24 May 2013

it has come to this...

As I mentioned before, I am soo incredibly lazy when it comes to household chores (we both are to be honest). I usually leave cleaning until it gets to that point where you watch those documentaries on tv about hoarders or 'a life of grime' and you start see a worrying similarity forming.
It gets me down, as I used to be really tidy in my 20s! so...I made a plan.
I HATE cleaning rotas and stuff as they just seem to evoke guilt and arguments which I always think is a pointless waste to argue about cleaning. This is just a reminder for myself, to do three small jobs a day, and as I usually work one or two days a week at the workshop, I can do some on the weekend instead. I have maintained my cleaning plan for FIVE days running and I feel so happy! Nao is very impressed and I noticed he is following suit too.

Not just that, but as we live in a one bedroom flat, storage is a real issue. Unless you put everything away in its place instantly it starts to look like a mess. Clothes and washing are the main culprit in our house. I got rid of lots of my clothes, and selected things to keep out, that I wear a lot and are seasonally correct (difficult in UK admittedly). The rest, I zipped up for later use. So now, whats left in my cupboard are like what I'd take on holiday pretty much. Im going to try and wear each item more than once before it gets a wash too (except undies of course) This means less washing, and less putting away, and I can avoid those blimmin moths eating my vintage silk and wooly things too.

By the way, this is Pehr's kimono, a present from some good friends in Japan. Its actually meant for a baby even though its so long. She looks really cool in it so I will take a pic shortly.

I bought a huge amount of these little baskets from Ikea which are great for keeping on the shelves.

and these linen drawers are from Muji, I use them for all Pehr's clothes.

when Im at the vintage market, I always manage to pick up some small baskets, I love baskets.

and this washing basket is great for all her toys...I just tip it on its side and she kind of dives in.
Its from a local eco-friendly shop (in East Dulwich)

I hate dust, where does it bloody come from so quickly? fluff everywhere, its weird. I decided to use glass vases to keep bits and bobs in as they are kind of like mini display cabinets.

our little'un has thousands of toys...people say that friends and relatives will buy loads of toys for your kids, but shamefully, 95% are from me! I love toys as much as she does.

Its not just our flat that needs organising. Our camper van is lacking in floor space too as we have baskets of camping gear in there which aren't very practical. Is it an Ikea slogan? that everything should have more than one purpose. So I thought some storage that could be a seat would be ideal. I searched around online for something suitable (as the dimensions are quite vital in a camper) and the only thing I could find were these naff storage stools in tacky poo coloured fake suede.
My plan was to cover them in the same linen fabric as we used for the camper bunks.

I thought about sewing the edges like a box, but in the end, I couldn't be bothered! So I folded the fabric around the lid just like wapping a box. I used tacks and glue to fix it really tight.

For the box part, I sewed a long strip at one edge to make a circle of fabric the same dimensions as the box, then slipped it over (luckily these boxes collapse so it was really easy to get a tight fit), trimmed and then pinned a square bit of fabric on the bottom. I then took it off and sewed it, so it was a really snug fit. Then I just folded the fabric around the rims and stuck it down with glue (I use Bostik All Purpose glue for everything!)

and they look like this...

I will take some photos of them in the van later as its having some work done on it at the moment.

so now we have much more floor space for doing this...

and this.


  1. I love following your blog! Pehr is adorable!

  2. Christine24.5.13

    I love reading your blog too - all of this rings sooooo true with me. We also live in a one bedroom flat, with a 10 month old baby. It's chaos! I'm not exactly a domestic goddess when it comes to cleaning so we only really tidy up when someone's coming to visit! I actually said to my hubby after we had our baby 'do you want feeding or a clean flat?' and funnily enough he chose food.

  3. best post ever! thank you so much for sharing your cleaning routine. arguments about cleaning are so ugly e unnecessary, I should had read this post two years ago (our house is very small too). Thanks! ps- Pehr is adorable, congratulations!

  4. I'm the same. I have got messier as I've got older. There seems to be too much other stuff to do! Your storage ideas are great.
    Pehr is soooooo cute. Such a little beauty. Awwww.

  5. ha ha I loved this post, so so true! I find with lots of vintage stuff and two cats, our house often looks the shabbier side of shabby chic! I find myself getting mad with my own hoarding and wanting to chuck it all out and go minimalist modern...but where is the fun in that really? xx

  6. can i just say...you are the best! (this is coming from another "used to be really tidy in my 20s...") i need to go and make myself a list...and that little girl of yours...look at her go..too sweet.

  7. can I ask where the suede storage are from? we're renovating our camper and looking for that sort of storage, practical as stool and hiding bits and pieces

  8. Anonymous25.5.13

    HI Artemis, I was reading your blog in my friend's house and both she and her teenage daughter saw Pehr's photo. They both said she was beautiful and her daughter said Pehr was the most beautiful baby she has ever seen! Once again congratulations to both of you. I am sure that Pehr will grow up to be as adventurous and talented as her lovely parents! All the best from Ruth in Dublin.

  9. Pehr is adorable, as always. I, too, hate the scheduling of cleaning, but, honestly, that's the only way it gets done. The only downside is when I miss a day due to an appointment, etc. I don't get to clean on the weekend, because that's for gardening, visiting or major house/farm projects. So, if I miss the Monday sweeping up, it just gets dusty around here. And Heaven help us when we miss laundry day!

  10. Good girl.
    Pehr is like an little angel.

  11. It doesn't get any easier if you have more space--as they turn into toddlers it just means more places foe them to make messes in! I cleaned till midnight on Saturday night, and still managed to only get 2 1/2 rooms clean. Sunday--they were messy again! Never mind laundry/bathrooms etc. I think I might need to make myself a little list too. The washi tape makes it more exciting!


  12. can't take my eyes from little pehr...she is such a cute girl :D

  13. Sarah28.5.13

    I love your blog, I feel a real affinity to everything you write! It's all very honest and beautiful!

    More Space can equal more stuff, so don't sweat it!

    Kind regards, Sarah

  14. I watch Hoarders on television and it always make me feel like getting up and clean something. Those worrrying similarities, as you say. I used to follow a cleaning schedule too, it was a list I found on website and it worked pretty well to be honest, but...the one thing they didn't mention was where to put the list itself to avoid loosing it...and so I lost it.
    Pehr does yoga!!

  15. Anonymous28.5.13

    I've followed your blog for a while now, so feel perfectly qualified to say that your place is more than neat and organized. One little thing I do to keep my sanity intact is use paper plates quite often. If I'm eating something that requires a heavy plate I use the paper plate as a liner. I just hate dirty dishes in the sink. In the war over guilt about using paper plates vs. the war over dirty dishes, mental health wins.

  16. You're so clever and creative! The boxes look great. x