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Dealing with the loss of your mum being without her on Mothers Day is hard, there is no right or wrong way to deal with days this post shares some guidance

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  • Lauren

    wow – I really needed to read this. It will be my first Mother’s Day without my mum. It’s so upsetting. I guess I’ll just see how I go – and hope that each year it gets a little easier.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Laruen, Sending you big hugs this Mothers Day. I will be thinking of you xReplyCancel

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your mum Kat – she sounds like an absolutely beautiful woman. We find Mother’s Day very difficult in our family too. My Mum’s mum died of cancer when Mum was just a baby and my beautiful mother-in-law passed away from cancer 2 years ago. We usually just have a very quiet Mother’s Day. I’ll be thinking of everyone who has lost their mums xx.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That must be very hard on your mum, thinking of you all xxReplyCancel

  • Beautiful and timely post. thank you. I’ve just added this book to this weeks shopping list. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It really is a lovely well written book. Hope you enjoy it, Nicole.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I have been thinking of you Kat and all the other “mums without their mums” since the Mother’s Day gift suggestions / craft ideas etc have been appearing in your blog. The lead up and the day itself must be filled with so many mixed emotions – wanting to “enjoy” the day for your children’s sake – yet pining for your own mum and her mum who I know also holds a very special place in your heart.

    My mother is now 90 years old and we are so blessed that she is still with us. She is my children’s only surviving grandparent. The best gift my mum and I can share on Mother’s Day is the gift of time together. She lives interstate and although our budget really can’t stretch to it – I am flying with the three younger children down to Sydney on Saturday afternoon so we can spend Mother’s Day with her. We will go to lunch at the local “cheap and cheerful” Italian restaurant and spend a couple of days together. This time is much more precious than any gift and we both know that it may be our last Mother’s Day together.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Julia, it is hard and must admit the past few days I have been a little sad, thank you for your kids words.

      Ooh what a wonderful daughter you are and a special gift to give to her, I hope you all enjoy your time together and create some wonderful memories, don’t forget to take lots of photos.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Roberts

    My sister & I lost our mum last July & we’ve been struggling lately with Mother’s Day looming so thankyou to my dear friend Tanya who sent me this link I read thru my teary eyes but feel reassured I’m ok & my feelings are felt by others thanx again xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      the first is always the hardest Jennifer,but it is such a beautiful day to remember all those happy moments or why she was a wonderful Mother, you may be teary and that’s allowed, but you will find that one memory that will bring a smile to your face… and that’s allowed too. Will be thinking of you and your sister. xxReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    at least you got 32 years with your mum she got to see you grow up and start your own family and give you some adviceReplyCancel

  • Annette

    This will be my first Mother’s Day without my mum. I am struggling beyond belief. I always made a huge deal of my
    Mum on Mother’s Day as she was my world. I know my kids will make my day special but I’m not sure how to get through it. I have your book and I thank you for hating it with us all.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Annette, I am so sorry to hear about your loss, all I can share is that I gave myself that first Mothers Day to grieve for my Mum, I found it very hard to celebrate the day and the family did understand that. Be kind to yourself and remember those beautiful memories of your mum, what made her so lovable and treasure them xxReplyCancel

  • Deborah

    I lost my mum nearly 5 years ago. She was diagnosed with lung cancer the day after Mothers Day 2010, and gone 3 months later. I only just told my husband today how much I dislike Mothers Day. Leigh, your words could be mine.ReplyCancel

    • Sending you all my love and strength hun xxReplyCancel

    • JoJo

      This is my 10th Mother’s Day without my mum. And deep down I actually dislike Mother’s Day too. But with two excited kids that cherish me and get super excited about the whole thing I put on a brave face which at times I must say is such a battle I end up ruining the whole day for everyone :-( BUT I have to say the last 4 or so years I’ve learnt to be the mum and just enjoy my kids for what it is. Soon they will be all grown up and wont always be around. But the pressure ……. Be brave xoReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Mother’s Day is the hardest day of the year that is next to mums birthday and of course Christmas. This is my 2nd without mum and yes I’m dreading it, I will try for my kids of course but most defiantly it’s a hard day .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Will be thinking of you Wendy, hoepfully the kids can help you through it xxReplyCancel

  • Cas

    I lost my mum 30 years ago when I was just 9 years old. Mother’s day is definitely a hard day, then a week later I’m hit with her anniversary. Its also hard with my own beautiful husband working away this Mother’s Day and me trying to put on a brave face for our 2 beautiful daughters. I can not say that in the last 15 years as a mother myself I look forward to Mother’s Day. I also dislike people who have no respect for their mothers….what I would do for one more…hug, kiss, day or lifetime of memories to have my mum here. Everyday is another feather in my cap of being a strong person. Love & Miss my mum everyday xxxxReplyCancel

  • Cassandra

    There seems to be a lot of this going on. I read something in the Age today about another women losing her mother and setting up a website. Purple the world or something. You have a competitor in the mummy grief biz Leigh. It’s an industry now. You needed a coloured piece of clothing to sell to get this thing off the ground. Pink earmuffs? I’m not sure your mother would be too keen to learn that you are using her death as a vehicle towards what, celebrity? Have you started looking for an agent? Let’s be honest about our intentions.ReplyCancel

    • Julia K

      Ah now Cassandra – if you can’t say anything nice – ’tis better to say nothing at all.
      Reading the other comments – it seems to me that Leigh’s comments and book have been of help to others who have sadly lost their mums. I don’t think this is the appropriate place to start a debate.
      Enough said.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I don’t feel that is what Leigh is aiming for, it is about awareness of grief and whilst I am sitting here in tears reading about other ladies that have lost their mum and trying my absolutly hardet to reply in comforting words, it’s hard. What are the right words to say to help them through such a hard time? I know so many of my friends and family didn’t say much after I lost my mum as they didn’t know what to say, it’s a very lonely place. Leigh has been able to put it all into words and many many people are grateful for this, as am I.ReplyCancel

    • Liz

      It’s not a business making scheme Cassandra, it’s about women who have lost their mothers, wanting to help other mothers out there going through the same thing. It’s tough being a mum without your own mum around. Knowing that they are missing out on their grandchildren, and you miss out on having that guidance from her and getting to share everything that goes on in your life.ReplyCancel

    • JANE

      Cassandra, the fact that you needed to share a negative comment on such a genuine blog? I have sincere empathy for you :( You obviously have a very heavy heart <3ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I lost my mum when I was in my teens. I found a great book called Motherless Daughters that helped me cope. I’ll be sure to read this one too. These types of books are a great help to know you’re not alone & gives you the hope that grief does get better with time.ReplyCancel

    • Liz

      Someone needs to write about losing your dad too. That is a tough one. Dad’s are meant to be invincible, and when they’re gone it’s really hard.ReplyCancel

      • Joy

        Hi Liz, I agree my Dad was just always there, broke my heart when he was gone. I consider what I read of Leigh’s post applied to the loss of Mum and Dad.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Every word is so very, very true! I can not wait to read this book. I lost my beautiful mum 8 years ago suddenly to cancer while pregnant with my second daughter. The hype leading up to mothers day is almost unbearable for me, (I don’t even want to leave the house), but I am so happy for everyone out there who still gets to spoil their mum on this day and every day, including my 2 gorgeous girls. They will make my tears turn to tears of joy.ReplyCancel

  • Joy

    Thanks for writing the book Leigh . Many years ago my husband died as the result of a crash where a driver had been drinking and speeding. At 22 with a five and three year old our lives were shattered. If there would have been a book I could have read where someone had travelled the journey we didn’t want to go on and I could have known one day we would be alright I believe it would have helped even a little . When hearts are broken and lives shattered even a little is of benefit. It was so long ago that there wasn’t counselling no help for us at all except loved ones who were struggling with the loss the same we were. So good on you Leigh for sharing your journey of grief there will be many who will be comforted even if just a little.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I lost my mum almost 5 months ago to cancer and I miss her very much , I know Sunday is going to be a hard time for our family. I hope to get your book as it might help me with the lose of mum. I think of mum every day and the special moments she is going to miss in my life.ReplyCancel

  • jane dunne

    This post is amazing and so very timely. No one understands how you feel this time of year unless you’ve experienced it yourself. This is my 3rd mothers day without my beautiful mum, and it still never gets easier even with my own kids. You try to be so happy for them, but a piece of you is so broken its hard to enjoy the day. Special hugs to alll those feeling the same way. XxxReplyCancel

  • Ann S

    Thankyou for this post on the eve of Mothers day as I read through the stories I realise I am not alone with grief ..I really needed this thankyou everyone for your stories , I must say its been 6 years without my mum but still hard , I am grateful for my two children that make my day special every year and reading about others through blogs just knowing each and everyone of us have felt the pain of losing our mums , hope you all can have a special day tomorrow with loved ones helping you through xReplyCancel

Here is a summary of all the quotes that I share on Facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when you need a little inspiration. all images were created by and copyright to The Organised Housewife February’s 2015 Daily Inspiration

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  • Mascha

    I always LOVE getting these inspirations. I have saved quite a few on my computer and have them as my changing desktop background (together with some great pictures)… They make me smile and happy during a difficult working day!! Thank you for the smiles :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree, Mascha.:) They are perfect for a desktop background. I also like to hang so up aroung the office.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love the one about pyjamas. I’m a PJs kind of person. I also love the one about being awesome, not average. I’m going to stick that one in my study space. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they great! Yes i really love the one about being awesome too.:)ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle

    Do you use an app to design your quotes? I’ve been using the little moments app but I’m still looking for one that is more for text quotes :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Michelle, No i create them myself on the computer.:)ReplyCancel

Here is a summary of all the quotes that I share on Facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when you need a little inspiration. all images were created by and copyright to The Organised Housewife August Daily Inspiration Please share your favourite quote of the moment […]

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Here is a summary of all the quotes that I share on Facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when you need a little inspiration. all images were created by and copyright to The Organised Housewife July 2014 Daily Inspiration Please share your favourite quote of the […]

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  • Jessica

    These are brilliant :) I think I’m going to have to print some off to put up in my home office! Very encouraging.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love them too, Jessica! I like your idea of having them in your office.ReplyCancel

  • A lovely burst of inspiration for me as I try to write some long and boring website content!! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are bright and positive aren’t they! I love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Dream big and make it happen :) Thanks for sharing, reading these quotes was a good way to start up my day. I have some positive thoughts written on sticky notes on my refrigenator. I think it’s also a great idea to remind yourself the happiest life strategy-no worries, dream and make your dreams come true.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      A Young Housewife – I also LOVE the quotes! They are bight and positive and leaving you feeling happy inside. Glad you also enjoyed them.:)ReplyCancel

Here is a summary of all the quotes that I share on Facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when she needs a little inspiration.  I thought it was a fantastic idea, please find below the inspiration shared during May 2014! MAY 2014 DAILY INSPIRATION image credit image […]

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  • Rae Belanger

    I love this siteReplyCancel

  • Rae Cummins Belanger

    Thanks for all the great info, you obviously put a great effort in to your site. – RaeReplyCancel

  • Daisy Supera

    the best !!! keep it up ! tnxReplyCancel

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  • new me

    Thank you – this is ALMOST the best thing you do 😉ReplyCancel

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  • midnight dog

    Wow! So quick! You’ve made me so happy – i love having a beautiful page like this to refer to!ReplyCancel

It’s back!  Inspiring finds Friday, where I find ideas from other blogs & websites about organising a particular area of your home, this week I found some great pantry organising solutions, I hope they inspire you! Pantry Organising Ideas Use sink caddies to store satchels  |  Make Bake Celebrate ********  Great use of containers  | […]

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  • Naomi Tsvirko

    After writing my blog post today, i decided i needed to visit your site. Some great ideas, will be here often :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Some amazing ideas there. I’ve got this tiered wire thing where I can line up my cans and/or jars so you can see what’s behind the cans instead of just stacking one in front of the other. ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Always love some inspiring pantry pics..thanks so much a great round up..take careReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    don’t forget to make sure u have adequate lighting. It helps keep ur hard work of organising……..Tidy :)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for including our pantry in your post. I am still in love with the handled containers (and feeling rather smug about what a bargain they are after seeing them in an Avon catalogue for 3x the price!)ReplyCancel

  • I love a good pantry! Thanks for the inspiration. Mine need a good clean up!ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Would love to see ideas for ‘scattered cupboards’ in the kitchen rather than a designated pantry. I need a kitchen makeover :(ReplyCancel

  • […] for inspiration, there are some truly fantastic organisational blogs out there for example The Organised Housewife and A Bowl Full Of […]ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Allan

    OMG, it is a bit like cake porn. Love it (and I must of missed your re-branding of your website, it looks awesome. Great job :)ReplyCancel

  • […] why didn’t I think of this? Sink caddies used as pantry organizers used to reign in seasoning packets, drink mixes, and more. We have the perfect spot for these in […]ReplyCancel