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How To Store And Organise Kids Bath Toys

9+ budget friendly and easy ideas to store and organise kids bath toys to help keep them tidy and clutter free in your bathroom

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  • Loris Mavrick

    Loved reading the article about you and your Nanna in Take5 magazine Katrina. Well done.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      It was a lovely story, i agree Loris.:)ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Great ideas – I was just looking around for these kinds of things the other day. I decided to use the 3M hooks and basket idea. Suctions cups never stay put for me. I found a cute blue wire basket from BigW that matched our bathroom decor, so it’s a little stylish at the same time.ReplyCancel

Colour code kids bath towels

Colour code kids bath towels to save confusion on who belongs to which towel, save kids fighting and your sanity

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  • Anastasia

    I’ve always colour coded my kids. Having 6 I needed to. Right down to cutlery and dinnerware. You can even get most colours in the wet brush range and Lorraine lea linen has most towels and sheets in the colours as well. My laundrReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    I’ve always colour coded my kids. Having 6 I needed to. Right down to cutlery and dinnerware. You can even get most colours in the wet brush range and Lorraine lea linen has most towels and sheets in the colours as well. My laundry sometimes looks like a rainbow has settled in and made it self at home. ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL, I bet it looks beautifully colourful on your washing line!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I have a girl and a boy so easier to colour code with only one of each. Not sure if I go traditional pink and blue or choose 2 different colours like lemon and grey???ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are 2 lovely colours that would match together.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi I did this with my kids as it stopped the arguments as to whose towel was whose. They are now in their twenties and it worked real good.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love anything that stops arguments!!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t just colour code the kids – I’ve colour coded the entire family! (We have blue, green, pink and brown towels – the pink and brown match our bathroom and are for the grown ups; green and blue are the kids; drink bottles are the same, and lunch boxes for the kids). As they’re getting closer in size, I’m going to investigate colour coding underpants as well (as long as I can get sufficient in green and blue, lol!) Socks are fine as, while they’re in the same size, they wear a different style.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I have a friend with 2 boys similar in age and she buys different brand underwear and socks so she knows which boy belongs to which pair based on the brand name :)ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely brilliant idea! I yell myself hoarse (I do try calm first…promise) at my tweenagers – getting them to pick up their towels seems to be akin to asking them to fly to the moon. This way they can’t fob it off on each other – I will know who the culprit is! xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL yes no being able to blame the other child!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I colour code for bags and lunch boxes etc but not for towels. Instead I have the towels embroidered with their name so they know which ones to use. My boys are still young (3 under 6), so this works for now. Washing every 3rd or 4th use helps them last longer – have to make sure they’re hung up after each use so they don’t smell though ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s a great idea to embroid their names and to colour code lunch boxes, we do the same.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany

    We have two boys and colour code for them. Thankfully they like their colours (blue/white and green/red). They have colour coded lunch boxes, drink bottles, toothbrushes, hand balls, storage containers, bath towel, beach towel, washers, torches, name stickers, bibs (when they were younger), etc. Makes things so much easier as everyone knows what belongs to who. Even the extended family and close friends buy things in the right colours :)ReplyCancel

Teach your child healthy habits for a healthy life

Tips for teaching kids good healthy habits now will help them to develop a healthy lifestyle to stay active as they grow.

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  • Louise

    My bub is only 4 months old, but I would like to teach her good habits from an early age, thank you for these tips Kat, good to know especially as your children are older now, so must have worked :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree Louise i think it is extremely important from an early age..:)ReplyCancel

  • Charlene

    We try and take the kids out each weekend, for a picnic and bike ride, the sunshine does wonders for our health and wellbeing.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Oh that sounds lovely, Charlene! I must admit we are big on outdoor activities on the weekends especially seeing the weather has been just beautiful. Even through the cooler months we do things like bowling, so much family fun.:)ReplyCancel

Toy Storage Idea: Train Tracks

Keeping the kids toys tidy and organised starts with good storage solutions and the key is to make it really easy for the kids to place everything back where it belongs when they have finished with it. I’ve found some clever toy storage idea’s for train tracks, hope they inspire you!

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  • That train track DIY is such a cool idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kay

    I’ve made an underbed train table trundle. I sprayed some particle board with green spray paint. I then nailed some beading around three of the edges and varnished it. Screwed two door handles into the fourth edge for gripping and moving the trundle in and out from the bed. I then had two “beams” to make the “table” that ran underneath the short length of the table and attached castors underneath the beams. I made it high enough such that the lowest height Ikea trofast buckets could be slid under it.

    It’s awesome. So easy to “pack away” the train set. Gets used heaps and very simple to make.ReplyCancel

Book Character Costume Ideas

Needing some inspiration for your school Book Week, Book Character Parade, there are ideas to help you create something fun at home with your kids.

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  • Michelle Luck

    Thanks for some great ideas. My girl wants to be a Disney princess every year – they ARE her favourite books – but I want something different. Last year it was Cinderella, this year it’s Belle, but I might show her this pic of the Little Miss and Mr Men characters and see what she thinks.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I just love the little Miss, especially little Miss Sunshine.:)ReplyCancel

  • My goodness why is it I always forget about book week until the night before!!!

    Definitely upping my game next year!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Yvettte, i used to be the weekend before but i have to say in the last year or so i have been a little more prepared. Though it does seem to creep up on us very fast!ReplyCancel

  • Josephine

    My daughter saw Princess Bride recently (based on a novel written int he 70s) and decided she wanted to go as Inigo Montoya. We had the boots. I found the shirt, vest, belt & pants at a second hand shop (dyed the grey pants brown thanks to google!).

    My daughter and I embellished a purchased sword with gold pipe cleaners and gemstones that we applied to pipe cleaners with sticky tape, and to the sword with a glue-gun – that was a fun shared activity.

    Finally we stuck on a Spotlight mustache, used face paint crayons for the scars (which didn’t work very well sadly), and sprayed her hair a dark brown.

    It was such a success that one of her classmates asked who she was ‘for real’ – he didn’t recognize her!

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    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Wow that sounds amazing! What a fantastic effort.:)ReplyCancel

Fun Baby & Toddler Feeding Products

I was looking after my friend’s son recently and made him a yummy lunch, then I started reminiscing, remembering making plates of fun food for my kids to help motivate them to eat. I didn’t have all the clever little dinnerware and gadgets that are now available. I’ve put together this list of Fun Baby & Toddler Feeding products just in case you didn’t know about them, all of these are available online.

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5 Tips for Managing The Mess of Art & Craft With Kids

Tips for helping you manage and minimise the mess factor when doing art and craft with kids. Because making art is such an important part of a child’s learning and development that it really is worth the effort.

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  • LOVE these tips – I don’t have a high tolerance for mess but I hate saying no to the fun messy play. These are great tips for me to adopt xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they just great! I love them too.ReplyCancel

  • These are indeed very useful tips and worth the share to our official Facebook feed.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Oh thank you, that is so lovely of you.:)ReplyCancel

Family Fun Activity Jar

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

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  • Donna

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

4 easy tips improve your photos using iPhone or DSLR

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

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What to stock up on for flu season

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

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  • Briony

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

    • Jo Murphy

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

  • Jane Leone

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

      • Jo Murphy

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

I’m Bored Checklist for kids

Kids can get so bored through the school holidays, this is a I’m bored checklist to help them come up with some activities to occupy their time.

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  • Sal

    Can you please tell me where you got that beautiful mint bedside lamp in the photo with the girls playing lego?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sal it’s gorgeous isn’t it, it’s from Adairs kids.ReplyCancel

      • Sal

        Thanks Kat. Love your blog. Am heading off to Adairs to get one this afternoon!ReplyCancel

  • stay @ home mum

    Need some help am a house wife its so sad for me CUs I cant seem to get the kids to keep the place tidy the girls share a room ages 5,4,1 and the boy has his own any suggestions thanksReplyCancel

Mums School Holiday Planner & Checklist

Plan activities to occupy the kids through the school holidays, plus use the checklist to help you be organised for when the kids return back to school.

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  • I too am a holiday planner from way back! I find it is the only way to fit it all in. Mine usually takes the form of diary entries, nothing as pretty as your planners. Have a great school holiday with your kids xxReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh thanks Nicole! Hope you have a great school holidays too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Wow… You are really an organized mum.. Planning your kid’s holidays is the best you can do for your kids n yourself as a parent…looking forward to read more of your post…I’m surely going to read the freeZer Friendly lunch ideas as I also have a six year old daughter

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I find we fit so much into the holidays if we plan it out and gives the kids certain days to look forward to.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love that you plan the holidays! My kids aren’t school age yet but there’s still some great tips for me to do too. Thanks xxReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Absolutely Rebecca! Enjoy the holidays with your little ones xReplyCancel