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Kids are so good at creating messes and accumulating clutter, which usually sends us a little crazy, giving us the illusion it is impossible to declutter and organise your home. However, with a few simple rules it is possible to have kids, a tidy home and keep it that way.

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  • Lisa

    great tips Kat! With a toddler and a baby my house is a constant disaster zone!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh thank you Lisa! .:)ReplyCancel

  • I’m inspired to get onto our clutter, but one of our biggest problems is the toys. Do you have any tips to get kids to part with outgrown toys? Or do you just get rid of them without their knowledge? Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Shell, Depending on how old your children are, i sat down with mine and asked them to donate toys they had out grown and or no longer played with. If your children are quite young you could consider storing them away. Kids like the idea of donating and giving to charity.ReplyCancel

    • My mum tried to smuggle all my soft toys to vinnies when i was in my teens. I caught her and was horrified! I saved as many as i could carry lolReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        LOL i love it, Jacinta.:) x ~ KateReplyCancel

    • Laura

      Leading up to Christmas and birthdays we have a little clean out and ask the kids (5 &3) to pick a few toys they feel they have outgrown or no longer play with to donate to kids that don’t have toys. They are happy to do this as we explain it is a really good thing to do and it will make room for the new toys they will get. We let them pick what to donate so they don’t feel like we are just getting rid of their toys.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        A wonderful idea, Laura! I also do the exact same thing. It teaches kids so many wonderful qualities.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to declutter but my house has zero storage space! Will be getting my litte man into cleaning as soon as he can walk though lol Start em early, a cloth and some water.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley R

    My daughter has not started to like polly pocket, Lego and barbi all with some very small bits! I’m walking round the house finding barbi shoes in the carpet! What’s the best way to keep these bits together so they are easy to find and so she knows what item goes with what toys…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Shelley, I hear what you are saying! Barbie shoes are so little and tend to get sucked up in the vacuum cleaner if not stored away correctly. I have kept all of mine in a plastic container that way they are all there and not like to get lost or misplaced.ReplyCancel

  • Deanne Shannon

    Just wondering if by any chance did anyone else see somewhere a thing about letting kids know what we expect them to do when cleaning their rooms???? I have a nine year old and she just doesn’t get what I mean when I ask her to tidy her room.

    Thanks in advance

    DeanneReplyCancel

    • son

      Deanne, you go in with them the first few times and do it with them. Explain what you are doing or what things are called, I asked my 7yr old to wipe the skirting boards last week and he did his, the hallway our bed room and the kitchen! He said it was so much fun he just kept going!!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        LOL i love it! Good on him.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Molly

    i will be taking on board so many of your tips and ideas over the coming weeks. we have just today moved house and i am so overwhelmed by how much stuff we have, even though over the past couple of years i have been culling so much…i have no idea where to start!!!
    im sitting here looking at all our ‘stuff’ and wondering why we have so much. really do we actually need it…i need to get tough and get rid of some. thanks for your wonderful tips!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Molly, I totally understand what you are saying, it can be very overwhelming. Try starting in one room and then moving on to the next once that room is completely finished. I think once the beds are set and made the next room i would concentrate on would by the kitchen and go from there.ReplyCancel

      • Molly

        thanks Kat! i have almost finished the kids rooms now, just a few things to put away and create a school bag nook. started the kitchen and feeling a little more like i have some control. have been cleaning our old rental, so tomorrow i am so ready to tackle our new place and will create a list of what storage i need to get.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          WOW you are doing a wonderful job! I bet it looks just beautiful.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Hi Kat, we are on track with most things but just wondering if you could help with this one. Our granddaughter lives with us, she knows to do her bedroom etc. She isn’t to bad, so yesterday I decided i would get her to do something else and watched her also supervise her clean her bathroom and toilet. Because she has done something extra she wants pocket money. How much should we give her?…she is 12 in July. Should we pay her more for doing extra. What do you do with your twins. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Emma

      Hi Yvonne, as pre teens we started with the bathroom cleaning and pocket money started at $3 per week and went up 50c per year. My parents did buy all necessities. Chores also went up every year. I.e cook a meal do ironing etc.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        That is fantastic, Emma!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Yvonne, Okay firstly i want to say it sounds like you are doing a great job raising your grand daughter. With my children i give them $10 a week pocket money, $5 of which goes straight into their bank account and the other $5 is for them to spend. In saying that if they fail to do one of their chores i take 50 cents off them. I personally wouldn’t give extra money for extra chores as i believe at the age of 12 (same age as my daughter) they need to have some responsibility around the home and with every extra chore they will want extra pocket money. Maybe it is something that can be revised every 6 – 12 months. I hope this helps you. ~ KateReplyCancel

  • All great ideas, but have you tried making cleaning games so as to engage your kids in the cleaning process? Recently I came across something called “game theory” and was wondering if anyone has given that a try. My kids are 4 and 6 and me and my wife are looking for a way to make home cleaning a bit more appealing to them. All input will be greatly appreciated, tnx!ReplyCancel

Now the kids are back at school it’s time to start getting organised around the house.  We all want our homes to be beautifully clean and organised, however when the house has got out of control it’s hard to work out where to start, how to organise the space and mostly our own mindset hinders us with fear that […]

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  • Traci

    I am really struggling at the moment to keep my house tidy, I’m exhausted half the time, but really have no clue where to start. I love the idea you mention above about setting a routine. I’m going to join your challenge as I think I really need some hand holding. Thanks Kat, you are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      This challenge will help you through each area of your home, starting in the most lived in spaces and the ones that will help change your mood. I hope you enjoy the challenge Traci and it makes a positive difference in your home.ReplyCancel

  • Having injured my back, I’m currently well aware of what I actually do during the week at the moment (because it’s not been done, grr); and having been told six weeks until it’s better, I suspect some Other People who live in my house are going to be picking up the slack!

    Although – when one writes a to do list, verbally reminds the person of all the things they need to do on said list and they walk out the door without half the stuff on the list (that they need for the day)… what’s your recommendation for that? (Current plan is to make the kid in question my personal servant for the entire weekend and help me do all the stuff I can’t do.)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Broadbent

    Ooo having just joined the twin club (a girl and boy) and having a two year old as well, my house is looking a little on the sad side. Looking forward to the 20 day challenge! Just trying to decide which package. I don’t have facebook so won’t need to access, I already have some of your charts, etc… Maybe best to just get the basic and purchase the additional items?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Congratulations Jessica, I had mine two years apart but the other way round, twins first. Such a precious time for you!! I think the basic is the best option for you then, and you can ask any questions you need in the comments through the challenge or email me, I’ll be happy to help :)ReplyCancel

  • Mel Tewman

    Hi there I’m trying to pay for the deluxe package but it’s coming up at $47 which is the basic package- can you please help? Thanku!
    MelReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Mel, just under the pricing table are some text links to purchase the packages, press on that (on mobile or desktop) and then it should take you to the right package. Please let me know if you have any further troubles. :)ReplyCancel

  • This is great! I’ve been struggling to keep the house tidy for a while now, so giving this a go might do the trick.ReplyCancel

  • Creating routines and getting things done right away are awesome tips! I’ll definitely revisit this post often. Happy Friday :)ReplyCancel

  • Do It now! is the much needed mantra. Thank you for the compilation. Such an useful list.

    -FarZain
    @http://colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae/ReplyCancel

  • Vonnie

    when ever I arrive home from shopping I dump everything on the bench to be put away later, NOT a good idea so this week I am going to start the habbit of putting away ‘straight away’ while it is ‘still in my hand’
    thanks KatrinaReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Good for you Vonnie!.:) I know its one of those yucky jobs but i figure once it’s done and away it’s another job we don’t have to tackle later on.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I’m really struggling with the simple task of folding and putting away clean washing. It piles up and up and becomes so overwhelming. It’s created the most unattractive lounge room and in an open plan house, it’s just not nice. I can’t even hide it in the laundry add it is so small. Would love to hear any hints or tips :)ReplyCancel

    • Lilian Dolan

      Michelle,
      My youngest daughter and her friends have put their ironing board and clean laundry upstairs. Get a Laundry bag, to carry dirty laundry down and clean laundry up.. She irons as she needs it, but her washing is not visible xxxReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great idea!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Michelle, i know it’s one of those things if we don’t keep on top of it seems to just get out of control. I like to do mine as soon as it comes off the line so that way its not hanging around in the laundry or lounge room.ReplyCancel

I’ve re-organised our school bag nook area adding in new charts and hooks for the school hats. I’ve become a little frazzled with all the activities the kids have so these charts are helping the kids and I remember what is happening each day.

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  • Lordy, this would be the *least* sorted I have ever been since my kids started school! The oldest started high school, and they changed the uniform, so that’s been an interesting experience. This year, we had a family holiday in January, rather than my taking leave when school goes back. So, this week has been a case of my running around on my lunch break collecting missing bits of kit (today – white sport socks)coupled with emails to teachers and phone calls and all manner of I don’t need this right nows. However, next week, people will have sport socks, art smocks, display books etc, and hopefully we can get into the swing of back to school properly.ReplyCancel

  • gillian

    Wow Kat! sometimes I think moms should get a university degree in logistics before we become moms. thanks for all your suggestions. I think you have made the right choice for you kiddies to go private, not for the snob factor as I am sure you may get it in the neck for that, but I find that private schools do tend to give children a real feeling of self worth and lots more opportunities. I am glad that they are enjoying it and well done again to you and hubby for being such supportive parents…xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much, Gillian! We are so very happy with the school and the kids are settling in so well.ReplyCancel

Our school mornings are like ground hog day, however following this routine keeps us organised and has made the mornings rush-free. I’ve shared with you our family before school morning routine below with pictures. I started writing this post 18 months (not sure why it has taken me so long to publish it) however, moral of the story is that it still remains the same today!

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  • dimple

    I get things ready the night before. I have their bags ready in front of the door i have their lunch ready in the fridge so i just pop it in the bags.if it needs to be heated i heat it then put it in their bag. Their clothes are all ironed clean and ready on the lounge room couch.they wake up wash their face brush their teeth wear their uniform (this happens all while im asleep) haha. Ones a new prepy and the other is in grade 1. So i wake up get the breakfast ready and do their hair. =)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! Sounds like you have a great morning routine going on.:)ReplyCancel

    • I’m exactly the same…even their uniforms on the couch! Everything ready the night before and the kids do most of it themselves. Makes it much much easier!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Love your work, Jo!! xReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I agree that a morning routine is essential. I absolutely LOATHE being late and by insisting on a morning routine that gets us all out the door by 7.45 I am hoping to teach my kids that it is important to be on time. This morning there were roadworks in our are, but because we have some buffer built into our routine – we still made it to both schools with plenty of time to spare and no stress.
    I make sure the uniforms are all ironed and in the kids’ wardrobes. As a part of their before bed routine – they are to get their uniforms out and hung on their doors for the next day. This includes down to shoes, socks & underwear. When they get up – they do their chores and then come inform breakfast. I almost ALWAYS cook them breakfast to give them a great start to the day. Other people think this is crazy, but I just make it simple. I prep lunches the night before so they are in the fridge ready to go and that frees me up in the morning to cook breakfast. On Monday this week they had French Toast, yesterday was English Muffins with Baked Beans, this morning they just had buttered muffins & milk. I usually make pancakes once a week and make enough batter for a double batch so they can have them two days in a row.
    After breakfast they brush their teeth and get dressed and I do their hair.
    I agree 100% no TV or electronics before school.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Mc

    One of my kid’s chores is to set the table with the bowls, spoons and breakfast cereals before we go to bed. Then they rinse and stack their bowls on the sink when they have finished. (No dishwasher) All three kids have one daily chore and one weekly chore to do around the house, and this rotates through the month.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I like it, Jenny!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    never allow TV in the morning before school – also, we are just implementing a no iPhone/iPad/iPod etc before you’re ready rule too – these things are even more of a distraction than the TVReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    Kat I’m just wondering if you work all day on blog when do you prepare dinner, clean house etc. Always interested how people structure their days..TIAReplyCancel

  • Sonia grandile

    Hello Kat, have been following routines like yours for the school terms and makes the mornings and afternoons easier. I did download 4 routine charts last week and only 3 downloaded correctly. The 4 th came up as an error. I’ve sent a couple of emails but no response yet as to how I can get the purple coloured afternoon routine chart sent through correctly. Thank you
    Sonia. Love your blogReplyCancel

  • I am amazed at what you get done in the mornings. Absolutely no electronics allowed in the mornings at my house too. They are able to distract each other easily enough as is. Having a responsibility chart has helped around here too. I am so glad to not have to nag them any more. They just follow the chart!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is so lovely to have mornings running smoothly and stress free.:)ReplyCancel

  • Great routine Kat! It looks like it works perfectly with your family too! 😀ReplyCancel

  • So admirable! And consistent! I am not nearly as organized in my life and there is only one of me, plus husband of course but I don’t think he would respond well to checklists ???? We are very similar beings. I am mostly spontaneous but in some ways I have organisation envy, you make it look so fun! ???? I’m impressed!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    This is an excellent post. I don’t have children-I am a teacher! I am going to make some of your lunch box suggestions.ReplyCancel

  • Jay

    Your post of before school routine has saved me today were always running late with three children 6 and under it’s a constant battle just trying to leave the house!

    For getting my tribe to brush their teeth (which was a daily battle). I brought tooth brush timers (sand timers) one for each of the kids now they have no excuse how long to brush them for, it also made it so much easier there is now no more fighting or arguments as they always try to race to be the first to turn their timer! :) something so simple!ReplyCancel

  • Great routines and I love all your printables xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Naw thank you Caley.:)ReplyCancel

  • The idea for pre-school morning routine sounds amazing! It is a good way to built a habit in your kid to clean and tidy their room. Thanks for the article!Barnsbury Carpet Cleaners Ltd.ReplyCancel

  • These are great ideas Kat! My boys only go to kindy two days a week, but if I have any hope of getting them out of the door in time we also have to have clothes ready the night before, no tv etc. I love your teeth brushing chart too, off to get one now :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Lauren! They are so handy, we love ours.:)ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    Hi Kat, our morning routine is a nightmare! I have 3 girls aged 9, 6 & 3. Aside from MY OWN disorganisation (a work in progress!) all 3 girls take so long to eat in the morning, it drives me crazy, and I find myself nagging and micro-managing their every move till we race out the door to get to school before the bell goes. I’ve tried routine charts but my control freak nature finds me checking on them, or giving them time reminders all the time to try to get them to hurry through the list of things they have to do. My OCD nature also would like them to eat first so they don’t get food or toothpaste all over their clothes, but this way, the eating part of the golden hour takes up most of the hour! So I want to put eating last on the list so they’ve only got a certain time limit to finish eating before we have to leave. Short of making each of them wear a bib or even an art smock (!!!) so you have any tips for getting them to eat quickly without me feeding them or nagging them. Some days I just want to pull my hair out! Thanks for listening to my rant, cheers, JanineReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Janine i do feel for you. I know how frustrating it can be. Do they have the TV on while eating breakfast? I would have no TV and maybe get them up a few minutes earlier to allow for the extra time that is needed in the morning. I hope you are able to find a solution that works for you and your family.:)ReplyCancel

      • Janine

        No, definitely NO tv or electronics of any sort, we are very strict with that, even in the after school timeslot. They are just such slow eaters!ReplyCancel

  • Ok, my kids have six things to do every morning. Get up (sounds obvious, but some mornings…) make beds, have breakfast, clean teeth, get dressed and make lunch. The oldest has a few extras as he leaves last (turn off all the lights and lock the front door – I normally lock the back door when I leave. This is fundamentally what happens, just with a lot of “what are you doing?” and “what are you supposed to be doing?” and a few “you clean your teeth in the bathroom. With a toothbrush. And toothpaste.”

    We need to be out the front door at 8am so I can get to work by 8.30am. Some mornings we don’t make it without a LOT of shouting!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Miss Maudy, sounds like you have a great system. I like it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Viki

    Thanks for sharing this! Good to read -wish I could do it almost like you, but often I get confused what and when to do…Always wanted to write down what need to be done -the priority order- but I always forget it…ReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    My girls get dressed, tidy room, make bed. Then breakfast while I pack lunches, I do their hair while they sit at the bench eating. Then they wash face, brush teeth, pack bag, shoes on. Tv or iPad, playing or reading only happens when everything is done. The girls take less than 30mins to do all this so are rewarded with about 15mins of free time before we head off.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW that is fantastic! I love your morning routine, Melinda. Well done to you and your girls.ReplyCancel

  • […] Read more about my families before school routine, here. […]ReplyCancel

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

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  • Marni

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

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

    • nicole

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

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

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

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  • Christy

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you ChristyReplyCancel

    • Lynne

      Snap – I was also a Mum of 3 under 2 for 6 months! Now we have 3 under 6 and our twins have just started school this year, leaving one pre-schooler so I am looking for some practical ways to get organised. Stumbled across your website and really appreciate the practical emphasis. Venturing into school lunch territory, it’s great to have access to some resources.ReplyCancel

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Mavis Vaughan

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Monique

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • tam

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • tam

    That house lolReplyCancel

  • Nikoly

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

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

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

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

  • Emma

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

  • Angela

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

  • nordstern

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

  • Karen

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

  • Michelle

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

  • Jodie

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

  • Kimberley

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

  • Lyn

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

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

  • Tracey

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

  • Rachael

    sounds very familiar. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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

  • Jo

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

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

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

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

    Jo
    xoReplyCancel

  • Majella

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

  • Saira

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

  • Nicky

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

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

  • Amanda Morris

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

  • Amanda Morris

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

  • Bernadette

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

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

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

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

  • Valentina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Valentina xxReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Hi Kat,

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

  • Gail

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

  • Yvonne

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

  • Cleo

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

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

  • Wendy Cheetham

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

  • Di

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

  • Nella

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

  • Margaret

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

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

  • Kacey

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Abby Beverley

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Louise

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

  • Mandi

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Molly

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Ady Ghosh

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Hi Kat,

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

    Love your blog and how you encourage others. Bel xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Lisa

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

  • Lisa

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

  • Mish

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

  • Jane Martignago

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

  • Maggie

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

  • Lyn

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

  • JessBroadbent

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Tamara

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Hi Kat,

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Gold Coast is beautiful Emma, I hope you can make it up one day, come in the warmer months so you can experience the beautiful beaches. Glad you stumbled across my blog :)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for sharing your story! Very inspiring :) I have just made your homemade sausage rolls, yum! Please continue to share your life stories, recipes and organization tips, they are appreciated. Also, I will be conscious of asking my Mum for help when I have children as I am stubbornly independent and you have taught me that this isn’t necessarily doing a Mum a favour.. All the best for 2015! xoReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you! I look forward to sharing so much more this year on the blog.
      A big hi five to you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Dianna Bagnato

    Thank you for sharing your story and all tips I think you are an inspiration, a breath of fresh air with realistic, fantastic and wonderful ideas for real women.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    I am only just getting to read this NOW!
    Shameful.
    Thank you for sharing your story and for making this ‘job’ real. Too often SAHM’s are seen as ‘not working’ or ‘sacrificing’ their life and identity for their kids / husband.
    I chose to focus on my little family for a few years and do see it as a REAL job – complete with alarm to wake up, routines, keeping food creation and store, teaching and learning, chores and social events on track for the entire family.
    Not to mention the moods, bickering and sibling rivalry at bay!
    My hubs works long hours and I work very hard to achieve balance and find it both rewarding and exhausting. Love your posts.ReplyCancel

  • Joann

    That is an amazing story Kat. Mine is soooo completely different but we are still looking for the same result – peace, harmony and organisation in our lives.
    My story in a nutshell – I have 2 daughters & my partner has 4 daughters (they range from 36 down to 20 – all grown and left home now but 4 live in the same town as us and there is also 8 grandchildren here as well aged from (almost)13 down to (almost) 2). Love them all to bits and enjoy them visiting. On the downside, I suffer from ongoing clinical depression and generalised anxiety. It can range anywhere from mild to severe depending on the day so it means I basically am a really good worry wort, painted happy face and am constantly fatigued – usually sleep 8-9 hrs per night as well as a good 2 hrs during the day.
    But, having said that, I am a fighter, and don’t intend to allow that to hold me back (too often – obviously sometimes things get out of control and I am just in ‘get-through-today’ mode). I try and manage my crazy head issues and I also work in my partners businesses and self-manage our own affairs including 6 rental properties, self managed super fund, and other random stuff (if only we’d stick to one type of industry right? lol). Some days this isn’t so bad – pretty cruisy – but some days it is like a storm from hell – everything that Murphy’s Law says can go wrong does!! And I like to keep a tidy home – and we have a big home – 7 bedrooms type big. Crazy for only 2 of us right? But somehow we manage to use the space between bedrooms, toy/play rooms for the grandkids, home office, etc.
    Anyhooooo, I am hoping that your blog/website can help me to organise my home and help me find a routine that can fit in with my work/life and bring me harmony and enjoyment back to our lives.
    Thanks in advance for your help! JoReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Jo you sound like such a very busy lady and sounds like rare downtime for yourself. I hope you will enjoy some of the tips you find on the blog and can adapt them into your home to help make a few changes to bring that harmony back. I love that your not allowing it to hold you back and trying to persevere through it. Looking forward to watching your journey xxReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Enjoyed reading this with your pictures from here in Seattle, WA. Such a refreshing story of doing the next right thing. I, too, am motivated by new years resolutions. Started reading books as that always fell with good intentions. I’m loving the down time it brings. I just read a little every night and it is calming. Now I know why people are avid readers. I’m certainly not there yet. But goes to show that we can decide to do something, to be someone, with a little determination. Also love that you created the blog even though someone first discouraged you. Thanks for your determination! I am not naturally clean. I can sleep just fine with dishes in the sink. I also love to cook and bake on the fly. I now enjoy meal planning since it makes better sense. I know it makes for a more peaceful life to stay on top of necessary tasks like ensuring the house is tidy at the end of the day. So I do it all, even though it isn’t how I’m wired. “That just isn’t me” is not a good mindset. Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? Take the small steps of determination to get it done. Cheers to you!ReplyCancel

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

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Last year I created this look shelf nook for all my gift wrapping, but we have changed the room around and no longer have this space.  I have created a portable wrapping basket, which is working really well.  At Christmas time I like to sit in front of the TV and wrap my pressies, so now […]

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  • OMG this is so organized & everything look so perfect. I wish I was as organized as you. Thanks to your blog I am trying to.

    Thanks for sharing this, which also reminds me that I need to go gift shopping!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Circa Home Keep reading below for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 Circa Home Vouchers I shared a little secret with you all a little while back that I was a candle hoarder.  I wouldn’t use them because they were too pretty (I know crazy right).  However, I managed […]

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  • Lilian

    Wow, I have never considered reusing the candle jars, this is such a great idea. I’m going to try the succulent idea, I think this looks gorgeous. My favourite Circa candle is the mango and papaya without it burning it still has a beautiful fragrance.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love the succulent too Lilian, it’s a lovely little addition to the home, I am thinking of putting one next to my husbands bed as it’s still very masculine, swapping the crystals for little pebbles.ReplyCancel

  • Jen P

    Those poppy’s look absolutely gorgeous in that vase. I have been looking at buying some concrete dipped planters, but I might try these ideas instead.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea to make your own Jen, it was really easy, I put some masking tape around the area I didn’t want coloured and used Gold Spray paint to paint the area, it dried within minutes.ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Another amazing post! I love candles as well, but often think they are too precious to burn. Or I just forget to… I’ll try to get myself in to the habit of burning one every day! Thanks for the inspiration :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You should burn one each day Mascha, I used to be the same as you didn’t use them because they were too pretty, but I get so much more satisfaction now out of the beautiful flickering light and fragrance it’s so calming in the evening or having one burning while I am working.ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    I love your candles and the type and size.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are a really lovely size Annette and the burning last for so long, so many great uses. I may or maynot have the jar of jelly beans next to me right now!! LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    I put a tea light candle in them around the bath.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Perfect idea Astrid, that would look really pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Wow Kat those are some fantastic uses for the jars. I love the scents you use in your living space.

    I would use the jars to organise all those bits & bobs in the study – paperclips, push pins, erasers etc. Pretty & easy to access <3ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Leanne, that’s a perfect idea, and I have found they fit perfectly with the lid on in my drawers, not too tall. Don’t forget to enter your answer into the form above to confirm your entry!!ReplyCancel

  • Funny that you should post this right now as I have been watching YouTube videos (doitonadime) about re-purposed little jars like this. I have been hunting my house for such containers but I didn’t have any that weren’t already being used.

    I was looking for containers to store my little girls hair ties so that is what I would use it for.
    Cheers,
    Nat
    xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aah great minds Nat, I love the idea of repurposing, using again for another use, organising the hairties is a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Ive started using the glass for afternoon drinks. Clean out the leftover wax and put it in my dishwasher and wah lah a fancy glass for a mock tail or cocktail:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow Rachel that is a fabulous idea I haven’t even thought of that, that would make a very classy glass!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    If they’re the right shape, as a drinking glass.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s one idea I didn’t think of, the would make lovely drinking glasses.ReplyCancel

  • Jayne G

    I love candles! I keep some mints in an empty jar in the kitchen and I have two jars in the laundry – one for coins I find in Hubby’s pockets and another one I put my velvet soap in. Looks much prettier than a soap dish:) I have my make up brushes in one and cotton buds in another in the bathroom. Did I mention I love candles!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Tonkin

    Circa Home are my favourite candles. They leave a subtle scent even when they are not burning. I use my leftover jars for my earrings and other jewellery.ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    I love the circa mango and papaya diffuser…it’s a shame my 2 yo recently poured 2 bottles down the toilet :(ReplyCancel

  • Sabi

    such a handy post! Love the idea of a diffuser near the kids bathroom, why didn’t I think of that?!

    Spices and herbs! I started collecting a vast array of clear glass candle jars and the store my herbs and spices perfectly and its soooo pretty! Little splash of blackboard paint so I know my cumin from my coriander and I’m done!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Morgan

    Love Circa candles. Love recycling them on my school desk- pencils, paperclips, etc- certainly uplifts my ‘teacher’ desk. I was a candle keeper too- but now love burning them!ReplyCancel

  • Sharlene Hitchens

    I love the succulent idea too :) a little cluster of different sized jars filled with amazing succulents on a window sill would look incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Lennon

    I use one to hold my make up brushes and the others hold my growing collection of lipsticks. They’re organised according the their colour ranges. Similar lipsticks and glosses go in the same candle jar. Easy access for a makeup addict. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Lockery

    I love my Circa Home candle jars
    they are so classy & great to reuse for so many things
    My guests love that I have one on the table with little boxed flavoured teabagsReplyCancel

  • Kristy Rodway

    Great to use as canisters for all your little bits and pieces either in the kitchen (lolies, teabags cooking salt) and are great to sort your sewing bits into. Buttons, pins etc.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Henschke

    mango & papaya is my favourite, I use the jar to put ear buds in ( boring I know )ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Moncrieff

    I have a mango & papaya diffuser in my dining room. It’s so Devine! In the bathroom I also have the same fragrance hand wash. Everyone now loves to wash their hands!ReplyCancel

  • Terraise Davey

    I buy a lot of my candles in the Ball Mason Jars as they last longer & are a lot easier to repurpose. You can use them for gifts filled with chocolates, boiled lollies, marshmellows, musk sticks, jellybeans, nuts etc & decorate with some nice ribbon & a card ?ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    i use repurposed candle jars to hold my jewellery at night on my bed stand. I find I twist my rings when I am sleeping and often lose them in the bedding, so I pop them in a container overnight. I love the lid that the Circa candles comes with. I haven’t seen this brand in Darwin, must check them out online!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia Pollock

    Perfect to use for a mini candy buffet as people come into your home on the side table at christmas have nice tall candy canes in them and the christmas red and green m&m’s in another
    Or make a sugar scrub using an easy recipe tie a bow round the jar and would make a great gift for family & friends for christmas especially given these beautiful wooden lids
    Great article loved hearing about how to place the scentsReplyCancel

  • Amelia Pollock

    Here is a recipe for the sugar scrub you could place in the beautiful candle jar with a ribbon for a holiday gift –

    Ingredients
    ½ cup coconut oil
    1½ – 2 cups sugar
    1 tablespoon peppermint extract

    Instructions
    Place coconut oil in a bowl and microwave on HIGH 15-25 seconds until softened.
    Start by adding 1½ cups sugar to the oil,Mix until ingredients are well combined If mixture is too wet, add another ½ cup sugar until scrub is to desired consistency.

    Spoon scrub into RECYCLED CIRCA HOME CANDLE JAR and decorate with twine or ribbon.ReplyCancel

  • Maddie

    I use mine in the craft room to store washi tape and other embellishments in :) LOVE Circa Home candles- great quality and reasonably priced!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    You had me at “fill the jar with lollies”….ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      HAHAHA that is so funny Maria!.:) But yes i know what you mean, me too.:)ReplyCancel

  • maryan zarif

    My husband and I love candles too much my sisters always joke about it calling us crazy I tend to reuse them for paper clips and staples in my office and storing spare keys for all the bedrooms and I reuse them sometimes for lollies and nuts around the desert table during xmas entertainingReplyCancel

  • Jenai

    Beautiful jars!
    They’d be perfect for storing jewellery while I shower, or as a gorgeous vase for displaying the flowers my sons pick for me.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    jars! I have so many scattered around the house and so many are pretty old candle jars. My kids share a “tinker tray” and an art cart which minus the bottom shelf for paper is almost completely full of jars. Between the two there is pencils, washi, scissors, stickers, glue dots, mini pine cones, thread, counters….all sorts kept sin order in various sized jars. Almost completely in reused jars. I also keep some in my art area -one keeps embroidery threads for a current project in it along with needle and threader etc so all I need is that plus the project itself to sit down and get a few stitches in with a cup of coffee and one keeps lose threads and scraps near the sewing machine. I also love using them for gift storage- a stack of cookies with a little ribbon around them look lovely inside a nice glass jar (and might be part of my plan for the kids therapists and teachers this year)ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I would stencil a pattern in black on the inside of the jar and then pop in a tea-light candle for a gorgeous, flickering pattern!ReplyCancel

  • I love the succulent idea too – which gives me the idea for using the jars to pretty up those little faux house plants from Ikea (you know the ones that come in an ugly black pot).

    But I would first and foremost use a pretty jar like this to stash loose change in on the hall stand. Pop the lid on, and no-one knows what’s inside!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Fagan

    I loooove candles I haven’t tried Circa yet! At the moment im burning Glass House. I have reused candle jars for spare change and for cotton tips and make up rounds in the bathroom:)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    One of the things I use mine for is to store things like lollies in them. The ones with lids were a perfect addiction to a lolly buffet I had at a party. They really added to the table display.ReplyCancel

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?
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • 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: http://www.averyproducts.com.au/avery/en_au/Products/Dividers-%26-Tabbies/?Ns=RankReplyCancel

    • Kirsten

      Great,
      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

  • Rayna

    Hi Katrina,
    This may seem a silly question – just wanted to know if you thought this could be printed and stuck on the fridge – more like a calendar option with extras – if I put it in a folder my family wouldn’t see what’s coming up so I thought on the fridge with the extra weekly page to add more details (our son has CP & we have ALOT of appointments which require paperwork and or equipment to be taken etc). So the appointments can be added on the monthly pages & then the details on the weekly page. I presume that would work?
    PS love your daily emails & inspirational quotes – if anyone needs them, I do!!!ReplyCancel