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My top 5 Laundry Tips that will help you create a functional space in one of the littlest roooms of the house.

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  • Krystal

    The link to your laundry tips doesnt appear to be workingReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m so sorry I just realised, I have fixed the link.ReplyCancel

  • MoniqueM

    Your link for the 5 laundry tips isn’t working. ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you for letting me know. I have just updated the post with the link.ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    Link still doesn’t work. I’m disappointed! Please fix ASAP!ReplyCancel

    • Mel Bell

      Oh my goodness. How rude are some people. Kat works hard for all us and lightens up many of our day. Really – get a grip!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sorry to disspoint you Monica, I’ve only just relaised it didn’t publish with the link, I have been away on a roadtrip, just fixed it now.ReplyCancel

  • Janene Rowley

    Link will not open.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Janene, just updated the post with the link.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Obviously the link doesn’t work, but, no negative thoughts, no disappointment.
    I googled origin energy, clicked blog, a little scroll and voila

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you so much Rachel, I honestly didn’t realise, with so much to do for my roadtrip to country NSW this was overlooked, I appreciate you looking for it and I hope you enjoyed the tips.ReplyCancel

  • kerrie

    Be careful, as your business expands…..not to forget the little things.

    You’re laundry link doesn’t work as did the photo upload in last couple of weeks (can’t remember the actual date).

    Love your daily jobs!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your right Kerrie, such a little thing is a huge thing, the link!! I’ve just updated it, post now includes the link.ReplyCancel

  • Went and had a read – I agree with the back up plan. I hang mine in the garage and am even thinking of getting a second clothes line installed in there.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, I remember when my twins were babies it was quite a hike to my clothes line, so I installed one under the patio so I was always close by and was great as I could hang clothes out in the evening too.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Keyte

    One thing which has saved my sanity with laundry for the past few years, is doing the washing and hanging it out anyway when it’s raining. Things like undies and other things which will be needed soon get dried on the airer inside (or hanging over doorknobs, around the edge of the laundry basket etc), but larger things that we can wait a few days for still get hung out. I figure they have to get dry eventually, and meanwhile they’re not overflowing out of the hamper.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s right Rachel, when it does rain on my clothes outside I don’t worry too much as the rain will start to shine eventually. Although I did this with a full line of towels, the line started to pop off the wall with all the extra weight, woops.ReplyCancel

  • fiona simcock

    Seriously guys can you not work this out yourself? What did we do in the days before links??? Kat said it’s on the origin energy website – do what I did and look for it yourself – it’s not that hard!ReplyCancel

    • Mel Bell

      Good for you – a little initiative goes a long way. I am yet to understand why people need to be so aggressive and rude.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      xx. silly me forgetting to add the link.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Mason

    I have always folded my washing as I take it off the line. Even when I had all four children at home, I folded so that there was a pile for each in the (standard-sized) laundry basket. I took off and folded the non-irons eg socks, undies and a lot of ‘play clothes’ (why bother ironing them?). Then took off the towels etc and folded them on top of the non-irons. When all four were at home, I used a second basket into which I put the ironing straight from the line. Now, with only two of us at home, the ironing is put on the top last of all and then transferred to the ‘ironing’ basket when I get back into the laundry. I have always had a rotary clothes hoist – so hang non-irons in one quarter, linen in another and stuff to iron in another (and whatever there was most of in the fourth). When I get/got a chance, I carted the laundry basket to the linen cupboard and put that all away and then placed the piles of non-irons on the appropriate bed once the child was old enough to put their own stuff away.ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I LOVE my airers on wheels that go outside in the daytime and inside at night by the fire. They can be wheeled through doorways. I got mine from Hills but I have seen ones at Target as well. It is a bit fiddly in these coldest few winter weeks. I hang bedding and towels on a clothes line under the carport for a couple of days and then finish them off inside by the fire. I think if we had a large family a drier would be great for bedding and towels. The business shirts and children’s school shirts all dry on wire coathangers on a garment rack inside.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I use a clothes airer for the small stuff too. It’s also useful if it starts to rain, you can quickly grab it and bring it inside or under cover, rather than unpegging all those little pieces in the rain!ReplyCancel

  • Dear organised housewife,
    Please please please. Only use an apostrophe(‘) when necessary… when someone owns something (Jane’s)or when there is a missing word (e.g. she’s = she is). All other times leave them out . Use the spell/grammar check on your computer.It is better to leave out than to use bad grammar … or apostrophes. Thanks in advance and yes I do have a messy house and will check your blog regularly.ReplyCancel

My biggest tip to being organised at home is to organise dirty clothes, creating piles for like items, whites, colours etc + different storage ideas.

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  • Tara

    Oh that is a fabulous idea!!! Il be getting one of them for sure i sort my clothes exactly the same way except they are piled in front of the laundry door 😐 this way is sooooo much better THANKYOU!! xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Will make it look tidier too!ReplyCancel

      • Mtomsey77

        i finally organised our laundry too. I have 3 standard laundry hampers from Kmart(however the ones that you have linked actually look smaller and would fit better in my laundry). They are sorted into Everyday Clothes, Uniforms/Work, Towels/Sheets. I don’t have any for whites, but basically because I have a lack of room in the laundry to put another hamper. It is a constant battle keeping it clean, as it is so small and pokey and doesn’t take much to dirty it up. But I have already seen the difference in implementing this system with the kids. They do have their own hampers in their rooms, but this is because I don’t expect them to go downstairs everytime they have dirty clothes. I still have to sort those clothes out, but the majority is sorted downstairs for me.ReplyCancel

    • Rosemary

      I have been doing this too and it has been a fantastic strategy.
      I also have a basket for each person for when taking the clothes off the line. So when you have not put away clothes straight away, you know where each persons items are. Then the kids (9&8) can put away their own washing “like the way mummy likes it”ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much. I am going to Howards next time I am there and buying this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love Howards, so much I would like to buy!ReplyCancel

  • I redesigned my laundry and I now have a long bench… with the washing machine at the end & dryer positioned above it. Under the bench I have 3 Ikea baskets (on wheels). One black one (for dark clothes), One white one (for light clothes) and another black one for ironing. I can roll the ironing basket out to the line and put the clothes straight from the line into the basket… then wheel that around the house (where-ever I decide to iron). I love my laundry. Although I don’t love doing laundry. LOL. Your system is a great idea too!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      What a great idea, ironing basket on wheels!ReplyCancel

    • Terry

      I have been looking for baskets on wheels, where did you find yours?ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Russell

    Are these the Elfa series? If so what one is it Elfa White or Mini?



    • Katrina

      Hi Melinda

      The system we have is ELFA same to the mini but slightly higher with 10 rails on each side. We have 2 deep baskets (taking up 3 rails each, which hold the darks and colours) then 2 regular baskets (taking up 2 rails each for whites and other items) with the shelf ontop to hold the washing basket. I hope this helps.ReplyCancel

      • Anne

        Hi, Could you tell us the sizes of the frame and baskets?ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle

    I too have started thi sidea about 3 weeks ago ( starting to get in a declutter our house) and have found it works very well. Just a question ” Is cat a ragdoll by any chance? As we have one and that’s his favourite place to sit and watch the birds” i look forward to turning on the computer and see what you have up next on your website.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      yes she is a Ragdoll. She is nearly 2 years old, gorgeous but ever so snobby…lol. Once we are awake each morning she meows like she is hungry but just wanting us to open the laundry door so she can sit there and watch the birds.ReplyCancel

      • Dannielle

        Are you sure you are not talking about my raggy,Chocolate? That is exactly what he does ( he turned 2 last month) and is a very spoilt puppycat undeed.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Yes. I need one of these :) It would just release me from the sorted piles of clothes on my laundry floor that are waiting to be washed!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s a wonderful system Natalie, the ELFA system is great, but you can find more economical varieties at your local department stores. I saw some at Big W recently and know Ikea had some too.ReplyCancel

      • Charlene

        But are the big w and ikea ones just as big? ?ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    OK I am going to get the laundry done today whilst little one is sleeping. I have been independently decluttering since the start of the year but have lost my way so will try and track with your blog. So I will do yesterday’s laundry sink declutter as well. I will try and post back later when completed to keep me on task! thanks for your wonderful blog.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love your motivation Summer, how did you go?ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    That looks awesome! I don’t have room in my laundry for something like that..but currently have a basket that had 2 compartments, 1 side is white and the other blue. The plan is the lights go in the white side and the darks the blue side. My son hasn’t quite worked this out yet and just puts his clothes in anyside. I’m still teaching him to put them in the laundry so will work on the right side later (I usually change it later that night)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Lol, he will get their at least he is putting it is the baskets!ReplyCancel

  • debbie stone

    I love it. It looks great. I was off to Ikea any way so I will add it to my list. Thankyou for all your wonderful ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I ? Ikea, can get lost for hours in there.ReplyCancel

  • Brittonie

    That is such a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to try it when I have my own place xx

    We have our own individual laundry baskets here, since we all do our own washing. I usually just sort it out before I do the wash.ReplyCancel

  • Joelene Accatino

    I love this idea.ReplyCancel

    • Joelene Accatino

      Went out and bought one. Not from Howards though :( Just a little out of my price range. But I found one (not as good, nor as deep) at Sam’s Warehouse (crazy clarks franchise). It’s a 5 drawer storage set. Frame is D480mm x W440mm x H818mm and basket is D480mm x W437mm x H175mm. The baskets aren’t that big, but they do have a little length on them. Also, just makes me do the washing when I need to.

      By the way, I am absolutely loving your site. Thanks so much Katrina. xxReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        It will still work the same way Joelene, will make washing alot simpilier for you! Thankyou for your lovely comments :)ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    Love the idea, we bought the kids each a small garbage bin (like the council bins) each a different colour. We took them out of the kids rooms when they stopped putting their clean clothes away and just put them back in the bin. They are now in the laundry where we have 1 for towels/linen, 1 for school/work and white clothes and 1 for everything else.
    I love your idea and think i might head out and look at this system and re-purpose the bins for toy boxes for them.ReplyCancel

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  • Leisha

    Katrina – cannot thank you enough. Last Saturday pulled laundry room apart and tossed so much rubbish and stuff that didn’t belong in there. Sunday morning sent DH off to Ikea (Sydney) to get their basket system which is similar to yours $49.99 (Antoniou – 4 baskets with top & frame). Knew that I couldn’t be trusted to get in and out of Ikea quick, so told DH to leave early and get some yummy breakfast at the Cafe. He was out of here in a flash ! LOL… Well, the Ikea baskets are smaller, but we have a front loader and each basket is the perfect size to fill the machine. I am now doing full loads and not forgetting the odd sock etc after the machine has been started (one of the probs with a front loader – cannot open door after cycle started). So… looooove this system – it has made such a difference to my daily routine, especially the hanging out at night, and it is saving us money on water & powder.ReplyCancel

    • jody

      Leisha, you made me laugh! I sent my husband to IKEA to return some items and collect another that I needed for my big storage clean out and he was back in record time. I asked him how he was so fast and he said he went straight to returns, sorted that out, bought a hotdog and left LOL I have never been able to get out of there in under 2 hours!!ReplyCancel

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    […] from The Organised Housewife {Organise} dirty clothes in the laundry Here you will find tips on how to stay on top of your mountain of dirty washing, a great system […]ReplyCancel

  • Oh, I love this. I’ll be heading down to Kmart tomorrow, I think. Our clothes are in piles… on the floor! At least I can shut the laundry door so people can’t see. But still, it would be nice if it was organised! :)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve got three laundry baskets: one of the IKEA ones that we sort in to lights and darks; a separate basket for my son’s clothing because it’s often wet or covered in food so I don’t want it sitting for a week with the family washing; and a dry-pail nappy bucket!
    I’ve never understood why people don’t sort as they go along, it’s so much easier!ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE that storage thing. I need to link this post with my laundry one too!ReplyCancel

  • My mom had a system like this when we were growing up. I must start something similar here.ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Stevens

    Our laundry requires you to go downstairs, out the door and back in another door. Keeping clothes in there is very hard, so we have hampers in the bathroom instead.

    We have one of these ( and it’s brilliant. We separate into Darks, Colours/Lights and Towels/Linen/etc. You’d be surprised how much fits in there, and they don’t buckle under the weight of towels or anything like that.

    Then the bags get unclipped, taken downstairs (they each have handles), clothes are washed, and brought back inside in the bags to be folded and put away. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Wells

    Love this idea! We are moving house in only 15 days (NSW to WA) and I need to keep on top of the housework and especially the washing, with a baby on the way and study as well. I will have to add another basket to the list for hubby’s stinking farm/work clothes!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Percival

    Wish I had the room to do this as we store the freezer in the laundry as well and room is limited.ReplyCancel

  • spottsy7

    My kids have dirty washing baskets in their bedrooms. I used to work one day per child (we have 5 children) and weekends for hubby and myself. I hang all his shirts straight onto hangers – same with school uniforms. I also fold everything as I take it off the line so it minimises ironing. Because it’s one child per day it keeps everything under control.ReplyCancel

    • kirsty

      1 day per child? that’s genius! then bringing the washing in would be so quick and simple too! tfs.ReplyCancel

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  • Joolzmac

    A brilliant idea for larger families – you can see which load needs doing at a glance!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I got a formica cabinet made with 4 cubbys and 4 holes cut out in the top. I brought 4 baskets, so each kid and parent has its own clean washing basket, then I take the basket to each person’s room and fold the clothes and put into the drawers. Saves on time and dreading Mount Washmore! ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    I have colour co-ordinated baskets in the laundry (blue for darks, red for reds, clear for white, green for baby, pink for a “dryer” load ie. undies, pjs etc). Unfortunately though our laundry is down stairs so this sorting happens on laundry day.

    The good thing is that the baskets are always there so if I’m doing a bubba load in the middle of the week (or a few times a week!!!) and something else gets caught up in the load, I can easily put it in the right basket!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Am I the only person who doesn’t sort the washing??ReplyCancel

    • I dont seperate unless the whites dont come out so well at the end of the week ill do a load seperatleyI don’t have a clothes line at the moment, I have to do 1 load a day to hang on the clothes airer..ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    We have a laundry basket in each bedroom. I only wash from Thursday – Saturday/Sunday for all the clothing. All washing gets taken downstairs and sorted in the rumpus room. I usually have four loads per week. I only wash fold and iron in a space of a few days so that I feel like it has a finishing point. Then I have a few days without having to do any washing of clothes. Then I was towels and sheets throughout the week. At least I have some days when I and my house are not filled with washing.ReplyCancel

  • KristyDB

    I use a three-part laundry hamper (just a calico bag on a metal frame) and store it in the bathroom. As we are a childless couple, I have the luxury of only needing to do a couple of loads a week. The hamper is the perfect size for my washing machine, so whichever divider (darks, whites, colours) is full is what is done next. Always doing a full load saves so much time, energy, power and water! I could never go back to sorting all the laundry again.ReplyCancel

  • Lisakim

    Love this. Now got my laundry sorted very similar and its working great. Roughly following the schedule you do with washing certain loads on certain days and its helping keep it so much more manageable. Not scrambling round of a morning looking for some part of a uniform only to findd it ‘missed’ the washing processsReplyCancel

  • Ann

    I’m in New Zealand and I haven’t seen anything like these drawers…. Anyone have hints as to where I could find some? That would so make a difference in my laundry system!

  • This looks great. We have laundry hampers in the bedrooms and I usually just drag them to the laundry. Unfortunately I just don’t have the space for a hamper like this in the laundry 24/7, I don’t even have a bench to put things on! I’m definiitely thinking of getting one or two shelves installed though so I can put things like the laundry detergent on a shelf rather than in the laundry sink.ReplyCancel

  • Peta Jones

    what a great idea. I usually just end up with piles on the floor!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    i have 2 very large drawers under my bench in the laundry we call hoppers and they are fantastic. I use them for darks and lights. Towels and sheets go straight into the machine. I used to run a house for homeless girls, and was able to pass on many hints. Some on which i learned from my mum….unfortunately, these girls didn’t have this luxury. Anyway, we used little clothes hangers from $2 shops (similar to the PRESSA ones ikea have but with more pegs on) for all the smalls. Each girls had their own and if it was looking like rain, you could easily grab all your smalls off the line with one snatch. Other time saving ideas i have are: gently spin and all items that can be hung straight away onto plastic clothes hangers and hung on line. This takes care of at least 60% of my washing and saves on line space (small line) and then easy to hang straight into wardrobe when dry. We use a system like yours but for clean washing. Each family member has their own drawer and grabs out the drawer and puts it away when they have a spare minute. The last thing we have is a Clevacover over the line that saves a fortune in dryer bills, and is really great. Everyone comments on it when they visit-designed by a QLD mum of 3. Thanks so much for all your tips. I think laundry is the most discussed topic of all household chores amongst mums. We certainly spend enough time in the laundry. I feel i could write a book on it!ReplyCancel

  • […] The beginnings of my laundry system, similar to the one detailed here. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] you would know that I am a little OTTO (over the top organised) when it comes to my dirty laundry. I sort my laundry into whites – colours – darks and linens and prefer to wash them all […]ReplyCancel

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  • brisyvonne

    Just loving all the tips and ideas, I don’t have the space to do that in the laundry. I do take more than one washing basket out to the line when I am getting the clothes off. I place each persons clothes in each of the baskets, then it is less sorting. take it to their rooms and then they can put it away.ReplyCancel

    • This is such a great idea Brisyvonne, will take away from the time to sort the clothes, I think your onto a winner there!ReplyCancel

  • […] week in the declutter challenge I did show you how I organise my dirty laundry, but one way that I really keep organised in the laundry is using a schedule.  We are a family of […]ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Daffy

    Great idea. I have always wanted baskets for each different load. I don’t have the space at the moment. Currently for dirty washing, all dry items go in a basket on the dryer, rags in a bucket and all wet items go on the floor by the machine to wash straight away (have young kids so plenty of wet items). I have a hamper in my room for mine and hubby’s items which I empty when I’m fulling the washing machine (daily) and I tell the kids to put their stuff outside the wash house door (working progress). I sort loads into darks, whites, towels, delicates, and rags. Do 2 – 3 loads a dayReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    I love this idea and will be buying either the Howards ELFA system or the Ikea Antonius system. I have noticed both stores sell the unit with either wire basket draws or mesh draws. Which do you think would be easier to use for this purpose? My main concern is the wire basket draws may have sharp bits on them that “hook” onto clothing (especially delicates).ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Edwards

    This is such a great idea. You’ve turned a place that many of us avoid into a beautiful and clean area. The storage solution you chose really fits the space and keeps dirty laundry off the floors and out of the way. This solution will definitely save time when it comes to getting laundry done!ReplyCancel

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    […] I organise my dirty laundry, with 3 busy kids I always have full loads each day and wash particular coloured items on certain days (yes I am very organised like that). Instead have been as routine as I am perhaps you could use this system to wash full loads. ie.  When the colour pile is full wash them, don’t wash the whites until the basket it full etc. […]ReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    Thought I would post an update – I ended up buying the Ikea ALGOT frame and wire baskets for my laundry makeover.

    The quality of the ALGOT was much better then the Antonius in my opinion, a much sturdier frame, the top on top of the frame to put my washing basket on and much better quality runners for the wire draws. The size of this unit was comparable to the Howards storage world unit. I have had it now for 2 weeks and LOVE it. It has made my laundry so much more organised and washing is a breeze now as everything is already sorted :)ReplyCancel

  • Nancy M

    Thought I would post an update – I ended up buying the Ikea ALGOT frame and wire baskets for my laundry makeover.

    The quality of the ALGOT was much better then the Antonius in my opinion, a much sturdier frame, the top on top of the frame to put my washing basket on and much better quality runners for the wire draws. The size of this unit was comparable to the Howards storage world unit. I have had it now for 2 weeks and LOVE it. It has made my laundry so much more organised and washing is a breeze now as everything is already sorted :)ReplyCancel

  • Renata

    Hi katrina,I love your laundry and the organisation you created.i would love to have a room were I could do my washing and ironing.i have a small shed outside with the washing machine,storage and freezer.i have to have everything in storage boxes because I get regular mice in the shed.

    My question: because I have to do my ironing and folding in my bedroom (which isn’t very big) it looks always untidy because of so many things. Do you have any good ideas how to do it better so it Looks less like chaos and I can feel a bit more comfortable.

Having a laundry schedule sign helps to create a system so that you can stay in control of your dirty washing. Making sure that uniforms are washed.

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  • Julia K

    I too find it easier to put a load of washing on at night. I prefer to hang it out in the morning though as we sometimes get bats flying over which can leave nasty stains on my lovely clean washing !
    I hang the washing out first thing in the morning and bring it in during the day for folding / ironing before the kids come home from school.
    I loathe having piles of washing lying around (clean or dirty).
    I have two large drawers in my laundry for dirty clothes – top for lights – bottom for darks.ReplyCancel

  • I *need* a schedule of sorts. Because I work full time out of home, I mostly wash on the weekend. When I had a magical cleaning fairy, she would put a load on when she left. This one mid-week load made such a difference to washing on the weekend. But do you think I can get myself organised enough to do it myself? That would be a no! (Also, himself has a really dirty job at the moment, and I wash two days worth of work clothes every second night. Wonders why I don’t just do a family load on the in-between night?)

    I wash sheets every second week and doona covers every fourth week, and right now, I am confused as to who needs what washed! We have one single, one double, one queen and one king and I’m trying to work out a schedule that means everyone gets clean sheets and I don’t have all four beds worth to wash at once.ReplyCancel

  • Kyla

    I try to hang out washing as soon as it finishes to minimise ironing. I am wondering if there are any tricks to getting wrinkles out when I forget and leave it in the machine (apart from ironing!)ReplyCancel

    • Margie

      I’ve heard popping a few ice blocks in with the wrinkled clothes in the dryer and letting it run for about 15 mins helps get rid of the wrinkles. However, yet to try this myself….ReplyCancel

    • Jane

      Hi Kyla,

      My Mum was overseas recently and mentioned that the only washing she did was hand washing in the sink and hanging clothes out on an airer overnight. Because the clothes were much wetter than normal, the wrinkles ‘fell’ out as the item was drying.
      When I don’t get to my clothes straight away, I just re wet the item that would need ironing in cold water, wring out a little of the excess and hang it on the line sopping wet. It may not get all wrinkles out, but I’ve found most come out quite well.ReplyCancel

      • Kyla

        Thanks – I’ll have a go at doing that next time I forget and leave the washing in the machine ????ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Cook

    How do you get away with washing towels only once a week ? My house of 4 means I could be washing towels every day!ReplyCancel

    • Kelly

      My husband grew up with the towel schedule of have a shower and throw it in the basket… I was like NO WAY!! You have a shower and you hang it up straight away. We’ve been together for 9 years and married for 6 and at first he didn’t like it but I made him take over washing for a couple of weeks and be soon saw why you hang the towel back up!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    My schedule is – washing is on a Monday. It means that all the clothes from Thursday-sunday get washed.
    I strip beds once a fortnight for our bed and my sons every week (he’s 2) as I do his daycare sheets once a week too. I replace all the towels and do a load. I do most clothes on a Monday as I either bring them in same afternoon or bring them in on Tuesday – fold them by Tuesday night to then have all my husbands work clothes ready for ironing lady who I get once a fortnight (I HATE ironing) I do a small load on Thursday and that usually stays in the basket dried till it gets folded with Monday’s stuff the following week! I try to be organised but I do hate folding/putting away and ironing! And that it seems never ending :(ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    As a fulltime working mum, often random evenings/weekends, I ensure our washing is always at least clean and dry. I keep it to fold as a family to grow independant boys. Towels go on a hook after showering and get washed weekly. I do your trick of washing bedlinen on a day off, sometimes pushing out to fortnightly. I wash most nights when the basket has a full-load, hang up on an airer overnight, or put through the drier on rainy days as space is limited, then place flat in large basket for future folding and to avoid ironing. White is only in our home as a gift by someone who doesn’t have boys or do the washing :)ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    I have a 3 sorter laundry basket – whites, darks and colours, which everything except bedding goes into. Once the pile/s reach a certain level I pop it on to wash in the evening and set the timer so it’s finished when I get up in the morning to hang out. Same as you I also wash the bedding (3 singles, 1 king size) separately first thing to get it straight back on the bed (nothing better than slipping into freshly laundered sheets ????ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Wow, everyone else seems to need to do a lot more washing than I do. I’ve got a husband and three kids and I do three loads of washing most Saturday mornings – one for towels, one for light clothes and one for dark clothes and gym gear. The washing machine is full with each load to save water, electricity, time and $$$. Every couple of weeks I do an extra load with the sheets. Everything gets folded and put away after its dry (usually Saturday night or Sunday). The kids have 3 school uniforms each and we can usually get 2 (sometimes 3) days wear out of each set so I don’t need to wash them mid week. Bath towels are used for the whole week and pool towels are hung up to dry and reused during the week too.ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    The laundry is my least scheduled chore, but it works fine. Whenever I remember…every 2-4 days I empty the laundry chute (everyone knows if it’s not in the chute it won’t get touched/assessed/picked up off the floor/washed/hung up EVER). I sort into loads (whites etc) and wash the largest load first. I may keep going until everything is done or just put back (in their sorted piles) into the chute until I feel like doing it again. I do sheets and towels as you do.ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    Well, this post inspired me! With three ‘young adult’ boys at home (20,22,24) all playing footy, working as ‘tradies’ and general boys dirty clothes, I was not looking forward to another winter of grimy work clothes, overflowing dirty washing baskets and filthy football socks. So, I brought a large stacking basket set, labelled each with their own basket, and handed over the responsibility of getting their washing done to them. Week 1 – one rescued shirt from the dirty pile that hadn’t been washed, a busy Saturday where everyone wanted to use the machine and most of all, a much less stressed mum and dad about ‘getting the washing done!’ Thanks Kat, inspiring as always :-)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Bosisto’s My twinnies both have dust mite allergies, which is very common in Australia. They both suffer from it differently, Mr 11’s symptoms are an itchy nose, but Miss 11 gets itchy eyes.  It’s really important that I keep their rooms as clean as possible and take some preventive measures to eliminate […]

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  • This is good to know Katrina because I use the normal Bosistos Eucalyptus spray on our mattresses. We don’t suffer from eczema or asthma but I just think sleeping with all those mites doesn’t do much for your health anyway. Great post. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    That is so helpful about using the Bisistos eculiptos ranges didn’t no they had wash powder ill have to have a look thanks heaps for that trip Dr’s just say to wash sheets in hot water and vacuum bed thank you againReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh no Kim, so much more can be done to kill the little mites, glad this post can help :)ReplyCancel

  • Genaya

    Really! I’d be concerned what’s in all these cleaners. Is there an ingredients list available?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are chemical free GenayaReplyCancel

  • sanno

    Is it available in USA? We dont have Woolworth in our area any more .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve just tried searching Sanno and I can’t see that it is sold outside of Australia, sorry.ReplyCancel

  • mary

    i am asthmatic and cannot use eucalyptus what can you suggest insteadReplyCancel

    • Andra

      I’d recommend Norwex Mattress Cleaner. It’s an enzyme based spray that naturally breaks down organic matter. No food means no dust mites. A few sprays on the bed every few months is what I do.ReplyCancel

  • andy

    I realized that the so called “dust mites” are everywhere in my home. This article gives good solutions connected with the elimination of these microbes. I will definitely start washing my children’s fluffy toys more often. Thanks for the advices!ReplyCancel

  • Julie-Anne Gorrell

    I used to buy the Bosistos Eucalyptus spray and now can’t find it anywhere…where can you buy these products? Ta!ReplyCancel

I noticed we use a lot of paper towel and wipes in our household and in my mission to be frugal and reduce our grocery bill I am trying to find cheaper alternatives, like using my own homemade all purpose cleaner.  Over the past few months I have been using reusable homemade antibacterial wipes (although […]

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  • Lee

    Great idea!
    I love the fact they are on hand. Being able to launder them make me feel they are good as new when I pull one out.
    Fans and skirting boards are my focus this week.

    A little label for the jar:
    Pick me.
    Use me.
    Launder me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that idea of the label Lee LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

    Kat you never cease to amaze me, I have never thought of this, love it going to make some up today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Jayne! Would love to see a photo once you have made them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    If you add clove oil it kills mould spores, too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great idea Justine!ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Tip: do not throw any disposable wipes in the toilet. Instead throw them in the garbage bin. Safes heaps of energy and $$ to our waste-water treatment process!!

    They do not really disintegrate, even though it usually says on the pack that they are biodegradable and you can throw them in the toilet. DON’T…

    I would take probably months if not longer for them to degrade and before that they will already have to be taken out of the waste-water treatment process (or have clogged up something/somewhere)!

    Major burden on the treatment plants and our tax-payer bills!!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Mascha

      Ow, and of course (totally forgot): I LOVE YOUR BLOG :)
      Really inspirational and fun…
      Thanks for making the chores more fun!ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    I always get so many great ideas from your blog! Thank you so much!


    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you, Alison! So lovely to hear.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Pender

    Is there another oil you could use? My mum is highly allergic to lavender.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Rachael, you could try using tea tree oil.ReplyCancel

  • Erica

    I just made my own version of these on Monday! Same recipe but mine has eucalyptus oil instead of lavender and they work a treat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s fantastic Erica!ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Such a good idea. I use a 50:50 mix of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean just about everything, using paper wipes mostly. Even though they’re recycled paper and mainly go into our compost, I’ve been wanting to cut down on waste and costs. I’ll have to give this a go, thanks :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, Dani! Yes give it a go, i’m sure you will love it!ReplyCancel

  • These are great, I have used lavender oil and water in a spray bottle for cleaning surfaces for ages and love this idea, Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your welcome Jane :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I love this idea. I am going to make one today, without going to the shops. One old glass cookie jar and some old cut up tee shirts, I always have vinegar for cleaning in the cupboard. I like the comment about the clove oil. I am always happy to save money and the environment. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Saving money and the environment together is a great combination!ReplyCancel

  • I have been looking forward to trying these, just waiting on a jar. Today I made them up using Earth Choice surface cleaner (nice eucalyptus scent) and lavender oil. LOVE them, thanks for the great idea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh so glad you like them! I think they are beautiful too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Greta Adams

    I use this same recipe except i use Thieves cleaner (by Young Living) and thieves essential oil. Germ Killer! I love it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve never heard of this, thanks Greta!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Taylor

    I love this, I use some lavender, some calming oil.
    I have made my daughter some too! I am on my 3rd batch lol

  • Solid post, thanks a bunch for sharing this.ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I’m thinking of leaving out the lavender oil (gives me migraines) and adding in a half cup of lemon pine o clean instead. What do you think?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      you could use any oil you like, or if not oil yes use the lemon pine o cleanReplyCancel

  • im off to this recipe out now. we spend a small fortune on paper towels and cleaning products.. thankyou soooo much for sharing your secrets xoxoReplyCancel

  • I tried your tips, but instead of using essential lavender oil, I used rose oil. I can not express with words how wonderful was the smell in the whole house. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i will have to try that one.:)ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Love this idea. I will give it a go minus the vinegar. We have granite bench tops and vinegar eats into the granite. Will use eucalyptus and tea tree instead.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Helen, yes i use the eucalyptus on my benches too. I love using the vinegar in my bathrooms and vaniety’s though.:)ReplyCancel

  • Racheal

    Hi Katrina,

    Just wanted to know, do you go through quite a few of your homemade wipes if you’re only using them once and then having to put them out to be washed?
    I know in my house with 3 small children there seems to be food and drink being constantly spilled. I think I would go through too many wipes and have to make up hundreds of them just to get me through the week.

    Your thoughts on this would be appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    • Denisa

      I wonder the same thing… or would you wash them with towels? and how often?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Racheal, I do go through a fair few clothes but i judt throw them in the wash with towels once a week.ReplyCancel

      • Racheal

        Do you use your cloths more than once and just rinse them out after using them, putting them in the wash after a few uses? Sorry to keep going on about it but I’m really keen to try this and want to make sure it is worth my while before I do.

        Kind regards,

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Depends what i am cleaning, but yes if i can get a few cleans with them first before washing then i do.ReplyCancel

  • Racheal

    Do you go through loads of cloths though?ReplyCancel

  • Georga

    I made these recently just to try, never thinking for one second I would use them much, but I was sooo wrong! I love them! I do this with my regular vileda dishcloths too now and have a jar always packed with cloths. They are fabulous. I just use them for so many things, but especially around the kitchen they are fantastic. They no longer get that smelly smell that dishcloths can sometimes get even when you use a fresh one everyday. Thanks Kat they are a great ideaReplyCancel

  • Eva

    I love your site;from the inspirational saying to your De-clutter tip of the day! I save many of them for future reference. I really love the homemade antibacterial wipes! My daughter is supposed to take some store bought one’s to school with her, I can’t stand those. I think I’ll make my own and she will just have to bring them home to be laundered. No biggy. I love knowing that ingredients are safe!!!ReplyCancel

  • Keshia

    Thank you for sharing your ideas! I have learned so much from your blog and I can’t wait to get organized in my house as well…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is lovely to hear, Keshia!ReplyCancel

  • I really liked that – the jar and the essential oil-great idea. I rarely use these wipes, but after reading this post, I better start using them 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Daisy, yes they are very handy to have and use around the house.ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette

    Hi Kat,
    Your site has become my go-to gospel for all my home makeover plans; thank you for all your wonderful ideas!!!
    I had a question about your reusable wipes; you mentioned the solution lasts around a fortnight- do you add more wipes to the jar when and if you’ve used all the wipes? I want to start using them, and thought of separating bathroom wipes from kitchen and general dusting wipes and placed in their corresponding locations, as I love citrus in the kitchen, rose in the bathrooms, and lavender throughout the house. I thought an added bonus to this approach would be having the wipes on hand all the time, anytime. Can’t wait to start!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No I usually make up more solution each time, as the cloths soak up the solution. I love the sound of the different scents around the house, great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    Loving these! I got some cute jars and cloths at Kmart and one cloth lasted for ages before drying out. Really handy for quickly going over many surfaces.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie

    Love this as I go through so many wipes & paper towel but curious how long the mixtures shelf life is?ReplyCancel

  • Love the blog great ideasReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    Dusk no longer stock the Essential Oil Blend
    Lavender Rosemary Ylang Ylang Orange and Lemon

    Please can you suggest an alternative

    Thank youReplyCancel

We have one very gorgeous but snobby Ragdoll cat, her name is Millee. She sleeps all day but finds her energy at night running around the house and scratching at the doors cause she wants some attention.

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  • Yanni Pearson

    Where did you get the plastic stackable storage bins for the brushes, nail clippers, flea treatments etc?ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    If you are concerned about scratching on the furniture a cat tower is a good idea, you can team this up with soft claws! Found on Ebay for about $4 from an Australian seller, they just slide over the claws and are rubber caps. I don’t sell them but I do have a few cats and find this reduces pulls on the couch and carpet.

    I have quite a large laundry so I buy all my foods in bulk and store the tins in the cupboard and the biscuits & kitty litter in separate tubs with scoops.

    I change my trays every second day and line the bases with half a newspaper as it absorbs wees and smells. I then use the cheaper clay kitty litter on top. I too have non slip bathmats in front of the kitty litter for any loose bits that get tracked out.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Great idea, thanks for sharing Kylie.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Could anybody give me advice on keeping down the doggy odour and how often to mop? I steam mopped and wiped round with vinegar and still later on i could smell it. I’m getting paranoid. I wash her blankets regularly too. I feel like i should be cleaning all day everyday just to stay on top of the smell!! She is a Sprocker Spaniel puppy and we have only had her for 3 weeks. I’m just not used to doggy odour, help?!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Hi Mandy,

      I find having a specific rug for my p0och to lay on in the lounge room is helpful. It needs to one that is easy to put in the wash. When you wash it put in some dettol, it sounds harsh but it cuts through the doggy smell. Also let sunlight be your friend. If you dont have time to wash and clean your pet things just placing them in the sun can do wonders for getting rid of odours. Also ensure you open your windows and curtains for a good breeze to cross through your house at least once a day. Set up vanilla or ocean scented diffusers in laundries and bathrooms. I find those scents are not to overpowering.
      Most importantly dont over wash your dog. The natural oils actually work to contain their odour to their coat. Allow them to bask in the sun during the day. It not only keeps their coat healthy it helps them grow great bones. I would also avoid pet sprays. I find they are expensive and dont actually work long term.

      Hope this all helps. Good luck! dogs are the best people :)

      • Katrina

        Great idea, thanks Amy!ReplyCancel

      • Jules

        I would definitely NOT recommend any phenol based disinfectant like dettol be used on anything that will come into contact with a dog or cat.

        Any disinfectant that turns white when added to water contains phenol and is very harmful to both cats and dogs. Please google phenol and dogs or cats to learn more.

        In my experience as an mum to 4 cats and 2 dogs, a normal wash of bedding on a high temperature followed by line drying on a nice windy day is all that is needed. Vet bed is easily washed and dries very fast but my Danes prefer human type fleecy blankies. ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Vinegar is probably your best option, Mandy. I would suggest try mopping twice a week and also try using a Diffuser as they are a nice subtle but constant smell.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I just typed the following onto facebook. I’m using my phone, which is not conducive to typing it all again so I’ve just copied & pasted straight from fb.

    Trina, this is one I can help with. I’m probably one of your most disorganised followers so I’m excited to have something to share!

    I have 10 dogs. 5 live inside (3 chihuahuas, 1 italian greyhound puppy and 1 retired greyhound) and 5 greyhounds who live outside – so I know my stuff! :)

    NEVER use HOT water (steam mop, hot washing machine cycle, hot mop water) to clean doggy (or cat) smells from floors, furniture or pet bedding. Heat ‘sets’ the stain on fabrics and carpets and ‘sets” the odour on other surfaces – we can’t smell it but our pets can and it makes the area more likely to be messed on again. Don’t use bleach or ammonia based cleaners directly on pet messes either – it makes the area more inviting to pets to mess again.

    The best and easiest trick is paper towel, bicarb soda, vinegar and COLD water.

    Hard floors
    1. Clean up excess liquid with a paper towel or mop. If the mess has already dried go straight to step 2.
    2. Sprinkle bicarb soda on the area and leave for 10 minutes (or longer – sometimes I leave it overnight). Bicarb absorbs the odour.
    3. Put cold water in mop bucket, add vinegar (I use, roughly 1/2 cup white vinegar to 2 litres water).
    4. Mop the messed area, bicarb and all. Vinegar is slightly acidic and counteracts the alkalinity of the pee and makes the area less attractive for your pet to pee on again.

    Carpet & upholstery – take care and test in an inconspicuous place first@!!
    1. Blot as much liquid as possible using a paper towel, start from the outside of the mess and work towards the middle.
    2. Sprinkle lightly with bicarb and leave for a few minutes to absorb the odour.
    3. Put vinegar & cold water in a spray bottle (2 tbsp vinegar to 500ml water).
    4. Brush off excess soda and spray the area with vinegar/water mix. Be generous.
    5. Blot area again with paper towel or pet towels/blankets.

    1. Pick up the solid mess with toilet paper snd flush it down the loo. Because I have so many dogs I have a dustpan & brush that I only use for solid waste.
    2. Follow the steps for pee mess.

    1. Rinse in cold water ASAP.
    2. OPTIONAL soak items in vinegar & water to neutralise odour.
    3. If stained spray with stain remover if desired.
    4. Use your regular detergent – do NOT use napisan powder (or similar). Put undiluted vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser (or add to the rinse cycle).
    5. Wash in cold water.
    6. Wash again in hot water if disinfecting is desured (ie if puppy has peed on baby’s clothes).

    Bleach is the best cleaner to use on hard floors to disinfect – particularly important if you have puppies/kittens that aren’t fully vaccinated.
    Clean the floor using vinegar and cold water first, then go over it using bleach and warm or hot water afterwards.
    Vinegar cleans things really well but it just doesn’t disinfect like bleach does

    I don’t have kids and live alone so this routine may not work for most of you who have kids & other people to consider.
    * I do a poo patrol morning & evening, flush it down the loo.
    * I work fulltime so am not home on weekdays. The little dogs spend the day in the ‘dog room’ (2nd bedroom) in their crates and the greyhound sleeps on the couch all day.
    * I let the dogs out when I am home and encourage them (praise) when they toilet outside.
    * I do regular spot cleans when I’m home. I’m lazy so will just sprinkle the bicarb and leave it and then take the mop & vinegar to all the spots in one hit late in the day.
    * I sweep the floor every 2 or 3 days (I don’t have any carpets) and mop it with vinegar & cold water once or twice a week (remembering that I spot clean everyday).
    * The dogs all have polar fleece blankets or towels in their crates. I put them through a cold wash with vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser once a week or so. The puppy gets a new blanket or towel every day because he still messes in his crate – the others very rarely do so.
    * This might gross some of you out, but they all sleep in my bed with me. I change the sheets regularly and wash with vinegar in the rinse. Every morning when I leave for work I spray vinegar lightly over the sheets and leave the covers pulled back. I discovered by accident that it keeps the sheets smelling nice and fresh – before I discovered this trick my sheets needed to be changed every 2 or 3 days. You could probably try the same thing with carpet or upholstery if ypur pet has a favourite spot that you want to keep fresh.
    * I don’t wash my dogs all that often (when I do I use Aloveen shampoo & conditioner which smells *Amazing!*) I started feeding them raw food (no tinned, no kibble) and noticed a huge change in the ‘doggy smell’, it’s less of a stink and more of just a smell. I include 5ml (20ml for the big dogs) of apple cider vinegar in their dinner which supposedly helps to keep fleas at bay. I haven’t found anything that says it helps with doggy odour but it works for me!

    I have just typed all that on my phone & it’s very difficult to proofread so I hope it all makes sense.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      WOW Thanks so much Jo!
      Really great useful information.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    This isn’t about cleaning, but I find my dogs have a play straight after eating and then settle down for cuddle time and bed. Is it worth trying feeding your cat earlier and then playing with her a bit so she calms down when you want to sleep? (this won’t change her personality, but might move play time a bit!) I feed mine straight after we finish dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Roberta

    My family and I have had a catahoula puppy for a month now. He’s a great dog. I was wondering about a couple of things, one is there a good vacumme that’s not exspensive for pet hair, and two merlin (the dog) is afraid of his kennel, how do we convince him its a goodcthing?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Love the post Katrina just wondering what you put under your cat
    Litter tray. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Thank you Amy and Jo for all the doggy odour tips. I will definitely be trying them out! :) xxReplyCancel

  • Kristy Dickson

    I feed our Ragdoll raw steak. She loves it :)ReplyCancel

  • Georgie

    The best thing we ever got for our cat was a littermaid it’s an automatic litter tray it has a deoderiser that constantly works and 15 minutes after Rex the ragdoll does his business it rakes it from one end to the other where there is a bin with a lid that stores it till you put it in the rubbis in the bin also is the perfect size for shopping bags to be the liner so you don’t have to go near you king the stuff and the machine is battery back up for 240v so you don’t have to worry about losing power and having a stinky litter tray which is useful for us as we live in cyclone terrorityReplyCancel

  • Suhasini Sriarshi

    very awesome tips…!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Debra Chesterton

    I have a gorgeous long haired Burmilla called Jasper who leaves traces of himself all over the house as you can imagine. My best friend has become my Dyson handheld vac as it picks up his furry ‘tumbleweeds’, spilled litter on my floorboards and has a special attachment to clean the cat hair off the sofa before visitors arrive. He’s a bit high maintenance but I adore him! I too have started using Pet Circle to have his special vet diet bickies and extra large bags of litter delivered automatically every 7 weeks which works out great as I don’t have lug them home!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Do you need to flea her once a month even though she is always inside and never meets other cats? Im just wondering as we have an indoor tabby. We flead him for the first 6 months and now we dont bother, because where would he get them from? (And he definatley doesnt have them..)

    • Katrina

      My vet suggested that we do anyway, we keep most of the windows and screen doors open through the day and have animals in the neighbouring yards. We also give her the worming tablets even though she doesn’t go outside only because we have the occasional skink come inside and she likes to attack them.ReplyCancel

      • Laura

        Ahh I see! Mine seems OK now but in summer it might be worth me looking into that…

        ps: Shes very beautiful :)ReplyCancel

        • Katrina

          Thank you Laura, she is beautiful and she knows it too!!ReplyCancel

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    We lost our 3 year old daughter this year and now I know: Every moment is preciousReplyCancel

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    I have had quite alot of precious moments over the past 15 years with my 4 children. However the one that really comes to mind was after my father and grandad both passed away within months of eachother my eldest son was 2 at the time and one day on the way to daycare he just piped up and said “hey I know, maybe Pa & father could get a parachute in heaven and parachute out of the sky” oh, was I wish they could, really tugged at the heartstrings that one, the innocence of children <3

  • Selina

    Giving the gift of motherhood to a stranger (donated eggs) and recognising a mother’s infinite love on her face when she held her son.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    Having a bad day, suffering “mothers guilt” and then being told out of the blue from my daughter that I am the best mum ever.ReplyCancel

  • Danina Scrivenor

    My son is Autistic and all I ever wanted was for him to tell me he loved me and call me mum and I remember the first time he said “Mum” and “I love you” and he was 6 years old. It was an amazing moment and I will never forget the first time : )ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    Seeing my little man smile for the first time, I saw both love and happiness in his eyes and his smile, it was perfect. I fell in love with him all over again.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    Seeing their faces light up with joy and wonder when they learn something new or when I come home from work. Love!ReplyCancel

  • Hazel Morgan

    Those quiet moments when I put them to bed and we whisper our ‘I love you’s’ to each otherReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Walking in the front door, taking a deep breath, and knowing Ruby was my closest connection in the world. I’d never be “alone”.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah

    Seeing my twin boys laughing and playing togetherReplyCancel

  • Helen De Brueys

    Every night when my kids call me the best mum in the world. They are 16 & 13! I take that with me to bed every night! Cherish them both!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Having my middle daughter ask me to coach her basketball and softball teams. That time together is precious.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My very first ultrasound and seeing my baby inside me for the first time, was the most wonderful life changing experience.ReplyCancel

  • Roslyn Woodhouse

    That moment when you pick them up while asleep and they snuggle into your neck like it’s the safest place in the world… totally priceless!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    When my little girl wakes in the morning, comes in to our bed to snuggle and we talk about how much we love each other.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Scott

    My most precious moment was when each of my three children said their first word “Mama”.ReplyCancel

  • Catriona Kennedy

    Soooo many to choose from, but THE most precious moment with my son would have to be when he said “I love you Mum” at age 2.5!!! Loved it! He says it every day to me.ReplyCancel

  • Krysten List

    Every day that we share – learning, growing, living and loving together; knowing they are a part of my life fills me with joy.ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    Two precious sons, both loads of fun, too many precious memories to choose just one, melt every time they say “I love you mum”.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Walker

    Nursing my Mum in the last months of her life and seeing her stretch marks and realising how the sacrifices we Mum’s make are beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Stoute

    When my son asked me to play Lego with him ‘to make cool stuff’. I love it when they want me not need me :)ReplyCancel

  • Aimee Turner

    When I have my 3 children play nicely together & I hear the beautiful things they say to each other.ReplyCancel

  • Mariam Awadalla

    I have many :) but one of my favourite precious moments as a mum is when one afternoon, when I was washing the dishes, my two year old son, Aaron, came up to me out of nowhere and asked me, ‘mummy, are you happy?’ I was so overwhelmed and I said, ‘yes Aaron, I’m happy, are you happy?’ To which he replied ‘yes, now I am’. Then he gave me a kiss and walked off. Precious!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Asher

    When he plays clean the shower with his bath toys & tells me “It’s all sparkly clean. You don’t need to clean it now Mum!!!”ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    The first day I left her at daycare for a few hours and when I returned she repetitively kissed me on the face for it felt like minutes. The happiness and love was unforgettable.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Dixon

    When my one year old daughter walked towards me and held tightly onto my leg. I remember doing this to my mum….love.ReplyCancel

  • Steph Hawkins

    The smile she gives me that says “I love you mum”ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    So many precious moments, but that first flutter of movement in early pregnancy is an awe inspiring magic moment.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I have a nine month old, and we had never been apart until very recently. My most precious moment was seeing her little face light up when I returned home! Not to mention the extra snuggly cuddles I received, I felt very loved.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Giving birth to my beautiful baby boy Jack after 11 pregnancies and one child it was a true blessingReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Every morning when I wake up to their precious happy smiles & their excitement to start another day.ReplyCancel

  • I have three most precious moments – gazing at the beautiful faces of my newborn babies after we had both laboured many hours to meet each.ReplyCancel

  • Mereana Whanarere Reid

    The kiss on my cheek before they go to bed is my most precious moment :)ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Every moment is precious with my girls
    As they are only little for a little while
    From their first steps, walk and then run,
    But the best moment is when they say
    I love you mum.ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Holding my son for the first time after being told I would never have children. He is a true miracle.ReplyCancel

  • Janice Greaves

    The day my special needs child said her first word at 3.5 years old it was Mum.ReplyCancel

  • Janine Dawson

    When my daughter was looking at my belly button & then the pure joy when she discovered she had one too!ReplyCancel

  • Jade Hatcher

    My most precious moment was when my daughter grabbed me and said I just love you too much mum. (3yo)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    One of my most precious moments was actually today. My 4 year old appeared with a ‘present’ for her 2 year old sister. She had wrapped a banana (2 year olds favourite food) in a bandana scarf after the presentation and delight on my 2 year olds face, miss 4 got her up into her booster seat and helped her peel it. My most precious moment with miss 2 was the other night when going to sleep she lay in bed joyfully gargling the tunes to her favourite songs for a few minutes, then laughed quietly and went to sleep!ReplyCancel

  • Narellef

    When our son was finally born after 25hr labor. He wasn’t breathing &the Doctor said for my Hubby to blow& our baby started to breathe & cry!!!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine McDonnell

    The most precious moment was the first time I held my daughter, at three days old, as we were both unwell… I will never forget that feeling, unbelievable!ReplyCancel

  • Gillian Harridge

    When my daughter makes me laugh till it hurts. she is one funny little girl.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Arnold

    When my child just randomly tells you they Love You. Just special and brightens the worst of daysReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hemetsberger

    Still being able to get a cuddle from my son who is almost 12 years oldReplyCancel

  • Lee Corkish

    My 4 yo,(Now 20) holding her new born baby brother, saying “I’m the first one to every hold him aren’t I Mum?”ReplyCancel

  • Lee

    It was 11 days ago when I gave birth to a baby boy, at home surrounded by my midwife, husband and 3 little children.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Tan

    Started when we found I was expecting twins! That was a phenomenal previous moment!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Tan

    Started when we found I was expecting twins! That was a phenomenal precious moment!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha S Goode

    After being hit by a car, 19 weeks pregnant, ending up in ICU with a pulmonary embolism. Holding my son for the first time.ReplyCancel

  • Rowena Hart

    There’s many moments of enjoyment and pleasure of being a mum or a parent !!! Each of my 3 children’s birth..but I love watching them laugh and play and exploring !! The excitement on their faces is pricelessReplyCancel

  • Karen Robinson

    When I am breastfeeding my baby, and they look up at me with such love in their eyes, their is no greater moment or feeling.ReplyCancel

  • Megan McCormick

    The intense love, joy and satisfaction I feel every night when I creep into watch then kiss my four precious children before I go to bed. My heart feels so full of love it could burst.ReplyCancel

  • Alison Filgate

    Watching my young girls growing into beautiful young ladies. Staying true to what they believe in xxReplyCancel

  • Alison Filgate

    Watching my young girls growing into beautiful young ladies. Staying true to what they believe in xx

  • Clare Tudor

    When my 3 year old son says to me ‘I like you Mumma!’ & then smiles with his beautiful big dimpled smile.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia

    Watching our 4 year old teaching our special needs 8 year old the alphabet successfully. They just have a special connectionReplyCancel

  • Christina Elliott

    There are so many precious moments! One of the best is spending time taking in everything – looks, sounds, smells – as I hold my children close.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Beauty shining from within. Jumping on the trampoline a storm rolled in. Mr3 taking my hand stating “Don’t worry Mummy, I’ll look after you”.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Head

    I had just gotten dressed, and met my 2 year old little boy at the doorway, he looked me up and down and said ‘mummy pretty’!ReplyCancel

  • Jane Gardam

    My proudest moments was when my daughter had her 1st child, the feeling was wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica Paterson

    ……coming home from the hairdresser, my hair permed (after being dead-straight)… my son turned to me & said “Are you still my mum?” nawwww <3ReplyCancel

  • Atika Brown

    When my six year old son wakes me up in the morning and the first thing he asks is if he can please vacuum the whole house today?ReplyCancel

    • mary

      my precious moment was not as a mum but as a grandma, my grandaughter asked me to go to her school assembly as she had to say who her hero was and it was meReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    It was when my second daughter cried for the first time. After her older sister was stillborn, it’s a moment my heart will always treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey Evans

    That moment when they are just born and are placed onto your chest, you see them for the first time after wondering for 9 months how they would look. It’s a magical moment I will treasure forever!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    The half asleep ‘I love you Mummy’ at the end of the bedtime story as I tuck him in and kiss him goodnight.ReplyCancel


    Hand picked flowers from the garden, even though they’re just the blooms without any stems. Precious really is an understatement.ReplyCancel

  • Lori Davis Spyker

    the day each of my 4 girls were born..none was more precious than the other.ReplyCancel

  • Karina Lee

    When my baby came out of my tummy and I saw her cute chubby cheeks for the first time! It made the painful-as-hell labour all worth it!ReplyCancel

  • Drinksi Cardonnay

    After 10 years of trying, I finally become a mum. Imagine my surprise when the 1st child was born 5.36kg, 11 pounds four :-)ReplyCancel

  • Gaby Rodriguez

    my daughter who is 5 lost her father last year to suicide. ( not that she knows that) said one day when i was crying, dont worry mummy i am here and always will be. what was even more touching was that i had been separated from him for over 4 years and was feeling very lonely as i am struggling as a single mum and wondering where the money will come from.ReplyCancel

  • Tami Bird

    Watching my four year old son meet his baby sister. The look of love and adoration that changed to shock and horror when she cried!ReplyCancel

  • Gayle Richardson

    The first out of the blue, “I love you!”ReplyCancel

  • Gabriela Rodriguez

    my daughter who is 5 lost her father last year to suicide. ( not that she knows that) said one day when i was crying, dont worry mummy i am here and always will be. what was even more touching was that i had been separated from him for over 4 years and was feeling very lonely as i am struggling as a single mum and wondering where the money will come from.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    Realizing the importance of my own Mother and the help she has provided me every day of my life.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Tsang

    Having breastfeeding problems since birth, my daughter and I got up early one morning and as the sun came up she perfectly latched and fed – unforgettable.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Lewis

    When my daughter who is not a touchy, feely little girl gave me my first hug. They are far and few between but I cherish each one when they come.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Maree Amoore

    Still to this day ……. thirty-seven years later ……… The birth of our son and the realisation that here was the product of our love.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Moncrieff

    The first time they each said ” wuv you “ReplyCancel

  • Helga

    The first few minutes with my two daughters after giving birth to them.ReplyCancel

  • Maria P

    When my daughter first caught the school bus. She was scared and after a few failed attempts she struggled up the steps, turned around and gave me a huge triumphant smile…..ReplyCancel

  • Di Lang

    4yo stated when baby sister born-“She’ s cute and good looking!”ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    3-year-old son tried to hand over wipes and nappy to me when I was changing nappy for my baby girl. Surprised, glad and proud!ReplyCancel

  • sonia cattley

    Watching the little ones work out what a butterfly is..absolute wonder in their eyes and great for the development of coordination.ReplyCancel

  • JG Campbell

    My 17 month old finally said Mummy loud and clear :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Grayda

    my precious moment is every time my daughter tells me that she loves me, which is usually several times a day. I’m so luckyReplyCancel

  • Ebaney

    The moment my now 8 week old daughter was realised from the special care unit after having breathing issues after birth.
    She was in the for 3 days, but it felt like 3 years. When I was able to hold her and care for her myself is a moment I will always remember.ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Watching little Alex sit up as I was putting her to bed and saying that she loved me and loves being the first person to see me every morningReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    After 21 years of belligerence, I heard my daughter say to me “Mum, you were right”… I knew then I’d raised a decent human being.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Parisella

    Every moment with both my kids is preciousReplyCancel

  • Fiona Groves

    The day our first foster child arrived at our door, and the day our twenty fifth arrived only a few weeks ago, both precious moments.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Kaddatz Fahl

    My son has physical problems and it was the little things like sucking out of a straw at 4 and taking the first step.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Hooper

    If I thought laying eyes on my daughter for the first time was special, then seeing her as a bride was surely magical-just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Isles

    When my eldest son tells me he loves me as he doesn’t express his feelings very often and it makes me feel special.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Louise Codling

    Most precious moment… First time my kids gave me a kiss for no reason.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    The day my daughter gave birth to her own child, a beautiful boy named Vincent and became a mother herself.ReplyCancel

  • debbie walker

    I will never forget dancing in the rain with my son, he said “the storm will pass as we can dance in the rain mummy” today he uses this with his kiddies, nothing is ever too hard to achieve.ReplyCancel

  • Mellie Jane

    Hearing “i love you mamma” for the first time nothing has melted my heart quite like thatReplyCancel

  • Linda B

    When my four year old daughter crawls onto my lap and cuddles me and tells me that I’m her best friend ever! Priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett

    Getting through a complicated pregnancy to see a healthy little boy at 38 weeks rather than 28 weeks like my doctor first thought.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Cardwell

    When my middle daughter was 3yo and said she wanted to be a doctor to fix her eldest sisters legs because she has **sarah and posey** (cerebral palsy)ReplyCancel

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  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 hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • Tanya

    If only I had a broom cupboard, sigh!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Elliott

    Wow. Someone needs to declutter their cleaning supplies!! They spent money on that hanging thing when all they really needed to do was get rid of something! Hell, I’m a hoarder and I don’t even have that many cleaning supplies.ReplyCancel

    • Kylie

      I was thinking the same thing!!! Nobody needs that amount of choice when it comes to cleaning!!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    @tanya I wish I had a broom cupboard as well. Everything gets shoved into the laundry or computer room cupboard. We don’t have much storage space at our house.ReplyCancel

    • Tanya

      Small laundry’s should have been banned 40yrs ago when they were built, lol. My poor vaccum cleaner, ironing board, clothes baskets & airers live out in the family room unless we are having visitors and I shove everything in the laundry and then I have to be careful nothing falls over and gets stuck behind the door so I can open it to pull it all out again so I can find the washing machine.ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang So if you have read my blog long enough you would know that I am a little OTTO (over the top organised) when it comes to my dirty laundry. I sort my laundry into whites – colours – darks and linens and prefer to wash them all separately. But […]

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  • Jackie Tracy

    My partner just can’t get the concept that colours, particularly reds, shouldn’t be washed with whites. Yes, he put his new red t-shirt in with my white skirt and a few other things, and yes, my skirt ended up with a messy pink tie-dyed look. Not in a good way. The socks were a uniform pink but my skirt – ruined :(ReplyCancel

    • I like to seperate all my washing so that way the whites don’t dull and the colours stay bright. Wonder if your hubby is doing it on purpose so it doesn’t have to do the laundry again LOL.ReplyCancel

  • K Sizzle

    I had white surgical stockings that were washed with a red tshirt. My surgeon declared they were the first pink stockings he had ever seen. ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Hatton

    I am notorious for tossing everything in together in spite of the occasional small ‘accident’. However a green t-shirt from the Op Shop (I never wear green, what was I thinking) managed to taint absolutely everything in the wash a horrible dirty yellowish green. Definitely a colour I would never consider being seen dead in. I acquired quite a lot of ‘gardening’ clothes from that incident.ReplyCancel

  • Carley Smith

    I had been soaking all my baby sons white clothes in napisan and when it was time to wash I tipped them out of the bucket into the washing maching, not remembering that I had put a bunch of red jersey thick trimmed bibs in there the day before to wash seperately first because I knew they would run for sure, I forgot to get them out! and ALL my sons white clothes were now tinged in various shades of pink…..I eventually got most of it out through soaking. Years later and I still check the machine 3 or 4 times before putting whites in there just in case theres a sneaky dark colour hiding in there.ReplyCancel

  • Miranda

    But did the sheet have any colour on it? It could be that your colours and darks have been washed enough times already not to run onto anything anyway. It would be good to see it with a brand new red t-shirt and a white pillow case or something and see if it still works.ReplyCancel

  • Kat Tat

    While I have had a few couple run catastrophes I really don’t worry about white V colours but if you think my clothes are going anywhere near my husbands stinky socks then think again. They have to be wrangled into the machine , beaten a couple of times with a big stick and then have a heavy object thrown on top of the machine to keep them in.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Taylor

    Grandson’s new denim jeans somehow got entangled with pre-wash of new baby’s clothes. Grandbaby’s pink and white garments turned a dull shade of blue!ReplyCancel

  • Humera

    All in all its a good product,m using these for few months and had 1,2 mishapps so its highly recomended 😀ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Brewis

    What a great idea for expensive uniform items. Honestly, whose idea is it to put dark trim on a light top? Will give this a go.ReplyCancel

  • Shaz

    I bought a lovely black pashmina in India and when we got home it got caught up in the clothes to be washed. Not only was everything in the wash ‘touched’ by the black (even jeans) but an expensive memento from a great trip was totally ruined. Bummer.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Black

    It has to be a red t-shirt in with whites….now we have pink socks, pink undies, pink singlets…looks like something from Dr Suess when the cat came back.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleM

    Husband spilt coffee on his top while at the shops, we hurriedly
    bought a $7 replacement… Threw it in with my colours… My cute pink shorts came
    out with blue spots!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lovesowls Oppusunggu

    My hubby decided to wash his cricket shirt with the red sheet. saying this he has gone off to cricket today in a pink shirt bless him for trying :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Can we see a photo of the white sheet after the load?ReplyCancel

  • Kim Geling

    I love these! My kids can all do their own laundry when I have these in the cupboard and we’ve never had a failure. The best test was a pile of red & white christmas tea towels that I bought… the colour catcher came out bright red and not a smear of colour on the white stripes :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Fincher

    Grabbed the wrong red tshirt (new one, not the old one i thought it was) and turned all our whites, including hubbys favourite tshirt pink! Oops!ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    I use these a lot! I make patchwork quilts and usually don’t wash my fabric beforehand. I pop 1 (or sometimes 2 sheets if I think it needs it) in with a quilt for it’s first wash and have never had any colour runs. I have done black and white quilts, red and white quilts, blue red and white quilts… most of my quilts have white backgrounds, and I have NEVER had a colour run or white go dull. I have had excess colour rub off on my sewing machine from putting a quilt together on a few occasions, but never had a colour run in the wash.ReplyCancel

  • Nicki

    Husbands white shirt came out streaky with pink lines… Only realized when he was about to wear it to his first business dinner in his new job! ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Washed my cream pants (that I loved to death) and husbands favorite shirt (white) with a bright red shirt. The pants and the white shirt came out with horrid pink uneven spots! Had to throw them in the bin as nothing managed to fix it :(ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    Bought my Mr4 some white skivvies and a superman cape found its way into the same load! He was devastated when they came out pink!!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    I had a load of whites in the machine and my 8yo threw her purple jacket in (oh and it had a tissue in the pocket. We ended up with lilac clothes with white tissue spots all over them, but the kids love their “new” socks and undies 😀ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Benhiam

    My husband bought t-shirts that had white sleeves and red and dark blue bodies. We washed them and the sleeves came out pink and purple.ReplyCancel

  • Joni

    My white breastfeeding top got an unsightly brown smear in the left breast area when a stray new, brown toddler sock made its way into my whites washing. I did not notice until it was too late and even went to Playgroup dressed in the top as I was too tired to change it.I had 3 children under 4 years at that stage…ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    I have been doing the washing for 50+ years and Colour Catcher sounds too good to be true and I would love to try them.ReplyCancel

  • marypreston

    I accidentally tie-dyed a load of laundry by throwing a batik skirt into a load of whites. Pretty jazzed actually!! Couldn’t repeat if I tried.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Featherstone

    my daughter put her new red Dora jumper in the my partners business shirts… unfortunately they now have red blotches on them, wish it had turned them pink, but no, just blotches.! lol, had to laughReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    I was travelling with two friends and we all washed clothes in the one load. I added a pink shirt that I had washed hundreds of times and was sure wouldn’t run. Of course, it did run and turned all their clothes pink. I don’t think they’ve forgotten yet!ReplyCancel

  • Vikki Ryan

    I once owned one lovely pink top but whilst I was out of town for the weekend with my girlfriends my hubby kindly decided to help by doing the washing….you guessed it I no longer own a pink top…..all the colours went in together and my lovely top came out shades of blue and pink…still I was grateful for his kind gesture. Colour Catcher would be great for when hubby does the washing though!ReplyCancel

  • Lindy Sparrow

    My cousin had kindly offered to give my house a clean, and he decided to do a wash. He put the WHITE karate gi in with a red towel. And my son had a tournament in two days!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    cream handknitted jumper. Hubbie assisting, 1 jumper + greasy work clothes=
    shrunk, pilled, lovely murky grey, ruined jumper. Remains a secret from my mum.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Stone

    Blue pen left in my husband’s work shirt, kids white school shirts were in the same wash. The ink went everywhere, white tops were no longer white but lovely patches of blue on the clothing. White tops were confined to the rag bag.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Crosbie

    Hubby left the wet work clothes sitting with the whites and didn’t hang out, so my whites had lovely tie-dyed marks of blue and black….ReplyCancel

  • TajKai

    Long ago when I was a foreign exchange student, my red socks were washed with my host father’s work shirts, turning them pink. So upsetting!ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    When we were engaged I turned my husbands red and white
    hockey top pink. That was 15 years ago. He still talks about it!ReplyCancel

  • staceyshailer

    Washing a brand new pair of dark jeans with my white work blouses and singlets…ReplyCancel

  • The first time my boyfiend did our washing I ended up with allllll of my whites being a not so lovely grey colour. I have to tell myself that he’s helping me out (even if he’s not really).ReplyCancel

  • Libby Oldershaw

    Years ago my Dad (who was a Fashion Agent) went on a business trip to Hong Kong. While there he had several beautiful business shirts tailor-made. He was so proud and showed up the precision of the cut, skill of the stitching and the quality of the lovely white crisp cotton. Of course they had to be washed before wear and he loaded them carefully into the washing machine. Our trusty washer which had never played up in all it’s years of work decided to blow it’s gearbox showering the formerly pristine shirts with oil. The language which poured forth from my dad more befitted a drunken sailor than a man of fashion!My dad has never laughed and yes, a new washing machine was delivered pretty promptly!ReplyCancel

  • JQ

    a yellow shirt of my daughter was mixed with the whites, and all whites turned into a disaster white and yellow dyed colored clothes. i have to wash everything again and soak with bleach. one false move can make your world turn upsidedown.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Weston

    I washed my old purple skirt with some maternity tops a friend lent me. They were all white, now they are ALL mauve :(ReplyCancel

  • Vannessa Bradbury

    I decided it was a good idea to help mum with the washing when i was younger not realising that she had redyed my school shorts burgundy ……….needless to say everybodies clothes even my dads came out pinkReplyCancel

  • sonlee

    I am so sorry – call it OCD – but I cringe when I see the way the washing is hung out – I never hang t’shirts by the bottoms as it seems to pull them out of shape – I always hang up shirts to dry on coathangers again for the same reason – and I hate ironing so tend to hang clothes so they don’t have to be ironed. I hang all my clothes insides out so they don’t fade, and hang the tops just under the armpits.ReplyCancel

  • Infoxicating Lady

    How do these work with front loaders? Throw them in with the laundry like normal?
    Also, I’m slightly obsessive about laundry loads, too. Once a week, the girls school blouses (white. Honestly, what kind of idiot thinks a white blouse is a good idea in infants and primary school?) get hot washed with bleach. Hubby;’s hi viz work shirts also get hot washed (separately), as do his socks.
    School shorts, trousers, skirts get washed with hubbies work shirts/pants. Underwear for 5 people is a load of washing by itself.
    Towels get washed separately, too – and if its the white towels, they get hot washed and bleached, too.ReplyCancel

  • susanne

    Hello everyone, This is a topic near and dear to my heart. I have a step daughter who washes all kinds of clothes together… she also uses white face clothes that were purchased for the babies and then they end up as dish rags, next thing I see she is wiping the floor with them. Her tea towels look dirtier and older than my cleaning rags. After reading through the posts I have come to the conclusion that most of us like to sort according to colour and also dirt type. Dark kids socks tend to get washed with the blue jeans where the extra agitation will do the socks some much needed cleaning. While white towels, socks and face clothes and tea towels get the extra clean to stay white and bright. Sheets and shirts can also be washed together. Yes I have OCD and my clothes and towels seem to last longer than most. P.s I have a dryer too, don’t get me started on that!!!ReplyCancel

  • nancy

    Where did you buy the storage shelf you have next to your washing machine for all the dirty clothes? How much?ReplyCancel

  • Haley

    I really would like to know where you bought the storage shelf you have! I’ve been searching and can’t find one!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Haley, I got them from Howards storage world.ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Jessica, from Forever Organised Laundry rooms are usually the least chic room in the house, even though we as home keepers, spend a great deal of our time in there. I decided it was time to ‘pretty up’ my laundry room and make it functional rather than a catch […]

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  • Victoria

    Love the turquoise but think the labelling is overkill. You know where everything lives I’m sure and how many visitors actually use your laundry room? But the colours are lovely…ReplyCancel

    • I like the labelling, not excuses for hubby not to put things back where they belong LOL.ReplyCancel

    • Susan Auden Wood

      Love the labelling, plus some of us just need it when we get older. No overkill here, I don’t remember where anything lives.ReplyCancel

  • Samm

    Where do you make hose labellers? ReplyCancel

  • Jarni

    I think the labels are wonderful. Where did you get them from?ReplyCancel

  • Nadine Linn

    can that soap powder be used in a front loading washing machine?ReplyCancel

    • Belle

      Yes – I make this laundry powder as well (minus the soaking powder due to allergies & I add some bi-carb) and Ive found you need to place it straight in the washing machine on the clothes – NOT in the dispenser (it wont dissolve if you put it in there) :)ReplyCancel

    • Jess @ Forever Organised

      Hi Nadine, I have a top loader but I have been told by quite a few people that it works just fine. As Belle says bellow, maybe try putting it directly into the washing machine not the dispenser.ReplyCancel

  • Kj

    My laundry drives me crazy with dryer fluff and dust. I don’t even use the dryer very often. How do you stop it dirtying your baskets and everything? Do you pull it all out every few months and wash everything? That is what I am about to do this school holidays but I would love a way to reduce the amount of flyaway “stuff” that just lands all through my laundry. Any ideas?ReplyCancel

    • Kj my dryer doesn’t throw fluff around, I’ve not heard of that happening before, do you empty the lint catcher regularly?ReplyCancel

    • Jess @ Forever Organised

      Hi Kj, the fluff drives me crazy too. To reduce it I clean the lint catcher after every cycle and give the room a quick suck with my handheld vacuum. Once a month I pull everything out and give the room a really good clean.

      Hope this helps :)ReplyCancel

  • Lou

    What a gorgeous laundry!! Just wondering where you found your hampers? I have been looking for something similar, and wanting a set of three as well ( 6 people in my house! ) Thanks, love it and the colour scheme is great!ReplyCancel

    • Jess @ Forever Organised

      Thanks Lou. The hampers I got from Bunnings a couple of years ago, I’m not sure if they still have them in stock but you may be able to find something similar :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Love this laundry, it is gorgeous! Can anyone tell me where to get glass jars like the ones that the laundry poweder is kept in?ReplyCancel

    • Jess @ Forever Organised

      Thanks Jessica. The big glass jar I got from Hot Dollar at the end of last year, I’m not sure if they would still have them in stock but you should be able to find something similar at a dollar store :)ReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    Just wondering where you got the big blue tubs that you use for toilet paper and paper towel. Your laundry is amazing. I would love to get mine to this stage.ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Hi, I am also wondering where you got the big blue tubs from? I am in Adelaide and I am continually looking around for storage boxes with no luck. But I really do like the look of those ones.ReplyCancel

  • Deanna Kemp

    Where did you get your labels from I a mad labler!!

  • Becci Sundberg

    Fabulous Laundry. If only I had storage like that in mine!
    I make my own washing powder too. Was a little worried about the borax too after hearing so many thing so I switched to using bicarb in the same quantities and it works excellent. For me I have to travel to the next town to buy borax whereas I can get bicarb in the local supermarket and it’s cheaper. So for those that are worried still about borax (I’m still confused about it all lol) you can switch it for good old bicarb no problems.
    I’m also dropping the amount of ‘Napisan’ that I use now the boys are getting a little older and not so grubby.ReplyCancel

  • ayami

    Oh my goodness its so lovely!!!!!!!!Im gonna clean my laundry room NOW!ReplyCancel

  • Charde Negus

    Hi there, I absolutely love your blog. I am going to attempt to make my own washing powder this weekend. Just wondering if you could go without the: 1 cup Laundry Soaking Powder? Thanks, ChardeReplyCancel

    • Charde Negus

      Also does it have to be stored in an airtight container? I have a nice tin that I put my laundry powder in but I am wondering if this effects it as air can get in? Thanks, ChardeReplyCancel

  • this is very inspiring. unfortunately our ‘laundry room’ is a washing machine in a spare part of the downstairs garage. I think however I can definitely use some of the concepts you have outlines to improve it somewhatReplyCancel

  • Meg Supel

    Love the blue & White, my favourite colour scheme. Very inspired to turn my laundry Into a place i like to be! Love the labels as i ways forget what i have allocated where. Where r the blue bins from? Also r the White boxes up the top cardboard? They look fairly solid?ReplyCancel

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  • Julia

    Very wonderful project, Jess! Nice job!ReplyCancel

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  • Julia

    I like the idea of trying this to save getting peg marks on some of my clothes for work. Thanks Kat for sharing this with us!!ReplyCancel

    • Your welcome. It is so handy to have and your right, perfect for delicates and items that you don’t want peg marks in.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    How clever! I still hang my clothes outside to dry but this would be wonderful for when it is raining.ReplyCancel

    • It really was helpful, and what I loved most about it, that when not in use it can be put away in something as small as a shoebox!ReplyCancel

  • Love this product! A great, innovative solution to a problem that pains us all especially now coming into Winter. Going over to have a squizzy right now :) Thanks Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Didn’t need much convincing! Bought the 2 packs for myself & will give the other one to my mum!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a good idea, I’m giving a pack to my MIL as they are currently caravanning and I can imagine how helpful this will be. Also my washing line broke today, so they came in very handy!!ReplyCancel

Today is ROUTINE MONDAY I will be sharing how I keep up to date with our washing.  Unfortunately washing is one of those tedious jobs that is never-ending, you think you have found the bottom of the pile, but the next day it’s back!  You need to create a system that works for you. I wash certain things […]

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  • Marita

    I was reading this blog post in bed this morning thinking that I could set up a laundry schedule. Then I spied one of my girls dragging their wet bedding to the laundry and remembered why I don’t have a laundry routine. Thankfully they don’t wet every night anymore but it is still often enough that I have to make sure the washing machine is empty in the mornings ready for wet bedding.

    I miss being able to hang out washing overnight. Between the possums and the spiders anything that is left outside overnight has to be rewashed.ReplyCancel

    • Marita

      Ooops forgot, I do have a tip for after the clothes are dry. We have 5 laundry baskets. One each for hubby, myself, Annie and Heidi. I used permanent marker to put our initials on our basket and then I just sort the clean washing into the baskets ready to fold and go straight to their rooms. One spare basket for moving around wet washing and holding cleaning bedding/linen/towels. My girls are getting good at taking their own basket of clean washing and folding it and putting away.ReplyCancel

      • Chrissy

        We do that here Mariata. My boys (2 and 4 years old) love this ‘work’ as they call it. They are also responsible for matching and folding Daddy’s socks and folding the rags, washers and tea towels.ReplyCancel

      • Monica A Hanson

        I mostly wash 2 loads of washing each day. My laundry is set up so with 5 baskets ,1. Towels/teatowels/sheets, 2. Darks, 3. Whites, 4. Coloureds, 5. Reds. I’m lucky I have a bigger laundry, bur we are building another house atm and I wouldn’t compromise on my ability to have this set up in the new house. Everynight I put on a load of washing and set it to finish just before wakeup time, I hang that out and then put on the next load ready for when the kids get up. My children are older so it is one of their morning chores to hang it out before going to school or before going to their activities on the weekend. Then in the afternoon they need to take their clothes off the line and place them in their folding basket. I used to make them fold and put them away everyday, but sometimes their daily schedules are so tight that I am now happy with the basket being empty on Saturday. On their allocated day to hang out the washing they are also charged with washing their sheets, My children are now in their teens, but we have had this schedule since very early primary school, and it takes the all the onus of washing, off me. ReplyCancel

  • So when you say you was colours on Monday is that what you are washing that afternoon and hanging before dinner? Your wording later in the post has me wondering if you might was Mondays load on Sunday afternoon? May be its just too early for me…lol
    I really need to get something happening with this all my routines went out the window shortly after we moved and a new washing machine means I need to change the way I used to work with this task.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Oh and the reminder about napisan!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I edited the post for you Tammy, sorry it is confusing. This is my schedule what I wash each day, but if I can I will put them on the line the night before. ie, colours on the line Sunday afternoon but all dry for Monday. I find it important to make sure I wash the darks mid week so the kids have school uniforms for the remainder of the week.ReplyCancel

  • Casey

    Hey Katrina,
    Love this post! I love routines and I love piles lol!!! Actually, I also do as Marita does and have a basket for each member of the family so that I sort out the dry washing and take the basket to the wardrobe where the clothes belong (my squids are only little so I still have to put away) but it makes me feel more organised to at least have everything sorted so if I get side tracked and things aren’t away I know where to find everything.
    My routine is really based around the fact that my HH (Handsome Handyman) needs his uniform washed a few times a week and somehow managed to go through dozens of pairs of socks and jocks a week (I still haven’t figured out why!) so I wash his stuff first so he has uniforms, then the kids stuff and lastly mine (always coming in last lol) then towels and then linens.
    I have two hints… The first is to hand tops on the line on coat hangers then you can simply gather the hangers with clothes on and hang them in wardrobe when dry. The second is if you are running really low on time and have a lot of washing to do then seperate into tops and bottoms, wash all the tops first and put onto hangers and hang (this is particularly useful during wet weather as they can be hung in doorways around the house when desperate to get them dry!
    Geez, might have to turn this comment into a post of its own over on my blog!ReplyCancel

  • Denise

    yes Katrina I also love piles and routines. I also have sundays off if I can.
    I used to do certain things on certain days but since the high electricity rates in NSW I have changed.
    I separate my Laundry into whites, colours,socks, towels and sheets.
    I do all the clothes on Saturday and then towels, socks, table clothes and teatowels on Sunday. This because these two days are the cheapest to do washing. Then I change the sheets on Monday and wash them Monday night after 10pm before I go to bed as at this time of night is the next cheapest time for electricity.
    I do a small clothes wash Tuesday night for Hubbies work clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Oh a routine for washing! Yippee! I seem to be washing ten times more than anyone else…. with a toddler and a hubby who has a uniform that needs changing every day it seems to be never ending. The only routine I have managed to stick with is sheets on Saturdays when we do a weekly clean. We have a big wide bookcase in our hallway by the bedrooms so I take all my washing off the line and fold next to the bookcase. Linen can go straight in the linen closet, and the rest is left folded for each member of the family to put away. I don’t care if clothes take a while to leave the shelf, because they are not on the floor!ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    I don’t have a washing routine, although i can see how well this could work for us. We are a family of 6 with a toilet training almost 3 year old boy who some days has no accidents and other days will have 5!

    I seperate our washing into:
    red/pink/orange/purple and usually have 1 load of this per week which includes hubby’s work shirts.
    Blue/green which includes the kids school sports shorts and little miss’ school tunic and skirt.
    Towels/tea towels/ face washers etc (we end up with at least 2 loads per week)
    Sheets/Blankets, at least 2 loads per week as a rule
    Dark clothes we usually have 2-4 loads per week depending on what we have had on
    Whites i usually have 1 load a week of whites and will put my oatmeal and colour tops/pants etc in with the childrens school shirts which are yellow.

    I will have to take note of what is put in the laundry on what days over the next fortnight to month and then make a washing plan of action.

    I put all of our clean washing on the lounge so it bugs me until it is folded and put away.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    I have alot of trouble doing washing regularly, but generally, once the small hamper in our bathroom is full, I have a washing day. It can end up being up to 6 loads depending on the diversity of colours/towels. My son has a little laundry drawer in his room and this gets added in on washing day, but not before.
    One tip I’d like to add, on top of hanging tops on hangers etc; We have just three in our family, so I hang our clothes in sections on our Hills Hoist. the fourth section is for linen. This way, when I’m taking washing off the line, every body already has their pile to take out of the basket! I find this so handy. I’ve also started to do this while putting the wet washing into the basket so that when I get to the line, every thing is sectioned off and easy to grab. And I’m not dropping wet clothes on the grass, pet hate!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Graham

    I am a bit spoilt (well a bit lol). My husband does the washing for our family of six. He tends to wash once maybe twice a week which just drives me mad because he doesn’t wash enough, but hey I am not saying a word… just very thankful that he does it. 😉 When I did the washing I washed every day, and he tends to wash whenever he doesn’t have anymore clean shirts to wear lol But it is all good :) We manage lolReplyCancel

  • Fleur

    Thank you for writing about laundry! This is definitely my weakest area as a housewife! I seem to get the washing clean ok, but I am absolutely hopeless at putting it all away. I am really looking forward to your tips in the next installment on laundry!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    This routine is great and will help me so much! I tend to have maybe one or two days a week where I’m running around like a headless chook trying to get all the washing done AND I NEVER DO! Hopefully your plan will make laundry not feel like my enemy.ReplyCancel

  • Oh I like the look of your new blogging schedule, some things to look forward to and keep us motivated. I tend to just wash everyday no real routine hereReplyCancel

  • I wash all my clothes together, I don’t seperate them out. This is just double handling the washing for me. My husband has white chef jackets and these go in with the colours, darks, towels, whatever. I’ve never had any trouble with clothes running colours (new clothes are hand washed at first so they don’t run). I also use a quality laundry detergent, so I don’t need to add softner, brightener, sanitiser, etc, etc. I do at least one, sometimes two loads a day, but usually get one day ‘off’ a week.

    I peg my clothes out in the afternoon too. I usually throw whatever needs to be washed in the washing machine, put it in baskets and then wait until around 5pm before I peg it out. Any clothes that are on the line are folded as they are put into the basket or again, it’s double handling (take them off line, put in basket, bring inside, fold up). It may take a couple of days for the folded clothes to be put away, but they’re folded, in a basket out of the way.ReplyCancel

    • Rosie

      Hi what laundry powder do you use as there are so many out on the market


      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        I use liquad Dynamo :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Braaksma

    Hi, I have a routine in laundry as well. When we did our extension, I made sure I put in 2 large POT drawers (on top of each other), the top is my LIGHTS and DELICATES, and the bottom is all the DARKS. I have a separate washing basket for TOWELS and SHEETS.

    As for days of washing (that happens every day – rain hail or shine). We have a large indoor kitchen living room, so in wet and cold weather we purchased a clothes line from Mitre 10 (I have seven children, so washing everyday is normal around here).

    Folding I use those wire baskets (two kids per basket) and share for hubby and I.

    I also recommend any of you to go to ALDI atm, they are selling these stackable coloured storage boxes only $4.99 each (PURPLE, BLUE, RED AND GREEN), I have used this for extra storage in my laundry cupboards, in the pantry and linen closets too.ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy

    I hang all our ‘good’ clothes (jeans, polo shirts, dresses, tops) inside on coat hangers above the bath. I have a plastic chain that hangs between two curtain rod holders that is perfect. This way our good clothes don’t fade, get wrecked by the dog and aren’t wet if it rains.

    I also don’t sort washing. I was at least 1 load of clothes a day and a load of linen or towels. I have NEVER understood why people sort (someone care to explain?), no issue with colour running as I also handwash the first few times, and there is no way I would ever have a white load. If I’m super busy everything get’s hung out at night after the kids are in bed and can then be brought in after 9am the next morning.

    I use white vinegar as a fabric softner/additive/booster and it is also great at removing smells from the washing not being hung out in time, I just add 1/2 cup to every wash.ReplyCancel

    • Suzy

      I sort because I’ve had problems with colours running and ruining other clothes. I have friend who don’t sort and don’t have a problem, but it has gone wrong too many times for me! I do 4 separate loads – whites, darks, colours and reds (as I find that a lot of red items continue running all through their lives, also my kids’ school uniforms are maroon, and all 5 family members have a few red or dark pink tops and jumpers, so there’s always enough to make a load).ReplyCancel

  • Great post! I will be taking these tips on to.. I was just thinking yesterday that I need to implement something like this. I’m always getting behind with it.ReplyCancel

  • Oh Wow! I am in love with your Blog. Can’t wait to read more!ReplyCancel

  • I love this idea and can see how it can work, but right now I only wash every second day. My little man is 16 months old and I use cloth nappies, so I already have an extra load just for him. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your routines!!ReplyCancel

  • What an inspiration you are Katrina! I have a seven month old and I am still amazed at how much washing I now have to do. To establish a routine is a great idea. Then to get onto that five storeys of ironing I have hiding away…ReplyCancel

    • Rachaela

      Ironing with a baby? This is one chore that I gave up when I had my babies. I had a friend that only ironed in Summer and I followed her lead. My winter wardrobe doesn’t need ironing. Even the school uniforms get left. I have found that if I shake wet uniform skirts out before putting on the line, and are careful when I take them off, it minimises ironing. Also, if I iron the pleats in with a wet washer, I can usually get away with only having to iron the skirts once every two or three washes, as the pleats stay in. I use skivvies or long sleeve polo shirts for winter uniforms that don’t need ironing.ReplyCancel

      • I love these tips Rachaela, do you mind if I add them to the upcoming newsletterReplyCancel

    • Rachaela

      Ironing with a baby? This is one chore that I gave up when I had my babies. I had a friend that only ironed in Summer and I followed her lead. My winter wardrobe doesn’t need ironing. Even the school uniforms get left. I have found that if I shake wet uniform skirts out before putting on the line, and are careful when I take them off, it minimises ironing. Also, if I iron the pleats in with a wet washer, I can usually get away with only having to iron the skirts once every two or three washes, as the pleats stay in. I use skivvies or long sleeve polo shirts for winter uniforms that don’t need ironing.ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    I sort the washing as it hits the dirty clothes baskets. I have three oversized paper bags for whites, coloureds and others. That way it is easy to see which load needs washing.

    I found a 3 compartment laundry basket at Big W late last year, carted it to the registers and left it there (too much to carry along the queue, whilst supervising a toddler rearranging the shelves!). I’ve never seen it in the stores again. Has anyone seen something similar recently???ReplyCancel

    • Missimoomoo

      Yes I have found one at Aldi it is fantastic and eliminates all that sorting that you have to doReplyCancel

    • Carole Adams

      I got one in Ikea about a year ago – It’s actually for sorting recycling but perfect for laundry sorting – it’s dark grey with white metal frame – over all size is bigger than regular laundry basket. It’s not that pretty but very functional – has 3 compartments (1 larger than the other 2) I put colours in the largest, then darks in one & whites in the last (I also put delicates in with the whiles – that way I can easily store them until they’re washed (by hand or on delicate load) & also see them so don’t accidently put them in the machine) Not sure if they still do them but worth checking :)ReplyCancel

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  • Perthcastings1

    I don’t know how many times I have ruined a whole load of washing with something red or something black or blue or green bleeding in the wash. I only use cold water but it still happens, especially if the item is new. I always separate my colours now. We have three girls so our 3 colour piles are whites, darks (denim, black, blue, green) and pink/red. With five in the family I usually have enough of all three colour piles to do a load of each every day. If I’m short of white clothes, I’ll put my white teatowels and/or bathtowels or sheets in with the white clothes.
    PS. Thanks for the tip re: how often to wash the bed sheets. I am a bit slack at that. It’ll be weekly from now on.ReplyCancel

    • Wash as it suits you and your family, glad you are enjoying the site and finding some useful tipsReplyCancel

  • TC

    I hang up most of our cothes inside out, minimising fading. It annoys my hubby as everything then has to be turned in the right way, but in saying that it prolongs the life of the clothes. I am still wearing t-shirts and jeans that I have had for over 10 years. Minimal wash fade and still look great. Some of my hubby’s clothes are more then 15 years old and are still great. The kids clothes still look fab when they have outgrown them, so I sell them on eBay for a little extra spending moneyReplyCancel

    • brisyvonne

      TC why don’t you hang them in a shady spot, or undercover, or garage or carport. You could just rig up a line with some nylon rope or similiar. With my black I do that, it saves turning them inside out and then right side out againReplyCancel

  • Kerrie Lee

    I colour sort (been caught with runs) and have a delicates pile, towels and linen. If a particular load is small then I can add say a white towels to the whites load. If I’m lucky I can eliminate the towel pile altogether that way. I check all all pockets for tissues etc, do up zips then turn all inside out so they don’t fade or rub. Peg them out so they don’t show the peg marks if possible and don’t distort or stretch. When I take them off line, they get turned the right way out that way I don’t have to do it before ironing. I take the stuff that does not need ironing off first and fold it, then ironing goes on top. Once inside I can put the stuff that needs ironing straight to the pile and the rest goes into the relevant persons basket to go away. I have RSI injuries so have to do it in stages.ReplyCancel

  • spottsy7

    Did you know you can also use napisan to soak off hard to remove stains from saucepans and roasting pans? Treat the same as for clothing but remember to rinse really well.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I would not wash mop heads and tea towels together. In fact I don’t like to wash tea towels with anything else except tablecloths.ReplyCancel

    • brisyvonne

      Hi Anne, I agree,I would never put tea towels with anything other than tablecloths, napkins, serviettes, or place mats. to think you are drying your dishes with something that has been washed with undies, or mops, sounds a bit yuck.ReplyCancel

  • I wash when needed if its going to rain(like this week) i wash everything on the sunny day(like today) and every other week just wash when baskets are full i have a load of whites which is more like a once a week thing and towels when i have enough i need to wash and work uniforms get washed friday night then daughters basket when full and same with oursReplyCancel

  • Judiannd

    I wash tea towels with sheets in a hot wash. Mop heads and other cleaning rags all together, also in a hot wash.ReplyCancel

  • Kat

    I could never stick to a routine for washing. I don’t have the room to make piles of dirty washing.
    I do love a good routine though. Heehee.
    My kids and hubby put all their dirty clothes straight inthe basket next to the machine, or the machine itself if I ask….and I wash most colors as soon as the machine is full, a load goes on. And like you Katrina, sheets are washed and put back on the same day. Other than that, I wash tea towels with the clothes, but bathroom towels and rags separately.ReplyCancel

  • NekoMama @

    Interesting you wash at night and hang overnight. My husband is very particular about them getting re-wet with morning dew. Ever have this problem?ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I always fold my washing as I take it off the line, as I hate sitting down to a basket full of washing that needs folding before it can be put away. Plus I procrastinate about putting washing away, so if it’s not folded it gets very screwed up sitting in the basket waiting for me to deal with it!
    When I hang my kids clothes on the line, I hang all the t-shirts on one line, the pants on another etc, so that when I take it off I can fold it and place it in piles for each child. Then when I go to put it away, I have a basket of nicely folded washing already in piles of pants, t-shirts etc for each child, easy to put straight into drawers. ReplyCancel

  • TamW

    I also have a washing routine. I have 3 baskets in the laundry and a fourth in the bathroom. Whites, Darks (Blues) and Red/Colours in laundry which Miss4 is able to sort and Mr in bathroom for “work” clothes – he’s a landscaper so very muddy/dusty often. Monday: Sheets. Red and Blue load from weekend. Wed: if there is a load I’ll do one. (I work Tue/Wed/Thur and often don’t get time.) I do put all washing to soak from daycare in afternoons ready for washing. Fri: Red load in am before swimming. Towels from bathroom and swimming after I get home. and often a Blue load in pm. Sat: Dad’s Work clothes and a White load. I try and fold the clothes as soon as they are off the line (we don’t have any room to hide the clothes and hate them looking at me in the baskets and iron only as I need things).ReplyCancel

  • Tab

    While we don’t really have a routine yet (still adjusting to our 10 month old – so much laundry!), my little tip is about washing baskets. We live in an apartment building and would constantly forget to take a washing basket down with us to the washing lines, so I started using the big blue ikea bags (that cost under $2) to take down washing and then I peg it to the line next to the washing :) We found they can hold up to 3 loads of washing at one time.ReplyCancel

  • Gracee

    Katrina, I am continually inspired by your posts but I have a five month old and a two year old and live in a two story house with the laundry downstairs. I am struggling to keep up with the LOADS of towels, wraps, nightclothes, day clothes to wash, and then there’s hanging them on the line and folding!!! How did you do it when your kids were smaller? XReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I like to do small loads everyday or close to it, but I dont do any colour sorting. I’ll do a separate wash for towels and one for sheets once a week but everything else gets chucked in together. I hang it out in groups (ie. 2 lines for Miss 8, 2 lines for Mr 5 the rest for hubby & me) and then I fold it all as it goes in the basket in the order of the lines so as I walk in the house Miss 8’s is on top as her bedroom is the first one I come to, Mr 5 second, etc. Its amazing how a few little steps can make a huge difference as the small loads all folded and in order are so quick to put away.ReplyCancel

  • Peta

    I generally put my washing on at 10pm – as this is the cheap power time – and then hang it out first thing in the morning [6am] makes it time effective and cost effective :) however sheets I do the same as you so these are done as the kids get up and generally on the weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • laura

    i have a different washing routine. I always do a load at night ready to dry the next morning. I seperate the kids clothes (usually about 3 times a week) Mine and my husbands clothes, towels and sheets.ReplyCancel

  • Dwife

    I just upend the whole basket of washing into the washing machine, towels, colours, everything!! No fabric softner. Im a bad housewife lol
    Seriously though, If I had to only wash colours once a week we would all run out of clothes to wear!ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    Excellent tips – thank you so much! Which Napisan do you use to soak out stains – I’m new to Australia and so not familiar with which Napisan is best for which job! Thanks in advance.ReplyCancel

  • RachB

    Tip…put the washing in the machine the night before and if you have a timer, put the timer on for breakfast time. Then once everyone has had breakfast and got out the door the washing will be ready to hang out.ReplyCancel

  • […] another I wipe down the sink and basin. I rinse them out and then put in the laundry to dry, then wash when I do the towels.  More details on my washing schedule […]ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I usually find it easiest to quickly chuck a load in the washing machine before we leave for school that way its finished and ready to hang when I get home from the drop off. (I have an old machine with no timer otherwise I like the previous idea of setting the time to go in the morning)
    Depending on the item and the wind I actually am lazy when it come to hanging and don’t bother with pegs for most items, much quicker hanging, easier to take off and no peg marks!! I sometimes go one further and hang things on coat hangers on the line so they dry and go straight in the cupboard!
    Saturdays for me is all uniforms day, work and school, we have enough sets to get through the wk and they’re not getting worn over the weekend so means its all done in one go and all ready for a new week =)ReplyCancel

  • Zöe

    Like the idea of a routine, however its the routine of getting it hung up then put away which I struggle with, esp with a toddler. I get it in the machine ok but frequently don’t get it hung up so it stays wet all day. Hubby then complains ut smells musty, so it often ends up being chucked back in the wash the next day. I need to find a regular time to hang it up. Also not great at putting it away, so washing stays in the dryer till I need it for the next load. I frequently don’t have time (or toddler gets super factious when I’m trying to do chores!) or am too tired to take one lot down, put it all away then hang another load up. Any tips for that would be great! Especially as no 2 on the way which I know will generate even more washing.

    I’m in the UK so no laundry area, washing machine is in kitchen & wash basket in hallway. Weather too unpredictable to hang outside except in v hot weather. Washing has to be dried inside on an airer (which gets in way in bedroom but no where else to put it) or radiator. So we can only do 1 load a day or every other day as only space to dry 1 load at a time.ReplyCancel

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  • […] I roll up the cloths, place in jar and pour the liquad mix over the cloths.  When I need to use them I pick out a cloth, wring out as much liquid as I can, use it, rinse and then put in the laundry to go through my usual kitchen linen wash. […]ReplyCancel