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Songmics Storage Ottoman review plus giveaway

Now I don’t know about you, but in our household, the boys seem to amass new possessions much more quickly than I can persuade them to filter things that they have really grown out of to either the charity shop or their younger cousins. So it is a continual struggle to keep on top of the mess and clutter that goes hand in hand with them. So I was delighted to be offered the chance to review a Fabric Folding Storage Ottoman Bench from Songmics for free.

Songmics Ottoman

The ottoman arrived flat-packed and you literally unfold the base to assemble in seconds. Couldn’t be simpler. Plenty of storage space inside for some of the boys’ toys and a comfortable padded seat on top. We’ve chosen to put it in the boys’ play area and they are now using it as a seat when playing video games. It is wide enough for both of them to sit together. A definite improvement rather than just sitting on the floor.

This product retails on Amazon, currently priced at £26.99 and comes in a choice of three colours, dark brown, grey and light grey. I opted for the brown which looks very nice against our terracotta carpet. A good quality sturdy product and very good value in my opinion.

According to the packaging, it has a maximum weight capacity of up to 300 kg. It does have a strange odour on the interior when new, but this wears off in a few days.

Songmics Ottoman

Do take a look at the Songmics UK Facebook page. They have a wide range of household products including interlocking storage units fairly similar to the one we purchased and assembled recently for our shoes. Wish I’d heard of this brand sooner.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a Fabric Folding Storage Ottoman to one lucky winner.
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A Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

I’d love to hear your top storage tips. I’m thinking another of these would be ideal for spare bedding.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

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Help! Too many toys – more storage needed

Recently I re-read my blog post on decluttering from over a year ago and had a wake-up call. I haven’t really made much progress. More action required, especially with regards to the ever-growing number of cuddly toys residing here. I’m sure we have enough to populate a small country. And the boys won’t hear of reducing their ranks even by one.

Qwerkity jumbo storage bag

So I was very pleased to be offered the chance to review a large storage bag from Qwerkity for free. This is a jumbo sized bag which will be ideal to house some of the bears. And luckily son2 has agreed with me sort of. Bless him, he said “Yes Mummy we can move them into there from the bed when you’re washing the duvet.” I do admit it does take me ages evicting the large number he fills his bed with, but that wasn’t quite what I had in mind. I was thinking of more permanent storage for some of the other bears scattered around his room.

Qwerkity jumbo storage bag

Jumbo storage bag – big enough to hide behind

The bag measures approximately 60cm wide by 30cm deep by 45cm high and is very eco, being 90% made from recycled plastic bottles. Surprisingly it doesn’t actually mention this point on the website, which I would have thought worth promoting. It can be zipped shut, very useful if you’re using it for storing bedding. And it can be folded flat when not in use. It currently retails for £5.99, so very good value. It also comes in 3 other designs. I definitely recommend this bag.

Qwerkity is not a brand I had come across previously. But looking at their website, I discovered that it is in fact an umbrella name for four brands, namely Presents for Men, Gifts for the Girls, Essentials and Travel Paraphernalia. They offer unusual, practical and fun gifts for people of all ages from children to grandparents. Do take a look.

Qwerkity jumbo storage bag

They also sent me a voucher for £5 off a £40 spend.

I’d love to hear what product you like best on the Qwerkity website?

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own. 

Decluttering and Storage

I have 15 part-full ugly stacking plastic storage boxes squeezed into gaps in the spare room, so this year’s target is to empty them. I love modern shelfing but haven’t really got the space for any more units, so we need to declutter and better utilise our current storage space.

These boxes need to go

These boxes need to go

Therefore today I was decluttering a cupboard that had a couple of shelves full of bubble wrap, jiffy envelopes, etc that had originally been saved for reuse, for mailing items sold on ebay. However these are now surplus to requirement as since son1’s diagnosis of leukaemia, we have been passing things we no longer need to the local Cancer Research Charity shop and have given up selling on ebay.  It took too much time for peanuts usually.

I also got the kids involved in making space before Christmas for new toys, by sorting out ones that they had finished with, as we already had a cardboard box full of new things from son1’s birthday which hadn’t found room on the shelves yet.  They did very well and we said goodbye to Zingzillas, Bob the Builder, etc.  Some of these were passed on to their younger cousins and the rest sent to charity.

Packed ready for the charity shop

Packed ready for the charity shop

But it was still clear that we had insufficient storage space for the children’s ever-growing possessions.  And some of the current toy storage was starting to fall apart. So Father Christmas kindly brought them each a new storage box along with all the new toys.

A new storage box

A new storage box from Father Christmas

This one isn't going to last much longer

This one isn’t going to last much longer

I would like to get them desks, but we would need to get rid of something big first to make space for desks. So in the meantime, summer duvets have been pushed into the wardrobes, freeing up 2 drawers under the spare bed. The boys now have a drawer each for their stationary bits and pieces.

A drawer each for the boys

A drawer each for the boys

We do have lots of shelves, so next step will be rearranging how things are stored, particularly on the ones allocated to the kids. And I intend to move one shelf up by a few cm in son1’s room, to give adequate book headroom below. Currently his paperbacks are stacked in piles on their sides.

Some reorganising here

Some reorganising needed here

and reorganising here

and reorganising here

Hopefully I will be able to post later in the year that the plastic storage boxes have gone from the house, apart from those that are inside cupboards. I still plan to use them in the garage, which was what we originally purchased them for.