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The 2015 Weekly Planner

The 2015 Weekly Planner is now available! The 2015 Weekly Planner will help you with your time management, keep track of your to-do list, meal plan ideas and upcoming appointments.  It includes: Cover page and spine label 2015 year at a glance page Month at a glance pages – October 2014 – December 2015 (spread over […]

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  • Lauren

    Hi Kat, just wondering if this can be printed in A5 size? It looks great, exactly what I’m after but I’d prefer a smaller size than A4. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lauren, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

      • Lauren

        Thank you Meg & Kat! now I’ve got next years diary just about sorted :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I would love a5 also.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lisa, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Hi Kat, I like the idea of A5 too. My question though is, as I don’t think my printer could print double sided – could I take the downloaded pdf on a usb to officeworks and have them print it – or would that breach your copyright? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Diane, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below. You are welcome to take to officeworks, this won’t breach the copyright.ReplyCancel

      • Diane

        thank you Kat & Meg – clever ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola McGowan

    Kat can you please advise how many pages is it to print in total? Trying to work out printing costs! Great looking planner, thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Nicole, it is 163 pages. I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    I would also like to know if it will print in A5 if I change printer settings.Will it line up properly?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Monique, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    In my experience it should print in A5, I have done it with other products (recipes & charts) it worked just fine. I have previously bought A5 paper at Officeworks & printed a diary out. My printer also doesn’t have a double sided option so I printed the odd pages first then restacked the paper (you may need to remember to reshuffle the order to make sure you get the right page corresponding with the dates, learnt that the hard way!); then print the even pages. It takes a little time to do manually but so worth it. I got a quote to get it printed & bound but worked out it wasn’t worth it. I printed the monthly calendar out for the year then the weekly calendar one month at a time so I didn’t do it in one go. Hope that helps :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Meg you are a super star, I have been trying to work out all morning how to do it, but my printer wasn’t allowing me to print double sided, your comment came at the right time and I have managed to print it all in A5!! Thank you so very very much for sharing your tip, I’ll let the other ladies know, I really appreciate it, thank you!! xxReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hi Kat
    Is it possible to type into the document before printing so birthdays etc are neat. Do you have public holidays and school terms noted at all?
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, no it’s not editable sorry. I have left the calendar blank as all states are very different.ReplyCancel

  • Francene

    Hi, do you post to NZ? If so what are the charges? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Francene, the 2015 Weekly Planner is an instant download so there is no posting involved. Once you have brought the item you are able to download straightaway.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    Hey Kat,
    Where do you get your cute little tabs from. I looked for someone the other day and couldn’t find any like that. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Kirsten, I actually got them a while back but you can purchase them from Officeworks. They are from a company called Avery, here is the link for you: http://www.averyproducts.com.au/avery/en_au/Products/Dividers-%26-Tabbies/?Ns=RankReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Hi Kat,
    Just downloaded the new planner and I think it looks great! However I was a bit disappointed that the daily task has been removed. I thought that was a great feature of the 2014 planner, it gave me some really good ideas to keep on top of all those jobs that get forgotten. But anyway great job and I love the A5 idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Belinda, Yes i am loving the A5 idea too!ReplyCancel

Prevent lolly worries at Halloween + a colourful giveaway

This post is sponsored by The Allen’s Team Growing up we never celebrated Halloween, it just wasn’t a thing in my family and I wasn’t going to make a big fuss about it with my kids.  However Halloween is a growing celebration here in Australia with many of the kids in our neighbourhood dressing up and knocking […]

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  • Megan gavel

    Too cute not to try and win :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Megan.:)ReplyCancel

  • stephanie woolley

    Opening all the blinds In the morning. I love the sun streaming in and warming the house after a cold nightReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes I real favourite of mine too, Stephanie! ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Hayley hitchings

    My 2 beautiful girls brighten my day
    whether it be them or their photosReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love this!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Cass Purden

    A beautiful clean house brightens my day! ????????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It most certainly helps, i agree with you Cass! ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Suzie

    Bright colours help brighten my day. Whether it be cushions, wall art or my daughter’s craft projects. Bright colours make me happy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sharnee Snowden

    My 2 white owls that sit on the bench…cheerfulReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Cute!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Frith

    Being able to open all my windows and doors on a warm spring day and let the fresh country air in:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Philippa Brock

    My daughter’s laughter coming through the baby monitor in the morning. Best alarm noise ever created!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh so cute!! Makes me smile reading your comment.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Karina Wood

    sitting outside on the deck watching the boats go by with a hot cuppa and my hubby before the kids get up in the morning always brightens my day. Getting to spend those first few minutes together is pretty awesome. I would give this prize to my brother and sister in law who live in Blackwater to brighten their day and I’m sure my niece and nephews will love the lollies too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Waking up to a clean and tidy house
    Brightens my day. I’m doing the the
    20 day challenge.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful Lisa.:)ReplyCancel

  • Monique McDonald

    This prize pack looks awesome!! I’d love it! When my housework is all done and I have some ‘me time’ to do some drawing or journalling brightens my day. ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sure does Monique!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Corless

    My sunny sun room always brightens my dayReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh how lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tab

    My beautifully organised wardrobe and dresser brightens my day by making it a breeze to pick my outfit for the day rather than the previous searching through washing baskets! Thankyou Organised Housewife!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful, glad to hear your wardrobe is lovely and organised.ReplyCancel

  • Marina Dousset

    I have a bright red LOVE sign in the kids playroom. I bought it on a Mothers Group Night away & it always makes me smile.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angelina

    The constant company from my cat always brightens my day :) he is the best thing in my home! At the moment I am preparing to do some painting to brighten up the rooms in this house, something I have dreamed of for years to brighten the house and my mood! Some new colourful accessories would be purrfect for my new clean white rooms! ;) <3 thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh sounds lovely Angelina.:)ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lavelle

    What brightens my day I hear you ask
    Well waking up in the sunshine to bask
    Like my stretchy old tabby cat
    I roll, stretch and yawn
    Before rising to greet the beautiful dawnReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lovely poem Eva!ReplyCancel

      • Eva

        Cheers Katrina….any excuse for a good old rhyming poem :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My four beautiful children’s smiles :) and a cup of tea in my large yellow chevron tea cupReplyCancel

  • Jade

    Fresh colourful linen and the sun shining in on a warm Spring day. Just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Near the kitchen I have a large frame with assorted photos of my girls as babies. Looking at these photos always brightens my day :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane Caputi

    What brightens my day? The view through my windows overlooking our backyard. Also the Bird of Paradise flowers brought home from his Dads after doing his gardening for him ????ReplyCancel

  • Angela Milesi

    I love seeing my house clean and tidy. It helps me relaxing!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    The sound of my coffee machine makes any day brighter!!ReplyCancel

  • The rainbow of colours in my study. Brightful cheerful colours, you cant help but smile <3ReplyCancel

  • Marelize

    My day is gloomy and I am irritated if I don’t start my day with a glass of water, Bible-study and prayer – with only the sound of birds as company. Only then do I feel up to a new day’s challenges, I light up when I see my children coming in with still sleepy faces, and then I open the curtains to let in the day.ReplyCancel

  • sonja

    Opening all the blinds in the morning and making some coffee!! ????ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Our indoor cat who still thinks he’s a kitten, chasing me around playfully like a little dog. A spark of life that brightens the house and my days :)ReplyCancel

  • DIANA O

    The big skylight we recently had put in, brightens my day on so many levels. I hate darkness and gloom.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    My potted Fern…I smile every time I see it and can’t believe I haven’t managed to kill it yet! I have it 2 full weeks nowReplyCancel

  • Sharon C

    Warm hugs from my children, especially the unexpected ones. They always make my day brighter, as family is home.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon C

    Sorry Katrina I wrote the wrong email on my last entry. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Sarah Byrnes

    Hearing the child they said would probably never talk say ‘Good morning mum.’ This brightens my day, every day.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Bailey

    I love opening the blinds in my kitchen to see all my flowers in bloom. This is the first house I have had with a garden & it fills my heart with joy.ReplyCancel

  • Sharing our home with friends brightens my day and makes my heart sing!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Things of bright colours, brighten up our day. My son loves fruit salad and crayons. When we spot a rainbow we say “hooray!”.ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    My white long stemmed artificial flowers in a glass vase on our coffee table which I would love to have some matching accessories for.ReplyCancel

  • kathryn Horne

    My kids brighten my day when they talk enthusiastically about their day at school after i ask how was your day and finally that red red wine at the end of the day!ReplyCancel

  • My children’s big smiles and big warm hugs as they wake to a brand new day, filled with new adventures and possibilities.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Rossetto

    My children who can perform a rendition of “Let it go” or have a boogie to “I like to move it” all before breakfast has even hit the table. How can that not brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Evans

    i recently treated myself to a beautiful bespoke painting for my lounge room. It looks stunning on the wall above my leather couch and the beautiful bright colours on the painting really brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Open blinds to let light in and have a clean house!ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    Nice big windows that lets in plenty of light and fresh air! There’s nothing worse than living in a dark dingy home like a vampire.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Fagan

    The same thing each morning… My sunshine girls smiling faces ~ always
    so happy!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Cuddling in bed with my daughter in the morning before we start our day, and hearing her sleepy, smiling voice say “good morning mummy”ReplyCancel

  • Mandy henley

    My daughter climbing into bed with me for a morning cuddle.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia reynolds

    The beautiful good mornings from each of my children.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola herring

    My daughter’s drawings on the fridge! First thing as I walk bleary eyed to the fridge after bub’s been awake all night, I smile at her pictures of us all! Really adds a sparkle to my day!ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    Baking yummy treats for family and friends in our kitchen on our new farm which has beautiful country views. Brightens my mood and makes me feel just that little bit happier every day :)ReplyCancel

  • Jacinta

    Lights!
    And the fact that they turn on.
    That when I come home at night I can turn on the tap and a hot steamy shower appears, that the kettle hisses, the fridge is still cold, and I know my door locks. My roof is not damaged from the rains or the photo albums haven’t been destroyed by flames.
    Call me old fashion or even a little simple, but what brightens my day is the fact that I can come home to a safe house, regardless of its cleanliness or the weather outside, and that all those who dwell within it are safe and healthy.ReplyCancel

  • natasha Horsham

    i was trying to think and couldn’t get past my first thought was my 3 kids and second was the 3 cats. So family. But I’m not sure if that’s what you actually meant
    If taking about household things it’s hopping into bed with freshly made clean sheetsReplyCancel

  • Helena Leung

    Cranking up the Temptations and belting out “My Girl” to speed up the housework. “I GOT SUNSHINNEEEEE, ON A CLOUDDDDY DAYYYYY!!”ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Ring

    Well, the question was “what in your home brightens up your day”. My hubby does FIFO, so when he is home, everything is brighter!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa d

    waking up with the sun shining on the sun catcher, casting a rainbow on my bedroom wall.ReplyCancel

  • Talking to our little Grandson by phone never fails to brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Family brightens my day. The sound of laughter & conversation. All freshly bathed and smelling like home. Cheeky smiles & eyes wide in wonder. Makes my heart gladden even now.ReplyCancel

  • Gina

    Finding five surprise minutes to myself to be still and grateful for all that makes me so busy brightens my day.ReplyCancel

  • leeanne Gooch

    my son ;)ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    It’s not really in the house but…outside the kitchen window I have a bird feeder and watching the rosellas have their breakfast whilst drinking my coffee brightens my day!ReplyCancel

  • Nerissa Stott

    Having fresh flowers around are always so cheerful with their bright colours smiling at me, especially ones from my garden :DReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    Fresh flowers and a sea breezeReplyCancel

  • Jo Deller

    My 4 children and their various artworks and crafts totally brighten my day! I never thought I would have children and lost 8 babies to miscarriage for years so their presence in my life is a miracle that warms my heart and soul everyday. When they may leave one day, I will still always have some of their artworks to hang on to!ReplyCancel

  • Rach Whittaker

    my large collection of bright, patterned, perfectly placed lounge cushions brightens my day every morning! A little bit of colour brings out a smile in everyone, and always spikes a comment or two from guests! i would love to add more colour to my home – what better way than winning a selection made by the organised housewife :) xReplyCancel

  • Sherryl

    Flowers and colour. Pretty down at the moment but if I push and put sunlight flowers and colour it helpsReplyCancel

  • Anne

    The smile on my twins faces when I get home from work. Its beautiful to see how happy they are to see meReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hemetsberger

    My son’s sleepy eyes when I wake him up for school always makes me smileReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    Fresh flowers always make the world of difference! Especially if they are grown in my very own garden.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    A photo from our wedding day 18 years ago with our son who was 18 months old at the time….I look at it every single day and it always, always makes me smile :)ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Photos of our family and friends brighten our day :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    After the crazy breakfast, lunch, bed making and dropping my kids off to school run, I come home and light all my tea lights in my soy melts. I have one in every room. I love just sitting, having a coffee and smelling the lovely scents throughout my house. Aahhh!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Germon

    The bright happy faces of my 5 children always brightens my day (even if they have left a massive trail of destruction behind them!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Obviously my kids bring the happiness. But having the windows and doors open, letting that breeze flow through the house feels like its blows the troubles/worries etc away. Like a fresh start. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Meredith

    My baby girl with her happy go lucky nature brightens up what ever room she is in. My little ray of sunshine has taught me that happiness is a mind set and you can find the joy in any situationReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    Colourful pink and purple post-it note reminders brighten up my day and keep me organised too!ReplyCancel

  • What brightens my day? After I am dressed, we have made the bed, & I whipped over the bathroom, I am ready for anything, let the day begin. Then having brekkie that my wonderful hubby of 48 years, that he has made starts the day off real well.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Dooley

    The sound and marks of my children! Whether that be laughing, fighting, crying, or their wacky childcare art work – sensing their presence brightens up our home that without them, is silent and boring!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    The laughter of my three boys playing together is always sure to brighten my dayReplyCancel

  • Annette

    My kids laughter…..sunshine flooding through the windows, putting some fresh lipstick on, that moment when you have the house clean for 5 minutes before the kids come home, the silence after the kids go to bed and you can sit down and breathe!! These are just a few of the things in my house that help to brighten my day! Oh and when that all fails, singing “The sun’ll come out tomorrow” never fails to put a smile on your face – even just because it is so ridiculous :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    Putting on some boppy music in the morning as we get ready really brightens my mood. It pulls me out of my early morning tiredness and after a quick sing a long, albeit sounding atrocious, and a funny dance with the kidlets, it seems to restore some vigour for the day ahead.ReplyCancel

  • My family, my yellow bedroom, the beautiful gumtree outside my bedroom window!ReplyCancel

  • Bec sullivan

    When my husband pulls up the driveway, even after 14 years and 3 children it still brightens my day when he comes home :)ReplyCancel

  • Lindy Dowell

    My son & husband laughing and playing together brightens my day, every day.ReplyCancel

  • michelle wright

    A clean house especially clean kitchen and coffee in my double wall glass cup.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    I love at night when I read to my 3 year old and 6 month old and they listen excitedly exchanging smiles with each other when I say or do something funny.It really makes every other worry disappear in that moment.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Pilkington

    I know it has been said before, but the early morning sun streaming into my kitchen where I spend the majority of the morning getting beakfast and preparing lunches for four kids, that is what my brightens my home!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa bonner

    My kitchen window faces east, I love opening the curtains in the morning and having the sun stream through the prisms being held by fairies, dragons butterflies etc., They make rainbows all over my kitchen/dinning areaReplyCancel

  • SallyD

    A clean kitchen bench to sit at in the morning for breakfast and watch the birds in the tree outside.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Sitting on the patio eating breakfast with our family and watching and listening to the birds in the backyard. It’s a morning ritual for us.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    My son and husband smiling, Saturday mornings, baking, a clean home, the sun.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie B

    My boys finding our cat first thing in the morning to play with her, brightens up my home and day.ReplyCancel

  • nadia stuart

    Waking up with the sun streaming in through my blinds, next to the best friend and husband. I thank god for this everyday as it makes me truely happy.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    My girls brighten my day. I don’t know how they wake up so cheery but it sure helps on those early mornings! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My strawberries growing in hanging pots on the verandah, this year the slugs can’t get them and it’s lovely picking and eating themReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Hearing my daughter waking up and saying ‘Mum! Mum! Mum!’ repeatEdly, followed by ‘BOO!’ when I open her door!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura Amos

    My husband bringing me breakfast in bed every morning for the last nine weeks to help combat my morning sickness really brightens my day. Just like the growing little human inside me does (and will do even better when it joins us on the outside!). :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kasey Evans

    Other than my children it would have to be my morning iced coffee, it gets me started for the day & I miss it terribly if I don’t have it (abit addicted I think hehe)ReplyCancel

  • Alison Fidler

    Fresh flowers. I try to have them in the house as much as possible. They make the room feel bright and cheerful.ReplyCancel

  • Hana Simes

    A little bunch if fresh flowers next to my bed! Waking up to fresh flowers always brightens my day!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I have some of those over door hooks, I found that when I hang them on the top of the shower screen, that towels get hung up on them and they don’t stay on the floor anymore. It brightens every single day for me!!????ReplyCancel

  • Debra Shields

    Green, I wake up to a forest of trees inside and out, they make me feel uplifted straight away. I have green, orange, blue, yellow, red, purple,pink everywhere and I’m smiling now because I probably should have said colour makes me happy!ReplyCancel

  • Susie V

    My white kitchen – with red stools, red desk chairs, red lights and a red appliance pantry roller door. Happiness! Plus my mum sometimes gives me some waratahs or proteas to go on the kitchen table. Oooh AND I have a lovely portrait of my grandmother and a painting of Sydney Harbour, paid for by my Mother’s Group for my 40th b’day! AwwwwReplyCancel

  • Jewel Thames

    I love to see my families pictures to start my day off.ReplyCancel

  • Tenneille

    Going into my girls room in the morning
    to wake them up, to find they have climbed into bed together through the night and they wake up cuddling. That brightens my day by warming my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    I have a string line on a wall where I peg up photos of my favorite people and places. Every time I walk past it it evokes a happy memory of a past experience or moment in time and just seeing a picture of a little face smiling at me brightens my day.ReplyCancel

  • Nikita Collier

    The wine on the counter, the bible on my coffee table, and my bookshelf STUFFED with books. You can never have too many books, even when you run out of space! :)ReplyCancel

  • Pauline Stewart

    I kept dropping hints for my hubby to buy me flowers….he never got the hint so now I spoil myself & buy myself a bunch of flowers each & every week. They really brighten up the house & make me happy every time I look at themReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    Seeing my 18 month old walk up to me and say mum is the best kind of brightness. After months of hard work with physio and speech (after drs telling me he wouldn’t walk or talk) makes my day so much brighter every second of the day!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla

    Love the morning & afternoon sun filtering through the blinds, the sounds of my kids laughing, fresh cut flowers through the house, the smell of freshly baked cookies and the beautiful pops of colour from my cushions in the living areas are just a few things that brighten my days!!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    No matter what the weather is like outside, my family brightens my day and night.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Maddock

    Simply knowing that all the washing has been done, folded and put away makes me happy at home. And beds that are made. xxxReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    I have an enormous bunch of silk flowers in the living room that my daughter and I chose together. It is bright and full of colour and is a reminder of the fun we had together choosing the flowers.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    My big yellow tea cup! I wake up 10 mins before the rest of the household and make a lovely hot cup of tea in it. A little spark to start the day.ReplyCancel

  • Maddie

    My 2 boys brighten my my home- if I’m home alone, the house just doesn’t feel the same…..great prize pack :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Beattie

    Sunshine , streaming through my front windows of a morning! There is nothing like sunshine to make you feel goodReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    My family brighten my day along with my doggies.ReplyCancel

  • Karin Allan

    My late husbands smiling photo,frame, encouraging me to keep going! I do need some new brightness!ReplyCancel

  • Louise Vasey

    Clean floors, a scented candle burning & a chai latteReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    A good morning kiss from my wife Jackie as her kiss starts off my day brightly.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly W

    Everything in our home was brown when we purchased it. Brown is very boring. My husband loves coordinated things but I am very eclectic. So any little pop of color makes me smile. For example a hot pink vase with bright flowers. The chalk board painted hall with crazy colored stenciled border.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Dancing round the living room with my children to Pharell Williams ‘Happy’, not caring if the neighbours can see through the open bifolds at the front of the house. Just great fun.ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    watching all the beautiful rainbows of refracted colour from all my crystal ornaments as the morning light springs them to lifeReplyCancel

  • Deborah Hill

    Seeing all the mess, scratches and dings, they are all made with love from my 3 boys, usually with lots of laughter, cheekiness and love, and often memories in the making. It’s the feelings and emotions of what surrounds me in my home that brightens my dayReplyCancel

  • It is good cup of Latte and 30 min quiet time before everyone is up in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    The sound of true laughter from children. When they let go that real belly laugh and you know they are truly happy and carefree, just as children should be! Knowing that we must be doing something right to protect them and raise happy, healthy kids. Priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Gerri Briggs

    Looking at my garden through clean windows!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Raven

    Love Laughter & Tantrums is what I love and brightens my day cause then I know we are family and no matter what happens in our lives we are alive and we are family and that makes me smileReplyCancel

  • Annie Bourne

    My family brightens my day.The laughter from the girls or even something as simple as sitting down to a meal together.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Moulton

    I would love to say that the decor in my home brightens my day, but most days I feel cramped, and would love to have the money ditch everything and start again. and so it is my BFFF(best feline friend forever) who really brightens my day, except when she wants to be fed at 5.00amReplyCancel

  • mumoffive

    Nothing in my house brightens my day, as it is a constant mess. But my son making me a cup of coffee in the morning makes me smile!ReplyCancel

  • Jenai

    A bright smile and morning cuddles from my little boys;
    And sunlight streaming through my window brings me joy.
    Pictures on our walls, happy photos of our favourite days;
    Drawings done by my children in a brightly colourful craze …
    The delicious smell of freshly brewing coffee;
    And the perfumed aroma of flowers my sons’ picked for me.
    But the number one thing which brightens my day;
    Is my alarm being turned off, and having lots of time for play!ReplyCancel

  • The accent colour my living room is yellow! I love my yellow cushions, they are like a ray of sunshine on my sofa!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Grayda

    My daughter’s beautiful smileReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    The thing that brightens my day is seeing my 22 month old daughter so in love with her newborn baby brother.. She makes me giggle when she tells him to sit & stay like she’s talking to our dog :)ReplyCancel

  • frances

    Fresh flowers ,especially the roses from my gardenReplyCancel

  • Annaliese

    Sipping hot tea outside in the sunshine (usually when the kids are napping).ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Making a coffee and waiting to receive your email at 6.17am Monday -Friday. Honestly, until I read your daily post whilst enjoying a cup of coffee I feel that my day can’t begin and then reading your email brightens my mood. Even my 11 year old daughter says mum, what was on the organised housewife email today lol. I know you need to have a weekend, however I do miss the emails on the weekends!ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    My four gorgeous children – love that first half an hour of the day with them.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    My kids’ innocent laugh, which is clear like water, makes me forget worries and sadness, and feel my life is full of sunshine everyday.ReplyCancel

  • SHARON JOHNSON

    A well organised wardrobe spilling with colour and choice to brighten my mood. Before giving to the many I help each day.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I am in desperate need of colour in my home. We renovated and painted the one colour throughout, nice colour called hog bristle, or beige. So very beige in this house! The only colour I have is the blur of my toddler who runs past! He brightens my day…. well. Most days.ReplyCancel

  • Erin horton

    Open all the curtains letting the morning light in and picking my baby up from his bed after he greats me with a beautiful smile.ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Open the blinds, up go the windows, light a scented candle and kiss the kids!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I love my lovely green living plants, so much so they have names and when it rains they go outside to play. They clear the air and brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Breust

    Waking up to the beautiful face of my newborn son brightens my day. Being able to provide an amazing home for him is what I am most proud of.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Gibbons

    A clean house, a good coffee, a happy child and a dippy egg ?????????????????ReplyCancel

  • Receiving that first morning hug and kiss from my two gorgeous children. I love that at almost 11 my son races so he can have the first hug and kiss of the day. How could this not brighten my day :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    My home is an eclectic mix of items that I have made, been given and collected. It would never make the pages of a magazine but is a place where my family make memories and is filled with kids laughter, pre school art and colour. It is my sanctuary!ReplyCancel

  • Aside from my kids I would have to say fresh flowers. The house feels sad without them!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Lane

    Waking up knowing that my day will be filled with love and laughter with my gorgeous family always makes my home and day shine brightly!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Saad

    The smiles on my two beautiful kids and my new sheets and quilt cover .ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Waking up in my ‘own’ little studio, my own little piece of light, bright and colourful heaven! Full with secondhand and free furniture and decorations. They are cleaned, loved and upcycled!! Can’t get better then that :)
    I can definitely do with some amazing new colourful accessories to spruce it all up a bit!!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    Watching my husband bond with our new baby and seeing him be silly. Our Sunday mornings have become “Sunday dance parties”. How can watching your husband and 10 week old baby dance around the living room not brighten up your day!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Gorton

    I absolutely believe in the power of accessories in the home to change the mindset and benefit mood. One of the most important things to me is decorative photo frames with pictures of family and happy memories – nothing puts a bigger smile on my face!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Gritter

    My new outdoor cushions brighten my day !ReplyCancel

A collection of cake recipes the kids will enjoy

We love freshly baked cakes, slices and cookies in our house.  So I thought I would share with you a collection of cakes that we have made in our kitchen over the  years.  Click on the image to view the recipe. Ice cream Cone Cupcakes Heart shaped cupcakes Kit Kat, M&M Birthday Cake and here is […]

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  • Oh ma GAWSH!!! I’m now starving and craving CAKE after seeing this post! THANK YOU for sharing – it’s always motivating to see cake recipes that are actaully do-able! Love the look of all of these.
    C xReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      They are so delicious and look lovely, i agree!.:)ReplyCancel

Creative ways to flavour popcorn

A few weeks ago the kids and I were craving popcorn, I had the microwave kind in the pantry, but they tasted rather bland so I asked the community on Facebook what they do to flavour their popcorn? There were some very interesting and strange suggestions, thought I would share them all with you. Creative ways […]

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  • I have fond memories of Mum and I sharing a bowl of popcorn flavoured in icing sugar.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love memories like that Briohny!ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    I love the icing sugar and salt idea. I really like sweet and salty popcorn and that sounds like an easy way to have it homemade.ReplyCancel

  • Hailey

    Freshly grated parmesan… so so good!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh that sounds yummy, Hailey!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    being dairy free the kids usually have chicken salt, or if I will make it coconut caramel (dairy free). We also just braught cinnimon sugar for them.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Sukiennik

    Usually we have the popcorn plain, air popped out of the machine. But if it is a special treat, I add sultanas, diced dried apricots, banana chips and honey flavoured tiny teddies to the mix.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Love your idea Amanda, sounds delicious.:)ReplyCancel

Clever kitchen organising ideas

I’ve been considering making a few changes to my kitchen and have been reading lots of kitchen magazines and browsing the internet for inspiration.  Here are a few really clever kitchen organising ideas: Clever ideas kitchen organising ideas add a pop of colour inside the cupboards  |  A Beautiful Mess Use a magazine holder  | […]

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  • Shea

    I do like that pop of colour!

    All of these ideas seem fairly simple but are probably more suited to someone who is renovating or getting a new kitchen – the pop of colour is probably the easiest thing to get done if someone wanted to change their kitchen up without *actually* changing their kitchen!

    I wouldn’t have thought of putting oils in a drawer though – my oils tend to have a sticky/oily residue if they don’t get religiously wiped off and I’d be worried that when others in my household tidy up, the drawer would end up with a base of oily residue which would be a PITA to clean!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I keep my oils in a little basket purely for the same reason Shea, much easier to wipe a plastic basket then my wooden shelves.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    We recently added a new shelf to three of the existing cupboards in our kitchen – allowing us to separate some items that were previously stacked on top of one another. Total cost was $28 for the three shelves (cut to size at Bunnings) and it’s made such a difference.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So cheap, great idea Kate!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie J

    Half shelves utilise the back of the cupboard and i use baskets to kerp plastics togegher. Oils and sauces are stored on a tray which helps kerp the cupboard clean.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I like the idea of half shelves too Kylie, great use of space.ReplyCancel

  • JoJo

    You know that corner cupboard that’s so deep you need to put your entire body inside just to wipe it out?! Well in my search on the internet last year to organise my kitchen, I came across a lazy susan being used. Light bulb moment for me as I had a large glass one given to me for Christmas years ago. It was only ever used 2-4 times a year – It fit perfectly on the botton shelf and now houses those things only used 2-4 times a year. Now that corner cupboard is being put to full and proper use. LOVE ITReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Wow fantastic idea, Jojo! I think i might need to get a lazy susan as i too have one of those cupboards.ReplyCancel

Killing dust mites in non washable items

This post is sponsored by Bosisto’s My twinnies both have dust mite allergies, which is very common in Australia. They both suffer from it differently, Mr 11’s symptoms are an itchy nose, but Miss 11 gets itchy eyes.  It’s really important that I keep their rooms as clean as possible and take some preventive measures to eliminate […]

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  • This is good to know Katrina because I use the normal Bosistos Eucalyptus spray on our mattresses. We don’t suffer from eczema or asthma but I just think sleeping with all those mites doesn’t do much for your health anyway. Great post. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    That is so helpful about using the Bisistos eculiptos ranges didn’t no they had wash powder ill have to have a look thanks heaps for that trip Dr’s just say to wash sheets in hot water and vacuum bed thank you againReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh no Kim, so much more can be done to kill the little mites, glad this post can help :)ReplyCancel

  • Genaya

    Really! I’d be concerned what’s in all these cleaners. Is there an ingredients list available?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are chemical free GenayaReplyCancel

  • sanno

    Is it available in USA? We dont have Woolworth in our area any more .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve just tried searching Sanno and I can’t see that it is sold outside of Australia, sorry.ReplyCancel

  • mary

    i am asthmatic and cannot use eucalyptus what can you suggest insteadReplyCancel

  • I realized that the so called “dust mites” are everywhere in my home. This article gives good solutions connected with the elimination of these microbes. I will definitely start washing my children’s fluffy toys more often. Thanks for the advices!ReplyCancel

How to cook perfect quinoa

I made Quinoa a few weeks ago and several times since, I must say I fell in love with how good it is and how easy it is to cook.  This usually makes enough for one family meal leaving some for leftovers for lunch the next day (adding in a few steamed vegetables).  I’ll share some of […]

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  • Rachelle

    I was told that you have to scrub/wash the grains first as the coating on the grains is bad for you. A soapy stuff washes off. It also affects the taste if you don’t wash the grains. I put my grains in a flour swine under a running tap and give them a good massage with my hand, then pretty much follow what you do.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great tip thank you Rachelle!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I cook mine in my rice cooker and it turns out beautifully every time. Also a good way to cook buckwheat and other grain type things, just put them in the r/cooker and forget about it till it’s done.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip, I have a rice cooker, should try it!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Some Quinoa is prewashed, check the pack it should tell you. If in doubt wash anyway until the water runs clear.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh there you go I didn’t know that Sarah, I have washed mine all the time.ReplyCancel

Kids in the Kitchen – Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

This post is sponsored by Western Star My kids love to cook and have been doing so for many years.  Letting them help in the kitchen is teaching them life lessons and skills from measuring and learning fractions to how to cook particular foods.  My youngest Miss 9 enjoys cooking pasta dishes, I stand by helping […]

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  • Nancy

    your daughter is gorgeous. I love seeing them in the kitchen and sewing your teaching them such great life lessons.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Nancy, she is a cutie. All my kids love cooking and I love spending time with them in the kitchen, especially teaching them new techniques, great life lessons for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    must try this, haven’t made Mac and Cheese in so long. Love the idea of a little bit of bacon with itReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s delicious Simone, hope your family enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    For those who prefer not to eat meat, spinach, onion & mushroom is a great mix to replace the bacon :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, love the sound of adding onion!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Brewer

    Looking forward to declutteringReplyCancel

Reusable Homemade Antibacterial Wipes

I noticed we use a lot of paper towel and wipes in our household and in my mission to be frugal and reduce our grocery bill I am trying to find cheaper alternatives, like using my own homemade all purpose cleaner.  Over the past few months I have been using reusable homemade antibacterial wipes (although […]

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  • Lee

    Great idea!
    I love the fact they are on hand. Being able to launder them make me feel they are good as new when I pull one out.
    Fans and skirting boards are my focus this week.

    A little label for the jar:
    Pick me.
    Use me.
    Launder me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that idea of the label Lee LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

    Kat you never cease to amaze me, I have never thought of this, love it going to make some up today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Jayne! Would love to see a photo once you have made them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    If you add clove oil it kills mould spores, too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great idea Justine!ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Tip: do not throw any disposable wipes in the toilet. Instead throw them in the garbage bin. Safes heaps of energy and $$ to our waste-water treatment process!!

    They do not really disintegrate, even though it usually says on the pack that they are biodegradable and you can throw them in the toilet. DON’T…

    I would take probably months if not longer for them to degrade and before that they will already have to be taken out of the waste-water treatment process (or have clogged up something/somewhere)!

    Major burden on the treatment plants and our tax-payer bills!!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Mascha

      Ow, and of course (totally forgot): I LOVE YOUR BLOG :)
      Really inspirational and fun…
      Thanks for making the chores more fun!ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    I always get so many great ideas from your blog! Thank you so much!

    AlisonReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you, Alison! So lovely to hear.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Pender

    Is there another oil you could use? My mum is highly allergic to lavender.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Rachael, you could try using tea tree oil.ReplyCancel

  • Erica

    I just made my own version of these on Monday! Same recipe but mine has eucalyptus oil instead of lavender and they work a treat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s fantastic Erica!ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Such a good idea. I use a 50:50 mix of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean just about everything, using paper wipes mostly. Even though they’re recycled paper and mainly go into our compost, I’ve been wanting to cut down on waste and costs. I’ll have to give this a go, thanks :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, Dani! Yes give it a go, i’m sure you will love it!ReplyCancel

  • These are great, I have used lavender oil and water in a spray bottle for cleaning surfaces for ages and love this idea, Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your welcome Jane :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I love this idea. I am going to make one today, without going to the shops. One old glass cookie jar and some old cut up tee shirts, I always have vinegar for cleaning in the cupboard. I like the comment about the clove oil. I am always happy to save money and the environment. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Saving money and the environment together is a great combination!ReplyCancel

The 20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home Challenge

I am so excited to share with you that the ’20 Days to Organise and Clean your Home’ Challenge is back! I ran this challenge back in 2012 and it was a huge success for so many feeling lost and out of control of their own homes. I am thrilled to run it again.  However this […]

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  • Melanie

    Love it, Love it, Love it, have been waiting for you to run this Challenge again, I’m excited to make a change in my home, the mess is running the house now and I just can’t deal with it any longer.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh yay!! I am super excited to be running it again too!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Perfect timing, I really need this and can’t wait to learn how to stop nagging the kidsReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Awesome Jen! We are so excited to be running it again.:)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    I need to pack ready to move, but I have a lifetime of clutter to sort along the way, will this course help this overwhelming feeling i have, I really need to start but just don’t know where!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It will Elizabeth, it will help you remove some of the excess clutter and perhaps instead of organising the spaces on the day it suggest, pack instead. You will have access to the tasks in the future so when you move into your new home you have all the organising suggestions on hand to make the best solution for your new space. It will also help you to create new routines, so when you move into your new home you can have already made some positive new changes.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Elizabeth, Ooh moving is such a big job! This 20 day challenge is fantastic in helping you get your home back to be organised and running smoothly.ReplyCancel

    • Donna

      Elizabeth – when I moved I went to Officeworks and got some business card-sized flouro tags in different colours.
      I assigned a different colour to each room and when I packed the boxes, I stuck the appropriate coloured tag onto each box.
      At the new house, I stuck the appropriate coloured tag onto the top of the door frame of each room and the removalists were able to quickly gauge which boxes belonged in which room.

      First thing to do on moving day is make up your beds with your jammies under your pillow and unpack your bathrooms, that way you can easily shower and fall into bed when you are exhausted at the end of day 1. Next day, unpack the kitchen. By that time you will be so over it, that you will find decluttering easy because you can’t work up enough care factor to find a place for all the junk – EASY!!
      Good luck!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh I almost forgot Elizabeth, this may help you a checklist of everything you need to organise before you move and it has a system very similar to what Donna suggested below. http://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/shop/product/moving-home-pack-with-checklist/ReplyCancel

      • Elizabeth

        Ooh yes, I’ve purchased that pack and it has come in handy so far, but that’s as far as I’ve got. I think I will sign up to this though, thanks for your feedback!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I will be away in Thailand until Nov 1…can I do it on my own when I get home? Or is it better to wait until 2015?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      yes you can Donna, all the tasks will be unlocked by that date ready for when you return, so you can go through them all at your own pace :)ReplyCancel

  • Angie

    I loved the other 20 day challenge. Sorry I won’t be able to commit to this one since I haven’t been able to work in a lil over a yr so money is tight.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sorry to hear that Angie, but I understand xxReplyCancel

  • Helen Warman

    Hi Katrina, I am a 71year old grandma living in a small retirement unit with my husband.I have been somewhat muddly and disorganised all my life, however I am hoping to spend more time on hobbies and Grandchildren. This means I need to get essential jobs done more promptly. Would I be able to adapt the program or is it focussed on a home with children?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Helen it is focus on home and children, because that is my current situation. But there is also tips in there on how to clean, declutter and organise particular rooms and make routines to keep them tidy. I believe you can adapt this program to you :)ReplyCancel

  • Jillian

    Oh my I can’t wait! I’m not going away on holidays and victoria starts this Friday. I will be totally relaxed and ready for the challenge.
    I joined in last time!
    I need organising for myself and my teens.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Exactly what I was hoping for Jullian. I thought after school holidays was perfect timing to start and giving you the time between now and over the holidays to complete the pre-tasks. I know I prefer to be out spending time with the kiddies during the holidays and typically the house is messier than usual after school holidays so perfect timing to get it back in order.ReplyCancel

  • Roslyn Woodhouse

    Hi Katrina- I’m ALMOST in, but I know I’ll be away for a few days in October. Are all of the previous days accessible throughout the challenge? ie: Could I do Friday & Monday’s tasks on Monday if I’m away Friday- or are they just available the day they’re sent?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Roslyn, As an example you will be given access to all of the first week tasks on 6th October, then the following weeks tasks will be given to you on that Monday. If you have missed a day you can go back and access it easily, you just can’t skip forward a week, until that week has been unlocked. Hope this makes sense :)ReplyCancel

      • Roslyn Woodhouse

        Perfect sense, thankyou!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    This challenge is transforming! Can say without a doubt that it’s worth signing up for. I did it and was sceptical at first that it could really help but room by room and challenge by challenge the house was in order and clean. I’ve learned what I need now to keep the house in order and clutter free without it getting crazy! Signing up again for this one but this time my daughter and husband will be on board ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love it Megan, it’s so great to hear how it has helped you and love that you are including your husband and daughter this time, it’s important for them to also help you and I have heard from a few past participants too, it’s made them realise they value their loved one for the hard work they do to look after the home.ReplyCancel

  • Huisvrou

    I wish I could join, but with a Rand-Dollar exchange rate of 1:10, $50 is absolutely way beyond what I can afford.

    May I wish you all a wonderful journey in this 20 days!ReplyCancel

  • Jody

    Hi, I have paid the money for the challenge through PayPal, but I accidentally left the page before filling out my details! How can I make sure I’m properly registered?ReplyCancel

    • Catriona

      Hmmm, I was just wondering the same thing!
      I must have been so excited to join that I did the payment bit and didn’t see any other bit or any where else to fill in my details…ReplyCancel

      • lisa

        I received an email from Kat but when I click the link to finalise registration it won’t let me sign in? Anyone help?ReplyCancel

        • Katrina

          Lisa, sorry it’s still giving you greif, can you email me challenge (at) theorganisedhousewife.com.au and I will fix it up :)ReplyCancel

          • lisa

            email sent at 7:28 am thanks :)

      • Katrina

        Catriona, have you been able to log in yet? If your having troubles please email me challenge (at) theorganisedhousewife.com.au and I will fix it up :)ReplyCancel

        • Catriona

          All good with the log in, had a look today and printed everything off ready to go – thank goodness for the nice colour printer at work!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Jody, ah-ha this is good to know, I think a few people have done this today. I have emailed all people that I noticed do this, did you get my email :)ReplyCancel

  • Can I access all the content on my iPad?? Not sure if it supports adobe reader?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes Natalie, you can access the content on iPad, the site if mobile friendly. But the downloads are best to be downloaded and printed from your computer, or if you iPad gives you access to your printer then it’s fine.ReplyCancel

  • Catriona

    Great timing! I work full time and with 3 kids and the hubby all seeming to make more mess than ever before, the house is out of control. This seems like it will work very well for someone like me. Can’t wait for it to start!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Glad to have you join us Catriona, it will help you crate strategies to get those kiddies and hubby to help you around the home!ReplyCancel

      • Catriona

        Haha, can’t wait to see what kind of reaction I get from my 2 lovely teenage boys and my delightful Miss tween!
        They are all so open to new ideas……I will tread lightly with them and introduce changes slowly so it will just sneakily be implemented without too much drama. I can only hope :)ReplyCancel

  • sheridan

    I’m confused, can we start as soon as
    we sign up or do we have to wait
    until October? I would like to start
    before school holidays so my house
    will be visitor ready!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sheridan, it starts on Monday 6th October, it’s run over 4 weeks and I thought it best to be after school holidays, because I like to spend time with the kids during this time and find the house needs a good clean up after holidays are over :) You have access now to the 5 pretasks, but the 20 days of cleaning and organising will come later.ReplyCancel

  • Daniela

    Hi,
    I would like to sign up, but will be out of town for two weeks out of the four. Do you think i can access all of the four weeks after i return? I was thinking to start in November 1st.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Daniela! You can access all of them once you return. They will be open for you.ReplyCancel

  • Yay! All signed up and very excited to be doing this. One of my New Years Resolutions was to declutter the house but now we are in September and I haven’t gotten very far so this is perfect timing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yay, perfect timing for you Vicki! Would love to see photos as you go.:)ReplyCancel

    • Roslyn Woodhouse

      hehehe, me 2!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirstie

    Hi, can this been done in England? XReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Kristie, we look forward to having you join us in the challenge.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is brilliant Kat. We’re moving house this week and won’t be back into our home by early- mid October otherwise I’d definitely be taking part xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Good luck Carla, moving is a massive job! You can still register and access all the challenges at a later date that fits in with you.:)ReplyCancel

  • MelanieB

    Wow, I scrolled through all the info and was expecting a much larger price tag, particularly with lifetime membership. Thanks for making the challenge accessible, I will be joining in :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Hi
    I work 4 (paid!) days per week plus lots of overtime. Also with 2 busy young littlies, I’m finding it a struggle to stay on top of the usual basic cleaning, cooking, organisation etc. So keen for any tips and advice to help make this all work better. But practically how long would I need to set aside each day to complete the challenge? I’m really keen but not sure how I can fit anything else in if it’s more than a small time commitment.
    thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Tammy there are some days that involve cleaning a whole room and organising some elements of it. It maybe a lot for you to complete in one day. There are several tasks per day, so you have an option to chose one task per day and run the program over 30 or 40 days rather than the 20. As you have lifetime access it’s easy for you to refer back to the tasks at anytime you need.ReplyCancel

      • Tammy

        Thanks for the response. If I was to undertake one task per day (which sounds more practical given current commitments) generally what kind of practical commitment is it e.g. hours, half hourReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I have visitors over until the middle of October but from what you’re saying it looks like I could sign up but then start whenever works for me? Will all the content remain accessible or do I need to print it off because on a certain date it will no longer be accessible?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Sarah, yes it will all remain there for you to access when you are ready to start the challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    Just wondering about the daily time commitment ?
    Thanks very much.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ange, There are some declutter tasks which don’t take as long then on other days there are whole room cleans which may take longer. It is entirely up to you how long it takes, you an split the bigger challenges up over a few days. Even though it is a 20 Day challenge, you can spread it over 30 days to suit you if need be.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    Hi Kat. This challenge sounds like exactly what I need. I’m currently struggling to “keep up” as I’m working around a 9 mth old that is only sleeping about an hr a day and have 6 yo also.
    I know you have older children so just wondering if the challenge will be suitable to work around a baby?
    Many thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sure Maria, Even if some tasks have to spread out over a few days. You can work it to your own choice. Even though it is a 20 day challenge if it takes you 30 days it is entirely up to you. All the information will be there ready for you.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Hi, Our school holidays in New Zealand finish on the 12th October (GMT) Am I able to start a week late and still download the first week? Or am I better to wait til next year?.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      No Liz, you can start a week later, it will all be there for you to access.ReplyCancel

  • Simone C

    Hi Kat, I have paid thru PayPal but accidentally hit the “back” button before filling out the registration form, oops! Can I just register thru your normal website registration instead? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Simone, I have just emailed you your login details :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie C

    i’m totally drowning here!! No matter what i try it never works out. I’m in in this challenge to give me some direction/something to follow rather than jumping in blind. Getting kids involved would be awesome as my 3 oldest are certainly capable!!! Looking forward to doing this xxxReplyCancel

  • Julie Snelgar

    Hi Katrina,
    I signed up and paid and through paypal with a credit card, but have no tdea what is supposed to happened next?
    How do I access the challenge!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Julie, registration page was just a few seconds after paypal payment went through, sometimes it loads slowly and you may have clicked away. I’ve just completed your registration and sent through your details.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Lee

    Hi Kat, Same as Julie. I payed through PayPal & received an email receipt, but no information on what to do next or email from you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Natalie, I can see your registration is complete. Can you email me and I’ll check your email address is correct in the system and can send you your details email challenge (at) theorganisedhousewife.com.auReplyCancel

  • Jolene deguara

    Hi katrina I also paid with a card and received confirmation email but can’t login as have no user name or password thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jolene, registration page was just a few seconds after paypal payment went through, sometimes it loads slowly and you may have clicked away. I’ve just completed your registration and sent through your details.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke Alexander

    Hi, just wondering what it would be like to do the challenge with a 6 month old baby (who was actually 9 weeks prem, so has corrected age of 4 months….sometimes she behaves like a 6 month old, sometimes a 4 month old!) I don’t have a clear routine yet, and can’t imagine committing to something every day and getting it done! Anyone done it and can offer any insights?ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    Hi Kat, I have paid thru PayPal but accidentally hit the “back” button before filling out the registration form, oops! Can I just register thru your normal website registration instead? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Just paid & filling out registration page. Didn’t get to enter passwords or submit & page disappeared.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Katrina, did you manage to get in yet?? email me challenge (at) theorganisedhousewife.com.au if you have further troubles.ReplyCancel

  • shamna

    Hi Katrina,
    I am eagerly waiting to join this course.
    Thank you soooo much as am badly in need
    Of a guidance, tips to organise my
    Home:-)
    I will be registering this week itself
    Regards
    ShamnaReplyCancel

  • kylie

    Hi Kat, I’ve paid but cannot sign in. It says username and password is wrong.
    Please help me I’m keen to get started on the preparation.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Locke

    I live in the uk, can I still join the 20 day challenge, if yes how do I pay with regard to the different currency??ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Hi, i want to join but can’t use my paypal (long story!) any chance i can pay other way??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Amanda, you can pay by credit card without logging into paypal, just below the sign into paypal fields there is an option to pay without signing in. Let me know if this suits you if not please email me challenge (at) theorganisedhousewife.com.au and we will work out an alternative.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    I have an 18 month old child and I am 6 months pregnant. I have a very helpful husband but because my family is so young, will this be relevant to me?ReplyCancel

  • Claire Davey

    HI, I have paid but haven’t received anything other that the paypal confirmation last night. Have I registered properly or did I miss something?
    Thanks, ClaireReplyCancel

    • Claire

      Hi,
      My username doesn’t seem to be working when I log in although I did receive the email this morning with the pre-challenge task. Have I missed something with the registration? Thanks, ClaireReplyCancel

  • shamna

    Hi Katrina
    Waiting for the next session as won’t be able to join this session:(
    Please start next session ASAP
    Thanks,ShamnaReplyCancel

  • Julie Grimes

    Hi, I have paid for the 20 day challenge via Paypal, but haven’t been able to login through the members area…I have a username and password written down, but it tells me no username found? Where do I go from here to register for the challenge? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh

    I have paid for the 20 day challenge but I haven’t received anything. No email, no username etc. I have checked my bank and the money has been deducted.
    Thanks AshReplyCancel