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9+ budget friendly and easy ideas to store and organise kids bath toys to help keep them tidy and clutter free in your bathroom

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  • Loris Mavrick

    Loved reading the article about you and your Nanna in Take5 magazine Katrina. Well done.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      It was a lovely story, i agree Loris.:)ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Great ideas – I was just looking around for these kinds of things the other day. I decided to use the 3M hooks and basket idea. Suctions cups never stay put for me. I found a cute blue wire basket from BigW that matched our bathroom decor, so it’s a little stylish at the same time.ReplyCancel

Create some special moments with your family by planning a fun family movie night in the comfort of our own home, snuggling up on the couch together. Plus a FREE family movie night printable and Tomorrowland DVD pack giveaway.

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  • Rebecca Broderick

    I actually let my daughters be in charge of most of the setting up and organising, they feel so important and excited when we have our movie night.ReplyCancel

    • Cassandra M

      Our movie nights are usually in the school holidays…we sometimes have disco glowbowling with empty bottles and glow sticks in them..they double as movie lights..we wind down with pillows and blankets on the loungeroom floor homemade popcorn..sometimes a pizza party..the kids also like to dress up as their fav movie characters while watching the movie.
      We keep movie nights to the holidays so they can stay up later..Its something to look forward to for them.ReplyCancel

  • nicolle lewis

    My kids enjoy movie night cuddled up in my bedReplyCancel

  • Nikoly

    I think it is mainly just the time spent together, having snuggles and just doing nothing. I also like to think the kids enjoy that we actually watch their movies so when they talk to us about them they know that we know what they are talking about.ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Let everyone partake in the movie selection and preparation of snacks such as popcorn etcReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    My top tips for enjoying family movie night are to have an early dinner, a fun, family favourite meal (ours include burritos, hamburgers or pizza, all homemade yum!), and to have a small amount of special treats to eat during the movie (like Maltesers or lollies – my kids love this as we don’t let them have treats like this all the time) and for parents to be consciously present during the movie and really enjoy the experience with your kids. As they say, kids grow up so fast and there will only be a certain amount of time we have where the kids will actually want to do this with us! And I think kids know the difference between when you are really in the moment with them and when you are tuned out or mindlessly looking at your phone, tablet or laptop :) Here’s to many happy family movie nights!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer D

    We live to let each child choose a candy treat to mix in the popcorn. We make homemade individual pizzas which and smoothies. Then curl up to eat and watch the movie with lots of blankets and pillows in the living room.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon M

    Every Saturday night in our house is ‘Family Movie Night’ so all our children look forward to it heaps!!! We also have a voting system where we all get to pick three dvds off our shelf and I also get some dvds from the local Library. We then write down our top two picks and we do a tally and the movie with the most votes wins!!! This process takes about half an hour at the minimum so it is quite a build up towards the movie :) :) Happy watching!!! p.s. there is always a bowl of treats for everyone :)ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Wanless

    Make sure the dogs are already fed and happy so they don’t interrupt! Snacks all around for everyone and a vote on the movie to watch so we all enjoy the film.ReplyCancel

  • We love popping a bunch of popcorn and inviting friends over to watch togetherReplyCancel

  • I love at-home movie nights. I think it’s almost my favourite thing to do!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Not feeding hubby any gassy foods (or ‘fart fodder’ as he calls it) for a good 24 hours prior to family movie night!! This way he doesn’t silently sneak things out, then sit there in denial as we all choke or need to evacuate and miss most of the film!!ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    Talk during dinner, get the chatter out. Cover every topic you and the kids can bring up, so they don’t talk all the way through the movie! Yes I am a Dad to girls and can they talk or what, and always through or over the crucial parts of a movie. Love them to death but it does get annoying during what should be a quiet time.ReplyCancel

  • Agnes

    my tip is to pick a movie everyone can enjoy. Sounds simple but with an age range of nearly seven years between the kids in our family it can be a challenge. Our favourites have included Back to the Future, The Neverending Story, A Cat in Paris and Arrietty.ReplyCancel

  • Justine Franklin

    Make sure everyone is comfortable with the movie choice. I divert the home phone to the answering machine so there are no interuptions. Schedule in an intermission. There are 5 of us and nearly all of us need a short break (if you get my drift) during the movie. Rather than pause 5 times, knowing there is a break, i think subconsciously, you can wait until then. Most of all try to be relaxed, forget about the stress of the day and just be in the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Bel

    Tip 1: after dinner set the timer and get the gang excited about tidying up with a reward (popcorn, choctop, etc) if they beat the buzzer.
    Tip 2: have an intermission for teeth and bathroom after food is consumed /at the half way point / yawning startsReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    Make sure it’s a movie everyone can enjoy and also make sure everyone has their own favourite snack – we had to put popcorn on hold for while as my daughter had braces so we substituted with vege chips (her favourite) so she could still enjoy without feeling left out. Looking forward to our first movie night WITH popcorn now there are no more braces!ReplyCancel

  • julie

    Best movie night is camping out in lounge room with our favourite snacks and drinks and fall asleep together watching moviesReplyCancel

  • Kate

    We do Movie Night at home on a Friday (each fortnight). The two kids alternate between choosing the DVD for the night or the ‘treats’. They love it as they get input each time.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    We start our movie nights early when having dinner so we have an easy picnic dinner on the floor in front of the tv that way our little ones can still have an early night and watch the whole movieReplyCancel

  • Penny Marrett

    Making it a regular thing rather than a one off makes it good family time also letting kids pick the movies as well as making the treats/snacks gives us extra time to spend together. We love a good family movie night together and the kids would do it every night if we let them!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Make family movie night a time to connect.

    Enjoy the time WITH the children.

    Have all baths out of the way and PJ’s on.

    Turn off all devices, barring the TV etc.

    Load up on the munchies.

    Have 2 movies on hand. A family favourite and a new film.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Make sure the movie is going to appeal to everyone and that there is plenty of popcorn…..lights down, sound up loud, phones off and away we goReplyCancel

  • Movie night is Saturday night in our house! With homemade choc bombs being the bomb when it comes to movie snacks!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Andrijasevich

    1. A family-friendly movie
    2. Lots of movie-friendly snacks
    3. Lots of comfy pillows & blankets
    4. Preferably a cold & rainy night…
    5. Lots of love & cuddles! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Debra Moody

    We always get out the blankets so we can cuddle up together while enjoying the movie, its a great feeling being all together for these special fun times.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Our kids are all teens now and they still ask for “Family Movie Night” on a Friday or Saturday night! And…. and they still like Disney movies too!!!! And they do all the setting up, make or buy the lollies, chips, chocolates and drinks to share and make big bowls of popcorn. I’m glad we started this tradition when they were little, as life with teens can get hectic and they’re often busy with part time jobs, studying or staying at friends and they still ask to do Family Night with good ol’ Mum not Dad. Awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Our family movie nights always include home made pizza (where the kids and hubby choose the ingredients they want), popcorn (salted butter) and smoothies to watch in front of the TV. We bring down our pillows and blankets from our rooms and make ourselves a cosy theatre before playing a game. The winner gets to choose the movie the family watches for the evening :)ReplyCancel

  • James

    I work shift hours and I always appreciate my wife for organising family movie nights.
    Top tips: put away all phones, laptops and tablets, and each one goes around the room to share what’s up that day.
    Love each other and want to spend time with one another.
    Coupled with good food and a recent movie rental. That’s all you need for family timeReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    We do movie nights often. Lay out a picnic rug on the floor and replace healthy dinners with dips and nachos and hot chips. We remove the lounge. Leave all the cushions and have lots of blankets. Lights out. Popcorn. Lollies. And we allow soft drink! My three step children and husband all love it.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Best

    We have never had an organized video night with all the trims. Kids often watch movies but my husband and I don’t really watch it with them. I think it is a fantastic idea to have the whole family do something together and go to the effort to make the experience as real as possible. I live over 600km from the nearest cinema so going to the movies is not really an option for us. Love this idea.ReplyCancel


    Make sure everyone agrees on the movie, start it early with popocorn and drinks pre-prepared. pause for an interval for snack refills and toilet breaks. Ensure there are plenty of cushions and blankets. Enjoy the time togetherReplyCancel

  • Joni

    I choose the most humourous movie possible since my kids range in age from late teens down to a 6 year old, since humour has a universal language. We all quote funny lines for months after…ReplyCancel

  • Frances

    A rare but memorable occurrence having all four of my boys + Mum and Dad watch the same movie – (aged 18 down to 7 years). Lots of fun and laughter when we do. Beautiful to see them all huddled together under tv blankets sharing family time.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Top tips are:
    Start early, so the night is not toooo late for smaller kids.
    Make the room really dark (during the day the kids love that part too-adds to the excitement,my kids love that!!)
    I like home made popcorn with a small amount of icing sugar on top YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Bek

    Make the room dark and cool. Drag queen size mattress out with oodles of pillows n blankys for snuggling. Popcorn, maltesers and choc-tops.ReplyCancel

  • Grace

    Movie night for us means finger food dinner while we watch the show followed by delicious dessert with all lights off sitting on comfy cushions,right next to each other.The most important tip is to turn off all phones or ignore any calls, so that there would be no interruptions to the family time.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl S

    When we were lucky enough to have a new DVD the children and I would run around and have the movie night as soon as we had picked up the DVD and organised dinner and had everything ready so we didn’t have to leave the room again. Dinner would be eaten on the coffee table or laps depending on what it was while watching the movie cause we couldn’t wait! Lights were turned out and we would all be snuggled up with blankets.ReplyCancel

  • Suanne Sykes

    We love family movie nights. Preparation is keeping an eye on foxtel to phone in for suitable movies. Plenty of cushions and throws and having popcorn and cut up fruit ready to go. The best part is snuggles with Mr 5. One of those moments to cherish before they grow out of them.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Short

    Special family time with popcorn, healthy drinks (just don’t tell the kids) and a rotation of movies over 4 weeks (4 kids) each one given a choice of feature movie.

    We play a short dvd of cartoons, then have an intermission before the main movie, JUST like when I was a child.

    Can’t wait for the reaction when they get the “TICKETS” next session, thank you for the printable

    Best time in my world with familyReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Many of the top tips have already been suggested in your blog post, but one major point that I would like to add is plan for a ‘half time’ break just like the intermission from the old cinema days.
    Its a good idea for restless children, especially when most have limited attention, it gives everyone a chance to use the bathroom and to restock food and drink.

    Now nobody misses the crux of the movie!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Family movie night involves an early dinner of homemade pizzas on dough made by the kids, lots of pillows and blankets and the family snuggled on the lounge. These nights are planned around movie releases and some classic oldies like ‘The Goonies’ or ‘Back to the Future’. We watch the movie and eat a magnum or drumstick ice cream. It is loads of fun and we place bets on how much of the movie daddy will see before falling asleep.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi bruxe

    Movie nights are Friday nights. We usually pick one from Netflix and lay out their fold out couches and turn the lights and phones off. Kids set up their own couches with pillows and bedding and mum and dad organises the foodReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Turn all mobile phones off take the home phone off the hook, make sure the snacks aren’t sugar based as the kids won’t sleep after the movie. Nothing to stop you having movies on a rainy day, or during the day on the weekend especially when school starts. We often have movie nights, or movie marathon of the sequels in a dark room, surround sound, the grandkids love the cars zooming behind them etc. popcorn or other snacks. But especially enjoy our togetherness as a family with the grandkids. At Christmas we do our own kids home movies. Most of all cherish these special moments together which will create memories for our kids.ReplyCancel

  • Shell

    My top tips for a movie night are to not have a too big of a meal, if all the kids can have a say in the snacks it’s a good start, less complaining! Make the room dark, lots of snuggle blankets/doona’s, and make sure that Mum & Dad actually sit and watch the movie with the kids, no other screens allowed!ReplyCancel

  • Paula fitzpatrick

    We love Movie Night in our house, we call it Fam Jam Movie Time. We have snacks drinks and kids in jammies. Inevitably it’s us grown ups that have nodded off before the end of the movie.ReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    As we have a 3D TV and player we’d be all wearing the 3D glasses and munching popcorn cooked with a minimum of butter and have glasses of cold water with ice cubes.ReplyCancel

  • Jen G


    #1 rule: The night has to be mobile free!
    Before starting the movie, send the kids for a wee.

    Pop a packet of popcorn in the microwave;
    Snuggle together – if the movie’s scary, it helps you be brave!

    Together laugh, scream, cry or smile in delight;
    It’s quality time, it’s your family movie night!!ReplyCancel

Discover one mum’s secrets to being an organised mum. These tips will introduce some calm and order in your home.

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  • So many great ideas – thanks for the tips! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Renee was so lovely to share her tips!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    My two main tips are 1) to have an excellent wall calendar and 2) my “household organisation” binder

    1) Calendar
    Having a great wall calendar is a help. I have a large calendar on the wall right next to my desk.
    ALL TIME COMMITMENTS are immediately written on this calendar and I also use it to manage our finances.
    Regular time commitments such as dance classes, soccer practice etc are written on the calendar in black.
    Other time commitments (eg picking my husband up from the airport, sleepover dates) are written in blue ink.
    As I receive a bill in the post, I make a note of the amount eg Telstra $250 in red ink on the due date. The bill then gets filed in date order in my “payables” folder.
    I check the calendar regularly and this keeps me organised. I usually pay the bills once a week and this way I know when to move money around in our accounts and I don’t pay late fees or interest on credit cards.
    My children know to check the calendar for any commitments.
    I have experimented with many calendars over the years and have gone back to the “More Time Moms” family organiser. The only downside with this calendar is that it is produced in Canada so all the holidays are North American ones – not Australian. However, I am sad to say that I have not found anything as good locally. The advantages are as follows:
    * The calendar is BIG and has large squares for each day so there is plenty of room to write in all my families commitments
    * It is a 16 month calendar (running from Sept 2015 through December 2016. This is great for when you get all of those notes at the end of the year pertaining to the next school year and avoids having to scribble on the bottom of your December calendar – you can go right ahead and note your January and February commitments down in the proper spot !
    * The calendar has matt finish pages so it is EASY to write on (I hate annoying shiny paper for calendars – so hard to write on)

    2) Household Organisation Binder
    This is simply an A4 sized lever arch binder with a stack of dividers and plastic sheet holders. Each divider pertains to a section of your life eg School, Dancing, Medical, Travel etc. It’s like a huge “pending” tray that holds all of those temporary bits of paper eg notes for dancing, airline bookings, prescription repeats. Eg if I make a travel booking, I’ll note the details on my wall calendar and file the paperwork for the flights / car hire / accommodation etc in a plastic sheet holder under travel. It is great to have everything in one place and I don’t lose things.

    Hope these tips help someone.ReplyCancel

    • Renee

      Hi Julia,
      I recently found a great Large wall calendar at officeworks $18.95 AAG month wall calendar…
      I’ve been searching for a large calendar also.. It’s only 2016 (Jan -Dec) that I have seen but looks like what your after ?ReplyCancel

      • Julia K

        Thanks for the info on the Officeworks Calendar Renee – I’ll check it out.ReplyCancel

    • I’m a fan of those family calendars that have a column for each person – I used to get the Ultimate Family Organinser which had big spaces as well as six columns (one for Reg’s roster, and one each for the four of us, the dog and birthdays) BUT of course, when one has found the perfect calendar, it gets discontinued. I’ve used the Kikki.K one for the last two years and it’s not bad. There’s enough columns, space to write extra stuff on the bottom of the calendar, and it comes with stickers which is always fun. I use that in conjunction with a weekly planner that goes on the fridge (it has rosters, childcare, after school activities, which sheets are due to be changed next, the meal plan… It’s awesome, and I really notice when I don’t update it)ReplyCancel

    • Amanda Palmer

      Hi have you looked at the kikki-k large family calendar? I find that quite good a column for each Hamilton member & a square each for each day? I’m not familiar with the one you use to compare but it’s Australian?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tips Julia a household binder will help to keep everything organised :)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve just recently returned to full-time work, after 19 years of being available and present in our home and for my children. This has required a whole other level of organisation I have required since I had my children!

    The biggest deal-breaker for me was coming home at 5.30-6.00pm and having to cook dinner. I. Just. Couldn’t. My 19yo has taken over this aspect of our family’s routine. She helps me with meal planning (partly a Uni assignment for her) and the shopping, and then she organises getting meals cooked. She is home from Uni two days a week, the other two kids cook one meal each in the week, but she is home by 4.30pm. On Friday’s we are all over the place so everyone gets their own food. This has been such a blessing to me, but it’s also been good for our kids to learn some valuable life skills they’ll need when they leave home.

    As for cleaning, I am about to approach a friend to outsource. We are all capable and competent but we are all majorly failing on this front.

    I still make lunches fresh, first thing in the morning. I hate “old” sandwiches and my kids are right there with me. I do this before anyone else is up, when the house is peaceful and we prevent the “I need all the space” fights in the kitchen. I’ve also found that my 15yo son won’t take lunch if he has to make it himself. It’s one of the last things that I still do for my kids and it feels like one small way I get to remind them I love them in a tangible way. Once they leave high school the deal is over and they figure it out on their own.ReplyCancel

    • I totally agree with outsourcing – I had to let my ‘staff’ go when my partner finished work a bit over a year ago. He’s been working casually for the last six months and I have struggled so badly (because it’s apparently *my* job – sore point, long story, many sighs abound, and I’ve re-hired my ironing fairy). Now he’s back working full time, I am looking into a cleaner because I just don’t want to. Ever.

      Dinner is 70/30 my way most nights, although it would average 60/40 over the course of the week. I cook the vegies and he cooks the meat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      What a wonderful daughter you have to help you!ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    This seems to work in house. I have four children – 6, 5, 3, 3 years and although they are young they can still help out.

    “Ten Things” – before we leave home in the morning everyone needs to pick up and put away 10 things (sometimes it’s more and sometimes it’s less) This can be their own 10 things or just random things lying around the house. They count as they pick up and I don’t seem to get many complaints and because there are 4 of them, that’s 40 things I don’t have to put away.ReplyCancel

    • Julia K

      Bec – I think your “10 things” tip is brilliant !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love this so much I’m going to go share it on the facebook page, brilliant!!ReplyCancel

Colour code kids bath towels to save confusion on who belongs to which towel, save kids fighting and your sanity

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  • Anastasia

    I’ve always colour coded my kids. Having 6 I needed to. Right down to cutlery and dinnerware. You can even get most colours in the wet brush range and Lorraine lea linen has most towels and sheets in the colours as well. My laundrReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    I’ve always colour coded my kids. Having 6 I needed to. Right down to cutlery and dinnerware. You can even get most colours in the wet brush range and Lorraine lea linen has most towels and sheets in the colours as well. My laundry sometimes looks like a rainbow has settled in and made it self at home. ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL, I bet it looks beautifully colourful on your washing line!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I have a girl and a boy so easier to colour code with only one of each. Not sure if I go traditional pink and blue or choose 2 different colours like lemon and grey???ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are 2 lovely colours that would match together.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi I did this with my kids as it stopped the arguments as to whose towel was whose. They are now in their twenties and it worked real good.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love anything that stops arguments!!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t just colour code the kids – I’ve colour coded the entire family! (We have blue, green, pink and brown towels – the pink and brown match our bathroom and are for the grown ups; green and blue are the kids; drink bottles are the same, and lunch boxes for the kids). As they’re getting closer in size, I’m going to investigate colour coding underpants as well (as long as I can get sufficient in green and blue, lol!) Socks are fine as, while they’re in the same size, they wear a different style.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I have a friend with 2 boys similar in age and she buys different brand underwear and socks so she knows which boy belongs to which pair based on the brand name :)ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely brilliant idea! I yell myself hoarse (I do try calm first…promise) at my tweenagers – getting them to pick up their towels seems to be akin to asking them to fly to the moon. This way they can’t fob it off on each other – I will know who the culprit is! xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL yes no being able to blame the other child!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I colour code for bags and lunch boxes etc but not for towels. Instead I have the towels embroidered with their name so they know which ones to use. My boys are still young (3 under 6), so this works for now. Washing every 3rd or 4th use helps them last longer – have to make sure they’re hung up after each use so they don’t smell though ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s a great idea to embroid their names and to colour code lunch boxes, we do the same.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany

    We have two boys and colour code for them. Thankfully they like their colours (blue/white and green/red). They have colour coded lunch boxes, drink bottles, toothbrushes, hand balls, storage containers, bath towel, beach towel, washers, torches, name stickers, bibs (when they were younger), etc. Makes things so much easier as everyone knows what belongs to who. Even the extended family and close friends buy things in the right colours :)ReplyCancel

Tips for teaching kids good healthy habits now will help them to develop a healthy lifestyle to stay active as they grow.

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  • Louise

    My bub is only 4 months old, but I would like to teach her good habits from an early age, thank you for these tips Kat, good to know especially as your children are older now, so must have worked :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree Louise i think it is extremely important from an early age..:)ReplyCancel

  • Charlene

    We try and take the kids out each weekend, for a picnic and bike ride, the sunshine does wonders for our health and wellbeing.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Oh that sounds lovely, Charlene! I must admit we are big on outdoor activities on the weekends especially seeing the weather has been just beautiful. Even through the cooler months we do things like bowling, so much family fun.:)ReplyCancel

9 Easy Steps To Maintain A Clean Kitchen, create a new routine to control the mess in your kitchen.

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  • […] Make your bench and sink sparkle each night […]ReplyCancel

  • […] The Organised Housewife […]ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the tips, from your various posts you are really organised and these little steps more often keep things clean and less effort involved in cleaning each time. I'm making a comment because I'm concerned about Spray and Wipe being used so often in an area where food is ingested by your family, in the kitchen and the dining area. If not for the environment I would like to urge you, as a stranger, to make the change to vinegar, for the health of yourself and your kids. The residual chemicals left behind after wiping it on the bench, in your sink and around where you eat might build up, and still be present when your kids put food down when you are not looking. I randomly won a Bosistos box of goodies a number of years ago and noticed they are a sponsor for you to speak at the 2011 Bloggers Conference. Perhaps they could give you a few products to try and review too? I used they spray oil on lots of stuff. If you are delaying the change for a feeling that the vinegar won't do as good a job there is also a product called Orange Power which is a natural cleaning spray. Citrus oil is really good at breaking down dirt and I use it at home and feel sage knowing it isn't dangerous to us. It could be a good transition product? Sorry for the long comment, I am going to subscribe to your blog and watch our lives change with organisation however needed make the comment about the Spray and Wipe. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Ann, thankyou so I am so happy to read your comment doesn't matter how long it is. I completely agree with you and I soon hope to transition over to a green home using vinegar, I will do it soon I promise :) Bosistos have sent me a great pack of goodies which I will be blogging about soon, I am loving their laundry powder. I am so glad that you are enjoying the website. Love hearing comments, keep them coming :) ReplyCancel

      • Jeanette Anderson

        great response from careful with some of the ‘natural oils’…they are often highly fragranced (particularly citrus oil…dlimonene) and can trigger asthma; strong perfume/odours are a major trigger for asthma

      • An alternative to store purchased ‘green’ cleaners is to get a large glass canning jar. Keep all your peelings from lemons/oranges/limes and keep in the fridge. Once the jar is full, fully cover contents with white vinegar. Let sit for 2-3 weeks before useing… and strain it before placing in your spray bottle. Natural cleaner at a fraction of the cost, and a fraction of the chemicals!ReplyCancel

      • Denise Cavanough

        Katrina, I so love there washing powder as well , I also use the eucalyptus spray as a disinfectant for bedding, pillows and so much more.ReplyCancel

    • Kirsten b

      I use lemon oil and water all through the house. If you look up neatfrreak on Facebook, she is brilliant for natural products.. Lemon oil does everything from kitchens to bathrooms to woodwork. Brilliant!! And when you get hot cleaning, you can spray it on your face!! :)ReplyCancel

      • Kate - Kat's Assistant

        Love natural products too.:) Lemon oil? i haven’t heard of that i will have to give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    How LOVELY to read! I very very much love to see how other people keep their homes, i like to hear you dotn wash every cup and dish as it apears and that you do one big lot at night….and i agree less clutter makes it look MUCH better where ever in the house you are :) You are a fresh breath of air for me…i very much need the inspiration..Thank you xox TReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    OK I am starting from the beginning :) I have my work cut out for me 😛ReplyCancel

  • Hi, I found you via Beyond the Baby. I wanted to comment on two things in particular.

    I don’t have a dishwasher and don’t like the clutter on my sink from all the little things used during the day. I place a large plastic basin under my sink and when a tea cup is used or such it is rinsed then placed in the basin under the sink. When the basin is full it is time to do a sink load.

    Another thought is that leaving your dishes to air dry may not be a good idea if there is a chance of any little puddles. I end up with cocky poo on my dishes if there any puddles for them to visit. Gross! Dishes get dried and put away straight away here. Guess it depends on your house and climate though. I am in a 100 year old house in northern NSW so it is warm enough to cockroaches to be prolific especially in summer.

    Best wishes

  • […] 1.  Let your dishes air dry over night […]ReplyCancel

  • Bronte

    You should try the Eureka Eucalyptus and citrus spray…smells so nice and doesn’t have any harsh chemicals, cleans up grease, helps with stubborn stains, disinfects surfaces…I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Emmatipper

    Hi Katrina. Save yourself even more time (and money) and use Enjo fibres instead.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Can I ask a dumb question? Did you say you put your sponges into the dishwasher? Do they not fall apart? And if not which ones do you use as I am sure mine would. Also I am interested in the vinegar alternative. Do you know what the ratio is?
    Thanks ReplyCancel

    • I use home brand sponges from woolworths and they don’t fall apart in the dishwasher. In the kitchen you can use pure vinegar in a spray bottle using a fine mist, or you can dilute if you would like 1 part vinegar to 1 part water.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette Anderson

    hi there…try not to use sponges (they are highly unsustainable; meaning they disintegrate quickly…stock up on half a dozen good microfibre dishcloths..and you can wash and polish dry with your fibres)…and a green alternative is good because you don’t have to ‘spray, wipe and rinse off with warm water’ which is often in the fine print on the chemical spray and wipes…vinegar is a good alternative and of course my product; the Nature Direct Spray and Wipe…it’s one of our most popular concentrates! Happy cleaning!ReplyCancel

    • Microfibre clothes are a great idea Jeanette, yes since writing this post I have transitioned over to using vinegar, I need to write about it soon.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Toomey

    Hi Katrina, love reading your blog and all your tips – you really are an “organised housewife”!!! There are so many ideas and products around now for green cleaning but I’d like to share mine anyway. I have 2 spray bottles under the sink that I make up myself – one is equal parts water and metho (I buy the purple metho – it looks nice when made up in the spray bottle – with a teaspoon of water soluble lavender oil (approx 1 litre in total) for cleaning benches, stove top and sink, and glass table tops and the other is simply 1 litre of water with 1 teaspoon of water soluble lavender oil for my ironing spray. This is just magic. Lavender is well known as a calming and relaxing oil when used in oil burners but it also seems to relax fabric!! Just spray garments lightly prior to ironing for a beautiful finish. I recently surprised my niece when helping her with her housework with this little trick – she hadn’t had time to iron her doona cover so I said just put in on the bed, spray it with the lavender and water mixture and then smooth it out with your hands. She was amazed as all the wrinkles just disappeared – no ironing necessary. And everything smells so lovely. Some garments I just spray with the lavender and water and give a good shake and hang them and they don’t even need ironing. You do need a spray bottle that sprays a nice fine mist though so fabric is evenly moistened without becoming too wet. Cost wise it is extremely economical. Anyhoo, just wanted to share my tips for a change as I am always reading yours. Denise xx (PS The credit for this must be acknowledged as it is one of Shannon Lush’s – another cleaning guru)ReplyCancel

    • I love this tip, ooh the Lavender would definitely make the home smell beautiful. May I ask, where do you find the water soluble lavender oil? ReplyCancel

      • Cakebaker

        Eureka make a water soluble lavender oil…..I presume Chemist or health food shops would stock it.ReplyCancel

      • If you mix the oil with a little metho first, that acts as an emulsifier so it mixes in with the water when you add it :)ReplyCancel

    • Cakebaker

      Oooh this is the tip I was talking about on another comment…Shannan Lush’s ‘no ironing’ tip…from memory she talked a out buying the cheapest Lavender oil is that right?….

  • Narelle

    Thanks for the great tips. My kids dry the dishes as part of their weekly chores, and depending on the constituants of the wash up my oldest will often do the washing up also, minus any sharp objects. Vinegar is great for cleaning, I use it all the time. I like the tip about the basket for the kids things. I think I will use that, and not just for the kitchen. Thanks again.ReplyCancel

    • That’s great to get the kids involved, would be such a great help to you!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Thank you for this post. For some reason it has given me an “I’m doing okay” feeling as this is exactly what I do. Why waste time wiping up when the dishes can drip dry!? It would be even better if hubby did them though! hahaha
    I read all your posts and find time to do some but not others, and I’m okay with that. Maybe when the kids are at school, I will find more time to do all the tasks etc. Love your work. ReplyCancel

    • That’s right, just find the tasks that suit you and that’s a great start Kathryn. Also tea towels harbour germs, so it’s much better for our dishes to drip dry. ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I wash my dishes at night and leave in dish rack overnight then put away in morning and start all over i dont have a dishwasher ,would like one but that would mean im one cupboard down.ReplyCancel

    • I have a dishwasher, but find that I still wash every night, yes it would be hard to give up one cupboard. I am wanting a larger oven and would have to give up one, which is why I am putting it off.ReplyCancel

  • Josie Brady

    I just want to point out that vinegar is an acid, and could be damaging to bench tops. It is excellent for removing soap scum, a tip I learned from my builder brother.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Thanks Josie, i have caesar benches and i don’t use vinegar on them but find it fantastic for everything else in the house especially the toilets.:)ReplyCancel

  • Whoolp

    I did go through a phase of using vinegar but it has destroyed the surface of my kitchen table. the table is wood with some sort of varnish or something on top. it’s basically eating away at the varnish. it’s fine for bench tops though. Now i use the most environmentally friendly one i can find in the supermarket but they seem to keep changing them. i actually stumble across your blog when i was goggling Nature direct spray and wipe. i am yet to try it.
    hope this is helpful. 

    • Maria Wells

      You need to use vinegar mixed with OLIVE OIL when cleaning wood to protect it. I do not remember the proportions, but I am sure you can figure it out. We have used this for years and our wood looks fine.ReplyCancel

  • Snip

    Hi. I put a couple of drops (no more than about 2ml) of bleach in my dishwashing water. Keeps my washcloth white and disinfects everything… Also helps to keep the sponges disinfected and I replase them as soon as they start to discolour. So I don’t use anything else on my benchtops, just rinse the cloth in the dishwasing water. I also have 2 cloths, one for washing and one for wiping down. We do the kitchen as a family at night after dinner and put the dishwasher on. I just unpack an re-pack it in the morning. We only do dishes at night as I don’t put plastics or pots and pans in the dishwasher.ReplyCancel

  • If you **really** want it to shine & sparkle, or if you have grungy stained bits, tip a bit of Cream of Tartar on your stainless steel (works to cut grease on things like toasters ^ cannisters, too) & then rub at it with a damp cloth. I have never seen ANYTHING work better than that!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Kavanaugh

    What are benches? Is that what we refer to in the US as countertops?ReplyCancel

  • Roz

    A friend once told me that he would never have a dishwasher as “people who have dishwashers always have used items on the sink making it look untidy”. I love my dishwasher and have solved the problem of items that need to be hand washed by buying a cheap plastic washing dish that I keep in the bottom of my dishwasher during the day and all hand wash items hide in it until the evening wash up. It then hides on top of the bin in the under sink cupboard while the dishwasher runs and then is unpacked in the morning. Tidy kitchen – no mess on the sink and no excess washing up sessions!ReplyCancel

  • JennyCB

    I use a homemade ‘green’ spray on everything now. You just fill a spray bottle with water and add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil, 10 drops lavender oil & 10 drops of lemon oil. Make sure they are essential oils not just the fragrance because lavender & lemon oils have antibacterial properties to kill germs and eucalyptus oil will cut thru any grease. I use this spray in bathroom, kitchen, on floors, as a air freshener. Great value & I know it doesn’t have any chemicals which could harm the kiddies.ReplyCancel

    • that sounds like a great formula. I probably couldn’t use it as I have an allergy to anything with a strong scent.ReplyCancel

  • Yes, I don’t believe in horoscopes to tell me what to do in a day. But when I walk in a room and walk back out because I don’t know where to start I jump on your daily newsletter/blog. Thank you for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • verity

    theres a australian product called Safe4u vanilla fresh, which contains ethyl alcohol and vanilla, safe for use near food. I use it on all my kitchen surfaces. The vanilla fragrance lingers all day.ReplyCancel

  • Sheridan Ridley

    I love that you get the kids to help out and look after their own things. Some people look at me like I am mental when I say I get my kids to get their own snacks for little lunch, and make their own beds, and tidy their own toys!!
    I don’t dry my dishes either. Tea towels help spread bacteria. Just in case you want to justify it – which I do! lolReplyCancel

    • I’ve learnt that about the tea towels too Sheridan, perfect reason not to use them!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Did you say you put your sponges in the dishwasher? Wow I’ve never heard of it, what a great idea! Thanks for all your ideas and inspiration, I love your blog :)ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Russell

    You can save yourself even more time by giving the children the task of putting away all the clean dishes in the morning. In our house, our 9yo and just turned 7yo have to empty the dishwasher as part of their morning responsibility. This means I can get on with making lunches and putting the washing on while hubby makes breakfast and the children are taking responsibility for helping the morning run smoothly.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    I just use microfiber and water for most things. I use a little Gumption or Enjo Marble Paste on harder to clean thing if I need to. We have a rule here “if it can’t go in the dishwasher, it can go in the bin”.ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie Fleming

    I do not own a dish washer so my dishes get done twice a day. First I soak them in very hot soapy water. I then disinfect all my benches and rubbish bin. Then I wipe the kitchen table ,and dust dinning room. Then it’s lounge Room and bedrooms. Beds are made rooms dusted then it’s back to the dishes wash and air dry. I then vacuum and mop my kitchen, bathroom , laundry and toilet floors. Using a spray bottle of disinfectant . When floors are dry almost immediately .i clean my mop dry my dishes an put them away. Whole house is cleaned in 45 Min. Unless interrupted . I do my washing every second day, to keep it up to date. So all in all I have the rest of the day to do ironing ewe, so my routine is not that different from yours. But I do like your extra tips ReplyCancel

  • Pearl


    I also used to let my dishes drip dry overnight. But then one night I found a cockroach in the dish rack, drinking water off the wet dishes … I now always dry my dishes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no!!! Pearl, you must have got a bit of a shock! I know i would have LOL Yes good idea to get them done that night and then you wake to a fresh, clean kitchen.:)ReplyCancel

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  • Hannah

    We are currently building our first home and I am keeping a VERY in-depth list of what to clean when. It’s our first time with a dishwasher too so I want to make sure the kitchen is spotless and the dishwasher is clean. I often follow your example, so the dishwasher on once a day it is!ReplyCancel

  • I love the idea of cleaning the sponges in the dishwasher. That’s just genius! My mum has got this thing about waking up to a tidy kitchen too, and I have it too! I love getting up in the morning and everything being just so! xReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Thanks Sammie.:) I know exactly what you mean it just makes me feel happy in the morning when i go out to put the kettle on that everything is so lovely and tidy and a clean kitchen to prepare lunches for the day xReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Kat…. I just love it, love how you share with us the simplest tips that we just don’t think about, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Yes, I always like a clean kitchen in the morning! you’ve inspired me to get my 7 year old to start helping now too!

    Thank you!
    Lou xReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      That’s wonderful Louise!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Waking up to a clean kitchen makes the morning start off so much better! Thanks for the tips.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree with you 100% Ava. Makes for a nice calm start to the day.:)ReplyCancel

  • Really great tips for keeping the house clean! Thank you! I am a green maniac so it was a pleasure for me to read your article! I liked the section for dish washer cleaning – I clean with vinegar my washing machine! Greets!ReplyCancel

  • I am so glad you said when your kids were little you were just too tired to do them that night. I am currently in a phase/slump/rut of everything is too hard and I’m always so tired after almost 17 months of not sleeping through yet! Occasionally I get the energy and get the housework happening then someone gets sick. It’ll happen one day, and I can’t wait to wake up with a spring in my step.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It does get like that Rachel, you must be exhausted, I hope it calms down for you soon. I have a lovely friend Katie from The Baby Sleep Company that shares tips on how to help bub sleep through the night, and check out her facebook page, she shares tips via video once a week.ReplyCancel

My top energy saving tips for essential household appliances. How your use of appliances can reduce the amount of energy you use.

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  • Julia K

    My washing machine ! I remember back in the sixties when my parents bought their first house. My mother could not afford a washing machine at first. We were a family of 6. Outer clothes were worn several times before washing and my mother would wash smaller items such as underwear by hand. One a week she would load the larger items into a shopping cart and WALK the 5 KILOMETRES to her sister’s house to use her machine. When I think I simply push a few buttons and it’s done – it makes me realise how easy we have some things these days !ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Wow that’s a full day of just washing! We forget how easy we have it these days with putting in a load of washing and walking away. I remember going to my great-grandparents house and nan having to do the washing in a big boiler out the back.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for your tips, our energy bills are so high (and horrible!…) now… We must try to save energy, but I had not any ideas for it… Now I know how I might try to reduce expences for energy. Your ideas are great.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Fantastic, i hope you are able to get your bills down.:) It is usually just the little things we forget to turn off at the wall that can make so much difference.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Thanks Kat, for reposting the link. Getting worried when I was getting asked to rejoin several times! We used to have a ghastly twin tub machine, always overflowing!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I’m wondering where that average figure of 67 appliances per household comes from. I’d say we’ve got about half that. It seems like a rather high average.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    My poor mum washed by hand until the day she passed away? I was one of six kids , mum, dad and my grandma !!! If that was not enough for my mum my two brothers were bedwetters until their late teens !!! I could never have coped with what my poor mum coped with !!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I know exactly what you are saying, Helen. My grandmother was the same.:) xReplyCancel

Bathroom vanities can be small and compact, with needing to store so much in them it makes it hard to keep it tidy and organised. Here are my 7 tips to organise a bathroom cupboard, along with an organised makeover I did on my friends bathroom.

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  • Wow, what a great friend you are! Our bathroom counter is home to a lot of my husband’s things which also belong in the shed, I’m forever putting stuff back in there. I like to go through our drawers and cupboards every couple of months and throw out anything which is out of date or we just don’t use.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Laruen, do you have a little basket just for his things to make it easier to clear the clutter? A good clean out every few months is a great idea to help reduce clutter.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Hi Kat it looks amazing!!! Just wondering where you got the blue basket with the handles that you had the cleaning stuff in from????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That was from a local cheap shop, they are peg baskets :)ReplyCancel

  • My bathroom cupboard is overflowing at the moment!! I love the idea of putting everything into little baskets and drawers. It’s the one area of the house that I do tend to neglect!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      And until you tidy it you probably won’t realise the time you will save each morning when it’s all organised :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I have just done the same thing with my laundry cupboard. I love those baskets with handles, being vertically challenged it does make those high shelves useful, I can easily grab the handle and bring the basket down to my level, and they aren’t huge baskets so you can’t overload them and make them too heavy. I cleaned my laundry cupboard the same way, made piles on the floor, sorted out what was rubbish, put like items into the handled baskets and put the back after cleaning each shelf. I just need to make cute tags to finish it off. Thank you for all your helpful ideas!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes I agree I think labels or tags would be the finishing touch. Great way to declutter the laundry, I would love to see a photo!!ReplyCancel

  • I just decluttered my bathroom under cupboard storage yesterday but after seeing this post I can take it to the next level of organisation!!
    Love it xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes adapt some of these ideas, your already a step ahead!!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Another beautiful job. I to have discovered baskets easy to pull out and find things instead of getting on your hands and knees trying to find things. Great for the elderly, I did this for my mother in law. Now she can access by just pulling the basket out asshe couldn’t bend down. Time to go through my cupboards again to cull.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Yvonne, your right would help the elderly or anybody with back problems that can’t easily access the back of the bottom cupboards.ReplyCancel

  • Loz

    Mine sort of looks in between the before and after photos. I’m feeling inspired now though, Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Happy to help Loz with a little inspiration. :)ReplyCancel

  • Such a simple task that so many of us put off! Thanks for the tips with where to buy the containers too. I have a few baskets I use but some drawers would be a great help too. Thanks! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Drawers help to keep likes with likes great to utilise the space in taller shelves.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    My very next project is the dreaded bathroom cabinet – but this one is so spacious! I’m looking forward to using this idea and hoping it can make our little black hole of a vanity into a useful and organised space! Great ideas here, thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Perfect timing Caroline, hopefully this will help you with some ideas, please share pics when your done, I’d love to see it!ReplyCancel

  • LOVE the way this ended up – you’re a total rockstar my friend!! xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You know me Em, I’m in my element when I can give a space a good declutter and organise it, this was fun and thrilled I can share with my readers xReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    I have just found a solution I didn’t know I needed! My cupboards are mostly sorted into baskets etc but the thing that I have just sitting on a shelf at the front of my bathroom cupboard is my nail clippers, nail file, clear polish & remover – now I am going to grab a small cute basket to store those items together instead of just sitting there. I also enjoy de-cluttering! I wish the rest of my family would catch on :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Great idea, Vanessa. I have all my bits in and pieces like that in a basket too. Just helps keep them neat and tidy.ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid

    Im loving the look but I have to also include towels and facecloths in this area as well-HELPReplyCancel

  • i wish you offered this service to all my old clients who would have a tonne of different products under their vanity. Having baskets makes it easier for a plumber to remove and fix leaks when needed.ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    I finally got around to tidying under my laundry sink using your method of little baskets and I felt just like your friend did – I should have done it years ago! Every time I open the drawers, I feel so organised. Now off to do the bathroom. Thanks! Ps. love your website and tips.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh yay i am so happy to hear that, Anna! I love that feeling of a well-organised space. I hope you continue to enjoy the blog and tips i share.:)ReplyCancel

  • Trini

    Wow I would love that space. My vanity is 1 single cupboard. Nothing fits. Come do mine please lolReplyCancel

Keeping the kids toys tidy and organised starts with good storage solutions and the key is to make it really easy for the kids to place everything back where it belongs when they have finished with it. I’ve found some clever toy storage idea’s for train tracks, hope they inspire you!

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  • That train track DIY is such a cool idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kay

    I’ve made an underbed train table trundle. I sprayed some particle board with green spray paint. I then nailed some beading around three of the edges and varnished it. Screwed two door handles into the fourth edge for gripping and moving the trundle in and out from the bed. I then had two “beams” to make the “table” that ran underneath the short length of the table and attached castors underneath the beams. I made it high enough such that the lowest height Ikea trofast buckets could be slid under it.

    It’s awesome. So easy to “pack away” the train set. Gets used heaps and very simple to make.ReplyCancel

Styling outdoor furniture for spring entertaining with cleaning maintenance tips so you can relax and enjoy your space

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  • Relaxing & playing cricketReplyCancel

  • Emma Trease

    Being out in the garden with my two girls helping/playing then we all enjoy eating dinner outside admiring our surroundingsReplyCancel

  • Kylie Raven

    our favourite activity is sharing food with family or friends while we laugh and spend time together. Watching the kids play and giggle as they go on the slip and slide brings joy to our household .ReplyCancel

  • Melina

    Watching the kids play ( and joining in )and using their imagination and turning whatever they find laying around the backyard into cubby houses or whatever else takes their fancy that day. It’s the simple things, I guess.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Fuller

    I love sitting around with friends and family having a BBQ while the kids are playing footy and cricket or jumping on the trampoline!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole True

    We enjoying sitting around with friends and their kids playing cricket or kicking the footy while the charcoal chicken is cooking and finishing off with cooking marshmallows over the fire pit.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Fletcher

    My favourite backyard activity is lying on a blanket with a magazine or book, listening to the birds, enjoying the sunshine and just relaxing.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I love reallazing outside with a good book! Or having my niece and nephews over some fun outside, a real favourite of theirs is bubble blowing, and there’s nothing like relaxing with family and friends sharing a mealReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    currently our favourite thing to do in the backyard is we are building a vegetable garden with herbs and vegetables that we will use to put on pizza and cook in our pizza oven!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    My favourite backyard activity would be to spend quality time with family and friends. It’s about enjoying the little things in life whether it be cooking on the BBQ to share some food with the people you love or watching the kids play by using their imagination to discover more of the outside world.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Bbq and bonfire with the family.ReplyCancel

  • Definately enjoying a wine while i watch the husband mow our 1 1/4 acre block !!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    Spending time with my 6 children in and around the swimming pool, relaxing and having fun.ReplyCancel

  • bbq with music with family & friends & off course our petsReplyCancel

  • Justine S

    Backyard basketball and tipsy cricket with my 2 boys and dog as fielderReplyCancel

  • My favorite backyard activity is a dinner party out on the back deck. We have the table brimming with home cooked food, fairy lights and music on, while the kids and adults all entertain each other and cook marshmallows over the fire. Add a few drinks and some chilled out banter and it is my ultimate backyard activity!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sitting on the verandah knitting, watching the kidlets in the sandpit and trampoline.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    My fav activity is having a party!!!! Be is a party of 1, one for the kids or an adults only kind of party ?ReplyCancel

  • Suzy

    Entertaining friends and playing old fashioned games with the kids like duck duck goose and chasey and playing with them on the play equipment xReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    I love to read beneath the trees in the backyard. At least 10 degrees cooler in summer. Free air conditioning & fresh air.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Sitting outside on a nice summer day reading a book or entertaining family and friends. Nothing better than a Summer BBQ with the ones you love!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    Enjoying playing with my kids, planting herbs lettuce and tomatos and cucumbers and watching their excitement as they grow and teaching them how to care for them and then eating them!ReplyCancel

  • Jacelle

    We love playing with our little dog Zena in our back yard. She is such a happy girl and brings our family so much joy. She brings us together more than we ever thought a dog could. We love her so much!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Quality family time relaxing watching our little one playing with the dogs and playing in the pool all together. Summer time is the bestReplyCancel

  • Caitlin

    Playing with bubbles outside with my son. Seeing his excitement as he tries to catch and pop them makes my heart smile.ReplyCancel

  • Tamika

    Either early morning before it gets too hot, watering the garden and collecting Vegies and eggs or early evening enjoying BBQ, music, friends, family and kids over for dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Marnie

    Sitting out under a tree reading an awesome book!ReplyCancel

  • We love to get out in the garden. Living in Melbourne you like to make the most of the warmer months. At the moment we are working on our veggie garden and look forward to getting some fresh vegetables and herbs. Very rewarding.ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    Gardening with my 5 year son whilst smelling the BBQ cooking in the background.ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    a book, a glass and sunny spot…. if only I had a comfy spot to sit!ReplyCancel

  • Bobbie-Lee

    My favourite outdoor activity is two things. I love running around playing with my kids playing monsters (their favourite game) and drawing on the patio cement with chalk with my 5 and almost 2 year old. They love that they have a hug space to draw whatever they want instead of being limited on a chalkboard.ReplyCancel

  • Bernie

    My favourite outdoor activity is roasting marshmallows around our fire pit with the family!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Plazina

    It’s a bit of an old school activity but I love playing totem tennis in the backyard with my daughter!!! Reminds me of when I was a child :) haha xReplyCancel

  • Cassandra

    I love chilling out watching my husband mow the lawn!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    I enjoy tending to my vege patch with my daughter and teaching her about healthy foods and cooking with our homegrown goods. :)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    sitting outside around our fire pit having a cheeky red wine & toasting marshmallows with our childrenReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    Sitting on the steps with a coffee watching my son do tricks on his skateboard and my daughter learning to rollerblade. Precious and treasured momentsReplyCancel

  • Reading in the sun with a glass or rose or a hot coffeeReplyCancel

  • Alison Wade

    Playing with the dog and gardening. Getting the backyard ready for our baby on the way and entertaining.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Chirnside

    I love having BBQsReplyCancel

  • Liz Hegarty

    A good old Aussie BBQ with friendsReplyCancel

  • Zoe

    Sitting back with good food, family and friends and some good music while the kids wear themselves out in the backyard – living the good life!ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Lavender

    Kicking the football around with the hubby and son while the dogs try and chase it.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I love decorating the outdoor table with a crisp white tablecloth, napkins, fresh flowers and lighting candles in my candelabra over the table. Then I make a beautiful meal to share with my husband and family. This time is so precious as DH works away so it is like a celebration when he comes home to have some R&R.ReplyCancel

  • Rubi merc

    We love to Draw with chalk on floor, play with water hose, jump on trampoline and explore plants and insectsReplyCancel

  • Rachel Dutko

    My boys absolutely love digging in the dirt with their spades and Tonka truck, and making mud pies. I love getting down and being involved with their play, and enjoying the moment. I love seeing them playing in nature, its just dirt, it’ll wash off!!ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    We recently built a house so at the moment our backyard consists of only dirt! Therefore I’d have to say our favourite activity is playing in the mud! :0ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Ross

    As a family of 4 we love the outdoors. We often have a BBQ on the weekends, play in the pool and play table tennis. It’s a great feeling just spending relaxing family time together outdoors.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Gardening and playing with the kids and dog.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Nicholson

    We got married in 2009 and have spent the last 6 years creating an inviting and safe space for entertaining family, friends and their little ones. We’re are so close to finishing. Being with family and friends outdoors, especially in the warm weather is the most satifying and fulfilling activity because it never seems to matter what we’re doing, we’re enjoying one another’s company, so entertaining is our fav backyard activityReplyCancel

  • Ashton Hall

    I absolutely love anything outdoors and when entertaining recently we sprayed twister on the lawn! We had an absolute ball playing that outside in the fresh air- so much fun for all ages!ReplyCancel

  • Our favourite family time in the backyard is sitting on top of the cubby house looking up at the clouds and stars. Wine + nibbles + happy kids = a family little family!ReplyCancel

  • Naomi Wearne

    My current favorite backyard activity is watching my 9 month old son chase the cat while I try to turn our sandpit of a backyard into an inviting entertaining area! Looking forward to summer barbecues with friends and family in a few months time.ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Booknics- Like a picnic on a rug but with books instead of food. Just bought a bigger rug so all 4 of us can booknic together.ReplyCancel

  • Gail Johnson

    My favourite family backyard activity is when my Grand-daughter comes to visit. We lounge up on the deck whilst it is transformed into her “stage.” Having drinks & nibblies with the family as the future Star of “Australia’s Got Talent”, entertains us. Very Precious! <3ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I want to sit in those comfy SuperAmart chairs
    Watching my kids play with our beagles without caresReplyCancel

  • Ann-Maree

    Sitting in the back yard watching the kids play in the pool and enjoying quality time with family and friendsReplyCancel

  • Christina

    I have the biggest smile as I turn the sprinklers on and sit and watch my husband race around in and under the cold sprinklers with our daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Elise

    Having meals on the deck in daylight savings, sometimes there’s even time to watch hubby mow the lawn while I finish my wine 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Swimming with my entire family. Bomb dives are a particular family favourite.ReplyCancel

  • Marg

    My children bowling me out cause of the look of sheer joy on their faces, they beat MumReplyCancel

  • wanita

    watching the children play and the chickens happily scratching around with themReplyCancel

  • Bianca Brennan

    My favourite backyard activity is to grab a picnic rug and lay on the grass with my girls picking out animals in the clouds.ReplyCancel

  • Angela M

    Blowing bubbles for my daughter and my dog! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Ashlee

    We have a tiny backyard as we live in a townhouse, but we make use of it as well as we can. On summer evenings we have often been known to drag our dining room table outside (squeezing it through the doorway!) and eat dinner in our grassy courtyard, then enjoy card or board games by candlelight – although the angle of the lawn makes that tricky!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Stubbs

    Soaking up the sunshine as we work the vege garden and tend the flowers followed by a swim and play in the pool and a bonfire bbq at night.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Spending time with friends enjoying a great BBQ cooked by Hubby and a few drinks and music with the kids laughing and making noiseReplyCancel

  • Sandra Page

    Our family loves to roast marshmallows on our outdoor fire. We compete to see who gets the most golden brown and ooziest marshmallow.ReplyCancel

  • I love playing a mean game of handball with my son and then flopping down into our chairs and relaxing while hubby cooks a barbie.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian B

    Warm lazy days, watching the gardens growing and flowering, swimming with my family and loving life!ReplyCancel

  • karen

    Shared family lunches around the big rustic handmade table in the courtyard…enjoying the food, wine and sunshine under the grapevine…ReplyCancel

  • Kylie ellerington

    On the weekends when the sun goes down me and my boys get our torches and go bug hunting they love to see all the different bugs at night it’s great funReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    Playing outside with our son who just turned 2. Chasey, running under the sprinkler, water play, playing with the dogs, ball games, racing in his cars, even mowing the lawn with his Dad; anything active out in the fresh air!ReplyCancel

  • Donna W

    I just love watching my boys play together, especially on the trampoline. I sometimes join them too!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Bickley

    Actually being IN my backyard after enduring most of 2015 not being able to get anywhere near it while we renovate our house. I miss my veggie patch, the girls miss their cubby house and – believe it or not – dad misses mowing the lawn! Aussie summer in the backyard, here we come!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Jackson

    Sitting back cuddling our 3 month old boy and taking sometime out in the fresh air watching my 3 year old son playing in his cubbyReplyCancel

  • Nicola Hampton

    I love sitting and watching a small bonfire while having a drink and some dinner.ReplyCancel

  • flick

    This sounds weird but i love to watch my 3 year old play and fold washing at the same time straight off the line[it stops the clothes creasing as much],you dont really notice how long it takes to fold then its ready to pack away,i also have a basket for each person,no sorting when you get inside.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Watching my 2 year old daughter and dog chasing bubbles from our bubble machine!ReplyCancel

  • Louise S

    We love playing with our children! 2 young boys with a ton of energy!
    We also love eating dinner outside on warm nights.ReplyCancel

  • Sandi

    Sitting in the sun with a good book on a warm spring day.ReplyCancel

  • Ian

    After a feed of BBQ prawns, fish and fresh muddies, just chilling with the neighbours , cranking up Pink Floyd “The Wall” layin back and watching the stars. Truly doesn’t get any better than that!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Mansell

    I love to lie in my hammock with a good book. In the summer I lie in it of an evening and chat with hubby while he cooks dinner on the BBQ.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Malone

    Enjoying family and friends over for a catchReplyCancel

  • Julie D

    I don’t think you can beat a backyard bbq. The pace of cooking outdoors is so different to just putting something together in the kitchen. At a bbq People are more relaxed, there’s time to chat and reconnect. Roll on Summer and let’s fire up the bbqReplyCancel


    sitting in the sun with a good book, some good music and a cuppa or better still a glass of bubblyReplyCancel

  • Mary

    I love playing under the sprinkler with my kids (and dog lol). Then drying off on the deck, watching the summer sun set while feasting on a delicious bbq. With a glass off wine or bubbly it’s totally relaxing!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy hogan

    Gardening with the kids: planting veggies/ fruit trees – picking produce from the garden; sitting on the decking doing an activity with the kids- watching them play on their bikes or in the sand pit.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Parker

    Family Birthday Parties. Too many for inside, so we set up under the patio…anything that combines friends, family and cake has to be a winner!!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Greer

    My family loves to sit and watch the local wallabies feeding and in Spring, eat early dinners by the barbecue.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    Love going on picnics at a local lake. It’s a lazy day of eating, swimming and napping.And the kids can make as much mess as they like.ReplyCancel

  • Fabian

    Playing Bocce (Italian lawn Bowls)
    Everyone can play no matter age, size of group or skill level. Always Fun.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Clarke

    Soaking up the sunshine! :)ReplyCancel

  • Micheala

    Spending time with family and friends, having BBQ,s and enjoying each other’s company, kicking the football and watching the kids splash in the pool in summer!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy F

    Having water fights with my husband and two boys then relaxing with a bbq for dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Pitching a tent and backyard camping is the best. Star gazing and telling funny stories is great family time.ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Playing under the sprinkler with the kids during Summer.ReplyCancel


    Bocce, we have so much fun and an overload of laughter playing bocce in the backyard.ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    Barbecue with family & friends, followed by backyard cricket.ReplyCancel


    Re-cultivating our demolished backyard gardens, after husband decided that having 6 free-range chickens would be a good idea.ReplyCancel

  • Glenda B

    Nothing better than relaxing with friends and a chilled glass of wine on a warm summers night while hubby does the barbecue.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Playing outside with the dogs while my partner takes care of the garden! Love enjoying the Perth sun and seeing my family so happy.ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    Painting with the little one. We can make as much mess as possible, and to clean, all I need to do is hose her down!ReplyCancel

  • Sonya N.

    Ours is fruit picking – we’ve just moved and our new place has mandarin, grapefruit and plum trees and the kids love picking their own fruit for their school lunches.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew

    Our backyard is full of opportunity
    With so much fun to be had
    And every chance we get to enjoy it
    Always makes the family glad.

    Little Miss Five really comes alive
    As she uses the trampoline
    Acts so funny bouncing up and down
    Like a cute little jumping bean.

    Master Twelve really likes to delve
    Down into his vegie patch
    Weeding, pruning and watering
    So he’ll get another bumper batch.

    Miss Seventeen is no drama queen
    Goes out back to get a tan
    Enjoys the sun whilst getting study done
    As often as she can.

    My wife loves doing crosswords
    Sitting out on the deck
    Head down, pencil a constant blur
    She prefers old-school to high-tech.

    And there I stand at the BBQ
    Turning sausages with extreme zeal
    Ensuring everything’s perfect before
    Sitting down to a great family meal.

    Our backyard is full of memories
    Of all the good times that we’ve had
    And every chance we get to enjoy it
    Always makes the family glad.ReplyCancel

  • megan

    I really enjoy being in the sandpit with my little boys who are 3 and 2 years. There is something therapeutic about digging holes and making castles and of course race tracks
    ha haReplyCancel

  • Lisa G

    Laughter, always with, never at.
    A smokey BBQ and mozzie splat.
    Tipperty run or water balloon fun
    Being together is my number one.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew Mitchell

    Oh firing up the BBQ with some juicy steaks and consuming a beer or two while cooking.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Crilley

    Backyard antics while entertaining friends and family by the pool!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Clarke

    We love spending quality time together in the back yard playing basketball and having a bbq.ReplyCancel

  • Penny Marrett

    My all time favourite thing is a barbecue with family – whether it’s just sausages on bread or a full feast. I love being outdoors and the smell of the wood burning, the greens & blues of the bushland & sky. Can’t wait until spring to do it all again!ReplyCancel

  • Petta

    Going out at night, lying on the grass and looking for shooting stars and satellites with the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Helga Grenkowitz

    During the warmer months we will have all of our meals outside; and of course going for a walk with our dogs around the property (acreage) twice a day.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa

    Fun, laughter and great food shared with family and friends !ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Thompson

    I love to sit in my Gazebo with a book or doing some embroidery while listening to some gentle relaxing music.
    My dog and cat usually keep me company.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Lockery

    In the summer we sometimes camp in the back yard with the kids
    then after a wild night with not much sleep
    we fire up the bbq
    and the adults enjoy some fantastic foodReplyCancel

  • Luke

    My favourite outdoor pastime would have to be sunbathing because it invariably means winter is gone!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    When I’m not out playing with the kids, I love to find a comfy spot in the sun with a coffee and watch them play. Their wonderful imaginations never fail to put a smile on my face (or give us a bit of a laugh!). If you asked the kids, they’d say sitting around the fire pit and having toasted marshmallows in the cooler weather is the best thing to do.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Fleming

    My favourite backyard activity is getting on the trampoline with the kids and having a good old bounce with them! It takes me right back to my childhood. I am quite sure my hips and knees never used to hurt the way they do now though!ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Kaczmarczyk

    We love to play Footket Ball, a mixture of cricket and football that exemplifies the random house nature our family has!ReplyCancel

  • Renee kujic

    Sitting outside on a warm melbourne summer night with family and friends around tge bbq watching the kids run around the yard :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Wainwright

    I love to carry our 11 week old son around the backyard and point out all the new sights to him. We point out flowers (pretty colours!), doggies (gentle!), Mama’s basil (smells yummy!) and magpies (watch out!).ReplyCancel

  • LittlePoppet

    We love exploring out new back yard! We’ve just moved and Miss 5 is over the moon at the amount of space she has now. Its awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I love gardening and getting outside with the kids. Better than computers and Ipads – planting, watering and special digs! Kids are amazed at how things grow, eating fresh herbs and vegies you know, teaches them to eat healthy while having fun. Nothing better than outdoors in the sun!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Griffiths

    My absolute favourite outdoor activity is playing soccer with my 5 year old grandson and his imaginary friend.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Delaney

    Whenever I actually manage to get spare time to go outside I love to sit and watch our silky chickens in the backyard, fluffy feet and flicking up the bark chips as they look for little bugs in the garden.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa

    My favourite thing to do in the back yard
    Is the same thing I enjoyed doing as a kid.
    I get my kids on the trampoline
    and we jump around with the water on!
    We have the best time and keep cool in the
    summer heat at the same time!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie J

    Preparing my garden for Spring with a mass planting of annuals for a spectacular colourful display!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Carriage

    My favourite backyard activity is pottering in the flower garden. While I don’t get to do it too often, I love nothing more than putting some colour into the garden, then sitting back (perhaps with a glass of something) and admiring my work. And watching the dog run around at a crazy speed while he admires the freshly mowed grass, or his freshly washed body. heheReplyCancel

  • Kyla

    Yummy nibblies and a bottle of wine while the kids play in the evening. Bliss!ReplyCancel

  • Nadine Forman

    My favourite activity is giving my kids chalk to decorate the pavers and wooden fences outside, with their creative artwork!ReplyCancel

  • Louise M

    Make forts 😀ReplyCancel

  • Laurina Ainscough

    Enjoying an afternoon/evening with a BBQ and a family game of backyard cricket!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey-Lee

    Our favourite as a family is to have our family and friends over for a bbq.
    The adults gathering under the gazebo with a cooler box filled with cold drinks catching up and cooling down, snacking whilst watching our kids run around in the backyard, climbing and jumping. And then enjoying out bbq meats alfresco.ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    Camping out on the trampoline with the kids ?
    We pile the trampoline up with pillows and dooners and sleep under the stars (and eat Tim Tams!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    Camping out on the trampoline with the kids ?
    We pile the trampoline up with pillows and dooners and sleep under the stars (and eat Tim Tams!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Hovenden

    Has to be backyard cricket.
    It is something that our whole family can join in.
    Especially at Christmas with extended family!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Law

    Cooking a bbq and entertaining family and friendsReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    I actually hate our backyard its a rental so I have nothing planted and the house next door has blocked most of the sunlight :( so most weekends are spent at my parents house or out with friends! Mum and Dad have a great relaxing entertaining area and of course the pool. Why would I want to be anywhere else + bonus free food when ever we are there :)#thanksmumReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    BBQ with family and friends.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Bradshaw

    Mow the lawns, get it looking pretty then enjoy bbq’s outside with friends and family – especially now the weather is warming up!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Hobbs

    Relaxing in the sun with a good book and drink in handReplyCancel

  • Toni

    Playing rugby league with hubby & 3 kids in the cooler months then backyard cricket in the warmer months. Lots of fun!ReplyCancel

  • I love bbq’s and watching my grandbaby playReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    It’s gardening as we all get together and tend to our thriving vegetable and herb gardens, the kids love helping.ReplyCancel

  • Steve

    Teaching my daughter to ride her bike. We’ve been cooped up in an extremely small yard and now we’ve moved she has all the space she can want and with some practice she can now ride her bike training wheel free!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Enjoying a relaxing afternoon with friends while watching the kids play together, then enjoy a BBQ cooked dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Terri Todd

    I love the backyard BBQ, family and friends enjoying each other’s company and having a good laughReplyCancel

  • Melissa Puddy

    Lay down

  • Yvonne

    With our busy household of eight plus some extras we spend weekends during summer entertaining family and friends by the pool and winter around the fire toasting marshmallows.ReplyCancel

  • Definately jumping on the trampoline with the 3 kids with the sprinkler rigged up on the trampoline too!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Noble

    Currently I love sitting on my day bed on the verandah with a good book, whilst my three girls happily (most of the time) ride bikes, play on the swings, build ant or snail farms and generally enjoy the outdoors. Hubby is currently extending the verandah to create another deck with a pizza oven, so whilst I’m watching the girls, sometimes the dog, I love watching him create this new space.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl MCAULEY

    On a cold winters day the kids and I find a warm sunny spot in the backyard for a picnic lunch!ReplyCancel

  • Francine ho

    There’s a large swimming pool in our apartment complex and all through summer it’s like an impromptu neighbourhood pool party every weekendReplyCancel

  • Hilda N

    I really enjoy greeting new visitors to our garden. In the last week we’ve welcomed water dragons, lorikeets, bandicoots, a family of magpies, butcher birds and a green tree snake. I love Nature!ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    I love my gardening especially when the kids help me and it turns into a fun family activityReplyCancel

  • claire evans

    watching the stars at night on a picnic rug with the kids and hot chocolate. Its great to see what we can imagine the stars to beReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Goldie

    Sitting in the garden on my awesome super amart furniture having a teddy bears picnic with my children :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma M

    We love sitting around the fire pit, toasting marshmallows and talking about our favourite part of the week.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Having a BBQ with friends & family is my favourite thing to do in the backyard, especially in summer when we can enjoy the great weather with daylight savings.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Sitting down with a cuppa, watching the kids entertain themselves in the back yard. Almost NEVER happens but I love it when it does.ReplyCancel

  • Well it’s seasonal play in our house! Winter footy and soccer and summer cricket and swimming! Both other seasons it’s whatever gets picked up first!ReplyCancel

  • carly

    i love hanging out with my family and entertaining friendsReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh

    having everyone round for a bbq, putting the outdoor lights on and relaxing by the pool.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    After 7 years of saving and terrible horrible rentals that are too embarrassing to have visitors over at we have just put our dream home under contact. So we’ll be able to have friends over FINALLY for a BBQ and a swim. A LONG time coming!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    After pottering in the veggie garden I love putting my feet up in the hammock soaking in the sun and reading a good book.ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    We blow bubbles! My two year old laughs as he chases them, trying to pop the biggest bubbles, and begging mum and dad to make more!ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    We are looking forward to our first spring/summer in our new home, our yard is much bigger than our last home with many outdoor areas surrounded by well established garden in which my husband, our two young children and I enjoy everything from chipping golf balls, tiggy, ball kicking and just enjoying each other’s company!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    My favourite thing to do is garden. I love to stop and smell the roses and tiptoe through the tulips, but sadly there is never enough thyme.ReplyCancel

  • Clinton M

    Veggie patch creation is our game,
    Bonding the family I can claim,
    May have had a freak out over getting messy,
    But now there’s only smiles from little Jessie!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Playing with g pigs amd kids then all go for a dip in the poolReplyCancel

  • Janine G

    It’s our slice of heaven,
    Where we can all unwind,
    From reading a book, playing games, or for mum,
    A cold crisp glass of wine.ReplyCancel

  • Han E

    I love sitting outside watching the kids play on the trampoline, or watch my hubby mows the lawn … and the best is always to hang out with friends and family!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    Nothing beats the annual Easter egg hunt in our back garden.
    I’m having to find trickier hiding places using smaller eggs year though… those kids are getting just too smart!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    we love gardening as the whole family can do it together and it is fun for allReplyCancel

  • Renee

    we love gardening as the whole family can do it together and it is fun for allReplyCancel

  • Eva Kiraly

    Swimming is my favourite activity but we haven’t got a pool so my next best thing is Gardening, it’s relaxing and looks beautiful! :)ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Enjoying the sunshine whilst lounging in a recliner! Usually this is joined by lazily throwing the dogs ball every time one of them bring it and drop it in my lap! Sash the pleasure of the simple things in life!ReplyCancel

  • Teena L

    Living in the NT, we are outside more than in
    We play soccer with the kids and go for a swim
    Play with dog, take the turtles for a walk
    Ride skateboards and play hopscotch with chalk
    Outside is more fun when we are all together
    We love living here, regardless of the weather!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Vine

    Relaxing in a comfy chair in the backyard and reading a book.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Auer

    Backyard cricket after a relaxing barbeque with great friends and family.ReplyCancel

  • Kathie Winn

    I like to take my coffee outside and just sit and stop for a while. I love listening to the birds, especially the Kookaburras in the back block, I find that so relaxing. At the same time watching our dog play and notice nature all around her; the ants approaching her paws, the birds flying and chirping in the trees above her. Sometimes it’s nice to be outside and to see the world as pretty.ReplyCancel

  • I love watching my hubby and son jump around on the trampoline :)ReplyCancel

  • Our favourite outdoor activity is hand feeding and playing with our 3 Orpington Chickens. They are so fluffy and my 2 year old loves the daily egg collecting too!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    I love an afternoon around the pool with all the kids, the games and just the fun in the sun!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    I just love sitting outside with a glass of champagne watching the kids swim in the pool and enjoying my garden.ReplyCancel

  • Karla Oleinikoff

    Backyard Cricket with the neighbours with Backyard rules (over the fence = 6 and out!), followed by a bring a plate BBQ, to share the washing up.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Stringer

    Tall cold drink, watching the kids swim, watching my husband pretending to be the ultimate pool boy! He’s looking good!ReplyCancel

  • Gaedening while the sun is shining, under my wifes watchful eyeReplyCancel

  • CATHY Bowdler

    Playing with my Grandkids in my back yard is my idea of fun,
    forts and tee pees to be built and frolicking in the sun.
    Vegies and flowers to be picked, memories to be made,
    life lesson to be taught, I hope this Nana makes the grade.
    Fairy tea parties and pirate adventures and sometimes tears,
    there’s dancing, stories, happiness and even chasing away fears.ReplyCancel

  • Marie Borg

    I love planting bulbs and then sitting back in the sunshine with a glass of wine watching my tulips grow and then magically burst into flower. I think its something about getting dirt under my fingernails and soaking up vitamin d.ReplyCancel

  • Lucas

    Having breakfast outside in the mornings on our old, weathered dining chairs pretending we had a beautiful outdoor setting to relax in.ReplyCancel

  • Gayle Richardson

    Watching my daughter jump on the trampoline – her hair wafting up, her giggles and the smiles!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Clarke

    My son and I love tending to the veggie patch, picking fruits and vegetables, then cooking up a barbeque feast with meats to match.ReplyCancel

  • Emily L

    Roasting marshmallows, having a Baileys and fun around the fire pit. We are totally inspired by Sandra Bullock in The Proposal, to just let go and have fun! “From the window, to the wall….”ReplyCancel

  • Julia Mason

    Our fave thing to do in the backyard together is swimming in the pool and having a BBQ, it’s relaxing and fun, to be in the sun!ReplyCancel

  • Fi

    Strangely it is hanging out the washing – lovely clean smelling washing for my family!ReplyCancel

  • Ross S

    Mowing the lawn… because it always looks so GOOD after I’ve finished.ReplyCancel

  • Janet martin

    Picnic with the kids at the top of their climbing fort overlooking the gardenReplyCancel

  • Caroline Kelly

    Getting out into the garden and enjoying the fruit and vegetables of my labours – fresh is (definitely) best.ReplyCancel

It’s handy to have a shower cleaning kit separate to your household cleaning kit. Fill a little basket with cleaning items you would only use in the shower. It’s much easier to carry all the products in a caddy, and can be stored easily, out of the reach of children.

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  • Yvonne

    Great tip, time to do the shower. I remember once I used a bleach substance and another cleaner. I thought I would save time and put one on and then the other. The fumes together nearly made me sick. Obviously they are not meant to put on together. I am very cautious now. Great idea with the peg basket.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh no, that would have been very toxic, the Dettol Bathroom Mould Remover doesn’t have a horrid chemical smell, it’s very subtle. Yes the peg basket is a great idea as it has holes on the bottom and water can easily drain through :)ReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    I see you use the Duets cloth. I though you could go chemical free with those. Is this your experience?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes used with some water they clean the bathroom mirrors and vanity, but I find you need a little more than water to clean the shower.ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Hi. Do you use the detol foaming as a glass cleaner too fornthe shower screans or would you use a windex spray?. Also do you use the clean the vanity? And what product do you use for cleaning toilet and floors? :) thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Emily, I use the foam to clean the shower screens, usually a spray, leave for a small period of time and then rinse is all that is needed. I use the Chux Duets to clean the vanity tops and mirros. Search smelly toilet on my blog to see what I use to give the toilet a good clean and I just use vinegar and water to clean floors :)ReplyCancel

  • Cleaning the shower is my least favourite job!!! Maybe if I make up one of these kits, it won’t be so awful?? Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    I have this soap build-up that I cannot get off my tiles! Tried most products including the Dettol.
    Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Katrina, I find the Dettol Rapid Foam works great on my tiles. Maybe just let it sit for a while and then give it a good scrub with a scrubing brush.ReplyCancel

      • Emily

        I brought the detol rapid foam and it is fantastic. My white shower tiles had started getting a green tinge to them which i coukd not remove with other sprays. This removed it with just wiping the foam off bearly no scrubbing needed – my shower now looks as good as new :)ReplyCancel

        • Kate - Kat's Assistant

          I love it too Emily! I find it brings my shower up looking lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Each day when I am in the shower I use the chux scrubbing cloth to scrub down the walls with the chux Magic for stubborn marks. When I turn the water off I just wipe down the shower with the second chammy cloth that comes in the pack and I don’t get any mould in my shower anymore. It’s so quick and easy.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      A wonderful habit to get into Jacqui! I really need to start doing this myself, although i must say i do give my shower a clean twice a week so it does stay nice and clean. But i like your method.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Each day when I am in the shower I use the chux scrubbing cloth to scrub down the walls with the chux Magic for stubborn marks. When I turn the water off I just wipe down the shower with the second chammy cloth that comes in the pack and I don’t get any mould in my shower anymore. Shower is clean and dry. It’s so quick and easy.ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    I have black textured tiles in my shower- they are the most awful things to clean. I have tried various products but all leave white streaks on the tiles which I then have to scrub several times over to remove. My steam cleaner prevents the streaks but doesn’t clean it well enough. Any suggestions? Thanks xReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Clare, Have you tried the Rapid Foam from Dettol? I found it worked great and brought my tiles up really shiny. Black is definitely a harder colour to keep clean though.ReplyCancel

      • Clare

        Hi Kate, thanks for coming back to me. I’ve had a look and I don’t think it’s available here in the UK. Dettol do have a Power & Pure foam so I may give that a go. Thanks xReplyCancel

        • Kate - Kat's Assistant

          Hi Clare, It sounds very similar. Let me know how you go, i am curious.:) xReplyCancel

  • If you want a cheap way to clean soap scum in bathrooms:
    If they have heavy soap scum treat with a creme cleanser then wipe down with damp cloth.
    In a spray bottle add 1 cm original palmolive dishwashing liquid and add a capful of cloudy amonia (not too much as it is very strong).
    This can be used to clean your bathroom shower screen and is also very good an all mirrors.
    Spray it on shower screen/mirror – wipe over with wet cloth, use good quality window squeegy then dry off with dry towel and finally use two good quality window cloths (try window wizard micro cloth) and it comes up a treat – you will be a genius window cleaner and mirror in no time – and it costs about $5 for the palmolive/cloudy ammonia/spray bottle and it will last you about a yearReplyCancel

  • Karen wright

    I have hard water stains on my glass shower screens that I just can’t remove no matter what I’ve tried. Do you have any suggestions? It’s not soap scumReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Karen, Have you given the Dettol Rapid Foam a go? It is great and i as amazed at the results i got in my shower.ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle

    How would you recommend cleaning the wall above the tile line that looks a little mouldy and grotty please?ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Hi Dannielle, The Dettol Bathroom Mould Remover does say it can be used for tiles and walls. I haven’t personally used it yet but should remove the excess mould.ReplyCancel