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Reusable Homemade Antibacterial Wipes

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

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  • Lee

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that idea of the label Lee LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Justine

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great idea Justine!ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

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

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

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

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

  • Alison

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

    AlisonReplyCancel

  • Rachael Pender

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

  • Erica

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

  • Dani

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

The 20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home Challenge

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

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  • Melanie

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Jen

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Elizabeth

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

    • Katrina

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

    • Katrina

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

    • Donna

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Donna

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Angie

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

    • Katrina

      Sorry to hear that Angie, but I understand xxReplyCancel

  • Helen Warman

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Jillian

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Roslyn Woodhouse

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Megan

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Huisvrou

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

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

  • Jody

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

    • Catriona

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

      • lisa

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

        • Katrina

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

          • lisa

            email sent at 7:28 am thanks :)

      • Katrina

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

        • Catriona

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

    • Katrina

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Catriona

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

    • Katrina

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

      • Catriona

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

  • sheridan

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Daniela

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

    • Katrina

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Kirstie

    Hi, can this been done in England? XReplyCancel

    • Katrina

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • MelanieB

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

  • Tammy

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Sarah

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Ange

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Maria

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Liz

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

    • Katrina

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

How to properly burn a candle

Candles can be a lovely addition to any room.  I have a confession, I am or now can say was a candle hoarder.  Much like when I was little I would collect stickers and never use them.  Then when I moved out of home I had a box of stickers that I never used and they […]

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  • I love coconut scents. Coconut & lime is lovely. I quite like apple/pear smells too. I tend to avoid any musky or floral onesReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Leanne, i agree i am not big on musky smells either. I love mango and papaya!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I love Yankee Candles and bath and body works. I love peppermint scented. Candles and always stock up in Jan when its on afte
    r Christmas clearanceReplyCancel

    • Oh yes peppermint, so refreshing! I have peppermint shower cream atm. Its so nice!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Ooh the peppermint shower cream smells delicious! It smells like something you could eat! LOLReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes great idea to stock up then, Melissa. Ooh i don’t think in have smelt a peppermint scented candle burning.ReplyCancel

  • Anthea

    Oh I l-o-v-e candles!… strangely enough my faves are a range at Spotlight called ‘Emporium’… there are a number of scents, but my fave is White Tea… the Fresh Cotton scent is lovely too.

    I found this site only recently, & have really been enjoying the tips & daily tasks – doing a small thing each day makes such a difference! Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Anthea, i will have to check out the range at Spotlight. I also like the Fresh Cotton / Linen scents.ReplyCancel

  • Candles with fresh citrus scents are a must when I’m working and then anything with vanilla or coconut are my favourites to relax to.
    Thanks for the great tips on burning them.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Melissa i totally agree with you! Love all of those scents too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Alisha

    I love candles too and have recently discovered a range from Lemon Canary which have divine scents and the candles come in beautiful vintage jars.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Alisha, i will have to check these out. I like the sound of the vintage jars!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I love candles too and the best one I know of are
    the soy candles from Bali gift and soy candles.
    There is a shop on gallery walk on Mt tambourine.
    They are all natural, have a great scent and last
    ages in really lovely jars.
    They have great melts too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh i may have to take a drive up to Mt Tambourine and check them out. They sound lovely, Michelle.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My favourite candles are Partylite candles- the wax doesn’t burn when you touch it and the scents are AMAZING! And they are all natural ingredients! I have too many favourite scents to choose just one, it depends on my mood and the time if year!ReplyCancel

  • Janene

    Thanks Katrina, I’ve just found your page and loving the tips and challenges. Just got onto the candles and my kids really love the ‘monkey farts’ candles. It’s banana and vanilla.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Janene, Welcome!.:) Yes i have heard of the “Monkey Farts” candles, they do have a really nice scent.ReplyCancel

  • I loved your article, great tips for everyone. I also use to be a hoarder but now that I make my own not so much. I also love the ambiance a candle creates. I will share your link on my page as I think my customers would love your advice.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Thank you so much, Natasha. Thats’s really kind of you.:) Ooh i like the sound of making your own candles!ReplyCancel

A little more about me – Food phobias I can’t seem to get over

Recently I went to a cooking class with a few other bloggers and I couldn’t hide one of my food phobias, later that evening it came to light again, some laughed, shocked that ‘The Organised Housewife’ has such bizarre phobias, but the delightful Mrs Woog who looked after me and then suggested I should ‘totally blog that’… I do agree, I […]

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  • Jenni Cooke

    I’m with you Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Broadbent

    I am 110% on board with number four. I can’t eat meat off the bone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s really funny how so many of us can’t eat meat off a bone!!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    This is so funny, I’m the same and I just love how this is keeping it real and shares a different side of you.ReplyCancel

  • Paige

    I don’t roast very much either, so sorry I can’t share any tips on how to roast a chook, but loved this post about you Kat, sharing more about you.ReplyCancel

  • Totally hear you on the chewing of meat off the bone. In fact, I won’t even eat meat with a bone in it! I also don’t like getting chicken meat off a carcass – I used to have to do it when I worked as a kitchen hand, and it was like six boiled chickens that had to have all the flesh stripped from the bones. I’d volunteer to chlorox the tea pots rather than go near those damn chickens. I’m better at it now, but the man of the house thinks I leave half a chook on the bones. As for roasting a chook. You have to put your hand up its bum. Nuff said.

    I can’t stand to look at food with eyes either, and I once made a boyfriend swap seats with me so I couldn’t see the head of the whole fish he was eating. I did give him the alternative of eating it with a serviette over its head. (I don’t like prawns and that sort of thing, so ripping heads off is a bit of a moot point!)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Miss Maudy you have made my day!! Love this post comment. Couldn’t help but laugh.:)ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Oh snap!
    I don’t eat meat that touches bone and I won’t eat anything that looks like it did when it was alive! Whole fish, spit roast, escargot…… Cruel!

    It creeps me out but I also don’t like the strong gamey taste of things. Bones are gross!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I totally agree with you Emily!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Marelize

    No, I don’t have any such phobias. I just don’t like the idea of eating offal, and won’t even try it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You are lucky, Marelize.:) And i totally agree with you about eating Offal!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Young

    I am not actually a fan of eating duck to begin with but having it stare at me on a platter in the middle of the table puts me off my food. ReplyCancel

  • Jan Newbury

    I love fish but it has to be a fillet. I cant eat it if its still served with the head on.
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  • Kylie

    I can’t stand eating off the bone. My husband on the other hand will gnaw the entire thing until there is nothing left on it, including cartilage.ReplyCancel

  • I cannot eat any food that squeaks (chicken gizzards), jiggles (jello), is rubbery (shiitake mushrooms), is slimy (wakame seaweed salad), is actually FEET (pigsfeet or chicken feet) and several other things. The texture of food can freak me out completely!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Catherine i totally agree with you! All of those things freak me out too!ReplyCancel

  • Ammica

    While it is great that you can identify that these are indeed irrational, there is a sickness in the first world and that is detachment from the food we eat, especially animal products. It is so much more respectful to acknowledge that it was indeed a living creature, and to only feel comfortable with preparing pre-processed animals is plain denial of who they are and indeed what you are.
    Seeing as all us creatures feel, and all.
    Mabey that disgust you feel is actually empathy, I mean. That flesh sliding of the bone is exactly as yours would look sliding off your bone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Umm maybe you are on to something..ReplyCancel

  • Jane Turner

    I can’t eat pork. I learned in school that pork has to be cooked extra well because of parasites. Since then I can’t bear to think about it. Funny, though – I love bacon and ham! Totally irrational!!
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  • You are SO funny!ReplyCancel

  • Ammica

    How so?ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Meat near the bone grosses me out. It reminds me of what it once was and it’s all I can sometimes focus on when I’m about to eat it. I’m the same way about pink meat. I can’t stand a rare cooked steak because of the blood. It might taste better but I hate rubbery textures, bloody looking meat, the smell of fish at times, etc. yuk! I like to eat fish but I can only handle the fishy smell a little bit or I start to think about when I maybe caught it and want to gagReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL too funny Heidi, but totally understand!ReplyCancel

  • Fleur

    Yep I hear you on number 1. Hubby always has to do it otherwise I buy them already peeled.

    I used to be bad with roasting a chicken & having to remove the neck. Just couldn’t bring myself to do it.ReplyCancel

  • I cant eat a whole fish. I dont like my food looking at me!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL i am totally with you there, Leanne!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I am down to chicken breast, steak sometimes, beef mince often, and bacon rarely. My food cannot look at me or resemble anything approaching an actual animal. I will thank it for being my food, but I get squeamish so easily. I would starve to death if I had to kill my own meat! I can barely even touch raw meat, so I usually get Mum or DP to deal with that. Ugh.

    As for veggies, broccoli has an awful texture, mushrooms make me queasy and I’m allergic to nuts. Seafood is right off the menu (with the odd exception for one particular type of tuna, shark battered from the fish and chip shop, or if someone forces me to try hake).

    I can deal with a chop bone but absolutely no fat, no cartilage, and no tendons or anything resembling gristle.

    … Actually reading this I’m vaguely surprised I haven’t started yet!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL oh Liz you have made me laugh! .:) Funny.:)ReplyCancel

  • Oh you will HATE to be at my house because when I’m at home I love to eat meat off bones, I don’t do it at restaurants but it’s my sneaky pleasure at home!! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh Emily, yes i couldn’t watch you LOL.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Kidney (and any other offal) Urgh… gross. My grandmother used to try and trick me into eating steak and kidney pie but I always tasted the kidney in the first mouthful.

    Quail. Grandfather raised them & I used to sit and watch them run around their aviary. One day two of them turned up on my plate. Nan made me sit there until I’d eaten them. I couldn’t do it. She eventually let me leave the table – after 4 hours. I still refuse to eat quail 30 years later.

    I hate seafood, with the exception of greek marinated octopus, little suckers still on the tentacles n all.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    haha sounds like you just need to go vego ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sandy, i know it sounds like that, but surprisingly i do like meat just not on the bone.:)ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Garred

    I cannot eat meat off a bone either. Especially Chicken!! *shudders*ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    Haha, this is so funny! I’m probably the opposite to you with this, in fact we’re having roast chook for dinner tonight. I’m more funny about textures, like lumps in yoghurt or jam. And I don’t like mushrooms and oysters for the same reason.ReplyCancel

  • I feel the same way as you about prawns and roasting whole chooks. Anything that looks like an animal is out in my books. When I get a bbq chook I use kitchen shears to cut it up.

    And with everyone else, food cannot look at me!

    I also dislike touching raw meat, particularly chicken. If I can get it pre diced I will.

    And my worst phobia is that I will not eat any meat that I didn’t eat already before I realised as a child that meat is an animal. So I eat chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish and that is it. No bunny rabbits, cute ducks or bambi eating for me!ReplyCancel

Organising the wardrobe for a growing boy

This post is sponsored by Howards Storage World I am really sad to admit the twins, now 11 are taller than me.  They are growing so fast, thankfully have their fathers genes.  But in doing so Mr 11’s current wardrobe system is no longer working.  The cubed system was great when he was younger  but now his pants […]

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  • Joanne Quinn

    Looks great. Lots of inspiration. I have just changed to the flocked hangers myself and am wondering why I didn’t do it sooner!
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  • Aimee Douglas

    Good timing for us, we’ve just moved our 11 turning 12 in a weeks boy to another room and needed ideas for the wardrobe!
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  • Jacqui Moore

    Thanks for the detailed post. Great to see your many good ideas! ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Moore

    Thanks for the detailed post. Great to see your many good ideas! ReplyCancel

  • Janelle Civijovski

    Any tips re getting children to keep their rooms tidy? I’ve tried a few different things the last few years but I’m the only one who seems interested in keeping anything tidy!ReplyCancel

  • Looks fantastic! Love the elfa system.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s a great system to mix and change how you want. If we ever move the next people could change it all up to suit them.ReplyCancel

  • Marion

    what a fantastic idea for the socks and underwear not folding them. Why have I not found this idea sooner would of saved me so much effort. Brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes Marion, stop folding them will save yourself so much time. I have started putting all my kids socks and undies in a pile and get them to sort them, so much easier.ReplyCancel

  • Lara B

    I have been looking at the Elfa system for a while now, with this and your daughters wardrobe it has given me some great ideas. Is it easy to move the shelves?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes you simply lift the shelf up take the brackets off the back panels and then place at another height, clip brackets back in put shelf back on then your right to do, all within seconds. Very easy to do.ReplyCancel

  • We are about to move Mr almost 12 into his own room, so this is quite useful! My two boys share a room and it’s tight, always messy and a step away from complete chaos. I normally go through it once a year and toss all the packaging they feel the need to keep for eternity, but I haven’t had a chance to do it for a while, so it’s pretty trashed at the moment.

    As an aside, I have the Elfa drawers in my laundry as sorting baskets. Brilliant! And I have two in the bottom of my pantry – one has lunch box snacks in it, and the other has drink bottles.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Miss Maudy, Love your idea of the Elfa baskets in the laundry! Good luck with organising your boys room.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Looks so functional – fantastic. :)

    Just wondering if you can share the overall dimensions (HxWxD) of the robe space? We’re currently looking to renovate to create a 3rd bedroom so all kids can have their own rooms, and am trying to gauge what a usable BIR space would be – this looks great, but I think it’s probably smaller than what I’m currently allowing. And space I save in the BIR will go to the new bathroom, so keen to maximise use of all spaces!!

    Thanks,
    KateReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Kate, Sure the dimensions are H: 2.4 W: 1.66 D: 500mm
      Good luck and would love to see photos when its completed.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    I have that space for two boys which I am just about to tackle. I have just put in bunk beds that has lots of shelf space but nothing underneath as a trundle. We do have a tall boy. I would need all across for hanging for both and all the Lego storage and you boxes under the bed now need to go in there. Would love some suggestions :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kellie, i would try looking at Howards Storage World or even Ikea. I get a lot of great organising ideas from there.ReplyCancel

  • Mum's Closet

    I love this Kat. We are about to build a new house – I definitely got some great ideas for wardrobe storage for the kids rooms from this post, especially for Mr 15.
    Thank you, Claire x
    http://www.mumscloset.com.au/ReplyCancel

  • Marieka Battiato

    loving this idea – perfect timing for us too – we need to do this now ! thanks !!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Hi there, fantastic idea and looks great but could you tell us how much the entire new fit out cost?

    Even a shopping list quote with itemised prices for each part so we can pick and choose what we can afford if we cannot afford to fit out the entire thing?

    Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Marieka Battiato

    loving this idea – perfect timing for us too – we need to do this now ! thanks !!ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    Thanks Katrina this is very helpful. I would like to revamp my 12 yo boy’s wardrobe. It has built-in wooden shelves to one side and then a hanging rail across the rest. Can you retro-fit the sliding baskets onto existing wooden shelving? Otherwise I guess I will just use unfixed boxes/baskets from HSW or ikea etc to stash T-shirts etc

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    • Katrina

      Bron, I would suggest taking your measurements into Howard’s Storage World and the team their will be able to suggest the best shelving or you.:)ReplyCancel

Healthy, budget friendly meal ideas for the family

This post is sponsored by Coles I admit I am satisfied with meat and 3 veg for dinner, it’s easy and budget friendly. Favourites would be oven baked chicken breast or BBQ’d sausage, mashed potato and vegetables making regular occurrences on our weekly meal plan. Coles have given me the challenge to create three family friendly, not […]

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  • Andrea

    Thank you Kat, I am always trying to come up with ways to use up left over sausages and sausage sandwich get a little boring. Going to try that vegetable bake.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Yum those sausage rolls look great, my kids would love to have them in their lunchboxes, love your ideas, they are always realistic and very family friendly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Jan! My kids love them too, a big family favourite!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia B

    My kids love sausages, but I must admit I am a bit boring when it comes to being creative, love all these ideas, I know my kids will eat all of these and they have some fresh vegetables hidden inside too, my 2 year old is so fussy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are perfect Linda for hiding fresh veggies inside!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Sausage pasta is a very cheap meal in our house. I am a vegetarian so I have to do two separate meals. One fort partner and daughter then one for me. Sausage pasta is my favourite to make as it is done so quickly. I cook 4 meat sausages and 2 veggie sausages then boil pasta up and add a jar of pasta sauce. When the sausages are cooked, I chop them up and put into separate bowls and add the sauce and serve with garlic bread or salad. Costs me roughly £2.00 to make that. Thanks for the sausage roll recipe! I will definitely try that as my partner and daughter love sausage rolls! XReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Helen, these sound so good! I’m sure your family will love the sausage roll!ReplyCancel

  • Mandee

    The link to Teriyaki chicken and veg stir fry isn’t working…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh no so sorry Mandee, i have fixed it up.:)ReplyCancel

Mummy time out in the bathroom… whoops did I share too much??

I don’t know about you but sometimes I go to the bathroom just to have some time out away from the kids.  However I don’t know how but the kids always seem to know I’m in there and this is when they want to chat or ask questions.  It’s probably my own fault, when they […]

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  • Lara B

    no not sharing too much I do it too, I think you’d be surprised how many do do it. For me it’s where I get my piece and quiet.ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    Kat you are so funny, but it’s so true, I go there to get away from the kids too and low and behold they always find me, or start fightingReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh yes Jenni i hear you! LOL It’s always the time when they need to ask you a question!ReplyCancel

  • I went back to work so that I could go to the toilet in peace.

    I don’t read in the loo, mainly because we only have one toilet and as sure as anything, I’ll sit down for a bit of peace and quiet to do my thing and there’s instantly a queue of people doing the special dance and demanding I hurry up.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL you make me laugh! Miss Maudy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Terica

    I take my time getting out if the car anytime that I can. The kids are usually antsy to go the the house after driving and I just let them go. Doors shut and it is quiet and the world can go away even if just for a moment. I do it a the grocery store and meetings to. As long as I am not late I can take that 5 minutes of peace.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL what a great idea, Terica.:) I admit i have done that too after being out in the car!ReplyCancel

  • Marta

    I do it too Kat, pretty often. I have an active 4 yo boy, and I find that even 5-10 minutes of reading time in the bathroom is a bliss if I could have it, coz my son also seems to find me in there…LOL. Something that I take for granted pre kid.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Marta, i am so glad i am not the only one LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Ohhh I so do this!! Retreating to the bathroom is like having a break without the attached guilt us mums usually feel from having time out! I love the coat hanger mag holder thingy, what a fab idea :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL so many of us think the same! I love the coat hanger mag idea too, works so well.:)ReplyCancel

Bullet Journalling Changed My Life

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts Two months ago, I started a bullet journal as a way of keeping track of all the things I needed to do while my husband was away for a couple of weeks. I had heard bits and pieces about it from other quilt bloggers who […]

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  • Janine Evans

    I’m at journal keeper for tasks. Tried the online ones but keep going back to pen and paper. Will try implementing some of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Aujard

    Alyce, when I read why you started this “I have tried many different types of planners and diaries over the years. Day-to-a-page, weekly, monthly… nothing has ever really stuck beyond a few weeks or maybe a couple of months. I’d always revert back to lists on pieces of paper here or there…” I thought oh wow, this is me. Thank you for sharing, I will be organising my very own journals using your methods now for keeping my business details, invoices and plans.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Harris

    I use a somewhat-similar journal system, however I save a little time by using removable A5 size (almost) post-it notes for the big picture “collections”/items – to capture/build them on the run – and then progressively migrate tasks into daily/weekly pages of the journal as they work into our weekly schedule(s) over time. This allows me to move the post-it note(s) through the journal over time – saving me time with any re-writing from day to day/week to week.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Harris

    I use a somewhat-similar journal system, however I save a little time by using removable A5 size (almost) post-it notes for the big picture “collections”/items – to capture/build them on the run – and then progressively migrate tasks into daily/weekly pages of the journal as they work into our weekly schedule(s) over time. This allows me to move the post-it note(s) through the journal over time – saving me time with any re-writing from day to day/week to week.
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  • Anonymous

    You can’t bet pen and paper. ReplyCancel

  • Janis

    Love, love, love the bullet journal idea. Used a similar thing to this years ago then stopped – but it’s starting again TODAY. ????ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    It is fantastic i agree!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie P

    I’ve bullet journaled for a couple of years now and I love it!!! I love the ability to brain dump and not lose anything – I like clearing out my head!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I love this…
    I have been doing a more random and incomplete version of this but this is just what I need to make it work better!
    thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Seems a great system……should eliminate all those notes I keep writing and losing.ReplyCancel

  • The Filing Fairies

    I never knew this had a name! As an ex event manager I have been using this method for many many years and I had never heard it given a name before. Thanks Alyce and Katrina ReplyCancel

  • Great idea, but I kind of do this in my filofax already which means I only have one place to look for everything, whether it’s scheduled or unscheduled. I might give this a try though as it looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Morunga

    I have started my Bullet Journal today :) Thanks for sharing :)
    I have shared it here..
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teacher-by-trade-Mother-by-nature/1477526579148791?sk=timelineReplyCancel

  • I like the idea! I agree that writing all you need to do, increases the chances of it actually being completed. It is no more a thought but a required action.ReplyCancel

Lots of iPhone tips and tricks

  I have a little obsession I should share with you. I love all my iProducts, I am certain I have just about all available and can honestly tell you it would be very hard for me to go back to a windows computer.  All my devices talk to each other and they are all […]

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  • Kati Wenk

    I love this, I need all the help I can get to use my devices to their fullest. Any more?ReplyCancel

  • Jaimee

    This is great Kat thank you, I had no idea how to get that shortcut screen, I’ve seen people use it, but never asked, great time savers. Also love that picture of you, your smile says a thousand wonderful words, beautiful facetuned or not.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Jaimee for the beautiful comment!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Me Too

    I too have a love affair the apple products, I love how they all sync together just makes my life so much easier, great tips thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes they do make our lives easier, Me Too!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Morgan

    Ooh I have been looking for a todo list that can sync to all my devices, this one looks great, you are wonderful for sharing this post, I’ve certainly learnt a thing or two.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Linda.:) It is fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Monohan

    Ooh so that’s how you photoshop on the iPhone, getting this app!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Kim yes i do love Photoshop too! It’s a great app!ReplyCancel

  • The Filing Fairies

    Did you know that you can also use the volume control on your phone headset to set up longer reach selfies!ReplyCancel

  • It’s amazing (and probably scary) how much I rely on my phone. I’ve been looking for a good “ToDo” app so going to try out your recomendation today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s great Amber! I’m sure you will love the apps like i do!ReplyCancel

  • Ev

    I ?? them too.
    My friends call my The apple guru.
    I luv short cuts & every tip around.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      The Apple Guru!! I love it, Ev!.:)ReplyCancel

  • So funny that you should write this blog post Kat. I have just hit publish on my blog about my trip to Brisbane last week…I purchased the MacBook Air and wanted hints and tips. Decided to streamline my apples….I do love my apples. I too love that they talk to each other, so user friendly and may help me to get a little better at this blogging business. Thanks for the post Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the tips. I really like the one about turning the phone to landscape for a different view of my calendar, will definitely be doing this from now on. xTReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      it’s little things like that that should be shared in a manual to make life so much easier, I like that little feature too!ReplyCancel

  • Wow thanks, i didn’t know i could use the volume buttons to take photos. I’ve also just purchased both the apps. FMS will be my teacher soon hehe (Clever Cookie)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL she is a clever cookie, I’m looking forward to chatting to you about social media in a few weeks then!! Ooh yes makes taking selfies so much easier, wish it helped me with my funny one eye closed thingy when I take selfies though :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow I never knew about the photo one that you can pick a favourite and I’m TOTALLY getting the Facetune app, you still look the same but with just less beauty lines (nicer than wrinkles right) You look great in dark blue BTW. I also had no idea about the calender OR the keyboard. Thanks for sharing Kat. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yay Emily I’m glad I could help you, I like the facetune app for smoothing the skin, also makes my freckles disappear, gotta love that!ReplyCancel

  • Why has nobody ever told me you can use the volume keys to take pic’s, I am only on my third iPhone, you really think I would have known that. Many thanks! xx NReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL Nikki, it’s amazing the different features we find.ReplyCancel

  • Travel Bug Within

    I loved this post – BUT I am a samsung user – so need to search for just as informative post for non-apple fiends like me!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I love your demonstration of how you hold the phone with your right hand to take a picture and the calendar landscape mode tip! These will help me immensely! I don’t know if this is a real tip or not, but I love being able to save any image from a website onto my camera roll just by holding my finger on it and clicking Save Image. I used to screen shot so many things, but now I just do this if it’s an image. Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Leanne

      I meant to also mention a couple of my favourite apps.
      * For photo editing: PicTapGo (free),
      * For listening to music you didn’t know you wanted to listen to (hahaha) according to your mood or what you’re doing: Songza (free, uses data),
      * To save and share the kiddoes’ artwork: Artkive (paid); and
      * For the smarty-pants kids in the family: Codeacademy!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Awesome, thanks for the tips Leanne. They are great.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Richardson

    This was fantastic! I have always had an iphone but you showed me things I didn’t know! The holding of the phone blew me away, I just took a mountain of photos as I sat here holding my phone comfortably and I am embarrassed to say I didn’t know about volume controls for selfies OMG!!! ReplyCancel

  • Money Making Mummy

    my partner asked me to buy one of the fancy faster iPhone charges and I refused but I’m glad now that I know all he needs to do is turn on airplane mode. thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    great post KatReplyCancel

  • Tracey Barron

    There is a book that I borrowed from the local library, called “iPhone Made Easy” by Chris Smith and Kieran Alger – full of really useful stuff, including backing up your iPhone.ReplyCancel

  • Julianne Dimasi

    I’m really loving an app called TIcketyBoo Milestones. I can finally log all my babies cute moments, as they happen on my phone. I always forget to write that stuff down and now I don’t have to anymore. It’s so handy!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Great tips!
    I am envious. I have all these devices too but can’t make the calendars sync. Any tips?
    Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Amy try connecting with iCloud to get your calendars to sync!ReplyCancel

The day I removed my Daughters bedroom door

From the very early years I have always followed through with punishments for my kids.  Either at home or while out if they play up I would give them one opportunity to stop and explain to them if they continue I will ‘xyz’.  Typically they know if I have had to speak to them once they […]

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  • Kylie Avery

    Brilliant!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Flannery-Hayes

    Bahahahahahahahahahahaha. I’ll remember this for when I have a tween.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Greenfield

    hahaha I love this! I will definitely remember as well when those tween days come around.. Terence Greenfield Dot GreenfieldReplyCancel

  • Jo Alexander-Wynne

    Oh my goodness you are awesome!!!! This is truly brilliant!!! At the moment we are the challenged parents of a testing 4 year old boy and a fiery 2 year old girl… We frequently use the time out chair and I also downloaded a sand timer app on my phone for Mr 4 – for those times he is too stubborn to do whatever i want – when the sand timer runs out, chances are over. Putting it out there – teenagers scare me hahahaReplyCancel

  • Denise Lawson

    Love it ReplyCancel

  • Helen Reilly

    Love it :)ReplyCancel

  • Regina Crothers

    I think that is horrible. I believe that a child’s bedroom is their sanctuary from a crazy high pressured world. Plenty of other suitable punishments. I have 2 amazing teens who show respect to me and I show respect to them.ReplyCancel

  • Karina Wood

    I would totally do the same! It’ll be interesting to see how we go with the teenage years :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim Shackleford Bullins

    I had bought my son a nice car and he wreck it, then he told me it was a piece of crap. I did buy him another car, it was a piece of crap. It was ragged out really bad. He never complained about something else I bought him, at least not to my faceReplyCancel

  • Angie Ramsey

    We did this a few years ago as well. Privacy is not a right until you are an adult. Slamming doors is not acceptable as it is not YOUR door to break. It’s mine. Also, just an FYI to those that don’t like the idea of removing the door completely, weather stripping around the edge works great too. Nothing diffuses the situation ( and makes them more angry LOL ) like STOMP STOMP STOMP SLAM DOOR and have it close as a soft WOOOOSH…….ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    reading it with a smile & nodding my head. What a clever idea to help her realize the consequences of her actions. As a mum of 3 girls with my eldest being 11 I am often referee to their spats. I’ll definately remember this idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Lisa! Yes i am sure a lot of us mums can relate to this. It has worked so far.ReplyCancel

  • Lara B

    Kat, I loved you before but even more now, my daughter slams her door all the time and I was at my wits end, I honestly didn’t know what to do and you would have thought that this would have come to mind. This is a fantastic idea and I will use it next time the door slams, more than likely in the next 5 min the way she is going.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Lara! I thought it was a great idea too and one that seems to have worked.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is a very worthy method! My parent’s did it to my brother and my best friend’s parents did it to her. Let’s just say they stopped slamming doors!ReplyCancel

  • Kylee

    This is just brilliant that you followed through with a punishment, far too often what I say falls on deaf ears and I rarely follow through and the kids know it. This helps me to realise I should and I know what to do when my daughter gets to this stage. Thank you Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Great post. Any tips on how to get a 12 year old girl to keep her room tidy? I’m almost at the point of giving up!ReplyCancel

    • Shireen Baker

      Don’t clean it, don’t take the washing out. She’ll run out of clothes eventually and she can go to school in her pyjamas. Or, give her a day/time and if it’s not done it’s ALL in the bin. Bring the whizz bin in on the nominated morning of the day and watch how quick she cleans her room.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Fiona, Ooh great question! I will ask the community on facebook!ReplyCancel

    • J'Zanne

      I’ld take the door away there too, albeit with a kiddie gate to separate her space. I mean if the room is to certain point where the door can’t swing freely, also, if she is “so proud” she shouldn’t hide it behind closed doors.ReplyCancel

    • Janis Hill

      I used to set a timer. Whatever the children had not picked up became mine. The first time I had possession of a particular item they did not get it back for a week. The 2nd time was a month. 3rd time three months and there was never a 4th because if I picked up something a 4th time it either went in the trash or was donated to a none-profit!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Wow glad it worked for you, Janis.:)ReplyCancel

  • Fashionista

    Excellent policy to follow through with the threats. Sometimes I think my children wind me up just to see if I will do it…..

    My anecdote isn’t about slamming doors, but an “open door” policy when it comes to boyfriends/girlfriends visiting. My friends M&J have 4 children where there is a 6 year gap between the eldest and the youngest so when the eldest started having a boyfriend visit when she was 17, the youngest was still only 11. So an open door policy was developed, you are allowed to have your boyfriend in your bedroom (because with 3 other siblings in the house the need to “be alone” was respected), however the door must be open at all times. One day M came home to see the boyfriend’s car in the driveway and the door shut. So without a word he went to the garage, retrieved the drill, took the door off and put it in the garage. His daughter looked on in horror. The boyfriend made his excuses and left. She was without her door for a week and the open door policy has been adhered to ever since. By all the children as they are now in their 20s/late teens.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thats great that you followed through!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky

    I’m 40 and my Mother did it to me when I was a teenager.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Funny Vicky how we still remember, i do too!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    My eldest is only 5 so we are not quite at this point yet but she is fiery, I can see this will be us in her tween years.

    I am a big believer in following through with punishments & I try to do it always. Last time it back fired though. My son & I were watching my daughter at her athletics carnival for school and he was being naughty so I said “if you keep doing xyz then we will have to go home”. My son sure enough kept it up and off home we set, him with a big smile as he had gotten just what he wanted. Oh dear…

    Lesson learnt I need to think through the consequences for the behaviour better, I played right into his little plan.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kids are very smart aren’t they Belinda! Great job in following through!ReplyCancel

    • J'Zanne

      I had similar, I had ice cream.
      The currency for the “naughty” one, so we went home, but everyone that missed out the fete, got ice cream, every one “wins”.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian

    I love this. I think we sometimes think that we are the only bad @ss mom and that we are so far out there it’s off the scale. Thank you lol we are moms, all trying to bring up beautiful, respectful and kind kids. Love your posts :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Gillian! Yes at the end of the day that is exactly what we want, respectful children!ReplyCancel

  • Talia

    As a child, my mother told us if we didn’t clean out rooms all of our belongings would end up on the front lawn. We lived on a busy on a main street and our school buses would drive past our house. After one week of not cleaning my room, I came home on the school bus and saw all of my things on the front lawn. Including dirty clothes, bedding, books – EVERYTHING! It was the last time I didn’t keep my room clean.ReplyCancel

  • Been thru it

    In response to how do I get my 11 year old to clean her room. This is what I did it worked well. Give them one hour to clean there room set a timer. Then when timer. It goes off take very one large trash bag go into there room fish everything out from under bed behind dresser closet floor put into bag if one shoe is put up then get the one that’s not. Lock in trunk of car etc. when they want that shoe or blouse shorts etc. they have to do an extra chore to get that one thing back etc. only had to do it one time.ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    In my case I’d have to remove her bedroom door, wardrobe doors, blinds, and any object capable of being flung across the room. But saying that out loud, it doesn’t seem so ridiculous!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Deb i feel for you right now!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Hitchcock

    Currently Miss 8 and Miss 6 have no door either. It’s been bliss… Miss 8 was the slammer and the last straw was when she pushed miss 6 out if their room, slammed the door and got miss 6s fingers caught and kept pushing on it….

    They still argue, but i hear every word… And no-one can be locked out of their space…ReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    Yes! Dr Phil has been spruiking this consequence for years but until now I had never heard of anyone else actually doing it. Good on you.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    I fostered challenging behaviour kids for years and I used this technique more than once. Sure they have a right to privacy (there s a bathroom for changing in with a lock) but our houses are things we (the adults) pay for and work hard for. I think respect for other peoples property is a lesson too many kids are missing today. As for cleaning their rooms, I used to give them a set time frame and then I went in with a basket and everything went in. An extra chore or good behaviour got an item back. As parents we don’t realise a how much we spend on children’s activities or on the little extras that we give them every day. We had a chore list with each chore being worth so much 20c 50c and at the end of the week they could chose their rewards. They also earned points every time I caught them being nice and thoughtful 1 point equals 10c. It doesn’t sound like much but it quickly adds up when you make a point of constantly praising great behaviour. Oh and they never lost points, they just didn’t earn them new ones for bad behaviour. Hair lackeys, scholastic books that we ordered that they wanted through school book club, movie tickets etc. They could save up for them if they didn’t have enough. And half their pocket money went into bank account and at the end of each school term they could buy something they really wanted.ReplyCancel

  • chelle

    This is the very thing I followed through on with my son at 15.. He would consistently slam his door after an argument. Being that he is now 23 … and has never slammed a door since. It’s something that really resonated with him and had him reconsidering hus behaviors.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    Brilliant! Will be storing this idea away for when my twins (now 5yo) hit the “Tween Years.” We have a boy & a girl. Our daughter already acts like a 10yo, bossing her brother & father around so we strongly believe in following through on discipline. They are pretty good, generally, but have their “moments!” Great to read this, thank you.????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Vicki, Yes they all have their moments. Glad you enjoyed the post.ReplyCancel

  • erica

    Brilliant idea. I have a 7 year old boy who is strugglong with and interstate move and a new year brother being added to the family. He is angry and messes up when my attention is not on him and constantly back chats and argues. Any hints as I am at my wits end with his stubborness and unwilingness to co-operate in the family.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Erica, It’s hard when you have a new little bub as well as moving interstate. I imagine his emotions are all over the place. Praise good behaviour and lots of encouragement. Good luck.:)ReplyCancel

  • Gina

    To Belinda with the little boy that got his way, to go home. I feel for you, I hate when my husband says, NO TV FOR A WEEK. I”m like… great, that just punishes me. I try to make punishments simple but effective. So if we are out then depending on the age, very young, sit down over there for 4 minutes. Let it go after that. If it was in a big area like at an athletics carnival, I come prepared with food and drink, but I let them run around and not be too concerned with them behaving perfectly, ie sitting still and not moving (never going to happen but some people expect it). If we are at shopping then if he misbehaves, back in the trolley or pram. My 4 year old HATES this. Then older ones 8 and 12, well they get points that they have to work off and often there is no tv or computer if you have accumulated any points. I have a list of jobs that have points that go with them and they get to choose which job. 5 points, tidy lounge room, 20 points folding washing and putting it in peoples rooms, etc. They seem to be responding to this the best. I don’t have to tell them what job to do, they choose. They complain, if they refuse, I add more points. If they don’t do the job properly, do it again. Boys are hard to handle and I think I am doing an ok job. IT’s hard to keep your cool.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    My son from 12 months to 3 years never had a door.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow that’s interesting, Helen. But i can understand why too, i used to worry about little fingers being caught in the door. It was always a big fear of mine.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Hi Kat, I think the risk is this idea can often backfire in the ling term. Often parents react in the heat of the moment with the words ” if you do that again…..” and can paint themselves into a corner as they have to follow through next time with the threatened consequences. This time it worked out as your daughter obviously realised she had pushed your boundaries too far. Another approach would be to wait for them to calm down and then go in to their room and in a calm voice explain to them how it made yoy feel and that you don’t appreciate that behaviour and its not what you would expect from them and in future etc. Guilt trip often works n a more subtle level rather than having the stress of the no door situation going on for a week. Teenagers will just think How would you feel if your daughter took your bedroom door off? Also the behaviour is often a symptom of something bothering them elsewhere in life, could be the hormones creeping in (on either side).ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Haha, loved the story and being a mother of 4 pride myself on never getting to 3 on my 1,2,3 count.
    I know I always have to follow through &the thought of me removing their doors was enough to stop the slammed doors in this house.
    My follow through story was with our eldest son now 14 at the time about 5. After lots of mucking around one bed time he was told that if he didn’t want to sleep in his nice bed then Dad could take him to the shed to sleep alone.
    More of the same continued so hubby told him to grab his pillow and marched him out the back.
    He came straight back from the shed decided that the bed was a good option.
    The funny part was about 3 nights later we heard our neighbour (whom we hadn’t met yet) say to their child – if you don’t want to go to sleep, you can sleep in the shed like the kid next door!!!

    It was catching on!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh wow! Glad it worked for you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Janine Smith

    For Fiona.
    Perhaps make the request with a deadline for when the room needs to be clean. Explain that it’s disrespectful to her belongings and to the effort you as parents make to earn the money to buy those things. If she refuses to respect her belongings by keeping her room clean, take those items off her and make her earn them back by keeping her room clean and perhaps by doing additional cleaning around the house.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love all of your suggestions, Janine! Thank you so much for sharing.:)ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Re: the door slamming, love it. Ours are mostly frosted glass so any slamming is out if the question & will be dutifully removed if needed. Re: room cleaning; an experienced working mum I knew (before I had kids) organised all her friends to come over & clean up her sons room. She told him it was organised, guess what, clean room…. Haha, never forgot it, might need to do that myself one day!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Glad you are enjoying the posts, Heidi. And getting a lot out of them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Last year my 9 year old was constantly complaining about having to tidy her room and it was always a drama. I decided to threaten taking her room off her for a week, apart from sleeping and getting changed. She told me I couldn’t do that!! The next time it happened, she lost the privilege of her room. She had to ask permission to enter the room to get changed and to sleep.
    I have never had to do it again and it was amazing to see how much she loved having her own room to relax in at the end of the week :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow that’s interesting Katie! It worked well for you.ReplyCancel

  • I commend you for doing this and will have no hesitation about doing it. I still give my kids time out, well to sit somewhere away from where everyone is having fun. I also take valuable possessions, experiences off them! GO YOU! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Emily. I have had so many positive experiences relating to this.ReplyCancel

  • Briony

    sounds great, I wish there was an effective and quick way of stopping backchat with teenage girls! Any ideas??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Briony i don’t for teenage girls but i have from an early age pulled all of my children up if they have back chatted or been disrespectful. I don’t let them walk away until they have apologised.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Baker

    Well done! Good on you for being a parent that follows through, as hard as it is. We too have removed bed room doors, unlike your daughter, our boys are slow learners and have had to have their door removed more than once. We also came at it from a safety issue too, when they slammed their doors, they didnt know if their little brother who absolutely adored them, had followed them into the rooms and we were not about to let him get his head slammed by the door or even worse, his fingers hurt or amputated by being caught in the door, just because they were angry.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley McMahon-Coleman

    I would totally do this. Fair warning was given.
    When DD was in first class, she was chosen to be one of the leads in the class item at the school dance festival. That evening as we ran around trying to organise everything and everyone and get her back to the school on time, she behaved progressively more and more like a diva, and an ungrateful one at that. I warned her that my cooperation and chauffeuring for extra-curricular activities are voluntary but evidently she didn’t believe me when I told her that if she kept it up she’d stay home. Husband was in complete agreement, but she didn’t heed the warnings even when they came in stereo. So – a text to another parent to pass on an apology to the teacher, and Missy had a very boring evening at home and some other kid was front and centre in all the photos. She now uses this example to give her brother and students I work with friendly warnings: “She means what she says, so you’d better listen …” ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl Waterson

    I did the same to miss 14. Was for back chatting me, then she slammed the door. I walked right in there with a screwdriver (bear in mind I have a damaged shoulder and couldn’t remove it anyway) my son in law was there and he got roped into doing it instead. He left to go away for two weeks and we forgot to get it back on. Ended up being up off for about 6weeks at least. She still back chats sometimes but no door slammingReplyCancel

  • Anna Donaldson

    It’s hard sometimes but as a mother of Miss 15 & Master 13 sometimes you have to take the step. I took the door off once because she kept slamming it. As a person who doesn’t like confrontation I found this difficult but after awhile the door wouldn’t shut properly so I took it off. There is a line between looking after things and being lenient in an emotional moment. You still love them
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  • Susan

    Our 3 are aged 6, 8 & 10. Courtesy of Nigel Latella, we use “The Certain Ladder of Doom”. Their names across the top, 1/2 hour time slots down the side, ranging from bed time down to home-from-school time. Stick up on the fridge with a magnet for each child. When behavior deteriorates I give them a warning. Next incident, I calmly(!) walk over to the chart and move their magnet down one slot whilst saying ‘half an hour down’. That means that they go to bed 1/2 an hour early that night. You HAVE to be prepared to follow through on it, especially early on, then it absolutely works. I once had my son in bed at 4pm, showered and everything. He was allowed up for dinner, but otherwise had to stay in bed. These days I just have to threaten them with ‘half an hour’ and they quickly start to pull themselves together. The added bonus is that I often feel that their behavior worsens when they are tired, so, two birds, one stone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow Susan i haven’t heard of this chart before. Sounds like it has worked for you though.ReplyCancel

  • Down that Little Lane

    Cudos Mumma!.. I am taking tips from you for sure! x
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  • Brandy

    My son slammed his door in my face and locked it once. I forced it open and removed it. He didn’t even get a warning and it was off for more than a week. I can say that he has never done that again. I explained to him while removing the door that in my house there is no slamming of doors, not in my face, and I won’t be locked out of his room. If he NEEDS privacy that’s what the bathroom is for.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Brandy yes i would have done the exact same thing!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    When I was your daughters age, I stomped up the stairs after being sent to my room from the dinner table for talking back. My father made stomp up & DOWN the stairs 100times. I was most put out, but I didn’t stomp up those stairs for a very very long time, if ever! Memorably rough? Well it 32 years ago and I still recall that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL that’s funny Louise!.:) But it worked for you! And yes i don’t think i would have been storming up the stairs again after 100 times!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lizzy

    We take away the Xbox ( only allowed on weekends anyway) and have found that is enough to get the kids to pick up their slack. If they have been good they are give the wifi password for an hour and cut off.
    What is everyone’s policy on internet access? I have a 12 and 13 year old, they use an iPod and a phone to access internet therefore it’s hard to monitor what sites they are visiting. Should I check their handheld devices or say only internet usage is on the laptop in the kitchen?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Lizzy i personally like the kids to use the laptop usually on the dining room table and mostly it is only used for homework. They usually spend about half an hour on the computer and i also have a program called Net Nanny installed.ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve

    My son, between the ages of 3-7 went through a stage of “pocketing” things that didn’t belong to him. At the younger ages it was an innocent act of “I like this, I want it”, but after explaining to him that it didn’t belong to him, he understood that it was a bad thing to do. This didn’t stop him so after an incident of pocketing a toy from a shop, showing me (so still innocent not realising the consequences) , we went back to the shop, he told the shop owner, the lady was good about it :), but I said to him, “the next time you steal from someone/somewhere, I’m taking you to the police station”! He did it again, we went to the police station (he in floods of tears) and, to my knowledge he hasn’t done it again since. The next time he does, I told him I’m taking him to the lock up! Btw…I’m a “door slammer” and I’m 45 :-/!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Genevieve you have me in fits of laughter!! But i can see where you were going with this and so happy it worked out for you and your son. Well done.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ani

    We had an amazing cleaner who did wonderful work BUT refused to clean our kids’ rooms because she thought they needed to learn. ;) She said at her place, her sons were not allowed to watch any TV until their rooms were cleaned. I told the kids the same applied, so would inspect their rooms while they were watching TV or a movie; if I found them messy, the child would have their viewing interrupted until they had sorted out the mess, and the TV or movie would NOT be paused while they caught up on their job. It got action and also made them understand that we need to finish work before we play. As a family, when we are not having dinner at the table, we watch a documentary during dinner. This is still seen as a reward, so kids usually keep their rooms in order so they don’t miss out on this fun family time!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s great Ani, glad it is working for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • sheryl

    Haha Kat, I too did this to my son when he was maybe 8 or 9. For 5 days. He’s 19 now, and never slammed a door since, or walked off in a huff since. Golden. I too am a believer in always following through on what you say you’re going to do. He sure never expected I would do that though! They have all turned out immensely respectful young adults that I am very proud of. Worth all the hard harder road of following things through, but in a kind, loving and respectful way :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thats great, Sheryl. So glad it worked for you. I also agree in following through with and believe it does pay off in a positive way.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Good on you! I did that to my daughter about ten years ago (she’s nearly twenty four now), boy did that work. She never did it again and she learnt very quickly to control herself because she knew punishments would be followed through to the letter! We laugh about it now ahe gets great pleasure in re telling the story. Good luck to you and your family :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you, Julie! I am pleased to hear that it also worked for you and your daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Anjee Boulton

    I did this when my daughter was 12, she got into the habit of yelling ‘whatever’ and slamming the door, when I’d had enough, I told her I would remove the door if it happened again. Needless to say over the next 4 years the door was removed about 6 times for a week each time. She is now 25 and the delight of my life! ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    Well done Kat! So many parents do not follow through and the children never learn the lesson. I am proud of you for doing what you said and being prepared to share the experience. 10 points for you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tania

    In our house the bedroom door was only allowed to be shut when you were getting changed. This meant as we got older and friends came around our parents had supervision. We were encouraged to stay in the ‘public’ parts of the house when having friends over. This gave our parents some control over a house of 3 girls & 1 boy, all teenagers.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I really like the sound of this, Tania. It is something we also do in our home.ReplyCancel

  • Ktrina

    We have gone as far as removing all furnishings (wardrobe, bed) from our teens room due to his treatment of said furniture when sulking/etc. in fact he had broken his bed completely by the time we removed itReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh dear! I can see why you have also done this.ReplyCancel

A simple hello can brighten somebody’s day

Recently I had coffee with a friend who on the outside seems as though she is happy and under control. She always writes positive messages on facebook and in photos I see she is smiling beautifully. She opened up a little and I realised she is struggling, her health isn’t the best, her toddler is demanding and she is constantly tired.

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  • Carrie-Anne Elizabeth Hunter

    What a wonderful blog post :-) You did a good thing taking the time to talk to your friend and let her open up to you. God bless you for that!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    From one mum to another yes I always hide behind a smile, I laugh and dress nicely but people don’t take the time to realise I am not really OK. Thank you Kat for helping people realise that even the simple things like a coffee, a block of chocolate, a 5 min chat really do make somebodies day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh it’s a pleasure, Louise! It feels nice, i agree.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jo Johnson

    Hey Kat, just wondering what the go is with Perth :) Would we need to fly to Melb, Syd or Bris for the personal stylist. Would love love love (and need need need) to win! <3ReplyCancel

  • Marilynne Pross-Vale

    Would love to win one, every day I always try to make some one’s life a little better, it’s not hard !
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  • Marilynne Pross-Vale

    Would love to win one, every day I always try to make some one’s life a little better, it’s not hard !
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  • Ami Kono

    why cant people from ACT enter? :(ReplyCancel

Book Week Costume Ideas

Ooh my kids have been talking about Book Week since last years Book Week.  I have to be completely honest with you, book week drives me nuts, but that’s just me, I dislike dress up parties too.  But at the end of the day, the kids love dressing up and we do enjoying making the outfits together. […]

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  • Somer

    I started to get heart palpitations when I read in the newsletter how soon book week was coming up. When did it become so big? I do not know what to do and since I’m overseas for another week will have limited time to do much prep. Have always been pretty slack and each yr promise my girls I will be better the next. I will be googling ideas like there is no tomorrow!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes, I have had years like that too Somer where an easy costume was harry potter or hermioni, white shirt, black pants, one of dad’s ties, black cape (could use a black garbage bag) and a stick from the garden (plus glasses for harry).ReplyCancel

  • Well, the kids were more or less organised for book week (Four from Divergent for #1 kid, and the blonde one from the Treehouse books for the #2 kid) BUT they’re both away for a week for Book Week. I am so not disappointed about that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL, Miss Maudy always the way isn’t it…ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Thanks for the great ideas. I just love your little one as a gumnut baby. It’s the first year of school for us this year but my daughter has told us she wants to be a ladybug. Couldn’t be easier as I picked up an inexpensive ladybug costume at Kmart a few weeks ago for a birthday party. The ladybug idea comes from Eric Carle’s “The Bad Tempered Ladybug”.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Eeeeeee!! The Diction Fairy is ADORABLE! Brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • Lynelle

    My girls would be horrified by the diction fairy – destroying a book!ReplyCancel

I met Oprah’s organising guru Peter Walsh

I remember many many years ago religiously sitting on the lounge watching Oprah while the kids were young having their daytime nap.  She was always such an inspiration to me helping the many women that sat on the couch next to her or those watching at home.  I remember many times when hubby came home I […]

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  • Frances

    I have been lucky enough to have both Peter and Barry help me in the declutter experience. It was an amzing experience and They are both genuine people!!! I have four new rooms now and am learning to live a uncluttered life!!!! Glad you got to meet themReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow Frances that must of been such a remarkable experience, they are both such very clever men and as a duo they are absolutely hilarious they made me laugh.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! That must have been so exciting to meet them and then hear him talk as well!ReplyCancel

  • Bake Play Smile

    Oh wow!!! How exciting! I definitely remember seeing Peter Walsh on Oprah. I am a massive organiser too and remember watching him and thinking how wonderful he was!! How cool to have actually have met him! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Thompson

    I have just started reading his book….and something must have clicked…no, I just had to get my butt into gear…have spent 2 day one on the front verandah…sorting through Kitchen stuff and boxes that belong to our daughter and everytime she is here ask her to look at them but she avoids it….so I went through her stuff…got rid of rubbish….and took a photo of something sent it as a message and that gave her a chance to say keep or goodbye..did the same with her bedroom today..she has not lived at home for over 3 years…..we have posted some to giveaway on my facebook page and that is nice that some special things are going to new homes to be loved…..and have a big pile to go downstairs for the trash and treasure at the dump…..I have been looking a new homes in the past couple of weeks and think I finally like the feel of a display home with no clutter. I know a lived in house will not be the same but it does not have to full…..and it is ok to get rid of things you have been given…. ReplyCancel