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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

  • 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

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

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Melissa

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

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

      • Katrina

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Anthea

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

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

    • Katrina

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Alisha

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Michelle

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Amanda

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

  • Janene

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

    • Katrina

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

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

    • Katrina

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

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

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  • Carrie-Anne Elizabeth Hunter

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

  • Louise

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Jo Johnson

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

  • Marilynne Pross-Vale

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

  • Marilynne Pross-Vale

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

  • Ami Kono

    why cant people from ACT enter? :(ReplyCancel

  • That’s just such a lovely and unselfish sentiment! Packing boxes with a little chocolate and sweets is a really nice way to brighten up the day for friends and loved ones!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Audrey!.:)ReplyCancel

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

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  • These are lovely!

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

    I have a piece of ribbon, well actually two of them, attached to my wall that I use to put all of my clips on, like so: http://i.imgur.com/fI3ouBE.jpg

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

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

    • Katrina

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

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

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Midia

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

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

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  • Jaq

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

    • Katrina

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

  • jackie arnel

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

    • Michelle Rayner

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

      • Katrina

        Thank you for helping MIchelle, I really appreciate it xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

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

  • Wow!

    That is organised!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime

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

    • Cathy

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

    • Katrina

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

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

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  • Sharnee Snowden

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

  • Zara Murphy

    Can I have the cake recipe pretty please!?
    ReplyCancel

  • Colour Me Beautiful Australia

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

  • Katrina Dyer

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

  • Bake Play Smile

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

  • Sarah Delaney

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

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

  • cass

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

  • Hermione

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

  • Fashionista

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

  • Ingrid AndPete

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

  • Sarah

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

  • Julia K

    What a lovely day – thanks for sharing.

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

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

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

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

  • Sue Dilkes

    What a great day! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

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

  • Virginia

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

    Keep the great job!ReplyCancel

  • MARILYN

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

  • Jacqui Langfield

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading that! Thanks for sharing itReplyCancel

  • Amanda D'Souza

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

  • Pauline

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

  • Helen O'Connell

    A lovely day off, but still very productive!ReplyCancel

  • Tina A

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

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

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday from February (during January it will be randomly as I am publishing The Back to School Series).  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with […]

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  • Miss Maudy

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

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

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

    • Julia K

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

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

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

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

  • Kay Dekker

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

    • Eszter

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

    • Miss Maudy

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

    • Kate

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

  • Jennifer Hawkins

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

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

    • SmittenKitten

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

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

  • Karen

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

    • Bee

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

    • Mon

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

    • Megan Jamieson

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

  • Sarah Hudson

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

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

    • Carissa

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

  • Jade

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

  • Gayle

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

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

  • claire

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

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  • Laura

    This is a really cool idea :)
    ThankyouReplyCancel