Home Organisation - The Cupboard Under The Sink!

I don't know about anyone else but the cupboard under our sink is a dark and dreary place. There's things in the wrong place and you can guarantee when you open the cupboard something will fall out and land on your foot!

I've recently mentioned on Instagram stories that I've been getting organised in the kitchen. I've joked that cleaning out two food cupboards has changed my life. I realise this is a little over the top BUT we are no longer routing through the cupboard looking for snacks we haven't got and disappointing the four year old, and we don't find ourselves missing dinner ingredients when we were sure they were there, somewhere behind the 5 bags of flour!

With those now done I decided to tackle the cupboard under the sink and as someone who pours over home organisation on Pinterest, I thought I share what I used and how I got organised!

Printed labels along with containers containing candles, dishcloths etc

Along with my laptop and printer I've used

  • Vinyl labels - £11.99 from Amazon
  • Avery website for creating the labels
  • A ton of plastic containers that were littering up another cupboard!
I realise though that plenty of people don't have printers or laptops and if that's the case for you a sharpie pen or a roll of cheap labels will also do the trick!

Start by getting out all the plastic containers you want to use. Go through absolutely everything in your cupboard but maybe don't get it all out in one go as it could be a little overwhelming! 

A very messy cupboard under a sink, showing cleaning items and vases

Sort through the items, grouping items together.

Plastic container full of bulbs

Box of candles

Box of scourers and cloths

Box them up and add labels.

A box labelled dishcloths and scourers

For tall bottled items, like bleach and sprays use a basket, container or box to keep them upright and tidy. 

A plastic basket containing cleaning items

Stack up your boxes or containers in some sort of organised fashion! 

A need cleaning cupboard full of tidy labelled items

Tidy cleaning cupboard full of labelled items

Tidy cupboard

I've put things like batteries and bulbs together, with wash powder and softener side by side.

Jars labelled

Jars labelled

Are you having a sort out or do you have a cupboard of doom? Let me know in the comments!

I'm very happy going from this...................

Very messy kitchen cupboard under a sink

to this...................................................

Very tidy kitchen cupboard

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Grofresh Kitchen Garden - Setting the seeds

Ever since we took part in a sustainable living program we've been very conscious of waste. We've also wanted to grow our own veg, fruit and herbs but having very clay soil brought that hope to a swift end.

We've just managed to grow some rosemary in a pot but there's been little more success. So, when I was offered the chance to try the Grofresh Kitchen Garden I jumped at the chance!

The boxed Grofresh unit

Giving the opportunity to grow herbs, fruit and salad greens, the hydroponic Grofresh Kitchen Garden can give you the chance to grow your own all year round.

The Grofresh arrived with all the equipment you need to get started. 

The unboxed Grofresh kit

All you need is to add water and seeds.

The step by step instructions are easy to follow and we were soon able to set up the unit.

The unit set up

Adding water and nutrients to the bowl, soaking the sponges and adding the seeds was easily done.

The unit set up

Leaving the Grofresh plugged in puts it on to a cycle with the light coming on every 16 hours and then going off for 8.

A close up of the unit and one of its pods

At the moment we are growing basil and with a couple of days we saw signs of growth. Our little boy has found it quite interesting and it's given the chance to talk about growing food. He may only be 4 but he's finding it quite exciting!

We'll update you again soon when the crops are ready!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Hill Top

Regular readers will know that I love a day out! Especially a National Trust one!! On our recent holiday to the Lake District we put our membership to work and visited three places in five days!!

My favourite though has to be Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter. The 17th century farmhouse is a time-capsule of her life and gives a true insight to both Beatrix and her home.

Exterior of 17th century farmhouse

Hill Top differs a little to other National Trust properties as you can't just turn up and wander round. On arrival you need to visit the ticket office, where you will be given a timed slot to enter the house. As the house is small and extremely popular the slots are given to steady the flow of visitors. 

The last time we visited (pre-child) we waited over an hour for our slot but this time we waited a short 20 minutes and by the time we had walked up to the house from the car park, visited the loos and bought a drink it was time to go in!

Mum and little boy standing at the side of Hill Top

We visited during the British heatwave and it was a really beautiful day to visit. We were met by a volunteer on the path who gave our 4 year old, Joseph, a trail to do, although I think Daddy did most of it!

Little boy walking up a garden path

The gardens at Hill Top were in full bloom and you could really see all the hard work that the National Trust put into the maintaining them. 

Flower boarder full of blooms with a stone path alongside of it

Boarder full of blooms

Boarder full of blooms

As we entered the house Joseph was given a copy of one of Beatrix's books and told to look through it as he looked round the house to see if he could spot where some of the scenes were set. There were books in each room to look at and he really took an interest in comparing them.

Mum and son in front of an old window looking at books

There is so much to look at in the rooms of Hill Top. Family portraits, copies of Beatrix's letters, her trinkets and so much more! It gives an amazing insight into her life and I'm really happy that we got to return and take Joseph with us.

Fire place surrounded by pictures and trinkets

We really made some memories whilst visiting but I think my favourite is probably of Joseph drawing at the easel in the garden. With the sun shining on us as I past him the crayons we seemed a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

A little boy outside standing at an easel and drawing on a sheet titled 'the tale of'

As with many of my days out I like to share little facts or tips to help your visit and here are my top ones for visiting the wonderful Hill Top.

  • Parking is VERY limited and you are only allowed to drive around the car park once before being sent on your way by the volunteers, so be prepared to park further away and walk. We were able to get in a even smaller car park up the road with an honest box for payment and were opposite a fantastic play park, which Joseph had to have a go on!
  • Tickets are bought from the office in the car park. Don't walk up to the house without your timed ticket! You won't get in!
  • There are toilets and a gift shop but there's no cafe or restaurant, although cold drinks can be bought from the shop.
  • Pushchairs can't go inside Hill Top so you'll need a baby carrier if your child is little or can't be trusted. The latter being the reason we haven't taken Joseph before, especially after the Belton House incident!
  • Even if you don't have a child make sure you have a look at the books scattered around the house. It's fascinating to see the scenes in person.
Hill Top is a place where so many of our childhood stories were created and if you ever get the chance make sure you stop by to see them in person.

Woman sitting in a window seat with a book in her hand

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Flower Wreath

Visit any homewares or interiors store, or even an interiors blog, and the chances are you've seen a wreath similar to this one.

Rattan wreath with pink and white flowers down one side

I've wanted a flower wreath for a while and as we've been doing work on the house I've eyed a spot for one, so I started pricing them up. Then I stopped. From the pricey Laura Ashley to the more reasonable Homesense, trying to find a combination of value for money and prettiness didn't really go together. 

So, as any craft blogger would I decided to have a try at making one myself and I'm very pleased with the results!

Rattan wreath with flowers along one side

Want to make one? Here's what you'll need!

  • Rattan wreath - £3.95 @ Baker Ross
  • Artificial flowers - 40p (white) and 80p (pink) @ Ikea
  • Scissors or wire cutters
Rattan wreath, flowers and scissors

Start by trimming down the stems with the scissors. 

Plastic stem cut shorter

Leave a little length to help you guide the stem through the wreath.

Flower threaded through

Thread each flower through and snip the ends again so they are flush to the back of the wreath. 

End of flower snipped so it is flush against the back of the wreath

Some of the flowers threaded through

The back of the wreath with the stems cut shorter

Flowers threaded through

That's it! A beautiful wreath for a fraction of the price!

Completed wreath

Completed wreath

Let me know in the comments if you decide to give it a try!

Mummy Snowy Owl

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The No More Worries Kit

Growing up should be worry free and full of fun but for more and more children this is simply not the case.

More and more children are suffering from anxiety and have too many worries for their little selves. 

To help children deal with their emotion and worries, and to also open up conversation between parent and child, The Irish Fairy Door Company have created The No More Worries Kit.

A colourful box containing the kit, including a mini plaque, cards and journal

Reverse of the box, also showing the contents and how to use the kit

Containing a Feelings Journal, Conversation Cards and a No More Worries Mini Plaque, it is easy to use and the bright packaging alone can spark a conversation with your child. It certainly did when ours arrived!!

The kit out of the box

The kit offers a few ways to use it, either altogether or separately. 

The journal is a place to write and share worries or happy times. My little boy is 4, so can't currently write in his journal himself but I'm thinking of using it to record his days at school when he starts in September and plan to ask him what he liked and disliked each day. I'm hoping this will help him open up to talk about what is happening at school.

The journal, illustrated with a rainbow, clouds and hot air balloon

The open journal, showing blank striped pages with illustrations along the top of sad and happy fairies and unicorns

The cards are to prompt conversation. I used a couple of cards with JJ and I was surprised how well he answered them and what his answers were. It really made me think about the memories he is building and that we are making with and for him.

The conversation cards, on a range subjects including good and bad days, memories etc

The plaque comes on a clip so is ideal to keep on or in a school bag. It's activated by holding your thumb over the print area, turning from red to green as you share your worries with the fairies. I explained this to JJ and he gave it a try and again I was surprised by how much he grasped it.

Plastic mini plaque that is made to look like wood with No More Worries written on it and a finger print that is glowing red

A close up of the child's hands using the plaque

The plaque glowing green

A child using the plaque with it now glowing green

From using the kit for just a few days I was surprised how much our 4 year old shared and understood. JJ had started to share more of his feelings with us recently and The No More Worries Kit has definitely opened up the opportunity to talk more about them. I'm definitely going to be using this more to help with the run of emotions that come with starting school. 

Mummy can use it too, right?

For more information on The No More Worries Kit take a look here

Mummy Snowy Owl

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