Here we are 6 weeks before baby is due and it’s just the finishing touches we are left with to achieve our baby ready home. We’ve been working quite a bit in the nursery and sourcing little nik naks to finish it off.
With it being our final “getting the home baby ready”, here’s what we are doing up until baby arrives…
Last Minute DIY
Mr will be using the evenings this week to paint the front hall. The house is fairly new, so there is no preparation needed before painting. Also the space isn’t too large, as we have a stone bricked wall in the hall. This plus replacing the brown wooden blinds for some gloss white ones will really brighten up the space and make a nice welcoming area.
We will still need to replace the wooden flooring in this space, but we will wait until we do the kitchen, as we want the same flooring throughout.
The nursery just needs a blind and a few shelves put up and it’ll be done….I promise a reveal!
Getting On Top Of Things
We want to get on top of laundry and cleaning, so it looks like the MIL will be coming to help with the ironing to let us get into a routine over the coming weeks. The last thing we want is to come home to a mountain of clothes and no energy to tackle it!
We still have a few baby bits to find, such as the swing chair and toys (which we have made room for).
We also need to move the kitchen and utility units from the garage into the undecorated back lounge for a rather long term storage (sad face).
I can’t believe baby girl will be joining us in 6 weeks time and I for one am glad that we planned so carefully and will be bang on where we wanted to be in terms of a baby ready home, so I can just focus on the new arrival. A little planning went a long way!
In Scotland we already have a regulation which means retailers and businesses have to charge 5p for carrier bags. This same regulation will hit England this October. This applies everywhere from supermarkets, clothes shops to even McDonalds. So are you ready to reduce & reuse?
I have to say, with a year of the ruling under my belt, you’d think I’d be use to being prepared for each shop by now. Despite everything, we have yet to get into a good routine and make sure that we have bags when we get to the checkout.
However we were contacted by the lovely people at Trolleybags to try their innovative bagging system, which is made in both standard (£19.99) and express (£16.99) trolley size and I jumped at the chance. I’m a bit of an organising geek, so the ease and compartmentalising of the system really appealed to me. I’m actually quite excited to introduce this to you, as I just love when something works and really makes you more organised.
We took the new express size for a trial run and even though we weren’t scanning as we were shopping, we found that placing the items in the bag system whilst shopping made for more efficient packing at the other end. Plus Mr found that he could get more in the trolley as everything was securely stacked and not just chucked in aimlessly. We even got quite a few admiring looks from other shoppers.
The trolleybags are attached together with velcro and can be detatched easily for loading into the boot of the car. Again we found that this added better security as the bag fit neatly in our 4×4, so no more escaping apples on roundabouts!
Once emptied and reattached, they are easily rolled and stored for your next trip. No more scrunched up tatty Tesco bags for us!
To head off my 2nd blog anniversary, trolleybags have kindly offered up a set of express bags for one lucky reader. All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter below…Good Luck!