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Nursery Storage Baskets From Minene

When I finished decorating Will’s bedroom this time last year, I made a mental note to keep an eye out for some toy storage. I wanted something big enough that it would fit any cuddly toys he would undoubtedly gather along the way, without looking too imposing. I did look at some wicker baskets but nothing seemed to fit in with the theme of the room.

A few weeks ago I had an email from the lovely people at Minene, a baby brand who produce the most gorgeous clothing and accessories. When I spotted the blue and grey star baskets I knew they were exactly the style I’d been looking for. Plus, being made out of material would mean they wouldn’t be such a harsh addition to the room.

I went for the 2 basket set as I wanted a little tub for him to have little bits and bobs in, things that he could sit and reach himself. The smaller basket is perfect for being used as a treasure basket – although I am yet to find the time to make one of those!

The bigger basket is just the right size for his toys – as predicted he has indeed collected quite a few already!

I love that they are soft, no hard edges for him to bang into but strong enough that they hold everything in nicely. His room is finally complete!

If you are looking for toy storage then the Minene website has loads of designs to choose from, all in the soft but study cotton.

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Minene Sample Sale!

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Minene Sample Sale!

Our sample sale includes gorgeous Summer and Winter clothing – from newborn to age 2 plus accessories including footmuffs, liners, activity mats, storage and lots more!

Open House at 20 Wycombe Gardens, NW11 8AL
(5 mins from Golders Green station)

Wednesday 24th May from 10am till 3pm
(Restricted parking 11-12pm)

CASH only, starting from only £1!

All welcome!

Making bath time more comfortable!

Making bath time more comfortable

Alfie loves bath time, all my children did when they were babies. They love the feel of the water, kicking those legs, splashing about. I guess for babies it is just something different. I always feel for them when they are so young because they can’t really do that much except sit in a bouncy chair or lie on a play mat…..that is, apart from bath time. They then get to experience something a little different, a different sensation.

With my girls we always had bath time as part of the bedtime routine. A warm bath with some special bedtime bubble bath and a good splash always tired them out a little. However, Alfie has such dry skin I try not to bath him as much. However, when I do bath him, I may leave him to play a little bit longer as it makes him so happy. We have a baby bath which previously belonged to my girls but I always think it looks so uncomfortable. So when Minene sent me bath buddy to try out I was delighted.

Bath buddy

Bath Buddy Minene

If you haven’t heard of a bath buddy before it is a cushioned bath support. It is so soft and feels just like a bean bag. It came in a fun cow print pattern much to my girls delight so this bank holiday weekend we thought we would try it out! Alfie loved it – I have noticed in the bath he is always trying to lift his head up but using this bath buddy I found he didn’t leading me to think it must be down to it being so soft and comfortable for him. Our baby bath also pretty much takes up most of the bath, where this is a nice size allowing room for big sister Harri to get in with him, which he was very excited about (as was Harri).

It is also a perfect place to settle Alfie when I am applying his skin cream to him, he look so cosy in it. I would definitely recommend the bath buddy, I only wish I had heard about it when my girls were babies.

Not wanting to leave anybody out, the lovely people at Minene also sent my girls a small storage basket. We have recently decorated my girls room but storage is always an issue. We just have so much stuff!! It is such a pretty little storage basket too, pink with tiny flowers on – I knew exactly what I was going to put in there.

Hair bobbles and Brushes are like gold dust in our house. No matter how many I buy we can never find any in the mornings. It is the cause of many arguments on a school morning in our house. Ribbons, bobbles, brushes and combs are dotted all over the house and we can never find them when we need them. My Mum even bought some special Christmas ribbons which I couldn’t actually find come Christmas morning (I have since found them typically).

Minene small storage basket

Minene small storage basket

This storage basket is the perfect size for all our hair accessories and has two little handles allowing the girls to actually carry it to me when I start shouting ‘where are all the brushes!’. Storage doesn’t come much prettier than this. You can purchase these storage baskets in different sizes and I am considering buying a larger one to store the girls dressing up outfits. The only problem I have is choosing which pattern I like the best – so much choice!

 

Thank you Minene for making bath time more fun and helping out an unorganised Mummy (we were sent these items to review but all words are my own)

Monochrome Nursery Storage Review

I’m sure most parent’s would agree that when it comes to nursery storage there’s no such thing as too much. Max’s nursery is full of storage baskets and toy boxes, yet I still found myself running out of room to put his ever growing collection of toys. This monochrome nursery storage set from Minene is the latest addition to our collection, and it’s most definitely my favourite.

The design of this storage set suits my tastes perfectly. It’s monochrome chevron design on the outside is complimented beautifully by the cute monochrome spotty design on the inside. Made from a cotton mix it has a soft luxurious feel and is easy to keep clean with just a wipe of a damp cloth. It’s lightweight material and in-built carry handles make it great to pick up and move about the room as you wish.

Measuring 45cm x 40cm the larger storage basket is great for the mountain of toys we seem to be collecting and is so deep it would rival any other basket on the market. The smaller storage basket, measuring 22cm x 18cm, has become my little changing basket and is perfectly sized to hold up to 60 nappies and a few packs of baby wipes.

Monochrome Nursery Storage

There are plenty of other ways to get the most out of these storage baskets. The large one would be great for storing extra bedding, clothing or as a laundry basket, and the smaller basket is ideal for keeping smaller toys, accessories or even books. And it’s perfectly sized to sit neatly on top of your chest of drawers.

The on trend designs of these storage baskets mean they don’t have to be confined within the four walls of your little one’s nursery either, especially at it seems toys have a habit of making their way to just about any and every room in the house. They certainly wouldn’t look out of place in any living room, conservatory, play room or even bathroom.

There’s a vast array of storage on offer at Minene, from storage cubes and boxes, to single baskets and basket sets, which all come in a range of colours and patterns. So whether you’re into pink, blue or monochrome, or spots, stripes or stars, there’s guaranteed to be something to suit just about every taste, and with a RRP of £38 this is money well spent, after all, you can’t put a price on a neat and tidy house in my opinion.

A tidy home with Minene

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I won’t lie. I’m a little bit of a clean freak. I hate when my apartment is messy. It ‘leaves me feeling on edge, anxious and unable to relax. It’s not always possible to have a tidy space when you have a toddler running around creating mess as you clean. I’ve worked hard to shape my home into a place I love to relax in. If you are anything like me then you will hate the sight of toys laying around. I try to store away all of Daisy’s toys in an easily accessibly place, yet hidden away discreetly. As I do a lot of work from home, I feel like I need a clean and tidy space to be able to work efficiently. Don’t get me wrong – a lot of the time I have toys dotted around everywhere.. I let Daisy get out anything she wants during the day then we have a quick tidy up before lunchtime, then again before bedtime. Then once Daisy is asleep I get to sit back and relax/work in a clean and tidy space.

The beautiful Minene toy storage

We have recently been sent a set of two storage baskets from Minene and absolutely love them. We’d had our eye on this style for a while and so couldn’t wait to pop them up into Daisy’s room. We have a large one and a small one and they fit SO much in, it’s unreal. The good thing about these is not only do they fit so much in, but it’s easy to move them around. We’ll quite often grab the larger basket and bring it into the living room for Daisy to play with whilst we do housework. The larger basket is also perfect for larger items such as bedding, blankets, clothing and large toys. We keep the smaller one on top of her chest of drawers with all her little plastic toy animals in.These two came in a set and the RRP is just £38. We love them!

Scheduling tidy up times

We tend to have designated tidy up times – as silly as that may sound! We find that I’ll do a quick tidy up in the morning after having a nice cup of tea and whilst Daisy eats breakfast. She’ll then make all the mess she possibly can. We’ll do a little bit of tidying before lunch, then again after nap time. Once nap time has been and gone (it’s always pretty quick nowadays!) the place will get really messy. I don’t see the point in tidying up again until bed time. For every one toy  I put away, Daisy will get out five.

Turn it into a game

We find that with the Minene storage baskets it’s really easy to turn tidying up into a game. We place the large basket in the middle of the room and encourage daisy to drop everything in there as quick as she can. We help her and then within no time the flat is clean again! Although it never lasts long,  I really find that just keeping on top of things if you have a spare five minutes really helps.

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Lived with Love Minene Review!

Minene storage box

I’ve been trying to organise this house a little bit more, particularly Sienna’s toys… she has so many. This floral storage box* from Minene is perfect and goes so well in her room. We have put all of her ‘small toys’ in there in her room away from Aria. To be honest it still isn’t organised but it definitely looks prettier and is so easy for her to tidy away, she knows she just chucks them all back in the box!

Toy Storage Review by Stressed Rach

Having a new baby recently it has amazed me how much extra stuff we need, they do accumulation a lot of stuff and so when I was offered the chance to review a Storage Basket Set by Minene I happily accepted as I knew this would help save my house looking so messy but also meant I had everything at hand both up and downstairs.

The storage basket set I chose was one from their new 2016 collection, black with white stars. They arrived quickly and were flat for easier postage. When I opened it I was surprised at how big the large storage basket was and the smaller one for me was a perfect size for my needs. They measure 45cm x 40cm (large) and 22cm x 18cm (small). On the card that is wrapped around them it says, that they are ideal for extra nursery, playroom, laundry and bedroom storage.  The large baskets are ideal for storing bedding, clothing, toys, washing etc. and the small baskets are ideal for storing books, nappies, pegs, toys, muslins etc.

The baskets are very good quality, very thick and are quilted too. The design matches most decors as it is black and white.

Once I had finished looking at them with a very impressed look in my eye I started to fill them. We literally had baby things everywhere at this point so we needed that storage so bad.

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The small basket was taken up to the bedroom for night time or first thing in the morning nappy changes and feeding too.

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I packed this with nappies, a pack of wipes, muslin square and nappy rash cream. This really is the perfect size for the bedroom and keeping the night time/morning nappy changing items all together instead of having to go up and down the stairs finding things at night. Having fabric handles at the top makes it easier to grab too.

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The large basket is in the living room, we still have the basinet up for day time sleeps, and little man does sometimes keep a little bit of wind down and it usually comes up just as we lay him down for a nap, which means changing the sheet. Therefore this basket has basinet sheets in it, a couple of blankets, a small towel for when I give him a top to toe wash. Lots of muslin squares and bibs, you can never have enough at hand when they are teething and feeding, spare clothes as he gets through about 3-4 outfits a day at the moment and his toys.

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There is still lots of room left over for other things that may need to go in there later on. This again has carry handles which means I can move it around with no trouble.

I am very happy with the Minene storage baskets, not only are they a nice and stylish design but they have saves my house from looking so cluttered with baby things everywhere. And when they are not in use (not for a long while yet!) they have been folded flat for storage.

This set costs £38, Minene also sell the baskets separately and in many different designs.

Tidy Up Champions

TIDY UP TIME CHAMPIONS WITH MINENE
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So, this is a bit of a real life post. Here are my three, one in pants, one with dirty face and big brother looking the most presentable, in their toy-covered bedroom that they have yet to tidy, again.  Normally I’d clear up before taking any photos, but here they are in their jumble of toys and trinkets.

Here’s the annoying bit – are your little ones like mine?  Do they come home from pre-school or school with stickers across their sweatshirts, proclaiming how excellent they’ve been?  Are those stickers for AMAZING tidying up?  Do they EVER clean up at home? Nope, mine either.  Yet according to pre-school and school teachers, my boys are the ultimate in helpful assistants in the tidy up department.

minene storage bagNow I do know how this works.  Having spent a few years as a teacher I used to smugly laugh at parents who told me this tale.  I couldn’t imagine why they would do it for me and not for their parents.  So now I’m bitten by karma.  My boys are pretty bad at picking things up – or rather, really good at letting me know just how hard it is for them to do it.

I like keeping the toys seperate – LEGO [two sizes], wooden bricks, Play Doh and Plasticine, Little People… You get the picture. There is nothing worse than having to search for Rapunzel the Little Person or a set of LEGO wheels that you need in seven different boxes.  So I tidy up that way, but my boys think this is the equivalent of tidy up torture.

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toy storage bag

I’ve gone for a new tactic.  Minene have these gorgeous soft storage baskets – ours is pale blue with grey stars – and what I now do is at tidy up time, I drag it into the middle of the floor and the boys can put everything into it.  I’m fine distributing it into the boxes because it’s a start at tidying and they are only little after all.  The storage baskets are HUGE.  They can fit so much in there and they never have a problem with overflow.

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minene storage bag sackWe all love this basket.  It’s played with when it’s empty in make believe land, and it’s so durable that the stitching doesn’t budge and it stands upright without any sign of ugly sagging whilst it’s in the corner of the room on display either.  I’m slightly in love with the floral ones for laundry baskets at the moment.

I’ve been crafting a chore board for them when they start back at school that I’m excited to show you!

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Family Fever Review Minene!

We have so much stuff in this house. Living with 4 small children means lots of toys, games, puzzles, teddies and household bits such as bedding and swim kits. Finding good, spacious storage can be really tough, and now we are in our lovely new home, I want it to look good too!

Minene recently sent us their fabric storage box with lid, which is available in 20 different colours – something to suit any room in any home. We went for the yellow clouds design – bright and cheerful but in keeping with our decor.

Minene storage box

Minene storage box

The box is incredibly easy to assemble. It comes flat packed, and once opened will pop outwards. The base is secured with a zip to keep the shape, and this can simply be unzipped and flattened for storage. Designed as a bedding box, it will slide easily under a standard single or double bed.

We decided to use the Minene storage box for toys, purely because it is so spacious. Measuring 60x40x25cm, there is plenty of space for loads of toys, even larger ones such as the Fisher Price puppy.

Minene storage box

Minene storage box

Perfect for keeping in the living room, this is where all the toys get popped at night time, giving us our living room back as a grown up space again. The fact that it has a lid means that everything can be packed away tidily, and I don’t have to spend all evening looking at toys. My one criticism is that the lid is purely material, so it is quite flimsy. It would be great if it had a zip like the box base, or a plastic backing to keep the lid more rigid.

Minene storage box

Minene storage box

A great height for small people, both Max and Eliza can access the box, even reaching the toys right at the bottom. The children love it, and find it easy to tidy their toys away at the end of the day, as there is so much space for everything. I love it because it holds so much, looks so pretty and has a lid which keeps toys out of sight when not in use.

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