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These organised pantries may inspire you to declutter your pantry and create some organised storage solutions.

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  • Catherine

    So love these pantries, but also a bit jealous as mine will never look like these due to poor shelving configuration. BUT where can I get the fabulous vinyl labels? really would like these!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Most of these are American and they use a machine called the silhouette which is an electronic cutter, and does vinyl. The silhouette is available in Australia mainly crafters use it. I love the look too!!ReplyCancel

  • I love a good pantry. The only thing with stacking items – they may look great, but I find myself having to reorganise the pantry regularly (I have four kids who like to cook!).
    That’s why I LOVE Shanty 2 Chic’s pantry. Now that is a system I can embrace – shelving to raise the item at the back – and the can holders! We have moved to acreage and the corner shop is over 20 minutes away. I’ll be stocking up when things are on special again. And Kat, I’d love to have that many Cake Stands. They just make life a little bit special and cleaning bench spaces easy peasy (Lift, swipe – put it back down ;).
    You’ve inspired me to get my kitchen organised again this weekend :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I know what you mean Marina, I have put my spiced on a shelf that is an my eye height (I’m a shortie as you know when we met in Brissie. I just purchased a little 3 tier shelf for the spices, but I can’t see the labels on all the spices so I have to move them all around to find the spice I am after. Need a new system, not working. :)ReplyCancel

      • T

        Alphabetise your spices & herbs. Works for me.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara Taione

    I also have just got a larger pantry Butler size I have glass and plastic, glass on the top shelf for baking products plastic for things altready in packaging. The biggest problem I have fdound is there is nothing to store cans available on the market. I would Iove to know if you have found a good way to store cans? Also I use the same labels on the plastic and glass go give a sense of uniformityReplyCancel

  • Michele

    I’m inspired.
    I’m using stackable plastic containers, but my pantry has escaped my organisation at the moment. Things are mostly in the right place but it’s looking cluttered.

    I spent half of January promising myself I’d do a stocktake of the pantry and fridge and use the food I had stored.
    A side benefit of that is tidying it up!

    So now I’ll spend half an hour before lunch on that job. Wish I could think it would be finished in that time.
    Thank you for the photos and post.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Mine is feeling a bit like that too, after moving in I just put all from the boxes in, I have given it a little organisation, but I want to just spend time in there to properly work out what I want, but it’s currently not workin for m :) Hope you got some time to give it a tidy up today 😉ReplyCancel

  • Michele

    I’m inspired.
    I’m using stackable plastic containers, but my pantry has escaped my organisation at the moment. Things are mostly in the right place but it’s looking cluttered.

    I spent half of January promising myself I’d do a stocktake of the pantry and fridge and use the food I had stored.
    A side benefit of that is tidying it up!

    So now I’ll spend half an hour before lunch on that job. Wish I could think it would be finished in that time.
    Thank you for the photos and post.ReplyCancel

  • Juli

    Hi Kat – I’m going to raise my hand as owning more than that many cake stands ! :-) They live in a specially-converted closet in our spare room!!
    I organised our pantry over Christmas and used the 4-stack drawer units on casters from the Reject Shop… There are 3 (giving me 12 drawers) across the bottom of my pantry – we took out the bottom shelf and they fit perfectly under the middle-bottom shelf (winning!) – all labelled for their different contents. They work like a charm (will have to send you a photo)
    The problem I now have is corralling the undrawered-food sprawl that happens now that the rest of the pantry is so vacant… *sigh* it seems that you can’t win when it comes to pantry organisation!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yes please Juli, send me a pic I would love to see, it actually sounds like a very clever idea!! LOL, can’t have too many cake stands hey!!ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    Hi Kate, when we moved house over 12 months ago, I found myself with a 1970s kitchen on the small side when I had recently outfitted my lovely big pantry with all Tupperware and a few cardboard boxes for the loose packet stuff.
    Solved the loose packet stuff, cans and the corner cupboard problem of loosing stuff in the corner by shopping at Howards.
    I have the narrow and wide tubs used by “I heart organising” in the drawers. This are the straight sides of the corners and in the corners I have the big squares on wheels. To access the items in the corners, I pull out the tubs on one side and roll the square forward to remove what I want from there.
    My Tupperware is all in the above bench cupboard and stacked in one depth of containers (the last place it was 3 containers deep!) with a narrow container across the front.
    The overflow of pantry items has gone into a pantry cupboard in the dining room and I am trying to organise it to a more usable layout.
    I feel like I am training to be a gymnast sometimes in accessing my pantry in the tight corner. Hubbie hasn’t figured it out so when he wants something that is not in the first cupboard with the tea and coffee, I have to find it for him and he does a lot of cooking & baking.
    The herbs & spices are kept in two small stacked baskets and each small container has its name on the lid to help me find what I am after.
    It still needs work, but those tubs make finding things so much easier than having to empty a shelf can by can and packet by packet each time I want something.
    I also use plastic coated wire stands to give me two shelf heights within my tea & coffee cupboard and the spare crockery cupboard.
    My slow cooker is buried behind my saucepans which are nicely stacked and easy to move out so that I can access it. Not the best set up in the world, but it works.
    Renters don’t have a choice in changing cupboards around.ReplyCancel

I’m sharing my goals for the month, you are great accountability for me! Plus I’ve created a printable monthly planning page you can use to prepare for your month, setting your goals and priorities, with a little quote for inspiration.

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  • jac

    Thank you Kat, one for your honesty, two showing how we can balance life and to look after ourselves first and three for the printable, I need this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Glad you like the printable Jac, hope it helps you :)ReplyCancel

  • lIsa

    Your children are adorable, I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning and I feel I have watched the grow up, you should be proud they look very happy. Love your blog, your so inspiring and I’ll be joining in your February project. My goals are to start walking now my son started kindy, and I want to organise the laundry and pantry.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Lisa, they are gorgeous and growing up so quickly, they are very happy kids, always smiling. Excited that you’ll be joining me in Feb, hope you can find time soon to make a start on your Laundry.ReplyCancel

  • Leonie

    I love this style of this post. Thanks KatReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awesome Leonie, that’s great feedback, thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Thanks for the reminder to book a Dentist appointment for myself. its one of thoes things that just dosent get prioritised. good luck keeping things in hand and thanks heaps for the additional printable. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sometimes it things like these that we put off, and it continues to be at the bottom of the list. The appointments really don’t take that long, it’s just taking the time out to book the appointment.ReplyCancel

  • Kath Truran

    Your children are just beautiful and a credit to you. I admire you so much for your strength in your daily life and the way you handle the challenges that you have had to face. You are lovely and an inspiration. I’m 70 so many of your day to day ideas are not relevant but I do want to have a beautiful organised home and you encourage me to do that. Your page is the first I open every morning. Take care of yourself and know that many people from many walks of life applaud you and wish you well. Light & love KathReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aaw Kath, this is so beautiful to read first thing in the morning thank you so very much for your kindness. The twins are at camp at the moment, they have been away since very early Sunday morning, they are home late this afternoon, I can’t wait to see them, missed them terribly. I am so pleased that you can find some inspiration in my blog to help you in your home, that is so wonderful to hear, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Deanne Shannon

    Hi Kat, thank you for being honest it is nice to know we are not the only ones struggling at times to try and find balance. I recently left a job that I thought was going to be my dream retirement job. (very disappointing)So last month I spent my time giving up a codeine addiction I had been hiding for some years from my family and spending quality time with my 3 girls whilst on school holidays. This month I would like to concentrate on getting our house organised room by room as my husband would like to change jobs this year to a job that will see him working longer hours and I also would like to find myself another job and even contemplating fulltime work. Which I know will make life hectic with kids sports living out of town and having a mum who I am caring for with pancreatic cancer. As well as lose some weight and get healthier than what I am at least. So I really look forward to your tips and advice because I do get very overwhelmed at where the hell do I start lol.
    So thank you again for sharing all your ups and downs I really appreciate it. Here is to a good February to get started.

    Cheers DeanneReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Deanne, it sounds like you have so much going on, firstly congratulation on giving up your codeine addiction, how are you feeling, any side effects? What is your top priority in all that you have listed? Can you start your day with a little exercise, so you are making your health a priority first in the day, then looking after your mum and organising the house, good to hear your are going to do room by room, that will help with the overwhelm taking it one step at a time. I hope you can find a job with decent hours for you and your kids.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn McGuire

    Oh my, what lovely children. They look like they should be actors.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Naw thank you Lyn xReplyCancel

  • Susie

    What a BEAU-TI-FUL photo of the 3 kids. That’s one to treasure!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is, Mr nearly 13 has a beautiful smile on his face, it’s really hard to capture his wonderful smile in a photo, whenever I point a camera at him his smile freezes. Miss 11 is so cheeky here 😉ReplyCancel

One of those tasks that can easily be neglected, but you need to wash away the sweat and grime that our bodies leave on the sheets overnight.

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  • Debbie

    Ha ha you’ve brightened my day! Don’t worry about the trolls Kat I love reading your blog everyday . Rise above it and walk tall you’ve earned itReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL no trolls, all the readers were very lovely and joking around with me, but I just worried for someone may really think I cleaned them every 3 months 😛ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    We moved last June and I started changing sheets, bedding and towels every week, hand towels sundays and wednesdays. It may seem a bit over the top but I got into a good routine with it. Our 18 month old also suffers from light eczema and my partner has issues with that as well. It’s a lot of washing but it kinda does itselfReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s good when you get into a routine and rhythm, whatever works!! I’ve also tried bamboo sheets for the sensitive skin, they work well too.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    More in summer about every 2 weeks, less in winter about once every 4 to 6 weeks…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes more in the summer months is definately needed :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Palmer

    I change our bed every week year round. My girls I change probably fortnightly. Like you, I have a bit of a routine I do my sheets every Monday & towels.
    My girls are only three & one & they shower before bed so theirs is average fortnightly but we tend to have wee leaks or other such issues so sometimes sooner.
    My one year old still sleeps in a sleeping bag so that gets washed weekly or as needed that takes the brunt of her sweat is guess.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh I remember sleeping bag days….. I miss when they were so little :)ReplyCancel

  • carly

    i do mine fortnightly and i vaccum the matress each time. After noticing my 11 year old had a recurring rash on her face it prompted me to also wash her pillows! How often do you wash pillows organised housewife? I thought id do them monthly :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Carly you may like this post here https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/organising/laundry/killing-dust-mites-in-non-washable-items/ I wash pillows monthly and give the mattresses a spray each month too to kill the dustmites. When they were younger and had smaller mattresses I also used to put them in the sun for a day each month, helps to remove any odours and sunlight will also kill the dustmites.ReplyCancel

      • Alison

        Hi Kat.have just started following your website and I love it.please could you give me some advice about washing pillows.When I have done this they come out all mangled and I can’t get them back to a normal pillow shape.thanksReplyCancel

      • Alison

        Hi Kat.have just started following your website and I love it.please could you give me some advice about washing pillows.When I have done this they come out all mangled and I can’t get them back to a normal pillow shape.thanksReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I do sheets weekly (only 2 beds here) because I love the feeling of fresh sheets! Also try to get them dry to avoid folding!

    I’m interested to hear what you learn about new mattresses. Ours can’t be flipped either. The seasonal rotation sounds like a good idea but may not work with all mattress designs- they’re pretty fancy these days.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s been a long time since I have purchased a new mattress for myself and I just got standard mattresses for the kids last year, but they are still very heavy. I’ll let you know how I go and share a piccie of my new bed. I ordered it back in October, it’s taken so long to get made.ReplyCancel

  • Anon

    3 monthly sheet changes sounded great to me! That’s about my average at the moment. Lol. Struggling with the whole Organised Householder thing at the moment. Usually I would do it weekly or fortnightly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Do you have other members of your household that can help? Maybe while your prepping brekkie ask them to strip their beds so that’s one step you don’t have to do? I don’t use the dryer often, but in your case if you don’t have the time, wash them, pop them in the dryer will cut down time that you are lacking these days. :)ReplyCancel

  • Elaine

    Hi Kat, we are empty nesters now, so I wash our sheets once weekly. I vacuum the mattress once a month. I’m hoping that helps with the sleeping indents as I can’t manage flipping our mattress as it is way too heavy The spare beds get washed before guests so they are nice and fresh,and then after use as well.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, flipping our mattress is a 2 person effort in our house. I’ll be asking lots of questions on the weekend about indents on new mattresses that can’t be flipped.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Hi Kat, I love your emails, makes me feel motivated :) Thanks for the chuckle, i thought it may have been written wrong. I love to change my sheets every friday (end of working week) i strip them off before we leave for school/work and let sun in all day and put clean ones on at night. If i had more “favourite” sheets id be doing them every couple of days, love fresh sheets!!! In saying that, bit of OCD & even though we shower before bed, but if we have a social weekend (meaning family Bbqs drinks around a fire) i tend to wait until after that night, wouldnt want my clean sheets smelling like fire! Lol. Happy fridayyyy everyone?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL. no I don’t think smokey sheets would be a pleasant smell. Glad you enjoyed the chuckle :)ReplyCancel

  • Marita

    Lol. Our previous mattress was too heavy to flip boy did it get stinky. New mattress from ikea is also heavy but we got a mattress topper as well. So far brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There you go, I didn’t realise Ikea also sold mattresses!ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    My sheets are washed every week. In winter that is a real chore as we have bamboo sheets 4000 thread count. They are very thick and day all the drying day to dry. In Winter I usually strip the bed on Friday morning and remake with the second set of sheets that night while the first lot are in the machine, then I nip out first thing in the morning on Saturday to hang them on the line. If I am lucky they will be dry by the sun disappears from the yard at 2 or 3 pm. If not onto the airers they go. They are worth the effort, being thick like blankets but oh so soft and warm.
    Summer sheets are easier. 3 pair at present. One pair comes off the bed and if the sun is shining into the wash straight away and usually dry by the time the next load of clothes is ready for the line. Otherwise, I can wait for a sunny day. I do not put my sheets in the dryer as they tend to shrivel up and I refuse to iron sheets.
    Once the washed pair is dry, I fold the flat sheet at the clothes line as I had hung it so that I could. The fitted sheet is folded over the bed. Then that pair is put at the bottom of the pile (well only 2 pair in the linen cupboard at any one time).
    We are empty nesters at the moment, but even when we had a houseful, I followed this routine. Just the kids would take the new sheets instead of the old sheets to make their beds. Resulting in lots of half worn out sheets and no new ones for quests.
    All my ‘spare’ single bed sheets were made into pillowslips when they all left home and decided that a single bed was too small for them to use.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, all my kids are taller than me and I can see that the twins beds are getting a little small for them especially Mr nearly 13 he’s had a huge growth spurt. I’ve had bamboo sheets in the past, it helped to reduce my daughters eczema they were great. Love your method of sheet cleaning!ReplyCancel

      • Pat

        Kat, only one decided the bed was too short. The other two decided for a wider bed – double bed. So I was left with nearly 18 single bed sheets and not a single bed in the place.
        One sheet became a tuck in end on my quilt cover as hubbie was always pulling the quilt up a round his ears making for cold toes.
        Don’t recall what other uses they went to. Paint drops sheets and other things. The last few went to make pillowcases. Recall working on the dining table to cut them out so that there was no wastage of the 100% cotton.ReplyCancel

    • Pat

      Sorry for the spelling and missing words… above.
      I also rotate my mattress once a month. Flipping not possible due to pillowtop.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley

    I change our king size sheets, daughters queen sheets, and other daughters king single sheets every Saturday. I also change everybodies duvet covers on the first Saturday of each month. We have mattress’s that can only be rotated not flipped. I try to rotate them on the first Saturday of the month if someone else is home to help me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      clever idea on the first saturday of each month, great way to remember to do them.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I’m very curious as to whether anyone out there who works full time (mon-fri 8 till 4) and has small children actually manages to stick to a laundry schedule? The idea is appealing but I honestly don’t see how I’d have the time. I have no dryer either and am not keen to get one. Sheets are low on my priority and I’m lucky if they get washed once a fortnight.ReplyCancel

    • Natalie

      We wash at night and hang the washing on clothes drying racks in our spare room. We wash the sheets and towels on Friday so we can cry them outside on SaturdayReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I work from home, but mostly do my washing out of my working hours. I put the washing on the night before, usually while dinner is cooking. Then it’s all ready for me to quickly put on the line the next morning. The trick is to remember to get it off the line before the sun goes down. I do seek out my kids help to take washing off the line, as soon as they were tall enough they started to help with this task, don’t be afraid to ask them, it’s a good household responsibility for them. Hope this helps :)

      I have just asked the readers on facebook, see if they have some ideas for you:
      https://www.facebook.com/organisedhousewife/posts/1107069955993619ReplyCancel

    • Lizzie

      My husband works full time, and I work about 0.75 part time. We have 2 small children.

      Rather than a washing schedule, we have 4 laundry baskets (whites, darks, colours, husband work shirts) and we simply put a load on when a basket is full.

      I have a loose schedule/guide for other stuff. Friday or saturday we do sheets or towels, alternating weeks. Everyone in the house has 2 sets of sheets on rotation.

      Full bed sets get folded together inside a pillow case, and a full set of towels gets stored together. So I am never looking for pieces of the puzzle.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        love your system Lizzie, sounds easy to keep ontop of :)ReplyCancel

    • Fiona

      I also work full time (Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm every day) and I have 3 boys aged 3, 8 and 10. My husband works most weekends so I also do most of the kid running around stuff every weekend. I have a laundry schedule which I try really hard to stick to. In fact I’ve found it’s the only way I can keep on top of everything. I wash our sheets every week and our boys on a fortnightly rotation.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    We flip the mattress monthly – I write in the calendar the label locations I.e. Head up ( head of bed, facing up), foot down (foot of bed facing down). We have a Spring mattress with no latex or memory foam layers so mattress flipping is easier. We change the sheets weekly and wash the mattress protector monthly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great idea writing on the calendar :)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    When buying your new mattress check that you can lift it to tuck in the sheets, as my new one I can’t lift it and have a very hard time trying to push the sheets under, very frustrating as I like a tightly made bedReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, great tip Katrina, actually I’ve started struggling lately to lift our current mattress. The lovely assistant pulled the mattress we purcahsed onto the floor for us to try, so gave us a good opportunity to see how easy it was to lift.ReplyCancel

  • Hi, i love your laundry frames! Any chance to share the printables? Tks FilipaReplyCancel

  • Hi, i love your laundry frames! Any chance to share the printables? Tks FilipaReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Hi Kat
    I also had to read that twice, ha,ha.I change my sheets weekly, as I love clean fresh sheets. If I need a boast or am sick I change them again. Love you daily posts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s great how the simple things like clean sheets make us happy :)ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I changed the bedding about once a month for our family for quite a few months. No-one died. No-one got sick more often, had skin problems, worms or headlice. The kids didn’t care. I suspected that there were a lot of other families out there doing the same but keeping the lack of weekly bedlinen-washing a shameful secret!
    Now I wash the bedding every week and other items more frequently. The water bill has gone up a lot and we aren’t any healthier for it, in fact have had more health problems
    I like them cleaner though and will continue changing ours weekly and the kids every 7-10 days except during sickness when I do daily bedlinen changes. This feels right to me.
    However I would be interested if there is any evidence that changing bedlinen more regularly improves health or just how nice the house looks.
    The children prefer more activities together than an immaculate house so I need to think about how I spend my my time. Maybe I should be out riding bikes with them!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Interesting Jude, I should research and see, would be interesting to read results for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    I change my sheets every week regardless of the season and sometimes twice a week if the weather has been hot. There is nothing better than getting into a bed that has freshly laundered sheets. I repeat nothing better!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL, I do agree I think I sleep better in clean sheetsReplyCancel

  • Kaycee

    I wash all our sheets every Thursday (Ours + 4 girls), and more often than not do ours on a Tuesday as well :)
    It is a big job, but it works for me :)
    Oh and I iron the pillowcases before they go back on the bed too.
    I also put the same sheets back on the beds that night, so not folding of sheets.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s a good time saver not having to fold the sheets. My nan used to iron sheets too, it was actually how I started to learn how to iron, I loved ironing her sheets and tea towels.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Ann

    LOL!!! For years I have been feeling guilty because I only change the sheets fortnightly [and sometimes monthly in winter]- I was brought up to do it every week and my M-I-L would have been horrified if she knew I didn’t change them every week. Once my children hit adolescence it became their responsibility to keep their rooms habitable and to change their own sheets and I shudder now when I remember what sometimes landed in the wash!
    BTW – one very useful container [a decorative box] was labelled “ODD SOX” and kept in the laundry. Sometimes it took a few months for pairs to come together again!
    And believe it or not – once my sheets did stay on the bed for 3 months – we were overseas and came home to find that our elder son had been using our bed, but hadn’t bothered to change the sheets! I wasn’t impressed – I really needed my own bed ready for me to leap into that day!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You can only do what you can, and if it’s washing sheets every fortnight, it’s better than longer than that. Sometimes thought I would love a bed fairy, to wash, hang and put them all back on the bed!!ReplyCancel

  • April

    Regardless of the season, sheets are changed fortnightly and pillow cases twice a week. I change my quilt cover once a month. Mattress protector and pillow protectors are washed once a year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I like that idea of replacing the pillow cases inbetween washes, I might try this.ReplyCancel

  • Darra

    We have two double beds in this house. Sheets are changed fortnightly on Friday or Saturday with each bed on an alternate week. Season change I also wash all blankets.
    I just got a new mattress and it came with a guide dictating how often to rotate it. Rotate not flip. This varies from fortnightly to monthly. Usually I try to rotate once a fortnight when I change sheets on each bed.
    Each bed also has a bamboo mattress topper which gets washed seasonally. This is comfy and will hopefully stop the donated mattress problem.

    Kat if your kids move to double beds don’t get rid of the singles. My mr 11 is tall so we already moved him to a double. But he sometimes has sleepovers. So what I did was I cut the old single bed frame legs virtually off, and cut the headboard end board bits off, then I put heavy duty castors on the bottom. I stuck one of those cheap thin mattresses on top with a doona cover over it as a dust cover. It now gets stored under the double bed as a spare trundle bed.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Darra that is such a clever idea to repurpose the single beds! When I went mattress shopping on the weekend the assistant said that beds don’t need to be flipped these days just rotated.ReplyCancel

  • Tab

    I change our sheets weekly. My Mum always washed them weekly, and I took the habit with me when I moved in with my now-husband. As for mattress flipping/rotating, when we bought ours 2 years ago, we were told to rotate it every couple of months, but that was really just for our weight differences. I am, quite literally, half the size of my hubby!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I think it gives it a good balance to flip or rotate the mattress. The assistant on the weekend said mattresses these days don’t need to be flipped or rotated, but she does still recommend to do it… she says weekly, I”m not so sure about that?ReplyCancel

  • I usually change everybodys sheets weekly,and towels twice a week. But a month ago we moved up here to Brisbane from Canberra. Our new house has no airconditioning!!!!I am soooo over the heat and humidity at the moment, and it makes me want to change the sheets daily! but with 6 children = 7 beds I would never keep up with the laundry! I have to do all the towels daily because they wont dry on the bathroom rails, they stay damp and smell :(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes I here you there Carli, I’m down on the Gold Coast and was so hot last night. We also didn’t have airconditioning for the month over Christmas, as it was broken when we moved in…. so pleased to have it now, I hope you can get one installed soon.ReplyCancel

    • April

      Hi Carli, have you tried hanging the towels on the clothes line to dry so you don’t have to wash them daily?ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    I follow your laundry schedule and have for quite sometime. However I do my grocery shop ever 2nd Tuesday so the bedding gets done every other Tuesday. I also wash our mattress protectors and doonas the first bedding wash day of the season, after which I clean my machine. It’s a big day in the laundry but it’s only once every 3 months.
    Also, change my sheets the Sunday before I wash. I think I’d get bored with the same sheets much longer than that lol.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes I always have the same sheets on the bed, but have been watching a few instgram accounts and their beds look great, with fun bright pillows and quilt covers. Our new bed get’s delivered next week I might splurge and get a few new pillow cases?ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    I change & wash all bed sheets/pyjamas weekly in summer. In winter I wash pillow cases & pyjamas weekly, but the sheets are washed fortnightly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m learning that many are washing pillows mid wash, which is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kharissa

    Ha ha ha I must admit for a second I thought wow 3 months that’s a bit strange for someone so organised but then I remembered your washing routine so thought she probably means she actually changes the linen every 3 months to change the look of her rooms and keep things fresh and exciting!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I just woreded it so terribly, what I was trying to say was don’t do this tip today, just the next time you change the sheets. I think I was thinking it in my head how to word it and what was actually typed just didn’t match.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie

    I got fed up with my heavy mattress as I move frequently.
    Recently I bought a “mattress in a box” and I am very impressed with it, time will tell how it stands up to my weight, etc.
    My idea of luxury is to have clean,100% cotton, air-dried sheets nightly. It’s throwback to my childhood days in a remote area where the practice was to change the bottom sheet and pillowcase weekly, but the top sheet was moved to the bottom and the fresh one put on top.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve heard about these mattresses in a box, would love to know what you think of it Valerie, is it comfortable and how it lasts :)ReplyCancel

  • Nat

    I wash change our linen every second Tuesday and the alternate Tuesday’s, my twinnies linen. Once a month on a nice day when I can’t be bothered making the beds, I hang the doonas and pillows out in the sunshine. Vacuum the mattresses twice a year. I think I’ll start to spray our pillows, doonas and mattress once a month too though! Hadn’t thought much about that. Any product you recommend in particular?ReplyCancel

    • Nat

      I couldn’t wait ANY longer ? I went to the supermarket and checked it all out. I found glen 20 has an antibacterial fabric mist that has a pleasant smell. Blue trigger nozzle bottle. It’s the ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I use the Bosito’s Dust Mite Spray Nat, you can find it in the laundry aisle at the grocery store, my kids have allergies and it helps them. They are little bugs that you can’t see with your eye that live in all the dirt and dust in the beds.ReplyCancel

  • JK

    Oh my gosh you are all too organised! I don’t really wash sheets often, I figure I don’t wash the couch covers much, so why the beds!? Lol. My daughter suffered from eczema and I cleared it up with diet, gut healing immune boosting foods. Now it doesn’t come back regardless of how often I wash the sheets :) But I envy your organisation which I guess is why you’re the organised housewife! I spend most of my time cooking and crafting instead of cleaning :) Jude’s msg was funny, I certainly won’t disclose here how often my bed sheets get washed! LolReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Julie I’d love to know more about your daughters diet, what type of foods helped her eczema? My husband also has psoriasis, which is sadly getting worse as the years pass and we have often talked about a big diet change to see if it will improve it, he said his mum tried it when he was younger but it didn’t help him.ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    I wash my sheets weekly and air my doona on the line once weekly and spray with lavender oil.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      your doona will smell beautiful with Lavender oil :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    This may seem a little excessive however our sheets are changed every Monday and Friday and that works well for my family. We live in Cairns Nth Qld and all seem to sleep better with fresh sheets. I have three or four sets of sheets per bed to be able to maintain our routine. I change our towels every three days. In the wet season our towels don’t dry that well and can tend to become smelly if left in the bathroom – paticularly on the weekends when we can shower around 3-4 times a day depending on the activity.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s completely understandable living up north Sarah, can get so hot and humid there.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My sheets are due to be changed but I also have a new mattress to arrive, so… I am torn in between changing them today/tomorrow or to just wait for the mattress so I don’t have to change them a second time. Ah the dilemma (1st world problems).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL I had the same discussion with my husband a few days ago, he said why bother when we are getting our new mattress soon…. let’s just say the sheets were changed :)ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    Hi Kat, First time writer on your site. I love reading your blog – keep up the great work inspiring us all to have neater, cleaner homes :)
    I change my sheets once a week and have always done so even when I had a family at home. Just love that fresh sheet feeling.
    I do remember though back when I was a kid and belonged in a family of 8, there were no fitted sheets then and mum would wash the bottom sheet weekly and put the top sheet on the bottom, so that the sheets would get even wear going from top to bottom. When they became worn in the middle she would cut up the centre and sew the sides into the centre hence getting maximum wear from her sheets. Back in the days of using everything to its fullest!!ReplyCancel

Sometimes life gets busy and we forget about our health, using busy as an excuse to not exercise, not eat balanced meals or get regular health checks. I wasn’t myself in 2015 and used busy as my excuse far to often. 2016 is going to be different and I’m already noticing a difference.

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  • Mel

    This post came at a good time. Bit of a long post but I’ll share. I’ve used my 3 kids under 5 as an excuse not to do regular exercise and eat properly. After coming home home from work I thought it was selfish to leave them for me time. I always make sure they eat well, but I snack on rubbish all day, especially at work. 2015 was the worse year of health for me ( I had a minor stroke, even with all my numbers being right ). Yesterday, my kids wanted me to run round with them but I was just too tired. Last night, I decided that taking an hour to myself to exercise or just be alone isn’t selfish. It’s needed to keep me healthy and sane. If I’m not healthy, I wont have energy to be there for my kids and have quality time with them. Here’s to a better 2016!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Mel, how are you feeling after having the stroke? By the sounds of it you are far too young for this to happen to you. So glad to hear that you can see that it’s important to look after yourself, taking time out is great for your health but will also make you a better mum in the long run and your kids will see that you are setting a great example. Here’s to 2016 to being a healthy new year!!!ReplyCancel

      • Mel

        I’m fine. I’m 35. Came as a huge shock but I came out of it really well. It’s taken 6 months for me to realise that I do need to put myself first. This post was great timing.

        Keep up the great work. Love reading your posts.ReplyCancel

  • Ms_MotorbikeNut

    I suffer with hypertension (High Blood Pressure) & to save me going to the Dr’s all the time to have my blood pressure checked, my husband brought me my own blood pressure kit from Chemist Warehouse for around $80

    With people’s lifes being so busy these days I would suggest everyone to buy a blood pressure kit. Go to your Dr find out how to work the one your brought right ask the Dr at the time what range would you like my (or family if wanting to keep an eye on the families as well)blood pressure to be?

    Then go home and every day find a time to check your blood pressure (usually around the same time every day) I usually find early in the morning after hubby has gone to work but before waking our daughter up for school a great time.

    If your blood pressure is up or even down or your families then get yourself of to the Dr’s our blood pressure kit has saved our family a number of times from having to race to the Dr’s to get it checked all the time.

    When we do go to the Dr’s we take along the readings we have noted down every time we take our blood so the Dr can see what is happpening.

    Cheers for now
    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXXReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea that your hubby purchased you on for your hypertenstion, great way to keep checking it daily and that it records all your readings, I didn’t know they did that. For those that don’t need it daily it’s good to know some chemists will do it for free, saving you time not having to book doctors appointments and pay the fee. Life does get busy, we need to learn to put outselves first and so glad to hear your hubby is helping you too 😉ReplyCancel

  • Anon

    Kat, you are one of my dearest friends, don’t be so hard on yourself, you are busy, but you are very successful too, you are a true inspiration to me and I admire your drive, your success and how you are such a great mum. I hope that I bring up my kids as well as you have yours, your children are the most politest kids I know and I can see how much you adore them. They are very lucky to have you as the role model you are.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m speechless, thank you lovely friend, I think your right though and have heard that often this past week, I need to be a bit nicer to myself.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I hear you, I have taken my kids to the doctors multiple times in the past 12 months, but when I’m sick I don’t go I try and get through it because I’m too busy to drive myself to the doctors with the 2 toddlers. Great post Kat, I should take better care of myself.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Time to put yourself 1st Louise, book an appointment like I have to go get a full checkup at your local GP, I did this a few years ago and learnt I was lacking a few vitamins. I’ve booked mine for the week after the kids are at school :)ReplyCancel

  • Juliette W

    Well this is news to me, I can’t remember the last time I got my blood pressure checked, I just thought it was something for old people.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No Juliette, it’s for all age groups, it’s really important to get checked at least every 6 months (but check that with your doctor), click the link above to find your local chemist with the know your numbers campaign and pop into the chemist to get it checked :)ReplyCancel

  • Love that drink bottle

    I have that drink bottle and I love it, makes me drink more water, it’s not so bland.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      We are enjoying it too, simple lemon is my favourite. I remember when I was younger my Nanna used to freeze passionfruits and pop them into her water… so fresh.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea

    Mel
    That post was great! I feel exactly the same way.
    Late in November last year my 3 year old broke his femur and was tied to a hospital bed for 3 and a half weeks then in a hip spica for another 3 weeks after that. I had started my dream job in September and also had a 9 month old and all of this happened. My husband and I pretty much did shift work between the house and the hospital and work and it was extremely tough. Before all this happened I thought I was SO busy but I wasnt! Being up at the hospital and watching people with sick kids that are there for so much longer then we were and the potential that their child was not coming home we had nothing to whinge about and I realised I definitely wasnt busy. I think I got the wake up call that was needed :)ReplyCancel

  • Emilie

    It came to mind that you may not have seen the film or read the book.m, but when it comes to lifestyle changes that make you feel much better, you may want to watch That Sugar Film, or read That Sugar Book. It was a revelation to me! I wasn’t overweight, but I wasn’t healthy either. I had weekly headaches seemingly out of nowhere, I was lethargic. It was the sugar. Simply cutting that out has made such a difference!ReplyCancel

Jada Pinkett-Smith daughter Willow asks her mum, “How hard is it being a wife and a mother? The answer is so honest and real….

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  • Jodie

    Loved Jada Pinkett-Smiths answer. She is right, a Mum needs to be happy (& healthy) and the rest of the family will benefit.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Agree with you completely, Jodie!ReplyCancel

  • Shirralee

    Just what I needed to watch at the moment, Jada has put it perfectly! Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      A very powerful message, i agree Shirralee!ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Thanks for the info. A powerful message which can easily be forgotten in our busy lives.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    So, so true. It is a powerful mesage to remind yourself, and other mothers around you, that you cannot serve anyone else out of a place of emptiness. Serving others well comes out of the overflow of our hearts, which need to be refilled and refueled daily. I tend to get slack with this over school holidays, but during the school term I do my refilling over breakfast. Feed my body — Feed my soul. When I do this my students get the very best of me. When I don’t it doesn’t go so well. And when I get home at the end of the day my family get what is left. Not good if I was empty to start with!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Completely agree with you on everything, Tracy. A very powerful message.ReplyCancel

  • Wow! This is so true and so eloquently said by Jada. The best!! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I thought so too, Karin.:)ReplyCancel

  • Vijitha

    ?????? Love her honestyReplyCancel

Being organised helps my mindset, reduces my stress levels and I don’t feel frazzled or overwhelmed as I know where things are. Try these 7 tips to help you get organised in 2016, to gain a little control amongst the chaos of everyday life.

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  • Bec

    TO DO…Buy a label maker today and use it for back to school. Put washing away too, I know I should but I struggle with Mt washmore. Thanks for the tips Kat ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Washing can easily get out of control, hope you found time to do it today :)ReplyCancel

  • Jac

    these are great tips, I know labeling would help keep the house tidy just need to find time to do it. love the colours and direction of the text, I didn’t realize you could do that.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      If your items are already organised, perhaps try printing out a few labels while you are waiting for dinner to finish cooking, run around and add them onto the containers 😉ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    I have 5 kids and struggle to stay organized, these tips are simple and achievable to give a go, thanks Kat. my top tip to stay organised with 5 kids is to do a load of washing each day. he days I don’t do it I then struggle to get through it all.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I hear you katherine, I’ve been sick the past few days and it’s been raining so the washing wasn’t done, I just went and looked at it and wanted to run! Great tips to keep ontop of the washing.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Gorgeous new kitchen – congratulations Kat – you must be in 7th Heaven with a whole new house to get organised !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m loving it Julia, it’s so big and bright. I was hoping to get in there on new years and cook up a storm for the freezer, but I’ve been really sick the past week so maybe next weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Hello Kat
    Happy New year,just want to thankyou for all your post last year.Love your emails everyday.Looking forward to your new home tour and all your new ways of organizing.Your kitchen does look amazing.My staying organized tip is not to leave things go too long before fixing,and having less things to organize really helps me.I tend to be a bit of a pack rat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m really looking forward to sharing it all with you after the kids go back to school, it’s a gorgeous, fresh house, so many little nooks and crannies to organise!!ReplyCancel

  • Leonie

    one thing I do that you haven’t got in your list is sweeping the floor each day. not everybody sweeps but it’s just one thing that keeps me sane each day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip Leonie, if that’s your sanity trigger absolutely, in fact when my kids were toddlers it was a necessity each day, now I can get away with it every few days. Thanks for sharing your tip xReplyCancel

  • Jillian

    thanks Kat I have been considering buying a labeller this is great that you can print 2 lines and vertically, it’s on my back to school list!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I know, how great is that. I have an old P-Touch, could be a good 8 years old, still works, but Brother sent me this one, a newer version, which I am loving, I didn’t realise either that they now print vertically and 2 per line! I see so many benefits for this!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    Wow I just love your tips. I’m definitely wanting a label maker now. It would make things so much easier. Thank you for your constant help and ideas, Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      They are wonderful and so handy with labelling all the kids back to school things.:)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I love your new kitchen! It is a little similar to mine in that it is white and has some big benches. My question is where do you store your fruit? I have mine in bowls on my kitchen bench. (Stuff like apples, pears, bananas, lemons, oranges etc). But storing them on my bench takes up so much room – we do go through a lot of fruit too. I have been trying to think of a better solution so it doesn’t crowd my bench tops.

    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Thank you Melissa! Isn’t the kitchen just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I have one bowl for fruit on the kitchen bench in an unused spot and have some really nice bowls to put on the dining room table as centre pieces for the rest of the fruit. This keeps my kitchen bench clutter to a minimum. I can’t cook in a cluttered kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • I think using the labeller is really fun and I find it very useful seeing that you have organized so much in your house. And among these tips you mentioned, I find decluttering the hardest one. I am just not sure on which things to put away or which stuff to keep. Good luck to me. :)ReplyCancel

I’m still in holiday mode and don’t plan on doing too much, but one thing that I always do on the 1st day of the year is organise my diary/calendar. If one of your new years resolutions is to get organised, then this is a great place to start.

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  • Hi Kat,

    Thank you for creating the Monthly Planner with To-Do-List. The colours look great!
    Have I missed the coupon code to put in at checkout to make it free. I have selected the blank version and it wants to charge $2.95. I am happy to pay, you stated in your blog this morning that it was free.

    Thank you for the Christmas Daily Tasks you published this year. I found it super helpful and help me get some Christmas spirit back. Thanks again.

    Wishing you a super 2016.ReplyCancel

  • This is a one good article for a start up. Everyone needs planning and these diaries would be helpful. I’m impressed!ReplyCancel

Going camping would have to be one of the best ways to spend a family holiday. Whether you head to the beach or the bush, you are guaranteed to have a great time if you are well prepared.

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  • Theresa

    Hi melissa! great article. I think that list will come in handy.ReplyCancel

  • Great checklist! I have fond memories of camping as a child – food always seems to taste better outside for some reason. I’m a bit soft these days but still enjoy a picnic – does that count?ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Alix….I’m a bit soft too – that’s why we now have a camper trailer. And yes food definitely does taste better outdoors so I think a picnic does count.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Alix…I’m sure a picnic does count but I can tell you we definitely don’t ‘rough’ it when we camp!ReplyCancel

  • We bought a trailer tent a few months ago and we are in the process of getting it all kit out ready for us to in the Spring (Weather dependent – we live in the UK!) – great list – Thankyou! xxReplyCancel

  • Gillian

    Hi there. I am finding your tips really helpful. I have been invited to go camping next summer with some friends. I have no camping gear as yet and need help with a list. Tent is of course top priority but could you advise me on other things. I do not want to go to the store and get “bullied” into buying unnecessary things. Thank you so much xReplyCancel

    • Hi Gillian….buying camping gear can be daunting and there is nothing worse than pushy sales staff. Apart from your tent, which I would suggest you spend the most money on if it is something you are going to be using a lot, I would recommend that you get a good fold up chair, you will need something to sleep on like an air mattress or camp stretcher and maybe a sleeping bag or you could just bring blankets from home. If you are going with friends check and see what gear they have but maybe bring a plate, bowl, cup and utensils for yourself. A billy is also handy to boil water in or cook in. Hope that helps and hope you enjoy camping. Melissa :)ReplyCancel

Exciting changes ahead for the blog and for The Springer Family!!

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  • WOW!! The Organised Housewife is MOVING!! Eekk! Exciting Katrina! All the best for the move…look forward to seeing updates on IG!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Charlene, it’s all very exciting and emotional at the same time!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Hello – congrats on the new house, very exciting! I’m reading this post on my iPhone (with latest software update, in case that’s important!), and the post doesn’t quite fit on the screen, so you need to move it left to right as you go along to get the end/start of the lines. Sorry if I’m the bearer of bad news – it’s so frustrating getting websites to work on all platforms. It won’t stop me reading your blog tho! :)ReplyCancel

    • Trish

      Oh – after the comment was posted, the website resized perfectly for the iPhone screen! I’m not sure why. I arrived at your site via bloglovin’ ., in case that’s useful :)ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        thank you for the feedback Trish, I appreciate it, I hope to change the theme soon so the site is 100% mobile responsive, time just isn’t on my side at the moment :)ReplyCancel

  • Exciting times! Can’t wait to read about your new house!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s going to be so much fun, a blank canvas for organising!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    I am so excited for you Kat and to watch your new adventures. I’m loving the new hime page, making it easy to navigate, thank you for constantly thinking of us.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you for the feedback Jen!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    How exciting!!! I did wonder how you were travelling on the reno front… look forward to your updates!
    I’m viewing on my PC and only comment is when I went to your home page, I can’t seem to see a “search” box. I’ve had to click on another page to bring up the sidebar… just a bit of feedback. All the best!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Tracey, yes that’s just one thing I can’t seem to work out, how to put a search on teh front page, love the feedback, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    I like the changes! Oh I would so like to hear how you move. I have moved and moved and moved over the years in different life stages, with kids, pregnant, very pregnant, with newborns, with more kids and every time despite my best intentions, it is the most horrid experience and it takes me more than 6 months to settle into a new home and I end up resenting my new home. So can NOT wait to hear how you go and how you would do it if you had to do it again.ReplyCancel

  • sophie

    How exciting. We have just built our first home and are due to move in around Dec10th. Id love love love some packing tips. What stays what goes. Process of what to unpack first ect. Thanks in advance :) Sophie from Darwin ausReplyCancel

    • Janey

      I’ve moved a few times over the last few years until we finally bought 2 years ago. I always packed a first night/day box- the kettle, tea bags, toasted sandwich maker, tea towels, bath towels, body was, fresh linen to go straight into the beds, remote controls, extension cords etc. it’s the last box sealed and the first box opened. At least this way you can have a cup of tea, a shower and hop into bed with clean sheets.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Congrats on your new home! We’ve been looking for almost as long and have been getting to the point of giving up too, you’ve given me hope the perfect house for us is out there yet!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It will be out there, we were close a few times, but we didn’t allow our hearts to interfere with finances.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Congrats on your New home Kat !! After reading your post it gives me inspiration that it is possible. My partner & I have been looking for the past 12+Months as well and I COMPLETELY agree it is so exhausting. I am so over people saying “Oh you still haven’t found a house !”
    So I am very happy for you. Would love to know what Crisp White paint you used? I do agree, you would think that White is White ! Nope they are blue whites, green white’s OMG. Happy moving & cant wait for the updates xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is exhausting, and if you can it’s good to spend the time to find exactly what you are wanting :) I chose Lexicon 1/4 strength :)ReplyCancel

  • Well I hope you’re not going too far! I’ve been hoping to bump into you since I read that you live in the GC hinterland :) I’ll be moving there in a couple of weeks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You’ll more than likely see me at the shops, I’m a regular at Westfield Helensvale :) Good luck with your move! xReplyCancel

  • How exciting for you all. I can’t wait to follow along on Instagram. A bit of a busy time to move, hopefully you be in and unpacked for Christmas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      crazy time to move, but in hindsite it’s also great time, kids will be finished school so won’t interupt them at all :)ReplyCancel

  • Pleased your accepting credit card payments – I don’t like PayPal. Good luck with your move- I’ll go and check out your blog changes now.ReplyCancel

  • Yay its official! I am so eager to hear what shade of white you chose :) Congrats on the move – your story sounds so much like mine! House hunting is so draining and you have your ups and downs. We are looking for acreage and it must have an office space for 3 computers as we run a home business. Ideally I would love a detatched granny flat or garden studio, but I can’t be picky!! It is tiring though and you do feel like you are placing your life on hold. So excited to hear and see more of your move in the new year. I shall be stalking your IG too!

    I love the new layout on the homepage – it is one of the most user friendly blog pages I have come across, for a blog that shares so much variety and regular posts. It is easy to get weighted down with lots of unnecessary bits here and there, but I think you have nailed it. I can’t give feedback on the mobile version, as I only view via desktop – I like to see it on the big screen!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Ashlea for the feedback, I ended up going with Lexicon 1/4 strength. So eager to see how it looks in the kitchen. Yes our stories are so similar we too have 3 computers in our office. The new office is going to be cozy, but I really enjoy working alongside my hubby. Thank you for the feedback on the home page, I am just striving to make it as user friendly as I can :)ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Exciting news for you and your family. What a crazy time to move lol….but you are super organised so it will be a breeze. It’s always a big decision to move or stay. Sad and happy times, memories. After moving when our kids were teenagers to a bigger house we are now near finished renovating, with the kitchen to be started after Christmas. As I wander through my house I feel happy and content, that my house is a home using a lot of ideas from you Kat as well. So I have a bit of you here lol. Enjoy your new house and I am so looking forward to you showing us more next year. I will have a look at the new format of your blog later. So that is two things what’s the third thing…?ReplyCancel

    • Yvonne

      Sorry Kat, my post froze and then it said error, my comment posted 3 times. Can you delete two of them thanks…ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Exciting news for you and your family. What a crazy time to move lol….but you are super organised so it will be a breeze. It’s always a big decision to move or stay. Sad and happy times, memories. After moving when our kids were teenagers to a bigger house we are now near finished renovating, with the kitchen to be started after Christmas. As I wander through my house I feel happy and content, that my house is a home using a lot of ideas from you Kat as well. So I have a bit of you here lol. Enjoy your new house and I am so looking forward to you showing us more next year. I will have a look at the new format of your blog later. So that is two things what’s the third thing…?ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Exciting news for you and your family. What a crazy time to move lol….but you are super organised so it will be a breeze. It’s always a big decision to move or stay. Sad and happy times, memories. After moving when our kids were teenagers to a bigger house we are now near finished renovating, with the kitchen to be started after Christmas. As I wander through my house I feel happy and content, that my house is a home using a lot of ideas from you Kat as well. So I have a bit of you here lol. Enjoy your new house and I am so looking forward to you showing us more next year. I will have a look at the new format of your blog later. So that is two things what’s the third thing…?ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    So exciting. Such a busy time to move – but school hols will be perfect and it looks like the kids are going to help out…
    Congrats on the new house. Looking forward to getting the occasional peeks inside next year!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    Congratulations!

    It’s a very exciting time!ReplyCancel

We usually give our home a good spring clean once a year, purge old clothes, redecorate the house when you feel the need for change. But looking beyond the furniture and all the other pretties in your home, do you regularly review your home loan?

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  • Jenny

    Your right Kat, I’ve never actually considered reviewing our home loan, it’s just one of those things not at the top of the priority list.ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    I actually didn’t realise that we can? Mummy brain maybe? But now being a single income family it would be good to review as see if we can reduce our repayments, thanks Kat for the reminder.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Alana, you will be surprised at how much you can actually save.:)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for this post Kat! My husband & I were speaking about this not long ago & this post has pushed us over to review our loan!ReplyCancel

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      Wonderful news Jenni.:)ReplyCancel

Indoor plants add a homely feel, bringing in life and freshness into your home a fresh look and feel to a home by incorporating the greenery of indoor plants for colour, interest and texture. Research has also shown that they can improve air quality, so why not try an indoor plant (or several) in your home or give as a gift this Christmas! Have you thought about incorporating some indoor plants to your home? Or maybe you already have some, but are wondering ways to style them?

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Consider a pamper pack as a Christmas gift for a busy friend so that she has everything on hand to help her relax and pamper herself, giving her no excuses! Or create a little pamper pack for yourself! + Your chance to win 1 of 5 Thursday Plantation face and body oil packs so you can recreate this hamper.

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Often afternoons are chaotic, with driving kids around to sports, getting them to do their homework or babies and toddlers at witching hour. In the chaos our focus isn’t 100%, which can then lead to rushing in the kitchen topped with kids young kids crying around our legs, which is when accidents can happen. Read further for tips to prevent accidents in the kitchen + an easy meatballs in tomato sauce and basil recipe.

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  • Julie

    I put my soup in the blender often and wondered why it always went everywhere, I had no idea it was because it was hot, I thought I put too much in the blender and could never work out the right amount for it not to explode. This recipe sounds delicious btw, going to give it a go.ReplyCancel

    • Rachel

      Use a stick blender in the pot. Once you keep it low to the base of the pot it won’t splash upReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I put my daughter in a high chair next to me while I cook dinner and she nibbles on some of the vegetables I am preparing and plays with some toys.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Love this idea. Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie R

    I struggle with keeping my two occupied while I cook dinner, I don’t enjoy this time of day at all. So I look forward to learning more ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hope you are able to get lots of great tips. I love the idea of preparing while they are watching their favourite tv show.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa S

    I also try to get some prep done early in the day, or at least at about 3-3:30 while they are still happy to play or watch TV. I put dinner in the oven or thermomix and while it does it’s thing I give the younger two their bath. I find the trick is to feed the kids reasonably early – miss 4 and Miss one usually eat about 5pm, Miss 11 will often choose to eat with them. If I waited for hubby to get home they’d be totally past it. Then they are usually reasonably pleasant until bed time. Sometimes I get miss 11 to make a salad while the rest of the meal cooks

    But if I can’t get dinner started during the day, frozen fish, frozen veges or pre- made meatballs can be a life saver.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Great tips, Lisa! I did the same thing when mine were younger. Then once the kids were feed and bathed and in bed we would sit down and have our meal and talk about the day. It was so much easier.ReplyCancel

  • I am so glad that my children are old enough not to have to worry too much about when I’m cooking. It’s nice to be able to involve them in the cooking without to much concern. xxReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I am loving this stage too, Nicole. Especially when my 12 year old wants to get it and do most of the cooking.:)ReplyCancel

  • Great recipe! I usually do the dinner prep at around 2pm before the children come home from school.Then I can just finish it off while overseeing homework/study etc and bath time when they were younger ?
    I agree with Lisa, dinnertime at 5pm makes all the difference with little ones!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I used to do the same thing when my kiddies were younger, it helps around 5pm when.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kat, is that watermelon potholder yours? If so, where did you get it????? it’s so stinkin’ cute!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Hi Melanie, Kat got it from Larkstore.com.au about a year age. I have had a look online and they seem to no longer stock them, which is a shame because it is just gorgeous!ReplyCancel