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Organised Christmas 2013 – Day 1

51 days till Christmas Day Daily Cleaning Tasks to prepare for the silly season Christmas organisation, recipes, crafts & more Let’s join together and encourage each other over on Instagram @organised_house , I’d love to see your progress.  Use hashtag #organisedxmas 2014 Christmas tasks will begin 3rd November Over the coming weeks I will be sharing with you […]

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  • Amy

    Yay! It’s begun. Looking forward to following along and getting organised. Thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Do you find that your thermal receipts fade in the plastic sleeves/wallets?ReplyCancel

    • No Bec after the new year I move the receipts out and have never had a problem. I also use this wallet in my bill organiser and the receipts stay in there for quite a few months.ReplyCancel

  • Tara

    I bought an Elf on the shelf but am unsure when to bring him out and start it with the kids? Do you wait until December? TIAReplyCancel

    • I bring our Elf out on the 1st of December. We have been doing craft decorations and baking christmas recipes and the kids did say out loud, if their elf will come early. LOL.ReplyCancel

      • Faysie

        I want to get the Elf out already too…. not sure I can wait until December! I’m just as excited as my son! :-)ReplyCancel

        • LOL, my kids are hoping our will come early, but honestly I’m not sure I could come up with more than 25 elf antics.ReplyCancel

  • Leann

    I can’t open the recipe, the link doesn’t seem to work for me!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Leann, it should be working now for you, perhaps refresh the screen. Please let me know if you continue to have troublesReplyCancel

  • Bianca

    Hi Kat. Unfortunately The Elf on The Shelf is not available currently through the Book Depository :( Can you recommend an alternative place to purchase it from, and what is a reasonable price to pay? Thanks in advanceReplyCancel

    • Ooh no, unfortunately I don’t know of anywhere else that supplies it. I will look into this for you Bianca :)ReplyCancel

      • Bianca

        Many thanks Katrina! I am looking forward to doing Elf on the Shelf for the first time this year :)ReplyCancel

        • Olivia

          I have got mine preordered with Bambini ProntoReplyCancel

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Oh I love this post! I too like to be organised and this is right up my alley! There are so many things on in the lead up to Christmas that it definitely plans to be organised!ReplyCancel

    • Absolutely Lucy, I feel I’m more relaxed and can enjoy the silly season when everything is organisedReplyCancel

      • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

        I totally agree! I get so stressed if I’m not organised… I need things in order!!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Leann

    I’m doing ‘Elf on the Shelf’ for the first time this year, and have a question. I know that Elf isn’t meant to be touched, so how to you move him during the day if he is in the way somewhere. I have seen photos of him sitting in the bathroom sink, hanging in the shower etc, how does he get out of the way so you can use the sink/shower?ReplyCancel

  • Kirstie Alterator

    I am already subscribed to a daily task email, how do I get the xmas task email aswell?ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Sutcliffe

    I love this years cover.ReplyCancel

  • olivia

    Just to let people know HSW says the jars are discontinued but did find them online storeReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Just trying to find out a little bit more. If I would like to use the elf on the shelf (as it sounds like a great idea) do I need to purchase the book with elf first and then the planner, or just one or the other? Thanks in advance.ReplyCancel

  • Katy

    I love these daily tasks! Is it possible to make it in a Printable Format, as I’m trying to catch up on the Christmas Tasks from Day 1.ReplyCancel

2013 Organise Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Series

It’s that crazy time of year if you haven’t already started it’s time to start thinking Christmas. If you start working on a few simple tasks now, it won’t be so last-minute, busy and hectic in those weeks leading up to Christmas.  This series will help you to not only prepare for Christmas Day itself, […]

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  • Margaret Hillier

    I really look forward to your emails each day, if , sometimes I don’t follow your suggestions I have the weekend to catch up, you have really motivated me. Thank you so very much,you are a legend.ReplyCancel

    • Naw thank you Margaret, that is the whole reason I do them, just for a little motivation xReplyCancel

  • Janine

    I think I’m going to be over organised this year!!! I’ve joined the Spring Clean Challenge, the 70 Day Christmas decluttering challenge!!! But it’s all been good.
    I can share an almond bread and an almond and craisin biscotti recipe if you’re interested, I don’t have a blog so am not sure how you would like it sent to you.
    Cheers JanineReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Love your blog, it really gets me moving. The one area of Christmas I can’t seem to manage is overspending! “It’s Christmas!” is my excuse. And yes I have a Christmas saver account, which does help. Just gone back to Kris Kringle for both sides of family this year, so that should make it better. It’s all the ‘thank you’ presents that usually catch me out. Who gets a thank you present and who doesn’t? Teachers, (plus Art teacher, PE teacher, Music teacher??), Scout leaders, Guitar teachers, Swimming teachers, Basketball coach? Admin staff at school who have been really helpful & kind throughout the year? I feel a list & budget coming on . . .ReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      Jo… I totally agree!! Where do you draw the line as far as gift giving goes? Having special needs children means that there are oodles of people that you want to thank for their kindness during the year … but don’t want to send our family broke at the same time. Look forward to hearing what everyone else does.ReplyCancel

      • Janine

        I used to give my kids teachers homemade biscuits or almond bread. Something simple like that so it didn’t break the bank and as I’ve got 4 kids, all adults now thank goodness!! I had a few to buy for. Or go to Kmart they often have boxes of chocolates etc quite cheap.ReplyCancel

      • rachel

        We really get caught out by this too … We try to make our Father’s and Mother’s Day gifts so maybe the kids could make something or write a heartfelt card saying thanks and Merry Christmas to teachers etc to save some money? I hadn’t thought about doing it at Christmas. It could make it a bit more personal too.ReplyCancel

    • Nissa

      I’m a teacher and I LOVE getting handmade Christmas gifts, especially the home made biscuits. A tip – teachers love getting these a little early rather than on the last day so we can eat them during the stressful marking and reporting period! ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    I can’t wait for this series! We have between 14 – 20 people (adults through to toddlers) at our house for Christmas this year, and our house isn’t that big! Looking forward to a guide to decluttering and cleaning so I can fit everyone in where they aren’t examining the cobwebs.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Looking forward to this series! I have loved all of your series so far. I find them so motivating! I am going to get last years Christmas Planner out of the Christmas box so that I’m ready.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    So looking forward to doing this – I was too late to join in last year! Bring it on!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsey

    This is great! I actually started trying to organize for Christmas about two weeks ago. I moved all the furniture in my living room for about 9 hours…only to put it all back in the same place. BUT I got rid of the ugly and enormous entertainment center that was taking up the entire northern wall. Instead, I have opted to put my TV and related accessories on a smaller cabinet that has been in my living room for ages, but wasn’t being put to very good use. Now I have an entire wall freed up for my tree, which is SO relieving. I hate struggling to find a spot for that every year. (When it’s not Christmas, I put a chair from my office against that wall to have extra seating in my living room.)

    I’m looking forward to more helpful tips from your series!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa

    Excellent, can’t wait, we look like moving into our first house in 4 weeks time so is couldn’t come at a better time for us, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • […] following along with Organised Housewife and her 2013 Organise Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Series so will be posting how I am going with that; sharing stuff I find on Pinterest and maybe, just […]ReplyCancel

FREE – Halloween no lollies printable

Last year was the very first year we participated in Halloween, the kids dressed up and they had a great time.  We had friends that threw a Halloween party and afterwards as a group the kids all went door knocking, parents tagging along too.  They had fun! Halloween is not something that I have celebrated […]

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  • We live in a quiet street, and when we first moved here about 12 years ago – no 13 now! – we would get a few kids come to the door each year, but now they are all grown up and we rarely get any.

    We do celebrate Halloween – it was something I did as a child, and my husband is American, so when my son first asked if they could go trick or treating (which I guess he heard about at school) we readily agreed. We usually only go to about 8 houses, just the people we know in our street, who are open to it. It still usually takes about an hour though, as we stop and chat at each house!

    This year I thought it would be nice to take something to give, rather than just receive, but we’ve settled on delivering invitations to a street BBQ as we go.

    I love your spider web by the way, I think we will have to give that a go!ReplyCancel

Elf on the Shelf Guide, Printables + Planner

Two years ago we introduced ‘Elf on the Shelf’ to my kids, at the time they were 6, 8 and 8.  Knowing now how much fun our elf is I really wish I had started this super fun tradition when they were much younger.  I mentioned on facebook this week about Elf on the Shelf, […]

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  • Melanie

    Some great details here, Katrina. I introduced our elf to my kids last Christmas (they were 9 & 6) but didn’t have him arrive from the north pole – he was introduced as an advent activity. He is just a very old felt elf ornament from my childhood and the kids just had a ball trying to find him each morning. As they already know he is not a naughty-or-nice spy, I can’t introduce that now, but I think I will try adding a note to him where behaviour indicates. I really like that idea! Thanks for sharing xReplyCancel

  • Brigid @ The Inspired Notebook

    Kat, this looks gorgeous, and so much fun! I bet you enjoyed creating the planner!!!
    My kids are a bit too old for Elf on the Shelf (they’re 11, 13 & 15!), but I love the idea. Might have to buy one just for a bit of Christmas family fun!ReplyCancel

  • karen

    unfortunately they are out of stock on your link :(ReplyCancel

  • I told my 4 year old boy that Santa has a list of kids all over the world and he only has so many new elfs a year to give to new family and when chippy turned up he was all excited that it was his turn and that explained why he had one but others didn’t yet. So he can’t wait for chippy to come back this year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s such a sweet idea Elizabeth!ReplyCancel

  • I told my 4 year old boy that Santa has a list of kids all over the world and he only has so many new elfs a year to give to new family and when chippy turned up he was all excited that it was his turn and that explained why he had one but others didn’t yet. So he can’t wait for chippy to come back this year. So merry XmasReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Hi. I’m interested in starting its tradition in our family. I am not keen on purchasing the book if it has American references that we don’t have here (e.g. Thanksgiving). I’d your planner written from an American perspective also, australian or universal?ReplyCancel

NEW – 2013 Christmas Planner

The 2013 Christmas Planner is now available!! I am really excited to release to you the new look Christmas Planner.  I have given the whole planner a revamp with fresh new colours, divider pages and a few additional pages than previous years.  Most importantly I have made the planner printer friendly.  I have used colour […]

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  • Jac@CommonChaosChronicle

    Looks fantastic Kat! I love it to bits. Bring on an ORGANISED Chaos Christmas!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to start using it :)
    Just a thought – have you considered creating different options for the travel section? I know a lot of people travel at this time of the year but not all trips are by plane or have hotel reservations. My family go camping every year and having a checklist/planner that is designed with this in mind would be most helpful! Things like what to pack, food needed, dates to check all equipment is in working order etc. I have created a checklist of sorts which has been developed over 13 years of family camping trips but I’m sure there are other out there who would love to have something like this too! Especially those first time campers who might find the whole thing quite daunting :)
    Anyway, I think your website is awesome and I’m having so much fun working with your tools to help organise everything :) Keep up the good work xxxReplyCancel

Mothers Day Craft Ideas, plus a My Mummy Printable

My kiddies are so sweet, each year for Mothers Day they buy me the same gift, new slippers and winter PJs.  Perfect cause its starting to get cold around that time. This is going to be a hard mothers day, the first without my mum.  I nearly didn’t put up a mothers day post, I […]

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  • Hi Kat, I lost my mum four months ago. like you this is my first mother’s day without my mum. the next day is my birthday which was also the day mum was diagnosed with cancer. My last birthday I spent with mum was also mother’s day. This year is going to be hard. I will celebrate the best I can with my children however I will be sad too. I love your mother’s day ideas and I will do some with my kids so they have something to look back on. I will be thinking of you. xxReplyCancel

  • I lost my mum a month ago and I hate getting all the junk mail celebrating Mothers Day! Not too sure what I’m going to do on the day but I have a feeling it may involve a big bottle of champagne- to toast my wonderful mum but also drown my sorrows…..hugs to all of us who are mummy’s but have lost our mummies xxReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My Mum just passed away too – 1st April 2013, so it has only just been over a month. I have made a photobook of photos of Mum, and I am planning to give that to Dad on Mother’s Day, so I will still be celebrating the wonderful Mother that she was.ReplyCancel

  • {Little Hands in the Hunter}

    Such beautiful ideas Kat, thank you so much.
    Sending you warm thoughts on Mother’s Day. Well done for making the decision to be strong for your kids ((hugs)) xx

Easter Choc Ripple Cake

I made a chocolate ripple cake for our guests at Christmas, it was easy to put together and so very tasty.  So I thought I’d make an Easter version for an Easter gathering we were having.  You will need overnight (or 6 hours) to let it sit, but it should only take you 10 minutes […]

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  • Natkatlark

    Yum! Chocolate Ripple Cake was one of our most frequent birthday cake requests as kids.ReplyCancel


    A friend of mine made an ‘adult’ version of this; using Griffins Chocolate Chippy Bikkies and dunking them in a liqueur before spreading cream on them!ReplyCancel

  • […] Choc Ripple Cake som den kallas hos the Organized Housewife varifrån receptet kommer ifrån. Skulle gjorts till påsk men oj vad vi föråt oss på påsktårtan då. Hur som […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Easter link- my girls are always on the lookout for a great desert for Easter lunch at my parents- This is this […]ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Back in the dinner party days this was an easy and cheats desert.

    Dip Gingernuts in sherry put together with cream, lay flat cover

    with more cream and hunks of Chocolate Flakes, add a bowl of

    Rasberries, sooo good.ReplyCancel

A fun new easter tradition – sprinkle with jellybeans and lollypops will grow

We don’t have too many easter traditions, but the ones we do have are so much fun.  You can read about them here, my favourite is the footprints in the lawn. One tradition that I would love to start with my niece and some neighbourhood kids is one I saw on pinterest last year (sorry […]

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  • Love this it is a great idea…. if my grandson was going to be here I would defs be doing it… might pass this to his mum ThanksReplyCancel

  • Michelle Toms

    this is where i got this tradition from!! we started doing that last year and the kids loved it, they have reminded me about it for this year.ReplyCancel

  • What a fabulous idea, as if you wanted a less sugar option you can get sugar free lollipops :-)ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    How good is that :-)ReplyCancel

More Easter Gift & Treat Ideas

Last year my mum made a cute little nest made from a face washer with chocolate eggs nesting inside for each of my kids.  At the time I didn’t think to take a photo, but it was such a sweet and different way of giving eggs. Today I am sharing with you some creative ways […]

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  • Lisa @ A Spoonful of Sugar

    Great ideas – love your Bunny Tails – very clever! Thanks for linking :)ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Thanks for sharing my Bunny Cookies and milk! Your bunny tails is an adorable and easy idea!ReplyCancel

Easter Rice Bubble Nests

I found these Easter Smarties at The Reject Shop recently, I thought the coloured eggs would look really cute nestled into a rice bubble nest.  I’ve made these prior to easter so I can share them with you, but I think it could be a lovely treat to have over easter. You could decorate the […]

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Easter Decorating

Each year at easter we decorate one hutch with little easter ornaments, but craft projects the girls and I make in the lead up to easter.  We don’t make a huge fuss over easter like we do Christmas, but we find it fun to have a little display. Last year the girls made this easter […]

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  • Liz Morrison

    WOW, Katrina thankyou so very much for featuring Bizzy Dayz on your blog xoReplyCancel

{Printable} Bunny Tail Bag Topper – great easter gift idea

Chocolate is not allowed in some schools and to be honest we don’t like our kids eating too much of it.  Here is an adorable alternative rather than the kids giving easter eggs to their friends as little easter gifts try…..  bunny tails. What you will need: White Marshmallows Bunny tail bag topper topper (click image […]

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