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  • Kristin Owen

    Walking to school, and the lightest pitter-patter of rain began.
    My daughter said: “It is like a million little kisses.”ReplyCancel

  • Annette Murray Higgins

    My daughter said her own name and its a hard name to say!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Irvine

    My most precious moment as a mum,
    Was when I first my set eyes on my son.ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie Wright

    I think still my most precious moment was when my first was born and I looked down and saw her..so much love I never knew possible!!! She’s now 13 and killing me…but I hold onto that moment with hope.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Stevens

    being told by my daughters teacher that miss 6 said she was getting a pair of zucchinis (bikinis) sweet because she is an only child and usually says grown up things. ReplyCancel

  • Kerin Matz

    Finding a card my daughter wrote saying ” You are the bestest parents in the whole town”ReplyCancel

  • Christine Osman

    On graduating from Uni my son thanked me for my support, inspiration and loveReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Pitman

    Having any of my gorgeous grandchildren tell me how much they love me with no prompting from anyone and for no reason other than true loveReplyCancel

  • Kerryn Tippett

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

  • Shelley Lovelace Ramsey

    My daughter spilled flour, looked up with “I’m in trouble look”; instead I tossed a palmful up in the air & we giggled as it “rained” in our kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Smith

    How our son says, “I love you” every night before he goes to bed – and he’s 18.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Fawaz Frewen

    Watching every little milestone my 3 kids achieve and learning to be independent in their everyday lives :) ReplyCancel

  • Belynda Tyson

    Watching my family grow up, knowing that I have taught them well and they have matured into young adults now. I only have 1 teenager to grow into an adult.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Hanna

    It was in the hospital room and watching my husband asleep with my newborn son asleep on his chest. Such a moment of joy!ReplyCancel

  • Jaimelee Brown

    When I held each of my babies for the first timeReplyCancel

  • Amy Prior

    My most precious moment was very recently. My 6 year old daughter confessed to praying to God in her prayer journal that mummy would always be healthy and happy and lose the weight I need to lose to feel beautiful again. I have never been so moved nor felt as loved and appreciated as I did in that moment. I have had a really rough time with my health since having children and medication has resulted in my gaining a huge amount of extra weight very rapidly. It has been constant struggling and I have felt so under appreciated for a very long time it was so heart warming to know my baby isn’t as selfish I sometimes think.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Richards

    Daughter aged 7 held up a bra in Kmart and said “Here’s the bras you like mum, the ones with the boobs already in them!”ReplyCancel

  • Sally Williams

    Watching the joy on my daughters face as she cradled her first born. Still causes me to well up with pride
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  • Treva Alofs

    My oldest son who is 5 took his little brother by the hand (who’s 22 mo.) when were about to cross the street and said “I got you Ashy, stick with me”.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Abbot

    Right now sitting on the sofa with my two rug rats watching watership down. The memories..!ReplyCancel

  • Jade Snel

    The day i got to Hold my son for the first time again three days after he had open heart surgery. I didnt want to ever let him go, it was also extreamy strange due to all the tubes and wires attached to him. I was just glad I could hold him close to me. Every moment I spend with my son is precious!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

  • Lisa

    Seeing the joy in my eldest daughter’s face as she plays with her baby sister, knowing our perseverance in having another child was worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Anna dellow

    Sharing morning tea made by my six year old son with my two daughters in the sun yesterday. Just enjoying their stories and company.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Ottaviano

    Having 4 Beautiful Healthy grown Children and then becoming a Grandmother to 2 Adorable granddaughters ;-) ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Watching Mr 10 and Mr 7.5 help their little sister Miss 2 – the wonderment on her face is so precious and the love that they have for her is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Watching my 3 kids playing together, helping and sharing. I must of done something right for them to have such a beautiful bond!ReplyCancel

  • Philippa Johnson

    My most precious moment as a mum was when my 5 year old daughter said she can’t wait for Easter ‘so I can spend time with you!’ReplyCancel

  • Carley Smith

    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
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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Task 15 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

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

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone in the laundry + GIVEAWAY

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 :D 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 :-D 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

    Mr4’s
    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

Laundry Room Organisation + Homemade Laundry Powder

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!!
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  • 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

Handy and easy to use pegless washing line

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang and Brighton Nu Link  These past few months have been very wet here, in what is meant to be the sunshine state, Queensland.  With many weekend plans postponed due to rain.  Louise from Brighton Nu Link read my post about how to keep up with the washing when raining […]

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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

How to keep up with the washing when raining

South east Queensland has been wet on and off for the past month or more. Listening to the news this morning I hear that most of the eastern coastal suburbs of Australia are also experience rainfall.  I hope we see an end to all the flash floods, water spouts and damaging winds soon.  However, with […]

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  • Rae

    Totally impossible to get anything dried! A weekend away has not helped.ReplyCancel

    • This weather here on the Gold Coast is so on and off, raining one minute sunshine the next. Hope you can get it dry soon.ReplyCancel

  • I mentioned on your facebook post…try tumblemonkey dryerballs…they cut your clothes dryer time drastically (if you have to use them)..and lets face it..doesnt matter how organised you are sometimes you just need to use your dryer to get things dry in time…I have a facebook page and website http://www.tumblemonkeyhandmade.comReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I love your organised laundry but want to know where you got your baskets from, as all the ones I find are too small (I have four children).ReplyCancel

  • [email protected]

    Our climates are so different! In my part of Canada, we have a few months where drying outside is impossible … how I would love to use a clothes line all year long!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I use 2 of those Ikea drying racks in my laundry and it holds a full load from my front loader. We don’t have a clothesline at the moment and these are working great. I dry our towels on a clothes airer, only issue I have is drying sheets but I’ve found a portable clothesline in Bunnings and will get one soon.ReplyCancel

  • Nat

    I am renting so only have a standing airer, but whenever I have to dry clothes on it in the garage (our undercover area is tiny and would get wet) they take a long time to dry & are a bit smelly?ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    I have always used a clothes airer inside the house for clothes. My outside line only ever gets used for sheets, large items and my hubby’s work clothes. I hang anything that needs hanging on a hanger as soon as it comes out and they hang on the ironing rack I have. Unfortunately, my laundry isn’t big enough for these but my bedroom is plenty big enough for both. Comes in handy in rainy weather and if you leave the ceiling fan on it dries in a few hours just like normal or you can leave on overnight while asleep if you want to conserve the electricity. I can leave them here for a couple of days if need be or too busy and the kids will just take what they need straight off the line. I have a couple of different sorts, but the one I use all the time is available through Big W, Kmart and the Warehouse. It consists of a frame that folds flat vertically and when you swing out one part of the frame it forms an X from the top. You pull out up to 3 arms with several rails on each and hook over the hook on the main frame. It’s perfect when your kids are really little and have heaps of washing to hang up. Now I only use the top and bottom arms on each side. Bottom is great for smalls and shorts, etc. and top is for longer things. Since it’s also on wheels it’s moved around easily too.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Oh. And towels go in the dryer. Only way to dry those well and keep them soft and fluffy. Sheets just have to go a bit longer in this weather and jump on it when the sun is out or hang on a line I’ve rigged up in the carport/patio area.ReplyCancel

  • Aismama

    gosh, try living in rainy Ireland! ReplyCancel

  • [...]  With many weekend plans postponed due to rain.  Louise from Brighton Nu Link read my post about how to keep up with the washing when raining and encouraged me to try her Brighton Nu Link, which is a Pegless washing line. [...]ReplyCancel

{ORGANISING} and hiding the ironing pile

We recently upgraded our old TV to a flat screen, with that we also needed a new  TV unit.  I found a wonderful long unit to match the rest of our mahogany furniture. Our iron basket used to sit nicely next to the old TV.  We previously kept it in the laundry but then we […]

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  • Pahaha hiding the ironing pile… excellent, my ironing pile is hiding my favorite chair! Must get inspired today :) ReplyCancel

  • Yep mine usually hides something else rather than me hiding it! Will have to work on a good hidey hole…ReplyCancel

  • Where are all your dvd’s etc if not stored in the tv cabnet?ReplyCancel

  • Marcena74

    What a great idea! The baskets also hide the cables at the rear of the unit, too!ReplyCancel

  • Snotface Stinkbum's Mum

    ironing? what ironing? like you, i avoid clothes for myself that require ironing, and hubby is a mechanic – no need for ironing there either! Snotface Stinkbum is not at school yet, so no uniforms either! i iron so much (usually when i sew) that hubby found the ironing board whilst doing some decluttering in the spare room and asked me why we had it “to iron on, dear” “we have an iron?”

    but i do love the ‘non traditional’ use of the storageReplyCancel

  • Shoe_gal3178

    I don’t do ironing, I fold them straight off the line (For the things that get folded) and for the things that are hung I bring coat hangers out to the line and hang them straight on them and put them away. We have a big wardrobe (which helps a lot). And if I don’t have time to bring them in I won’t. But I mostly do.ReplyCancel

  • I only iron when I need something eg work clothes I either iron each morning or evening or do 5 days at once – I started this when I had 2 piles of ironing that I never ever got to. Much easier to just hang everything up as soon as its dry or fold up and put in the cupboards. The baskets are a good idea, but who wants to have your ironing basket under the TV?ReplyCancel

  • Kazzie

    I love it! That’s good thinking … ‘thinking outside the square’.

    Usually I have an ironing basket located on the laundry bench, but being an empty-nester, only throw a few to be ironed on the back of our chair in our eating room as a reminder! Convenient, but an eyesore.ReplyCancel

  • The ironing basket is in our room. It comes out every second Sunday night to sit by the front door so I don’t forget to leave it out for the Ironing Fairy. Aside from that, it sits on the floor between the door and dressing table. I toss the empty hangers back in there as well.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have an ironing basket at all. All of our shirts are placed on hangers straight out of the washing machine. Once dry, they go straight into the wardrobe, to be ironed as they’re worn. It would make sense to dedicate a particular time each week to iron all the shirts etc, then I wouldn’t be running around like a crazy woman every morning!

    btw – those baskets look fabulous in your tv unit!! Genius.ReplyCancel

  • Joolzmac

    I do the same as Lisa Warren – I put away shirts as they are dry then iron as necessary – one each morning as part of my routine. Hubby is quite capable of ironing a shirt if need be. ReplyCancel

  • Letitia

    My ironing basket sits in my walk in robe until I get a chance to do it. I iron every time I sit and watch TV therefore do it quite regularly. Usually Sunday nights and a night during the week. I love neatly ironed clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    As I am an Ironing Lady, I do about 3-4 baskets a day for other people plus my own family, there is always lots of ironing here.ReplyCancel

  • … I do not iron. ReplyCancel

  • Jspunner

    My ironing basket is also in our wardrobe but my system is I cut my Mum’s hair she takes a bag of ironing & then I only have to iron it if I really need it.
    Katrina the baskets look great. Would you know where I could find something similar but smaller (like to fit in the Ikea expedit series bookcase) maybe in a faux leather? I can’t seem to find any & you seem to have agood eye for storage.
    Thanks
    JoReplyCancel

  • Jazz

    I had to think about this post for a while. I’ve fallen into the trap of having a plastic tub in front of the tv unit pretty much permanently which is full of my ironing to be done and I hate it. It goes away when I know I have visitors coming but for anyone who drops in, it is on display for all to see. Reading this post made me really think about this. Our side cabinets in our tv unit contain the kids’ hard cover books on the left, and I’ve take the door off it’s hinges to allow the kids access to the books rather than having to open the door all the time, and on the other side, our dvds etc with the door in place (we removed the handle when the kids were little – they couldn’t open it without but we could still manage).
    The kids never use these books any more (mind you, the minute I started thinking about getting rid of them, they went back to them again – doh!) so I am going to pack them up and move them. I’m going to get a proper book case and some might go in there, but the tv unit is going to have it’s door put back in place, and I’m going to find some pretty fabric or paper to cover the glass doors and in goes my washing. Thank you so much for this post! I’m so sure that not looking at my ironing all day will do a lot for my sanity!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodene

    I don’t have an ironing pile/basket either. Everything gets folded and put away after washing and in the evening I just iron the kids uniforms and whatever I want to wear for the next day and that’s it. Takes about 15 mins and it’s done. I just can’t bring myself to do hours of ironing in one go. I have too many other fun things I would rather be doing ;) ReplyCancel

  • Eli

    My ironing basket is kept in the laundry. I fold anything that I can, straight off the line. Anything that has to be ironed gets done of a Sunday night, ready for the week. I love seeing my basket empty for the start of the week. It also means that I don’t have to panic each morning to iron uniforms (I’m so not a morning person) and get to sleep in a little longer.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    I love the long tv console unit… no glass doors! Where did you get it… been looking for just this style!!!ReplyCancel

  • I love reading all the comments for this post. My partner does all the ironing. I can’t/won’t iron. If it needs ironing, I give it away. I fold all washing as it comes off the line. And I hang what should be looked after a bit more. But my partner irons either the kids or his own clothes as they are pulled out of the wardrobes. I try to have tomorrow clothes pulled out before we go to bed, so he irons then. I do make it even however. I love being in the garden, and I do help with mowing and the garden up keep….ReplyCancel

  • [...] Note:  Since writing this post, I have changed where I hide my laundry.  See full details here. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jaimie

    I don’t have an ironing basket. I have no room at all for one. I just put all the clothes away and if someone needs to wear something that needs ironing we iron it the night before.
    But that is still a clever place to hide other things.- a blanket for cold nights watching tv or maybe all the accessories for the playstation & wii.

    Where do you keep all of your DVDs?ReplyCancel

  • Elissa

    I iron only my clothes (hubbies a tradie and daughter’s clothes don’t need ironing) so its on an as needed basis.
    But as a side note, we have an indoor cat and to eliminate the smelly kitty litter (we were in a unit then) I trained him to use the toilet (as in adult toilet). Its quite nifty as we no longer have to buy litter, scoop his poop and deal with the smell. He does both in the toilet and we’ve only had 2 accidents when both were my fault as I left the toilet lid down. The smell is elmiinated as once its in the water it no loonger smells and I keep a container of disinfectant wipes next to the toilet if he does leave a mess on the seat (rarely).
    Just something to think about :)
    By the way I love this site!ReplyCancel

  • Roz

    I store mine in our walk in robe… But it is folded and ready to go though..ReplyCancel

  • Leann

    Mine always sits in a big pile on one end the couch – not a great look. I am now off on a mission to find a better way of storing my ironing pile – thanks :) ReplyCancel

  • Elly

    Marissa, you’re a legend!!! xxReplyCancel

{CLEANING TIP} Cleaning front loader washing machine

I don’t have a front loader washing machine, however so many readers are asking how to clean it and in particular how to remove the mould.  Front loaders are well-known for the build up of mould around the seal, a musty smell could be your first indication that this is occurring and is in need […]

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  • Do you still sell Tupperware brushesReplyCancel

  • We had a terrible time with our washing machine staying damp until I came up with a simple solution to stop the pets and breeze closing the door. You know those finger-saver things they sell for internal doors, to stop toddlers slamming their fingers in them? I put one of those on the washing machine door near the hinge to make sure the washing machine door doesn’t get closed accidentally. Easy! ReplyCancel

  • i didnt know u could do that i was thinking would have to replace the rubber seal it was going to cost heapsReplyCancel

  • I use white vinegar every wash as my fabric softener. Works a treat and helps to keep the machine clean.ReplyCancel

  • I love my front loader. It’s a 2yr old LG & has a “clean” cycle. However, after cleaning the dog’s blankets (about every 3wks) I put in a cup of vinegar and run the “medical” cycle. Always leave the open when you’ve finished a was too – helps it to dry out which deters the mould.ReplyCancel

  • do you just put in a glass/cup of vinegar and run the cycle?ReplyCancel

  • I have had my front loader for 9 years now. I use vinegar as fabric softener, doesn’t make the clothes smell, and wash my towels on a hotter cycle. This with keeping the door open between washes and I have not had any mouldReplyCancel

  • I NEVER close the door when not in use. You can dry the seal with a towel after use. My new one has 3 little holes that helps drain the water so I don’t need to dry the seal on this one. :) ReplyCancel

  • I’m another one that leaves the door open whilst not in use. Vinegar is a great fabric softner & also helps keep whites bright… And you can also make your own vinegar – leave 1 litre of vinegar in a 2 litre bottle, fill up with rainwater, put lid back on & leave it for a couple of weeks….ReplyCancel

  • yep i agree i was told never close the door when not in use but the vinegar trick i will use! thanks for the tip girls..ReplyCancel

  • I use vinegar instead of fabric softer and cleans the machine ( I never have all that gunk in the filter)
    I use it in the dishwasher every now again too, just pour some on the bottom ReplyCancel

  • I use vinegar for my front loader all the time! Works a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for this… It’s something I need to do with both washing machines..ReplyCancel

  • Mine is sooo overdue thanks xxReplyCancel

  • Eilen Seah-Wong

    this is very helpful indeed :)

    what i often do, as a maintenance, is to use a dry cloth to wipe away accumulated bits of water at the bottom of the seal after every wash and keep the door open for a day or so. this will help to slow down the amount of mould at the seal.ReplyCancel

    • I just did a vinegar wash and washed the seal with bleach. It was black and full of gunk and mould! Horrible. I noticed that there was about a half an inch of water in there after the wash. I wonder if this is normal? I think I’ll be manually drying the seal out after each wash from now on. And never ReplyCancel

  • A washing machine guy told me never to use fabric softener damages machine and also to clean run a cup of Epsom salts through ReplyCancel

  • Always use the vinegar!!! but not sure about the bleach as I have always been told that bleach doesn’t actually kill the mould spores, it just hides them. Instead I mix 1tsp of oil of cloves to 1 litre of water and put in spray bottle. The oil of cloves kills the spores and also aids as a preventative. I use it everywhere just to prevent mould and kills it if it ever comes. ReplyCancel

  • Curious. I have had a front loader for about eight years and I’ve never noticed mould anywhere! I’m not the most observant soul in the universe, so I went and had a jolly good look with a torch and everything. No mould to be seen. My laundry is poorly lit and incredibly badly ventilated, so you would think it would be a mould factory for sure – so I was a bit surprised to discover we had none. Rust, yes – but mould, no!

    So I had a bit of a think about it – and came up with a couple of reasons why we don’t seem to have the mould situation…

    1. I use a low sudsing, eco-friendly washing powder, and only use a rounded dessert spoon full of powder rather than the 2 1/2 tablespoons recommended. I have clean clothes that don’t smell, so that is enough soap. (Washing machine repair man told my mum to under rather than over soap… there’s not as much water in there to get all the soap out) Because it’s not highly soapy, there’s not as much soap residue hanging around.

    2. I only wash once a week – the first load goes in Friday night, and the last load overnight on Saturday night (on a good week that is, lol). The machine is therefore empty the rest of the time, and has the door open, so it gets a good amount of time to dry out completely.

    3. Every 3-4 months, I run it through on 95C with nothing in it.

    (Oh, and if you want to get the turps smell out of your front loader… I definitely recommend a super hot wash with a capfull of eucalyptus oil! Worked a treat after the bloke had an oops with some oil paint.)ReplyCancel

    • Wow Harriet you definitely are one of the lucky ones, thankyou so much for sharing your tips. Regularly washing with nothing in it will be a great help.ReplyCancel

  • Pen

    apparently doing a hot wash with nothing in is the best way to prevent mould, plus wiping the seals with some diluted clove oil, and leaving the door open. Using bleach is not recommended by washing machine manufacturers (and it only colours the mould, not kills it)ReplyCancel

  • The only mould I have found on my front loader is from the tray. Sure I can pull that out to clean it but the part where it leads the powder to the bowl is another story! ReplyCancel

  • Tonyandvic

    Does the type of detergent used make a difference to mould buildup?
    ReplyCancel

    • Yes it does, if your mould continues you should try a different detergent. ReplyCancel

      • Janine Mumma D Daly

        we can only use one type of detergent due to skin allergies and yes found a mould build up what else apart from changing detergents can prevent it?ReplyCancel

  • Rule 1 I never close the door if not in use 2 take out the powder dispenser and wash it weekly this helps with clumps of powder and refreshes unwanted smells 3 I never use fabric softner it causes so much damage for ur machine and ur health :-) ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    OMG! I just tried this and the machine overflowed and there was bubbles everywhere taking a loooong time to clean up with many rinse/drain cycles on the machine to empty the bubbles inside… crazy! I might stick to using vinegar next time, lol.ReplyCancel

  • Hmm. mys sister is on front loader no 2 in about 5 years..she is single and soon to be a mum is änal about drying the machine and leaves the door open and still has mould..but will pass on the tips..ReplyCancel

  • Ha ha just tried this tip and it made my machine overflow with bubbles everywhere!!! Big messy job to clean up. Then used 1c of vinegar through hot cycle to clean it up and remove any bleach residue. Not doing bleach clean again! Would love to know how to keep mould out of top powder drawer, at the end of the drawer inside the tray compartment, such a pain to clean all the time!ReplyCancel

  • A dumb question probably but do I put the vinegar in with clothes or in the compartment where I put washing powder much thanks I sooooo love this site xReplyCancel

  • Tree tree oil is a natural anti-fungal. I wonder if wiping it around the seal would help as a preventative? I suspect what others have said about keeping the door open to dry out the machine would make a big difference too. Love your idea of the doorstop, Callatya!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    Leaving the door open (it does not have to be wide open) between loads prevents mould forming. I use Purex complete Crystals Softener, which is a fabric softener you put in the actual machine (front or top loader) to stop your fabric softener dispenser clogging up. ReplyCancel

  • Ljiljana Vidovic

    Exit mould does the job, no need for toothbrush and elbow grease, just persistence until all mould disappears, then as per Venessa”s comment, leave the door slightly open when not in use and you are a winner.ReplyCancel

    • Joy

      That’s what I found works best for me. Only had mould once. Used Exit mould, left over night and it was all gone. I always use a cloth to dry around the seal and leave the door ajar.ReplyCancel

  • I always leave the door ajar on my machine (but hubby always insists on closing it!) The ‘finger-saver’ door stop idea is fantastic – thank you.
    With our former machine we had a lot of problems with mould and when the seal was replaced it got worse. I was constantly wiping it out but hesitant to use bleach in case it caused deterioration to the rubber seal.
    But with the new machine we’ve had no mould at all. I’ll definitely do the hot water cycle to keep it that way!ReplyCancel

  • These are indeed great cleaning tips for front loader washing machines. These techniques will ensure that all the nasty odors are removed. This will also help in maintaining the machine’s efficiency. Thanks for sharing. ReplyCancel

  • Cakebaker

    I have a front loader but loads from the top…I know that sounds strange but that’s how it is. There is no agitator in the machine. Fortunately I have a reminder built into the machine program which tells me when it needs to be cleaned…..after each wash I turn the washing machine taps off, release any small amount of water left in the outlet and then dry out the barrel of the machine…no mould build up when the machine is dried.ReplyCancel

  • reviewing-mum

    I’ve never had a mould problem, but I was told by a washing machine repair man to throw in a dishwashing tablet into the drum and run the hottest cycle (95′C in my case) for most effective cleaning. When I read the bleach idea I cringed with the thought of how much it would bubble up! Plus I HATE the smell of bleach… :/ The dishwashing tablet worked great for me, though as I mentioned – I’ve never had actual mould problems :) ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    yay a day off………. i did my linen cupboard the weekend before your place the challange invite my washing machine had a hot wash after hubby’s work clothes(thanks miss 4 i left the machine on and was mowing and came back to 25 mins to go and hubby thought i had a load on so i just left it) did under the laundry sink saturday after i knocked over the dry dog food so i can do my floors and the my everyday little bits and i am done :) ReplyCancel

  • My washing machine desperately needs a clean! Does it really need to be the hottest wash cycle used? I can do a 95C wash but it takes about 2hrs and I am reluctant to use that much power? Would a 40C wash do the same job or do I need to just put up with the power costs this one time? Also would the bleach be ok to use just the once? I have some in cupboard but would have to go out to get clove oil? Thanks!!ReplyCancel

    • Jasmine

      to save a bit of power put it on after 10pm when it changes to the off peak tariff, this is when i turn my dishwasher on at night tooReplyCancel

    • EJ Butler

      Bleach wont kill mouldReplyCancel

    • Dree

      To kill any germs your wash needs to be >60degReplyCancel

  • On my washer the soap drawer gets the most mould, the seal around the door doesn’t get any. But I do ensure I leave the door open after each wash.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    I use vinegar instead of softener ( greenie that I am) but wash only on 40 degree.
    Will that do or do I still need a hot rinse with the vinegar once a month?ReplyCancel

  • greeniepants

    Most supermarket laundry products have what are called filler and extenders in them. These are things added to increase bulk without the expense of the active ingredient. In powders, manufacturers use things like crushed bone and crushed light globes. Yes, this is what you are washing your clothes in. Obviously, these things don’t dissolve so they get stuck in your clothes and your machine. They wreck your machine, wear at your clothes and cause irritation to sensitive skins. That’s before I get into all the other horrible hazardous chemicals that are in supermarket brands. And all of this goes down the drain and into the ocean, poor fish. I use an eco friendly brand of home care products that avoids all of the above issues and creates far less mould in the washing machine, dishwasher and bathroom. They also have a descaler which is awesome for the periodic cleaning of machines (washing and dishwashing) and cleans kettles as well. I have even used it to get rid of scaly build up in the loo without having to scrub and without having to use bleach. SInce the products are concentrates, they work out much cheaper than supermarket brands per use too. My favourite brand is available at http://www.nat.trinature.com but there are several eco responsible brands available. Investigate carefully as there are a few brands that are not as responsible as they preach.ReplyCancel

    • rebekkap

      I don’t know where you got the idea that crushed up bones and light globes are used as filler – it’s not true. The filler used in washing powder is sodium sulfate. While there are good reasons to use an eco friendly washing powder, this isn’t one of them. ReplyCancel

  • EJ Butler

    Hi, I have just discovered your blog and LOVE your pantry. I have just started selling Tupperware and really look forward to decking out my pantry and the rest of the kitchen.

    I live in Darwin and with the humidity mould is my biggest nightmare in particular in my shower in the grout. After research I have discovered Vinegar or water with a small amount of clove oil is best for mould. Bleach only makes it look like it isn’t there in other words bleach’s it. You need to kill the mould. Use vinegar for that.

    Back to the washing machines… Did you know that fabric softener is harmful to your clothes? it breaks down the fibers in the fabric making them deteriorate a lot faster. my alternative is to use vinegar instead. $2.19 for 2 a litre bottle. its far cheaper and just as good. This would also help with your mouldy washing machine.ReplyCancel

  • [...] Did you know you need to wash your washing machine? It’s important to keep it clean and mould free. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Steph

    Yes! Bleach is pretty unhealthy. Hydrogen peroxide is much better and bleach only whitens the mould and doesnt kill it. Clove Oil is awesome for killing mould also. Ive found these 2 links pretty helpful with using Hydrogen Peroxide instead of bleach. (I’m not associated with either of these pages – just thought I’d share) :)
    http://www.livinghiho.com/article/hydrogen-peroxide-vs-bleach
    http://lyle-lylesplace.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/clorox-bleach-versus-hydrogen-peroxide.html
    Love this blog!! Great work Katrina :) ReplyCancel

  • I always use white vinegar as my fabric softener and after many years of owning a front loader I have never had any mould or damp smell – unfortunately I do several loads a day and I am sure my machine never gets the chance to air out or dry. I think vinegar must be the charm !ReplyCancel

  • Mum23boys

    I’ve had a frontloader now for about 2yrs (and we got it second hand) and I’ve never had a problem with mould. I use vinegar as my rinse/fabric softner every cycle….. seems to do the trick! ;-) (And leaves the clothes fresh and soft of course!)ReplyCancel

  • Gin

    Would running an empty cycle with the Canestan detergent you can buy help with the mould? ReplyCancel

    • Bonnie Lewenza

      The canestan is too filmy I wouldn’t do it. Use vinegar on the clean cycle.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie Lewenza

    When I use my washer and I am done I take a tea towel, pull back rubber and wipe it dry, I do the same with the door,then i open the soap disspenser and I leave the door open for a couple of hours so the drum can dry. I have never had mold but I don’t put fabric softener in it either.ReplyCancel

  • Yay I was looking for something else and found this, which I really need to doReplyCancel

  • Talea

    We have an enviro system so can not use bleach, is there another way to clean our front loader?ReplyCancel

    • Kat

      White vinegar :) if you need to scrub add some bicarb soda to make a pasteReplyCancel

    • Kristy

      Hi Talea. I use and recommend Tri Nature products. They are an Australian owned company. The product that I would suggest is the Maxim which is a machine descaler. You can descale your washing machine, dishwasher, coffee machine etc. My Facebook page is Tri Nature Products by Kristy. (Please delete this comment if not appropriate)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Inglis

    I have a problem
    I cannot find the lint filter there must be one some where on the machine We have a Bosch front loader I also have a bit of mould on the rubber in the door seal but will not use bleach have tried tea tree oil but not luck thereReplyCancel

    • Ingrid

      Hi Wendy,
      European washing machines usually have their lint filter below, behind a hinged ‘door’ the width of the machine. Mine just flips open and voila, there it is on the left. The lid serves as a tray for any spills (I switch my machine to pump any residue water out first).
      By the way, I also leave my door open, as well as giving my laundry powder compartment and regular wipe-over. Never had a problem with mould. Cheers, IngridReplyCancel

    • Cakebaker

      Perhaps if you look in your operating manual it will show you where the lint filter is….:-)
      ReplyCancel

    • Sarah

      Bottom right hand corner of the machine. There is a flap and inside that is the filter. When you turn the knob make sure you put a towel underneath to collect all the excess water. The whole knob will come out and that;s the bit you clean. Hope that helps.ReplyCancel

  • wash-expert

    i keep the door open after using the washer – so it can dry inside an no ugly smells will exist. Once in a year i clean the washer with a special cleaner for Washing-machines. this is really enoughReplyCancel

  • Alecia

    My cat has a naughty habit of weeing on clothes, so i began adding a cap of white vinegar to each load of washing. Ive found it totally gets rid of the smell, keeps the washing machine sparkling clean and also keeps whites nice and white :) Vinegar is amazing for everything :) ReplyCancel

    • Janine Mumma D Daly

      im going to try that now alecia my cat does that too :( hes old so we don’t go mad at him and its usually a towel left down by kidsReplyCancel

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  • I don’t have mould, but the seal and inside of the door just gets really gungy, don’t know how to get it off, any tips appreciated!ReplyCancel

  • chrissy

    You mention using bleach, but then in the ‘tips’ you advise against it. Do you have an alternative to bleach in that case? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    Hi. I live in Europe and the manufacturer of my front load machine recommended to use a small amount of vinegar in the last rinse cycle instead of liquid fabric softner (which builds up and causes nasty residue). Also when washing towels or rags they said to use the hottest setting and to completely fill the fabric softner compartement with vinegar. By doing this regulary (I do a large load of towels every 10 days or so) it has really kept my machine clean and mildew free. It also eliminates the need to run the washer empty, saving money and water. And do not forget to keep the door ajar between washes to let the seal dry properly. (If the vinegar smell is too strong for you after doing the towels just run a rinse cycle again on cold).ReplyCancel

    • michelle

      I always use vinegar instead of fabric softener, it works great!ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    oil of cloves is definitely the way to go for mould rather than bleach, i tried your technique with bleach and a tooth brush and ended up getting bleach flicked in my eye, so if anyone was to do this PLEASE WEAR EYE PROTECTION. Also my washing machine repairer said that you should use a dishwashing tablet/powder to clean your washing machine and put it on the hottest cycle. He also told me that our water was too cold for fabric softener… it was causing a brown grimy buildup in my machine which would get all over the clothesReplyCancel

  • Great post. We regularly clean the washing machines at the laundromat as it really does ensure a better and brighter wash. Michelle @ http://www.snaplaundromat.com.auReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I have been using Scalex in my washing machine every three months and is brilliant. I have also heard that liquid detergents are better as less likely to build up. Method are a lovely range of detergents that are all natural and have other natural cleaning products too. The Scalex is usseable in top and front loader machines and I also use it for my dishwasher every 3 months. No smell in either!!! Also with dishwashers I noticed in my manual that it says not to use any tablets with power balls as could ruin the machine (Just another tip I found I thought I’d share). Cleaning the seals with an old toothbrush is also handy and can be used on the fridge and dishwasher too.ReplyCancel

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{Reader tips} Laundry, bills and storing clothes

Thankyou to lovely reader Malinda for sending in the following tips I have small baskets for each person that I put folded clothes in and then they go to the person’s room…even if it takes an extra day to get put in drawers they are out of the way…and not my responsibility anymore haha {image […]

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  • I tried that – a basket for each of my girls folded clothes. I put them in their rooms but they just use the clothes out of the basket and never put them away. (sighs!)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve started a ‘second chance basket’ – each night I pick up what has been left on floor, show it to the Darlings who soon rush to put everything away before Mummy tosses it out! Working a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    I do this… only 4 in our family, but it makes folding so much easier – a basket for each person. Then, if I don’t get to put away the night of folding I put them in the bedrooms and I can easily find clothes for my tots and hubby, until I put them away. Hubby is currently at two baskets though – coz he won’t put his clothes away. lolReplyCancel

  • Organization in the home is important because it corresponds to a saving of time. If we spend a little time to organize and plan, certainly in the future we will save time, we can do more things and we can make them better!ReplyCancel

  • I’m trying the baskets theory on my family. Lets see who in my family is willing to chip in and help by putting their own stuff away instead of expecting me to do it. I didn’t realise they were living in a hotel. LOLReplyCancel

  • The baskets are a great idea, I have 6 children and often we will have a “folding party” If I havent had time to get the daily mountain of clean clothes folded. The baskets would make it much easier for them to put their things away.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda

    I do a similar thing, however I use some of the reusable shopping bags. They take up less space and are easier to carry upstairs together :) ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    Folding washing is never a problem i fold as it comes off the line… and i have a basket for each bedroom, however… the putting away part has me flummoxed… i think we have too many clothes!ReplyCancel

  • Chan

    I stumbled across this and love this idea for the kids I work with! BTW, love most of your ideas!ReplyCancel

  • I have the individual baskets too, love them! Mine fold up flat though, the thought was that I could put them away between washing… yeah, that doesn’t happen… At the moment I put most of the washing away, my son can, but is hopeless at keeping it folded neatly so I redo it most of the time and my daughter is just too young, but it still makes it easier as I keep filling them until all the washing is done and then only have to do one trip to their rooms to put them away. It’s good for ours too as I can throw the whole basket in the cupboard and shut the door when people are coming over ;)
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    • kimberly

      hi meredith, where did u find folding baskets? :-) ReplyCancel

  • Carly Green

    I have set up a seperate account that is linked to all my other accounts & has a visa debit card attached. I worked out all my bills weekly & transfer that amount. I also track my electricity usage (weekly) to ensure i am putting aside correct amounts. I have all my bills direct debited out of that one account. I never get overdue fees anymore & get a 11% discount on my next electricity bill each qtr as its always paid on time. It took me a while to learn how to manage our finances better but i am so glad i did.ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne Crawford Mutzelburg

      Carly – who are you with for electricity? I would love to get a discount for paying on time!ReplyCancel

      • Carly Green

        Hi Suzanne, I am with Click energy. I am on the honeymoon plan which is $110 pm i pay in advance. they have no contracts & are cheaper than agl etc. if you do decide to join them I would really appreciate it if you say that i referred you that way we both get $50 off our next bill. My acc number is 160399 as they will ask for it :) http://www.clickenergy.com.au/ReplyCancel

        • Suzanne Crawford Mutzelburg

          Thanks Carly – I will look into them and if I do sign up I’d be happy to say you referred me. ReplyCancel

  • ames

    I automatically pay bills day after payday. I have internet banking and have set up for each fortnight to pay, so one week is phone, the next electricity I got my quarterly statement for electricity times it by 4 then add $200 then divide by 26 and that is the amount we pay. If we owe any money when the bill arrives we pay the extra. But we generally find we are in credit for most of them :) which helps around Christmas time as we then don’t pay for a week or two and have a bit extra :)
    Love the basket idea, just wish i had the room :) maybe when I get a house of my own.ReplyCancel

{Guest Post} Being organised saves money

This is a guest post by reader Jennifer Kerr. My motivation for being organised has come from a need to save money and live on a tight budget, but also to use my time as wisely and effectively as possible, given I’m a new mum to a five-month-old daughter. I am not an expert. I […]

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  • These tips are great. I am a big fan of ‘a little bit, often’ to get through those dreaded chores. I am a big fan of meal planning too, and deep freezing, it does cut out the 5′o’clock panic. Thanks for the tips for the laundry soap too, I know many people who are looking for such a recipe. ReplyCancel

  • Mtomsey77

    These are great common sense tips. I must admit I am pretty good with the organising of food too. I only work on a week budget (mainly because I don’t have that much room in the pantry, & alot of the fresh veg, etc would not keep for the fortnight). But I will sit down one night of the week & go through the recipe books & make a plan for the week, & as you have said I will only make a shopping list of those ingredients I don’t have. We are a family of 5 so organisation is essential, especially now that 2 are in school & with all the extra curricular activities after school. Preparing myself during the day, saves time after school for running around & homework.

    You are so right, it saves so much time & money. Alot of people don’t understand how we survive on 1 wage. But shopping at Aldi for the majority of the shop, & of course sticking to budget meals helps. We still go to the grocer for fresh fruit & veg, but we have to cut out alot of Deli items that are not necessary and too expensive.
    I suppose one part I do fail at is the washing. I have usually been able to do it all on one day, but now with an extra child the amount of washing has some how doubled. I have lately been following The Organised Housewives tasks of one load a day, and it has made such a difference. I feel more motivated to wash, hang & fold one load a day rather than 6 loads in one day.

    Thanks for the tip of the Laundry Liquid I will try this which will also save on money for the more important things like shoes & handbags.ReplyCancel

  • julie mcdonald

    Jennifer, it sounds like you are a well oiled machine… most days! We all try to be and with a small baby it is even harder – things can go pear-shapes pretty quick! So much good advice here, especially the meal preparation during the day and a load of washing a day. I do that because otherwise those baskets just overflow and someone is yelling for that T-shirt they wore 4 days ago!
    I am more organised for having found The Organised Housewife – sometimes we just need a prod to do that bit extra around the home. That reminds me, I need to wipe out my washing machine again!ReplyCancel

  • Kia

    Thanks for your guest post Jenny and congrats on your new addition…some great tips you have there, we are a family of six, 2 adults and 4 kiddlywinks aged 3 – 10 yrs. Washing is so true I wash everyday atleast 2 loads…i think our washing breeds??? LOL but I am terrible at putting it away. I have now made it Mondays is my put it into piles and put it away day and I have just started to get the kids to do their own putting away which has been very helpful and I have finally let go of the guilt associated with asking them :) I am really enjoying the tips and tricks on this website/blog it helps me kepp on the straight and narrow and lets me know I am not the only housewife in the world hee hee…ReplyCancel

  • Eva

    I love the idea of the homemade washing liquid, but is it only suitable for top loaders? Thanks for the tipsReplyCancel

  • Jenkerr Designer

    Thank you all for your positive comments! Eva, yes the recipe is suitable for front and top loaders, and once you buy all the ingredients, it breaks down to be about half a cent a wash! Can’t beat that value! ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    H Jennifer, this was a good read. I too plan my meals a week in advance but I think I might up it to two weeks – this will help as I live out of town. I do like the idea of using all the fresh ingredients first too.
    I also wash every day. Small machine and short clothesline. But it is great to just be able to do a little bit everyday and then I seem to find more time for the bigger cleaning jobs.ReplyCancel

{Decluttering} Odd socks

Join me in a week of decluttering. Please comment below if your able to part with today’s suggestion, I would love to hear from you. Are you following the Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge, more info HERE, it’s never to late to start! #24 Odd Socks I have mentioned before that I buy […]

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  • Thanks for the ideas! I did same for my toddler – bought all grey socks. Wish I’d thought about that for hubby though. I must have about 20odd socks in my “odd sock box”, where I put all the odd ones that I won’t let back into his drawer again! I have them put aside in case I find the other pair, but I should just start using the better ones and throw the older ones out! :) ReplyCancel

    • Use them for dusting and cleaningReplyCancel

    • Guest

      I use a 2 step system to reunite socks in my place.. I use a delicates bag inside my “dead sock drawer” this bag is for the long time offenders.. once they have been in there for 3 sorts, they get chucked, or used elsewhere as rags etc. Most times though, I find its pair in the outer drawer.. and its reunited.. when I go through it – the remaining socks are then added to this bag.. and given their time in there too.. that way when the new odd socks come in, its fast enough to just look through the previous odd socks – ie in the bag, as it is to search through them all constantly. With long term offenders gone – the bag is not as large as it could have been.. and there is no mix up then with throwing out the matching pair to the next odd sock that is in the next load.ReplyCancel

  • I perpetually have THREE odd socks. They’re rarely ever the *same* three odd socks, either – so I just chuck the three odd ones back into the wash, they get back together with their partners and I end up with a different three oddies the next week! (I do not understand why I always have three odd socks! There are four of us in the family, and it’s not even uniform as to whom the socks belong to – currently, one of mine, one of the kids and one of the blokes socks are odd)

    I do the same thing with school socks – I buy 10 pairs each of cheap white socks at the start of the year. I usually end up with 6-8 pairs of really gross white socks at the end of the year which I can chuck with a clear conscience! It’s way more economical to do that way as well… five pairs of white socks costs the same as two pairs of proper green school socks! And they get lost just the same!ReplyCancel

  • Miss My

    Thanks for inspiring me to declutter my odd sock basket which is a washing basket that is over flowing………….and possibly full of socks that don’t even fit my kids feet anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Toyer

    where do they go?? thats what i don’t get! i mean i only take my socks off in the house so theoritically that damn sock must be somewhere in my home, but where damn it where??
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    • They turn into wire coat hangers.ReplyCancel

    • LOL, sometimes I am ironing and they fall out of a sleeve of a business shirt. They disappear somehow, mystery!ReplyCancel

    • Amanda, my Mum says washing machines eat socks & birds eat pegs ;) lol – I have often found socks coming through the draining pipe in the machine.ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    I must be in a parallel universe or something because I rarely have trouble with odd socks.
    Yes one sock might be missing in a load, but it is soon partnered a load or two later when I find it under the bed, out in the yard (boys are always taking their socks off out there) but rarely is one missing for good.
    i always pair my socks on the line. When I find an odd one and I know all the washing’s done I go looking for the odd sock. I usually find it, or like I said it turned up a few days later.
    The clean and dried odd socks go back into the respective drawer where it gets paired up later when the partner is discovered.
    I think in the last 3 years (since my youngest two have been born) I have maybe thrown out 2 socks because I couldn’t find their partners. And they were baby socks which could have been kicked off while out for a walk.
    I have enough dusters etc so trashed socks get thrown in the bin. If they are ok but neither child fits then (or will in the future) they get put into an old nappy box where all the boys too small clothes go and then off to the church op shop for someone else that needs them.ReplyCancel

    • You are a rare breed Becci, lol. I don’t often notice if they go missing because all the socks are the same.ReplyCancel

  • I love the odd socks hanging on the little line on the wall – thats my favouite :)
    I also make and sell “Odd Sock Keepers” :)
    http://www.madeit.com.au/zippyzippy
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  • Amber

    A use of odd socks that we have – is for the hot summer time – we freeze water bottles to place in animal cages – and so they wont get too cold too quick by lying up to them, we wrap them in old/odd socks – best part of it – is they not only get a little wet from the melting moisture into the socks, but they also insulate the bottles – so they stay cooler longer.. and the animals appreciate it more!ReplyCancel

  • Ruby

    I have this box with a mixture of  socks and undies. Over time t-shirts and other clothes also found their way in there. But I hardly ever took the time to match and fold the socks; despite that I bought special washable sock clips, I always dumped them unsorted into or near the box in the assumption that I will still find everything. Of course I did not, long searches in the morning and complaints “where are matching socks, we need to buy some more”. Now I finally cleaned up the box: I  dumped 1 bag of ripped or single socks. But we still have for 2 people a total of 40 sock pairs… This is a lesson to always properly match and fold the socks…ReplyCancel

  • Katty

    It drives me nuts not having matching socks paired up after washing. I keep a basket under the change table where I throw odd (clean) socks after doing the laundry. Every few weeks I go through the basket and I find heaps of matching pairs that go back into the draws…. After a while I know what socks (or slippers) have no pairs :) ReplyCancel

  • MummyJenn

    Thanks Katrina. With four kids there is always plenty of odd socks. I keep these separate and overtime they tend to match up but it is time to start tossing those that have been sitting lonely for a while. We have an issue where the kids MUST, and I do mean MUST, run their hands along the walls as they walk by so now they can each have one of their lonely socks and happily run their hands along the wall cleaning it for me. ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    I blogged about this issue recently. After having dramas with missing socks, I brought my husband 10 pairs of identical black socks for Fathers Day so that pairing wouldn’t be an issue. It makes putting away socks so much easier, although unfortunately all the socks were too tight!!! http://www.housewifeinheels.com/2012/08/02/matching-socks/ReplyCancel

  • cheaperbythe7

    i just found you on Pinterest…. my kids wear mismatched socks as it seems to be the style now…. can’t bring myself to do that yet. Love your site! My new year’s resolution is to be more organized….ReplyCancel

  • Fi

    I used 24 odd baby socks for an advent calendar. We always take odd socks on holidays with us, wear, then chuck. And I use odd socks while mowing, then throw away.ReplyCancel

  • I did this with black socks for my boys to wear around the farm and we only have a few coloured heels pairs for school sport,ReplyCancel