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My favourite fragrances for the home & Repurposing ideas for candle jars + WIN a $100 Voucher

This post is sponsored by Circa Home Keep reading below for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 Circa Home Vouchers I shared a little secret with you all a little while back that I was a candle hoarder.  I wouldn’t use them because they were too pretty (I know crazy right).  However, I managed […]

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  • Lilian

    Wow, I have never considered reusing the candle jars, this is such a great idea. I’m going to try the succulent idea, I think this looks gorgeous. My favourite Circa candle is the mango and papaya without it burning it still has a beautiful fragrance.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love the succulent too Lilian, it’s a lovely little addition to the home, I am thinking of putting one next to my husbands bed as it’s still very masculine, swapping the crystals for little pebbles.ReplyCancel

  • Jen P

    Those poppy’s look absolutely gorgeous in that vase. I have been looking at buying some concrete dipped planters, but I might try these ideas instead.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea to make your own Jen, it was really easy, I put some masking tape around the area I didn’t want coloured and used Gold Spray paint to paint the area, it dried within minutes.ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Another amazing post! I love candles as well, but often think they are too precious to burn. Or I just forget to… I’ll try to get myself in to the habit of burning one every day! Thanks for the inspiration :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You should burn one each day Mascha, I used to be the same as you didn’t use them because they were too pretty, but I get so much more satisfaction now out of the beautiful flickering light and fragrance it’s so calming in the evening or having one burning while I am working.ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    I love your candles and the type and size.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are a really lovely size Annette and the burning last for so long, so many great uses. I may or maynot have the jar of jelly beans next to me right now!! LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    I put a tea light candle in them around the bath.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Perfect idea Astrid, that would look really pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Wow Kat those are some fantastic uses for the jars. I love the scents you use in your living space.

    I would use the jars to organise all those bits & bobs in the study – paperclips, push pins, erasers etc. Pretty & easy to access <3ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Leanne, that’s a perfect idea, and I have found they fit perfectly with the lid on in my drawers, not too tall. Don’t forget to enter your answer into the form above to confirm your entry!!ReplyCancel

  • Funny that you should post this right now as I have been watching YouTube videos (doitonadime) about re-purposed little jars like this. I have been hunting my house for such containers but I didn’t have any that weren’t already being used.

    I was looking for containers to store my little girls hair ties so that is what I would use it for.
    Cheers,
    Nat
    xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aah great minds Nat, I love the idea of repurposing, using again for another use, organising the hairties is a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Ive started using the glass for afternoon drinks. Clean out the leftover wax and put it in my dishwasher and wah lah a fancy glass for a mock tail or cocktail:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow Rachel that is a fabulous idea I haven’t even thought of that, that would make a very classy glass!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    If they’re the right shape, as a drinking glass.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s one idea I didn’t think of, the would make lovely drinking glasses.ReplyCancel

  • Jayne G

    I love candles! I keep some mints in an empty jar in the kitchen and I have two jars in the laundry – one for coins I find in Hubby’s pockets and another one I put my velvet soap in. Looks much prettier than a soap dish:) I have my make up brushes in one and cotton buds in another in the bathroom. Did I mention I love candles!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Tonkin

    Circa Home are my favourite candles. They leave a subtle scent even when they are not burning. I use my leftover jars for my earrings and other jewellery.ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    I love the circa mango and papaya diffuser…it’s a shame my 2 yo recently poured 2 bottles down the toilet :(ReplyCancel

  • Sabi

    such a handy post! Love the idea of a diffuser near the kids bathroom, why didn’t I think of that?!

    Spices and herbs! I started collecting a vast array of clear glass candle jars and the store my herbs and spices perfectly and its soooo pretty! Little splash of blackboard paint so I know my cumin from my coriander and I’m done!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Morgan

    Love Circa candles. Love recycling them on my school desk- pencils, paperclips, etc- certainly uplifts my ‘teacher’ desk. I was a candle keeper too- but now love burning them!ReplyCancel

  • Sharlene Hitchens

    I love the succulent idea too :) a little cluster of different sized jars filled with amazing succulents on a window sill would look incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Lennon

    I use one to hold my make up brushes and the others hold my growing collection of lipsticks. They’re organised according the their colour ranges. Similar lipsticks and glosses go in the same candle jar. Easy access for a makeup addict. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Lockery

    I love my Circa Home candle jars
    they are so classy & great to reuse for so many things
    My guests love that I have one on the table with little boxed flavoured teabagsReplyCancel

Roast Pumpkin and Chicken Balsamic Salad + WIN a $500 Restaurant Voucher

This post is sponsored by Praise Zero Salad Dressing Oh I love this time of year here on the beautiful Gold Coast. It’s now time to put away the slow cooker and start making some delicious salads. One of the best habits I have changed during my weightloss journey is eating more salads.  There are so many benefits: Super convenient […]

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  • Di

    ooh yum Kat that salad looks delicious. I love a hint of pumpkin in my meals just adds a bit of extra taste, especially in salads, going to try the Balsamic dressingReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It really is Di, I’ve never really liked pumpkin, but loving it in my salads and pasta bakes lately.ReplyCancel

  • Rylan

    Dinner tomorrow night, looks good!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope you enjoy it RylanReplyCancel

  • Jen P

    I am watching my weight at the moment too and really dislike nude salads, have been wondering what I can use. I usually find a French dressing goes with just about every salad didn’t realise there was a zero fat version, good to know.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They have a great variety Jen, and a great way to make your salads more tasty and the zero fat is looking after your waist line :)ReplyCancel

  • I never go out

    Wow very generous prize, I would love to win I haven’t been out to dinner since the kids were born, just because I have too many other things to spend money on.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh you should try and make some time to take some time out for yourself or with your partner, it’s healthy to step away from the kids every now and then. I am always a better mother for it.ReplyCancel

  • One of my fav salads EVER and the kids hate it which I LOVE because it means more for me! xReplyCancel

My kids favourite iPad/iPod Apps

Apple released details last week of the new iPad’s being released, just in time for Christmas!  I love the look of the new iPads, they come in silver, gold or Space Grey. The iPad 2 is said to be alot more powerful, better graphics and improved battery life (up to 10 hours).  Like I have […]

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  • Maree

    I have been trying to find a good money app, this one sounds great, especially that it’s Australian money. Thank you for sharing this list Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My kiddies really enjoy it! A really fun way of learning.:)ReplyCancel

  • Di

    My kids absolutely love Lightbot, it is such a great strategy and thinking game, their favourite at the moment is Ace Writer, teaching them to write.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i will have to have a look at Ace Writter!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i will have to have a look at Ace Writer!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    this is great, I have getting my daughter an iPad for Christmas and have been curious which are good games to put on there ready for her, she is a similar age to your kids so I’ll just use your tips!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful Sandra! The kids love these apps and great learning apps too.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal

    Highly recommend an app called Little Builders. It’s designed for preschoolers and there are no in app purchases.ReplyCancel

  • My 3 year old loves bugs and buttons (great for mates learning), Toca Boca and the play-school apps are fun and interactive for littlies!ReplyCancel

  • kirsty

    I recommend AGAINST Clash of Clans. It is the worst app you could consider installing. My kids are beyond obsessed with it, they are always checking in to see what is going on with it and have recently started hiding from me while they do it. It is a game that never ends and they talk about it when they are no where near the ipad. They get upset with people leaving their clan, raiding and it brings out anger streaks in them that I previously didn’t know existed. They also chat to complete strangers who join their clan, which has also had a negative effect. Which means that this games needs adult supervision, especially when they don’t like what these random people ask them to do (in terms of the game)

    I don’t know how long your children have played this game for, or if you have ever monitored it, but all I can say is be very careful if you allow your children to play this game. And no, I didn’t allow them to install it, their father did after their much older cousins introduced them to it. Worst mistake ever!ReplyCancel

  • Adi

    Flow Free is so much fun! I even enjoy it – great recommendation!
    Is there a list for younger kids as well?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Adi, I have had a few readers reply with some apps for the littlies. Here is a list for you: Bugs & Buttons, Toca Boca, Playschool apps, Little Builders.ReplyCancel

Absolutely brilliant hanging earrings storage idea

if you have an idea you would like to share with the Organised Housewife Community please email me, I would love to see and share it! I have been trying to find a better solution for my hanging earrings and I just LOVE this idea from one of my readers, can’t wait to create one for […]

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  • Loving this idea – great to have jewellery to hand so you can grab the right piece when you want it.
    I may well try this in my ensuite on an unused wall!
    I do worry about dusting though….
    Thanks for sharing these ideasReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is fantastic isn’t it!! I love mine.:)ReplyCancel

The 2015 Weekly Planner

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

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  • Lauren

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

      • Lauren

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

  • Lisa

    I would love a5 also.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Diane

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

      • Diane

        thank you Kat & Meg – clever ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola McGowan

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Monique

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Meg

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Rebecca

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Francene

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Kirsten

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

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

    • Kirsten

      Great,
      Thanks so much. So motivated to get a head start on being organised for 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Rayna

    Hi Katrina,
    This may seem a silly question – just wanted to know if you thought this could be printed and stuck on the fridge – more like a calendar option with extras – if I put it in a folder my family wouldn’t see what’s coming up so I thought on the fridge with the extra weekly page to add more details (our son has CP & we have ALOT of appointments which require paperwork and or equipment to be taken etc). So the appointments can be added on the monthly pages & then the details on the weekly page. I presume that would work?
    PS love your daily emails & inspirational quotes – if anyone needs them, I do!!!ReplyCancel

Prevent lolly worries at Halloween + a colourful giveaway

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

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  • Megan gavel

    Too cute not to try and win :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Megan.:)ReplyCancel

  • stephanie woolley

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Hayley hitchings

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love this!.:)ReplyCancel

    • Emma

      My four year old singing all day always makes it brighter.ReplyCancel

  • Cass Purden

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Suzie

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sharnee Snowden

    My 2 white owls that sit on the bench…cheerfulReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Cute!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Frith

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Philippa Brock

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Karina Wood

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful Lisa.:)ReplyCancel

  • Monique McDonald

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sure does Monique!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Corless

    My sunny sun room always brightens my dayReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh how lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tab

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Marina Dousset

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Beautiful.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angelina

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh sounds lovely Angelina.:)ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lavelle

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lovely poem Eva!ReplyCancel

      • Eva

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

  • Lauren

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

  • Jade

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

  • Lauren

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

  • Jane Caputi

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

  • Angela Milesi

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

  • Nicole

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

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

  • Marelize

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

  • sonja

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

  • Di

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

  • DIANA O

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

  • Linda

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

  • Sharon C

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

  • Sharon C

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

  • Sarah Byrnes

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

  • Cathy Bailey

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

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

  • Emma

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

  • Sue

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

  • kathryn Horne

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

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

  • Amanda Rossetto

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

  • Michelle Evans

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

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

  • karina l

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

  • Stacey Fagan

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Mandy henley

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

  • Patricia reynolds

    The beautiful good mornings from each of my children.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola herring

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

  • Meg

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

  • Jacinta

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

  • natasha Horsham

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

  • Helena Leung

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

  • Sarah Ring

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

  • Lisa d

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

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

  • Mary Preston

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

  • Gina

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

  • leeanne Gooch

    my son ;)ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

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

  • Nerissa Stott

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

  • Astrid

    Fresh flowers and a sea breezeReplyCancel

  • Jo Deller

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

  • Rach Whittaker

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

  • Sherryl

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

  • Anne

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

  • Amanda Hemetsberger

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

  • Sonia

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

  • Kirsty

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

  • Suzanne

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

  • Lisa

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

  • Donna Germon

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

  • Amanda

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

  • Meredith

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

  • Melinda

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

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

  • Stephanie Dooley

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Annette

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

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

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

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

  • Bec sullivan

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

  • Lindy Dowell

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

  • michelle wright

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

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

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

  • Amy Pilkington

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

  • Lisa bonner

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

  • SallyD

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

  • Emma

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

  • Kim

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

  • Debbie B

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

  • nadia stuart

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

  • Jasmine

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

  • Sharon

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Laura Amos

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

  • Kasey Evans

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

  • Alison Fidler

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

  • Hana Simes

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

  • Kim

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

  • Debra Shields

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

  • Susie V

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

  • Jewel Thames

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

  • Tenneille

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

  • Alison

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

  • Nikita Collier

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

  • Pauline Stewart

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

  • Anastasia

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

  • Kayla

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

  • Leanne

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

  • Rachael Maddock

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

  • Naomi

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

  • Stephanie

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

  • Maddie

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

  • Nicole Beattie

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

  • Vicki

    My family brighten my day along with my doggies.ReplyCancel

  • Karin Allan

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

  • Louise Vasey

    Clean floors, a scented candle burning & a chai latteReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

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

  • Shelly W

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

  • Kate

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

  • Mick G

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

  • Deborah Hill

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

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

  • Katrina

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

  • Gerri Briggs

    Looking at my garden through clean windows!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Raven

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

  • Annie Bourne

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

  • Cheryl Moulton

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

  • mumoffive

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

  • Jenai

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

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

  • Kylie Grayda

    My daughter’s beautiful smileReplyCancel

  • Lauren

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

  • frances

    Fresh flowers ,especially the roses from my gardenReplyCancel

  • Annaliese

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

  • Tracy

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh that is lovely Tracy!.:) xReplyCancel

  • Clare

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

  • Melissa Jones

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

  • SHARON JOHNSON

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

  • Amy

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

  • Erin horton

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

  • Emily

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

  • Megan

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

  • Danielle Breust

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

  • Emma Gibbons

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

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

  • Sally

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

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

  • Jodie Lane

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

  • Tracy Saad

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

  • Mascha

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

  • Kimberly

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

  • Amanda Gorton

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

  • Cathy Gritter

    My new outdoor cushions brighten my day !ReplyCancel

  • Jena

    Right now I have a day off! And while my daughter is home sick, I have made a day bed for her with books and snacks on the trampoline so she is happy and on the mend. So often I have to work on days she is ill so it makes me very happy to be able to be here, working inside but occasionally popping out to snuggle her on the trampoline. I have the Moving House free printables and am so excited to be organised as I prepare to leave our home of 10 years & move just down the road to a home with more light and more room. Loving life and really feeling on top of things. Didn’t seem possible just a few months back.ReplyCancel

  • My new white and most importantly – uncluttered – kitchen. So nice and bright and with gorgeous timber benchtops that I can actually SEE!ReplyCancel

  • myesha...mom of 3 Girls

    Beautifully scented candles in a clean house! I feel so accomplished and Happy!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn

    My daughters smile brightens my day after a long hard day and knowing she it’s truly happy regardless of weather the house is clean or not. Spending precious time with her rather than cleaning, the cleaning will wait her growing up won’t ??ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    A clean kitchen sink, as simple as it would have been to leave a the dishes or a cup the night before, the 10min spent before bed putting away and cleaning the sink is the pay off for the next dayReplyCancel

  • Maureen Willans

    What makes me really happy is waking up every morning knowing I don’t have to go to work anymore. I retired in July after 50 years in the workforce.ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    The smell of freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked bread. Not to mention the beautiful family that not only brighten my home but brighten my world.ReplyCancel

  • JFKAZZ

    The sound of my four children laughing. Nothing makes my day any brighter than that.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    I love to see pops of colour with fruit, especially crisp green apples piled high in a bowl, the white bench top.ReplyCancel

  • Antonietta

    Seeing my children happy! Simple yet brightens my life, not just my day and I just think, they’re mine, I am truly blessed :)ReplyCancel

  • Lesley Needham

    As a single mum I now can decorate how I like. No complaining partner putting limitations on my style so I now have created a bright colourful bedroom for myself. I wake up seeing pretty colours and feel happy with the world. My Mum spent 6 months knitting me a bright colourful blanket to match the room. My 4 boys love my room so much that they like hanging out in there. Usually I find them playing games on my bed or hogging my bright orange chair.ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia Warrick

    Clearing one small space of all its clutter,
    really sets my heart a-flutter!
    That may sound nutty but I must confess,
    I’ve had a long battle dealing with mess,
    at 55 I finally have clutter out of the way,
    I feel brightened that I can now seize the day!ReplyCancel

  • petra chaplin

    Fresh flowers always brighten my day. The children’s artworks around the house, a cup of herbal tea in a porcelain cup, nice music , the curtains/blinds flung open, a clean and tidy house and something baking in the oven……..marvellous!ReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    The laughter and smiles of my kids. But it’s not the done thing to hang them up on the wall. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Nic T.

    My kids’ paintings on the wall. They have such fun doing it and I love seeing their colourful art every day, and it makes them feel proud that it’s their art on the wall and not something I’ve bought from the shops.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara Lamb

    Photo’s of loved one’s everywhere I look :DReplyCancel

  • Charisse Childs

    Other than the family and pets that live here with their laughter and smiles, I would say the leadlight welcome sign inside our front door, it’s the first thing you see when you come home and the last thing you see as you shut the door and it always brings a smile to my face.ReplyCancel

  • Lesleigh S

    Waking up healthy and happyReplyCancel

  • Caroline Kelly

    I have a number of different hot beverage mugs with bright cheerful pictures on them. Each of them are used depending upon my disposition at that time.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Murphy

    What brightens my day is rolling over in the morning to see my 3yo sons face standing next to me saying – “get out of bed mummy….. Can you make my breakfast please”.ReplyCancel

  • Lani Kennedy

    Seeing a bowl of ruby red organic tomatoes, that I have grown myself, brightens my day no end !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne K

    My little round table next to the window where I enjoy a cup of tea while gazing out at the trees. It’s a moment’s pause that gives me a lift to carry on with the day.ReplyCancel

  • corinne cambridge

    The smell of toast and freshly brewed coffee always brightens up my morning!ReplyCancel

  • Mel S

    Having the time to mindfully wash the dishes with my hands in the soapy water as i am able to look around and admire the beautiful things in my house. Taking the time to appreciate and enjoyReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    The scent of my favourite essential oils :)ReplyCancel

  • James Kav

    My bookshelf!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    The fresh veg in the garden makes me smile every day,
    Love how herbs can be used in so many ways!ReplyCancel

  • Chris A

    Being followed from room to room by my loving & loyal spaniel dog always makes me smile. She is like my own little shadow :)ReplyCancel

  • Prema

    My 2 beautiful dogs… because they love me unconditionally no matter what! Even when I’ve had a busy day at work having left them all day and I look (and feel) like something you’d scrape off the side of an alleyway bin, they still LOVE me. :)ReplyCancel

  • Janice Campbell

    Seeing my kitchen bench clear each morning, I start the day off ready.ReplyCancel

  • Aya Smith

    My day is brightened by the smiles of my boys digging into pancakes.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    My windows to the outside world are what brighten my day. They are my passage into the light and beauty of the world.ReplyCancel

  • Isabel

    Witnessing kindness among family members warms my soul and brightens my day. We are usually kind to strangers and friends but we often forget to be kind to family members. So when I see kindness at home, it really makes me happy.ReplyCancel

  • Roma Paterson

    My first cup of tea for the dayReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Happy healthy hubby and kidsReplyCancel

  • Joanna

    My beautiful aqua peacock Bed Head has inspired a diy splash of aqua painted accessories and art which brings me gentle waves of happiness!ReplyCancel

  • elle

    Having fresh flowers in my kitchen brightens my dayReplyCancel

  • Anna-Marie O'Rourke

    Waking up to find Molly (My dog) sleeping soundly next to me.ReplyCancel

  • tracy procter

    Our crazy lorikeet creeping up on me by very slowly rolling her call across the floor when I am not looking. Then when I look she stops, puts her claw on the balls and just moves it back and forth pretending to be innocent. Makes me laugh every time!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Markwell

    Poppy, my wonder dog and soul mate, makes us laugh constantly and is the best purchase we have ever made. Thanks RSPCA!ReplyCancel

  • Rianna

    Being able to have the house kept clean for one day without the little ones messing it all up again would really brighten my day. But I love my little ones of course! :)ReplyCancel

  • CELINE

    All my family photos and paintings that I have done over the years, displayed and hung around my home never fails to brighten up my day.ReplyCancel

  • Lee

    Swimming lessons with my daughter really brightens my day and keeps me going. She loves the water and splashes and giggles so much it is infectious. Something I hope we have fond memories of for years to come.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Rock

    When I walk into the kids bedrooms and their beds have been made, no toys on the floor and all their dirty clothes are in the washing basket!ReplyCancel

  • hadil b

    a good cup of coffee alone….I seem the grumpiest of the bunch:)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    Finding a packet of TimTams in the pantry!ReplyCancel

  • Maria P

    Waking up to hubby wearing an apron and preparing bacon and eggs. Well, it did happen once! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Ashbrooke

    My family and animals surely brighten my household and also mess it tooReplyCancel

  • claire evans

    the kids artwork on my kitchen wall, it makes me remember when they were little and how much they make me smileReplyCancel

  • jayne

    candles because they always make the house smell so very nice. fresh and appealing.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole M

    A new addition this week – house plants! My gorgeous new maiden hair fern has made me smile every time I see it.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian Ling

    A flickering Jack-O-Lantern smiley pumpkin is brightening my day.ReplyCancel

  • Judith

    My cat. An old friend who understands the joys of a sleep-in, and doesn’t judge, unless I buy her the wrong food.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa K

    A house full of laughter and smiles from my gorgeous children.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Courtney

    Satisfaction and pride in a successful day of housework, brightens my day and feels amazing.ReplyCancel

  • christine williams

    My amazing husband who makes it his mission to make me laugh every day.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Pratt

    Music, all kinds it opens up my babies eyes to the world and creates fun and movement.ReplyCancel

  • Kerryanne B

    A hug from our 2 children! especially our little man who isnt too affectionate it brightens our world when he gives a hug and a raspberry (which secretly is a kiss!!)ReplyCancel

  • Sue Bell

    Connecting with family members everyday, including the cat who always meows a greeting whenever we pass and relaxing with the TV or listening to music after a busy dayReplyCancel

  • Jennie D

    A CLEANER! Being a working mum with 2 school age kids something had to giveReplyCancel

  • Neva Wethereld

    Three things in my home brighten my day every morning. Firstly my brand new baby girl who gives me the biggest smiles and giggles when I pick her up out of her cot, secondly the hot tea and ‘goodbye kiss’ from my husband before he leaves for work and finally my puppy dog Koko who is so excited and wags her tail like a maniac when she sees me get out of bed!ReplyCancel

  • Toondi Hillen

    My bathroom heat light first thing in the morning as I hiss at it, like a vampire to the sun, until my eyes adjust.ReplyCancel

  • sam greenwald

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

  • Karen Turner

    My Minnie Pwerle painting, it’s amazing colours help brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    when my 5 year old daughter wakes up with her bed hair and the first thing she does is come and give her Mum a big cuddle and a good morning.ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne Harries

    Waking up in our incredible country we truly are blessed I am grateful and brightened each and every dayReplyCancel

  • Jessica Watters

    The thing that brightens my day is my concrete chooks perched on my kitchen window sill, eveytime I am up to my arms in washing up they some how brighten my soul and make me “cackle”.ReplyCancel

  • When I walk into my office and see my wall of wool!ReplyCancel

  • Janine Gardiner

    Back neighbours chooks cackling away,
    Next doors kids screaming in play,
    My pots of flowers bright and pretty,
    All these things brighten my day.ReplyCancel

  • Moira

    Our wall to wall kitchen windows, they give me an unobstructed view of our backyard, with all the stages of the garden in my sights as I start each day, bird life and bees going about the start to the day brings a positive cheer to my mornings.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Stoute

    Fresh flowers. It’s my weekly treat and I love going to the deli each Sunday or to the flower markets if I have time, and choosing what flowers will be on my dining table for the next week.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Maller

    my sugar skull form mexico (7 bucks)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Ryan

    Toddler antics of my 18 month old ensures no one in the house is ever glum!ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    What in my home helps brighten my day? My cats. With the kids grown up having furry smiles greet you first thing in the morning is delightful!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney B

    My coffee machine- the only thing that can get a smile from me in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Nicholson

    Colourful feature walls, brightening up even the most MELONcholic guest, and imPRINTing happiness on my heart too!ReplyCancel

  • Mun Keong Lee

    A decorating paint on the wall with “To succeed, you must first fight!”..ReplyCancel

  • No washing in the washing basket brightens my day…and my 2 little people :)ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Brown

    It’s not the pile of washing in the laundry or the notes on the fridge, it’s the dog who is always there, loyal and ready to play and my cheery toddler, wandering balanced at last around the house needing a feed and practising saying the word, “Mum.”ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    The solar lights that I stuck to the hedge outside my kitchen window last Christmas. I never took them down, and every evening they light up my day for an extra couple of hours.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne White

    Just having my husband and son waking up every morning under the same roof is enough to brighten any day.
    The best feeling any mother/wife could ask for.ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    Leaving it on time and not in a panicked rush!ReplyCancel

  • Lizi

    Fresh flowers, with their natural burst of colour, guaranteed to put a smile on my face!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Having my husband come home from work earlier than expected always brightens my day!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Andrews

    Miss 5 when she tries to creep into bed at 6 am – she is so sweet about trying not to wake me up that I cannot help but smile – she brightens up every morning (and on those mornings that she comes in before 6am my first 2 coffees of the day REALLY brighten up my day)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    My dog! She’s always super excited to see me and her madly wagging tail brightens my day without fail :)ReplyCancel

  • Sheree Pallis

    Mealtimes that are spent with my family,
    To enjoy in conversation, brightens the day for me,
    Our lives are so busy, it’s the only time,
    That we’re all together and it’s so divine.ReplyCancel

  • NATASHA

    I have just painted my front door sky blue. It makes me smile every time I look at it.ReplyCancel

  • daniela barbaro

    the laughter of my kids, it brightens up my day as its like a ray of sunshineReplyCancel

  • Ebaney Espinoza

    A bucket full of coffee brightens my dayReplyCancel

  • Ohhh where do I start?! The sun rising (yes im up that early!), my dog, feeling the thats under my feet, camomile tea, my 2 year old daughter (err sometimes hehe), fresh flowers, colour in my home, leaving nice comments on people’s blogs… On and on!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany

    Fresh flowers in the house, getting the beds made early and pics of my kids around the house brighten my day and put me in a good mood for the rest of the dayReplyCancel

  • jane

    my 2 gorgeous kids, sleepy cuddles & kisses ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Knowing that I have the opportunity to go out and enjoy the day as best I can with my little girlReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    A big squeeze from Miss 9 and Miss 16ReplyCancel

  • Lizzie P

    They say only happiness comes from within, I tell you what though a nice tidy house with four little ones under 6 wouldn’t go astray!ReplyCancel

  • Sallyann Silver

    Wow, there are some gorgeous answers here, how will you choose just one???
    My day is brighten by having a cup of tea to start the day, crossing things off my never ending to do list, my kids (Miss 10 and Miss 6) coming in for snuggles in the morning, hearing hubby’s car pull up after a long day in the truck, long lunches with friends, our friendly small community, volunteering, freshly washed sheets, the smell of a clean house and a piece or two of chocolate before bed!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Downey

    My beautiful hibiscus. It’s ROOT to TIP BLOOMIN’ beautiful and encourages me to get up and GROW!ReplyCancel

  • Taryne Walters

    I have a beautiful black and white picture of my grandparents wedding day. Every time I look at it I smile. It makes my day!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Griffith

    Marking the passing days in my calendar as we count down the arrival of our first little baby due at Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    MUSIC always cheer the soul, so I love my stereo through which I can run Spotify playlists of my own choosing!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Sims-Chilton

    Laughter, laughter and more laughterReplyCancel

  • Paula Fitzpatrick

    The smile in my little ones faces when their puppy gives them a morning lick and cuddle.ReplyCancel

  • Micaela Tomalin

    Outside our bedroom window is pretty bleak, it looks straight onto a fence, so my gorgeous Husband put up a trellis with all greenery and divine pots with roses, now they are blooming i open the window, i can almost smell them tooReplyCancel

  • Belinda B

    The Rainbow Lorikeets nesting under my verandah roof? Not only do they brighten my day but my kids, the postman and anyone else who knocks on my front door!ReplyCancel

  • Allira Middlebrook

    Waking up to chatter from my 3.5yr old and huge smiles from my 8mth old and grins of pride and happiness from my husband and head butts from both of my Burmese cats when we are all piled into bed for a cuddle before getting up to start the day. Big crowd, big happy!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Ballantyne

    waking up and realizing I don’t have to go to work and the kids don’t have to go to schoolReplyCancel

  • Emma M

    I always get a little spring in my step when I open a cupboard I had forgotten I had decluttered.ReplyCancel

  • Tali

    I bought a huge wall quilt in India which is draped over an entire wall that is beaming of colour, creativity, embroidery and magic. My house guests constantly marvel at it’s beauty.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Jackson

    Fresh flowers in a stylish but down to earth vase, a colourful bowl or two of seasonal fruit and vegetables surrounded by black and white photos of my kids framed in simple, yet stunning designs. A clean, organised beautiful home full of nature’s gifts and a welcoming atmosphere that just feels like home.ReplyCancel

  • tracy wedding

    My day is always a little brighter when my husband comes home and first thing he does is hug me and says “I LOve You”ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Philp

    the sound of my chooks as they cluck their way out of their house (Hensington Palace) in the morning ready to lay eggs for our brekkie.ReplyCancel

  • judith fasshauer

    My relaxing Mornings when kids are at school and husband and work and I indulgence in the back yard with a cup of coffee reading a book this is priceless and bright my daysReplyCancel

  • Frederique Blunden

    What truly brightens my day is that every morning I get to wake up in a house filled with family, love, laughter (some days more than others), the love of friends, health and peace. We live in such a free country, free of war, filled with possibilities and rights for all including women and children. I never take that for granted as home to me is more than our 4 walls: it’s community. Thanks for making the online community a brighter place too.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    My record player. I can pop on some 80’s to dance and clean to, or some 90’s to drink gin to, or something classic to relax tooReplyCancel

  • Riley Marmo

    What brightens my day, and also my mood,
    is to open the cupboard and finding food!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Alexander-Wynne

    My children running through the house giggling as they chase each other, or smiling as they dance and sing… I must admit though, my day always gets a little brighter once they’re sound asleep at night and I can put my feet up with a glass of wine and a bit of adult tv :)ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    In my bedroom I have a beautiful big tree decal on my wall with lush green leaves and vines hanging down, which I have then stuck family photos on to. Waking up in my little sanctuary brightens my day every day!ReplyCancel

  • julianne zozworek

    currently its my orange deer !!!
    then a very close second is when my DD notices the whiteboard on our fridge updated almost everyday with a positive thought – she loves it and writes up her own thoughts too!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    The view of our block of land that we will very soon own…makes me smile with the thought of building a new house to fill and a new home with my brand new husband!ReplyCancel

  • avanthi arabolu

    Fresh,beautiful, bright, colorful flowers…ReplyCancel

  • avanthi arabolu

    Fresh,beautiful, bright, colorful flowers and warm sunlight in the morning…ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Wendt

    My day is always brightened by the smile and love of my daughter and partner and as we live in the country the promise of some rain over the weekend is always cause for a joy.ReplyCancel

  • Tatum Freeman

    Our Fish Tank, full of like and always colourfulReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Having my daughters whom are 5 & 3 wake me
    up in the morning with a kiss and good morning mummy…… then by jumping on my bed ofcourse :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan H

    My 2 year old, never a dull moment with him around ;)ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Donohue

    Having beautiful flowers adds a pop of colour around the home in decorative vases and brightens my day with the lovely scent they provide!ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    When it comes to deciding what in my home helps brighten my day
    It’s not an easy task, I have to say.
    There are so many things which make me smile
    So here they are, stick around awhile.
    I love to cook recipes that are my Italian and Greek family’s
    My Yiayia’s spanakopita is one that’s sure to please.
    Seeing pops of colour in special corners of the house
    Is a feast on the eye, even to a sneaky little mouse.
    Scattering beautiful trinkets and treasures from trips abroad
    Bring back glorious memories that will be forever adored.
    But there are three special who, in their own special way
    Definitely have the most impact on brightening my day.
    First of all, there’s hubby, my one true love
    Who I honestly believe, was sent from above.
    He is my rock, my soul mate, and my best friend most of all
    Always there to pick me up, whenever I fall.
    Then there are our darling two boys, Master M and Master A
    Who fill our lives with endless joy every single day.
    I feel so fortunate to be a mother of two and a wife
    These beautiful people enrich every day of my life.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Lollo

    My bedspread is bold, bright and colourful and lifts my mood whenever I walk into my bedroom! Now if only my dog wouldn’t love it so much …ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    A sink that is not full of dirty dishes, toys not strewn all over the floor from the kids early rising from bed, no spilled cornflakes over the kitchen bench and floor, big smiles and cuddles from the kids, the sun shining through our open front windows and best of all – the realisation when it’s the weekend and I race the children back into our bedroom as they all pile on for cuddles and laughs.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Newstead

    My vintage souvenir tea towels I have made into curtains for my kitchen windows! Nothing brightens my day like reminiscing about all the wonderful places I have holidayed!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Wrigley

    ffee to start and then my beautiful boy’s faces. There is nothing that makes my day better than hearing my boys get excited about what we are going to do that day. I never though someone calling me mumma would make me so complete.ReplyCancel

A collection of cake recipes the kids will enjoy

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

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

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

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

Creative ways to flavour popcorn

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love memories like that Briohny!ReplyCancel

  • Candice

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

  • Hailey

    Freshly grated parmesan… so so good!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh that sounds yummy, Hailey!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

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

  • Amanda Sukiennik

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

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Love your idea Amanda, sounds delicious.:)ReplyCancel

Clever kitchen organising ideas

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

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  • Shea

    I do like that pop of colour!

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Kate

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So cheap, great idea Kate!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie J

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • JoJo

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

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

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

Killing dust mites in non washable items

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

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

  • Kim

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Genaya

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are chemical free GenayaReplyCancel

  • sanno

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • mary

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

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

How to cook perfect quinoa

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

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  • Rachelle

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great tip thank you Rachelle!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Sarah

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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