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My kids favourite iPad/iPod Apps

Apple released details last week of the new iPad’s being released, just in time for Christmas!  I love the look of the new iPads, they come in silver, gold or Space Grey. The iPad 2 is said to be alot more powerful, better graphics and improved battery life (up to 10 hours).  Like I have […]

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  • Maree

    I have been trying to find a good money app, this one sounds great, especially that it’s Australian money. Thank you for sharing this list Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My kiddies really enjoy it! A really fun way of learning.:)ReplyCancel

  • Di

    My kids absolutely love Lightbot, it is such a great strategy and thinking game, their favourite at the moment is Ace Writer, teaching them to write.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i will have to have a look at Ace Writter!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i will have to have a look at Ace Writer!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    this is great, I have getting my daughter an iPad for Christmas and have been curious which are good games to put on there ready for her, she is a similar age to your kids so I’ll just use your tips!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful Sandra! The kids love these apps and great learning apps too.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal

    Highly recommend an app called Little Builders. It’s designed for preschoolers and there are no in app purchases.ReplyCancel

  • My 3 year old loves bugs and buttons (great for mates learning), Toca Boca and the play-school apps are fun and interactive for littlies!ReplyCancel

  • kirsty

    I recommend AGAINST Clash of Clans. It is the worst app you could consider installing. My kids are beyond obsessed with it, they are always checking in to see what is going on with it and have recently started hiding from me while they do it. It is a game that never ends and they talk about it when they are no where near the ipad. They get upset with people leaving their clan, raiding and it brings out anger streaks in them that I previously didn’t know existed. They also chat to complete strangers who join their clan, which has also had a negative effect. Which means that this games needs adult supervision, especially when they don’t like what these random people ask them to do (in terms of the game)

    I don’t know how long your children have played this game for, or if you have ever monitored it, but all I can say is be very careful if you allow your children to play this game. And no, I didn’t allow them to install it, their father did after their much older cousins introduced them to it. Worst mistake ever!ReplyCancel

  • Adi

    Flow Free is so much fun! I even enjoy it – great recommendation!
    Is there a list for younger kids as well?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Adi, I have had a few readers reply with some apps for the littlies. Here is a list for you: Bugs & Buttons, Toca Boca, Playschool apps, Little Builders.ReplyCancel

The 2015 Weekly Planner

The 2015 Weekly Planner is now available! The 2015 Weekly Planner will help you with your time management, keep track of your to-do list, meal plan ideas and upcoming appointments.  It includes: Cover page and spine label 2015 year at a glance page Month at a glance pages – October 2014 – December 2015 (spread over […]

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  • Lauren

    Hi Kat, just wondering if this can be printed in A5 size? It looks great, exactly what I’m after but I’d prefer a smaller size than A4. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lauren, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

      • Lauren

        Thank you Meg & Kat! now I’ve got next years diary just about sorted :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I would love a5 also.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lisa, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Hi Kat, I like the idea of A5 too. My question though is, as I don’t think my printer could print double sided – could I take the downloaded pdf on a usb to officeworks and have them print it – or would that breach your copyright? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Diane, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below. You are welcome to take to officeworks, this won’t breach the copyright.ReplyCancel

      • Diane

        thank you Kat & Meg – clever ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola McGowan

    Kat can you please advise how many pages is it to print in total? Trying to work out printing costs! Great looking planner, thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Nicole, it is 163 pages. I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    I would also like to know if it will print in A5 if I change printer settings.Will it line up properly?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Monique, I have just had a play around with the file and it is really easy to convert to A5, ooh it’s so cute!! When printing chose print to A5 (you must have A5 paper in your printer). My printer won’t allow to print double sided on A5, so I printed all the odd pages first (press more options in your printer settings to find the odd/even option), keep the pile as is, then turn your pile upside down and you will have the back of the first page, put this in your printer and print the even pages. Special thanks to Meg for sharing this idea in the comments below.ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    In my experience it should print in A5, I have done it with other products (recipes & charts) it worked just fine. I have previously bought A5 paper at Officeworks & printed a diary out. My printer also doesn’t have a double sided option so I printed the odd pages first then restacked the paper (you may need to remember to reshuffle the order to make sure you get the right page corresponding with the dates, learnt that the hard way!); then print the even pages. It takes a little time to do manually but so worth it. I got a quote to get it printed & bound but worked out it wasn’t worth it. I printed the monthly calendar out for the year then the weekly calendar one month at a time so I didn’t do it in one go. Hope that helps :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Meg you are a super star, I have been trying to work out all morning how to do it, but my printer wasn’t allowing me to print double sided, your comment came at the right time and I have managed to print it all in A5!! Thank you so very very much for sharing your tip, I’ll let the other ladies know, I really appreciate it, thank you!! xxReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hi Kat
    Is it possible to type into the document before printing so birthdays etc are neat. Do you have public holidays and school terms noted at all?
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, no it’s not editable sorry. I have left the calendar blank as all states are very different.ReplyCancel

  • Francene

    Hi, do you post to NZ? If so what are the charges? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Francene, the 2015 Weekly Planner is an instant download so there is no posting involved. Once you have brought the item you are able to download straightaway.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    Hey Kat,
    Where do you get your cute little tabs from. I looked for someone the other day and couldn’t find any like that. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Kirsten, I actually got them a while back but you can purchase them from Officeworks. They are from a company called Avery, here is the link for you: http://www.averyproducts.com.au/avery/en_au/Products/Dividers-%26-Tabbies/?Ns=RankReplyCancel

    • Kirsten

      Great,
      Thanks so much. So motivated to get a head start on being organised for 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Hi Kat,
    Just downloaded the new planner and I think it looks great! However I was a bit disappointed that the daily task has been removed. I thought that was a great feature of the 2014 planner, it gave me some really good ideas to keep on top of all those jobs that get forgotten. But anyway great job and I love the A5 idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Belinda, Yes i am loving the A5 idea too!ReplyCancel

  • Rayna

    Hi Katrina,
    This may seem a silly question – just wanted to know if you thought this could be printed and stuck on the fridge – more like a calendar option with extras – if I put it in a folder my family wouldn’t see what’s coming up so I thought on the fridge with the extra weekly page to add more details (our son has CP & we have ALOT of appointments which require paperwork and or equipment to be taken etc). So the appointments can be added on the monthly pages & then the details on the weekly page. I presume that would work?
    PS love your daily emails & inspirational quotes – if anyone needs them, I do!!!ReplyCancel

Lots of iPhone tips and tricks

  I have a little obsession I should share with you. I love all my iProducts, I am certain I have just about all available and can honestly tell you it would be very hard for me to go back to a windows computer.  All my devices talk to each other and they are all […]

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  • Kati Wenk

    I love this, I need all the help I can get to use my devices to their fullest. Any more?ReplyCancel

  • Jaimee

    This is great Kat thank you, I had no idea how to get that shortcut screen, I’ve seen people use it, but never asked, great time savers. Also love that picture of you, your smile says a thousand wonderful words, beautiful facetuned or not.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Jaimee for the beautiful comment!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Me Too

    I too have a love affair the apple products, I love how they all sync together just makes my life so much easier, great tips thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes they do make our lives easier, Me Too!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Morgan

    Ooh I have been looking for a todo list that can sync to all my devices, this one looks great, you are wonderful for sharing this post, I’ve certainly learnt a thing or two.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Linda.:) It is fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Monohan

    Ooh so that’s how you photoshop on the iPhone, getting this app!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Kim yes i do love Photoshop too! It’s a great app!ReplyCancel

  • The Filing Fairies

    Did you know that you can also use the volume control on your phone headset to set up longer reach selfies!ReplyCancel

  • It’s amazing (and probably scary) how much I rely on my phone. I’ve been looking for a good “ToDo” app so going to try out your recomendation today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s great Amber! I’m sure you will love the apps like i do!ReplyCancel

  • Ev

    I ?? them too.
    My friends call my The apple guru.
    I luv short cuts & every tip around.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      The Apple Guru!! I love it, Ev!.:)ReplyCancel

  • So funny that you should write this blog post Kat. I have just hit publish on my blog about my trip to Brisbane last week…I purchased the MacBook Air and wanted hints and tips. Decided to streamline my apples….I do love my apples. I too love that they talk to each other, so user friendly and may help me to get a little better at this blogging business. Thanks for the post Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the tips. I really like the one about turning the phone to landscape for a different view of my calendar, will definitely be doing this from now on. xTReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      it’s little things like that that should be shared in a manual to make life so much easier, I like that little feature too!ReplyCancel

  • Wow thanks, i didn’t know i could use the volume buttons to take photos. I’ve also just purchased both the apps. FMS will be my teacher soon hehe (Clever Cookie)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL she is a clever cookie, I’m looking forward to chatting to you about social media in a few weeks then!! Ooh yes makes taking selfies so much easier, wish it helped me with my funny one eye closed thingy when I take selfies though :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow I never knew about the photo one that you can pick a favourite and I’m TOTALLY getting the Facetune app, you still look the same but with just less beauty lines (nicer than wrinkles right) You look great in dark blue BTW. I also had no idea about the calender OR the keyboard. Thanks for sharing Kat. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yay Emily I’m glad I could help you, I like the facetune app for smoothing the skin, also makes my freckles disappear, gotta love that!ReplyCancel

  • Why has nobody ever told me you can use the volume keys to take pic’s, I am only on my third iPhone, you really think I would have known that. Many thanks! xx NReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL Nikki, it’s amazing the different features we find.ReplyCancel

  • Travel Bug Within

    I loved this post – BUT I am a samsung user – so need to search for just as informative post for non-apple fiends like me!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I love your demonstration of how you hold the phone with your right hand to take a picture and the calendar landscape mode tip! These will help me immensely! I don’t know if this is a real tip or not, but I love being able to save any image from a website onto my camera roll just by holding my finger on it and clicking Save Image. I used to screen shot so many things, but now I just do this if it’s an image. Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Leanne

      I meant to also mention a couple of my favourite apps.
      * For photo editing: PicTapGo (free),
      * For listening to music you didn’t know you wanted to listen to (hahaha) according to your mood or what you’re doing: Songza (free, uses data),
      * To save and share the kiddoes’ artwork: Artkive (paid); and
      * For the smarty-pants kids in the family: Codeacademy!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Awesome, thanks for the tips Leanne. They are great.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Richardson

    This was fantastic! I have always had an iphone but you showed me things I didn’t know! The holding of the phone blew me away, I just took a mountain of photos as I sat here holding my phone comfortably and I am embarrassed to say I didn’t know about volume controls for selfies OMG!!! ReplyCancel

  • Money Making Mummy

    my partner asked me to buy one of the fancy faster iPhone charges and I refused but I’m glad now that I know all he needs to do is turn on airplane mode. thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    great post KatReplyCancel

  • Tracey Barron

    There is a book that I borrowed from the local library, called “iPhone Made Easy” by Chris Smith and Kieran Alger – full of really useful stuff, including backing up your iPhone.ReplyCancel

  • Julianne Dimasi

    I’m really loving an app called TIcketyBoo Milestones. I can finally log all my babies cute moments, as they happen on my phone. I always forget to write that stuff down and now I don’t have to anymore. It’s so handy!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Great tips!
    I am envious. I have all these devices too but can’t make the calendars sync. Any tips?
    Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Amy try connecting with iCloud to get your calendars to sync!ReplyCancel

5 Top Tips For Great Photos Of Your Kids

This is a guest post by Louise Glendon from Click.Love.Grow Kids are hard enough to pin down and photograph at all, let alone together, cooperative, happy, and looking in the vague direction of our lens! And that’s without considering composition, light, exposure and everything else that makes a photograph a good photograph! Even if you bribe them […]

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Four Steps to a Clear Desk

This is a guest post by Helen Butler from Clutter Rescue How’s your paperwork process at the moment?  Is it a streamlined machine, with inboxes, outboxes, in-between boxes and more colour coding than a spring garden?  Or it is a pile of this, a pile of that, another pile of whatever, with to-do’s strewn all […]

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  • Beautiful coincidence that this was posted today – my task for the day is to tidy my desk!ReplyCancel

  • Lordy… my desk!

    At home, I work off the dining table which, as it needs to be cleared for meals, never gets that bad. My desk at work however… dirty cutlery, some crockery, a report that I dropped (only 135 pages to restore to order). It will probably only take me 15 minutes to sort out.ReplyCancel

  • Definitely need this advice today. My desk is a culmination of my art shop, PhD study and mailing supplies. Everything is here at the moment. Going to give this a try today and see how I go! :)ReplyCancel

  • JessB

    Eep, how did you know I have piles of paperwork all over the house?! I actually want to sell my desk, which I don’t use that often any more (because it’s covered with stuff), so I simply have to get rid of all of the things.

    I’m already imaging what I can do with that space, so that is spurring me on.ReplyCancel

  • […] because of what I do, but also because it was around the same time as our paperwork challenge and ‘Four Steps To A Clear Desk’ article on The Organised Housewife’s blog. […]ReplyCancel

  • Marie T Chandler

    This is great motivation. I do like to tidy my desk – to clear my brain and my desk. I like scanning any of those papers that I want to keep but am not sure why, then they are digital and can be filed away till I need them. I also found old gift boxes and tupperware are brilliant for storing the extra pens and stationery in my desk drawer – it can make it bright as well as organised! My husband has even caught the declutter bug since I have been dropping hints from your site Helen – thank you! :-)ReplyCancel

  • […] to thank the beautiful Helen from Clutter Rescue for the introduction to Peter Walsh! Love this photo of […]ReplyCancel

Keeping Photos Organised

Click Love Grow’s Photography Course for Women is here! read more details here  This is a guest post from Louise from Click Love Grow What do you do with your images after you take them? Do you have difficulty finding them once they’re uploaded to your computer? Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to […]

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  • Rebecca Lockwood

    Hi, are you able to help with info on keeping photos in an organised matter on Apple Mac’s iPhoto program? On our old computer we used to have our photos saved by date in folders, but when we transferred them over to Mac it jumbled them up everywhere and now I can’t save/store/organise them in the same way.ReplyCancel

    • Angela Woodall

      I have been using iPhoto for a few years for our photo storage and love it. I probably (no, I know) I don’t use it to it’s full potential, but it is easy to navigate around. You should have several options – on your left menu bar you will have library options where you can browse through events which you can create yourself or iPhoto automatically creates on each import (creates one for each day/import). You can also look through all the photos here. Next you have Recents where you can search by dates and go back to last import, 12 months or your entire library. What I like is the next option – Albums. You can create as many albums as you like and call them whatever works for you. Simply click on File at the top and it gives you many options. Albums are in here. Then you just select and drag/copy into your folders and you can select as many photos as you want at once. It will copy them and keep the original in your library though, so be careful if you choose to delete from an album as it may delete the original as well. If your Mac has jumbled them up then just start with creating your own albums or events first and drag them into it. Do bits at a time. Good luck.ReplyCancel

      • I really need to use your tips here Angela and organise my photos a lot better in iPhoto too, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

      • Rebecca Lockwood

        Thanks Angela & Claire, yep, all my photos are jumbled, so I’ll try tagging faces and also sorting them into albums. I think I just need to get my head around how iPhoto stores it differently. Thanks again.ReplyCancel

    • Claire B

      I also tag everyone’s faces in there so then if I’m looking to do a photo book or something special for someone I can quickly and easily look under FACES and it shows all the photos of them. It was great when my Dad passed away and my mother-in-law as I was putting photobooks of each of them with my girls together and I was able to just go into those folders.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Is there any way of sharing where those beautiful photo albums came from (top of the page; green purple and black and white)?ReplyCancel

    • Louise Glendon

      Hi Bec, they’re gorgeous aren’t they! I bought them from Michael’s when we were living in the US. Its similar to Spotlight in Aus.
      http://www.michaels.com/ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Myszka

    Hi, do you have any idea’s on what would be a good second hand camera to start with. I would love to take the Love Glows photography course or one similar.ReplyCancel

  • Julie C

    Is there a way to back up photos and how to do it???
    I’d hate for my stuff to get stolen ( computer) or fritz out and lose all my pics.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Julie you could save all your photo’s to an external hardrive or a cloud system like dropboxReplyCancel

How I organise all my favourite recipes

I LOVE to cook and bake for my family, there isn’t a week that goes by that I haven’t baked something delicious for afternoon tea or for their school lunchboxes.  I LOVE cookbooks, I honestly don’t need anymore than what I have, but a new one is always a welcome gift! However, I am trying […]

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  • Angela Woodall

    I also have a binder for all my recipes I come across or have been handed down to me. It’s bursting at the seams so this is a great idea to split between two as I’ve been wondering how to go about resorting them. I do find, however, that the 4 ring binders work better as the sleeves just don’t seem to stand nicely in a 2 ring binder. I also did one for mum several years ago as a gift, retyping all her old recipes and adding in some of mine she liked. I made up some cool dividers and designed a front cover to slip in the plastic. She also has her old handwritten book back to keep for prosperity as there are a lot of old recipes handed down to her in it too.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    now when are you publishing that cook bookReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Hi Kat – Love this idea and particularly how pretty it is! I have a hodge-podge of handwritten, magazine and printed recipes but would love to get them all organised and reprinted… which sparks a random question – your stuff is always colourful and you obviously make and print your own labels and a million other things – do you have a recommendation for a good printer for home? We don’t have one at present and when we did I was horrified at how much ink cost and how often I had to order new ink (which I could only do online and then wait ages for it to arrive). Any suggestions on economical ways to set up a home printer situation? Do you find your kids print homework related stuff on it as well or do they do that at school? Just interested to know what works for you.
    Thanks, and thanks for the site. With a 21 month old boy and another (over)due any day this site helps me keep pottering away at a calm and ordered home life.
    JoReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    Hi Kat I purchased this download a week ago and finally got the binders. I can’t wait to start filling it up. Do you have a special way of getting the spine in? I managed to slip it in, in one folder but can’t seem to get it in the other. It’s driving me insane! Haha.ReplyCancel

Organise your diary, planner or calendar

Please note:  My shop is now working for new users and orders only, I am working on reinstalling all previous users/orders, I thank you so very much for your patience! Let’s start the new year off organised right from the very start.  The perfect way to do that is to organise your diary, to ensure […]

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  • My favourite part of a new year – pulling out my new diary and getting to work! Something about a paper diary really makes my heart sing! :)ReplyCancel

    • Karen Anton

      Kez. I think you need to change your user name! Sounding very prepared to me!!ReplyCancel

      • Hahaha I try to be…my blog is called “awesomely unprepared” because despite my efforts to be awesome, I’m not ever really ready for what life throws at me haha.ReplyCancel

  • I have printed mine out and filled in all of January so far :-)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona 'Fi' Keller

    I am loving the new planner! I have printed out til April and filled in as much as I can and I take it everywhere :D The only part about it I don’t like is the size. I would love it if the planner could be in an A5 size. Then it would be small enough to fit in my handbag and easier to carry around :DReplyCancel

2014 Daily Planner

The 2014 Daily Planner is now available! The 2014 Daily Planner will help you with your time management, keep track of your goals and upcoming appointments.  It includes a monthly meal planning page along with a month at a glance page where you can add in birthday’s and upcoming events. This year I have changed […]

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5 Simple Tools to Declutter your home finances

This post is sponsored by BPAY View I love how today’s technology is constantly changing, some find it hard to keep up, but I like that some businesses and organisations are trying to run paper free.  Our school only sends correspondence through email, the kids don’t bring home any paper notes and many businesses are […]

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  • Miss Maudy

    I’ve been doing that for years with all my utilities bills (gas, electricity, phone, water rates) and it works a treat. I do still get the odd bill, particularly over winter when gas use is higher and the dryer gets a workout, but it’s much easier to find $100 than $600 when the bill comes in. I have another account (we call it the slush fund, lol) for big bills that I can’t bpay fortnightly, such as car registration, house and car insurance, and for our regular direct debits that I pay money into each fortnight (also, the child care tax rebate goes in there as well). We used to have three lots of car rego, one lot of car insurance, two kids birthdays *and* Christmas in the month before Christmas, swiftly followed by two more birthdays and rates and back to school in the following month. It was a nasty time financially – but now, the slush fun looks after all the bills for us.ReplyCancel

  • […] “pinch me” moment for the popular parenting blogger, she was asked to present her top finance organisation tips to some of Australia’s most influential journalists from titles including Shop Til You Drop, […]ReplyCancel

  • Fan

    Hiya, I LOVE BPay View. I schedule to pay my bills just before they are due out of our special bills account. I never forget a bill that is with BPay View!

    ps Kat this post has a few errors – grammatical mostly. e.g. ‘would of’ is really ‘would’ve’ which is actually ‘would have’….and “one of the biggest mistakes to savvy spending and saving.” I think you mean the opposite…. one of the biggest mistakes leading to over spending and not saving!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I find my excel spread the best for this, it has been set up with all the fortnightly costs (most don’t change such as food, car load, mortgage, petrol, telephone and mobiles etcc..). As for all the utilities, I have set up an arrangement to pay them fortnightly throughout the year. This means no big bills throughout the year. I know how much goes into savings and how much left for enjoyment. The only large bills to manage each year is the health insurances and house/car/content insurances.ReplyCancel

  • Monique Pollock

    YNAB is a great budgeting tool, it puts you two months in advance so that in november you are using your income from september towards your expenses, this builds up a buffer. I love it, best money spent.ReplyCancel

  • Madonna Stephens

    I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BPAY VIEW!!! I’ve been using budget tracker in Suncorp and have been pretty on top of our bills but WOW I just registerered all our available billers! Thanks Katrina! Looks REALLY useful!ReplyCancel

  • […] is approaching, it’s time to start getting all receipts in order.  You can read further how I keep my receipts organised and 5 simple tools to declutter home finances, my bill organiser plays a major role in keeping […]ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    BPAY View looks like a great system- I’ll have to look for something similar here in the States.

    One easy way to keep up with e-mailed bills is to have an email address dedicated to only bills and financial correspondence. That’s actually a great way to keep up with a lot of things. I have an email for school, an email for retail sites I subscribe to (such as, department stores or Amazon), one for social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc). If you connect all your addresses to an email reader like Mozilla’s Thunderbird, it’s so much easier to stay on top of things.ReplyCancel

  • This is a great tool for sure, I have just set up my personal and business accounts through a software program called xero this has helped me identify areas of our budget we can work on and also we can allocate estimated vs actual spending information. Having a budget that is easy to use and informative is so important to get to the next step – reducing debt, saving money for kids education or holidays, etx and eventually putting money away for building wealth and planning for your retirement!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Rebecca, that is lovely to hear.:)ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    Gosh, I wish I could use this for gas, elec and water, but unfortunately I live in a share house situation where every bill needs to be divided three ways and each person pays their share… I’ve tried estimating it but it fluctuates too dramatically month on month depending on who is home and who is travelling (if my sister is on annual leave we KNOW the gas/elect will be THROUGH THE ROOF because she flicks on the bloody heater/air con as soon as she gets up in the morning).

    Not sure how to tackle this one really…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hmmm Krystal it really is a tough one! Sadly there is no easy solution.:(ReplyCancel

Organising your bills and receipts

Organising your bills and receipts Paperwork in the office can easily become a mess, get lost and keeping on top of it can be somewhat challenging.  Soon after becoming a SAHM I took on the role of managing the household bills.  My hubby had this under control but as I like to do, I created […]

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  • Nicole

    I use a binder with sheet protectors. When a bill comes in, it goes into that month’s sheet protector. When it’s paid, I staple the confirmation to it and it goes to the back of the sheet protector. I don’t keep receipts like that, but I should.ReplyCancel

  • Wow, I’m nowhere near that organised but I do a fortnightly budget and factor all bills and direct debit transactions into each one. I then pay all bills due that fortnight on the first day that we’ve been paid so that i know there’s nothing outstanding for that fortnight. Gives me peace of mind! We have a very sophisticated (haha) system where all outstanding bills go on the fridge and after that I mark them with ‘paid’ and they eventually (didn’t say I’m perfect) get filed. Hopefully. Haha.ReplyCancel

  • Carly Joyce

    We have a computer desk drawer that doubles as a ‘pending’ filing system. All bills and junky ‘to do’ jobs get put in there and every Friday I empty the drawer and go through it. I set up the bills to be paid the day before they are due via internet banking and check the scheduled payments to ensure there is enough money in the account (we have a dedicated mortgage and bills account) for the bills coming out that week. We had previously worked out how much our bills were for the year and some of my hubby’s pay gets put into this account each fortnight to cover that amount. Each year around tax time we do a review and make any changes needed. Once the bills have been scheduled to be paid they are filed for one year.

    I definitely need to do something about the receipts though. I’m sure we could save a lot of money if I was a bit more on top of the miscellaneous stuff :)ReplyCancel

  • Hmm, this is something I need to get much better at. I have a good budget and balance it up every month based on the credit cards (largely), but I don’t tend to keep most receipts, and I don’t enter the actual money spent anywhere, which I’ve been thinking would be useful.

    Thanks for this Sanity post Kat, you’ve inspired me to take another look at our systems :)ReplyCancel

    • Keeping track of what you spend can really help when trying to save your money and you can see if you are overspending on electricity for example, if you find your bill is a lot higher than you budgeted or compared to last month then you know you need to switch off lights more often and watch how much you use the clothes dryer for example. Hope your new system helps!ReplyCancel

      • Thanks, me too :) I do keep track from month to month (like looking at the big bills and whether they match our budget – and as much as possible I have them direct debited monthly anyway), but it’s more things like the grocery bill I need to work on, keeping track over the month of whether we are staying within budget.ReplyCancel

  • […] put your receipt safely away in your Bill Organiser to easily refer back to if you need […]ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Kat – just wondering where you got your 6 white boxes from for storing your monthly batch of receipts in? Also, what size boxes do you find the best size for storing your EFY/tax in. Feeling very inspired to get our paperwork in order. {{{Thank You}}}ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Really inspired. Thanks – I am starting today! Thanks KatReplyCancel

  • […] have shared with you how I use my bill organiser for all bills I recieve in the mail. However, using BPAY View and receiving the majority of my […]ReplyCancel

  • […] the budget with the Bill Organiser and you are on the road to organised […]ReplyCancel

  • rebeccar

    Do you have a new bill organizer for 2014/2015?
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Rebeccar yes I do just released it yesterday, click on the bill organiser above and it will take you to the new 2014/15 version. :)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona 'Fi' Keller

    I separate my bills and receipts. My receipts go into a binder with sheet protectors each marked with a week and are also separated into months. My bills stay on my desk and once they are paid I staple the receipt and file it in my expanding file.ReplyCancel

Family Household Budget

Household Budget The choice of becoming a stay at home mum and reducing the family income to one wage is a big adjustment.  A few things that I needed to learn quickly was: How much income was coming in How much to anticipate our bills were each month The cost of raising our newborn twins, […]

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  • Elizabeth36

    Wonderful series, Kat – thank you. I’m a work at home Mum, but feel I’m living your posts from trying to run the household to cleaning smelly toilets. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and wisdom. You’ve just reminded me to look at that budget this week and check on the bank.ReplyCancel

  • Jo-Anne Wizz

    Being on a Pension there is never enough money to buy the simplest things or luxuries!! Love the article, Great Work!!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Great Subject – Kat you should already mention to have a cup of coffee when your doing the budget hahaha :) My husband used to do all the bills and keeping track of them until he kept saying I’m spending lots here and there which naturally got me off guard and arguments started. On our excel sheet and couldn’t understand it, I started looking around and created a new one which gave me all the information that I needed and I soon realised that the spending of money started in the house & kitchen ie: meal planning. Once I started meal planning & using what was in the pantry I realised my food shopping was decreasing. As a SAHM we are the ones that control what goes on in the house and where the money goes, plus I don’t feel like I’m in Groundhog Day of toddler, nappies, food, cleaning etc. Now we are a happy household and we know exactly where all our money is going :)ReplyCancel

  • Renlish

    Thanks for this! I’m not a SAHM or even an M, but I’ve recently started working at a new place that involves a 25k paycut and I’m still spending money like I’m earning a wage which includes that 25k. Been needing a budgeting tool for a while and this looks fabulous. I know as a serial hobby-ist, I spend way too much on stuff that I want as opposed to need. Foolish but it’s easy to get used to when you have the extra dollars.ReplyCancel

  • Trina

    Awesome, i will be becoming a SAHM again as of november with the impending birth of your 2nd sweet baby. Trying to get my head around things again for this has been interesting. Great timing!!ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    Thanks. This is so helpful. It is a struggle sometimes adjusting to one income and to go backwards.ReplyCancel

  • Amie McIlroy

    We recently sat down and redid our budget (after not looking at it for a year!) and we got a huge shock. We really needed to tighten our belts and get a hold of that spending. Things are settling now we have the budget but the urge to splurge still crops up here and there, but having the budget makes you stop and think.ReplyCancel

  • [...] Throughout the week I empty the receipts from my purse into my receipts bin, each week I add these receipts to the ‘actual spending’ tab in our household budget [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] week I have shared posts about budgeting, organising your bills and receipts and today I wanted to share with you about saving money and not [...]ReplyCancel

  • Anne At Home

    Hi Katrina, I am loving this series! I am really interested in your budget spreadsheets: I note that they are Excel but you say won’t work with Mac numbers – will they work on a Mac running Microsoft Excel? All other Excel programs seem to work fine for me. Thanks in advanceReplyCancel

  • [...] love a good budget, this one is very [...]ReplyCancel

  • […] After I come home from a day of shopping I take all my receipts out of the shopping bags and file them into my receipts box.  Every few weeks (weekly would be preferable, but sometimes time gets away from me), we go through our receipts and enter our spending into our budget. […]ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I bought this but the spread sheet is locked for editing and excel wants a password to unlock it. Can anyone help as I cant use it!?!ReplyCancel

    • Ashleigh Louise Payne

      I am also having difficulty editing fields with “other” to say what I want them to.ReplyCancel

    • Ashleigh Louise Payne

      Hi Lisa. I found this problem only in the Actuals by Month sheet, but if I edited the same field in the Budget by Month sheet it changed both. This worked everywhere except the category headings. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Rogers

    It’s a big decision for some to stay at home. But for me, it’s dropped on me because our company will close our office and transfer to another country. Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Phillippa van de Steeg

    Great to see that you’ve created a system to help us all keep track of our in comings and outgoings. I always say that you can’t take care of what you’re not paying attention to, and this will help people pay attention to their own situations :)ReplyCancel

Confession time…

I shared this image on instagram and facebook earlier today With the following caption:   I have a confession, I tried really hard to stay caffeine free, but I just can’t go without my morning coffee. I am however really proud I haven’t had any soft drink particularly coke for 10 weeks now!! What’s one thing you […]

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  • Veronica

    Well done Kat on your weight loss, I’m glad you’re feeling so much happier and healthier. 15kg is alot of weight, that’s awesome. I know you’re not a dietician and your primary focus is on organising homes but I know I for one struggle with my weight despite having healthy meals and planning the weekly meals and as a working mum I have very little to no time to exercise on a regular basis. I’d love for you to share some of the tips that have helped you lose so much weight so far. Congrats again.ReplyCancel

  • laura

    where did you buy that mug? I love it!!!! good work on the no coke for 10 weeksReplyCancel

    • Hi Laura, I have listed the stockists in the post. Thank you, I couldn’t imagine trying it again anytime soon, water, juice and coffee is enough for me now.ReplyCancel

      • laura

        before i read your reply and where the chevron mug was purchased from, I bought the same one from my local woolworths!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lady Dorothy

    Congratulations on the weight loss! I personally know how hard this is to do. Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • Corrie Pierce

    Congrats on the weight loss and thanks for sharing that with us. Sometimes we don’t see a need for change until it hits us in the face, usually by something negative. Good on you for embracing and doing something for you :) You should be really proud of yourself and what you have achieved! I’m a massive fan of your site and I subscribe to everything you have!!! xxReplyCancel

    • thanks Corrie. Yes it was my Dr giving me a reality check, but seeing the video really emphasised how much I really needed to change. So pleased your enjoying the blog, hope you like the new series starting soonReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Well done Kat, that’s awesome. One thing I have learnt over the years, is that weight loss is a journey, not just a destination. Keep up the awesome job you are doing!ReplyCancel

    • that’s truly right Kirsty, I am having a lot of fun on my journey too. Thank you xxReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Fantastic Job Kat…you’ve made changes and you have stuck with them. I too have tried to go caffeine free. I lasted about 6 weeks, but it was the morning cuppa that got me undone. I would wake up and my first thoughts would be about it, it’s my little ritual in the morning before the chaos of getting kids off to school and going to work. Kat with everything you have done- you are certainly allowed to have it (but not the guilt that goes with it). You are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My morning coffee was a real ritual too, but I’ve replaced it with a good chai – seems to give me the same milky sensation without the caffeine. Congratulations on your hard work. I’ve just started the journey and have a long way to go. ReplyCancel

  • Mel Hince

    Hehe I have my morning cuppa in the same mug :) Definitely can’t do without a good coffee! Well done for how far you’ve come. I reckon if you’re still under your calories for the day, enjoy it, savour it.ReplyCancel