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{Inspiring} Pantry Organising Ideas

It’s back!  Inspiring finds Friday, where I find ideas from other blogs & websites about organising a particular area of your home, this week I found some great pantry organising solutions, I hope they inspire you! Pantry Organising Ideas Use sink caddies to store satchels  |  Make Bake Celebrate ********  Great use of containers  | […]

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  • Naomi Tsvirko

    After writing my blog post today, i decided i needed to visit your site. Some great ideas, will be here often :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Some amazing ideas there. I’ve got this tiered wire thing where I can line up my cans and/or jars so you can see what’s behind the cans instead of just stacking one in front of the other. ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Always love some inspiring pantry pics..thanks so much a great round up..take careReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    don’t forget to make sure u have adequate lighting. It helps keep ur hard work of organising……..Tidy :)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for including our pantry in your post. I am still in love with the handled containers (and feeling rather smug about what a bargain they are after seeing them in an Avon catalogue for 3x the price!)ReplyCancel

  • I love a good pantry! Thanks for the inspiration. Mine need a good clean up!ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Would love to see ideas for ‘scattered cupboards’ in the kitchen rather than a designated pantry. I need a kitchen makeover :(ReplyCancel

  • […] for inspiration, there are some truly fantastic organisational blogs out there for example The Organised Housewife and A Bowl Full Of […]ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Allan

    OMG, it is a bit like cake porn. Love it (and I must of missed your re-branding of your website, it looks awesome. Great job :)ReplyCancel

{DECLUTTER} Clean out expired spices

In my recent pantry clean out I was horrified to come across a spice bottle that had expired in 2008. I thought I regularly checked their expires, however I must have kept missing this one. Whilst I’m happy to use spices that are only a few months past expiry, I do throw them out after […]

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  • Jodee

    OMG – I just got rid of all thr expired spices in my spice rack and I threw out 42 bottles, 7 unopened the oldest of which was May 2005! Thank you for your fantastic website – we have started a LifeEdited project in our house – you are an ispiration. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Laura Keller

    Here in Canada, we have a place called “Bulk Barn” where you can buy spices in just the quantity you want … really helps with this problem. For example I only use Allspice at Christmas, so I just get a couple of tablespoons at that time of year. Then I don’t have to store it for the next 12 months! I imagine you have a place like that in Oz …ReplyCancel

    • Dawn

      Ooooh, I just checked…there’s one in Bridgewater! Thanks for that heads-up!!!ReplyCancel

  • just found some nutmeg that expired in 2003. put it in the bin, eekReplyCancel

  • Merran

    I emptied 6 expired spice jars. Then wondered what I could do with them. Anyone got any ideas on how we can reuse these? I thought maybe to store beads for kids craft projects, or seeds for my veggie garden …ReplyCancel

  • Namz

    A suggestion – those dates stamps rub off after time. I normally get a marker pen and write the date on the label, so that a few year’s down the track, I can still clearly see when the spices have expired.ReplyCancel

  • CRYSTAL

    While staying at my MILs place a couple years ago, I came across spices expired in 1995. She insisted that they were still good to use. Ewww……I had to chuck them while she was out.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Hinchliff

    Sooooo, I just went through all of my spices and herbs, chucked out about 70% of them. I’ve never thought to get rid of spices and herbs before!! Thanks :-)ReplyCancel

  • Tara Jane

    Super helpful! Thank goodness I got my spice rack organised around the same time I got married, it’s very easy to keep track of what needs tossing when as long as I remember how long I’ve been married!ReplyCancel

  • Briana

    Don’t throw out the jars that the spices come in as they are more expensive! Tip the contents out, wash the jar & refill, sticky tape the new date back on the bottom!ReplyCancel

  • Lainie

    Hi – you’ve said ‘unlimited shelf life’ for vanilla extract, but I’ve often wondered about that great vanilla bean paste! Should it be stored in the pantry once opened, or the fridge? And is it also ‘unlimited shelf life’? TIA for any definitive answer on this one!ReplyCancel

  • […] week on facebook I gave everybody the task to look through their spices and purge any that are out of date, it surprised quite a few with unexpected and very past due dates.  Sometimes we just don’t […]ReplyCancel

Storage solutions for organising the pantry

There are times when something happens in our lives and we need to take time out from our normal routines.  This is perfectly OK and much needed, however I found myself digging a deeper hole each time I saw my chaos, I am trying to get back into my normal routine and sorting my pantry […]

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  • Joanne

    IKEA have stands for $5 that are very pretty and sturdy with a pattern on the top that you could use for your two level requirements. They don’t bow in the middle from the weight. ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    Beautiful! I wish my pantry was as big. I would also dedicate the bottom shelf to my 3yr son to organize and potter Montessori styles.ReplyCancel

  • Andi

    Your pantry is just gorgeous! It gives me so many ideas for mine. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I am inspired while my pantry is fairly organized with Tupperware atm I really like the clear containers from Howards great when doing the shopping list
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  • micknjan

    I used to have a basket (plastic coated wire) that slid on to a shelf and hung underneath. Have lost it somewhere in moves, anyone know where they can be purchased. thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Great video Katrina! I love how you’ve explained what containers you use and why. I’m definitely inspired to give my pantry to makeover.ReplyCancel

  • Beck

    Wow can you come and do mine?ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Just finished re-Organising my pantry, thanks for the motivation, i have changed it around and it is much more user friendly now. Love your website!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    Great Katrina….the video was a great way to demonstrate everything clearly..thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Nani

    I found some great containers (superlock by micronware) in our local ‘cheapy’ shop which have dials on the top so that you can set the date and month so you know how long you’ve had things like flour or rice. One of the problems with dry goods in containers is not knowing how long they’ve been there! ReplyCancel

  • Larissa ~ My Pigeon Pair

    Katrina I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I really need to take a visit to Howards Storage World!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joy

    looks great, will definitely have to do that to my pantry now :)ReplyCancel

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    Love the way the pantry has been organized its really looks great and very much descent.
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  • Genevieve

    My pantry is about an eighth of the size of yours :( uber jealous. I hate my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Lina

    i have been looking at my pantry for the past 3 weeks thinking what can i do to make it work .. As everytime i clean it out it never had all the sollutions thank you for the motivation i am going tomorrow in my lunch break to find some of these great containers.. Can i ask where you purchased some of these things for canisters etcReplyCancel

  • Ooh I WISH I had a pantry…. I get one corner cupboard and a half cupboard above my bench to store food in. So I am soo envious of everyone who has a big pantry that can hide their condiments, beverages and bread….
    On the up side I just bought some more tupperware modular mates so I can stack SOME things and try to make the most of the space I DO have…. Yay Tupperware!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Great organizing. I have packets everywhere. Will now go out and get some plastic tubs for shelves and floor. Already have the Tupperware, so that’s something!ReplyCancel

  • MrsY

    I love your pantry! It has given me some ideas and inspiration but I am in desperate need of advice. I hate my pantry shelves. They are just too deep and food get lost and forgotten at the back. the shelves are approx. the width of a door and as deep and only 4 shelves. Any suggestions??ReplyCancel

    • charliB

      Medium Roll out Shelf – to store the bread, can probably get them in large also. Another Idea might be to use your “pantry for plastics, plates cups etc, and the cupboards you currently use for plastics, plates, cups etc for your food…ReplyCancel

  • kristie

    Great Ideas, where would I get one of these spice racks from?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I LOVE this – I thought my pantry was good, but yours is FABULOUS! Where did you buy the stackable canisters and the spice racks? I have my spices all in a tub and it drives me crazy. PS. I love Tupperware.ReplyCancel

    • Melissa, the stackable canisters are from Howards Storage World, but they have suddenly stopped being airtight, so I can’t recommend them to you for storing food sadly.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Do you have any tips on how to keep a small pantry organised? I have about a quarter of the storage space that you do.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle

    You need me!
    Seriously Katrina, all this modern processed food is what has made you fat and sick and it’s going to do the same to your kids. with love Narelle xReplyCancel

    • Narelle, please understand this post was published in 2012 and we have now changed our diet in many ways.ReplyCancel

      • Narelle

        thank goodness for that!
        I understand how you got there seeing this pantry.
        Good for you : ) with love Narelle xReplyCancel

    • Peta Bruce

      That is so rude :( And it is from over a year ago!ReplyCancel

      • Narelle

        Peta, rude is when I don’t love women enough to help them understand that modern processed food is doing this to them and their children.ReplyCancel

    • Lex

      Okay, but could you have possibly worded that differently or sent it in a message? Geez lady, keep some decorum!!ReplyCancel

      • Narelle

        sometimes love is not always packaged with bows and decorum : )
        However, I would be commenting on the graciousness of the host : )ReplyCancel

  • Sarz

    where are the black lidded containers availale from?ReplyCancel

  • Sue Craddock

    where did u get the spice rack in your video? please. I live in Newcastle NSW Australia.ReplyCancel

{Organising the Kitchen Pantry} Pantry Raid and don’t compare your standards

Over the next two weeks I am going to share how I have managed to get my pantry from chaos to organised.  As you know I have not been myself over the past 10 weeks, I have not kept cupboards or areas around my home as organised as I would like.  But I have come […]

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  • Jaemerton

    I’m keen, tell me how to start and I will follow the stepsReplyCancel

  • Beckpryde

    I totally understand where you’re coming from Katrina!  :)  I have a messy house most of the time, and when it is tidy I feel so much calmer and ‘in control’.  I just wish my girls would enjoy the tidying up bit and not just the end result!  :)  I’m going to buy one of your fave things this week, some 3m hooks!  Going to stick the girls laundry bag/hamper on the wall.  :)ReplyCancel

  • I’m the same as you Katrina. I have times where I let the overwhelm take over and my house becomes chaotic. Once I have it organised again it’s as though I can breathe easier and life just seems to flow better in my household. I’m looking forward to following along with your pantry posts, I need to do mine again soon so it’s a timely series of posts for me. Thankyou :)ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    wasting your life??? well, how rude!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! While I dont take on EVERY suggestion I have found so many tips and tricks that have made my life that much easier!! for example, i cleaned out the wasted space under my sink and made everything so easy to reach. I used to spend one day every weekend cleaning and organising and now since reading your blog I have not wasted one minute of my weekends doing any of this stuff. I have found it to be the exact opposite of ‘wasting your life’ I have so much more time to enjoy myself on the weekends and spend more time with friends and family!! Im also trying to start a family and im so glad I found this blog sooner rather than later so I can get my house (and my life) ready for any new additions that come our way ;) THANK YOU AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK XOXOXReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I understand the need to feel organised too.  If my house isn’t tidy or in an organised state I feel out of control too.  I love your blog and the ideas I can get from it.  Thank yoiu.ReplyCancel

  • Corinnep

    How true about us all having “different standards”.  I personally feel much calmer and happier when my house (and life!) is in some sort of order, whether my pantry, kitchen cupboard or even my wardrobe.  I start to feel very overwhelmed if I have too much stuff in my home.  Sadly, I recently have experienced other Mums who have commented on how “neat” my home is, how I’m “baking” every day (no, only once a week) and when I visit them how their homes are not like mine, ignore the mess – I personally am not interested in their domestic lives and would never judge someone else by my own standards – we all lead busy lives, whether full-time at work / part-time or stay at home mums.  I have been all three, plus an at home business.  I currently work 2 days a week and my 2 daughters are school age.  I think sometimes us women can be a bit harsh on each other – and yes, we all do have different standards but that is okay!!  I enjoy reading your blog Katrina x ReplyCancel

    • Jackie

      I feel the same as you. I feel calm when everything is in order, I just can’t seem to get it all done though. I would ignore these other people. Some people are just nasty. Rise above it and keep going, well done you.ReplyCancel

  • Suzy

    Gosh, some people can be nasty, can’t they? Maybe that person should stop “wasting” their time reading your blog if they’re not interested in being organised.ReplyCancel

  • Niki Jonesano

    I am in. Lets do this together. I follow your blog, but rarely if ever, comment. I would love to be involved. I hope these days are finding you a little more light since the passing of your beloved Mum. NikiReplyCancel

  • I love this challenge, im on to it!! I too feel stressed and down when the house is not in someway organised or tidy, and i am in desperate need of an overhaul!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda B

    I’m in! I keep organising re-organising and I just wanna get it organised and stop organising.. he he.. ReplyCancel

  • My pantry needs a good clean out, so I’ll be watching out for some tips along the way :)ReplyCancel

  • I agree with you here! It’s all about sharing your experiences and discoveries, not about setting a standard. I look forward to hearing your ideas on organizing the pantry. Mine is overflowing at the moment as I did a major restock and should’ve cleared out the old first. Oh well! When inspiration hits I need everything visible and easy to reach or I get cranky lol!!
    Glad to see you returning to your own self Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been “off duty” for a while in our house.  I had a c-section almost 6 weeks ago and being my 4th I have found my recovery to be quite slow, I also was quite sick and had rotten hips and back for the few weeks before I gave birth so my contribution to household chores was limited.  This means that all the areas of our house that I once had complete control over have been in my husbands hands for 6+ weeks.  Now that I am getting back into my old routines I am finding that everything is taking so long!  The pots and pans are away and in the right cupboard but not so that the ones I use most frequently are easily accessible.  The tupperware cupboard is vomiting plastic onto the floor every time it is opened leading my husband to say that “we have too much!” and I calmly tell him to wait until I can re-organise it and it will all seem to work and fit again.  I am taking a long time to do simple jobs because although things are technically away in the right spot they are not organised efficiently.  It is certainly not a waste of time to organise.  I have 4 kids to get out the door in the mornings and I want to sleep for as long as I can get away with… it’s got to be organised for me to do that!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    I’m on a major declutter & organise mission as well.  I, like you, always feel more calm, relaxed and content when there is a place for everything and everything in its place.  I even started blogging about it, which is really motivating because I can’t blog unless I’ve done some actual work.  I love the way you think about organisation, and it’s all about making things easier so you can enjoy more of life.  And, unlike housework, when your organising is done, it’s done … and may only need to be revisited every 6-12 months to make sure it’s still doing its job.  Thank you for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • PALM05

    I love knowing that my cupboards are tidy – not perfect or pristine but everything where it should be. I am lucky to have a walk-in pantry that is home to my everyday crockery, small appliances and plastics as well so my kitchen is always fairly clear. My brain doesn’t do clutter and I find that I can’t relax if I have things out of place. I love your blog and enjoy reading about your latest endevours. Your twins last party was especially fabulous. I passed the lego cake idea to my neice – she loved it and made one for her son. Cheers to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I love your organising skills! You are an inspiration.
    You have some fantastic ideas and I am sure that you help
    a great many mums! Thank you. ReplyCancel

  • The Flying Drunken Monkey

    It was so nice to talk to you about this today. As I said, I will never be as organised as you but you are a great inspiration for me to be better. That’s the only way to compare is only to try and improve. ReplyCancel

  • Pompea

    Thank you! For your interesting and inspiring posts.  I’m with you, I feel better when I’m organised.  Maybe the person that criticised you recently re your cupboards should try organising themselves rather than criticising others to make themselves feel better.  THANKS AGAIN xReplyCancel

  • sarah-jane

    Hi Kat, great to hear that you are back and had a great trip to NY. I am also sorry to hear about your mother. First of all, cannot believe someone would say that you are wasting your life? I guess everyone is entitled to an opinion; I find your blog inspiring and uplifting; it gives me so much needed motivation. This blog is such good timing! I have a very small pantry and I constantly have to tidy up, declutter due to the size, small children and a husband who buys things without checking if we already have it not! About six months ago I took advantage of Sistema being on special at Woolies and the change was remarkable. I would love to have Tupperware but just cannot afford it. In saying that I do use their labels (leftover from when I was a consultant!) and I find they are the best to stay on. Looking forward to reading future posts from you!ReplyCancel

  • I’m with you Kat! I need all the help I can get. If I can save time each day by living in an organised home, it will be well worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    I love your attitude Kat. It took me years to work out, but I am a much calmer, happier person when my house is tidy – not immaculate, just tidy. We all have our different standards and that’s great.ReplyCancel

  • I”m with you on this one Kat!! An untidy house affects my mood and productivity in ALL areas of my life. Getting organised and establishing routines has made a world of difference. Good luck on your ’20 Days’ project in September! I’ll be following along :)ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Murphy

    I’m in. My house has turned into a nightmare. We pulled our kitchen out and the rest of the house became a dump. A new kitchen goes in on Thursday so it’s time to have my tidy and organised house back.ReplyCancel

  • Sami

    I have just started following you and after reading a few of your posts I organized my pantry last Saturday! It took me quite a few hours but now I know what is missing and what I have too much of! Next step – wardrobes. I will certainly be reading your next posts.ReplyCancel

Our new phone charging station

My hubby was given a coffee machine for his birthday, however we didn’t have the space for it in our kitchen.  In order to keep it on the kitchen bench I have needed to rearrange the small space we have near our electrical points.  This is also where I used to charge our phones etc. […]

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  • Holly

    That is pretty neat!ReplyCancel

  • Bryar

    Wow. I am going to make one.  I have cables all over the place and the very idea of keeping everything in one spot is awesome. ReplyCancel

    • It really is, will make them all tidy and having the separate rectangles prevents them from tangling.ReplyCancel

  • I love it this is fantastic Kat.  A great DIY project for my hubby!!!ReplyCancel

    • That’s right, and what I love about this bread bin is I could paint it too if I change our room design.ReplyCancel

  • Lib

    That is awesome!!! ReplyCancel

  • A recharge station has been on my to-do list for months, maybe this is the inspiration I need to get it done this weekend, I’ve got everything, I just need time!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic Katrina love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    fantastic idea – love it!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you, it wasn’t too hard to put together, I love how it keeps it al organised.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    We are getting a new kitchen soon and a phone charge station is on the list. Its great to get some new ideas. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    and you could use your ‘bread clip labels’ to label each cord so you know what you are switching off, just to keep the whole bread theme going lol :)
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  • Christeen

    Next time you’re in Brisbane with nothing to do, can you come to my house to figure something out for me? ReplyCancel

    • LOL, what do you need figuring out?ReplyCancel

      • Christeen

        A similar thing would be a starter, but if your up to a real challenge you can have free range of the whole house.  ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Sinclair

    Great Idea, and arn’t Dads awesome!ReplyCancel

    • It was probably something I could of done myself, it was just nice to spend time with my dad JReplyCancel

  • tammy

    I’ve just labelled all my cords at the plug so I know which is which at the ends near the PowerPoint.ReplyCancel

  • vespaness

    Wish my hubby could do this. He’s not much of a handy man….if you made them and sold them make sure you post the site somewhere cause I would certainly be your first buyer!!ReplyCancel

    • I don’t, however if you visit your local hardware, perhaps they could help you?ReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    And you could put a lock on it so little ones don’t try and pull everything out.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea, I like that I can close the bread lid even with the phone’s charging, the iPad fits in sideways.ReplyCancel

  • Sura

    fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Trapani

    We re-purposed a drawer in our kitchen dresser for our charging station, It is great, everyone knows where the chargers are, they are plugged in and ready to go and I can close the drawer and not look at them! Great idea using the bread box too!  ReplyCancel

    • Fantastic idea! I would love to see a photos if you have time to email me one JReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    That is brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • MummyMoonshadow

    That’s a fantastic idea. i may have to re-purpose my breadbin, which hasn’t actually had bread in it for several years. Keep the brilliant ideas coming, thank you :-)ReplyCancel

    • I love repurposing, finding new ideas for old things, have fun making yours ;)ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    A super idea Katrina .ReplyCancel

  • Love it!!  We have cables and chargers everywhere…ReplyCancel

    • It wasn’t too hard to make Sue, something worth considering for your cables?ReplyCancel

  • That looks great Katrina and so neat and tidy! Love the fabric you’ve added to the inside. If you wanted to hide the powerboard, you could always use some command strips to attach it to the back. You’d still be able to access it, but it would be hidden from immediate view.ReplyCancel

    • I was initially going to do that, but I like to switch of at the power point when I have finished charging, so I need it accessible. I love the fabric too JReplyCancel

  • DeadMeat44

    Oh. My. Goodness! THANK YOU! Never losing my phone charger / camera charger again will add hours to my week! :)  ReplyCancel

  • zimmieoz

    Cool.  We have so many electrical gadgets, it would be nice to have a central location to recharge them all. ReplyCancel

  • Aww man! That is AWESOME! We need that in our house. We’ve got lots of powerpoints but it looks messy to have things all over the place. Might highlight this idea to my husband to make something similar. ReplyCancel

    • It’s just a great organised space, you could hide the cables as suggested in one of the other comments, however I like the easy access to turn the cables off when not in use.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    This is fabulous, I so need to get onto something like this.  Thanks for the inspiration. ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Woog

    You are a freakin genius xReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    Fabulous idea!! I’m going to do that too. Have you got any ideas for how to hide all the cables from back of tv that run down to the floor. So ugly and I’m sick of them!!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome! Thanks for this Katrina! I’m off to Howard’s storage world tomorrow to see what I can do!ReplyCancel

  • Susan F.

    Love it! I love items that help to organize!
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  • This has given me an idea. I have been given a “chicken hutch” from an elderly man. He made it for me before he passed away. It was made to hold my eggs. But I have since been told eggs should be kept in the fridge. I could use that as a phone charged spot….ReplyCancel

  • […] I made a charging station from a breadbox – this breadbox tidily stores and charges all our phones, iPad and iPods.  If my phone isn’t still in my handbag, it’s usually sitting in the charging station. […]ReplyCancel

  • Sonia @ Natural New Age Mum

    This is pure genius!!ReplyCancel

  • […] Kat at The Organised Housewife made a phone recharge station out of a bread box! Very cool and if you can find yourself an old breadbox, it’s a brilliant […]ReplyCancel

How to Organise Your Email for Greater Productivity and Peace of Mind

This is a guest post by Prerna Malik author of the blog The Mom Writes Email. It is the lifeblood of our lives in the day of the laptop and the smartphone. It keeps us connected with business contacts, friends, family and also, our general everyday reading material. No wonder that, nearly everyone I talk […]

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  • I love gmail. I use it only for blogging and have found it a great tool.ReplyCancel

  • Empty inbox = happy Tam! I recently wrote a post on how I emptied my 2000 strong inbox in less than two hours (using some of the strategies you wrote about!) Simple Monday {Inbox: Zero}ReplyCancel

  • [...] Organise Your Inbox for Greater Productivity on The Organised Housewife [...]ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh Louise Payne

    I recently cleaned up my inbox which had over 1000 unread messages and who knows how many others. I created categories, mostly these are for financial stuff like receipts, bills, transaction confirmations, etc. Anything over a year old was automatically deleted. Most of my unread emails where from stores or companies selling me something. I went back and unsubscribed from all I did not care about. (Unfortunately Tiketek, Ticket Master and Stack Magazine did not heed my request and are now marked as spam.) Now as emails come in they are read (usually once or twice a day) and are either moved to the relevant folder, deleted, or starred. Starring is for anything I need to act on later, e.g. a favourite store having a sale I want to take advantage of or a movie ticket purchased I will need to find quickly when we are at the cinema. So other than financial emails everything is deleted once read or acted on and my inbox stays tidy.ReplyCancel

  • SelinsgroveMama

    Great tutorial, thanks!!!ReplyCancel

How to finely dice an onion in 30 seconds

I am a sook at the best of times, however I can never seem to dice an onion without crying.  I have tried everything:   wearing my sunglasses soaking them in water putting them in the freezer for 15 minutes using my sharpest knife or just getting hubby to do it I’m sure you have tried […]

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  • Shannon

    I’ve got a tupperware version of this and it has been a saviour in my kitchen.  Also good for herbs, nuts etc.  ReplyCancel

  • Noelene Armstrong

    Our Tupperware’s turbo chef – it topped the sales charts for 2011 and continues to do extremely well in 2012! ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    I love my Tupperware Turbo Chef that does the same job!  Best ever invention.ReplyCancel

  • Karin

    Just wear swimming gogglesReplyCancel

  • FaB Nannies

    I love my happy chopper but happy to try anything new :)ReplyCancel

  • Zavier5

    Love the tupperware version of this as it has a lifetime guarantee!!ReplyCancel

  • Foxy Roxy

    I have a V Slicer. All i have to do is peel the onion. No chopping in half or anything. has 2 sizes for dicing. It also slices the onion for onion rings. Diced onion in less then 20secsReplyCancel

  • nadcad

    You can also buy onion goggles. Even though they work like swimming goggles they don’t blur your vision like swimming goggles do and you can see what you’re doing. I have some and they work great, About $20.00 at Amazon.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I peel the onion and then quickly chop it into quarters and throw it in the blender. It chops them up into nice pieces and no crying!! All done in ten seconds! Perfect!
    (the longer you blend = the smaller the pieces!)ReplyCancel

Healthy Eating Tips For Busy Mums

This is a guest post by Renee from Belle Amie Mother of Three As a mother of three little people I know just how hard it can be to remember to take care of yourself and to find time to eat healthy. It’s so important at this time of your life to make your health […]

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  • Bec P

    Great Article xx ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    Some great tips here!

    I did a 3week detox recently (Clean book by Dr Junger) it wasn’t
    too hard but it did make me realise how important it is to put healthy and
    nutritious food into our body –  I had so
    much energy, was going to the loo often and felt great!

    Im always rushing around with my two boys that I sometimes
    forget to look after me!  I find a Green
    Smoothie is a great way to start my day and takes a couple of minutes to blend
    up! Delicious too and its helped me curb my caffeine cravings. 

    We are what we eat and we eat what we are!

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  • FaB Nannies

    I have read some of your stuff and think you are very motivating and inspiring :)ReplyCancel

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Decluttering: Less Stuff, More Happiness

Helen from Clutter Rescue shared this video at a conference I attended earlier this year, Helen was sharing her ideas and tips on keeping an organised office.  She showed us this video from LifeEdited Founder Graham Hill at TED 2011.   Top 3 tips Edit ruthlessly Think small Make multifunctional It will help you to […]

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  • Great video! I am a declutterer from way back! Love culling and sorting. I can pack our life up in a day to move house. It’s a good feeling living simply with just what you need and a few pretties for the soul! A-M xxReplyCancel

  • brella

    wow! I love this! it really sums it. Thanks for sharing this with us. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Hey Katrina – yet again you blow us away with your inspirational finds.  After moving into our house 12 yrs ago – I have finally this year (thanks only to your blog & inspiration) got rid of the last of those “boxes”.  Our “first home” was 1/2 the size of our rental house!!   And would you believe, we have actually during this time “hired” a storage unit to store our “stuff” while we renovated.  Most of that “stuff” we stored, never came back into the house, but we paid $100s to store it – ABSOLUTELY CRAZY!

    Re the EDITING, I find that I cannot sit down & “declutter” but I CAN look at your “pictures” and reorganise a space without realising that I am decluttering.  I get fired up by a good organisational session but I feel deflated if I have to just “declutter”.  So… keep the pics coming! BTW, this week’s organising session saw me declutter no less than a box of batteries that did not work + 15 torches + 5 headlights.  This still left us with 4 torches + 4 headlights for camping & we could probably even EDIT some more :) 

    Good luck in the USA – hope it is everything + more.  We know that this has come at a difficult time.  Hoping that you find the mind space to actually find the JOY in this very special moment. You SO DESERVE IT!  xxReplyCancel

  • whiningattheworld

    Thanks. I really need this t the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Holly N.

    That was awesome and definitely a motivator as we will be moving soon.  I still have things in boxes from several moves ago.  ReplyCancel

  • Jenna @ Reunite Child Assist

    Wow. That’s some serious multi-functionality going on in that apartment! My partner and I are always moaning about how tiny our 2 bed workers cottage is…really, it’s just too full of ‘stuff’. This weekend, I’m going to edit. Starting with that box I’ve been dragged from Brisbane, to Hamilton Island, to Melbourne, to Dublin, to Brisbane. Lol.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Thomson

    Wow!! That is really inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing!! I know I definitely have a few of “those” boxes about the house!ReplyCancel

  • Roslyn

    I really need some expert help . As I am hopelessReplyCancel

{Organising} Kitchen storage idea for cups and drink bottles cupboard

I have a cupboard in the kitchen dedicated to all our glasses, cups and drink bottles. Previously it has suited us well, however now that I have started drinking coffee I find myself having to get on the floor to get the cups at the back of the cupboard.  If I could I would change […]

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  • Una05

    They look like very cool organisers – could also use the in the caravan – always looking for good storage ideas there!
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  • That is sooooo cool!! Could you use these for Tupperware?!ReplyCancel

    • For sure and I think the dividers would make it easy to organise the lids too!ReplyCancel

  • These would be great for the pantry too!
    Do you know the pricing on the 3 different sizes?ReplyCancel

    • I have a link in the post which will take you to the page to see the sizes and prices of all 3 JReplyCancel

  • MummyToFive

    Ooh these would be awesome for the pantry! I’ve just cleaned out our cupboards underneath and this would make it so much easier for the kids to get their plates and cups! ReplyCancel

    • They are really child friendly too, they won’t hurt their little fingers, the dividers and base are plastic and because they are secure it won’t flip or fall.ReplyCancel

  • These are a brilliant idea!  I would definitely plan my kitchen around them!  I could use them in a cupboard or three!ReplyCancel

    • LOL or 3, I was thinking of using it to organise my baking trays too.ReplyCancel

  • Parcobooks

    I so need these for my Tupperware cupboard.  ReplyCancel

    • They would work really well, especially having the dividers you can keep the lids neatly organised.ReplyCancel

  • That’s such a great solution!!! I’m sold because I really need that for my mugs too!! ReplyCancel

    • There are a few different sizes, so you can get one that suits the sizes of your cupboardsReplyCancel

  • What a great way to access the back of the cupboard!! I have stuff stored at the back too that I never use, so this would solve that problem big time. Thanks for sharing Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • I love that! Looks so much prettier and organised.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    You inspired me today & I have spent the best part of the day reorganising my cupboards, unfortunately we dont have a Howards Storage here so I have just used containers on wheels not perfect but so much bettter Thanks again for the inspiration. :)ReplyCancel

    • So pleased you were inspired, Howards do have the option that you can buy online, just in case you feel you ‘need’ it JReplyCancel

  • Farmers Wifey

    Well hello Miss organised!!!!!  Love the after photos so much xReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I use these everywhere in my kitchen! Love them to bits.  Best place has been under the kitchen sink making storing all of my cleaning products a breeze :)ReplyCancel

  • Carissa

    Omg I need these so badly!!! Know what I will be going to buy tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Oh no I just measured my cupboards and they are only 44cm deep not 50.8 :(
    Are the tracks the full length? – they may work in the pantry instead with a little overhangReplyCancel

  • THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! This is exactly what I need for the same cupboard in my house – off to check measurements in my cupboard now!!ReplyCancel

    • Don’t forget to keep the hinges on the doors in mind as you need enough room for the drawers to pull out JReplyCancel

  • Kate_oshea

    I want these in my cupboards, but they are seriously expensive ReplyCancel

    • I think they are worth it, we are going to stay in this house for many years to come with no plans to upgrade kitchen anytime soon, this is a great alternative.ReplyCancel

  • Sara Giambruno

    that’s funny: your before shot still looks quite organised to me!!!! ;)
    Love your tips Katrina :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily fUNK

    Hi , I saw this and got inspired, i was unable to afford to buy the howards storage version, so I used a dish drainer It keeps the plastic plates orginised with room for cups and lids. :) if you are intersted i can email you some photoes ReplyCancel

  • me too

    I would’ve put the mugs up the top and the plastic wear on the bottom, problem solved.ReplyCancel

  • GannonJane Cohen

    are system is all over the place : ) but i like the idea of lids off drink bottles etc. also could you ask your reader on a good travel mug system, we loved our old tupperware ones, not impressed with the new style.ReplyCancel

  • Arabesque

    I’d love advice on dealing with deep corner cupboards and a deep corner pantry. Everything gets pushed to the back and they are so awkward!ReplyCancel

{PRINTABLE} Pre-travel checklist

In just over 2 weeks I will be on my way to New York to BlogHer’12. I am REALLY looking forward to the conference and visiting NEW YORK CITY!!  I would like to say a very big thank you to Howards Storage World who are helping me get there. I was actually worried as my mind has been […]

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  • MummyToFive

    Ooh I’m so jealous! I wish you could swish me up inside one of those bags and take me with you Kat!! Your going to have the bestest time over there and take lots and lots and lots of pics!!! ReplyCancel

  • enjoy your trip. I love having checklists for travelling. Travelling alone isn’t so bad as long as you are organised.  That tree is pretty but sorry I doubt you’ll see it like that now since its summer over there.  Blooms like that usually occur during Spring.ReplyCancel

  • Utterly Organised

    Hi Katrina, you will LOVE New York – I am so jealous!! Make sure that you visit Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake, they are delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Cat

    NYC is awesome!! – we’ve been twice in the last couple of years, with kids.  We last went in March/April, when our kids were 8 and 10.  Central Park is amazing, just gorgeous.  Hope you get to do lots of exploring as well as meeting lots of great people at the conference.  CatReplyCancel

    • Im really looking forward to central park and seeing all the lights at night JReplyCancel

  • Oohh.. How exciting, Kat! I’m sure you will have tons of fun at BlogHer and yes, will learn tons too.. Can’t wait to hear all about it! And yes, this printable looks really neat as well. Thanks, Kat!ReplyCancel

    • I’m going to have a blast, really looking forward to it, thanks Prerna JReplyCancel

How to organise your carry-on luggage when travelling with children

This is a guest post by Linda Andersom from Mums on the Go You are travelling on a crowded plane with two small children. Your toddler manages to spill juice all over the front of his clothes only seconds before your baby pukes on hers. You are rummaging through your carry-on bag with one hand, […]

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  • Kate

    Lollipops for my kids are at the top of my packing list. Regardless of their age (my kids are 11, 9 & 6), lollipops are a lifesaver for kids with helping them equalise their ears on take-off and landing. The sucking of the lollipop easily takes care of ‘popping’ their ears. And if they’re not old enough, give your toddler/baby a bottle or drink with a straw to achieve the same result.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    This blog was just in perfect timing for my trip from Bris to Melb on my own with Mr 3yr old and Mr 8 mth old – Thank you for the many ideas as I was starting to stress about the thought.  Flying with one child was easy but never having flown with 2 I just didn’t know what to expect.ReplyCancel

    •  have a great trip to Melbourne with your little ones. My personal experience has always been that the more organised I am before the flight the more calm and happy the exerience is for all of us … especially if I am flying alone with them. I am sure Mr 3 will be a wonderful helper :) and if it all goes pear shaped … breathe deeply and remember the day will end! LOL   Happy travels – LindaReplyCancel

  • Great timing for me also as we’re travelling UK to NZ next month with 4.5 and 2.5 yr olds.  Toys that I found priceless on the last flight were coloured pipe cleaners, plasticine, triangle shaped coloured pencils (so they didn’t fall off) and a couple of favourite stories.  Tip A – insist that favourite stuffed toys go into the hold.  These were my biggest bug bear to try and keep hold off during transit!

    Thanks for your ideas – zip lock bags are awesome!ReplyCancel

    •  I love your tips about triangle shaped pencils/crayons! I will be adding that to my packing lists in future :)  Have a great trip to NZ next month and hope zip lock bags make your carry-on luggage easier to work with during the flight. Linda ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Edwards

    We had a few plane trips when our third child was just a baby. We also had an 18 month old and a 3&1/2 year old, so 2 very young children to occupy. Probably the best advice we were given was to break the trip into 15 minute blocks. For every 15 minutes you need one snack and one activity, which will take about 5 minutes each, leaving you with 3 or 4 mins of boredom to deal with before they’re ready for another toy or snack, so a 2 hour flight you want 8 snacks and 8 activities/toys, though you could probably double up on a few. Stickers and colouring books are absolutely awesome!ReplyCancel

  • JB Perth

    Having just flowing with Miss 3 and Master 5 – spare clothes are a must for yourself as well as kids.  If they vomit, it is usually over you too!  Also take old thin towel (found old cloth nappies great) and face washers (with plastic bag).  These can be used as bibs when they eat to catch things falling off the tray, wipe hands & faces, clean up vomit, endless!  Make sure you are happy to throw them away.ReplyCancel

    •  great suggestions! I always laugh when my husband wears a pale coloured t-shirt when flying with us and then complains at how dirty he is on arrival!!  Nothing I wear of my kids are wearing is “precious” as who knows what will happen to it during our travel day ;)  LindaReplyCancel

      • Brooke - Little Miss Moi

        This sounds really bad (because I generally abhor matching outfits) but I dress my girls in matching outfit for flights (they only have one matching outfit, it’s become their ‘flying uniform’) when I am taking them solo. It helps me see them if they run off, and people know they belong together, and I figure if one gets lost at the airport I can point to the other sister and say “She’s dressed just like this”.ReplyCancel

  • KJ

    I never dress my kids in clothes I would be sorry to throw out, and change my own shirt to an old one on the plane. And yes, on long haul you need two changes! Having had an 18-month-old do a spectacular fountain vomit over herself and me, I was very pleased to put the whole lot in a bin bag. I also pack a lightweight bassinet or stroller blanket for each child (ours are 2, 4 and 6yrs old) for something clean to lay their head on in transit lounges, as they seem to collapse to the floor at the gates! Also… whilst not related to carry-on, stagger your meals if you are flying with your partner by requesting one meal at the beginning of the food service, so one parent can be (mostly) done before the other tray arrives ;)ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful tips, taking them all on board, about to head off to the States (from Aus) and taking my 7 and almost 3 year old. I need all the help I can get!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Li

    some of the toy manufactures put out small toy catalogues, I’ve picked up a Thomas and Friend train one and the Matchbox cars, all free of course. Found them in the toy sections. Small and compact to keep in my handbag, great for my 3 year to read on our flight to HK. ReplyCancel

  • BelCC

    What great ideas!! We don’t travel a lot but I’m actually planning on implementing some of them to just condense the about of stuff we cart around when out and about with our kids!!ReplyCancel

  • Very helpful :) We’re travelling in June! While we’ve travelled with our son as a 3 month old and as a 17 month old, we’re going to attempt it with him as a 2.5 year old and I never feel like we’ve mastered it because his needs/personality etc change each time!ReplyCancel

    • Brooke - Little Miss Moi

      Hi Kez, I personally thing 2.5 is the age when the kids start to be great travellers. They are over the excitement of wanting to walk everywhere, and activities such as colouring or movies can hold their attention for longer than 30 seconds! Good luck.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Little Miss Moi

    I always take a spare plastic bag for garbage, as the flight attendants never collect it regularly enough. I clean up as I go. I take a carry on bag that can fit under the seat rather than in the locker, so I can access things when the seat belt sign is on, and get us all packed up as we are taxiing along the runway. As most of my travel is international, I always keep passports and pens in an outside pocket for easy access when I have a moment to fill in the forms. Sometimes it takes three or four attempts! If I do the ‘new toy for the plane’ tactic, I always buy the same thing, because a different one will guarantee fights. And I take what I can carry myself – if I let my kids take a carry on bag for themselves, guess who ends up carrying it?ReplyCancel

  • Rach

    Thanks for the extra tips! We fly next week to Quebec Canada with a 5, 4, & 10 month old (& my grandma with dementia). Im starting to think we are crazy! This tips certainly help though :-)ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Great tips! I second the change of clothes for parents as when a small child tips over their drink, it WILL land on you. A backpack with leash for toddlers can save your sanity in a crowded airport, especially when your stroller is in Oversize Luggage and you are trying to simultaneously grab luggage off the carousel while keeping hold of your little one.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    Great tips:) Other things I’ve found are: Take two bags: one for the things you definitely need (food, activities, and wipes mainly) goes under the seat. The other bag has the might-needs, and goes in the overhead locker (the nappy bag, spare clothes, and baby paracetamol (which I’ve used surprisingly often!)). Agree with spare adult clothes. I try to pack spare kids clothes that are interchangeable between them all. The other thing for toddlers is a sleeved bib- goes on at the start and doesn’t come off until the end! Finger puppets and stickers are great activities.ReplyCancel

  • Alecia

    We found that always having a bottle/sippy cup drink on hand for babies/toddlers, or lollypops for older kids is great, give them to them as we are taking off and landing to stop their ears from hurting.ReplyCancel

How to stay organised when your husband travels away

This is a guest post by Naomi from Seven Cherubs As a mother I like to be organised and prepared in advance as much as I can be for unexpected and expected events that happen with our family. One expected event that often happens in our home is that my husband travels away for work. […]

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