Babies, Families, Home, Home and Garden

Small House Hacks

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 built in the 1920’s it was a one bedroomed cottage.  It’s gradually been extended over the years, upwards and outwards. Now it has 3 bedrooms, 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.

Our Small House Hacks

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. We felt there was nothing we didn’t already have or could borrow.  Then, 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 an all-round pain in the bum.  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. Knowing what therefore didn’t work or wouldn’t work for us was great in moving forward.

Go For Function Over Style

The second time around I was adamant to go for function over style. Therefore I decided I 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, making it a great small house hack. 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 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!

Families, Life & Style, Special Occasions, Whole Family

Ethical Gift Guide #3

ethical gifts for kids

*  this post contains affiliate links

For the last of my ethical gift guides, I’ve rounded up some lovely little ethical gift ideas for children.  As per the last two guides, all gifts are budget friendly (there’s nothing in this guide over £35) and all come from smaller independent shops and makers.ethical kids gift ideas

Liberty Fabric Wire Name Sign (£14).  The cutest little handmade sign.  I’ve bought one for my daughter’s 1st birthday (and yes, that has come around really quickly…  Too quickly.).

Buster The Bear Clock (£25).  A sweet addition to any kids bedroom.

Sleepy Doe Pyjamas (£28).  The sweetest pyjamas, designed and made in the UK, free from harmful dyes and made from ecological cotton.  A unisex design is also available.

Lambswool Elephant (£32).  Soft and cuddly, and sure to be a firm favourite for years to come.

kids gift ideas

Free Range Top (£19.04).   Unisex, fun and bright, available in sizes 3 months to 5 years.

Born To Be Wild (£12.74).  Hundreds of free nature activities for families, from the ever fabulous Hattie Garlick.

Hello Nature (£9.48).  Get kids interested in nature with this fun and beautiful colouring and activity book.

Bear Snood (£15), for keeping little cubs cosy this winter.

That’s the last of my gift guides –  normal service shall now resume! :)