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At the beginning of October 2019 we moved into our first house together. To say it needed work would be an understatement. Every single room had no flooring, needing stripping from top to bottom and even the ceilings were in poor condition. Factor in asbestos tiles, a leaking roof, damaged guttering and broken windows and you’d be right in thinking we’ve been VERY busy. Our new house is a council house, but it takes months for them to carry out repairs. I wish I was exaggerating. This means that we are focusing on our efforts on making the best of the space that we have, with a view to making lots of changes over the coming months. We have been working hard at stripping, sanding, skimming, chaulking, painting and glossing. Today I want to share with you some of the great Addis products that we have been gifted to help make our new house a home.
Setting up a wardrobe area on moving day
Our new bedroom comes with a walk-in wardrobe type area. One of the first things that we did when we moved in was to give away our old glass door wardrobes, that had seen better days and set up rails for our clothes. We’re hoping to convert the space we have next year, using Ikea accessories, into a proper wardrobe and until then we’ve got a couple of Addis clothes rails. These are 85 x 94 x 48cm and work pretty well in the space that we have available.
We have one in our wardrobe area and Daisy has one in a corner of her bedroom. Despite feeling lightweight out of the box the clothes rail has actually really surprised me, especially as it is only £14.99. Daisy’s entire range of clothing sits on one of these rails, on some bright coat hangers that we purchased from Ikea. As you can see the rail holds up well, despite the large number of clothes hung on it.
Getting used to food waste recycling
In our old flat, we didn’t have a food waste recycling service. Well, we did for a couple of years but seemingly we were the only tenants who bothered and our local council decided to stop running this service. Now that we live in a house we have a food waste caddy that is collected weekly. Our bin is housed in a small cupboard outside, and so I don’t want to have to pop out every time I have food waste. Instead, I have this Addis 2.5l compost caddy. It is really simple to clean and there is a carry handle too. I have been using compostable liners but over the cooler months I think I will stop using these eventually and just take the caddy outside to empty into the larger food waste bin.
I love that the inner bin can be removed, for easy washing, and it can even be popped in the dishwasher. Not that we have the space for a dishwasher in our new kitchen!
My new kitchen is quite compact so I’ve changed things up a little. This Addis sink caddy is perfect for storing dish brushes, sponges and more. Also, the handle can be put up to hang cloths off to dry. You can also use this to store cutlery while draining if need be. Because this is plastic it’s simple to spray to clean and there is a removable part at the bottom too.
Stripping ceilings, organising shelves and much more
It has taken me a good month to get used to my new home, and the kitchen in particular. I want to utilise every shelf in the pantry, and even have some items stored on top of the kitchen cupboards. To help me I chose this Addis folding stepstool. I honestly didn’t think this was going to be sturdy, nevermind strong enough for me to use for decorating, filling shelves, spray painting my ceiling and much more.
I have been using this folding stepstool for a range of purposes. It is really slim when folded down, with a carry handle and it has a non-slip surface too. I’ve got mine tucked away in a little area of my kitchen so it is always on hand. It folds really flat and the maximum user weight is 150kg making this a great addition to your kitchen. The only thing I would mention is that the non-slip surface isn’t very comfortable after a couple of minutes if you don’t have socks on and have very sensitive skin as I do. This is easily solved of course by wearing socks, slippers or shoes! The surface really attracts dirt, as you can see, BUT because it is plastic I can just hose it down if need be. As we’ve got a LOT more decorating and work to do I’m not worried at the moment!
As our kitchen is quite small I’ve been doing what I can to maximise space. This 45L collapsible laundry basket is fantastic. In our home this basket has a variety of uses. It is ideal to use for taking washing from the washing machine to the heated airer. It is also great for unloading the grocery delivery at the door. Another way I like to use this is when tidying up. I go from room to room collecting any items that don’t belong and then I can carry them all from room to room safely to put everything where it belongs.
Organising under the kitchen sink
The under sink area is one that I wanted to tackle. We’ve got a huge cupboard, which is great, but I wanted to organise it a little better. However, I didn’t measure first and so the Addis under the sink organiser that I selected didn’t actually fit my space. Whoops! It’s really customisable but it was just a little too tall that the space that I wanted it for. Looking at it again I think this works best in a cupboard without an additional shelf. It’s really easy to put together from the box and you can have it set up in just a couple of minutes.
Overall I’ve been really pleased with the choices I made from Addis. They have a range of great value products to help you organise your home and of all the items I have received my favourite is the collapsible laundry basket. It is really easy for me to collapsible back down when not in use and it is really slim too when flat.