure,  I love the buzz of a looming deadline.
But yesterday it hit me.
It was ok for me to not be organised, after all its just me who suffers the consequences
 but I really don’t want that for my children.

Ok so if you don’t want my little bit judgemental opinion 
STOP READING NOW
or
READ NOW, I PROMISE THERE WILL BE VISUAL REWARD WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED!

As a teacher, I witness daily the organisation spectrum of many Mums.
On one end I would I love to be on
 “I have personalised stationary notes in my child’s communication books, sweet letters in the lunchbox, every school item is labelled, notes returned one second after there issued, and not  a “special date” is missed” 

and where I am currently sitting, ok so close to it anyway
“my child is in uniform when it is free dress day, lunchbox, you mean lunch bought form the service station in its packaged little box on the way to school, surely mums mowing hat is ok for school?”

I have written about it before but like I said I see this daily….
the saddest thing about this is…
 Mum’s disorganisation really has little effect on the Mother.  
It is the child who will feel the angst, anxiety, dissapointment and embarassment.
Yes there is a happy medium somewhere along the spectrum where we encourage our children to take responsiblity for some of their organisation, 
and gradaully release control allowing them to become self managing little people but…..
Here it is for Mothers everywhere

Leaving your hat at home when you are 5 years old is devastating.  
Especially when it is the third time this week and your school has a no hat, no play policy.

Not returning an excursion note in time to go with your class on the one and only excursion of the year,  Will live in a childs memory for longer than the missed excursion day.

Forgetting the money, for the Mother’s Day stall and being the only child not to get a present, 
will be embarassing and dissapointing.

Ok so the critics will say, oh well suck it up, life is hard.
It shouldn’t be, when you are 5.
Presents, excursions, hats are they really that important?
They are when you are 5

Now imagine all 3 things happen to you in one week.
After lots of cuddles (I know your not supposed to)
A box of tissues being handed out
A spare hat obtained to keep in case of emeregency
and a sneaky Mothers Day present snuck into their bag, the child felt better and
 me
well I was resigned that my child would never have to feel this way.
It does not come naturally to me, 
but I am going to try my damnest to be organised, 
not for me but for them!

Ok so that long, rant, rave, spiel is followed by some VERY pretty pictures to lighten the mood
Here is my inspiration for our family organisation station!


This is about the size of the space we have to work with
Love the shelves and the magazine holders on the wall


Love these colours and I am thinking it would be the perfect little wall for some gorgeous wallpaper

Love that every piece of space is utilised
but not sure I need to see my sleep deprived face in the mirror while I am working?


Our orgnisation space opens out into a little room with bifold doors and a small dining table, love the drawers!


Wow!  The colour is a, little overwhelming but once again I love that the whole space is used and the floral wallpaper!


Love the large calendar!


Kikki K we love you!
I wonder if a large calendar on the desk would work for us instead of on the wall?
Love the little file folders on the left



More Kikki K inspiration loving the folders!

Ok now, be sure to be sitting down
have a box of tissues for your drool
My ABSOLUTE favourite spaces
brought to you by……
POTTERY BARN OF COURSE
Damn you no international postage!


This would be PERFECT for our space
 Love the little caddy with the key hooks!


Can you see where the electronic devices are kept?



Varius items available in this line


a different colour scheme with TWO monthly calendars!!!



can you see the electronic devices again!
So now I am on the hunt for……..


If I only have one little piece of Pottery Barn
IT MUST BE THIS!!!!

I will now hop off my soap box, and continue dreaming of becoming an organised Mum with 
an awe inspiring work space!
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Household Month of Organisation! – The First Aid Kit

It Is May!
National Month of Organisation!
Ok so there isn’t really a month dedicated to getting organised 
but in our house there will be!
Now that we have all settled in to work and kindy, we have established some routines,  and started meal planning, 
we need to get this house organised!
It also helps that this month we have two long weekends!
Our biggest problem is not being able to find things when you need them!
Medicine cups, socks, hair bows, school notes, drink bottle lids (why do we have a million bottles and only a few lids?) they all need a routine and a home.

I also want to create one central area “An Organisation Station” that can be the family hub for all things organised, first aid kit, phone numbers, drink bottles (with lids), hats, notes, a calendar.  
Perhaps we need an organisation room not a station!

So no time to waste!  Today we are tackling……..
THE FIRST AID KIT

A while ago I purchased a little first aid kit for the house.
I put it in a drawer and this drawer became the first aid drawer.
The drawer even got it’s own label!
And thats how it stayed for the last year…..I wish!
 The papers from used bandaids, a million repeat prescription papers, assorted tacs, paperclips,  and bobby pins, sticky tape, ear plugs, EVERYTHING ended up in this drawer!  Lucky there have been no major emergencies as one of the kids would have probably ended up with a bandage held in place with bobby pins and bandaid papers stuck on with sticky tape!   Well at least I would have had earplugs to not listen to the crying!

So yesterday we….
1. Got EVERYTHING out of the drawer

2. Anything that was not first aid related went elsewhere

3. Checked Emergency numbers are correct and current

4. Is it out of date ?   
Check everything in the kit, fridge and medicine cabinet, including creams and antiseptic

 

5. Does it have a label?Dispose of anything that no longer has a label, if you don’t know what it is, what it is for, or whose it is        
          THROW IT OUT!

6. Broken or damaged packaging? 
          THROW IT OUT!

7. Check old repeat prescriptions.  If they are no longer valid throw them out

8. Do you have everything?     
Use the checklist to check that nothing has gone missing. 
Make a list of what needs to be replaced.
Wow a drawers worth of “rubbish” was halved!
Now the drawer is dedicated to first aid.

It has our first aid kit, emergency numbers and ready to use first aid items in it and
NOTHING ELSE!

The After Picture
Forgot to take a before!!!

We have a little shelf in the fridge for kids medicines and medicine measures.
Ice packs in the freezer
Medications in the cupboard above the freezer (out of reach of little hands!)

Here is a PRINTABLE copy of our First Aid Checklist

Just click the link, download and print!

Looking forward to sharing our organisation journey with you!
I’ll be back with photos!

 

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