We're currently between sofas. I joyfully smashed our old (and broken) sofa into splinters with an axe before we left for Sydney (highly recommend to relieve continent-moving stress), and we freecycled our Australian sofa before we moved back here last month. In the interim we're enjoying the enormity of a living room with no furniture in it. It allows us the space to do this.

This Christmas, my thoughtful sister gifted the boys this set of components from Makedo (essentially a set of short zip-ties with securing discs, and hinges), for building a cardboard house. She foresaw that we would have an abundance of boxes following our relocation, and it has proved to be the perfect present.

Progress using the 'child-friendly saw' included in the kit, was slower than slow, so I whipped out my rusty stanley knife and we were away. Safety first. In fact the kit was so easy and speedy to use that we were tripping over ourselves in our haste to attach panel after panel, room after room. It was excellent fun, and the results, while not particularly polished, could not be more satisfying.

If asked for my thoughts on the key to a successful cardboard house, I would encourage you to consider the following:

    1) Include multiple access points for fast chases in, out and through.
    2) Cut in a variety of light-sources/windows to minimise claustrophobia.
    3) Make sure there is a flow through the interior space to prevent traffic jams.
    4) Construct a sturdy structure to increase the life-span of the house.
    5) Leave part of the roof untethered (to rescue folk in high-octane situations).

Please note: yellow zip ties in the photos are not part of the Makedo kit. Our ambition slightly exceeded the number of components included, so we had to employ common-or-garden zip ties to fill in.