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This post is sponsored by Kia’s All New Soul Recently I visited the final winner of the  ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a day’ competition, Leeanne, hubby and six kids, from Melbourne, Victoria. With thanks to Kia Australia I was able to visit Leeanne and drive to the various shops to pick up my supplies around Melbourne in the […]

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  • Donna Easthorpe

    The only thing I would change is to have the medication box removed from the floor/bottom shelf and placed up out of littlies reach!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Adams

    Kmart have $7 dollar can organisers and are better than the $20 ones from Howard’s ReplyCancel

  • Lipstick & Motherhood

    Love this makeover!!! I would love to see a pantry makeover with a really deep pantry and high shelve space ReplyCancel

  • Megan Harrington

    What an amazing thorough transformation! Katrina, you’ve done a fantastic job, well planned and executed. I loved the storage containers usedReplyCancel

  • Anorina Morris

    Looks great!!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Metz

    Wow, what a difference. Nice to see that we don’t need to spend a lot of money. That has always stopped me even looking, so thanks for the great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Tane Philp-Reid

    One suggestion for the shopping list, Avery do a stickon white board label, I have one on the inside of the pantry door, when you use something write in on the label then take a photo with your phone before heading out to the shops.ReplyCancel

  • Anwen O'Donnell

    Where is the plastic bag holder from? On the inside of hte pantry door? I need a couple of those!

  • Kelly Tabone

    Those shelves you couldn’t find at a decent price can be found at Kmart 😉 they are white and there are 2 sizes to choose fromReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Kelly, I’ll have to have a good look through Kmarts kitchen section, sounds like they have a few new items I wasn’t aware of!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carroll

    I got my moccona coffee loving friends to save me their jars of all sizes and I also bought in ops shops too, and used them to store all my ingredients. It looks great and really stylish!ReplyCancel

  • noura

    I need a solution for herbes and spices I have heaps and need a practical handy non expensive idea pleaseReplyCancel

  • SonyaMath

    Great job!! My only recommendation would have been to put shelf liners down to stop oils and scraping on the shelves. They also help stop bumping items in the front when getting ones at the back as they are slightly non-slip.ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    Beautiful job! Great video.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Hi! I love your blog as I love all things organisation and love helping others to organise their home too. I was wondering if you have a need to hire any staff? I’d love to learn from the master!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I feel so inspired! I seem to be always organizing and then reorganizing my pantry. I’m heading down to my local Ikea and Big W to stock up on plastic baskets and organizers ASAP!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Gelmi

    What a transformation! I love it – and it’s got me inspired to make some changes in my pantry/kitchen! I especially love the idea of emptying food out of cardboard boxes – makes it easier to do stock control 😉 Also – I’ve seen tiered shelves for can storage in Kmart for around $7.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Stewart

    Thank you so much for the inspiration!! I did it!! My pantry is organised, tidy and functional. Very happy :) I have grouped like things together and and put often used items towards the front and less used items towards the back, but in a way that is easy to put them back in the right place after use. I knew I was saving the large plastic mushroom containers for something, they are perfect for food colouring, sachets etc. Although the pantry is quite small, having it sorted in this way makes it easy to see what we have.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Great work Kellie, you have it functioning perfectly for your needs now. Will be so much easier to find what you need now, glad you found the time to organise your pantry :)ReplyCancel

  • samantha

    A simple hint for keeping track of canned products, is to cut a piece of spare timber and push to back wall of cupboard. This means the back row of cans sit slightly higher than those in front and you can keep track of what’s in stock.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    One job on my list today – stocktake the pantry. Got halfway through it, still half to go tomorrow. Used lots of Moccona jars. Then checked my email and what do you know ….. there was this blog about organising a pantry. I smiled to myself and read the comments.

    Just one thing, I have LOTS of herbs and spices and would appreciate some advice on storing them. I do already have a medium sized spice rack that I use but the others are just stuffed in a plastic tub. Any suggestions? would be greatly appreciated. :)ReplyCancel

    • Leonie

      I went to House and bought two wall spice racks in stainless steel, and put them on the wall beside the shelves in the pantry. One on top of the other. Three would have been better. Now I have herbs and spices in alphabetical order. OCD much?ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Any time you need to replace your microwave, take out the turn table and running track first. They make a perfect lazy Susan in the pantry. We now have two, one for spreads, mustard etc and one for tins.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I’d live to know how best to organise a narrow but deep pantry cupboard. It only stays organised for a couple of days then is mayhem againReplyCancel

    • Bec

      I have the same problem. I have a deep pantry so I can’t see what is not in the first 2 layers and things go to waste or I buy excess because I forget what I have.ReplyCancel

      • Penny

        Perhaps rolling or pullout baskets (like fridge baskets) could work?ReplyCancel

    • Am

      I had a similar pantry. I was lucky that my shelves are adjustable, so I got them cut down about 30cm, re-drilled support holes and screwed individual spice rack white wire shelves (Bunnings) all down the inside of the door. Put lighter items (pasta, jelly) etc on door, heavy on main shelves. If you don’t have adjustable just line up wire racks on door so not yo clash with shelf positions. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I love the idea of the drawers for snacks in the pantry. Were they from BIG W? I can’t see them on their website.ReplyCancel

  • Cilla Neilson

    You can get the shelfs for cans etc from the junk shops for $2ReplyCancel

  • Tina Carr

    Looks great it drives me nuts that I have so much clutter around the kitchen, my husband just stacks things on top of each other, I’ve tried to organise it lots of times but it never works. Love what you did in the pantryReplyCancel

  • Dietmar Wessel

    Hi – love your clip! By the way I came across a great website with heaps of fantastic storage gadgets. They helped me with my cutlery drawers and spices – I’ve got so many (gotta have a bit of spice in your life, lol!) Check it out peeps – Love to all, Deedee.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Somerville

    That is great, such a difference on a small budget! The kitchen is the same design as mine, same countertops everything! Also the same clutter!! Actually mine is probably worse, I have saved the pic of the cupboard onto my PC desktop so I can be reminded I need to fix mine!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • KayBee

    I’ve trawled through many Pinterest boards and websites looking for a pantry makeover that would suit my pantry’s shape. While I can certainly use elements from most, your makeover of Leeanne’s pantry is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I have the same shape pantry and have started the re-organising, but because its been done in stages so far, there are pockets of organisation, but its certainly not functioning to its full potential. I’m looking forward to getting in and giving it a great makeover. Funny too, I was just looking at those white ikea boxes on our last trip and said to my kids, “do you reckon we could use these for something?” Turns out we can! Thanks to Leeanne for sharing her pan try’s transformation and to you for all the great tips. You both may just have saved my kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    Mine is so much worse than that!! To scared to even begin!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Beth be brave.:) Start with a small section at a time, you will be surprised at how quickly it will come together. Good luck.:) Would love to hear how you go!ReplyCancel

  • Donella Harmer

    I want to set up an organising centre like the little cupboard u have here from IKEA but I’m 4 hrs away from the nearest one :( ReplyCancel

  • Cherie

    Looks stunning and I am trying to replicate in my pantry. I can’t find the drawers on the Big W website – any idea what the dimensions are, to save me a trip there, and they don’t fit?


    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m sorry Cherie, I don’t know the dimensions to share with you, so sorry. Would love to see a picture when your done :)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina, Big W has this great 3 tier can rack for tins (tomatoes, kidney beans etc) which is very space efficient – it was $12 when I bought it the other day.ReplyCancel is a fantastic retail market place filled with beautiful maternity, baby and children’s products.  With over 250 boutique brands to chose from, you’ll find everything you need for children including: shoes and clothes bedding, furniture & bedroom decor change bags maternity wear baby skin care toys, books & gifts and so much more. The super […]

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  • Hayley Parker

    The Cockatoo Lamp would brighten up my son’s life as since shifting house to outer suburbs and away from most of his friends the flocks of Cockies, not so welcomed by everyone, has brought a smile to his face.ReplyCancel

  • Lanette Crewes

    Hi I am entering for my sister in-law as she has 1 7year old boy and then twin boy and girl that are 4. I thought that this would be a lovely surprise as the twins birthday is coming up and as they live in Melbourne they could get what they need as we don’t live near them. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Debbie Lee

    Oh the shoes! So impressed with the little boys shoes and they look comfortable too, great range. Great competition.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Great giveaway! My entries are in :-)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Hutchins

    The Little Red Hooded Cape
    Is oh so sweet! I could see it drape
    across the shoulders of my little girl,
    Who has a birthday coming up in June
    This prize would make her birthday gifts great!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Randall

    The air transport and pirate ship decals would be gorgeous in my two boys rooms.
    The koala and sheep ugg bootsReplyCancel

  • Lauretta Kolarik

    Love all of the unique kiddie decor for kids rooms!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Banyard

    Fantastic give away, Thank you for this opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Alyce

    I think the bosom buddy would be a fantastic item to get! I’m pregnant with baby number 1, so anything that would make all those new scary experiences more comfortable would be worth it! Great comp KatReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Finish Power and Pure Kitchen cleaning is like ground hog day, every day it has to be done.  Prior to kids I always had the kitchen tidy, however after the twins were born I let my routine go.  I would make dinner, spend the evening with the kids and hubby and […]

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  • Kimberley Lack

    Oh how I wish I had a dishwasher! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Kimberley, I wish for one for you too xxReplyCancel

  • Terry Bowery

    What is nappy-San?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Jones

    Kat, I love these kinds of posts and I was wondering if you could post a typical week for you, including your routine and when you wash and cook etc. Thanks! ReplyCancel

  • Marina Vannucci

    By soaking the racks in the tub I was surprised at how much easier it made it to clean the burnt on food off. ReplyCancel

  • Veronica Celani

    Soaking the oven racks in the tub definitely helps! My mother in law set my oven on fire last year and I was able to salvage one rack because I soaked it in my bathtub. I had to take steel wool to my bathtub when I was done but it was worth it!

  • Bliss of Living

    These are super awesome stuffReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Well, the Finish Power and Pure stood up to the test of the casserole dish – clean as a whistle. I usually never put the casserole dish in the dishwasher as I find it usually just bakes on any remaining food and makes a bigger scrubbing job. Then the ultimate challenge – poached eggs with runny yolks. I also usually never bother putting the crockery and cutlery from poached eggs in my dishwasher as it bakes on but this time the silverware and plates came out sparkling. I am sold.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Wells

    I was a lucky Organised Housewife devotee chosen to sample the new Finish Power and Pure dishwasher tablets. When my little express parcel arrived I couldn’t wait to see if these tablets which contained less chemicals (great bonus for our little family always striving to live a healthier life) actually cleaned as well as the heavier chemical varieties. The answer is yes they certainly do! I would usually wash my heavier pots and casseroles by hand but decided to pop them all in the dishwasher with no pre-rinse and try these new Finish Power and Pure tablets out. Firstly, I loved not have to unwrap them and being able to simply put them straight into the dispenser- no mess, no fuss. Secondly, my dishes came out sparkling clean and no watery residue on anything- all the bowls, glasses and kids plastics came out clean and dry. Fantastic! Will be making the switch from the ordinary Finish tablets to the Power and Pure for sure. Thanks for giving me the chance to try these out.ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    Not leaving any residue on the dishes is definitely a plus with this product. I still had some dirt left on the lasagne dish, but it was baked on and pretty stubborn! Would definitely buy this product after the samples have run out.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Love how each tablet is covered in plastic that dissolves so there is no need to unwrap each tablet. I was very impressed that there was no residue left on the dishes and my glasses were actually shinier after using these dishwasher tablets. An unexpected bonus was that my dishwasher appears cleaner than normal. Thank you for the opportunity to try such a great product.ReplyCancel

  • I tested Finish Power and Pure with a macaroni and cheese dish – a messy dish in our household! The saucepans and baking dishes went straight into the dishwasher with no pre washing and I was pleasantly surprised when they came out clean and sparkling – even the baked on crusty cheese bits were gone! There was no residue, and even no funny eggy smell that occasionally happens with the breakfast plates that were also in there. Love the plastic wrapper dissolves which saves time as well. As a mama, every second saved with no unwrapping or pre-washing is a gift!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Daly

    I was lucky enough to trial the Finish Power and Pure. I only use Finish products in the dishwasher, so I was expecting good things. I am also actively trying to reduce our chemical and antibacterial use in the home. The first thing i noticed is that they smell amazing! I sniff the packet every time I get a tablet out! Not only are my dishes shiny and clean, including my cheap shop plastic mixing bowls, but my dishwasher sparkles. This might sound a little silly but I am convinced my tap water tastes better after drinking out of a power and pure washed glass…Definitely will be making the switch.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Hall

    In a culture where the terms “organic” and “chemical free” are commonly used to describe the food on our plates, it comes as no surprise that we adopt this mentality when it comes to cleaning the plates themselves!

    As far as cleaning the dishes, the performance was great.

    Already using Finish tablets at home, I went into this with my eyes open, researching ingredients in the current tablets, compared to Finish Power & Pure. I was surprised at the difference.

    It comes down to asking yourself – “Do I expose my family to unnecessary chemicals to clean our home?”

    Definitely not!ReplyCancel

    • Jane

      I agree Samantha. I haven’t tried these tabs yet but hope to because of the chemical smell left on my crockery after using Quantum. Jane.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    The first thing I noticed about Finish Power &Pure, was its pleasant non-chemical fragrance. After my first use I noticed the dishes had an amazing shine, my wine glasses did not have water marks and my casserole dish that had a little caked on rice came out super clean. Very happy!ReplyCancel

  • Janis Bryden

    I was one of the people who got the free pack of Finish Power & Pure and they are IMPRESSIVE- cleaned ramekins which had been sitting in the dishwasher for about 18 hours and had apple crumble mix baked on around the rim, crumble mix completely removed, since I started using them haven’t had to hand wash anything that’s come out of the dishwasher.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    With my youngest having skin allergies I’ve been very mindful of the chemicals around my home & have made a conscience effort to reduce these chemicals. To say I’m impressed with Finish Power & Pure is an understatement. No chemical ridden smell, all fresh smelling, cleaner dishes & not to mention cleaner dishwasher! Definitely recommend this product!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Lambeth

    I always use finish tablets as I find they clean better than other brands so I was not surprised that Finish Power and Pure clean just as well as the Finish All-in-1. The only problem with the All-in-1 is that I cannot use the Eco wash because the chemical smell and taste linger. I am very excited that the Finish Power and Pure do not leave either a chemical smell or taste. That means I am once again using the 1:26 minute cycle instead of the 2:03 cycle and I save power and water! Dishes were very shiny too!ReplyCancel

  • corrie

    I-Is easy to use
    N-Never any residue left
    I-Is something I would purchase
    S-Simply shining glasses
    H-Helps me get the job done more easily and so I can spend time with my kids!

    I found Finish really good, and worth the cost, I’m big on saving where I can so I have tried all sorts of dishing washing powders and tablets, but I have to say that I would happily spend more to buy this product. My dishes were clean, sparkling and smelt great, I only needed to wash once and there was no residue left on them. My mum even commented on the results! I’ve converted my mother in law and she in turn has converted her sisters! Great product, would happily recommend!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I was lucky enough to be sent a sample of the tablets and I must say I was sceptical. Have previously bought dishwasher tablets that promised and failed to deliver. From the first wash, the Finish Power and Pure delivered. The true test came after a slow cooker pot was left on overnight with very little in it. I awoke to a baked on mess. Into the dishwasher with, I’ll admit, thoughts of having to handwash. The dish came out like new! Not having to unwrap the tablets is an added bonus. Winner, Winner – no baked on Dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    This was a fantastic opportunity thank you. I must say that I was very pleased with the Finish Power & Pure. The big test was the baking dish from the Braised Beef and Onions. I had to resist the urge to scrub before putting it in the dishwasher. It came out beautifully clean. Colour me impressed.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    the bath rack soaking advise is a saintly tip, thanksReplyCancel

  • Janis Tyler

    We have been ever mindful of the chemicals being put into our water system, so were very pleased to find these new tablets used considerably less.
    No unwrapping required so no residue left on hands. After the cycle the dishes were clean and dry with glasses in particular emerging sparkling. No water spots remained. Each time not only were all traces of food removed, including cooked-on porridge from bowls but baked on food like cheese sauce and lasagne from casserole dishes, pans & wooden spoons.
    Thank you for the sample.ReplyCancel

  • Petra Chaplin

    We have been hunting for a dishwashing tablet that not only cleansed the dishes and everything else in the washer thoroughly but also left all the items dry. “Clean and Dry”, we used to say – if only the dishwasher would clean AND dry. Well, having been lucky enough to receive one of the 100 sample packs of Finish Power & Pure, we tried it, and it works wonderfully! We have now got clean and dry dishes, and to top it off, it’s kind to the environment. We have also used it on the short cycle and get the same compelling results.ReplyCancel

  • Julie-ann

    Being on a tight budget and having rainwater plumbed into the dishwasher, I thought that I could just use cheap dish-washing tablets & that they would work on cleaning everything. I received my sample of Finish Tablets & I thought that I would try again at putting pots and pans, cooking trays, slowcooker pot, anything that I used in a normal week, that normally I had to soak and scrub by hand, into the dishwasher. All I can say is thank-you, everything came out spotlessly clean, no more having to remove the item from the dishwasher and then scrubbing it by hand, now doing the dishes is no longer a chore.ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    Finish power and pure is a lifesaver we are a family of 6 I have to do dishes twice a day one in the sink and one in the dishwasher and I own a very old dishwasher it’s 14 years old and I thought I might have to buy a new one as it wasn’t cleaning well anymore and I had to buy the dishwasher cleaner every week. Finish power and pure has just saved me $1000 from buying a new dishwasher and my dishes came out so clean my pots had no residue left on them and my glasses were sparkling I’ve had baking dishes, slow cooker pot, and the racks from the oven and BBQ in there. I am so happy and will defiantly be switching products I never thought I would ever be excited about my dishesReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I was lucky enough to try the finish power and pure and it really is awesome!
    I normally spray oil on all my casserole dishes before use to help stop the food sticking, I still scrub but no where near as much as usual. So I wasnt surprised when these dishes came out sparkling from our dishwasher. So I decided to do the ultimate test and not spray. In to the dishwasher went my day old pasta bake dish that I hadnt sprayed. OMG it came out looking brand new!! No more washing dishes for me :) Thanks FinishReplyCancel

  • nancy ngauamo

    Great product. Love that it is covered in plastic and that I don’t have to use my teeth to open the packet to get the tablet out like I usually do with other tablets. Dishes cone out very clean and streak free. I would love to switch to this product but I don’t think can afford with the amount of dishes we have with a big family. Thank you for the opportunity to try !ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I am already a loyal Finish customer but wanted to try the Power and Pure because of the reduced chemicals. I didn’t really expect any obvious improvements in the cleaning so was surprised after the first use that the dishes were noticeably more sparkling and clean. I have now used the Power and Pure for a week and the dishes continue to be cleaner and more sparkling than when using other Finish tablets. I have actually done more cooking this week because of guests and found that casserole and baking dishes have come out spotless first time (normally they would come out with a little food left on that would need to be hand washed). Dishes, in particular plastic, seem to be drier and not needing to be left to drip dry. The final thing that I like about Power and Pure is the self contained packaging, it may seem like a small thing but as my hands are often crampy or numb due to chemo it can be tricky to remove the wrapper of the other Finish tablets and there is no risk of the tablet crumbling. In summary, Finish Power and Pure are easier to use providing a cleaner, shinier and drier finish, and all importantly, with less chemicals. Thanks for the opportunity to trial.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Dilkes

    Some background: We are dairy farmers with tank water. The dishes need to be clean first time, every time as I can’t afford extra water to rinse the dishes, run the load again or hand wash dishes not cleaned. I ran the dishwasher every evening after tea including the plastics, trays, pots and pans. Every time the dishes came out clean, even the one occasion when the tablet didn’t eject properly from the dispenser. The dishes also dried without streaking. I would recommend Finish Power & Pure for value and effectiveness.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Gissell

    I tested these, I mean really tested, cooked the messiest, stickiest, baked on meals I could. No pre-rinsing, left dishes for a while before sticking in the dishwasher just to make it harder and WOW was I amazed!! I searched over every plate, cup and dish after washing looking for any tiny leftover residue but No, none to be found!! I was constantly and pleasantly surprised! I will definitely be continuing use. One little request though…. being so successful on dishes, can you make these suitable for washing clothes??!! haha!ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra Agar-Wilson

    I used to think it was normal to run the dishwasher twice because dishes were still dirty, and that it was standard practice to air plastic containers afterwards in the drainer to completely dry. I admit I was sceptical at first, but after trying Finish Power and Pure, I now expect a new standard of ‘normal’ from dishwasher powder. I no longer waste time and electricity re-washing dishes, and the best bit is, I know that my kids are exposed to less chemicals. Mother-of-the-year to me! Finish Power and Pure is AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I am amazed by the incredible performance of Finish Power and Pure dishwashing tablets! Having a house full of hungry boys, our dishwasher seems to be on a non-stop cycle but there is always dishes that need an extra scrub. The tablets honestly cleaned EVERY dish well, including pasta-bake dishes and dried weet-bix breakfast bowls. Knowing that they use less chemicals was great, as this is one area of my home where I have been searching for a lower chemical product that still delivers outstanding results Finish Power and Pure is now a staple on our cleaning list!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Cooke

    As a mum with two very busy little boys, anything that makes life easier and allows more time with the family is a winner in my book. If I can reduce our chemical waste too – even better! Enter Finish Power & Pure.

    Its fair to say I threw everything I had a Finish Power & Pure. From casserole dishes to pot pie ramekins, in it went. I was unsure what to expect as post dishwasher re-washing is a common requirement for me, however I was most pleasantly surprised. Not only was I hit with a nice fresh smell when I opened the dishwasher but everything was clean and sparkling. EVERYTHING!

    Casserole Dish – Sparkling!
    Pie Ramekins – Clean as a whistle!
    Dried on Weet-Bix – Gone!

    Well done Finish Power & Pure, you’ve won over this (slightly less) Organised Housewife for sure :)ReplyCancel

  • Danni

    I’ve been using a different brand of tablet so was keen to see how Finish Power & Pure matched up. Although not recyclable, the minimal packaging is designed to store the tablets until you need them and they’ve reduced the level of phosphates too. I cooked a roast in a bench top oven, and after three hours of cooking the glass bowl had all sorts of baked on grime – perfect for this test. I placed it straight in without presoaking or scrubbing and let the tablet go to work. The bowl came out spotless! I think that speaks for itself.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa McCallum

    I really put this product through the ‘ringer’. I have a family of 5 so we run the dishwasher every day. I must say, the product stood up very well.
    I ran it with a full cycle and it performed perfectly. Everything came out clean and shiny regardless of our poor stacking.
    I did a load with a lot of plastics and they came out clean AND DRY which is what we all love. No one wants to have to wipe dry anything that comes out of the dishwasher – it defeats the purpose of getting a machine to do the work for us!

    I also ran a load with pots, now to my surprise they came out better than I had expected. With previous brands, I had always been left a little disappointed. This time they were clean and shiny as opposed to just clean and I mean ‘just’.

    I also ran the product through a quick-30 min cycle (although this isn’t preferred I know – I read the packaging) but it’s how I would need to use the product in our house and once again I wasn’t disappointed.

    It’s a great product 5/5.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Penco

    I found them to work better than the otherReplyCancel

  • Chelsea De Luca

    I first used the tablets in a regular load and happily noticed they did as good a job as my usual detergent. However, my husband pointed out that we rinse our dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. So we decided to try them without rinsing first. I was rapt to find all dishes and glasses were spotless.
    Third time lucky- we put in all of our saucepans, a lasagne dish, dried soiled plates and some stained coffee cups. Wow! The girls were wondering why Mummy did a happy dance in the kitchen!!! Amazing!!
    Definitely recommending them to friends.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Gleeson

    I absolutely love the idea of less chemicals in necessary products such as dish washing tables! I could not survive without my dishwasher. Thanks to Finish Power & Pure, there is now a brilliant product on the market that uses less chemicals and continues to strive for excellence ~ a fantastic result! My dishwasher is sparkling clean and so are all my dishes. I am always on the look out for chemical free products as I am mindful of the impact they have on our environment. I love receiving my Organized House Wife tip every day ~ it’s a fun way to keep on top of mundane chores here at my house! Thank you for your wonderful emails and for bringing this new product Finish Power & Pure to my attention ~ it’s a winner in my book! I will purchase this product in future for sure. :)ReplyCancel

  • beck jinnette

    Loved the new finish tablet. Great ssmell. Noticed dishers dryer and best of all no residue left. They stood up great to test. Even getting my bake on lasagna dish sparkling.

    Thanks heapsReplyCancel

  • Di Thompson

    I was one of the fortunate to receive the new Finish Power & Pure. I must say I am impressed. I had always used Finish Quantum but recently tried a new product out and was very disappointed in the results. I have recently started having Green Smoothies everyday in an attempt to get my 5 serves of fruit and vegies every day. I like to put my blender parts and smoothie cups in the dishwasher, as I do with most of our dishes and pans. The other company’s product left my dishes with a fine gritty residue. I cleaned my dishwasher thinking that may be the problem, but it still persisted. No such problem with the Finish Power & Pure though, all gritty residue is now gone. Thank goodness. I do not have time in my day to do hand washing of dishes these days.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Saggus

    I put everything in the dishwasher, dishes, pots, pans, blender, cat bowls, tupperware, lock n lock, dishcloths and toothbrushes!!

    I use my dishwasher everyday and I definitely think the Finish Power & Pure are hands down the better buy.

    I am all about using less chemicals so they are dead-set winner for me.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Finish Power & Pure is a huge improvement on Finish Powerball Classic. Not only does it have less chemical, it actually cleans better! No half dissolved tablets left in the machine after the wash and no need for rinse aid. Even plastics wash and dry well with no powder residue. I assumed popping plastics onto the dish rack to dry was the price I had to pay for using a dishwasher – boy was I wrong!
    The tablet was too big for my dispenser but popping it straight into the machine worked a treat. Definitely on my shopping list.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    With some reservations I tried these new Finish Quantum Power and Pure Powerballs. Conclusion, I’m impressed. Definitely standing up to its claim of ‘tea stain removal’. For big coffee drinkers this will really cut back on scouring those mugs. Upon opening the door, no odour’s emitted, just warm steam. Giving it a real workout, leaving mashed potato leftovers in the bowl. Voila – all clean. Another clear observation, glass wear is left sparkling, a phenomenon I’ve not experienced before.

    Final Conclusion: A+ vote from me. Will definitely buy in the future for ease of use, containing less chemicals, great cleaning power.ReplyCancel

  • Janice Campbell

    I am surprised at how clean the Finish Quantum Power and Pure Powerballs actually worked. I normally soak my casseroles dishes overnight but decided to put them in the dishwasher to try with Power and Pure, great result, found the dishes also dried better. Did have a couple that didn’t ejected properly however they still did a great job.ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Golby

    I was pretty excited to receive this package as I’d heard great things about the tablets. I normally buy a cheaper powder for the dishwasher but after using these tablets, I’m seriously considering making the switch. Having two young kids who go through at least a load of dishes a day it is important to me to not use so many chemicals, especially because I put my sons bottles through the dishwasher. I found the smell of the dishwasher to be quite fresh instead of the chemical smell I’m used too. Great product & one I will be recommending to my other “mummy” friends!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Barker

    I was chuffed to get an opportunity to trial Finish Power & Pure. My first impression was the smell – clean and fresh; not chemically. My husband was excited about the dissolvable wrappers (he’s an engineer – it’s all about small details). I was sceptical about the tablets’ performance but I was… surprised. No need to rewash baking dishes or utensils to remove the last bits of gunk. Win! The dishes also looked and felt cleaner. I still have a mega box of “other” tablets; I’m doing some maths to countdown how long before I can buy more Power & Pure!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy

    I lived with an unused dishwasher in our house for 7 years, until some smart person pointed out it would actually SAVE water to use it. I am now a complete convert and love my dishwasher! I usually hand wash any bigger items (saucepans etc), and anything that has been ‘baked on’ but thought I’d really put the Finish Power & Pure to the test. I wasn’t disappointed! There was never a dish that had to be re-washed, everything was spotlessly clean. I think most importantly they are using less chemicals and the powerballs are not individually wrapped. A win for humans and a win for the planet!ReplyCancel

  • Suzette McGuire

    Thankyou so much for the generous sample of Finish Power and Pure. It has been a godsend!!! Not only because it leaves our plates, pots and cutlery spotlessly shiny but most of all….my husband was so excited about getting a free sample sent that HE PACKED AND UNPACKED THE DISHWASHER!!!! Hallelujah!!! ThankYOU Finish :-)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I was excited to see my Finish Power and Pure arrive in the mail, however skeptical because I wasn’t sure it was going to be any better than any other product out there. Well I’m happy to say I was wrong. The first test was my slow cooker bowl which had been bubbling away with a beef casserole all day. Usually I handwash this as it will always come out with food residue stuck to it and need to be finished off with a handwash, but it came out sparkling clean, as did my pot that had rice caked on the bottom! Although I think the most impressive improvement I noticed that all my dishes came out dry (this is not always the case with my current detergent) and my glasses had no watermarks on them – this was the best bit for me. Thanks Organised Houswife and Finish for letting me test the Finish Power and Pure tablets.ReplyCancel

  • susan

    I found Finish Power & Pure really good. It has a very pleasant fragrance without all the harsh chemicals. All my dishes pots and even baked on pots came out sparkling. Their was no residue left on items like other products do and no streaks which is great to see. Will defiantly recommend and have also brought some more.ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    Prior to trialling Finish Power and Pure, I was buying dishwasher tablets in bulk. After cooking the organised housewife’s choc caramel slice recipe, chocolate topping was truly stuck to the saucepan so it was great to see Finish Power and Pure only took one wash to remove the set chocolate residue (must be the power of oxygen similar to advanced laundry agents). For normal use I can continue with regular dishwasher tablets but would recommend these for tough one wash pot, pan and tough baked on food where it saves water, time and money using Finish Power and Pure instead.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Baking dishes with baked on grime
    Are too much to endure
    Sceptical, although I was
    I trialled Finish Power & Pure
    The fresh and gentle scent
    Delighted me from the start
    But it was the single cycle cleaning power
    That really won my heart!

    Finish Power & Pure has granted all my wishes
    I’ll no longer hand scrub food remains
    Off stinky, grimy dishes!

    The switch to Power & Pure doesn’t take much nouse
    As I already use natural cleaners
    Through the rest of the house

    With sparkling results, plain to see
    This is the new dishwasher tablet for me!ReplyCancel

  • Annie White

    I started this trial a little sceptical and ended as a convert! I was so incredibly impressed with the results when using Finish Power & Pure dishwasher tablets. Everything came out sparkling – even the 2 day old casserole dish! I’m convinced the dishwasher was cleaner too.

    The trial inspired me to run a chemical detox for my home and family simultaneously.
    We’re now all a little healthier, cleaner and leaner. Thank you for the opportunity and inspiration, my whole family has benefitted and we’ll continue to enjoy the long-term bonus of reduced chemical use.

    Added to the shopping list!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I was excited to be given the chance to try Finish Power and Pure. The dissolving wrapper is great – no detergent on my hands. It worked as well as, actually probably better than my regular detergent, even with casserole dishes, pots and pans. Everything came out lovely and shiny, smelling fresh and leaving the dishwasher clean too. I loved the opportunity to further reduce the chemicals I use at home. It is great for my family, as well as my environment – particularly important where we collect and dispose of all the water that we use. Thanks Finish and Organised Housewife.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    The dishes are still dirty and its past 7.30!
    With a family of 5, there’s nowhere for them to hide.
    There’s no time for scrubbing, my baby needs cuddling.
    The only way I can finish for sure, is to use my Finish Power & Pure.
    I don’t need to scrub not even rub.
    Finish makes my dishes sparkle and picks up every little particle.
    The baked on food is washed away, giving us all more time to play.
    No more white spot formations, like our spotty pet Dalmatian
    The dishes all come out dry, so the time unpacking surely does fly.
    I would recommend for you all to use Finish, and your time cleaning dishes will surely diminish.
    Thankyou Organised Housewife for introducing me, and freeing up time for this Mummy!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Chapman

    I was very excited to put the new Finish Power & Pure dishwashing tablets to the test, hoping fewer chemicals could still be tough on my dirty dishes.

    I loaded the dishwasher with the usual crockery, cutlery, and glassware then added my lasagna dish with plenty of baked on residue. To my amazement, everything came out spotless and shiny. Day after day dried up porridge was removed with ease.

    It really is true, a sparkling clean with less chemicals. I’ve been won over by the results and have made the switch. Better for the environment, better for my family.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Byrne

    Modern life seems to be a balancing act. As a mum I constantly have to juggle budget, efficiency, impact and time. After trialling Finish Power & Pure for a week I am feeling great about the product, it does what it says it will well and has the added bonus of being a better choice for the health of my family. I love a product that ticks more than one box and makes my life easier.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Spires

    Finish Power and Pure Quantum tablets are similar to other Finish Quantum products I have tried in the past, they have the same shape with a dissolvable outer layer and 3 sections of different coloured powders – I assume each with a different type of cleaning action.

    The cleaning action of Power and Pure is by far the best I’ve seen in any dishwasher tablet I’ve tried. Baked on food from casserole dishes and the slow cooker pot was all cleaned away.

    A problem I was hoping Power and Pure would solve has been grainy sediment often left in cups or on the undersides of bowls and plates. My hopes were realised and this has not been an issue in the week I’ve trialled Power and Pure.

    We have fairly hard water in Sydney which means rinse aid is a must to prevent spotting and promote drying so I was excited to see that Power and Pure has a “Rinse” action. However on reading the fine print I was disappointed to see that “Rinse Aid is still recommended”. That being said the amount of spotting on glasses, plastics and cutlery has been minimal and not in every wash.

    As a household we use minimal products for cleaning, hot water, soap, occasionally vinegar usually suffice for most messes but I have struggled to find a natural alternative that washes well for the dishwasher, while Power and Pure doesn’t quite fit the term “natural” it is nice to know that there are less nasties than in your average dishwasher tablets.

    Overall a good quality product that does what it advertises.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Thomsen

    Finish Quantum Power and Pure with its soft, safe scent is strong enough for every housewife’s worst nightmares: Husband created fatty fried egg frypans, three day old abandoned milk cups, the family roast pan, paint and papier mache spoons, bowls and so much more.
    Yet wrapper free, finish power and pure is still gentle enough for the crystal wine glasses, freed of wine, at the end of a busy night.
    Family life made easier with no rinsing required, spot free and shiny dishes every time.
    Thank you Finish Power and Pure for making this mother’s life simpler and safer.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Zois

    Finish Power and Pure is my new best friend. Have not had to rewash any dishes since using it. Even dried up egg came off! Love the fact that it contains less chemicals and that it doesn’t leave a strong fragrance on my dishes. Doing the dishes is so much easier, no rinsing, no rewashing and no meed to air out dishes after washing. Thanks for this opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I will admit, I was a bit skeptical. In my mind, when something says it is ‘chemical free’ or ‘environmentally friendly’ I straight away think it will do half the job. I know that for my family I should be more environmentally friendly and all but when I clean something I want to know that it has no chance of making my family sick.

    Using the Finish Power and Pure I found it not only cleaned my dishes it also broke down the hard to get off grubby ones like my oven dish that I use to make lasagna in. Definitely will be purchasing this in the future.ReplyCancel

  • Leah Mildenhall

    With scepticism I started in,
    The only bait, a prize to win.
    But shocked was I when all done washing,
    Plates, pots & pans, all clean and sparkling!
    Less chemicals is an enormous plus,
    Now the washing up chore isn’t a fuss!

    On a more serious note, I have loved using the Pure and Power tablets. Usually a change for the better requires a lot of effort, or a lot of added expense. Not so with Finish Pure & Power. Quite simply, these tablets gave a sparkling clean, and are a product I’ll continue to use and recommend.ReplyCancel

  • Annette Higgins

    I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to try Finish Powerball. I have fibromyalgia so not having to scrub dishes is a wonderful help in managing my pain. I had a quiche pan and delicate wine glasses come out perfectly clean after using the product. I love the finish of the dishes being so clean and dry. Love that it has less chemicals as I am sensitive to strong chemicals. So easy to use. Will definitely use this product in the future being so convenient and easy to use. Thanks to Finish and the Organised Housewife.ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    The Finish tablets definitely are powerful and pure! I loved not having to unwrap the tablet and everything came out wonderfully clean. I put it to the test with stubborn grime on items I would normally hand wash and it passed with flying colours! What a bonus to find a product that uses less chemicals and actually works better than it’s competitors.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    As a full-time working Mum of two life needs to run smoothly as much as possible. Not having to worry about doing the dishes is an integral part of this and I definetly don’t want to re-do dishes that have already been through the dishwasher. With Finish Power and Pure I know that every time my dishes will come out sparkling and def no need to re-wash!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Atwood

    I have always tried to use dishwashing tablets that were friendly to the environment and my children. My children are very sensitive to chemical and their smells. When I first used the Finish Power and Pure I was amazed at the smell from the dishwasher. It smelt clean and fresh. The dishes and glassware were clean and from from any slimy residue. I love that we can get a great clean with less chemicals. I have been sold on this product and will continue to use it. Many thanksReplyCancel

  • Clare Dorey

    I’d always resisted the temptation to try powerball products, not believing that they could really be that much better than powder. Your samples certainly proved me wrong! In the first 2 washes there was still residue left in my mugs, but subsequent washes really saw an improvement. Even my husband commented on the cleaner dishes and a much cleaner machine too!ReplyCancel

  • jackie Sutherland

    I’m lucky I have people (my kids) who stack and clear away the dishwasher for me (and if there is any muck still on them – they put them on the bench for me to wash in the morning)
    When we received the sample pack, I kept a tally of what I had to wash in the morning, and with that in mind I put everything I could into the dishwasher – and I’m pleased to say – I didn’t have to wash anything over the past week.ReplyCancel

  • J

    Fantastic product! Thanks for letting me try it. We eat a lot of eggs so I’m never without Finish quantum tablets as they are the only ones that clean properly (and clean the dishwasher too!). I do worry about chemicals though, especially in dishes as you are ‘eating’ any residue left on your plates, glasses etc. Fantastic that you have made a version with less chemicals!!! These seemed to work just as well! Thanks so much for the opportunity to try them, I’ll definitely be buying them.ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Harris Coffee I can’t believe that I went through all my 20’s without drinking coffee, I really cherish my morning coffee time.  I have 2 cups of coffee each day, one in the morning after the kids go to school or after my gym session, then another at 2pm before I pick the kids up from […]

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  • LadyKatherine Margaret

    Add milk before hot water in coffee cup.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Sewell

    I use caramel or chocolate topping as a coffee syrup. You get your fancy flavored mocha or caramel latte at home. A friend of mine always gives the milk bottle a good shake before adding it to her coffee so she gets a little frothReplyCancel

  • Michelle Brooke

    Get someone else to make it for you! 8yo son can do most of it using a proper expresso machine – he grinds the coffee beans, tamps it, pushes the necessary buttons, and pours the coffee. So he can make dad’s coffee (black) but isn’t allowed to froth milk yet so needs help at the end to make mine!!ReplyCancel

  • Betty Raasch Carlson

    We have a kerig and reusable pods. My treat way to drink is to melt a good choice chocolate in the cup before adding my milk. The best is a raspberry chocolate. Yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Maslin

    Add a little vanilla to your home made coffee feels very gloria jean glamorous! and always use hot water to heat up your travel mug inside first will keep your coffee hotter longer ReplyCancel

  • Leah Carey

    I like to use my Tupperware quick shake and mix up a teaspoon of coffee with half a cup of skim and half cup boiling water. Shake gently holding lid to froth. Drink straight from quick shake. Great to take with you in a hurry like kids sporting and dance activities. Gotta have my coffee fix. Thanks for this Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Manson

    When using a plunger make sure you wait for the bubbles to die down once the water has boiled, otherwise the coffee can taste bitterReplyCancel

  • Career 'A Go-Go

    When I was pregnant I allowed myself one coffee a day and it was a home made coffee using our stove top espresso coffee pot. If I was only allowed one coffee it had to be good. Although I must say when I am working at an office I do like the morning ritual of walking to the local coffee shop. Its a great way to get to know your colleagues, not to mention getting away from your desk.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Parkinson-Hubbard

    I’m a long black girl generally but have started having flat whites again using coconut milk (actually it’s a blend of coconut and rice milk) which sounds like it may not work but it does – for me anyway!ReplyCancel

  • Danni Wright

    I love to use my Moka pot (coffee maker) & to use organic, fair trade coffee grounds when I make coffee at home – the feel good factor is a bonus! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Lee

    I add some caramel syrup, or lately a teaspoon of cacao- tastes just like chocolate but has loads of anti oxidants etc. So it feels like I’m still doing something ‘good’ for me:)ReplyCancel

  • Luke Perkins

    More of a summer tip here, but I’ve found that the Vietnamese coffee filter (very cheap, just check ebay!) makes a beautiful iced coffee. Just add a tablespoon or two of condensed milk, and lots of ice.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Dawn Sheffield

    I do a quick instant coffee heading out the door. I do like to splurge on a syrup for a mid morningsweeter coffee treat or to take with me to the park with my DS. He is the one standing next to me with a reuseable coffee cup to drink his tea (always a no caffine one) fromReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Court

    I enjoy my iced coffee, but that get expensive, so I make my own. To make the perfect serve, in the blender add your perfect measure of brown sugar (me it’s one soup spoon for the glass I use), blend for 20 seconds, then measure in your glass half a glass of ice cubes, top to 3/4 with milk, add coffee and milk/ice to the blender and blend for another 30 seconds. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    I put my milk in the mug and heat it in the microwave while waiting for the plunger to finish it’s work. Then the milk and mug are both warm before the coffee goes in and keeps the heat longer.ReplyCancel

  • We invested in a “Smart Pitcher” for making coffees at home. It has an indicator on the side that changes colour when the milk is at the right temperature. It’s wonderful! Perfect coffee every time we use it. I still buy my mid morning coffee though.ReplyCancel

  • Juli Szasz

    I often bake with decaffeinated coffee instead – it means I can eat the treat as dessert (caffeine at night keeps me awake) or that the kids can have a “grown-up” treatReplyCancel

  • Beck

    I LOVE having a freshly brewed coffee after dropping the kids off to school. My husband is the ‘chief barista’ in our house. Our tip? Make sure the beans are as fresh as possible. Beans start to go stale 4 weeks after roasting. :)ReplyCancel

  • SavvieV

    We have been using disposable cups like the one pictured for a while now! We only have a nespresso machine but I find that good enough for me! A great addition to the 40 min train journey or 1hr in the car! Just throw it in the bin when you arrive! I am fresh and ready for the working day as soon as I get into the office!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      No offense, but this sounds terrible for the environmentReplyCancel

  • Kristel Rollings

    We have a nespresso machine. I love to make a cappuccinos, pour some Sambucca in some shot glasses and have a couple of squares of chocolate with my husband on a cold wintery night after the kids are in bed.ReplyCancel

  • Glenis Okeefe

    A good quality reusable coffee cup is a great investment and sure beats the heck out of tacky throwaway cups. We just might earn brownie points for thinking of the environment!
    On the other hand for when you are at home, invest in a nice china coffee mug to use everyday; putting away for best is so granny – lets spoil ourselves today, we are worth it ladies!ReplyCancel

    • Betty Carlson

      Don’t keep anything for good or company only. We are not promised a tomorrow so live today like it is your last. Why should company be treated better than we treat ourselves or our family?ReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn

    I like to put a shot of kalula in my iced coffee…. yummy! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jody Buhagiar

    My best tip is to let someone else make it :) Why does it always taste better!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    I picked up a random Kogan coffee machine and it’s my favourite appliance in the house – I don’t know what I’d do without it! It takes beans and powder and no washing (love that)!
    I take a coffee to Saturday morning netball in winter (because the coffee guy isn’t great or even good for that matter).

    – Good reusable coffee cup
    – Pre-heat the cup with some hot water whilst you get everything else ready
    – Heat up your milk
    – Freshly grind the beans
    – Prepare coffee (fresh beans)
    – Dust with chocolate powder (that’s my favourite bit)!!!

    Enjoy whilst watching the kids play sport.ReplyCancel

  • I drink good flavored instant coffee and I am one for keeping everything spotless from the cups to the jug especially cleaning it out regularly with a drop of vinegar to remove any scum that builds up on the bottom.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Tallon

    My best coffee making tip is to avoid having me make one. I don’t drink coffee so I don’t make very good coffee. My Dad on the other hand loves coffee and according to the rest of my coffee drinking family he is very good at it. The thing he always says to me is to get fresh beans, preferably roasted in the last two weeks.ReplyCancel

  • Lanette Crewes

    The best coffee is the one my husband makes in our Home Cafe machine. Just because he makes it is why it is the best!!

  • Lanette Crewes

    The best coffee is the one my husband makes in our Home Cafe machine. Just because he makes it is why it is the best!!

  • Laila Cox

    Hubby makes the best coffee using our coffee machine. But if I’m by myself I use my coffee plunger and warm up some milk with my aldi milk warmer/frother. They are a great investment!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri Geoghegan

    I don’t drink a huge amount of coffee. But when I do, I like it take the time to sit down and savour it :-) Whether I make it at home or buy it I never seem to enjoy it as much if I’m rushing around!ReplyCancel

  • Kat Hosking

    We fill the drip machine up at night so it’s all ready to go in the morning – perfect for bleary-eyed monsters (ie me, after being up at night with the baby) and for hubby to fill up a thermos cup on his way out the door.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    A shot of fresh coffee, microwaved milk, a heaped spoonful of chocolate powder and viola! Thrifty and delish mocha to go!ReplyCancel

  • Karen.E

    We have a capsule coffee machine with separate milk frother. My husband has only started drinking coffee this year and is very picky 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sally G

    I make my morning coffee at home. I keep my beans in the fridge, grind enough for one cup, boil the water, let it sit 30secs then add to the beans. It brews for 2 mins, then I plunge it. Best tip: buy a small bag of exceptional beans and keep them in the fridge.ReplyCancel

  • Ariane Bowie

    Mmm I love Plunger coffee and I also make Tiramiso, it is delicious, so creamjy and coffee tastingReplyCancel

  • Rene'e Hermansen

    i make my coffee in my little flask to take to work in the mornings. it is only instant but it is perfect for the quick getaway in the morning.

  • Michelle Gray

    My best home made coffee tip is to keep the grinds and use them in the garden, great way to recycle.ReplyCancel

  • Clinton M

    The best tip I can give is with something so simple and shop savvy – citric acid! I use it to clean my coffee machine and grinder. Doesn’t alter the amazing taste, isn’t laden with artificial cleaners and makes a not so great job easy peasy!ReplyCancel

  • sonia

    Have someone else make it…but offer to clean up so I can collect the coffee grounds for my veges…ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    My tip is simple but something I swear by – add a dash of cinnamon to your morning coffee instead of sugar. It tricks your tastebuds into thinking the coffee is sweetened without the unhealthy addition of sugar, and gives your digestive system a kick-start so you will burn more fat throughout the day. Plus, it’s super tasty!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • melanie w

    Keep your coffee beans in the freezer for freshness and grind as you need them. For a chocolatey treat add a spoonful of hot chocolate to your coffee for an easy mocha.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I have never thought about how much I spend on coffee until this week! Anywhere from $15-$40 a week….eeek! Going to invest in an Aldi pod machine, hopefully that helps! Cannot stand instant coffee so that is not an option! Wish me luck!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Good luck Kylie, you will save so much money!ReplyCancel

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

When I hear the word detox I automatically think it means making better choices of the food I’m putting inside my body. However, Finish Power and Pure are challenging me to take a 7 Day Detox by reducing the amount of chemicals we use in the home.

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  • Oh I love the sound of your detox! Cottage pie is one of my favourite winter dinners! I will have to try your recipe out next time… it sounds delish!! xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s going to be an interesting detox, will let you know how I go! Love the cooler weather when the casserole dishes are cooked more often, real comfort type foodReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    This is well worth a tryReplyCancel

  • melanie w

    Sounds wonderful would love to give it a go.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Sorry, but why are Finish suddenly saying that their usual “chemicals” are not healthy?ReplyCancel

  • Susan Hill

    I’ve just completed my 7-Day Detox using the Finish Power and Pure. I have to say I’m very impressed. Amazingly clean dishes with no residue. The very sparkly inside. I’ve previously used only supermarket brands which I thought worked well, but I think now I will be converted as the result is so much better. Thanks SusanReplyCancel

  • Melinda Paul

    I have just finished my 7 day detox using the Finish Power and Pure. WOW, what a difference one cleaning product has. The dishes came out feeling so clean. Even removed tea stains in my cups, now that’s pretty impressive!! My husband was very sceptical at the start saying they all do the same thing, but after using them even he was surprised with the result. We are converted.:) ReplyCancel

  • I tried out your recipe tonight and it was a winner with 4/6 in the family loving it! I also made a vegetarian version (with lentils and kidney beans, veg stock and tamari sauce) and that was a winner as well! Thank you!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Kia’s All New Soul I want to send a huge thank you to Kia Australia, I am so very very grateful that they have given me a the opportunity to visit the homes of 3 readers who each won the  ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a day’ competition.  Sometimes our homes and […]

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  • Leia Hunt

    Love this. Great job!!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Gaeta

    Love it! Thanks for a great room Kat. :)

  • Suzel Doughty

    Where is the bed from please? ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Parkinson-Hubbard

    Another great makeover Kat – well done!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Woog @ Woogworld

    This is so inspirational xxReplyCancel

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  • Sylvia Breuer

    Love this makeover Kat, and what really caught my eye (because our play room needs reorganising) are the orange IKEA Drona fabric boxes. When I checked the IKEA site, however, the boxes are only available in black and blue. May I ask which IKEA you got these from, and how long ago?ReplyCancel

  • Corrie Sebire

    looks fabulous Kat! now what date did we say you are coming to my house…oh we didn’t set a date yet???? And what a beautiful and deserving mum…to think that she devotes her life to other children is really wonderful. My bedroom looks like a tip right now in between moving house and trying to set up the baby in our room. I think you’ve done a wonderful job and taken a big pressure off her shoulders and I bet she is so grateful. Well donexxxxReplyCancel

  • Marie O'Neill

    Absolutely beautiful makeover Kat! I hope Leigh enjoys her beautiful new space. I know my bedroom becomes the dumping ground for laundry, kids toys and god knows what else so I can totally relate to this. Could not imagine a more deserving recipient that a foster mum as well. xxReplyCancel

  • Sarah Kimpton

    Wow, this room looks fantastic! The new furniture and bright colours give the room such a lift, and I love how the coloured drawers tie in with the doona cover. Katrina u have managed to create so much more storage in the room and it definitely looks like a mummy’s haven now. Leigh I hope u are now able to really enjoy ur quiet time… given all you do for our community you certainly deserve it! Best wishes to you. XxReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    wow Leigh you are one lucky lady but by the sounds of it you well and truly deserve it. I hope you enjoy your new sanctuary dailyReplyCancel

  • Melissa Walker Horn

    SO awesome Kat! A great job and I’ll be adding those side tables to my wishlist. Nice one. ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness!!! You have given me so much hope for my cluttered room/s. Now to get to and organise. Thank you for the wonderful posts about de-cluttering. My pet hate but I never do anything about it thinking about the cost of it and where to begin. You give some great ideas on your site!!! Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Brigitte this room was very inexpensive to makeover, the new cube unit and the quilt were the most expensive items. It can be done well on a budget. We donated clothes and sorted through a few boxes, but mostly it was about making better use of the wardrobe and storage in the room, giving it a great tidy up. Would love to see how your room goes, good luck!!ReplyCancel

  • This looks so great! It is so lovely that you could do this for some beautiful, deserving people! What a great opportunity!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It really is Sheridan, Leigh works so hard as a foster carer, she really deserves a little space for her!ReplyCancel

  • Wow what an amazing job Katrina! She is a lucky woman to have you help her out! You guys did an amazing job at both organising & decorating!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh’s room looks fantastic and looks like such a lovely space to relax and unwind.

    I love the quilt cover and the side tables and the lamps and the cushions and the storage… oh, I should just say that I love everything.

    Enjoy your new room Leigh xReplyCancel

  • Wow! I love this transformation Kat! So inspiring, and to a very deserving mum.ReplyCancel

  • Wow Kat I really love what you guys achieved in such a small amount of time. It really does look amazing.
    I really wish I could snap up your services for a day (or 7) and get you to do your magic at Chaos HQ!ReplyCancel

  • MB

    Another fantastic job Kat. Leigh, I just want to say that you do an amazing job looking after foster children. I too am a foster mum of 3 and have 3 of my own so I know how hectic things get with school, contact visits and the everyday stuff one does to run a household. From my experience the little ones need their special items to make them feel safe so keep it going. Now Kats been to visit and help out I hope you can feel comfortable and relaxed to meet the next day ahead. Keep up the great work and enjoy the bedroom makeover. All the best.ReplyCancel

    • Leigh

      Thank you MB , being a foster career can be very hectic & exhausting! I love having a space that looks fantastic that I can call my own.ReplyCancel

  • Looks gorgeous. Love all the colour. My room is always the last room in the house to be clean.
    I recently changed over all my hangers to the slim felt lined ones. So good! No more clothes falling off and you can fit so many in. You can buy them in bulk at Costco :)Fabulous job Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • Stunning and yet simple transformation! I bet she is over the moon with it all! What a lovely person to share her life with children who need a safe home.ReplyCancel

  • Love what you’ve done here, Katrina :) Those yellow side tables are just divine!ReplyCancel

  • Bec @ The Plumbette

    What a fantastic room and an amazing transformation.ReplyCancel

  • HappyChick Caz

    The doona is missing… there is no doona on that bed, just the empty cover!

  • Renee Gusa Nugent

    OMG you just used my 2 favourite words…… storage solution….. lol….. last week I spent 5 hours cleaning out 3 bedrooms to create less clutter…. thanks Kat for once again getting us to think about our living spaces….. and Leigh you are amazing for the work that you do with those children, I hope you really enjoy your new spaceReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    Such a beautiful transformation! We forget sometimes we all deserve a happy,inviting area for ourselvesReplyCancel

  • Alex

    Just as a thought, you can get packs of 10 of the clear plastic shoe boxes (open from the front & you can see what you have!) for $20 :) thought it might use up the space where the green tubs are a little better :)ReplyCancel

  • christie Anderson

    Beautiful makeover! Every mum deserves her own sanctuary! Can you tell me where the lamps are from?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Christie, these were originally Leigh’s she has had them for many years, unfortunately I am unaware where they are from.ReplyCancel

  • This is some really amazing de-cluttering! The entire room looks more spacious and looks almost brand new after the organizing and neat arrangement of all the items strewn on the floor space. I think not only do we need to organize our things, but we need the removal of the items that we think we do not need anymore. If we keep hoarding the unnecessary stuff, then the clutter will never end.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree 100% Marcio. Thank you, i really had so much fun decluttering this room.ReplyCancel

This Monday, I shared the toy room makeover for the first winner of the Kia Australia ‘Win The Organised Housewife For A Day’ competition. Keeping toys organised is one of the biggest issues around the house, so I’ve collected a few more ideas to help your space too. Is your dress-ups box overflowing? Add a […]

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  • Carolyn Cunningham

    Some fabulous ideas (yet again)! Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle Badolato Ashkenazi

    Great ideas I love Ikea!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    Great ideas! I store card games in Sistem storage containers, almost identical to those soap containers! Readily available at woollies and a great range of colours! (I store the cards in see through ones!)ReplyCancel

  • Penny Clark Miles

    I always wondered what that IKEA Komplement hanger was for !!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Pillar

    I love the soap box idea for cards – fantastic!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Kia Australia Recently I travelled down to visit Claire from Penrith NSW, who was the first winner of the Kia Australia ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a day’ competition.   Kia Australia are helping my dream of being able to help a few of my readers to organise an area in their […]

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  • Marie O'Neill

    Great work Kat! This looks amazing and gives me lots of good ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Hetherington

    you are a work of art : )

  • Alice Faeth

    That is great – I am still trying to find a good lego solution!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia Statters

    Fantastic job you have done. What a lucky family they are to have you come in and do that for them. I would love to know where the little white desks are from?ReplyCancel

  • Lara Brown

    Great job. i was just looking at the Lego box thing was that from Ikea as well?ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Blyth

    Wow, that is a great transformation!!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Gaeta

    Wow Kat, the room looks fantastic! The video looks good too! Can’t wait to see mine! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    Wow, this makeover is truly amazing and quite inspiring that perhaps I can implement a few of the idea is my kids bedrooms and toy area, they just don’t like putting away their toys after playing with the, I think the toy rotation system will help eliminate some of the mess. Kat I can only imagine how this reader feels, so lucky to have you help and make a difference. I love reading your blog.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Claire was very very grateful, she was such a lovely lady and a wonderful mother I am so pleased I had this opportunity to help her.ReplyCancel

  • It is a great makeover Kat. We recently did something similar with our toy storage and it made such a difference to keeping things tidy! Love it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It does, and hopefully these little girls can grab the basket of items they want to play with and when finished pop it back into the basket and keep it tidy :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    A great job well done! The presentation of the video was excellent. On your suggestion months ago (maybe even years) we bought from HSW, the containers that are divided up for shoe storage that go under your bed for Lego storage. Works a treat, we have 3 of them, so much easier for the boys to find that piece of Lego they are looking for when making things. Love your blog, keep up the excellent work!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love those boxes, our local HSW sold out of them for awhile and I know many people were upset by it. They say shoe boxes, but there are so many more uses for them!! I loved how the video turned out too, truly amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for sharing the idea, I also struggling to clean up with the toy mess in my house.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sometimes Taty it’s simply seeing some other ideas from other homes and then implementing them to suit your home that sets the ball rolling… good luck :)ReplyCancel

  • Love this Kat! I would love to have you for a day at my place! Great video and the toy rotation system is such a good idea.ReplyCancel

  • Janet

    Lovely job. So good to see the rotation idea used . Perhaps the girls will gradually be able to give away some more toys too.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina, you are such an inspiration. You have so much talent and it’s so great to see you out there doing what you love and making a massive difference in families lives.ReplyCancel

  • Neha Jolly

    This is just AWESOME!!!!! It gave me so many tips to follow for my toddlers room!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carissa Gorman

    Amazing so inspirational, what a calm inviting creative space it becameReplyCancel

  • Leesa

    well aren’t you the natural actress!!
    Love how this has all been put together, fantastic jobReplyCancel

  • Renee

    That playroom is awesome. I especially love the desk in the middle of the room. It has definitely given me some ideas and inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • The family look so happy with the fabulous job you have done Katrina! And awesome work by Kia to get you around the country to help people out – it will make a huge difference to many families and inspire others into action. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!ReplyCancel

  • Louisa Gormley

    Kat, I adore this post its given me the solutions to help get our play room in order. The way I’ve been dealing with it is to just no enter the room :/ And that Kia is too cute! I’ll see how I go, but we may need to co-lab with a sponsored “sort the G house out” scenario, keen? Fancy a trip to SA, the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula would love to host you!ReplyCancel

  • Divya Rao

    That’s such a neat job! These ‘before’ and ‘after’ videos always make me happy :-)

  • Fatima Ebrahim

    When we moved house, I gave away a lot of the kids toys. They were so excited to have their own rooms and a garden, that they didn’t even notice that they only had a small box of toys eachReplyCancel

  • I just love this Kat – the video is fantastic and you’re able to make a difference in someone’s life!ReplyCancel

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  • Sharon

    Love what you’ve done. I really love those desks, where can I find them?ReplyCancel

  • Louise Green

    What a huge improvement, well done.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Renehan

    I love that the room looks like somewhere people live, not like it was modelled for a home magazine. It has great ideas that are practical for us all.ReplyCancel

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  • Kellie O'Brien

    This is fantastic, Kat! Very inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Love all the storage solutions! What a make over! We have similar tubs too for babies and their accessories. Girl toys can be so fiddly and require so many bits. I thought boy toys would be worse with Lego, but girl toys are just as bad.ReplyCancel


    I found this so touching and beautiful. The joy has been found again through some very clever and creative ideas. Well done Kat, what a wonderful lady you are!ReplyCancel

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  • […] which store bulky items underneath – I helped this family makeover their playroom helping improve storage ideas for toys. It was really important to leave the Lego table as her girls enjoyed playing on it, plus it […]ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin Owen

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

  • Annette Murray Higgins

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

  • Belinda Irvine

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

  • Kerrie Wright

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

  • Julie Stevens

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

  • Kerin Matz

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

  • Christine Osman

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

  • Lorraine Pitman

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

  • Kerryn Tippett

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

  • Shelley Lovelace Ramsey

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

  • Maria Smith

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

  • Melissa Fawaz Frewen

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

  • Belynda Tyson

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

  • Elizabeth Hanna

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

  • Jaimelee Brown

    When I held each of my babies for the first timeReplyCancel

  • Amy Prior

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

  • Lyn Richards

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

  • Sally Williams

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

  • Treva Alofs

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

  • Amanda Abbot

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

  • Jade Snel

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

  • Krysten List

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

  • Lisa

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

  • Anna dellow

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

  • Jennifer Ottaviano

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

  • Melissa

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

  • Emma

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

  • Philippa Johnson

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

  • Carley Smith

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

  • Selina

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

  • Cheryl

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

  • Danina Scrivenor

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

  • Erin

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

  • Cassie

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

  • Hazel Morgan

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

  • Angela

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

  • Deborah

    Seeing my twin boys laughing and playing togetherReplyCancel

  • Helen De Brueys

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

  • Tanya

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

  • Amanda

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

  • Roslyn Woodhouse

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

  • Kristy

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

  • Tracey Scott

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

  • Catriona Kennedy

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

  • Krysten List

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

  • Allison

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

  • Emma Walker

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

  • Natalie Stoute

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

  • Aimee Turner

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

  • Mariam Awadalla

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

  • Joanne Asher

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

  • Sarah

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

  • Angela Dixon

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

  • Steph Hawkins

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

  • Mary Preston

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

  • Jane

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

  • Rebecca

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

  • Anna

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

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

  • Mereana Whanarere Reid

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

  • Renee

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

  • Heather

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

  • Janice Greaves

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

  • Janine Dawson

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

  • Jade Hatcher

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

  • Jenny

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

  • Narellef

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

  • Catherine McDonnell

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

  • Gillian Harridge

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

  • Kylie Arnold

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

  • Amanda Hemetsberger

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

  • Lee Corkish

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

  • Lee

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

  • Kim Tan

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

  • Kim Tan

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

  • Samantha S Goode

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

  • Rowena Hart

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

  • Karen Robinson

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

  • Megan McCormick

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

  • Alison Filgate

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

  • Alison Filgate

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

  • Clare Tudor

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

  • Cynthia

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

  • Christina Elliott

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

  • Rachel

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

  • Lyn Head

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

  • Jane Gardam

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

  • Veronica Paterson

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

  • Atika Brown

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

    • mary

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

  • Krystal

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

  • Kasey Evans

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

  • Di

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


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

  • Lori Davis Spyker

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

  • Karina Lee

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

  • Drinksi Cardonnay

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

  • Gaby Rodriguez

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

  • Tami Bird

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

  • Gayle Richardson

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

  • Gabriela Rodriguez

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

  • Hayley Parker

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

  • Amy Tsang

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

  • Maria Lewis

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

  • Helen Maree Amoore

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

  • Chris Moncrieff

    The first time they each said ” wuv you “ReplyCancel

  • Helga

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

  • Maria P

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

  • Di Lang

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

  • Melissa Jones

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

  • sonia cattley

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

  • JG Campbell

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

  • Kylie Grayda

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

  • Ebaney

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

  • Mick G

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

  • Jennifer B.

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

  • Melanie Parisella

    Every moment with both my kids is preciousReplyCancel

  • Fiona Groves

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

  • Melissa Kaddatz Fahl

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

  • Michelle Hooper

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

  • Vicki Isles

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

  • Sarah Louise Codling

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • debbie walker

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

  • Mellie Jane

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

  • Linda B

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

  • Katrina Corbett

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

  • Helen Cardwell

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

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • Tanya

    If only I had a broom cupboard, sigh!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Elliott

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

    • Kylie

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

  • Renee Simpson

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

    • Tanya

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

This post is sponsored by Avon I’m going to put it out there first and foremost, I don’t wear makeup everday.  But for me a beauty routine is not just about makeup it’s about looking after your skin, your future self. To prevent the wrinkles and keep your skin toned as you age. Looking after […]

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  • Mamma

    This is a bit of a silly post. It’s not so much a beauty regime as a hygiene regime.
    Shower, get dressed, put on make up of going out….isn’t that all of us?!?ReplyCancel

    • Nellie

      Not me. I shower at night so I can sleep in until the very last minute.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Love this routine. Just started this day and I feel so much fresher and not look so much like a daggy mummy.

  • Shelley

    I too love this. I came across this website looking for help as I am at the extreme end of unorganised! Yesterday morning I got up and showered rather than just putting on whatever I could find and getting out the door. It made a huge difference rather than coming home from dropping the kids off and showering sometime throughout the day! I actually went straight from there and did groceries etc. You wouldn’t believe how much extra time I had from this one little thing.

    I’ve never really worn makeup mainly due to not knowing where to start. So what might be a normal everyday thing for one person certainly isn’t for another. The simpleness of this post makes it not overwhelming to start looking after yourself rather than everybody else. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Shelley, you have truly brought a tear to my eye…. thank you. Why I write this blog is exactly what you have explained in how it has helped you. Whilst my ways may be ordinary sometimes people just need a glimpse of how somebody else goes about general day to day tasks and is an idea of how they can adapt it to their lifestyle. I can only imagine how much extra time you have by not having to come back home to shower and then more than likely get distracted with other things, but rather drop the kids and continue on for the day…. good on you. You have truly made my week, thank you xxReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    If looking after your skin and preventing wrinkles is your goal, daily sunscreen use (rather than just when you think you need it) is the key, and has scientific evidence to prove it! A big study called the Nambour skin cancer prevention trial showed very clearly that people who used sunscreen daily had far less ageing of their skin after 4.5 years – imagine how that translates if you start the sunscreen young and continue it throughout your life (not to mention the reduced rates of melanoma and other skin cancers)! I think it is important people know this fact and spend their time and money on sunscreen rather than unproven creams and formulas…ReplyCancel

    • absolutely Amanda, sunscreen is always important, I make sure I purchase my creams with sunscreen in it, as I burn even putting washing on the line, my skin is that fair.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I’ve been rocking the avon magic face cream stuff and eye wand (face cream make pores and flaws look less aggressive and the eye wand brightens the eyes) then chuck on some avon bb cream, flick of mascara and a run over the eyebrows with the mascara wand (very lightly…helps them stay in place too) and I am done. Takes less than 5 min. And I agree…showering before taking the kids to school def kick starts the day on a good note. On days when I don’t….I find myself wandering in circles and keep passing the mirror thinking how awfully tired and haggard I look.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    This isn’t a beauty routine as much as a cleanliness routine, not helpfulReplyCancel

  • Alison Fusca

    Love this!! I too, shower at night (as my 3.5yo showers with me – so much faster than a bath and she feels like a ‘big girl’!) it saves me so much time in ams. Just run the straightener over my hair and quick splash of makeup I’m done!
    Love love love your blog – always inspiring 😉
    Keep it coming xxReplyCancel

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.

  • 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

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