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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! #19 – Unused Exercise Equipment Do you have unused exercise equipment […]

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Decluttering the shower What do you keep in your shower?  Do you have way too many product bottles?  Do you really use them all?  Today I would like to you to take a look inside your shower, throw away or put into the cupboard what you haven’t used for 2 weeks or more.  If you rarely […]

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  • Sarah

    Fantastic idea! I love that the bottles can also include names or brands if everyone uses different shampoos.ReplyCancel

  • Deli Espino

    Great idea! I am going to do it for the kiddos. Their bottles tend to fall over and end up spilling half the bottle out. :/ I love it!! Thank You so much 😀ReplyCancel

  • Kirstylee

    That is such a great idea!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Great idea! I’m going to do that this weekend. I use WD40 to remove labels….only because hubby has a heap of it in the shed. Works well, bit smelly but does the job.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen

    Awsome idea. Will definatley be doing that. The kids are forever wasting and dropping the bottles and smashing the lids.

  • Brenda

    My husband and I were just discussing this issue just this morning! I’m putting your suggestion straight into practice, thanks 😀ReplyCancel

    • Happy to help Brenda, please let me know if it works well for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen

    Fantastic idea, we all use Moo Goo and I hate the idea of leaving $35 worth of products in the shower for the kids to use how they see fit so hairwashing is always done in our shower at the moment! Will definitely use this as they get older :-)ReplyCancel

    • My girls just don’t know when to stop squirting, it helps to eliminate the waste. Moo Goo is great isn’t it!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui (CRAP Mamma)

    That’s a great idea, it’ll stop the littlest one playing with the lid of the baby shampoo bottle too lol!!ReplyCancel

  • Excellent idea. I will definitely be setting this one up. I will get the kids to help, then they will love it even more. ReplyCancel

  • I love this, i bought big shampoo bottles with pumps and it works the same way. i love this idea. I also got this styrofoam square that fits under the toilet paper so they cannot unroll the whole roll easilyReplyCancel

    • What is the styroofoam square, I am intruigued, would love to hear more.ReplyCancel

  • mums the word

    great idea and so pretty!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Ladkins

    We don’t kepp anything in our shower at all. Everything you need for a shower is kept in the cupboard – you just grab it out before you jump in. ReplyCancel

  • Sm Shep

    A squirt of WD 40 will also help remove sticky labels (mostly the paper type). I used to work at a pawn brokers and that is the only thing we used to remove old price stickers and store labels. Actually spray it ON the label before removing, leave for a about 30 seconds and the label should peel off in one piece. Then you just wipe over with a bit of paper towel. Is still feels tacky, use an alco wipe.ReplyCancel

    • Kerrie

      Great idea! Too much is wasted in our house. Where can i find these bottles?ReplyCancel

  • Will defiantly be doing this, this weekend! ReplyCancel

  • […] Decluttering your shower, create shampoo and conditioner dispensers – Declutter your shower by removing all the excess bottles and lotions.  Create dispensers for the kids to eliminate excess shampoo usage, this will save you money! {Find The Organised Housewife on Twitter and Facebook} […]ReplyCancel

  • I like this idea. Different shampoos, soaps etc don’t always fit well into the caddy. At least this way you can find something that fits perfectly, buy your goop of choice in bulk and refill as needed. Brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Masilun

    Loved this idea but I found that the pump bottles we repurposed didn’t hold up well over time. So, I went on a hunt for some refillable plastic bottles that were durable and functional. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. Finally found these and have been thrilled with them. They hold an entire bottle of shampoo so I don’t have to refill nearly as often.


  • Our boys are not that keen on washing their hair, so we dont have to worry about waste. But we do have to think about the mold issue, and the bottle falling over as we drive! I really like your corner shelf from big W. Will have to look out for one of those :)
    Also like the idea of making a pump dispenser

  • Di4mk63

    I have done this as well, because I buy shampoo and condition in bulk litre bottles when on special, they are too heavy to handle in the shower/bath!ReplyCancel

  • shampoo dispensers

    The idea works well! the dispenser would really free up the space no matter if your bathroom is small. you. All it need is to just fill the dispenser bottle and have it at an easy press. Importantly, you will be finding  your things without any hassles.  If your bathroom is still old, it is time to remove all those bottles and bowls that makes your bathroom messy. Once you install it, you would definitely feel like you should have done that earlier!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    This is a great idea, just did this for my girls. No more waste.

Remove everything from your bathroom cupboard and vanity top, as you are taking them out access: Is it broken? Old hairdryer, electric toothbrush etc. Yes, throw away. Do you use it?  No, throw away. Has it expired?  Makeup, perfumes, lotions etc have expiry dates. Yes, throw away. Use baskets to keep items organised or easy to […]

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  • MAE

    That bathroom storage looks great. Wondering if you have ideas on how/where to store bathroom bags for travelling. We like to keep them stocked and ready and they tend to take up lots of room in the bathroom cupboard.ReplyCancel

    • Mae, I’ll answer this question in the reader question section of the upcoming newsletter, will be able to give you more detail and a few pictures :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Just the other day as part of my out-with-summer in-with-winter declutter i put all the beachtowels, sarongs, travel hairstuff & sunscreens we take out to beach/pool etc into our beachbags closed them with pegs to keep dust etc out and put them to store in a space next to my vacuum cleaner in the bottom of the linen cupboard. The towel cupboard & vanity cupboard are both less crowded & tidier.
    Bathers, chamois & goggles (the bare essentials should we do an indoor pool visit) are with the sport stuff in each of our wardrobes.
    Have finally finished getting all the woollens, lounge lap-rugs & extra blankets freshened and out, their space now occupied by (cleaned) outdoor setting cushions, fans, extra ice making stuff and the gazebo shadecloth (big washer at the laundomat was handy!)

    I just wonder whether Mae could keep her travel toiletries in the luggage/suitcases – presumably this space is empty until you pack the rest of your travel items? This is what we do with our scout hike stuff..ReplyCancel

    • Love the summer/winter declutter Julie! Might try and add your tip into the newsletter!ReplyCancel

    • We keep all pur travel essentials in our suitcases and also try to stack the smaller suitcases inside the bigger ones!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thank so much Katrina for all the bathroom tips. My kids bathroom was the worst room in my house. I went out and bought those suction tooth brush holders and it is so much better. (I have 7 kids toothbrushes to store, the cup they were in before had to go through the dishwasher ever couple of days – but now – NO MORE!).

    I also took up your chucking and no folding of the face washers in the drawers idea…. you are fantastic….(why didn’t I think of using them for cleaning before though). The only thing I thought of (you have one washer per kid),where as I have 7 kids, so 7 washers is too many in one bathroom, so I put some 3M easy remove hooks on the wall tiles. 1 washer is for the boys bath, 2 girls share one washer and the other 2 girls the other. (After all the girls only use them for their faces and have a shower ‘puffy/sponge”. I also stuck a small sticker on each hook – boat for boys, love heart and a bow!

    In the kids bathroom, I only have towels in the cabinet under the sink, up in the vanity the I have rolled and put the bath towels, in the other side the girls are starting to add their bits and pieces (creams, deodorants etc), less stuff in a kids bathroom is the better!

    You are an inspiration Katrina xoxoReplyCancel

    • Love it Lisa, thankyou for adding the photo as well. I love that you have personalised the 3m hooks with a stickers!ReplyCancel

  • Adalita Marks

    I use the coloured drawers in my makeup bathroom. At the house we are renovating. I can’t wait to have a new bathroom so I can organise it properly. I am going to buy a stand for my hairdryier and straightening iron. I also have bought pink lily clear boxes for makeup, and other bathroom essentials. I have a couple of baskets too. ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for the ideas – we have just moved and the bathroom cupboard is tiny, with no drawers! Hence bathroom goodies still in boxes on the floor! I am keeping everyday items like deodorant & moisturiser for me in my wardrobe. :)ReplyCancel

    • Hopefully you can use one of these ideas. Do you have wall space where you can add some shelves or cabinets?ReplyCancel

      • I’m thinking of buying one of those over the toilet shelf unit thingys – will see how we go. Thanks. :)ReplyCancel

  • P

    assess not access – please!ReplyCancel

  • Ellie

    I keep my daily items in a hanging toiletry bag – Keeps the bench clear, items handy and can be easily zipped up and put away when I want to. It might suit you too :)ReplyCancel

  • sly

    Put the items on the bench in a pretty basket. Then you can just pick up the basket when you clean.ReplyCancel

  • […] Purge all unused and out of date items from your bathroom cupboards […]ReplyCancel

  • Hayley McK

    Hi Kat, wondering where you keep First Aid supplies and basic medications like panandol?

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I keep them on the top shelf of my pantry :)ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Hey Kat, where did you get the little draws from? They look like they would solve alot of my bathroom clutter!
    Any any tips on keeping heating tools neat? thinks like the hairdryer/straightener etc.
    Thank you :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Justine, i keep my hair straightener and hair dryer in my bottom draw in the bathroom just by themselves so they stay tidy and not get messed up with other bathroom items. The white baskets can be bought from Kmart or a dollar shop.ReplyCancel

Did you know that most products in your bathroom have a used by date? Amazingly a lot of people don’t realise, but if you have a look on your products usually it is mentioned in a very small font.  It maybe hard to say goodbye to some of your much-loved lipsticks or eye shadows, however […]

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  • Kylie

    I actually did this only yesterday and found it a bit terrifying! When my MIL passed away, I was given all of her make up which was mainly Clinique – and LOTS of it! It has sat in my bathroom since Nov 09 and hadn’t been touched, so yesterday I got rid of it all. So much more room in my make up bag now :)ReplyCancel

  • I didn’t know the expiry date on everything so thank you! I recently went through all my old make up! But I didn’t throw out the lipstick/eyeshadow right away. I let my kids use them as an art material and they LOVED IT!

  • Well, guess that means I’m turfing 99% of my make-up out. Obviously I dont wear it nearly enough when there are things there that were purchased in high school…. OH DEAR!!! LOL
    Nevermind. It’s the perfect excuse to update the supply and buy some more! xoReplyCancel

  • Its so sad when i go check the expiry date of my makeup and i find makeup that i love expired..ReplyCancel

  • Oh no, I’m going to have to get rid of everything in my cupboard that’s been sitting there “just in case I need it some day”, all my perfumes and half the stuff in my makeup bag! Eww, I can’t believe I didn’t know some of these things have an expiry date. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Not many people do and most of this stuff goes on our face, which we want to make wrinkle free for as long as we can.ReplyCancel

  • Sj

    I’ve heard mascara should be Thrown out after 6 weeks!! Liking your time frame much more!! Who can go hrough a tube of mascarra that quick anyway!!ReplyCancel

  • […] it expired?  Makeup, perfumes, lotions etc have expiry dates. Yes, throw […]ReplyCancel

  • Go Green

    All of your make-up and products will contain many harmful chemicals and plastics that are doing your skin no good at all, even the ones that claim to be “mineral” or “natural”.
    If you buy an truly all natural make-up, such as Australian made MUSQ, the expiry dates can be indefinite due to the quality of the products. Their products will also help heal your skin. I have never worn make-up before due to the terrifying truth about commercial products. Since finding this company I actually look forward to wearing makeup. Looking forward to throwing away my body shop not-so “mineral” makeup then got used once. ReplyCancel

  • Bryar

    By the looks of it my whole makeup bag needs to be replaced.  ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    I only recently did this actually as Ive begun wearing makeup again after many years of not being bothered. All apart of my Drab Mum Fab transformation after reclaiming my body after extended breastfeedingReplyCancel

  • Carly

    Most make up / cosmetic products have a small logo on them that identifies their shelf life. The logo is a small round container with its lid sitting ajar with a number next to it e.g. 6 or 12 which represents that the product has a shelf life of 6 or 12 months after you open it. When you open a new product, especially for more expensive or seldom used items, find the logo and write the date you opened it on with a marker. That way you know when its past its shelf life.ReplyCancel

  • SarahBear77

    Oh my gosh, I have lots of perfume. what actually happens if you wear it longer than the recommended expiry date? (or do I really have to throw it out?!)ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    hmmm, I wear makeup about once or twice a year at most. I have makeup, perfumes, even specialty hair conditioners that I’ve had for 15 or more years! Most of them look nearly brand new. It’s so hard for me to throw these things out when I’ve barely used them and I bought them because I really do like the colors!ReplyCancel

    • it is hard to part with them, but a few years ago I found myself with terribly irritated eyes. It was on going for about 3 weeks, I have red puffy eyes with big dark circles underneath, Dr’s couldn’t help, Optometrist really didn’t know, in the end, I worked out that my Mascara was out of date and was causing my eye problems. So just watch out for any side effectsReplyCancel

  • Putting eyeshadows and powders in the freezer for a short while will kill anything that could potentially be living in there, and will then be safe to use again.ReplyCancel

    • Really, I’ve never heard of this. This is how you can kill dust mites, so it makes sense. Thanks for the tip Debbie.ReplyCancel

  • […] it expired?  Makeup, perfumes, lotions etc have expiry dates. Yes, throw […]ReplyCancel

  • […] I go through my phases where I buy makeup thinking I may wear it more often… but I don’t, and then it expires before I can use it up, lipstick is my main culprit.  Did you know that makeup has an expiry date? […]ReplyCancel

Please forgive me my day’s have been all out recently, yesterday’s post was ‘Cleaning Tuesday’ clearly it was Wednesday, but here I go again, Decluttering on a Thursday instead of Wednesday, will you forgive me??  LOL. I have posted about decluttering your handbag before, however, I want to repost this, because I have so many […]

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  • Julie

    Don’t worry
    – not having perfect domestic goddess posts adds to their appeal – it keeps the goal of being organised into the realm of the attainable for us mere mortals!!
    (We are not yet worthy ..) :)ReplyCancel

  • […] take some time today to clean your handbag, organise inside if you have time (great product review below which can help), and create a permanent home for your […]ReplyCancel

  • Kahler

    Thanks for sharing I have been organising my whole house and family but never thought to organise my hand bag it’s always full of receipts and shopping lists and other such junk, love having a guideline to work from to help me sought my hand bag :) P.S love your blog it’s very inspiring!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna

    I keep all of my cosmetics in a clear zipped bag for easy access and it keeps me from looking for them in the canyon that is my handbag. Same for pens and other office supplies. Still haven’t mastered the paper, but working on it.ReplyCancel

  • Task 07: Cleaning Out Your Bag « Budget Girl

    […] Decluttering. I’ve been putting this one off because…ugh. Just…ugh. Who wants to clean out their purse? (Guys: substitute wallet, backpack, briefcase or whatever it is you carry. I have guy friends who […]ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I keep a separate coin purse + credit card holder which I keep all my membership/discount cards in – this saves my wallet being overstuffed & impossible to keep closed. I also have a cosmetic purse where I keep a pen, nail file, paracetamol, hand cream + a few other bits & bobs. It’s great – so easy to now find my keys, mobile & walletReplyCancel

  • you forgot tissues for the handbag, i also keep mints in mine for the fresh breath emergencies. i also use that same particular chapstick its great the best ive used to be honestReplyCancel

  • fiona

    I like to change my handbag over alot, so each time it gets a good declutter!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Hi Kat, just voted for your blog on the AWC site, good luck!! Your site is fantastic, you deserve the nomination, best wishes Katrina QldReplyCancel

    • Hi Katrina, thank you so much for taking time out to do that, I really appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • […] Decluttering. I’ve been putting this one off because…ugh. Just…ugh. Who wants to clean out their purse? (Guys: substitute wallet, backpack, briefcase or whatever it is you carry. I have guy friends who […]ReplyCancel

You are very lucky 2 posts from me today!!  I wanted to give you one last Decluttering challenge this week and in aide of our post from Cupcake City I thought it was fitting for you to go through your stash of birthday candles and throw away some of the old ones you don’t use […]

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Do you have a few extra bottles of nailpolish that you thought looked really pretty at the supermarket, purchased it, used it and it just wasn’t the right colour and now wonder what to do with it?  (Yes that’s me, I brought black nailpolish to wear to a concert I went to last year, it looked […]

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  • nikke miller

    If you store them in the fridge they last so much longer, I have a container with lid that I have them all in & leave them in the fridge at about the middle shelf at the back.. I also love to pamper my toes :)ReplyCancel

  • Marcia

    A fun thing to do with nailpolish your not so keen on, is mix them with others until you have a shade you adore!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Katrina,
    First of all, I love reading your blog daily.
    I just organise my nailpolish bag too. Our school has a fete every year & I know they always have a nailpolish stall, so, I donate mine there. Thought I share this.
    Enjoy your day..ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra

    Nail polish can be given to your local Nursing Home , the residents love have their nails painted and would love it more than you would ever know.ReplyCancel

    • What an excellent idea! I’ll declutter my nail polish this weekend and then have a trip down the road to my local nursing home. Thank you! :)ReplyCancel

      • I webster pack for a group of mentally disabled teenage girls and you just reminded me that would be a great gift for them!ReplyCancel

  • Task 06: Nail Polish « Budget Girl

    […] him.) So, anyway, I was really excited when I saw that this week’s decluttering challenge was Nail Polish. Except that I really didn’t want to go out and buy a canister. (Michael’s and Wal-Mart […]ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    I recently discovered a way to use multiple colours of nail polish that is gorgeous, easy and fun! Google (or whatever) the words “marble nail polish”. I use about 5 colours to get amazing results. Some suggest masking tape around the finger area you don’t want painted but I smear Vaseline using a Q-tip. (It’s faster and and conditions the surrounding area at the same time!) I found a quick-dry nail spray at Walmart for under $5. It’s a huge can, it doesn’t take much and smells like baby powder. Have fun coordinating your nail colour with your clothes!

    Suzanne in Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

  • […] him.) So, anyway, I was really excited when I saw that this week’s decluttering challenge was Nail Polish. Except that I really didn’t want to go out and buy a canister. (Michael’s and Wal-Mart […]ReplyCancel

While the kids are home go through your pile of board games and sell, donate or giveaway the games the kids have grown out of.  Just for fun play them one last time.  This will also make room for new better age appropriate games. Our family favourites are: Jenga Trouble Monopoly Hungry Hippos Puzzles 3 […]

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While the kids are home today, go through their summer clothes and donate, sell, giveaway or store for other family and friends all the clothing they have grown out of .  Make it fun, get them do a fashion show for you. My kids have quite a few summer clothes but as for winter they only have […]

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  • I did just this the other night. One of my daughters was a great help, I waited until the other was asleep before starting though, even the next morning she cried when she realised I’d not kept a pair of stripped size 4 tights (apparently their her very best and favourite and they still really really do fit her – she wears a big 6 or a 7!) She is going to be a horder, I can see it.ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    What great timing Katrina! I have just received hand me downs (HMD) from a great friend for my 2 DS’s (6 & 3).

    I store the HMD in two underbed tubs under each child’s bed with one size (marked on the outside) in each tub. I have made an inventory of what each child needs and what is in the tub, so that I can take advantage of end of season sales if I need to. I store one inventory in the tub and one in my Household Manual/Notebook.

    HOWEVER…. your list shows that I am still keeping way too much and could probably pare down even more (we keep 6 x shirts, 2 x hoodies/jumpers, 2 x jeans, 2 x long pants or shorts, 2 x trackies, 6 x singlets, 3 x PJs, 1 x raincoat & 1 x heavy duty warm weatherproof coat).ReplyCancel

  • Tina Ackland

    Oh my.. What are Jeggings?? Can you tell I’m the mummy to a Miss 1? I don’t think we have any Jeggings in her wardrobe yet! :/

    So glad someone has given me a list though, I think we have far too much already! I’m already buying into the next size, as I know I have too much size 1. I think it’s time to start vacuum sealing these clothes up ready for the next child!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Tina, jeggings are leggings that look like jeans. You can get away with just jeggings and a t-shit unlike leggings needing a skirt or dress over the top. Super cute. They come in size 1 too, Target have some.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Ackland

    aah, there you go, Miss 1 does have a pair of Jeggings! Thanks Katrina! :)ReplyCancel

  • […] list could keep going.  HERE is a list of clothing I buy my children during […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Hanging organiser for clothes, toy box for the teddies she kept, Ikea baskets store socks and swimmers.  More details found here on organising the kids wardrobes […]ReplyCancel

  • Visitor from Ireland

    I’m amazed that your children manage with so little clothes – how do you manage to wash them and have spares? They are either very clean children or you are the queen of laundry!!

    And I thought I was doing great with 5-6 pairs of trousers/leggings and same number of tops :))ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Omg- my kids have WAY too much clothes!
    They both have 4 pairs of jeans (all each) 2 pairs of “utility pants” 4 track pants, 1-2cords, 12 long sleeve tops and 6 jumper/hoodies and 2 warm jackets.ReplyCancel

  • […] Declutter and organise the guest or kids wardrobe […]ReplyCancel

Now that winter is approaching, it’s a good time to use up alot of the food or meals you have in the freezer, to then restock with yummy casseroles and soups. Create your meal plan using food from the freezer Clean the freezer wiping down the sides and shelves.  See more details about cleaning the […]

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  • Julie

    What a week it has been in our house with me organising a big fundraiser bbq, Easter and ANZAC Day all the same weekend!
    The house is not as shabby as i had expected it might get – but for now it will wait until tomorrow as I take the youngest 2 out so Ms 15 can get some sleep before she starts work!

    We went to the Dawn service as we have done most years, and every year since my son started Scouts. As a Venturer (senior scout)my daughter(15) stayed overnight on Vigil at the Cenotaph in council gardens, after which we followed the procession from the town centre to there. (Last year she was lead flagbearer for the district march and looked like a deer in headlights when she realised where she’d be!) Thismorning I looked for her nearly 10min only to find she’d been placed in the catafalque party (the remaining 4 to guard the monument through the entire ceremony!) ..which brings me to my point – we all have duties, even if we do feel a bit reluctant sometimes. And I must say much of the time much of the housework fits this bill. I think it is one of the most unacknowledged and sometimes unappreciated of duties when performed for other than yourself. (If you ever do want to hear a mass campaign of housewife appreciation try the post-WW2 rhetoric – too bad it’s prime political motivation was to free-up employment for returning servicemen!)

    For me its a day full of memories – of Old Spice cologne and my Grandad. Obviously, I do not have the same calibre of memories as the veterans but for me the memory of my Grandad is one of love. He always had a lap for me. As I look back now and remember when he was tired, had arthritis in his knees, and the pains of years, I have an even deeper appreciation in that he never let me doubt there wasn’t a moment he wouldn’t make for me.

    My Grandad had a disdain for the maudlin commemorations, and would never go. He even spent some time as a detained conscript for his determination to serve his country as an engineer!! He thought that family, and enjoying the simple things in life was the appropriate way to appreciate the sacrifices made instead. During thismorning’s service, after a beautiful dedication, the crowd silent, some of the oldest veterans stood up and applauded. (I was always taught it was proper respect to be reserved) There was a quick shuffle of papers when one of the RSL members joined the speaker and stated his overwhelming joy and honor to see so many young people come to appreciate the veterans. He said that to just see them enjoy and celebrate life & freedom made it all worthwhile. So there it is – whatever your opinions of war or those involved, take the time to give love & value to another, make the most of the freedoms that are often taken for granted so you can enjoy living the best life you can! It’s your duty.ReplyCancel

  • Task 5: Board Games « Budget Girl

    […] The Freezer. I need to do this one, but it needs to wait a little while longer. I have to get a couple […]ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Here’s a tip that’s great for any time of year!

    We have a smallish freezer(30″ wide) in our kitchen and a bigger freezer(40″ wide)in the cottage/garage. The small freezer contains items for the next 2 weeks of meals, some pre-made dinners, fruit&veg, baking. The larger freezer contains the items to prep the foods (meat, fish, fruit, veg).

    To keep things organized in the small freezer each category is in a cardboard box: fruit, veg, meat, fish, baking on top. To organize the larger freezer I also put like items in open top cardboard boxes with hand holes on the sides. These are the sort of boxes you’d find tomatoes, cukes and peppers in. I get mine at Costco — all the same size so it’s nice and neat. They are also designed to be stackable (I use these in my sewing room to keep projects together and it’s easy to move them from room to room).

    Here’s my fav trick: On the outside of the big freezer I use an erasable marker and make a list of what’s inside! ie: top left hand corner is prepped soups&sauces, top right hand corner are jams etc I also write how many items of each type are in there. The dry eraser hangs on a hook that’s suctioned onto the freezer’s side. Even my hubby can go to the freezer and find that stash of ribs!

    An older lady in the line up at the green grocer told me about this. It’s amazing the tips you can find out when you’re chatting :)

    Suzanne in Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

    • I love this idea, sounds so wonderfully organised. I’m loving all your tips today Suzanne, thank you for sharing them all.ReplyCancel

  • […] The Freezer. I need to do this one, but it needs to wait a little while longer. I have to get a couple […]ReplyCancel

Today’s decluttering task may not relate to everybody, but at the moment I am doing quite a bit of rearranging in my house to cater for a new wardrobe system.  I am wanting take a few things out of the WIR and store elsewhere in the house.  I found that one of the drawers in […]

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  • Claire

    We keep the best and scan and save those that are good but don’t quite make the grade but can’t bear to throw away.ReplyCancel

  • We only have a couple of books so far. The boys have only recently got into colouring (2.5yrs and 1.5 yrs). Infact yesterday I went net surfing for some easter colouring in pages lol.
    I do plan to have a basket int he Expedit shelves I want for the family room to house colouring books thoughReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    my daughter’s draw is bursting!! I shall get straight onto this and maybe sort her colouring pencils/textas as well.
    Thanks for the idea and motivation!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the reminder! I only seem to think of doing this when I am looking for a colouring book to take with us to a restaurant or friends place. I’m on to it now! (Okay, after a coffee!)

  • Leila

    We rarely buy colouring books, i download the occasional image online and the kids get them from some of their friends and relatives for birthdays and christmas. For the images out of the books we tear out the pages yet to be used and pop them into a display folder, the images the kids really like we copy on our printer so they can all colour them in over and over again.
    Images the kids are really proud of get taken out of the book and displayed on the fridge or we cover in clear contact back and front and pop onto the front of their wardrobes with a small amount of contact until they want to update, means they have new artwork in their rooms regularly and the ones they take down are usually passed to the grandparents for display on their fridge.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the tip, I had been starting to get a number of books and not knowing what to do with them!ReplyCancel

An organised broom cupboard makes ‘cleaning day’ so much easier when you don’t have to wrestle the contents inside. In my broom cupboard you will find: Vacuum Cleaner Ironing Board Iron Clothes hanger for my the ironing 2 dusters (I have 2 as my girls help me dust) Blinds cleaner Mop No broom, I don’t […]

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  • Oh awesome. Will definitely do this. Our broom cupboard is in the kitchen (weird hey?) and I keep the medicines on the top shelf. It is in desperate need of a declutter.
    Not sure if I’ll get to it today being shopping day but will do my bestReplyCancel

  • Vicky Moran

    I don’t have a broom cupboard! It was in the kitchen but was totally useless. Once you got the ironing board in there, nothing else could fit. It had a shelf on the bottom for the vacuum….impossible to get out beast in. So….we converted it to a 2nd pantry cupboard.

    Now the vacuum is kept on the floor in the linen cupboard, I don’t iron so don’t have the ironing board anymore, the broom, mop, bucket are all kept in the laundry between the wall and washing machine. Rags are kept in with the teatowels in the kitchen. Iron is kept in the buffet…with my slow cooker, wok, bread maker etc!

    Weird much??!!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina,
    Your cupboard looks fantastic and I bet it saves you heaps of time aswell having it so neat and organised! I’m just wondering where you got the wall mount to hang your iron up? Such a great idea.
    We’re having our laundry renovated sometime in the future and I will be having a Broom Cupboard installed as we dont have one at the moment. I’d love to have the bits and pieces like that ready to install when it all happens! Thanks again for your daily inspiration.
    Jac at Common Chaos Chronicle xoxoReplyCancel

  • I don’t have a broom cupboard either. There is an un finished mini room which i think must have held the old hot water service, which is now outside, but we use this for our storage.

    My ironing board and clothes airer live in the laundry, between the tub and my fridge (tiny kitchen – fridge is in back area/laundry)I get them out all the time and it’s a struggle trying to get them in and out of the storage room because the door opens inwards of all things! I must be renting the WORST DESIGNED house in the universe! My Kirby lives in a linen closet with no shelves (why??) as it can stands up and i don’t have to take it apart.

    My iron lives on top of my washing machine, there are just no cupboards to put anything in! It also means it is with the ironing board so hubby can find it when I seem to have ironed every one of his ten million shirts except the one he wants to wear! :)

    I don’t have a broom except for outside, I vacuum the hard floors in the house every day. I got into this habit when my baby started crawling around and never stopped. I vacuum after I make the beds each morning.

    Because there was not much to do for this challenge I decluttered my tupperware cupboard instead and added it to my 52 things list :)ReplyCancel

  • It looks brilliant – well done – I am so thankful to you as now my vaccum cleaner lives in the bottom of our linen cupboard as does the steam mop. They ahve never had homes… they use to just hang around in corners or be shoved from room to room …ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    common chaos chronicle:
    I have a wall hanger just like it – it either came from Bunnings or Howard Stroage WorldReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I too would like to know where your wall hanging things came from.ReplyCancel

  • Aliesha

    This would be awesome if i wasnt renting and could screw these hangers onto the cupboard and also if my laundry cupboard wasnt the size of a shoe boz, i have to keep my vacuum in the linen cupboard, that also is the size of a shoebox :(ReplyCancel

  • katherine

    gosh i wish i had a broom cupboard!
    i have to squich my vacum into the bottom space in my linen cupbaord
    and my broom, ironing board and mop etc have to fit between my washing machine and the linen cupboard *sigh*
    cant wait till the day we build a house… my laundry is going to be a DECENT size!ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Girls

    You inspired me, so I’ve been working hard on my broom closet. So far it’s looking splendid! Can’t believe how much extra room I’ve reclaimed. ReplyCancel

    • These closets are so small too, so we need as much as we can get. Good on you!

  • Kristine Dowley

    Mine has tools, bits and pieces (screws and bolts, ties etc) plus the iron, ironing board, broom, mop, dustpan, floaties, sunscreen etc… It’s a two door thingy, one side has shelves, the other is open, with a shelf across the top of both sides. ReplyCancel

  • guest

    and if you get the metal version of the iron organiser rather than the plastic coated one, you don’t have to wait until the iron is cold before putting it away!ReplyCancel

  • Kirbstar23

    Can i ask…. how wide is your broom closet?
    We are in the process of re modeling our laundry love your ideas.

  • angezap

    Hi i love the iron holder, where would I get one of those?ReplyCancel

    • I got this iron holder many many years ago, I have seen them definitely at Howards Storage World, but like to think you can also get them at Kmart, Big W, Bunnings.ReplyCancel

  • Wow, that looks amazing… Where can I find one of those holders where you have your dusters etc in?ReplyCancel

    • Veronica, I purchased this quite awhile ago, but Im thinking if I remember correctly I got it from Bunnings. I will keep my eye out and let you know if I see another one.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    were did you get the iron organiser from? i would love to get one for my cupboard too!! i am trying to organise my home and your website is really helpful!! keep it upReplyCancel

    • Bec it was so long ago, I can’t remember exactly, but I have seen them at howards storage world, possibly kmart and Bunnings too. It is such a help, keeps the iron tidily away.ReplyCancel

Get to the bottom of the ironing basket As this weeks topic is ironing, today I would like you to declutter your ironing pile…yes that’s right I am asking you to iron, even if you despise it, it needs to be done.  I am sure you will find something you will love to wear at the […]

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  • Natalie

    Found it last night! I love ironing :) so I set up my board in front of a comedy dvd I haven’t had time to watch and ironed away!ReplyCancel

  • I gave up having an ironing basket many years ago when I found spiders and earwigs in the bottom of it! Now I fold/hang and put away. Both my girls have been able to iron a T-shirt/jeans/shorts since they were about 10 (if needed). My ironing board is always up, behind the door in the study so mostly, I iron my husband’s business shirt & trousers each morning as part of my routine (as soon as he gets in the shower) and find it works well for me. Sometimes I iron 5-6 shirts on a Sunday arvo if I feel like it. I always have Monday’s school uniform ironed ready to go. I cannot wear something if it is creased!

    I iron a business shirt much like you – collar, left front, across the back, right front, each sleeve then finally the yoke across the shoulders. I also iron hubby’s hankies with precision!

    Cheers – Joolz

    So lovely to meet you via the video! :)ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Ironing…haha that’s funny! Until recently I didn’t own an iron, and only needed one to iron on labels on the kids clothing (I mistakenly bought labels that needed to be ironed on, my previous purchase of clothing lables didn’t need to be ironed on). I now buy clothing that doesn’t need to be ironed, and find if I wash and hang out and fold straight away things don’t get creased and I can put them away staight away. This even applies to my work pants and tops. Hanging the shirts on a coat hanger seems to get the creases out when it dries.ReplyCancel

  • Casey

    Hey Katrina,

    Great idea! As you know I have found reknewed passion for ironing. It makes your clothes feel fresher and crisper. Makes me feel a bit fancier than I really am and it burns more calories than sitting while watching telle :)
    Will tackle this after lunch.ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    What a great clip. Thanks for continuing to give us great ideas! Just wondering though, on the subject of ironing and laundry – where do you store your ironing stand thingy? I have one that hangs from the door but it has started to scratch the paint from the door and yours looks like such a clever idea. I also finally got to the bottom of my ironing baskets (x 3) and have given them away so I can never have the opportunity to fill them again – thanks for the challenge!ReplyCancel

  • I haven’t had any net for the last couple of days so hadn’t caught up onthe posts here until now. Yesterday I decided to completely spring clean my laundry room seeing as I hadn’t decluttered my three things form my laundry or washed my washing machine.
    My ironing basket sits on top of our chest freezer which is in the laundry so as part of the clean up I ironed!!!
    Only took about an hour. I did that while I waited for my teenage son to come home and move a cupboard for me (yes I cleaned behind everything!!!)
    Laundry looks great nowReplyCancel

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  • Sarah

    I found it easier to keep the ironing pile decluttered – is to iron on a daily basis… then you dont have hours of ironing to do, you can usually get it done in 1/2 an hour instead of 3! :)

    lovin’ your ideas!ReplyCancel