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Today is the first day of Spring. Which is usually the time of year that we start to enjoy the warmer weather, open up some windows and clean up after Winter. But I am going to put off my Spring cleaning for a little while.

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  • I really need to get stuck into my office and get it organised! We moved into our new home a month ago today, and my office is the last room/area to be done – it’s such a big job! It is my challenge this month – to have it all set up! Wish me luck! P.S. Thanks for the To-List Printable – I am going to laminate mine and use it as a dry erase board.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great idea to laminate it! Please share how you go with your office, it’s one area that many struggle with, once it’s tidy you will find it will help with your productivity too!ReplyCancel

  • Melody

    My two younger children share a room (4 & 6) but as I work full time there room is the last place I have time for! They seem to collect things from everyone else’s rooms, rubbish, sticks shells and flowers from outside and any piece of paper they have ever drawn a line on! There cupboards are also full of clothes packed in sizes from 4-12 (as they also have an older sister) which takes up most of there cupboard! Since we need to find the space to go from a cot bed to another single bed (in a tiny room) it’s definitely time to declutter and spring clean!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kids do accumulate loads of little bits and bobs, perhaps have a little basket just for these items and then you can purge them every few weeks?ReplyCancel

  • When your blog post came up on my feed the title threw me, at first, because we are heading into fall here, and I thought there was something wrong with my feed, lol! I thought I was getting an old feed from several months ago.

    I really did. Then I reminded myself that you were from Australia and therefore there was nothing wrong with my feed! So my sanity has now been restored. I think. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL no there is nothing wrong with your newsfeed, today is the first day of spring here in Australia, winter is over and thankfully it’s going to get warmer.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    My kitchen bench. I just can’t seem to get on top of it. It becomes a dumping ground no matter what I do/say! Plus the sink is a part of the bench (not my design) so there’s always dishes either waiting to be washed or drying. Paperwork piles, notes, bills, fruit bowl. I try different ideas to get things off the bench but so far have been unsuccessful :(ReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan plus family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner.

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  • These all look amazing – but i think I’m going to have to start with the Thermomix roast chicken. That looks incredible!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So delicious!!ReplyCancel

  • Louise Thomsen

    These all look fantastic! I’ll have to share some pics with your hashtag! Louise xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Can’t wait to see what you are eating for dinner lovely Louise!!ReplyCancel

Styling outdoor furniture for spring entertaining with cleaning maintenance tips so you can relax and enjoy your space

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  • Relaxing & playing cricketReplyCancel

  • Emma Trease

    Being out in the garden with my two girls helping/playing then we all enjoy eating dinner outside admiring our surroundingsReplyCancel

  • Kylie Raven

    our favourite activity is sharing food with family or friends while we laugh and spend time together. Watching the kids play and giggle as they go on the slip and slide brings joy to our household .ReplyCancel

  • Melina

    Watching the kids play ( and joining in )and using their imagination and turning whatever they find laying around the backyard into cubby houses or whatever else takes their fancy that day. It’s the simple things, I guess.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Fuller

    I love sitting around with friends and family having a BBQ while the kids are playing footy and cricket or jumping on the trampoline!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole True

    We enjoying sitting around with friends and their kids playing cricket or kicking the footy while the charcoal chicken is cooking and finishing off with cooking marshmallows over the fire pit.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Fletcher

    My favourite backyard activity is lying on a blanket with a magazine or book, listening to the birds, enjoying the sunshine and just relaxing.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I love reallazing outside with a good book! Or having my niece and nephews over some fun outside, a real favourite of theirs is bubble blowing, and there’s nothing like relaxing with family and friends sharing a mealReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    currently our favourite thing to do in the backyard is we are building a vegetable garden with herbs and vegetables that we will use to put on pizza and cook in our pizza oven!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    My favourite backyard activity would be to spend quality time with family and friends. It’s about enjoying the little things in life whether it be cooking on the BBQ to share some food with the people you love or watching the kids play by using their imagination to discover more of the outside world.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Bbq and bonfire with the family.ReplyCancel

  • Definately enjoying a wine while i watch the husband mow our 1 1/4 acre block !!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    Spending time with my 6 children in and around the swimming pool, relaxing and having fun.ReplyCancel

  • bbq with music with family & friends & off course our petsReplyCancel

  • Justine S

    Backyard basketball and tipsy cricket with my 2 boys and dog as fielderReplyCancel

  • My favorite backyard activity is a dinner party out on the back deck. We have the table brimming with home cooked food, fairy lights and music on, while the kids and adults all entertain each other and cook marshmallows over the fire. Add a few drinks and some chilled out banter and it is my ultimate backyard activity!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sitting on the verandah knitting, watching the kidlets in the sandpit and trampoline.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    My fav activity is having a party!!!! Be is a party of 1, one for the kids or an adults only kind of party ?ReplyCancel

  • Suzy

    Entertaining friends and playing old fashioned games with the kids like duck duck goose and chasey and playing with them on the play equipment xReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    I love to read beneath the trees in the backyard. At least 10 degrees cooler in summer. Free air conditioning & fresh air.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Sitting outside on a nice summer day reading a book or entertaining family and friends. Nothing better than a Summer BBQ with the ones you love!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    Enjoying playing with my kids, planting herbs lettuce and tomatos and cucumbers and watching their excitement as they grow and teaching them how to care for them and then eating them!ReplyCancel

  • Jacelle

    We love playing with our little dog Zena in our back yard. She is such a happy girl and brings our family so much joy. She brings us together more than we ever thought a dog could. We love her so much!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Quality family time relaxing watching our little one playing with the dogs and playing in the pool all together. Summer time is the bestReplyCancel

  • Caitlin

    Playing with bubbles outside with my son. Seeing his excitement as he tries to catch and pop them makes my heart smile.ReplyCancel

  • Tamika

    Either early morning before it gets too hot, watering the garden and collecting Vegies and eggs or early evening enjoying BBQ, music, friends, family and kids over for dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Marnie

    Sitting out under a tree reading an awesome book!ReplyCancel

  • We love to get out in the garden. Living in Melbourne you like to make the most of the warmer months. At the moment we are working on our veggie garden and look forward to getting some fresh vegetables and herbs. Very rewarding.ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    Gardening with my 5 year son whilst smelling the BBQ cooking in the background.ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    a book, a glass and sunny spot…. if only I had a comfy spot to sit!ReplyCancel

  • Bobbie-Lee

    My favourite outdoor activity is two things. I love running around playing with my kids playing monsters (their favourite game) and drawing on the patio cement with chalk with my 5 and almost 2 year old. They love that they have a hug space to draw whatever they want instead of being limited on a chalkboard.ReplyCancel

  • Bernie

    My favourite outdoor activity is roasting marshmallows around our fire pit with the family!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Plazina

    It’s a bit of an old school activity but I love playing totem tennis in the backyard with my daughter!!! Reminds me of when I was a child :) haha xReplyCancel

  • Cassandra

    I love chilling out watching my husband mow the lawn!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    I enjoy tending to my vege patch with my daughter and teaching her about healthy foods and cooking with our homegrown goods. :)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    sitting outside around our fire pit having a cheeky red wine & toasting marshmallows with our childrenReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    Sitting on the steps with a coffee watching my son do tricks on his skateboard and my daughter learning to rollerblade. Precious and treasured momentsReplyCancel

  • Reading in the sun with a glass or rose or a hot coffeeReplyCancel

  • Alison Wade

    Playing with the dog and gardening. Getting the backyard ready for our baby on the way and entertaining.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Chirnside

    I love having BBQsReplyCancel

  • Liz Hegarty

    A good old Aussie BBQ with friendsReplyCancel

  • Zoe

    Sitting back with good food, family and friends and some good music while the kids wear themselves out in the backyard – living the good life!ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Lavender

    Kicking the football around with the hubby and son while the dogs try and chase it.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I love decorating the outdoor table with a crisp white tablecloth, napkins, fresh flowers and lighting candles in my candelabra over the table. Then I make a beautiful meal to share with my husband and family. This time is so precious as DH works away so it is like a celebration when he comes home to have some R&R.ReplyCancel

  • Rubi merc

    We love to Draw with chalk on floor, play with water hose, jump on trampoline and explore plants and insectsReplyCancel

  • Rachel Dutko

    My boys absolutely love digging in the dirt with their spades and Tonka truck, and making mud pies. I love getting down and being involved with their play, and enjoying the moment. I love seeing them playing in nature, its just dirt, it’ll wash off!!ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    We recently built a house so at the moment our backyard consists of only dirt! Therefore I’d have to say our favourite activity is playing in the mud! :0ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Ross

    As a family of 4 we love the outdoors. We often have a BBQ on the weekends, play in the pool and play table tennis. It’s a great feeling just spending relaxing family time together outdoors.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Gardening and playing with the kids and dog.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Nicholson

    We got married in 2009 and have spent the last 6 years creating an inviting and safe space for entertaining family, friends and their little ones. We’re are so close to finishing. Being with family and friends outdoors, especially in the warm weather is the most satifying and fulfilling activity because it never seems to matter what we’re doing, we’re enjoying one another’s company, so entertaining is our fav backyard activityReplyCancel

  • Ashton Hall

    I absolutely love anything outdoors and when entertaining recently we sprayed twister on the lawn! We had an absolute ball playing that outside in the fresh air- so much fun for all ages!ReplyCancel

  • Our favourite family time in the backyard is sitting on top of the cubby house looking up at the clouds and stars. Wine + nibbles + happy kids = a family little family!ReplyCancel

  • Naomi Wearne

    My current favorite backyard activity is watching my 9 month old son chase the cat while I try to turn our sandpit of a backyard into an inviting entertaining area! Looking forward to summer barbecues with friends and family in a few months time.ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Booknics- Like a picnic on a rug but with books instead of food. Just bought a bigger rug so all 4 of us can booknic together.ReplyCancel

  • Gail Johnson

    My favourite family backyard activity is when my Grand-daughter comes to visit. We lounge up on the deck whilst it is transformed into her “stage.” Having drinks & nibblies with the family as the future Star of “Australia’s Got Talent”, entertains us. Very Precious! <3ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I want to sit in those comfy SuperAmart chairs
    Watching my kids play with our beagles without caresReplyCancel

  • Ann-Maree

    Sitting in the back yard watching the kids play in the pool and enjoying quality time with family and friendsReplyCancel

  • Christina

    I have the biggest smile as I turn the sprinklers on and sit and watch my husband race around in and under the cold sprinklers with our daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Elise

    Having meals on the deck in daylight savings, sometimes there’s even time to watch hubby mow the lawn while I finish my wine 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Swimming with my entire family. Bomb dives are a particular family favourite.ReplyCancel

  • Marg

    My children bowling me out cause of the look of sheer joy on their faces, they beat MumReplyCancel

  • wanita

    watching the children play and the chickens happily scratching around with themReplyCancel

  • Bianca Brennan

    My favourite backyard activity is to grab a picnic rug and lay on the grass with my girls picking out animals in the clouds.ReplyCancel

  • Angela M

    Blowing bubbles for my daughter and my dog! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Ashlee

    We have a tiny backyard as we live in a townhouse, but we make use of it as well as we can. On summer evenings we have often been known to drag our dining room table outside (squeezing it through the doorway!) and eat dinner in our grassy courtyard, then enjoy card or board games by candlelight – although the angle of the lawn makes that tricky!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Stubbs

    Soaking up the sunshine as we work the vege garden and tend the flowers followed by a swim and play in the pool and a bonfire bbq at night.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Spending time with friends enjoying a great BBQ cooked by Hubby and a few drinks and music with the kids laughing and making noiseReplyCancel

  • Sandra Page

    Our family loves to roast marshmallows on our outdoor fire. We compete to see who gets the most golden brown and ooziest marshmallow.ReplyCancel

  • I love playing a mean game of handball with my son and then flopping down into our chairs and relaxing while hubby cooks a barbie.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian B

    Warm lazy days, watching the gardens growing and flowering, swimming with my family and loving life!ReplyCancel

  • karen

    Shared family lunches around the big rustic handmade table in the courtyard…enjoying the food, wine and sunshine under the grapevine…ReplyCancel

  • Kylie ellerington

    On the weekends when the sun goes down me and my boys get our torches and go bug hunting they love to see all the different bugs at night it’s great funReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    Playing outside with our son who just turned 2. Chasey, running under the sprinkler, water play, playing with the dogs, ball games, racing in his cars, even mowing the lawn with his Dad; anything active out in the fresh air!ReplyCancel

  • Donna W

    I just love watching my boys play together, especially on the trampoline. I sometimes join them too!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Bickley

    Actually being IN my backyard after enduring most of 2015 not being able to get anywhere near it while we renovate our house. I miss my veggie patch, the girls miss their cubby house and – believe it or not – dad misses mowing the lawn! Aussie summer in the backyard, here we come!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Jackson

    Sitting back cuddling our 3 month old boy and taking sometime out in the fresh air watching my 3 year old son playing in his cubbyReplyCancel

  • Nicola Hampton

    I love sitting and watching a small bonfire while having a drink and some dinner.ReplyCancel

  • flick

    This sounds weird but i love to watch my 3 year old play and fold washing at the same time straight off the line[it stops the clothes creasing as much],you dont really notice how long it takes to fold then its ready to pack away,i also have a basket for each person,no sorting when you get inside.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Watching my 2 year old daughter and dog chasing bubbles from our bubble machine!ReplyCancel

  • Louise S

    We love playing with our children! 2 young boys with a ton of energy!
    We also love eating dinner outside on warm nights.ReplyCancel

  • Sandi

    Sitting in the sun with a good book on a warm spring day.ReplyCancel

  • Ian

    After a feed of BBQ prawns, fish and fresh muddies, just chilling with the neighbours , cranking up Pink Floyd “The Wall” layin back and watching the stars. Truly doesn’t get any better than that!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Mansell

    I love to lie in my hammock with a good book. In the summer I lie in it of an evening and chat with hubby while he cooks dinner on the BBQ.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Malone

    Enjoying family and friends over for a catchReplyCancel

  • Julie D

    I don’t think you can beat a backyard bbq. The pace of cooking outdoors is so different to just putting something together in the kitchen. At a bbq People are more relaxed, there’s time to chat and reconnect. Roll on Summer and let’s fire up the bbqReplyCancel


    sitting in the sun with a good book, some good music and a cuppa or better still a glass of bubblyReplyCancel

  • Mary

    I love playing under the sprinkler with my kids (and dog lol). Then drying off on the deck, watching the summer sun set while feasting on a delicious bbq. With a glass off wine or bubbly it’s totally relaxing!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy hogan

    Gardening with the kids: planting veggies/ fruit trees – picking produce from the garden; sitting on the decking doing an activity with the kids- watching them play on their bikes or in the sand pit.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Parker

    Family Birthday Parties. Too many for inside, so we set up under the patio…anything that combines friends, family and cake has to be a winner!!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Greer

    My family loves to sit and watch the local wallabies feeding and in Spring, eat early dinners by the barbecue.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    Love going on picnics at a local lake. It’s a lazy day of eating, swimming and napping.And the kids can make as much mess as they like.ReplyCancel

  • Fabian

    Playing Bocce (Italian lawn Bowls)
    Everyone can play no matter age, size of group or skill level. Always Fun.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Clarke

    Soaking up the sunshine! :)ReplyCancel

  • Micheala

    Spending time with family and friends, having BBQ,s and enjoying each other’s company, kicking the football and watching the kids splash in the pool in summer!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy F

    Having water fights with my husband and two boys then relaxing with a bbq for dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Pitching a tent and backyard camping is the best. Star gazing and telling funny stories is great family time.ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Playing under the sprinkler with the kids during Summer.ReplyCancel


    Bocce, we have so much fun and an overload of laughter playing bocce in the backyard.ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    Barbecue with family & friends, followed by backyard cricket.ReplyCancel


    Re-cultivating our demolished backyard gardens, after husband decided that having 6 free-range chickens would be a good idea.ReplyCancel

  • Glenda B

    Nothing better than relaxing with friends and a chilled glass of wine on a warm summers night while hubby does the barbecue.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Playing outside with the dogs while my partner takes care of the garden! Love enjoying the Perth sun and seeing my family so happy.ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    Painting with the little one. We can make as much mess as possible, and to clean, all I need to do is hose her down!ReplyCancel

  • Sonya N.

    Ours is fruit picking – we’ve just moved and our new place has mandarin, grapefruit and plum trees and the kids love picking their own fruit for their school lunches.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew

    Our backyard is full of opportunity
    With so much fun to be had
    And every chance we get to enjoy it
    Always makes the family glad.

    Little Miss Five really comes alive
    As she uses the trampoline
    Acts so funny bouncing up and down
    Like a cute little jumping bean.

    Master Twelve really likes to delve
    Down into his vegie patch
    Weeding, pruning and watering
    So he’ll get another bumper batch.

    Miss Seventeen is no drama queen
    Goes out back to get a tan
    Enjoys the sun whilst getting study done
    As often as she can.

    My wife loves doing crosswords
    Sitting out on the deck
    Head down, pencil a constant blur
    She prefers old-school to high-tech.

    And there I stand at the BBQ
    Turning sausages with extreme zeal
    Ensuring everything’s perfect before
    Sitting down to a great family meal.

    Our backyard is full of memories
    Of all the good times that we’ve had
    And every chance we get to enjoy it
    Always makes the family glad.ReplyCancel

  • megan

    I really enjoy being in the sandpit with my little boys who are 3 and 2 years. There is something therapeutic about digging holes and making castles and of course race tracks
    ha haReplyCancel

  • Lisa G

    Laughter, always with, never at.
    A smokey BBQ and mozzie splat.
    Tipperty run or water balloon fun
    Being together is my number one.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew Mitchell

    Oh firing up the BBQ with some juicy steaks and consuming a beer or two while cooking.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Crilley

    Backyard antics while entertaining friends and family by the pool!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Clarke

    We love spending quality time together in the back yard playing basketball and having a bbq.ReplyCancel

  • Penny Marrett

    My all time favourite thing is a barbecue with family – whether it’s just sausages on bread or a full feast. I love being outdoors and the smell of the wood burning, the greens & blues of the bushland & sky. Can’t wait until spring to do it all again!ReplyCancel

  • Petta

    Going out at night, lying on the grass and looking for shooting stars and satellites with the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Helga Grenkowitz

    During the warmer months we will have all of our meals outside; and of course going for a walk with our dogs around the property (acreage) twice a day.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa

    Fun, laughter and great food shared with family and friends !ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Thompson

    I love to sit in my Gazebo with a book or doing some embroidery while listening to some gentle relaxing music.
    My dog and cat usually keep me company.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Lockery

    In the summer we sometimes camp in the back yard with the kids
    then after a wild night with not much sleep
    we fire up the bbq
    and the adults enjoy some fantastic foodReplyCancel

  • Luke

    My favourite outdoor pastime would have to be sunbathing because it invariably means winter is gone!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    When I’m not out playing with the kids, I love to find a comfy spot in the sun with a coffee and watch them play. Their wonderful imaginations never fail to put a smile on my face (or give us a bit of a laugh!). If you asked the kids, they’d say sitting around the fire pit and having toasted marshmallows in the cooler weather is the best thing to do.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Fleming

    My favourite backyard activity is getting on the trampoline with the kids and having a good old bounce with them! It takes me right back to my childhood. I am quite sure my hips and knees never used to hurt the way they do now though!ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Kaczmarczyk

    We love to play Footket Ball, a mixture of cricket and football that exemplifies the random house nature our family has!ReplyCancel

  • Renee kujic

    Sitting outside on a warm melbourne summer night with family and friends around tge bbq watching the kids run around the yard :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Wainwright

    I love to carry our 11 week old son around the backyard and point out all the new sights to him. We point out flowers (pretty colours!), doggies (gentle!), Mama’s basil (smells yummy!) and magpies (watch out!).ReplyCancel

I love home decor and interior design and always used to strive to have a clean, tidy home with the latest cool decor trends, now that I’m a special needs Mum, the rules have changed. Now being able to relax a little and not worry about what the kids are doing is invaluable.

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  • I would pick a stress-free home any day. I learned a while back that I’d rather have my children make their own messy art to hang around the house rather than fancy looking things that no one can touch.


    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree, Megan. I love nothing more than a stress free home!ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful mum you are! Your house is a welcoming home for everyone you share it with. Nothing worse than feeling like you’re stepping into a show home and bring on edge. Sounds like a relaxed environment for your children to grow up in and be themselves. Good luck and best wishes xxReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree with you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Thanks girls…..we could all do with this reminder every now and again…. Material stuff is just that….stuff…. Family/children and a stress free life is WAY more important, or should be.ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Thanks Melinda. I used to want to be an interior designer and as a Mum have struggled at times with the dilemma of stylish house vs child-friendly home. I particularly love displays of decorative items.
    So the children often create sideboard displays with Lego, animal figurines, artwork, Sylvanian families or lovely decorative nature finds in season. Some of these have really looked fun, child-friendly and visually pleasing with a few little tweaks. Sometimes a favourite book is displayed with a related “scene” constructed with animals, figurines, dollhouses, papier mache structures, nature items and coloured felt cut out to represent ponds, paddocks, paths etc We have done North America, London, autumn, seaside, France and other themes.
    Visiting children love to see them as they come in the front hallway and often will get up on stools and fiddle around with the little scene. FUN!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    …and by the way this won’t suit everyone but it has just been my fun way of enjoying the decorating bug with my children.
    All your children who have such lovely Mums that are willing to come to something that works for the family as a group are so lucky!! Grannyapple hit the spot when she used the words “home” and “sharing”. I think this is what this discussion is all about.ReplyCancel

It’s handy to have a shower cleaning kit separate to your household cleaning kit. Fill a little basket with cleaning items you would only use in the shower. It’s much easier to carry all the products in a caddy, and can be stored easily, out of the reach of children.

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  • Yvonne

    Great tip, time to do the shower. I remember once I used a bleach substance and another cleaner. I thought I would save time and put one on and then the other. The fumes together nearly made me sick. Obviously they are not meant to put on together. I am very cautious now. Great idea with the peg basket.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh no, that would have been very toxic, the Dettol Bathroom Mould Remover doesn’t have a horrid chemical smell, it’s very subtle. Yes the peg basket is a great idea as it has holes on the bottom and water can easily drain through :)ReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    I see you use the Duets cloth. I though you could go chemical free with those. Is this your experience?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes used with some water they clean the bathroom mirrors and vanity, but I find you need a little more than water to clean the shower.ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Hi. Do you use the detol foaming as a glass cleaner too fornthe shower screans or would you use a windex spray?. Also do you use the clean the vanity? And what product do you use for cleaning toilet and floors? :) thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Emily, I use the foam to clean the shower screens, usually a spray, leave for a small period of time and then rinse is all that is needed. I use the Chux Duets to clean the vanity tops and mirros. Search smelly toilet on my blog to see what I use to give the toilet a good clean and I just use vinegar and water to clean floors :)ReplyCancel

  • Cleaning the shower is my least favourite job!!! Maybe if I make up one of these kits, it won’t be so awful?? Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    I have this soap build-up that I cannot get off my tiles! Tried most products including the Dettol.
    Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Katrina, I find the Dettol Rapid Foam works great on my tiles. Maybe just let it sit for a while and then give it a good scrub with a scrubing brush.ReplyCancel

      • Emily

        I brought the detol rapid foam and it is fantastic. My white shower tiles had started getting a green tinge to them which i coukd not remove with other sprays. This removed it with just wiping the foam off bearly no scrubbing needed – my shower now looks as good as new :)ReplyCancel

        • Kate - Kat's Assistant

          I love it too Emily! I find it brings my shower up looking lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Each day when I am in the shower I use the chux scrubbing cloth to scrub down the walls with the chux Magic for stubborn marks. When I turn the water off I just wipe down the shower with the second chammy cloth that comes in the pack and I don’t get any mould in my shower anymore. It’s so quick and easy.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      A wonderful habit to get into Jacqui! I really need to start doing this myself, although i must say i do give my shower a clean twice a week so it does stay nice and clean. But i like your method.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Each day when I am in the shower I use the chux scrubbing cloth to scrub down the walls with the chux Magic for stubborn marks. When I turn the water off I just wipe down the shower with the second chammy cloth that comes in the pack and I don’t get any mould in my shower anymore. Shower is clean and dry. It’s so quick and easy.ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    I have black textured tiles in my shower- they are the most awful things to clean. I have tried various products but all leave white streaks on the tiles which I then have to scrub several times over to remove. My steam cleaner prevents the streaks but doesn’t clean it well enough. Any suggestions? Thanks xReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Clare, Have you tried the Rapid Foam from Dettol? I found it worked great and brought my tiles up really shiny. Black is definitely a harder colour to keep clean though.ReplyCancel

      • Clare

        Hi Kate, thanks for coming back to me. I’ve had a look and I don’t think it’s available here in the UK. Dettol do have a Power & Pure foam so I may give that a go. Thanks xReplyCancel

        • Kate - Kat's Assistant

          Hi Clare, It sounds very similar. Let me know how you go, i am curious.:) xReplyCancel

  • If you want a cheap way to clean soap scum in bathrooms:
    If they have heavy soap scum treat with a creme cleanser then wipe down with damp cloth.
    In a spray bottle add 1 cm original palmolive dishwashing liquid and add a capful of cloudy amonia (not too much as it is very strong).
    This can be used to clean your bathroom shower screen and is also very good an all mirrors.
    Spray it on shower screen/mirror – wipe over with wet cloth, use good quality window squeegy then dry off with dry towel and finally use two good quality window cloths (try window wizard micro cloth) and it comes up a treat – you will be a genius window cleaner and mirror in no time – and it costs about $5 for the palmolive/cloudy ammonia/spray bottle and it will last you about a yearReplyCancel

  • Karen wright

    I have hard water stains on my glass shower screens that I just can’t remove no matter what I’ve tried. Do you have any suggestions? It’s not soap scumReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Karen, Have you given the Dettol Rapid Foam a go? It is great and i as amazed at the results i got in my shower.ReplyCancel

You know what I keep in my kitchen cupboards and what I cook my family for dinner each night… I would love to learn more about you! I would be very grateful if you don’t mind taking a few minutes to answer this survey, it will help me with the creation of future content and ideas for the blog.

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Weekly meal plan plus family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner.

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  • Gretel

    I enjoy reading your meal plans, because I sadly don’t have enough time and like that I can use your ideas, my kids will enjoy that beef and bacon pasta.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Fantastic Gretel.:) My kids love the beef and bacon pasta too!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    The Beef & bacon Pasta Bake looks so yummy I’ve added it to my Meal Plan!
    Monday: Beef & Noodle Stir-fry
    Tuesday:Chicken & Cashew Korma & Rice
    Wednesday:Bangers & Mash
    Thursday:Tuna Patties & Salad
    Friday: Beef & Bacon Pasta bake
    Saturday:Chicken, Carrot & Chickpea Tagine with Cous Cous
    Sunday: Spanakopita & SaladReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      This sounds so delicious Kylie, do you mind if I share it as a weekly meal plan with the rest of the community over the next few weeks? :)ReplyCancel

Quick and Easy weeknight dinner idea, Salmon Penne made in the Thermomix, includes a regular recipe as well.

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  • Every time I read a Thermomix recipe it always looks so quick to make – a perfect midweek meal for the whole family.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It really does making some meals easy, the Thermomix is great for busy weeknights :)ReplyCancel

  • Perfect timing Kat! I was just about to write out my shopping list for this afternoon! I’ll definitely be making this during the week. Oh and then i scrolled down and saw your Crunchy Tuna Mornay – holy moly yum!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Lucy, i have to say the Crunchy tuna mornay is a real favourite of mine too. I find it is perfect for those busy nights.:)ReplyCancel

A refreshing lemon and honey tea to help soothe a sore throat when feeling unwell with cold or flu.

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Needing some inspiration for your school Book Week, Book Character Parade, there are ideas to help you create something fun at home with your kids.

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  • Michelle Luck

    Thanks for some great ideas. My girl wants to be a Disney princess every year – they ARE her favourite books – but I want something different. Last year it was Cinderella, this year it’s Belle, but I might show her this pic of the Little Miss and Mr Men characters and see what she thinks.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I just love the little Miss, especially little Miss Sunshine.:)ReplyCancel

  • My goodness why is it I always forget about book week until the night before!!!

    Definitely upping my game next year!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Yvettte, i used to be the weekend before but i have to say in the last year or so i have been a little more prepared. Though it does seem to creep up on us very fast!ReplyCancel

  • Josephine

    My daughter saw Princess Bride recently (based on a novel written int he 70s) and decided she wanted to go as Inigo Montoya. We had the boots. I found the shirt, vest, belt & pants at a second hand shop (dyed the grey pants brown thanks to google!).

    My daughter and I embellished a purchased sword with gold pipe cleaners and gemstones that we applied to pipe cleaners with sticky tape, and to the sword with a glue-gun – that was a fun shared activity.

    Finally we stuck on a Spotlight mustache, used face paint crayons for the scars (which didn’t work very well sadly), and sprayed her hair a dark brown.

    It was such a success that one of her classmates asked who she was ‘for real’ – he didn’t recognize her!

    How do I upload a photo / video?ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Wow that sounds amazing! What a fantastic effort.:)ReplyCancel

Loads of different Fathers Day Gift Ideas to help you decide what to get the Dad that has everything. Great ideas like the Remote Control Esky itmade me laugh, that chip that helps locate lost keys, and phone charging stand for dad to have at his office desk, and loads more ideas.

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  • Carly

    I have no idea what to get my partner for fathers day, but I have to say this is a pretty cool list of ideas I wouldn’t think of. I think the beard bib is genius, his shavings drive me bonkers.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I too thought it was a brilliant idea and had to share with everyone.:) I must admit i am a little stuck this year too!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    It has become a bit of a tradition in our house that we get my husband a coffee mug with the kids pictures on it. I keep an eye out for when they are on special and order it then. This year I got one for only $4.95!
    That plus the usual socks and undies!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Loves these ideas, Laura! Especially the mug with the kids photos’s in it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for these ideas! I really had no idea what to get hubby for Father’s Day. I’m tossing up between the key ring and bluetooth item finder…ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Isn’t the bluetooth finder fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I bought one of the kids thermos after you advertised it, and master 9 has been super excited about school lunches/ last night’s leftovers.
    I made your Shepherds pie and he had that one lunch,(the kids in his class thought it smelled great!).. soup with ravioli….fried rice and omelette….. Thanks for a great idea! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So glad that your kids enjoyed them, mine love a hot lunch on a cold day :)ReplyCancel

Growing up I always remembered my grandmother cooking a roast every Sunday, it didn’t matter if she had a house full of guests or if she was cooking for two, without a doubt she would make a roast, it was her family tradition. It got me thinking about regular family meal ideas, and what other families do?

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  • Julia K

    I love cooking pork. One time I decided to see how far I could stretch out a pork roast. I purchased a large boneless pork roast on special then:
    Night 1 – Roast Pork and Vegetables
    After we had had dinner I chopped up the rest of the pork and froze it it two separate portions.
    Night 2 – I used the leftover vegetables from Night 1 and made a vegetable frittata which I served with salad.
    Night 3 – Using one of the packs of leftover pork – I made a stir fry which I served with rice.
    Night 4 – I ran the remaining pack of leftover pork through the food processor which made mince and I used this to make pork meatballs.
    By freezing the meat on the same night I cooked it – we weren’t eating pork three nights in a row.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly

      That’s brilliant Julia!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      This is amazing Julia! I love the variations of one piece of Pork! Pork meatballs sound so good.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    We have taco tuesday’s every 2nd Tuesday, we love it, so easy to make and the kids eat the lot.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh i love Tacos! They are usually a Friday night dinner in our house.:)ReplyCancel

  • Crystal

    We do, whatever’s in the fridge or freezer Wednesdays and homemade pizza Fridays. I love that I don’t have to think about dinner on these days.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree Crystal, a few less nights to think about is always a bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Growing up we would always have a roast on a Sunday night too! Mum was great at making crackling, but I’m still to master the art! It was absolutely fantastic meeting you in person over the weekend – you’re such an inspiration to me!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I am still to master the crackling as well, Lucy.:)
      Just passed on your message to Kat and she said it was lovely seeing you over the weekend too xReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Friday night is pizza and games night at our place. Pizza dough in the Thermomix is super easy. We don’t enjoy bought pizza bases much anymore. I whiz up two batches of dough so one goes in the freezer for next week – less cleaning dough off the Thermomix blades. I make the bases on rectangular biscuit trays. It uses the oven space much better. If we aren’t home on a Friday night my son will still have pizza if he can because he loves the Friday night tradition so much!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Oh i just love pizza night in our house too! We usually do homemade pizza’s on a Saturday night. I’m with you Jude on preferring homemade over brought ones!ReplyCancel