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Now my kids are older, twins turned 13 yesterday, I have created a new laundry routine, a system to make it easier to sort clean clothes.

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  • Robyn

    I struggle with washing, it’s ine of those jobs I can’t keep on top of. I just want to say thank you Kat, I find your blog easy to follow and very relatable and practical, I’m going to give your routine a go.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Robyn, I really enjoy sharing what I do in my home to help others in theirs, let me know how you go :)ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    I don’t have much of a routine, but there are definitely a couple of tips I will take from this:
    1) a weekly schedule (which includes sheets/towels) as this is very haphazard in my house!
    2) Baskets for the kids clothes for them to put away – currently I fold first and then they take them (usually unfolding in the process) so this will save me time and help their routine :-)
    Thank you, I’m slowly getting my life/house more organised, which, as a single working & studying Mum, is life-changing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds like you are very busy studying and working Cath. I’ll share pics of my kids new wardrobes soon, but I found that if I folded something up nicely it rarely stayed that way. Key is to make things easier on yourself and if you can eliminate steps along the way to cut down the amount of work go for it!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I am very happy with my front loader Kat. When I first got it (about 4 years ago) I compared one of the kids school polos washed in my old machine (top loader) and one washed in my new and there was a definite difference e.g. no bobbles! Even my husband was amazed. Having said that I know some of the new top loaders have different agitators now so they wash more like a front loader. The things I love are saving water, cleaner clothes (as explained above) and the delayed timer switch – put washing in the night before and set the time when you want the load finished….so great to get up the next morning and the washing is ready to hang out :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you so much for the tip Amanda, do you find the door get’s mouldy?ReplyCancel

      • Sarah

        I have never had a mouldy door, but I never use fabric softener, I am pretty sure it is the cause of mould in washing machines. I have been using a front loader for 10 years.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I use the delay start timer function on my washing machine, it gives me the option of setting it to turn on in 3 hours, 5 hours or 9 hours. I put it on before getting ready for bed (9-10pm ish) and it comes on early in the morning (6am ish) and is finished ready for when I am ready to hang it, without it having to sit wet overnight (which is what I used to do also with our old washing machine that did not have this function).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s a great idea Sarah, washing machines are getting so clever :)ReplyCancel

  • Roz

    I love my front loader – wish I’d had it when my four children were young! It saves water, is gentler on clothes but cleans better and has features like delayed start and short wash. I hardly ever use the long cycles as the washing rarely needs it! My only negative would be cleaning the rubber door seal as it constantly holds water and becomes a grime catcher. I’d love other people’s hints to prevent this?
    My washing is sorted as we take off clothes and put them straight into the baskets at night; whites, coloured, darks and linen/towels. When a basket is full or I know that our limited number of work uniforms have been worn I do that load. Everything is folded as soon as possible after drying (the “do it now” principle) and each family member is expected to put away their own clothes. Ironing is attended in the very early morning while it is cool in summer and to warm me up on a winter morning. Works for me but I know that everyone has to find what works for them and this can change depending on what stage your family is at.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m learning so much, I didn’t realise that the front loaders clean better than top loaders. Wonder why? Good to know thank you Roz. Yes our routine has changed as the kids get older. When I struggled to find the time when the kids were little I used to put the clean washing on my lounge so I couldn’t sit and relax until it was done. Love your do it now principal.ReplyCancel

    • Hayley

      I have a dark purple hand towel. After each load I wipe the excess water & grime out from the seal. And then leave the towel hanging over the door, leaving it open between loads prevents mould. :)ReplyCancel

      • Hayley

        I should add, the towel over the door dries between loads, and I wash it with the towels :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    I’ve only used front loaders when in a holiday unit and think they take far too long to do anything. I’m sticking with top loaderReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh do they, are their cycles longer than a top loader? I didn’t know this.ReplyCancel

      • Kazzie

        Yes, they do Katrina! When I put the heavy plush blanket in, it took 3 hours!! eekk! Plus FL are not suitable for me as we have low water pressure. So it’s a must to have high water pressure in your area to have FL.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    My laundry routine revolves around my Hills Hoist style clothesline and the fact there are four in my family. As I retrieve the washing from the machine I place it in the washing basket in a very orderly fashion so that the clothes of each family member are together. I then hang out the clothes using one side of the clothesline for each person. When I take them off, I take my husband’s off first, then mine, then my daughter’s and finishing with my son’s. I fold all the clothes as I go. So when I come inside it’s simply a matter of putting them straight in the drawers, one person at a time. I like making the job as easy as possible at the end!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s a clever system you have Stacey, I had an old hills hoist in our first home, loved it, so big. I have a friend that fold washing as they take it off the line and swear this is a big time saver. I tried it, but found it difficult with a family of 5. But I can certainly see how it saves time, great idea!ReplyCancel

    • Vicki

      Stacey, I do exactly the same! One section for each family member. Plus, I hang the “smalls” (undies, socks etc) on the inside lines, gradually going longer (tops, shorts then long pants & dresses etc last) towards the outside lines, so that when it comes to taking them off & folding, the biggest/heaviest clothes are taken & folded first so end up on the bottom of the basket with “smalls” on the top. Easier to put away too.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    If you wipe over the door seal each time you do a load, like you empty the filter in your dryer each time you do a load, it avoids the rubber going mouldy. I love my front loader. I think they’re gentler on clothes.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s a great tip for a routine Suzanne, thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    I live in the UK and everyone has front loaders here. It’s probably because most people have their washing machines in their kitchen as our houses don’t usually have laundry rooms! I’ve never even seen a top loader over here- not even in the shops! I agree with some of the other comments about front loaders taking longer to wash. It is very brand/machine dependent. Definitely check that out before you buy! My current machine has a “time saver wash” which takes about an hour although there is a 15 min option for small loads. Mould in the front seal can be a problem if you don’t use the machine frequently and let water sit in the seal. If you get in the habit of a quick wipe at the end of the laundry session it’s not an issue!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that is great tips thank you Mary, I think it would certainly save room having a front loader.ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    Just a word of warning – the front loader must have a “Start/Pause” or “Stop/Add” function – for that dropped sock or that last little forgotten bit of washing lurking in someone’s room. I love my front loader. I found it hard, at first, to get used to the looong cycles. But with my newer one with the ‘Stop/Add’ function the length of the cycle doesn’t worry me. Also it has a 30min and 15min cycle. We wash our dog towels once a week on the 15min cycle and then immediately after do a 15min cycle of just vinegar. Leave the door open between washes and use vinegar instead of fabric softener with a towels/sheets wash – and so far no mould!ReplyCancel

  • Penny Marrett

    I used to really struggle with a mountain of clean laundry which was left for me to sort – now I get the kids to help in the sorting which generally takes place when I get to reminding them!! Each person’s clean laundry is placed on their bed for folding/putting away – I have a couple laundry baskets that are used to carry them but not to be left in bedrooms else Mr 13 would live out of the basket/box & not put things away! I don’t fuss about whether they fold or how neatly as long as put away or even which drawer as long as they can find it! It’s great to give them the responsibility for their own clothes and now I don’t stress so much about the Mt Everest of washing to fold & put away!!ReplyCancel

  • Great tips as always- I really needed this- trying to organize my laundry room and get into the habit of sorting- kids seem to throw anything and everything togther and dont get me started on my DP lolReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    My advice would be to be very careful and research the heck out of it before buying a front loader. I had a Samsung for 6 years and despite taking longer than the displayed 1hr 40 min for a load (via water tank due to new house basix requirements) I was happy enough as things came out clean, it had a timer function and it didn’t take up much space.
    That all changed when a little plastic clip that connects the metal door frame to the metal machine frame broke on Easter Sunday when I went to open the door to take out the load of school clothes. Expensive service required as all school shirts were stuck and there was no way to get them out.
    New clip fitted and I very careful with the door and a month later a different plastic part to the door mechanism broke and again clothes stuck despite the kid glove treatment.
    Turns out despite the majority of the machine being metal a few plastic parts are used and they often break. A very expensive lesson for a cheap part as the entire door needed pulling apart. Never will I have trapped clothes with the replacement top loader machine. It’s a Fisher Paykel but without the agitator in the middle. Sorry about the rant but there’s nothing like seeing all your clothes in the glass door looking at you and knowing they are stuck to make you want to scream!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    I have a hanging system in my laundry where I hang all shirts/pants/shirts etc straight onto hangers (living in QLD the weather is generally warm enough that clothes dry same day). I then have a clip hanger for each person for underwear and shorts, I also have a clothes horse for excess items, this all generally remains in the laundry to dry. This allows us to grab clothes from laundry instead of worrying about bringing off line and putting away if we’re short on time. Kids have a basket each for anything not on hangers and hangers go straight into wardrobes. Towels and sheets go on the outside line.
    I have recently converted to front loader and I’m in love! We have a Fisher and Paykel Washsmart. It has delay start (a must for me) and shorter cycle options 15, 30 and 50ish mins which I find all generally clean well. The add a garment/pause is a must. Ours has a 1400 rpm spin cycle which means clothes dry so much quicker. Also heats own water up to 60°c.ReplyCancel

  • Jill

    Hi Kat. Front loader companies recommend not placing dryer on top of a washing machine. However you could hand it on the wall and place front loader washer under which would-be lower than ya top loader. Or hand on wall and place dirty clothes draws under.

One of those tasks that can easily be neglected, but you need to wash away the sweat and grime that our bodies leave on the sheets overnight.

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  • Debbie

    Ha ha you’ve brightened my day! Don’t worry about the trolls Kat I love reading your blog everyday . Rise above it and walk tall you’ve earned itReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL no trolls, all the readers were very lovely and joking around with me, but I just worried for someone may really think I cleaned them every 3 months 😛ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    We moved last June and I started changing sheets, bedding and towels every week, hand towels sundays and wednesdays. It may seem a bit over the top but I got into a good routine with it. Our 18 month old also suffers from light eczema and my partner has issues with that as well. It’s a lot of washing but it kinda does itselfReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s good when you get into a routine and rhythm, whatever works!! I’ve also tried bamboo sheets for the sensitive skin, they work well too.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    More in summer about every 2 weeks, less in winter about once every 4 to 6 weeks…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes more in the summer months is definately needed :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Palmer

    I change our bed every week year round. My girls I change probably fortnightly. Like you, I have a bit of a routine I do my sheets every Monday & towels.
    My girls are only three & one & they shower before bed so theirs is average fortnightly but we tend to have wee leaks or other such issues so sometimes sooner.
    My one year old still sleeps in a sleeping bag so that gets washed weekly or as needed that takes the brunt of her sweat is guess.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh I remember sleeping bag days….. I miss when they were so little :)ReplyCancel

  • carly

    i do mine fortnightly and i vaccum the matress each time. After noticing my 11 year old had a recurring rash on her face it prompted me to also wash her pillows! How often do you wash pillows organised housewife? I thought id do them monthly :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Carly you may like this post here I wash pillows monthly and give the mattresses a spray each month too to kill the dustmites. When they were younger and had smaller mattresses I also used to put them in the sun for a day each month, helps to remove any odours and sunlight will also kill the dustmites.ReplyCancel

      • Alison

        Hi Kat.have just started following your website and I love it.please could you give me some advice about washing pillows.When I have done this they come out all mangled and I can’t get them back to a normal pillow shape.thanksReplyCancel

      • Alison

        Hi Kat.have just started following your website and I love it.please could you give me some advice about washing pillows.When I have done this they come out all mangled and I can’t get them back to a normal pillow shape.thanksReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I do sheets weekly (only 2 beds here) because I love the feeling of fresh sheets! Also try to get them dry to avoid folding!

    I’m interested to hear what you learn about new mattresses. Ours can’t be flipped either. The seasonal rotation sounds like a good idea but may not work with all mattress designs- they’re pretty fancy these days.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s been a long time since I have purchased a new mattress for myself and I just got standard mattresses for the kids last year, but they are still very heavy. I’ll let you know how I go and share a piccie of my new bed. I ordered it back in October, it’s taken so long to get made.ReplyCancel

  • Anon

    3 monthly sheet changes sounded great to me! That’s about my average at the moment. Lol. Struggling with the whole Organised Householder thing at the moment. Usually I would do it weekly or fortnightly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Do you have other members of your household that can help? Maybe while your prepping brekkie ask them to strip their beds so that’s one step you don’t have to do? I don’t use the dryer often, but in your case if you don’t have the time, wash them, pop them in the dryer will cut down time that you are lacking these days. :)ReplyCancel

  • Elaine

    Hi Kat, we are empty nesters now, so I wash our sheets once weekly. I vacuum the mattress once a month. I’m hoping that helps with the sleeping indents as I can’t manage flipping our mattress as it is way too heavy The spare beds get washed before guests so they are nice and fresh,and then after use as well.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, flipping our mattress is a 2 person effort in our house. I’ll be asking lots of questions on the weekend about indents on new mattresses that can’t be flipped.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Hi Kat, I love your emails, makes me feel motivated :) Thanks for the chuckle, i thought it may have been written wrong. I love to change my sheets every friday (end of working week) i strip them off before we leave for school/work and let sun in all day and put clean ones on at night. If i had more “favourite” sheets id be doing them every couple of days, love fresh sheets!!! In saying that, bit of OCD & even though we shower before bed, but if we have a social weekend (meaning family Bbqs drinks around a fire) i tend to wait until after that night, wouldnt want my clean sheets smelling like fire! Lol. Happy fridayyyy everyone?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL. no I don’t think smokey sheets would be a pleasant smell. Glad you enjoyed the chuckle :)ReplyCancel

  • Marita

    Lol. Our previous mattress was too heavy to flip boy did it get stinky. New mattress from ikea is also heavy but we got a mattress topper as well. So far brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There you go, I didn’t realise Ikea also sold mattresses!ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    My sheets are washed every week. In winter that is a real chore as we have bamboo sheets 4000 thread count. They are very thick and day all the drying day to dry. In Winter I usually strip the bed on Friday morning and remake with the second set of sheets that night while the first lot are in the machine, then I nip out first thing in the morning on Saturday to hang them on the line. If I am lucky they will be dry by the sun disappears from the yard at 2 or 3 pm. If not onto the airers they go. They are worth the effort, being thick like blankets but oh so soft and warm.
    Summer sheets are easier. 3 pair at present. One pair comes off the bed and if the sun is shining into the wash straight away and usually dry by the time the next load of clothes is ready for the line. Otherwise, I can wait for a sunny day. I do not put my sheets in the dryer as they tend to shrivel up and I refuse to iron sheets.
    Once the washed pair is dry, I fold the flat sheet at the clothes line as I had hung it so that I could. The fitted sheet is folded over the bed. Then that pair is put at the bottom of the pile (well only 2 pair in the linen cupboard at any one time).
    We are empty nesters at the moment, but even when we had a houseful, I followed this routine. Just the kids would take the new sheets instead of the old sheets to make their beds. Resulting in lots of half worn out sheets and no new ones for quests.
    All my ‘spare’ single bed sheets were made into pillowslips when they all left home and decided that a single bed was too small for them to use.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, all my kids are taller than me and I can see that the twins beds are getting a little small for them especially Mr nearly 13 he’s had a huge growth spurt. I’ve had bamboo sheets in the past, it helped to reduce my daughters eczema they were great. Love your method of sheet cleaning!ReplyCancel

      • Pat

        Kat, only one decided the bed was too short. The other two decided for a wider bed – double bed. So I was left with nearly 18 single bed sheets and not a single bed in the place.
        One sheet became a tuck in end on my quilt cover as hubbie was always pulling the quilt up a round his ears making for cold toes.
        Don’t recall what other uses they went to. Paint drops sheets and other things. The last few went to make pillowcases. Recall working on the dining table to cut them out so that there was no wastage of the 100% cotton.ReplyCancel

    • Pat

      Sorry for the spelling and missing words… above.
      I also rotate my mattress once a month. Flipping not possible due to pillowtop.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley

    I change our king size sheets, daughters queen sheets, and other daughters king single sheets every Saturday. I also change everybodies duvet covers on the first Saturday of each month. We have mattress’s that can only be rotated not flipped. I try to rotate them on the first Saturday of the month if someone else is home to help me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      clever idea on the first saturday of each month, great way to remember to do them.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I’m very curious as to whether anyone out there who works full time (mon-fri 8 till 4) and has small children actually manages to stick to a laundry schedule? The idea is appealing but I honestly don’t see how I’d have the time. I have no dryer either and am not keen to get one. Sheets are low on my priority and I’m lucky if they get washed once a fortnight.ReplyCancel

    • Natalie

      We wash at night and hang the washing on clothes drying racks in our spare room. We wash the sheets and towels on Friday so we can cry them outside on SaturdayReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I work from home, but mostly do my washing out of my working hours. I put the washing on the night before, usually while dinner is cooking. Then it’s all ready for me to quickly put on the line the next morning. The trick is to remember to get it off the line before the sun goes down. I do seek out my kids help to take washing off the line, as soon as they were tall enough they started to help with this task, don’t be afraid to ask them, it’s a good household responsibility for them. Hope this helps :)

      I have just asked the readers on facebook, see if they have some ideas for you:

    • Lizzie

      My husband works full time, and I work about 0.75 part time. We have 2 small children.

      Rather than a washing schedule, we have 4 laundry baskets (whites, darks, colours, husband work shirts) and we simply put a load on when a basket is full.

      I have a loose schedule/guide for other stuff. Friday or saturday we do sheets or towels, alternating weeks. Everyone in the house has 2 sets of sheets on rotation.

      Full bed sets get folded together inside a pillow case, and a full set of towels gets stored together. So I am never looking for pieces of the puzzle.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        love your system Lizzie, sounds easy to keep ontop of :)ReplyCancel

    • Fiona

      I also work full time (Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm every day) and I have 3 boys aged 3, 8 and 10. My husband works most weekends so I also do most of the kid running around stuff every weekend. I have a laundry schedule which I try really hard to stick to. In fact I’ve found it’s the only way I can keep on top of everything. I wash our sheets every week and our boys on a fortnightly rotation.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        sounds like a very busy household Fiona, having a routine for cleaning, laundry and more will certainly help you keep on top of it all.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    We flip the mattress monthly – I write in the calendar the label locations I.e. Head up ( head of bed, facing up), foot down (foot of bed facing down). We have a Spring mattress with no latex or memory foam layers so mattress flipping is easier. We change the sheets weekly and wash the mattress protector monthly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great idea writing on the calendar :)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    When buying your new mattress check that you can lift it to tuck in the sheets, as my new one I can’t lift it and have a very hard time trying to push the sheets under, very frustrating as I like a tightly made bedReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, great tip Katrina, actually I’ve started struggling lately to lift our current mattress. The lovely assistant pulled the mattress we purcahsed onto the floor for us to try, so gave us a good opportunity to see how easy it was to lift.ReplyCancel

  • Hi, i love your laundry frames! Any chance to share the printables? Tks FilipaReplyCancel

  • Hi, i love your laundry frames! Any chance to share the printables? Tks FilipaReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Hi Kat
    I also had to read that twice, ha,ha.I change my sheets weekly, as I love clean fresh sheets. If I need a boast or am sick I change them again. Love you daily posts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s great how the simple things like clean sheets make us happy :)ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I changed the bedding about once a month for our family for quite a few months. No-one died. No-one got sick more often, had skin problems, worms or headlice. The kids didn’t care. I suspected that there were a lot of other families out there doing the same but keeping the lack of weekly bedlinen-washing a shameful secret!
    Now I wash the bedding every week and other items more frequently. The water bill has gone up a lot and we aren’t any healthier for it, in fact have had more health problems
    I like them cleaner though and will continue changing ours weekly and the kids every 7-10 days except during sickness when I do daily bedlinen changes. This feels right to me.
    However I would be interested if there is any evidence that changing bedlinen more regularly improves health or just how nice the house looks.
    The children prefer more activities together than an immaculate house so I need to think about how I spend my my time. Maybe I should be out riding bikes with them!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Interesting Jude, I should research and see, would be interesting to read results for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    I change my sheets every week regardless of the season and sometimes twice a week if the weather has been hot. There is nothing better than getting into a bed that has freshly laundered sheets. I repeat nothing better!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL, I do agree I think I sleep better in clean sheetsReplyCancel

  • Kaycee

    I wash all our sheets every Thursday (Ours + 4 girls), and more often than not do ours on a Tuesday as well :)
    It is a big job, but it works for me :)
    Oh and I iron the pillowcases before they go back on the bed too.
    I also put the same sheets back on the beds that night, so not folding of sheets.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s a good time saver not having to fold the sheets. My nan used to iron sheets too, it was actually how I started to learn how to iron, I loved ironing her sheets and tea towels.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Ann

    LOL!!! For years I have been feeling guilty because I only change the sheets fortnightly [and sometimes monthly in winter]- I was brought up to do it every week and my M-I-L would have been horrified if she knew I didn’t change them every week. Once my children hit adolescence it became their responsibility to keep their rooms habitable and to change their own sheets and I shudder now when I remember what sometimes landed in the wash!
    BTW – one very useful container [a decorative box] was labelled “ODD SOX” and kept in the laundry. Sometimes it took a few months for pairs to come together again!
    And believe it or not – once my sheets did stay on the bed for 3 months – we were overseas and came home to find that our elder son had been using our bed, but hadn’t bothered to change the sheets! I wasn’t impressed – I really needed my own bed ready for me to leap into that day!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You can only do what you can, and if it’s washing sheets every fortnight, it’s better than longer than that. Sometimes thought I would love a bed fairy, to wash, hang and put them all back on the bed!!ReplyCancel

  • April

    Regardless of the season, sheets are changed fortnightly and pillow cases twice a week. I change my quilt cover once a month. Mattress protector and pillow protectors are washed once a year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I like that idea of replacing the pillow cases inbetween washes, I might try this.ReplyCancel

  • Darra

    We have two double beds in this house. Sheets are changed fortnightly on Friday or Saturday with each bed on an alternate week. Season change I also wash all blankets.
    I just got a new mattress and it came with a guide dictating how often to rotate it. Rotate not flip. This varies from fortnightly to monthly. Usually I try to rotate once a fortnight when I change sheets on each bed.
    Each bed also has a bamboo mattress topper which gets washed seasonally. This is comfy and will hopefully stop the donated mattress problem.

    Kat if your kids move to double beds don’t get rid of the singles. My mr 11 is tall so we already moved him to a double. But he sometimes has sleepovers. So what I did was I cut the old single bed frame legs virtually off, and cut the headboard end board bits off, then I put heavy duty castors on the bottom. I stuck one of those cheap thin mattresses on top with a doona cover over it as a dust cover. It now gets stored under the double bed as a spare trundle bed.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Darra that is such a clever idea to repurpose the single beds! When I went mattress shopping on the weekend the assistant said that beds don’t need to be flipped these days just rotated.ReplyCancel

  • Tab

    I change our sheets weekly. My Mum always washed them weekly, and I took the habit with me when I moved in with my now-husband. As for mattress flipping/rotating, when we bought ours 2 years ago, we were told to rotate it every couple of months, but that was really just for our weight differences. I am, quite literally, half the size of my hubby!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I think it gives it a good balance to flip or rotate the mattress. The assistant on the weekend said mattresses these days don’t need to be flipped or rotated, but she does still recommend to do it… she says weekly, I”m not so sure about that?ReplyCancel

  • I usually change everybodys sheets weekly,and towels twice a week. But a month ago we moved up here to Brisbane from Canberra. Our new house has no airconditioning!!!!I am soooo over the heat and humidity at the moment, and it makes me want to change the sheets daily! but with 6 children = 7 beds I would never keep up with the laundry! I have to do all the towels daily because they wont dry on the bathroom rails, they stay damp and smell :(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes I here you there Carli, I’m down on the Gold Coast and was so hot last night. We also didn’t have airconditioning for the month over Christmas, as it was broken when we moved in…. so pleased to have it now, I hope you can get one installed soon.ReplyCancel

    • April

      Hi Carli, have you tried hanging the towels on the clothes line to dry so you don’t have to wash them daily?ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    I follow your laundry schedule and have for quite sometime. However I do my grocery shop ever 2nd Tuesday so the bedding gets done every other Tuesday. I also wash our mattress protectors and doonas the first bedding wash day of the season, after which I clean my machine. It’s a big day in the laundry but it’s only once every 3 months.
    Also, change my sheets the Sunday before I wash. I think I’d get bored with the same sheets much longer than that lol.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes I always have the same sheets on the bed, but have been watching a few instgram accounts and their beds look great, with fun bright pillows and quilt covers. Our new bed get’s delivered next week I might splurge and get a few new pillow cases?ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    I change & wash all bed sheets/pyjamas weekly in summer. In winter I wash pillow cases & pyjamas weekly, but the sheets are washed fortnightly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m learning that many are washing pillows mid wash, which is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kharissa

    Ha ha ha I must admit for a second I thought wow 3 months that’s a bit strange for someone so organised but then I remembered your washing routine so thought she probably means she actually changes the linen every 3 months to change the look of her rooms and keep things fresh and exciting!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I just woreded it so terribly, what I was trying to say was don’t do this tip today, just the next time you change the sheets. I think I was thinking it in my head how to word it and what was actually typed just didn’t match.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie

    I got fed up with my heavy mattress as I move frequently.
    Recently I bought a “mattress in a box” and I am very impressed with it, time will tell how it stands up to my weight, etc.
    My idea of luxury is to have clean,100% cotton, air-dried sheets nightly. It’s throwback to my childhood days in a remote area where the practice was to change the bottom sheet and pillowcase weekly, but the top sheet was moved to the bottom and the fresh one put on top.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve heard about these mattresses in a box, would love to know what you think of it Valerie, is it comfortable and how it lasts :)ReplyCancel

  • Nat

    I wash change our linen every second Tuesday and the alternate Tuesday’s, my twinnies linen. Once a month on a nice day when I can’t be bothered making the beds, I hang the doonas and pillows out in the sunshine. Vacuum the mattresses twice a year. I think I’ll start to spray our pillows, doonas and mattress once a month too though! Hadn’t thought much about that. Any product you recommend in particular?ReplyCancel

    • Nat

      I couldn’t wait ANY longer ? I went to the supermarket and checked it all out. I found glen 20 has an antibacterial fabric mist that has a pleasant smell. Blue trigger nozzle bottle. It’s the ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I use the Bosito’s Dust Mite Spray Nat, you can find it in the laundry aisle at the grocery store, my kids have allergies and it helps them. They are little bugs that you can’t see with your eye that live in all the dirt and dust in the beds.ReplyCancel

  • JK

    Oh my gosh you are all too organised! I don’t really wash sheets often, I figure I don’t wash the couch covers much, so why the beds!? Lol. My daughter suffered from eczema and I cleared it up with diet, gut healing immune boosting foods. Now it doesn’t come back regardless of how often I wash the sheets :) But I envy your organisation which I guess is why you’re the organised housewife! I spend most of my time cooking and crafting instead of cleaning :) Jude’s msg was funny, I certainly won’t disclose here how often my bed sheets get washed! LolReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Julie I’d love to know more about your daughters diet, what type of foods helped her eczema? My husband also has psoriasis, which is sadly getting worse as the years pass and we have often talked about a big diet change to see if it will improve it, he said his mum tried it when he was younger but it didn’t help him.ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    I wash my sheets weekly and air my doona on the line once weekly and spray with lavender oil.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      your doona will smell beautiful with Lavender oil :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    This may seem a little excessive however our sheets are changed every Monday and Friday and that works well for my family. We live in Cairns Nth Qld and all seem to sleep better with fresh sheets. I have three or four sets of sheets per bed to be able to maintain our routine. I change our towels every three days. In the wet season our towels don’t dry that well and can tend to become smelly if left in the bathroom – paticularly on the weekends when we can shower around 3-4 times a day depending on the activity.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s completely understandable living up north Sarah, can get so hot and humid there.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My sheets are due to be changed but I also have a new mattress to arrive, so… I am torn in between changing them today/tomorrow or to just wait for the mattress so I don’t have to change them a second time. Ah the dilemma (1st world problems).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL I had the same discussion with my husband a few days ago, he said why bother when we are getting our new mattress soon…. let’s just say the sheets were changed :)ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    Hi Kat, First time writer on your site. I love reading your blog – keep up the great work inspiring us all to have neater, cleaner homes :)
    I change my sheets once a week and have always done so even when I had a family at home. Just love that fresh sheet feeling.
    I do remember though back when I was a kid and belonged in a family of 8, there were no fitted sheets then and mum would wash the bottom sheet weekly and put the top sheet on the bottom, so that the sheets would get even wear going from top to bottom. When they became worn in the middle she would cut up the centre and sew the sides into the centre hence getting maximum wear from her sheets. Back in the days of using everything to its fullest!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      wow your mum was great at repurposing good on her, welcome to commenting Lorraine, it’s so lovely to hear from youReplyCancel

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

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  • Krystal

    The link to your laundry tips doesnt appear to be workingReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • MoniqueM

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Monica

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

    • Mel Bell

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Janene Rowley

    Link will not open.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Rachel

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • kerrie

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

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

    Love your daily jobs!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Rachel Keyte

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • fiona simcock

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

    • Mel Bell

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      xx. silly me forgetting to add the link.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Mason

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

  • Jude

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

  • Kylie

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

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

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

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  • Tara

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

    • Katrina

      Will make it look tidier too!ReplyCancel

      • Mtomsey77

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

    • Rosemary

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

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

    • Katrina

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

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

    • Katrina

      What a great idea, ironing basket on wheels!ReplyCancel

    • Terry

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

  • Melinda Russell

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



    • Katrina

      Hi Melinda

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

      • Anne

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

  • Dannielle

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

    • Katrina

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

      • Dannielle

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

  • Natalie

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

    • Katrina

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

      • Charlene

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

  • Summer

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

    • Katrina

      Love your motivation Summer, how did you go?ReplyCancel

  • Bec

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

    • Katrina

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

  • debbie stone

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Brittonie

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

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

  • Joelene Accatino

    I love this idea.ReplyCancel

    • Joelene Accatino

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

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

      • Katrina

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

  • Leila

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

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  • Leisha

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

    • jody

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kelli Stevens

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

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

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

  • Tam Wells

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

  • Ann Percival

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

  • spottsy7

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

    • kirsty

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

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  • Joolzmac

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

  • Michelle

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

  • Katie

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

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

  • Lauren

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

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

  • Bron

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

  • KristyDB

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

  • Lisakim

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

  • Ann

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

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

  • Peta Jones

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

  • Jo

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

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

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  • brisyvonne

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

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

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  • Natasha Daffy

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

  • Nancy

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

  • Courtney Edwards

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

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

  • Nancy

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

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

  • Nancy M

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

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

  • Renata

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

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

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

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  • Julia K

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

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

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

  • Kyla

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

    • Margie

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

    • Jane

      Hi Kyla,

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

      • Kyla

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

  • Danielle Cook

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

    • Kelly

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

  • Kelly

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

  • Belinda

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

  • Natasha

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

  • Nicole

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

  • Sue

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

  • Paula

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

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

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

  • Kim

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Genaya

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are chemical free GenayaReplyCancel

  • sanno

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • mary

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

    • Andra

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

  • andy

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

  • Julie-Anne Gorrell

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

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

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  • Lee

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that idea of the label Lee LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Justine

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great idea Justine!ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

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

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

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

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

    • Mascha

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

  • Alison

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


    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Rachael Pender

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Rachael, you could try using tea tree oil.ReplyCancel

  • Erica

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s fantastic Erica!ReplyCancel

  • Dani

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your welcome Jane :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

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

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Greta Adams

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Cheryl Taylor

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

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

  • Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Helen

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

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

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

  • Racheal

    Hi Katrina,

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

    Your thoughts on this would be appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    • Denisa

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

      • Racheal

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

        Kind regards,

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Racheal

    Do you go through loads of cloths though?ReplyCancel

  • Georga

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

  • Eva

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

  • Keshia

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is lovely to hear, Keshia!ReplyCancel

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Bernadette

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Skye

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

  • Carrie

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

  • Love the blog great ideasReplyCancel

  • Sandra

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

    Please can you suggest an alternative

    Thank youReplyCancel

  • Great recipe!My sister told me the same recipe but she add alcohol in it. I am going to use your method. It sounds better. Thank you for sharing it. Greetings!ReplyCancel

  • Lindalu

    Hi! Got a question. We have granite, hardwood, and quartz floors and countertops. Is there any ‘recipe’ that could be used on all?ReplyCancel

  • Eleanor Kay

    I love to give things a quick wipe, but I like to be sure if any solution needs to be rinsed off or if there is any surface I shouldn’t use it on. Have you tested it on all surfacesReplyCancel

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

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  • Yanni Pearson

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

  • Kylie

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

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

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

    • Katrina

      Great idea, thanks for sharing Kylie.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

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

    • Amy

      Hi Mandy,

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

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

      • Katrina

        Great idea, thanks Amy!ReplyCancel

      • Jules

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

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Jo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Anne

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

  • Roberta

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Mandy

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

  • Kristy Dickson

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

  • Georgie

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

  • Suhasini Sriarshi

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

  • Debra Chesterton

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

  • Laura

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

    • Katrina

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

      • Laura

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

        ps: Shes very beautiful :)ReplyCancel

        • Katrina

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

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  • Kristin Owen

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

  • Annette Murray Higgins

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

  • Belinda Irvine

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

  • Kerrie Wright

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

  • Julie Stevens

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

  • Kerin Matz

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

  • Christine Osman

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

  • Lorraine Pitman

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

  • Kerryn Tippett

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

  • Shelley Lovelace Ramsey

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

  • Maria Smith

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

  • Melissa Fawaz Frewen

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

  • Belynda Tyson

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

  • Elizabeth Hanna

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

  • Jaimelee Brown

    When I held each of my babies for the first timeReplyCancel

  • Amy Prior

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

  • Lyn Richards

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

  • Sally Williams

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

  • Treva Alofs

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

  • Amanda Abbot

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

  • Jade Snel

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

  • Krysten List

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

  • Lisa

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

  • Anna dellow

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

  • Jennifer Ottaviano

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Emma

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

  • Philippa Johnson

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

  • Carley Smith

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

  • Selina

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

  • Cheryl

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

  • Danina Scrivenor

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

  • Erin

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

  • Cassie

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

  • Hazel Morgan

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

  • Angela

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

  • Deborah

    Seeing my twin boys laughing and playing togetherReplyCancel

  • Helen De Brueys

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

  • Tanya

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

  • Amanda

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

  • Roslyn Woodhouse

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

  • Kristy

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

  • Tracey Scott

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

  • Catriona Kennedy

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

  • Krysten List

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

  • Allison

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

  • Emma Walker

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

  • Natalie Stoute

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

  • Aimee Turner

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

  • Mariam Awadalla

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

  • Joanne Asher

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

  • Sarah

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

  • Angela Dixon

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

  • Steph Hawkins

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

  • Mary Preston

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

  • Jane

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

  • Rebecca

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

  • Anna

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

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

  • Mereana Whanarere Reid

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

  • Renee

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

  • Heather

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

  • Janice Greaves

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

  • Janine Dawson

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

  • Jade Hatcher

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

  • Jenny

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

  • Narellef

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

  • Catherine McDonnell

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

  • Gillian Harridge

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

  • Kylie Arnold

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

  • Amanda Hemetsberger

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

  • Lee Corkish

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

  • Lee

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

  • Kim Tan

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

  • Kim Tan

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

  • Samantha S Goode

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

  • Rowena Hart

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

  • Karen Robinson

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

  • Megan McCormick

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

  • Alison Filgate

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

  • Alison Filgate

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

  • Clare Tudor

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

  • Cynthia

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

  • Christina Elliott

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

  • Rachel

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

  • Lyn Head

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

  • Jane Gardam

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

  • Veronica Paterson

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

  • Atika Brown

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

    • mary

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

  • Krystal

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

  • Kasey Evans

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

  • Di

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


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

  • Lori Davis Spyker

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

  • Karina Lee

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

  • Drinksi Cardonnay

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

  • Gaby Rodriguez

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

  • Tami Bird

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

  • Gayle Richardson

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

  • Gabriela Rodriguez

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

  • Hayley Parker

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

  • Amy Tsang

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

  • Maria Lewis

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

  • Helen Maree Amoore

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

  • Chris Moncrieff

    The first time they each said ” wuv you “ReplyCancel

  • Helga

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

  • Maria P

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

  • Di Lang

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

  • Melissa Jones

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

  • sonia cattley

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

  • JG Campbell

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

  • Kylie Grayda

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

  • Ebaney

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

  • Mick G

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

  • Jennifer B.

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

  • Melanie Parisella

    Every moment with both my kids is preciousReplyCancel

  • Fiona Groves

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

  • Melissa Kaddatz Fahl

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

  • Michelle Hooper

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

  • Vicki Isles

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

  • Sarah Louise Codling

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • debbie walker

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

  • Mellie Jane

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

  • Linda B

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

  • Katrina Corbett

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

  • Helen Cardwell

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

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  • Tanya

    If only I had a broom cupboard, sigh!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Elliott

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

    • Kylie

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

  • Renee Simpson

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

    • Tanya

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

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

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  • Jackie Tracy

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

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

  • K Sizzle

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

  • Wendy Hatton

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

  • Carley Smith

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

  • Miranda

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

  • Kat Tat

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

  • Carol Taylor

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

  • Humera

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

  • Tracy Brewis

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

  • Shaz

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

  • Suzanne Black

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

  • MichelleM

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

  • Amy Lovesowls Oppusunggu

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

  • Angela

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

  • Kim Geling

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

  • Kathryn Fincher

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

  • Tina

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

  • Nicki

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

  • Anna

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

  • Nikki

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

  • Helen

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

  • Kirsten Benhiam

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

  • Joni

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

  • Merryl Chantrell

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

  • marypreston

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

  • Kim Featherstone

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

  • Jessica

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

  • Vikki Ryan

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

  • Lindy Sparrow

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

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

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

  • Cathy Stone

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

  • Rebecca Crosbie

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

  • TajKai

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

  • Cath

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

  • staceyshailer

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

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

  • Libby Oldershaw

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

  • JQ

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

  • Tracy Weston

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

  • Vannessa Bradbury

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

  • sonlee

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

  • Infoxicating Lady

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

  • susanne

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

  • nancy

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

  • Haley

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

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  • Victoria

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

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

    • Susan Auden Wood

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

  • Samm

    Where do you make hose labellers? ReplyCancel

  • Jarni

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

  • Nadine Linn

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

    • Belle

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

    • Jess @ Forever Organised

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

  • Kj

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

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

    • Jess @ Forever Organised

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

      Hope this helps :)ReplyCancel

  • Lou

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

    • Jess @ Forever Organised

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

  • Jessica

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

    • Jess @ Forever Organised

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

  • Cassie

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

  • Justine

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

  • Deanna Kemp

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

  • Becci Sundberg

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

  • ayami

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

  • Charde Negus

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

    • Charde Negus

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

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

  • Meg Supel

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

  • How to organise your laundry

    […] come up with ideas.  I looked through some posts on The Organised Housewife and came across this guest post by Jess from Forever Organised.  It was […]ReplyCancel

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  • Julia

    Very wonderful project, Jess! Nice job!ReplyCancel