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Small House Hacks #1

tiny house hacks

I thought I’d start a new occasional series on Moral Fibres, about small house hacks.

Our house isn’t a tiny house per se, but it’s by no means a big house.  When first build in the 1920’s it was a one bedroomed cottage.  It’s gradually been extended over the years, upwards and outwards to be 3 bedroomed, but even then it has a small footprint.  Let’s just say our youngest daughter’s bedroom doubles as an office and music room for my partner’s musical endeavours.  It’s a good thing she’s not old enough to be bothered by these things!

We do love our house, but with four of us living here (plus pets) we do get on top of each other a bit.  We’ve had to learn some clever tricks to maximise the space so as not to want to kill each other on a regular basis.

My first post of our small house hacks series is of the baby variety.

I was kindly given some Amazon vouchers as a gift from my work when I had my youngest.  I sat on them for a while, as we kept a lot of our old baby gear and we felt there was nothing we didn’t already have or could borrow.  As we hit the weaning stage at 6 months I knew we needed a highchair of sorts, and that’s where the vouchers came in.

With my eldest we had a wooden highchair that although looked lovely, was a pain in the bum all round.  Our little Houdini managed to get out of the straps from an early age, it was a nightmare to get into the nooks and crannies to clean, and it took up a lot of room in our living room.  I cursed the thing with ALL the swear words on a daily basis after constantly stubbing my toe on it.

Second time round I was adamant to go for function over style, and would not entertain a wooden highchair, as pretty as they are.  And with no room to spare for even a folding high chair, I decided to look into travel high chairs.  I came across this iSafe one, and thought it fitted the bill perfectly.

small house hacks

The iSafe travel highchair is pretty amazing.   It takes up precisely zero floor space. It fixes securely to the table and my daughter can’t get out of the straps.  We can take it off and take it to grandparents houses.  And, for the biggie, when it gets dirty (which is often) you can pop it in the washing machine and it comes out spotless.  We’ve been using it for 8 months now and it still looks like new, unlike the wooden high chair, which by this stage was completely encrusted in various unidentifiable foodstuffs.

We haven’t bought many baby things this time around, but it’s safe to say this is my favourite purchase.  My daughter seems really happy in it too – she gets to sit right beside us and her big sister at mealtimes, and has a presiding view right over the dinner table.  It’s her happy place, I’m sure.

I used Amazon because I had vouchers to use there, but I wouldn’t normally use Amazon.  You can purchase the iSafe highchair directly from Baby Travel if you want to cut out the Amazon shaped middleman.

If you have any small house hacks you want to share, do pop them in the comments below!

Babies, Families

On Forever Furniture

boori cot

boori cot

We’ve always found choosing kids furniture a tricky path to navigate.  On one hand we want/need practical furniture that will suit our needs right now, and on the other hand we want to choose furniture that will serve us for many years to come.

For my eldest we went for a standard cot – not a cot bed – just a cot.  It was fine but after one and a half years, when the little monkey found she could climb out of it in one silent maneuver, we had no further use for it.  The cot was swiftly dismantled, popped on Gumtree, and a big girl single bed procured, which she still sleeps in to this day.

Now my littlest is rapidly out growing her Moses basket and we have had to start thinking about her sleeping situation.  With rather serendipitous timing the lovely people at Boori got in touch asking me if I’d like to try out one of their cots.

We opted for the Lucia Convertible Plus Cot Bed.  Not only does the cot turn into a toddler bed, as the name implies,  but once your child has grown out of the toddler bed it also turns into a sofa AND a full sized double bed.  I kid you not.

Here it is as a rather beautiful cot:

boori lucia cot

And with a few turns of an allan key here it is as a sofa:

cot turns into sofa
boori lucia cot bed review

I was expecting it to be a small kids sofa.  No, it’s a full sized sofa that comfortably sits two adults.

The kit to also turn it into a double bed is sold separately,  but it’s good to know that if you did want a matching bed and sofa in your room then that option is available.

Our plan for when our littlest is out of her cot bed (which will actually be quite some time, as my 4.5 year old can comfortably sleep on it – trust me, she’s had a go!) is to use the sofa in the girl’s bedroom.  As it’s a good size, then if they have a friend round to stay it could double up as a bed in that instance.

I think Boori are on to a winner with their range of convertible furniture – it’s really refreshing to see companies really thinking about the longevity of their products.

Another big thumbs up for Boori is that all of their products are Greenguard certified – meaning that their products have very low chemical emissions.  Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be emitted from paint, from furnishings, building materials and so forth.  If you or your family members have respiratory problems or allergies then it makes particular sense to reduce your/their exposure to VOCs through the choices you make for your home – such as choosing low VOC paints, furniture and flooring.

In short we love the cot, and love that it’s going to be part of our lives for a long time to come, with isn’t something you can often say about an item of furniture as transient as a cot.

Boori generously provided my littlest with a cot for the purposes of this review, but all words and opinions are my own.