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43 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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Hiding in the freezer section at Ikea is frozen gingerbread dough.  I don’t like the smell or taste of ginger and rarely make gingerbread for my kids (mean mummy).  However, my kids LOVE gingerbread so I thought I would give this dough a go. I thawed the dough in the fridge and rolled onto a floured […]

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This is a guest post from reader Carissa G Thank you to one of our readers, Carissa for sending through a step by step tutorial for making a Christmas Lantern, a perfect table centrepiece. Before An old unused lantern. Step 1 Clean lantern ready for painting Step 2 Paint lantern.  I used a brush, however you […]

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44 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Molly

    I was just wondering if you were going to be adding any cleaning tasks to the Christmas series like last year?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Molly, No i’m so sorry not this year. I have changed it up a little.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Thanks, Katrina, these are well-timed ideas for me. I like to buy Christmas gifts through the year as I see them on special, so another thing I like to do before I write the gift list is to find all the gifts that are stashed around the house, and assign them to receivers on the list. This way, I know what I already have, who might receive them, and who I still need to buy for.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love how well organised you are, Rachael!.:)ReplyCancel

45 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Kylee

    Ooh that letter to Santa is adorable, thanks Kat my this will be a great help for me especially as I have no idea what to get this kids this year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh it is very cute isn’t it Kylee! Hope it helps you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Your Christmas organization ideas are really fantastic. I could really just put together a packing box of Christmas go-tos and get this whole packing and present planning business out of the way based on what you’ve shared here. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

48 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Amanda

    Hi Katrina. My daughter and I had a go at making the reindeer Chupa Chups tonight and they turned out great! The Brisbane Kids website didn’t include a reindeer template with their instructions so here is a link to the one I used:
    http://www.northpolechristmas.com/patternreindeer2.html
    Thanks for the great idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is fantastic Amanda! They are so cute and the kids have so much fun in making them!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Packing boxes for wrapping Christmas pressies seems like an awesome idea! Although I wouldn’t just restrict this to Christmas wrapping. I have definitely saved up QUITE an amount of present-wrapping stationary over the years so I might even need a box slightly bigger than the ones here!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Fantastic Audrey.:)ReplyCancel

49 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Jade Parsons

    Hi Kat

    I was wondering if the 2014 Nov & Dec calendar pages from the planner will be available to purchase from your store separately as oppose to buying the whole planner, as I already have this from last year.

    Thanks
    JadeReplyCancel

Last year I created this look shelf nook for all my gift wrapping, but we have changed the room around and no longer have this space.  I have created a portable wrapping basket, which is working really well.  At Christmas time I like to sit in front of the TV and wrap my pressies, so now […]

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  • OMG this is so organized & everything look so perfect. I wish I was as organized as you. Thanks to your blog I am trying to.

    Thanks for sharing this, which also reminds me that I need to go gift shopping!ReplyCancel

50 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more […]

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51 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Lyla

    This is such a fun task day, have been meaning to get my craft box ready and my daughter will really enjoy making the Olaf, that is such a cute idea, thank you for finding it. Those bottles are great I can’t drink just plain water so these are going on my wish list.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      We love Olaf here too, the girls sing the song all the time!ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    The Christmas organiser is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE part of your blog/page. I can’t get enough of it! I LOVE Christmas and all its traditions. By the way, you look fabulous. Congratulations on your amazing journey xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Bec you are so lovely!! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, you truly have made me day!.:) x
      I am with you on Christmas too! It is such a beautiful special time of year!ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Thanks for taking the time to reply Katrina ???? I’m so happy that I made your day. I love the Christmas traditions your family has that you shared last year. We have a little boy and this will be his second Christmas, we have started some family traditions too ???? it’s such a special and magical time. Bless you & thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas xxxxxReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Oops they were supposed to be smiley faces not question marks!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Awe thank you Bec.:)ReplyCancel

52 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas, each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more […]

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  • Jen

    I am so pleased to see this series back, it was so much fun last year and really helped me to prepare for Christmas, you are a gem Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      HI Jen, so glad that the series has helped you and that you will be following along again this year.ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    Hi Kat, what brand are the sticky tabs you used on the dividers? I had a quick look on the officeworks website but can’t find ones like yours in the nice colours :(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree, I love these colours. They are Avery tabs, I purchased them a few years ago from Officeworks, I don’t think they sell them anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    All I can say is thank you, I have followed this series for the past few years and I have found my sanity over Christmas because of it, will be following again this year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Christmas can do that to you, easily mess with your head, it just gets so busy around the silly season everything can easily get out of control, here’s to another stress free Christmas for you xReplyCancel

  • Lee

    Where do you buy your white folder that allows you to slip paper in the front back and spine?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lee, you can get these from OfficeWorks and Kmart used to sell them as well.ReplyCancel

  • Olay I’m not going to lie. I freaked out when I read this because I realised that I need to be organised for Christmas which I am not! But thank you, it’s the kick in the bottom that I needed :PReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I know it is so scary how quick Christmas is coming around!ReplyCancel

  • I am loving this idea as I am suddenly feeling very overwhelmed by Christmas. I was pretty organised but we had a house fire three weeks ago and everything was destroyed. I am starting again from scratch and I don’t really know where to begin.
    Going to check with a friend tomorrow that I can borrow her printer and then I am purchasing this organiser. I love Christmas but currently I am stressing out about it. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Interested to know where you got the binder receipts folders that will fit into a folder.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Kirsty i just got the binder wallets from office works and used a hole punch to out it in the back of the folder. It works great.:)ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    I found pretty coloured divider labels in officeworks! They even match the colours of each divider page!!! Didn’t even look at price stocked just got very excited and brought them!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yay that is awesome Alana.:)ReplyCancel

  • You little ripper! This is fab, you’re so cvlever xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Kylie.:)ReplyCancel

Can you believe there is only 55 days until Christmas? It is now time to start preparing for Christmas.  Over the past few years I have shared a Christmas series – Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas through November and December. By following along in the series and completing a few simple tasks now it won’t […]

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  • Lyndal

    I look forward to this series every year, before reading your blog I could never be organised for Christmas. Last two years it was all planned and irganised thanks to you Kat. Can’t wait to start this year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Lyndal.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Codling

    I am excited and can’t wait to start organising For Christmas. It is my favourite time of year and although I am generally fairly well organised, the past few months have left me totally unorganised with piles of washing and cleaning and I’m looking forward to getting it all back together. My mum passed away 3 weeks ago, so it will be a new experience for all our family this Christmas and anything to make it go more smoothly is very appreciated.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sarah I am so sorry to hear about your Mum, thinking of you hun. Follow along with the series it will help you take the thinking out of how to plan for Christmas, filled with some recipes you may enjoy too.ReplyCancel

  • 55 sleeps til Christmas – can’t be true!!

    I did a tutorial a few years back for a craft/food thing I’ve made every Christmas for nearly 30 years! Lolly Holly is great for kids to make and really jazzes up your Christmas wrapping or is a great little present for kids to give their friends.

    I hope you don’t mind – I’ve included the link below if you’re interested and I’d be happy if you choose to share it (or just try it with your own kids)!

    http://angesramblings.blogspot.com.au/2009/12/advent-day-6-tutorial.htmlReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Ange! I have just had a look! What a fantastic idea! I love it, thank you for sharing.:)ReplyCancel