Organising Chaos

trying to bring beauty and order into a busy life

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When Big Monkey was 2 and a bit, we got him a play house for the garden. Back then we didn’t get to go out for walks as much as I would have liked as Chaotic Monkey was only a baby napping a lot, so it was important to me that Big Monkey would have somewhere to play in the garden. This house has been a house, a shop, a garage, a tent… so many stories and plots have developed in that house, both of them have enjoyed it, played on it, climbed it… until one day, when they realized they were both too big to get in and out of it.
OCB - Up-cycling a play house
It was around the same time when the number of kid’s vehicles with wheels (ie. flickers, bicycles, scooters) started to increase and I was starting to get tired of bringing them in and out through the front door, folding them, removing dirt from my hall floor and storing them under the stairs. I needed a different storage solution – a house extension, a garage maybe?

Since I had the play house and I needed a space to store children’s vehicles, I decided to transform the play house into the boy’s shed to store the bikes, that way they could bring their bikes through the side gate and totally bypass the house and they would still be protected (ish) from the elements.

OCB - Upcycling a play house into a kid's shed

After so many years outside, the colors in the play house were already fading. The sides of the play house were a faded orange color which is pretty much the same color as ours (by design, I know, you need to question our decision making), so I decided to leave it. This meant I only had to paint the red roof black in order to have a mini shed for the boys.
OCB - Up-cycling a play house
OCB - Up-cycling a play house
I decided to use Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Protective Coat on top of the black spray painting in order to give it another layer  of protection against the elements and the kids.
OCB - Up-cycling a play house
The mini shed has worked a treat. We have had it as a working mini shed for about a year now and it is as functional and fun as the first day. They can get the bikes and scooters in and out themselves, there are no more wheels though the house and we got to up-cycle this lovely play house that has given us so many fun memories – how good is that?
OCB - Up-cycling a play house
We are also re-using the kid’s turtle sandpit as their garden. It is there where they get to plant whatever they wish and they love been responsible for their own patch of land – it must be an Irish thing…

Have you got any up-cycling projects that you would like to share?
Chaotic Itzi

Organising Chaos



As I mentioned before, I like the idea of being organised, that is what I aspire to be. An organised home makes for an organised mind, at least for me. I usually feel more energized and willing to do things when the house is tidy than when it is all messy.

You know that moment when you open the plastic containers cupboard and everything starts falling down and instead of dealing with it you close the door quickly and pretend it never happened? No? Really? Neither do I really… Mr B does that, not me… I tend to, I mean Mr B tends to do the same with messy rooms – close the door so not to deal with the problem.

The thing is, how do I have an organised house if I keep closing doors and not dealing with the mess?
These are 10 easy tasks that you can incorporate to your daily routine. They are not big things and they should only take you a couple of minutes to do but by doing them, you will be ale to keep the a certain amount of tidiness around the house that will allow you to feel better about yourself, about your house and inspire you to do something else or even to sit down with a cup a coffee.

OCB - 10 Easy Tasks to get organised and make you feel better

It is amazing how much a made bed invites you to hang out and relax in your own bedroom. Furthermore, research shows that people sleep better on a made bed! So a couple a minutes in the morning can help you sleep better, feel more relaxed and possible more romantically inclined? what is not to like?

Those breadcrumbs and tomato sauce splotches are not going to disappear by magic. Wiping surfaces straight after using them will prevent dirt and mess build up that will be harder to deal with (or even ignore) later on.

I put everything (but sharp knives) in this lovely machine I like to call my friend. Pots, pans, plates, glasses… everything goes in after I am finished with them. Dishwashers use less water than hand-washing, so you are better off running the dishwasher twice a day than letting your sink fill up with plates. Get the kids involved and encourage them to put their own plates and glasses into the dishwasher after dinner – it creates good habits and it will help you.

So the first thing you see when you come down for your much-needed cup of coffee is a nice and tidy kitchen. If you go down in the morning to a messy and dirty kitchen you are more likely to want to go back to bed and stay there. It is proven that you will start your day with a clearer head if the first thing you see is tidy. Now, the idea is not to spend 30 minutes cleaning the floors before going to bed, but just put the remainder dishes in the dishwasher and run it, put away all the chopping boards and wipe the surfaces. It is quick and effective.

These products are brilliant and it will help you prevent pink mold and mildew, reduce soap scum and will make weekly bathroom cleaning routine that much faster.

A quick wipe here and there will help you keep the bathroom cleaner for longer, especially if you have children.

Notice boards, pin boards, baskets, magazine racks… whatever suits you, you like or fits your house. It is here where you put all those important letters to deal with, school forms, calendars, photos, invitations… everything! It will not only end those awful piles of random paper at the end of your counter, but it will also stop the running around like a headless chicken, which, let’s face, is not attractive.

Notice boards @

This is where the school bags go, where the soccer and basketball and rugby balls live, where the bicycle helmets are when not in use, where the shopping bags reside… this is where all those little things that don’t have a home go and stay. No more tripping over school bags or random balls around the house… unless of course you are playing indoor soccer.

Jars and tins are great for storing pens and pencils, batteries to be recycled, all those important bits and pieces that children give you that you have no idea what to do with them (mainly stones and sticks in my case)… Group things, put them in a container and it will instantly be organised.

10 – TAG, TAG, TAG
If you are like me and forget what is where, tags are your friends. Use some washi tape on plastic containers to write their content before putting them in the fridge, tag bags before storing them to remember what is in them, hang tags from baskets to help you keep ingredients separated and organised. This, again, should reduce the running around like a headless chicken to a minimum.

As promised, none of these tasks are complicated or take long. It is all about making them part of your routine and you should be set up for a more organised home.

Let me know how you get on.
Chaotic Itzi

Organising Chaos

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I am an aspiring organised person, a wannabe. I mean, I love the idea of having things organised but I don’t always get to organise them, either for lack of storage, lack of space,lack of energy and even sometimes pure laziness.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Make your own tags
When I do organise, I like grouping things together, putting them in boxes, jars, baskets and bags and in order to remember what is where, I like tagging them. Tags are great as they come in different sizes and they can be hung from anything.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Make your own tags
The things is, tags don’t necessarily need to be boring and plain, nor they have to expensive to be pretty. All you need to do in order to make a pretty tag is some cardboard, some pretty paper, some glue, some washi paper and your imagination is your limit. There are so many free tag templates around the net these days that you don’t even have to draw your own ones. For this project have chosen few different from RubberStamping and Ihanna.
Make your own tags - Material
Cover some with paper, put some washi tape over others, cover only the edges… whatever pattern or design takes your fancy, whatever you have, whatever suits your house.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Make your own tags
This personalised tags are also great to make any gift feel more special and individual.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Make your own tags
Come on! get organised!

Chaotic Itzi

Organising Chaos



Although I always make my own sauces at home, we tend to end up with quite a bit of glass to recycle.

I would like to say that we always do our recycling straight away but the reality is that until the bag is overflowing and we keep tripping over it (not really, only sometimes, ok, most of the times) we tend not to do it.

I have put together few ideas to help you up-cycle some of that glass lying around your house, use them in your daily lives, make them beautiful and help the environment.

I got few very pretty serving spoons for my birthday and I didn’t want to just put them in a drawer. By using a wide glass jar with a ribbon around I can display them with pride in my kitchen and I can even bring it to the table.
Up-Cycling a jar to store Serving Spoons - OrganisingChaosBlog

Don’t discard pretty bottles. Refill them with your favorite olive oil and leave them on the counter to be used when needed.
Up-cycling a pretty bottle for oil

I always liked those little bowls that chefs tend to have in their kitchen  for their salt and pepper but I don’t like the idea of keeping them exposed all day. I sorted this problem by using small candle containers to keep handy my salt and pepper by the cooker and by keeping the tops nearby, I can cover them at night. Problem solved!
Keep your Salt and pepper in candle containers - OrganisingChaosBlog

Jam jars and ribbon make gorgeous candle holders. I have few on my stairs – don’t worry they are electrical candles… I don’t plan to burn my house any time soon.
Jam jars as candle holders - OrganisingChaosBlog

Jam jars are also ideal to store your cotton pads in your bathroom.
Jam jars to store cotton pads - OrganisingChaosBlog

Since I am list-freak and our kids are always drawing and writing, we tend to have pens all over the house. Jam jars are perfect to organise them in each room and you can personalise them by spray painting them.
Jam jars to organise your pencils - OrganisingChaosBlog

And if you are looking for flowers vases, the tall passata jars are the perfect height for it. Two or three tall jars full with flowers on your mantelpiece and you will feel like spring has just arrived.
Up-cycling jars as flower displays - OrgansingChaosBlog

I hope these ideas help you to reduce your recycling and inspire you to keep reusing every day items around your house.

Chaotic Itzi