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Tween Girls Emergency Toiletry Bag, for when their unexpected ‘visitor’ arrives while at school. It’s never to early to prepare them.

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  • Deb xo

    I have this on the go for my daughter, however I use a small pencil case instead of a toiletry bag, much more discreet if it was to be ‘seen’ and a lot smaller, everything still fits in perfectly.ReplyCancel

    • Donna

      Yes I agree, I have twin girls and one got her periods 6 months ago. Her teachef suggested the pencil case, she said there is less chance of being teased.ReplyCancel

    • Rowena Hope

      Pencil case- brilliant. We are not to far away from this season I the moodiness is anything to go by so I have been thinking about this for this year or next.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Foster

    My daughter has a couple of wet wipes in a snap lock bag as well,ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    Thank goodness I have boys!!

    That video was priceless though.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    My poor DD was in Thailand when she got her first period. It was the day we were leaving and we just had to go to a 7/11 store in Phuket and buy some non-descript brand of pads. Poor darling then had to put up with the flight home…

    Anyhow – after we got home I gave her a gift bag filled with about 8 different brands / sizes of packets of pads and a couple of packs of tampons for when she’s a bit older. I also included a Dolly Magazine and a large block of chocolate. I told her to ask for Panadol if she gets cramps – but the chocolate often works best ! The rationale behind all the different products is that we are all different and it’s up to her to find what works for her. She is a year older now and knows what she prefers so I just make sure we are well stocked. I remember my mum giving me some “old lady” brand of pads (I think they were called “Modess” and they were designed to be used with a sanitary belt (what the ?)). Needless to say – I wanted my DD to have a different experience !ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    DD is in High School and they have lockers so it’s really easy to have an emergency kit on hand.ReplyCancel

  • Even as older teens it’s advisable to have an emergency kit on hand, sometimes even as 40 something adults, when we are starting to get a bit unpredictable (if you know what I mean) it’s handy. Great tips Katrina, I have given it a share on my FB page for you.ReplyCancel

  • TB

    At our school they were given small black purses from libra for free. Some promotion they do to all schools. Each purse has samples in it. Worth checking out.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma

    Most brands in Australia offer sample kits of their products for free. Just sign up on their websites. A newer product many people are unaware of is menstrual cups like Lunette. Sustainable and affordable.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I love the pencil case idea for their school bags. Our 10 year old has started her period though very irregular and very light at the moment, I nearly cried when I saw it. I started at 9 and like you Katrina didn’t have a clue what it was so have made sure that our daughter has a better idea than I did. So sad they are growing up so quick now. Thank you though for the great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi P

    Although pads are generally the less scary option for first timers I’m all for being open about the options available. My mother was very closed minded and only bought granny pads, which were very unsuitable for me. I ended up buying my own tampons and it was ten years before I discovered a menstrual cup. This is the best invention ever and I wish I had known about it a long time ago. So be careful not to let your preferences depict what your daughters will have, give them the option to explore what they are comfortable with.ReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic blog post. I do not have a daughter but I was/am one.
    I got my period aged 11 (still kind of early compared to a lot of my friends back then) and it was still a giggly, freaky thing that made you stand out at the time should your friends find out. I kept it a secret for a long time and who knows, maybe some of my friends did too and I never knew!
    I had to hide my pads and while my mum provided me with all the stuff I’d need (she was awesome), I don’t think we thought to give it a little, discreet bag to keep it all safe together. I think I just hid it in the front pocket of my school bag and prayed no-one would go in there.
    Once, a girl in my year (the bully) teased me mercilessly because I think she’d found my stuff (why I didn’t think to get angry that she invaded my privacy I do not know). Truth is, I think perhaps she had her period too and thought by bullying me, she’d take the heat off herself. I was mortified but just kept denying what she said and hoped it would blow over.
    Please, parents, read this and equip your daughters! We do get our periods quite early sometimes!! I am so so lucky my mum had mentioned it before it happened to me. The morning I woke up with it (such a relief it came overnight and not in public), I knew what it was immediately. I know many of my friends’ parents would not have prepared them in time for grade 6 thinking it was years away!
    The 11 year old me feels grateful to you for covering this topic so nicely :)
    I hope if I ever have a daughter that I’ll be able to make it as easy for her as possible when the time comes xReplyCancel

  • Waverly

    My daughter got her period at 10 1/2. I also had a pencil case put together with a couple of pads, small pack of wet wipes, tissues and a new pair of knickers (still in the packet) for just in case. She carried her pencil case with out needing it for 12 months when a friend got her 1st period at school. The pencil case was very much appreciated not only by the young lady, but also by her mum.ReplyCancel

  • Great idea and something I had planned to do when the time came. I think all parents of girls should do this! I was so unprepared when I got mine at 10 – it was horrific! And there was no discretion after the fact either!ReplyCancel

  • Izzy

    My girls are older and I thought I would share that you can go onto the websites of companies which sell sanitary products and request free samples for young girls. These often come with an appropriate “purse” or case for the items. It’s also a good way for young girls to try a variety of products without you having to purchase them all. That way they can’t decide which type suits them. my girls received some information with these and hav a couple of different packs in bags they use regularly one in the school bag one in the choir bag etc…ReplyCancel

  • Sue R

    Please make sure the school knows of any medication in your daughter’s pack. This could alleviate any problems later on.

    I was 12 when I first got my period, and it was very scary. My mum had, of course told me about it all, but I was still very unprepared. Thank goodness I got them overnight at home.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Hartnett

    I bought my daughter the book the care and keeping of you. I had her read the everything except the period part a few years ago, then here recently at school in a special health class the girls learned all about there periods and making a pouch and that night her bff stayed the night and those two were reading the part of the book and already being grossed out from school and then reading about tampons was hilarious for me not them .as i heard eww that’s gross I just remembered when I started and had to use the pads with the belt I am just really glad times have changed I would not want for my daughter to have to go through that.ReplyCancel

  • Use the P Tracker app! It is a handy, must-have app for girls that has a calendar and ‘predicts’ when the next period is coming, ovulation, etc. It is a great learning tool and very simple to use, plus it helps build confidence due to removals of unwanted surprises.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! I will certainly be looking into this app, thank you.:)ReplyCancel

A few days ago I shared 25 School Bag Storage Ideas and so many lovely readers sent through images of their spaces, thank you to each of you for sharing, as your images can inspire others to create a space that will work in their home. Please note this slide show below, sharing over 20 different […]

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  • Marni

    this is amazing, thank you kat for putting together such inspiration for us, I’m not sure you realize the impact you make on my life and I am sure many others. now off to install a bag nook!ReplyCancel

  • This is such an inspiring collection – thanks for including my little space too! It is amazing how a previously empty, boring little hallway is now one of my favourite spots in the house – makes me smile every time I walk past and see all the bags hung up and out of the way, hats and bags and gear so easy to access. I guess this is the natural high one gets from being organised, huh ;) (I don’t experience it alllll that often, lol) xxReplyCancel

    • nicole

      I love the hooks for your bags and was wondering where I might be able to find some!! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • I wish I had more space to use some of these great ideas! Thanks for including my pic. I’ve just noticed though that I need to clear off the pin board ready for the new influx of notes and bits!ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Leanne Cooper author of Change the way you eat Leanne is a friend of the family, she has just released her new book ‘change the way you eat’.  I thrilled to have Leanne share todays post as it’s this time of year we often create new goals and look at our […]

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  • Wow, great information!ReplyCancel

  • some inspiration – thank youReplyCancel

    • Hi Jacana,
      thanks for your comment and you are VERY welcome! That’s fantastic that you found some helpful tips in there. All the best with your healthy eating.
      Cheers,
      LeanneReplyCancel

  • Well there you go! I am studying with Leanne at the moment and she is a wealth of knowledge! The book is great! Enjoy all the healthy tips!!ReplyCancel

  • Hey Cassie,
    degrees of separation… LOL.

    Thanks for the kind words, and glad you like the book. Nourish Me Up is looking fab, well done you. Chat soon, Leanne xoReplyCancel

Today is the first day of a brand new year. Today is the day to make resolutions and goals. Today is the day that we can look forward and make positive changes. Today is the day to make a difference to the year ahead. Today I want to share with you my personal story, from my childhood to […]

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  • Christy

    Wow, that is an amazing account, Kat! Thank you for sharing your life with us. I really enjoy your blog.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you ChristyReplyCancel

  • Kat. Great writing as usual! I love how that you’ve actually fulfilled your dreams of being like your nan and made a business out of it!

    You continue to inspire us all! Hope you have an amazing 2015!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Never would of dreamt it all those years ago Madonna. Happy New Year to you too xxReplyCancel

  • Mavis Vaughan

    thank you for sharing about yourself. it is so nice that you don’t just tell us all the good things but that you share your difficulties as well. I have wondered if you ever found the quilts your mum had made that were getting quilted? todays post reminded me of them. i have married daughters and I always try to be available to help them out and am very thankful that they allow me to help out too.
    thanks again for your great pages
    MavisReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Mavis, it would be easy to tell you about all the good, but I think it’s important to share the not so easy and hard times, no sugar coating. We believe that there is one quilt still out there, gone now, we tried our hardest. I have a quilt here that mum made, it’s a queen size, but I have a king bed. One day I would like to make it to fit my bed. I love that you make yourself available to your family, I am sure they appreciate your support and help. xxReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Your blog is so helpful and an inspiration to me. I had a baby on Australia Day last year and I’ve used your blog to help organise my house and life and get back to socialising and still having a tidy (sometimes only tidyish house). Thank you for sharing your story and helping others find balanceReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Monique, I am so pleased to hear that some of my tips have helped you. xxReplyCancel

  • tam

    Thanks for that Kat and i have only just started reading your blog my hour is looking greatReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So glad you found it Tam and that you are using some of the tips in your home, Happy New Year xxReplyCancel

  • tam

    That house lolReplyCancel

  • Nikoly

    For some reason your FB posts stopped showing on my feed and I stopped seeing all of your stuff. It took a couple of months for me to realise that this seemed to coincide with my feelings of being overwhelmed with everything. I have started to see your posts everyday again (and a couple of others) and I am starting to feel very positive about 2015.
    My two great aims for this year are to get on top of the house clutter and to start putting me and my health first. We’ll see how that goes.
    So from one definitely unorganised housewife, thank you for sharing your tips and ideas and making it seem possible for me to become organised.
    Now, if only the kids would get on board!ReplyCancel

  • Wow I loved reading your story Kat, and bumping into you and your gorgeous family the other day in Tassie was so fantastic! I’m giggling that someone said ‘who would read that’… umm, just a few ppl, hehe!

    Have a fantastic New Years, and I look forward to following along for more advice, recipes and inspiration!

    (Oh and I had meant to tell you when we saw you that my girls had heaps of fun making the sequin/pin baubles for Christmas – it quite nicely filled a couple of hours!) Lou XxReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Thank you for sharing your story. I love to see someone keeping it real. Have a fabulous 2015 and keep up the good work. ????ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Very enjoyable and inspirational read. Happy new year. I hope to get more organised in 2015 :)ReplyCancel

  • nordstern

    Thank you for this beautiful post and thanks for sharing your story!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Kat. After reading your story today I feel quite emotional. On reflection I realise how much of your heart you carefully put in to TOH, you have integrity and wisdom which also come through and it speaks volumes to me. Thank you, Happy New Year.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I have never met you, but I just know that you are a sweet and kind person. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Hi Kat,
    Thanks so much for sharing, I loved reading the story behind The Organised Housewife. Your story resonates with me on so many levels, it is really quite uncanny! I too, have gained so much from reading your blogs and all your ideas, tasks and tips. I have been working so hard over the last month or so on decluttering and am now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and I LOVE that feeling! ???? I feel so ready and right in my own headspace to now keep going without feeling so overwhelmed with the task ahead. I am also now ready to dedicate more time to my own health and well being, so Thank you, it is a very special gift you have shared ??ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley

    Hi Cat. I have loved reading your story – thanks so much for sharing. I am really looking forward to following your tips, recipes and ideas in 2015. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Lyn

    Thanks so much for sharing. I especially liked the part where we shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help! Too much in the media these days about being everything to everyone! Loved this post!ReplyCancel

  • And this is why I follow you & your blog! You are an amazing woman who inspires so many. That is my ultimate goal – to inspire others! Thank you for being you Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Thank you for sharing, So many things you spoke about I can relate too, i also have twins who are 3.5 and my eldest is 5 ( starting school this year!) 3 under 2 was not easy, 3 young ones is not easy either! The washing is endless but thankfully the hugs and kisses are also! Keep up the great work!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    sounds very familiar. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks Katrina. I really identify with your point about recognising the triggers that make you happy or sad. I feel much better when everything is clean and tidy, but most days it feels like I’m fighting a losing battle when everyone else seems hellbent on making mess and not cleaning it up.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Hey Trinie,
    My NY resolution is to be a better housekeeper. (I can’t really say ‘housewife’ cos there is no husband/partner and my only children are the 4 legged variety!)

    My biggest problem is that I’m lazy about the house, easily discouraged and everything piles up, gets messy & dirty, I get cranky and even less inclined to do anything about it!

    I started a week or so ago just working on one or two things a day while I’m holidays and keeping on top of it once it’s done. My main aim at this point is to keep the floors relatively clean (difficult with 8 x inside/outside furbabies) and the keep the kitchen bench clear of clutter (I’ve only cleared half of it so far, the other half needs to be sorted.)

    Too early to see if I can maintain it, the real test will come when I go back to work at the end of January.

    Jo
    xoReplyCancel

  • Majella

    Thank you so much. I cried reading this and it is exactly what I needed to read as I lie in bed with aching legs after another long day with two little boys :-)ReplyCancel

  • Saira

    Ah yes…. the piles of clean washing all over the floor! Thanks for sharing, I just assumed you were one of these Born Organised people – even more inspired now!ReplyCancel

  • Nicky

    Hi Katrina, I have recently found your blog (just two weeks ago). I already love it and have enjoyed reading this post. We are renovating at the moment and after a year of living out of home, I’m itching to get back home and start implementing your tips and ideas into my everyday life. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for sharing with us. I also got married at 21 and had both kids by 25. I’ve always been a neat freak since a child but having kids have taught me to try relax a bit as the house is never going to be as clean as I want it. And when it is it doesn’t last longReplyCancel

  • Amanda Morris

    Thanks for sharing Kat. You are a true inspiration and I must admit my role model :). It is so refreshing to read your blog and posts each day and your tips and tricks have assisted in keeping my sanity after having bubs number 3. Happy New Year to you and your family. May 2015 bring good health, happiness and those special moments to treasure. ????ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Morris

    Thanks for sharing Kat. You are a true inspiration and I must admit my role model :). It is so refreshing to read your blog and posts each day and your tips and tricks have assisted in keeping my sanity after having bubs number 3. Happy New Year to you and your family. May 2015 bring good health, happiness and those special moments to treasure. ????ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette

    Hi Katrina,
    Loved reading such an honest account of your life. I’ve struggled with weight and clutter my whole life. I certainly understand that the state of my mind is reflected in my house! Something my hubby doesn’t really appreciate, unfortunately his personality is a “everything in its place” type, so we struggle a bit. Thank you so much for inspiring me and helping me to realise that it can be done, and not to be overwhelmed, but to focus on small steps. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely post to read Katrina. I can’t handle too much mess either as it affects my mood too but my cleaning and clutter standards have had to fall a little bit because I have three girls under the age of four that love to play, create mess and demand my attention (as they should). It’s reassuring to read that you struggled a bit to keep on top with little babies as I would have assumed you were on top of it all. You are a gorgeous person both in life and on your blog. I hope you have a fabulous 2015. You have a beautiful family! I also got married when I was 20 3 months before I turned 21 and my formal was my first date with my husband. :)ReplyCancel

  • My life has been routine free for a few years and it has been hard. I’m seeing a little bit of light for 2015 being more stable, which I could really use!
    Thanks for sharing your story here.ReplyCancel

  • I love your blogs and ideas. I was a workaholic till my eldest son was diagnosed with autism, deaf, ADHD and severe sensory disorder I cut down work to focus on my family. Reading about your mother, that must have been hard because I havent seen my mother since February last year and I don’t know how I feel about it… my mother and I are beyond repairing but I do feel sad for my children to miss out on a wonderful grandmother…. I am so afraid but thank you for sharing your story. I love my life on the Gold Coast too.ReplyCancel

  • Valentina

    Hi Kat,
    You are one hellava woman!! Meant in the sincerest way, I came across your blog a while ago (sorry i just can’t remember) but your the only blog and website I ALWAYS recommend and read/use. Why, because you provide invaluable information to us all that is not complicated, your Australian based and as you say “Not Sugar Coated”.

    We can all find something we can relate to or cringe at, especially about what kids can be getting up to, having 3 daughters of my own, the attitude is what I just Love (NOT).

    I started my own business in March 2014, cleaning holiday homes, rental properties and residential homes. I have been getting busier and busier through word of mouth and I think for now I’ll stay that way. I would like to use this new year to establish some sort of routine for the family and work.

    It really is a juggling act for Mums and Dads. I have always had routines and gotten off track at times but you get that little remind from the inner voice within you saying it’s time to change or get back on track.

    My partner and I have been together for nearly 16 years now and I said right from the start, Life will be a roller coaster ride never a Merry-go-round. You can get through ups and downs, or you can stay in a constant whirl of being dizzy or just stop and do nothing/achieve nothing because your at a stand still.

    I’m enjoying the roller coaster ride and I particularly like reading your blogs of your ride through life. You and your family show us all what it means to be human and especially at the end of it all what it means To Love and Be Loved in a Family.

    Congratulations to you Katrina on a well written post and may the New Year bring Love, Prosperity and Good Health to you all.

    Valentina xxReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Hi Kat,

    I found your website via word of mouth about a year ago. I thoroughly enjoy getting your email daily but must admit I have been very slack at following. When I am good & the house is clean & tidy I can see my hubby smiling & doing a happy dance in his head lol (his Mum is a naturally organised & tidy person & I both admire & resent for this reason lol) I must say when house gets out of control I am extremely unhappy but am also less inclined to want to attempt the tidy up!!! But I am hoping 2015 is the year I declutter & keep a clean & tidy house, I also find I get bored at keeping a clean & tidy house but like I said I hope this is my year. Thanks so much for sharing your story you truly are an inspiration to us all. Happy New YearReplyCancel

  • Gail

    Thank you for sharing your journey. Keep up the great site, it is inspiring. May 2015 be a great year for all.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Hi Kat, you are so inspirational. It is difficult having a family and being so organised. My friends can’t beleive how I manage to do all the things I do. Sometime I don’t cope and it is true a tidy house is a tidy mind and you are able to see things in a more positive and feel better in yourself. Having all my kids left home we are now raising our granddaughter due to her mother’s health. It’s just like doing it all over again but with your blog I can relate to a lot and all your daily tips are great. Your twins are the same age as our granddaughter so I love hearing what they are up to. Thanks for all your effort and ttie it must be very rewarding for you to know you have made a business out of your blog. Thank you for being you which makes us feel half human as well.ReplyCancel

  • Cleo

    Happy New Year Kat. Thanks for sharing. I have been very ill for many years, thats why my house got a mess. I’m slowly getting my health back, and you are helping me to get my house organised and decluttered for the last 2 years. Slowly my house is getting better, I still have to do a lot, but I’m getting there. So thanks for all your great tips and ideas.ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely post! Thank you for sharing – it’s just what I need to read this morning xReplyCancel

  • Wendy Cheetham

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. As I sit here on a Friday night, soo exhausted from a huge work week, but with no energy to tackle what seems in my mind an overwhelming amount of housework, I am inspired by your post and how just breaking the tasks down makes everything achievable.
    God bless you and your family in 2015. Thanks for blessing all your readers.
    WendyReplyCancel

  • Di

    Beautiful !! I so loved reading you post today. Happy New Year to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Nella

    Happy New Year to you and your family. I really enjoyed reading your story. I’m glad you didnt listen to your neighbour – otherwise we mightened be reading your post each day. You have a beautiful family so keep writing and inspiring us all.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret

    Thanks for sharing…..
    When I was home with my 3 children I was organized and loved being a Mum….I went back to work when my eldest was 15 and the youngest about 9. As I was working in a school holidays etc were never a problem.
    I will retire on 19/1/15, and am so looking forward to bringing my house back into order. We have a lot of decluttering to do. We have lived in our house for 36 years.

    Thanks for all the hints and I just can’t wait to get started in February when we return from our Holidays…ReplyCancel

  • Kacey

    I can relate to nearly everything you have written Kat. I also wash Tues, Thursday’s and Saturday’s. This helps me a lot. I love waking up to a clean kitchen and a tidy house. I am an organised person by nature but having two small children and my own business I have found I need to prioritise my life. My family is the number 1 thing in my life and second is to look after me. Thanks for your inspiration and helping me to be a better housewife on a daily basis. Happy new year to you and I’m looking forward to hearing about the story of you and your husband. XxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Kacey, How wonderful, you and i sound very similar!.:) I just thrive on being organised and having a routine. Happy New Year to you and your family too xReplyCancel

  • Abby Beverley

    Hi Kat. Been following your blog for a couple of years now. I’m in the East Midlands (Leicester), UK. Just want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year. I got married last year so I find your blog useful and the recipes are fab. Best wishes… Abby xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Abby, It is so lovely to hear from you. Happy New Year to you also.:) So lovely to hear your are enjoying the blog. We are looking forward to another bigger and exciting year.:)ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Just thank you for being honest and keeping it real!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi

    Hi Kat and thank you for sharing a bit more of yourself with us! Love your blog…especially recipes and tips.
    Just wanted to take this opportunity to also let your know that you have been inspirational to me by sharing your gastric sleeve story several months ago now. I am now 4 weeks post op and looking forward to all that 2015 will bring especially a healthier happier me! Thanks for playing a part in my journey and good luck to continuing success with yours.
    Happy New Year to you and yours. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Mandy that is wonderful news! So glad you enjoyed the post i did on my sleeve. I hope you are recovering well and 2015 is a wonderful year for you.:) xReplyCancel

  • Molly

    thanks so much for sharing your story. why is it you always seem to post the things i need to read/hear?! i have become so overwhelmed with it all lately, trying to be ‘perfect’ as for some reason i have been comparing myself to others and have failed miserably at even slightly measuring up to what i thought i should be. once again you have opened my eyes and put my heart at ease. its time for me to gain back my routine and control of what i have and to stop comparing myself….in home, life, self and parenting.
    you truly are a lovely person and so insightful. so many thanks to you and here’s to a wonderful 2015!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Molly thank you so much! I am so grateful to all of my readers. I am so very pleased to hear my blog post has had a positive effect on you. You go girl!.:) xReplyCancel

  • Ady Ghosh

    Your beautiful Kat. Loved reading your story . So inspiring. Been a admirer of your blog for some time now . Keep up the awesome work :) Greetings from Melbourne.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much!!.:) That is really lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us, and I like the idea of having certain days to do things it makes life easier and that is how I am going to start my new year off, starting tomorrow 5 January 2015.

    Love your blog and how you encourage others. Bel xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Belinda, That is fantastic! Looking forward to hearing how you go.:)
      So happy to hear you are enjoying the blog! Looking forward to another exciting year.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thank you Kate. I have made your morals of the story my resolutions for 2015. I have printed them out and put on my computer at work as a daily reminder. I am so thankful to have stumbled across your blog :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thank you Kat. I have made the morals of your story my resolutions for 2015. I have printed them out and put them on my computer screen at work as a daily reminder. I am so thankful to have stumbled across your blog :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Lisa that is lovely! So glad you are enjoying the blog. Looking forward to an exciting year ahead.:)ReplyCancel

  • “How dull, who would read that?” Famous last words, haha. Plenty of people, it would seem ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Mish

    Thanks for sharing <3 I have been following your blog for about a year now. With 2 teenage children and 2 toddlers plus 2 businesses and a charity I run, I find your daily emails help me get things done that may have been overlooked. My goal for this year is to be more organised in meal planning and preparation. I'll be referring to your recipes, especially the freezable ones for this. Again thanks for sharing your story and making me feel human xxReplyCancel

  • Jane Martignago

    Thank you for sharing your story!! I love your website and reading your daily emails. You are a real inspiration to me as I’m desperately trying to become more organised as late last year my son was diagnosed with ASD and I’m in the process of making a routine for him. Best wishes for a successful 2015 xxxReplyCancel

  • Maggie

    I’ve never posted anything before but wanted to say how impressive you are! I came across your website via HSW, I strive to be more organised, getting there slowly but perhaps more quickly now I’ve subscribed to The Organised Housewife! It was lovely to read your back story, thank you for sharing that :)ReplyCancel

  • Lyn

    Wow, what a story to tell, I find you an inspiration with all you have done. I am a 62 year old grandmother who still works fulltime & find your blogs to be so interesting that when I look at what you put as your “daily tasks” I think ” that sounds good”. I don’t always have the time to do the tasks but at least the idea is there for when I can. Thank you for sharing you thoughts & ideas & I hope you continue your blog for a long time to come.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Lyn, thank you so much! I truly love hearing from my readers and hearing and sharing stories and tips. So happy to hear you are enjoying the blog.:)ReplyCancel

  • I so loved reading this Kat you really are an insipration. Thank you for sharing. xReplyCancel

  • JessBroadbent

    Wow, Katrina, that was so personal, thank you for sharing. I am all about balance, and it is great to hear that from you too. It is also good to have a reminder that we never know what is happening behind closed doors, and how someone might be struggling.
    I so look forward to reading your posts and at the moment I feel very inspired to get going and clean up! I really want to create routines for myself, and have a wonderful home to retreat to. I am taking a long trip in April, and I want to have most of this sorted out before I go, so that I return to somewhere fantastic, and am delighted to come home.
    Thank you again for sharing, I do appreciate it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh wow thank you so much Jess! I look forward to hearing more about your routines and hope you have a wonderful trip in April!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara

    It’s so wonderful of you to share these parts of your life with us (good and bad). After a while we (readers) start to feel like we know the person behind the blog but this is just taken it a step further, I’m so glad you are achieving your goals, the feeling of achievement is one that can never be taken from you. I looked forward to reading your next post.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you so much, Tamara! It means a lot to hear back from my readers.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat,

    I found your blog via pinterest as I searched for DIYs and craft ideas for keeping me a bit sane in the midst of feels-not-working-today. haha. I used to work as an engineer and running a small fnb business but in my heart, I’d love to be a housewife. Thanks for sharing your story and they are inspiring! Really. Keep up your spirit and I hope 2015 will be a great year for you and your family.

    p.s. : I wish one day to visit Gold Coast. I only have been to Melbourne so far. And I just loveeeee Australia! Have a nice day! :)ReplyCancel

Finally the 2015 Monthly Calendar Pages with To-Do list are ready for you to download.

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A few weeks ago I released the 2015 Weekly Planner, however I have received so many requests for the Daily planner version that I have taken some time out and created the 2015 Daily Planner for you too! 2015 Daily Planner – now available! The 2015 Daily Planner will help you to keep track of all your […]

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  • Kylee

    I have been waiting for this thank you Kat, I really appreciate you making it, I loved using the planner last year, kept me really organising, especially with planning even just the little things like medication for the dog.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is wonderful, Kylee! So lovely to hear.:)ReplyCancel

Christmas is that wonderful time of year that we catch up with friends for pre-Christmas celebrations and with our family as we also have quite a few birthdays between now and the new year.

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  • I have a secret weakness for devilled eggs! yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      they are so yummy, even a curried variation would be nice!ReplyCancel

      • Bev Lange

        here’s an even easier version of eggs, boil and halve as per usual, but instead of taking out yolk, simply sprinkle some curry powder over each halve (don’t get too heavy handed) and drizzle a few drops of french dressing and hep presto all doneReplyCancel

  • Imogen Hodson

    Hiya organised housewife!

    I have an idea for your {Daily task}.
    Donate the wedding dress you adore (but is clogging up wardrobe space) to…
    Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc.
    (angelgowns.org.au OR they also have a facebook page, just search for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc)

    These awesome volunteers transform the dresses into beautiful burial gowns for stillborn babies. This is a completely free service.

    They will also take your random sewing supplies or ribbony bits if you feel like cleaning out your sewing stuff.

    If you need more info (or want to do a blog story), just message Sarah the CEO. She is adorable and they really love the publicity.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Imogen for these details, I have just shared it on my facebook page xReplyCancel

  • Imogen Hodson

    Thank you, thank you! ????ReplyCancel

  • Karin

    Than you for your wonderful ideas!! I never thought of using a piping bag to put the mixture in the eggs brilliant!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karin

    Thank you for your wonderful ideas!! I never thought of using a piping bag to put the mixture in the eggs brilliant!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are very welcome, Karin!.:)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Coles I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you all.  I have partnered with a brand that fits perfectly with the content of the blog, I am proud to announce I am a Coles Ambassador.  Nothing will change for you, I will continue to bring you the same type of posts, sharing family […]

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  • Cheryl

    Congratulations on the partnership with Coles, that is great news!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn

    This is great I usually fail and spend most of the time in the kitchen preparing, then we eat and they usually leave so I didn’t really get to spend time with them, going to use some of your tips next time!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    wow coles? Thats great. Look forward to many more imteresting posts like this one.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Sandra.:) Yes i am so excited and thrilled to be working with Coles!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Katrina. You will be an awesome ambassador.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Trish! I am so super excited.:)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Taubmans When we first moved into our home I painted a feature wall in the kids bedrooms. I love colour and felt leaving their walls cream like the rest of the house was bland.  Miss 9’s bedroom just makes me smile, it’s just so bright and colourful, I really don’t think it […]

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  • I love taubmans paint! I will use that software tool when I’m re-painting my workspace next year :) Thank you for sharing, I love your blog!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you!.:) Yes i love there paint too.:)ReplyCancel

Create a ‘guest basket’ for visitors who are staying with you over the holidays.   Include necessities and special items like: Nibbles Soap Sunscreen Tissues Magazine Shampoo and conditioner Hand cream Notepad and pen Extra roll of toilet paper, just in case they run out they know where to find some quickly. All our family […]

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Mason jar salads are just that a salad in a mason jar. I’m not sure who came up with this concept, but I think it’s genius. Storing the salad in a glass (mason) jar keeps it fresh for 5-7 days.

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  • Lorrie

    Wow these look so good I am going to have to give this a go myself, I guess you could really do whatever combination you wanted.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Lorrie! You can put whatever you like in them, they are so good! I look forward to my lunch everyday.:)ReplyCancel

  • Carley

    That sounds great but am wondering does it have to be a mason jar? Can other glass jars work or even Tupperware and still remain as fresh as you say storing in mason is?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Carley, Yes it can be any glass jar just not plastic as it won’t keep it’s freshness.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Can I ask why the Mason jars? Does the jar need to be specially sealed like with preserving or can one just put the lid on the jar and the salad will be right for a few days? Such a great idea- I need to do the same thing. My husband and two children usually get fed well and I get either whatever’s left for work lunches or eat when I remember at home!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Samantha, Yes the jars need to be glass and to seal to keep in the freshness so they last. They are so perfect for busy lifestyles.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Robertson

    i am really Impressed with your Mason jar salads. One question – do the avocados go brown? What do the eggs taste like after a week?
    Thank you for such interesting ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lynn, Funny you ask abut the avocados! I honestly thought they would too but no they didn’t. By day 5 they had slightly started to have a little brownish colour but still totally fine to eat. And the eggs were fine too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    Where did you find these Mason jars? All the ones I’ve looked at have a handle and a hole for a straw through the lid.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Courtney, You can purchase them at Big W or there is a link on the post just above.ReplyCancel

      • Jen

        FYI, the link didn’t work for me. There was a problem with the redirection: “Unfortunately we cannot redirect you to the website requested….”, etc. I did manage to extract the website you intended the link take us to from the redirection URL though…

        Thanks for this post! I have been wanting to find a way to make salads last longer and was specifically considering trying a different storage container, so I will try some mason jars instead of a different plastic container!ReplyCancel

  • elizabeth

    Can u layer just the dressing veggies, feta cheese and lettuce as I font like eggs or meat in my salad?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Elizabeth, yes you can add whatever salads you enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I have a heap of old maccona coffee jars do you think that they will work as well? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Melissa, I honestly haven’t tried it. It may work because coffee stays fresh. If you try it let me know.:)ReplyCancel

    • Paul Thornton

      Mason Jars have rubber O-ring on inner lid to give airtight seal. To replicate this on coffee jars, run a thin ring of soft silicone sealant around underside edge of lid.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I will give it a go with both thanksReplyCancel

    • Antonella

      Did you try the maccona coffee jars? Did they work??ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    I love the idea – makung life easier! But…. What about your poached chicken – if it was poached on sunday and you made 5 salads up for mon – fri, is the chicken still ok?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sarah I am finding it is still OK, haven’t come down sick yet thank goodness.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany

    Hi, I love this idea but I’m a but unsure of how long you can wait before you eat poached chicken and boiled eggs… Is it really ok on Friday, if made on Sunday night, or is there. 2 day limit for safe eating?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I completely understand your worry Tiffany I was concerned in the beginning too but it is all still edible by the Friday.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy walker

    My favourite is bottom layer balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing, next layer either butter beans or chickpeas, then cous cous, then roasted pumpkin, then crumbled feta and finally a layer of salad greens ( I like baby spinach) yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      OOh Wendy my mouth is watering that sounds so so good.ReplyCancel

  • shell

    These look amazing, I am going to experiment tomorrow. I just wondered if you thought that tuna would keep in the jar?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Shell, I haveb’t tried Tuna yet, only because I love chicken saladas. But I do want to try it at some stage, if you do, please let me know :)ReplyCancel

      • Shell

        Yeah, I wonder if the tuna will be too moist to put next to the salad greens. I might make it with the others, but use this one first, rather than waiting until later in the week, and then if its ok, stretch it out to 2 days next week and so on and so forth… I will let you know :-)ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Sounds good, you will have to let me know how they turn out.:)ReplyCancel

          • Shell

            TUNA UPDATE! :-)
            Tuna keeps really well for up to 5 days, my salads have never lasted any longer that because They’ve been too tasty!

          • Robin

            Use Sirena Tuna, it’s the best flavour. It is in oil so when draining it use some of the oil for the dressing.

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      OOh that’s so good to hear Shell that they work, I’d love to try some with Salmon too! I’ve had a few this week with left over ham from our Christmas feast over the weekend, so good!ReplyCancel

  • Isabelle Pearce

    l love the idea Katrina. I will buy big jars and mini ones for my 3 year old that loves salads. It will make my life so much easier and less boring. As every day we eat the same and it gets boring. Do you need to boil the jars, and seal them like you do with jam…? Or just close the lid very tightly? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Hi
    I try making your mason jar salad it was so easy to make and it tasted yummy my husband liked it too, I am also try fruit salad in the jars i put honeydew melon, rockmelon, watermelon, so we will see how it goes.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like the sound of the fruit Mason Jars! You will have to let me know how they turn out, Jeannette.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    I love these!!! Just wondering what you do to keep them fresh for so long? Do you just put the lid on or do you need to pressure preserve?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Nothing special Ashley, just put the lid on and keep them in the fridge.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Katrina,
    I’ve just come across Mason Jar salads they look fab! I’m on a weight loss journey and for summer, these look so awesome.
    Can I just ask what is a good jar size as I want to buy some. You say above you use 1lt jars but then say you use 440ml jars for your salads?

    Thanks heaps
    KarenReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Karen, Mason Jar salads are so yummy! We are loving them. Yes i use the 440ml jar and i use a bigger jar for my husband.
      Enjoy.:)ReplyCancel

      • Karen

        Hi Katrina – thanks for getting back to me so quickly! That’s great, thanks for clarifying that…will buy some today and get on to it…can’t wait.

        KarenReplyCancel

  • Denise

    Love this idea, what size are the jars you are using in your photos?ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    Stupid question time … We have a few mason jars with straw holes already would they work or not? Also kids wouldn’t be able to take glass to school could they store in the glass in the fridge and then I transfer to plastic container in the morning to take to school(just go without dressing these ones I’m thinking)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No not silly at all, Kellie. I personally wouldn’t use the ones with the straw in them as they have to be sealed completely and by having the straw in the the air would take the freshness out.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    Fab idea!
    We have a favourite Warm Chicken Salad in our house that I’m going to adapt for this. Yummiest dressing!…

    2 tablespoons tahini paste
    2 tablespoons warm water
    2 teaspoons sugar
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2-4 tablespoons peanut oil
    juice of 1/2 lemon
    1/2 clove garlic
    dash of chilli or Tabasco
    2 teaspoons white vinegar
    1 tablespoon sesame oil
    salt and pepper to taste

    Combine all in a screw-top jar and shake well.

    I think it will go something like this…
    Layer dressing, sliced celery, spring onions, water chestnuts, slivered almonds, poached chicken, avocado, cubed mango, rocket/baby spinach/lettuce, alfalfa sprouts.

    Have I got the logic right? Anyone see any issues?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh this sounds divine Jenny!! I might have to give this a try myself.:)ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    I made my salad jars yesterday, put them in the fridge and today there is some condensation inside the jars – is this bad? Did I do something wrong?will I get sick If I eat it?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hmm you have thinking! A quick question: Where the Mason Jars dry before you put the salad in? I have never had that happen, the only thing i can think of Cath is that maybe the seal isn’t working correctly. I would maybe suggest using a different mason jar and see how that goes. Let me know how you go.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tamara

    Love this idea, I always forget about my own lunch during the week and end up with cheese on SAO’s!!! Silly question but where would beetroot fit in to all the layers of this idea?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they a great idea.:) I love them for the same reason so easy to have already made ready for lunch. I would put beetroot down the bottom towards where the tomato goes.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    Just wondering if there are any suggestions if I wanted to make these with vegetables that I could heat up during winter?? I’m not s huge fan of salads in winter and would love something that I could heat up. Thanks for any suggestions. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hmm i have never tried vegetables! If you give it a go please let me know how they turn out, i’m curious.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Katrina you have a brilliant website with great ideas.
    Can you tell me the best place to purchase the Mason jars, I live in Penrith NSW. Hope you can help & thanks in advance.
    AngelaReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Hi

    Can you tell me what size Mason Jar to use as I’d like to order the same as the pics but can’t find them online. Also can you tell lmd where to purchase the Mason Jars from thanks, Helen.ReplyCancel

  • alison

    Oh my! These have seriously revolutionalised our house! Hubby loves them, so on Sunday night I have a little production line…. Mr 14 only likes chicken Caesar but Im working on that;-)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina D

    Love it! These salads would be great for picnics as they could travel in an eski with drinks.ReplyCancel

  • Liz Cook

    I’ve been trying to buy your recommended jars both in bigw and from your online link. Raw foods store is closed till March! Any other links where I can buy them?ReplyCancel

We found this fabric last year at Spotlight, a DIY Christmas Bunting fabric sheet.  I have found in previous years this has sold out very quickly, so when I saw it, I grab a length straight away. I then used pinking shears to cut around each triangle.  This saved me time, rather than sewing a seam around each. […]

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  • I love this! We are having a Christmas party very soon at our house and this idea will be perfect.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh wonderful, Briohny.:)ReplyCancel