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February Quotes Of The Day

I was asked recently by a reader if I could put 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 […]

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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

{Inspiring} Pantry Organising Ideas

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

{Inspiring} Mothers Day Ideas

I love the idea of being pampered and having a lovely restful day on Mothers day.  What do you enjoy most about Mothers Day?   Below are some really lovely quotes plus creative acitivities you can do with your kids over the coming week. Mothers Day  Clever hint to hubby | Putting on a party Breakfast […]

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  • Dani

    Wonderful … I love the poems!
    I would appreciate if you could share some ideas for donations for school run Mother’s Day Stalls …. we sell the donated gifts for $5 and under.ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Such super fun ideas Katrina , thank you for sharing ….got to show my husband now what he can do with the kids.

{Inspiration} Easter Craft Ideas

School holidays start next week for Queensland.  So I have a week before Easter to fill with fun for the kids.  I have found some great easter craft ideas that I know my kids will enjoy. Egg Crowns from Sweet Paul |  Mini Cotton Ball bunnies from Busy Bee Kids Chick cupcakes from Betty […]

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{Inspiring} Clever Toy Storage Ideas

 Yesterday via a chat on facebook a topic that came up was they need some more storage.  So today I have put together a few toy storage ideas that I hope may inspire you. Kids Toy Storage Ideas Create some hanging baskets, The Mother Huddle shows a create step by step tutorial image credit image […]

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  • I bought one of the trofast 3 drawer tub sets from Ikea for my girls toys i love it can put good toys on top that i don’t want in boxes and rest go neatly in the boxes my girl loves to pull the drawers out and tip them to find “treasures” ReplyCancel

  • bought this the other day received and put together and it is just perfect for the kiddies craft bits and piecesReplyCancel

  • We have 2 white cupboards from bunnings side by side, everything goes inside in containers and nothing to see! :) however your pictures are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Yates

    I use the base of our old cot to set up my daughters train track and then we can just slide it in and out from under her bed when she needs it. So easy to just slide away, and cheap because we already had it!ReplyCancel

    • Wow Suzy that is a wonderful idea, I would love to see a photo and share with other readers!!ReplyCancel

  • Love how organize this isReplyCancel

  • What great ideas. I especially like the action heroes in the second photo! ReplyCancel

    • Easy for their eyes to see and grab, rather than rummaging through a bucketReplyCancel

  • I use boxes for everything. I really like the hanging basket idea, that would really work in my kids wardrobes. LenkaReplyCancel

  • Come and check out the Storage stools you can personalise with your own photos from Star Concepts!ReplyCancel

  • Suse T

    This blog was meant for me, I haeve been searching for storage ideas for the past couple of days.ReplyCancel

  • hi ive got the white cube one but in black from ikea,its nice and tidy the one in the pic,my girls would just trash it ,i need help trying to get them to pack away toys and not to take inside toys outside??ReplyCancel

  • [...] Need even more ideas for toy storage? Check out these 7 clever solutions, ranging from professionally manufactured to homemade to re-purposed. My personal favorite: Use an over-the-door hanging shoe rack for storing Barbie dolls. Brilliant! (The Organised Housewife) [...]ReplyCancel

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  • Nic

    We have turned our son’s king single trundle into a Lego pod. We realised that we tend to use the blow up mattress when guests come instead so we removed the normal mattress. They can pull it out, sit in it and play. That way it slides back under the bed and the room is tidy. The little pieces aren’t getting lost all over the place and it’s bigger than our dining table so the kids have lots of space to build and also keep their creations on.ReplyCancel

{Inspiring} 21 Handmade items for Valentines Day

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{Inspiring} Printable Resources for kids learning

Finishing up this week on back to school posts I wanted to share with you some great resources I have found on the web.  All my 3 kids are very different academically, some of my finds help them to understand what they are learning at school in a relaxed home environment.  This would have to […]

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  • I’d love some educational iPad apps for ages two up?ReplyCancel

  • And thanks that one is a great resource!!!ReplyCancel

  • Neshandcheryl

    thank you for this great info, as a home schooling mom this kind of help is fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • These are great. We do use some for Alexander. I’m going to borrow the handwriting ones. His FMS are still an issue (not uncommon with autism) and his handwriting is his biggest cause of stress at school. I’m going to go and download the time ones right now. He slips up a bit with telling time on an analogue clock. ReplyCancel

  • Channy

    Thankyou for this!!ReplyCancel

{Inspiration} Gift Wrapping Station

I have shown you where i store our gift wrapping.  It’s convenient to have it all stored together, making wrapping presents less time-consuming.  Today I thought I would share with you some more Gift Wrapping Station ideas, now yes some of these maybe extreme, but the reason I post my ‘Inspirational Saturday’ is to help […]

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  • Mel J

    I have a limited amount of wrapping paper, which is stored in a suit-bag in the wardrobe. I haven’t bought wrapping paper in a couple of years, but I still have a little left. Mostly I use fabric gift bags, or just fabric squares to wrap gifts. Re-usable and looks nice! I also like gift bags because they are so quick for wrapping. ReplyCancel

  • [...] Here’s a holiday item that’s supposed to be inspirational, though it might just be frustrating. An Australian blogger has found photos of 10 perfectly organized gift-wrapping stations — the kind that manage to impose order on thousands of yards of ribbons and paper. You may actually get some good ideas from a couple of the wall-mounted units, but an entire walk-in closet devoted to holiday wrapping? Unless you live at the North Pole with a bunch of elves, that seems like overkill to me. (The Organised Housewife) [...]ReplyCancel

  • Pam G

    I am struggling to decide how to store our gift wrapping supplies, including a couple of huge rolls of wrapping paper (bought in bulk a few years back – 30m or something crazy), gift bags I’ve saved (including lots of bottle-sized ones for gifting wines etc), folded wrapping paper, boxes of Christmas cards etc. etc. The large rolls of paper are my biggest concern – too large to fit into the desk drawers which hold all my other craft supplies. Once I declutter our walk-in robe I’m going to see what kind of space I have to store them and invest in a basket or bucket big enough to hold everything.ReplyCancel

    • Hopefully something in the post has inspired you :) I usually store the large rolls in a corner of our wardrobe, they are christmas paper. I buy flat birthday sheets.ReplyCancel

  • Bubbles74

    I love these ideas, but space is our problem. 3 kids in a 2×1 with one tiny linen cupboard. The plastic bag organisers look good. My mum wraps our presents in tea towels. She stopped doing it once & there was back lash. ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    Oh wow I wish I could have a space like this! I can never seem to find a good spot in our house to keep all my gift wrapping items together and they have somehow ended up all over the house! I think I may have to resort to an under-bed storer for it all instead of something pretty like this if I can find one long enough to fit the wrapping paper rollsReplyCancel

{Inspiration} 16 FREE Printable Christmas Tags

 There are so many wonderfully talented people on the web, today I have put together a collection of FREE Christmas tag printables for you.   Make sure you have enough colour print in your printer.  Visit the blogs of these wonderful printables, donwload the tags then print directly to cardstock, punch a hole and then […]

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Quotes for kids

A few days ago I showed you that I place quotes in the kids toy room.  This is to give them inspiration and motivation.  I don’t change it regularly, but when I do they are excited to read the new quote.  Below are some very cute and inspiring images some I created, others I found. […]

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{Inspiration} Kids artwork

The past few day’s I have shown you what I do with my kids artwork.  Today I am sharing some wonderful and inspiring images I have found that motivated me to create our wall of artwork. View more storing kids artwork ideas: Part 1: Create a wall gallery Part 2: Scan onto a digital photo […]

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  • I love framed kids artwork. There are so many ways to present it! Much nicer than the old magnet on the fridge. ReplyCancel

  • DebLovesBeingHome

    What delightful ideas. We moved in to our new (to us) home this past July. And now have a FAMILY room. I’ve saved artwork from my three youngest children and now have a SLEW of ideas for what to do with a few of their pieces. Thanks so much! Check out my blog: for some of MY articles.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    These are so cool. Definitely going to do something like this in my Son’s activity room. ReplyCancel

  • Donna_73

    I have a fridge of art, a floor of art, rooms of art. Everywhere is overflowing with art. I love these ideas and will be putting some of them into practice very soon! Cheers, DonnaReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I have done the good old blu tack on the wall. Not as nice as some of these but more within our budget . . .
    Love the idea of the clipboards the best.ReplyCancel

  • Annabell

    Just framed my daughters artwork from school and it looks amazing, no need to buy artwork when I can get the kids to do it for me :) ReplyCancel

  • jubjub

    I’d really love some ideas on how to store artwork as opposed to how to display it. I’d like to keep examples of my kids artwork at the various developmental stages for them to look back on when they are adults. I’d like to be able to keep it neat, tidy and safe – and preferably in chronological order – throughout the years and maybe hand over to them at their 30th birthday when I know they are more likely to treasure having these memories in their possession. Does anyone have some great ideas for this? Oh, and I’d rather keep original artwork of all shapes and sizes rather than scans or photographs of the items. Thanks in anticipation of some great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Sascha Wardlaw

    My child is at 4yo kinder but for his 3yo kinder year I took a photo of all the work he did and made a book using Snapfish for the years work. I am doing the same for this year. It looks great and I don’t feel guilty throwing work and constructions away as I have a photo!! For school I am planning on making a Portfolio photo book with a bit of everything in it, including a few blank pages to paste writing in etc.ReplyCancel

  • LJayne

    I have 3 strings on my long kitchen wall, one for each child. Everything goes up there and as it gets full, I take down the oldest stuff, save the very very best and recycle the rest. It sounds harsh but by the time the string is full, they aren’t seeing the oldest bits anyway and my youngest, in particular, produces mountains of artwork because she’s at that stage.ReplyCancel