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Thank you to reader Kirrily for this decluttering suggestion Few people are aware that most sunscreens have an expiration date which is an indication when the sunscreen will no longer be effective and need to be thrown away, similar to food. We are all fair skinned so use quite a few pump packs through the summer […]

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  • this is so VERY important. a frew years back, we were at a friend’s house, used their sunscreen, reapplying as you do, that night the kids ended up at emergency with SEVERE heat stroke and 2nd – 3rd degree burns. not pretty for anyone! my son was the worst of the 2 kids and couldn’t put anything (cothing, sheets at night ect) on his back for at least a week, as the blisters were so bad, as one popped and other took it’s place, they just kept reblistering. PLEASE PLEASE CHECK YOUR SUNSCREEN EXPIRATION DATE. We now have to keep an eye on his back especially in future years and hope that no nasties pop up. How thinks to check the date, but we tell everybody now and it’s amazong how many people were just like me and didn’t even think of doing this. Thanks for posting this TOH, a great one indeed!ReplyCancel

  • also make sure that they contain titanium or zinc in the ingredient list, these are the better ones to get.ReplyCancel

  • I get new stuff every year regardless as being left in the heat so much surely can’t be good either. ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    The expiration date is usually small and hard to read, write it nice and big on the sunsrceen with permanent marker for everyone to see. I don’t know why sunscreen companies don’t try and make everyone aware of it, it would only help them sell more product.ReplyCancel

  • We but a new one every year too, I also make sure a get one that specifically for kids. Love the roll onsReplyCancel

  • Kyla Messina

    Katrina, where did you get your homework station from. I love it and with my youngest at prep next year want to start this. I want a good quality one not a cheap one from crazy’s.
    Cheers KylaReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I purchased it from ‘the outlet’ :)ReplyCancel

  • […] We keep the sunscreen at reach for the kids and close to the back door.  More details here about our sunscreen drawer. […]ReplyCancel

Declutter Task #29 Broken Electrical Equipment Do you have a broken stereo, frypan, iron, phone, VCR or lamp lying around the house? What are you planning on doing with your broken item?  Are you intending on fixing it?  If so, how long ago did it break, let’s be realistic: If it broke over 6 months ago, […]

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  • I have a broken kettle that is under warranty that cost $100 so am willing to get that fixed next week. An expensive iron that our rabbit chewed through the cord getting cord replaced and a lamp that needs cord replaced and one that got fixed not too long ago.ReplyCancel

  • Oh, would you please come have a chat to my husband?!?! He keeps all electronic appliances and computers that stop working. Apparently they are all needed for parts. Not that I’ve ever seen any of them do anything except gather dust. Hooray for it all being in boxes under the house!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    Don’t forget to recycle any phones etc rather than having it all go landfill!!!!ReplyCancel

  • My 6 year old (apparently that’s 100 years in PC years hehe) PC has been laid to rest. The motherboard of all things. I still find it amusing that they call it the “mother”board – the brains of logic of the computer. I think it fits our role as mothers perfectly 😉


  • Anonymous

    Something to keep in mind is that even some broken electronics will still have a good value such a Macbook that won’t turn on or a smartphone that you ran over with your car. You can sell things like these to people who will use them for parts but the chances are that if they sit in the cupboard for too long they will lose their value.

    Also of good mention, if you are interested in fixing some of your gadgets, there are a lot of videos on YouTube to help you along. ReplyCancel

  • Rebekka

    You shouldn’t trash broken electrical items – they can contaminate landfill, and they can be recycled. Check with your council for when they collect electricals (mine has a day twice a year when they take them for nothing, but some tips recycle them any time). ReplyCancel

  • This is a really good idea. I myself am a very big fan of procrastination and things truly get left lying around the house until it’s time to relocate or moving house is imminent! Haha! But then again, it’s the best time to really spring clean your house I’d say. Makings ure that you don’t bring any of the clutter with you to the new home and figuring out what really needs to be replaced…ReplyCancel

#28 – Video Tapes  Do you still own video tapes?  – Yes! Do you still own a video player? – No 😕   Today I would like you to go through and purge the movies from your collection.  Perhaps, get the family to update your old movie collection to DVD’s at Christmas time.   Keep your home […]

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  • Consider it done…hehe….got rid of them years ago! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Senga

    No thanks! I love many of your decluttering suggestions but we’ll keep the videos. My daughter has a video collection – all bought for 25 or 50 cents from second hand shops. This includes most of the Disney classics – Lion King, Little Mermaid, Pocahontas etc – which can be expensive to buy on DVD. That said, I regularly purge the collection because it does have a tendency to grow :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    We still have a video player and my son watches videos quite often. However he does get frustrated at the fast forwarding through previews – what is the best way to get the movies onto dvd? I’m not really tech savvy – I don’t know where to start! We have so many videos, it would be fantastic to clear them out, but we would still like the movies, as we have many of the Disney classics that are expensive and sometimes hard to find.ReplyCancel

  • Marcena

    @Melissa, you can buy the necessary cords that connect your VCR to your computer and you then copy the video to your computer then burn it to a DVD. Alternatively, if that is not something you think you can/want to do yourself there are often services that can do it for you for a small fee. A lot of photo shops. Maybe Katrina can post a few of those services’s details here on her blog, for those of us who aren’t technically minded :)ReplyCancel

  • Yes, please post details!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I transferred my videos (Beta and VHS) to DVD. We owned (it recently died!) a DVD/HDD recorder. I’d copy the videos to the HDD and then burn them to disc. I did it this way because I could edit things out that I wanted to edit out before burning to disc. I could also just set the video to copy to the HDD and walk away to do other things, without having to watch the clock so that I didn’t wate space on the disc. This meant that I could fit more onto each disc when I did burn across.

    I didn’t get rid of the videos until I had copied them onto DVD – that way if the recorder died (as it has!) I wasn’t going to lose something I wanted to keep.

    I’ve just got one set of tapes left – the itty bitty Hi8 ones. They don’t take up much space though!

    I also don’t have any DVD cases – I bought three of these cabinet storage things ( and all of our BDs, DVDs and CDs are stored in them. I’ve got them categorised and in alphabetical order. Just need to label it and I would be super organised!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Windsor

    We tried to declutter our video tapes a coupple of years ago, but our son, then 2 1/2 – 3 highjacked them and incorporated them into his building activites…..Now he is 5 1/2 maybe it’s time for them to go! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    We are moving soon and I just culled ours and took about 50 videos to Vinnies, we still have a VCR and my son still watches movies in our bedroom. In fact I found an old recorded from TV copy of the Tom Selleck movie High Road to China that I had recorded back in 1984 and the reason I know the date is the ads talk about the LA Olympics. Like your blog, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • If you’re moving home and you find VHS video tapes lying around, if you’re lucky enough, they won’t be mouldy and you can convert them. Unfortunately I don’t think many people will be that lucky! Chances are that they’re in horrible condition after so long! Best to see if you can find DVD versions of your favourite shows on Amazon I think!ReplyCancel

{From the Archives} Task 28 – Throw away all junk mail Majority of mail we recieve is junk mail.  It is easy to accumulate a mountain of it especially in your busy zones such as the kitchen bench, dining table or the office desk, which makes these area’s look untidy. Take control of your junk mail!  […]

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  • I do this! I keep the catalogue I want clipped up with my shopping list, and recycle when the new one comes.

    I have started taking photos of things in other catalogues and storing on my phone, so I can see what I wanted, but don’t need to keep the paper.ReplyCancel

  • I have a box in the house for recycling when I have finished reading the catalogues they get thrown in the blue box. Once the box is filled or it is the day before recycling is collected I will or get one of the kids to empty the box into the recycling bin.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    It’s amazing how much junk mail is delivered weekly. Not looking forward to the Christmas deliveries. I try to look through it all and recycle what I’m not interested in straight away. We empty our recycling bucket into the recycling bin every second day.ReplyCancel

  • I definitely needed this decluttering task – my mail has gotten out of control :-)ReplyCancel

  • I bring the junk mail in (along with the actual mail) and stand at my bench in the kitchen and sort into three piles each night:

    Bin – envelopes, unwanted catalogues, by-mail junk etc
    Action – Bills to be paid, items of interest, the school newsletter
    File – Items to be kept eg receipts

    Bin goes straight into the recycling as soon as I’m done; action goes into the Action File and file goes into the filing file. Once a week, I sit down with the Action file and the File file and well, action then file.

    I don’t keep catalogues at all. I will rip what I am interested in and chuck the rest.ReplyCancel

  • I did this, this morning too.ReplyCancel

  • I’m pretty good with junk mail. Sometimes it doesn’t even make it inside. I’ll check through the pile sting I’ll put it straight into the recycling.
    Other times I’ll sort through it all while reading the rest of the mail. All the unwanted stuff goes in one pile (catalogues, envelopes etc), catalogues that I want to read go into my inbox tray, and the bills etc go into another inbox tray. I put the recycling out straight away so it doesn’t clutter up my bench.ReplyCancel

  • I sort out what I want to read and throw away the rest then. Then once they’re read, they go out too.ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots

    These are great tips! My problem is mainly if I’ve kept a catalogue because I want something from it to remember to throw it out when the sale is doneReplyCancel

  • Kate We go though our inbox area at least once a week. I can then get rid of catalogues that I have kept and no longer need then, rather than having to remember when the sales finishedReplyCancel

  • I photograph the bits from the catalogue and then throw it out. I sit down of an afternoon while having a coffee and sort through them and the mail. Once a week I transfer letters and bills from the Kikki-K A4 archive box to my folder. We have one for each of our taxes and one folder for invoices for the house and another for ideas & stuff. I’m looking forward to having a dedicated space for them all in my house soon. Currently mine sit on top of my Pc an my partners is on the TV/Stereo speaker. Being in a small granny flat we have lots of clutterin such a small space. I can’t wait to have a finished and organised house. Only a month until we move back in but a while until we are all finished.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    The only junk mail that comes into my house is the Ikea and Howards Storage World catalogues, which live on my desk with post-its marking the things I want. For every other catalogue I use, if I have any interest I may write down items I want with store and sale ending date on a post-it which I put in my wallet and throw once I purchase the item or the sale ends.ReplyCancel

  • D-Nicholson

    This is a great post however I noticed you shop from Woolworths. From what I understand, they don’t support humane farming, etc. might be something you’d like to look into. Thanks for all you post. I love them!ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    My 3yo daughter has discovered a love of cutting and gluing using her special scissors. So rather than have her cut up my nice magazines or buying craft paper I keep all the junk mail in a cloth shopping bag with her craft things so she can cut them up to her hearts content. She loves making collages of the different types of items, building room pictures from the house and home store catalogues, making outfits from clothes cut out from the fashion store catalogues. Keeps her happy and saves Mummy some money :)ReplyCancel

  • Christen

    Awesome idea. The only thing is, you can’t recycle shiny paper. Most of the junk mail is printed on this and it can’t be recycled into anything else. I am a primary school teacher and recently went on a school trip to a recycling plant in East Melbourne where they taught us that. Bummer.. Great for giving to your child’s teacher though when they do a unit on money though! :)ReplyCancel

  • […] pourquoi devriez-vous refaire quelque chose de nouveau, maintes et maintes fois, lorsqu’en une seul fois c’est mieux ?! Ceci signifie que lorsque vous faites quelque chose faîtes le jusqu’à […]ReplyCancel

#26 One Shelf Today I would like you to set aside 20 minutes to clean one shelf in your house, any shelf of your choosing.  Sort through through the contents and consider if you really need to keep each item or where a better home for it maybe. I want to show you this shelf […]

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  • Maree @ FarmyardCrafts

    Not so much a shelf… I’m going to bend the rules a little… I’m going to clean off the top of my tv cabinet and my piano (which honestly sometimes look like shelves!). They are storing so much stuff we just don’t put away (cds, dvds, books, music etc). That’s my job for today. We are having people over on the weekend for my #1’s 6th birthday. I need to start getting ready today! Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

  • My desk , all little cubby holes /shelves and surrounds, drawers too.

    Ps Your blog comment box is loading much better today. I clicked through from your Facebook fan page not within the other comment :).ReplyCancel

  • Christine Newman

    The top shelf of my linen cupboard! This is a carry over from when you suggested we declutter our linens, there is no linen on this shelf so I ignored it :) So now I must tackle it! And also the top of my TV cabinet too. Often ignored beacause I’m not tall enough to see the top, but its a catch all for all sorts of clutter!

  • Nikke Miller

    must be the day for it I completely cleaned my whole tv cabinet as it needed a dust and my 2yr old got into it yesterday.. I so need some of those baskets, might head on over there now!! thanks for the heads up :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    Ooh I love that toast rack as a mail sorter! I did one of the shelves on my bookshelf that had acquired some extra bits and pieces that shouldn’t have been thereReplyCancel

  • Janine

    I have been staring at my wine glass cabinet for a few days now, thinking it needs a really good dust and re-sort… this is going to be my task for today. ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Thank you SO much for including our Toast rack in your blog, very much appreciated. From Lifestyle Ensemble or find us on facebook @ lifestyle EnsembleReplyCancel

  • i have been pretty slack and not started any of your great tasks this year but i am going to start by doing this one today…TV unit it is because of little ones everything gets put up high and thats the first place they goReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I love everything about this shelf! White is my colour. This weekend I plan to tidy out my kitchen cupboard … the one with the roller door. Having the roller door is such a good idea that everything gets swept into it and now it is chokers. This season I have bought both a crockpot and a sandwich press. My kitchen is tiny and the only place big enough to store these is the roller door cupboard.
    I love those baskets that you featured. I’d love a black and white one. I can think of a heap of things I could use it for.
    Have a fantastic week.

  • Suzanne

    Thanks for the motivation! For me it’s the kitchen “drop zone”. I have a cork board from IKEA above but it’s overwhelmed. LOVE the idea of the cloth basket(s) as I have oodles of fabric and will make it match the chair covers!

    Suzanne from Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

#26 Wardrobe What do you keep in your wardrobe that necessarily shouldn’t be in there?  Does it belong in the shed, the office, or in the laundry?  Today I would like you to find at least 5 items and place them in a better home and find 5 items to declutter from your wardrobe.  Not clothes […]

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  • Our wardrobe really needs a lot of tidying up! At the moment it doesnt even have all our clothes in there, its frustrating but I think I have to admit that I have too many clothes! LOL ReplyCancel

  • I seriously need to go through mine as well. We don’t have a shed so my wardrobe is kind of the shed and I am always trying to de-clutter it. Time for another clean out I think. Thanks for the reminder. N xReplyCancel

  • Ooh. I really do have to do this one. Our WIR has become a disaster zone. The things my husband has stored up on the top shelf are a danger. I’ve literally had them fall down on me while I jump (ok, so I’m kind of short. I have to jump or get a chair if I want to see anything on that shelf) to see if there’s something I”m looking for in there.ReplyCancel

  • Wicked Kitti

    Yay! I’ve needed to do this for ages. My wardrobe is filled with boxes of paperwork. Tax returns and receipts well over the 7 year timeframe, Old resumes, outdated bank statements, etc. There are even old coffee machines!!? Hopefully after this there will be room for my shoes… 😉ReplyCancel

  • Wow, I really have fallen behind in my 52 challenge! I was just looking at my wardrobe last night thinking that I need to bag up all the clothes that I can’t fit into. What’s the point of having them take up valuable hanging and drawer space?ReplyCancel

  • Muddled Up Mumma

    I am about to pack my wardrobe up tomorrow in preparation for moving house. I have someone helping me as I want to be strict with what stay and goes, to get off to a good start in the new home. ReplyCancel

  • I’m taking a day off work next week, so I can spend a full (child free!) day tackling my wardrobe… so SO glad that the wardrobe is your focus this month! :)ReplyCancel

  • Norlin

    Hmm…5 things? that’s a bit hard…I can name one so far – my wedding dress that’s been packed in a box, and it’s sealed too. Might have to move that into my spare room instead. ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    I really really to sort out and organise the top shelf of my wardrobe but haven’t had the time to do it. This is a good idea, I can manage taking five things from it and finding new homes for themReplyCancel

  • Tina

    My wardrobe is a bit of a hold all because we don’t have a lot of storage space. I have a plastic tun in the bottom that I’ve been putting stuff that I’ve bought and putting away for Christmas, and there’s a box of Annabelle’s baby momentos in there that can probably be moved to somewhere else. ReplyCancel

  • Alyce B

    Hmm, grandparents’ stuff, clothes/shoes/etc, study books, my fabric stash, linen closet (there’s nowhere else for that stuff to go!)… it’s a giant built-in and even with all the stuff that’s in it, there’s still more space!!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina,
    I have just finished my declutter & reorganisation of my hall wardrobe and have posted the photos onto my blog ( and linked up to your post.
    Thank you for the tips & advice… I’m so pleased with my new organised space & am ready to tackle the next area in the house…

  • Ali

    I went through my wardrobe, I took out my girl guide hat that has pins on it from going on holiday of each town plus girl guide pins… that is now center stage on a draw on a doll, I also found my old camera have decided to finally sell it. My baby toy that is with the hat, being a show piece. Hats, bags, all gone, I now have a lot more room, ReplyCancel

    • Great work, nice that you can that you get to view your special items every day xReplyCancel

  • Buff

    I have hundreds of items of clothing that I’m having trouble sorting out and giving away. I don’t seem to be able to part with clothing. Can anyone help me?BuffReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      I see this was posted 8 months ago. Any luck since then? It’s tough getting rid of “perfectly good clothing”. Unless it’s a classic cashmere sweater (I wish) or another classic and pricey item I toss/consign/give away anything that’s 10 years old. If it’s a trendy item it may only be 2 years old as trends end quickly. For items that are REALLY hard to part with but you know they need to go… have a photo taken of you in it! Plan a “modelling day” so you can have fun dressing up, taking photos and then say bye-bye. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

  • Buff

    I’m thinking I should just get things into colours and currently worn items and then making a pile of things I’m not wearing. p.s. a lot of my clothes have been very expensive to purchase but I really don’t need 30 leather jackets! Help.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    I clean out the closet twice per year (warm/cold weather). I take gently worn items to the consignment shop and those items which are older styles to my local church that helps out those in need.

    I sew my own clothes and make jewelry (I’m a designer). The shop is always happy to me and it’s good to recycle.

    Suzanne from Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

    • sorting through twice per year in the cold and warm seasons is fantastic, a great way to ensure that you don’t collect too much and you can remove/donate what you didn’t wear during the season. Your onto it!!ReplyCancel

      • Suzanne

        Starting in the Autumn I’ll be sewing one clothing item per week for a new wardrobe. Each item that’s new means one old item must go. I’m a designer/pattern drafter/seamstress so I am a walking advert!ReplyCancel

#25 Handbags This month I will be discussing Wardrobe Organisation, each week will be a different area we are going to clean, declutter and organise.  This week…handbags!! Decluttering your handbag collection maybe heart breaking, but please consider the following: Have you used it in the past 6 months? Does it still function well? Can you see […]

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  • Alyce B

    My thing is shoes. I have one handbag, one simple black clutch and my Japan-souvenir clutch in gorgeous fabric.ReplyCancel

  • The good thing about having teenage girls is that we all share our handbags. Good thing we have similar taste! I would love to hear about ways to store them.ReplyCancel

    • Julie

      I am not a handbag girl – my 15yo daughter is and each bag is accessorised to outfits or the particular social niche for that occasion – i just don’t get. My only bag fetish is one with a photodesign (Audrey Hepburn I think) sporting the most elegant jewelry a purple coat and a red hat (I love the picture actually) and i keep it for very special occasions when we go out to a restaurant or without the kids (well, never or hardly ever)
      Anyway the storage solution we devised for her bags were 3M hooks inside her wardrobe side walls and doors. To get the correct spacing of each hook start with the biggest bag at the bottom and allow an inch above so it doesn’t drag each time you open the door on any shoes etc you may have in the bottom of the wardrobe. And then progress up with the flattest/smallest at coathanger level. 3M type hooks have the advantage of being moveable when you change your bag collection! The trick now is getting her to use the hooks or the wardrobe at all!!ReplyCancel

    • I’m looking forward to my girls getting older and sharing things!!

  • Anne Faughlin

    so glad you “get” that it might be heartbreaking – but something i really need to do – one handbag it isReplyCancel

  • Joolzmac

    Am I wierd? I only have 3 handbags! Two are leather that I won’t part with (and I alternate using them) and the third is my current large, vinyl 9leather look) bag which holds lots of useful stuff. I regularly clean it out and re-stock bandaids, hand cream, mints, tissues, wet wipes, note book, pens etc.ReplyCancel

  • I can’t wait for tomorrow’s post. Would love to see how I can finally organise my collection of handbags. ReplyCancel

  • I have to confess, i still have all of the handbags I’ve bought in the last 20 years! I am attached to them all and they are all dusty up on top of my wardrobe. You’re right. I should retire them and let them move on to greener pastures.

    Sob. ReplyCancel

  • Ooh. i just thought of something. Can I BUY a new one? To replace the others, you see. My current bag is old, it’s got to be time? Tell me I can and I’ll tell Joel it’s your fault and that i’m now following this amazing organisation website {he’ll LOVE that part,at least}. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Sm Shep

    Oh my goodness. I just joined your facebook page tonight and thought to have a browse around here. I have a HUGE plastic storage box FULL of handbags. Not looking forward to this task at all :( I have way to many favourites. even a sausage dog leather handbag. (oops thats a leather bag thats made to look like a sausage dog, ears and all)ReplyCancel

    • LOL, I can only imagine what that handbag looks like. Do you use it? Perhaps your kids or the local kindy would love to use it for dress ups??ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    I have about 50 handbags and I love them each. Weird most of the time I carry around an enviro bag instead of handbag. That way I keep them like new! Totally cuckoo. Will see if I can part with 1 bag. I will also commit to using my collection rather than keeping it locked away. I will totally need to do this task gently. Hardest task you have posted for me so faReplyCancel

    • It’s a challenge for you Alicia. Start looking through and part with the ones you have used the least….it’s a start.ReplyCancel

  • Kaz

    Thanks for my 7 coathangers that got emptied once I had culled 5 bags. I have 3 occasion bags that I’ll never get rid of (wedding type ones) that are store in a basket on the top shelf of my wardrobe, and the other five are looped over a four-skirt hanger at the moment. No point coming up with any permanent solution as we are moving in a month and I’m not sure how big my wardrobe will be yet. I am tempted by the 3M hook idea though. I used that in our last place for my beads and scarves.ReplyCancel

    • 3M’s are great I use them for everything. Good luck with your move!ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    I’ve got one of these handbag hangers. I don’t have any room in my wardrobe, so I hang it on a over the door hook I got from Red Dot. The hanger is great, can get a lot in a vertical space.!

  • Adalita Marks

    I’m going to do a cull once I get the wardrobe finished. You have given me some great ideas. ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    I have one nice expensive handbag that is perfect condition on the outside but the lining is completely torn on the inside, so i don’t use it. I want to get it fixed, anyone know how to go about this…?ReplyCancel

Join me in a week of decluttering. Please comment below if your able to part with today’s suggestion, I would love to hear from you. Are you following the Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge, more info HERE, it’s never to late to start! #24 Odd Socks I have mentioned before that I buy […]

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  • Thanks for the ideas! I did same for my toddler – bought all grey socks. Wish I’d thought about that for hubby though. I must have about 20odd socks in my “odd sock box”, where I put all the odd ones that I won’t let back into his drawer again! I have them put aside in case I find the other pair, but I should just start using the better ones and throw the older ones out! :)ReplyCancel

    • Use them for dusting and cleaningReplyCancel

    • Guest

      I use a 2 step system to reunite socks in my place.. I use a delicates bag inside my “dead sock drawer” this bag is for the long time offenders.. once they have been in there for 3 sorts, they get chucked, or used elsewhere as rags etc. Most times though, I find its pair in the outer drawer.. and its reunited.. when I go through it – the remaining socks are then added to this bag.. and given their time in there too.. that way when the new odd socks come in, its fast enough to just look through the previous odd socks – ie in the bag, as it is to search through them all constantly. With long term offenders gone – the bag is not as large as it could have been.. and there is no mix up then with throwing out the matching pair to the next odd sock that is in the next load.ReplyCancel

  • I perpetually have THREE odd socks. They’re rarely ever the *same* three odd socks, either – so I just chuck the three odd ones back into the wash, they get back together with their partners and I end up with a different three oddies the next week! (I do not understand why I always have three odd socks! There are four of us in the family, and it’s not even uniform as to whom the socks belong to – currently, one of mine, one of the kids and one of the blokes socks are odd)

    I do the same thing with school socks – I buy 10 pairs each of cheap white socks at the start of the year. I usually end up with 6-8 pairs of really gross white socks at the end of the year which I can chuck with a clear conscience! It’s way more economical to do that way as well… five pairs of white socks costs the same as two pairs of proper green school socks! And they get lost just the same!ReplyCancel

  • Miss My

    Thanks for inspiring me to declutter my odd sock basket which is a washing basket that is over flowing………….and possibly full of socks that don’t even fit my kids feet anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Toyer

    where do they go?? thats what i don’t get! i mean i only take my socks off in the house so theoritically that damn sock must be somewhere in my home, but where damn it where??

    • They turn into wire coat hangers.ReplyCancel

    • LOL, sometimes I am ironing and they fall out of a sleeve of a business shirt. They disappear somehow, mystery!ReplyCancel

    • Katie Jeanne

      Amanda, my Mum says washing machines eat socks & birds eat pegs 😉 lol – I have often found socks coming through the draining pipe in the machine.ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    I must be in a parallel universe or something because I rarely have trouble with odd socks.
    Yes one sock might be missing in a load, but it is soon partnered a load or two later when I find it under the bed, out in the yard (boys are always taking their socks off out there) but rarely is one missing for good.
    i always pair my socks on the line. When I find an odd one and I know all the washing’s done I go looking for the odd sock. I usually find it, or like I said it turned up a few days later.
    The clean and dried odd socks go back into the respective drawer where it gets paired up later when the partner is discovered.
    I think in the last 3 years (since my youngest two have been born) I have maybe thrown out 2 socks because I couldn’t find their partners. And they were baby socks which could have been kicked off while out for a walk.
    I have enough dusters etc so trashed socks get thrown in the bin. If they are ok but neither child fits then (or will in the future) they get put into an old nappy box where all the boys too small clothes go and then off to the church op shop for someone else that needs them.ReplyCancel

    • You are a rare breed Becci, lol. I don’t often notice if they go missing because all the socks are the same.ReplyCancel

  • I love the odd socks hanging on the little line on the wall – thats my favouite :)
    I also make and sell “Odd Sock Keepers” :)

  • Amber

    A use of odd socks that we have – is for the hot summer time – we freeze water bottles to place in animal cages – and so they wont get too cold too quick by lying up to them, we wrap them in old/odd socks – best part of it – is they not only get a little wet from the melting moisture into the socks, but they also insulate the bottles – so they stay cooler longer.. and the animals appreciate it more!ReplyCancel

  • Ruby

    I have this box with a mixture of  socks and undies. Over time t-shirts and other clothes also found their way in there. But I hardly ever took the time to match and fold the socks; despite that I bought special washable sock clips, I always dumped them unsorted into or near the box in the assumption that I will still find everything. Of course I did not, long searches in the morning and complaints “where are matching socks, we need to buy some more”. Now I finally cleaned up the box: I  dumped 1 bag of ripped or single socks. But we still have for 2 people a total of 40 sock pairs… This is a lesson to always properly match and fold the socks…ReplyCancel

  • Katty

    It drives me nuts not having matching socks paired up after washing. I keep a basket under the change table where I throw odd (clean) socks after doing the laundry. Every few weeks I go through the basket and I find heaps of matching pairs that go back into the draws…. After a while I know what socks (or slippers) have no pairs :) ReplyCancel

  • MummyJenn

    Thanks Katrina. With four kids there is always plenty of odd socks. I keep these separate and overtime they tend to match up but it is time to start tossing those that have been sitting lonely for a while. We have an issue where the kids MUST, and I do mean MUST, run their hands along the walls as they walk by so now they can each have one of their lonely socks and happily run their hands along the wall cleaning it for me. ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    I blogged about this issue recently. After having dramas with missing socks, I brought my husband 10 pairs of identical black socks for Fathers Day so that pairing wouldn’t be an issue. It makes putting away socks so much easier, although unfortunately all the socks were too tight!!!

  • cheaperbythe7

    i just found you on Pinterest…. my kids wear mismatched socks as it seems to be the style now…. can’t bring myself to do that yet. Love your site! My new year’s resolution is to be more organized….ReplyCancel

  • Fi

    I used 24 odd baby socks for an advent calendar. We always take odd socks on holidays with us, wear, then chuck. And I use odd socks while mowing, then throw away.ReplyCancel

  • I did this with black socks for my boys to wear around the farm and we only have a few coloured heels pairs for school sport,ReplyCancel

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  • JV

    I got my plastic bag storage bag from a wahm in Tasmania – her eBay store is called ‘All Home Sewn’. Check her out!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Pity most of the plastic bags I get are a horrible grey colour, I really like the plastic bag bow!ReplyCancel

  • Perthcastings1

    We have always tied our plastic bags in a knot (not too tight though) before storing them, especially when the kids were babies, so that they couldn’t put it over their head if they managed to get hold of one. It’s a family tradition in my husband’s family. All of my sisters-in-law do the same thing with their plastic bags. I think it’s a great idea, so simple, so safe.ReplyCancel

  • Joolzmac

    Do you know that in South Australia, plastic shopping bags have been outlawed and the scandalous thing is that I have to BUY plastic bags for bin liners!!!!!!!!!! We have to carry shopping bags in our cars and in our hand bags so we have bags when we shop!ReplyCancel

    • Amanda Toyer

      you don’t need to buy plastic bin liners if you don’t want to use them. One solution is to just put your rubbish in the bin inside, when it is full empty it into the outside bin and then rinse it out. If you are recycling all your recyclables and composting your compostables then you will probably have very little rubbish. If you hate that suggestion you can also find biodegrable bin liners in the supermarket.ReplyCancel

    • Really I wasn’t aware of that. I have a bag rolled up in my handbag purely because some of my favourite shops like Target and Spotlight are bag free.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I have just found your site (courtesy of a friend liking it) and I LOVE it! I have just finished decluttering my plastic bags (while also finishing a glass of moscato!) Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Thanks for this one – I just cleaned out my plastic bags and found stuff in there like you wouldnt believe. Some freezer liners which had a price tag from Coles (the old yellow ones) they cost 28cents, and I don’t think I have ever used them… so they are gone, gone, gone! But, on a plus, I found a bag of twistie ties (from the freezer bags) I dont use them for freezing, but they are great to help organise all those little cords from cameras, mobile phone chargers, etc…ReplyCancel

  • Aarti

    I recently tidied up my under-sink cupboard in the kitchen, it was stuffed full of carrier bags. I found two of those round tubs of dettol wipes, cleaned them out and stuffed the bags in there. I dont pull a bag out of the lid like you would the wipes, incase they rip, but its not very hard to take the lid off to grab some bags! I love your site!!ReplyCancel

  • Juliecongdon74

    I used a heap of plastic shopping bags to stuff a decorative cushion.ReplyCancel

  • Abby

    Any Suggestion on how to store enviro reusable bags. :-) I have 10000000!ReplyCancel

  • Irene Parliaros


    I would love to know where I can buy the plastic bag holder
    “The Bag Bag” to store in my pantry.

    Searched on websites but can’t seem to find this particular style.

    Thanks & Regards
    Irene ParliarosReplyCancel

Decluttering my suitcase so I only take the necessities This Friday I am flying down to Melbourne for the Nuffnang Blogopolis. I am really looking forward to spending time with some of the lovely people I have met online. I am travelling down with Tamara from Tarisota and rooming with the delightful Fiona from Inner […]

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  • Trish

    Tina gray who had same boot issue found some at Williams shoes …. Maybe ask her .Great list but I’ll have to refer to it,no printer.ReplyCancel

  • Great list Katrina…need to print this out!ReplyCancel

  • Commonchaoschronicle

    Thank-you! :-) xoxo Jac xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jbarker99

    Save travels down katrina, as for staying warm, layers is the way to go, I dont have a blog yet, in the planning stages, so a real newbie

    julie ReplyCancel

    • Julie, please let me know when your blog is up and running I would love to see it ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    Hi Katrina, there are some great boots you can order online for us ladies with curvy calves at the Sara range of boots at Might be too late for now but keep in mind for next time you travel “south of the border”. I’m also off to a conference for our Parents & Citizens Association (NSW) Annual Conference which is at Tamworth this year. So thank you for your checklist – it is just in time for me to check off what I need to take as I generally overpack. Good luck & have lots of fun in Melbourne.ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou Leisha, I will definatley keep this in mind for next time. Hope you had a great weekend too!

  • Kate Puddles

    Great list, I need to organise what I am taking as I’m only taking a carry on. Sorry I seem to have added my blog twice by accident as I kept getting an error message from the linky tool. ReplyCancel

  • TracyM

    Have no blog yet – wanting to do something…still working out what my strengths are. Your list is great. We have a 3 page what we call the “Trip List” as we do a decent amount of camping and travelling..and next year we have Simpson Desert to doReplyCancel

  • Braaksma

    Katrina, it is very cold down here atm. I suggest you run into Target and buy yourself some long sleeved spencers or singlets. Target also have some long sleeve t-shirts (Hot Options going cheap atm).

    As for boots have you tried Rivers…you can buy online from there too…

    Don’t bother packing any t-shirts or spring clothing….you wont even put it on. You also need to put in your flannelette Pjs with bed socks. Pack your stockings/leggings etc.

    Hope this helps. Have a great time.



    • Braaksma

      I also forgot…you need a scarf too 😛ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou Lisa. I brought a spnencer but didn’t end up needing it, the weather was beautiful while I was down there, such a gorgeous city.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so glad to see I’m not the only anal list maker when it comes to suitcase packing!!! 😉 Hope you have a great time at blogopolis! I only found out about it the other day, so not coming this year, but hope to be there next year! :-)ReplyCancel

    • The conferences are great Taryn, definately try and come to the next one.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa @Suger Coat It

    Looking forward to catching up again. GREAT LIST!! Am printing now. ReplyCancel

    • Gemma @ My Big Nutshell

      print me a copy too please Melissa!ReplyCancel

    • Better late than never, but so glad you loved the list. Thankyou so much Melissa for sharing it with everybody.ReplyCancel

  • Caz

    Yes, very chilly here today. Don’t forget your sunglasses as when it’s out, the sun is dazzling! Thanks for the list. I’m going OS (sans hubby and son) in 2 weeks and had on my list of things to do to make a list of things to pack. I can use yours as a great starting point!
    I came to your blog via $120 Food Challenge and enjoying it.ReplyCancel

    • $120 food challenge is a wonderful blog, thankyou for popping over, hope you enjoy your time OSReplyCancel

  • Bernadette Huysing

    Definitely pop in to Target or Kmart for a long sleeve top to wear under your normal tops. You may also be able to get a jacket on sale at Target. Shoes should be fine, just be prepared to wear thick socks if you really get cold. Most buildings are really warm down here – it is really only between places that you will get cold! At least we had the dreadfully cold night last night!

    As I don’t currently have a relevant image to use in the blog links you have above, I will post my link here – Bette’s Needlework Musings – currently at

    • Thankyou for linking your blog up Bernadette, I look forward to haveing a good look through soon.

  • Great list, I always leave packing to the last minute.
    And Katrina, I’m very sorry, I was so excited about finding your awesome packing list, I posted my link without reading the entry correctly- unfortunately, I’m not off to Blogopolis this year but I hope to next time. I do have a conference coming up in October so your packing list will definitely come in handy. Once again, very sorry.
    Hope you have a fantastic time!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly

    Another suggestion for boots – Uk store that make the most beautiful boots for many different calf sizes and they deliver to Australia. They have great sales and free postage often as well.ReplyCancel

  • Julienne

    I love your list and if I had a printer that worked it would be sitting on my suitcase EXCEPT now I am not sure where I am going!!!!!! I am going to Nuffnang in Sydney is there one in Melbourne or was it a misprint OR am I going to the wrong place?!!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • It’s in Sydney, this was a post I wrote for last years blogopolis which was in Melbourne. I look forward to meeting you in SYDNEY!!ReplyCancel

  • I’ll be there. I am still debating whether or not to take my lap top? I wonder if I’ll need it for sessions, or if I’m all good with paper and pen? I really would prefer not to worry about cords and power and wifi etc. Any tips?ReplyCancel

  • p.s. I am SO printing this list when I get home tonight. Do you have any deets for the pre and post drinks yet?ReplyCancel

  • AshMmisforMe

    This wonderful list is kicking me off the computer and into packing mode! Thank-you so much! My nerves might settle once the suitcase is packed :) See you there!ReplyCancel

  • I am lucky enough to be going tomorrow. Maybe I will see you there!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    I used to do alot of traveling. Packing as light as possible is the way to go. Even if going away for 3 weeks I use the same system: small weekend case with wheels & long retractable handle, small duffle bag for carry on, shoulder bag/purse. If my things don’t fit in there then they don’t go. I take several medium weight shawls rather than sweaters. In North America there are very specific rules for what you can carry on. In a pinch I can take all my luggage on board without getting the evil eye from flight attendants.

    Summer or Winter, I use the same list but just change the weight of fabric. A good pair or newish comfy jeans are travelwear in cold weather and yoga top, pant & jacket are for warm weather. I always wear runners/trainers.

    Suzanne from Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    OH! I forgot to mention this!! Never keep your luggage in your bedroom. Never put it on the bed either. “Bugs” are easily transported and this is how bedbugs are sweeping the planet! I layer my clothes on top of a sarong/shawl, roll it up like a jellyroll then shove it into a clear plastic bag which will easily fit into the weekend case. Shoes, etc are also in clear bags (Ziploc etc) This makes it easy if your luggage is checked (I’ve been stopped many times but other than once they take one look inside and say go ahead! Clearly it’s a good thing to be organized when you travel.) If I have purchased something breakable, I place it in the center of the jellyroll. I have done this with alcohol (Kahlua, Vodka, etc) and will double wrap in plastic bags before rolling. Most airports have big, clear plastic bags on a roll. These are what I use. I grab 3 each time I travel so I have fresh ones for the next time. We recycle the old ones by using them for grass clippings & leaves.

    THE BIGGEST TIP: When returning home…place your case in the freezer (if you have one large enough–this is why I use the weekender). After 24 hours most if not all bugs that hitched a ride are DEAD. When we travel in Winter the temp is -20*c outside so we leave our bags out back on the deck. This does not hurt the alcohol I brought back!

    When STORING the cases: I spray them first with rubbing alcohol, air dry them place homemade sachets of lavender in crevices, pockets, etc before closing and sealing in the big clean plastic bag. Lavender is a natural bug deterrent.

    Suzanne from Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

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  • TinaR

    I have 3 pairs of gorgeous heels left over from my days of working in an office. Being a mummy I now seem to be relegated to anything easy to pull on and style is a thing of the past but I can’t let them go…thankfully this year has come to save my shoes, I have two weddings and a dress up night to attend so those little darlings will be coming back out of retirement. But to make up for keeping these I threw out 3 pairs of old ugg boots, 6 pairs of old/broken thongs, 2 pairs of joggers and a few sandals/slipons.ReplyCancel

    • Sacrafice, like it. Great work Tina you have managed to cull quite a few pairs. I can imagine you have abit of spare space now :)

  • Angela walker

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  • C Jp3

    I have 40 pairs of shoes :/ Im going through them today as we are moving :)ReplyCancel

  • I was only looking at my shoes last night and decided that it was time for a good cleanout.  I was just throwing out one pair off sandals, that really have seen better days, when I read your post.  Now, out are going the gorgeous, way-too-high heels that have been hiding in the back of my wardrobe because they look gorgeous – but not in a million years could I wear them again without toppling over and breaking something.  Out go the boots that cause my feet and back to ache every time I wear them.  Out go the shoes I bought one size too small because they were the only size left – and were only worn once because boy did they hurt!   I knew they should all have gone years ago – it often just takes something like your blog to remind me that it’s pointless keeping them cluttering up the place.  It does feel so good once it’s done – that’s my way of knowing I’ve gotten rid of the right things – how good it feels afterwards and no regrets.  Thank you for your wonderful blog. ReplyCancel

  • Naimun

    love yr site. Just what I was looking for. Going thru stages of decluttering. Just donated about 30 bags, make up cases..unbelievable. Now starting on books :):) cant wait til its all doneReplyCancel

  • Angela

    HI there, i love your website. There are so many ideas i’ve seen on here that i absolutely love! Will definately be doing that with my shoes too. I really like the shoes you purchased, could i ask where you bought them from? many thanks. Angela ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Hi Kat,
    Just wondering if you could do a post for decorating a girls bedroom.
    I have a 8 year old and a 5 year old.

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  • greatgoogamoogas

    What a great idea, there are so many songs on my ipod that need deleting so count me in on this challenge.ReplyCancel

    • How many did you delete?? I’m always needing more space so sadly have to remove alot of songs.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    You are so clever! I have so much music on my iPhone that I always intend to delete but never do. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    Sorry, sad to admit I am still in the dark ages (don’t have an iPod) so I’ll declutter my CD collection instead! Thanks for the challenge Katrina…ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Williams

    thanks very much Katrina, I have so many songs on my iPhone when I added my entire CD collection to. Printed and have already started my list. Great idea!!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Great idea, I have alot of hubby’s music on my ipod which I would love to delete but it always seemed too hard, thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

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  • Redcelticdragon

    I have been giving all the songs I don’t like one star, that way I just delete those with one star.  I have found it easier as it doesn’t matter where I am when I’m listening to the music and I don’t have to scrabble for a piece of paperReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    How do I delete songs off my Ipod, unsure as to what to do?ReplyCancel

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  • Linderic

    Hello Katrina
    Thanks for the tips and encouragement Just the push I need some days.I am a procrastinator.I would like to know where you got your lovely orchid in the bathroom pic.I would like to get one, maybe not a real one.Makes the room look great.I’m going to look at Ikea for some bits n pieces they may have something .
    Kind Regards LindaReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    I only keep a thing of soap on tap in my window sill. The dish cloth is hung over the tap and the plug just sits there. Other than that everything else is kept under the sink.ReplyCancel

  • At the moment I keep my sink-stuff in a basket so it’s all in one place. My handsoap, dish soap plugs and sponge go in there so they don’t fall off of the bench – ours is in the “peninsula” (rather than an island. lol) and things were constantly falling off. Eventually I’d love to get something a bit more fashionable than blue plastic though! :)ReplyCancel

  • I try to get around the sink area and kitchen benches cleaned every day. have a bit more clutter on my window ledge than you do because I have some special things sitting there that I like to see everyday. But I find that I need my bench as clutter free as possible. Really helps when all else is chaos to have just that one space always tidy and ready for use.ReplyCancel

  • Olwyn

    So now i am confused …what DO you keep under yr kitchen sink then? Great site Katrina. Inspiration is priceless! best Regards, Olwyn

  • Mel Hortin

    I don’t have a lot of clutter around the kitchen sink but I love your idea of putting the sponge and plugs in a small ceramic pot. Will definitely be doing this. Thank you. I love all the ideas on the blog. Mel xxxReplyCancel

  • Peta

    I only have a double hand wash/hand cream dispenser. I have a 3.4 mt long white Caesarstone island bench top and like it clear. Occasionally I have a vase of flowers, but that’s all. I HATE CLUTTER!! A house is so much easier to keep clean without clutter and as I work full time I don’t have a lot of time to do housework.ReplyCancel

  • Elle

    yummy kitchens!ReplyCancel

  • Tab

    In the unit we rent, the owner had installed 1 of the ikea kitchen hanging bars. Since we knew we going to be here for a while (2 years), we popped into ikea and got some hooks and a basket. Basket holds cutley drainer, sponges, and washing up liquid. Hooks hold brushes and allow us to hang up our dish drainer so it’s off the sink but easily accessible.ReplyCancel

    • Tab

      Forgot to add, the hanging bar is right above the sink :)ReplyCancel

  • KJ

    Grrr…. Why did you have to chose the kitchen sink??? Mine’s a disaster. I appreciate the optimism of your “quick” cleaning task phrase though! ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    IKEA has these ergonomic and inexpensive long-handled scrubbers that come in 4 colours.There is a suction at the end of the handle so you can either lay the scrubber down or stand it up. (I stand mine up so the air gets at it from the window) These cost about $1 and last for ages. They are safe on glass and Teflon. The bristles rinse easily of grease and grime (I put them in the dishwasher once a week). I use them every day and often. After about 3 months they get sent to the workshop where hubby puts them to use. I use a SHARPIE marker and draw a ring around the base when the scrubber is old and being used for super grungy work so it does not get mixed up with the others.

    Suzanne in Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

    • that scrubber sounds very handy Suzanne, I haven’t seen it here in the Aussie Ikea stores, but I do use a very cheap kitchen brush from Ikea, love it!ReplyCancel