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2016 Daily Planner

The 2016 Daily Planner Printable will help you to keep track of all your appointments, daily tasks, birthday’s, meal plans and more.

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  • danni

    ohhh, squeal!!! loving the 2016 planner. i always have mine on my bench. the new changes will be amazing. I bought an erin condren on this year, but a girl can’t have enough planners so I’m thinking two for 2016. thanks as always kat your inspiring.ReplyCancel

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Fun Family Movie Night + Giveaway

Create some special moments with your family by planning a fun family movie night in the comfort of our own home, snuggling up on the couch together. Plus a FREE family movie night printable and Tomorrowland DVD pack giveaway.

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  • Rebecca Broderick

    I actually let my daughters be in charge of most of the setting up and organising, they feel so important and excited when we have our movie night.ReplyCancel

    • Cassandra M

      Our movie nights are usually in the school holidays…we sometimes have disco glowbowling with empty bottles and glow sticks in them..they double as movie lights..we wind down with pillows and blankets on the loungeroom floor homemade popcorn..sometimes a pizza party..the kids also like to dress up as their fav movie characters while watching the movie.
      We keep movie nights to the holidays so they can stay up later..Its something to look forward to for them.ReplyCancel

  • nicolle lewis

    My kids enjoy movie night cuddled up in my bedReplyCancel

  • Nikoly

    I think it is mainly just the time spent together, having snuggles and just doing nothing. I also like to think the kids enjoy that we actually watch their movies so when they talk to us about them they know that we know what they are talking about.ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Let everyone partake in the movie selection and preparation of snacks such as popcorn etcReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    My top tips for enjoying family movie night are to have an early dinner, a fun, family favourite meal (ours include burritos, hamburgers or pizza, all homemade yum!), and to have a small amount of special treats to eat during the movie (like Maltesers or lollies – my kids love this as we don’t let them have treats like this all the time) and for parents to be consciously present during the movie and really enjoy the experience with your kids. As they say, kids grow up so fast and there will only be a certain amount of time we have where the kids will actually want to do this with us! And I think kids know the difference between when you are really in the moment with them and when you are tuned out or mindlessly looking at your phone, tablet or laptop :) Here’s to many happy family movie nights!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer D

    We live to let each child choose a candy treat to mix in the popcorn. We make homemade individual pizzas which and smoothies. Then curl up to eat and watch the movie with lots of blankets and pillows in the living room.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon M

    Every Saturday night in our house is ‘Family Movie Night’ so all our children look forward to it heaps!!! We also have a voting system where we all get to pick three dvds off our shelf and I also get some dvds from the local Library. We then write down our top two picks and we do a tally and the movie with the most votes wins!!! This process takes about half an hour at the minimum so it is quite a build up towards the movie :) :) Happy watching!!! p.s. there is always a bowl of treats for everyone :)ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Wanless

    Make sure the dogs are already fed and happy so they don’t interrupt! Snacks all around for everyone and a vote on the movie to watch so we all enjoy the film.ReplyCancel

  • We love popping a bunch of popcorn and inviting friends over to watch togetherReplyCancel

  • I love at-home movie nights. I think it’s almost my favourite thing to do!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Not feeding hubby any gassy foods (or ‘fart fodder’ as he calls it) for a good 24 hours prior to family movie night!! This way he doesn’t silently sneak things out, then sit there in denial as we all choke or need to evacuate and miss most of the film!!ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    Talk during dinner, get the chatter out. Cover every topic you and the kids can bring up, so they don’t talk all the way through the movie! Yes I am a Dad to girls and can they talk or what, and always through or over the crucial parts of a movie. Love them to death but it does get annoying during what should be a quiet time.ReplyCancel

  • Agnes

    my tip is to pick a movie everyone can enjoy. Sounds simple but with an age range of nearly seven years between the kids in our family it can be a challenge. Our favourites have included Back to the Future, The Neverending Story, A Cat in Paris and Arrietty.ReplyCancel

  • Justine Franklin

    Make sure everyone is comfortable with the movie choice. I divert the home phone to the answering machine so there are no interuptions. Schedule in an intermission. There are 5 of us and nearly all of us need a short break (if you get my drift) during the movie. Rather than pause 5 times, knowing there is a break, i think subconsciously, you can wait until then. Most of all try to be relaxed, forget about the stress of the day and just be in the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Bel

    Tip 1: after dinner set the timer and get the gang excited about tidying up with a reward (popcorn, choctop, etc) if they beat the buzzer.
    Tip 2: have an intermission for teeth and bathroom after food is consumed /at the half way point / yawning startsReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    Make sure it’s a movie everyone can enjoy and also make sure everyone has their own favourite snack – we had to put popcorn on hold for while as my daughter had braces so we substituted with vege chips (her favourite) so she could still enjoy without feeling left out. Looking forward to our first movie night WITH popcorn now there are no more braces!ReplyCancel

  • julie

    Best movie night is camping out in lounge room with our favourite snacks and drinks and fall asleep together watching moviesReplyCancel

  • Kate

    We do Movie Night at home on a Friday (each fortnight). The two kids alternate between choosing the DVD for the night or the ‘treats’. They love it as they get input each time.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    We start our movie nights early when having dinner so we have an easy picnic dinner on the floor in front of the tv that way our little ones can still have an early night and watch the whole movieReplyCancel

  • Penny Marrett

    Making it a regular thing rather than a one off makes it good family time also letting kids pick the movies as well as making the treats/snacks gives us extra time to spend together. We love a good family movie night together and the kids would do it every night if we let them!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Make family movie night a time to connect.

    Enjoy the time WITH the children.

    Have all baths out of the way and PJ’s on.

    Turn off all devices, barring the TV etc.

    Load up on the munchies.

    Have 2 movies on hand. A family favourite and a new film.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Make sure the movie is going to appeal to everyone and that there is plenty of popcorn…..lights down, sound up loud, phones off and away we goReplyCancel

  • Movie night is Saturday night in our house! With homemade choc bombs being the bomb when it comes to movie snacks!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Andrijasevich

    1. A family-friendly movie
    2. Lots of movie-friendly snacks
    3. Lots of comfy pillows & blankets
    4. Preferably a cold & rainy night…
    5. Lots of love & cuddles! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Debra Moody

    We always get out the blankets so we can cuddle up together while enjoying the movie, its a great feeling being all together for these special fun times.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Our kids are all teens now and they still ask for “Family Movie Night” on a Friday or Saturday night! And…. and they still like Disney movies too!!!! And they do all the setting up, make or buy the lollies, chips, chocolates and drinks to share and make big bowls of popcorn. I’m glad we started this tradition when they were little, as life with teens can get hectic and they’re often busy with part time jobs, studying or staying at friends and they still ask to do Family Night with good ol’ Mum not Dad. Awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Our family movie nights always include home made pizza (where the kids and hubby choose the ingredients they want), popcorn (salted butter) and smoothies to watch in front of the TV. We bring down our pillows and blankets from our rooms and make ourselves a cosy theatre before playing a game. The winner gets to choose the movie the family watches for the evening :)ReplyCancel

  • James

    I work shift hours and I always appreciate my wife for organising family movie nights.
    Top tips: put away all phones, laptops and tablets, and each one goes around the room to share what’s up that day.
    Love each other and want to spend time with one another.
    Coupled with good food and a recent movie rental. That’s all you need for family timeReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    We do movie nights often. Lay out a picnic rug on the floor and replace healthy dinners with dips and nachos and hot chips. We remove the lounge. Leave all the cushions and have lots of blankets. Lights out. Popcorn. Lollies. And we allow soft drink! My three step children and husband all love it.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Best

    We have never had an organized video night with all the trims. Kids often watch movies but my husband and I don’t really watch it with them. I think it is a fantastic idea to have the whole family do something together and go to the effort to make the experience as real as possible. I live over 600km from the nearest cinema so going to the movies is not really an option for us. Love this idea.ReplyCancel


    Make sure everyone agrees on the movie, start it early with popocorn and drinks pre-prepared. pause for an interval for snack refills and toilet breaks. Ensure there are plenty of cushions and blankets. Enjoy the time togetherReplyCancel

  • Joni

    I choose the most humourous movie possible since my kids range in age from late teens down to a 6 year old, since humour has a universal language. We all quote funny lines for months after…ReplyCancel

  • Frances

    A rare but memorable occurrence having all four of my boys + Mum and Dad watch the same movie – (aged 18 down to 7 years). Lots of fun and laughter when we do. Beautiful to see them all huddled together under tv blankets sharing family time.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Top tips are:
    Start early, so the night is not toooo late for smaller kids.
    Make the room really dark (during the day the kids love that part too-adds to the excitement,my kids love that!!)
    I like home made popcorn with a small amount of icing sugar on top YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Bek

    Make the room dark and cool. Drag queen size mattress out with oodles of pillows n blankys for snuggling. Popcorn, maltesers and choc-tops.ReplyCancel

  • Grace

    Movie night for us means finger food dinner while we watch the show followed by delicious dessert with all lights off sitting on comfy cushions,right next to each other.The most important tip is to turn off all phones or ignore any calls, so that there would be no interruptions to the family time.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl S

    When we were lucky enough to have a new DVD the children and I would run around and have the movie night as soon as we had picked up the DVD and organised dinner and had everything ready so we didn’t have to leave the room again. Dinner would be eaten on the coffee table or laps depending on what it was while watching the movie cause we couldn’t wait! Lights were turned out and we would all be snuggled up with blankets.ReplyCancel

  • Suanne Sykes

    We love family movie nights. Preparation is keeping an eye on foxtel to phone in for suitable movies. Plenty of cushions and throws and having popcorn and cut up fruit ready to go. The best part is snuggles with Mr 5. One of those moments to cherish before they grow out of them.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Short

    Special family time with popcorn, healthy drinks (just don’t tell the kids) and a rotation of movies over 4 weeks (4 kids) each one given a choice of feature movie.

    We play a short dvd of cartoons, then have an intermission before the main movie, JUST like when I was a child.

    Can’t wait for the reaction when they get the “TICKETS” next session, thank you for the printable

    Best time in my world with familyReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Many of the top tips have already been suggested in your blog post, but one major point that I would like to add is plan for a ‘half time’ break just like the intermission from the old cinema days.
    Its a good idea for restless children, especially when most have limited attention, it gives everyone a chance to use the bathroom and to restock food and drink.

    Now nobody misses the crux of the movie!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Family movie night involves an early dinner of homemade pizzas on dough made by the kids, lots of pillows and blankets and the family snuggled on the lounge. These nights are planned around movie releases and some classic oldies like ‘The Goonies’ or ‘Back to the Future’. We watch the movie and eat a magnum or drumstick ice cream. It is loads of fun and we place bets on how much of the movie daddy will see before falling asleep.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi bruxe

    Movie nights are Friday nights. We usually pick one from Netflix and lay out their fold out couches and turn the lights and phones off. Kids set up their own couches with pillows and bedding and mum and dad organises the foodReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Turn all mobile phones off take the home phone off the hook, make sure the snacks aren’t sugar based as the kids won’t sleep after the movie. Nothing to stop you having movies on a rainy day, or during the day on the weekend especially when school starts. We often have movie nights, or movie marathon of the sequels in a dark room, surround sound, the grandkids love the cars zooming behind them etc. popcorn or other snacks. But especially enjoy our togetherness as a family with the grandkids. At Christmas we do our own kids home movies. Most of all cherish these special moments together which will create memories for our kids.ReplyCancel

  • Shell

    My top tips for a movie night are to not have a too big of a meal, if all the kids can have a say in the snacks it’s a good start, less complaining! Make the room dark, lots of snuggle blankets/doona’s, and make sure that Mum & Dad actually sit and watch the movie with the kids, no other screens allowed!ReplyCancel

  • Paula fitzpatrick

    We love Movie Night in our house, we call it Fam Jam Movie Time. We have snacks drinks and kids in jammies. Inevitably it’s us grown ups that have nodded off before the end of the movie.ReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    As we have a 3D TV and player we’d be all wearing the 3D glasses and munching popcorn cooked with a minimum of butter and have glasses of cold water with ice cubes.ReplyCancel

  • Jen G


    #1 rule: The night has to be mobile free!
    Before starting the movie, send the kids for a wee.

    Pop a packet of popcorn in the microwave;
    Snuggle together – if the movie’s scary, it helps you be brave!

    Together laugh, scream, cry or smile in delight;
    It’s quality time, it’s your family movie night!!ReplyCancel

  • Marnie Quinn

    We love movie nights in our house. We take turns in choosing the movie and snuggle up together on the couch. I like you clean up the lounge first. Boys help then we chose snacks and get started. When I’m having an especially anxious day movie night snuggled with hubby and boys always relaxes me! Bliss.ReplyCancel

  • We often have movie nights.
    My kids are 5 and 7 and on movie nights we have an early dinner then bath.
    We all snuggle up on the couch with our doonas and some our favourite movies are old classic ones like “Mary Poppins”, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and most recently “Sound of Music” (they are singing Do Re Mi … all time now :))
    And we have pop corn – popped over the stove in some olive oil and with salt – you just can’t watch a movie with out pop corn 😉
    The plan is that the kids can fall asleep and I can put them straight to bed, but fact is that I am often the one falling asleep and waking up when the movie finish :)ReplyCancel

  • Brooke R

    My top tip for a family movie night that is enjoyed by all is going all out with the theme! We have a menu of dinner and snacks to match our selected movie. One of my girls favourite movie nights so far has been ‘Frozen’ where we indulged in troll stones (meatballs), Kristoff’s Ice Flakes (rice) and Sven’s Salad (carrots and beans) for our dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Flip

    We turn the dinner table to face the tv and they eat dinner and dessert while watching. Then they might get a lolly or choc to end.ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Kaczmarczyk

    Have everyone enter the movie they want to watch into a hat and whatever gets pulled out, everyone has to watch!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Mattress in front of the TV with lots of blankets and pillows.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    We pick our movie days in advance. It gets everyone excited about it. They older ones research the movie and the little ones are better behaved when they are reminded abhor Movie night.

    We have a movie room that is just for movies and games and have the popcorn machine and drinks there.

    PJs, Picnic blankets, loads of pillows and blankets (and a couple of pull out mattresses) mean the kids can camp out if they want and if they fall asleep is OK to stay there. There’s no school in the morning so they love to be able to stay up a little later on movie night.

    I get more cuddles during movie night than any other time during our busy week. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • sandra dare

    Our movie night must haves are snacks, pillows, and obviously a movie :) some times we have a picnic in the lounge room (tea time) or the normal popcorn & lollies or a bowl of cut up apple & cheese xx we have a regular Friday night movie night during school terms – during holidays our movie nights can be almost every night.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    We have come up with a list of movies we all want to watch, have written them out and take turns selecting one. That way we don’t spend a long time trying to choose a movie on the night.ReplyCancel

  • Aja

    We usually put a big mattress down and build a cubby to make it a bit more special. Heaps of pillows and squishy cushions, and plenty of snacks and drinks for everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Every Friday and Saturday night we get out the bean bags and the big cushions. The chips and popcorn ready, turn off the lights and we are ready to watch a movie.ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    We bring in the spare mattress and make a big bed on the floor next to the couch with lots of pillows and blankets. Have great fun picking the movie together, then pop the popcorn, dim the lights, snuggle, munch, enjoy! Love these special family moments xxReplyCancel

  • Tanya Clarke

    My son and I select the movie together. We prepare our snacks together and snuggle up on the couch. He feels very special because he gets to stay up late on movie night!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    Discuss it earlier in the week to pick the movies and purchase/hire them.
    Have them help make the snacks after school that night.
    Ensure snacks are a little balanced so you can skip dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Every Friday night is movie night in our house. Everyone helps to make pizzas all the while discussing the movie to be viewed. Then younger kids make cubbies, older kids lie on scatter cushions, mum and dad are relegated to the couch. Top tip? No gadgets, all phones away and everyone focused on the TV. At the end quick rip around the crew as to what part they enjoyed the most. We all love movie night!ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    We manage a movie night about once a month. We have a special dinner then retire to the lounge room. Crochet blankets come out and everyone snuggles down. Sometimes there is discussion on which movie to view and other times we agree on the first option.
    Even thought the youngest is now 25, we still watch kid friendly movies as they are so much fun to watch and always make for a good night’s viewing.
    We are generally too full from dinner to want snacks, but they are there if anyone wants them.
    The cats sometimes come in and join us. Happy humans make good cat beds.
    When the movie is over we have a cuppa, then those that need to drive off do so.
    We started doing this when the kids were in primary school with everyone in their PJs after we bought our first video machine. Here it is thirty years later and we are still doing it. In deference to those driving we stay in our day clothes now.ReplyCancel

  • Tiona Evans

    Friday is our standard movie night if we have no other plans. My two girls alternate choosing food which is usually take away or sometimes Mum will cook a special/easy meal. This is a big responsibility which can take a whole school day to choose. Then either a trip to the DVD store or we will have taped a movie on our handy HDD recorder. One sets our picnic spots on the carpet while I dish up the food. The movie starts while we eat, we then take a quick break to clean up and sit back down with desert (weather appropriate). Then movie finishes in time for bed.ReplyCancel

  • Cherry G

    Always make sure that’s there plenty of popcorn in the bowl for all and make sure all the phones are off. No one likes to be interrupted during the movie. Then give the kids the choice of picking the first movie. We like to do theme nights. So we watch all syfy movies one night then Disney another etc., It all depends on what mood we are in. Then we have to shush as my youngest doesn’t like talking when he’s watching a movie.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Flockhart

    It has to be an electronic free night except for the movie, so no phones, tablets etc. Ignore the landline and let the machine take the call. Smart phones have a DND function where you will be not be disturbed by any phone call except one from your selected and friends emergency calls.
    If there’s a dispute over movie selection put the names in a colander and let the youngest person pick.
    Prepare your snacks. Air popped corn is a great one. You can vacuum the mess easily. I like water best. No big mess if spilled.
    Room temperature controlled to be comfortable. If it’s cool weather curl up with a rug or quilt.
    Ask anyone who needs to visit the toilet before the movie starts but don’t stress if someone needs to excuse themselves. It’ll become smoother over time when they’ve learnt that Home Cinema is like the real thing and you don’t stop the movie for anybody needing the toilet! Of course it may depend on the age of the children but it is a family time not just for one person to hold things up!
    Everybody should wash their hands before sharing the snacks and germs!
    If you’re having two movies you can have an intermission in the kitchen for ice cream and other messier items. You might have pizza or party pies, sausage rolls if you’re combining dinner with your fun night. Then wash the hands and settle back for the second movie.
    Whatever way you organise your night, enjoy it and make beautiful memories.
    My grandchildren tell my great grandchildren what movies we shared and enjoyed at the cinema and then at home with that wonder new invention of VHS tapes!ReplyCancel

  • Eva Kiraly

    Some yummy healthy treats, a comfy couch and a great movie is all we need for a family movie night, it’s something to look forward to when the weekend arrives!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    (F)amily movie night means to us…
    (A)lways munchies to nibble on.
    (M)any cuddles.
    (I)ndividual drinks with spill-proof lids.
    (L)ots of laughs and, finally, plenty of tired
    (Y)awns when the movie has finished…
    so the happy and contented kids can all go to bed!ReplyCancel

  • james pizzey

    a family movie nights are a tradition we choose a movie the whole family will enjoy chips and nuts plus a bar of chocolateReplyCancel

  • Linda Marquis

    We always draw the curtains and make the lounge room nice and dark so it seems just like we’re at the cinemas.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Ballantyne

    my major tip is to ban electronic devices such as phones and such during the movieReplyCancel

  • Han E

    My daughter always wants to watch a family movies so we started watching ‘older’ movies from when her Dad and I were young and she enjoys that a lot. It’s a good way to introduce her to what we have experienced when we were young. Along with that, homemade popcorn and frappe’s or spiders … Love a good movie!!ReplyCancel

  • Jemma Y

    I am a mummy to four girls we love movie nights with daddy.
    we love disney movies,my girl’s love making popcorn and making smoothies,with mummy’s help, usually monthly on friday nights,so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • skye

    Switch off the phones and make sure the popcorn and drinks are ready ?ReplyCancel

How to be an Organised Mum

Discover one mum’s secrets to being an organised mum. These tips will introduce some calm and order in your home.

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  • So many great ideas – thanks for the tips! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Renee was so lovely to share her tips!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    My two main tips are 1) to have an excellent wall calendar and 2) my “household organisation” binder

    1) Calendar
    Having a great wall calendar is a help. I have a large calendar on the wall right next to my desk.
    ALL TIME COMMITMENTS are immediately written on this calendar and I also use it to manage our finances.
    Regular time commitments such as dance classes, soccer practice etc are written on the calendar in black.
    Other time commitments (eg picking my husband up from the airport, sleepover dates) are written in blue ink.
    As I receive a bill in the post, I make a note of the amount eg Telstra $250 in red ink on the due date. The bill then gets filed in date order in my “payables” folder.
    I check the calendar regularly and this keeps me organised. I usually pay the bills once a week and this way I know when to move money around in our accounts and I don’t pay late fees or interest on credit cards.
    My children know to check the calendar for any commitments.
    I have experimented with many calendars over the years and have gone back to the “More Time Moms” family organiser. The only downside with this calendar is that it is produced in Canada so all the holidays are North American ones – not Australian. However, I am sad to say that I have not found anything as good locally. The advantages are as follows:
    * The calendar is BIG and has large squares for each day so there is plenty of room to write in all my families commitments
    * It is a 16 month calendar (running from Sept 2015 through December 2016. This is great for when you get all of those notes at the end of the year pertaining to the next school year and avoids having to scribble on the bottom of your December calendar – you can go right ahead and note your January and February commitments down in the proper spot !
    * The calendar has matt finish pages so it is EASY to write on (I hate annoying shiny paper for calendars – so hard to write on)

    2) Household Organisation Binder
    This is simply an A4 sized lever arch binder with a stack of dividers and plastic sheet holders. Each divider pertains to a section of your life eg School, Dancing, Medical, Travel etc. It’s like a huge “pending” tray that holds all of those temporary bits of paper eg notes for dancing, airline bookings, prescription repeats. Eg if I make a travel booking, I’ll note the details on my wall calendar and file the paperwork for the flights / car hire / accommodation etc in a plastic sheet holder under travel. It is great to have everything in one place and I don’t lose things.

    Hope these tips help someone.ReplyCancel

    • Renee

      Hi Julia,
      I recently found a great Large wall calendar at officeworks $18.95 AAG month wall calendar…
      I’ve been searching for a large calendar also.. It’s only 2016 (Jan -Dec) that I have seen but looks like what your after ?ReplyCancel

      • Julia K

        Thanks for the info on the Officeworks Calendar Renee – I’ll check it out.ReplyCancel

    • I’m a fan of those family calendars that have a column for each person – I used to get the Ultimate Family Organinser which had big spaces as well as six columns (one for Reg’s roster, and one each for the four of us, the dog and birthdays) BUT of course, when one has found the perfect calendar, it gets discontinued. I’ve used the Kikki.K one for the last two years and it’s not bad. There’s enough columns, space to write extra stuff on the bottom of the calendar, and it comes with stickers which is always fun. I use that in conjunction with a weekly planner that goes on the fridge (it has rosters, childcare, after school activities, which sheets are due to be changed next, the meal plan… It’s awesome, and I really notice when I don’t update it)ReplyCancel

    • Amanda Palmer

      Hi have you looked at the kikki-k large family calendar? I find that quite good a column for each Hamilton member & a square each for each day? I’m not familiar with the one you use to compare but it’s Australian?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tips Julia a household binder will help to keep everything organised :)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve just recently returned to full-time work, after 19 years of being available and present in our home and for my children. This has required a whole other level of organisation I have required since I had my children!

    The biggest deal-breaker for me was coming home at 5.30-6.00pm and having to cook dinner. I. Just. Couldn’t. My 19yo has taken over this aspect of our family’s routine. She helps me with meal planning (partly a Uni assignment for her) and the shopping, and then she organises getting meals cooked. She is home from Uni two days a week, the other two kids cook one meal each in the week, but she is home by 4.30pm. On Friday’s we are all over the place so everyone gets their own food. This has been such a blessing to me, but it’s also been good for our kids to learn some valuable life skills they’ll need when they leave home.

    As for cleaning, I am about to approach a friend to outsource. We are all capable and competent but we are all majorly failing on this front.

    I still make lunches fresh, first thing in the morning. I hate “old” sandwiches and my kids are right there with me. I do this before anyone else is up, when the house is peaceful and we prevent the “I need all the space” fights in the kitchen. I’ve also found that my 15yo son won’t take lunch if he has to make it himself. It’s one of the last things that I still do for my kids and it feels like one small way I get to remind them I love them in a tangible way. Once they leave high school the deal is over and they figure it out on their own.ReplyCancel

    • I totally agree with outsourcing – I had to let my ‘staff’ go when my partner finished work a bit over a year ago. He’s been working casually for the last six months and I have struggled so badly (because it’s apparently *my* job – sore point, long story, many sighs abound, and I’ve re-hired my ironing fairy). Now he’s back working full time, I am looking into a cleaner because I just don’t want to. Ever.

      Dinner is 70/30 my way most nights, although it would average 60/40 over the course of the week. I cook the vegies and he cooks the meat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      What a wonderful daughter you have to help you!ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    This seems to work in house. I have four children – 6, 5, 3, 3 years and although they are young they can still help out.

    “Ten Things” – before we leave home in the morning everyone needs to pick up and put away 10 things (sometimes it’s more and sometimes it’s less) This can be their own 10 things or just random things lying around the house. They count as they pick up and I don’t seem to get many complaints and because there are 4 of them, that’s 40 things I don’t have to put away.ReplyCancel

    • Julia K

      Bec – I think your “10 things” tip is brilliant !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love this so much I’m going to go share it on the facebook page, brilliant!!ReplyCancel

Energy Saving Tips for Essential Household Appliances

My top energy saving tips for essential household appliances. How your use of appliances can reduce the amount of energy you use.

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  • Julia K

    My washing machine ! I remember back in the sixties when my parents bought their first house. My mother could not afford a washing machine at first. We were a family of 6. Outer clothes were worn several times before washing and my mother would wash smaller items such as underwear by hand. One a week she would load the larger items into a shopping cart and WALK the 5 KILOMETRES to her sister’s house to use her machine. When I think I simply push a few buttons and it’s done – it makes me realise how easy we have some things these days !ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Wow that’s a full day of just washing! We forget how easy we have it these days with putting in a load of washing and walking away. I remember going to my great-grandparents house and nan having to do the washing in a big boiler out the back.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for your tips, our energy bills are so high (and horrible!…) now… We must try to save energy, but I had not any ideas for it… Now I know how I might try to reduce expences for energy. Your ideas are great.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Fantastic, i hope you are able to get your bills down.:) It is usually just the little things we forget to turn off at the wall that can make so much difference.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Thanks Kat, for reposting the link. Getting worried when I was getting asked to rejoin several times! We used to have a ghastly twin tub machine, always overflowing!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I’m wondering where that average figure of 67 appliances per household comes from. I’d say we’ve got about half that. It seems like a rather high average.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    My poor mum washed by hand until the day she passed away? I was one of six kids , mum, dad and my grandma !!! If that was not enough for my mum my two brothers were bedwetters until their late teens !!! I could never have coped with what my poor mum coped with !!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I know exactly what you are saying, Helen. My grandmother was the same.:) xReplyCancel

How to keep the house tidy when Mum’s sick

Use these simple how to keep the house tidy tips, to stay in control of your home when Mum is not feeling well

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  • D young
  • Hi Kat. Sounds similar to my routine for coping with housework when working full time. Then I catch up at weekends. Do you have any other good shortcuts for full time working mums? Mine is to prepare the kids packed lunches the night before so they can easily grab them from the fridge in the morning rush around before school runs.ReplyCancel

    • Karen

      I’m a Mum that works full time also and I too make lunches the night before as there is no time in the morning. I do a meal plan for each week and also cook ahead on the weekend. Soup and anything in a slow cooker are my friends and I make the infamous zucchini quiche often to use in lunches. My 10 year old has a thermos she takes to school with hot soup in (soup I made on the weekend!) which she loves. I don’t stress about washing clothes each day and only do it on the weekend. At the moment it is too cold and wet to hang out clothes so our laundry is full of clothes airers with washing from the weekend on them and we pick off what is dry during the week. Many of the tips here are just not feasible if you work outside the home but you can pick and choose the ones that will work for you and your family. Our home is not perfectly tidy and clean, there aren’t enough hours in the day when you work full time but we are happy, healthy and well fed which I believe is all that is important.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Fantastic that you are preparing lunches the night before, this is a big time saver in the mornings. I also use Routine Charts which my kids use for Morning, AAfternoon and Evenings. They can be purchased from my shop. I find them a great time saver. Here is the link for you:

  • PlanetCookeUK

    Hugely disappointed by this article to say the least. It sends the wrong message from start to finish – the notion that hopefully your husband/kids are “willing to do these jobs for you”? Because I’m female, they are automatically all MY jobs?? And I should be grateful of any ‘willingness’ from others to do these jobs on my behalf? Erm no. Perhaps the suggestion that household chores should be undertaken by those that live within that household is a little too 21st century for your author? Sure every family is different but if you perpetually reinforce that dirty laundry, dishes and dinners are mum’s responsibility you’ll continue to stifle the progression of women of not only in our generation but also your daughter’s and her daughter’s. None of them will thank you for it I can assure you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi there, I hope you do read more of my blog, you will learn that my blog is about sharing responsibilities amongst all family members, not just mum. In my post I did say let’s presume you don’t have the support of your partner or kids, because he/she maybe at work, and the kids maybe too young. If you do have the support of kids and hubby than this post would be redundant to that situation :)ReplyCancel

  • granny app

    Similar thought crossed my mind. However, I get where Kats coming from too. Sometimes we don’t realise how much we do until we are unwell. My family are good at taking responsibility and helping out but it can be easy to “make a rod for your own back”.ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Thanks for some great tips to help make things a little easier for those of us who choose to take on the “housewife” tag. It would be ideal if husband and kids automatically did everything but they don’t always see what needs doing because their usual week revolves around other areas of responsibility. Warm appreciation shown to husband and kids is important. We thank the checkout operator at the supermarket for their service, even though it is their job and they get paid to do it. As the saying goes, you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
    Friends and grandparents may also provide support and help when mothers of young children are sick too. So don’t be afraid to ask for help and develop real-live face-to-face relationships!! Family is the place where children can learn to show thankfulness to their hardworking parents. NB 4 yr olds can peg small items of washing on a clothes airer, age 7 and up are fantastic at so many things and age 11 can probably do most of a meal so its worthwhile to spend time training the children to contribute to the family and as they get older they will be wonderful skills to have and you will be blessed by their love and care.ReplyCancel

  • Great tips Kat! I like the one where the clothes are washed but not put away or folded. You really need to pick your priorities I agree :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Some years ago – a new family moved into our school and I became an acquaintance of the new mum. We’d had coffee once or twice but we were just acquaintances. I knew her husband worked away and she had a young baby as well as her primary aged son at school. By chance I heard that both she and the baby had been unwell so I made a simple meal (including salad and a dessert) and dropped it into her son’s classroom that afternoon. Little did I know – that simple act on my part was – in her words – an act of kindness that went above and beyond. I didn’t know it at the time – but their family was going through a major crisis and she really was at the end of her rope. She said that that simple meal restored her hope and gave her something to hang on to.
    I’m writing this to encourage other mums to put your hand up and ask for help when you need it. At the same time – reach out and help someone else when you can. The simplest of gestures can really touch others. What goes around comes around and you never know when you may be the one needing help.
    I should add that this lady and I now have a wonderful friendship – who would have thought ?ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      That is really beautiful, Julia! What a wonderful friend you are, all starting with a simple kind gesture.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    PLANETCOOKEUK – I think you have totally missed the point of this post. This whole blog is aimed at the “Housewife” – be that male or female and the article addresses how that “Housewife” can get by when he or she is unwell.
    In families where there is one party (male or female) working outside the home and the other party (male or female) is primarily responsible for running the home – then the laundry / cooking / cleaning IS their job.
    Try not to get hung up in the male or female side of things and take these excellent tips on board.
    I happen to be the housewife in this family and I’M PROUD OF MY JOB so I’m gonna get back to it :)ReplyCancel

    • Kylie

      Well said Julia K !!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Julia, hopefully she will read more of the blog and learn my tone certainly isn’t saying women have to only clean the home. It’s far from that.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    You are more than welcolme to organise my whole house as I’m a full time working mum with 3 messy kidsReplyCancel

  • Annette

    I think an important point is whether a family member can help by minding the kid/s so the primary organiser of the household can get some rest. I have lost both my parents but my Uncle and Aunt are fantastic and a good friend.ReplyCancel

  • La Hola

    This post is so 1960s! I am going to take a Bex and have a lie down after reading that sexist post.
    Or maybe it is satire? Let’s hope.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi there, you may have skimmed over the bit that says lets presume you don’t have the help of your partner or the kids. I shared this from a scenario point of view of mum at home with young kids and hubby is at work. Sick or not, housework should be delegated amongst all family members. Please read more of my posts and you will see I get my kids often to help around the home and share responsibilities with my husband.ReplyCancel

      • La Hola

        #everydaysexism or was the header clickbait??ReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    Thankyou Kat for a very practical and helpful post. I think your tips are great and I will certainly put some of those things into place next time I am sick. I love being a wife/Mum/ homemaker and am disappointed not to be able to do the things I normally do at those times when I am sick. But you have given some very wise and useful strategies for managing those times.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      My pleasure Joanne.:)ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Thank you for yet another wonderful post Kat. I am surprised at some of these comments having a go at you. I wish we could go back to the 1950’s when all of the women were able to stay home and not be made to feel guilty about it! (** I say this tongue in cheek, so please don’t get your knickers in a knot feminists!)

    I am a mother of two who works from home and takes care of ALL of the home duties as my husband often works away from home during the week (and even when he isn’t travelling for work he often works 12 – 14 hour days). This works for our family, but I know it isn’t for everyone.

    Keep up the great work Kat.ReplyCancel

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Family Fun Activity Jar

Create a family fun activity jar to help you get out and about on the weekend creating everlasting memories with your kids.

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  • Donna

    I’ve seen these done for “Date Nights” too. You can also use different colours for differently “priced” activities. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea Donna! Yes i love the dates nights one too, i think they are wonderful and fun!ReplyCancel

  • I am putting this on my to-do list for this weekend – as well as get a pocket money chart sorted for the kids!xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love the sound of the pocket money chart, Emily! I think they are a great idea!ReplyCancel

4 easy tips improve your photos using iPhone or DSLR

Easy tips to help improve your photos using either a iPhone or DSLR Camera. These simple tips will help you make great photos

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What to stock up on for flu season

It’s that time of year where we all tend to get the sniffles and sore throat, it’s flu season. Through winter I like to make sure I stock up with a few essentials for flu season for when the kids, hubby or I come down sick.

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  • Briony

    ive always wanted to be prepared when the kids are sick, but haven’t got around to it, this is great that you kat.ReplyCancel

  • Great list Kat! I always have lemon and ginger tea bags on hand. I prefer making it from fresh lemon and ginger, but when I don’t have them, a teabag and a swirl of honey help soothe the throat and get some vitamin C in at the same time.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That sounds very soathing Lisa, I haven’t tried it before as I’m not a tea drinker, but I can imagine it would be reallyl nice on a sore throat, might get some to put in the pantry for the rest of the family :)ReplyCancel

  • I now swear by the Nature’s Own Triple Strength Garlic + Vitamin C + Horseradish tablets. Strong smell and taste but seem to work.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Good to know Vanessa, it’s always great to hear others recommendations. I love garlic maybe the tablets wouldn’t be so bad for me 😛ReplyCancel

    • Jo Murphy

      Very true Vanessa, oir family has used Triple Strength H, G and C for years and we swear by it. Definitely the Triple Strength is the way to go.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Leone

    To be clear there is a very big difference in someone having ‘the flu’ (actual influenza) and just the common cold. This sounds more like remedies for the common cold. I think some people like to be dramatic and say “oh I’ve got the flu” but mostly it’s just a common cold.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your spot on there Jane, I should change the title to cold and flu season.ReplyCancel

  • Yes, I do stock up on many of the things you mentioned. I also get some cough syrup that works well with my asthma, and nasal spray as well as some zinc lozenges. Whenever someone starts sneezing and coughing the unaffected ones start popping those lozenges, lol! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve used the nasal sprays previously and they work really well I find : )ReplyCancel

      • Jo Murphy

        I find that the best nasal spray with kids is the saline spray. It doesn’t contain medicine just salty water which helps to thin and dislodge mucus while helping to kill bacteriaReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much, I’m a mom of three… & have never heard of rehydration blocks do you find your kids prefer to blocks over gatorade? This past winter the flu spread like wild fire in our home :-(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I find the rehydration blocks work great, Danielle and the kids perfer them too.ReplyCancel

  • This is very timely right at the moment Kat as I sit in bed with the flu! Hubby stocked up on boxes of tissues! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no Lorraine.:( I hope you feel better soon xReplyCancel

2015 Christmas Planner

Be organised this Christmas by using the Christmas Planner. Included in the planner is a full checklist to ensure that nothing will be forgotten, section to help you budget for gifts, food and more, write your list of who you are sending Christmas cards too, an area to note down your traditions and so much more.

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  • Lydia

    i have used this planner for the past few years now, it’s such a sanity saver, just brilliant. I’m going to get one for my sister, she’ll love it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Lydia.:)ReplyCancel

A readers journey to becoming organised

How becoming organised has helped a reader stay in control of her bills, mail, other paperwork and appointments.

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  • Eleanor

    a,so, seeing that most bills comes with BPAY, I also have set up alerts in my bank account. When those bills are issued, it appears in my bank account and an email is sent as a reminder to pay the bill when I am ready to do it. It automatically marks as paid when I go in and use the links in the online account. No more missed bills. :-). More and more bills also comes electronically now so there has been a less need to get any of those bills in the mail and more online so the inbox is now sorted into various categories depending on the household needs, e.g. Childcare weekly statements, after school care monthly statements, electricity/gas quarterly bills… Gets confusing with the different periods so they are all marked as flagged as a follow up and unflagged when paid.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love your system Eleanor! Sounds like it works great for you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Helpful post Annette! Kat I’d love to read how your get on top of your inbox (perhaps you have and I have missed it) because my inbox is out of control!ReplyCancel