I then had every intention of attacking wardrobes, then I had a look inside them and decided to go get a coffee instead. There truly has to be a limit of how much crap one can throw out on any given weekend. Instead I have chosen to pace myself. Next will be the pantry. I long to be one of those mums that has everything completely organised, even having everything sorted into shiny jars and containers, but I’m not.
I see pantries on Pinterest and think to myself how lovely that would be, but then wonder exactly how long they stay looking so neat. Would last about 10 minutes in my house. Last time I did a clean out I’m pretty sure we had 15 half open bags of salt and vinegar chips and about 7 different brands of chilli sauce. Ridiculous.
Once the pantry is done I will work myself up for the children’s wardrobes. The thing is once they have been cleaned out they are usually depressingly empty which then means they need to be replenished. Obviously the smaller ones get a decent amount of hand me downs, but even then I sometimes feel a bit slack that the eldest gets new stuff and they don’t.
Don’t get me wrong, they get their fair share of new things but it goes without saying that being the eldest has it’s advantages. Being that she is now in that ridiculously awful “tween” stage means shopping for her is becoming increasingly difficult as she is developing her own sense of style. Of course you’ve got your basic Big W… Should point out that their Lee Cooper range is pretty cool, K Mart and Target stuff (as much as I love you Target, sometimes I baulk at your prices) but then sometimes it’s nice to get some other stuff from the “grown up ” places.
Being that she is a “tween” it’s made easier that she fits the smaller adult sizes. Suprè makes for a good stop as does SES. I LOVE SES. $150 the other night and we left with 2 whopping big bagfuls. Should keep her happy for a while.
For a lot of other things I choose to jump online. I’ll be honest, I’d much rather sit down with a coffee in one hand and my iPad in the other than negotiate clothing racks and other people being all up in my own personal space. Also having the amount you’ve already spent staring at you in the top right hand corner is rather helpful as you can keep track of things rather than having the amount dumped on you at the checkouts.
For clothing and shoes here are some of my faves
charlieandme.com.au (Is like pumpkin patch’s little brother and cheaper too!)
kidzwear.com.au (Discounts on checking out.)
marksandspencer.com (Free shipping now to Australia.)
rockyourbaby.com.au (Something a little more funky.)
For special occasions for little girls.. Weddings, Baptisms/Communion, anything uber fancy or gorgeous little headbands/hair accessories.
Even for linen if you fancy something other than what the major stores offer,
And if you feel like having a wee browse for the home, right now I’m loving
alcollections.com.au The twins from The Block (always my favourites) have beautiful things
westelm.com.au It’s like Pottery Barn for us.
So there you go, some of my go to websites for purchasing or even just for a bit of inspiration. Now, all you need to do is go put your feet up and have a look around. The washing will wait.
Til next week stay sane 😉