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Task 41 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit Kids Craft Supplies This time of year is all about reassessing what you have and making a plan on what you need to add to the […]

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  • Jen

    I have been putting this one off for awhile, I took have so much playdough that’s dried up, paints nearly empty, we need a good restock, this will make me do it cause your right I love the idea of adding it into the christmas gift list, stocking stuffers even.ReplyCancel

  • Rylan

    I was needing some storage solutions, love the idea of those boxes you use above, where did you get them?ReplyCancel

My truths about Gastric Sleeve Surgery

In June 2013 I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery, it was a huge decision to make which you can read more about here.   This is absolutely the best choice I made for a healthier me and I have no regrets.  However, I have had a few hurdles after my surgery, it’s certainly not the easy option […]

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  • Elizabeth

    It will be one year next Tuesday since I was sleeved, and I have to say, yes, yes, YES!! Pretty much everything you wrote is absolutely spot on, right down to chocolate, except for me, I can’t eat it because it tastes like hot vomit.

    I’ve lost 62 kg so far, with about 20 or so to go. Have had a four month stall (well, sort of, I’d be + or – 4 kg), but since heading off on holidays a couple of weeks ago, I’ve somehow managed to drop 6 kg in that time! I think for me, it was the shakeup in what I was eating, definitely a lot of different things than the usual!

    I wouldn’t change my decision for anything. It was the best thing for my family, and the best thing for me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So glad to hear somebody else has stalled too, this has been unexpected, mine has been since January, I am starting an 8 week challenge this week, upping my exercise routine and completely changing my diet. Hopefully with what you mention above this will work! Congratulations on an amazing loss of 62kg!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Limpus

    I was sleeved 0n 24th June 2013. Something that has changed my life and I would do it all again in a heart beat. LOVE LOVE LOVE my sleeve and everything you have written is spot on. I was 130kg’s my go weight was 80 and lucky for me I smashed that and now weigh 62kilo’s ????????????. Best decision I ever made as so happy to be around and be able to run with my kids xoxoxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow Lisa that is AMAZING to be at 62, what did you do to lose those last few KG, did you have a plateau?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Limpus

    I was sleeved 0n 24th June 2013. Something that has changed my life and I would do it all again in a heart beat. LOVE LOVE LOVE my sleeve and everything you have written is spot on. I was 130kg’s my go weight was 80 and lucky for me I smashed that and now weigh 62kilo’s ????????????. Best decision I ever made as so happy to be around and be able to run with my kids xoxoxReplyCancel

  • Janice

    I am 3 years now since sleeved it has also changed my life You have covered everything to a tea. My journey is eacactly the same and I would not have changed a thing. i drink herbal tea and have found I loved to make a jug of ginger and lemon and leave that on the bench and sip that through the day I have taken to making a nutriblast and drinking that through the day as my snack getting my extra vitamins rather than take tablets It took a year for my hair to grow back
    I also am a cheap date and will often leave more than half of the meal but have learned that it is the social rather than the food that is the main enjoyment
    Don’t get me started on the snide comments Oh you did it the easy way Grrr
    When asked now how i lost my weight I Just say A lot of hard work you now because it was. Congrats on your achievements My daughter The Plumbette was really inspired by your talk at problogger and you are such an inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Janice, ooh Rebecca is so lovely, I wish I had more time to spend chatting with her. I hear you when people say it’s the easy way, it makes me angry, because it’s not easy, it’s very emotional and I didn’t just have the surgery and that was it, I have added in so much exercise and strength training and watched my diet, it assisted yes, but we still work very very hard. I should switch my coffee’s to tea but have never been a tea drinker, can’t really stand the smell. Glad to hear your hair has grown back, I can’t wait till mine is the length that I can put it back in a hair tie.ReplyCancel

      • JoJo

        I was never a tea drinker – it’s a matter of finding the right one. I suggest you try Lotus Peak White Tea from the supermarket. It’s fruitier and without the tea smell. I drink it black, but my coffee white ( I thought I would drink tea with milk and never liked it, but tried without milk and vola!!) I add like 10 grains of sugar (my coffee is sugar free though – weird). 10 grains of sugar and no more – another weird. Even the peach and mango tea is delicious. A great one to make and put in the fridge for an iced tea later in the day.. I’m a converted tea drinker. Funny.ReplyCancel

  • Kat, it’s so good of you to put your experience out there for other people and from the times I’ve seen you this year, you’re really looking fabulous. Keep up the great work. XxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Eva and feeling so good too! I just wanted to share that it’s so much more than having surgery and losing weight, hopefully this will help those thinking about having it or those with loved ones that are going through it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sophie

    I am three years post gastric sleeve surgery and still not at my goal weight, however I really wasn’t doing much to lose the last 10kg until recently. I too have tuckshop arms and an apron tummy and want surgery to remove it when I reach my goal weight. I’m worried about the massive scars though. I also lost a lot of hair which didn’t grow back until my diet became very high in lean protein, fruit and blveg. I’ve lost 50kg and had a second baby since the surgery. I’ve never regretted it but the first year was tough.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sophie I’ve heard, but not certain that they can do the tuckshop arms now without many scars, interesting!! That’s good to know about the hair and increasing protein. I hope you are able to lose the last 10kg!!ReplyCancel

      • Elizabeth

        I’ve seen some absolutely amazing results with the tuckshop arms (or in my case, batwings!) The scarring is almost non existent!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I’m having my sleeve on 15 November at Westmead in Sydney. I’ve followed your journey Katrina, along with a couple of friends who have also been sleeved. I can’t wait to begin my weight loss journey. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Very exciting for you Karen, wishing you all the best for the surgery, all I can suggest in the lead up is to not over indulge before you start your shakes, you will be able to eat whatever you want after the surgery, just in time.ReplyCancel

  • The older we get the harder it is to shift those stubborn kilos, Once I hit 40, it has just been so hard!!! I think you look great Katrina and well done to you :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Mandy, feeling so much healthier and look forward to more years with my family xReplyCancel

  • Michelle fiorillo

    Good on you for sharing, I too have had the surgery and cannot explain how much better for it I feel. I still have a way to go with what I want to lose, but am determined to get there :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You will get there, it’s possible, determination is an awesome key to achieving it xReplyCancel

  • Nicole - New sleever

    I’m 8 days post op and so far loving my my new lease on life. So great to read this – thank you ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope it helps you Nicole with the journey you have ahead. Do you have something on hand that will help you puree your foods?ReplyCancel

  • Theodora

    Thank You for publishing this article. I cant tell you how much this means to me right now. Im booked in to get this procedure done in late November and im very nervous. Your honesty is what i needed
    to hear. Upon turning 40 i swore that i was going to make changes and now turning 50 next month im 7 kilos heavier than i was then.
    Ive had it. Now after reading this im excited and my future.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You should be excited Theodora, don’t be nervous all the wonderful changes and improved health outway everything else. I’ve mentioned above to another, one thing that I forgot to mention in the post is don’t eat like your on death row before the shakes (I did and put on weight). You WILL be able to what you want eventually, but you may not feel like it either, like I don’t feel like chocolate anymore. Wishing you all the best in your journey.ReplyCancel

  • This was a fascinating insight, thank you so much for sharing, Kat. Can’t wait to see you reach your goal!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      And I will Stace, I’m determined to not sit with this extra 10kg. Went hard at bootcamp yesterday, feeling it today, but it’s a good feeling!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! You truly are an inspiration Kat! Good on you for first of all, making such a life changing decision for yourself and your family and for also sharing your journey with others.
    You always look beautiful whenever I see you and I have the upmost respect for all of the hard work you have had to put in!
    I might add that you are absolutely beautiful on the inside too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Shuck Jenni, you are making me blush, thank you so much lovely. I am feeling so much healthier and learning to love myself a little more and really enjoying dressing up more!ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    Congratulations to you Katrina. My husband had this surgery in 2010 and lost about 50kg (at best). He has put on some since then but is still much healthier weight. It was the BEST action and outcome for him. He would agree with all your comments, though there would be some minor differences in his case (bound to be some individual variations).
    When we eat out, with family/friends they are getting used to him not ordering at all (just asks for an empty plate). He then passes his plate around the table and gets a small taste of everyone’s meal. He loves that he can still eat any food he wants, just in much smaller portions. So he enjoys a taste of several dishes from the menu. We find buffet style restaurants no longer value for money, as he can’t eat as much (and they won’t charge him for a child’s meal!).
    He tries to focus on eating protein, which fills him quicker, but I make sure he gets some vegies as well as meat. He avoids pasta & bread as he finds these fill him up too much. He snacks on nuts (protein) and has several small meals like you.
    It was definitely the best decision for him.
    Keep striving to reach your goal Kat. You can do it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Janelle, I love that idea of passing the plate around and trying everybodies, might try that next time. I hear you about buffets, I tried once asking if I can go in as a child and they laughed at me, was very embarrassing, but they just didn’t understand the little I can eat. I hear you with the pasta, I love fried rice, but can’t eat it, rice fills me up far too quickly, I am best to stay away from it. Thank you for sharing your husbands journey xReplyCancel

  • Jess

    It’s great to read others stories on how well their sleeved surgery has gone. I was sleeved on the 25th July 2014 and 14 weeks post op I’m still having trouble keeping foods down. I’m getting quite worried that I only can have 2 t spoon full of egg before I vomite it back up. I have 1/4 of a sandwich no crust and I vomit back up. This is happening quite often. Can’t eat chicken can’t eat meat all comes back up. Is anyone else having this trouble. I’m booked in next Monday for an endoscopy to see if there’s any reason why this is happening.my surgeon was great but feel like there’s no after care and he keeps telling me to eat slowly. He foesnt understand that I am eating slowly and I’m vomiting after 2 small mouthfuls
    It would be great to hear from anyone with the same issues
    Thanks JessReplyCancel

    • Kellie

      Hi Jess – i’m in the same boat as you. I’m over six month post op and still struggle with most foods and vomit regularly when my body rejects food. Chicken, eggs and red meat seem to be the worst for me, it took me about 5 months to eat chicken and keep it down… I have no idea why it happens! Like you, i’m eating slowly, not drinking with meals, but it doesnt seem to help. I find that if I eat while doing other things and dont focus on the food, I do better… if I sit down and try to eat, that’s when I get sick. Maybe because i’ve been vomiting so much, its now becoming a mental issue (ie fear of food) and my body is stressing out? Who knows!
      Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    I had a sleeve in March this year and have lost about 30kg with 5kg to go. I’m still struggling alot with food – i can only eat very small amounts (about 3 mouthfuls per meal) and only moist/stew/casserole type foods… anything dry, forget it!
    Like you, my tastebuds have totally changed and sweet foods dont have the same appeal. My hair is also falling out (who can remember vitamins every day?!?) but its slowly getting better.
    Overall, i’m happy with the sleeve but would hesitate before recommending it to people, especially if they think its going to be a quick, easy weightloss option. From the experience I have had, there has been nothing easy about it!ReplyCancel

  • jim

    how much did it cost i need to loose 50kg so i can have heart sugeryReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    I had my sleeve done is feb of 2013 and have lost 65Kg I have just booked to have my Tummy tucked next April to finish off my weight loss process it truly was the best thing I have ever done. Just need to take my vitamins more often hahaReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    Hi Katrina
    I read this simply because I read your blog and I was curious, not because I’ve been through it.

    I just wanted to congratulate you on how well you’ve done so far, and what a truly lovely photo that last photo is of you with your girls.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    If I may ask… How much was it? I have been thinking about it and wondered if part of it be covered by health insurance … You look awesome btw xReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    I will be having the surgery in January. I have about 62kg to lose. Thank you for sharing your journey.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    I had the surgery last year December it was the hardest thing my family and i went through.I had major complications which left me in coma for two weeks and in hospital for three months. I am very lucky to be sitting here right now.At 24 years old i was 130kg and have lost 38kg. Although i have lost the weight it was a very tough time in my life. All the best for everyone doing the procedure :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Hi just read your article as it’s something my GP has mentioned to me to consider. My question is around pain, uncomfortableness, what could you physically not do for awhile after the surgery?
    I am a single mum with a 2 year old and little support so I’m a bit worried about how I’ll be after the surgery. I could get some help for a few days but it wouldn’t be all day or for long
    Thanks so muchReplyCancel

  • Lou

    i had a lapband with placating in June this year. The picaro on part is basically a reversible sleeve, the stomach is folded and stitched rather than cut and removed. I have lost 23kg in 4 months and I am so happy I made the choice to do this. I still have 20kg to go but it’s only a matter of time until that comes off. I feel like a million dollars. I have had more vomitting episodes than a sleever but still not that many. I hit my green zone 4 weeks ago, I know exactly how much I can eat, how much I need to chew, drink and bite size and it’s really just second nature now.ReplyCancel

  • Lou

    plication, not placating. Got to love auto correct:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Hello….I have 40 kg to loose….and at age 42 have found this very hard to do. How did you all start the process of surgery?ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    I was wondering if spending the similar amount of money on a trainer, psychologist and nutritionist might have achieved the weight loss in a more holistic manner. Cutting 2/3 of your stomach away might not be dealing with the reason why overeating was occurring in the first place.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Hi there, I was sleeved 3 weeks ago, lost 9kgs in that short time now I’ve plateaued, is that right? Im assuming my body is in shock, I’m doing everything right as far little meals 5 times a day, but just isn’t budging??? Can someone tell me how to get moving again?ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Hi, I had my sleeve done in March 2013. I plateaued so many times for months on end. I have lost 30kg. I haven’t exercised. I have about 10kg to go to get to the doctors weight goal. I would love to get another 5-10kg off after that goal. I’m going to start exercising. Tuckshop arms/bingo wings are all part of the package. I get embarrassed when I wave to people because my whole arm waves at them, but at the same time I’m proud that I’ve lost enough weight to have bingo wings :) I went off chocolate after my surgery too, but sadly I love it again. I just don’t and can’t eat a whole block like I used too. A few squares here & there are enough to satisfy the craving. I am starting a daily exercise plan to do along with my kids to get them up & moving too. I want to feel fit in my new body, and also be a good example to my children. Thanks for sharing your story Katrina. I have had friends who have had this surgery and have hidden it from people because they are embarrassed about it. I told everyone. What’s the point of keeping it a secret. I don’t care if anyone thinks I’ve taken the easy way out. It’s nowhere near being an easy way out. My surgery was a bad experience. I ended up needing a second surgery that same night because my abdomen was full of blood. I ended up staying in hospital for 7 days instead of 3. My blood pressure dropped dangerously low & the oxygen levels in my blood were always too low as well. But after all the lows, it’s the best decision I’ve made for myself.ReplyCancel

  • Anon

    Wow, reading all these comments makes me think my surgeon seriously stuffed up.

    I am 3 years out and only 8kg down from surgery day. I can eat atleast 2 full sandwiches in a sitting, am hungry all the time, no difference in taste at all. I am still 93.5kg :(
    Its taking a huge toll on my mental health nowReplyCancel

  • kate

    Thank you for your story. I am considering this. I just had not read a personal story before, mainly off the websites advertising this. Reading this has reaffirmed how I want this. I have to remember that we eat to live, not live to eat. Thank you again for your honesty.ReplyCancel

  • Roslyn Woodhouse

    gee, isn’t it great how people think they can have an opinion on your weightloss- in reference to the people telling you you did it the ‘easy way’

    i’m having the exact opposite problem, with friends and family telling me i should have the surgery and when i say ‘i don’t think it’s the right answer for me’ they say ‘why, don’t you want to lose weight’

    each of us have our own journey to go through. good on you for being brave enough to not only go on yours, but to share it with us. i am attending oa meetings- a 12 step program to help me deal with food addiction, and have cut sugar out of my diet because it was my main trigger food,along with a calorie controlled diet. i wish you all the best.ReplyCancel

My kids favourite iPad/iPod Apps

Apple released details last week of the new iPad’s being released, just in time for Christmas!  I love the look of the new iPads, they come in silver, gold or Space Grey. The iPad 2 is said to be alot more powerful, better graphics and improved battery life (up to 10 hours).  Like I have […]

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  • Maree

    I have been trying to find a good money app, this one sounds great, especially that it’s Australian money. Thank you for sharing this list Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My kiddies really enjoy it! A really fun way of learning.:)ReplyCancel

  • Di

    My kids absolutely love Lightbot, it is such a great strategy and thinking game, their favourite at the moment is Ace Writer, teaching them to write.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i will have to have a look at Ace Writter!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i will have to have a look at Ace Writer!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    this is great, I have getting my daughter an iPad for Christmas and have been curious which are good games to put on there ready for her, she is a similar age to your kids so I’ll just use your tips!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful Sandra! The kids love these apps and great learning apps too.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal

    Highly recommend an app called Little Builders. It’s designed for preschoolers and there are no in app purchases.ReplyCancel

  • My 3 year old loves bugs and buttons (great for mates learning), Toca Boca and the play-school apps are fun and interactive for littlies!ReplyCancel

Absolutely brilliant hanging earrings storage idea

if you have an idea you would like to share with the Organised Housewife Community please email me, I would love to see and share it! I have been trying to find a better solution for my hanging earrings and I just LOVE this idea from one of my readers, can’t wait to create one for […]

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  • Loving this idea – great to have jewellery to hand so you can grab the right piece when you want it.
    I may well try this in my ensuite on an unused wall!
    I do worry about dusting though….
    Thanks for sharing these ideasReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is fantastic isn’t it!! I love mine.:)ReplyCancel

The 2015 Weekly Planner

The 2015 Weekly Planner is now available! The 2015 Weekly Planner will help you with your time management, keep track of your to-do list, meal plan ideas and upcoming appointments.  It includes: Cover page and spine label 2015 year at a glance page Month at a glance pages – October 2014 – December 2015 (spread over […]

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  • Lauren

    Hi Kat, just wondering if this can be printed in A5 size? It looks great, exactly what I’m after but I’d prefer a smaller size than A4. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lauren, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

      • Lauren

        Thank you Meg & Kat! now I’ve got next years diary just about sorted :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I would love a5 also.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lisa, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Hi Kat, I like the idea of A5 too. My question though is, as I don’t think my printer could print double sided – could I take the downloaded pdf on a usb to officeworks and have them print it – or would that breach your copyright? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Diane, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below. You are welcome to take to officeworks, this won’t breach the copyright.ReplyCancel

      • Diane

        thank you Kat & Meg – clever ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola McGowan

    Kat can you please advise how many pages is it to print in total? Trying to work out printing costs! Great looking planner, thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Nicole, it is 163 pages. I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    I would also like to know if it will print in A5 if I change printer settings.Will it line up properly?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Monique, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    In my experience it should print in A5, I have done it with other products (recipes & charts) it worked just fine. I have previously bought A5 paper at Officeworks & printed a diary out. My printer also doesn’t have a double sided option so I printed the odd pages first then restacked the paper (you may need to remember to reshuffle the order to make sure you get the right page corresponding with the dates, learnt that the hard way!); then print the even pages. It takes a little time to do manually but so worth it. I got a quote to get it printed & bound but worked out it wasn’t worth it. I printed the monthly calendar out for the year then the weekly calendar one month at a time so I didn’t do it in one go. Hope that helps :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Meg you are a super star, I have been trying to work out all morning how to do it, but my printer wasn’t allowing me to print double sided, your comment came at the right time and I have managed to print it all in A5!! Thank you so very very much for sharing your tip, I’ll let the other ladies know, I really appreciate it, thank you!! xxReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hi Kat
    Is it possible to type into the document before printing so birthdays etc are neat. Do you have public holidays and school terms noted at all?
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, no it’s not editable sorry. I have left the calendar blank as all states are very different.ReplyCancel

  • Francene

    Hi, do you post to NZ? If so what are the charges? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Francene, the 2015 Weekly Planner is an instant download so there is no posting involved. Once you have brought the item you are able to download straightaway.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    Hey Kat,
    Where do you get your cute little tabs from. I looked for someone the other day and couldn’t find any like that. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Kirsten, I actually got them a while back but you can purchase them from Officeworks. They are from a company called Avery, here is the link for you: http://www.averyproducts.com.au/avery/en_au/Products/Dividers-%26-Tabbies/?Ns=RankReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Hi Kat,
    Just downloaded the new planner and I think it looks great! However I was a bit disappointed that the daily task has been removed. I thought that was a great feature of the 2014 planner, it gave me some really good ideas to keep on top of all those jobs that get forgotten. But anyway great job and I love the A5 idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Belinda, Yes i am loving the A5 idea too!ReplyCancel

Prevent lolly worries at Halloween + a colourful giveaway

This post is sponsored by The Allen’s Team Growing up we never celebrated Halloween, it just wasn’t a thing in my family and I wasn’t going to make a big fuss about it with my kids.  However Halloween is a growing celebration here in Australia with many of the kids in our neighbourhood dressing up and knocking […]

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  • Megan gavel

    Too cute not to try and win :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Megan.:)ReplyCancel

  • stephanie woolley

    Opening all the blinds In the morning. I love the sun streaming in and warming the house after a cold nightReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes I real favourite of mine too, Stephanie! ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Hayley hitchings

    My 2 beautiful girls brighten my day
    whether it be them or their photosReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love this!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Cass Purden

    A beautiful clean house brightens my day! ????????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It most certainly helps, i agree with you Cass! ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Suzie

    Bright colours help brighten my day. Whether it be cushions, wall art or my daughter’s craft projects. Bright colours make me happy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sharnee Snowden

    My 2 white owls that sit on the bench…cheerfulReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Cute!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Frith

    Being able to open all my windows and doors on a warm spring day and let the fresh country air in:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Philippa Brock

    My daughter’s laughter coming through the baby monitor in the morning. Best alarm noise ever created!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh so cute!! Makes me smile reading your comment.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Karina Wood

    sitting outside on the deck watching the boats go by with a hot cuppa and my hubby before the kids get up in the morning always brightens my day. Getting to spend those first few minutes together is pretty awesome. I would give this prize to my brother and sister in law who live in Blackwater to brighten their day and I’m sure my niece and nephews will love the lollies too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Waking up to a clean and tidy house
    Brightens my day. I’m doing the the
    20 day challenge.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful Lisa.:)ReplyCancel

  • Monique McDonald

    This prize pack looks awesome!! I’d love it! When my housework is all done and I have some ‘me time’ to do some drawing or journalling brightens my day. ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sure does Monique!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Corless

    My sunny sun room always brightens my dayReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh how lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tab

    My beautifully organised wardrobe and dresser brightens my day by making it a breeze to pick my outfit for the day rather than the previous searching through washing baskets! Thankyou Organised Housewife!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful, glad to hear your wardrobe is lovely and organised.ReplyCancel

  • Marina Dousset

    I have a bright red LOVE sign in the kids playroom. I bought it on a Mothers Group Night away & it always makes me smile.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angelina

    The constant company from my cat always brightens my day :) he is the best thing in my home! At the moment I am preparing to do some painting to brighten up the rooms in this house, something I have dreamed of for years to brighten the house and my mood! Some new colourful accessories would be purrfect for my new clean white rooms! ;) <3 thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh sounds lovely Angelina.:)ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lavelle

    What brightens my day I hear you ask
    Well waking up in the sunshine to bask
    Like my stretchy old tabby cat
    I roll, stretch and yawn
    Before rising to greet the beautiful dawnReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lovely poem Eva!ReplyCancel

      • Eva

        Cheers Katrina….any excuse for a good old rhyming poem :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My four beautiful children’s smiles :) and a cup of tea in my large yellow chevron tea cupReplyCancel

  • Jade

    Fresh colourful linen and the sun shining in on a warm Spring day. Just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Near the kitchen I have a large frame with assorted photos of my girls as babies. Looking at these photos always brightens my day :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane Caputi

    What brightens my day? The view through my windows overlooking our backyard. Also the Bird of Paradise flowers brought home from his Dads after doing his gardening for him ????ReplyCancel

  • Angela Milesi

    I love seeing my house clean and tidy. It helps me relaxing!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    The sound of my coffee machine makes any day brighter!!ReplyCancel

  • The rainbow of colours in my study. Brightful cheerful colours, you cant help but smile <3ReplyCancel

  • Marelize

    My day is gloomy and I am irritated if I don’t start my day with a glass of water, Bible-study and prayer – with only the sound of birds as company. Only then do I feel up to a new day’s challenges, I light up when I see my children coming in with still sleepy faces, and then I open the curtains to let in the day.ReplyCancel

  • sonja

    Opening all the blinds in the morning and making some coffee!! ????ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Our indoor cat who still thinks he’s a kitten, chasing me around playfully like a little dog. A spark of life that brightens the house and my days :)ReplyCancel

  • DIANA O

    The big skylight we recently had put in, brightens my day on so many levels. I hate darkness and gloom.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    My potted Fern…I smile every time I see it and can’t believe I haven’t managed to kill it yet! I have it 2 full weeks nowReplyCancel

  • Sharon C

    Warm hugs from my children, especially the unexpected ones. They always make my day brighter, as family is home.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon C

    Sorry Katrina I wrote the wrong email on my last entry. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Sarah Byrnes

    Hearing the child they said would probably never talk say ‘Good morning mum.’ This brightens my day, every day.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Bailey

    I love opening the blinds in my kitchen to see all my flowers in bloom. This is the first house I have had with a garden & it fills my heart with joy.ReplyCancel

  • Sharing our home with friends brightens my day and makes my heart sing!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Things of bright colours, brighten up our day. My son loves fruit salad and crayons. When we spot a rainbow we say “hooray!”.ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    My white long stemmed artificial flowers in a glass vase on our coffee table which I would love to have some matching accessories for.ReplyCancel

  • kathryn Horne

    My kids brighten my day when they talk enthusiastically about their day at school after i ask how was your day and finally that red red wine at the end of the day!ReplyCancel

  • My children’s big smiles and big warm hugs as they wake to a brand new day, filled with new adventures and possibilities.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Rossetto

    My children who can perform a rendition of “Let it go” or have a boogie to “I like to move it” all before breakfast has even hit the table. How can that not brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Evans

    i recently treated myself to a beautiful bespoke painting for my lounge room. It looks stunning on the wall above my leather couch and the beautiful bright colours on the painting really brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Open blinds to let light in and have a clean house!ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    Nice big windows that lets in plenty of light and fresh air! There’s nothing worse than living in a dark dingy home like a vampire.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Fagan

    The same thing each morning… My sunshine girls smiling faces ~ always
    so happy!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Cuddling in bed with my daughter in the morning before we start our day, and hearing her sleepy, smiling voice say “good morning mummy”ReplyCancel

  • Mandy henley

    My daughter climbing into bed with me for a morning cuddle.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia reynolds

    The beautiful good mornings from each of my children.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola herring

    My daughter’s drawings on the fridge! First thing as I walk bleary eyed to the fridge after bub’s been awake all night, I smile at her pictures of us all! Really adds a sparkle to my day!ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    Baking yummy treats for family and friends in our kitchen on our new farm which has beautiful country views. Brightens my mood and makes me feel just that little bit happier every day :)ReplyCancel

  • Jacinta

    Lights!
    And the fact that they turn on.
    That when I come home at night I can turn on the tap and a hot steamy shower appears, that the kettle hisses, the fridge is still cold, and I know my door locks. My roof is not damaged from the rains or the photo albums haven’t been destroyed by flames.
    Call me old fashion or even a little simple, but what brightens my day is the fact that I can come home to a safe house, regardless of its cleanliness or the weather outside, and that all those who dwell within it are safe and healthy.ReplyCancel

  • natasha Horsham

    i was trying to think and couldn’t get past my first thought was my 3 kids and second was the 3 cats. So family. But I’m not sure if that’s what you actually meant
    If taking about household things it’s hopping into bed with freshly made clean sheetsReplyCancel

  • Helena Leung

    Cranking up the Temptations and belting out “My Girl” to speed up the housework. “I GOT SUNSHINNEEEEE, ON A CLOUDDDDY DAYYYYY!!”ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Ring

    Well, the question was “what in your home brightens up your day”. My hubby does FIFO, so when he is home, everything is brighter!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa d

    waking up with the sun shining on the sun catcher, casting a rainbow on my bedroom wall.ReplyCancel

  • Talking to our little Grandson by phone never fails to brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Family brightens my day. The sound of laughter & conversation. All freshly bathed and smelling like home. Cheeky smiles & eyes wide in wonder. Makes my heart gladden even now.ReplyCancel

  • Gina

    Finding five surprise minutes to myself to be still and grateful for all that makes me so busy brightens my day.ReplyCancel

  • leeanne Gooch

    my son ;)ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    It’s not really in the house but…outside the kitchen window I have a bird feeder and watching the rosellas have their breakfast whilst drinking my coffee brightens my day!ReplyCancel

  • Nerissa Stott

    Having fresh flowers around are always so cheerful with their bright colours smiling at me, especially ones from my garden :DReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    Fresh flowers and a sea breezeReplyCancel

  • Jo Deller

    My 4 children and their various artworks and crafts totally brighten my day! I never thought I would have children and lost 8 babies to miscarriage for years so their presence in my life is a miracle that warms my heart and soul everyday. When they may leave one day, I will still always have some of their artworks to hang on to!ReplyCancel

  • Rach Whittaker

    my large collection of bright, patterned, perfectly placed lounge cushions brightens my day every morning! A little bit of colour brings out a smile in everyone, and always spikes a comment or two from guests! i would love to add more colour to my home – what better way than winning a selection made by the organised housewife :) xReplyCancel

  • Sherryl

    Flowers and colour. Pretty down at the moment but if I push and put sunlight flowers and colour it helpsReplyCancel

  • Anne

    The smile on my twins faces when I get home from work. Its beautiful to see how happy they are to see meReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hemetsberger

    My son’s sleepy eyes when I wake him up for school always makes me smileReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    Fresh flowers always make the world of difference! Especially if they are grown in my very own garden.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    A photo from our wedding day 18 years ago with our son who was 18 months old at the time….I look at it every single day and it always, always makes me smile :)ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Photos of our family and friends brighten our day :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    After the crazy breakfast, lunch, bed making and dropping my kids off to school run, I come home and light all my tea lights in my soy melts. I have one in every room. I love just sitting, having a coffee and smelling the lovely scents throughout my house. Aahhh!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Germon

    The bright happy faces of my 5 children always brightens my day (even if they have left a massive trail of destruction behind them!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Obviously my kids bring the happiness. But having the windows and doors open, letting that breeze flow through the house feels like its blows the troubles/worries etc away. Like a fresh start. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Meredith

    My baby girl with her happy go lucky nature brightens up what ever room she is in. My little ray of sunshine has taught me that happiness is a mind set and you can find the joy in any situationReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    Colourful pink and purple post-it note reminders brighten up my day and keep me organised too!ReplyCancel

  • What brightens my day? After I am dressed, we have made the bed, & I whipped over the bathroom, I am ready for anything, let the day begin. Then having brekkie that my wonderful hubby of 48 years, that he has made starts the day off real well.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Dooley

    The sound and marks of my children! Whether that be laughing, fighting, crying, or their wacky childcare art work – sensing their presence brightens up our home that without them, is silent and boring!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    The laughter of my three boys playing together is always sure to brighten my dayReplyCancel

  • Annette

    My kids laughter…..sunshine flooding through the windows, putting some fresh lipstick on, that moment when you have the house clean for 5 minutes before the kids come home, the silence after the kids go to bed and you can sit down and breathe!! These are just a few of the things in my house that help to brighten my day! Oh and when that all fails, singing “The sun’ll come out tomorrow” never fails to put a smile on your face – even just because it is so ridiculous :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    Putting on some boppy music in the morning as we get ready really brightens my mood. It pulls me out of my early morning tiredness and after a quick sing a long, albeit sounding atrocious, and a funny dance with the kidlets, it seems to restore some vigour for the day ahead.ReplyCancel

  • My family, my yellow bedroom, the beautiful gumtree outside my bedroom window!ReplyCancel

  • Bec sullivan

    When my husband pulls up the driveway, even after 14 years and 3 children it still brightens my day when he comes home :)ReplyCancel

  • Lindy Dowell

    My son & husband laughing and playing together brightens my day, every day.ReplyCancel

  • michelle wright

    A clean house especially clean kitchen and coffee in my double wall glass cup.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    I love at night when I read to my 3 year old and 6 month old and they listen excitedly exchanging smiles with each other when I say or do something funny.It really makes every other worry disappear in that moment.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Pilkington

    I know it has been said before, but the early morning sun streaming into my kitchen where I spend the majority of the morning getting beakfast and preparing lunches for four kids, that is what my brightens my home!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa bonner

    My kitchen window faces east, I love opening the curtains in the morning and having the sun stream through the prisms being held by fairies, dragons butterflies etc., They make rainbows all over my kitchen/dinning areaReplyCancel

  • SallyD

    A clean kitchen bench to sit at in the morning for breakfast and watch the birds in the tree outside.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Sitting on the patio eating breakfast with our family and watching and listening to the birds in the backyard. It’s a morning ritual for us.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    My son and husband smiling, Saturday mornings, baking, a clean home, the sun.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie B

    My boys finding our cat first thing in the morning to play with her, brightens up my home and day.ReplyCancel

  • nadia stuart

    Waking up with the sun streaming in through my blinds, next to the best friend and husband. I thank god for this everyday as it makes me truely happy.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    My girls brighten my day. I don’t know how they wake up so cheery but it sure helps on those early mornings! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My strawberries growing in hanging pots on the verandah, this year the slugs can’t get them and it’s lovely picking and eating themReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Hearing my daughter waking up and saying ‘Mum! Mum! Mum!’ repeatEdly, followed by ‘BOO!’ when I open her door!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura Amos

    My husband bringing me breakfast in bed every morning for the last nine weeks to help combat my morning sickness really brightens my day. Just like the growing little human inside me does (and will do even better when it joins us on the outside!). :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kasey Evans

    Other than my children it would have to be my morning iced coffee, it gets me started for the day & I miss it terribly if I don’t have it (abit addicted I think hehe)ReplyCancel

  • Alison Fidler

    Fresh flowers. I try to have them in the house as much as possible. They make the room feel bright and cheerful.ReplyCancel

  • Hana Simes

    A little bunch if fresh flowers next to my bed! Waking up to fresh flowers always brightens my day!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I have some of those over door hooks, I found that when I hang them on the top of the shower screen, that towels get hung up on them and they don’t stay on the floor anymore. It brightens every single day for me!!????ReplyCancel

  • Debra Shields

    Green, I wake up to a forest of trees inside and out, they make me feel uplifted straight away. I have green, orange, blue, yellow, red, purple,pink everywhere and I’m smiling now because I probably should have said colour makes me happy!ReplyCancel

  • Susie V

    My white kitchen – with red stools, red desk chairs, red lights and a red appliance pantry roller door. Happiness! Plus my mum sometimes gives me some waratahs or proteas to go on the kitchen table. Oooh AND I have a lovely portrait of my grandmother and a painting of Sydney Harbour, paid for by my Mother’s Group for my 40th b’day! AwwwwReplyCancel

  • Jewel Thames

    I love to see my families pictures to start my day off.ReplyCancel

  • Tenneille

    Going into my girls room in the morning
    to wake them up, to find they have climbed into bed together through the night and they wake up cuddling. That brightens my day by warming my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    I have a string line on a wall where I peg up photos of my favorite people and places. Every time I walk past it it evokes a happy memory of a past experience or moment in time and just seeing a picture of a little face smiling at me brightens my day.ReplyCancel

  • Nikita Collier

    The wine on the counter, the bible on my coffee table, and my bookshelf STUFFED with books. You can never have too many books, even when you run out of space! :)ReplyCancel

  • Pauline Stewart

    I kept dropping hints for my hubby to buy me flowers….he never got the hint so now I spoil myself & buy myself a bunch of flowers each & every week. They really brighten up the house & make me happy every time I look at themReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    Seeing my 18 month old walk up to me and say mum is the best kind of brightness. After months of hard work with physio and speech (after drs telling me he wouldn’t walk or talk) makes my day so much brighter every second of the day!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla

    Love the morning & afternoon sun filtering through the blinds, the sounds of my kids laughing, fresh cut flowers through the house, the smell of freshly baked cookies and the beautiful pops of colour from my cushions in the living areas are just a few things that brighten my days!!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    No matter what the weather is like outside, my family brightens my day and night.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Maddock

    Simply knowing that all the washing has been done, folded and put away makes me happy at home. And beds that are made. xxxReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    I have an enormous bunch of silk flowers in the living room that my daughter and I chose together. It is bright and full of colour and is a reminder of the fun we had together choosing the flowers.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    My big yellow tea cup! I wake up 10 mins before the rest of the household and make a lovely hot cup of tea in it. A little spark to start the day.ReplyCancel

  • Maddie

    My 2 boys brighten my my home- if I’m home alone, the house just doesn’t feel the same…..great prize pack :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Beattie

    Sunshine , streaming through my front windows of a morning! There is nothing like sunshine to make you feel goodReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    My family brighten my day along with my doggies.ReplyCancel

  • Karin Allan

    My late husbands smiling photo,frame, encouraging me to keep going! I do need some new brightness!ReplyCancel

  • Louise Vasey

    Clean floors, a scented candle burning & a chai latteReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    A good morning kiss from my wife Jackie as her kiss starts off my day brightly.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly W

    Everything in our home was brown when we purchased it. Brown is very boring. My husband loves coordinated things but I am very eclectic. So any little pop of color makes me smile. For example a hot pink vase with bright flowers. The chalk board painted hall with crazy colored stenciled border.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Dancing round the living room with my children to Pharell Williams ‘Happy’, not caring if the neighbours can see through the open bifolds at the front of the house. Just great fun.ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    watching all the beautiful rainbows of refracted colour from all my crystal ornaments as the morning light springs them to lifeReplyCancel

  • Deborah Hill

    Seeing all the mess, scratches and dings, they are all made with love from my 3 boys, usually with lots of laughter, cheekiness and love, and often memories in the making. It’s the feelings and emotions of what surrounds me in my home that brightens my dayReplyCancel

  • It is good cup of Latte and 30 min quiet time before everyone is up in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    The sound of true laughter from children. When they let go that real belly laugh and you know they are truly happy and carefree, just as children should be! Knowing that we must be doing something right to protect them and raise happy, healthy kids. Priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Gerri Briggs

    Looking at my garden through clean windows!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Raven

    Love Laughter & Tantrums is what I love and brightens my day cause then I know we are family and no matter what happens in our lives we are alive and we are family and that makes me smileReplyCancel

  • Annie Bourne

    My family brightens my day.The laughter from the girls or even something as simple as sitting down to a meal together.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Moulton

    I would love to say that the decor in my home brightens my day, but most days I feel cramped, and would love to have the money ditch everything and start again. and so it is my BFFF(best feline friend forever) who really brightens my day, except when she wants to be fed at 5.00amReplyCancel

  • mumoffive

    Nothing in my house brightens my day, as it is a constant mess. But my son making me a cup of coffee in the morning makes me smile!ReplyCancel

  • Jenai

    A bright smile and morning cuddles from my little boys;
    And sunlight streaming through my window brings me joy.
    Pictures on our walls, happy photos of our favourite days;
    Drawings done by my children in a brightly colourful craze …
    The delicious smell of freshly brewing coffee;
    And the perfumed aroma of flowers my sons’ picked for me.
    But the number one thing which brightens my day;
    Is my alarm being turned off, and having lots of time for play!ReplyCancel

  • The accent colour my living room is yellow! I love my yellow cushions, they are like a ray of sunshine on my sofa!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Grayda

    My daughter’s beautiful smileReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    The thing that brightens my day is seeing my 22 month old daughter so in love with her newborn baby brother.. She makes me giggle when she tells him to sit & stay like she’s talking to our dog :)ReplyCancel

  • frances

    Fresh flowers ,especially the roses from my gardenReplyCancel

  • Annaliese

    Sipping hot tea outside in the sunshine (usually when the kids are napping).ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Making a coffee and waiting to receive your email at 6.17am Monday -Friday. Honestly, until I read your daily post whilst enjoying a cup of coffee I feel that my day can’t begin and then reading your email brightens my mood. Even my 11 year old daughter says mum, what was on the organised housewife email today lol. I know you need to have a weekend, however I do miss the emails on the weekends!ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    My four gorgeous children – love that first half an hour of the day with them.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    My kids’ innocent laugh, which is clear like water, makes me forget worries and sadness, and feel my life is full of sunshine everyday.ReplyCancel

  • SHARON JOHNSON

    A well organised wardrobe spilling with colour and choice to brighten my mood. Before giving to the many I help each day.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I am in desperate need of colour in my home. We renovated and painted the one colour throughout, nice colour called hog bristle, or beige. So very beige in this house! The only colour I have is the blur of my toddler who runs past! He brightens my day…. well. Most days.ReplyCancel

  • Erin horton

    Open all the curtains letting the morning light in and picking my baby up from his bed after he greats me with a beautiful smile.ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Open the blinds, up go the windows, light a scented candle and kiss the kids!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I love my lovely green living plants, so much so they have names and when it rains they go outside to play. They clear the air and brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Breust

    Waking up to the beautiful face of my newborn son brightens my day. Being able to provide an amazing home for him is what I am most proud of.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Gibbons

    A clean house, a good coffee, a happy child and a dippy egg ?????????????????ReplyCancel

  • Receiving that first morning hug and kiss from my two gorgeous children. I love that at almost 11 my son races so he can have the first hug and kiss of the day. How could this not brighten my day :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    My home is an eclectic mix of items that I have made, been given and collected. It would never make the pages of a magazine but is a place where my family make memories and is filled with kids laughter, pre school art and colour. It is my sanctuary!ReplyCancel

  • Aside from my kids I would have to say fresh flowers. The house feels sad without them!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Lane

    Waking up knowing that my day will be filled with love and laughter with my gorgeous family always makes my home and day shine brightly!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Saad

    The smiles on my two beautiful kids and my new sheets and quilt cover .ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Waking up in my ‘own’ little studio, my own little piece of light, bright and colourful heaven! Full with secondhand and free furniture and decorations. They are cleaned, loved and upcycled!! Can’t get better then that :)
    I can definitely do with some amazing new colourful accessories to spruce it all up a bit!!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    Watching my husband bond with our new baby and seeing him be silly. Our Sunday mornings have become “Sunday dance parties”. How can watching your husband and 10 week old baby dance around the living room not brighten up your day!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Gorton

    I absolutely believe in the power of accessories in the home to change the mindset and benefit mood. One of the most important things to me is decorative photo frames with pictures of family and happy memories – nothing puts a bigger smile on my face!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Gritter

    My new outdoor cushions brighten my day !ReplyCancel

  • Jena

    Right now I have a day off! And while my daughter is home sick, I have made a day bed for her with books and snacks on the trampoline so she is happy and on the mend. So often I have to work on days she is ill so it makes me very happy to be able to be here, working inside but occasionally popping out to snuggle her on the trampoline. I have the Moving House free printables and am so excited to be organised as I prepare to leave our home of 10 years & move just down the road to a home with more light and more room. Loving life and really feeling on top of things. Didn’t seem possible just a few months back.ReplyCancel

  • My new white and most importantly – uncluttered – kitchen. So nice and bright and with gorgeous timber benchtops that I can actually SEE!ReplyCancel

  • myesha...mom of 3 Girls

    Beautifully scented candles in a clean house! I feel so accomplished and Happy!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn

    My daughters smile brightens my day after a long hard day and knowing she it’s truly happy regardless of weather the house is clean or not. Spending precious time with her rather than cleaning, the cleaning will wait her growing up won’t ??ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    A clean kitchen sink, as simple as it would have been to leave a the dishes or a cup the night before, the 10min spent before bed putting away and cleaning the sink is the pay off for the next dayReplyCancel

  • Maureen Willans

    What makes me really happy is waking up every morning knowing I don’t have to go to work anymore. I retired in July after 50 years in the workforce.ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    The smell of freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked bread. Not to mention the beautiful family that not only brighten my home but brighten my world.ReplyCancel

  • JFKAZZ

    The sound of my four children laughing. Nothing makes my day any brighter than that.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    I love to see pops of colour with fruit, especially crisp green apples piled high in a bowl, the white bench top.ReplyCancel

  • Antonietta

    Seeing my children happy! Simple yet brightens my life, not just my day and I just think, they’re mine, I am truly blessed :)ReplyCancel

  • Lesley Needham

    As a single mum I now can decorate how I like. No complaining partner putting limitations on my style so I now have created a bright colourful bedroom for myself. I wake up seeing pretty colours and feel happy with the world. My Mum spent 6 months knitting me a bright colourful blanket to match the room. My 4 boys love my room so much that they like hanging out in there. Usually I find them playing games on my bed or hogging my bright orange chair.ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia Warrick

    Clearing one small space of all its clutter,
    really sets my heart a-flutter!
    That may sound nutty but I must confess,
    I’ve had a long battle dealing with mess,
    at 55 I finally have clutter out of the way,
    I feel brightened that I can now seize the day!ReplyCancel

  • petra chaplin

    Fresh flowers always brighten my day. The children’s artworks around the house, a cup of herbal tea in a porcelain cup, nice music , the curtains/blinds flung open, a clean and tidy house and something baking in the oven……..marvellous!ReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    The laughter and smiles of my kids. But it’s not the done thing to hang them up on the wall. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Nic T.

    My kids’ paintings on the wall. They have such fun doing it and I love seeing their colourful art every day, and it makes them feel proud that it’s their art on the wall and not something I’ve bought from the shops.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara Lamb

    Photo’s of loved one’s everywhere I look :DReplyCancel

  • Charisse Childs

    Other than the family and pets that live here with their laughter and smiles, I would say the leadlight welcome sign inside our front door, it’s the first thing you see when you come home and the last thing you see as you shut the door and it always brings a smile to my face.ReplyCancel

  • Lesleigh S

    Waking up healthy and happyReplyCancel

  • Caroline Kelly

    I have a number of different hot beverage mugs with bright cheerful pictures on them. Each of them are used depending upon my disposition at that time.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Murphy

    What brightens my day is rolling over in the morning to see my 3yo sons face standing next to me saying – “get out of bed mummy….. Can you make my breakfast please”.ReplyCancel

  • Lani Kennedy

    Seeing a bowl of ruby red organic tomatoes, that I have grown myself, brightens my day no end !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne K

    My little round table next to the window where I enjoy a cup of tea while gazing out at the trees. It’s a moment’s pause that gives me a lift to carry on with the day.ReplyCancel

  • corinne cambridge

    The smell of toast and freshly brewed coffee always brightens up my morning!ReplyCancel

  • Mel S

    Having the time to mindfully wash the dishes with my hands in the soapy water as i am able to look around and admire the beautiful things in my house. Taking the time to appreciate and enjoyReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    The scent of my favourite essential oils :)ReplyCancel

  • James Kav

    My bookshelf!ReplyCancel

September 2014 Daily Inspiration Quotes

Here is a summary of all the quotes that I share on Facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when you need a little inspiration. all images were created by and copyright to The Organised Housewife September Daily Inspiration   Please share your favourite quote of […]

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  • Do you use an app to design your quotes? I’ve been using the little moments app but I’m still looking for one that is more for text quotes :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Michelle, No i create them myself on the computer.:)ReplyCancel