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  • Is September the real New Year?

    What’s that sound I hear? Ah yes – it’s a collective sigh of relief as the kids go back to school after the summer holidays. It’s time to return to normality, or the nearest we can get to it anyway.  

    While kids are bound to be sad that it’s the end of their holiday, there’s usually a bit of new-term excitement about going back to school as well. They’ve got their shiny new shoes and pencil case and they’re ready to go! I have to say I’m feeling rather the same way.

    I love September. It’s a great time of year when the sun is still shining (well, maybe!) and you have the beautiful colours of autumn to look forward to. And post-holiday, I feel refreshed and ready to refocus – on friends, family, work, life. There’s a real sense of new beginnings and opportunities.  September is the new New Year !

    toy storage, toy box, sorting box, tidy books The Tidy Books Sorting Box is toy storage to blend with your living room

    And my house has been the first to benefit from my renewed attention. Over the holidays, with my children and their friends around so much I wasn’t particularly strict about them tidying things away. Now that they’re back at school, this laissez-faire attitude has been replaced and – while I can’t say that my home is perfectly clutter-free – there’s definitely more of an ordered calm.

    My secret weapon has been my Sorting Box. I designed this toy storage box to store things away in an orderly fashion – it has three compartments so you’re not just chucking everything into one big toy box then rooting around trying to find what you want. I made them for kids so they could separate their Lego bricks and toys and stuff, but they’re equally handy for older children and adults – in our house we use the Tidy Books Sorting Boxes to store magazines, books, DVDs, scarves, belts... you name it. So now, I’m happy to say, everything is back where it should be.

    And the beauty of the Sorting Boxes is that they don’t clutter up the place. I didn’t want a product that screamed ‘kids’  toy storage’ so I made them chic enough to display in your living space. You can have the boxes dotted around the house and they blend in beautifully. I’ll be honest, if my teenage daughter is happy to have a toy storage box in her room I know I must have done something right.

    So that’s me, basking in that ‘back to school’ glow and loving my new, less-cluttered – for now anyway! – home.   Are you planning to declutter this September?'

  • How to organise your day with kids

    Do you need a bit of help organising your family's day? Now that school has started throughout the UK, it can sometimes be hard to organise a whole family and still manage to find time to do things for yourself. We have compiled the best tips on how to organise your day with kids.

    You can make your children write their own to do list while you do yours as a family activity You can make your children write their own to do list while you do yours as a family activity


    Each evening, write a list of everything that has to be done the next day. Instead of writing a simple to do list, add the times that the things have to be done and make a “to buy” list, too. That way, you won’t forget any errands that you might have. Rate things on the list by their importance. You could leave the ones that are less important for the weekends or holidays. Lists of events that occur every week, such as football practice or music lessons, could be pinned up on the wall to make planning ahead easier for everyone.

    Write it on the wall!

    Don't just make a list for yourself, but an additional one for the whole family. A whiteboard is the perfect thing to help everyone in the family remember what their tasks are for the day ahead. You could even make it a routine to ask everyone what's happening the next day and write it up on the board. That way, you include your children in the planning and they are more likely to remember things that they are looking forward to. Talk to your kids about what’s in the schedule for the next day over dinner. You could make it a family decision to choose what to wipe off; maybe things accomplished or past events.

    Colours and labeling

    If you have more than one child, ask everyone to pick their favourite colour. You could then buy all their supplies such as a lunch bag, gym bag and folders in that colour to keep track of what belongs to whom. This is a great idea in theory but might not work in practice since kids might decide they prefer their siblings colour choice! An easier version of this is to just label everything. Make your own nametags if you’re crafty or simply buy the adhesive name tags used for school clothing.

    This memory board helps you to organise the whole family. The Tidy Books ForgetMeNot helps the whole family stay organised.

    Create routines!

    Doing simple things in the same order every day gets everyone into good habits.Things that need to be done every day should be done in the same order, for example get your kids to hang up their bags as soon as they come home. It also helps to reserve a certain time slot for homework, preferably before dinner so that your evening is free. Make it a routine for your kids to pack their bags in the evening. While they do so, you could prepare their lunch for the next day to avoid hectic mornings.

    If you’re wondering where to keep the kids' school bags so that they don’t forget them and need a place where you can put other things, too, the Tidy Books ForgetMeNot is perfect for you. It is an organiser and notice board for the whole family to make your mornings simpler. The ForgetMeNot has a lipped shelf to store your keys, hooks to hang up your children’s school bags and jackets and a magnetic whiteboard to hold letters and invitations and scribble down notes. It will make managing the family a whole lot easier!

    We hope that our tips on how to organise your day help you and your family. We'd love to hear your tips on staying organised. Oh and don’t forget to schedule some me time to relax too!

  • Get prepared for back to school with these easy tips

    The new school year is just around the corner – only some days left until it starts for your children. Whether it is their first time ever going to school or they are just going back, our tips on how to prepare for the forthcoming months will make the start into the school year a success.

    Get 50% off the ForgetMeNot Family Organiser! Get 50% off the ForgetMeNot Family Organiser!

    Get organised!

    Get a family calendar and mark all the important school days in advance. Writing down all dates such as holidays and school trips as soon as you know them makes planning easier. If there’s more than one kid in your family, make each one pick a colour and label the events that they’ll be involved in. This way, everyone can see what’s coming up with a glance at the calendar.

    Buy on sale to save

    Buy the back to school essentials your child will need on sale! Most shops do special offers for this time of the year. There are some items that your kid will definitely need, such as a backpack, a pencil case with pens and pencils, scissors, a glue stick and a notebook or notepad. You could also buy a nice lunchbox and plan some meals ahead to avoid stress. Find some special offers in our online shop, too!

    Homework is fun – with the right surroundings

    Make a “homework station” – give your child a desk or if it already owns one, sit down together and give it a makeover! Redecorate a part of the room to adapt it to your child’s needs. Whether it is craft supplies, a new storage system or a magnetic whiteboard, it will make your little one start doing homework right away! Ban devices like TV and radio from that area to make it a quiet place with a productive atmosphere.

    Plan routines in advance

    Try to establish a routine before school starts – or at least talk about it. It could involve having breakfast with the whole family or the kids helping to prepare their lunchbox. The first week of school will be much easier if you get into a school day rhythm some time before school officially starts. Have your child go to bed and get up at the same time every morning to make the whole family get used to it. Designate a spot in your home where all school things go and entrust your kid with the responsibility of keeping everything in its place.

    School SuppliesIn case you still need a place where you can keep all the important things for school, we’ve got something for you: The Tidy Books ForgetMeNot is an organiser and a notice board for the whole family. It has a lipped shelf to store your keys, hooks to hang up your children’s jackets and school bags and a magnetic whiteboard to hold school letters and scribble down notes. And the best part is that you can buy it half price until the end of August – that’s a 50% discount!

    Encourage independence

    Help your child to a good start trusting them with tasks that they can do independently. Practice things like tying shoes or packing the school bags together. Your children will feel more confident if they have accomplished these things before school even starts. By giving them responsibility, you help your children develop into an independent person.


    Make a play out of it! It helps tremendously to make a practise run before the school year starts. If it is your child’s first school year, they will find it exciting to pretend going to school. Make the whole family get up at the time you will when school actually starts and practise everything from having breakfast to packing lunch and taking the bus or walking to school. This will also help your child overcome fears that he or she might have.

    Need more inspiration for back to school? Have a look at our Pinterest board for loads of back to school activities, lunch box ideas and more!



  • 50% off the Tidy Books Family Notice Board & Organiser


    Get your 50% off the the Tidy Books ForgetMeNot - The award winning family notice board and school run organiser

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    The Story..The Original Tidy Books ForgetMeNot is one of my latest creations; Being a mum of two I designed it to make an ideal home organiser and note board the whole family can use. I wanted one place to put everything kids need for school, just in the right place as we go out the door; important trip letters, dinner money, gym kit etc!

    Customer reviews..We've had some fantastic feedback from happy customers since it launched. Here are some of my favourites :

    "Thanks to this AMAZING unit, everything is now IN ONE PLACE and ready to go each morning! It is fitted behind a door, under the stairs by the front door - perfect. The children LOVE hanging their own coats and bags up" Cindy Edson, London

     "I recently bought the Forget-me-not family organiser and it has organised me brilliantly. I now know where all the 'need-to-deal-with' mail, party invitations, bags and coats are, all the time!"   Sarah, Newcastle

    Use code FMN50 for 50% off!
    Awards..We've had some fantastic endorsements from within the Industry, one I'm particularly proud of, is winning silver in the Practical Pre-School Award.
    “This is an excellent storage device, perfect for items needing to be taken home with children” Judges from the Practical Pre-School Awards
    In the press..It looks like the ForgetMeNot is popular with the press as well. We've been lucky enough to be featured in some fantastic publications.. 

    Key Features..Some of the key features of the Tidy Books ForgetMeNot :

    • Lipped shelf with to hold lunch money, keys and ID cards securely.

    • Magnetic whiteboard to jot reminders and hold letters.

    • Comes complete with magnets and whiteboard pen.

    • Made of sustainable wood, and finished in water lacquer. 

    • Comes ready made.

    • Size 40cm (h) x 63cm (w) x 6cm (d)

    Our Service We have an easy-to-navigate online shop and we are renowned for our excellent customer service for every area of our business.

    "Thank you so much for all your help: you have provided the kind of service I thought had disappeared in the 1950s!" Sheila McBratney, (London)

    I hope you find the ForgetMeNot a great addition to your family home and with our 50% off offer, you can grab one at an amazing price




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