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Each weekday on facebook I share with you a quote of the day, I have loved finding these quotes just as much as sharing them with you, some make me cry, laugh and really think.  This year each month on the blog  I will share with you a quote of the month, a quote that will motivate and […]

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  • Amanda

    Good Morning Kat……You may need to edit where you have typed the quote initially
    as the “not” is missing :-)
    (I was sitting here trying to work out what the quote meant lol).
    Have a great day.ReplyCancel

  • […] you answered no to any of the above you need to purge this item.  As this months quote suggests you don’t keep the items that you don’t enjoy looking at and no longer need. […]ReplyCancel

  • Well said, William Morris. Thanks, Kat!ReplyCancel

Here is a collection of amazing craft room storage & organising ideas. Isn’t this one below gorgeous! image credit – Bubble and Sweet image credit – unknown image credit – Mommy By Day Crafter by Night image credit – Nicole Samuels Scrapbooking, dresser transformed image credit – unknown image credit – unknown image credit – […]

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  • Thanks so much for including me in your round up of beautiful spaces. I really like some of those ribbon ideas – I totally need a pretty ribbon detangle solution :)ReplyCancel

  • KazF

    I miss having my own craft room. Maybe I will again one day. In the meantime it’s a foldup sewing table and a 2×2 Expedit on opposite sides of the family room. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • We never intended on having a craft room in the house, but we converted what is meant to be a formal dining room into half man cave and half craft room. I find I’m more inclined to do crafts when there is a space already to go. Hope you find something her to inspire you to create a room one day :)ReplyCancel

    • Olivia

      I would like that mix, I find I prefer crocheting to other crafts because I can sit on the couch and watch a movie with the hubby while I’m crocheting. My sewing machine/craft desk is tucked ‘far away’ in the laundry room.ReplyCancel

      • I used to cross stitch Olivia, I agree it’s relaxing doing it while watching TV, crafts like that doing really need a dedicated space. It wasn’t until I started scrapbooking that I realised I needed a permanent desk.ReplyCancel

      • Norma

        Mine is in the laundry room too.ReplyCancel

  • Sunshine_Mands

    I don’t have a craft room but would love to do my study like the top one, though I would need a bigger desk LOLReplyCancel

    • I love the top one too, it is gorgeous! Your right, it would be perfect as a study desk.ReplyCancel

  • Molly

    I would love a dedicated space for craft, even just for my laptop. My craft and office space is my dining table. Our house is way too small for anything. All my craft stuff is sadly packed away in my bedroom cupboard. One day! I keep telling myself. One day!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh one day i hope you get your desired craft space Molly!ReplyCancel

  • Laila

    I was wondering if you have any storage ideas for a scrapbooking/card maker with no craft room and no office. I have a computer table in the lounge room and a dining table and this is where I isuallly spread out. My supplies are are a box in my bedroom cupboard and it gets so messy. Any ideas would be appreciated!!ReplyCancel

Over the school holidays I had the crazy idea of giving my craft room an overhaul, I say crazy because it took longer than expected.  I had been procrastinating about it for some time.  For a few reasons: I inherited some of mums quilting and craft supplies which didn’t fit into my already full cupboards […]

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  • Julia

    Fantastic. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen those craft carousels recently on eBay ReplyCancel

    • Quite possibly Julia, I tried to find a link to somebody that sold them here in Australia, but couldn’t find any.ReplyCancel

  • love it! thanks so much for the before and after pics. love the carousel and it is the only thing no longer available! I love ikea, i have a few items in my craft area.ReplyCancel

    • Have to keep it real Richelle, reality is this is how the room became. The carousel is great, holds so much. It was suggested by another reader that you could possibly pick some up on ebay.ReplyCancel

  • stacey.hobbins

    love the besta, have never considered it before. I have expedits but agree they go from looking fab to looking so messy if you don’t completely put everything back tidy – and don’t always have the time!!ReplyCancel

    • The great thing with the Besta is there is so many different design options and you can choose doors, drawers, no doors. Options are all up to you.ReplyCancel

  • Good on you Kat! I am an interior designer & so it’s a little embarrasing that my study/craft room gives me the exact same feeling :( It used to be my home office too and I have never fully dealt with it after I moved that part of my life into new premises. I should send you a photo – it would make you feel better about yours. Everyone comments on how my house is like a display home but – it is the one and only room of my house that is out of control! An overhaul is required (but in the mean time I just shut the door – because I can :D). I definitely think you should ditch the green wall because your storage/shelving units are not the same height and the colour behind highlights this. Love the extension table!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Jefferson

    your room looks great. i have to invest in a few pieces of storage to set up the study, and really like the look of the ikea units. Thanks for the inspirationReplyCancel

    • they would work really well in a study for extra storage, you can change the unit around, even have a few open shelves, no doors.ReplyCancel

  • I love your overhaul! We are building a new house, and I have been looking for ideas for my craft room that will make it look pretty, but also be workable! I think I’ve just found what I’ve been looking for! Thank you for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

    • Your welcome Tanya, have a look into the Pax system as well, I would of like this but just didn’t have the ceiling height to install it. I liked the Pax because of the different alternatives to drawers you can have, wooden, wire and deeper plastic drawers. Have fun planning!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    I love the green wall, it looks really nice against the crisp white cupboards!!ReplyCancel

    • A friend was telling me the same Danielle, to leave the wall green. For the time being it will stay, one day I’d like to make it a fresher colour, but would have to be something that would suit the other half of the room which is hubby’s man cave.ReplyCancel

  • Nice job and thanks for sharing the pics and ideas! I just did a craft room overhaul as well and feel so much better for it, now everything has a space I am so much more likely to put it back and keep everything clean.ReplyCancel

    • That’s right Linda, when you have a dedicated space for everything, its easier to not be lazy and to put it all away. I love looking into this room now and seeing it tidy and fresh white. Have you blogged your overhaul, would love to see it :)ReplyCancel

      • Hi Katrina, you were actually already kind enough to share it on your craft room round up on the 25th, it’s the white room with pastel folders from Bubble and Sweet, although my before pictures are waaaaay more embarrassing than yours :) There is also a write up in the latest issue of Tickle the Imagination with some different pictures and I’ll be posting my new kitchen pictures plus a wrapping paper solution soon as well. Although my craft space was mostly custom built I used lots of Ikea stuff as well, In particular I loved the spice racks for my sprinkle draw and the plate rack for display: http://bubbleandsweet.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/a-pretty-white-light-filled-organised.htmlReplyCancel

        • Ooh yes, sorry I thought you meant there was more than what I had already seen. I love how you are displaying some gorgeous ornaments behind the glass doors, it’s such a beautiful space. Look forward to reading about your kitchen!!!ReplyCancel

  • charmaine

    It looks sensational! Great effort, I love it…….im a sucker for aqua, i have an expedit that i love but the rest of my furniture in my craft room is wood, so im not quite sure where im going with my room, however i want the aqua to pop from behind the expedit:)ReplyCancel

    • Aqua and white are a great fresh colour combination, I think that’s what I don’t like about the green. it’s just not a lively fresh colour. Worked really well when I first painted our wall, but it just feels a bit dull now.ReplyCancel

  • Olga

    Love it! It looks great – I can but dream of such a lovely room. And I have recently discovered the WE R MEMORY KEEPERS albums, they are so lovely.ReplyCancel

    • Olga

      And can’t wait for IKEA to come to New Zealand. Visited the Brisbane one and loved it!ReplyCancel

      • I’m surprised there isn’t one in New Zealand, are there any plans for one. I hope you get one there too, the range and price is brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • they really are aren’t they Olga, and great quality too, I love the strength of the plastic pages. No matter how many times they are turned they will always stay looking good ;)ReplyCancel

  • Looks fantastic Kat!! All crafts need loads of storage unfortunately, but you’ve managed to make it look good, and still remain functional.
    btw – when are you coming to a scrapbook retreat with me??ReplyCancel

    • I’m loving it Lisa, I’m about to go in and do a little sewing! I haven’t scrapbooked for so long, but your retreats look like so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • sorry…you are just tooooo neat and organized…where are your working projects? don’t tell me that you have finished them? lol!ReplyCancel

    • I’m not currently working on anything as the room was such a mess, but hopefully soon I can start something. Usually it does stay on the table until I am finished.ReplyCancel

  • Sooo pretty! love tons of space! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • […] My craft room is still a work in progress (I need to organise the drawers and cupboards better), plus need to overhaul the other half of the room (the boys man cave).  Bit by bit I am organising particular areas.  I’ve just finished putting together my gift wrapping station.  This will be a permanent set up on a shelf in my craft room, once Christmas has finished I will replace it all with general gift wrapping supplies. […]ReplyCancel

  • sylvia

    i think i am more an organised chaos lover when it comes to craft rooms but so many of these ideas are fantasticReplyCancel

    • as long as you know where everything is Sylvia and enjoy your space, then it’s good enough xReplyCancel

  • brisyvonne

    Wow that was a big job, it looks brilliant. We are in the process of doing our whole house room by room. After having new carpets put in everything was moved out of each room. It is a big job. My craft/scrapbooking room is the last one. Like you I am putting it off. I will definately be doing it next week. Great job it gives me hope…lolReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Thank you so much for fantastic ideas, you are so inspiring. Unfortunately Ikea don’t deliver up to North Qld, so many of us wish they would. You have given me some great ideas and I will be on the lookout now for similar cupboards/shelving.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Mott

    Hi amazing. I’m looking at organising my room. And have fallen in love with one of your cupboards In the revel 3rd photo down. Do you by chance remember what this is called. I’ve had a look but can’t seem to find it. Thank you. ReplyCancel

  • Denise Van

    Love your craftroom katrina. I wish mine was like this. Was the end result expensive ie buying all the units?
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  • Great post about craft room organization and your craft room also looks great!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Petti.:) My kids and i love using this area. It is fresh and bright.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Barrand Young

    Looks amazing! Thank you, I think I might buy the Besta units for my daughters room as a wardrobe!ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Hi katrina the room looks amazing!! Just wondering where you got the white boxes with the lids on???ReplyCancel

  • […] all work in the one office together it has become really cramped, so we are moving the office into my craft area, craft area into the man cave and the man cave into the old office.  Big move, but I am looking […]ReplyCancel

  • fiona

    Love the relaxing green wall. What colour is it please? I realize you have just painted over it! Lovely room. My studio is a bomb site, I’m going to try this. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I can’t remember the name Fiona, I painted it this colour to match a couch we used to have in here. Yes we painted over it recently and wow it has made the room so much brighter. Didn’t realise the dark coloured wall made the room so dark within.ReplyCancel

  • Meemaw 3

    I love this room..My daughter has lived in Prague, CZ and Berlin, Germany and have been in their Ikeas but never one in the US :o)) I love what you have done with your craft room. We plan to move in the next year and I am going to copy what you have done because I want to do it too. Like you my Mom was into crafts and painting which I treasure. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and sharing so gererously the resources.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      We have just changed the room around a little, but I love the freshness of the white furniture and being it’s modular it’s really easy to change it around.ReplyCancel

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  • Julia

    I like the idea of trying this to save getting peg marks on some of my clothes for work. Thanks Kat for sharing this with us!!ReplyCancel

    • Your welcome. It is so handy to have and your right, perfect for delicates and items that you don’t want peg marks in.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    How clever! I still hang my clothes outside to dry but this would be wonderful for when it is raining.ReplyCancel

    • It really was helpful, and what I loved most about it, that when not in use it can be put away in something as small as a shoebox!ReplyCancel

  • Love this product! A great, innovative solution to a problem that pains us all especially now coming into Winter. Going over to have a squizzy right now :) Thanks Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Didn’t need much convincing! Bought the 2 packs for myself & will give the other one to my mum!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a good idea, I’m giving a pack to my MIL as they are currently caravanning and I can imagine how helpful this will be. Also my washing line broke today, so they came in very handy!!ReplyCancel

Yesterday on facebook I shared our Lego Storage for my sons room and then asked to see some of your Lego storage creations.  I can’t thank you all enough for sharing them with me and WOW there are some really fantastic ideas.  I have shared them all below.  These Lego Sorting Labels may help you too! […]

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  • jenny

    does everybody find that sorting by colour is the best way for kids to use. My kids seem to keep some sets in sistema clip lock containers, but we have an abundance of mixes stuff in an under bed box.ReplyCancel

    • Tess

      we found that not only colour is important – but more important seems to be size! My boys like to sort by colour and by size, it makes it easier to find the small pieces when building the complicated things apparently.ReplyCancel

    • Naomi Cartner

      I think size is more important than colour.ReplyCancel

    • I colour sorted all our lego a while back to find that my lego mad child ceased playing with the lego altogether! It seems his mind prefers the caos of a mixed tub and is inspired to create as he sifts through various lego. This being said we keep our various ranges sorted and clearly labeled in boxes ie, ‘city’ ‘ninjago’ ‘cars’ etc. A small display of lego only is all we allow as he is expected to do dusting himself (which he hates) and this also means minimum distraction when he’s getting ready for school or supposed to be doing chores. Also, in school holidays I allocate a space in the rumpus for him to set up his entire range into a LEGO CITY.ReplyCancel

    • nickisboss
  • My son has aspergers and he loves lego but gets overwhelmed when there is too much together in one box, and won’t play with it. I sorted his lego yesterday into the drawers just like you did and almost immediately he began to play with it again. “I love this idea Mummy,” he told me, “Can you also label the green blocks, alien blocks?” He was thrilled and I am too!ReplyCancel

  • We got the yellow lego table for christmas too … but it doesn’t hold much lego … only one of the stackable blue boxes …. and there is no lego mats on it …. If I had my time again I would be building one of these other brilliant ideas out of the ikea furniture instead of wasting $150 … lolReplyCancel

  • Paula Brodie

    We recently separated out our Lego into colours but removed the smaller special pieces that make some of the more special things out of the general Lego sets. I also left out all the wheels, windshields, seats and steering wheels. We found that the boys (4 & 3) were now creating more rather than just playing with the built things, it was great. Although our range has increased and needs a reorder with bigger boxes – but I’m waiting for the next round of birthdays before I do that!
    Also, I’ve been downloading and saving on our computer all the Lego manuals from the website so we have a back up if one goes missing or gets over used!ReplyCancel

  • love to see all these ideas for Lego storage. We currently just have the yellow lego holder which if not done up correctly opens when daughter drags it out (which is nearly everytime) with two boys on the way I am expecting that Lego will be everywhere!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lapthorne

    Perfect timing, my little man just had his birthday and got Lego galore. I need to get it organised ASAP before pieces go missingReplyCancel

    • Well there is quite a lot of inspiration here for you Amanda, please share your photo with us when your complete!!ReplyCancel

      • Amanda Lapthorne

        If I get completed LOL. I can be a little disorganised sometimes :)ReplyCancel

  • grace

    I sort them by the set in reseal bags and put them in the trofast drawers, I like the trofast, but wouldn’t have my kids use it as a worktop space, as they can’t put their legs under the trofast, which I think is bad for young backs, as they often sit for long periods working on their creations.ReplyCancel

    • You have a good point there Grace, Ikea do have some tabletops that could be added to top of the trofast creating a good work bench. I like the idea of sorting by set too :)ReplyCancel

  • Some great ideas!! We currently use the partitioned storage boxes (from Bunnings). Our sorting method is not as ordered as some but is working well. One box has five long areas so that one holds long skinny pieces sorted into roughly 5 colours. We have another box with assorted vehicle type things like wheels and windshields. Another box is just for people and people tools like brooms, swords, walkie-talkies etc and another has many small compartments which we sort the tiny 1×1 size pieces into by colour/thickness. I will try to get some photos.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Combs

    Love all of these ideas…. I downloaded all of the LEGO manuals from the LEGO website and put them on my Kindle. Now he uses the Kindle to build his sets. Works great!! Eliminates all those manuals that either rip apart or get lost. Saves space for LEGO’s too! I also downloaded the KREO and Mega Blocks manuals.ReplyCancel

    • That a great idea Helen, I didn’t realise you can download the Lego manuals. Might look into this myself.ReplyCancel

  • It seems we are in the minority, we sort by piece size, so we have a bin for the pieces that are 1×1, 2×1, add up to 3 or 4, flat, people, accessories etc.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle

      I’ve been looking into ways to organize our lego’s and have asked the kids their ideas. I think I will watch closely as they play, and the younger dumps them out more than the older. I agree with you though, Sara, this seems to be the most logical way to sort and I’ve really been considering this. Sorting by color looks really neat, but when you’re building and looking for certain sizes, it just seems to make more sense to sort by size and type. Still thinking….ReplyCancel

  • Also, the best tip I got on instructions, we have binders with the plastic sheets and that keeps them in order. ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah S.

    What a great resource of such wonderful ideas…there really isn’t a wrong way to store LEGOS…this proves that! :-) I was thrilled to share a link to your post on my blog today, thanks!

    ~SarahReplyCancel

    • Thank you for sharing Sarah, I appreciate that. That’s right there is so many different ways, I also love the idea of sorting by creation.ReplyCancel

  • Kitwench

    I love the lego bags that double as playmats, and the various huge totes work really well too.
    I *wish* I’d thought of the bunk-lego space – keeps them off the floor!

    But with 3 kids now aged 25, 18 and 15 I have GOT to ask – were the photos of the dozens of trays and drawers perfectly sorted by color and type taken right after mom finished setting that system up?

    Because that would have lasted 10 MINUTES in our house,lol.

    Clean your room – and don’t forget to sort all your legos!
    Lol!ReplyCancel

    • Yes my photos were taken after I organise it, but he has kept it really organised, it just needs a good dust every now and then. Actually makes packing up the lego easier because next time he knows where to find what he needs.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce B.

    As kids get older, sorting by color doesn’t work so well. Older kids have a lot of gray Legos. How do you sort a mass of gray Legos!? At that point, if you/they sort at all, it would be by function. Btw, kids do just fine with one big bin of Legos all dumped together, but it’s us moms who want it to look pretty and organized. Most of these “How to Sort Legos” posts are by moms of little kids.ReplyCancel

  • Martin

    How creative! My little kid loves Lego and I usually find them scattered all over the house and I have to pick them up before somebody steps on them and get hurt. He would often lose a lot of missing pieces. I try to tell him to keep it organized. I even set up a huge basket as storage in his wardrobe closet but he always forget to put them all there after every use. Maybe if I put up a separate drawer cabinet, he’ll be more encouraged to clean up.ReplyCancel

  • […] bricks, or rather their children’s bricks. I posted Organised Housewife’s fascinating post about Lego storage ideas to facebook. Opinion was divided as to whether life was too short to sort Lego bricks by colour, […]ReplyCancel

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  • Brian Manninen

    Hello, Does anyone know where the carts Sabine G added are from? The tall carts with clear trays?ReplyCancel

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  • Kellie Goldthorpe

    i can’t believe the size of some of these collections!ReplyCancel

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  • Carrie I.

    I’ve downloaded all of the direction booklets from the Lego site onto my ipad. No more loose or torn pages scattered around! My son loves that he gets to use tech while building a set!

    We don’t sort by color, but do by sort by type of piece.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I would love to know what Jane used for the homemade log play Matt, such a great idea…. Is it paper or made with material? The storage ideas are great, we also sort our into containers at the momment they are in Tupperware containers and was thinking of an idea…. So I’m overwhelmed with all the great ideas just gotta choose one now ????ReplyCancel

  • Cliff

    The pic of the yellow lego table shared by Ffyona R – any idea where to buy one??? Thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina Hobbs

    Hi, I’m a Danish stay-at-home mum of 4 kids between 2 and 11. I now all about IKEA and LEGO since both are Danish brands.-) and so, one would think, that I have it all figured out when it comes to organizing LEGO ind IKEA-tubs and the like. And yes, I have tried. My eldest son was mad about Starwars lego and have practically the whole collection (very generous grandparents). He just put them together and then refused to do more with them, because they might break. It,s been like that since he was 4 years old! Since them, we have accumulated masses of LEGO, but mostly Starwars. From time to time, I have sorted ll his LEGOS out, tried both by colour and size, but he cannot find out to organize it back, when he cleans it up again. Its the same with the other children. They seem to loose overview of where it all goes, even though I have tried to sort it in the clear plastic boxes. And I really don’t like the idea that it takes me two hours to sort it out every time they have played with it, so I don’t. I sort it out about every two years in stead, leaving it to total chaos in between. But really – WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ALL THE WEIRD BITS?? Especially star wars LEGO contains millions of strangely shaped bits that are impossible to do anything with. I have bought extra bricks of normal 2 by 4, extra doors and windows and wheels, to somehow inspire to construct new things. But it really hard when most of the massive amounts of LEGO in our collection have strange sizes and forms….Does anyone have a good solution or helpful comment here? Please? I feel like selling the whole lot and starting from scratch with my two youngest kids!! Tkanx for a great thread here:-)ReplyCancel

  • Hi I just posted a great way to organize legos as well. I would love for you to check it out. My site is http://www.faithandcolor.comReplyCancel

  • […] Keep the small pieces out of reach for young tots with a bunk bed – top bunk is the lego zone! […]ReplyCancel

  • Ilinka

    Hi. Which type is the one that Paulette E has in her image? Are they the TROFAST as well as it appears to be much deeper, and therefore provide more ‘build space’?ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    We had a huge clean up recently as we were storing by type – but I could never help as I didn’t know the difference between Star Wars/Chiama /Ninjago (silly me) – mister 6 and I worked out the organisation together so that he has the ownership. We use trofast 9 small bins for now and have colours (some are merged and some on their own. We also have the manuals in one and a box and a box that works well. So we have a couple spare for future splitting or merging.ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Some of my message got deleted:
    We merge some colours – eg red/orange/yellow and blue/green.
    We also have separate boxes for heads/bodies/weapons/wierd pieces
    DaniReplyCancel

  • Amazing ideas! My daughter is crazy about Lego and I don’t know where to put all the Lego in the house, so thank you a lot for this post and the pictures! Regards!ReplyCancel

  • Kat - The Organised Housewife

    Ooh wonderful Denny.:) Glad you got a lot out of this post!ReplyCancel

  • PK

    Only woman sorts lego blocks by color.ReplyCancel

  • Michele Pilon

    Sorting by color is easiest if you try to rebuild a lego set because you can look at the back page of the manual to see what pieces you need and if you are missing any. If any are missing then we head to the lego store block table to get our missing pieces.ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    I find that sorting the small/flat or specialty Lego pieces into small containers or tackle boxes work the best. We sort by colour and size. However, my son likes the chaos of the Lego bins when he’s creating. The small sorted pieces are best when trying to rebuild a Lego set.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Roberts

    Can you share where Rebecca A got the clear plastic buckets? I love that idea for storing kits and have yet to find them that size! Thank you – what a wonderful post, so helpful! :)ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Ha ha ha! Get real! Who is doing the color sorting? The kids or an uptight mom?
    Try a bed sheet in a big Rubbermaid tote! Pull it out and it has everything is there ready to be played with! When their done, grab the 4 corners and it’s all ready to be put away! All play…… No color coordinated sorting! The fun is in sorting through it to build something NOT when cleaning up!
    Instruction booklets can go in a binder with page protector sleeves!
    Sorry, no pretty pictures, just practical advice from a Lego mom whose engineers are all grown up, building and designing real stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Jason

    Best thing I found for Lego’s and you con’t beat the price.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S9QF7QEReplyCancel

I have received quite a few emails asking for help in preparing for babies arrival and checklists of everything needed for bub.  So I took this all one step further and created the ultimate Pregnancy and Baby Planner.   This planner is a digital download, available instantly after purchase.  It is designed to keep everything […]

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  • Melanie

    This is amazing and just what I am needing, this pregnancy has been a struggle and I am on a lot of medication at the moment, I also can’t keep a few food down so will be great to record it in the daily schedule food box, when I start to get sick I can look back and work out what food doesn’t agree with me. You think of everything thank you Kat, I love the planner.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Just brought this, Kat it is amazing…. thank you.ReplyCancel

  • i was just thinking yesterday to message you about something like this :) thanks for all your work you help me out so much you are an inspirationReplyCancel

    • Your very welcome, hope you enjoy the planner. I certainly wish I had something like this when I was pregnant. :)ReplyCancel

      • this is my second and i am not quite as organised as i feel i should be. I have MS and cant do to much without feeling tired on the best of day now im pregnant running round after and 2 year old and working parttime i think im a glutten for punishment :S im sure this will help me out tremendously do you have any good ideas for potty training my little girl likes sitting on the potty and knows when she is doing something but hasnt put the two together yetReplyCancel

  • […] Check it out: http://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/printables/pregnancy-and-baby-planner/ […]ReplyCancel

As always I love school holidays, having the kids home of course, but the go slow mornings are so very needed at times.  Especially now that hubby is working from home now too we can all take it easy!! As I’m still continuing with my study these holidays, I have planned quite a few playdates […]

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  • I’ve decided to use a planner for the first time this school holidays. I sat down with my daughter today who is 5 and we started to come up with ideas, amazing how quick the calendar is full! Love the printable.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Laura, I’m pleased that you both enjoyed the planner and I hope you have loads of fun through the holidays!ReplyCancel

On our last family holiday I remember the time leading up to it was stressful, there was so much to do: pack the bags, ensure we had enough snack food, get somebody to look after the cat and I also like to clean the house before going away so i can return to

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Queensland start school holidays at the end of this week, so many families will be preparing for holidays with many off on a road trip to spend the long weekend with family. We went on a 12 hour road trip with the kids about 18 months ago, it was long, but lots of fun and […]

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  • Megan

    you are a life saver Kat, we are going on a road trip this weekend an dI am so busy with work I just haven’t had time to think what to pack, this is brilliantReplyCancel

  • chrystal

    Perfect timing! We’re driving from brisbane to canberra with 3 kids for the school holidays!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Excellent! Hopefully this will help you all out.:)ReplyCancel

So you all know our first pregnancy we had twins, and I am such an impatient person I couldn’t wait to find out what we were having so I could prepare their room and buy their clothes.  We had a boy and a girl.  Because they were sharing a room together we made it gender […]

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  • Jess @ myheartisyourhome

    Some of these ideas are just beautiful!
    I LOVE the curtain in the first nursery… so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Darisa Franks Hashim

    I love the alphabet in the frames in the nursery. Where did you purchase the frames? ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I love the alphabet wall and was interested in doing something similar in my daughters nursery. Where did you purchase the letters from?ReplyCancel

It’s only been 8 years since I had a baby, but I used most of what I had from the twins and wow, I have noticed so many great new gadgets on the market that I wish I could have used when my kids were younger. Then…I made all the kids baby food, one big […]

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  • I loved the concept of the freezer pods for my twins but the truth is the portions were never bit enough for my two. They both ate alot when they first started eating pureed veggies. My two had bumbos they got them a little late but they really helped the girls were both sitting up on their own with in a week. They loved being fed in them and sitting in them in front of the tv. I have a cute photo of one of them falling asleep in one. We had battery operated swings for the twins I would have died without them.ReplyCancel

  • Nat

    Just a tip..you might want to remove the bit about putting a Bumbo on the bench…it is not recommended and many children have gotten hurt from falling out of it and down to the floor :(ReplyCancel

On our facebook page last week I shared an image of a chair that I thought was super cute.  A chair for time out.  I don’t own the chair, nor am I going to buy it, just thought I’d share it with you all.  Boy it opened a can of worms about ‘time out’.  Below […]

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  • ella

    Disapline is about training a child to demonstrate appropriate behaviours. Time out, time in, smacking, lecturing, loss of free time etc are all forms of punishment for inappropriate behviour. Children are born as blank slates and whilst there are somethings that are inate in each childs personality children mostly learn what is appropriate for thier parents, care givers and as they get older thier teachers and friends.
    I believe that disapline is not just about punishment but also reenforcing and encouraging positive behaiours. When good systems of teaching children disapline (i.e responsibilty charts with rewards, good parent modeling of appropriate behaviours, socialisation that is age apprioprate etc) punishment is infrequent.
    Good disapline is done in love, and should encourage children to become self disaplined (responsible), resiliate(able to cope even under pressure), safe (have the ability to recognise a behaviour that is going to get them hurt) and empathic people (compasionate and caring towards others and their enviroment). Any punishment should fit the crime and also the age. I have found (and this is only from personal experience) a tap on the wrist (does not need to hurt) of a 14 month old who is trying to play with the oven is far more effective then reasoning with them. However long open discussions about drugs, relationships etc with 11yrs builds respect for the parents opinion rather that restrictions that send them into rebellion.
    I have 6 kids 13 down to a 14 months I don’t believe there is one single form of disapline that is sigularly effective. All my kids receive favourable reports (behaviour wise from thier teachers) and so far my teen is very cooperative. I actually never read any parenting books, I relied on those who had done it before me (mine and my hubbies parents and our grandparents) who’s wisdom on the matter I beleive far out ways that of any psycologist who may or may not have any kids. Also research is only just now showing the effects of soft parenting on our now teens and it doesn’t look good.ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for these ideas Katrina. I am always trying to be the best parent i can and the time in techniques sound worthwhile trying.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Clout

    Great article. Could I suggest you look at the ‘circle of security’ parenting course, I have recently completed this and after also doing triple P! Cos was definitely more focused on meeting children’s needs in a more attached and nurturing manner. However definitely gained a lot of great ideas from the triple p course too! ReplyCancel

    • I really enjoyed the Triple P class again, it was a great refresher, I went to learn how to sort through one little hurdle I am having but came home with heaps of new ideas. I’ll look into the COS, thanks Sarah :)ReplyCancel

  • ksbrownie

    Thanks for the information. This will be very helpful parenting our son.

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    http://www.betterparentingsystems.comReplyCancel

  • […] When the kids were younger I did use the ‘time out’ approach, I would sit them to the side with an explanation of why, they would sit there for the same amount of minutes per their age.  Eg. 4 years old, 4 minutes aside.  I would then sit with them and chat about why they acted up and explain why I didn’t like their behaviour and my expectation of them.  I wanted an apology and if it involved their sibling they needed an apology too.  Now I understand that times have changed and the ‘time out’ is frowned upon these days and ‘time in’ is the acceptable solution.  You can read more about the different positive parenting solutions I shared previously here. […]ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I don’t like the time in idea as I think it rewards bad behaviour with extra attention. I think using this method will encourage the children to play up and be naughty more often because they are rewarded with special time with mum or dad if they’re naughty. I use time out and then talk to them about what they’ve done and suggest an alternative they could try next time. Then I make sure to ‘catch’ them doing the right thing later on and reward them by giving them praise and attention for doing the right thing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I also like the praise good behaviour policy, it works well no matter what age your child is.ReplyCancel

South east Queensland has been wet on and off for the past month or more. Listening to the news this morning I hear that most of the eastern coastal suburbs of Australia are also experience rainfall.  I hope we see an end to all the flash floods, water spouts and damaging winds soon.  However, with […]

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  • Rae

    Totally impossible to get anything dried! A weekend away has not helped.ReplyCancel

    • This weather here on the Gold Coast is so on and off, raining one minute sunshine the next. Hope you can get it dry soon.ReplyCancel

  • I mentioned on your facebook post…try tumblemonkey dryerballs…they cut your clothes dryer time drastically (if you have to use them)..and lets face it..doesnt matter how organised you are sometimes you just need to use your dryer to get things dry in time…I have a facebook page and website http://www.tumblemonkeyhandmade.comReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I love your organised laundry but want to know where you got your baskets from, as all the ones I find are too small (I have four children).ReplyCancel

  • [email protected]

    Our climates are so different! In my part of Canada, we have a few months where drying outside is impossible … how I would love to use a clothes line all year long!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I use 2 of those Ikea drying racks in my laundry and it holds a full load from my front loader. We don’t have a clothesline at the moment and these are working great. I dry our towels on a clothes airer, only issue I have is drying sheets but I’ve found a portable clothesline in Bunnings and will get one soon.ReplyCancel

  • Nat

    I am renting so only have a standing airer, but whenever I have to dry clothes on it in the garage (our undercover area is tiny and would get wet) they take a long time to dry & are a bit smelly?ReplyCancel

    • DonnaE

      I dry on the airer overnight and only do 15-20 minutes in the dryer with ones of those Fluffy brand dryer pads. That tends to release the wrinkles AND makes them smell nice!ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    I have always used a clothes airer inside the house for clothes. My outside line only ever gets used for sheets, large items and my hubby’s work clothes. I hang anything that needs hanging on a hanger as soon as it comes out and they hang on the ironing rack I have. Unfortunately, my laundry isn’t big enough for these but my bedroom is plenty big enough for both. Comes in handy in rainy weather and if you leave the ceiling fan on it dries in a few hours just like normal or you can leave on overnight while asleep if you want to conserve the electricity. I can leave them here for a couple of days if need be or too busy and the kids will just take what they need straight off the line. I have a couple of different sorts, but the one I use all the time is available through Big W, Kmart and the Warehouse. It consists of a frame that folds flat vertically and when you swing out one part of the frame it forms an X from the top. You pull out up to 3 arms with several rails on each and hook over the hook on the main frame. It’s perfect when your kids are really little and have heaps of washing to hang up. Now I only use the top and bottom arms on each side. Bottom is great for smalls and shorts, etc. and top is for longer things. Since it’s also on wheels it’s moved around easily too.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Oh. And towels go in the dryer. Only way to dry those well and keep them soft and fluffy. Sheets just have to go a bit longer in this weather and jump on it when the sun is out or hang on a line I’ve rigged up in the carport/patio area.ReplyCancel

  • Aismama

    gosh, try living in rainy Ireland! ReplyCancel

  • […]  With many weekend plans postponed due to rain.  Louise from Brighton Nu Link read my post about how to keep up with the washing when raining and encouraged me to try her Brighton Nu Link, which is a Pegless washing line. […]ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Hitchings

    I live in southern Victoria and getting washing dry used to be a constant battle! Until I invested in a mrs Peggs handy line, if you have the room for it I can’t recommend it highly enough!ReplyCancel

  • Toni Rapley

    Do any thing that needs to be ironed as soon as it’s out of the washing machine, it’s a breeze to iron, put it on a hanger, that reduces to drying time & putting then on a rail saves the drying space to.ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee Mayes

    I have a couple of ocky straps that I hang in a safe spot under the stairs inside and hang items on hangers to dry. Doing a lot of washing at the moment with 2 sick kids, so urgent items get popped in the dryer, everything else gets hung up on my makeshift lines. Usually only takes overnight to dryReplyCancel

  • Cassie Hall

    putting things on hangers then onto the wall mounted line saves so much space therefore you can hang more. One of those “octopus peg rings” (best description i can give) are great for underwear and socks and again will hang on the wall mounted line. a travellers washing line that consists of rope twisted elastic will go well in any space and using the same tricks as before gives you all the space you could need. take these tips from a melbournian, you cant rely on the weather man down hereReplyCancel

  • Amanda Browning

    We are in a cooler climate in Australia and have a lot of trouble drying things. I have Dryer Balls that help the dryer get things dry faster and so saves power. They also reduce static (my clothes are never static-y) and naturally soften clothes. They are made from pure New Zealand wool. If you like to fragrance your clothes you can add some essential oil to a ball, which is great if you are reducing your chemicals or have allergies. Read more about them at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=768587959870730&set=a.397960013600195.96848.342247555838108&type=1&theater
    Or purchase from http://amandamicallef.norwexbiz.com.au/?p=n&sectid=4&cid=3&pid=357021ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra

    Hi I am obsessive about not using the dryer unless necessary, and washing. I used to have a small pull out hanger which I used for underwear-so handy and accessible. now after a renovation, I have a pulley (vitorian style) clothes line in my laundry, a couple of racks I use on the verandah especially in winter as our clothes line doesn’t get enough sun and….a spin dryer. THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING. They are used in Argentina where mine comes from and spin much of the excess water from heavier items. Eg towels will dry in a winter day when without spinning they would have to go into the dryer. Most things easily dry in a day or overnight after spinning. I found it at the homeshow and bought when we renovated as I didn’t have a laundry fro 9 months. just put it in the bathroom, It is a KOH-I NOOR. I also have a hanging rack iamong my laundry shelves -from Howards Storage. With a big family it is great.ReplyCancel

    • DonnaE

      Hi Alexandra!
      Wondering if the Koh-i Noor leaves the clothes very wrinkly? Wondering if it is really heavy to counteract the centrifugal force?
      Have looked up some website reviews – looks fantastic! Might be my next purchase?ReplyCancel

  • zeetra

    I love my clothes line. Nothing gets rid of stains like direct sunshine can. But in the rain I use my 2 air driers or my drier. I only dry towels and sheets. I hate using up, but I dont have space to have undercover dryingReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    We are a family of 8 with 2 more every second weekend. I wash multiple loads everyday. If it’s warm enough outside line drying is a must, especially for towels, jeans and sheets! I have 2 inside airers but could do with another! Wish I had room in my laundry for a line like yours Kat. I have to keep up with it or we’d be covered in unwashed/unfolded clothes!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I have a rack that hangs off my dryer, great for drying delicates while the dryer is on but I also use it for socks etc when the dryer isn’t on. I use a 20 peg plastic hanger for all our socks & underwear, which I either hang inside, off the dryer rack or take outside when nice. I have a five rail rack that hangs over the door, and two clothes airers. When I’m desperate I hang things on hangers around the house.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I make sure to spin clothes super-fast before they come out of the washing machine, making them only damp and needing less time to dry.

    It drives me insane having clothes hangers with laundry on them all around the house! I hate dryers though- noisy, expensive, spit dust everywhere and a fire hazard.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Townsend Murphy

    I live in Ireland rain,rain,rain ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Last year we put in a coonara wood heater. Best Thing Ever!! I keep up to date with my washing all through winter, putting it over a portable clothesline in front of the fire over night & its dried the next day. There are days when in doing towels & sheets that the line is out during the day, but generally its only at night. We are a family of 5 & i hardly ever use the dryer except in emergencies. But as soon as there is a glimmer of sunshine the clothes are on the line!! Being in Victoria its more cold & wet than sunny so we had to come up with a better solution than the dryer. We’ve literally HALVED our electricity bill just by not using the dryer!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That is fantastic, Lisa! Love your idea.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jenni M.

    On rainy/winter days when laundry needs drying I pop towels, jeans, T’s, work shirts in the dryer for 10 minutes for less wrinkles and fluffing up then pop them on the aider inside stadium get said aired over one of the floor vents of the ducted heating. Figure kills two birds with one stone as we are usually warming the house and trying to get rid of any possible damp smells from the weather.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    We gave away our electric dryer.

    I use two clothes racks.
    I have hooks on laundry walls for when I’m not using them.

    I also hang selected items straight onto hangers.

    I use two octopus hangers for socks and baby’s clothes.

    If needed I have two poles that can hang between two open closet doors or two dining chairs.

    We have ducted heating in roof so I put racks under vents.

    Also the heater is strongest in two of our bedrooms. So poles and racks go in those rooms with door shut to get a good burst of heat while house is warming up.

    Our outside clothes line is not covered so only gets used when it is not rainy or damp. At the moment hardly ever!ReplyCancel

  • Carole Flynn

    On rainy days and in winter here in England I use a clothes airer and put it in the conservatory to maximise any heat that may be around. I also plug in the dehumidifier and this helps to suck the water from the clothes. They dry fairly quickly this way.ReplyCancel

  • Cc

    I have three air dryers which hang over doors. Bought from big w or Kmart. With central heating they dry clothes overnight. Otherwise it is a case of hanging things on coat hangers overnight throughout the house, a la Chinese laundry lookReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes they are a great idea! I use them too.ReplyCancel

  • Susanne Ferreira

    Loving this blog and I life in Canada…YEs I have a dryer and I use it.often, although I have a washer dryer in the basement, the basement is high and dry..meaning it has high ceilings and heat vents..which I have to remember to close off in the summer as the basement gets all the air-conditioning..waste of hydr$$. So I start by using the front load washer on the right setting. If I have a load of shirts, I do quick air vent in the dryer and then hang items asap, better to iron that load while still damp, and then hang to complete drying. For towels I use the dryer, but I only do wash and dryer during the peak saver time period, only 1/3 the cost from 7pm-7am..might look into using the dryer less, but the dryer is large so easy to do mixed loads and unload accordingly. I love doing laundry..my time to meditate. Maybe I need a hobby.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I choose not to own a clothes dryer so my big ikea clotheshorse is a permanent fixture in our house during the cold canberra winter. I put it over the ducted heating vent and most washing dries in 12-18 hours. I also cloth nappy so often have a second clotheshorse set up in my baby’s room for these.
    We have hot sunny summers here so then it’s all out on the line.ReplyCancel