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My youngest daughter, now 8 picks her nails when she is worried, nervous or bored. She has always wanted long nails but can’t stop the habit.  Her nails are so low and there are times that she has picked them so much they become painful.  Over the years we have tried many things, but lately […]

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  • Rach

    I have the exact same problem with my daughter. It is difficult when she makes progress, but it takes so long to grow the nails to any length and such a short time to pick the nail right back off again! Nude nail polish might be just the ticket. My mum (a clinical psych) has also suggested a bracelet or similar (again, can’t wear jewellery to school, so I have substituted a hair elastic with a bobble on it) that she can fiddle with when she feels the urge to pick her nails. Also carrying around (where possible) and going to bed with something silky that she can stroke when she is trying to calm/settle herself.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks for those ideas! nail polish hasn’t made any difference to my daughter, but I will try those. Something to fiddle with, yes.ReplyCancel

  • muleyqueen

    My daughter picks at her nails because she wants them short, but then she picks them too short and then they hurt her. I think I can use this as well to help her, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • www.themumontherun.wordpress.c

    These are great. Our 6 year old does the same thing. You read my mind. I was trying to think of something.ReplyCancel

  • Holly N.

    I like this idea but I have been afraid that my DD would bite them with the polish on. I think I will run the idea by her to see if that would be incentive enough to leave them alone IF I paint them. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Roz

    When I was 8 I bit my nails and because I wanted to stop I asked my Mum for a manicure set. She bought me one of my own and i have never bitten my nails since. My suggestion would be to buy Miss 8 some nail products of her own – my favourites are a glass nail file and nourishing oil to rub into nails and cuticles morning and night. Don’t forget the fun products for holidays and special occasions!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I hope this helps. My eldest daughter – who has just turned seven – bites her nails too, down to the quick. She has done it since she was a year old, which always made me wonder if we should have tried harder to get her to take a dummy! Unfortunately, putting nail polish on has never helped – within hours it’s half picked off. Sigh.

    I must say, I also bit my nails as a child, and tried over and over to stop. Then when I was about 15 or 16, I just did. I don’t know why, didn’t know why at the time. Finally I just could.

    Anyway, good luck, hope the chart helps!ReplyCancel

    • She is 9 days in and it’s worked so well. I took the nail polish off her nails yesterday and she has little white lines at the top showing growth. She picks her nails and finds it harder to pick them with the nail polish. We also visited the bookstore a few days ago so she has picked out her book. I didn’t buy it, I told her we will go back and get it when she has completed a full chart. I’m so proud of her. Hopefully the chart can help your daughter too!ReplyCancel

  • Sarai

    My daughter will be 8 in 2 weeks and she will eat all the of the nail polish off of her nails :-(ReplyCancel

    • Sarai, my daughter is progressing really well. I ended up putting a undercoat of clear nail polish, then 2 layers of coloured nail polish with a final topcoat of clear nail polish. My daughter is a picker and this has stopped her from picking because she can feel the thick nail polish and instantly reminds her stop, I’m trying to grow them. Hopefully your daughter might get to a point sometime soon that she wants to stop biting and grow themReplyCancel

  • When I was a teen, I remember my cousin (same age) also bit her nails, her older sister said that when she can see all ten fingernails over the top of the fingers she would give her $20. That worked for her!! I’m 23 and still bite them a lot. If I have an event, like a wedding I can stop biting them a few weeks before so that they’re nice… then about a week after, I BITE THEM ALLLLL!!! So annoying.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia Greig

    any ideas for boys?ReplyCancel

    • Michelle W

      My 13 year old son is a chronic nail biter, to the point where a couple of fingers no longer have a visible nail. A month ago we decided to let him chew gum (I despise gum chewers, but you can’t chew nails if you’re chewing gum) and his nails are growing back slowly.ReplyCancel

  • Deb Horne

    How about boys, One my boys does the same.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    Hi. Is this avalable for Boys??? My little man does the same.ReplyCancel

  • stephanie

    My daughter is 8 and we have the same
    Problems her glamourous auntie booked
    A manicure at a posh salon in
    6 weeks and gave her
    A voucher and explained she would
    Have to grow her nails for it
    Worked a treat albeit a slighly more
    Expensive solution but they had
    A great day ( my sister has two boys!)ReplyCancel

I really have left this to the very last-minute to post about… sorry, but as of midnight tonight Google Reader will be shutting down.  For those that follow my blog through google reader you will need to find an alternative. If you have no clue what I am talking about please keep reading as I […]

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  • Leesa Watt

    oh I love the feedly – I needed somewhere to store my fave blogsReplyCancel

    • I love feedly too, there is one or two services that I hope they attach to the mobile version for it to be perfect!!ReplyCancel

  • Do you have just an ordinary RSS feed? I don’t want to clutter my email inbox and I don’t use Feedly or Bloglovin, but I do want to follow your blog.ReplyCancel

    • TJay InOz

      Me too, just the RSS feed address please?ReplyCancel

As always school holiday dates vary around the country, however Queensland kids are now on school holidays with quite a few other states starting next week.  You can view all the school holiday dates by state here.  Today I want to share with you how we organise the school holidays, using my School Holiday Planner and […]

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This is a guest post by Emma, from My Book Corner As the nights draw in the temptation to snuggle up nice and early with a comforting pile of picture books should not be ignored! I love helping people find the best books for their children at My Book Corner, so I was more than […]

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  • Emma @ My Book Corner

    Thanks for having me Kat – I did quite enjoy putting that little collection together. Happy reading everyone!!ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    This is a beautiful collection! Thanks for sharing :) looking forward to tracking them down!ReplyCancel

  • My kids have loved Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown) and Goodnight Gorilla (Peggy Rathmann). Oh, and The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

    One of my favourites is I’m Still Awake Still by Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson. It’s got gorgeous pictures, and comes with a CD of the songs in the book, sung by Sue Johnson (mostly).

    And another is The Colour Kittens, which is a little golden book, also by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s one that’s left over from my own childhood, which I remember loving, and my kids have all enjoyed it too.ReplyCancel

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

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  • Victoria

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

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

    • Susan Auden Wood

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

  • Samm

    Where do you make hose labellers? ReplyCancel

  • Jarni

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

  • Nadine Linn

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

    • Belle

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

    • Jess @ Forever Organised

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

  • Kj

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

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

    • Jess @ Forever Organised

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

      Hope this helps :)ReplyCancel

  • Lou

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

    • Jess @ Forever Organised

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

  • Jessica

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

    • Jess @ Forever Organised

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

  • Cassie

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

  • Justine

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

  • Deanna Kemp

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

  • Becci Sundberg

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

  • ayami

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

  • Charde Negus

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

    • Charde Negus

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

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

  • Meg Supel

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

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

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This is a guest post by Prerna, from The Mom Writes  One of the most common reasons, folks, like you and me, put organising projects on the back-burner is because it’s considered expensive. You know, buying containers, getting labels, installing organisers and more. However, what if I told you that getting organised can actually save you […]

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  • This is all so true. Such wonderful advice. My husband and I felt like we were struggling on just a single income (I’m a SAHM). We would feel ‘poor’ (we are actually very fortunate people but we had trouble paying all the bills plus the mortgage) all the time and it even caused stress between us! After some counselling we decided we needed to budget better. It was very empowering for me to organise the family budget and now we have so much more to spend – nothing goes missing! We’ve found money we didn’t know we had. I do it fortnightly, to allow for unexpected expenses – takes me a few minutes (once you get a system it is quick and easy). It’s a game changer! We’re slowly getting more organised in the other areas of our lives as a result :)ReplyCancel

    • We budget as well and I completely agree after doing a budget really helps work out how the money should be spent. Before we budget we also look at what we spend our money on and how we can save in that area.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Budgeting does help with feeling in control of your life. I highly recommend You Need A Budget ( for a great philosophy to change the way you work with money and it has great support tools for those scared of budgeting :)ReplyCancel

  • naomi

    being organised and knowing where things are saves money and hassle. i have 3 cans of waterproofing spray for shoes at home… because i couldn’t find them/didn’t have a place for them so then brought more when i couldnt find them!ReplyCancel

    • Karen

      I had to laugh at this. I recently cleaned out my pantry and baking cupboard and found FOUR boxes of rice flour! Seriously I only use it at Christmas time and now I have enough for about 20 years!ReplyCancel

  • Alex

    I found a great way for a very quick (once set up) budget, was to set up a spreadsheet, months at the top, expenses down the side. Start with the essentials and work through to hobbies. I put a rough (over, always over) estimate of how much each expenses will cost, in the month it’s due, with an annual total at the end, with annual total of all expenses at the bottom of that. If you set it up properly you can change one amount, and the whole table will adjust. You can then set up another, or just work out, if you divide that by the amount of pays you receive per year, then you know how much you need to set aside. Personally, I set up an automatic transfer into a separate ‘bill paying’ account. That way there are no direct debits, and I always know there’ll be enough in that account to cover it!ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Cintia, from My Poppet It’s incredible how quickly kids grow out of clothes, fashion goes out of style or your needs just change, so it’s a good idea to regularly review the contents of your wardrobes. It’s great to donate unwanted items to charity, but what do you do […]

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  • Jacqui

    Love these upcycling ideas! So inspired right now! Thanks for the post!!


    • Cintia :: My Poppet

      Thanks, hope it inspired you to try some upcycling :)
      cheers CintiReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Your braided rug is ab fab. Well done :-)ReplyCancel

    • Cintia :: My Poppet

      Thanks Merryl, glad you liked it.ReplyCancel

  • Alice Stevert

    The post really inspired me for reuse of old garments. From now I would also be able to add some life to kids clothes. Thanks a Lot!!

    Home Decor TipsReplyCancel

    • I love the rug idea and your idea with kids clothes, could be really cute!ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Val, from Yibba Yabba Mama Birthdays are lovely and for many kids, celebrating at school is one of the most special days they remember. They love having the whole class sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to them, some schools hand out birthday certificates or stickers and teachers usually go out of […]

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  • Alyssa

    Or…. just celebrate your birthday at home! We have noticed a huge difference in our son’s behaviour since he has moved from preschool – where he was constantly given highly coloured cakes and icing (without even telling us!) – to school where he eats what’s in his lunchbox. And he doesn’t get the squirts any more! Hurrah!

    Why can’t parents make it a special day after school hours? How many cakes and lollies do these kids need really? All day long?ReplyCancel

    • Carli Thom

      I absolutely agree!ReplyCancel

    • Mishelle Smethurst

      Oh my, not sure what pre-school your son attended but our NEVER give sweets or junk. In fact, we provide their lunches and if the teachers cinstantly find junk in their lunchbox, they have a talking to to the parents.ReplyCancel

      • Alyssa

        It wasn’t the teachers. Other children’s parents would bring the cakes to preschool for the children to share. Often they (the cakes) would arrive after we had dropped our son off, so we wouldn’t know until the end of the day, when it was all over! It was very annoying.ReplyCancel

      • When my kids attended kindy they were strict on some foods, only those with choking hazards, not really what is bad for the kids. But that was many years ago now, I am sure over the years they have become a lot more strict in their ways.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa S

      Totally agree.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Di Palma

    This is some great food for thought. I have a 2 1/2 yr old. Daycare make a cake for him, but never thought about this from a teacher perspective. It makes alot of sense to do smaller and individual treats. Thanks for this Val.ReplyCancel

  • Great post Val!! I always hated birthday cake time in the classroom for these reasons you outlined. I loved it when parents made it simple!!

    I love your idea too for the biscuits.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Warren

    Great tips Val! I’ve given up sending in stuff for my kids to celebrate at school. I used to make a fuss, but the kids really don’t care. They prefer the special cake I make for them at for home!ReplyCancel

    • We have stopped sending in on birthdays too. We can only send fruit and sadly a platter of fruit isn’t really exciting, they are just as happy being sung happy birthday toReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Thanks for the great tips – I’m going to make the face biscuits for my kids.ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for this advice, we have a birthday coming up.ReplyCancel

    • Aren’t they cute ideas Trish, they would be easy to make up for your boysReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Love these ideas. I never liked having to cut up cakes evenly either for class birthdays when I was teaching. Best “cake” I saw in my teaching days was a stack of donuts with enough for 1 per child done as a “cake” (tiered). Another simple idea!!ReplyCancel

    • A donut cake would be a lovely idea, I can just imagine the mess after cutting up a cake.ReplyCancel

  • shauna

    I always send cupcakes for my kids from preschool until their last year of primary. I find the number of kids in the class and add an extra dozen for my kids to hand out to teachers, friends in other classes. I also usually send them in the cardboard cake boxes so all the mess can just be put in the bin and nothing needs to be sent home.
    I just make plain vanilla cake and ice with white icing and sugar/fake colour free sprinkles.
    I dont try to fit all the diets and any left overs get sent to the staff room.
    My kids also get a cake at home on their bday plus a cake for their party.
    Now I have 4 kids (1 set twins and 2 singles) all born within a 6 week period so I make 4 simple cakes (bday dinner), 4 fancy cakes (to suit party theme) and approx 35-40 per child, all in a 6 week period.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow Shauna, I have 2 twins and a single within 2 weeks so I feel for you having to make so many cakes within such a short period. You were very lucky to be able to celebrate your kids birthday’s at school with cakes, I think the kids love the fuss of their birthday’s and sharing cake at school, so sad it can’t be done these days.ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    My son took a bag of balloons to hand out to his class of 5 and 6 year olds on his special day. I got there at the end of the day just in time to see it. He was grinning from ear to ear as the class all thanked him and sang “Happy Birthday”. After the bell went it was even funnier to see all the kids leaving the school making “fart” noises with their balloons. Good fun all round :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s great your school let you do that, sounds like the kids had a lot of fun.:)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    Jelly is a great birthday treat that all children even those with allergies can eat. Simply half fill a plastic cup with the jelly and send in some plastic spoons too for the children to eat it with. It’s cheap and easy to make and if you had the time you could make it in different coloured layers like a rainbow.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      What a fantastic idea, Andrea!.:)ReplyCancel

Thank you to Victoria from Paddington NSW for sharing today’s tip Do you give a sigh when one of your recipes asks you to add a spice?  I used to as my spices were stored in a plastic storage tub on the top shelf of my pantry.  I decided to devote a drawer to spices […]

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  • kate

    we have a spice rack that my mums pop-pop made for her for her 21st – it is huge and can fit 34 jars. the one drawback is it lives on the bench in a very small kitchenReplyCancel

    • Suzanne C

      I have one that my Pop-Pop made when I was about 7 or 8. It’s one of the few pieces he made that I have. Now I’m wondering if you have to do wood-working to be a Pop-Pop, lol!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Fastgg

    I have mine in two big clear plastic cake tin, I do a lot of baking and cooking, I have one tin for herbs and the other for spices, then I can take it out of my walk in panty and put it on the bench while I am cooking so its all easy to get to . They are all in boxes so easy to find and pop back and when I’m finished I can just put the lid back on and away it goes again.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica

    I have mine on a lazy susan tray. Best thing ever as you just spin it around to get to the back and so forthReplyCancel

  • Jane

    What a great way of organising the spices. It looks great! I now have mine in 2 plastic storage tubs on the bench top because my powdered spices are kept in larger jars and whole spices in plastic snap lock containers as I cook with them almost daily. I broke my drawer by using it too much and trying to fit too many spices in there. The refill packages are only kept in there now.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia

    I have mine all in the smallest Klip It containers you can get. Nice and easy to get your measuring spoon into and that way you can just buy the refill bags, which are much cheaper than the little jars. Mine all sit 5 high, 6 across in my cupboard above my rangehood. I have labelled them all. They did start out in alphabetical order, once, but now I find that the ones I used the most are all in one stack.
    I have also done this with all my baking goods such as flour, sugar, coconut etcReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I would absolutely love to do the same, unfortunately I just have so many spices and herbs, they are overflowing out of two little cupboards above the stove and every now and then I have chaos when I accidentally knock one or two and then the domino effect takes place and they come crashing to the ground. gurr. No space – any thoughts???ReplyCancel

  • Kez

    I bought a spice rack from the masterfoods website a couple of years ago. I just googled and it looks like they don’t sell them anymore :( It fits heaps of jars – not sure exactly – I think about 40ish. I refill the jars from packets just because it’s cheaper. Any extra I keep in the packet, clipped with an ikea bag clip in a small basket in the pantry. The spice rack sits on the bench top on the side of the pantry and can’t be seen unless you are right in front of it.ReplyCancel

    • wow that must be an awesome rack to store 40 jars, great find, pitty they no longer sell them.ReplyCancel

  • Justine Saidman

    I have BLUM spice racks and I absolutely love them! I have a whole 900cm wide drawer dedicated to spices and things!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    It’s a great idea, but would only work in bigger kitchens. I wish I had spare drawersReplyCancel

    • I wish I had more drawers too Kristy, I’d change a lot about my kitchen if I had the chance to reno.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I can’t do the draw thing either. I have a 3 and 4 year old so mine are also above the rangehood but need a better way, the cupboard above the rangehood not big enough. Any ideas?ReplyCancel

    • I keep mine in a spice rack on my pantry wall. When I visited the winner of the Dettol competition recently I sorted all her spices into one clear basket in the pantry. She has quite a few and this was the best solution for her space.ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    I to don’t have the draw space and little fingers that would love to get into the spices if she could. I have used a tray that was from a Christmas or Birthday present from hampers and it sits on shelf in Pantry. So they are all together and can be easily pulled out from the shelf. I keep the popular ones at the front and sometimes don’t even need to pull out. Great way to reuse a gift, and as they are so beautiful sometimes even the old boxes I hate to chuck and tend to keep odds & ends in.ReplyCancel

    • your right Justine, I have some gorgeous shoe boxes here that I can’t bare to part with. I got them off a friend that used to sell shoes online.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Lee

    I bought a small wooden two door bathroom cabinet, with a shelf inside and one below the doors, also it has a rod for hanging face clothes or kitchen towels. Its white, about 2 feet wide and 2 1/2 feet long. Tiny little guy, I bought it in Walmart in the bathroom area, fits perfect next to the window, its so full its bulging at the seams lol Im going to buy one more. they can be hung one on top of the other. Looks like its made for the kitchen, so cuteReplyCancel

  • Meg Supel

    My husband drilled a couple of small wire baskets on the front of my pantry so we have some spices there. I also bought some little stainless steel containers with clear lids at Aldi (Ikea also have similar ones), they are magnetic so I was planning to put a magnetic strip on the pantry door and have them there, at the moment they are on my bench top near the stove-they look great, and no more knocking things over getting them out!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Louise Codling

    I probably have about 4 times the amount of spices/herbs that you do! Crazy I know.. But I cook a lot and make a lot of my own spice mixes. I keep mine in stackable sistema plastic tubs with lids. They are easy to stack and I have them seperated Into sweet, savoury, spice mixes/ stock. Makes it easy to find.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Craddock

    does any one have a diy pattren to make a spice rack to screw onto the inside of the pantry?ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    I also have mine in a large tupperware container in the pantry and bring this out when i need it. I do however, label the lids of the jars so I can get the right one at a glance without having to pull up a jar. Hope this makes sense.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds great Yvonne!ReplyCancel

    • Kyra

      I do love that idea Yvonne! I don’t have a walk in pantry or a drawer to put mine in. My kitchen & therefore my pantry is VERY small! I’ll be putting them in a clear container with a lid & labelling the lids! Thanks for the brilliant idea!ReplyCancel

  • […] Sort through the spices in pantry and throw any away that are well past expired  […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Before and After of how reader Victoria organised her spices […]ReplyCancel

  • Ann

    I have some of my spices in Maison jars as I find is cheapest to bulk buy at the Asian stores. I only pay $4.50 for 1kg of Cumin .. Then I also buy my spices in the refil packs as I think it’s a rip off to get the spice jars..ReplyCancel

  • Kay

    REf Spice Storage.
    I have a long kitchen drawer under my stove and have laid a layer of that sticky rubbery shelf paper in there. My spices lie on their sides (they don’t roil around on the sticky shelf paper) in alphabetical order. Some of the odd shaped bottles stand to attention at the back of the drawer…such as tin of mustard powder, curry powder etc. Heaven help anyone who puts a spice back in the wrong place!!! I have room for 3 rows of spices with about 20 to a row.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Nash

    I have quite a lot of herbs and spices, they fill a small cutlery drawer standing up. I have them in alphabetical order and after a while you just know where the ones you use regularly are. I label them on their lids – permanent marker on pale lids and label maker tape on dark lids. Most popular spice brand jars stand up in a normal height cutlery drawer.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Suzanne, i love the sound of your spice draw! Sounds wonderfully organised.:)ReplyCancel

I have not made any dramatic changes to Miss 10’s room since she was 2.  I originally painted the wall pink, which was and still is her favourite colour.  Over the years we have changed the doona covers and added tid-bits to her desk and dresser.  But she is growing up too quickly before my […]

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  • Elizabeth

    This is a beautiful “makeover”. My little one is not quite up to this stage but I do need to update her desk. Where did you get your daughter’s desk?

    • Lisa

      Yes – I love the desk. Where did it come from?ReplyCancel

  • Lynette Kemeny

    wow, how do you keep that room so military ?? my daughter is 11 and I’ve been working on her room, but most of the time its a tip….but I like the lived in feeling, your DD’s would be nice with curtains to soften it up more.ReplyCancel

    • sadly she can’t have curtains, I agree they would really soften up the room. She has dust mite allergies and dust mites really love curtains, so blinds it is!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    I love this room!! Just wondered where you got her desk from?ReplyCancel

  • Renaye

    i reckon paint the wall teal, the pink will all pop and it will look AMAZING, be brave : )ReplyCancel

    • I do like that idea Renaye, I think it would look really nice too!ReplyCancel

      • melissa

        Adding a bit of gold would be nice as well and very on trendReplyCancel

  • Kim

    My daughter has the exact same desk that we are updating the look of her room (she is 8) …. the desk came from


  • Just Gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Teresak

    Very lovely

  • Alyce

    Gorgeous bedding!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Warren

    Loving the makeover so far! Great job Kat. Your daughter must be so happy.ReplyCancel

  • karen

    looking for inspiration for my tween and came across your room – beautiful – am de-desking mine and looking for some other special pieces but still not sure what exactly to “bling” the room…………any suggestions – I live in Nth Qld so trawling the net for stores for more variety? TIAReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Looks very pretty and functional! Just wondering how long ago you bought the Butterfly print from Belle Collection. Can’t seem to find it online.

  • Lisa

    Where did you get the bed side lamp- think I want it more for my room not my daughters.ReplyCancel

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I helped my Dad to move house a few months ago, so I picked up some great moving and how to pack tips, as well as the handful of times I have moved home of the years.  Moving home can be a stressful time, remembering to do everything, pack and clean, but if you can stay […]

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  • Hey Kat, Awesome idea moving day printables…I will be using these soon! Not sure if it’s just my silly computer but the link for the garage sale bit wasn’t working, thought I would let you know :)ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Anne-marie, no the link wasn’t working, my fault, thank you for letting me know I really appreciate that xReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat, I also found when moving to number boxes & keep a separate book or list of what is in each box as we weren’t going to unpack every box straight away. We moved last August & still haven’t unpacked everything!!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a really great idea Jody, especially when you really need something it ail make it easier to locate.ReplyCancel

  • Danni Wright

    Haha, I saw this JUST after moving yesterday, & hope I don’t need to use your Moving Kit for a long time now! :-)ReplyCancel

    • Ooh no a day late, I hope your move went well DanniReplyCancel

      • Danni Wright

        Thanks Kat! The actual move went a lot quicker than expected but now I have a unit full of boxes… :-)ReplyCancel

  • Great tips when moving to a new home! Every renter is definitely going to need this so I’m definitely suggesting this to those who are moving to a new residence. I’ve done some of these tips myself when I moved to apartments in Deerfield FL so it the move was hassle-free.ReplyCancel

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    We help women simplify their life every day. So being a part of the Cleaning For A Reason Foundation is a natural fit for our busy home cleaning service. As a local business we are grateful to have many loyal customers. We are proud of the house cleaning services we provide and are happy to help those in need. We are committed to providing the gift of a clean home to women undergoing treatment for cancer through The Cleaning For A Reason Foundation. Residential Cleaning ServiceReplyCancel

  • […] but there are websites to help you with updating your address. Also look at sites that provide a moving home checklist – they are always a great […]ReplyCancel

If you have been following along on Instagram and Facebook you would have read that I’m starting on a new diet and a positive change to live a healthier life.  In doing so I have given up all caffeine, that’s no coffee and no coke for me, I used to have 2 of each, each day. […]

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  • Linda M

    Hi, I too am trying to shed a few kilos, one way of encouraging me to drink more water is to place sliced lemon, cucumber and a bit of mint in the water, it’s a lovely refreshing drink.ReplyCancel