Simplicity Parenting // A quick toy tidy + A Fair Trade & Beautiful Giveaway.

July 14, 2014

I have referred to the book Simplicity Parenting countless times in this space. I love the premise behind it. The simple guidance of less is more in parenting (as is the case of all things) and that we need to invest in our children. Less stuff, more time, less noise, more peace. The goods.

Despite my desire to just have things simple, the battle is a constant one in our tiny home with toys and "stuff." I stand on the edge of worshiping design and pretty things and knowing that space is what I and my children need to have. So I make sure to keep things simple here. If a birthday is coming we pile up bags and boxes of items to donate, sell and throw (badly broken) and make more room than what we have coming. It keeps the peace.

I have been working on finding some good solutions to the toy box explosion that occurs regardless of my clearing the clutter.

A quick way to tidy but provide order in miss. four's space.

At the moment we have a Trofast in her closet with each bucket holding a type of toy. Duplo, a wooden train set, barbies and my little ponies, kitchen toys and fake food, Schliech animals and felt playmats/baskets for homes. The top of her closet has baskets with colouring books, craft kits, play-dough, and puzzles neatly lined side-by-side. This is our rainy day collection. In her bedroom sits a Stuva Storage Bench filled with dress-ups. On top is a cosy lambswool and her Sylvanian Families treehouse and little cottage. In the corner is a tee-pee we pull out for hideaway nooks some days. Finally, a doll's bed and a beautiful hessian sack of stuffed toys and dolls.

For the most part, the girls share these toys so it is more than enough for two little souls to keep amused. We don't really need all the toys we have but they are all played with and open-ended enough to grow with the girls.
The beautiful storage sack comes from The Dharma Door. The Dharma Door has searched the world for the most highly skilled Fair Trade artisans, using raw materials, to create modern style merged with traditional making. Bringing resources to remote villages, the ethical work of The Dharma Door provides a lasting opportunity for men and women in these villages to continue working in their traditional skills.

The Sari Hessian Sack is 44cm x 38cm and handcrafted in Bangladesh. It holds more than enough stuffed toys (never an easy feat!) and would be equally beautiful as a laundry basket or near the door to catch shoes and other such objects. There are a beautiful selection of other beautiful Hessian Sacks on sale at half price right now too.

The Dharma Door has generously offered one lucky winner 1 x Sari Hessian Sack {rrp. $79}
To win just leave a comment below that includes which item at The Dharma Door you most adore. For an additional entry follow @piperandpoppies + @thedharmadoor on Instagram. Just leave a separate comment with your insta name below. You can also enter via Facebook, just leave a comment on either. The winner will be drawn on Wednesday July 23rd and be notified via email. Open to Australian residents only.

♡ ashley


  1. I struggle to keep the toys in order but it greatly helps my mood when I do. Love the loomed baskets at The Dharma Door. Oh and the jute bowls. Sorry, two favourites! @littleearthstories on Instagram. Great giveaway. Xx

  2. I love the large jute baskets. natural or charcoal stripe..... hmmmm hard to choose! Love everything :)

  3. I'm on instagram too...... @judyashby

  4. The hessian sack (Sari with pom poms) is divine
    And I'd love to make it mine
    Ideal for my kids to store all their stuff
    With it's adorable tassles, I can't get enough!

  5. Following both accounts on instagram (instagram name is kookla123)

  6. Not sure if my comment went through... :-( but forgot to add that my insta is @gentlefolk
    Lovely giveaway xx

  7. Obvs the first comment didn't work! My goodness, so much lovely at Dharma Door, how does one choose?! I am loving the loom baskets and the hessian sacks...don't get me started on the canisters!
    We are setting up a new home in a few weeks - a relatively boring house (blank slate and all that) that will be made a home by the details that we add. Fingers crossed!!!
    Thanks for sharing the goodies. I'm off to Dharma Door and to check out Simplicity Parenting.
    Melania xx

  8. Talk about an introduction to heaven. I've fallen in love and my credit card is not going to be happy. Dhamra door have some gorgeous products, and I love the philosophy behind them. I've got my eye on the carved bone door knobs, specifically the Jali. Too much fabulousness in one place if you ask me.
    Cassie xxx

  9. @somewhereelsethisisnormal

  10. The green Hemp String Bag has my name on it I think.

    Gorgeous products. Thank you for the highlight.


  11. Sitting here feeling the winter chill makes the Indigo Throws look VERY comforting!

  12. Ohh I love the hessian sack! Very exciting, fingers crossed x. @kristybidelia

  13. The ceramic canisters are beautiful, just the colour of glass.


  14. Adore Jute Macrame door curtain, natural but stylish.

  15. oh that treehouse!!! it's so divine...where on earth did you find something like that? x

  16. The macrame baskets with thick handles in neutral tones for a laundry hamper would be wonderful and fit easily in our laundry room. Look forward to seeing more of this collection.

  17. Follow both instagram accounts - name is VirginiaKMason, thank you!

  18. I don't think my last comment worked, I'll try again :) We would love a Sari Hessian Sack but really I could see myself needing so much more from The Dharma Door. We love Sylvanian Families and I think the tree house will be on this year's Christmas list!

  19. I have to say that the hesian sari sack with the pompoms is my favourite! But I also love the large jute basket with the charcoal stripe.

    Ashley, you were in my thoughts and heart yesterday. The first everything without your dad must feel like an enormous ache and sadness. xx

  20. I must admit simplifying our life has been so important. Making out of tufted and reclaimed items, and found treasures. This would be perfect for our intentional learning play things and quite possibly a reading bag for me too.
    So many ways to use this.



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