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I’m sharing my goals for the month, you are great accountability for me! Plus I’ve created a printable monthly planning page you can use to prepare for your month, setting your goals and priorities, with a little quote for inspiration.

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  • jac

    Thank you Kat, one for your honesty, two showing how we can balance life and to look after ourselves first and three for the printable, I need this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Glad you like the printable Jac, hope it helps you :)ReplyCancel

  • lIsa

    Your children are adorable, I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning and I feel I have watched the grow up, you should be proud they look very happy. Love your blog, your so inspiring and I’ll be joining in your February project. My goals are to start walking now my son started kindy, and I want to organise the laundry and pantry.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Lisa, they are gorgeous and growing up so quickly, they are very happy kids, always smiling. Excited that you’ll be joining me in Feb, hope you can find time soon to make a start on your Laundry.ReplyCancel

  • Leonie

    I love this style of this post. Thanks KatReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awesome Leonie, that’s great feedback, thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Thanks for the reminder to book a Dentist appointment for myself. its one of thoes things that just dosent get prioritised. good luck keeping things in hand and thanks heaps for the additional printable. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sometimes it things like these that we put off, and it continues to be at the bottom of the list. The appointments really don’t take that long, it’s just taking the time out to book the appointment.ReplyCancel

  • Kath Truran

    Your children are just beautiful and a credit to you. I admire you so much for your strength in your daily life and the way you handle the challenges that you have had to face. You are lovely and an inspiration. I’m 70 so many of your day to day ideas are not relevant but I do want to have a beautiful organised home and you encourage me to do that. Your page is the first I open every morning. Take care of yourself and know that many people from many walks of life applaud you and wish you well. Light & love KathReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aaw Kath, this is so beautiful to read first thing in the morning thank you so very much for your kindness. The twins are at camp at the moment, they have been away since very early Sunday morning, they are home late this afternoon, I can’t wait to see them, missed them terribly. I am so pleased that you can find some inspiration in my blog to help you in your home, that is so wonderful to hear, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Deanne Shannon

    Hi Kat, thank you for being honest it is nice to know we are not the only ones struggling at times to try and find balance. I recently left a job that I thought was going to be my dream retirement job. (very disappointing)So last month I spent my time giving up a codeine addiction I had been hiding for some years from my family and spending quality time with my 3 girls whilst on school holidays. This month I would like to concentrate on getting our house organised room by room as my husband would like to change jobs this year to a job that will see him working longer hours and I also would like to find myself another job and even contemplating fulltime work. Which I know will make life hectic with kids sports living out of town and having a mum who I am caring for with pancreatic cancer. As well as lose some weight and get healthier than what I am at least. So I really look forward to your tips and advice because I do get very overwhelmed at where the hell do I start lol.
    So thank you again for sharing all your ups and downs I really appreciate it. Here is to a good February to get started.

    Cheers DeanneReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Deanne, it sounds like you have so much going on, firstly congratulation on giving up your codeine addiction, how are you feeling, any side effects? What is your top priority in all that you have listed? Can you start your day with a little exercise, so you are making your health a priority first in the day, then looking after your mum and organising the house, good to hear your are going to do room by room, that will help with the overwhelm taking it one step at a time. I hope you can find a job with decent hours for you and your kids.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn McGuire

    Oh my, what lovely children. They look like they should be actors.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Naw thank you Lyn xReplyCancel

  • Susie

    What a BEAU-TI-FUL photo of the 3 kids. That’s one to treasure!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is, Mr nearly 13 has a beautiful smile on his face, it’s really hard to capture his wonderful smile in a photo, whenever I point a camera at him his smile freezes. Miss 11 is so cheeky here 😉ReplyCancel

Being organised helps my mindset, reduces my stress levels and I don’t feel frazzled or overwhelmed as I know where things are. Try these 7 tips to help you get organised in 2016, to gain a little control amongst the chaos of everyday life.

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  • Bec

    TO DO…Buy a label maker today and use it for back to school. Put washing away too, I know I should but I struggle with Mt washmore. Thanks for the tips Kat ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Washing can easily get out of control, hope you found time to do it today :)ReplyCancel

  • Jac

    these are great tips, I know labeling would help keep the house tidy just need to find time to do it. love the colours and direction of the text, I didn’t realize you could do that.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      If your items are already organised, perhaps try printing out a few labels while you are waiting for dinner to finish cooking, run around and add them onto the containers 😉ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    I have 5 kids and struggle to stay organized, these tips are simple and achievable to give a go, thanks Kat. my top tip to stay organised with 5 kids is to do a load of washing each day. he days I don’t do it I then struggle to get through it all.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I hear you katherine, I’ve been sick the past few days and it’s been raining so the washing wasn’t done, I just went and looked at it and wanted to run! Great tips to keep ontop of the washing.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Gorgeous new kitchen – congratulations Kat – you must be in 7th Heaven with a whole new house to get organised !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m loving it Julia, it’s so big and bright. I was hoping to get in there on new years and cook up a storm for the freezer, but I’ve been really sick the past week so maybe next weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Hello Kat
    Happy New year,just want to thankyou for all your post last year.Love your emails everyday.Looking forward to your new home tour and all your new ways of organizing.Your kitchen does look amazing.My staying organized tip is not to leave things go too long before fixing,and having less things to organize really helps me.I tend to be a bit of a pack rat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m really looking forward to sharing it all with you after the kids go back to school, it’s a gorgeous, fresh house, so many little nooks and crannies to organise!!ReplyCancel

  • Leonie

    one thing I do that you haven’t got in your list is sweeping the floor each day. not everybody sweeps but it’s just one thing that keeps me sane each day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip Leonie, if that’s your sanity trigger absolutely, in fact when my kids were toddlers it was a necessity each day, now I can get away with it every few days. Thanks for sharing your tip xReplyCancel

  • Jillian

    thanks Kat I have been considering buying a labeller this is great that you can print 2 lines and vertically, it’s on my back to school list!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I know, how great is that. I have an old P-Touch, could be a good 8 years old, still works, but Brother sent me this one, a newer version, which I am loving, I didn’t realise either that they now print vertically and 2 per line! I see so many benefits for this!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    Wow I just love your tips. I’m definitely wanting a label maker now. It would make things so much easier. Thank you for your constant help and ideas, Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      They are wonderful and so handy with labelling all the kids back to school things.:)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I love your new kitchen! It is a little similar to mine in that it is white and has some big benches. My question is where do you store your fruit? I have mine in bowls on my kitchen bench. (Stuff like apples, pears, bananas, lemons, oranges etc). But storing them on my bench takes up so much room – we do go through a lot of fruit too. I have been trying to think of a better solution so it doesn’t crowd my bench tops.


    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Thank you Melissa! Isn’t the kitchen just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I have one bowl for fruit on the kitchen bench in an unused spot and have some really nice bowls to put on the dining room table as centre pieces for the rest of the fruit. This keeps my kitchen bench clutter to a minimum. I can’t cook in a cluttered kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • I think using the labeller is really fun and I find it very useful seeing that you have organized so much in your house. And among these tips you mentioned, I find decluttering the hardest one. I am just not sure on which things to put away or which stuff to keep. Good luck to me. :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura May

    This isn’t for everyone but, knowing that I’m never going to sort/put washing in drawers, I just have a large wicker basket for each person. I hang everything on the line in half, so that it’s half folded already, and flip the two sides together as I pull it off the line, finishing folding it in one step. Then each person’s clean stuff gets put into their clean basket and they can sort it or just pull out as they go. I make sure everyone has a dirty basket (of course) and also a large in-betweens basket for all the stuff that’s used but not dirty. That’s good enough for me!ReplyCancel

    • Laura May

      ..oh, and if it goes in inside-out, it comes back inside-out. Natural consequences! ;PReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Funny you share this Laura, I’ve just started a new system in our house which I will hopefully share with you this week and I am loving it. You really have to find a routine that works for you and not make it too hard for yourself. 😉ReplyCancel

I’m still in holiday mode and don’t plan on doing too much, but one thing that I always do on the 1st day of the year is organise my diary/calendar. If one of your new years resolutions is to get organised, then this is a great place to start.

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  • Hi Kat,

    Thank you for creating the Monthly Planner with To-Do-List. The colours look great!
    Have I missed the coupon code to put in at checkout to make it free. I have selected the blank version and it wants to charge $2.95. I am happy to pay, you stated in your blog this morning that it was free.

    Thank you for the Christmas Daily Tasks you published this year. I found it super helpful and help me get some Christmas spirit back. Thanks again.

    Wishing you a super 2016.ReplyCancel

  • This is a one good article for a start up. Everyone needs planning and these diaries would be helpful. I’m impressed!ReplyCancel

We usually give our home a good spring clean once a year, purge old clothes, redecorate the house when you feel the need for change. But looking beyond the furniture and all the other pretties in your home, do you regularly review your home loan?

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  • Jenny

    Your right Kat, I’ve never actually considered reviewing our home loan, it’s just one of those things not at the top of the priority list.ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    I actually didn’t realise that we can? Mummy brain maybe? But now being a single income family it would be good to review as see if we can reduce our repayments, thanks Kat for the reminder.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Alana, you will be surprised at how much you can actually save.:)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for this post Kat! My husband & I were speaking about this not long ago & this post has pushed us over to review our loan!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Wonderful news Jenni.:)ReplyCancel

Indoor plants add a homely feel, bringing in life and freshness into your home a fresh look and feel to a home by incorporating the greenery of indoor plants for colour, interest and texture. Research has also shown that they can improve air quality, so why not try an indoor plant (or several) in your home or give as a gift this Christmas! Have you thought about incorporating some indoor plants to your home? Or maybe you already have some, but are wondering ways to style them?

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  • I have a succulent on top of our center table in our living room. Would love to add another near the window. And I like the idea of putting a tall plant on the corner near the bathroom. Thanks for this! :)ReplyCancel

Party planning is a great option to create a stream of income into your home, particularly if you are wanting extra cash, without getting a job out of the home. I’ve shared my top tips on How to start a party planning business + you can WIN one of 3 The Body Shop® Virgin Mojito Ice Bucket Gifts.

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  • Paula Thompson

    The coconut deluxe gift set would be top of my wish list because it is my favourite scent and smells so delicious.ReplyCancel

    • Margaret Quintal

      The top of my list would be any of the pre-packaged Christmas gifts! The ability to not only benefit myself with gorgeous products but to also help a family in Ethiopia have safe drinking water because of my purchase is even more rewarding. Keep up the great work The Body Shop with all that you do and in your WaterAid campaign!ReplyCancel

  • nicole lavanda

    the best product from the body shop that’s on the top of my wish list is their Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak because juggling 2 little ones during the day, studying and working….the thought of stopping at the end of the night to soak the feet sounds magical!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Harris

    I love the advent calendar in the Xmas catalogue. I think it’s an affordable and fun way to try a range of body shop products. Coconut body butter is my go to product xxReplyCancel

  • Spa of the world luxurious body collection box would be my pick! Looks AMAZING!
    It would make the ultimate gift full of amazing products to keep you feeling relaxed and refreshed! I might just have to keep that one for myself!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    White Musk, I’m just about out and need to top up! Perhaps a white musk body bar too :)ReplyCancel


    All the gorgeous perfume oils, I love, love, love them but really dislike going ‘in store’ because the girls behind the counter are either too engrossed in themselves or their over the top conversations to pay attention or give respect to shoppers (by toning things down and watching their tongues) OR it’s the other extreme and the minute you set foot in store they’re on you and won’t leave you in peace to browse and select the scent for you, insisting that they know your nose better than you do. Body shop at home sounds like heaven to me, for all the products, without the snooty nosed sales assistants.ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    I love grapefruit flavoured everything, especially the body butter and shower gel. I just want to lick myself, it smells divine!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    24 Days of Christmas Gifts!

    One for me, one for my mum, one for my sister… but I would have to give them on 30 November so they could begin to open them on the 1st. Hmmm, so then I would need to buy more gifts for Christmas Day. They would love it! And I would love it too because the Advent Calendar is such a great tradition. And maybe I could forgo the chocolate Advent Calendar. Maybe…ReplyCancel

  • I would love to check the carrot moisture facial cream I used through my twenties back in Denmark – and which Body Shop stopped producing some years ago :( – would love to be able to get it again – was just the best.
    As I have not used it for years due to not being able to get it might be why my skin looks old now :(ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    The pomegranate skin firming range because at the age of 40 I need to find ways to keep my skin looking youthful.ReplyCancel

  • Louise M

    The Mango Bliss box, I rarely like fragranced products but this smells as good as the mangoes I eat!ReplyCancel

  • kzsupreme

    The pomegranate skin firming range for me,
    hitting 50, sagging skin I see.
    Body shop at home products, sheer bliss
    I can relax, and a sale I cant miss 😀ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Hemp hand protector, because it works.ReplyCancel

  • Hildi

    The Advent Calendar from the Body Shop;
    Would make my heart skip and hop;
    Leading to Christmas a surprise everyday;
    Would make this grateful Mummy shout HOORAY!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Palmer

    The 24 days of Christmas! An advent calendar for mummy! Yes please! Bout time there was one for mummy’s!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    The top of my list would be the Shea Butter Tin. I love the way Shea Butter leaves your skin so incredibly soft and silky. Talk about pampering. Really don’t have the time for that, but would love it. I’m always for helping anyone out, especially to give Clean Water for the people of Ethiopia? We should always help out cause there is always people in worst shape then ourselves.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Berkeypile

    Shea beauty bag. I need soft hands!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Bunyan

    I’d love the advent calendar, something special just for me to enjoy and count down to Christmas, why should the kids have all the fun! Also it would give me an idea what products I like to purchase full size at the next party!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    The Mango Bliss Box just screams summer indulgence. Blissfully delicious!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela M

    The cranberry shower gel. I’m sure it smells delicious and it’s absolutely Christmassy! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    The Argan Deluxe Kit as I’ve used some of these products before and my skin coos in delight when these are applied. The perfect gift to my skin!ReplyCancel

  • Belle

    The Glazed Apple Shimmer Globe caught my eye. I don’t even know what it is but just looking at it makes me feel like it would smell fresh and summery and make me feel all shiny and new.ReplyCancel

  • melanie

    Coco butter body butter! Its time to start getting ready for the warmer weather and theres nothing better than smelling and feeling delicious on a balmy summers evening!ReplyCancel

  • melanie

    Cocoa butter body butter! Its time to start getting ready for the warmer weather and theres nothing better than smelling and feeling delicious on a balmy summers evening!ReplyCancel

  • Elita Hooper

    Hemp body butter only thing that will fix my son’s excemaReplyCancel

  • I would absolutely love the mango bliss box. Mangoes are my favourite fruit combined with great products. MMM heaven all round.ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    Argan oil gift set ticks all my Christmas wish list!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Brazil

    I would love the oils of life box. I was in a store today and tried some under my eyes and it felt so beauiftul. I love all Body Shop products but always seem to be buying them as gifts. Today I treated myself to some of the new SPA scrub and went to bed feeling amazing. Skin is so soft.ReplyCancel

  • margo

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely gift.

    I would choose the hemp hand cream as my hands need all the help I can get, it works, you can see the difference.ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Cannot go past the Hemp range it just works – forget all the restReplyCancel

  • Alexandra

    My pick is Spa of the World – what’s better than being transported to amazing places all over the world and being pampered by unique products from your own living room?ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    The Mango Bliss Box would definitely be on the top of my wish list, I used the mango range at the end of my first pregnancy and when my daughter was a newborn and every time I smell it I can remember those days as if I was living them again :)ReplyCancel

  • Sue Kelsey

    Milk bath – best bath ingredient ever, leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed.ReplyCancel

  • ooh, for my daughter who is a hairdresser and has issues with her hands, i would get the Hemp Medium Tin… she loves this. and for my other daughter to take to the gym, Strawberry Beauty Bag… that would make me happy, seeing my girls happy.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    The Satsuma tin! I’ve always loves that scent and I was so disappointed when they discontinued it. I might need to put it on my christmas wish list… :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My favourite Body Shop product is the Strawberry hand cream. It comes in a small tube that fits perfectly in your hand bag. You only need the tiniest bit to leave your hands feeling silky and soft and the gorgeous strawberry scent lasts for a good while. Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Debra Girling

    The White Musk Barrel Gift, my all time favourite Body Shoppe scentReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    24 Days of Christmas Gifts. I love the idea of an adult advent calendar! Why should the kids get all the present opening fun!!?ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Shea body butter – luxurious on dry skin plus it smells good enough to eat!ReplyCancel

  • Selina Brookes

    The pomegranate series has my name all over it – smells delicious and alas, my skin now exhibits “visible signs of aging”! Can’t go past the gift boxes though with 10 nieces and nephews to buy for this Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Busuttil

    Jasmine perfume oil or shower gel and body lotion! Most perfumes give me a rash or a headache (Or both) but I just love this fragrance and body shop perfumes are gentle on my skin.ReplyCancel

  • It would have to be any product from the Moringa Range as this scent is just divine, fresh and subtle, but if I would have to pick it would the Moringa Body Mist as it makes me feel beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • jess

    My skin always loves thes strawberry body butter!ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    Easily the peppermint pamper tin! Nothing like a bit of relief for my tootsies after running around on them all day!ReplyCancel

  • Tam

    Is there a non-virgin Mojito range? If so, I’M THERE!

  • Diana

    Any of the Body Butters. My teen girls and I go through them like you wouldn’t believe. We haven’t tried the Mojito, but the Frosted Plum smells divine! Anything fruity!ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    top of my list would be hand cream i absolutely love body shop hand creams :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Would love to try something from the plum range…a new scent I haven’t seen before! The body shop products are a moment of bliss in my house of boys (hubby and 3 boys). I always suggest body shop products when people ask me for ideas :)ReplyCancel

  • Nikoly Richardson

    I would love the Black Musk EDT or the African Ximenia Scrub.
    What the heck…lets go for both!
    Ooh, but then there’s the…..and the….oh where does it stop?!ReplyCancel

  • Selina Leng

    The new oils of life range- I’ve tried the samples and loved how it made my skin feel, the only hydrating product that’s stopped it flaking and it smells heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne W

    The Body Shop At Home party
    Would be a marvelous treat.
    The Coconut Deluxe Gift set
    Smells good enough to eat!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Cole

    The Advent Calendar Set, because Christmas only happens once a year, and a box filled with surprises is the way to go for me!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Hanham

    The “Oils of Life Skincare Gift” is at the top of my wishlist because you’re never too old to become younger!ReplyCancel

  • Shea Body Scrub is always on my must have list.

    Creamy, delicious scent, leaves smooth skin, you get the gist.

    It helps me out every summer, it really is quite clever.

    And now with a baby on the way I need indulging more than ever!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Horsham

    I love the mango body scrub – it always makes me feel clean or may be I should say to awakens my skin and afterwards love the oils in it so that my skin feels that moisturisedReplyCancel

  • Kristie Newland

    The Satsuma Tin! I fell in love with the scent when I was living in the UK and have only been able to find it once (at christmas) since retuning to Oz :(ReplyCancel

  • Trileen Robson

    There is nothing better than the body shop shower gels/washes, especially the pink grapefruit and coco butter ones. I have very little time to indulge in these products, but this gives me the one optunity to “indulge” in beautiful products xReplyCancel

  • Thelma Roberton

    Since I couldn’t see anything raspberry the next best thing it glazed apple…the sugar scrub is at the top of the list!ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    It would have to be Spa of the World for my daughter & me. Spa is something we both love to do together & to be able to use this amazing product would be a total bliss!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Body scrub at the end of a working week I love to exfoliate the whole body to feel fresh and aliveReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    Top of my Christmas wish list was always the olive body spray…LOVED it and cried fReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    Top of my Christmas wish list was always the olive body spray…LOVED it and cried for weeks when it was taken off the shelves ? I am a big fan of all the body butters…at the moment I am loving the new frosted cranberry body butter!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Lovelock

    I’d have to order the Strawberry Bliss Box as a Christmas gift for myself! I love having a bubble bath using the Strawberry Shower Gel as the bubble bath. Smells amazing & I come out in a much better mood.ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    Black Sea Salt Scrub does an amazing job at exfoliating the whole body. I just love the way your skin feels afterwards – so fresh, alive and smooth waiting for that next layer of virgin mojito body butter that just smells so delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    The Shea Butter has always been a favourite of mine. Doesn’t conflict with any of the perfumes I wear and super-moisturising without the greasy aftermath. The fact that it’s responsibly sourced through The Tungteiya Shea Butter Association and goes to help women in Ghana is an added bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia G

    Right up the top of my list will always be the Body Shop’s coconut body butter. No smell conjures up images of warm summer evenings by the pool than that one!ReplyCancel

  • Angela J

    Spa of the World Kit – OMG, just to get lost in the inulgence of it all, even for just a small while! Bliss.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Maddock

    Top of my Wishlist from the Body Shop catalogue is the Advent Calender Gift (p9) as this contains so many of my favourite products, along with a lot that I haven’t yet tried out.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    Body Butter keeps me smooth, because I’m always on the move. Air con and pollution all day, keeps dry, dull skin away.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    The Satsuma gift set because while growing up in England “Santa” always left a satsuma (mandarin!) at the bottom of my stocking. The smell still reminds me of those freezing cold & dark Christmas mornings! But in a good way!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    On top of my Christmas wish list would be the moringa body butter the beautiful fresh smell of this would take me from day to night on a balmy summer’s day in the pre Christmas Party rush. That virgin mojito would also go down a treat dying to try this out!!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia

    Mango Bliss Box. Mango is my toddler’s favourite food. I might get a few more cuddles if I smell like it 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Parsons

    I use Body shop products, and the all in one face base is wonderful as is the moisturizing primer! Both awesome products and the fact that nothing is tested on animals makes me love the Body Shop!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    A treat for me that might just over-ride the smell of wet dog around this house at the moment in the most exotic of ways… A WHITE MUSK DELUXE GIFT Set!ReplyCancel

Start planning and be organised for 2016 using the calendar pages.

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  • Melanie

    You are a superstar Kat, I have loved your calendars each year, they are beautiful this year, gorgeous colours. And love that you have created some with public holidays… awesome!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh thank you, i am loving the colours too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Thank you Kat, I’ve used these every year since you’ve started blogging, I find them so helpful with the list on the side. Thanks again for an awesome blog!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Oh it is a pleasure Jen!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Ooh wow, they look like they could be very helpful! I really need to start thinking about 2016, I am sure it will be here before I know it.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Absolutely Jodie, i can’t believe how quick the year is coming to an end. Will be Christmas before we know it.ReplyCancel

  • Charlie

    Looks great :)

    Is the 2016 calendar free or $2.95?
    The email I received and the web page say it’s free. Then when I click to download I need to add it to a cart for $2.95. I’m happy to pay but a bit confused.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Charlie, the 2016 calendar is free however the one with the public holiday dates and school term dates is $2.95ReplyCancel

  • Sharmi

    Hi, I can’t download the free 2016 monthly calender with to-do list. In the shop, it charges $2.95 even if I select blank.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for this. I love the fact that you start the week with Monday not Sunday. That makes so much sense to me and it seems all the other printables I come across start with Sunday.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Sandra, just makes sense to me too, my week starts on a Monday, to me Sunday is the end of the week!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    Thank you so much – I love this calendar – I think its my 3rd or 4th year of downloading. I always think I should be able to make this stuff myself – but yours is so much prettier which means I’m more likely to use it!!ReplyCancel

  • yvonne

    Happy New Year Kat, hope it will be a great year. I love the free calendar every year. Every time I use it I think of you lol. Can I ask you what system do you use for your twins, I know they are at high school, and our granddaughter starts this year as well. She will have a diary for school, I was wanting something she could use in her room as a planner of such, but really don’t know what they need, whiteboard, corkboard, magnetic, Calendar for the year or month or 3 monthly planner. A bit daunting to say the least. Any tips on this would be great. thanks lovely lady for all your ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina

    Hello) I have loved your calendars each year, they are beautiful this year, but how I can print them?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sabrina, fill in your email address and then it will take you to the page to download :)ReplyCancel

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

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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

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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

      • Bec

        Thanks Julia! Picking up and putting away is one of my least favourite things!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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