I Love it when a Plan comes Together!
From mess to less, and it didn't cost a penny!
The day before yesterday, the kids school bags looked like this;
Yesterday I corralled them and put them in a cardboard box I had lying around; It's effective, but it's not pretty.
Today, I emptied a basket with toys (junk/charity or a new home) and... Joy of Joys! It looks quite good. With a little judicious rewarding (home points and/or sweets) the 3 darlings will remember to put their bags into it. Now, do I need to make a cloth cover to hide it away permanently?
On an unrelated matter, I told yesterday how I had got Not Buying It by Judith Levine and inadvertently caused a furore on another website. Apparently, independent retailers are unable to get this book for another 2 weeks because the Big Boys of the corporate world have swallowed up all available supplies. For example, Mostly Books are an independent bookstore who have to wait 2 more weeks for the book. I am so sorry! And it's not even my responsibility. However, I do feel guilty because it was a rash purchase that Tesco's didn't need me to make to improve their profits, whereas I could have waited a few weeks until I get to a local independent book store to pick up a copy. I will try more carefully in future to support the little guy. I wouldn't let a child on the playground get away with intimidation, but it seems to be what business is based on.
The book is also really interesting reading. I will be reading it thoroughly and, I think, refining my concepts of what is an 'essential'.