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

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  • kate

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

  • Fastgg

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

  • Veronica

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

  • Jane

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

  • Marcia

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

  • Mel

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

  • Kez

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

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

  • Justine Saidman

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

  • Kristy

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

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

  • Jo

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

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

  • Justine

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

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

  • Rebecca Lee

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

  • Meg Supel

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

  • Sarah Louise Codling

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

  • Sue Craddock

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

  • Yvonne

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds great Yvonne!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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  • Elizabeth

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

    • Lisa

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

  • Lynette Kemeny

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

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

  • Rachael

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

  • Renaye

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

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

      • melissa

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

  • Kim

    My daughter has the exact same desk that we are updating the look of her room (she is 8) …. the desk came from
    http://bambinohome.com.au/love-heart-study-desk/

    :)ReplyCancel

  • Just Gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Teresak

    Very lovely
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  • Alyce

    Gorgeous bedding!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Warren

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

  • karen

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

  • Emma

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

  • Lisa

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Danni Wright

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

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

      • Danni Wright

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

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

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

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  • Linda M

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

This time last fortnight I was invited to attend the pre-opening preview of Pottery Barn Australia in Bondi Sydney. The family of 4 stores Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma are now officially opened.  You can visit the stores at The Exchange Building, corner of Grosvenor Street & Oxford Street Mall, Bondi Junction. […]

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  • Rebecca Ze

    Pottery Barn! I love all the soft furnishings! xReplyCancel

  • I would love a new elegant dinner set, just for special occasions when we have guests over for dinner, at the moment ours is all assortments of different plates!ReplyCancel

  • Some lovely serving dishes – always on my wish list!ReplyCancel

  • mummytofive

    I would love to get that “sisters” wooden word art in your above photo Kat! Its perfect for my girls!

    Although, I’ve started showing hubby the pottery barn site and showing him the new beds I want to get for the kids when we get our own home!ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Campbell

    I’ve been looking for a white wall unit and would love to build that modular unit around my family room, can’t wait to see all the possible configurations!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Gottliebsen

    I would love a new clock or new dinner set! LOVE them!ReplyCancel

  • Oh that’s mean! lol… how am I meant to chose just one item???? With a baby girl due to arrive in August, I’d love to get something to go in the nursery. Those little lambs look so sweet and soft!ReplyCancel

  • The red caddy for pens craft stuff been looking or a while and perfect colourReplyCancel

  • vanessa

    i must admit i haven’t got much idea of the products that they stock as i live in little ol’ adelaide but looking at the pictures above i loved the final modular set… it would be great storage for my nursery for my second child due on father’s day.ReplyCancel

  • Cyn

    Decisions,decisions! Probably Pottery Barn Kids- as a mum of 4, and only weeks off moving into our new home, would be fab to add some new soft furnishings and prints. Drool.ReplyCancel

  • Ahhhhhh the pure bliss that is Pottery Barn – the source of many beloved pins and also much mournful pining (and pinning!) over the computer screen! This item I drooled over a very long time ago – I think it is an amazing and beautiful way to store memories or special items found on your travels and I even think I could get the seashore inside via some shells for those of us who are not fortunate enough to live anywhere near the ocean! http://www.potterybarn.com/products/bacchus-table-bedside-lamp/?pkey=ctable-bedside-lampsReplyCancel

  • kylie.thomson

    How fantastic is the Carolina Craft table (or the Carolina Grow with you Craft table) with the paper roll on the end!
    That along with the Carolina Kids chairs and the Mini Lazy Susan that you mentioned – it comes in 7 colours including white!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Gosh, it’s all so beautiful. You must have had a ball.

    I don’t even have to look at the websites to know my answer to this question. I’m 37 weeks pregnant with our first baby, a little girl, and I would just adore the Harper cot bedding. It’s easily the nicest cot bedding I’ve seen, and I’ve been swooning over it for weeks!ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    If I could only buy one item I would buy one of those cute child sofa chairs with my daughter’s name on it. She is 1 and loves climbing and sitting on sofas. Having her own would make her super excited and I think she’d have a world of fun with it and feel very special to have her own chair. Also, as she grows older, she’ll be able to appreciate that it has her name on it and it would be something special for just her.

    Having said that, I love EVERYTHING and wish I could buy hundreds of items in each store :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh how I yearn for the modular system… and the soft furnishings…. and perhaps I need the apothecary table Phoebe and Rachel (Friends sitcom) argued about as well. *sighReplyCancel

  • Julia B

    I would get the modular system! I love that you can make it work for your individual house :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jess M

    Making room for baby no.4 in August, my 2 little girls are about to share a room and the pink flower knobs from Pottery Barn Kids would be the perfect girly accessory to enhance their bedroom. They would love this sweet addition to their chest of draws!!!ReplyCancel

  • I would love and adore a Cameron 6 Cubby and 3 Drawer Base Set. You can never have too much storage, and the Pottery Barn Kids storage is just adorable. I love how they have 3 lined up with all the pretty baskets in the picture. All that storage and you can bet I would still be tripping over my kids toys on the floor!ReplyCancel

  • Fi @ My Mummy Daze

    It was such a treat to see a sneek peak of the stores, Kat! I hope they open up your way really soon! Fi xxReplyCancel

  • Mandy Thompson

    They have the most lovely range of dooner covers… I’m a bit fussy because I have a really neutral bedroom and I spotted a lovely paisley aqua coloured one which I would love to own!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Cathcart

    Anywhere chair – a haiku

    daughter should sit there
    with books, rain on the window
    a beautiful chair

    :)ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Lovely stuff. Super website…and they deliver but the Owl bookends really caught my eye.ReplyCancel

  • kookla123

    I’m quite an organised person, so it almost brings me to sobs
    When I can’t find a place for all of my bits and bobs
    If I need a pen, or pencil, or perhaps a safety pin
    I need to rummage through the home to see what drawer it’s in
    But the carousel from Pottery Barn would be little saviour
    It’d certainly help me keep control of my OCD behaviour! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    I would just like regular ol’ Pottery Barn…the best!ReplyCancel

  • philippa

    Love that Vanity… Sigh,,,, oh or that gorgeous modular system… sigh again… or perhaps any of the above haha!ReplyCancel

  • Alex

    That rug. Oh my THAT RUG!ReplyCancel

  • The modular system is gorgeous and would suit my kids toy room its perfect an I love it. I could get lost in that storeReplyCancel

  • Sarah F

    Oh bestill my heart. What an overload of beautifulness.
    Picking ONE item would be near impossible but I guess the thing that jumped out most at me is the lovely modular unit. That would go superbly in my Miss 7’s messy bedroom, plenty of places to hide away all her bibs and bobs.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I keep going back to the Vanity Table, love the baskets & stool !ReplyCancel

  • If I could have just one item from Pottery Barn, it would have to the Vanity/Dressing Table for my 6 year old daughter… she would be so delighted that she would cry with happiness!ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow that Modular system, drools!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Jones

    The little bird cot sheet set, it is the most adorable thing I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    The modular system it will feature in my dreams I sooo need something that beautiful to inspire me to organiseReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    As soon as I saw the picture of the modular system I nearly fell off my chair!!!! That is exactly what I want/need/must have/wished for/longed for/always wanted (I could go on) – for my craft needs. At the moment my craft area looks like a dog’s breakfast and really is very unmotivating as whenever I want to do something I can’t seem to find what I need to use. I am looking at the picture imagining in what drawers, cupboards, etc, I would put all my things, how I would set it up, how it will be used to its full potential. It is just absolutely perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    It would HAVE to be that amazing modular unit! What a perfect addition to a children’s playroom. There is a place for everything. Ohhhh the feeling of organisation :)ReplyCancel

  • Chelle

    The modular storage system – perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    I am with you – that rug is divine. Have been so excited to welcome these stores to Australia after oohing and aahing over their catalogues for quite some time. I think the rug in the light blue colour would suit my lounge room perfectly. We woke up this morning to find our house had been burgled – lots of items missing – so winning this would restore my faith in humankind !ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Definitely the modular system you’ve shared! It would be perfect storage for my yarn as I suffer from yarn addiction! ReplyCancel

  • only one!! perhaps the personalised anywhere chair for my daughter…thanks for sharing the pics now I want to go even more so!!ReplyCancel

  • 1princess1prince

    My teen daughter recently moved her bedroom into our bonus room and the modular system would be so perfect in her “new” room! Oh the fun I could have if let loose in any PB store!!!ReplyCancel

  • I would definately pick the little girls vanity table. Great contemporary piece that isn’t too cutsy or princessy.
    I think I could spend a day at Pottery Barn for KidsReplyCancel

  • OMG ! My absolute favourite store. Right, so I have a running list for PB happening but my my favourite and lusted after item is a Leila Rug for my daughters room. Super gorgeous, pastel and great quality!!ReplyCancel

  • The modular unit is amazing! I am constantly looking for something for my daughters room that will incorporate a lot of different storage needs but everything I’ve seen is so static. Building up something like this would be just perfect to personalise her space!ReplyCancel

  • deb k

    Need a place
    To hide our clutter…
    The modular system
    Would do the trick!ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    the childs vanity would be itReplyCancel

  • Michelle Hay

    The modular system would be brilliant, the toys are still the one spot in my house that I can’t seem to organise in a way that is easy for the kids to access and easy to put away!ReplyCancel

  • Felicp

    I just want to click my heals together and say Williams Sanoma 3 times and be there! Too many things to choose from but I’d love some of their Hammered Nickel Hurricanes..ReplyCancel

  • Oh I want that awesome little dressing table for my girls’ room. It’s just too cute.ReplyCancel

  • Bec Watcol

    Stunning, shatterproof La Med melamine dinner plates. With 4 kids, this would combine beauty and function. Perfect for my family…ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    I would love those cute little carousels for the kids’ stationery. Such an easy way of keeping all the little bits tidy for my two who love to colour and draw.ReplyCancel

  • Kobi

    The modular system looks fab, I’d love that!ReplyCancel

  • Jenwren

    So many too chose, but I love the little girls dressing table and chair, gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • The Madison 3 shelf bookcase is just divine. Anything that encourages my children to read and looks beautiful is a total winner.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    It’s probably not a product but a service – I would love to have Pottery’s Barn’s interior decorator / bed maker. Imagine that, a gorgeous made bed with gorgeous, matching linen every morning!ReplyCancel

  • I would definitely have the modular system! Gorgeous piece of furniture and so versatile!ReplyCancel

  • Lornie

    I’d love the chevron sheets that are peeking out of the corner of your photo. Bub number one is due next month and they would be perfect for our cot!ReplyCancel

  • I would love to own something from the Williams Sonoma kitchen ware….absolutely fab to impress my man – After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.ReplyCancel

  • The little girls vanity. Very difficult choice as everthing is stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Would LOVE the Fun On The Farm Stacker – Miss 2 has a “Thing” for farm animals at the moment and she loves making the different animal noises!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy T

    The Star Wars bed spread would be the Obi-Wan for me! lolReplyCancel

  • Pottery Barn Kids I would go crazy buying all the cute things they have for our 1st baby due in August and would be interesting to look at their storage ideas for the bubs room.ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    With baby number two due in a few weeks I have been trying to be very organised and get lots of shopping done for the children and upcoming birthdays. I have discovered though that I severely lack adequate storage space to keep everything neat and organised. The modular unit looks like the perfect remedy. Think I will be heading to the online store shortly :-)ReplyCancel

  • Hoot Hoot!

    Loving the Owl bookends.
    Keeping the shelves neat.
    Stronger than the cardboard ones
    Previously bought as a cheat.
    Lining up the fairy-tales
    Of all my little team.
    Next one comes in 3 more months,
    On soft and sweet owl-dreams.

    Hoot Hoot!ReplyCancel

  • oh that vanity from Pottery Barn kids is just so gorgeous. I would love it in my daughters room she would feel like a real princess! (I think I may use it occassionaly to get in some princess time!)ReplyCancel

  • I have 2 daughters, one is 4 and the other is just 6 weeks old. I love the Sisters wall hanging describing what sisters are for each other, this is what I want for my girls. May need to organise a trip to Sydney to check these stores out.ReplyCancel

  • My beautiful daughter Caitlin waited 6 and a half years to become a sister, (what she always wanted to be) to my gorgeous baby boy Max. I would just love the Sister sign for her bedroom as it simply states exactly what she is to little Max. He is very much a miracle baby and the smile on Caitlins face when she first met him was so priceless. She lives the virtues on this sign on a daily basis to Max, so I will have to go on line and buy it for her.Thanks for sharing these beautiful products on your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    I Just had a Look at the Websites and Its an Extremely Hard Decision but I just Adore the Simply White Retro Kitchen Collection from Pottery Barn Kids. So Much Fun would be Had with these items and they would just look Beautiful in the House.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley S

    The Sister’s wall hanging is just devine! I have 2 year old identical twin girls and I 5 year old daughter and they would love this. So very sweet and loving the new choices we now have in Australia thanks to PB!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Lenton-Cater

    It would have to be the Little girls Vanity, its just beautiful. I remember having a vanity growing up and loved it, and used it untill i was too big to see in the mirror!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Knight

    I have 6 friends who are currently expecting – they are all due within a 7 week window – I will be attending a few baby showers and hosting a few as well – I would love the Silver Leaf Handprint & Footprint Frame – I think this in an elegant shower present and a beautiful keepsake for years to come.ReplyCancel

  • I love the dahlia nursery bedding range – one of my favourite flowers and I have just had this overwhelming need to decorate our baby’s room in purple. Ticks all the boxes and super cuteReplyCancel

  • Fi Pettett

    Juice/smoothie maker
    My son and I have been dying to buy one of these to make our own smoorthies and juices from fresh fruit for breakfast drinksReplyCancel

  • The modular storage cupboards look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    The Modular System is absolutely fabulous and would be perfect for the study/everything goes in there room. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Nickel

    I adore the modular unit and I could see that in many rooms of my home. I first came across Pottery Barn while travelling in Canada and the USA back in 2004 and I have drooled over catalogues for some years now. Visually their catalogues are divine and a showpiece in their own right. I have kept a Christmas one from years ago that I still return to, to get inspiration. I am so happy to hear that they are now in Australia and I will be even more excited when they venture into Queensland. It is a bold move in the so called economic climate to come to Australia but good taste and quality is always in fashion and I’m sure they will do very well here in Oz. Love it all!!ReplyCancel

  • Megs

    The modular unit looks like a must in everyone’s home. I would get my kids to fill it and get themselves organised for homework, craft time, reading time and ready to have fun time. We could have it located centrally for all four of them to access and also be responsible for keeping it organised. Great skill to learn early!ReplyCancel

  • The modular unit looks amazing, it could go in almost any room and look fantastic. I would love it to go in the office area, it would be great to store arts and craft stuffReplyCancel

  • EliseB

    LOVE the modular unit. It would be so perfect for organising just about everything, though with a new baby on the way I’d definitely have it the kids room to keep the clutter at bay with style :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane Byrne

    Finally a lovely looking nursery rocker/glider range! I love the Wingback Convertible Rocker and the PB Kids Comfort Glider and Ottoman, these could be put into the lounge room once finished with for baby.ReplyCancel

  • agrant

    I have been waiting 10 years to have my lounge room renovated, the modular unit would look lovely and be able to hold the tv, photo albums, records, cd’s and other useful stuff. Maybe if I won the lounge might get a bit closer to being renovated.ReplyCancel

  • If I won lotto I would be in heaven!! At West Elm I loved the kitchen table and chair set, but the rafia serving trays and the hammered metal pieces were my cup of tea. AT Pottery Barn the extending Toscana rectangular dining table will look awesome in my dining room, along with the table setting to match. Now for them to open up in Perth :)ReplyCancel

  • holly

    Oh my goodness! so hard to choose just one product!

    But with my second niece about to arrive i think i would choose something from the

    Savannah nursery range. So pretty and a perfect welcome to the world gift for our new little princess.ReplyCancel

  • Tara Watts

    How could I possibly choose just one product!! At this stage, I would most likely choose the nursery linens, baby bath products, wooden puzzles or a play mat. I need to make a trip to Sydney to visit in-store but an online order will get me through until July.ReplyCancel

  • omg, yes please anything would be just fab!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Fletcher

    After getting hooked on the tv series “FRIENDS” I have always wanted an apothecary table like Rachel and Ross have… Because life is good when your house looks like it came out of a Pottery Barn catalogue!!!ReplyCancel

  • With the Simply White Retro Kitchen Collection I’ll be able to begin training the next Masterchef. My first request will be a Macaron Tower to devour with the multitude of coffees I need to get me through the day.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    I love the ABC nursery bedding from Pottery Barn Kids. This would be gorgeous in the nursery my daughter and son in law are renovating for their first born due in July. Would fit in beautifully with the heritage design and colours.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have the space for it unfortunately but I always wanted a make up vanity to sit at with a nice little chair to spruce myself up. The one at Pottery Barn is great. Either that or the white modular system, I know EXACTLY where that would go!!!ReplyCancel

  • I would love some of the modular pieces so that I can get some great storage put in.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    The modular system is amazing I could put this to such great use and dress the room like Id want toReplyCancel

  • I would love to win the large ball jar drink canister. They are so gorgeous. I love how they have it sitting on a riser in store. I do believe even Pottery Barn drink dispenser makes the water taste better (did you try? Had lemons in, yummy). So many great products and inspirations. I have a hard time deciding which of the 4 stores is my fav let alone a favourite product. Great photos btw.ReplyCancel

  • Lianne D

    Williams sonoma for me Because I am so dagg-y, I love all the new stuff I really would be so chuffed, and my kitchen would be so prett-yReplyCancel

  • I love the black York Town clock – looks lovely and old-fashioned.ReplyCancel

  • I was looking at Pottery Barn Kids toys. I really like the construction crane and construction people but I had a little one beside me yelling “FIRE TRUCK”. He had spotted the Green Toys Fire Truck. It is very cool being made from recycled milk bottles.ReplyCancel

  • i could make great use of the Modular Unit – I would put Great Store by it!ReplyCancel

  • I’d be a Twit Too if I didn’t choose the Owl bookends – ‘Owl’ love them!ReplyCancel

  • Wooden Train set for my first grandson to be born, his Daddy works with trains so this is perfect and my Daughter loves the Old Fashioned toys .ReplyCancel

  • Jade

    I would love the jumbo fun on the farm stacker as my little girl just adores all kinds of animals!ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    Oh without a doubt the Wall-mounted Craft Organizer! I, like you Kat, have been coveting this from afar for so long! But I could never quite swallow the shipping cost from the US, but YAY for Australia having its very own stores!!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen

    I would love the Sis.ter wall mounted board. Though my sister is 75, she has just moved into a retirement village and this board and wording would not only bring her joy as she remembers her family but would also brighten up her small room.ReplyCancel

  • I would love the modular system. I love how you can create it the way that you like. My daughter is very limited for space & I have been considering something like that recently. I LOVE THAT ONE :-)ReplyCancel

  • Aleisha Davidson

    I am LOVING the Abbot Zinc-Top Island, it’s EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for!
    Can’t WAIT till one opens here in Western Australia!!!!! But the one product I want the very most would have to be the gorgeous vanity table – for the apple of my eye, my gorgeous Goddaughter. It suits her bubbly personality perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Griffen

    I love the bedding at pottery barn and especially the wooden breakfast tray !! If I had bedding from Pottery Barn though I may never get out of bed !! ReplyCancel

  • TanyaCrerar

    I have my eye on the PB Kids Comfort Glider & Ottoman, it looks so comfy that it wouldn’t matter if I happen to nod off there once the midnight feed is done!ReplyCancel

  • Eden

    The little girls vanity! It would look so gorgeous in my daughters room and I know she will love it!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissie

    I would totally love the modular unit….my 4 year old daughter is a mess a holic and this unit would help me keep her things out of site but still beautifully presented and I’d be proud to have the unit on display without the mess…..we live far from ikea and target, so this would be just wonderful for us.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Pratt

    Love the Star Wars kids set. It’s done in a stylish way not cheap and tacky.ReplyCancel

  • I’d love the modular unitReplyCancel

  • Rachel Savage

    We have just moved to a new house and am seriously considering a trip to Sydney just to shop at these stores in person!!! Our new place has a playroom space and I can see a modular unit doing wonders for organisation not to mention adding gorgeous character to the room. ReplyCancel

  • the pillows so many amazing colours, designs and fabricsReplyCancel

  • I love the white modular system, we could organise our little girl’s room so well with that! It looks gorgeous and would suit her room perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy L

    Does Pottery Barn sell your services???? I’d love you to help me choose something to help get organised!ReplyCancel

  • purple basket liners, to turn my plain ordinary storage option funkyReplyCancel

  • The Modular System ! I need it to help me organise my hectic life !ReplyCancel

  • The modular wall unit looks amazing! i’d love to make a school drop zone for all the kids bags/books/shoes/jackets etcReplyCancel

  • Planet Box Lunch Box – My daughter has one and these things are genius! I want one of my own to make fancy pants lunches!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Can’t wait until both Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma come to Perth :0)
    I love the Modular Storage System – it would help me organise my hectic life. I would use it in either the kid’s playroom or the family room !
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  • The Dinner set… Havent had a matching dinner set since forever and love the one featured so simple yet super classyReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I am going to be a little cheeky and say that if I could have one thing it would be a gift voucher, so I could buy lots of things! There are way too many beautiful items in Pottery Barn to limit it to just one!ReplyCancel

  • I would love a glider for our nursery. But, there are so many things I would love to have in my house.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Michelle

    The vanity table you took a picture of. Its darling and my little girl would just love it. I can picture her sitting at it with her little jewellery box. Oh just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Fearn

    Finally a bed setting for boys that is stylish and smart and not cheap and taky looking. Definitely the Star Wars bed set for my little Jedi.ReplyCancel

  • The modular system is a must have! With limited space and limited storage functional and gorgeous pieces of useable furniture make all the difference.ReplyCancel

  • I love everything, however the wooden brother and sister wall art stands out to me. I have a toddler boy and a baby girl- they would be so cute in their rooms. Also, the modular systems are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Rowland

    Definitely the Carolina Craft Table from Pottery Barn Kids. Love that it grows with the child, the accessories you can add to it and that there is plenty of room for lots of children (& Mum and dad too) to participate in hands on activities. This certainly puts our little table to shame and certainly on my wish list once my youngest son is ready for craft/construction style play with his older brother.ReplyCancel

  • Crazy woman that I am, I do LOVE all the beautiful homewares, furniture and bed linen – it’s to die for, but at the moment the Murchison-Hume Boys’ Bathroom Cleaner I would lurrrve……. 4 boys in this house and toilet training – need I say more xxxReplyCancel

  • Mel

    This is going to sound like a suck-up job but, like you, I’ve been wanting the perfect rug for a long time (cue Trent Reznor ;) ).

    Months ago, I found one just like the one you show above, in grey and all! An interior designer on FB posted that she could have such a rug made to customer specifications and I thought my search was over … but she didn’t get back to me, via FB or by email. From your post I now know that PB have one. It’s meant to be!ReplyCancel

  • TheSadEyedLady

    I would love to win a really luxurious bedding set. My bed (and the rest of my room) is in need of a makeover BIG TIME!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Meredith

    I would love the modular system, I need some organisation in my house!! :)
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  • Carolyn Williams

    There are so many beautiful things. But the item that I would love so I could give it to my girls who are 8 years apart is the ‘Sister’ sign. Sometimes when they are so far apart in age it is difficult for them to be close.ReplyCancel

  • wendyhatton

    The modular furniture with storage baskets to suit our decor would be wonderful. Clean, simple lines and completely practical.ReplyCancel

  • josie

    the owl bookends, they are so adorable and would look so nice in my little girls roomReplyCancel

  • Helen R

    The lovely pink sister sign as it will represent my 3 girls in years to come – priceless!!ReplyCancel

  • I would Love a Cot Set for our new baby on the way!ReplyCancel

  • one pottery barn productReplyCancel

  • Chris

    Hi Katrina, love your blog. Just need to let you know, given the significant hype surrounding the opening of Pottery Barn, just how appalling this company’s customer service really is. I waited three weeks for an online order and after numerous calls was told they had lost the order and they offered me a refund of a substantial order amount. I still could not get them to give me my refund and had to take legal action. This company is all form and no substance. All the unsuspecting mums out there who are persuaded by their beautiful and clever marketing need to be informed about this. This is a very large company with very bad systems around payment. Keep your great blog posts coming. Regards.ReplyCancel

    • Kristy

      Thank you for this post Chris. Although I am 2 months late in reply to your post, I wanted to get my message across. I ordered something for my daughter from Pottery Barn Kids Australia through their online website in May 2013, I am still waiting for that item to arrive and it is now August. I rang them and was told the item will be arriving in September. I am appalled and will NEVER advocate for them or use them again…Obviously.ReplyCancel

  • […] Pottery Barn, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma have opened in …: At West Elm I loved the kitchen table and chair set, but the rafia serving trays and the hammered metal pieces were my cup of tea. AT Pottery Barn the extending Toscana rectangular dining table will look awesome in my …http://theorganisedhousewife.c .. […]ReplyCancel

  • Lisa S

    The girls vanity, for sure… But I do love that big black clock. That would be something for ME, for a change!
    Oh if only some of these stores would come to Perth! We get nothing!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    WARNING – DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM POTTERY BARN ON BACK ORDER

    My husband and I purchased a sofa in September 2013. We were told it would take 16 weeks for delivery. So in January 2014 – we were very excited that our sofa was going to be delivered – to no avail! We were sent a notification by Pottery Barn – the DAY BEFORE THE SOFA WAS DUE TO BE DELIVERED ADVISING IT WONT BE DELIVERED UNTIL APRIL 2014 – 7 MONTHS LATER. The biggest issue – Pottery Barn take upfront payments so they have our money. A second item of furniture that we ordered that was supposedly in stock and to be delivered that week still has not arrived. We have been advised 3 different amendment dates so far. Each time, a day before the delivery date, we are sent a new notification.ReplyCancel

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  • Candice T

    So I love with the lambs. Absolutely stunningReplyCancel

  To continue on from sorting through your clutter and deciding between selling or donating your items, I’m going to move forward and share with you some of my garage sale tips. I have had quite a few garage sales over the years.  The first was when I decided I was happy with 3 children and […]

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  • greger

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  • Susan

    Hi Kat, I recent had my first Garage Sale. It was part of a new local council initiative caled “My Super Street Sale”. The whole suburb was involved, and we had over 30 houses involved! We had free advertising and flyers and there was maps with all the participating houses marked so we could be found. A great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    My tip – dont include your house number in the ads, just the street name and then ‘Signs out at 6am’ or whatever time – we have had people knocking on the door at 4am and jumping the fence to get in first. We keep everything out of sight until ready to go and put the signs out when we are happy for people to come in.ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve Casucci

    Brilliant! I needed this 2 weeks ago when I did my first one, but you’ve inspired me to do another with the stuff that didnt sell, and this time to join forces with a neighbour. We made $500 on a long weekend from our Garage sale. Some of the money went back to the kids as most of the proceeds were from their old toys, the rest has been our “flutter fund” used on incidentals like school lunch orders, excursions, car park change etc. Even though it took ages to de-clutter and set up for the sale, it was SO worth it.ReplyCancel

  • […] As I’ve mentioned previously when moving I believe the key is to purge your clutter before you move, don’t take it to your new home.  Take the time to sort through your clutter, sell or donate excess clutter or organise a garage sale. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] At the end of the day, some items left may be worth trying to sell through other means like eBay. But for everything else, save the hassle of sorting and packing away what’s left – load it all into the car and take it to your local op shop and give a little back to the community. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Sell your items through online sites like Gumtree or Ebay, local facebook buy and sell groups, garage sale, car boot sales etc.  This is a good way to get some money back on items of value.  Read my garage sale tips here. […]ReplyCancel

Last week I shared my tips on how to sort through your excess clutter.  Sometimes it’s hard to make a decision on whether you should donate, sell or throw away an item. We struggled with this when sorting through my mums items because we knew she valued everything, it was hard to pick something up […]

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  • If there is Tupperware without lids, it is still worth giving to a charity! It is a simple matter to buy a new lid. If it is just random plasticware I definitely agree, throw it in the recycle bin. Also, many charities raise much-needed funds by sorting and selling rags!ReplyCancel

  • tracy Brewis

    Animal shelters are always happy to accept old blankets or towels that aren’t suitable to give to charity.ReplyCancel

  • Jen Catt

    I agree with Vikki’s comment regarding Tupperware. It’s quite easy to purchase replacements parts. I picked up some very cheap Tupperware from several op shops recently. My remark to my mother at the time was “a bloke must have thrown this away as he wouldn’t know the value of it!”ReplyCancel

  • Claire Buchtmann

    My Mum passed away 9 years ago and my Dad hadn’t gone through much of the stuff, so when he passed away last year I got the lot (the downside of being an only child)! It has been stacked up in our garage, playroom, outdoor area for a year now. We had a garage sale last year and I sold quite a bit of stuff – pots, pans, glasses, knick knacks. The biggest thing for me was letting go of his recliner chair. He and Mum had one and they don’t really go with our furniture and they are quite large so really don’t have the space for them either.
    At the garage sale an older lady came up (she was on walking sticks) and asked how much I wanted for it. I told her $50. She said she had been looking for one and really wanted to get one as it would make it so much easier for her to watch TV with her legs up and then to get up later. Only problem was she couldn’t get it to her house. I asked her where she lived and it was just around the corner from my mother-in-law’s place so we offered to deliver it for her as well. She bought it.
    I have to say that I was really torn at letting Dad’s chair go (I still have Mum’s as it didn’t sell that time) but when we delivered it, the lady lived in a unit almost identical to my Dad’s (although he lived in another city all together) and I just knew that the chair would continue to be loved and used frequently. I was really happy when we left. Whenever we drive past there now I think of my Dad and hope she’s enjoying his chair.
    Our street has an annual garage sale in mid-November, so we all know to store things and get ready for then. We make some great sales, and we’ve had it for a few years now so people know when it is and we get great attendance.
    I had a few boxes of glasses and saucepans, etc that were left over from last years sale and I took them yesterday to St Vincent. They didn’t want the suitcases that I also had so I took them to Westcare and they were so grateful. I think I will take more things there where they were so gratefully received. I’ve found with the bigger charities (Salvos and Vinnies) they are more picky with what they will and won’t take.ReplyCancel

  • […] you move, don’t take it to your new home.  Take the time to sort through your clutter, sell or donate excess clutter or organise a garage […]ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    My husband and I recently cleared out my father-in-laws home of 20+ years after he passed away. As he lived in a country town, and we lived in a city, it wasn’t easy for us to organise a garage sale or sell via Gumtree. We hired a 3m skip and easily filled it with gear from his garage as well as gear that could not be donated. We donated clothing, kitchen items, linen, odds and ends to the local op shop. We also donated all working electrical goods to another op shop. We organised for a scrap metal guy to come and take anything that had metal etc (incl old fridges). Unopened food from his pantry was donated to neighbours that had helped him. Of course there were items that we couldn’t let go and we took them home with us. It was a good feeling knowing that his gear was going to charities that would help his community. On our next trip, we’ll organise the furniture!ReplyCancel

    • I can imagine how hard it is for you Danielle, I am sure all the charities would appreciate your help.ReplyCancel

  • I’m really sorry to hear about all your losses on this thread :( It’s really quite an ordeal to have to run through items sometimes, but you really don’t have to throw them away all the time, more like just get things organized? Having some good quality packing boxes or movings boxes may help with that. Then you can take your time later on to sort things out slowly.ReplyCancel

  • Just to add to what I said earlier. Those packing boxes or movings boxes can actually be a good way to start a small memorial to the person who’s departed. I think it’s a great idea to have a little care package so that your kids or someone else can have the chance to get to know this special person that has touched your lives.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That is a really lovely idea AudreyReplyCancel

  • […] Do you have a box of ‘stuff’ you have been meaning to sell? This weekend make an effort to put them on GumTree or Ebay, otherwise donate them as you more than likely won’t ever get the time. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Create a donate basket, when you find something you no longer need, place in basket, when full donat… […]ReplyCancel

When packing to move house you should only take with you items that you use need love Be kind to yourself and don’t carry clutter and items from old house to new house that you haven’t used or even seen in years.  Allow your new home to be a fresh start with less clutter and […]

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  • Kim

    Perfect timing! We are moving in 2 months, I have PLENTY of time to pack, but ALWAYS do things at the last minute, so today you have given me a starting place!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim if you have the time try and start going through a few of the boxes at the tops of the cupboards, in the garage and even sort through your wardrobes. All the items that you haven’t touched in so long could possibly be purged and can save the trip to the new house. You will enjoy this series :)ReplyCancel

  • We have been renting for eight years and are now ready to purchase our first home! Hard rubbish is in a fortnight too so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect :)ReplyCancel

    • That’s great new Carly, congrats on buying your first home. I hope you enjoy all the tips!ReplyCancel

  • What a great post, have just shared it on my facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/ccdomesticservices for all our customers to read :)

    If i wasnt meant to share Kat, please let me know and i will remove it.

    Leigh xxReplyCancel

  • Alanah Hooi

    I move regularly with my husbands work, we have lived overseas twice where our belongings went into storage and we could only bring with us that which fitted in a suitcase to sustain us and our only child at the time. I have become a bit of a nazi with our belongings and believe in the six monthly purge of the household. We recently just moved again and the removalist couldn’t believe that we were a family of four!

    We keep all our sentimental items in a plastic storage box each and I am very selective with the items in there.

    The printable you created is exactly right and what I usually say to myself each and every time I move or go through our belongings.

    Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    Typo? * does it make *you happy when *I* look at it? ReplyCancel

  • Another one who is moving in a couple of months and have been hunting through your website for some tips since we made the choice to move.
    I started in the kitchen and did exactly what you said with every cupboard – event the pantry. I have one cupboard and the drawers to go.
    My son has done is toy box (which we have removed from his room and will be asking a grandparent to redecorate to go into DD’s room at the new house). He has only kept what toys he loves and enjoys playing with. The rest (after getting picked through by his sister!) went to playgroup to share with our friends there.
    The master bedroom is next, which is going to be tricky. My clothes are clutter – so thats one of the big tasks right there.
    One commentI do have though; I have 2 plastic tubs of memories that are from my DD that passed away. I know you say about taking photos, and creating a memory album – but sometimes you need the texture too. I know that I have plenty of “crap” that I hold onto that were gifts etc, but these two boxes, while belonging to a whole lot of sadness also bring joy when I can summon courage to go through them. Sometimes there are things you need to keep.ReplyCancel

  • […] continue on from sorting through your clutter and deciding between selling or donating your items, I’m going to move forward and share […]ReplyCancel

  • […] is to purge your clutter before you move, don’t take it to your new home.  Take the time to sort through your clutter, sell or donate excess clutter or organise a garage […]ReplyCancel

  • rsc5830

    I was just thinking you should probably change the part where it says that the “sorting through clutter” list is free ;)ReplyCancel

Since the life of this blog I have had many many requests asking for moving tips. There is so much more to moving than I can share in one post, so I am sharing the following tips with you over the next month: sorting through your clutter purging the clutter garage sale tips moving tips […]

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  • Start packing as early as possible and box up nearly everything. It is so frustrating to help someone move who doesn’t have everything ready. I hate carrying individual items out to the car or having to pack at the last minute. Obviously some stuff has to be last minute, but get it done ahead of time. And BUY boxes. We had a few moves where we tried to get boxes from grocery or department stores but that’s a pain. During my last two moves, I went to Home Depot and bought boxes. It made it SO much easier.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Make sure you know exactly where the sheets are and make the beds as soon as they are in the new house. Then when you’re exhausted that night and can’t unpack any more, you can just fall straight into bed without having to make it first!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    Labelling boxes by writing on them can be a pain- you feel like you have to label each side so you can tell what’s in them from any angle. Instead, buy some coloured dot stickers from Officeworks and make a colour-coded labelling system- for example, kitchen things are a blue dot, orange is linen cupboard, purple for master bedroom, etc. That way, even from a distance, you will be able to tell where a box needs to go when unpacking the truck and/or instructing removalists where to place them.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Pack an overnight bag for each member of the family as if you were going away for the weekend. Include a change of clothes and basic toiletries so that you have what you need for the first day without having to rummage around in boxes looking for shampoo.ReplyCancel

    • that is a fantastic idea rebecca, even just a few snack foods as well!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I am about to move house this weekend – these tips are great! I love Rebecca’s idea to have an overnight bag packed for each family member, I will definately be doing that!ReplyCancel

  • brunoboltemore

    removalists perthsay a very simple yet true and usable tips.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Thank you for the awesome tips! Aside from getting your valuables organised, I believe that you should work as hard finding the perfect removalists penrith expert. If you choose the wrong provider, well all your effort to preparing your items will be put to waste due to inability of your removal company to get the job done.ReplyCancel

  • Jason

    This is a great article and has come in very handy. I am using Perth Removalists and they have provided some packaging to dispose of some of the clutter mentioned above!ReplyCancel

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  • Sam Gibson

    I’m going to be moving this next weekend. We’re only moving a few blocks away, but I’m worried about damaging our furniture. We don’t want to replace any furniture if we can avoid it. I want to find someone who specializes in moving furniture. http://westlakeremovals.com.au/servicesReplyCancel

  • Thanks for all your good idea – they’re great. I wanted to add that I ordered a skip bin for a week after I had my garage sale, so I had to throw more away and therefore didn’t have to pack everything that didn’t sell.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s a fantastic idea Linda, would of saved you so much effort when moving too!ReplyCancel

  • Some great tips here. I’d also suggest to consider hiring a profressional removalist. I know the costs may sound high at first but the time and hassle you save could be well worth it. We’ve also put together some more moving tips over at http://www.a2bremovalsgroup.com.au, including a free moving checklist.

    Also make sure to check out online reviews from different moving companies.

    Great post, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Moving is the most stressful event in a person’s life; when a person sells house out of financial crisis or any other problem; managing the hassles of moving becomes really tough to handle.ReplyCancel

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

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  • Amanda

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

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

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

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

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

  • KazF

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

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

    • Olivia

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

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

      • Norma

        Mine is in the laundry room too.ReplyCancel

  • Sunshine_Mands

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

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

  • Molly

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Laila

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

  • […] My Craft Room Overhaul – as I mentioned above I have just recently changed my craft room around which I will share with you all the new details soon. […]ReplyCancel

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

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  • Julia

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

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

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

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

  • stacey.hobbins

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

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

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

  • Stephanie Jefferson

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

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

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

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

  • Danielle

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • charmaine

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

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

  • Olga

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

    • Olga

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • sylvia

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

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

  • brisyvonne

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

  • Diane

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

  • Donna Mott

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

  • Denise Van

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Melinda Barrand Young

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

  • Alison

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

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

  • fiona

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Meemaw 3

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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