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9 easy steps to maintain a clean kitchen

9 Easy Steps To Maintain A Clean Kitchen, create a new routine to control the mess in your kitchen.

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  • […] Make your bench and sink sparkle each night […]ReplyCancel

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  • Thanks for the tips, from your various posts you are really organised and these little steps more often keep things clean and less effort involved in cleaning each time. I'm making a comment because I'm concerned about Spray and Wipe being used so often in an area where food is ingested by your family, in the kitchen and the dining area. If not for the environment I would like to urge you, as a stranger, to make the change to vinegar, for the health of yourself and your kids. The residual chemicals left behind after wiping it on the bench, in your sink and around where you eat might build up, and still be present when your kids put food down when you are not looking. I randomly won a Bosistos box of goodies a number of years ago and noticed they are a sponsor for you to speak at the 2011 Bloggers Conference. Perhaps they could give you a few products to try and review too? I used they spray oil on lots of stuff. If you are delaying the change for a feeling that the vinegar won't do as good a job there is also a product called Orange Power which is a natural cleaning spray. Citrus oil is really good at breaking down dirt and I use it at home and feel sage knowing it isn't dangerous to us. It could be a good transition product? Sorry for the long comment, I am going to subscribe to your blog and watch our lives change with organisation however needed make the comment about the Spray and Wipe. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Ann, thankyou so I am so happy to read your comment doesn't matter how long it is. I completely agree with you and I soon hope to transition over to a green home using vinegar, I will do it soon I promise :) Bosistos have sent me a great pack of goodies which I will be blogging about soon, I am loving their laundry powder. I am so glad that you are enjoying the website. Love hearing comments, keep them coming :) ReplyCancel

      • Jeanette Anderson

        great response from careful with some of the ‘natural oils’…they are often highly fragranced (particularly citrus oil…dlimonene) and can trigger asthma; strong perfume/odours are a major trigger for asthma

      • An alternative to store purchased ‘green’ cleaners is to get a large glass canning jar. Keep all your peelings from lemons/oranges/limes and keep in the fridge. Once the jar is full, fully cover contents with white vinegar. Let sit for 2-3 weeks before useing… and strain it before placing in your spray bottle. Natural cleaner at a fraction of the cost, and a fraction of the chemicals!ReplyCancel

      • Denise Cavanough

        Katrina, I so love there washing powder as well , I also use the eucalyptus spray as a disinfectant for bedding, pillows and so much more.ReplyCancel

    • Kirsten b

      I use lemon oil and water all through the house. If you look up neatfrreak on Facebook, she is brilliant for natural products.. Lemon oil does everything from kitchens to bathrooms to woodwork. Brilliant!! And when you get hot cleaning, you can spray it on your face!! :)ReplyCancel

      • Kate - Kat's Assistant

        Love natural products too.:) Lemon oil? i haven’t heard of that i will have to give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    How LOVELY to read! I very very much love to see how other people keep their homes, i like to hear you dotn wash every cup and dish as it apears and that you do one big lot at night….and i agree less clutter makes it look MUCH better where ever in the house you are :) You are a fresh breath of air for me…i very much need the inspiration..Thank you xox TReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    OK I am starting from the beginning :) I have my work cut out for me 😛ReplyCancel

  • Hi, I found you via Beyond the Baby. I wanted to comment on two things in particular.

    I don’t have a dishwasher and don’t like the clutter on my sink from all the little things used during the day. I place a large plastic basin under my sink and when a tea cup is used or such it is rinsed then placed in the basin under the sink. When the basin is full it is time to do a sink load.

    Another thought is that leaving your dishes to air dry may not be a good idea if there is a chance of any little puddles. I end up with cocky poo on my dishes if there any puddles for them to visit. Gross! Dishes get dried and put away straight away here. Guess it depends on your house and climate though. I am in a 100 year old house in northern NSW so it is warm enough to cockroaches to be prolific especially in summer.

    Best wishes

  • […] 1.  Let your dishes air dry over night […]ReplyCancel

  • Bronte

    You should try the Eureka Eucalyptus and citrus spray…smells so nice and doesn’t have any harsh chemicals, cleans up grease, helps with stubborn stains, disinfects surfaces…I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Emmatipper

    Hi Katrina. Save yourself even more time (and money) and use Enjo fibres instead.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Can I ask a dumb question? Did you say you put your sponges into the dishwasher? Do they not fall apart? And if not which ones do you use as I am sure mine would. Also I am interested in the vinegar alternative. Do you know what the ratio is?
    Thanks ReplyCancel

    • I use home brand sponges from woolworths and they don’t fall apart in the dishwasher. In the kitchen you can use pure vinegar in a spray bottle using a fine mist, or you can dilute if you would like 1 part vinegar to 1 part water.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette Anderson

    hi there…try not to use sponges (they are highly unsustainable; meaning they disintegrate quickly…stock up on half a dozen good microfibre dishcloths..and you can wash and polish dry with your fibres)…and a green alternative is good because you don’t have to ‘spray, wipe and rinse off with warm water’ which is often in the fine print on the chemical spray and wipes…vinegar is a good alternative and of course my product; the Nature Direct Spray and Wipe…it’s one of our most popular concentrates! Happy cleaning!ReplyCancel

    • Microfibre clothes are a great idea Jeanette, yes since writing this post I have transitioned over to using vinegar, I need to write about it soon.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Toomey

    Hi Katrina, love reading your blog and all your tips – you really are an “organised housewife”!!! There are so many ideas and products around now for green cleaning but I’d like to share mine anyway. I have 2 spray bottles under the sink that I make up myself – one is equal parts water and metho (I buy the purple metho – it looks nice when made up in the spray bottle – with a teaspoon of water soluble lavender oil (approx 1 litre in total) for cleaning benches, stove top and sink, and glass table tops and the other is simply 1 litre of water with 1 teaspoon of water soluble lavender oil for my ironing spray. This is just magic. Lavender is well known as a calming and relaxing oil when used in oil burners but it also seems to relax fabric!! Just spray garments lightly prior to ironing for a beautiful finish. I recently surprised my niece when helping her with her housework with this little trick – she hadn’t had time to iron her doona cover so I said just put in on the bed, spray it with the lavender and water mixture and then smooth it out with your hands. She was amazed as all the wrinkles just disappeared – no ironing necessary. And everything smells so lovely. Some garments I just spray with the lavender and water and give a good shake and hang them and they don’t even need ironing. You do need a spray bottle that sprays a nice fine mist though so fabric is evenly moistened without becoming too wet. Cost wise it is extremely economical. Anyhoo, just wanted to share my tips for a change as I am always reading yours. Denise xx (PS The credit for this must be acknowledged as it is one of Shannon Lush’s – another cleaning guru)ReplyCancel

    • I love this tip, ooh the Lavender would definitely make the home smell beautiful. May I ask, where do you find the water soluble lavender oil? ReplyCancel

      • Cakebaker

        Eureka make a water soluble lavender oil…..I presume Chemist or health food shops would stock it.ReplyCancel

      • If you mix the oil with a little metho first, that acts as an emulsifier so it mixes in with the water when you add it :)ReplyCancel

    • Cakebaker

      Oooh this is the tip I was talking about on another comment…Shannan Lush’s ‘no ironing’ tip…from memory she talked a out buying the cheapest Lavender oil is that right?….

  • Narelle

    Thanks for the great tips. My kids dry the dishes as part of their weekly chores, and depending on the constituants of the wash up my oldest will often do the washing up also, minus any sharp objects. Vinegar is great for cleaning, I use it all the time. I like the tip about the basket for the kids things. I think I will use that, and not just for the kitchen. Thanks again.ReplyCancel

    • That’s great to get the kids involved, would be such a great help to you!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Thank you for this post. For some reason it has given me an “I’m doing okay” feeling as this is exactly what I do. Why waste time wiping up when the dishes can drip dry!? It would be even better if hubby did them though! hahaha
    I read all your posts and find time to do some but not others, and I’m okay with that. Maybe when the kids are at school, I will find more time to do all the tasks etc. Love your work. ReplyCancel

    • That’s right, just find the tasks that suit you and that’s a great start Kathryn. Also tea towels harbour germs, so it’s much better for our dishes to drip dry. ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I wash my dishes at night and leave in dish rack overnight then put away in morning and start all over i dont have a dishwasher ,would like one but that would mean im one cupboard down.ReplyCancel

    • I have a dishwasher, but find that I still wash every night, yes it would be hard to give up one cupboard. I am wanting a larger oven and would have to give up one, which is why I am putting it off.ReplyCancel

  • Josie Brady

    I just want to point out that vinegar is an acid, and could be damaging to bench tops. It is excellent for removing soap scum, a tip I learned from my builder brother.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Thanks Josie, i have caesar benches and i don’t use vinegar on them but find it fantastic for everything else in the house especially the toilets.:)ReplyCancel

  • Whoolp

    I did go through a phase of using vinegar but it has destroyed the surface of my kitchen table. the table is wood with some sort of varnish or something on top. it’s basically eating away at the varnish. it’s fine for bench tops though. Now i use the most environmentally friendly one i can find in the supermarket but they seem to keep changing them. i actually stumble across your blog when i was goggling Nature direct spray and wipe. i am yet to try it.
    hope this is helpful. 

    • Maria Wells

      You need to use vinegar mixed with OLIVE OIL when cleaning wood to protect it. I do not remember the proportions, but I am sure you can figure it out. We have used this for years and our wood looks fine.ReplyCancel

  • Snip

    Hi. I put a couple of drops (no more than about 2ml) of bleach in my dishwashing water. Keeps my washcloth white and disinfects everything… Also helps to keep the sponges disinfected and I replase them as soon as they start to discolour. So I don’t use anything else on my benchtops, just rinse the cloth in the dishwasing water. I also have 2 cloths, one for washing and one for wiping down. We do the kitchen as a family at night after dinner and put the dishwasher on. I just unpack an re-pack it in the morning. We only do dishes at night as I don’t put plastics or pots and pans in the dishwasher.ReplyCancel

  • If you **really** want it to shine & sparkle, or if you have grungy stained bits, tip a bit of Cream of Tartar on your stainless steel (works to cut grease on things like toasters ^ cannisters, too) & then rub at it with a damp cloth. I have never seen ANYTHING work better than that!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Kavanaugh

    What are benches? Is that what we refer to in the US as countertops?ReplyCancel

  • Roz

    A friend once told me that he would never have a dishwasher as “people who have dishwashers always have used items on the sink making it look untidy”. I love my dishwasher and have solved the problem of items that need to be hand washed by buying a cheap plastic washing dish that I keep in the bottom of my dishwasher during the day and all hand wash items hide in it until the evening wash up. It then hides on top of the bin in the under sink cupboard while the dishwasher runs and then is unpacked in the morning. Tidy kitchen – no mess on the sink and no excess washing up sessions!ReplyCancel

  • JennyCB

    I use a homemade ‘green’ spray on everything now. You just fill a spray bottle with water and add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil, 10 drops lavender oil & 10 drops of lemon oil. Make sure they are essential oils not just the fragrance because lavender & lemon oils have antibacterial properties to kill germs and eucalyptus oil will cut thru any grease. I use this spray in bathroom, kitchen, on floors, as a air freshener. Great value & I know it doesn’t have any chemicals which could harm the kiddies.ReplyCancel

    • that sounds like a great formula. I probably couldn’t use it as I have an allergy to anything with a strong scent.ReplyCancel

  • Yes, I don’t believe in horoscopes to tell me what to do in a day. But when I walk in a room and walk back out because I don’t know where to start I jump on your daily newsletter/blog. Thank you for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • verity

    theres a australian product called Safe4u vanilla fresh, which contains ethyl alcohol and vanilla, safe for use near food. I use it on all my kitchen surfaces. The vanilla fragrance lingers all day.ReplyCancel

  • Sheridan Ridley

    I love that you get the kids to help out and look after their own things. Some people look at me like I am mental when I say I get my kids to get their own snacks for little lunch, and make their own beds, and tidy their own toys!!
    I don’t dry my dishes either. Tea towels help spread bacteria. Just in case you want to justify it – which I do! lolReplyCancel

    • I’ve learnt that about the tea towels too Sheridan, perfect reason not to use them!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Did you say you put your sponges in the dishwasher? Wow I’ve never heard of it, what a great idea! Thanks for all your ideas and inspiration, I love your blog :)ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Russell

    You can save yourself even more time by giving the children the task of putting away all the clean dishes in the morning. In our house, our 9yo and just turned 7yo have to empty the dishwasher as part of their morning responsibility. This means I can get on with making lunches and putting the washing on while hubby makes breakfast and the children are taking responsibility for helping the morning run smoothly.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    I just use microfiber and water for most things. I use a little Gumption or Enjo Marble Paste on harder to clean thing if I need to. We have a rule here “if it can’t go in the dishwasher, it can go in the bin”.ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie Fleming

    I do not own a dish washer so my dishes get done twice a day. First I soak them in very hot soapy water. I then disinfect all my benches and rubbish bin. Then I wipe the kitchen table ,and dust dinning room. Then it’s lounge Room and bedrooms. Beds are made rooms dusted then it’s back to the dishes wash and air dry. I then vacuum and mop my kitchen, bathroom , laundry and toilet floors. Using a spray bottle of disinfectant . When floors are dry almost immediately .i clean my mop dry my dishes an put them away. Whole house is cleaned in 45 Min. Unless interrupted . I do my washing every second day, to keep it up to date. So all in all I have the rest of the day to do ironing ewe, so my routine is not that different from yours. But I do like your extra tips ReplyCancel

  • Pearl


    I also used to let my dishes drip dry overnight. But then one night I found a cockroach in the dish rack, drinking water off the wet dishes … I now always dry my dishes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no!!! Pearl, you must have got a bit of a shock! I know i would have LOL Yes good idea to get them done that night and then you wake to a fresh, clean kitchen.:)ReplyCancel

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  • Hannah

    We are currently building our first home and I am keeping a VERY in-depth list of what to clean when. It’s our first time with a dishwasher too so I want to make sure the kitchen is spotless and the dishwasher is clean. I often follow your example, so the dishwasher on once a day it is!ReplyCancel

  • I love the idea of cleaning the sponges in the dishwasher. That’s just genius! My mum has got this thing about waking up to a tidy kitchen too, and I have it too! I love getting up in the morning and everything being just so! xReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Thanks Sammie.:) I know exactly what you mean it just makes me feel happy in the morning when i go out to put the kettle on that everything is so lovely and tidy and a clean kitchen to prepare lunches for the day xReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Kat…. I just love it, love how you share with us the simplest tips that we just don’t think about, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Yes, I always like a clean kitchen in the morning! you’ve inspired me to get my 7 year old to start helping now too!

    Thank you!
    Lou xReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      That’s wonderful Louise!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Waking up to a clean kitchen makes the morning start off so much better! Thanks for the tips.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree with you 100% Ava. Makes for a nice calm start to the day.:)ReplyCancel

  • Really great tips for keeping the house clean! Thank you! I am a green maniac so it was a pleasure for me to read your article! I liked the section for dish washer cleaning – I clean with vinegar my washing machine! Greets!ReplyCancel

  • I am so glad you said when your kids were little you were just too tired to do them that night. I am currently in a phase/slump/rut of everything is too hard and I’m always so tired after almost 17 months of not sleeping through yet! Occasionally I get the energy and get the housework happening then someone gets sick. It’ll happen one day, and I can’t wait to wake up with a spring in my step.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It does get like that Rachel, you must be exhausted, I hope it calms down for you soon. I have a lovely friend Katie from The Baby Sleep Company that shares tips on how to help bub sleep through the night, and check out her facebook page, she shares tips via video once a week.ReplyCancel

Energy Saving Tips for Essential Household Appliances

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

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  • Julia K

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

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

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

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

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

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

  • Kim

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

  • Kirsty

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

  • Helen

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

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

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

Regular family meal ideas

Growing up I always remembered my grandmother cooking a roast every Sunday, it didn’t matter if she had a house full of guests or if she was cooking for two, without a doubt she would make a roast, it was her family tradition. It got me thinking about regular family meal ideas, and what other families do?

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  • Julia K

    I love cooking pork. One time I decided to see how far I could stretch out a pork roast. I purchased a large boneless pork roast on special then:
    Night 1 – Roast Pork and Vegetables
    After we had had dinner I chopped up the rest of the pork and froze it it two separate portions.
    Night 2 – I used the leftover vegetables from Night 1 and made a vegetable frittata which I served with salad.
    Night 3 – Using one of the packs of leftover pork – I made a stir fry which I served with rice.
    Night 4 – I ran the remaining pack of leftover pork through the food processor which made mince and I used this to make pork meatballs.
    By freezing the meat on the same night I cooked it – we weren’t eating pork three nights in a row.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly

      That’s brilliant Julia!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      This is amazing Julia! I love the variations of one piece of Pork! Pork meatballs sound so good.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    We have taco tuesday’s every 2nd Tuesday, we love it, so easy to make and the kids eat the lot.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh i love Tacos! They are usually a Friday night dinner in our house.:)ReplyCancel

  • Crystal

    We do, whatever’s in the fridge or freezer Wednesdays and homemade pizza Fridays. I love that I don’t have to think about dinner on these days.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree Crystal, a few less nights to think about is always a bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Growing up we would always have a roast on a Sunday night too! Mum was great at making crackling, but I’m still to master the art! It was absolutely fantastic meeting you in person over the weekend – you’re such an inspiration to me!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I am still to master the crackling as well, Lucy.:)
      Just passed on your message to Kat and she said it was lovely seeing you over the weekend too xReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Friday night is pizza and games night at our place. Pizza dough in the Thermomix is super easy. We don’t enjoy bought pizza bases much anymore. I whiz up two batches of dough so one goes in the freezer for next week – less cleaning dough off the Thermomix blades. I make the bases on rectangular biscuit trays. It uses the oven space much better. If we aren’t home on a Friday night my son will still have pizza if he can because he loves the Friday night tradition so much!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Oh i just love pizza night in our house too! We usually do homemade pizza’s on a Saturday night. I’m with you Jude on preferring homemade over brought ones!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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One Dish Dinners – Fresh Roast vegetables with Chicken

A delicious dinner the family will enjoy, fresh roast vegetables with chicken. Cooked in one dish so you don’t have to do a lot of washing up!

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  • I love the look of this one dish dinner – might give it a whirl with the fussy trio! xReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      It’s great and so much less mess to clean up, i love it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Di

    I rarely cook roasts they seem too hard. this looks delicious and love the idea of using more than just potato and pumpkin for the roast vegetables.ReplyCancel

  • LOVE LOVE that one dish chicken bake!!! YESSS! YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Yes! A wonderful idea with a one pot roast! I tried your mexican pasta bake and it was great!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s an easy roast to make Kat (love your name!!) ooh teh mexican pasta is delicous, we love mexican here, so I am pleased you enjoyed it.ReplyCancel

      • I think i made the veggies to big and they were still very crunchy when I took the pan out of the oven. I might need to boil them a bit beforehand. But… the chicken was cooked perfectly!!! (I’ve had trouble with chicken in the past haha).ReplyCancel

  • Veronica

    looks yummy! What temp should I use for this one pls?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Veronica, I have just adjusted the recipe and included cook at 180C. Hope you enjoy it xReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Yummo! Looks great. Will give this one a go for sure. Looks easy to prepare earlier in the day then throw in the oven after school pickup.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Exactly Amy! So nice and easy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    This looks so good – I’ll be making this tomorrow night! I love the variety of mixed roasted vegies, even my fussy hubby should like this…soo much to choose from. The one pan is an added bonus! Thankyou :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Absolutely Lisa! I love that you can add whatever vegetabes you have in your fridge that need using up.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    Sorry – the chicken pieces were raw at 180’c for 40minutes – after 1hr I’ve taken it out & fried it in the frypan – the veggies are cooked thoughReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh no Sonya, did you slice the pieces into thirds? If I would cook mine for 40 minutes they would dry out, sorry this didn’t work for you :(ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I tried this one on the weekend. I loved relaxing while it cooked but it took half an hour more than the recipe said for the chicken to cook thoroughly. Adults and kids loved it – it has been printed and filed in my main recipe folder.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Fantastic Jude, glad to hear you all enjoyed it! I guess it just depends on different types of ovens and temperatures. It is great putting it all in the one dish and being able to go off and do something else while it is cooking away.:)ReplyCancel

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

Recipes For Dinner

Create a list of all the dinners your family enjoys with these easy and delicous family friendly dinner ideas.

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  • Julia K

    Each week when I come up with our menu plan – I print it off and put it up on the fridge. This helps avoid the “what’s for dinner Mum ?” nagging which seems to start the minute they come in from school.
    For the past couple of months – I’ve been keeping my old menu plans in a binder so I have a record of what we’ve been eating and I can keep things varied.
    I love checking out websites and blogs such as The Organised Housewife for new – family friendly recipe ideas. I also get a free weekly email from and invariably choose at least one or two recipes from there to try out the following week. Major supermarkets such as Coles, Woolies & IGA usually put out a free magazine every now and then which has great seasonal recipes to try.
    I also love to double up on my cooking and freeze some for another night – saves on time and washing up.
    Another thing I’m getting back into this term is to do the dinner prep in the morning – this takes the stress out of afternoons which are often busy with homework / after school sports and activities. All the prep dishes can be taken care of early too so there is generally only the serving ware and the odd pan or two left for the evening.ReplyCancel

  • I tried the bruschetta chicken the other night! I went down a treat!

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      We love it, we are big bruschetta fans here!ReplyCancel

How to clean a knife block

Follow along in the weekly cleaning series where I give you a task along with steps on how to clean an area/item in your home.  Most of these tasks will be easy, from light switches to toys, towels to stinky shoes, cleaning many of the forgotten areas or things in your home.  View previous cleaning tasks here. Set yourself up […]

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  • Dare we say that the humble knife block is probably the most neglected thing in the house in the cleaning regime? And they get oh-so grubby and greasy. :/ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      very greasy!ReplyCancel

  • Oh gee, our knife block is something that I just don’t like to even think about. How horrible is that! Thanks for giving me the inspiration to give it a good clean Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Eisa

    Mine doesn’t get greasy after keeping it safely inside a cabinet. I am a police officer and this is a true story. Years ago a local serial killer in my county used knives he picked up from the ladies- who became his victims– own countertop. I moved my block inside a cabinet just as I wouldn’t leave my pistol sitting out on the countertop. Plus, I don’t like the cluttered look of it all.ReplyCancel

Too Busy to Eat Well? 4 tips to help you meal plan

This is a guest post by Louise D’Allura of Meal Planning Your Way Are you struggling to meal plan and get healthy food on the table? Too often we find barriers that stop us from putting our meal plans into action, and reaching for takeaway. Like most of us it will be because you’re too tired […]

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50+ Meal Ideas for the Freezer

Cook dinners for the freezer to help you save time on those busy nights and money when cuts of meat are on special. Try these meal ideas for the freezer like bolognese, pies, bakes, soups & more.

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  • Kaycee

    Great list Kat. :)
    One thing I find myself doing alot at this time of the year is doing a big beef casserole in the slow cooker for dinner then putting the leftovers into pies (with a bit of bacon and cheese added)and freezing them for quick easy meals. I also do this with other leftovers (chicken, gravy and veg; roast meat, gravy & veg; casseroles; mince with added bacon and cheese; salmon/chicken mornay; etc) I do have a pie maker (or 3) so it makes it quick and easy to do – and also fills the freezer with things I know my family will eat! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea Kaycee, my son gave me a pie maker for Mothers Day so I will definatley use this tip. I love Tuna Mornay and would love to see your Chicken mornay recipe, do you mind sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • We’re huge fans of the freezer. I work really long days and don’t have time to cook when I get home so our freezer is full of curries, meat pies, cottage pies and bolognaise and chilli. I love your list because now I can add a few more things to my repetoire!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      we had the cottage pie with sweet potato last night, was so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    Thank you so much for these freezer ideas – my days with little kids and a baby are hectic so this takes away some time spent on trying to think of healthy dinner ideas!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      happy to help Karina, bolognese and rissoles are always a great start!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I freeze muffins and unbaked cookies also.

    A tip for freezing meals is to freeze leftovers – even if there is only a single serve. These are great for lunches – or – every now and then we’ll have “freezer finds” for dinner which means that each person may be actually eating a different meal as I am using up all the single serves from my freezer.

    My DH is working away from home at the moment. The other night I made a large Butter Chicken as my grown up DS and his partner were here for dinner (the younger kids had chicken strips as the Butter Chicken was too spicy for them)- I froze the remaining Butter Chicken & Rice into 4 X Single Serves. When I’m on my own with the little ones and crave something spicy – I will prepare nuggets and veggies for the little kids and I’ll enjoy my spicy butter chicken.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love your way of planning, Julia! You sound very similar to me!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    I always make double batches of muffins or banana cake and frreze half ( I slice the banana cake and butter each slice first and put in packs of 2 slices) , also freeze cooked pinwheels (potato and pizza). this makes linches easy. I also make a double batch of bacon and vegie slice, one big dish and the rest in ramekins which are great for work lunches. Premade Meatballs and rissoles are in freezer also. Makes life much easier. Pumpkin soup and pea and ham soup also.ReplyCancel

  • Barb

    What are rissoles? I’m from Canada and have never heard of them…ReplyCancel

    • SusieV

      They’re like a meat pattie (for a burger), except we eat ‘rissoles’ without the burger and perhaps with gravy, mash and veg – a very old fashioned, but much-loved meal here in Oz! You can, of course, use it as a burger pattie, also!ReplyCancel

  • Carissa

    Perfect timing! I have just done another big kitchen day today. Triple batch of Lentil Bolognese, 2 big vege lasagnes, bag each of chicken, lamb and pork in marinade, 3 bags of cheese rolls, lots of fritters, and a swag of smoothie bags. Have mince and vege mince cooking right now for tacos tonight and enough left over for 2 more meals.
    My favourite is the smoothie bags. Spinach, banana, berries and various bits of fruit into sandwich bags – makes much better smoothies from frozen.

    Will be adding some of these recipes to my list for next time.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh lentil bolognese that sounds delicious! I have never heard of it before!ReplyCancel

  • This list is brilliant!
    Love, love, love it. Inspired much!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe thanks Dannielle.:)ReplyCancel

  • These are so handy thank you. I’m going to try the lemon chicken rissoles this week. You have inspired me to sort out my freezer as I have no space at the moment but I do have a lot of bolognaise in it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe happy to help, Vicki.:) I must admit the lemon rissoles were super tasty!ReplyCancel

  • Grace

    I like to make double batches of things like turkey tetrazzini, sausage & rice casserole, stuffed pepper cups, and tallerini and freeze in meal-sized portions. I also like to brown ground beef with onions and peppers and freeze in recipe-sized portions for a quick start on things like Sloppy Joes, spaghetti, and other favorites. Since I have fibromyalgia, it is easier for me to make smaller batches of things when I am feeling well and then just pull something from the freezer during times when I am in a great deal of pain.ReplyCancel

  • Great list. I must get better at cooking and freezing meals. It would certainly make my life easier at times. My kids love meat balls which is so easy.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    I often make two sandwich loaves of sandwiches on Sunday afternoon. I keep them seperate by a square of paper between one sandwich and the next then stack them back in the bread bag to freeze. We either toast them up in a panini press, or grab and go for instant lunches.
    Loving your ideas! Going to make the lemon rissoles tonight!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Wow what a great idea Shannon! Ooh i hope you love the lemon rissoles, we sure did.:)ReplyCancel

Healthy & Allergy Friendly School Lunchbox Ideas

A few strategies for packing the kids a healthy lunchbox, it shouldn’t take too much time and effort. Plus ideas to create variety in allergy friendly lunch boxes.

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  • Jac

    Those chicken and corn frittata’s look good, my kids don’t have allergies, but I think they really enjoy these.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so good, Jac! We all love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • These look so good, I’d like them in my lunchbox!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Haha super delicious, Nicole.:) Yummy with a side salad too xReplyCancel

  • San

    Do the rice crackers/grain squares become soggy when placed in the fridge?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      San, they shouldn’t but maybe try first to see.:)ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Can I please ask where you got the bento lunch box from. Also is it dishwasher safe and BPA free? I have been looking for these for my kids for ages!
    I love your lunch ideas. Actually I love your whole website. I have been an avid follower for years :) ThanksReplyCancel

5 Tips to make grocery shopping easier

These tips to make grocery shopping easier will to help reduce the time you spend at the grocery store, cut the cost and eliminate shopping frustration.

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  • Tab

    I like to organise my list into sections, with all meat together, veggies together etc, because I tend to forget things. I also NEVER shop on an empty stomach, it cuts down on impulse buys.
    And, if your supermarket has one, check out the clearance racks first. You can pick up awesome bargains of food that might be short dated or has damaged packaging.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I use all these tips when I physically go to the supermarket, but I prefer to shop online, from the comfort of my own home. No need to take the kids who end up nagging you to buy extras that add $50 to your bill! I can do it at anytime and enjoy a little glass of wine at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • For me the biggest difference occurred when I started to menu plan. I now know exactly what I need to buy to cook all of our meals for the week. If it’s not on the shopping list, it doesn’t go into the trolley. http://www.lifewrangling.comReplyCancel

50+ Meal ideas for new mums

A list of meal ideas to give a new mum. Including freezer friendly recipes to help her at witching hour when she doesn’t feel like cooking.

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  • Annette Higgins

    I recently sent some Gourmet meals to a mother of a very young baby. They do free delivery over a certain price.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that is such a lovely gift idea Annette, I am sure she would have really appreciated itReplyCancel

  • Erin

    Such a great selection of ideas here Kat. I love the sandwich idea. I hope you don’t mind me sharing, but I have a post on this with links to all the freezer meals I love to make xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thanks for sharing Erin, the soups look delcious and a great meal for a busy mum!ReplyCancel

  • Frances Birks

    I have a 4yr old, a 2yr old and a 5week old. This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I am going to give some of these a go (or ask my husband to) so that we have some backups for when we don’t have the energy or forward planning to cook ???? thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Frances I feel exhausted just reading the ages of your kids, I know how you feel, I had 3 under 2! There are two ways to fill your freezer, take a few hours out to do a huge cook up, or when you are preparing dinner make a double batch so you can eat half for dinner and freeze the rest. This may be the best option if you are time poor.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    Oh Wow Kat, I love this idea. My mum is actually whipping up a storm right now for my “little” brother and his partner as her Christmas present to them was a homemade voucher for a bunch of her own made TV dinners for their freezer. As they live in Melbourne and she is in Brisbane, she’s not had a chance to fill out the voucher order until now. She gave me a voucher that she’d done up on the pc (massive effort considering my mum and her pc skills…) and I had 4 days of cleaning and decluttering as my Christmas present. Best pressies ever! Gotta love mums! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh my goodness what an awesome gift, you mum giving a voucher and offering help. Taht would be a wonderful help to your brother, what does she make in her TV dinners, I’m curious!!! And wow the cleaning and decluttering must have been an awesome gift to receive… gotta love our mum’s!!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Such a thoughtful gift idea that will no doubt be very much appreciated by your friend.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      She loved it and I was just pleased I can help her at those struggling late afternoon times when bub is getting really tired.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    As a mum of two under two, now 2.4 & 8mths I can’t imagine a better gift! A few of our friends made meals the first week we were home & it was the best! & Nicola my mum is awesome but wow your mum is super too!!! What a great present wish someone would come clean & declutter my house for me!!!ReplyCancel

  • What a great list! I had bread and butter pudding, lasagne, and green curry sent to me. So nice!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yum! Love the sound of bread and butter pudding! It has been way to long since i have had that.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a great collection of meals.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thanks Kaz.:) xReplyCancel

  • Thank YOU Kat. You are so lovely and every post you publish is loaded with value. You are an inspiration! Have a great weekend. xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that you Bianca! You are too lovely xReplyCancel