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The 2015 Weekly Planner

The 2015 Weekly Planner is now available! The 2015 Weekly Planner will help you with your time management, keep track of your to-do list, meal plan ideas and upcoming appointments.  It includes: Cover page and spine label 2015 year at a glance page Month at a glance pages – October 2014 – December 2015 (spread over […]

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  • Lauren

    Hi Kat, just wondering if this can be printed in A5 size? It looks great, exactly what I’m after but I’d prefer a smaller size than A4. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lauren, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

      • Lauren

        Thank you Meg & Kat! now I’ve got next years diary just about sorted :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I would love a5 also.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lisa, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Hi Kat, I like the idea of A5 too. My question though is, as I don’t think my printer could print double sided – could I take the downloaded pdf on a usb to officeworks and have them print it – or would that breach your copyright? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Diane, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below. You are welcome to take to officeworks, this won’t breach the copyright.ReplyCancel

      • Diane

        thank you Kat & Meg – clever ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola McGowan

    Kat can you please advise how many pages is it to print in total? Trying to work out printing costs! Great looking planner, thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Nicole, it is 163 pages. I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    I would also like to know if it will print in A5 if I change printer settings.Will it line up properly?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Monique, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    In my experience it should print in A5, I have done it with other products (recipes & charts) it worked just fine. I have previously bought A5 paper at Officeworks & printed a diary out. My printer also doesn’t have a double sided option so I printed the odd pages first then restacked the paper (you may need to remember to reshuffle the order to make sure you get the right page corresponding with the dates, learnt that the hard way!); then print the even pages. It takes a little time to do manually but so worth it. I got a quote to get it printed & bound but worked out it wasn’t worth it. I printed the monthly calendar out for the year then the weekly calendar one month at a time so I didn’t do it in one go. Hope that helps :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Meg you are a super star, I have been trying to work out all morning how to do it, but my printer wasn’t allowing me to print double sided, your comment came at the right time and I have managed to print it all in A5!! Thank you so very very much for sharing your tip, I’ll let the other ladies know, I really appreciate it, thank you!! xxReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hi Kat
    Is it possible to type into the document before printing so birthdays etc are neat. Do you have public holidays and school terms noted at all?

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, no it’s not editable sorry. I have left the calendar blank as all states are very different.ReplyCancel

  • Francene

    Hi, do you post to NZ? If so what are the charges? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Francene, the 2015 Weekly Planner is an instant download so there is no posting involved. Once you have brought the item you are able to download straightaway.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    Hey Kat,
    Where do you get your cute little tabs from. I looked for someone the other day and couldn’t find any like that. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Kirsten, I actually got them a while back but you can purchase them from Officeworks. They are from a company called Avery, here is the link for you:

    • Kirsten

      Thanks so much. So motivated to get a head start on being organised for 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Hi Kat,
    Just downloaded the new planner and I think it looks great! However I was a bit disappointed that the daily task has been removed. I thought that was a great feature of the 2014 planner, it gave me some really good ideas to keep on top of all those jobs that get forgotten. But anyway great job and I love the A5 idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Belinda, Yes i am loving the A5 idea too!ReplyCancel

How to properly burn a candle

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Melissa

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

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

      • Katrina

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Anthea

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

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

    • Katrina

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Alisha

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Michelle

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Amanda

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

  • Janene

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

    • Katrina

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

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

    • Katrina

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

A simple hello can brighten somebody’s day

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

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  • Carrie-Anne Elizabeth Hunter

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

  • Louise

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Jo Johnson

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

  • Marilynne Pross-Vale

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

  • Marilynne Pross-Vale

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

  • Ami Kono

    why cant people from ACT enter? :(ReplyCancel

Storage ideas for your home

Creating solutions for cluttered and messy areas can become a little overwhelming.  It’s hard to see beyond the ‘stuff’ to work out what the best solution may be.  Below are some ideas I have shared over the years, they will help you organise lego, the pantry, jewellery, shoes and the kiddies toys. 40+ Awesome lego storage ideas […]

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  • These are lovely!

    Just to throw in another one (although not as impressive as the above :p):

    I have a piece of ribbon, well actually two of them, attached to my wall that I use to put all of my clips on, like so:

    I’ve done this for years, and it’s so convenient! Makes it easy to find the one I want, and I can easily pull it off and stick it back on as needed.

    I also usually have a bunch of bobby pins and general barrettes on it as well.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love this idea Savannah, I was thinking of doing something for the clips I have been using in my hair to tie back my mini fringe as it grows back…. thanks for sharing your picture :)ReplyCancel

  • I have a number of areas that are challenging me at the moment:

    * My pantry has become overwhelming.
    * My wardrobe needs to be sorted and cleaned out.
    * The wardrobe in the front entry way has always been a shambles within 5 seconds of reorganising it (it has not shelves?!?!)

    It’s kind of become easier to ignore these areas than deal with them. And I don’t really know what to do with them, so that doesn’t help either.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Are you able to slide in some make-shift shelves Tracey to help organise the space?ReplyCancel

  • Midia

    I’am a full time working mum from home, my husband also workings from home and we have a 4 year old. I work with up to 5 children a day ages between 0-5. I’m finding it really hard to stay organised I find that I stress out and over work to a point where I’m in pain I have found myself cleaning at 12am. It’s really starting to get to me after 5 years of being unorganised and messy. An ideas that could help??ReplyCancel

Tips to organise your home

School holidays for me are about relaxing, spending time with the kids and getting the house back into order.  Sometimes life just gets busy and cupboards get messy and piles start appearing.  Here is some inspiration for you if you are tackling any organising tasks these school holidays. How to organise the food in the […]

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  • Jaq

    Ooh wow, I simply love the space you have created for your kids bags. We keep them in their rooms and I must say I always find them on the floor, behind a door or the contents spattered in the lounge room. This is such a great use of space, we have an area very similar.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      So pleased this has inspired you Jaq, please send me a picture if you are able to create an organised space for your bags!!ReplyCancel

  • jackie arnel

    I recently ordered from your website the end of may some things from you and I am still waiting for delivery. It has been 6 weeks?? The purchase order amount has been taken out of my visa account (either 26 or 28th of May if I can recall). I am very disappointed with this service. JackieReplyCancel

    • Michelle Rayner

      Jackie, the stuff is usually an instant download, not something that gets posted out. Have you checked your emails?ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Thank you for helping MIchelle, I really appreciate it xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Jackie, I’m so sorry I”m only seeing this now, I’ve taken 2 weeks away from the computer to spend time with my kiddies over the school holidays. All my products are instant downloads, you should of been able to instantly download them after purchase, via the accounts page or via the email sent to you. Please email me via the contact form on the blog if you have troubles accessing.ReplyCancel

  • Wow!

    That is organised!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime

    I have wanted to do something similar for my kids’ school bags, i have the perfect wall spot, but for the moment at least I think they’ll have to stay on the floor – I worry about my 2yo trying to pull it off the wall!ReplyCancel

    • Cathy

      We filled in the end of a hallway with a built in cupboard with separate cubby holes for each of us – 4 kids, husband and myself. Didn’t cost too much as hubby is a carpenter but you could try IKEA. Got my idea from the childcare centre as each child had their own “cubbyhole”.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Originally I used some wooden letter hooks with 3M tape on the back, these were pulled off the wall. I then replaced the letters with this long and heavy wooden rack making sure it will forever stay on the wall. Hope you can find something suitable for your space xReplyCancel

A day in the life of The Organised Housewife’s day off

A few weeks ago I came home from the last filming of the Win the Organised Housewife for a day Competition.  I was exhausted so I decided to take the day off work (blogging) which is really rare on a school day, I’m home alone!!  In all my wisdom I also decided to share what my […]

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  • Sharnee Snowden

    LOVE your black and white pants….and your bedroom linen is heavenlyReplyCancel

  • Zara Murphy

    Can I have the cake recipe pretty please!?

  • Colour Me Beautiful Australia

    Great to see a busy mum enjoying some me time!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Dyer

    Sounded like an awesome day, love the gym towel, cute touch!ReplyCancel

  • Bake Play Smile

    What a nice day!! I’m a total sucker for Revenge too… that and The Blacklist!!! xxReplyCancel

  • Sarah Delaney

    thanks for sharing – would love to see a ‘day in the life’ article of your normal day also, being a busy mum of 3 myself, I would love to see how you (and other mums) squeeze everything into your day!ReplyCancel

  • I love a mini TV marathon! I’m like you, I can’t sit still and just watch. On my days off I love to sleep in, drink a lot of tea and relax on the couch. Go out for brunch!ReplyCancel

  • cass

    You need new candles love :)
    Heavenly candles.. I’m telling you.. :)ReplyCancel

  • Hermione

    Thanks for the inspiration. I’m having one of those days today and working Friday instead. No beautiful Qld sunshine here though to dry my washing! It’s going in the dryer and on the line in front of the heater.
    Thanks for a fuller picture of your day’s eating too. I’m having my op in 2 months. Great variety and some good ideas. :)ReplyCancel

  • Fashionista

    A day off to yourself feels soooo decadent. Well deserved. We need our pamper days occasionally.ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid AndPete

    ok i think i need to get on this obsession that people have – Revenge! thanks for sharing your day, I need to take a leaf out of your book, you are so organised, I usually am but your tips are great. Also, I cannot believe how much weight you have lost, you look so happy and healthy! You look fantastic! well done!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Ho hum… Funny to see our ‘day off’ still includes chores like washing/folding… Hahaaa… But still a great day pottering about!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    What a lovely day – thanks for sharing.

    When I have a “day off” – I like to go to the movies – even on my own. It feels so indulgent just to while away a couple of hours with NO INTERRUPTIONS !

    My youngest DD was a very cruisy baby and on several occasions I took her to the movies – not the Babes in Arms sessions – just the regular ones. Obviously, had she become unsettled in any way – I would have left – but this never happened. I did this when she was about 6-9 months old and in a regular routine. I would drop the older children at school – take bubby into the theatre 10 or so minutes prior to the session starting, give her a feed and then wrap her and pop her into her pram for a nap. I’d have the pram parked in the wheelchair area and I would sit in the row behind so I could see her. By the time the movie starts, bub is away in dreamland and mum gets a break. Win-Win.

    I remember people saying – wow – your baby was so “good”. It wasn’t so much that – it’s just that I knew her routine and worked around it.

    I think it’s so important for mums and dads to get some “alone” time. My DH works away for several weeks at a time and sometimes – instead of coming straight home for his break, he’ll drive to a good fishing spot, spend the afternoon fishing, have a couple of drinks and watch some tv – stay overnight then drive home the next day. I never begrudge him this time – he works 12 hours a day with no weekends off and this time allows him to chill out and relax before he comes home to the children all wanting his time and a list of “to dos”.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Dilkes

    What a great day! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    This was cool to read. Thanks for sharing. I watch Revenge too.ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    Fantastic day, you made it look like 40 hours instead of 12h!! I wish I could do that too. I think I waste too much time :o( But reading your site is helping me improve a lot

    Keep the great job!ReplyCancel


    thanks to show your journey off. I liked that. Sorry but i’m french, my English isn’t very well. I Watch Revenge too.
    I like read youReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Langfield

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading that! Thanks for sharing itReplyCancel

  • Amanda D'Souza

    Hi, enjoyed your article however did feel a great deal of it was housework! Glad you got in revenge and movies!!! Love yourdIly inspirations and tips.ReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    That’s a day off? Way too many chores – you are so organised!ReplyCancel

  • Helen O'Connell

    A lovely day off, but still very productive!ReplyCancel

  • Tina A

    mmm, yum! Salsa Fresh Mex, movie and then Max Brenner’s – so jealous! I love nights out at Robina :)ReplyCancel

  • What an awesome day! I’m having a very rare one of those today, no icecream as yet but there’s still time!ReplyCancel

Task 3 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday from February (during January it will be randomly as I am publishing The Back to School Series).  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 […]

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  • Miss Maudy

    Ah yes, the little basket for the bloke stuff – that accumulates all manner of other crap because, despite endless cries of “where’s my…”, the ONLY time the bloke’s stuff ends up in the basket is when I put it there!

    Of course, I am blessed with being naturally perfect {ahem} and always hang my keys and handbag on their respective hooks when I walk in the door so I don’t waste hours of my life searching for keys (except when aforementioned blokes ‘borrow’ my keys to look in the shed for all their stuff).

    Now, my reading glasses are another thing all together! yes, they DO SO live in the fruit bowl.ReplyCancel

    • Julia K

      Oh – HAD to laugh about the reading glasses – don’t know HOW many times I’ve run around looking for them only to discover they’re perched on my head !ReplyCancel

  • I am always trying new ways to organise the ‘drop zone’. I fear that I am fighting a losing battle. HOW DO YOU GET YOUR HUSBAND TO GO ALONG WITH IT?! ;)ReplyCancel

    • Perhaps you could give him his very own basket to drop all his things in? At least then all his things are together in one spot?ReplyCancel

      • I think you’re onto something. Maybe I can find a way to make his “drop zone” really cool and blokey.ReplyCancel

  • Kay Dekker

    We receive advice from our Neighbour hood watch service that at night keys to cars and handbags etc should be hidden so that if you do happen to have a break in they can’t steal your car. I always worry about the drop zone as it would make it so easy for a burglar to just grab everything. I am probably paranoid but wonder if anyone else feels like this or has any great hiding places for keys and bags at night?ReplyCancel

    • Eszter

      I’d prefer the thief to steal my insured car than come into my bedroom searching for the keys. If someone is brave enough to brake in to a house with me in it I wonder what else they are brave enough to do?? A car is not as important as our safety.ReplyCancel

    • Miss Maudy

      I think you would need to do a mini cost benefit analysis and weigh up the definite benefit of having things where you can find them against the relatively low risk of a break in while you and the car are at home – and if you lock the front door while you’re at home, the risk is even lower. It might be easier to remember to snib the security door and make sure the accessible windows aren’t open at night than remember to hide everything and get it all out in the mornings.ReplyCancel

    • Kate

      Hi, we had a break-in at about 4 am on Christmas morning, while we were asleep for a few hours between Church services. The thieves very obviously knew where people customarily place valuables as they come home. We had been smart enough not to keep things in 3 of the 5 spots searched, unfortunately some precious items were in the remaining 2 spots. And our doors were locked, one window just hadn’t latched properly. It has changed my thinking about these matters.
      Just so you know, here are the 5 places obviously searched:
      1. Just inside the front door.
      2. Bottom drawer of filing cabinet in office
      3. Desk drawer in office
      4. Top of the fridge
      5. The shelf just inside the kitchen door.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Hawkins

    Our our drop zone is a dressing table inside the front door, but.. I have a system so this doesn’t get too cluttered. Keys either stay in the car or go straight into the basket on the bench, as do phones. Shopping goes to respective bedrooms, and tags removed and binned. It’s become a routine now, even hubby is in on it most of the time. The quicker things like this are done, the easier it is to keep the entry tidy and have less tripping hazards. I have a bookcase in the dining room/kitchen where I keep my handbag so I know where it is.ReplyCancel

    • Good on you! Once it’s become a habit, you’re set!ReplyCancel

    • SmittenKitten

      Hi, sounds like you are super organised, just wanted to let you know up here in North QLD we are having huge problems with car thefts, some are the standard unlocked car but the theives also easily jimmy open roller doors and if the keys are still swinging in the ignition bingo! Off they go with your car keys and whatever else you keep on the keychain.

      Police encourage us to lock our cars in our locked garage and hide our keys and handbags as there is a lot of break and enter grab and run thefts. Not trying to scare you but make you aware, hopefully you live in a nice suburb where this isn’t a problemReplyCancel

  • Karen

    My biggest problem is my receipt box and finding the time to enter the information into my budget. Does anyone know of a good app that is multiuser across various platforms where users can enter spending straight in. This would save me heaps of time and reduce clutter as important receipts could be filed straight away. ReplyCancel

    • Bee

      I use Quicken. I see the major advantage as a way of reconciling with bank statements online.ReplyCancel

    • Mon

      We have track my spend, not sure if it is the kind of thing you are after though. Its put out by money smart (by government). Hubby has it on his phone (iphone) i have it on mine (android) and we can access it on the desktop as well.ReplyCancel

    • Megan Jamieson

      My husband and I use bank that is integrated with our Bank, I’m pretty sure it works with all banks, and it’s great because I just need to go back in and change the categories and it has a budget and everything. We don’t use all the functionality, but it’s great for what we want.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hudson

    I like the breadbox charging station. I think the idea has merit with older children too – you can make it a family rule that all phones go in the box, on silent, at bedtime.ReplyCancel

    • Yes, exactly! And also good to make sure us adults wind down away from the screens too :)ReplyCancel

    • Carissa

      I love that idea too! So tidy. We have a USB multibox type thing which is really handy for all the phones, ipods etc. I would love to convince the kids (teens) to leave them in there overnight. Maybe moving to the hallway and then we all have to move in the mornings when the alarms all go off!!ReplyCancel

  • Jade

    I love all these decultter ideas! I just bought some old lockers of gumtree to keep bags, shoes, keys, shopping bags and other things in. Its a bank of four, one each for the family. The industrial style doesn’t necessarily suit everyones decor, but man, it’s handy and tidy!ReplyCancel

  • Gayle

    My kids bags are driving me insane and they’ve only bene back to school a few days. I love the idea of jooks, pin up boards butt he challenge is finding a suitable place to locate it. I was thinking of trying to find a “locker” style cupbaord where everyone has their own pigeon hole for bags, etc. I’ve got me thinking and inspired to up date my most hated area.ReplyCancel

    • That’s great you’ve started brainstorming! If you don’t mind the open shelves, the Ikea Expedit can be good to use for kids – and it works horizontally or vertically!ReplyCancel

  • claire

    I have just converted our old change table to a drop zone inside our entrance hall along with a hat stand for hats, coats amd bags. Top shelf bowl for keys, toast rack for mail to read sort and file, bowl for change plus a pen and paper.five boxes (repurposed cardboard boxes from a4 paper reams from work… covered in matching contact and labelled … recycle, return, donate, repair, library books) sit on the shelves below creating homes for previously homeless items … have saved a tonne of time since creating the zone mostly from not having to hunt for keys (our previous place for keys was too out of the way for everytime I walked in the door, arms laden, sleeping kid in arms, busting to go to the loo etc.)ReplyCancel

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  • Laura

    This is a really cool idea :)

2014 Daily Planner

The 2014 Daily Planner is now available! The 2014 Daily Planner will help you with your time management, keep track of your goals and upcoming appointments.  It includes a monthly meal planning page along with a month at a glance page where you can add in birthday’s and upcoming events. This year I have changed […]

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My Craft Room Overhaul

Over the school holidays I had the crazy idea of giving my craft room an overhaul, I say crazy because it took longer than expected.  I had been procrastinating about it for some time.  For a few reasons: I inherited some of mums quilting and craft supplies which didn’t fit into my already full cupboards […]

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  • Julia

    Fantastic. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen those craft carousels recently on eBay ReplyCancel

    • Quite possibly Julia, I tried to find a link to somebody that sold them here in Australia, but couldn’t find any.ReplyCancel

  • love it! thanks so much for the before and after pics. love the carousel and it is the only thing no longer available! I love ikea, i have a few items in my craft area.ReplyCancel

    • Have to keep it real Richelle, reality is this is how the room became. The carousel is great, holds so much. It was suggested by another reader that you could possibly pick some up on ebay.ReplyCancel

  • stacey.hobbins

    love the besta, have never considered it before. I have expedits but agree they go from looking fab to looking so messy if you don’t completely put everything back tidy – and don’t always have the time!!ReplyCancel

    • The great thing with the Besta is there is so many different design options and you can choose doors, drawers, no doors. Options are all up to you.ReplyCancel

  • Good on you Kat! I am an interior designer & so it’s a little embarrasing that my study/craft room gives me the exact same feeling :( It used to be my home office too and I have never fully dealt with it after I moved that part of my life into new premises. I should send you a photo – it would make you feel better about yours. Everyone comments on how my house is like a display home but – it is the one and only room of my house that is out of control! An overhaul is required (but in the mean time I just shut the door – because I can :D). I definitely think you should ditch the green wall because your storage/shelving units are not the same height and the colour behind highlights this. Love the extension table!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Jefferson

    your room looks great. i have to invest in a few pieces of storage to set up the study, and really like the look of the ikea units. Thanks for the inspirationReplyCancel

    • they would work really well in a study for extra storage, you can change the unit around, even have a few open shelves, no doors.ReplyCancel

  • I love your overhaul! We are building a new house, and I have been looking for ideas for my craft room that will make it look pretty, but also be workable! I think I’ve just found what I’ve been looking for! Thank you for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

    • Your welcome Tanya, have a look into the Pax system as well, I would of like this but just didn’t have the ceiling height to install it. I liked the Pax because of the different alternatives to drawers you can have, wooden, wire and deeper plastic drawers. Have fun planning!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    I love the green wall, it looks really nice against the crisp white cupboards!!ReplyCancel

    • A friend was telling me the same Danielle, to leave the wall green. For the time being it will stay, one day I’d like to make it a fresher colour, but would have to be something that would suit the other half of the room which is hubby’s man cave.ReplyCancel

  • Nice job and thanks for sharing the pics and ideas! I just did a craft room overhaul as well and feel so much better for it, now everything has a space I am so much more likely to put it back and keep everything clean.ReplyCancel

    • That’s right Linda, when you have a dedicated space for everything, its easier to not be lazy and to put it all away. I love looking into this room now and seeing it tidy and fresh white. Have you blogged your overhaul, would love to see it :)ReplyCancel

      • Hi Katrina, you were actually already kind enough to share it on your craft room round up on the 25th, it’s the white room with pastel folders from Bubble and Sweet, although my before pictures are waaaaay more embarrassing than yours :) There is also a write up in the latest issue of Tickle the Imagination with some different pictures and I’ll be posting my new kitchen pictures plus a wrapping paper solution soon as well. Although my craft space was mostly custom built I used lots of Ikea stuff as well, In particular I loved the spice racks for my sprinkle draw and the plate rack for display:

        • Ooh yes, sorry I thought you meant there was more than what I had already seen. I love how you are displaying some gorgeous ornaments behind the glass doors, it’s such a beautiful space. Look forward to reading about your kitchen!!!ReplyCancel

  • charmaine

    It looks sensational! Great effort, I love it…….im a sucker for aqua, i have an expedit that i love but the rest of my furniture in my craft room is wood, so im not quite sure where im going with my room, however i want the aqua to pop from behind the expedit:)ReplyCancel

    • Aqua and white are a great fresh colour combination, I think that’s what I don’t like about the green. it’s just not a lively fresh colour. Worked really well when I first painted our wall, but it just feels a bit dull now.ReplyCancel

  • Olga

    Love it! It looks great – I can but dream of such a lovely room. And I have recently discovered the WE R MEMORY KEEPERS albums, they are so lovely.ReplyCancel

    • Olga

      And can’t wait for IKEA to come to New Zealand. Visited the Brisbane one and loved it!ReplyCancel

      • I’m surprised there isn’t one in New Zealand, are there any plans for one. I hope you get one there too, the range and price is brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • they really are aren’t they Olga, and great quality too, I love the strength of the plastic pages. No matter how many times they are turned they will always stay looking good ;)ReplyCancel

  • Looks fantastic Kat!! All crafts need loads of storage unfortunately, but you’ve managed to make it look good, and still remain functional.
    btw – when are you coming to a scrapbook retreat with me??ReplyCancel

    • I’m loving it Lisa, I’m about to go in and do a little sewing! I haven’t scrapbooked for so long, but your retreats look like so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • sorry…you are just tooooo neat and organized…where are your working projects? don’t tell me that you have finished them? lol!ReplyCancel

    • I’m not currently working on anything as the room was such a mess, but hopefully soon I can start something. Usually it does stay on the table until I am finished.ReplyCancel

  • Sooo pretty! love tons of space! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • […] My craft room is still a work in progress (I need to organise the drawers and cupboards better), plus need to overhaul the other half of the room (the boys man cave).  Bit by bit I am organising particular areas.  I’ve just finished putting together my gift wrapping station.  This will be a permanent set up on a shelf in my craft room, once Christmas has finished I will replace it all with general gift wrapping supplies. […]ReplyCancel

  • sylvia

    i think i am more an organised chaos lover when it comes to craft rooms but so many of these ideas are fantasticReplyCancel

    • as long as you know where everything is Sylvia and enjoy your space, then it’s good enough xReplyCancel

  • brisyvonne

    Wow that was a big job, it looks brilliant. We are in the process of doing our whole house room by room. After having new carpets put in everything was moved out of each room. It is a big job. My craft/scrapbooking room is the last one. Like you I am putting it off. I will definately be doing it next week. Great job it gives me hope…lolReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Thank you so much for fantastic ideas, you are so inspiring. Unfortunately Ikea don’t deliver up to North Qld, so many of us wish they would. You have given me some great ideas and I will be on the lookout now for similar cupboards/shelving.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Mott

    Hi amazing. I’m looking at organising my room. And have fallen in love with one of your cupboards In the revel 3rd photo down. Do you by chance remember what this is called. I’ve had a look but can’t seem to find it. Thank you. ReplyCancel

  • Denise Van

    Love your craftroom katrina. I wish mine was like this. Was the end result expensive ie buying all the units?

  • Great post about craft room organization and your craft room also looks great!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Petti.:) My kids and i love using this area. It is fresh and bright.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Barrand Young

    Looks amazing! Thank you, I think I might buy the Besta units for my daughters room as a wardrobe!ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Hi katrina the room looks amazing!! Just wondering where you got the white boxes with the lids on???ReplyCancel

  • […] all work in the one office together it has become really cramped, so we are moving the office into my craft area, craft area into the man cave and the man cave into the old office.  Big move, but I am looking […]ReplyCancel

  • fiona

    Love the relaxing green wall. What colour is it please? I realize you have just painted over it! Lovely room. My studio is a bomb site, I’m going to try this. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I can’t remember the name Fiona, I painted it this colour to match a couch we used to have in here. Yes we painted over it recently and wow it has made the room so much brighter. Didn’t realise the dark coloured wall made the room so dark within.ReplyCancel

  • Meemaw 3

    I love this room..My daughter has lived in Prague, CZ and Berlin, Germany and have been in their Ikeas but never one in the US :o)) I love what you have done with your craft room. We plan to move in the next year and I am going to copy what you have done because I want to do it too. Like you my Mom was into crafts and painting which I treasure. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and sharing so gererously the resources.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      We have just changed the room around a little, but I love the freshness of the white furniture and being it’s modular it’s really easy to change it around.ReplyCancel

{GUEST POST} Where to start to gain control of your home

This is a guest post by Kate, from the blog Puddles and Gumboots. “Help! My house is an absolute chaos, I feel completely overwhelmed and I don’t know where to start.” These were the words a friend said to me recently when she rang me in tears. I think this happens to nearly all of […]

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  • Oh my gosh! This is like a glimpse into my place! I did this almost in the exact order last week, though didn’t quite get floors finished. LOL. (I have the ‘clutter basket’ – laundry basket – still half full from the other day as evidence!) I think I’ll print this out and pop it in the back of my diary for next time I’m feeling overwhelmed, as a reminer of where to start! Great post! Hayley xxReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for having me guest post today, I hope people find it helpful :-)ReplyCancel

  • Oh I so need to get my house back into shape. Tomorrow’s my day of purging and cleaning. Thanks for these handy hints!!ReplyCancel

  • Sladenkel

    just what i needed to read today thank you so much

  • This is a really great step by step run down for when things get overwhelming. And i think the “clutter basket” is so helpful, i’ve been doing this for awhile now, although i use two – one for around the house stuff & one for the toys. The good thing about the toy one is there’s a spot in the playroom where it sits so if i don’t really want to sort through it i can still pack it in the room neatly.ReplyCancel

  • Sometimes, when I think it’s all too much – I play a “game” with myself. It’s called “Idle Hands”. The idea is that my hands are never empty – so I start by picking up ONE thing. I take that and put it away, then pick up two things from the room that first thing belonged in and put them away, picking up another thing from each room etc etc. While it’s a bit of a scatter-gun approach to tidying up, it gets me started. And it’s usually enough to fix the house when it’s all bitty. Like it is right now, actually!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for this timely post, I only recently subscribed and to find this in my inbox dismorning was an absolute god send. Last week I decided to update the toy room and office and as I like a blank slate to work with the entire home become chaotic and messy as the one room took over many! And I didn’t know where to start to get it all in order again but now thanks to your post it doesn’t seem as overwhelming, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • MultipleMum

    great post Kate. It is so true that sometimes it is all so overwhelming you don’t know where to start! This is a fab guide xReplyCancel

  • thanks so much for this post it helped me so much i already feel more on top of my home than ever thanks againReplyCancel

    • That’s wonderful news Jodie!ReplyCancel

      • thank you your blog helps me so much my son was diagnosed with epilepsy late last year and trying to learn how to manage that as well as the house and everything has been so hard but your posts give me hope that i can get there so thanksReplyCancel

  • Thank you for helping me see the wood for the trees! Its so easy to feel completely overwhelmed and just flounder. I agree that getting on top of the laundry is a great starting point to feeling back in control.
    My dining table/room is the black hole of the house – something that I hat because its the first room you walk into when you come into the house! I will conquer it this week!ReplyCancel

    • It is otherwise it will just keep piling up and become a huge job. Would love to hear how you go!!ReplyCancel

  • Fleur.Muller74

    This is my new go to guide! ReplyCancel

  • Just wanted to let you know, I started this list at 9.30 and stopped for 30 minutes for lunch and another 30 minutes for school run… it’s now 4.15pm and I’ve finally finished!!! I have needed this so much! I always, always find my house so overwhelming. 3 kids under 5 makes for a very messy, busy household and I never know where to start!!! This list had me going from top to bottom and even doing alittle bit extra, like wiping down the kitchen cupboards, and cleaning the windows!
    Thank you so very much for this! I’ve never felt so tired, but from something that was worth it! My house looks great, even my 5yo commented when he got home from school!! All I have to do is fold Mt Clothesmore and continue with the never-ending laundry that seems to be the bane of my existence! I was considering taking it all to the laundromat to clean all at once and then bring home to dry! My poor small washing machine is constantly on the go!

  • Mel Duker

    Lovely and simple :o)ReplyCancel

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{Inspiration} Gift Wrapping Station

I have shown you where i store our gift wrapping.  It’s convenient to have it all stored together, making wrapping presents less time-consuming.  Today I thought I would share with you some more Gift Wrapping Station ideas, now yes some of these maybe extreme, but the reason I post my ‘Inspirational Saturday’ is to help […]

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  • Mel J

    I have a limited amount of wrapping paper, which is stored in a suit-bag in the wardrobe. I haven’t bought wrapping paper in a couple of years, but I still have a little left. Mostly I use fabric gift bags, or just fabric squares to wrap gifts. Re-usable and looks nice! I also like gift bags because they are so quick for wrapping. ReplyCancel

  • [...] Here’s a holiday item that’s supposed to be inspirational, though it might just be frustrating. An Australian blogger has found photos of 10 perfectly organized gift-wrapping stations — the kind that manage to impose order on thousands of yards of ribbons and paper. You may actually get some good ideas from a couple of the wall-mounted units, but an entire walk-in closet devoted to holiday wrapping? Unless you live at the North Pole with a bunch of elves, that seems like overkill to me. (The Organised Housewife) [...]ReplyCancel

  • Pam G

    I am struggling to decide how to store our gift wrapping supplies, including a couple of huge rolls of wrapping paper (bought in bulk a few years back – 30m or something crazy), gift bags I’ve saved (including lots of bottle-sized ones for gifting wines etc), folded wrapping paper, boxes of Christmas cards etc. etc. The large rolls of paper are my biggest concern – too large to fit into the desk drawers which hold all my other craft supplies. Once I declutter our walk-in robe I’m going to see what kind of space I have to store them and invest in a basket or bucket big enough to hold everything.ReplyCancel

    • Hopefully something in the post has inspired you :) I usually store the large rolls in a corner of our wardrobe, they are christmas paper. I buy flat birthday sheets.ReplyCancel

  • Bubbles74

    I love these ideas, but space is our problem. 3 kids in a 2×1 with one tiny linen cupboard. The plastic bag organisers look good. My mum wraps our presents in tea towels. She stopped doing it once & there was back lash. ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    Oh wow I wish I could have a space like this! I can never seem to find a good spot in our house to keep all my gift wrapping items together and they have somehow ended up all over the house! I think I may have to resort to an under-bed storer for it all instead of something pretty like this if I can find one long enough to fit the wrapping paper rollsReplyCancel

Top 5 Perfectly Imperfect Organising Tips

Today I am linking up with Kate from Picklebums.  She has been posting through October about being ‘Perfectly Imperfect’.   I love meeting people who read my blog and hearing their stories of how I have managed to help them, however some say “I wish I could be as organised as you” or “your house must […]

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  • Love your perfectly imperfect tips :-)

    And I hear you on that pesky apostrophe, the harder I try to get it right the more mistakes I make.ReplyCancel

  • I have totally stopped folding face-washers after seeing this on your and it’s has saved me so much time.

    As for the apostrophe, care factor = 0. xxx

    That’s care factor equals zero if that is unclear.ReplyCancel

  • Love those ideas and i do lots if little jobs while talking on the phone.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Katrina,you do an excellent service for so many people.
    The fact that your apostrophes are ‘perfectly imperfect’ are neither here nor there with me.
    I never even noticed.
    I read your site for the motivation and hope it gives me,not as an opportunity to hone my grammar nazi skills and I think 99% of your followers feel the same.
    Ignore people who are so lacking within themselves that the only way they can feel ok is when they bring someone else down.ReplyCancel

  • I love this post Katrina and your perfectly imperfect tips xxReplyCancel

  • I love the let dishes air dry tip. I have been doing that for ages and always feel a little bit guilty leaving a big pile by the sink but you’re right. Why use your time to do something that doesn’t need doing.

    To the apostrophes, I would say that people will always something wrong with anything. If the only thing they can find wrong with your blog is an incorrectly placed apostrophe then I’d take that as a compliment! ReplyCancel

    • thankyou Claire. and your right in regards to the dishes, time is better spent elsewher.ReplyCancel

  • So, all this time I’ve been leaving dishes to “air dry”, I’m actually being organised! lol. Yay me.

    Katrina, I think your blog is fantastic! Everyone makes typos occasionally, and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. For me, its more about the content. Keep up the excellent work…you’re one inspiring woman!ReplyCancel

    • LOL I let mine air dry too, I thought it was just me being lazy but I like organised better ;)

      Your blog is fantastic Kat. Pay no mind to the people who have too much time on their hands. The time they spend giving you grief about one little apostrophe could be better spent organising their home!
      Oh but I forget, they’re perfect. Their homes are probably immaculate ;)

      Keep doing what you’re doing, we all love you!ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou Lisa xReplyCancel

  • I feel like a kindred spirit Ms Picklebum! I ticked all of on your list bar one… folding socks. Old habits die hard!ReplyCancel

    • It is hard to change a habit, but imagine all the other things you could be doing instead :)ReplyCancel

  • You know, I don’t even know why I fold the face washers. Love your blog, Kat. You inspire me to be that little bit more less undomesticated ;)ReplyCancel

  • I am going to do the sock thing from now on. Love your tips and don’t mind how you use apostrophes if at all :)ReplyCancel

    • And another tip is to get all the same coloured sock so it’s easier to match together.ReplyCancel

  • Ah those darn apostrophes! They often do me in too!
    I am totally into the ‘air dry’ washing thing… and now I get to say it’s ok because The Organised Housewife said so!
    Love that you can embrace your imperfections and work with them instead of against them!ReplyCancel

    • LOL…..yes Kate because I said so! Loved linking up to you today and loved writing this post.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t air dry… if it can’t go in the dishwasher, I don’t want it! (Yes, everything goes in the dishwasher…plastics and all). When I didn’t have a dishwasher, I air dried everything as it’s much more “hygienic”… I mean, fancy rubbing all your nice, clean dishes with a dirty tea-towel! I fold face washers (they live on a shelf), but not dishcloths (they’re in a tub under the sink). My best Lazy Housekeeper tip is to take a leaf from the Book of Nike and JUST DO IT. Nothing takes as long as you think it will.

    (Personally, I am a fan of a well placed apostrophe (and, as you may have noticed, overly keen on parentheses).)ReplyCancel

    • That’s right Harriet, Just do it, don’t waste time pondering too long. I’m trying to improve my grammar, I will get there :) ReplyCancel

  • You are classic, and boldly confident Kat, Love that you can say back off so politely!! XReplyCancel

  • Yes, I always aim with housework to do the most possible in the least amount of time. So, I take a LOT of shortcuts. I always have to stop and think with apostrophes too. Just ignore the critics. When they have a more successful organising blog than you do, I’ll take notice. Until then…ReplyCancel

    • Their criticism has helped me to try and improve, it’s just the way they said it was so rude. Thankyou Julie :) ReplyCancel

      • Pam G

        Hi Katrina, I know I’m coming to this post very late… reading through all your past posts, you see! Just wanted to say good on you for taking the time to think “Hmm, that was rude, but I wonder if there’s any truth in it” and actually deciding to try and improve in the area of grammar, despite the hurtful way it was pointed out. I am a bit of a grammar nazi but I love love love your blog and the way you write so I choose to ignore the little errors… Good on you for taking that person’s criticism so gracefully :) And thank you for a wonderful blog – I’ve been looking for other decluttering/organising blogs online and so far haven’t found one to match yours. Love the clean layout, lots of pictures, great articles, easy links, search bar, not covered in sponsor ads (in the middle of some people’s articles no less) – just a great read. Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

        • Thank you Pam for your kind words. Yes I know my grammar isn’t the best and one word tonight I realise I am typing incorrectly is thankyou, need to learn it is 2 words. But yes I have taken from this to improve my use of apostrophes when in doubt I just don’t use it now ;) So please you are enjoying the website :)ReplyCancel

  • I put everything in the dishwasher so have mimimum things to airdry! I love how you have the socks sorted though, one thing i’m going to do for hubby now!
    Thanks for all the inspiratiob you give us Kat!!ReplyCancel

  • the facewasher drawer in the bathroom is way too small, so I’ve recently pulled it out and put a basket in there, which has made a huge difference to them ending up in the teatowel drawer! (don’t ask, sorting clothes is the kids’ job)

    As for socks, everyone has their own lingerie bag, they put dirty socks in every day, and we wash them once a week… it has significantly reduced the number of odd socks, random socks tucked in shoes/drawers/cupboards, and has saved me money, becaus ethey have the same number of socks at the end of term as they started off with!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya G.

    OH its nice to know my air drying isnt just me… mother HATES air drying…LMAO… but times savers in any form i do so adore….As for the blog i do not read it near as often as i wished i could…i need more time savers you see teehee….as for gramatical erros or punctuations be imperfect….its much more fun :) THanks for writing and sharing and alooing comments for continued productive sharing…i love to read when i am able to…hopefully that will be much more often….Question….How do you (and the readers) deal with sentimental things…we are moving and i need a LOT of help with things i hold so much senitment for and much that really is all just in my head…but cant or dont know how to distinguish them and make room and clear out…Thank you…Tanya xoReplyCancel

    • Aaw thankyou Tanya. Sentimental items are hard, usually it’s not the items that is sentimental, it is the memory behind it which you will always keep in your heart no matter if you have the item or not, however the item will help trigger that memory. Perhaps take a photo and store them all in an album together so you can than give the item to charity or a family member that may use and appreciate it more.ReplyCancel

  • Patty

    Leave the poor love alone! You can get the point of what she’s trying to say with having to teacher her a lesson! If she so chooses to have a lesson, she can do as you have and look for a blog that has helpful hints!
    Loving you the way you are, Patty in WA State- U.S.ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou Patty, I am just blown away today by the lovely comments, I appreciate it, thankyou again. xReplyCancel

  • Tealepenny

    Love your blog – I am the worst speller in the world and love love your blog – who cares we get the point of what you are trying to say – keep up the good work

    • Thankyou Tealpenny, all these beautiful comments I have received today is just inspiring me more. Thankyou ReplyCancel

  • As a working mum I haven’t a lot off time i find it much easier to fold washing and put away once dry and only iron when it’s neededReplyCancel

  • Eleni

    Thanks for this! I have always air dried my dishes and i thought this was perfectly normal!! I hate the tea towel factor of fluff. I guess we all do what works for us but air drying certainly saves time.

    No one cares about apostrophes (oops did i spell that right?!) we just love to read your blogs.

    I dont iron all upfront either, i find it easier to iron in little lots or just before the garment is to be worn. It’s a different generation and there are so many other things that we would prefer to be doing than trying to stay absolutely perfect.

    A self confessed perfectionist who has come a long way!ReplyCancel

    • I used to iron like that too Eleni BK (before kids), it was easier, but now hubby needs shirts for work it’s easier for me to do them all in one go. whatever works best and gets the job done :) ReplyCancel

  • Great tips! I let my plastics air dry, or everything if I do a lot at once! I wash the big pots and pans that are easy to dry first, and then leave everything else. ;) My MIL hates that I do that, but I cook and wash up after 4 people for every meal of the day – I don’t have TIME to dry every single thing! I also don’t match socks either, if they can’t get both of them to the wash, not my problem! lolReplyCancel

  • Love the sock tip Kat! I always try and match the same colour fade, but NO MORE!! Oh and feel free to apostrophe whatever you like!! I got told off once for using too many of “these”. I quite like “them” <3ReplyCancel

    • My top tip is to buy pure white socks, no colour on them, then makes matching so much easier because they are all the same :) Thankyou Nat, so lovely to meet you today.ReplyCancel

  • Owallace

    I luv reading all your blogs & ideas…I do wish i was able to be more organised like u….I try…really i do…but it just doesnt seem to work!!!!!…With 3 kids, sport, running school canteen & endless dr’s appts..(youngest 2 been 2specialists since 4wks old)…ive come to accept that im just not one of those super organised people atm…Ive been taking up tips of your little by little & not stressing anymore (or trying not to)…& for those who are picking up on your apostrophe use…Dont hve better things in life to do…I know i do!!!! Keep up the awesome posts!!ReplyCancel

    • Running a canteen is a HUGE job, that and your appointments must keep you very busy. You will get there, find what works for you, create routines and new habits and it will all start falling into place.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    YAY i don’t feel so bad for letting my dishes airdry over night, and for throwing my sons and my socks in the drawer without sorting first. I do sort my husbands socks, but maybe i’ll stop doing that. I love the idea of dusting while on the phone, i must try that next time i’m stuck on hold with some corporation listening to “your call is important to us”ReplyCancel

    • Give it a go Kristie, and if you feel you need to sort the socks then go back to how you used to do it :)ReplyCancel

  • Apostrophobe!

    Dear Katrina, I also do not use apostrophe’s well. And I have three uni degrees. I have just stopped using them altogether now! Be proud of your care factor with them. : ) ReplyCancel

  • Kaye Ballentine

    I do not fold undies just put them in the drawer.
    Sox I still roll in pairs.
    Hankies I air dry flat and fold as if ironed.
    Fold tea towels and pillowslips put away.
    After years of ironing everything I have found the sky still in place ,it hasn’t fallen one bit.


  • Claire

    Your blog is brilliant Katrina!! I’ve only recently discovered it, but being a Mum and housewife is so much easier with your help!! Keep up the good work, these tips are great. My hubby still wears odd socks even when I do pair them, so I’m definitely going to stop doing it now! Thank you so much and ignore the grouchies comments!ReplyCancel

  • julie mcdonald

    All good tips. The fact you use any apostrophes makes you a hero in my book. I think it is gradually dying out.ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    The grammar police strike again! Gah!

    Love this post, I never thought to dust when I am on the phone! Thanks for all your hard work and time that you put into this blog. :)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    yay someone else who “air dries” the dishes! great tips :)ReplyCancel

  • [...] Kate Pickle is another blogger who understands that most of us don’t have time to be impeccably organized. I loved this post offering five “perfectly imperfect” organizing tips for busy moms. Kate says it’s okay to throw washcloths into a drawer without folding them. She doesn’t pair socks before putting them away, either. “The owner can take the time to do it,” she says. And my favorite tip of all: “As much as I would love to straighten the kids’ beds after they have made them, I resist because a) They have put in the effort, for that I am grateful, and b) I don’t have time.” (The Organised Housewife) [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] to think I was being lazy by leaving the dishes to dry overnight. If the Organised Housewife can do it, so can [...]ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    LOVED seeing the air drying tip! I maintain that tea towels are unhygienic, and therefore air drying is the best way! (Although I tend to put them away before I go to bed as I worry about mice and creepy crawlies!!)

    As for your comments on apostrophes, for what it’s worth, I come here to learn about organisation, and I figure that if you want help with punctuation you’d go and read their blogs (which would probably be less about punctuation and grammar and more about how to be ignorant!) I’m sure they’d be most put out if you walked into their house and started criticising their house keeping skills and lack of organisation! We all have our own strengths and there are those who choose to share their gifts with style and grace (and the freedom to punctuate as they please!) and then there are those who feel the need to impose their thoughts on others whether it is welcome or not!

    I close with a comment that I saw on Pinterest the other day that I think is particularly fitting:

    Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength (Eric Hoffer)ReplyCancel

  • Emma Sparnon

    I have to fold socks an underwear a particular way or it bothers me! Love the tips – http://www.foreveremma.meReplyCancel

  • Heeral

    Love to hear that all mothers go through similar things. Love ur tips. I used to fold my undies and bras in perticular way. Now i don’t fold either. just have them in different drawers so that they don’t mix up. That’s it. Also i fold the laundry but my hubbie stacks the clothes back in the wardrobe. one less chore. ReplyCancel

  • Starayla5

    I’ll just ignore the apostrophe stuff – some people seriously need to get a life!!! The more important issue here is where did you get that doona cover??? It’s awesome and I want one! The only thing I like to fold are the face washers, they’re quick and small and perfectly square. Socks and undies do my head in. ReplyCancel

    • I got the Doona from Big W this time last year. However you can’t remove the inner, it came with a cusion cover, bottom sheet and pillow case. i then painted his room to match the doona. ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Varvadouka

    These were very helpful! Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • leanne

    Hi trina everyone makes mistakes thats why proof readers exist the college brochuReplyCancel

  • leanne

    oops silly phone lol . . the college brochure we produced quarterly was proofed several times with the proverbial fine tooth comb & by several people & it always had at least one error that was missed once printed. To those people who criticise others remember that your criticism is a reflection of something about you that may need to change. i have taught many staff with poor literacy & confidence – i applaud their enthusiasm & progress & have learnt to let it go – pages of corrections will just undermine what they have achieved. trina’s blog is such a true reflection of who she is including the clear & chatty style of writing. love you trina!ReplyCancel

  • Tellie C

    oh who cares if you don’t use an apostrophe, I know I’m not on here to point out your errors, I can read and understand what your saying with or with out one…. pfft sorry people but come on! ReplyCancel

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  • judy

    I just read the apostrophe problem you have. Well I am so glad that who(m) ever brought that to your attention must not live in a ‘glass house’ since they are throwing stones. Who really cares if there”s an error. With the information you provide, Kat, it doesn”‘t matter. I enjoy your ideas and tips. Please keep them coming.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Hi Kat, I love your blog and try to read it daily. Thank you for inspiring me to be more organised!! I love these tips too. I have only recently started to pair up my husband’s socks as it means he can just take out a “ball” out of his drawer in the morning and not rummage through it looking for a matching pair and waking me up! Self-interest. :)ReplyCancel

  • Ollie

    I ‘love’ your blog & read it ‘everyday’. I ‘also’ noticed your ‘incorrect’ use of the ‘apostrophe’ -“haha”. -who honestly gives a rats????? If I wanted an English lesson, I’d take English lessons. ‘Love’ the idea of the bra-bag for socks :)
    Keep up the great work Kat xx. Ollie ReplyCancel

  • Marianne Banck

    Hi Kat. I’m a mom of four children, three girls and one boy. I just love your blog, I read it all the time and just wan’t to thank you for all your tips and tricks….
    I live in Sweden so English is not my first language so I don’t react in case you don’t wright exactly the right way. I’m only intrested in What you have to say. Continue with your great work… :-)ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Marianne, I’m so pleased that I can share with you even if you are on the other side of the world xxReplyCancel

  • Naomi Mills

    if i’m too busy to fold washing i chuck it in the correct draw and get to it later, out of sight out of mind lolReplyCancel

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  • Katharine

    When folding washing, I don’t turn my husbands shirts or shorts out the right way. If he has taken them off and they have gone into the wash inside out then they get folded that way too. He has never complained about it! It saves a lot of time :) LOLReplyCancel

  • Krystina

    I’m a mother of five, four girls and youngest a boy. Back when I only had three girls they were one size apart in socks I put the first letter of their name on the toe as I got them out of the pack. Then as they came out of the wash just bundle them into the draw. If your children’s names start with the same letter try one dot for the eldest, two for the next ect. Helps as you pass clothes down the line. I mark all my kids clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Lime & Mortar

    My son’s pjs all go into fabric cube box in his expedit. No point folding them all as he messes them up instantly ReplyCancel

Decluttering the big hall cupboard

This is a guest post by Fiona, from the blog My Paperless PHD. We moved into this house nearly four years ago. One of the things I loved was this massive storage cupboard in the main hallway (in addition to a separate linen cupboard!) I shouldn’t be surprised at what happened really. I am a […]

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  • Shae

    What a lovely post. So motivating I love the reward idea. Well deserved!ReplyCancel

  • Jas

    i am loving this site Katrina……getting me so motivated with my decluttering and organising….i have a hallway closet to get to soon too…thanks for your tips Fiona. Where did you find the suitcase storage containers? love them!!!!ReplyCancel

  • T T

    I love plastic containers just need a better way of labeling them so I can find what I’m stacked and packed away. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • astonmel

    Oh how I miss my big hall cupboard! I must admit, it is a breeding ground for hoarding, but properly arranged… it looks great, good job! I now have just one linen/hall/everything that doesn’t have a home cupboard. :-( ReplyCancel

  • [...] Take Fiona Trapani, for instance. When she moved into a new house, the “massive storage cupboard in the main hallway” looked like it would always be sufficient, but within two years, it was “filled to brimming” and “no longer accessible.” It took three weeks and several trips to her local donation center, but she finally got everything organized, as the before-and-after photos can attest. Best of all, she took another photo two months later, just to prove that clutter control can be permanent. (The Organised Housewife) [...]ReplyCancel

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  • have just read this post,lucky for me i have a head cold and can now catch up on all the blogs you miss having 5 kids! Im more than a little envious about the storage let me tell you! i have a 5 bedroom home with NO storage,its ridiculous! any how ie decided to sort the christmas decs and would love to know where you have purchased the suitcase storage containers from ? thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, love the pictures. You’ve come a long way! keep up the good work I will be watching your progress.ReplyCancel