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I appreciate learning about new and fantastic apps or plugins to help optimise the blog, either to improve productivity or to make tasks easier. Over the years I have used a few different apps and plugins, there are a select few that I continually use to help organise and streamline my blogging.

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  • Thank you Katrina, this list is really helpful. I am finding blogging is taking over my life, which is really difficult when I am also trying to run a business and a family with 5 kids. xxReplyCancel

  • Kate

    i love “remember the milk” app. It’s a to do list app but so versatile, it’s the only way I can keep up with business and family tasks. I like too that they regularly update the app to make it better.ReplyCancel

  • Oooh thank you for all of these great tips! I’m off to create my signature now!!ReplyCancel

  • I use Wunderlist for our grocery shopping! It’s fantastic and has saved me so many times from driving back home to get the shopping list 😛ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    What Id really like to know about is a great app for storing all the store cards I have. I must have three card holders now. Just ridiculous!ReplyCancel

    • Ev

      The App. Stocard. Or Wallet Guard. Are both fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • When I write, I am very particular with grammar. So, my favorite app is Grammarly. It gives me confidence that the articles I made are error-free.ReplyCancel

  • Really great, helpful list, Kat. I use and love Trello for project management and use it to map my eCourses from start to finish. It’s absolutely brilliant and awesome that I can give someone else access (such as a VA) to mark off tasks or edit things.ReplyCancel

  • Some great ideas here. I use asana for project management, and like Eva, I love that you can give access to someone else to set them tasks (and they can set you tasks) and keep the project on track. I haven’t heard of CoSchedule, but I’ll be checking that one out. Thanks for a great article!ReplyCancel

  • Kat, these are great suggestions. I love Dropbox for keeping files synced across devices so I can access them on the go if needed.ReplyCancel

  • I love Co-Schedule – I don’t know how I blogged so long without it. Thanks for all the top tips especially the one about the signature! That’s so cool! xReplyCancel

  • Oh, I love Evernote. I have only started using it this year but now use it for home and work since I can easily sync it across my phone, iPad and work computer. A friend recommended Trello as well but I haven’t taken the time to investigate that one.ReplyCancel

  • CoSchedule is my favourite although I did recently download Wanderlist but yet to give it a go. I use Google Docs for my brain dumps since they auto sync plus OneDrive to keep everything accessible from every device. Huge time saver instead of relying on one device or external data storage.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I love Wanderlist too.:)ReplyCancel

It is easy to get distracted when working at home, I share my top productivity tips for working at home to help you create balance between family and work and more.

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  • Chloe

    Thanks Kat. I love the working in fit wear – you would be ready to do exercise whenever! I’m a sahm to two littlies under four and I find ‘oh we got to go for a walk’ and I’m in my pjs then it’s another half hour…. Great tip!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yeah, no excuses then!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I’m definitely going to try working in my gym clothes, I find it really hard to switch off house/mum mode when I need to work on my business. Love these tips Kat, this week has been brilliant, certainly changed a few ways I look at things.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope they help Emily!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    Kat, I have often wondered how you do it and I just love that you are so structured with your time. I find it hard to switch off when I have so much to do, and honestly I probably do neglect the family and I feel so guilty for it. But your right there is always something, it’s never ending. You are just brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Maria there will always be something probably just as important as each other, running your own business is never ending, but for your own sanity you do need to switch off and take a break, you will be a better person for it tomorrow if you do :)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    I have only just started working from home and I am really struggling already, especially with family thinking I am home doing nothing all day, they don’t get it. I’ve really enjoyed reading your tips, your honesty that you screen your calls as I have considered this but wonder what my family would think if they knew, but I need to if I want to get any work done. Thank you for sharing your tips Kat, I find these priceless.ReplyCancel

  • This post is perfect. Just the advice I need right now. I work two jobs from home, and organisation is paramount to getting anything done. Must turn off my notifications!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      notifications are so distracting, if I don’t turn them off I wonder.. ooh what did Bobby just say, I should go look, Cathy just replied to a post, curiosity takes the better of me.ReplyCancel

  • Great tips :)
    I do love that one of the things about working from home is that I can choose to not to dress up some days for work – can wear my trackie pants and I always wear my woolly slippers not matter what else I am wearing 😉
    And my office will never ever be as tidy as yours – no matter how much I try :) – but I am working on getting it more organised.
    And I do love the freedom by being your own boss like today I am going to help set up a Haven for Assist A Sista – any orders coming in have to wait till tomorrow – would not be able to do this if I worked for someone else.
    Will come back next week to read this to remind me again to try and be a bit more organised 😉
    cheers TeaReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that you are taking time out for such a great cause Tea. I must admit, I have worn trackie pants and bed socks each day through winter, which is probably as comfortable as PJs, but I love that too about working from home, comfort xReplyCancel

  • Venessa O'Connell

    Hi Kat,
    Thank you for the great article. I also work from home and feel so very blessed to be able to. My 1 little tip that I try to follow is to have a general tidy and purge once a week in the office. I also Pride myself that I try to recycle as much as I can from packaging, cartons etc. Keep up the great work Kat.
    VenessaReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is a great idea Venessa, a once a week tidy up, fabulous idea especially if you are time poor and can’t tidy the desk each day :)ReplyCancel

  • These are excellent tips and most of them I am failing but well aware of it. The screening calls and to do lists I’ve got mastered but pjs and a clean work space I’m totally filing, plus set work hours. Would you believe it’s all on the to do list 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Start with the clothes Holly, change to gym clothes and see if that helps energise you and then do the next task on your to-do list!ReplyCancel

  • What fantastic tips! I think the biggest thing for me was turning off email notifications. They used to be automatically set to beep and show a box on my screen every time one arrived. So distracting! Sometimes I would find myself taken off on a huge tangent and not getting back to my 9am task until after 2pm. No longer. Now I only check them when I have finished the task I set myself, not before.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Thankyou Kat! What great advice. My downfall is consistency, on the exception of exercising and being dressed for success even if that means being in gym gear (they are so comfy).ReplyCancel

  • Definitely a To Do list and sticking to it. I agree that working from home has its own set of distractions and without my To Do list I feel that I am constantly busy without being productiveReplyCancel

  • Thank you Kat for a terrific post. I have been struggling with the work/life balance of late and this post has reminded of what needs to be done to achieve that balance! Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Jody

    Hi Kat. Thank you for that article. I’ve just started working from home with my new venture, and I really have to sit down and think about how to balance work with everything else that comes with being a SAHM to two little munchkins (3 years & 9 months). Your article definitely reminded me off things I need to focus on to make it work more smoothly. Thanks againReplyCancel

  • Kat

    Great tips Katrina. Just wondering what is the name of your Ikea desks? I love how your work area looks. Thanks KatReplyCancel

  • KAT… these tips are so good! Plus we have total desk envy hehe.

    Note to merrymakers: get off Facebook! xxReplyCancel

  • Laura

    This is so helpful. I started working from home 9 months ago and I have been struggling to find balance. Some weeks I do heaps of work and the housework falls behind, other weeks I feel like I have stayed on top of the housework but have fallen behind on my work. I too found sitting on the lounge I wasn’t getting anything done so I have taken over one end of the dining table. I have been working on my hubby to turn the guest room into a study, but no such luck yet!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    You can download a “Do Not Knock” sign (used to be able to get it as a sticker) from the ACCC so that pesky salespeople don’t disrupt you. I’ve found it’s cut the door knockers down considerably!ReplyCancel

  • Janna

    Thanks for the great tips. I have recently returned to study while still working full time and I think these tips can also be applied to my situation as well. I can be so easily distracted from my homework and assignments and as the study is all online I only have myself to keep me on track!ReplyCancel

  • I love it when a blog post multiplies and turns into two posts :) love these tips although I am guilty of breaking pretty much all of them! I could definitely be more productive.ReplyCancel

  • Great tips Kat! As a fellow WAHM I found most of them I already do but there are a few news ones there to try. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Hello my new BFF

    Your Blog and Site is just what I needed (as I sit here in my P.J.’s, hee hee) to read this morning. I had these exact thoughts this morning as I got out of bed before I read your blog post about not working in my office space in my pj again. I said to myself….I am going to wash up, get dressed just as I did when I went to my office, even a little lipstick, lol. Then no more TV while I am working, no more distractions. I have small a TV on my desk – kick that thing out of there, lol.

    Get organized, I got a whiteboard; I am going to use it for my calendar – when to do my campaigns, newsletters, blog, inventory, etc.

    I am just starting the blog, so your blog tips will help. Thank you for being here in this cyber world of madness, I think I can make it now. DezReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      whiteboards are great to help you stay organised, my hubby uses his as a to-do list. Wishing you all the best on your blog journey.ReplyCancel

Use the blog planner to help you organise and plan content for your blog, with schedules, to-do lists, planning pages and more. Help improve the growth and success of your blog, keeping everything beautiful organised all within this one planner.

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  • Lillian

    this is absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki

    I have just downloaded it, it’s just full of all exciting things to plan. And looks beautiful, thanks Kat. Planning here I come!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Hi there, I have desperately been trying to purchase your blog planner, but my credit card details won’t be accepted by paying through the credit card option or PayPal ???. Are you able to give me bank account details to transfer funds to?? I have made online purchases with my credit card recently with no problem… Not sure who to contact to find out why it’s not working…
    ThanksReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Fantastic planner! Was thinking of making my own but now I don’t have to. Being new to blogging it was just what I needed. So many things I hadn’t even thought of. Thanks so much KatReplyCancel

I have put together a list of information, sharing with you How to start a Blog and lessons I have learnt along the way. I hope my tips help you create a successful blog.

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  • Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge on this topic. I wondered if you have any advice for getting a good header design? I have tried a couple of things but I’m just not happy with it and I’m not sure how to go about getting one that I like and would be attractive to readers. My blog is aimed mainly at women and I feel mine is a bit masculine at the moment.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      If you like using an image behind your logo you could use an image from one of your blog posts or purchase a stock image with the feel you are wanting for your blog. I don’t mind your logo, perhaps you need to just freshen it up with a matching colours in your sidebar and a new background image.ReplyCancel

  • Lillian

    you are such a clever chook Kat I don’t know how you do it all. I often wonder if I want to start a blog, so I appreciate you putting this together that I can refer back to.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Lillian, bookmark this page so you can come back to it when you have the ‘itch’ to start a blog :)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts Katrina – particularly on the “continued learning”, blogging never stands still, that’s for sure! I’m in my 3rd year of blogging and am looking at making the change from wordpress.com to wordpress.org Also looking into SEO is on my “to do” list – but it blows my mind a bit!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Wessyn

    Thank you for sharing the info. Do you have an article that talks about how we could monetize our blogs? I always wonder how that actually works…..ReplyCancel

  • Lindi Owen

    Hi, thanks for the great information. I would like to start a blog for our family adventure around Australia, we embark on in Dec! We are travelling in a converted coach which will be our home on wheels for 2 adults and three kids. I know basic things about blogging but you have opened my eyes to domain names and host sites etc. I am a bit worried about setting one up but will give your instructions a go. Do you have any other advice? I’d also like to know more about monetizing blogs. Thanks for great info. LindiReplyCancel

There is always something to learn about blogging, from code to SEO, time management to what is the best plugins. As I look back on the past 5 years of blogging I share a few lessons I have learnt.

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  • Serious dedication, Kat! What an incredible effort to keep at this for 5 years – good on you. You’ve created a really wonderful resource for parents. And I love your honesty :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Naw thank you Eva, I do love this little space.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie

    Thanks for the tips. Your timing is perfect. I am just starting a blog of my own. I am looking forward to your help.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Bonnie, please share your blog with me when you have it up and running, I’d love to visit it!ReplyCancel

  • Lana

    Congrats Kat! That’s awesome. How /where can you find the blogging community? Is there a forum or meetup group people go to?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I have found a wonderful group of blogging friends from conferences that I have attended and we keep in touch via facebook. You can also find groups on facebook like QLD bloggers, Brisbane Bloggers, search your local area and add bloggers into the title and you may find one. There is also the Aussie Bloggers group which is a wonderfully supportive group.ReplyCancel

  • Annette Higgins

    I just started my own blog at WordPress and did my first post.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Annette that is so exciting, please send me the link I would love to read it!ReplyCancel

  • Trudy Stanton

    I have beenr reading your blog since shortly after you started, it’s my place to go to when I have my morning cuppa. What I love about your blog Kat is that it’s real, it’s honest and you don’t sugar coat anything. You give us some great tips and remind us to do things in our homes that can easily be forgotten, or as busy mums we don’t have time to think of. The biggest would be that I was doing everything for my kids, they were 7 and 9 at the time and I stepped back and saw that your 6 year old twins were making their bed and as you put it, not perfect, but they still did it, and they were helping with chores around the house. Thats that day that big changes happened in my home, for the better. From the bottom of my heart Kat, thank you, thank you for everything you do to run your blog and share with us.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Naw Trudy, music to my ears thank you so much for your beautiful words xReplyCancel

  • Donna Stanley

    Kat I don’t know how you do it, I don’t have a desire to write a blog, but I love learning more about you and how you are a master at blogging, you just simply amaze me in everything you do, your dedication, how open you are but yet still have your privacy (I love how you have kept that about your kids, I admire that despite us all wondering and wanting to know more about them) and mostly I just love your passion for what you do, it’s clear how much you love it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I do love it, and I think if you don’t have a passion for what you do you shouldn’t do it! Thank you Donna xReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    I only read your blog, I make sure I find time for it every few days. Congratulations on 5 years, you are just amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Cheryl, you are very sweet xReplyCancel

  • felicity

    Hi kat,I love the practicality of your site,I check it every day,I even check it before all my other emails!!!im a bit of a control freak !I love every aspect of your site ,its so fresh and clean,a pleasure to read.Happy birthday ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Felicity, that’s so sweet that it’s your #1 task!! So pleased that you enjoy reading the site and your feedback, it’s exactly what I am going for!!ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    Thanks for your wonderful tips about blogging. This is perfect timing as I started a blog on Friday.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wahoo, another bloggers, how exciting, please share your blog URL here I would love to visit it!!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on 5 years! I just looked back to check and realised I just passed the 4year mark and forgot all about it. I think I have some learning to do though. I think I understand blogging just as much as I did when I first started. It is just a bit of an all consuming hobby for me. Looking forward to reading your tips.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There is so much to learn and then when you think you have learnt that element, it changes and there is a different way to do it. Never ending! Yay congrats on 4 years!! You may enjoy the tips I share on Thursday!!ReplyCancel

  • You were a natural right from the start, Kat. Sharing useful, useable information in such a positive, uplifting, meaningful way. I’m so glad you found such a good niche and settled in so quickly and so well. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you lovely and I remember you commenting on my blog way back then!!ReplyCancel

  • Bev Lange

    Hi Kat, happy 5th blogiversary (love the name). I am a quiet follower of most of your things, my kids are grown up and gone but I still love reading your tips etc.
    Whilst I may not always do the job for the day, it’s always in the back of my mind to do another time and wow, who would have thought there are so many extras that need to be done.
    Keep up the fantastic work that you are doing, you are a true joy with your positive attitude. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Bev, there is always something to do around the home, no rest for the wicked!! Thank you for taking time out to message me, I really appreciate it xxReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Kat! You lessons and tips are invaluable, as is everything you share here. Bring on the next 5 years!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Nikki xReplyCancel

  • pam davies

    Congratulations Kat ! take a bow I can’t believe how 5 years has passed so quickly !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So very quickly, and I am looking forward to the next 5!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Keep Calm Get Organised

    Congratulations Katrina, what an incredible achievement! I certainly find it a struggle to find a balance between blog and family (especially with two under school at home). It’s something I’m really working on. Thanks for your tipsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Michelle.ReplyCancel

  • While working on my blog http://www.lifewrangling.com I have learnt the importance of making notes about post ideas. Too many times I have had a great idea and not written it down, thinking that I would easily remember it later. Unfortunately that has not always been the case. I am only a beginner blogger so I am very interested in learning about how other people go about things in this space.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are going to love tomorrows blog post Jen 😉ReplyCancel

  • Congrats on 5 years Kat! You’re an inspiration to me and really live what you share online. Here’s to the next five years xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Chrissie xxReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Kat, 5 years is amazing. Balance is a struggle for me so I’m going to take on board your tips and I look forward to the rest of the tips this week. Your blog is fabulous and I love visiting it and all the practical advice. Well done to you on such a milestone and here’s to the next 5 years. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Vicki xReplyCancel

  • Great list! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope it helps JacintaReplyCancel

  • Ali Coultas

    Congratulations on 5 years! I’m just starting out on my blogging journey, so looking forward to learning from a guru! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL Guru, feels like it after 5 years!! Ask any questions if you have any, I’m more than happy to help :)ReplyCancel

  • Well done! 5 years is a great effort. Here is my tip – don’t write a post for the sake of writing – eg if you think you must write every Tuesday and Thursday for example. Write because the inspiration strikes you or because something really interests you – it comes through in the posts if it is an ‘obligation’ post.ReplyCancel

    • I agree completely. I make sure I take notes when a topic occurs to me and then write as much as I can while the inspiration is still strong. This might be between cooking dinner and supervising homework, whenever I have the ideas. I then schedule that post for a later date so I don’t feel like I have to rush to get something published.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a fabulous tip!!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Kat! And great post… I am new to blogging and found your lessons learnt very helpful. I look forward to reading more tips!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Please share you blog Sophie, I’d love to visit it :)ReplyCancel

      • Sophie

        Thanks Kat. It’s http://www.beingbridesmaid.com.au, a resource website and blog dedicated to helping those navigate their being bridesmaid experience. Congrats again! ?ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Ooh wow, my daughters are going to be junior bridesmaid early next year, off to have a looksie at your blog :)ReplyCancel

  • WOW!!!! 5 years! You are such an inspiration to me (and so many others!) Kat. I love the lessons you’ve learnt and there’s certainly a lot of tips I will be taking away from this post – particularly about finding a good balance. Happy 5 years! xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you lovely, balance is so important otherwise you are going to burn out and both the blog and family will suffer for it.ReplyCancel

  • Love those top tips! Happy Blogaversary! Congratulations on all you have achieved in the last five years and here’s to (at least) five more!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Sammie :)ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on 5 years! Your blog was one of the first that I followed regularly and has always been an inspiration. I think privacy and anonymity is important and have kept my kids names and faces out of my blog. They are great hand models! I don’t have my photo on my blog either – which is a “no no” …Oh well! Still working on finding a good balance.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      keeping faces off the blog must be hard, good on you though for going to the effort. :)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve kept my daughters real name off the blog too for the same reasons. I occasionally google her name to make sure nothing links back to my blog just incase. I’m more worried about in the future when she gets to school as well because I know how cruel kids can be and I can only imagine it’s gotten worse now with social media.

    Congrats on 5 years Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a good idea googling their names, I’ve never done that might go do it just to check they haven’t been mentioned. Great idea that you are thinking of your daughters future :)ReplyCancel

  • Happy Blog Birthday – what an awesome 5 years it has been for you! Your blog is a true inspiration to others moms and wives out there – I love it all. Thanks so much and keep it up xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Caley xReplyCancel

  • Gosh 5 years and you’ve achieved so much, thanks for sharing these invaluable tips with us! I intend to go back through posts and check I was careful with schools/names, as not sure I was a vigilant at the start! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you lovely xxReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Congrats on 5 years – that’s amazing! I loved this post – my blog is a baby at just 3 months and I found this post really helpful – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • kristy

    Kat, your blog changed my life. I’m an autistic mum of four autistic girls and life is truly chaotic at the best of time. Using your blog has really made a massive difference and given me that order and routine that I SO crave and work best with.

    Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Sacha

    Brilliant! I have recently started a blog about my motherhood journey on WordPress, so your blogging tips have come at the perfect time – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Kat. Love your blog and you’ve done amazing things with it, you should be very proud of yourself. xoReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Louise Glendon from Click.Love.Grow As mums I know we love to record our little one’s special moments, and sometimes it’s fun to take more of a pro-looking portrait, so we have something that’s extra special to keep or to pop on the wall! Whether you’re using a fancy DSLR or your […]

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  • Sam

    Thanks Louise- that was a great story. I’m currently trying to work out which camera to buy so I can take better shots of the kids, rather than my iPhone- would you have any recommendations (up to $400) Thanks SamReplyCancel

  • Some excellent tips here! One of my aims this year is to improve my photography. My first step in this adventure is to purchase a new camera, once I find that, I can look into a photography course, and an online one, sounds like a fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    I want to improve too, I’ve switched from Auto but know I need to learn so much more and this course is fantastic for helping with exactly that. Hope you can find a camera you love soon xReplyCancel

Finally the 2015 Monthly Calendar Pages with To-Do list are ready for you to download.

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A few weeks ago I released the 2015 Weekly Planner, however I have received so many requests for the Daily planner version that I have taken some time out and created the 2015 Daily Planner for you too! 2015 Daily Planner – now available! The 2015 Daily Planner will help you to keep track of all your […]

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  • Kylee

    I have been waiting for this thank you Kat, I really appreciate you making it, I loved using the planner last year, kept me really organising, especially with planning even just the little things like medication for the dog.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is wonderful, Kylee! So lovely to hear.:)ReplyCancel

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

    • Hannah

      My husband is obsessed also – plays first thing in the morning and night. Drives me made!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 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

  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

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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