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A delicious dinner the family will enjoy, fresh roast vegetables with chicken. Cooked in one dish so you don’t have to do a lot of washing up!

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  • I love the look of this one dish dinner – might give it a whirl with the fussy trio! xReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      It’s great and so much less mess to clean up, i love it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Di

    I rarely cook roasts they seem too hard. this looks delicious and love the idea of using more than just potato and pumpkin for the roast vegetables.ReplyCancel

  • LOVE LOVE that one dish chicken bake!!! YESSS! YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Yes! A wonderful idea with a one pot roast! I tried your mexican pasta bake and it was great!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s an easy roast to make Kat (love your name!!) ooh teh mexican pasta is delicous, we love mexican here, so I am pleased you enjoyed it.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica

    looks yummy! What temp should I use for this one pls?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Veronica, I have just adjusted the recipe and included cook at 180C. Hope you enjoy it xReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Yummo! Looks great. Will give this one a go for sure. Looks easy to prepare earlier in the day then throw in the oven after school pickup.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    This looks so good – I’ll be making this tomorrow night! I love the variety of mixed roasted vegies, even my fussy hubby should like this…soo much to choose from. The one pan is an added bonus! Thankyou :)ReplyCancel

Tips for helping you manage and minimise the mess factor when doing art and craft with kids. Because making art is such an important part of a child’s learning and development that it really is worth the effort.

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  • LOVE these tips – I don’t have a high tolerance for mess but I hate saying no to the fun messy play. These are great tips for me to adopt xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they just great! I love them too.ReplyCancel

Create a family fun activity jar to help you get out and about on the weekend creating everlasting memories with your kids.

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  • Donna

    I’ve seen these done for “Date Nights” too. You can also use different colours for differently “priced” activities. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea Donna! Yes i love the dates nights one too, i think they are wonderful and fun!ReplyCancel

  • I am putting this on my to-do list for this weekend – as well as get a pocket money chart sorted for the kids!xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love the sound of the pocket money chart, Emily! I think they are a great idea!ReplyCancel

Easy tips to help improve your photos using either a iPhone or DSLR Camera. These simple tips will help you make great photos

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It’s that time of year where we all tend to get the sniffles and sore throat, it’s flu season. Through winter I like to make sure I stock up with a few essentials for flu season for when the kids, hubby or I come down sick.

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  • Briony

    ive always wanted to be prepared when the kids are sick, but haven’t got around to it, this is great that you kat.ReplyCancel

  • Great list Kat! I always have lemon and ginger tea bags on hand. I prefer making it from fresh lemon and ginger, but when I don’t have them, a teabag and a swirl of honey help soothe the throat and get some vitamin C in at the same time.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That sounds very soathing Lisa, I haven’t tried it before as I’m not a tea drinker, but I can imagine it would be reallyl nice on a sore throat, might get some to put in the pantry for the rest of the family :)ReplyCancel

  • I now swear by the Nature’s Own Triple Strength Garlic + Vitamin C + Horseradish tablets. Strong smell and taste but seem to work.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Good to know Vanessa, it’s always great to hear others recommendations. I love garlic maybe the tablets wouldn’t be so bad for me 😛ReplyCancel

    • Jo Murphy

      Very true Vanessa, oir family has used Triple Strength H, G and C for years and we swear by it. Definitely the Triple Strength is the way to go.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Leone

    To be clear there is a very big difference in someone having ‘the flu’ (actual influenza) and just the common cold. This sounds more like remedies for the common cold. I think some people like to be dramatic and say “oh I’ve got the flu” but mostly it’s just a common cold.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your spot on there Jane, I should change the title to cold and flu season.ReplyCancel

  • Yes, I do stock up on many of the things you mentioned. I also get some cough syrup that works well with my asthma, and nasal spray as well as some zinc lozenges. Whenever someone starts sneezing and coughing the unaffected ones start popping those lozenges, lol! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve used the nasal sprays previously and they work really well I find : )ReplyCancel

      • Jo Murphy

        I find that the best nasal spray with kids is the saline spray. It doesn’t contain medicine just salty water which helps to thin and dislodge mucus while helping to kill bacteriaReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much, I’m a mom of three… & have never heard of rehydration blocks do you find your kids prefer to blocks over gatorade? This past winter the flu spread like wild fire in our home :-(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I find the rehydration blocks work great, Danielle and the kids perfer them too.ReplyCancel

  • This is very timely right at the moment Kat as I sit in bed with the flu! Hubby stocked up on boxes of tissues! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no Lorraine.:( I hope you feel better soon xReplyCancel

Create a list of all the dinners your family enjoys with these easy and delicous family friendly dinner ideas.

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  • Julia K

    Each week when I come up with our menu plan – I print it off and put it up on the fridge. This helps avoid the “what’s for dinner Mum ?” nagging which seems to start the minute they come in from school.
    For the past couple of months – I’ve been keeping my old menu plans in a binder so I have a record of what we’ve been eating and I can keep things varied.
    I love checking out websites and blogs such as The Organised Housewife for new – family friendly recipe ideas. I also get a free weekly email from and invariably choose at least one or two recipes from there to try out the following week. Major supermarkets such as Coles, Woolies & IGA usually put out a free magazine every now and then which has great seasonal recipes to try.
    I also love to double up on my cooking and freeze some for another night – saves on time and washing up.
    Another thing I’m getting back into this term is to do the dinner prep in the morning – this takes the stress out of afternoons which are often busy with homework / after school sports and activities. All the prep dishes can be taken care of early too so there is generally only the serving ware and the odd pan or two left for the evening.ReplyCancel

  • I tried the bruschetta chicken the other night! I went down a treat!

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      We love it, we are big bruschetta fans here!ReplyCancel

Be organised this Christmas by using the Christmas Planner. Included in the planner is a full checklist to ensure that nothing will be forgotten, section to help you budget for gifts, food and more, write your list of who you are sending Christmas cards too, an area to note down your traditions and so much more.

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  • Lydia

    i have used this planner for the past few years now, it’s such a sanity saver, just brilliant. I’m going to get one for my sister, she’ll love it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Lydia.:)ReplyCancel

Follow along in the weekly cleaning series where I give you a task along with steps on how to clean an area/item in your home.  Most of these tasks will be easy, from light switches to toys, towels to stinky shoes, cleaning many of the forgotten areas or things in your home.  View previous cleaning tasks here. Set yourself up […]

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  • Dare we say that the humble knife block is probably the most neglected thing in the house in the cleaning regime? And they get oh-so grubby and greasy. :/ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      very greasy!ReplyCancel

  • Oh gee, our knife block is something that I just don’t like to even think about. How horrible is that! Thanks for giving me the inspiration to give it a good clean Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Eisa

    Mine doesn’t get greasy after keeping it safely inside a cabinet. I am a police officer and this is a true story. Years ago a local serial killer in my county used knives he picked up from the ladies- who became his victims– own countertop. I moved my block inside a cabinet just as I wouldn’t leave my pistol sitting out on the countertop. Plus, I don’t like the cluttered look of it all.ReplyCancel

Kids can get so bored through the school holidays, this is a I’m bored checklist to help them come up with some activities to occupy their time.

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  • Sal

    Can you please tell me where you got that beautiful mint bedside lamp in the photo with the girls playing lego?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sal it’s gorgeous isn’t it, it’s from Adairs kids.ReplyCancel

      • Sal

        Thanks Kat. Love your blog. Am heading off to Adairs to get one this afternoon!ReplyCancel

  • stay @ home mum

    Need some help am a house wife its so sad for me CUs I cant seem to get the kids to keep the place tidy the girls share a room ages 5,4,1 and the boy has his own any suggestions thanksReplyCancel

Plan activities to occupy the kids through the school holidays, plus use the checklist to help you be organised for when the kids return back to school.

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  • I too am a holiday planner from way back! I find it is the only way to fit it all in. Mine usually takes the form of diary entries, nothing as pretty as your planners. Have a great school holiday with your kids xxReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh thanks Nicole! Hope you have a great school holidays too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Wow… You are really an organized mum.. Planning your kid’s holidays is the best you can do for your kids n yourself as a parent…looking forward to read more of your post…I’m surely going to read the freeZer Friendly lunch ideas as I also have a six year old daughter

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I find we fit so much into the holidays if we plan it out and gives the kids certain days to look forward to.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love that you plan the holidays! My kids aren’t school age yet but there’s still some great tips for me to do too. Thanks xxReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Absolutely Rebecca! Enjoy the holidays with your little ones xReplyCancel

My top 5 Laundry Tips that will help you create a functional space in one of the littlest roooms of the house.

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  • Krystal

    The link to your laundry tips doesnt appear to be workingReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m so sorry I just realised, I have fixed the link.ReplyCancel

  • MoniqueM

    Your link for the 5 laundry tips isn’t working. ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you for letting me know. I have just updated the post with the link.ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    Link still doesn’t work. I’m disappointed! Please fix ASAP!ReplyCancel

    • Mel Bell

      Oh my goodness. How rude are some people. Kat works hard for all us and lightens up many of our day. Really – get a grip!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sorry to disspoint you Monica, I’ve only just relaised it didn’t publish with the link, I have been away on a roadtrip, just fixed it now.ReplyCancel

  • Janene Rowley

    Link will not open.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Janene, just updated the post with the link.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Obviously the link doesn’t work, but, no negative thoughts, no disappointment.
    I googled origin energy, clicked blog, a little scroll and voila

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you so much Rachel, I honestly didn’t realise, with so much to do for my roadtrip to country NSW this was overlooked, I appreciate you looking for it and I hope you enjoyed the tips.ReplyCancel

  • kerrie

    Be careful, as your business expands…..not to forget the little things.

    You’re laundry link doesn’t work as did the photo upload in last couple of weeks (can’t remember the actual date).

    Love your daily jobs!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your right Kerrie, such a little thing is a huge thing, the link!! I’ve just updated it, post now includes the link.ReplyCancel

  • Went and had a read – I agree with the back up plan. I hang mine in the garage and am even thinking of getting a second clothes line installed in there.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, I remember when my twins were babies it was quite a hike to my clothes line, so I installed one under the patio so I was always close by and was great as I could hang clothes out in the evening too.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Keyte

    One thing which has saved my sanity with laundry for the past few years, is doing the washing and hanging it out anyway when it’s raining. Things like undies and other things which will be needed soon get dried on the airer inside (or hanging over doorknobs, around the edge of the laundry basket etc), but larger things that we can wait a few days for still get hung out. I figure they have to get dry eventually, and meanwhile they’re not overflowing out of the hamper.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s right Rachel, when it does rain on my clothes outside I don’t worry too much as the rain will start to shine eventually. Although I did this with a full line of towels, the line started to pop off the wall with all the extra weight, woops.ReplyCancel

  • fiona simcock

    Seriously guys can you not work this out yourself? What did we do in the days before links??? Kat said it’s on the origin energy website – do what I did and look for it yourself – it’s not that hard!ReplyCancel

    • Mel Bell

      Good for you – a little initiative goes a long way. I am yet to understand why people need to be so aggressive and rude.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      xx. silly me forgetting to add the link.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Mason

    I have always folded my washing as I take it off the line. Even when I had all four children at home, I folded so that there was a pile for each in the (standard-sized) laundry basket. I took off and folded the non-irons eg socks, undies and a lot of ‘play clothes’ (why bother ironing them?). Then took off the towels etc and folded them on top of the non-irons. When all four were at home, I used a second basket into which I put the ironing straight from the line. Now, with only two of us at home, the ironing is put on the top last of all and then transferred to the ‘ironing’ basket when I get back into the laundry. I have always had a rotary clothes hoist – so hang non-irons in one quarter, linen in another and stuff to iron in another (and whatever there was most of in the fourth). When I get/got a chance, I carted the laundry basket to the linen cupboard and put that all away and then placed the piles of non-irons on the appropriate bed once the child was old enough to put their own stuff away.ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I LOVE my airers on wheels that go outside in the daytime and inside at night by the fire. They can be wheeled through doorways. I got mine from Hills but I have seen ones at Target as well. It is a bit fiddly in these coldest few winter weeks. I hang bedding and towels on a clothes line under the carport for a couple of days and then finish them off inside by the fire. I think if we had a large family a drier would be great for bedding and towels. The business shirts and children’s school shirts all dry on wire coathangers on a garment rack inside.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I use a clothes airer for the small stuff too. It’s also useful if it starts to rain, you can quickly grab it and bring it inside or under cover, rather than unpegging all those little pieces in the rain!ReplyCancel

  • Dear organised housewife,
    Please please please. Only use an apostrophe(‘) when necessary… when someone owns something (Jane’s)or when there is a missing word (e.g. she’s = she is). All other times leave them out . Use the spell/grammar check on your computer.It is better to leave out than to use bad grammar … or apostrophes. Thanks in advance and yes I do have a messy house and will check your blog regularly.ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Louise D’Allura of Meal Planning Your Way Are you struggling to meal plan and get healthy food on the table? Too often we find barriers that stop us from putting our meal plans into action, and reaching for takeaway. Like most of us it will be because you’re too tired […]

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Learn how to make your own organised and tidy space for all the kids dress up clothes with this clever DIY Dress Up Wardrobe idea. Repurposing at it’s best!

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  • Oh how I wish my kids were little again. I’ll save this idea for when I have grandkids. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Oh i so hear what you are saying Nicole! xReplyCancel

  • I need a whole dress up wardrobe because I have so many costumes! This is a great idea 😀ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Haha oh i remember those days, not so much now they have gotten older.:)ReplyCancel

  • Louise @Paging Fun Mums

    Love this idea! So much FUN!ReplyCancel

  • Great idea! I love that you have all the accessories in the drawers at the bottom – hidden but still on handReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it’s so beautifully organised isn’t it!!ReplyCancel

  • Josephine

    Hi – love the dresser to dressup makeover…
    How did you switch the smaller drawers from the top to the bottom? (I didn’t understand how you acheived that.)

    thanks – finding your site very helpful!ReplyCancel

    • Tash

      Josephine Im thinking they just turned the whole dresser upside down so the three draws that were the top become three draws on the bottom :)ReplyCancel

      • Josephine

        Thanks Tash – I wondered about that but thought that turning it upside down wouldn’t be enough, as the draw rails would also need repositioning.
        I guess once I get my own chest of drawers to start my project I’ll have to experiment and see!ReplyCancel