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Time out or time in and other positive parenting solutions

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

How to keep up with the washing when raining

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

{Giveaway} Closer to Nature – Sangenic Nappy Wrapper System

Sangenic – Nappy Wrapper System Everything you need to lock away germs and odours and make baby changing time simple When closer to nature read that I was looking after my niece for 4 days late last year they wanted to send me one of their Sangenic Nappy Wrapper Systems to try and review.  I […]

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  • One essential item I couldn’t do without in the nursery? There isn’t just one! But definitely high on the list is this sangenic nappy wrapping system. I did not have one with my first two bubs. I would love one now as my third bub is due in May. Fingers crossed!!ReplyCancel

  • lisa

    I used to think baby wipes were the one thing you couldn’t be without in a nursery then I,ve just read your post. now I think it must be a nappy system. It looks perfect for me as I live on rural property and am reliant on hubby to take our rubbish to the dump. Sometimes it sits around for a while waiting and I was dreading the left over nappy smell. Looks like a nappy system is going on the wish list.ReplyCancel

  • I couldn’t live without my changetable that i can remove from my cot no bulky changetables taking up spaceReplyCancel

  • We had one of these with bub number 1 and loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    My Change Table but more for the Organising Factor rather than Changing Bubs. I normally Change him on the Couch.ReplyCancel

  • One thing I couldnt be without in baby’s nursery is a nappy changing station, complete with a nappy disposal system!!ReplyCancel

  • OOOO been after one of these for ages!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Waters

    i would love this, as I’m expecting my first child in may, this would make changing time a whole lot easier.ReplyCancel

    • Susan

      I’m all for making the difficult job of mothering easier in any way possible so that we can enjoy the benefits and having a sweet bub.ReplyCancel

  • with the stinkers that my boy does this would be tremendous!ReplyCancel

  • I have double the love but unfortunately double the dirty nappies!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica G

    I’ve often wondered if these are worth the $, so to win one would be fantastic! As my bub gets older & stinkier, I definitely see the value in them more every dayReplyCancel

  • Eunice

    For me, it will be the changing table. I’ve been getting back aches from wearing baby and carrying him, so the change table reduces the frequency of me bending up and down.. Of cos, this system will be useful!ReplyCancel

  • NB2112

    What a fantastic idea, there are so many nifty things that i must research before our first baby arrives! It is overwhelming actually how many things there are!ReplyCancel

  • NB2112

    i think that this nappy disposal system is one thing i couldn’t be without in my babys nursery. It makes life easy, mess free and hygenic!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny S

    My essential nursery item is a night light! No tripping over things because you’re too scared to turn on the light in case it wakes up bubba! :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle M

    This system would be awesome for my friend and new mum, as a baby gift. They would absolutely love it.ReplyCancel

  • I would love one of these, especially if it hides the smell of a number 2. Nappy bags dont do a thing and i bag everything more than once.ReplyCancel

  • My essential nursery item would be a book for my boys to read whilst they are getting changed. Without one their little hands go straight down for a play below ;)ReplyCancel

  • With two in nappies this would be a blessing for our household!ReplyCancel

  • One of these nappy disposal systems would be fantastic so i could stop triple bagging nappies as the current method fails to keep the smell downReplyCancel

  • I think our nappy bin was fantastic when my 2 were little!ReplyCancel

  • I am due end of April and this would just be perfect for the new babies nursery as it would help out a lot rather than walking from one end of the house to the other to put into a bin especially as I will be having a cesaraneReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Would have to be my change table, so easy to have everything right there all organised and you don’t have to pick baby up just to go to the cupboard to get something you forgotReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Definitely a mobile above the change table or some toys to keep them occupied while changing them! :)ReplyCancel

  • A mobile above the change table to distract himReplyCancel

  • I couldn’t be without my nappy change station. Everything close at hand where it is needed, and this item definately wouldn’t go astray!!ReplyCancel

  • Billie MacGinley

    Totally agree with the people who have said the mobile above the change table, although we didn’t put it up until our boys started to roll, so it was an entirely new toy to distract them with!ReplyCancel

  • joe

    A Sangenic Nappy Wrapper System with its unbeatable quality and style will keep baby and mama content mile after mile.ReplyCancel

  • tammy

    would be lovely for my sister– whos due with her first baby soon <3ReplyCancel

  • Bev

    i cant live with out the nappy stacker, with twins its so handy to have the nappies organized and readyReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    Definitelythe mobile above the change table, our little one hated having his nappy changed. It was a perfect distraction.ReplyCancel

  • The one thing I could not have lived without is my girlfriend. She would often drop off a lunch for me and hold my daughter while I ate it. Good Girlfriends are the best.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Buttery

    Definetly a little box of toys I had beside the change table I could grab to distract bub while I changed her. But a Sangenic nappy wrapper system would just be heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Elisha Casagrande

    Definitely photos of our puppies and our family. Daily reminders to our baby of those that love and support them.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Philpott

    My change tabel, it has everything I could ever need stacked underneath, so it is always right there ready to go.ReplyCancel

  • My good old rocking chair, well used in the middle of the nightReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    I love having a chest of drawers as our change table. Makes it so easy to pull out the top drawer with everything I need right there, ready to go, but then push it closed and everything is tidy and packed away where those little hands can’t pull it all out to play…!!ReplyCancel

  • ACasa

    A nightlight. How many times I walked into that room during the night…we had a pale green light… really soft glow. Just perfect for the 10pm, 11:30pm, 12:00pm, 2:00am, 2:45am feeds. Ahh the memory.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Great idea. This is so handy, it’s right up there with the many strategically placed mobiles to entertain and distract bubReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    My favourite thing in a nursery has to be a night light. Great for quickly checking on bubs or for midnight feeds.ReplyCancel

  • Definitely need a nappy bin with a good system. For my first boy we didn’t have anything like that and just used nappy bags that were usually left in a pile on the floor until someone picked them up at the end of the day. These systems are so must better and more hygienic.ReplyCancel

  • Jaie

    definitely a change table that has shelving under to keep everything you need on hand well organised!ReplyCancel

  • definately toys to keep bubs occupied when she was at the movement stage!ReplyCancel

  • nadine

    drawers under the changetable for all the necessary bits and bobs.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    My best friend is pregnant and I couldnt be more excited – Not a mother myself but I seem to be the walking bible for friends and family due to having younger siblings that are 8 -12 years below me. I think you can not live without a basket full of whipes, creams, powder a few nappies etc – so that you can grab the basket and go to where baby is rather then moving the baby if they are asleep or are settled.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa White

    A change table! My back has thanked me for it :)ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    excellent giveaway! I’ve grown children now and could have done with one of these, but my pregnant friend would love this!ReplyCancel

  • Dan

    Baby number five is on the way so this would be awesome as my youngest will still be in nappies as wellReplyCancel

  • A change table with shelving to keep everything close at hand ReplyCancel

  • nappy wipes not only to they clean bums they clean faces and hands and feetReplyCancel

  • Karla Thompson

    Baby #2 due any day, I couldn’t do without a my comfy feeding chair.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    I can’t do without wet wipes, which has multifunction. Sometimes I use them to clean the change table too.ReplyCancel

  • Kel Kelly

    Wetwipes!! They are so multi-purpose and handy to have.ReplyCancel

  • Change table at the right height to prevent a broken back! ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Taylor

    When any of my friends have a baby I buy them a start up set of organic shampoo, bathwash, and those kind of products to last for the first three months of the babies life. I couldn’t afford any of those products when mine were born, but would have loved themReplyCancel

  • kelly mccabe

    my sister has just had a beautiful baby girl, would love to win this for her :)ReplyCancel

  • this would be so handy with new bubs on the way!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole kent

    My calendula cream…I use it on everything from nappy rash, to eczema, to sore cracked nipples! I love this stuffZ,ReplyCancel

  • Wet wipes-so handy!!ReplyCancel

  • Sudocream. That stuff is a miracle worker for bottons and rashes etc for the body. I swear by it.ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle Hall

    my essential item would have to be my glider chair! it was a god send when i was breastfeeding and spent many sleepless (but comfy) nights in it!ReplyCancel

  • jay2abbey

    Baby wipes are a must have.ReplyCancel

  • Our feeding chair sometimes rocks us both to sleep while we are having a cuddle ?ReplyCancel

  • Mick Gillies

    Being short I would be lost without my nifty little single step to give the height and reach I needReplyCancel

  • petrie46

    nappy wipes and washer power and room deodrantReplyCancel

  • Dean Brandt

    I find that the antibacterial gel that I use on my hands before and after changing bubs is a must have in our nursery.ReplyCancel

  • Rocking chair, cuddles and night time storiesReplyCancel

  • My nursery must have is a rocking chair. It made the middle of the night cuddle sessions alot more comfortable. A close second place would be a well stocked, well laid out change table.ReplyCancel

  • Change TableReplyCancel

  • This looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    nappies!ReplyCancel

  • with my third it was the rocking recliner chair (didnt have one with the first 2 as there was no room) it helped with the night feeds and right next to that being a well stocked bedside table with water, paw paw cream, nibbles, breast pads, books just about everything you would need so you didnt have to get up or wake hubby up in the middle of the nightReplyCancel

  • Change table as it has saved my back!ReplyCancel

  • Lea

    Soft light and comfy chair, to make night time feeding calmer and easierReplyCancel

  • My change table as it used daily sand it stores so much out of reachReplyCancel

  • Trish

    My IKEA rocking chair and foot rest – perfect for feeding and especially those times bub just wants to cuddle in the early morning!ReplyCancel

  • My rocking chair…I spend all my day sitting there,making the baby go to sleep..other times i kick back and relax there,go to facebook, enter competitions etc!I love it………ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Shailer

    The change table – a saviour after I had an emergecy c-section with my first and later on when I was heavily pregnant!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    the rocking chair – soothing a baby with a bit of motion (and saving my back in the process!!)ReplyCancel

  • Sharee

    Just had bubba number 5, this is such a versatile, great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Keiza07

    The one essential nursery item I couldn’t do without is my combination chest of drawers and change table. With limited space in the nursery I love the extra storage I get for babies things and the practicality of the furniture, everything has its purpose.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina06

    A soft light so when baby wakes at night I can still see without baby fully waking or startling from sudden brightness.ReplyCancel

  • flickadee

    Nappies!!!! by far I couldnt live without nappies for my bub in the nursery, who wants to go bashing though the house looking for Nappies at 3amReplyCancel

  • A night light, a can barely see in the dark as it is :)ReplyCancel

  • Christy van Heerden

    a good nightlight for 3am feeds. The overhead light is way to bright and wakes bub up!ReplyCancel

  • Wipes! Essential for so many things!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    PowderReplyCancel

  • Narelle

    his sophie the giraffe – keeps his hands from touching poo when i change him!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie

    Corn flour for nappy rash, best remedy I have found with my 3 boysReplyCancel

  • Definitely the Changing Table!ReplyCancel

  • simone

    curash cream it gets rid of all rashes fastReplyCancel

  • couldnt go a day without wipesReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Baskets for orgainizationReplyCancel

  • melissa

    baby wipes…not just for the obvious bum change but great for a quick wipe over of dusty furniture, toys etcReplyCancel

  • melissa

    whoops! I just read the entry for the day before! wipes are the way to go!ReplyCancel

  • Anneliza

    A change table- makes it so much easier on my back.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Morrison

    The fan! Lifesaver at drowning out my noisy neighbours on weekends during nap time!ReplyCancel

  • Judith Senese

    This is such a wonderful and useful competition… thank youReplyCancel

  • One thing I couldn’t live without in my baby’s nursery is the cot – kind of obvious LOLReplyCancel

  • closer to nature are one of my favourite baby brands. i couldnt live with out my steriliserReplyCancel

  • Tina

    nappies :)ReplyCancel

  • Cot, change table, nappies, wipes and a nappy wrapper system are essentials.ReplyCancel

  • nappies, wipes and cot :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah

    A well stocked change table is essential!ReplyCancel

  • wipes, wipes and more wipes. sometimes disposable gloves would be good too heheReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Definitely the change table with a drawer!ReplyCancel

  • My daughter is expecting her first bubba and the one thing I suggest is a comfy rocking chairReplyCancel

  • Maria Pennisi

    Two hands are needed for wriggly, wriggly babies.ReplyCancel

  • SGladman

    Talcum powder, I know it might sound simple but often it’s the smallest things in life that can have the biggest impact.ReplyCancel

  • You can never have enough wipes!ReplyCancel

  • A night light and baby wipes.ReplyCancel

  • My change table! I have a bad left arm and being able to change my son without having to bend is a godsend!ReplyCancel

  • LM

    my daughter is having her first baby and from my experience with my own 3 children, i would say a change table and somewhere hygenic to put the napies, nothing worse than bending over changing nappies on a bed and having no where to put the soiled nappiesReplyCancel

  • Melissa Tulett

    Nappies! (a well stocked up amount in an organised changetable!)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    our battery operated baby rocker! it was the best thing to settle my daughter – we even sometimes used it during the night!ReplyCancel

  • A change table is the one essential item I couldn’t live without in my babies nursery.ReplyCancel

  • Karen C

    The mobile above the change table. Without it, my son would squirms like crazy (and without a nappy on, that can get messy). With it, he is mesmerised and I can put a nappy on without dramas.ReplyCancel

  • Baby wipes for sure! They are a modern miracle, (not just for babies bottoms) and i couldnt live without them! :)ReplyCancel

  • A night light so I can see where I’m going during those midnight feeds when I’m half asleep.ReplyCancel

  • Glennie

    A baby monitor! I’m a worry wart and it’s important to hear every little noise. Handy especially if I’m up the other end of the house.ReplyCancel

  • pictures on the wall for my baby to look at, ones of his siblings as well as us, so he sees them first thing when he wakes up in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • A lamp with low voltage bulb for late night feeds and nappy changes!ReplyCancel

  • Catie Fielder

    I love my glider rocking chair, its great while breastfeeding especially for those overnight feeds and its also awesome for cuddles before bed.ReplyCancel

  • Kaz Purtill-Wright

    Having my son after two girls, I quickly decided that an essential nursery item was a dry face washer to put over his doodle as soon as I take his nappy off because he would always wee on me.ReplyCancel

  • Sally B

    Perfect prize with baby number two on the way!ReplyCancel

  • Definitely a nappy disposal system that is efficient!ReplyCancel

  • J.k

    I couldn’t do without my Huggies wipes and the container it comes in! Something simple but essential so there is no sound from the plastic wipes bag when changing baby at night! However I frequently put the nappy down and forget to throw away after a night feed only to go in in the morning to a bad smell :/ this bin system would be fantastic!
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50 alternative uses for baby wipes

Those many years ago when I was pregnant with my twins I was so grateful to receive practical gifts at my baby shower, such a nappies, lotions, Tupperware (maybe that’s when the obsession began) and baby wipes.  It wasn’t long after the twins were born I learnt that they reacted to a particular brand of […]

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  • julie mcdonald

    I carry Kleenex Wet Wipes in my handbag at all times but have a box of Huggies wipes in our four wheel drive. I spilled raspberry cordial on the back seat of my car once and just sopped up the excess then left 3-4 wipes sitting on top of the stain. After an hour, the colour was completely gone with no trace of stain. They are brilliant things!ReplyCancel

    • they would of been perfect to pick up the sticky cordial…versatile!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Barton-Collins

    My favourite is to clean the car interior. I must buy some more! Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday!
    xxReplyCancel

  • Shelley

    Most wipes contain parabens and other nasties so you really shouldn’t use on your face. All of the other ideas are great though!ReplyCancel

  • s. davey

    clean outside of toilet and kids potty training seatReplyCancel

  • mamafox

    I can’t imagine not having wipes in my life now. Especially in the car. Saved us when travelling with a car sick baby, wiped down the leather upholstery, wiped down the child, less time on the side of the road in the rain :)ReplyCancel

  • Sindi

    I find wipes are great if your animals or child have had a wet ‘accident’ on carpet. Just leave a few over the mark and they should soak up. If it is a lot, try clean with a damp cloth first then leave the wipes on for a few hours/overnight. They will turn yellow and it is amazing how much they soak up.ReplyCancel

    • That is a great tip Sindi, never thought of leaving them on a wet spot overnight. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    The shocking use for baby wipes I have found is they cut through grease on your hob splashback/tiles. I’ve tried many sponges/products to remove the grease from our stainless steel cooker hood but nothing comes close to baby wipes!! Makes me wonder what’s in them and we’re using them on our babies bottoms!ReplyCancel

    • That is very scary indeed. 2 of my kids have very sensitive skin and there was one popular brand that always hurt their skin.ReplyCancel

  • […] 50 alternative uses for baby wipes from The Organised Housewife […]ReplyCancel

  • Angelina

    I wouldn’t recommend using it for toilet paper as tr alcohol and other chemicals could be very harsh and harmful to such delicate sensitive areas ;)ReplyCancel

    • Terri-Ann

      Considering wipes are for babies bums, can’t see why couldn’t use as toilet paper, as long as not flushing them…. … I have damaged my leather lounge from using baby wipes on it.ReplyCancel

    • blu-k

      yes, and they are not biodegradable so should not be flushed down the loo.ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    YOU HAVE TO WIPE YOUR CAT’s BUTT???ReplyCancel

  • […] of wipes, and as such, Swipes can replace most of these, around the house and out and about. I read this list from The Organised Housewife, and as she accurately states, “Please remember, using wipes as […]ReplyCancel

12 things to know when pregnant

Over the next 2 weeks on the blog I want to share with you some of my tips to organise for a new baby.  Unfortunately I didn’t take photo’s of my nursery organisation when the kids were little (that was 10 and 8 years ago), but I will certainly find some great inspiration for you […]

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  • Sarah

    I’m so excited you will be doing some posts on preparing for a baby. My husband and I have been trying for almost 2 years now. I have started putting a few bits and pieces away and have even thought about making a start on the room that will be the nursery (part of my ‘if you built it, they will come ‘ mantra) although some ppl have told me they think this is crazy. Would love to get you and your readers opinions :) ReplyCancel

  • Pregnant atm and having trouble setting up for baby with a roaring 2 year old, cannot wait to see other posts :)ReplyCancel

  • naomi

    The one thing i had to keep reminding myself was that the shops will still exist after the baby is born. don’t stress too much about having everything. my baby is 8 months now, i have not had to buy a shampoo/baby lotion/bath wash for him and probably won’t have too cause i brought heaps and then i got given heaps too.ReplyCancel

  • Bridget

    The feet thing is apparently because of the relaxin in your body to help the pelvis loosen for birth, but it works on all the joints in the feet too! Just be glad you started off at 5, I started off at size 10 and after 3 pregnancies I’m a size 12…ReplyCancel

  • Brea

    thanks for the advice. We are expecting our twins in June. Will definitely take on some of your tips. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Nat

    Our problem with clothes was NOT growing out of them. My 1 year old has sat usually on the 2nd %ile for her weight (just jumped to 10th on her birthday) so when we tried to ‘buy ahead’ in seasons, nothing ever fitted her. The 000 we bought for her to wear when she was a month old (as per everyones advice…dont buy much in 0000 as they outgrow it quickly) fits her now at 12mths old.

    We did the immediate family only on birth day. She was a planned c-sec & was born at 10am, and not back on the ward til 11am. We told everyone to come in the afternoon visiting hours (from 3pm) which gave us all that time alone, just the three of us to bond as a family. My parents in particular were a bit put off by not being able to be waiting for us, but it was important to us. That arvo it was just parents, siblings, and my grandparents allowed to visit.

    Next time around, I will be putting money aside for regular foot massages, the swelling is shocking and so painful. I like you had no morning sickness but the fatigue was horrible.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Hall

    Thanx so much for the great tips – i had twins seven years ago – and am now 33 weeks pregnant with one boy – these tips were a great reminder on things !! :) and I’ve asked my mom to help cook some meals for the freezer! :)ReplyCancel

  • kirsty

    I’d also add don’t be afraid to tell people to leave. As lovely as visitors are it’s so tiring at the start. Both you and bubs needs their rest. We actually told all family we didn’t want any visitors in hospital so we could get used to being three not two. They all understood.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kirsty that is a great idea. And as you say family and friends will understand.ReplyCancel

  • Jade

    I found the practical things like being ahead in homeloan repayments, the next 1/4 in land rates & water, electricity & phone. long lasting groceries 3 months supply bucket of washing powder, tissues, toilet paper, long life milk cleaning stuff. So if bub comes early or if complications before arrival or even if your have nothing go wrong but are just sleep deprived you don’t have as many things to do & remember & find time for.
    This time 3 rd I’m focusing on paying off camera, getting a front fence, baby gates for kitchen, $ repainting lounge room + new floorboards in lounge room. Kids play area more safe. Have all gear for baby so making life easier at home when I’ll have two under two.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Fantastic ideas, Jade! I love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    My husband and I have already decided no visitors while in hospital unless I’m feeling up to it. I’ll be having a CS so will be in for five nights and I know pain wise the first three days will be the hardest and I don’t want to have to deal with anyone but my beautiful husband. I remember my sister was still being stitched up in the delivery room when she said to me “call the family and invite them down” and that started a conga line of visitors that didn’t stop for weeks. I would have found it utterly exhausting. My best friend actually put visitors on a roster, offering particular timeslots for a small group of immediate family and very close friends. Not surprisingly the only people who didn’t respect this were people not on that list who decided to rock up to the hospital anyway, and always at inconvenient times when she was in tears, trying to breast feed a hysterical, starving baby who couldn’t latch. Her husband ended up having to put the “do not disturb” sign on the door and let the nurses know the roster to stop uninvited people bursting in on her she was sitting there topless.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh no your poor friend! I like your plan Krystal.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    It’s a good idea to insist that if visitors are coming in the first 4-6 weeks that they bring food with them, even if it’s just a pull apart and some coffee. It’s hard enough dealing with visitors without feeling like you have to cater for them. I don’t visit families with newborns unless I am armed with a wholesome dinner (like a casserole with meat and plenty of vegies) and some sort of baked treat like lactation cookies.

    The feet thing is just a combination of the relaxin hormone and excess weight. Mine went from 8 to 9-9.5. I had a lot of fluid and was over 100kg when my son was born. My joints did not like it at all.ReplyCancel

    • Krystal

      Totally agree with this. I remember one day breaking into my sister’s house with my mum while she was out and cleaning the place from top to bottom. We filled up the freezer with some frozen meals we’d prepared (lasagne, casserole etc) and stocked her up on the essentials. She’d gotten completely overwhelmed by the little things (like sterilising the mountains of bottles, washing all her clothes and the babies clothes and linen), and just keeping on top of things in general while her partner was off doing his own thing and not doing much to help.

      When she got home she opened the front door to a sparkling house that smelt lemony fresh, saw mum and I sitting on the couch with cups of tea and burst into tears. Once she calmed down she left the baby with us and went to bed where she slept for five hours. She said that one day was the turning point for her, she’d been exhausted, depressed, overwhelmed and over it, but when she woke up she felt like the ‘reset’ button had been hit.

      I hope if I’m in the same situation someone does that for me.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Wow what i beautiful thing to do! Your sister is very lucky to have your mum and yourself.:)ReplyCancel

My kids are all one year older!

It has been a very busy few weeks here Preparing the kids to go back to school Getting back into school routine Getting back into my blogging routine Helping my dad get his house ready to put on the market and…  my 3 kids each celebrated their birthdays Last year the twins celebrated their birthdays […]

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  • Happy Birthday to your beautiful children!ReplyCancel

  • Annaleis

    Gorgeous children you have Katrina. And amazingly so grown up. I like simple birthdays too! We will have a pool next year and I cant wait for that to be the ‘entertainment’!ReplyCancel

    • They are, can’t believe my twins are now 10. The pool has been great, the kids can loose hours just swimming away having fun!ReplyCancel

  • Jo-Anne Wells

    Your kids look gorgeous Katrina! Happy, bright and confident. My b/g twins just celebrated 22yrs. Mr 22 flew out to Italy on his bday and Miss 22 celebrated big time with friends. Family now don’t get ‘the day’ but another day of choice. It is taking me a while to get used to them being young adults, at university in different cities from me, and part time jobs that keep them there in the holiday periods. As a mum, depositing them for their first year at uni, far away from home at 18yrs was worse than when they started school! I cried for days. Now they each have a girlfriend and boyfriend that makes me think they will stay where they are. If I’d known that when they began uni I would have pushed more for them to study at their hometown uni!!!!! At least Miss 20 remained at home for her tertiary studies so I’m not entirely alone, thank God.ReplyCancel

Learning Posters: Times Table and Division Charts

Homework started on the first day of school for one of my kids (which is perfectly fine, as it’s the same class, same teacher, may as well just get back into it!) The twins are in Grade 5 now, so homework has stepped up a level yet again.  Last year they had to revise their […]

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  • Medusa Knows

    Pity…the times tables are written back to front (the US way) … don’t “sing” when you recite themReplyCancel

Quote of the Month – Free Printable – February 2013

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 […]

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  • Thanks for this printable, Kat – my birthday is in February and this is one of my all-time favourite quotes :DReplyCancel

  • HI Kat, I am new to the Organized Housewife site and I am very pleased that I found you. I can relate to almost everything that you discuss. My house is a council tip, in fact I think that the tip would be better organized. I am currently working 7 days a week but have decided that 2013 is going to be the year that I finally get myself organized. A lot of my problem resulted from combining 2 and a half household of furniture and ‘STUFF’. I have taken on board a lot of your tips and suggestions and rather than try to climb the mountain all in one day I am slowly working my way through.
    The main reason that I felt compelled to write in the comments is that when I read your experiences when going through your Mum’s things not only did I cry because I have lost both of my parents but what you found in your Mum’s craft room is just like mine (minus the jars). It made me sit back and think what a disaster my kids would have if I died and it was like it is now. In light of that I will over the next few weeks sort out my Craft Room, dump things that I know I will never use, label the things that remain so that when I do pass away (not yet I hope I am only 55) my children will not have the over traumatic job of sorting though my stuff and wondering what the hell to do with it.
    Thank you for making me look at myself.
    Keep up the good work, I follow you every day.ReplyCancel

    • Ooh Cheryl, thank you so much for sharing. The reason I felt I wanted to share my experience was the exact reason you mention, because I didn’t want somebody else to have to go through the same heart ache of throwing away so many items that belonged to a parent. I know mum had such a hard time parting with items, but it’s so much harder going through it wondering why and how it all happened in a blink of an eye. It has been a very long 9 months and so much harder because of the clutter. I am pleased that you can hopefully make it easier on your children when that time comes.ReplyCancel

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{Inspiration} Desks in kids bedrooms

Miss 8’s bedroom looks very organised now with her new desk, today I wanted to share with you some other organised kids desks I have found on the web. My friend Rachel from Sesame Ellis has a gorgeous vintage desk in her daughter’s room, she told me a little about it below. Gemma has my childhood […]

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  • Wow some great ideas there. The trestle tables give a lot of space. I like that idea.ReplyCancel

    • I use a trestle table in our craft room, but these looks great for kids desks!ReplyCancel

  • Not that I have any kids, but I’ve always thought it’s good for study desks to have their own little storage cubbies nearby so the kiddies can stow away a little packing box for lunch or something. Not so necessary if the study desk is at home, but just saying…ReplyCancel

I wish I never bought desks for my kids bedrooms

A few years ago my eldest daughter asked for a desk for her room, it was her prep year in school and I thought it was a great idea as she loved to colour and draw and I imagined in the years to follow she could do her homework at her desk.  Her twin brother […]

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  • Lisa Uren

    I’ve 3 little people, a 5yr girl and a b/g set of 4yr old twins. We’ve bought them all desks to put in our dining room as they were constantly taking over my dining table with arts/crafts/letters etc. We bought a tiny desk for each of them, with one single drawer in it and it works a dream. I can see them from my kitchen bench which means I can be creating meals and monitoring what they are doing and interacting with them. In their “desk” space, we’ve also created a chart wall with ABC’s and 123 charts and put up a selection of their preschool photo’s. I am quite chuffed with this space, it works well in our tiny house :) and the bonus of having 3 desk chairs in the dining room is when we have guests round we have spare chairs for the dining table :PReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I always found seks a bit of a waste as the girls (3 of them) always did their homework in a central area – the kitchen table when they were in the lower grades – and so the desk in their room became a gathering area for mess. But as high school came around I found a desk useful for time away from the hub bub of the rest of the house and to leave a task in progress somewhere away from the main part of the houseReplyCancel

  • Jo

    thats should be desks not seks (in my previous post)ReplyCancel

  • I had a desk as a child and I NEVER used it for homework. It was just somewhere for me to store more stuff. We had this desk in our spare room until recently when we had to convert the room into a nursery and I didn’t even consider giving it to my daughter (Miss 7). Her room is extremely well organised and I knew having this desk would just encourage her to keep more knick knacks – which I would hate!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Yes we have a desk and it just becomes a dumping ground for my 11 year old, and she doesn’t do her homework there either. She starts high school next year so I’m hoping she will use it properly (as it will be quieter than sitting at the dining table with her brother)..ReplyCancel

  • melcspice

    We are hoping to buy a house this year and plan to put in a study nook somewhere in the living area. My eldest has just started school, I’m studying as well and I have just bought a sewing machine to attempt some sewing. My kids also love to craft. So we thought one long desk would suit all these purposes. I’m thinking I’ll put cupboards or drawers underneath each end to store craft, sewing machine, study materials etc. As you said, I would prefer to be able to see them doing their homework/craft etc so I can help out when needed, and also so when I’m studying I can still see the kids.ReplyCancel

  • My children all have desks and they never really used them as we also did homework where I could help and keep an eye on what everyone was doing but in years 8 onwards they really need a place to keep all their private things and it also gives them an opportunity for some quiet time away from everyone else. I still see what’s happening with homework but it also gives me an opportunity to work with them one on one.ReplyCancel

  • melcspice

    Oh and yes, my desk in my room as a child was always a clutter collector. I’d just keep stuffing things in the drawers until they wouldn’t shut anymore! haha.ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    I bought my eldest (now 17 in a couple of weeks) a desk for his 5th birthday. Was just a second hand one as that is all I could afford at the time. Was an old pine one (painted blue) with 4 drawers, no hutch. Was fabulous.
    We did homework at the kitchen table too, us mums all know how much easier that is at that time of night than running back and forth form kitchen to bedroom, but he used it heaps. He would sit and drawer and write all the time. He kept it pretty clean, with lots of reminders mind you. Every school holidays we would go through his drawers and remove a heap of stuff. But he was pretty good.
    We are now on the hunt for a desk for our 4 year old as a starting school present later in the year. I will definitely have drawers and would ideally like a hutch too. Need to head into Ikea and check out the Micke range, I like the look of them online but not sure what they are like in RL.ReplyCancel

  • Kate coetzee

    My children have desks in their rooms and they have used them all through high school. We found corner desks at Ikea that have shelves above them and doors on the front of them. That was the best decision ever! Desks are messy things! And kids who are working on projects or studying don’t want to pack away everything every day. This way, they just get to close the doors on them and their rooms look neat. Then they can tidy it up when the exam or project is over. It has worked really well for us. ReplyCancel

  • Gem

    My eldest has just started Preps and asked if he could have a desk in his room now. I said no to that, but after his first day I surprised him with his own desk and space in my home office. The room is off our lounge / dining so it is close enough to observe him while still letting him have some peace if its needed. ReplyCancel

  • Maree Weeks

    Love the built in book ends! Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • All my 4 had desks in their rooms and I only remember them to be a HUGE dumping ground for anything and everything. Throughout their high school years they may have used them from time to time. They each had their own computer in their rooms as well as laptops that were compulsory at their school from yr 5. It only encouraged them to be quite isolated and while they may have indicated they were studying, they weren’t! They are all bright so did well at school but my main concern is that it broke up our family talk and connectedness. All are at university now with only my youngest at home and she does her uni work at the dining table, insisting on total quiet so no tv for me while I’m getting dinner! She also asks me to ‘help’ her from time to time with her revision – anatomy & physiology names I can hardly pronounce! She says if she is in her room she won’t study as she will want to watch something on her laptop or catch up with friends on facebook. If I had my time over, I would not have desks in their rooms, nor would I have computers. Setting up an area in the house with separate desks and shelves would be my solution. They could help one another and it encourages them to put aside that time, which would increase as they get into the higher grades, and develop life long habits that can only be a benefit to whatever they intend to do with their lives.ReplyCancel

  • My son has a desk in his room. What a waste of money! He sits at the kitchen table to do his homework since my laptop is there where I can keep an eye on him. The desk? It’s strewn with Pokemon cards and cat hair. I hate that thing.ReplyCancel

  • Annwen

    We have just installed desks in our boys bedrooms because we have found that them doing homework at the kitchen table became difficult when one had to read out loud and the other was trying to write, or when there were distractions around. So far, the desks are working great. Ours are ones that are attached to the wall, and fold down when not in use, so they have been pre-warned that if they clutter up their desks, I will fold them down so they can’t.ReplyCancel

  • Sam-o

    No. Bedrooms are for sleeping. Desks are in the playroom and office.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Harrington

    Looks fantastic, and great to see a pic of your mum on the desk! ReplyCancel

  • Yermomma

    You could always put a cheap thin curtain rod with a cute kitschy fabric across one of the shelves to make it more “hide the stuff” friendly, too. Thanks for showing the before and after. I now realize I need to get my daughters’ small bookcase out of her room, too…it’s just collecting junk & is unneeded.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara McCann

    We needed to buy our 4 year old a new bed so decided on a cabin bunk for the added storage and it also has a pullout desk. At the moment it is pulled out halfway for her to use as a bedside table for her nightlight, stereo and drink. We thought this would be better than having a separate desk for when she is at school which would take up more room. The kids also have a craft table in their playroom.ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    I have a 22yr old at uni and a 17yr old in yr12. Both have had desks in their bedrooms since primary school, which have served multiple purposes through the years, including a dumping ground for junk, clothes etc. Our house is relatively small.. we had/have no office/study or playroom, so the kids did their homework mostly at the dining table in primary school, and now work in their bedrooms (sitting on their beds!) I would get desks again (with shelves and drawers).. Whilst not always used for their original purpose, they are handy for keeping books and assorted school ‘paraphernalia’ together.(rather than on the floor!! .. anyone else with a teenage daughter? :))ReplyCancel

  • naomi

    i don’t have a child old enough for a desk yet, but totally get how they can get messy, i had a desk as a child and similarly did not use it for homework as it was always too messy!ReplyCancel

  • We have a desk in the front of the house where homework is done. It makes so much more sense than in the bedroom!ReplyCancel

  • […] was my daughter’s room earlier this year, such a mess.  Read further about how I wish I never got her a desk for her room and to see after […]ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    I have a whole spare room which eventually will be my sewing room, but am also considering making it part study space for my little man once he needs it. The room is quiet, bright and airy and I can cook tea and semi supervise while giving him space at the same time, perfect set upReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    I had a similar issue. I purchased a small desk, no drawers for homework. But I also sit with my son to do his homework at the dining table. The little desk in his room has become yet another surface for family members to stack stuff! Urghhh will I ever purge my house of clutter!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    My son has recently started asking me for a desk in his room, I’m uncertain on if i should or shouldn’t, I originally never did because the bedroom is for sleeping and I know what he is like, he will make any excuse to sit up, that and he isn’t the tidiest and I dont wont it to be another thing for him to leave his messy mark on lol.

    On the other hand he does like to draw and colour so it would be nice for him to have his own set up and space.ReplyCancel

  • Monique (messpots)

    I think you’ve made some really helpful and valid points regarding the need for a desk at a young age. But the end result of the makeover is beautiful and I love the caddy! Will be getting one for myself!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    When they get to high school they will still most likely do it at the kitchen table and the desk will become a dumping ground for everything and anything.ReplyCancel

  • willowtttee

    you could put storage under her bed some plastic boxes with wheels on them :)ReplyCancel

  • Infoxicating Lady

    My oldest girl (aged 11) has a desk in her room. It’s an old school desk that we bought when hubby was at uni. The local boarding school was updating the accommodation furniture, so we picked it up for the bargain price of $5.
    Retrospectively, it isn’t a great idea. She rarely does homework at it, and even though it has a lift up storage area, and shelves for books, it never gets used to store school stuffs.
    My other two girls (ages 8 and 6) don’t have a desk in their room – and I like it that way. Middle Girl is very distracted, and requires a _lot_ of help with homework – she’s ADD, ODD, dyslexic, and just generally off with the fairies. Youngest Girl is only just starting year 1 this year, so homework to date has been sight words and reading – something I’ve had to do with her anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Lirit

    My Miss 8 has had a desk in her room for about a year.. I say desk, but it is infact just a deep shelf built into the side of a chimney breast as her bedroom is only about a metre wider and longer than her bed (aside the extra 40cm ish depth of the tiny alcoves down the sides of the chimney – the other alcove has rails down it for her hanging clothes) Like others though, no mater how often I tidy it for her, it becomes a dump for clothes and junk mostly, but she isnt the tidiest of children.. How I would LOVE to know how to make the most of her room and give her the most practical and space efficient storage! I will not let Miss7 and Miss5 have a desk int he room they share, for the simple reason Miss 5 is notorious for drawing beyond the paper and over the table, walls, carpet etc if she is bored and left alone with a pen for too long….ReplyCancel

  • Meebeefee

    I too had desks with hutches on top in both of my children’s bedrooms thinking they would sit in there and do their homework, drawing, etc, but they just became “dumping” space, there was never any room to “work” at the desk (and both often did homework at the kitchen table). The drawers of the desks would often fill up with items from the desk working space when they were told to clean their room and left there when the items should have been thrown out. I took the desks out of their rooms, sold them and put cube shelving in the rooms, taking up less space and more effective for storage/display.ReplyCancel

  • Mumme Halfdozen

    I, too, regret buying desks for my childrens’ rooms. They dump everything on the desk and do their homework at the kitchen table or on the floor! I’m trying to convince hubby and the kids that we need to get rid of the desk and use a bookshelf or small cupboard in those spaces instead.ReplyCancel

  • Mich

    We made a decision not to have desks in bedrooms when our eldest was a toddler (we also don’t really have toys in their room) we asked a lot of friends who already had children, where their children worked and almost everyone said the dining table, at least until those last few years of school. We love it, our computer is attached to the tv so we can keep an eye on what is happening there too! Thanks for affirming our choice! ReplyCancel

  • Shelly

    My daughter has a vanity that was mine when I was little. I never kept it neat and used it like my mom had hoped either. Neither does my daughter, but I don’t really think it matters what furniture I get. I just don’t think she’ll keep it neat. lolReplyCancel

  • Kiki Pitman

    I grew up with a desk in my room and used it as a dumping ground. Knowing my daughter is quite like me I put the money into a great bookcase with blanket drawer instead. She occasionally does homework in her room on her bed (like I used to) but for the most part sits at the dining table to do it.ReplyCancel

  • Elce Maree

    beautiful! I had a corner desk and hutch growing up, it had lots of shelves and three drawers to keep all my school books and reading books all tidy, though it rarely was :) I LOVE this desk, it’s perfect! I also like the ones at Pottery Barn. My children are 2 and 4 this year so it’s a bit early for desks yet :)ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    Whilst the kids where away for a week these holidays I tackled the bedrooms and GONE with the desks too we now have a little study corner set up in a kinda nothing area other then a bookcase works a lot better then the rooms and the rooms are sooooo clean well the kids have only been home for 4 days lolReplyCancel

  • Kylie Rogers

    We have the same issue here. I love that caddy though, awesome idea.ReplyCancel

  • Deb Horne

    No I don’t have a desk in my 2 younger boys (yr 2 and yr 4) rooms, and not sure why I do in my 13 yr old boys room either. I find no matter what age they are during school, they need to sit at the table for spelling, assignments, and other homework. We have a family computer where they all take turns at doing their computer related homework…and we check for tabs besides the one we can obviously see…usually games if we don’t check it. We also don’t let them spend their credits to buy stuff on the school programs until the weekend, just school work during the week and outside play. Mean, probably, but they are all doing well at school. I will continue to do this through high-school as well, my eldest is 22 now, and it’s one thing I regret not doing with him. He is doing well now (web designer), but it took him a long time to get to the place of study, now he sits in a clean area to do his studies and assignments, sometimes with the 3 younger boys. Good family time too – blessed mum of 6ReplyCancel

  • Kerith

    I finished building a house about 12 months ago. We designed it with 2 studies ( adult & kids). We are now waiting for the joiner to complete the job of adding 3 IT workstations to the kids studies. Hope they use them ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Dickson

    My daughter is grade 9 and she hardly uses her desk for school work. It looks a lot like your before shot. Next year when we move, her bedroom will almost halve in size and her desk will be moved out of her room to the study. Here’s hoping it gets used for school work then.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes we also have a desk in the kids rooms but they do their homework at the dining table.ReplyCancel

  • Faith Gray

    We’ve never had desks in kids’ rooms. The main reason nowadays is that as high school hits, computers and internet are major components to think about. Cyber bullying and on-line predators shouldn’t have access to your kids behind their closed bedroom doors. In primary, our kids did homework where I could keep an eye on things. Now for high school (and we’re almost finished), we have a big open plan study – every member of the family has a desk there and everything is visible. Phones, iPads or laptops aren’t allowed upstairs. Bedrooms are for sleeping in!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Totally agree with you, Faith. The kids sit in the dining room to do homework.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Cochrane

    LOVE my 11 yr old boys desk in his room. Got one when he turned 9 and started wanting to use HIS laptop where he wouldn’t bother us. Don’t worry, we removed net access mostly and he was allowed a few choice sites like abc3 to play on.
    Now his homework doesn’t require much mum assistance, he likes doing homework in there where he’s looking at a wall :)
    Talking to me was always too big a distraction for him in the living room.
    But the reason I actually love his desk is that it IS the dumping place for stuff…the stuff he leaves all over the lounge room, which I get to dump back on his desk…for him to sort.
    I tidy it once a month or so, but yes it’s full of Star Wars toys and Pokemon cards and really makes his space his ownReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Jo, i am pleased to hear it is working well for you.ReplyCancel

Quote of the Month – Free Printable – January 2013

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 […]

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  • Cassie

    I printed a whole heap of inspirational quotes about love, life, family and friendship in different sizes and framed them for my daughters for their christmas present. They are on display above their bed heads to read and inspire them each day. ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Love this, I was so demotivated at the start of the year however I surrounded myself with websites and happiness books and words. I felt ready to get started once work began again and started cleaning out and organising rooms and areas that just made me feel horrible. My inspiration to get cleaning and started was the organised chaos blog
    you linked with the school station. What a fantastic idea and we now
    have our own little station and the kids cant wait to decorate their
    letter.

    I decided that my word for this year was “sparkle”. Everyone needs a little sparkle! Thank you x xReplyCancel

    • We have the same school bag station, it keeps everything so organised. I love your word ‘sparkle’ and that you will, I can tell you are determined.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Love this! This is similar to something I referred to often a couple of years ago, but much better worded. I found it super helpful coming to terms with what it means to have a loved one with Aspergers Syndrome.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Blessed are those who expect nothing for they shall not be disappointed.ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    You are so right about expectations resulting in disappointments. I feel like I give so much (willingly) and expect others to do the same, but often they don’t and I get disappointed. I really need to learn to ‘accept’! Will definitely put this quote up in our house for my children to read, I think it is one that we can all learn from.ReplyCancel

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{Printable} The 2013 Planner

I am so excited to share with my new 2013 Planner! I have a plan for 2013 and that is to be more time efficient, not to forget things and keep on top of everything I need to do.  I must admit last year time got the better of me, I forgot to send a […]

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  • Wita from designisyay.com

    Nice planner :) As a new housewife I’m so glad I found your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Karyn

    I love it, ever considered creating an app?? I got the iPad mini for Christmas and this year I am going to do all the things in your planner electronically!!ReplyCancel

    • Cassie

      Hi karyn, If you get the goodnotes app you can open the planner in it and just write it straght into there, cost but works great and also looks pretty to! Beutiful bookshelve i just zoom in and write with my finger! ReplyCancel

  • Happy Housewife!

    Wow! Awesome! I just purchased this! Printed it out A5 as have A5 binder…looks soo cute! Thanks for a nice blog!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks alot Kat, It looks lovely. Once again you have outdone yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Love It! thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Awww are your products for sale in the US??? Love them!!ReplyCancel

  • April

    Would love to just buy the monthly meal calendars! I use apps for everything else these days.ReplyCancel

  • Rowie

    Ive only come across this website..im very excited…I noticed last year you had a 20 day challenge to clean and declutter….Im really interested in this, i get very depressed about my home and eveything just feels too much there is so much too do… can i still access this information.
    RowieReplyCancel

    • Hi Rowie, yes the information is all on the blog, but I am putting it all together as an ebook to be released soon.ReplyCancel

  • Viki

    It’s lovely! I like it very much, thanks for creating this!ReplyCancel