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Killing dust mites in non washable items

This post is sponsored by Bosisto’s My twinnies both have dust mite allergies, which is very common in Australia. They both suffer from it differently, Mr 11’s symptoms are an itchy nose, but Miss 11 gets itchy eyes.  It’s really important that I keep their rooms as clean as possible and take some preventive measures to eliminate […]

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  • This is good to know Katrina because I use the normal Bosistos Eucalyptus spray on our mattresses. We don’t suffer from eczema or asthma but I just think sleeping with all those mites doesn’t do much for your health anyway. Great post. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    That is so helpful about using the Bisistos eculiptos ranges didn’t no they had wash powder ill have to have a look thanks heaps for that trip Dr’s just say to wash sheets in hot water and vacuum bed thank you againReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh no Kim, so much more can be done to kill the little mites, glad this post can help :)ReplyCancel

  • Genaya

    Really! I’d be concerned what’s in all these cleaners. Is there an ingredients list available?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are chemical free GenayaReplyCancel

  • sanno

    Is it available in USA? We dont have Woolworth in our area any more .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve just tried searching Sanno and I can’t see that it is sold outside of Australia, sorry.ReplyCancel

  • mary

    i am asthmatic and cannot use eucalyptus what can you suggest insteadReplyCancel

  • I realized that the so called “dust mites” are everywhere in my home. This article gives good solutions connected with the elimination of these microbes. I will definitely start washing my children’s fluffy toys more often. Thanks for the advices!ReplyCancel

Organising the wardrobe for a growing boy

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

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  • Joanne Quinn

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

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

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

  • Jacqui Moore

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

  • Janelle Civijovski

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

  • Looks fantastic! Love the elfa system.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

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

  • Marion

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Lara B

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

    • Katrina

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

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Kate

    Looks so functional – fantastic. :)

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

    Thanks,
    KateReplyCancel

    • Katrina

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

  • Kellie

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Mum's Closet

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

  • Marieka Battiato

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

  • Elizabeth

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

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

    Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Marieka Battiato

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

  • Bron

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

    Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina

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

  • Leesa

    Hey Kat
    For a new season do you have a minimum number of new clothes you buy – say 10 tees?ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Hi Leesa, No not really. If i see something i like thats pretty i buy it. I don’t really have a one in one out rule.ReplyCancel

Bedroom makeover – from cluttered to a relaxing bedroom for Mum

This post is sponsored by Kia’s All New Soul I want to send a huge thank you to Kia Australia, I am so very very grateful that they have given me a the opportunity to visit the homes of 3 readers who each won the  ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a day’ competition.  Sometimes our homes and […]

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  • Leia Hunt

    Love this. Great job!!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Gaeta

    Love it! Thanks for a great room Kat. :)
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  • Suzel Doughty

    Where is the bed from please? ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Parkinson-Hubbard

    Another great makeover Kat – well done!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Woog @ Woogworld

    This is so inspirational xxReplyCancel

  • Sonia Khalil

    BeautifulReplyCancel

  • Sylvia Breuer

    Love this makeover Kat, and what really caught my eye (because our play room needs reorganising) are the orange IKEA Drona fabric boxes. When I checked the IKEA site, however, the boxes are only available in black and blue. May I ask which IKEA you got these from, and how long ago?ReplyCancel

  • Corrie Sebire

    looks fabulous Kat! now what date did we say you are coming to my house…oh we didn’t set a date yet???? And what a beautiful and deserving mum…to think that she devotes her life to other children is really wonderful. My bedroom looks like a tip right now in between moving house and trying to set up the baby in our room. I think you’ve done a wonderful job and taken a big pressure off her shoulders and I bet she is so grateful. Well donexxxxReplyCancel

  • Marie O'Neill

    Absolutely beautiful makeover Kat! I hope Leigh enjoys her beautiful new space. I know my bedroom becomes the dumping ground for laundry, kids toys and god knows what else so I can totally relate to this. Could not imagine a more deserving recipient that a foster mum as well. xxReplyCancel

  • Sarah Kimpton

    Wow, this room looks fantastic! The new furniture and bright colours give the room such a lift, and I love how the coloured drawers tie in with the doona cover. Katrina u have managed to create so much more storage in the room and it definitely looks like a mummy’s haven now. Leigh I hope u are now able to really enjoy ur quiet time… given all you do for our community you certainly deserve it! Best wishes to you. XxReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    wow Leigh you are one lucky lady but by the sounds of it you well and truly deserve it. I hope you enjoy your new sanctuary dailyReplyCancel

  • Melissa Walker Horn

    SO awesome Kat! A great job and I’ll be adding those side tables to my wishlist. Nice one. ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness!!! You have given me so much hope for my cluttered room/s. Now to get to and organise. Thank you for the wonderful posts about de-cluttering. My pet hate but I never do anything about it thinking about the cost of it and where to begin. You give some great ideas on your site!!! Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Brigitte this room was very inexpensive to makeover, the new cube unit and the quilt were the most expensive items. It can be done well on a budget. We donated clothes and sorted through a few boxes, but mostly it was about making better use of the wardrobe and storage in the room, giving it a great tidy up. Would love to see how your room goes, good luck!!ReplyCancel

  • This looks so great! It is so lovely that you could do this for some beautiful, deserving people! What a great opportunity!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It really is Sheridan, Leigh works so hard as a foster carer, she really deserves a little space for her!ReplyCancel

  • Wow what an amazing job Katrina! She is a lucky woman to have you help her out! You guys did an amazing job at both organising & decorating!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh’s room looks fantastic and looks like such a lovely space to relax and unwind.

    I love the quilt cover and the side tables and the lamps and the cushions and the storage… oh, I should just say that I love everything.

    Enjoy your new room Leigh xReplyCancel

  • Wow! I love this transformation Kat! So inspiring, and to a very deserving mum.ReplyCancel

  • Wow Kat I really love what you guys achieved in such a small amount of time. It really does look amazing.
    I really wish I could snap up your services for a day (or 7) and get you to do your magic at Chaos HQ!ReplyCancel

  • MB

    Another fantastic job Kat. Leigh, I just want to say that you do an amazing job looking after foster children. I too am a foster mum of 3 and have 3 of my own so I know how hectic things get with school, contact visits and the everyday stuff one does to run a household. From my experience the little ones need their special items to make them feel safe so keep it going. Now Kats been to visit and help out I hope you can feel comfortable and relaxed to meet the next day ahead. Keep up the great work and enjoy the bedroom makeover. All the best.ReplyCancel

    • Leigh

      Thank you MB , being a foster career can be very hectic & exhausting! I love having a space that looks fantastic that I can call my own.ReplyCancel

  • Looks gorgeous. Love all the colour. My room is always the last room in the house to be clean.
    I recently changed over all my hangers to the slim felt lined ones. So good! No more clothes falling off and you can fit so many in. You can buy them in bulk at Costco :)Fabulous job Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • Stunning and yet simple transformation! I bet she is over the moon with it all! What a lovely person to share her life with children who need a safe home.ReplyCancel

  • Love what you’ve done here, Katrina :) Those yellow side tables are just divine!ReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic room and an amazing transformation.ReplyCancel

  • HappyChick Caz

    The doona is missing… there is no doona on that bed, just the empty cover!
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  • Renee Gusa Nugent

    OMG you just used my 2 favourite words…… storage solution….. lol….. last week I spent 5 hours cleaning out 3 bedrooms to create less clutter…. thanks Kat for once again getting us to think about our living spaces….. and Leigh you are amazing for the work that you do with those children, I hope you really enjoy your new spaceReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    Such a beautiful transformation! We forget sometimes we all deserve a happy,inviting area for ourselvesReplyCancel

  • Alex

    Just as a thought, you can get packs of 10 of the clear plastic shoe boxes (open from the front & you can see what you have!) for $20 :) thought it might use up the space where the green tubs are a little better :)ReplyCancel

  • christie Anderson

    Beautiful makeover! Every mum deserves her own sanctuary! Can you tell me where the lamps are from?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Christie, these were originally Leigh’s she has had them for many years, unfortunately I am unaware where they are from.ReplyCancel

Creating an easy & changeable picture wall + Giveaway

This post is sponsored by 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips I decorated my sons room back in 2011.  He has just celebrated his 11th birthday (ooh he’s growing up so fast) and asked if he could change a few things in his room. Thankfully he still loves his painted wall and bed cover. But he asked […]

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  • Julia K

    Since son # 1 has moved out of home – we are about to embark on a major bedroom reshuffle ! Daughter # 1 will move into son # 1’s room, Son # 2 will move into Daughter # 1’s room and Daughter # 2 will stay in her existing room. Son # 2’s room will become a storeroom.

    We are repainting and recarpeting ALL of the bedrooms (starting with son # 1’s old room). Daughter # 1 and I have already started planning her new room. She is very crafty and loves to display her artwork and photographs. She received some lovely inspirational prints for Christmas ( purchased from The Organised Housewife) and these have been housed in plain white frames. She is ITCHING to get these up on her wall. Much as I love seeing things on walls – I always cringe at the thought of the damage to our lovely new paintwork.

    A 3M COMMAND GIFT PACK couldn’t come at a better time to facilitate all our upcoming bedroom makeovers !ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gelston

    We have just moved to a new house and i really want to make some family picture walls so these would be perfect as i don’t want permanent hooks or holes anywhere!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I would finally put up all my wedding photos and pictures of my daughter and current expecting #2 in frames all around our house as our walls are very plain. We have been living there for 5 years so its about time :(ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Pearce

    At last I’d decorate my sons room, he’s 11. I’ve never done it, always wanted to do it and now I actually MUST do it.ReplyCancel

  • tennille Ritchie

    Ivwould put up some charts and inspirational saying in my office and use the hooks to get stuff of the office deskReplyCancel

  • Debbie Kennedy

    Remodeling one room at a time,due to a flood.Command strips will be great for the newly painted walls! So helpful for organizing each room,your blog is the best! ReplyCancel

  • Donna Ryan

    Just moved to a new home. Son and daughter (both 11) want to put up their fav pics. While their little sisters (both 8, yep 2 by 2 LOL) now have a chance to decorate their own way. Wall loving Command strips would be a huge help :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Hill

    I’ve got some lovely black and white photos of Mum, myself and my 3 year old. Would love to get around to hanging them up, this would definitely be the motivation I need! :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Short

    I have so many pics to hang this would be a great start, I RENT!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I would use it to hang pictures I bought from overseas 14 years ago, and family photos we had taken last year.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I would use them to make my family photo wall that I have been waiting to do since we moved into our new house nearly a year agoReplyCancel

  • Holly

    With a two year old coming home from preschool every week with more artwork it would be great to put some frames in her room so I can rotate the artworkReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Oh bliss! I’d use them to finally get my family portraits, travel photography and art posters up on our walls. We’ve been in our new home for 7 months now and still have bare walls! ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Hi
    I am just about to start updating my son’s bedroom. He is now 4 and wants it to look like a BIG boys room so we would love to hang some of his artwork & favourite posters of NInja Turtle’s & Transformers :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    I would use it everywhere as we have just moved from our own home into a rental and don’t want to damage the walls! These would come in VERY handy at the moment!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Jamieson

    We have moved into our new home a couple of months ago and have just recently finished painting both my sons (4 and 2 yrs) feature wall. I made them an MDF rocket, helicopter & airplane a while ago and the boys keep asking me when they’ll get to put them up.
    The great thing about the 3M Command Gift Pack is that the boys will be able to help pur these on the wall themselves, no hammers, so little hands can help! :)ReplyCancel

  • JBMarigold

    I have degrees, certificates and awards languishing in the cupboard. It’s time I made “The Progress of Success” mural on a wall to inspire the children to achieve to add to it! 3M COMMAND STRIPS would be just the trick on our solid brick walls!
    (As well as that laser level…)ReplyCancel

  • Karina Wong

    I would use them to decorate the new nursery. At the moment, it’s plain jane boring and resembles Kennards Storage more than a nice homely nursery!ReplyCancel

  • AnnMaree

    i would use them to decorate my house with pictures of my family! Dont have many up as we live in a rental house and arent allowed to hammer nails into the wall so this would be absolutely fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    I would use them to hang pictures of my new bub! We have a big photo wall in the living room, and I need to rearrange and put up new frames for all the beautiful photos of bub no 2 :)ReplyCancel

  • Soni

    My daughter loves creating artwork and we have a couple of cracks in the kitchen walls so I’d kill two birds with one stone and hang up all her artwork and hide the cracks at the same time!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    I’d love to hang my favourite picture – the Sydney Swans holding up the 2012 Premiership cup!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Putting all our pictures up in our new house when we finally move in!! This Command gift pack will go to great use that’s for sure.ReplyCancel

  • DIANA O

    To give me the push and wriggle on I need to finally hang all the pics up that are neatly in a pile in the spare room, waiting for me.ReplyCancel

  • cms26

    A cupboard cleanout unearthed an amazing find..my husbands’ father’s army papers. Love his signature and also signature of his father giving him permission to enlist. They can now be returned to a box or drawer or framed and displayed. I think, with a little imagination,they would look great framed with a photo of him. I am sure his grandchildren and great grandchildren will discover and become interested in family history they did not know existed.ReplyCancel

  • geegee

    I just joined!! :D YAY And I love this whole set up and how amazing you can make every part of a home so organised and family friendly. I spent most of today looking through all of the ‘organising by room’ ideas and have become inspired to make my house look just as fabulous! I would use this pack to make the family mural and maybe even change the theme of my bedroom just for fun :) Thank you so much for inspiring me and also making cleaning actually sound like fun!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Just over two years ago my lovely husband gave me five small canvas frames (the first letter of each family member, designed to look like giant scrabble tiles as we are a scrabble-loving family, and a heart) and he suggested that maybe I could do something creative with them. It was a perfect gift, and I’ve been planning the perfect creative use for them for much of the past two years. I decided to make them part of a huge artwork, so I’ve now got 25 canvas frames, all 6″ x 6″, and I’ve had dozens of our family photos printed onto canvas that I will arrange into a big textured collage (if that makes sense – hard to describe my creative vision!). I am so excited to get it done and on display! I have been wondering how to fix them to the wall as I don’t exactly want 25 holes, so this 3M Command gift pack would be perfect.ReplyCancel

  • AmberB

    Have just recently moved into a new home (YAY!) so all of the family photos need to be hung around the house – this would be the perfect solution!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    We are a very arty family and I need a solution for storing all our new
    art works quickly and easily and so they look great. Currently I use
    bluetac straight on the walls but this damages the pictures and the
    walls on removal. Ideally I would likes series of different sized
    frames on the wall but have been reluctant as the pictures need to be
    changed monthly and I would be left with lots of hooks in the wall in
    the wrong places.

    Seems like 3M have the solution I have been
    looking for! I could hang pictures in frames with the 3M photo strips
    and when I am ready to rearrange the wall remove the strips (without
    damaging the wall) and place the new pictures wherever they look best.
    Yay!ReplyCancel

  • claire

    I need them to have all my new beautiful little prep girl’s art work and favourite pictures in her playroom. I want to fill it with pictures but dont want to put nails in the walls because I am sure we will get over the busy walls as some point.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    My daughter got a beautiful canvas photo of her great great aunt when she was a little girl in the early 1920’s. We’re just about to do up both my son’s and daughter’s rooms and would love to hang her beautiful picture up. I also want to do birth details pics for both my kids so the 3M Command Gift Pack would come in handy!ReplyCancel

  • Lina

    I would use 3M Command Gift Pack for lots of different things – hanging pictures on the wall, hanging white board with the tasks / menu/ chore chart on the wall, hanging decorations on the wall for Valentine’s day, I would use it do decorate room for birthday celebrations (use hooks on the wall to attached the balloons to or hang up Happy birthday sign), hang photo frames and much more. Last Christmas I even used some of 3M Command hooks to hang the Christmas lights on the wall and everybody loved this idea! I love 3M Command products as they save our walls, time and money!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Drennan

    Both my daughters bedrooms and their study area’s need updating.. the 3M Command Gift Pack would be excellent to help achieve this quickly, (rather than it going on the to-do list that never gets done). I hate having to put nails in the walls as it is guaranteed that where I want to put something there is never a stud. If it isn’t centered correctly it drives me crazy which is why our lounge room walls are no longer covered in photo’s, I couldn’t stand them not being where I wanted them…ReplyCancel

  • Jane Northrop

    I probably would use it in my kitchen in my cabinets to utilize space as I have very few drawers/cupboards. I have also started using them whenever I want to hang something that doesn’t necessarily need a nail.ReplyCancel

  • Marg

    We have lot of photo frames that need to be hung. 3m pack would be just the perfect thing.ReplyCancel

  • Madonna

    I would use the 3M for the photo’s my boys want to put up on their walls, the awards they win and the teaching posters they roll under their beds (out of sight, no need to learn)ReplyCancel

  • Karly

    We moved house 12 months ago and we still have some framed photos stashed in the linen closet that really should be put up.ReplyCancel

  • Viv

    for economical pictures in frames I also use kids wrapping paper and cut out the parts they like to put in a frame. When he was very young we did all sorts of Tractors, recently we just changed it to Minecraft pics. I will have to try these 3M hanging thingy’s though.ReplyCancel

  • Cindett

    Since both of my parents have passed away i would put their photos in our living where i can see them everydsy! ReplyCancel

  • Denise O'Flaherty

    I would re-hang EVERYTHING!!! Especially my new command center stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I’d make a memory wall down our hallway and full it with framed photos of our favourite memories and I’d finish organising the bathroom by making better use of the wall space.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Ciantar

    I would be able to finally put up all the photos lying in drawersReplyCancel

  • Sherryl

    I’m scared of using a drill. This way I could get a great big picture frame and put all the crazy photos of my little family up to show the world how mad we really are. Oh and would be able to hang my child’s whiteboard. ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    I’m a renter, in Sydney, in a ‘study’ sized room. It would allow me to liven up the small space renter style!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    What a great giveaway! We moved into our house 9 years ago and still haven’t put any pictures on the walls because we didn’t know where we wanted to hammer in the hooks. I would use the picture strips to finally hang up our wedding photo and photos of our 4 kids so that our house finally looks like a home. At the moment all our photos are stored on the computer and not even printed! I would use the mini hooks to hang some Christmas lights for the first time this year, and the medium hooks to hang the kids’ towels on as we don’t have enough towel rails for 6 people! I don’t have much bench space in the kitchen so the utensil hooks would come in handy too :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    With 3M Command, I could hang framed kids’ photos or art prints on the hallway wall without damaging the surface. Also the old drill holes could be covered up by the frames.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Thompson

    We have a great many pictures and embroideries to rehang after repainting. plus my Mum is just about to move from her home into rental aged care and we are looking to be able to hand her favourites for her in her new home. this prize would benefit 2 families…..ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    To avoid arguments with my other half about drilling holes into the walls and finally get around to hanging photos, momentums and pictures on our bare wallsReplyCancel

  • Tracee Forster

    Great for pictures but would love to try it for small stitchery wall hanging and other fabric décor.ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    We rearranged our house a few months back to make a playroom. My son started Kindy this year so I’d love to use the pack to display his artwork there. Also we now need a command centre so they’d be helpful there too.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    The kids love to create and draw. Some of the ideas they come up definitely need keeping for posterity and displayed on their walls. Instead of being filed away in a art folder, unseen and unappreciated, I would love to frame some of them and put them up around the house. And how proud the kids would feel seeing their works of art taking pride of place. The beauty and ease of the 3M Command system means I could have it done whilst the kids are at school and not have to wait for a spare 2 minutes on the weekend when hubby isn’t busy.ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    I’ve been looking for some ideas to display my kids art…. and being in a rented house means I have to be very careful about what I stick on the walls so they don’t get damaged! I would use the idea of sticking frames up on the walls and then be able to insert my little boys drawings or my little girls sticker ‘drawings’ free from worry about damaging the wall! :)ReplyCancel

  • melanie beardsmore

    as an already avid 3M command junkie i would finally hang some pictures up in my boys rooms and my own room seeing as we rent ive been slow getting that done this time around!! time for some new artwork!!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Raewyne Dobbs

    At the moment my house is having an entire renovation make over. These hooks would be a great help at putting up photos in the lounge to give the room back its homey feeling. :) It would make me extremly happy to see photos up around the lounge and it would take my mind off the dust and dirt I am living with at the moment. Lots of plastering/sanding/painting and staining going on around here. not including the dust from the demolition and construction of new rooms.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Palmer

    We have just finished doing some painting inside and my walls are blank! I would love this prize pack so i can decorate the walls with photos and art and not cause any damage. Need to make the house look more like a ‘home’!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Austin

    I have been thinking about giving my son’s room a makeover for a while now. His father is extremely unwilling to do anything around the house, not even paint a wall, so a quick and easy update like you have done above, would be really great.ReplyCancel

  • Trina Garner Williamson

    Lath and Plaster are not fun to deal with when it comes to hanging up pictures. Let alone the face that all of our outside walls have no studs to speak of. I would finally be able to have pictures and art on the walls. The hooks would be very helpful with organizing my kids toys. They like to put them in lingerie bags and the existing hooks are just too high to reach.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    I would hang the hooks on my dressing table mirror to hang my beads and necklaces on. Very handy to see if the beads go with my outfit and they won’t get tangled in a jewellery box. I would use the picture hanging strips by finally hanging my shadow boxes of pictures and mementos of my kids when they were younger. The mini clear hooks would help me to organise the tangle of cords behind the computer by hooking them onto the back of the desk. The utensil hooks would be used to clear my bench tops from tubs of utensils….that’s if my husband doesn’t ‘borrow’ them for the shed. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Our real estate won’t let us put holes in the walls to hang pictures. Would love to be able to put some family photos and art on our walls. White walls are very uninspiring. The 2 girls are both artistic and would love to hang some of their pieces. Please consider us !
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  • Jacky Burkett

    Surprise my Stage Manager daughter with a wall of framed programs, posters & tickets from the various shows she’s worked on.ReplyCancel

  • Susannah

    We’ve just re-painted our kitchen walls. I’d use the Command white hanging strips to hang two clipboards, one for my weekly meal plan and the other for my shopping list and a document holder where I store take-away menus. I’d use the black hanging strips to hang some old black and white and colourised prints/photos of family members in the hallway (I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now). I would place the medium sized white hooks in my walk in wardrobe and would hang small evening purses from them. I would use the large hanging strips in white to re-hang my favourite print, titled ‘grumpy girl’, so she sits in the centre of the wall. I would use the clear mini hooks to string up some ABC’s (with the help of some cotton) in my son’s bedroom. I would use the utensil hooks to hang his chalk bags (white and multi-coloured) and a cloth for wiping from the underside of his chalkboard/easel. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Hi
    I am a school teacher and could definitely use the 3M products to fix various semi permanent things to the walls, such as job charts, birthday charts, frames, hoocks to hang hats on etc. etc etc. I love 3M products and use them regularly but winning some would be fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alecia

    We have just purchased a new house, and as I am still very new to being organised (I am hopeless – especially hard with packing going on), this would make our new start in our new place even better by helping us start off on the right foot!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    I’ve lived in this house for nearly two year and not a single frame has been put up, that’s two years of hearing “I’ll do it soon”. 3M Command looks so easy to use, I could do it myself, it’s the only way it will actually get done!!ReplyCancel

  • Tania Carling

    My house is in disarray,
    from kitchen to wall.
    3M Command can handle them all.
    My bedroom makeover will have a display home look,
    with all these strips and hooks.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Horsfall

    ARGHH! THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS! BUT FIRST UP I’D BE TACKLING MY SON’S BEDROOM WALLS AS THEY’RE IN DESPERATE NEED OF A FRESH PAINT AND THEN I’LL BE SUPERVISING THE HANGING OF HIS VARIES POSTERS, PICTURES, ETC.ReplyCancel

  • Chloe B

    I have so many photo`s just sitting in my photo box and none on my walls we have freshly painted walls so I am too scared to hammer holes in them , I would use the gift pack to display the photos of my beautiful family !!ReplyCancel

  • amandagorton

    I’d frame and decorate the playroom with the kids artwork – there is nothing more homely than adding a personalised touch to a room.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    The 3M picture strips
    Would surely fix
    The art I need to display

    While the 3M hooks
    Have functionality *and* looks
    I wouldn’t have it any other way!ReplyCancel

  • sarahjane

    I’d probably copy the simpsons idea. Its brillant.ReplyCancel

  • Andie Hansen

    what a great idea!! I would use my pack to replace all the nails in my walls that keep getting bigger as I readjust or replace my photos…..ReplyCancel

{Inspiration} Desks in kids bedrooms

Miss 8’s bedroom looks very organised now with her new desk, today I wanted to share with you some other organised kids desks I have found on the web. My friend Rachel from Sesame Ellis has a gorgeous vintage desk in her daughter’s room, she told me a little about it below. Gemma has my childhood […]

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  • Wow some great ideas there. The trestle tables give a lot of space. I like that idea.ReplyCancel

    • I use a trestle table in our craft room, but these looks great for kids desks!ReplyCancel

More Lego Storage Ideas

  There are so many different ways you can organise and store Lego.  Today I will share with you some more ideas to inspire you.  There are so many different storage ideas for Lego… boxes, tool chest or mats.  Have you seen the Brikbag?  Basically it’s a round fabric mat  with a string around the […]

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  • Snotface Stinkbum's Mum

    my friend has an old timber side table (similar height to the IKEA ones, but larger surface area) with a piece cut out in the centre trap-door style – it hides a supported basket/bucket to place all the lego in. another great idea my Dad had for my brother was to create a lego board – one piece of timber about the size of a door, a couple of handles on the edge, glue the lego boards to it, and it used to slide under his bed. we could build cities and leave them set up on the board, stored under the bed – it was awesome!
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    • That sounds really cool, would love to see a photo if she doesn’t mind you sharing it JReplyCancel

    • Sharon

      that is awesome! Have to tell my hubby about that one! Good use of under the bed too!ReplyCancel

      • I designed a bit of an Ikea Hack and got my hubby to make it. I will share the photo with you.
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  • JJ

    I love the tool box idea,
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    • I think a toolbox would look really good in a boys room. Rough and tough JReplyCancel

  • We store each set made/or not in a zip lock bag (I have 12’x12′ for big ones) and then sort in draws according to type, eg hero factory, star wars etc.
    We also have a bag of assorted bits that have gotten seperated from their sets. Then everyone know where to look when a bit is missing.ReplyCancel

  • Nani

    I bought the Brick Bag for our girls in 1987! It’s still in daily use by my family day care kids and my grandson and its in perfect condition.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Thanks for sharing the brikbag. I had something similar when I was a child for our lego and had been looking for my own children’s lego! I think storing it might be a problem though – you would probably have to hang it up which might take up a lot of space! ReplyCancel

  • virginie D.

    My favorite is the bag. I had one when I was younger. My mother did it herself. Few month ago, she did an another one for my kids… I have to admitt it’s easy to clean the room after we hang the bag…ReplyCancel

  • I love the little IKEA table with the lego boards stuck on!
    We just have 2 large sturdy plastic boxes – one for hero factory pieces and the other for ‘just lego’ pieces & for now they live side by side in Mr 6’s wardrobe and he opens the door, sits down and starts playing :) ReplyCancel

    • It’s a great idea isn’t it, perfect height for the little kids to stand and playReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    I use the containers from the napisan and washing pod containers :-)
    they stack nicely together as wellReplyCancel

  • Chantal

    Ikea’s Glis boxes are perfect for storing Legos. The large ones for bricks, the small ones for built sets like cars. Stack perfectly. I put stickers on the front with pictures of what’s in there, so the boys can play independently. Works really well so far.ReplyCancel

  • Chantal

    I never sort by color, but rather by size or type. It’s great to have the visual effect of sorting by color, but try finding a ‘1’ brick in a box full of reds! Much easier to find a red in a box of ‘1s’.ReplyCancel

    • I love that you said 1’s… that’s how we describe the different sizes too! :-DReplyCancel

    • Amber

      My thoughts exactly. I’ve never understood sorting by color. We sort by type. “One bys”, “two bys”, wheels, technic, sloped pieces, plates, etc…ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I went to Masters and bought two closetmaid mini 6 cube units and fabric boxes. Found lego labels online- free printables- printed out and stuck them on with clear contact. They are sorted in colour + wheels, people and special bits. Works a treat. Its now in his room, stacked on top of each other on side of his desk against a wall.Son decided how he wanted them sorted. He can make on the desk and leave the mess right there! He is 9 so things that are created do not get packed away!ReplyCancel

  • Felicity Jorgensen

    My Dad purpose built a Lego storage box when we were kids (4 of us ) it has different sized sections for each sized bit. It has 3 levels and a lid. Each level can be placed out separately for play or stacked up to pack away. I agree with size sorting, much easier to find a colour in sizes than a size in colour. Will post photos after my next visit to the parental units house!ReplyCancel

  • This is an Ikea Trofast storage system. My husband bought some MDF from Bunnings he routed the outside edge to make it smooth and then sprayed it white. He then attached it to the top of the unit with screws. We actually use it as a craft table. Each of the draws has different things like colouring in books, paper, spaghetti tins hold pencils and texta’s, Stickers, etc. The kids love it. As the get taller we can add feet to the bottom.ReplyCancel

  • Coubay

    We have tried it all, sorting by type and size, sorting by colour and so on. My son’s collection is huge and they just inherited their Dad’s collection that his Mum had kept since he was a kid (a giant storage 100L container full), they already had enough to fill 1 and a half of those things.
    They can never find the bits for set A or set D so now we are putting each set together, placing it in a ziplock bag labelled with which set it is and then the different types go in a container together. A container of start wars, a container of city, a container of Atlantis and so on.
    It’s big job, wish we had never sorted by colour or type.
    Oh they are all kept in a white free standing pantry in a corner of the dining room, it also houses their big sister’s Home Schooling stuff on the second shelf (home schooled due to ill health), they have the bottom 2 shelves, the top shelf is for Mummy and Daddy’s stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    My grandmother bought us a brick bag around 1980, which was used a lot. My 3 kids now have it, along with our old lego and they love it! The bag hangs in a corner of the lounge when not in use. The newer sets are stored in icecream containers inside one of those large wheeled storage boxes with a lid, slides into the bottom of the wardrobe when not in use. Lego is a fantastic timeless activity!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    We have nothing to sort it out, it is pretty much all made up and he won’t break it up, I am running out of room to store it, have a Lego table, chest of drawers full of made stuff and the top of the tv cabinet in the kids room is covered…. don’t know what to do, any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • [...]  and in this post are loads more ideas [...]ReplyCancel

  • JJScraps

    I’m always looking for more Lego organizing ideas!! We sort by shape (i.e.; small blocks, single rows, studs, rods, etc.) but, these tables and drawers are perfect!

    you can see our lego organizing system here- http://joannajune.typepad.com/work_in_progress/2013/01/star-wars-legos.htmlReplyCancel

  • Michele Lents Moody

    We currently sort by color, but I’m considering changing. If you sort by shape, how many drawers do you need for that? I’m imagining all the different shapes and it seems like tons. Do you just group all the unique pieces together.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    We sort by type in a card catalog. It works great, and there were already label holders on the drawers!ReplyCancel

  • […] I’m so pleased you all enjoyed the Lego sorting and organising posts that I shared last week.  Lego storage and organising ideas for a boys bedroom and more Lego Storage ideas […]ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    In addition to drawers, we use a clear, plastic over the door hanging shoe rack.
    It works great- can see all the pieces, it’s always available, but doesn’t take up any space :)ReplyCancel

  • That’s some REALLY organized Lego storage items right there! I’m definitely going to have to take home some of these storage ideas for my garage too!ReplyCancel

Lego storage and organising ideas for a boys bedroom

Like all boys my son loves his Lego, he loves to make and build all different creations.  Over the years he has received Lego for his birthday and Christmas so he now has quite the collection.  As soon as he receives a new Lego set he is really eager to build it.  However over time […]

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  • Love this – and so would my Lego mad son!ReplyCancel

  • MrsMcK85

    That is fantastic!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • This is awesome! My 7yr old is sitting next to me and said “we should do that mum!”, guess I should work on something similar now!ReplyCancel

  • I have done something similar, I will take a photo and share it if you like.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    its a great idea but is your son uber organised as well…mine would still manage to mix the pieces over time or do you check it regularly? Im not making fun but just wondering :)ReplyCancel

  • del king

    This is fantastic however in a completely Lego obsessed family (all of us – we received Lego as a wedding present!) we would need about 4 expedits to fit the completed structures in. I am working on a shelving system that will display creations to get them out of the study. We also have all the lego sorted in to colours, they are kept in a drawstring bag that opens out to make a play mat making it easier to clean up.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Brown

    Love this, wish I had seen this idea when my kids were into Lego – at the moment it is in one huge box – may even do this and store in the garage for their kids. ReplyCancel

  • Una

    Oh I love that – I wish we had room in our kiddies bedroom for that, I’d so do it, we organised our pieces into colors once, but then it just got put back into the big tub, very cool indeed!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic! My son already has a big expedit (a recent addition to his room), I think I will have to implement a few of your tips into it, TFS :)ReplyCancel

  • jo

    I have just finished displaying completed lego sets in my older boys’ rooms – looks great and they play with them more. I do have one problem though, they used to share a room and the loose lego was just stored in a tub in their room. Now they have separate rooms and I’m not sure what to do with that tub – divide in half or some sort of share arrangement? Suggestions anyone???? ReplyCancel

  • AWESOME :) so totally perfect for any boys room!!! well done! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Great organisation Katrina . I love my expedit units too. ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow…this is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Nice idea, and
    would suit me to a T, but according to my 3 sons and my husband, more than half
    the fun is searching through a massive pile of Lego looking for THE piece that
    you need! If I tried that here (and i am speaking from the experience of trying
    something similar last year!) there would be a massive revolt! As long as i
    don’t find random pieces of Lego on the floor in the middle of the night with
    my bare feet, we’ve reached a mutually satisfying compromise – I don’t try to
    colour/ size code their Lego, and they pack it all away into several Lego Heads when asked. Otherwise,
    it stays spread out on an old train set table, where it provides hours of
    entertainment for at least a couple of the 5 kids every single day.ReplyCancel

    • I agree it really depends on the personality. My son get’s frustrated really easy when he can’t find a piece is more likely to stop playing.ReplyCancel

  • LinQ

    I would need 12 of these to store my boys Lego.ReplyCancel

  • You da BOMB! I LOVE this. My kids are total Lego freaks and I am always looking for new ideas to store them. Besides now I am so going to have to go to IKEA and buy and expedit….oh the suffering he he xxReplyCancel

  • Carmel

    I have done something similar, and my husband and son who were not at all convinced of the merits of colour sorting have now admitted that colour sorted Lego makes “free building” much easier….ReplyCancel

  • Awesome! My partner and I have a decent-sized collection of legos, and that red Expedit is just so perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Enid Bite'Em

    The complete answer to my 5-year-old’s lego problems!! (He and his dad have been sorting them into colours since he was 3, but alas!, we don’t have IKEA in Tasmania … I’ll have to shop around. Thanks for the idea).ReplyCancel

  • [...] I picked these up at my local Howards Storage World they were on display and used to sort Lego, brilliant idea as they are on wheels they can easily slide underneath the bed and be brought out [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] created an organised space for Mr 9′s Lego.  There are also more Lego storage ideas [...]ReplyCancel

  • MamaLuv

    I luv it! I might have to incorporate some of this into my son’s storage now that he has more Lego’s.ReplyCancel

  • Looks great, but we find it easier to sort Lego into categories (tiny pieces; bricks; flat bricks; windows, doors & roof tiles; figurines & accessories; transport pieces etc etc)ReplyCancel

  • [...] on facebook I shared our Lego Storage for my sons room and then asked to see some of your Lego storage creations.  I can’t thank you all enough [...]ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Allan

    Such an *awesome* idea. (I personally love the color co-ordination. No such thing as too organised :P)
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  • Katherine Jooyeon Oh

    Where did you get the plastic storage organizer?
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  • Katrina Wilson

    Where did you purchase the red unit
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  • […] 11 loves his lego and has many all set up displayed in his bedroom, but there are some that he has pulled apart, they are stored in large ziplock bags in this Kis […]ReplyCancel

Budget friendly ideas for decorating a boys bedroom

Yesterday I shared with you how I painted the striped wall in Mr 9’s bedroom, today I will show you the finishing touches and how I decorated his bedroom at little expense. I like my kids bedrooms to be a place they love, feel safe and enjoy spending time in. When they were younger I […]

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  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    I love using old calendars for images too. Sometimes I will just print out pictures as well. ReplyCancel

  • love the red bookcase!
    t-shirts are also great to use as wall art. esp if they have outgrown the size but the print is still loved.
    I use souvenir t-shirts or fabrics from overseas as art in my home – also stretched and stapled over a canvas.ReplyCancel

    • Georgi

      Genius! Thank u! Now I know what to do with old keepsake tees besides storing them in mothballs!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Utterly Organised

    The removable wall art stickers are amazing and don’t ruin the walls when you out-grow or get sick of the design. I love the striped walls.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    WoW! My 7 yo would adore that room. You have inspired me …ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    Thank you thank you thank you…. I have two panels to hang up and have not been too keen on sewing them… stapling them onto a canvas is so easy… Thank you Thank you Thank you for saving me hours of heartache!!! ReplyCancel

  • louhickey

    That looks fantastic! Well done! I was wondering what the green object under his bed is. My son keeps pushing things under his bed, accidentally or not, and there’s always a massive pile under there! I was wondering if you had any ideas (apart from buying a new bed with in-built storage drawers) to stop things from slipping under there…..ReplyCancel

    • s. davey

      to me it looks like a spare mattress or easy-fall mat (like they have in kinder gyms etc.) for if a friend is staying over.ReplyCancel

Painting and decorating a boys bed room

This post is very overdue, but I am finally able to share it with you.  However please excuse the absence of before photo’s I just was not thinking at the time I redecorated this room. My little man (now 9) is growing up and outgrowing his baby blue wall feature in his bedroom along with […]

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{Declutter} Shoes you can’t walk in + {Review} Benjibox

Join me in a week of decluttering. Please comment below if your able to part with today’s suggestion, I would love to hear from you. Are you following the Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge, more info HERE, it’s never to late to start! #21 Shoes you can’t walk in Do you have a […]

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  • TinaR

    I have 3 pairs of gorgeous heels left over from my days of working in an office. Being a mummy I now seem to be relegated to anything easy to pull on and style is a thing of the past but I can’t let them go…thankfully this year has come to save my shoes, I have two weddings and a dress up night to attend so those little darlings will be coming back out of retirement. But to make up for keeping these I threw out 3 pairs of old ugg boots, 6 pairs of old/broken thongs, 2 pairs of joggers and a few sandals/slipons.ReplyCancel

    • Sacrafice, like it. Great work Tina you have managed to cull quite a few pairs. I can imagine you have abit of spare space now :)
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  • Angela walker

    Offer has expiredReplyCancel

  • C Jp3

    I have 40 pairs of shoes :/ Im going through them today as we are moving :)ReplyCancel

  • I was only looking at my shoes last night and decided that it was time for a good cleanout.  I was just throwing out one pair off sandals, that really have seen better days, when I read your post.  Now, out are going the gorgeous, way-too-high heels that have been hiding in the back of my wardrobe because they look gorgeous – but not in a million years could I wear them again without toppling over and breaking something.  Out go the boots that cause my feet and back to ache every time I wear them.  Out go the shoes I bought one size too small because they were the only size left – and were only worn once because boy did they hurt!   I knew they should all have gone years ago – it often just takes something like your blog to remind me that it’s pointless keeping them cluttering up the place.  It does feel so good once it’s done – that’s my way of knowing I’ve gotten rid of the right things – how good it feels afterwards and no regrets.  Thank you for your wonderful blog. ReplyCancel

  • Naimun

    love yr site. Just what I was looking for. Going thru stages of decluttering. Just donated about 30 bags, make up cases..unbelievable. Now starting on books :):) cant wait til its all doneReplyCancel

  • Angela

    HI there, i love your website. There are so many ideas i’ve seen on here that i absolutely love! Will definately be doing that with my shoes too. I really like the shoes you purchased, could i ask where you bought them from? many thanks. Angela ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Hi Kat,
    Just wondering if you could do a post for decorating a girls bedroom.
    I have a 8 year old and a 5 year old.
    Thanks!ReplyCancel