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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

Task 22 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • charlotte

    I also have fine hair with new growth, what sort of brush do you use for your hair?ReplyCancel

A busy mum’s beauty routine

This post is sponsored by Avon I’m going to put it out there first and foremost, I don’t wear makeup everday.  But for me a beauty routine is not just about makeup it’s about looking after your skin, your future self. To prevent the wrinkles and keep your skin toned as you age. Looking after […]

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  • Mamma

    This is a bit of a silly post. It’s not so much a beauty regime as a hygiene regime.
    Shower, get dressed, put on make up of going out….isn’t that all of us?!?ReplyCancel

    • Nellie

      Not me. I shower at night so I can sleep in until the very last minute.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Love this routine. Just started this day and I feel so much fresher and not look so much like a daggy mummy.
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  • Shelley

    I too love this. I came across this website looking for help as I am at the extreme end of unorganised! Yesterday morning I got up and showered rather than just putting on whatever I could find and getting out the door. It made a huge difference rather than coming home from dropping the kids off and showering sometime throughout the day! I actually went straight from there and did groceries etc. You wouldn’t believe how much extra time I had from this one little thing.

    I’ve never really worn makeup mainly due to not knowing where to start. So what might be a normal everyday thing for one person certainly isn’t for another. The simpleness of this post makes it not overwhelming to start looking after yourself rather than everybody else. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Shelley, you have truly brought a tear to my eye…. thank you. Why I write this blog is exactly what you have explained in how it has helped you. Whilst my ways may be ordinary sometimes people just need a glimpse of how somebody else goes about general day to day tasks and is an idea of how they can adapt it to their lifestyle. I can only imagine how much extra time you have by not having to come back home to shower and then more than likely get distracted with other things, but rather drop the kids and continue on for the day…. good on you. You have truly made my week, thank you xxReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    If looking after your skin and preventing wrinkles is your goal, daily sunscreen use (rather than just when you think you need it) is the key, and has scientific evidence to prove it! A big study called the Nambour skin cancer prevention trial showed very clearly that people who used sunscreen daily had far less ageing of their skin after 4.5 years – imagine how that translates if you start the sunscreen young and continue it throughout your life (not to mention the reduced rates of melanoma and other skin cancers)! I think it is important people know this fact and spend their time and money on sunscreen rather than unproven creams and formulas…ReplyCancel

    • absolutely Amanda, sunscreen is always important, I make sure I purchase my creams with sunscreen in it, as I burn even putting washing on the line, my skin is that fair.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I’ve been rocking the avon magic face cream stuff and eye wand (face cream make pores and flaws look less aggressive and the eye wand brightens the eyes) then chuck on some avon bb cream, flick of mascara and a run over the eyebrows with the mascara wand (very lightly…helps them stay in place too) and I am done. Takes less than 5 min. And I agree…showering before taking the kids to school def kick starts the day on a good note. On days when I don’t….I find myself wandering in circles and keep passing the mirror thinking how awfully tired and haggard I look.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    This isn’t a beauty routine as much as a cleanliness routine, not helpfulReplyCancel

  • Alison Fusca

    Love this!! I too, shower at night (as my 3.5yo showers with me – so much faster than a bath and she feels like a ‘big girl’!) it saves me so much time in ams. Just run the straightener over my hair and quick splash of makeup I’m done!
    Love love love your blog – always inspiring ;)
    Keep it coming xxReplyCancel

How to organise your headbands

This is a guest post by reader Melissa P I had been looking for a way to store my daughters headbands when purely by chance while cleaning out my craft supplies and repair basket I discovered that a baby formula tin was the perfect size to hold headbands.  As a bonus the inside of the […]

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  • Roslyn Woodhouse

    What a fantastic idea! Can I use it for a craft group?ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    Perfect. I am rescuing my last formula tin out of the recycling as I type! Genius! Baby doesn’t have much hair but her 3yr old sister does, and a lot of headbands!ReplyCancel

    • Perfect timing you managed to save a tin, I think this idea is just brilliant!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I love this too! This is the best idea I’ve seen that will work for my daughter. All her hairties and hairclips will also fit inside the tin too! Soooo excited about seeing this.ReplyCancel

    • Kirsty

      Now just to think of someone who buys baby formula!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I use a brushed steel wine bucket (like they would use in a cafe – all the decoration comes from the headbands!ReplyCancel

  • Carmen

    You can also use old Milo tins.ReplyCancel

  • Venita Martin

    Love the idea! Just what I was looking for….Thank youReplyCancel

Help stop the spreading of germs from coughs and sneezes

If germs aren’t kept under control it can become a never-ending battle once cold and flu hits the household.  Teaching children from their early years how to cough properly is a benefit to themselves and those around them, especially when it comes to becoming sick at kindy or school.  But it’s not just the children, […]

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  • Renee Simpson

    A good way to help prevent colds etc is to take Inner Health Plus everyday. I work in childcare so I try and take as many preventative measures as posssibleReplyCancel

Organising the kids shower

My kids have just about outgrown the bathtub.  The twins now 9 and my youngest 7 all inherited their dads long legs. So each night they are having showers.  After the kids had a bath the facewashers would easily dry over the tub ledge.  However now when having a shower I usually always find the […]

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  • Jessicacarey

    Love the hooks for the puffs in the shower,what a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • alannadale

    Great idea but no way I would spend that much on a shower caddy!ReplyCancel

  • Kazzie

    Love it! … a bit pricey but it looks modern and streamlined.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on a lovely clean shower – the caddy looks very practicalReplyCancel

  • Littleanglelstoo

    That looks divine – and your tiles are SPARKLING! Great job. We are about to complete our transition to the shower – can’t wait!
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  • Stacey

    I really like this idea. But for $150 I am happy for the bottles to sit on the floor! ReplyCancel

  • tomi

    I’ve finally found the caddy I wanted but the man will not be pleased about the price tag though :(.

    Still worth bookmarking the site for later browsing ;) ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I feel sorry for your twins and their eczema. I was born with atopic eczema and diagnosed at 5 weeks of age. I suffer all year and it is not a good feeling. It is very hard for people to understand exactly how itchy the skin gets. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Katrina I love your ideas and where did you find this website – it is an amazing discovery for the addicted organiser. We are about to do a bathroom makeover/reno and it has given me lots of inspiration! For eczema we have found great results in using Epsolm Salts (try http://www.blants.com.au) in the bath. If using a shower, you can make a mix in a bottle and spray on before or use a foot bath.ReplyCancel

  • That’s a great idea Katrina! My kids are at that age as well, and with Eme having eczema and Seth not, the number of products in our shower is ridiculous. Love how organised your shower is…especially the little sponges hung in a row, up off the floor.ReplyCancel

  • brella

    Hi Kat – you just keep coming up with more and more ideas. I love your blog. I have been decluttering over the last few weeks and feel so much better just clearing out our house. Thank you for inspiring me. xoxReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    I LOVE Moo Goo! It’s the only thing I’ve found that keeps my sensitive skin and scalp calm. Love the shower caddy!ReplyCancel

  • What a clever idea!ReplyCancel

  • Jodene

    Wow, this shower caddy is fantastic! I am going to head over and see how I can get one. I have a metal one that hangs over the shower head, but I hate it. They always get rusty or they don’t sit straight. This one is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • MarissaBeautifullyOrganised

    Love it Kat – I shared it on the blog, hope that’s ok?ReplyCancel

  • Jude Dickson

    Wonderful idea…great design…but seriously could anyone justify $149.00 + postage for an acrylic shower shelf?
    Is it just me?  ReplyCancel

    • It’s very strong and durable, I will get my money’s worth for sure as the ones I have used in the past rust and corrode, where this one won’t.ReplyCancel

  • Raelene

    I have 3 teenagers in their bathroom and the amount of products that are scattered on the floor is rediculous…….. Your shower caddy may be expensive but at least it will be a one off cost! I off to order one now. Thanks :) ReplyCancel

  • I went to Bunnings/Masters and got a soap dispenser like they have in hotels on the walls with the shampoo and conditioner except I got one with three dispensers in one Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash (thats what I use anyhow) no bottles what so ever. And now that I can see how much is left in the dispenser I just buy the 1 Litre bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash when they are on sale and I only need to buy it every 3 or 4 weeks instead of weekly/fortnightly cause I am unsure if it will last the week or not.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    How does the mentioned shower caddy hold up to shower/water scum & mould/mildew?ReplyCancel

  • EJ Butler

    Great idea. I have 2 shower caddy’s in my shower because I hate things on the floor. I have a few shampoos and conditioners in my shower because I wont waste expensive stuff on my boyfriend. I only recently got the new second one before that I had a suction cap one which kept falling off. great Idea but annoying. this one i have now is hanging over the glass and one over the shower head. I would pay $150 for a great shower caddy. I do wonder about the soap scum. another of my nightmares.ReplyCancel

  • Marisa

    that is exactly the shower caddy I have been searching for for our shower, thanks for postingReplyCancel

  • Jac

    I love this idea! Especially the hooks for the puffs. I have a glass shelf in my shower and tried this, but my hooks keep falling off, which ones did you use?ReplyCancel

  • Joanna

    what a great idea… love it…ReplyCancel

  • Robomum

    Love that rack. I’m in the same situation with my little one and I’m always picking up sopping facewashers.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    As we do not have a glass shower I am having to think outside the box. I was wondering how the 3m holds up in the water with all the steam?ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    My girls don’t like the loofah says they say it hurts their skin, so I am going to put loops on their face washers and hang them off their shower caddy.ReplyCancel

{Cleaning} Clean rubber bath toys

Cleaning Bath Toys We all love them, rubber duckies are so very cute and such a fun play toy for the kids in the bath.  However, they and all other rubber bath toys get the horrible black build up inside.   How to clean rubber bath toys: Squeeze out any water sitting inside toy. Fill […]

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  • Also to stop water getting in there u can hot glue gun the hole up. ReplyCancel

  • fantastic tip I have two duckies that need a decent clean – thanks!ReplyCancel

  • You read my mind, i was trying to work out how to get them clean yesterday when i had to veto the toys from bath timeReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    I cleaned mine last week by sucking up the bi-carb and vinegar mix (while it was still frothing). Worked a treat and I had great fun. It also didn’t require any soaking time, which was handy.

    Vileda also have a tile and grout scrubber which I love for cleaning around the suction cups on non-slip bath mats etc. It’s a bit firmer than the Tupperware one you use.ReplyCancel

  • I solved the problem years ago by not having actual bath toys, I give them a couple of the little Ikea snack bowls and cups a spoon and a small funnel and they have a ball with the bubbles! Afterwards I just wash them with the dinner dishes and put them away. No manky toys and no extra clutter in my bathroom!ReplyCancel

  • I put ours through the dishwasher once a week, the heat kills al the mould and germs. Has never destroyed a duckie and we have some toys for 9 years!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for your tip!!! I hate that black stuff floating in the bath!!!ReplyCancel

  • we just bought more; our others were disgusting and not cleanable! lolReplyCancel

  • hehe, this has been on my “to-do wishlist” for over a month now :) ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Wow! I didn’t know you could clean them! I used to just throw them out, now I just buy toys that don’t have the hole……. But my kids have the most fun with a plastic cup I use to rinse their hair with….. Go figure!ReplyCancel

  • My usual method of cleaning plastic bath toys is to throw them out and buy new ones! I’ll be trying this next time…much cheaper. lol.ReplyCancel

  • I’m with you LisaW, the soft ones with holes can’t ever be cleaned well IME … I try and stick to hard plastic stuff I can clean properly and piff any stuff we get as gifts when it needs a clean.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve found the best thing to do is put a blob of silicone over the hole when you first get the bath toys ;) ReplyCancel

  • Caz Pen

    With our bath toys – I pop whatever can handle it into the top drawer of the dishwasher & then only have to handwash a few! Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • tanz

    what about using bleach? is that too strong?ReplyCancel

  • Shobana Sathiya

    thanks yaar i thought to dispose it two days back.. nw i got gud ideaReplyCancel

  • Brooke

    Another tip I have heard, but am yet to test, is to pop silicone into the hole to stop the water sucking into them in the first place… thinking of giving it a go as then they should float properly too!ReplyCancel

    • somebody else just mentioned they do this and it works for them, such a great idea to stop the mould.ReplyCancel

  • andorose

    we have started filling the holes with silicone, works a treat, no moldy
    bath toys!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    We filled all our bathtoys holes using a glue gun and shared details over an our blog. Welovebeingmoms.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Milton…is magic for this. Once a week I put all the toys in the bath, put in enough water to submerge everything and add in some milton. Suck the water with milton into the toys and leave it all for at least 10 minutes. It has worked wonders on the mermaid dolls ensuring there is no mould through their hair etc. Simple, easy and sterilised.ReplyCancel

  • Vinegar is the best for any moldy situation! I have a squeeze bottle that has an 80% vinegar/ 20% water solution that I use to clean walls, ceilings, windows and toys. Fab for the bathroom too :) JosieReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love vinegar too! Such a great cleaning agent for so many things!ReplyCancel

  • Vinegar is great. It is natural and does a wonderful job of killing the mold. We soak lemon or orange peels in vinegar to give it a more pleasant smell when cleaning the mold.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh i like your idea of soaking lemon or orange peels in vinegar. Great idea!ReplyCancel

{Declutter} Shower, create your own shampoo pump dispenser

Decluttering the shower What do you keep in your shower?  Do you have way too many product bottles?  Do you really use them all?  Today I would like to you to take a look inside your shower, throw away or put into the cupboard what you haven’t used for 2 weeks or more.  If you rarely […]

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  • Deli Espino

    Great idea! I am going to do it for the kiddos. Their bottles tend to fall over and end up spilling half the bottle out. :/ I love it!! Thank You so much :D ReplyCancel

  • Kirstylee

    That is such a great idea!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Great idea! I’m going to do that this weekend. I use WD40 to remove labels….only because hubby has a heap of it in the shed. Works well, bit smelly but does the job.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen

    Awsome idea. Will definatley be doing that. The kids are forever wasting and dropping the bottles and smashing the lids.
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  • Brenda

    My husband and I were just discussing this issue just this morning! I’m putting your suggestion straight into practice, thanks :D ReplyCancel

    • Happy to help Brenda, please let me know if it works well for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen

    Fantastic idea, we all use Moo Goo and I hate the idea of leaving $35 worth of products in the shower for the kids to use how they see fit so hairwashing is always done in our shower at the moment! Will definitely use this as they get older :-) ReplyCancel

    • My girls just don’t know when to stop squirting, it helps to eliminate the waste. Moo Goo is great isn’t it!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic idea! I love that the bottles can also include names or brands if everyone uses different shampoos.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui (CRAP Mamma)

    That’s a great idea, it’ll stop the littlest one playing with the lid of the baby shampoo bottle too lol!!ReplyCancel

  • Excellent idea. I will definitely be setting this one up. I will get the kids to help, then they will love it even more. ReplyCancel

  • I love this, i bought big shampoo bottles with pumps and it works the same way. i love this idea. I also got this styrofoam square that fits under the toilet paper so they cannot unroll the whole roll easilyReplyCancel

    • What is the styroofoam square, I am intruigued, would love to hear more.ReplyCancel

  • mums the word

    great idea and so pretty!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Ladkins

    We don’t kepp anything in our shower at all. Everything you need for a shower is kept in the cupboard – you just grab it out before you jump in. ReplyCancel

  • Sm Shep

    A squirt of WD 40 will also help remove sticky labels (mostly the paper type). I used to work at a pawn brokers and that is the only thing we used to remove old price stickers and store labels. Actually spray it ON the label before removing, leave for a about 30 seconds and the label should peel off in one piece. Then you just wipe over with a bit of paper towel. Is still feels tacky, use an alco wipe.ReplyCancel

    • Kerrie

      Great idea! Too much is wasted in our house. Where can i find these bottles?ReplyCancel

  • Will defiantly be doing this, this weekend! ReplyCancel

  • [...] Decluttering your shower, create shampoo and conditioner dispensers – Declutter your shower by removing all the excess bottles and lotions.  Create dispensers for the kids to eliminate excess shampoo usage, this will save you money! {Find The Organised Housewife on Twitter and Facebook} [...]ReplyCancel

  • I like this idea. Different shampoos, soaps etc don’t always fit well into the caddy. At least this way you can find something that fits perfectly, buy your goop of choice in bulk and refill as needed. Brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Masilun

    Loved this idea but I found that the pump bottles we repurposed didn’t hold up well over time. So, I went on a hunt for some refillable plastic bottles that were durable and functional. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. Finally found these and have been thrilled with them. They hold an entire bottle of shampoo so I don’t have to refill nearly as often.

    http://www.showernichekit.comReplyCancel

  • Our boys are not that keen on washing their hair, so we dont have to worry about waste. But we do have to think about the mold issue, and the bottle falling over as we drive! I really like your corner shelf from big W. Will have to look out for one of those :)
    Also like the idea of making a pump dispenser
    cheers
    LisaReplyCancel

  • Di4mk63

    I have done this as well, because I buy shampoo and condition in bulk litre bottles when on special, they are too heavy to handle in the shower/bath!ReplyCancel

  • shampoo dispensers

    The idea works well! the dispenser would really free up the space no matter if your bathroom is small. you. All it need is to just fill the dispenser bottle and have it at an easy press. Importantly, you will be finding  your things without any hassles.  If your bathroom is still old, it is time to remove all those bottles and bowls that makes your bathroom messy. Once you install it, you would definitely feel like you should have done that earlier!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    This is a great idea, just did this for my girls. No more waste.
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{Cleaning} Bathroom sink

This is the final week of Bathroom tips, so I am going to try and fill it with all my bathroom organising and cleaning ideas for you.  Today’s task is to clean below the bathroom sink plug area.  I try and clean this area once a week/fortnight, as it’s where I am looking every time […]

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  • Katrina Maree

    Before i scrub the sink, i actually use toilet cleaner (i bought one just for sinks) and i run that around the rim and let it sit… it disolves so much grime and makes it that much easier to scrub :) I also do the same for my kitchen sink, it makes the aluminium shiny :) ReplyCancel

  • Belinda miller

    Calcium dissolver from ENJO is my fave for the white stuff around the taps.ReplyCancel

  • J'zanne Read

    Not to forget many newer homes, have the “hotel” style plugs that are the metal press and pops with rubber seals. The caps rotate off, the “grill” is formed (not all, but most) to the ring. But, cleaning the cap and seal is just as important: being the underside is too high to soak in the pipe, and not in the basin. As anyone with kids know, there is always the challenge to see what can “fit” in with the water.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Just did this today, couldn’t get over how disgusting the drain was.ReplyCancel

{Inspirational Images} Bathrooms

I love the walls {image} Shelves on the door’s make this small cupboard very functional {image} I love this idea, beautiful scent and keeps the brushes upright {image} Perfectly organised bathroom cupboard {image} Perfectly functional, love the shelves to hold small personal items {image} Simple and clever, jar + candle votive = clever {image} Inexpensive shelf solution {image} This […]

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  • I agree about the toilet paper!!!! Has to be the right way!!! Grubby fingers on the wall if it is the other way!!!
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  • Adalita Marks

    I am a wrong way person. I like the paper hanging down. ReplyCancel

    • Pernodpourmoi

      So you’re telling us that if it’s the ‘right way’, the paper hangs up? ;) ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Gardner

    Love all those ideas! Katrina, do I have to be invited by someone to join Pinterest? Not that I can probably afford the time that I will no doubt be spening on there lol :D ReplyCancel

  • KTO

    As much as I love all of those images, I live in the country and the dust that gets into my house is phenomenal and all I’d end up with is dusty towel and cotton tips. :( ReplyCancel

    • I like to have covers on everything and cupboard doors always closed too. ReplyCancel

  • First, thanks so much for featuring the photo of my baskets that hold the bathroom linens. It seems to be making the rounds on Pinterest. You can find the full post here: http://imbusyprocrastinating.blogspot.com/2011/06/design-solution-wall-baskets-for-bath.html

    Second, I totally agree with you about the direction of the toilet paper. Who wants to reach around underneath? Since you’re obviously as obsessive about it as I am, I will admit that I have switched the direction once when visiting a friend’s house!ReplyCancel

    • What a great way to get readers to your blog, because if it I spent sometime haveing a read!! I really like the night stand you just did up!ReplyCancel

    • Kirrily

      Wow, only once! I often swap my friends. They just don’t care which way the paper faces – shocking!
      I was brainwashed from an early age that the paper must face the right way. It’s neater and looks better if there is a print. The house might be a disaster zone, but my loo paper will always face the right way!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Walker

    Toilet paper the wrong way grrr I always change it. My kids think it funny to hear me go nuts about it so they change it and wait to hear me yell ‘toilet paper’ then I hear them running and laughing.ReplyCancel

  • Frances

    i love these ideas. but how do you get those baskets fixed to the wall?ReplyCancel

  • kristy

    Prob screwed into the wall studs Frances with a bit of timber in the basket for extra support :) ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Love these ideas, and completely agree with you on the loo roll. Absolutely and utterly – even my children get upset when it’s round the wrong way :) ReplyCancel

  • eyefrog92

    please explain why you feel the paper hanging the right way has to be on the front of the roll and when it hangs on the wall side that is wrong????…. culture rules??? Hygiene rules?? am very interested to hear the answer. ReplyCancel

    • Erin

      It’s so odd, I can’t stand it hanging the ‘wrong way’ but have no idea why. It actually makes more sense if you have kids or pets to hang it that way to avoid the roll being unravelled!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        It’s just a ‘thing’ I think looks the right way??ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    I don’t care which way the toilet paper hangs as longs as there is some on the roll.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    lol yes I hate the loo paper being the wrong way as well. ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy

    Can you tell me where I could find the dividers used between the bath towels?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Chrissy, you would find these at the hardward store, probably raw wood but you could then paint them. They would use them use them as wall supports for the bottom of shelves.ReplyCancel

  • Dutchgirl

    I totally agree about the toilet paper.
    And I have a little saving tip, I flatten the roll. You will use less paper, because it doesn’t roll of that easy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh I like this tip, wonder if it may help my little miss not use half a roll (slight exaggeration) every time she goes to the loo, will try!!ReplyCancel

{Cleaning} Bathroom cleaning tips

Remember I mentioned in this post about organising the kids bathroom that each of the kids use a washer and I have this ‘thing’ that they use a new one each day, I explain a little more below.  Here are a few tips to keep your bathroom looking tidy: While kids are in the bathtub […]

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  • Cherie

    Exit Mould is the only one I find to work but you can’t wipe it or it spreads ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou for the tip Cherie!
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      • Steff009

        Hi if the molds really bad, pour raw bleach on it leave for one hour then wipe off with hot water and rinse, If u have mold in between tiles put some bleach on a tooth brush scrub it on leave for a while then scrub it with the toothbrush then rinse.ReplyCancel

  • Tlr

    Katrina I use a mould / bathroom product from Aldi for my tiles / shower recess, it is a chemical unfortunately but I only need to use it sparingly and it’s a lot cheaper than the mainstream ‘brands’ at other supermarkets :) p.s. I love your page :) ReplyCancel

  • julie mcdonald

    I have cut up 2 old bath towels (haven’t got around to over-locking or hemming them) into 30 x 30cm squares and I use these to wipe over the vanitys in the bathrooms. I use another to wipe over the toilet lid, seat and cistern. Throw into the wash and they are ready for use next time.ReplyCancel

    • I love this Julie, what a great way of using old towels, do you mind if I add this tip to the newsletter?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    The best thing for mould is the homebrand mould remover (from woolies i think). Ive tried everything, all the top notch brands, but this one works amazingly!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    The best thing for mould is the homebrand mould remover (from woolies i think). Ive tried everything, all the top notch brands, but this one works amazingly!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Someone has told me Oil of Clove is suppose to be a great natural mould/mildew remover – it might be worth a tryReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    I have found one of the best ways to get soap scum off the shower screen is by using soap!! Lather it whilst you are having a shower itself wipe over (even with your hands) and rinse, the built up soap is cleaned off (must be the heat of the shower also) It does not dry it but it definitely helps keep the scum film down. You can wipe dry after the shower for a shiny look!

    As for mould after 20 years I still just keep coming back to straight bleach….let it soak on damp tiles for 10-15 minutes then just rinse off with shower water. I cannot scrub have a injured shoulder so this gets most patches off and all that is required is a wipe and the rest comes off too!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Love your blog…….thanks for the inspiration and tips!! A friend put me on to Gumption, The tub lasts forever, it’s cheap, found in the supermarket and it works well for those bath rings. Mould, I go with Shannon Lush on this with the shower and use the bicarb of soda and vinegar. It goes all fizzy and easy to clean. And natural :)
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    • That’s right, gumption’s great for the hard water build up on the vanity too.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Gilder

    Clove oil is brilliant for killing mould. I have used it in my bathroom and it’s gone. I did use a bit of bleach to remove stubborn mould in the grouting then mixed water and clove oil in a spray bottle and it’s done!! No more bleach needed now!ReplyCancel

    • I’m definatley going to have to get some of this, thankyou!!ReplyCancel

      • Inga

        I have read that whilst bleach removes the mould, it doesn’t kill the spores. Clove oil does kill the spores. It’s possibly a tip from Shannon Lush.ReplyCancel

  • Lynhead

    I use lemone juice mixed with cream of tartar in my shower…just mix it up, wipe it on and rinse off and you have a sparkling clean shower. For mould I use straight lemon juice!
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    • I have lemon juice, I’m going to give it a go, thanks Lynhead!ReplyCancel

    • Sherry

      I think I’ll try that on my stubborn stain! My step mom used to use Cream of Tartar & Lemon juice to get stains out of clothing.ReplyCancel

  • r_liston

    If you squeegee out your shower after the last person uses it each day, and if possible, leave the shower door open to air it out, you will have a greatly reduced mould problem. The mould needs moisture so using the squeegee helps keep it dry.ReplyCancel

  • Alanswifey

    Hi , I have just this week found and can recommend the best mould remover/shower cleaner ever, its called Selleys Rapid Mould Killer.ReplyCancel

  • Alanswifey

    Hi , I have just this week found and can recommend the best mould remover/shower cleaner ever, its called Selleys Rapid Mould Killer.ReplyCancel

  • Adalita Marks

    EXIT mould is great for stubborn mould. I used it in our ensuite after the exhaust fan broke. I still have to give that bathroom a good clean but as its in our house which is in construction and not being used I’m not worried. I use a spray bottle of vinegar and bicarb soda if I run out of my natural cleaner (Earth brand)ReplyCancel

  • Morgan

    I get the Mould remover from Aldi, its fantastic. My shower was black, I sprayed it on and came back later and it was white and clean, then I just washed it down. No scrubbing at all, I love it, I use it on the scum that builds up around the taps in the sink too and spray it in the toilet bowl to keep it white and clean too. ReplyCancel

  • Olivia

    For the past six months I have been using a new chemical free product for all of my cleaning duties. I won’t plug it here, but thought I should share the info that I have learned of late. Most bathroom cleaners such as exit mould, don’t really kill the mould but simply bleach it so it can’t be seen. The product I use has a combination of essential oils that remove and kill the mould.
    As for the harder to move soap scum, I now use malamone foam (magic erasers are made of this).
    My bathroom has never been cleaner or smelling so good :) and it takes half the time it used toReplyCancel

  • We use Sparkle For Mould — nothing “natural” about it, but when we thought we’d have to regrout the shower, and tried this super-strength stuff, turns out the grout’s still white and good! It works AMAZINGLY!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda D

    After years of scrubbing the bathroom and trying different products, I found that bicarb and vinegar removes anything…but the best thing for bathroom scum is dish washing liquid, my hubby uses it to remove the grease from his work shirt before soaking it, and Miss 6 now cleans the shower as she thinks it great to slide across the floor and its one wipe of the walls to clean it :) ReplyCancel

  • Lanna

    I use 30 seconds to remove mould in my shower. ReplyCancel

  • Munkyflava

    the mould remover from Crazy Clarks is fantastic.. Not natural again but powerful and it works fast!! We have used it on everything..kids pool and outdoor toys that we nearly threw away.. the security screens after the floods. Clothing, bathrooms.. its magic ReplyCancel

  • 1messy desk

    I’ve heard that a 1/4 teaspoon of clove oil (you can buy it from pharmacies) in a litre of water works really well on mould. Haven’t tried it myself yet, but it’d be worth a tryReplyCancel

  • Many of us assume that cleaning our bathrooms is a very tiring task but if we do this regularly, we do not have to spend as much time and energy doing it as what we have previously thought. Your bathroom usage habits can also affect the appearance and condition of this space – if you practice good hygiene and clean up every after use – then you do not have to worry about taking too long just to have it cleaned. ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I use clove oil and it is fantastic for killing mould and preventing the mould for returning. No nasty and expensive bleaches or chemicals. To prevent shower screens from leaving water ‘spots’, clean with viva mirror wipes then use regular car wax over the screen and tiles. The water beads off (just like your car). You will only need to apply the wax once or twice a year. ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    3/4 bleach and 1/4 water in a spray bottle takes care of all mould!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry

    I have a 4 piece tub enclosure we just installed last year however we noticed the bottom of the tub looks stained- I tried Baking soda to scrub it and even hydrogen peroxide but it still has the stain and it looks dirty & dingy- I have also tried bleach ad soft scrub- they didn’t work either. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • Shell ogara

    I use the Clorox stain remover pen for moldy grout. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse clean. ReplyCancel

  • Lorrie Murphy

    I use dettol and aspirin. Make into paste leave for a little while, maybe 1/2 hour. Rinse, then clean with vinegar and bicarbReplyCancel

  • ebomb

    http://www.norwex.com/productdetail.php?prd=632&ova=&ctg=64&lng=22&cnt=13

    I use Norwex products they are really really efficient and they make everything a breeze to clean. They are antibac and only require water, no harsh chemicals. Look up http://www.norwex.com and it will explain the rest! :) ReplyCancel

  • Kristin

    OZkleen do “mould Power” which doesn’t remove mould stains, but does kill mould. So if you remember to use it regularly you don’t have issues to begin with! Works well, is natural and even smells nice! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Gardner

    Hello Katrina :) I keep meaning to pop in and tell you that I love your face washer tip. My house has still seen better days but I now have a much cleaner bathroom :) ReplyCancel

    • so glad it has helped Kylie, just simple little things like that make such a difference!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Love these bathroom tips. Just finished cleaning and decluttering the bathroom.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I’ve been told that exit mould and bleach turn the mould white, which is why it comes back. Chlorine kills mould though, so it doesn’t come back! It’s worked for me!ReplyCancel

{Organising} The kids bathroom

Here are a few of my organising tips for the kids bathroom: Toothbrushes I have tried many times putting the kids toothbrushes in a ‘decorative’ toothbrush holder.  I found that inside the holder got very grotty quickly and with little ones splashing water when using the basin I was always wiping up water puddles around […]

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  • Cherie h

    Just letting you know the chicken pox vaccination doesn’t stop them from getting them they just get a milder dose as for the one who hasn’t had them he may be what they call a carrier with no symptoms so they could of had the :-) ReplyCancel

  • julie

    As far as your other child being a “carrier” – this would mean he/she is still infectious !!
    I think what is meant is that this child either has a sufficient degree of immunity from vaccination or sub-clinical infection (they got such a mild ‘dose’ they did not develop symptoms) or somehow managed not to be exposed to the varicella infection your other kids had!
    A serology test (seroconversion antibody levels) cam be done to determine immunity if you are concerned.
    Any infection is a battle of balance: the exposure level & virulence of the germs versus your conquering immune response.
    Seroconversion efficincy differs between people and vaccine type.

    If anyone has not had either chicken pox or the vaccine I highly recommend the vac – it is NASTY as an adult!! 21 days after my kids had supposedly stopped being infectious I went from hospital emergency dept (being soo sick) to acute care to being sent to isolation with my own nurse when they discovered my first welt…then being discharged as soon as my obs were stable but having to walk out in a mask!!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine

    Hi

    Just wondering what section in Woolies you found the suction cup baskets. I had a look today at the one near me but couldn’t find any.

    I think it is a great idea! We also have the decorative toothbrush holders but I don’t like the yukky stuff that grows inside. Ewww….ReplyCancel

    • Bridget

      Hi, I had trouble finding the bathroom caddy too, but found it in Coles, in the gladwrap isle (random) just hanging, as they do with other little bits and bobs for impulse buying. It wasnt where I thought to look.

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  • I love how your hair items look in the drawer- very easy to find everything! I have a teen daughter and here’s the best thing we did for the bathroom- I put a cool looking large wire square basket on the counter for our hot irons and blow dryer. My daughter would unplug her flat iron but since it was still hot, she would leave it on the counter which would drive my Hubby nuts but now that I have the metal basket, she can just unplug it and put it in there to cool leaving my counter clutter free!ReplyCancel

    • That’s such a great idea!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea! I leave my straightener out because of that same reason and then have to remember to go back and pack it away (with running around after my 3 kids though this can be a long while after it has cooled). I love this idea, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Gallaway

    I will be looking for one of those baskets this week – soooo sick of the grot inside the toothbrush holder! I run ours through the dishwasher once a week because they get so disgusting (and all the grot comes out of the bottom and goes all over the bench – eww!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I never thought of putting them through the dishwasher, this one is plastic, so I am sure it is possible, great idea, thanks Shannon!ReplyCancel

    • They have also been found at Big W for $3, I found this one randomly throughout one of the isles hanging on a post around the shevles
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  • I do the same with washers. I also keep the used ones in an old colander until the day I wash towels and washers. Thanks for the idea to keep the vaporiser in their bathroom perfect placement for it, these things just don’t occur to me sometimes having moved from such a smaller home I just put things where they had to be kept before sometimes and haven’t been here for long enough to think these things through IYKWIM.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Ok kat.. now i wanna see whats in those other bathroom drawers!!lolReplyCancel

    • LOL….I have 2 drawers full of washers (they are very small drawers) and the girls keep some play make up in the bottom drawer…..nothing exciting.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    whooohoooo!! i just brought myself that toothbrush caddy thingy!! awesome!! BigW $3.00ReplyCancel

    • That’s such a great price. $3 and it will save so much time with cleaning. Love a tip earlier to put in the dishwasher to clean as well.ReplyCancel

  • [...] I mentioned in this post about organising the kids bathroom that each of the kids use a washer and I have this ‘thing’ that they use a new one each [...]ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    What an awesome idea! I am currently building my home and CANNOT WAIT to move in so I can begin putting all of your organisational tips to good use. I am going to be so organised I won’t know what to do with myself!ReplyCancel

    • Graet idea to get all the tips before you move in. Then you can move in with a plan of attack! Good luck!
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  • Joyce

    I do the same with the face washers except we don’t have a drawer for them, so they are in a tub. I wish I had a bathroom cupboard. lolReplyCancel

    • ooh, yes cupboards would make it easier to hide all the clutter, but hopefully you are working around itReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Those little hanging suction baskets are great in the kitchen also. I put the dish brush and straw brush cleaners in it (for my daughters baby cups) and it hangs off the wall over the sink. ReplyCancel

    • So very versatile. I have also been putting it in the dishwasher to give a quick clean.
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  • Josie

    omg, you are amazing. I can not let my husband see your blog or he will fall madly in love with you!!ReplyCancel

  • Bettyvotskos

    Hi Katrina,
    Just wondering, do you use the same basket for your own toothbrushes, this brush thing has been driving me nuts!!!! Love your blog.ReplyCancel

  • RenaeHall

    luv luv luv! I am mum to 2 sets of twins (1 and 4 ) and just started following :) although i can manage to have a reasonably tidy house (i can get dishes, floors, washing etc done) but with the demands of kids & work etc slowly the non daily jobs just seem to pile up. But doing my daily task is making me feel so much more positive and inspired and motivaed to get my zoo back under my control ! thanks so much :) ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Moore

    I am a little concerned from a hygiene point of view all the toothbrushes are touching!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Such great ideas, kids bathroom is now clean and decluttered. Yay!ReplyCancel

{Organise} Reading material in the bathroom

Ok, I’m super embarrassed to admit, but in the aim of providing organising tips to you all, I am revealing one of my guilty pleasures. I am not a book reader, but I do love to read magazines.  However, I never get time to read them as I am with the kids, blogging or doing tasks […]

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  • Katrina I really love this idea! I am not an avid loo reader (I don’t usually get to go to the loo by myself! lol) But the Handyman is and I hate his magazines on the floor. I have a set of shelves in the corner for towels and I reserve the bottom shelf for his reading material but I much prefer your method! So much prettier.ReplyCancel

  • Bowie

    Ha ha… how is the reading in “Ultimate Fight Club” magazine?ReplyCancel

  • I love this idea! We have a magazine rack on the floor, but it’s a nuisance having to move it to clean. Not to mention the ever-present risk of the man of the house umm… missing his target!!ReplyCancel

  • julie

    It’s a very pretty magazine basket but – I have a strict policy of loo reading materials:
    WHAT GOES IN N E V E R COMES OUT!!(except to the recycling bin!)

    My husband used to like reading in the loo despite my expressed hygiene concerns til one day i found a library book in there and in front of him I asked the librarian if she would like me to pay for the book after I disinfect it or would like to accept the loo travelled book returned as-is.

    I can only wonder if you have time to read in the loo can I suggest more water intake and a fibre supplement??

    My personal choice for reading space is during many (not all, must dutifully watch sometimes LOL) sport & soccer practice sessions, gymnastics, scouts, ventures, get to the doctors 15min early, or McBurgers playgrounds for a coffee for me and icecream cone if they behave!!

    On another note- If anyone wants to declutter their non-loo reading collection most hospitals(maternity,rehab, etc) will gladly accept magazines as part of their occupational therapy program (my friend was confined to bed in hospital for the last six weeks of her pregnancy – she said that the mags kept her sane!!)
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  • Vicky Moran

    I have the most awesome magazine rack in our toilet. If I knew how to upload a pic to show you, I would!

    And yes, magazines on the floor is a bit icky!

    How long do your mags stay there before you refresh the selection? We normally have Coles Baby, Australian Geographic, Fishing World and Readers Digest as our selection. As they are all subscriptions, they are refreshed as the new edition comes in the mail!ReplyCancel

  • Lyndall

    What a beautiful magazine holder! You may have just solved the ongoing debate in our house about whether or not the toilet should be home to reading material…. do you mind if I ask where the basket came from? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • It pains me to admit that I am the guilty magazine loo reader in our house, to be fair hubby doesn’t read full stop, but he does take phone calls in there (a whole new realm of gross). In my defence its the only time I can manage five minutes to myself and I agree, on the floor is no good at all, love this, thanks for sharing kat. I usually hide mine in the vanity until I throw them out :) ReplyCancel

  • Bel-Townsville

    I love that you have the UFC magazine :)
    Im only new to your site, but I have fallen in LOVE with it!!ReplyCancel

    • LOL, your the first to pick that up Bel! Yes we are huge UFC fans here, well hubby is. More than likely under that is a Super Food Idea’s or Better Homes and Garden’s mag :) So glad you are enjoy it.ReplyCancel

  • Shell

    I agree – not good to have the books on the floor. I used a plastic magazine holder – the sort you would get from a stationers and it is mounted with screws on the back of the toilet door. You can only see it once you are in the toilet. I have found it great because you also have to limit the amount of reading material you have in there at one time!ReplyCancel

  • Rachneeka

    mm like that idea but think i would mount mine on the side of vanityReplyCancel

  • Barbara

    Where did you buy your magazine basket from??ReplyCancel

    • I purchased it from Target a few months prior to writing the blog post. Gorgeous isn’t it.ReplyCancel

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  • Renee Simpson

    We use a cane basket that is on the floor, I also put my sanitary items in there as well. Works well for is.ReplyCancel