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my mother told me to be sure to try and do three things that will help to keep a tidy home, they worked for me and now my daughters use these tips too.

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  • Love it! So simple but so trueReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      sometimes it’s the simple things that can make such a big difference 😉ReplyCancel

  • I always feel better if the kitchen is clean and the floors are swept. I always mean to make the beds and it does do wonders but I hardly ever do :/ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I make my bed after I have my shower, some mornings I may not feel like it, but it’s just something I do now out of habit before I leave my bedroom in the mornings.ReplyCancel

      • Sandra Liddicoat

        I always make my own bed. I grew up doing it everyday and can’t bare to get into an unmade bed. However, making my children’s beds is another story. Whose mother did that for them. My husbands mother did, I think she deserves a medal. I try to teach my children to make their own bed, not always successfully ????ReplyCancel

      • Tane

        I’d love to make my bed straight after getting up but it’s hard to do with the husband still in the bed :)
        (Un)fortunately my mother-in-law does it but not the way I like. She tucks everything in at the foot but it suits her height. She’s almost a foot shorter than me, no covers to for my shoulders to snuggle under unless I pull it all apart again.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Great tip. I live by this rule too but I include one load of washing to my list. If the beds are made, dishes are done and a load of washing is washed and hung up (with yesterdays load folded and put away) than I feel like I have accomplished something, even if i don’t get to anything else.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I like to do a load of washing everyday too, Robyn. I find it is a greatway of keeping on top of it.ReplyCancel

      • Kirstie

        Omg, you get away with one load a day? I do a minimum of 3 a day and never have a day without any washing to do!
        I need to do these, but the folding one just doesn’t seem doable to me! But I need to fold all my clothes, hubby’s clothes, kids clothes separately or I feel really stressed over itReplyCancel

  • Kate

    I hang clothes on coat hangers on the clothesline, when dry they can be placed straight into the wardrobe, it’s saves handling time.
    Anything that goes into a draw I fold in half before hanging in the clothes line, then it only takes one more fold when removing from clothes line.
    I also place clothes in the basket by family member so when I bring the washing in it doesn’t need sorting, I just walk into each room and place that persons pile in their bedReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tips, Kate!ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Great! Thanks so much, Kay, for sharing. I just treasure those tips from those who have “been there, done that.”

    My Nana had 3 tips too:
    1. Make the beds
    2. Clean up the dishes after each meal
    3. Sweep the verandah.

    When friends of mine got married at their pantry tea we organised to make a book of tips from all the friends, aunties, grandparents etc about housekeeping and marriage. I remember getting all sorts of funny, useful, practical and bizarre tips!

    My Grandma’s tip:
    Don’t put it down, put it away.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Ward

    Hi Kat,

    my daily essentials top 3 are:

    1- wash, dry and put away dishes

    2 – do the laundry

    3 – empty the bins

    fairly similar!

    Ruth WardReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Perfect Ruth! I too love to get all those 3 done and dusted out of the way.:)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Love these tips – l do an old-fashioned nurse’s practice which helped a lot on busy wards in the past for us. We did a simple “tidy round” which works at home too. A quick tidy-up of surfaces which really makes a difference all over. ?ReplyCancel

  • I always make my bed as soon as I get up.
    I always empty the dishwasher and put the dirty dishes in for the next run.
    I always sweep the floor or do the washing.
    Folding up clothes is always helpful too although the ironing pile always grows out of control.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love your daily routine Sue! A great way of staying on top of things.:)ReplyCancel

  • Cammie

    These tips sounds great! I grew up making my bed every day but as a wife and mom now I usually let it go. Just recently started trying again! I’m not sure how my mom got me to make my bed when I was little…she is amazing! I have been trying to do dishes more often too, which makes my whole kitchen look and feel better! I work full-time and so does my husband so that makes its hard to keep up sometimes. Thanks for the simple tip reminder!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds like you are getting back on track and doind a wonderful job, Cammie.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sheila

    I separate twenty minutes every day to rearrange something: drawer, closet, refrigerator …. Another thing that even I who is very tired is how to take the makeup know? I spend a damp handkerchief in the sinks, weights and bench. Collect all that is out of place and put in a basket if not lively to save time. Tidy the sofa cushions and sleep with their house in order. This makes it easier and my life the next day. I learned from a friend of San Diego.It changed my lifeReplyCancel

A checklist of essential items to pack in a nappy bag, plus tips on restocking it so you aren’t left without nappies on your next outing.

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  • Jillian Ives

    Include a spare outfit in a ziplock bag for you! My daughter knocked coffee all over me while we were out. I was able to change into a maxi dress and new undies. My mum has a horror story about my sister and a white outfit and a poonami. So I took her adviceReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic idea, Jillian!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Years ago now as my eldest is almost 25 – I had a nappy bag which sort of folded out into a series of cubes. I know this sounds totally “over the top” – but I always used to pack it in EXACTLY the same way. Nappies in one section, food in another, clothes in another etc. I was working full-time and when I’d come home – I would undo the nappy bag and know INSTANTLY what needed topping up / replenishing. I would quickly do this and aside from adding bottles / food from the fridge in the morning – I was all good to go.
    My day carer loved it as she too knew EXACTLY where everything was and nothing was EVER omitted. As I said – it sounds over the top – but the more you can do on auto-pilot the better !!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love it Julia! You sounded so super organised!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I think you have it pretty much covered Kat but my big tip for new Mums is to always have your bag packed and ready to go. It is hard enough to get out the door with kids without adding the need to pack the nappy bag!! Also, having a little toilet bag with a couple of nappies, wipes and a disposable change mat is useful if going out to dinner as you don’t need to lug the whole bag to the toilet (where there sometimes isn’t a lot of room) also handy when travelling on planes or even in the car.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful tips Belinda, thank you for sharing.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    I have a small over the shoulder satchel that I use for my daily run about bag and keep a well stocked nappy bag in the boot at all times which definitely has a change of clothes for me; got caught out once never again. In my satchel I have three nappies, a small packet of wipes, a change of clothes for 2 year old in a ziplock bag, a bottle, two packets of travel formula, my phone which has my cards in it, and in another section I have two balloons, a packet of dome crayons, a couple of sheets of paper folded up, a small bottle of bubbles, a toddlers puzzle and a small book; for when I go out for a meal so she s entertained. And then a heap of snacks and a couple of hot choc drink packets for me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love the sound of your well stocked nappy bag.:)ReplyCancel

Don’t listen to any negativity around you from either people giving it or the thoughts in your head. Change your mindset, think positive and be happy.

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  • Sarah codling

    I feel just as guilty working part time that I either don’t spend enough time with my kids, or that maybe I should work more to make things easier. It is a hard road for all mums, no matter their work status! It took me finally talking to a psychologist to realise that everyone has the same struggles! I was trying to be the prefect mum- work, spend time with the kids and keep my house immaculate- in reality it’s not possible, and I realised that my real friends don’t care if my toilet is clean as they realise I have 3 boys under the age of 7!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Sarah, you are so right xReplyCancel

    • Danielle Rego

      As another part time working mum Sarah I felt the same and I too went to see someone before I realised that it is ok if there are days things just don’t get done. We all do the best we can and all mums have struggles of their own – we just don’t always feel like thatReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    The idea of having a series devoted to “Helping Mums Thrive at Home” is a great one and I applaud you Katrina for devoting the time and effort to it.
    I have been married for over 28 years and this time has included us both working, me working F/T and studying part-time – then we had our first son. Having just completed my studies I wanted to gain the fruits of my hard work and so made the difficult decision to return to work when the baby was only 10 weeks of age. It was hard yakka and I felt SO guilty and missed my son dreadfully. I tried to assuage that guilt by rationalising that this was the best decision for OUR FAMILY at that point in time. I wanted more children but CRAVED to be a SAHM and realised that dream when my first son was 10.5 years old and I gave up my job to be a SAHM to him and my new baby daughter. We now have 4 children aged from 24 down to 7 and I consider myself to be lucky to be a SAHM. Our situation has changed again and my husband now lives and works interstate (even though we are still very happily married). There is still guilt – maybe he could move back home into an admittedly lower paying job if I went out and worked also ? But we have made this decision for OUR FAMILY at THIS POINT IN TIME. Even though my children are at school during the day – I am busy looking after the home as DH rarely gets home and when he is here – I want him relaxing – not racing around fixing things. I also love the fact that I am here for the kids after school – I KNOW WHERE THEY ARE at all times and with teenagers – this is a very important thing. So – once again – I remind myself of WHY we have made this decision and that does help with the guilt.
    Another thing I did was to write a card to my husband explaining just how grateful I am for all that he does. It must be so hard for him being away from his family and working long hours. I detailed exactly what and why I am so grateful. It is so important to communicate with your spouse about your feelings (good and bad) and gain reassurance from one another so that you remain on the same page. I encourage other mums to talk to their husbands about how they are feeling. Men don’t always “get it” and they have feelings too. Keep the lines of communication open – so very important.
    I look forward to reading other people’s comments and enjoying the rest of the series.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    There is “mother guilt” regardless of the decision you make and it is no different for those of us who work be it full time or part time. Working mothers feelings of guilt for not spending enough time with their child, trying to be the best mother and role model you can and also trying to do the best by your employer – motherhood pulls you in all different directions. The best remedy for those days that get you down is to talk to someone. I have found that only another mother can relate to what you are going through, the dumb stuff that you do to cope sometimes and a good laugh can make things seem much better. You aren’t alone we have all been there.

    I don’t wish to hijack this discussion as I do understand that it is specifically targeting SAHM however, as a full time working mother, I have found some of the harshest judgements I have received for my decision to work comes from SAHMs. Believe me, it is no easier being a working mother. We are all mothers and as women we are our own harshest critics. There are challenges for all of us regardless of where we spend our days so how about we support each other instead of trying to pull each other down.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I totally hear what you are saying Karen, it is so hard finding the happy balance with work and being a mum xReplyCancel

  • Amanda Morris

    I am a working mum of 3 little treasures. My eldest two are now at school (7 & 6) and our youngest will be 1 next week. What a refreshing read Kat. I am a working Mum riddled with guilt but for different reasons, the usual working mum guilt that working Mums feel that we should be at home with our kids, when we take them to child care and OSCH when it is freezing cold and raining when we should be snuggled up on the sofa having cuddles, being rushed constantly, the slapped together dinners some nights, I could go on and on. Then of course there is the work guilt, the late starts, the large number of sick days, unable to give 100% to your colleagues, etc etc. Sadly we are not in a position for me to stay at home. That being said we don’t live in a lavish home, drive an expensive car or have expensive holidays. We are just a family of 5 trying to make ends meet. People can be so judgemental when it comes to working Mums as they make you feel guilty for putting your children in care to make a living and make you feel like you want it all. Yes I have a career but my family comes first always!. I am not one for regrets but I do wish that I had set myself up financially a bit better prior to having children I would be home with them every day in a heart beat. The idea of staying home, looking after our home and being there for my children for every step and precious moment would be a dream come true.

    But it is refreshing to read that what may sound like a dream to me also comes with it’s own set of problems and issues that you have mentioned Kat. Just goes to prove that us mothers do not give ourselves enough credit. As the saying goes damned if you do and damned if you don’t …… I think we all need to stop being so hard on ourselves. They are little for such a short time. It’s sad to think we need to feel guilty and like we are stuffing it up for that time…….ReplyCancel

  • kristy

    There is nothing quite like mothers guilt. Starts from pregnancy i believe. ..did i eat something wrong or when you’re breastfeeding or not or on routine or when they are toddlers are they eating healthy foods and it goes on. I am lucky i stay at home with my beautiful daughters (4 & 2 1/2) but i work from home and have done continually since before they were born. . My work is seasonal so there are quiet times but when its on its flat out. Busy time coincided with the birth of baby no. 1. Crazy busy and i look back and think i should have taken some time but…. We are graziers as.well and my husband is a contractor so we are both self employed with no guaranteed weekly income. My guilt as the girls are getting older is that they are bored and I am constantly saying mummy just needs.to finish this work then we can play or i just put on a dvd. Then the guilt comes in about not doing.lots of things and being busy and impatient. … i also donr think we value what we do when we are home with kids. You cant measure your productivity or your achievements like you can in an office or somewhere. And it id so repetitive it can really feel like groundhog day….
    Working from home is really hard. It is so hard to find the.balance between work and kids and the everyday chores our partners and timeout for ourselves.
    I take my hat off to mums. We are all doing our best. Thanks Kat for ypur great blog…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Kristy!.:) I agree with you xReplyCancel

  • I sometimes joke that I have two full time jobs. (The joke part is that I’m not actually joking. I have two full time jobs. I work and I am a mother.)

    Sometimes, I feel a tiny bit guilty that I work full time – particularly when I can’t go to school events during the day. But I do my best to go to things, my son knows I’m doing my best and that if I can only come for an hour, the main thing is that I came.

    But most of the time, I accept that I’m not cut out to be a stay at home mum and that working is such an intrinsic part of my ‘self’ that I can’t see ever stopping work in some form. I stayed home for 15 months with my oldest, and the best thing for me and by extension my family was going back to work a couple of days a week. Then work drives me mad with expectations that I participate in night time activities, and while I am within my rights to say no (and I do say no – regularly) the sighs that ensue when I do…

    On the whole though, I’ve made the right decision for me and for my family, and that’s the main thing for us.ReplyCancel

  • i work part time and intend to continue doing so even when my son goes to school. Over the past three years I’ve been presented with a few big opportunities at work that I’ve knocked back because I don’t want to work full time. Being a people pleaser, it’s been hard to say no (especially to the extra income!) but I just remind myself that there will always be job opportunities but my son will never be this young again. I don’t want to miss out on his childhood and I don’t want him to miss out on being with his mum. Part time work is the perfect balance for us.ReplyCancel

  • This is a great post! I’ve just written a blog post on all Mommy Guilt and how dangerous it can be… xReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I am a sahm with a 5 yo boy 3yo and 8 month old girls. We are on a farm. I sometimes feel guilty when asking for help or time out from my mother in law and husband. “This is my job i should be able to do it” but then i end up having no ‘me time’ as it’s not a 9to 5 job its 247.
    Then as my kids are my everything atm when someone does take them for a while i for guilty for not looking after then …. and i have nothing else (other than clean the house) to do ! Hard to think about/care for myself! Just keeping reminding myself that they will grow quickly and all too soon i will have to get a real job !ReplyCancel

  • My kids are 16 and 14 and I have been a SAHM and worked part time and full time over the years and for most of that time my hubby has been an interstate truck driver so is away alot. No matter what choice you make it is never easy. I found when my kids were little that being at home with them all the time was very socially isolating. We lived in a small country town and there wasn’t much to do for young families. If I am completely honest I went back to work because I was lonely. Now I would love to be able to stay home again and enjoy the last couple of years with the kids before they move into adulthood.ReplyCancel

Through the series I will be sharing my stories and tips, but I would love to read and share yours as well. I am positive those who are feeling out of control at the moment will find some comfort and help reading how other mums have managed to get through these times, be it that you struggled too or you found one simple tip made a difference or you found a way to manage from the beginning. Your story and tips can make a big difference to another mum.

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  • Jade

    Kat I just want to say you are a complete gem for all you do and how you strive so hard to help us all. I’m really looking forward to this series.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much, Jade. It really means so much when i hear from my readers. I am really excited about the new series xReplyCancel

  • I adore this idea for a series. I am a big believer that everyone has a story to tell, all it takes is a listening ear. I look forward to this, thank you. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree with you 100% Nicole. Thank you, it means so much xReplyCancel

  • Alison

    I have told so many people about your amazing work. I love this idea – mums who have found tried and true tips for streamlining their lives are an amazing source of inspiration and this is a perfect forum for us to share these ideas.
    You are one of the most inspirational people I ‘know’, kat. Thank you for expanding your service in this ingenious way. I look forward to learning more time saving strategies to get my family organised;) hugs xoReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Alison you are so lovely!.:) Means a lot to me xReplyCancel

  • sharyn

    I was told by a friend to only do housework till 10am each day. I found that by doing this i worked faster knowing that after 10am i was free to do other things. I tend to get a lot doneReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like the sound of this idea! I wonder how much i could get done, i may have to give it a try.:)ReplyCancel

Through this series I will share posts to guide you through your struggles, find your sanity and to help you thrive at home.

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  • Katrina

    Hi Katrina!
    I have two boys, they are 15 months apart. My eldest is 20 months and my youngest is 4 months. I am finding it very hard to maintain the stuff that gets moved by my eldest as I am getting over tidying up after him all day every day. I am training him to put it away but I don’t think I will see the fruit in that till he is a bit older. I love being organised and clean (I’m the type of person who goes over to friends places and helps them with their pantry etc!) so having a messy house makes me grumpy and distracted. Was wondering if you have any tips for me?

    Thanks,
    Katrina.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Katrina, continue as you are showing your son how to tidy up, it may fee repetitive now, but it will be of big benefit when he is older. What a great friend you are organising pantries!!ReplyCancel

    • Georgia

      I have nice baskets from ikea in various rooms that I toss things into to keep the space clear. Then I sort through the baskets at another time or tip them out and get kids to help out things away with me. It’s actually good to show them how to “sort” – like “see all the doctors kit bits go together…now put these in the doctors kit box”. Sometimes the baskets stay full for over week. Kids don’t miss the stuffReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Hi Katrina
    I’m a stay at home mum and after working full time with the first three, having no. 4 changed the game completely! I feel like I am totally swamped with housework, after school activities, keeping finances in check, specialist appointments (2 x ASD + 1 ADHD) and cooking up to three dinners a night (1x FAILSAFE and 2 x sensory/fussy eaters). I wake up and start the day off fine but 1-2 meltdowns in, I’m off track for the day! Any tips/guidance/motivation from you and other mums would be awesome!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Emma, I have got to say it sounds like you are doing a fantastic job! Being a mum certanly isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. I think finding your own routine is the key. I like to organise my house by cleaning and doing the washing on certain days, just so it doesn’t feel like i’m chasing my tail all day. Also another tip, try meal planning for the week. I swear by meal planning so i don’t feel frazzled at the end of a big day wondering what i am going to fee my family. I hope this helps xReplyCancel

  • Pippa

    I was wondering if you have any tips on how to encourage a stress free homework time with primary aged children.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Pippa, When my kids come home fom school they get changed and sit and have some afternoon tea. It just gives them an hour to unwind and resfresh then they sit down and do there homework. I make sure the tv is turned off and no other destractions. I am always close by if they need help.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I just need all the help I can get and love all your tips, what I love most is that your not a glossy magazine with general tips when I read I know you have tired them and if they have worked for you then I will try them.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh thanks Liz.:)ReplyCancel

  • Vicky

    Hello Katrina,

    I need help with patience.

    I have a just about three year old and a just about five year old who are at each other all day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Vicky, Ooh being a mum can be hard work but it is also rewarding too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Hi Katrina,
    I am a mum of 2 boys, 8 and 6, I work full time and have my own party plan business. My big things for me are, my house seems always messy and I just can’t seem to catch up, routines and declutter. To be able to not freak out if someone just pops by because my house is messy.ReplyCancel

    • Aimee

      Hey Bec and Katrina,
      Bec, we are in identical situations. One tiny phrase I recently heard was ‘if it doesn’t bring you joy, lose it’. I’m still in the process of de-cluttering and organising but I’ll tell you that it is such a breeze! I never realised I was holding as much useless stuff. Then I figured that if it doesn’t have a home, or can’t be given a home then it really isn’t neccessary either, in my mind. Anyways, hope this helps :)
      AimeeReplyCancel

  • Rochelle

    I just wanted to say what a beautiful photo of you and your gorgeous twins when they were babies!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Rochelle, what a beautiful thing to say! I too love that photo, only feels like yesterday. My gosh where does the time go xReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Hi. I have one 4 year old boy & have been trying for number two for over a couple of years. I work 2 days a week & hubby works full time . His on perm nightshift & has a 2nd job on weekends. I struggle with everything & get very cranky & jeoulous of hubby . When it comes to night time I am buggereed & can’t be bothered doing anything ( very lazy ) . Any little help with everything especially routines would be appreciated.ReplyCancel

    • Melissa

      Tanya,
      I am in a similar situation, my hubby comes home at 11pm and often works 2nd job on weekends.
      Call your night time after the kids have gone to bed as “me” time. My kitchen is always tidy and the toys are packed up but the rest of the cleaning can wait for the following day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I don’t think your being lazy at all your just exhausted. And to tell you the truth I am the same, my evenings are usually make dinner, I potter around between dinner and putting the kids to bed with washing and tidying up, but pretty much as soon as the kids are in bed that’s me time. I usually relax and catch up on TV, very rarely is there any housework involved. I’ll definately add this to things to blog about during the series :)ReplyCancel

  • I find that struggling to turn off from work, I work from home, when the kids are home is really hard. Especially as my deadlines are all over the place and not all mine are at school yet. I find 9 to 2.30 just not enough time to get it all done! Love this series Kat xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Emily, I am the queen of switching off even though I have 1000 things left on my to-do list, I can help you with this one!!ReplyCancel

  • Summer Whittaker

    Hi Katrina
    I am a mother of 5 kids ranging from 2 – 18. I have a 14 yr old who has a disability & a 10 yr old with sensory processing disorder. I don’t work but my husband does 6 days a week. I feel like I’m always irritated with the kids & my husband & I often feel overwhelmed with how much there is to do all the time. I have routines in place for everything but they are often disrupted due to the kids behavior & there constant fighting. How can I get back control of my house?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Summer, sounds like you have quite alot happening in your household and routines are very helpful, hopefully there are some tips in the series that can help you, kids fighting is a great topic!!ReplyCancel

    • Georgia

      Maube you could try getting the older kids to do more. It’s just not possible for you and your hubby to do everything. Do they all have chores? If they do, maybe they need more! You have to all work as a team. And don’t forget that every 6 months as they are older it will be easier as they can do more independently and contribute more to the householdReplyCancel

    • Georgia

      Maybe you could try getting the older kids to do more. It’s just not possible for you and your hubby to do everything. Do they all have chores? If they do, maybe they need more! You have to all work as a team. And don’t forget that every 6 months as they are older it will be easier as they can do more independently and contribute more to the householdReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Hello,
    I am a stay at home mum with my eldest 5 who started prep this year along with my 4yr daughter and my 3yr son not to mention I have a 15yr step daughter. My husband and I also run a business from home.
    I was put onto your website from a friend of mine and found it so fascinating. I am wanting to be so much more organised. I think I know what I want to do in my head but seem to struggle so much in putting it into practice. I need help! I feel I am stuck in that rut and can’t find my way out. Hoping you have some advice for me.ReplyCancel

    • Summer Whittaker

      Hi Amy
      What I find helps me is to give all the kids jobs to do. We pay the older ones an allowance, but our 2 yr old thrives in praise. I allow myself extra time to do things when my youngest is helping so I don’t get annoyed when she’s taking a long time to do things. You could also reward the kids instead if giving them an allowance by playing a game with them.
      I hope I have been able to help in some way :-)ReplyCancel

      • Amy

        I will take any advise I can get. I am determined to have a clean and structured house I know I feel better about myself and life when I do but find I fall out sooner than falling in and “And a new start” occurs more often.
        Some days it feels like I’m just banging my head against a brick wall trying to get help or getting the kids to help.
        I guess my persistence will pay off as they get older.
        Thank you ????ReplyCancel

        • Georgia

          Just stop worrying so much. It’s in your mind. My attitude is “oh well who cares!” People love my relaxed attitude. ill live in a tidy organised house sometime in the future! But the angst you feel is not worth it bc it only stays tidy for a short period! Just keep the kitchen clean and your office clean. You seriously have it bad working from home bc you can’t escape for a day. It’s not you…it’s your situation. And the situation will change soon as they get older and can do chores. Just try not to worry. Have some nice toy baskets around and throw toys in them to clear the space quickly so you can feel better.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I can’t wait. This sound really good for me right now. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    Groundhog day – oh yessssss!
    This will be great for getting my motivation boosted.
    8&10 yr olds at school and 15mth old whirlwind – always seem to feel like I’m treading water and getting nowhere!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      everyday feels like groundhog day with little ones…. hopefully you’ll enjoy my tips :)ReplyCancel

  • Your blog is one of my favorites and I am excited about this series as I love organization. My home used to always be a mess because I just didn’t have any good habits and I was always embarrassed by it but just could seem to get or keep it clean.

    I did finally figure out how to pull myself out of the mess using the four box method and just developing some good habits. I also made sure that I taught my children some good habits and I even built a chore training time into our homeschooling. This is good because my oldest grew up and married a self-proclaimed “neat freak!” 😉

    Now my kids are grown and I am in a new season of life, but I hurt my back recently again so now I am just basically doing surface cleaning and keeping things picked up so it doesn’t get away from me.

    The nice thing is that you can go a long way on surface cleaning if you’ve managed to keep everything else in order! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      surface cleaning is a great tip momstheword, it does help to keep the home tidy at a first glance, and it’s usually just that that can be the first step to getting back control.ReplyCancel

  • Daisy

    Hi kartrina
    I’m struggling with the endless tidying and cleaning. just when I get on top of it it looks like a bombs gone off, my youngest literally tipping toys out as I’ve just tidied them up!
    I’ve got three children 6, 4 and 2 my 4 year old has autism and my youngest is also being looked into for similar reasons.
    so we have a daily battle of just getting basics done! And a husband who is in the millitary so mainly a one man show! Any help, tips, advice would be appreciated! Luckily I’m able to be a stay at home mum so at least it’s one less thing to juggle 😉
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Melanie

      you sound amazing!! Like a FIFO wife – what a struggle. I hope Katrina has some good tips for you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Daisy, I have great tips on getting the kids to tidy up after themselves, however kids with Autism may need a different routine… I’m going to do some research for you and add it into the series :)ReplyCancel

      • Daisy

        Thank you so much katrina! :)
        With three kids, I know I’m not going to have a catalog home. But would love to be able to get the kids to just tidy up after them selves with toys!
        Even spending a small fortune at ikea on toy storage hasn’t helped I’ve tried chore reward chats putting it on the routine chart (miss 4 understands more when it’s visual)
        And I’m now running out of ideas apart from staying up late to get it all done or get up super early! So I can stay on top of things ????ReplyCancel

        • Georgia

          Don’t worry it sounds like we are all in the same boat! I guess you could try saying that toys are only for the bedroom and they can play in bedrooms or a designated space. Or toys that seem to have bits everywhere and they don’t tidy up can get put in a box up high and only brought out on rainy day. My doctors kit is always spread from one end of the house to the other and never in the box! 😉ReplyCancel

          • Daisy

            That would be a great plan except my 2 year old posses the powers of spider man!!! He will climb everything to get to them. so I tend to have everything lowers level to stop him climbing as he can get to the top of my big storage units! How? I have no idea I’ve tried leaving out boxes so it’s harder to climb nothing seems to work! Think they just have too many toys to begin with! My house looks like toys r us daily ha ha

  • Mel Bell

    Hi Kat,
    Be kind to one another. Be true to your friends. Those are two things that were important to me when i had my daughter. My husband came home one day in a foul mood. He yelled that why if Lauren can keep her home clean with two children why can’t i with just one. Horrible I know! I rang Lauren upset and she said, “Mel it is only clean because we always have arranged catch ups!’ We chatted about how, as women, we sometimes set each other up for failure. Lauren promised that when we next caught up that she would leave the house as it truly is. What a kind friend! From that day on neither one of us have felt the need to do the crazy clean up when each other are due for a visit. That soon shut my grumpy husband up. By the way husband, with a little marriage counselling, is a changed man. Lucky for him!
    With love and friendship, MelReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh what a lovely story Mel, do you mind if i share it in the series. Lauren sounds like a truly wonderful friend xReplyCancel

      • Mel Bell

        Share away, Kat. We need to be each other’s greatest supporters. That’s why I am a, ‘Me too’ type of chick! Whenever i hear a girlfriend or someone at the shops or at the park talking about how they struggled to get dressed this morning or to pack lunches, I am like, ‘Me too!. Makes each of us feel better and recognise that, yes, other people are like me – not the perfect mum but a real mum. You do a wonderful job, Kat. The responses to this post are a reflection of you and your love for all of us.ReplyCancel

        • Georgia

          Good on you! Spread the word. My friends come for coffee we often help each other tidy as we talk. My friends are always doing the dishwasher and cleaning my benches (they can’t help themselves) and it’s so wonderful! So I have lots of coffee dates at my house!! I’m happy – friends are happy – and kitchen is cleaned!ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    Similar to some of the other posts, I am struggling with basic rituals due to working shift work so no 2 weeks are the same & having an autistic child with sensory issues with food makes meal planning & preparation very challenging. It feels like survival mode all the time which is very unfulfilling & overqhelmingReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds like quite a few family with austic kids are struggling so I am going to add some posts into the series that may help xReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Hi, mother of 4 (14, 5, 4, and 1).. Things that work for me;
    Declutter once a week – I go around the house or pick one designated drawer/ area and I fill a bag/or box of stuff to donate (or throw out.. Rubbish/ broken stuff) seriously I do not know how we get so much stuff in this house!
    Febreeze in the cupboard for those days that the uniforms didn’t make it to the washing (& the wheels have fallen off type of morning) and we need a uniform! Give it a good spray – At least it smells fresh!
    Meal plan/ shopping list !
    I schedule EVERYTHING in my phone (once I read a schl newsletter I schedule upcoming dates that I have to remember (because seriously I know I won’t!)/ also set reminders to give myself time to plan ie – book week costume etc.
    Packing clothes up and storing (label gender and size)/ give away/ sell/ donate after each increase in size – with an under 2… It really can become overwhelming with the amt of clothes you have/ because of all the sizes they go through!
    Storage boxes in a bookcase hide a multitude of sins (read toys/ mess)
    No screen time in the morning until dressed/ breakfast eaten bags packed.
    And lastly (because I am always working on this) get up and shower before the kids get up (mine start to rise from 5.30/6.. And my 1yr old still sometimes wakes in the night) but I find if I am dressed/showered I am in a better frame of mind… And can deal with the meltdowns when they occur…
    These are just some things that keep me sane in this challenging role…
    Always days where i get pushed to screaming point, and look around and think “why do I bother?!” but I have to step away remind myself they will not be this young forever and deal with the disarray that is kids 😀ReplyCancel

    • Melanie

      awesome tips! I do a lot of these myself, and you’re totally right – they’re really a necessity (especially the schedule and at least a rough meal plan). Nice work :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Renee these are fabulous tips, do you mind if I share them in a blog post?ReplyCancel

      • Renee

        No probs… I’m looking forward to hearing some other ideas :)ReplyCancel

    • Bree

      Thank you for sharing this! I have 4 sweet kids, almost 11, 4, almost 3, and 4 months. I have been having one heck of a time adapting my routines from 3 kids to 4. Plenty of days I don’t bother making any plan because I know it’d go out the window by lunchtime anyway! I’m striving for a balance between the routines that I know benefit my family so much and the continual adapting that has to happen, without getting disheartened or feeling helplessly buried. Yikes!ReplyCancel

      • Naomi

        Thanks for sharing Bree. I have really struggled with keeping on top of things since child number 4, who in herself is an easy child, but the stretch from 3 to 4 kids for me was exponential. My kids are aged 9, 7 and a half, 5 and a half, and three. I just feel like the last three years has been a continual cycle of catching up and drudgery. my goal is always to think ahead and be organised, but I am often too tired to do all that is necessary for that to happen.ReplyCancel

        • Georgia

          Don’t worry I feel the same. I’m like “I can’t think about tomorrow bc I’m still coping with today!”
          I just tell everyone I’m useless and ask everyone to remind me of things and they do. Sometimes I have 3 friends reminding me of the same thing. Love them. Can’t do it without my friendsReplyCancel

        • Bree

          Yes, it is a real balancing act, that is when I don’t just crash in the evening! I am working with the older 3 to get them into a habit of certain tasks. Whenthey do little things around the house it makes a huge help for me! As long as I stay consistent they do great.
          “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can” (I believe Arthur Ashe said this) is a great one for me. I can’t do everything all the time, but I can do what I can do. The kids’ childhood memories don’t need to be how clean they kept their room, but I need some semblance of order for my sanity so I can be present making fun memories with them and helping prepare them for the beautiful lives they have ahead. Yikes! No small task!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat!
    I’m so glad your email landed in my inbox today. Everything g you said in your story sounds like me. I am a mum to four aged 12, 6, 4 and 1. I am forever exhausted, housework controls my life and I always feel like I’m doing something or driving someone somewhere. I myself am in a rut and hate that the days all blend into one.

    The hardest part is I don’t feel like I am me anymore. I have no friends as no one understands what caring for four is like. I need help and what you have to offer sounds like it could really help!! Well other than ditching the kids and hiring a maid …ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hayley I want to send you a great big cyber hug, I had kids 10 years before all my friend started, so I can understand your lonliness, have you tried any of your local mothers groups, they may help you to get out of the house even if it is just for an hour. Anyways… I am sure you will enjoy some of the posts I have coming in the series…. be kind to yourself, hire a cleaner if it helps your sanity xxReplyCancel

  • Victoria Stevens

    I really enjoy your blog -so honest and about what is really happening in most homes everyday!! Thank you. I struggle with all the paperwork my home has (bills, children’s artwork, notes, messages, etc) and how to maintain it. I love this idea for this new series you are going to be offering. Best thing I have recently started is a menu. Has been a great addition to our home & my sanity!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Victoria, I have a great post in the series about organising your bills, and one from a reader sharing how she keeps hers organised too, hope it will help you xReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    hi, just a small comment my hubby has heard from husbands at his work: these guys are working as long as they can and trying to get as much overtime as they can because they have a wife at home with the kids. They’re struggling financially, and completely fatigued. When they hear my husband has a wife who works they say “you’re lucky”. And it makes me wonder if the wives (and husbands) are reviewing their financial situation / budget before they make the decision to be a stay at home mum. We’d all LOVE to be SAHMs (or at least part time), because at the end of the day the decision is usually financial. But it doesn’t seem fair that these guys are working really hard because the wife has just Decided that they will stay home. I just urge couples to sit down and be transparent about their money before they take the plunge xoReplyCancel

    • MrsB

      This is an interesting comment. I actually hear quite the opposite from my husbands work colleagues – that they are working longer hours to avoid going home to their families because it is ‘easier’ than being at home with their children. I have been a SAHM for 9 years now. My husband and I chose this option because it was best for us and our ideals of raising a family. We made cut backs where needed and gave up on extravagance. We have survived and I feel fortunate to have been in this position. Now that my youngest has started school I will be returning to work so that we can focus on providing the lifestyle we dream of.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        we have done the same MrsB, we have been on few family holidays over the years and like you we don’t buy extravagent items, so that we could live comfortably on my husbands wage while I stayed at home with the kids, each family needs to work out how they can manage it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I cover this in the first post of the series, how I decided to be a stay at home mum and how we worked it out financially.ReplyCancel

  • Ally

    Oh I can’t wait for this series. I really struggle sometimes with the never ending treadmill of preparing meals and cleaning up. It seems like as soon as I’ve cleaned up after one meal I’m preparing for the next, and cleaning up again and again (and again…).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ally…. my kitchen stays messy throughout the day, I make sure I have a clear area of bench space, but all the dirty dishes just pile up for me to clean up in the evening…. I’ll add this into the series to show how this works with my sanity :)ReplyCancel

  • Tired Mum

    I have a special needs teen, very active toddler and a tween who feels left out. Balancing everything is too much and no matter what I do the tween is whiny.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I maybe able to help with this tired mum, I have 2 kids needing a lot of help with their schooling and one that just aces everythng, but I feel that child feels left out, so I can share what I do to balance out the ‘attention’.ReplyCancel

  • Bronte

    I hear you all & one thing whilst reading between the lines is in my opinion “you ALL (including me) need a very big, very relaxing DAY OFF, out of the house if possible” ME time is ESSENTIAL to get our mummy brains back together and refresh. However, this has to be planned & consistent (a bit like an RDO) something to look forward to, so that your one day off is not spent in such relief that you just ball your eyes out the whole day, it’s suppose to be truly enjoyable, something just for you! Because…..you deserve it!!! Happy mummy Happy home!

    Just another point – I’ve found most mums (I refer to acquaintance types, ie school, playgroup etc) face to face they pretend to be totally in control & nothing phases them… oh and they baked 30 muffins before school this morning for the canteen? & look perfect for the P & C meeting which by the way they are now running for P & C president? huh? etc etc obviously a different story here coz we don’t know each other so can tell the truth. There should be more honest mums face to face & they should stick together. Maybe be the first one to admit you may need a break or advice from a close to home mum & suggest doing a deal with them to get some help or a break & visa versa, return the favour. That’s if they will admit to needing it. Ladies, we need to work together & help each other! I’m sitting here with my feet up, music on & a glass of wine at 3pm because I’ve organised a sleep over with a wonderful mum at school, the kids are getting off the bus at their friends house & I get to have a well deserved bubble bath later, maybe a movie, yummy dinner, read a book ahhhhh, I’m beside myself and will return the favour to her next weekend, everyone’s happy & the kids love it. Let’s all pull together outside of the site too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your very on point here Bronte, with both your points. having a day off, I think after some time out you can also be a better wife and mum for it. Our playgroup organised an annual girls weekend away, it was such fun, meeting new people and getting out of the house.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey

    I have been following your blog for quite some time and love it! I began meal planning after seeing you post about it and it makes supermarket shopping and dinner during the week so much easier, so thanks!

    We have 4 kids (8, 6, 3.5 and 13mths) and what I find hardest is having to stop what I am doing so often – stopping to do school/kindy run, stopping to put the youngest down for a nap, stopping to help with toileting/change a nappy etc. I find that I am not very productive and don’t get much done during the day (either chores or playing with the kids, homework etc). Any tips??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yay, so pleased that the meal planning helps you! It’s a big sanity saver for me. So can I ask, what task are you stopping to do all things things mentioned above? I think you will enjoy the series and the tips shared within.ReplyCancel

      • Lindsey

        It’s kind of hard to explain I suppose. For instance I decided to tackle the lounge/kitchen floors the other day but by the time I had tidied a few toys up out of the way, helped Miss 3.5 with something and something else that came up (maybe it was putting dinner in the crock pot??), I didn’t end up getting started as Miss 13mths woke from her nap and needed lunch, then I needed lunch, prepped the rest of the dinner veges and it was then school pick up time. I find I have to have all chores done and dinner prepped before school pick up as after is taken up by afternoon tea, nap #2 for the youngest, homework/reading, cooking tea etc. Another example is getting the ironing done, I do it when the youngest is napping but it isn’t always finished before her nap ends especially if I have to stop to help Miss 3.5 with things, it takes a few goes to get the ironing done (and I only do tops, most pants).
        Doesn’t help that we have been renovating/extending on and off for the last 5.5yrs and there are LOTS of areas that need decluttering/organising.
        And my biggest ‘enemy’ is that I get disheartened by half done jobs so then procrastinate :(
        Really looking forward to this seriesReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    I am soo looking forward to this series!
    I have a two and a half year old Miss and six month old B/G twins. I am drowning in housework and my anxiety is skyrocketing. I feel like a huge failure and need serious help getting my head above water and regaining some control over the house.ReplyCancel

    • Roslyn

      I just had to let you know- YOU ARE NOT A FAILURE!! I hope Kat’s tips help you to feel less anxious, but from one mum to another- please be more gentle with yourself. Life is hard for you right now. You’re more than likely sleep deprived, and still physically recovering from carrying/ delivering twins. You are SUPERWOMAN! I wish I could come and give you a hug and let you know “if your kids are still alive, you are a success as a mum”

      It won’t always be this hard, I promise. xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Jessica, you are not a failure you are a mum to 3 kids under 3 that is hard work. I think you need to set yourself some boundaries, find what is acceptable to you, perhaps it is that your house is tidy, but not clean. That one room is a mess but the living areas are organised, or like me the kitchen is a mess through the day but is tidy before you go to bed. You will find some tips in the series that will help you and I’ll add one in about balance for you xxReplyCancel

    • Georgia

      You should go and speak to you GP. I would have a mental breakdown if I was you with twins. I would not cope. Seriously you should talk to your GP so she/he can check you aren’t clinically anxious or depressed. If you are, they will start you on some medication to get you back on track and out of your own head. I promise you that you won’t “feel like a robot”. The idea of these medications is that you once again feel like you and you can get up and face the day. XReplyCancel

      • Jessica Broadbent

        I have seen my GP and am seeing a counsellor. I don’t have depression and medication was discussed for my anxiety but we are trying in home support first (starting Monday). I’ve also asked my husband to find work locally and save FIFO for when things aren’t so crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Saunders

    Looking forward to this! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I have a Hubby and two kids 5 and 8. I work 4 days a week from home and Hubby does his fair share. What I cant seem to keep on top of is the toy clutter. We have toys in their rooms & in the rumpus plus lounge too. I feel like they have too much but also they play with everything so find it hard to decide what to keep or donate or bin :/ReplyCancel

  • Shen

    I’m looking forward to this! My girls are 21 months and 3 months old. We’re renting my mum’s house and it’s been a slow process of getting her things out and ours set up. Been general housework, major organisation and setting up rooms, and just wanting to play with my kids, I feel like I have 100 things I want to do each day (and yet I just want to have a coffee or nap by myself!!)ReplyCancel

  • Oh I do wish I had this wonderful series when I had my bubs….I am out the other side now with ‘Tweens’ ‘ (a whole other ball game…)…I have always been super organised, even managed blow dried hair most days when the boys were tiny, I just couldn’t learn to let some things go and I ended up a total frazzle after a few years. Congratulations on your fabulous blog full of great resources… XReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My are all in the tween phase at the moment too Monique, hormonal, such fun times!!ReplyCancel

  • Deanne

    Hi Katrina,
    I have a 3 & 2 year old and am 6 months pregnant with #3, I also work part time. I am a very organised person and have no problems keeping on top of meals, laundry and keeping the house very tidy however when it comes to the big clean – toilets, bathrooms and floors in our 5×3 house I just have no energy left and I am horrified that I’m now leaving them for months. Any tips for how to get these big jobs done??ReplyCancel

  • Tamika

    Hi Katrina
    I need help organising an decluttering everything! My kids at 2.5yrs and newborn, I’m a full-time student and when I’m not on mat leave I work part-time so I really want to use this time to get organised especially as my family will be posting to a new location in December.ReplyCancel

  • H.

    When I returned to full time work my children were 12 and 9 and my husband, a schoolteacher, was home before me each day. On 20cm x 15cm cards I wrote out our family meal recipes – one per card. (This was in the days before computers you understand.) On Sunday night I pulled out the cards for the following week’s meals and put them on the kitchen windowsill so that if I was delayed, either Miss 12 or my husband could start the meal. It worked for us.ReplyCancel

  • Tash

    Hi Katrina,
    just recently found your blog, so glad I did. I have been ‘meal planning’ for the last 9 weeks. It was really hard at first so not to overwhelm my self I did one meal for the first 2 weeks then 2 meals for next 2 and then jumped to 4 meals, then jumped to 6 meal, that was pretty hectic. Learning new types of meals, researching what I could freezer or cook ahead for the next day. was a giant learning curve but I can see the results for sure. I’m not as stressed any more about ‘what’s for dinner’ . I have only one adult child who is getting married at the end of year and the guilt that has surrounded me for struggling with been not organised nearly consumed me over the years. I’m a single mum and have worked 40+ hours/week for most of my daughters life and I know it’s hard to keep organised. I’m really glad my daughter has been able to see me become organised and how I figured it out, and she has also taken on board some of the great ideas that I have learnt. I can highly recommend doing these kinds of meal plans and home organisation things, I wish I had looked on the internet sooner for help. just don’t get overwhelmed, just change one or two things slowly and master that before adding a another. If I can do it anyone can :) (and it’s never too late to start)ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Katrina,
    have just found out i’m pregnant with third child, delivery date is the start of the school year 2016, am worried about how to get out the house and organised in the morning to drop my eldest son at reception (1st yr of primary), my second son at Kindy all with a newborn and a husband that wont be able to take time off other than when I am in hospital, help! It is worrying me just thinking about it. I have an Italian mother-in-law who turning eighty and wants to help but I’m concerned about her age and not wearing her out, she loves to cook so maybe i’ll ask her to help me that way.ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    Katrina, I really enjoy reading your work and your tips and experience have helped me so much! I am trying to get my routines back in place after the birth of my 4th baby in January, which has thus far required quite a bit of self-reinventing. I have also been planning for summer break for my oldest, which starts in just one week. I think my biggest fears are that the kids (aside from baby) will spend the whole summer with screen time and it’ll be over before I get to enjoy time or activities with them. I’d say my biggest challenge has been getting my middle 2 (ages 4 and almost 3) interested in home school again after the post baby hiatus we’ve been on. Also, I’d like for my oldest to continue some light schoolwork over the break to ease her upcoming transition to junior high. Any tips or tricks, or even a bit commiserating would be of great help!ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Hi Kat,
    I’m really looking forward to your series. I haven’t found much to read on my current stage which is working part-time with children at primary school. I want to do a great job of the home stuff but at times it is isolating. I wonder if other people have ideas of how to make it work. I have been wondering about ideas like baking days or spring cleaning days with friends so we can do stuff together – without the cost of eating out while getting stuff done at the same time. I have tried a big baking day where a friend and I got together and made pizza bases in bulk. I wonder if other people get together for spring cleaning or baking days? How would you organise stuff like buying ingredients, sharing the work around?
    Two Tips for All those lovely, hardworking Mums of preschoolers that I got from my friends that were sanity-savers:
    1. do a toy pack-up a while before preparing tea, maybe about 4pm, and then give the children structured (non-mess) activities while I did tea. I had a cupboard in the hallway near the kitchen door with jigsaw puzzles in it so 4:30pm was puzzle time. I taught the kids to choose one puzzle at a time, do it, then put it away etc. The house stayed tidy of toys at least for the end of the day. When they were too young to do this independently they would be given some sort of fiddly activity such as pegboard, teaspoons and cup or crayons and paper to do while seated in a highchair so they couldn’t mess up the house. I had a list on my fridge of about 20 things I found might keep them busy. If I had a screechy baby this time of night they might go in their cot for 15mins for a catnap. Often it just got them (and me) through to bedtime if I didn’t have a visitor around to hold them. We don’t use electronic entertainment hardly at all and I do find that the children have learnt to entertain themselves. If you feel they need more to keep them busy they actually might need to spend some time and energy helping them learn to engage in quiet play and creative activities rather than looking for over-stimulating activities.
    My other tip is to plan for downtime in the day while the little ones either rest or have a quite playtime in their room eg looking at books on their bed. This is not hard to teach your children to do if you believe they are able to! And of course, with little ones, success rate on the “Mummy left alone” time was prob about 75% but it was SO much better than nothing and pays great dividends. My view is that little ones don’t understand that Mummy needs rest so we need to be big people and just make it happen and understand that they won’t love it all the time. Just make sure your children’s needs are met before you expect them to play on their own eg fed, rested, plenty of love every day etc
    Just a comment too for all the Mums of little ones that your wonderful hard work providing for them, playing with them and love to them is so precious and needful and those little seeds of love produce a beautiful harvest in years to come. Don’t give up! It is so worth it. I don’t know how many miserable moments I asked my husband whether it really was all worth it. I never felt like I was “getting anywhere” but I was. Children are like little trees – slow growing – and we can help shape them into something beautiful. I spent quite a few years as a full-time Mum, spent loads of time with them, thanks to a supportive husband and don’t regret a moment of it. I feel honoured now that the children love being with me despite my imperfections, want to share all their ups and downs with me and remember with fondness our early years together.
    I don’t actually like routines much (still struggle with them) but to just set up some basic ones recommended by my friends with older kids were a real lifesaver. I am thankful for all those Mums who have “been there, done that” and had time to share.
    Kat, I wonder whether you might be able to suggest helpful books/other reading on this topic too. I had a few books that were great and I am sure there must be more out there…ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Oops! Sorry that was a bit long.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Hi Katrina, I’m interested in your routines to keep the house clean. I’ve not long gone back to work part time and my daughter is 12 months old. I’m finding it hard to keep on top of everything so any help would be really appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Siobhan

    Hi Katrina, i love seeing your latest posts and receiving your daily reminders. The thing i have the most trouble with is keeping track of where im at and where to start. I must admit, im getting better but im looking forward to your new series.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Siobhan, Ooh thank you for your email! I am super excited about the Helping mums thrive at home series.ReplyCancel

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  • I love coconut scents. Coconut & lime is lovely. I quite like apple/pear smells too. I tend to avoid any musky or floral onesReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Leanne, i agree i am not big on musky smells either. I love mango and papaya!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I love Yankee Candles and bath and body works. I love peppermint scented. Candles and always stock up in Jan when its on afte
    r Christmas clearanceReplyCancel

    • Oh yes peppermint, so refreshing! I have peppermint shower cream atm. Its so nice!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Ooh the peppermint shower cream smells delicious! It smells like something you could eat! LOLReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes great idea to stock up then, Melissa. Ooh i don’t think in have smelt a peppermint scented candle burning.ReplyCancel

  • Anthea

    Oh I l-o-v-e candles!… strangely enough my faves are a range at Spotlight called ‘Emporium’… there are a number of scents, but my fave is White Tea… the Fresh Cotton scent is lovely too.

    I found this site only recently, & have really been enjoying the tips & daily tasks – doing a small thing each day makes such a difference! Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Anthea, i will have to check out the range at Spotlight. I also like the Fresh Cotton / Linen scents.ReplyCancel

  • Candles with fresh citrus scents are a must when I’m working and then anything with vanilla or coconut are my favourites to relax to.
    Thanks for the great tips on burning them.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Melissa i totally agree with you! Love all of those scents too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Alisha

    I love candles too and have recently discovered a range from Lemon Canary which have divine scents and the candles come in beautiful vintage jars.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Alisha, i will have to check these out. I like the sound of the vintage jars!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I love candles too and the best one I know of are
    the soy candles from Bali gift and soy candles.
    There is a shop on gallery walk on Mt tambourine.
    They are all natural, have a great scent and last
    ages in really lovely jars.
    They have great melts too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh i may have to take a drive up to Mt Tambourine and check them out. They sound lovely, Michelle.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My favourite candles are Partylite candles- the wax doesn’t burn when you touch it and the scents are AMAZING! And they are all natural ingredients! I have too many favourite scents to choose just one, it depends on my mood and the time if year!ReplyCancel

  • Janene

    Thanks Katrina, I’ve just found your page and loving the tips and challenges. Just got onto the candles and my kids really love the ‘monkey farts’ candles. It’s banana and vanilla.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Janene, Welcome!.:) Yes i have heard of the “Monkey Farts” candles, they do have a really nice scent.ReplyCancel

  • I loved your article, great tips for everyone. I also use to be a hoarder but now that I make my own not so much. I also love the ambiance a candle creates. I will share your link on my page as I think my customers would love your advice.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Thank you so much, Natasha. Thats’s really kind of you.:) Ooh i like the sound of making your own candles!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Finish Power and Pure Kitchen cleaning is like ground hog day, every day it has to be done.  Prior to kids I always had the kitchen tidy, however after the twins were born I let my routine go.  I would make dinner, spend the evening with the kids and hubby and […]

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  • Kimberley Lack

    Oh how I wish I had a dishwasher! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Kimberley, I wish for one for you too xxReplyCancel

  • Terry Bowery

    What is nappy-San?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Jones

    Kat, I love these kinds of posts and I was wondering if you could post a typical week for you, including your routine and when you wash and cook etc. Thanks! ReplyCancel

  • Marina Vannucci

    By soaking the racks in the tub I was surprised at how much easier it made it to clean the burnt on food off. ReplyCancel

  • Veronica Celani

    Soaking the oven racks in the tub definitely helps! My mother in law set my oven on fire last year and I was able to salvage one rack because I soaked it in my bathtub. I had to take steel wool to my bathtub when I was done but it was worth it!
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  • Bliss of Living

    These are super awesome stuffReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Well, the Finish Power and Pure stood up to the test of the casserole dish – clean as a whistle. I usually never put the casserole dish in the dishwasher as I find it usually just bakes on any remaining food and makes a bigger scrubbing job. Then the ultimate challenge – poached eggs with runny yolks. I also usually never bother putting the crockery and cutlery from poached eggs in my dishwasher as it bakes on but this time the silverware and plates came out sparkling. I am sold.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Wells

    I was a lucky Organised Housewife devotee chosen to sample the new Finish Power and Pure dishwasher tablets. When my little express parcel arrived I couldn’t wait to see if these tablets which contained less chemicals (great bonus for our little family always striving to live a healthier life) actually cleaned as well as the heavier chemical varieties. The answer is yes they certainly do! I would usually wash my heavier pots and casseroles by hand but decided to pop them all in the dishwasher with no pre-rinse and try these new Finish Power and Pure tablets out. Firstly, I loved not have to unwrap them and being able to simply put them straight into the dispenser- no mess, no fuss. Secondly, my dishes came out sparkling clean and no watery residue on anything- all the bowls, glasses and kids plastics came out clean and dry. Fantastic! Will be making the switch from the ordinary Finish tablets to the Power and Pure for sure. Thanks for giving me the chance to try these out.ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    Not leaving any residue on the dishes is definitely a plus with this product. I still had some dirt left on the lasagne dish, but it was baked on and pretty stubborn! Would definitely buy this product after the samples have run out.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Love how each tablet is covered in plastic that dissolves so there is no need to unwrap each tablet. I was very impressed that there was no residue left on the dishes and my glasses were actually shinier after using these dishwasher tablets. An unexpected bonus was that my dishwasher appears cleaner than normal. Thank you for the opportunity to try such a great product.ReplyCancel

  • I tested Finish Power and Pure with a macaroni and cheese dish – a messy dish in our household! The saucepans and baking dishes went straight into the dishwasher with no pre washing and I was pleasantly surprised when they came out clean and sparkling – even the baked on crusty cheese bits were gone! There was no residue, and even no funny eggy smell that occasionally happens with the breakfast plates that were also in there. Love the plastic wrapper dissolves which saves time as well. As a mama, every second saved with no unwrapping or pre-washing is a gift!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Daly

    I was lucky enough to trial the Finish Power and Pure. I only use Finish products in the dishwasher, so I was expecting good things. I am also actively trying to reduce our chemical and antibacterial use in the home. The first thing i noticed is that they smell amazing! I sniff the packet every time I get a tablet out! Not only are my dishes shiny and clean, including my cheap shop plastic mixing bowls, but my dishwasher sparkles. This might sound a little silly but I am convinced my tap water tastes better after drinking out of a power and pure washed glass…Definitely will be making the switch.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Hall

    In a culture where the terms “organic” and “chemical free” are commonly used to describe the food on our plates, it comes as no surprise that we adopt this mentality when it comes to cleaning the plates themselves!

    As far as cleaning the dishes, the performance was great.

    Already using Finish tablets at home, I went into this with my eyes open, researching ingredients in the current tablets, compared to Finish Power & Pure. I was surprised at the difference.

    It comes down to asking yourself – “Do I expose my family to unnecessary chemicals to clean our home?”

    Definitely not!ReplyCancel

    • Jane

      I agree Samantha. I haven’t tried these tabs yet but hope to because of the chemical smell left on my crockery after using Quantum. Jane.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    The first thing I noticed about Finish Power &Pure, was its pleasant non-chemical fragrance. After my first use I noticed the dishes had an amazing shine, my wine glasses did not have water marks and my casserole dish that had a little caked on rice came out super clean. Very happy!ReplyCancel

  • Janis Bryden

    I was one of the people who got the free pack of Finish Power & Pure and they are IMPRESSIVE- cleaned ramekins which had been sitting in the dishwasher for about 18 hours and had apple crumble mix baked on around the rim, crumble mix completely removed, since I started using them haven’t had to hand wash anything that’s come out of the dishwasher.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    With my youngest having skin allergies I’ve been very mindful of the chemicals around my home & have made a conscience effort to reduce these chemicals. To say I’m impressed with Finish Power & Pure is an understatement. No chemical ridden smell, all fresh smelling, cleaner dishes & not to mention cleaner dishwasher! Definitely recommend this product!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Lambeth

    I always use finish tablets as I find they clean better than other brands so I was not surprised that Finish Power and Pure clean just as well as the Finish All-in-1. The only problem with the All-in-1 is that I cannot use the Eco wash because the chemical smell and taste linger. I am very excited that the Finish Power and Pure do not leave either a chemical smell or taste. That means I am once again using the 1:26 minute cycle instead of the 2:03 cycle and I save power and water! Dishes were very shiny too!ReplyCancel

  • corrie

    F-Fabulous,
    I-Is easy to use
    N-Never any residue left
    I-Is something I would purchase
    S-Simply shining glasses
    H-Helps me get the job done more easily and so I can spend time with my kids!

    I found Finish really good, and worth the cost, I’m big on saving where I can so I have tried all sorts of dishing washing powders and tablets, but I have to say that I would happily spend more to buy this product. My dishes were clean, sparkling and smelt great, I only needed to wash once and there was no residue left on them. My mum even commented on the results! I’ve converted my mother in law and she in turn has converted her sisters! Great product, would happily recommend!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I was lucky enough to be sent a sample of the tablets and I must say I was sceptical. Have previously bought dishwasher tablets that promised and failed to deliver. From the first wash, the Finish Power and Pure delivered. The true test came after a slow cooker pot was left on overnight with very little in it. I awoke to a baked on mess. Into the dishwasher with, I’ll admit, thoughts of having to handwash. The dish came out like new! Not having to unwrap the tablets is an added bonus. Winner, Winner – no baked on Dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    This was a fantastic opportunity thank you. I must say that I was very pleased with the Finish Power & Pure. The big test was the baking dish from the Braised Beef and Onions. I had to resist the urge to scrub before putting it in the dishwasher. It came out beautifully clean. Colour me impressed.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    the bath rack soaking advise is a saintly tip, thanksReplyCancel

  • Janis Tyler

    We have been ever mindful of the chemicals being put into our water system, so were very pleased to find these new tablets used considerably less.
    No unwrapping required so no residue left on hands. After the cycle the dishes were clean and dry with glasses in particular emerging sparkling. No water spots remained. Each time not only were all traces of food removed, including cooked-on porridge from bowls but baked on food like cheese sauce and lasagne from casserole dishes, pans & wooden spoons.
    Thank you for the sample.ReplyCancel

  • Petra Chaplin

    We have been hunting for a dishwashing tablet that not only cleansed the dishes and everything else in the washer thoroughly but also left all the items dry. “Clean and Dry”, we used to say – if only the dishwasher would clean AND dry. Well, having been lucky enough to receive one of the 100 sample packs of Finish Power & Pure, we tried it, and it works wonderfully! We have now got clean and dry dishes, and to top it off, it’s kind to the environment. We have also used it on the short cycle and get the same compelling results.ReplyCancel

  • Julie-ann

    Being on a tight budget and having rainwater plumbed into the dishwasher, I thought that I could just use cheap dish-washing tablets & that they would work on cleaning everything. I received my sample of Finish Tablets & I thought that I would try again at putting pots and pans, cooking trays, slowcooker pot, anything that I used in a normal week, that normally I had to soak and scrub by hand, into the dishwasher. All I can say is thank-you, everything came out spotlessly clean, no more having to remove the item from the dishwasher and then scrubbing it by hand, now doing the dishes is no longer a chore.ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    Finish power and pure is a lifesaver we are a family of 6 I have to do dishes twice a day one in the sink and one in the dishwasher and I own a very old dishwasher it’s 14 years old and I thought I might have to buy a new one as it wasn’t cleaning well anymore and I had to buy the dishwasher cleaner every week. Finish power and pure has just saved me $1000 from buying a new dishwasher and my dishes came out so clean my pots had no residue left on them and my glasses were sparkling I’ve had baking dishes, slow cooker pot, and the racks from the oven and BBQ in there. I am so happy and will defiantly be switching products I never thought I would ever be excited about my dishesReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I was lucky enough to try the finish power and pure and it really is awesome!
    I normally spray oil on all my casserole dishes before use to help stop the food sticking, I still scrub but no where near as much as usual. So I wasnt surprised when these dishes came out sparkling from our dishwasher. So I decided to do the ultimate test and not spray. In to the dishwasher went my day old pasta bake dish that I hadnt sprayed. OMG it came out looking brand new!! No more washing dishes for me :) Thanks FinishReplyCancel

  • nancy ngauamo

    Great product. Love that it is covered in plastic and that I don’t have to use my teeth to open the packet to get the tablet out like I usually do with other tablets. Dishes cone out very clean and streak free. I would love to switch to this product but I don’t think can afford with the amount of dishes we have with a big family. Thank you for the opportunity to try !ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I am already a loyal Finish customer but wanted to try the Power and Pure because of the reduced chemicals. I didn’t really expect any obvious improvements in the cleaning so was surprised after the first use that the dishes were noticeably more sparkling and clean. I have now used the Power and Pure for a week and the dishes continue to be cleaner and more sparkling than when using other Finish tablets. I have actually done more cooking this week because of guests and found that casserole and baking dishes have come out spotless first time (normally they would come out with a little food left on that would need to be hand washed). Dishes, in particular plastic, seem to be drier and not needing to be left to drip dry. The final thing that I like about Power and Pure is the self contained packaging, it may seem like a small thing but as my hands are often crampy or numb due to chemo it can be tricky to remove the wrapper of the other Finish tablets and there is no risk of the tablet crumbling. In summary, Finish Power and Pure are easier to use providing a cleaner, shinier and drier finish, and all importantly, with less chemicals. Thanks for the opportunity to trial.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Dilkes

    Some background: We are dairy farmers with tank water. The dishes need to be clean first time, every time as I can’t afford extra water to rinse the dishes, run the load again or hand wash dishes not cleaned. I ran the dishwasher every evening after tea including the plastics, trays, pots and pans. Every time the dishes came out clean, even the one occasion when the tablet didn’t eject properly from the dispenser. The dishes also dried without streaking. I would recommend Finish Power & Pure for value and effectiveness.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Gissell

    I tested these, I mean really tested, cooked the messiest, stickiest, baked on meals I could. No pre-rinsing, left dishes for a while before sticking in the dishwasher just to make it harder and WOW was I amazed!! I searched over every plate, cup and dish after washing looking for any tiny leftover residue but No, none to be found!! I was constantly and pleasantly surprised! I will definitely be continuing use. One little request though…. being so successful on dishes, can you make these suitable for washing clothes??!! haha!ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra Agar-Wilson

    I used to think it was normal to run the dishwasher twice because dishes were still dirty, and that it was standard practice to air plastic containers afterwards in the drainer to completely dry. I admit I was sceptical at first, but after trying Finish Power and Pure, I now expect a new standard of ‘normal’ from dishwasher powder. I no longer waste time and electricity re-washing dishes, and the best bit is, I know that my kids are exposed to less chemicals. Mother-of-the-year to me! Finish Power and Pure is AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I am amazed by the incredible performance of Finish Power and Pure dishwashing tablets! Having a house full of hungry boys, our dishwasher seems to be on a non-stop cycle but there is always dishes that need an extra scrub. The tablets honestly cleaned EVERY dish well, including pasta-bake dishes and dried weet-bix breakfast bowls. Knowing that they use less chemicals was great, as this is one area of my home where I have been searching for a lower chemical product that still delivers outstanding results Finish Power and Pure is now a staple on our cleaning list!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Cooke

    As a mum with two very busy little boys, anything that makes life easier and allows more time with the family is a winner in my book. If I can reduce our chemical waste too – even better! Enter Finish Power & Pure.

    Its fair to say I threw everything I had a Finish Power & Pure. From casserole dishes to pot pie ramekins, in it went. I was unsure what to expect as post dishwasher re-washing is a common requirement for me, however I was most pleasantly surprised. Not only was I hit with a nice fresh smell when I opened the dishwasher but everything was clean and sparkling. EVERYTHING!

    Casserole Dish – Sparkling!
    Pie Ramekins – Clean as a whistle!
    Dried on Weet-Bix – Gone!

    Well done Finish Power & Pure, you’ve won over this (slightly less) Organised Housewife for sure :)ReplyCancel

  • Danni

    I’ve been using a different brand of tablet so was keen to see how Finish Power & Pure matched up. Although not recyclable, the minimal packaging is designed to store the tablets until you need them and they’ve reduced the level of phosphates too. I cooked a roast in a bench top oven, and after three hours of cooking the glass bowl had all sorts of baked on grime – perfect for this test. I placed it straight in without presoaking or scrubbing and let the tablet go to work. The bowl came out spotless! I think that speaks for itself.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa McCallum

    I really put this product through the ‘ringer’. I have a family of 5 so we run the dishwasher every day. I must say, the product stood up very well.
    I ran it with a full cycle and it performed perfectly. Everything came out clean and shiny regardless of our poor stacking.
    I did a load with a lot of plastics and they came out clean AND DRY which is what we all love. No one wants to have to wipe dry anything that comes out of the dishwasher – it defeats the purpose of getting a machine to do the work for us!

    I also ran a load with pots, now to my surprise they came out better than I had expected. With previous brands, I had always been left a little disappointed. This time they were clean and shiny as opposed to just clean and I mean ‘just’.

    I also ran the product through a quick-30 min cycle (although this isn’t preferred I know – I read the packaging) but it’s how I would need to use the product in our house and once again I wasn’t disappointed.

    It’s a great product 5/5.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Penco

    I found them to work better than the otherReplyCancel

  • Chelsea De Luca

    I first used the tablets in a regular load and happily noticed they did as good a job as my usual detergent. However, my husband pointed out that we rinse our dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. So we decided to try them without rinsing first. I was rapt to find all dishes and glasses were spotless.
    Third time lucky- we put in all of our saucepans, a lasagne dish, dried soiled plates and some stained coffee cups. Wow! The girls were wondering why Mummy did a happy dance in the kitchen!!! Amazing!!
    Definitely recommending them to friends.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Gleeson

    I absolutely love the idea of less chemicals in necessary products such as dish washing tables! I could not survive without my dishwasher. Thanks to Finish Power & Pure, there is now a brilliant product on the market that uses less chemicals and continues to strive for excellence ~ a fantastic result! My dishwasher is sparkling clean and so are all my dishes. I am always on the look out for chemical free products as I am mindful of the impact they have on our environment. I love receiving my Organized House Wife tip every day ~ it’s a fun way to keep on top of mundane chores here at my house! Thank you for your wonderful emails and for bringing this new product Finish Power & Pure to my attention ~ it’s a winner in my book! I will purchase this product in future for sure. :)ReplyCancel

  • Loved the new finish tablet. Great ssmell. Noticed dishers dryer and best of all no residue left. They stood up great to test. Even getting my bake on lasagna dish sparkling.

    Thanks heapsReplyCancel

  • Di Thompson

    I was one of the fortunate to receive the new Finish Power & Pure. I must say I am impressed. I had always used Finish Quantum but recently tried a new product out and was very disappointed in the results. I have recently started having Green Smoothies everyday in an attempt to get my 5 serves of fruit and vegies every day. I like to put my blender parts and smoothie cups in the dishwasher, as I do with most of our dishes and pans. The other company’s product left my dishes with a fine gritty residue. I cleaned my dishwasher thinking that may be the problem, but it still persisted. No such problem with the Finish Power & Pure though, all gritty residue is now gone. Thank goodness. I do not have time in my day to do hand washing of dishes these days.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Saggus

    I put everything in the dishwasher, dishes, pots, pans, blender, cat bowls, tupperware, lock n lock, dishcloths and toothbrushes!!

    I use my dishwasher everyday and I definitely think the Finish Power & Pure are hands down the better buy.

    I am all about using less chemicals so they are dead-set winner for me.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Finish Power & Pure is a huge improvement on Finish Powerball Classic. Not only does it have less chemical, it actually cleans better! No half dissolved tablets left in the machine after the wash and no need for rinse aid. Even plastics wash and dry well with no powder residue. I assumed popping plastics onto the dish rack to dry was the price I had to pay for using a dishwasher – boy was I wrong!
    The tablet was too big for my dispenser but popping it straight into the machine worked a treat. Definitely on my shopping list.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    With some reservations I tried these new Finish Quantum Power and Pure Powerballs. Conclusion, I’m impressed. Definitely standing up to its claim of ‘tea stain removal’. For big coffee drinkers this will really cut back on scouring those mugs. Upon opening the door, no odour’s emitted, just warm steam. Giving it a real workout, leaving mashed potato leftovers in the bowl. Voila – all clean. Another clear observation, glass wear is left sparkling, a phenomenon I’ve not experienced before.

    Final Conclusion: A+ vote from me. Will definitely buy in the future for ease of use, containing less chemicals, great cleaning power.ReplyCancel

  • Janice Campbell

    I am surprised at how clean the Finish Quantum Power and Pure Powerballs actually worked. I normally soak my casseroles dishes overnight but decided to put them in the dishwasher to try with Power and Pure, great result, found the dishes also dried better. Did have a couple that didn’t ejected properly however they still did a great job.ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Golby

    I was pretty excited to receive this package as I’d heard great things about the tablets. I normally buy a cheaper powder for the dishwasher but after using these tablets, I’m seriously considering making the switch. Having two young kids who go through at least a load of dishes a day it is important to me to not use so many chemicals, especially because I put my sons bottles through the dishwasher. I found the smell of the dishwasher to be quite fresh instead of the chemical smell I’m used too. Great product & one I will be recommending to my other “mummy” friends!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Barker

    I was chuffed to get an opportunity to trial Finish Power & Pure. My first impression was the smell – clean and fresh; not chemically. My husband was excited about the dissolvable wrappers (he’s an engineer – it’s all about small details). I was sceptical about the tablets’ performance but I was… surprised. No need to rewash baking dishes or utensils to remove the last bits of gunk. Win! The dishes also looked and felt cleaner. I still have a mega box of “other” tablets; I’m doing some maths to countdown how long before I can buy more Power & Pure!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy

    I lived with an unused dishwasher in our house for 7 years, until some smart person pointed out it would actually SAVE water to use it. I am now a complete convert and love my dishwasher! I usually hand wash any bigger items (saucepans etc), and anything that has been ‘baked on’ but thought I’d really put the Finish Power & Pure to the test. I wasn’t disappointed! There was never a dish that had to be re-washed, everything was spotlessly clean. I think most importantly they are using less chemicals and the powerballs are not individually wrapped. A win for humans and a win for the planet!ReplyCancel

  • Suzette McGuire

    Thankyou so much for the generous sample of Finish Power and Pure. It has been a godsend!!! Not only because it leaves our plates, pots and cutlery spotlessly shiny but most of all….my husband was so excited about getting a free sample sent that HE PACKED AND UNPACKED THE DISHWASHER!!!! Hallelujah!!! ThankYOU Finish :-)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I was excited to see my Finish Power and Pure arrive in the mail, however skeptical because I wasn’t sure it was going to be any better than any other product out there. Well I’m happy to say I was wrong. The first test was my slow cooker bowl which had been bubbling away with a beef casserole all day. Usually I handwash this as it will always come out with food residue stuck to it and need to be finished off with a handwash, but it came out sparkling clean, as did my pot that had rice caked on the bottom! Although I think the most impressive improvement I noticed that all my dishes came out dry (this is not always the case with my current detergent) and my glasses had no watermarks on them – this was the best bit for me. Thanks Organised Houswife and Finish for letting me test the Finish Power and Pure tablets.ReplyCancel

  • susan

    I found Finish Power & Pure really good. It has a very pleasant fragrance without all the harsh chemicals. All my dishes pots and even baked on pots came out sparkling. Their was no residue left on items like other products do and no streaks which is great to see. Will defiantly recommend and have also brought some more.ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    Prior to trialling Finish Power and Pure, I was buying dishwasher tablets in bulk. After cooking the organised housewife’s choc caramel slice recipe, chocolate topping was truly stuck to the saucepan so it was great to see Finish Power and Pure only took one wash to remove the set chocolate residue (must be the power of oxygen similar to advanced laundry agents). For normal use I can continue with regular dishwasher tablets but would recommend these for tough one wash pot, pan and tough baked on food where it saves water, time and money using Finish Power and Pure instead.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Baking dishes with baked on grime
    Are too much to endure
    Sceptical, although I was
    I trialled Finish Power & Pure
    The fresh and gentle scent
    Delighted me from the start
    But it was the single cycle cleaning power
    That really won my heart!

    Finish Power & Pure has granted all my wishes
    I’ll no longer hand scrub food remains
    Off stinky, grimy dishes!

    The switch to Power & Pure doesn’t take much nouse
    As I already use natural cleaners
    Through the rest of the house

    With sparkling results, plain to see
    This is the new dishwasher tablet for me!ReplyCancel

  • Annie White

    I started this trial a little sceptical and ended as a convert! I was so incredibly impressed with the results when using Finish Power & Pure dishwasher tablets. Everything came out sparkling – even the 2 day old casserole dish! I’m convinced the dishwasher was cleaner too.

    The trial inspired me to run a chemical detox for my home and family simultaneously.
    We’re now all a little healthier, cleaner and leaner. Thank you for the opportunity and inspiration, my whole family has benefitted and we’ll continue to enjoy the long-term bonus of reduced chemical use.

    Added to the shopping list!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I was excited to be given the chance to try Finish Power and Pure. The dissolving wrapper is great – no detergent on my hands. It worked as well as, actually probably better than my regular detergent, even with casserole dishes, pots and pans. Everything came out lovely and shiny, smelling fresh and leaving the dishwasher clean too. I loved the opportunity to further reduce the chemicals I use at home. It is great for my family, as well as my environment – particularly important where we collect and dispose of all the water that we use. Thanks Finish and Organised Housewife.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Eeeek!
    The dishes are still dirty and its past 7.30!
    With a family of 5, there’s nowhere for them to hide.
    There’s no time for scrubbing, my baby needs cuddling.
    The only way I can finish for sure, is to use my Finish Power & Pure.
    I don’t need to scrub not even rub.
    Finish makes my dishes sparkle and picks up every little particle.
    The baked on food is washed away, giving us all more time to play.
    No more white spot formations, like our spotty pet Dalmatian
    The dishes all come out dry, so the time unpacking surely does fly.
    I would recommend for you all to use Finish, and your time cleaning dishes will surely diminish.
    Thankyou Organised Housewife for introducing me, and freeing up time for this Mummy!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Chapman

    I was very excited to put the new Finish Power & Pure dishwashing tablets to the test, hoping fewer chemicals could still be tough on my dirty dishes.

    I loaded the dishwasher with the usual crockery, cutlery, and glassware then added my lasagna dish with plenty of baked on residue. To my amazement, everything came out spotless and shiny. Day after day dried up porridge was removed with ease.

    It really is true, a sparkling clean with less chemicals. I’ve been won over by the results and have made the switch. Better for the environment, better for my family.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Byrne

    Modern life seems to be a balancing act. As a mum I constantly have to juggle budget, efficiency, impact and time. After trialling Finish Power & Pure for a week I am feeling great about the product, it does what it says it will well and has the added bonus of being a better choice for the health of my family. I love a product that ticks more than one box and makes my life easier.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Spires

    Finish Power and Pure Quantum tablets are similar to other Finish Quantum products I have tried in the past, they have the same shape with a dissolvable outer layer and 3 sections of different coloured powders – I assume each with a different type of cleaning action.

    The cleaning action of Power and Pure is by far the best I’ve seen in any dishwasher tablet I’ve tried. Baked on food from casserole dishes and the slow cooker pot was all cleaned away.

    A problem I was hoping Power and Pure would solve has been grainy sediment often left in cups or on the undersides of bowls and plates. My hopes were realised and this has not been an issue in the week I’ve trialled Power and Pure.

    We have fairly hard water in Sydney which means rinse aid is a must to prevent spotting and promote drying so I was excited to see that Power and Pure has a “Rinse” action. However on reading the fine print I was disappointed to see that “Rinse Aid is still recommended”. That being said the amount of spotting on glasses, plastics and cutlery has been minimal and not in every wash.

    As a household we use minimal products for cleaning, hot water, soap, occasionally vinegar usually suffice for most messes but I have struggled to find a natural alternative that washes well for the dishwasher, while Power and Pure doesn’t quite fit the term “natural” it is nice to know that there are less nasties than in your average dishwasher tablets.

    Overall a good quality product that does what it advertises.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Thomsen

    Finish Quantum Power and Pure with its soft, safe scent is strong enough for every housewife’s worst nightmares: Husband created fatty fried egg frypans, three day old abandoned milk cups, the family roast pan, paint and papier mache spoons, bowls and so much more.
    Yet wrapper free, finish power and pure is still gentle enough for the crystal wine glasses, freed of wine, at the end of a busy night.
    Family life made easier with no rinsing required, spot free and shiny dishes every time.
    Thank you Finish Power and Pure for making this mother’s life simpler and safer.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Zois

    Finish Power and Pure is my new best friend. Have not had to rewash any dishes since using it. Even dried up egg came off! Love the fact that it contains less chemicals and that it doesn’t leave a strong fragrance on my dishes. Doing the dishes is so much easier, no rinsing, no rewashing and no meed to air out dishes after washing. Thanks for this opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I will admit, I was a bit skeptical. In my mind, when something says it is ‘chemical free’ or ‘environmentally friendly’ I straight away think it will do half the job. I know that for my family I should be more environmentally friendly and all but when I clean something I want to know that it has no chance of making my family sick.

    Using the Finish Power and Pure I found it not only cleaned my dishes it also broke down the hard to get off grubby ones like my oven dish that I use to make lasagna in. Definitely will be purchasing this in the future.ReplyCancel

  • Leah Mildenhall

    With scepticism I started in,
    The only bait, a prize to win.
    But shocked was I when all done washing,
    Plates, pots & pans, all clean and sparkling!
    Less chemicals is an enormous plus,
    Now the washing up chore isn’t a fuss!

    On a more serious note, I have loved using the Pure and Power tablets. Usually a change for the better requires a lot of effort, or a lot of added expense. Not so with Finish Pure & Power. Quite simply, these tablets gave a sparkling clean, and are a product I’ll continue to use and recommend.ReplyCancel

  • Annette Higgins

    I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to try Finish Powerball. I have fibromyalgia so not having to scrub dishes is a wonderful help in managing my pain. I had a quiche pan and delicate wine glasses come out perfectly clean after using the product. I love the finish of the dishes being so clean and dry. Love that it has less chemicals as I am sensitive to strong chemicals. So easy to use. Will definitely use this product in the future being so convenient and easy to use. Thanks to Finish and the Organised Housewife.ReplyCancel

  • The Finish tablets definitely are powerful and pure! I loved not having to unwrap the tablet and everything came out wonderfully clean. I put it to the test with stubborn grime on items I would normally hand wash and it passed with flying colours! What a bonus to find a product that uses less chemicals and actually works better than it’s competitors.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    As a full-time working Mum of two life needs to run smoothly as much as possible. Not having to worry about doing the dishes is an integral part of this and I definetly don’t want to re-do dishes that have already been through the dishwasher. With Finish Power and Pure I know that every time my dishes will come out sparkling and def no need to re-wash!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Atwood

    I have always tried to use dishwashing tablets that were friendly to the environment and my children. My children are very sensitive to chemical and their smells. When I first used the Finish Power and Pure I was amazed at the smell from the dishwasher. It smelt clean and fresh. The dishes and glassware were clean and from from any slimy residue. I love that we can get a great clean with less chemicals. I have been sold on this product and will continue to use it. Many thanksReplyCancel

  • Clare Dorey

    I’d always resisted the temptation to try powerball products, not believing that they could really be that much better than powder. Your samples certainly proved me wrong! In the first 2 washes there was still residue left in my mugs, but subsequent washes really saw an improvement. Even my husband commented on the cleaner dishes and a much cleaner machine too!ReplyCancel

  • jackie Sutherland

    I’m lucky I have people (my kids) who stack and clear away the dishwasher for me (and if there is any muck still on them – they put them on the bench for me to wash in the morning)
    When we received the sample pack, I kept a tally of what I had to wash in the morning, and with that in mind I put everything I could into the dishwasher – and I’m pleased to say – I didn’t have to wash anything over the past week.ReplyCancel

  • J

    Fantastic product! Thanks for letting me try it. We eat a lot of eggs so I’m never without Finish quantum tablets as they are the only ones that clean properly (and clean the dishwasher too!). I do worry about chemicals though, especially in dishes as you are ‘eating’ any residue left on your plates, glasses etc. Fantastic that you have made a version with less chemicals!!! These seemed to work just as well! Thanks so much for the opportunity to try them, I’ll definitely be buying them.ReplyCancel

I have been trying to use Instragram more lately, to try to give you a personal insight to my everyday life.  I am asked regularly ‘what is the app that I use to put the text, doodles and borders onto my photos’?.  It’s a really sweet app called A Beautiful Mess, it’s $0.99 available in […]

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  • Sharon Johnson

    thanks for sharing. Most helpful link that will come in handy.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara

    The A Beautiful Mess app isn’t available for android – do you know of any others?ReplyCancel

    • I just downloaded the new Rhonna Designs app, I’m unsure if this is available for android but it’s great too.ReplyCancel

      • JessD

        Late to see this but have been wondering about how to do this with my pics for ages. Thanks Kat! A Beautiful Mess is now available for android. I have come across a free app called Photofy that has a lot of content for free, but also content to purchase. I’m going to give it a tryReplyCancel

  • Corrina

    Photofy is a good FREE one for AndroidReplyCancel

  Top music to listen to when cleaning the house I recently asked on facebook for songs that you enjoy listening to while doing housework as I LOVE the music playing while I am cleaning. I find myself moving faster and enjoying my time by dancing and singing.  So I asked and I received a […]

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  • Kathryn

    http://www.sky.fm Check out this website and there is an app for iphones. There are many channels, including 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, country, top hits, relaxation, etc. I put my phone in the dock of my stereo and usually choose 80’s and having it loud for cleaning the house. It’s continuous music and it’s FREE. You can pay a small amount to have premium, but I haven’t bothered with that. Check it out.
    I’m looking forward to having a clean and organised house in 4 weeks time… thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

    • Anne

      Kathryn – thank you so much for sharing this! i’ve downloaded the sky fm app and i’m happy singing away!ReplyCancel

    • Janine

      Thanks for the above info, Kathryn, I’ve recently got an iPhone and this is great. Cheers JanineReplyCancel

  • dolly patron….working 9 ti 5ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I love cleaning to the sound of Sum 41 and Blink 182 – best motivational and upbeat music I’ve found!ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    A bit of footloose is always a winnerReplyCancel

  • Angelica

    Housework by The B52’sReplyCancel

  • I always put Alice (as in Alice Cooper) on when I’m pretty much doing anything… crafting, housework, driving, eating, sleeping, lol… you name it I do it to Alice <3ReplyCancel

  • Marie

    I love this playlist but my FAVOURITE would have to be Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen!!ReplyCancel

  • my fave song to vacuum to is Best Things in Life are Free – Janet Jackson and Luther VandrossReplyCancel

  • I LOVE Madonna songs. The Immaculate Collection. EVERY time that comes on I get up and do stuff .. lolReplyCancel

  • savvy fi

    Jimmy Barnes especially his first 4 albums. Any Ausrock from the 80s works just as well too!ReplyCancel

  • Who suggested Call Me Maybe??!! aahhh now its stuck in my head! :pReplyCancel

  • anything by Paramore is greatReplyCancel

  • charmaine

    The Killers-Mr BrightsideReplyCancel

  • wondering if you could make this playlist on Spotify and share it?ReplyCancel

  • Old Mossback Robin

    Big Band Jazz- Big Bad Vodoo Daddy. ReplyCancel

  • I crank a Techno Channel on Pandora and rock out to whatever is good. Things like Daft Punk and Deadmau5ReplyCancel

    • Tiffany Scanlan

      I thought I was the only one cranking the Deadmau5 while doing housework!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    There a cd collection 101 best housework songs, I blast the loud and my little munchkin and I get cleaningReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I love listening to some Ballroom Dancing or Zumba cd’s….I start hearing that Latin beat and my hips and feet can’t help themselves – they gotta start jiggling! Mind you, the dog gets a bit confused seeing me Tango across the room with a broom as my dance partner….good thing he can’t talk or my family would have me certified…..!ReplyCancel

  • My mum always cleaned to “It’s A Beautiful Noise” by Neil Diamond!ReplyCancel

  • Love a bit of Girltalk, they mash up lots of favourites from the early 90s into some very cool dance music!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren O'Connell

    I am totally turning this into a Spotify playlist as we speak!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Lote

    imma have to make this into a playlist! I always struggle with making up my mind with what to listen to when cleaning. I’m going to have to add frozen let it go though to that list 😉ReplyCancel

  • Megan StClair

    Dirty Dancing Soundtrack on RepeatReplyCancel

  • This is a very impressive cleaning playlist :) I personally like everything energetic, because it helps me do my job quicker, and the time passes by quickly.ReplyCancel

What is your favourite TV Show?

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  • snotface stinkbum's mum

    offspring for sure! that darn show makes me cry every week!  i’m also a sucker for the law and order franchise – especially SVU – i love Ice T’s character!ReplyCancel

    • Yes, Offspring is my number 1 show. Looking forward to tonight’s episode. ReplyCancel

  • K Turner

    Love Offspring too, so addictive, my other faves are Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey even a bit of Spartacus and even though I know it’s a bit tacky love Merlin lol :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynley King

    Am soo excited to see a New Zealand show on the list :-) Love Almighty Johnson’s, just the right mix of drama and humour!!ReplyCancel

  • sarahbraaksma

    I love Dexter.. I hated HB watching it for the first two seasons and then somehow I found myself watching one and really enjoying it.. its my dirty little indulgence 😉ReplyCancel

    • Ooh Dexter is a favourite of ours, can’t wait for the next season to start.ReplyCancel

  • I just finished watching New Girl then – lordy it makes me laugh. I’ll also give a vote to new kid Tricky Business :) ReplyCancel

    • I have heard good review on New Girl, would love to find some time to watch it.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    The new show on Channel Nine on Monday night Tricky Business is really good too.ReplyCancel

  • Don’t think I can add anything to this impressive list… love Downton Abbey. ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely loved Brothers and Sisters. The series ended with one episode’s notice and I was devastated!  ReplyCancel

    • I was too, I watched it from the beginning and thought Nora was just so lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    Offspring is my fave at the moment as well as Greys and Revenge but havent had time to watch any…… might need to invest in a TiVo!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Revenge, Criminal Minds, NCIS,  and Castle, are at the top of my rotation list… I just keep doing marathon after marathon… also partial to Lie to Me, Bones, The Mentalist (the early stuff), Greys Anatomy and The Good Wife.
    I have to admit that I don’t watch anything live on TV, I wait till the DVDs are released and then watch the whole tv series from season 1 through to the current season. Between times it’s finished TV shows like Lie to Me and Brothers & SistersReplyCancel

  • Sarah-Jane

    Downton Abbey, Offspring are my absolute favourites and will make the time for those. My husband loves to scout for new series that are showing overseas so if you love Gilmore Girls, look out for “Bunheads” – it is done by the same director as Gilmore Girls and does feel a bit too much like Gilmore Girls but still enjoyable. It has the mother from GG as a starring role and she is very much the same but more loveable. The other one we are starting to get into is “Perception” which stars Eric McCormack who was Will in “Will and Grace”. He plays a professor of neuroscience who is very eccentric like Greg House (“House”) but extremely intelligent and assists in cases with the police as a sideline. Speaking of sidelines, I love Castle too; perfect to watch and  have some down time on a Sunday evening. I am looking forward to Channel 9’s new show “House Husbands” as it has Julia Morris in it.ReplyCancel

  • Elita Hooper

    Beauty and the beast(has Australian Jay Ryan from offspring)Reign give them a go. Great shows for mumma at home to relax and enjoy. ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Beauty and the beast is really good too.ReplyCancel

Each Sunday I email or post on facebook the daily task of preparing for the week ahead, and one of the tasks is to sync your phone with your calendar.  I have had quite a few requests with needing help on how to do this, so hopefully you can find my tutorial easy to understand. […]

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  • So you know of a good diary/planner ap?ReplyCancel

  • I just downloaded remember the milk, yet to use it but it looks goodReplyCancel

  • I sync my gmail calendar to my iPhone iCal. It’s the best and I don’t loose anything. Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • An alternative that allows real time syncing across all your devices and even access from any computer is gmail! You can have your email, calendar, etc synced to outlook through IMAP or the exchange function on your devices! Synching things across devices then isn’t contingent on plugging into your computer & syncing with iTunes!

    (Though if you’re happy with your way & are able to leave your computer on at night time, you can set up your iPhone & iPad to sync automatically with iTunes over your wifi home network when you plug them into charge at night)! :-)ReplyCancel