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How I organise all our pet supplies & keep the house pet clean

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 :)
      AmyReplyCancel

      • 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

    Mandy,
    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.

    PEE MESS
    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.

    SOLID MESS
    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.

    CLOTHING / PET BEDDING
    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).

    DISINFECTING
    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

    MY DOGGY ODOUR PREVENTION STRATEGY FOR THE INSIDE DOGS
    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..)
    :) ReplyCancel

    • 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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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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

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  • 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
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    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

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  • Alison Filgate

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

    • DonnaE

      I dry on the airer overnight and only do 15-20 minutes in the dryer with ones of those Fluffy brand dryer pads. That tends to release the wrinkles AND makes them smell nice!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

  • Hayley Hitchings

    I live in southern Victoria and getting washing dry used to be a constant battle! Until I invested in a mrs Peggs handy line, if you have the room for it I can’t recommend it highly enough!ReplyCancel

  • Toni Rapley

    Do any thing that needs to be ironed as soon as it’s out of the washing machine, it’s a breeze to iron, put it on a hanger, that reduces to drying time & putting then on a rail saves the drying space to.ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee Mayes

    I have a couple of ocky straps that I hang in a safe spot under the stairs inside and hang items on hangers to dry. Doing a lot of washing at the moment with 2 sick kids, so urgent items get popped in the dryer, everything else gets hung up on my makeshift lines. Usually only takes overnight to dryReplyCancel

  • Cassie Hall

    putting things on hangers then onto the wall mounted line saves so much space therefore you can hang more. One of those “octopus peg rings” (best description i can give) are great for underwear and socks and again will hang on the wall mounted line. a travellers washing line that consists of rope twisted elastic will go well in any space and using the same tricks as before gives you all the space you could need. take these tips from a melbournian, you cant rely on the weather man down hereReplyCancel

  • Amanda Browning

    We are in a cooler climate in Australia and have a lot of trouble drying things. I have Dryer Balls that help the dryer get things dry faster and so saves power. They also reduce static (my clothes are never static-y) and naturally soften clothes. They are made from pure New Zealand wool. If you like to fragrance your clothes you can add some essential oil to a ball, which is great if you are reducing your chemicals or have allergies. Read more about them at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=768587959870730&set=a.397960013600195.96848.342247555838108&type=1&theater
    Or purchase from http://amandamicallef.norwexbiz.com.au/?p=n&sectid=4&cid=3&pid=357021ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra

    Hi I am obsessive about not using the dryer unless necessary, and washing. I used to have a small pull out hanger which I used for underwear-so handy and accessible. now after a renovation, I have a pulley (vitorian style) clothes line in my laundry, a couple of racks I use on the verandah especially in winter as our clothes line doesn’t get enough sun and….a spin dryer. THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING. They are used in Argentina where mine comes from and spin much of the excess water from heavier items. Eg towels will dry in a winter day when without spinning they would have to go into the dryer. Most things easily dry in a day or overnight after spinning. I found it at the homeshow and bought when we renovated as I didn’t have a laundry fro 9 months. just put it in the bathroom, It is a KOH-I NOOR. I also have a hanging rack iamong my laundry shelves -from Howards Storage. With a big family it is great.ReplyCancel

    • DonnaE

      Hi Alexandra!
      Wondering if the Koh-i Noor leaves the clothes very wrinkly? Wondering if it is really heavy to counteract the centrifugal force?
      Have looked up some website reviews – looks fantastic! Might be my next purchase?ReplyCancel

  • zeetra

    I love my clothes line. Nothing gets rid of stains like direct sunshine can. But in the rain I use my 2 air driers or my drier. I only dry towels and sheets. I hate using up, but I dont have space to have undercover dryingReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    We are a family of 8 with 2 more every second weekend. I wash multiple loads everyday. If it’s warm enough outside line drying is a must, especially for towels, jeans and sheets! I have 2 inside airers but could do with another! Wish I had room in my laundry for a line like yours Kat. I have to keep up with it or we’d be covered in unwashed/unfolded clothes!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I have a rack that hangs off my dryer, great for drying delicates while the dryer is on but I also use it for socks etc when the dryer isn’t on. I use a 20 peg plastic hanger for all our socks & underwear, which I either hang inside, off the dryer rack or take outside when nice. I have a five rail rack that hangs over the door, and two clothes airers. When I’m desperate I hang things on hangers around the house.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I make sure to spin clothes super-fast before they come out of the washing machine, making them only damp and needing less time to dry.

    It drives me insane having clothes hangers with laundry on them all around the house! I hate dryers though- noisy, expensive, spit dust everywhere and a fire hazard.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Townsend Murphy

    I live in Ireland rain,rain,rain ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Last year we put in a coonara wood heater. Best Thing Ever!! I keep up to date with my washing all through winter, putting it over a portable clothesline in front of the fire over night & its dried the next day. There are days when in doing towels & sheets that the line is out during the day, but generally its only at night. We are a family of 5 & i hardly ever use the dryer except in emergencies. But as soon as there is a glimmer of sunshine the clothes are on the line!! Being in Victoria its more cold & wet than sunny so we had to come up with a better solution than the dryer. We’ve literally HALVED our electricity bill just by not using the dryer!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That is fantastic, Lisa! Love your idea.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jenni M.

    On rainy/winter days when laundry needs drying I pop towels, jeans, T’s, work shirts in the dryer for 10 minutes for less wrinkles and fluffing up then pop them on the aider inside stadium get said aired over one of the floor vents of the ducted heating. Figure kills two birds with one stone as we are usually warming the house and trying to get rid of any possible damp smells from the weather.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    We gave away our electric dryer.

    I use two clothes racks.
    I have hooks on laundry walls for when I’m not using them.

    I also hang selected items straight onto hangers.

    I use two octopus hangers for socks and baby’s clothes.

    If needed I have two poles that can hang between two open closet doors or two dining chairs.

    We have ducted heating in roof so I put racks under vents.

    Also the heater is strongest in two of our bedrooms. So poles and racks go in those rooms with door shut to get a good burst of heat while house is warming up.

    Our outside clothes line is not covered so only gets used when it is not rainy or damp. At the moment hardly ever!ReplyCancel

  • Carole Flynn

    On rainy days and in winter here in England I use a clothes airer and put it in the conservatory to maximise any heat that may be around. I also plug in the dehumidifier and this helps to suck the water from the clothes. They dry fairly quickly this way.ReplyCancel

  • Cc

    I have three air dryers which hang over doors. Bought from big w or Kmart. With central heating they dry clothes overnight. Otherwise it is a case of hanging things on coat hangers overnight throughout the house, a la Chinese laundry lookReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes they are a great idea! I use them too.ReplyCancel

  • Susanne Ferreira

    Loving this blog and I life in Canada…YEs I have a dryer and I use it.often, although I have a washer dryer in the basement, the basement is high and dry..meaning it has high ceilings and heat vents..which I have to remember to close off in the summer as the basement gets all the air-conditioning..waste of hydr$$. So I start by using the front load washer on the right setting. If I have a load of shirts, I do quick air vent in the dryer and then hang items asap, better to iron that load while still damp, and then hang to complete drying. For towels I use the dryer, but I only do wash and dryer during the peak saver time period, only 1/3 the cost from 7pm-7am..might look into using the dryer less, but the dryer is large so easy to do mixed loads and unload accordingly. I love doing laundry..my time to meditate. Maybe I need a hobby.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

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  • 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?
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    • 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

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  • 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

      • DonnaE

        oh crap – there’s a lint filtre? I’ve had a Bosch front loader for about 6 years and have never cleaned or even known about the filtre…will check it when I get home I guess!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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  • Ann

    Have used front loaders for at least 20 years. Only ever wipe down with a microfibres cloth and water. I use environmentally friendly powder, Softly for woollens no softener. Despite multiple climates and sites from under an old Queenslanders to an indoors poorly ventilated room I have never had problems with mould or needing to clean inside the machineReplyCancel

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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 the big hall cupboard

This is a guest post by Fiona, from the blog My Paperless PHD. We moved into this house nearly four years ago. One of the things I loved was this massive storage cupboard in the main hallway (in addition to a separate linen cupboard!) I shouldn’t be surprised at what happened really. I am a […]

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  • Shae

    What a lovely post. So motivating I love the reward idea. Well deserved!ReplyCancel

  • Jas

    i am loving this site Katrina……getting me so motivated with my decluttering and organising….i have a hallway closet to get to soon too…thanks for your tips Fiona. Where did you find the suitcase storage containers? love them!!!!ReplyCancel

  • T T

    I love plastic containers just need a better way of labeling them so I can find what I’m stacked and packed away. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • astonmel

    Oh how I miss my big hall cupboard! I must admit, it is a breeding ground for hoarding, but properly arranged… it looks great, good job! I now have just one linen/hall/everything that doesn’t have a home cupboard. :-( ReplyCancel

  • [...] Take Fiona Trapani, for instance. When she moved into a new house, the “massive storage cupboard in the main hallway” looked like it would always be sufficient, but within two years, it was “filled to brimming” and “no longer accessible.” It took three weeks and several trips to her local donation center, but she finally got everything organized, as the before-and-after photos can attest. Best of all, she took another photo two months later, just to prove that clutter control can be permanent. (The Organised Housewife) [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] everyone, and welcome to my new subscribers. The guest post last week for Organised Housewife has helped generate more traffic to this blog and has doubled the number of wonderful people who [...]ReplyCancel

  • have just read this post,lucky for me i have a head cold and can now catch up on all the blogs you miss having 5 kids! Im more than a little envious about the storage let me tell you! i have a 5 bedroom home with NO storage,its ridiculous! any how ie decided to sort the christmas decs and would love to know where you have purchased the suitcase storage containers from ? thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, love the pictures. You’ve come a long way! keep up the good work I will be watching your progress.ReplyCancel