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NEW SERIES – Organise Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

  This year has just blown by so fast and I have to admit I am not ready for Christmas. Usually I start organising Christmas gifts in July at the mid year sales, but as I have had a lot going on personally, my head just wasn’t in the ‘Organising Christmas’ mood.   Did you […]

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Lego Sorting and Organising Labels

I’m so pleased you all enjoyed the Lego sorting and organising posts that I shared last week.  Lego storage and organising ideas for a boys bedroom and more Lego Storage ideas As I mentioned each child and family like to store their Lego differently.  Either all together in a bucket, sorted by colour or by set. […]

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More Lego Storage Ideas

  There are so many different ways you can organise and store Lego.  Today I will share with you some more ideas to inspire you.  There are so many different storage ideas for Lego… boxes, tool chest or mats.  Have you seen the Brikbag?  Basically it’s a round fabric mat  with a string around the […]

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  • Snotface Stinkbum's Mum

    my friend has an old timber side table (similar height to the IKEA ones, but larger surface area) with a piece cut out in the centre trap-door style – it hides a supported basket/bucket to place all the lego in. another great idea my Dad had for my brother was to create a lego board – one piece of timber about the size of a door, a couple of handles on the edge, glue the lego boards to it, and it used to slide under his bed. we could build cities and leave them set up on the board, stored under the bed – it was awesome!
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    • That sounds really cool, would love to see a photo if she doesn’t mind you sharing it JReplyCancel

    • Sharon

      that is awesome! Have to tell my hubby about that one! Good use of under the bed too!ReplyCancel

      • I designed a bit of an Ikea Hack and got my hubby to make it. I will share the photo with you.
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  • JJ

    I love the tool box idea,
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    • I think a toolbox would look really good in a boys room. Rough and tough JReplyCancel

  • We store each set made/or not in a zip lock bag (I have 12’x12′ for big ones) and then sort in draws according to type, eg hero factory, star wars etc.
    We also have a bag of assorted bits that have gotten seperated from their sets. Then everyone know where to look when a bit is missing.ReplyCancel

  • Nani

    I bought the Brick Bag for our girls in 1987! It’s still in daily use by my family day care kids and my grandson and its in perfect condition.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Thanks for sharing the brikbag. I had something similar when I was a child for our lego and had been looking for my own children’s lego! I think storing it might be a problem though – you would probably have to hang it up which might take up a lot of space! ReplyCancel

  • virginie D.

    My favorite is the bag. I had one when I was younger. My mother did it herself. Few month ago, she did an another one for my kids… I have to admitt it’s easy to clean the room after we hang the bag…ReplyCancel

  • I love the little IKEA table with the lego boards stuck on!
    We just have 2 large sturdy plastic boxes – one for hero factory pieces and the other for ‘just lego’ pieces & for now they live side by side in Mr 6’s wardrobe and he opens the door, sits down and starts playing :) ReplyCancel

    • It’s a great idea isn’t it, perfect height for the little kids to stand and playReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    I use the containers from the napisan and washing pod containers :-)
    they stack nicely together as wellReplyCancel

  • Chantal

    Ikea’s Glis boxes are perfect for storing Legos. The large ones for bricks, the small ones for built sets like cars. Stack perfectly. I put stickers on the front with pictures of what’s in there, so the boys can play independently. Works really well so far.ReplyCancel

  • Chantal

    I never sort by color, but rather by size or type. It’s great to have the visual effect of sorting by color, but try finding a ‘1’ brick in a box full of reds! Much easier to find a red in a box of ‘1s’.ReplyCancel

    • I love that you said 1’s… that’s how we describe the different sizes too! :-DReplyCancel

    • Amber

      My thoughts exactly. I’ve never understood sorting by color. We sort by type. “One bys”, “two bys”, wheels, technic, sloped pieces, plates, etc…ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I went to Masters and bought two closetmaid mini 6 cube units and fabric boxes. Found lego labels online- free printables- printed out and stuck them on with clear contact. They are sorted in colour + wheels, people and special bits. Works a treat. Its now in his room, stacked on top of each other on side of his desk against a wall.Son decided how he wanted them sorted. He can make on the desk and leave the mess right there! He is 9 so things that are created do not get packed away!ReplyCancel

  • Felicity Jorgensen

    My Dad purpose built a Lego storage box when we were kids (4 of us ) it has different sized sections for each sized bit. It has 3 levels and a lid. Each level can be placed out separately for play or stacked up to pack away. I agree with size sorting, much easier to find a colour in sizes than a size in colour. Will post photos after my next visit to the parental units house!ReplyCancel

  • This is an Ikea Trofast storage system. My husband bought some MDF from Bunnings he routed the outside edge to make it smooth and then sprayed it white. He then attached it to the top of the unit with screws. We actually use it as a craft table. Each of the draws has different things like colouring in books, paper, spaghetti tins hold pencils and texta’s, Stickers, etc. The kids love it. As the get taller we can add feet to the bottom.ReplyCancel

  • Coubay

    We have tried it all, sorting by type and size, sorting by colour and so on. My son’s collection is huge and they just inherited their Dad’s collection that his Mum had kept since he was a kid (a giant storage 100L container full), they already had enough to fill 1 and a half of those things.
    They can never find the bits for set A or set D so now we are putting each set together, placing it in a ziplock bag labelled with which set it is and then the different types go in a container together. A container of start wars, a container of city, a container of Atlantis and so on.
    It’s big job, wish we had never sorted by colour or type.
    Oh they are all kept in a white free standing pantry in a corner of the dining room, it also houses their big sister’s Home Schooling stuff on the second shelf (home schooled due to ill health), they have the bottom 2 shelves, the top shelf is for Mummy and Daddy’s stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    My grandmother bought us a brick bag around 1980, which was used a lot. My 3 kids now have it, along with our old lego and they love it! The bag hangs in a corner of the lounge when not in use. The newer sets are stored in icecream containers inside one of those large wheeled storage boxes with a lid, slides into the bottom of the wardrobe when not in use. Lego is a fantastic timeless activity!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    We have nothing to sort it out, it is pretty much all made up and he won’t break it up, I am running out of room to store it, have a Lego table, chest of drawers full of made stuff and the top of the tv cabinet in the kids room is covered…. don’t know what to do, any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • [...]  and in this post are loads more ideas [...]ReplyCancel

  • JJScraps

    I’m always looking for more Lego organizing ideas!! We sort by shape (i.e.; small blocks, single rows, studs, rods, etc.) but, these tables and drawers are perfect!

    you can see our lego organizing system here- http://joannajune.typepad.com/work_in_progress/2013/01/star-wars-legos.htmlReplyCancel

  • Michele Lents Moody

    We currently sort by color, but I’m considering changing. If you sort by shape, how many drawers do you need for that? I’m imagining all the different shapes and it seems like tons. Do you just group all the unique pieces together.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    We sort by type in a card catalog. It works great, and there were already label holders on the drawers!ReplyCancel

  • […] I’m so pleased you all enjoyed the Lego sorting and organising posts that I shared last week.  Lego storage and organising ideas for a boys bedroom and more Lego Storage ideas […]ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    In addition to drawers, we use a clear, plastic over the door hanging shoe rack.
    It works great- can see all the pieces, it’s always available, but doesn’t take up any space :)ReplyCancel

  • That’s some REALLY organized Lego storage items right there! I’m definitely going to have to take home some of these storage ideas for my garage too!ReplyCancel

Lego storage and organising ideas for a boys bedroom

Like all boys my son loves his Lego, he loves to make and build all different creations.  Over the years he has received Lego for his birthday and Christmas so he now has quite the collection.  As soon as he receives a new Lego set he is really eager to build it.  However over time […]

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  • Love this – and so would my Lego mad son!ReplyCancel

  • MrsMcK85

    That is fantastic!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • This is awesome! My 7yr old is sitting next to me and said “we should do that mum!”, guess I should work on something similar now!ReplyCancel

  • I have done something similar, I will take a photo and share it if you like.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    its a great idea but is your son uber organised as well…mine would still manage to mix the pieces over time or do you check it regularly? Im not making fun but just wondering :)ReplyCancel

  • del king

    This is fantastic however in a completely Lego obsessed family (all of us – we received Lego as a wedding present!) we would need about 4 expedits to fit the completed structures in. I am working on a shelving system that will display creations to get them out of the study. We also have all the lego sorted in to colours, they are kept in a drawstring bag that opens out to make a play mat making it easier to clean up.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Brown

    Love this, wish I had seen this idea when my kids were into Lego – at the moment it is in one huge box – may even do this and store in the garage for their kids. ReplyCancel

  • Una

    Oh I love that – I wish we had room in our kiddies bedroom for that, I’d so do it, we organised our pieces into colors once, but then it just got put back into the big tub, very cool indeed!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic! My son already has a big expedit (a recent addition to his room), I think I will have to implement a few of your tips into it, TFS :)ReplyCancel

  • jo

    I have just finished displaying completed lego sets in my older boys’ rooms – looks great and they play with them more. I do have one problem though, they used to share a room and the loose lego was just stored in a tub in their room. Now they have separate rooms and I’m not sure what to do with that tub – divide in half or some sort of share arrangement? Suggestions anyone???? ReplyCancel

  • AWESOME :) so totally perfect for any boys room!!! well done! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Great organisation Katrina . I love my expedit units too. ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow…this is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Nice idea, and
    would suit me to a T, but according to my 3 sons and my husband, more than half
    the fun is searching through a massive pile of Lego looking for THE piece that
    you need! If I tried that here (and i am speaking from the experience of trying
    something similar last year!) there would be a massive revolt! As long as i
    don’t find random pieces of Lego on the floor in the middle of the night with
    my bare feet, we’ve reached a mutually satisfying compromise – I don’t try to
    colour/ size code their Lego, and they pack it all away into several Lego Heads when asked. Otherwise,
    it stays spread out on an old train set table, where it provides hours of
    entertainment for at least a couple of the 5 kids every single day.ReplyCancel

    • I agree it really depends on the personality. My son get’s frustrated really easy when he can’t find a piece is more likely to stop playing.ReplyCancel

  • LinQ

    I would need 12 of these to store my boys Lego.ReplyCancel

  • You da BOMB! I LOVE this. My kids are total Lego freaks and I am always looking for new ideas to store them. Besides now I am so going to have to go to IKEA and buy and expedit….oh the suffering he he xxReplyCancel

  • Carmel

    I have done something similar, and my husband and son who were not at all convinced of the merits of colour sorting have now admitted that colour sorted Lego makes “free building” much easier….ReplyCancel

  • Awesome! My partner and I have a decent-sized collection of legos, and that red Expedit is just so perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Enid Bite'Em

    The complete answer to my 5-year-old’s lego problems!! (He and his dad have been sorting them into colours since he was 3, but alas!, we don’t have IKEA in Tasmania … I’ll have to shop around. Thanks for the idea).ReplyCancel

  • [...] I picked these up at my local Howards Storage World they were on display and used to sort Lego, brilliant idea as they are on wheels they can easily slide underneath the bed and be brought out [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] created an organised space for Mr 9′s Lego.  There are also more Lego storage ideas [...]ReplyCancel

  • MamaLuv

    I luv it! I might have to incorporate some of this into my son’s storage now that he has more Lego’s.ReplyCancel

  • Looks great, but we find it easier to sort Lego into categories (tiny pieces; bricks; flat bricks; windows, doors & roof tiles; figurines & accessories; transport pieces etc etc)ReplyCancel

  • [...] on facebook I shared our Lego Storage for my sons room and then asked to see some of your Lego storage creations.  I can’t thank you all enough [...]ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Allan

    Such an *awesome* idea. (I personally love the color co-ordination. No such thing as too organised :P)
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  • Katherine Jooyeon Oh

    Where did you get the plastic storage organizer?
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  • Katrina Wilson

    Where did you purchase the red unit
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  • […] 11 loves his lego and has many all set up displayed in his bedroom, but there are some that he has pulled apart, they are stored in large ziplock bags in this Kis […]ReplyCancel

Budget friendly ideas for decorating a boys bedroom

Yesterday I shared with you how I painted the striped wall in Mr 9’s bedroom, today I will show you the finishing touches and how I decorated his bedroom at little expense. I like my kids bedrooms to be a place they love, feel safe and enjoy spending time in. When they were younger I […]

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  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    I love using old calendars for images too. Sometimes I will just print out pictures as well. ReplyCancel

  • love the red bookcase!
    t-shirts are also great to use as wall art. esp if they have outgrown the size but the print is still loved.
    I use souvenir t-shirts or fabrics from overseas as art in my home – also stretched and stapled over a canvas.ReplyCancel

    • Georgi

      Genius! Thank u! Now I know what to do with old keepsake tees besides storing them in mothballs!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Utterly Organised

    The removable wall art stickers are amazing and don’t ruin the walls when you out-grow or get sick of the design. I love the striped walls.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    WoW! My 7 yo would adore that room. You have inspired me …ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    Thank you thank you thank you…. I have two panels to hang up and have not been too keen on sewing them… stapling them onto a canvas is so easy… Thank you Thank you Thank you for saving me hours of heartache!!! ReplyCancel

  • louhickey

    That looks fantastic! Well done! I was wondering what the green object under his bed is. My son keeps pushing things under his bed, accidentally or not, and there’s always a massive pile under there! I was wondering if you had any ideas (apart from buying a new bed with in-built storage drawers) to stop things from slipping under there…..ReplyCancel

    • s. davey

      to me it looks like a spare mattress or easy-fall mat (like they have in kinder gyms etc.) for if a friend is staying over.ReplyCancel

Painting and decorating a boys bed room

This post is very overdue, but I am finally able to share it with you.  However please excuse the absence of before photo’s I just was not thinking at the time I redecorated this room. My little man (now 9) is growing up and outgrowing his baby blue wall feature in his bedroom along with […]

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Kids Money Saving Pack

During the school holidays we realised my youngest needed a new bike, her big sister has nearly outgrown her bike so we handed Miss 9’s bike down to Miss 7.  This meant Miss 9 had to buy herself a new bike (Miss 7 is helping contribute some money).  Unfortunately she didn’t have enough money in […]

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  • Love this idea, Kat! It can be difficult sometimes to teach kids the value of money and I think that when they save the money themselves, their purchase is much more special :)ReplyCancel

  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    This couldn’t have come at a better time for us Kat! I am in the process of trying to teach the kids (ahem, and the hubby) how to save for those items that they long for. At the moment, Jai is saving his pocket money up to buy his own iPad. He’s fed up with the others deleting his games. I said I’d match him dollar for dollar but I have no idea what he is up to.
    Thanks so much for this, and a big thanks from The Monster Squad for helping them with a life-long skill. xoxReplyCancel

  • That’s a fantastic idea Kat…especially leading up to Christmas. The kids are so oblivious to what things cost sometimes. Such an important skill to learn. ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    A great idea Katrina. It is great for math skills too.ReplyCancel

  • This is a wonderful idea especially in the lead up to Christmas! Teaching our kids good money habits is a MUST!! Thank you Katrina! ReplyCancel

  • Hfrankie

    I am just starting to think about introducing pocket money for my oldest, but not sure if she’s too young. What does everyone think is a good age to introduce pocket money?ReplyCancel

  • Katrina, Thank you. Going to purchase this now. Miss 4.5 has been asking Santa for an iPad for Christmas. There is no way Santa can afford this so Hubby and I have decided she can get an iPad Mini however she has to contribute to it and we will match her $ for $ for every $ she earns doing chores for pocket money! This will make it so much more tangible for her. THANK YOUReplyCancel

    • That is such a great idea, I have heard so many other parents doing the same, matching $ for $ for chores, helps the kids to learn about earning and responsibility!ReplyCancel

Organised kids wardrobes

This post is sponsored by Masters During the 20 Days to Organise & Clean your home challenge, I shared with you some before photo’s of my daughters wardrobe.  The organising hanger we were using was falling apart and couldn’t be easily fixed.  We had used this hanger for a good few years, it was time […]

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  • Wow!!!! To all of it! Boo to me not being the winner lol ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hi, that all looks so neat and tidy. I was just wondering what you used, and how did you hang the mirror?ReplyCancel

  • Utterly Organised

    I love the use of the cubes in the kids rooms, I must do this one as I just have a book shelf type thingy at the moment and a lot of wasted space at the bottom. LOVE this Kat xReplyCancel

  • Aileen

    Thanks so much Katrina. Looking forward to getting to Masters and shop, shop, shopping! I love that photo frame you’ve recommended, we will get a couple of those as it’s easy to keep it updated with all the photos frames being the regular 4×6 sizeReplyCancel

  • Angela

    I have just done the same thing in my two kids bedroom wardrobes last week, the cubes are amazing for clothes storage, and we have removed the dresser drawers from their rooms so they have alot more space to play in there now. I found the cube storage towers for 2 tier was $20 for 2 sets and 3 tier was $24 for 2 sets, bargain :-)ReplyCancel

  • Looks great I’ve been waiting to see how you used them as I was planning on getting them for my kids wardrobes as well. My girls already have beautiful chest of drawers in their room but I think I will skip getting one for my son using this system he wont need one which helps because he has the smallest room.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    We don’t have a Masters store in our area. Is there somewhere else that would sell the storage cubes?ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    What a great idea – putting the storage cubes inside the wardrobe is such a space saver. Will definitely be implementing this one! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • I love what you have done to the kids closets! We have The Warehouse here which is kinda the same….the shelves and the fabric boxes are the same anyway and Im excited to see that I can do the same thing for peanuts here in NZ! Now just to get rid of the clutter in the closets and Im all set.ReplyCancel

  • Mel Hince

    You inspired me to clean up my wardrobe in my craft room – thanks so much. It really needed doing.
    I blogged my new craft room here: http://paperandribbonsblog.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/craft-room-reveal-part-2.htmlReplyCancel

  • Lori

    Hi I was just wondering which coat hangers do you use for both wardrobes? I struggles with the right sizes and types for my children and think these ones look great :)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    Brilliant idea for the shelving inside the wardrobe! I am going to do that for DD6 this year!ReplyCancel

  • […] year I reorganised the kids wardrobes, they are all functioning fine, except for Miss 10′s.  There were a few reasons her wardrobe […]ReplyCancel

  • […] clutter, a lot was boxes from christmas gifts and school books.  Putting most of the toys away in her wardrobe and chest of drawers, we then realised we could do away with the little bookcase.  It looks so […]ReplyCancel

20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge – Pre Challenge Task 2

  It’s not too late to start!!  Subscribe to the challenge here.  Share your photos on instagram or twitter using #TOH20daychallenge.  Follow along with the discussion on facebook. << View the previous task Today’s pre-challenge task is to create a cleaning kit and ensure you have all items needed on hand.  I have included 3 printables […]

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  • Krissy

    I am getting very excited. The printable sheets look awesome. Thanks so much, i look forward to doing this challenge :) ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Krissy! I think I’m just as excited as you, I’m loving putting this together.ReplyCancel

  • simone

    what an amazing job you are doing, can’t wait for next week, seriously, isn’t that funny! thx so much have a great week*_*ReplyCancel

  • K@DragonflyMumma

    very exciting!!! can’t wait to print it all off and get started I already have the little caddy that sits in the bucket and half the cleaning stuff :)ReplyCancel

    • You’re a step ahead!ReplyCancel

      • Katie Woodleigh

        Hi Kat, I’m not sure if you have answered or found the problem as to why many of us are unable to download or print todays task sheets. I am also unable to, has anyone actually been able to print them?ReplyCancel

  • Jami

    I’m in the US. Love your site, and this challenge! But…what is sugar soap? ;)ReplyCancel

  • So looking forward to getting started! It will be awesome to have a complete reference folder to keep (and so pretty too!) Looking forward to decluttering some of my cupboards. How nice it will be to have an organised house! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • i must commend you for the use of cheaper and less toxic products in the house – and even making them up yourself!
    that’s something our mums would have done (or ok, your nans maybe..) =)
    this prep task comes on the right day, have shopping to do and will try set myself up with some things i don’t have. cool.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    Hi Jami, I just went to look for the ingredients, but I can’t find them! Sugar soap is a high strength cleaner made by Selleys. http://selleys.com.au/home-cleaning/household/sugar-soap Not sure what’s in it, sorry. You dilute it in water and use it to clean … stuff! Like walls etc. ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Ruth J Hi Jami, I use sugar soap and the sock to clean my walls, diluted as Ruth explains.ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    Bicarb and Baking Soda are the same thing.ReplyCancel

  • Angie

    I don’t think bi carb and baking soda are exactly the same, because some recipes I use ask for baking powder but say you can use bi carb as a substitute? I have all of these things already, just need a handy bucket:) ReplyCancel

    • I have just researched it and it appears that bicarb and baking soda are the same thing (little did I know). Bicarb and baking powder are different. There you go, I usually purchase the bicarb for cleaning in the food isle, but I picked up a packet of baking soda on special recently in the cleaning isle and it’s been working well.

      I have also seen these buckets at BigW.ReplyCancel

  • This will be a great excuse to clean out all the products under my sink! I’ll be gathering our household cleaning products this afternoon.ReplyCancel

  • I can’t believe how excited Iwas to get my challenge email this morning!!! I have trouble getting motivated for housework at the best of times but I’m excited for a challenge to de clutter my house……and omg what a challenge it’s going to be!!!! ReplyCancel

    • It’s going to be an awesome challenge, I’m excited too Karen, pleased to have you along for the ride JReplyCancel

  • Wilma

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_bicarbonate. Baking SODA and Bicarb is exactly the same thing. Baking POWDER is a different thing…ReplyCancel

  • Deanne

    I have to say, Im a bit nervous about this challage even though I have signed up for it. We won’t be spending the “whole” day cleaning, will we? There will be time for a social life too, right? like lunch with friends, canteen duty and helping out with maths groups at school. (a break for a cuppa hehe)ReplyCancel

    • The beauty about this challenge is it’s up to you how many tasks you complete and you can work around your schedule.ReplyCancel

      • Deanne

        oh good :)ReplyCancel

        • Lynley King

          I was thinking the same thing too, lol!!! Phew, glad there will be time for coffee ;-)ReplyCancel

  • I use bicarb and vinegar for everything so i’m glad I wont need to give that habit up. Also a massive fan of sugar soap, we have terrible water where i live and often it’s the only thing that will get the shower clean :)ReplyCancel

  • Already one day behind, eeeek!ReplyCancel

  • what would you recommend to have in a cleaning kit? I have so many different cleaners that its ridiculous!ReplyCancel

  • Those wipes look pricey. I wonder if cheap baby wipes with some vinegar or cheap disinfectant added would be the same?
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  • I was so excited to open my emails this morning!! Im so ready for this challenge :)
    I already have a cleaning caddy (Which I never use! Hahahaha!!)
    I have used those shower scrub wipey thingys before but I cant handle the smell ~ we cant use any nasty chemicals in the house due to allergies & sensitivities, and while those wipey things work well, there must be some sort of chemical in them… Ive found those magic sponges (probably not the real name) to work on anything though :)ReplyCancel

  • Meegan Reeve

    can any one else open the last 2 check lists? it keeps saying i cant access them :( am I banned already?? lolReplyCancel

  • Karen Flack

    Be very careful with oil of cloves as it can cause discolouration after a few days :)ReplyCancel

  • Tam

    I must admit i don’t buy wipes but use diluted metho in a spray bottle with a microfibre cloth works brilliantly on windows, staino fridge, mirrors etc. Cheap and less waste. Oil of cloves definitely works, also lavender oil in a spray bottle works as a natural cleaner too. Another must in my cleaning cupboard is Shannon Lush’s books to treat all those tricky stains.

    Thanks Katrina,this is going to be a great motivation to achieve the spring clean that i’m looking to do.ReplyCancel

  • Bern

    Love the Viva wipes! We had a sample pack of all their wipe products they are awesome. Our favourite is the stainless wipes, one wipe does the rangehood, cook tops and the ourside of the over.ReplyCancel

  • Bern

    Love the Viva wipes. If you havn’t tried the stainless steel wipes – they are awesome! One wipe cleaned our range hood, cook top and outside of our over.ReplyCancel

  • i was listening to 882 (talkback radio over in wa) yesterday and they had a lady answering all thos Q’s about what to use to clean tricky spots and Pantyhos((sp?) i just call them stockings) seem to be quite handy. do you use these Katrina? does anyone? was thinking of getting some cheap one to try.ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Aynsley

      I use stocking for my cleaning all the time. Thankfully I have a couple of daughters who do ballet so have holey ones in plentiful supply. I have a spray bottle with water and a couple of drops of lavnder oil and you would not believe the muck it can clean in conjuction with those stockings! Grease around the fume hood, stainless steel, kitchen benches…amazing :)ReplyCancel

    • Cakebaker

      I listen to Shannan Lush on 6pr too…so many great tips. I’m still trying to get my mind around her no ironing tip with a spray bottle with lavender oil…..I am looking forward to this challenge too…I love the idea and hope being involved gives me the momentum to keep going for the 20 days…thanks for putting this together Katrina.ReplyCancel

      • I’m not sure if I could do that, hubbys business shirts really need to be crisp.ReplyCancel

        • Cakebaker

          I agree….shirts need to be ironed IMHO…I’ll have to listen more closely next time she’s on the radio.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    This is strange, but I’m looking forward to cleaning my house. I’m a busy, messy, disorganised mother and I always feel stressed and overwhelmed looking around my house. I always read your blogs wishing I could be a little bit like you. I hope this challenge will be the start of a smooth transition into my (hopefully) cleaner, more organised life.ReplyCancel

  • Bronwen

    Is anyone having any trouble downloading the above printables? I have the first one – the kit ingredients, but the second two are both saying ‘ unable to open document?ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I just printed out the three lists and instead of the pretty dots under the headings I have big overlapping question marks in boxes.ReplyCancel

  • shan

    I’m in.

    Kinda bad timing – I go back to work next week after 14 months on maternity/parental leave, so hopefully I can keep up.

    But, for the first time in my life I am a little excited about my bucket of cleaning products… looking forward to having my house looking nice and clean :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Have you used magic eraser, it’s amazing, less messier version of gumptionReplyCancel

  • I cant seem to download and print any of the lists, this still includes the cover page. can anyone help???? it keeps shutting my internet down when i click on it :(ReplyCancel

    • Barbara

      me tooReplyCancel

    • Hi amanda, I have hopefully fixed it, you should be able to download now, please email me if you have any troubles.ReplyCancel

  • Yay, day 2! I picked up a great cleaning caddy from the hardware store and everything fits in that. p.s. love my vileda mop too ;)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara

    I can’t download the list’s i need. When i hit download nothing happens. Why is this?ReplyCancel

  • I cant download these lists either, I get a runtime error and it shuts down :(ReplyCancel

  • Frazzeled Mum to 4

    Anyone else use enjo products?ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    I already have my own cleaning kit. It’s a bit different from yours. I’m looking forward to this challenge. My house is somewhat neat already but I’m looking for ideas.ReplyCancel

  • lisa_dalby

    I am going to attempt to commit to this challenge even though I am sick with the flu. I hope this challenge will help me and my partner create new habits with cleaning and organising routines. I will work out what I need for my cleaning kit as it will vary from your suggested one as I have sensitive skin and allergy trigered asthma so have to be careful what I use.ReplyCancel

  • I am in love with the earths choice range of products and the shower cleaner is amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Sinclair

    Where do I find an odd sock? (hahahaha – thats a joke! :-)
    Like the others, I am actually looking forward to getting started! Great job you are doing to organise this – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Peta Hill

    Hi there Katrina! I was procrastinating on FB last night as I too am a WAHM and found your challenge. I have registered, got the folder, dividers and pre-challenge stuff printed and off to get the kids and do the shopping!!! I am actually really excited, because I can see me actually achieving ‘THE CLEAN’ that I need to do!! Many thanks. PetaReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Have combination of Enjo & non-antibacterial products here. We have a septic tank and I have to be careful about what I buy. I already have a cleaning kit made up – just need to add the odd sock to it. Not bad considering.ReplyCancel

  • hello katrina, i too use a stickvac (dyson), and am fastidious with floors, have another dyson, plus a samsung robot vac, plus a carpet heat shampooer… so I also have a number of the items you have displayed on your “cleaning kit” I am so far up to date with the pre challenge tasks; and ready to rumble; but am anxious about getting it all done in time !!! Alicia CarrollReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat … I going to do your 20 day challenge because im one step away from going insane with this mess .. just cant get it under control… Help. I have a 2 and a 3 year old which can keep anything clean…. i blink and the book i put on the shelf are all over the floor… i hope a can stick to it thanks for your help
    KarenReplyCancel

    • Amanda B

      oh me to Karen, I have same age kids 13 months apart boys.. drives me mentalReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    I have used Enjo for years! Their marble paste is great when you get behind and the grime builds up, ESP in the oven, shower, etc, and the fibres aren’t cutting through it all. Bought Earth Choice wipes for quick cleanups of garbage bins, toilet, highchair, spills, etc. I also tend to use my Nature Babycare baby wipes on things other than my baby’s bottom ;DReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina
    I’m loving this challenge you have created and I love the concept behind it. Thank you!
    Was just wondering if you’ve ever looked at the Enjo cleaning range (I have been using it happily for about 2 years) and what you think of it, if anything? There are no chemicals involved (they do stock Method products for toilets, washing detergents and a few other things specific for things like polishing, calcium disolver and a marble paste polish) and the results are fabulous and quick to achieve. I still think that their kitchen products make my stainless steel shine like nothing else and the window/glass squeegee and floor mop are second to none in my opinion for results.
    Of anyone else out there your opinion is the one I’d most like to have regarding Enjo!
    Thanks again – looking forward to getting the house looking great with your challenge! ReplyCancel

    • Joh

      i’ve used enjo for years! best products are window cleaner, mop and marble paste especially on stainless steel.ReplyCancel

  • Lainey

    I am looking forward to this challenge to get me up to scratch. I do have a question about when you use the bicarbonate and vinegar on you shower, what tips do you have for the vertical walls? I can’t get it to stay on the walls and not just landing straight on the floor. ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat I just wanted to ask about your cleaning solution. I’ve read that Borax is a poison so I’m a bit hesistant about using it. Have you found out any different? CheersReplyCancel

  • Karen Joy

    Can I suggest tea tree oil diluted in a spray bottle – I use it to wipe skirting boards and window trims after dusting and vacuuming- helps keep the mosquitoes, flies, spiders and creepy crawlies away – have used it for many years with great successReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I was just wondering what the ratios of product to water were the best for the vinegar spray and the sugar soap spray please, thank you for doing this challenge, it’s great inspiration for the domestically challenged (me) :)ReplyCancel

  • Briony Young

    I like that u use a lot of natural and earth friendly products, the orange power products are also environmentally friendly, contain no palm oil and helps support the orangutans.ReplyCancel

  • i have a completly white bathroom, and due to my daughter eczema we use alot of oils in the bath so get a residue, the only thing that seems to get it off is the white king power foam, its actually a toilet cleaner but works so well on my shower/bath comboReplyCancel

  • Annemarie

    Do you need to come and show us how to do all this cleaning?…… I’m offering my house for your visit?!! Go on…. The before and after pics will be amazing ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Loulou

    That’s an awful lot of wipes! Straight into landfill. I’ll use a cloth and the appropriate spray cleaner.

    Looking forward to this! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • What is Gumption or are there alternatives? We live in Bermuda, and though we get mostly American products, I’ve actually never heard of it…ReplyCancel

    • Gumption is just a paste cleaner. It is very good but maybe you can see if there is an alternative paste cleaner where you are. Sugar soa p is a heavy duty spray cleaner that removes all residue off walls (it is usually used to prep walls for painting)ReplyCancel

      • How is it made? Or is it something that is bought? Seriously NEVER heard of it! And we get just about everything – Method, Clorox, etc….ReplyCancel

    • Joh

      enjo marble paste works the same but it’s finer.ReplyCancel

    • hungrymum

      It’s made by Clorox, and readily available in most supermarkets in Australia .. It comes in a tub and works kind of like Jif, but it’s more of a cream/paste than a liquidReplyCancel

  • Oh, and what is Sugar Soap?
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  • i am one day late also, what is gumption? never heard of it need help.ReplyCancel

  • Nanna

    Dots still not printing, not that it really matters. I am a grandmother of 7, soon to be 9, and I have always hated housework (better things to do). My house is not really dirty but not as clean as I would like but I’m a bit of a hoarder and the house is cluttered. Looking forward to this challenge – hope you can help me at this late stage!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Nanna!! I have just learnt that the cookies are playing up, I have again updated the links and they should work now. Are you expecting twins in your family to go from 7 to 9, how wonderful! I hope you enjoy the challenge and are able to declutter your home a little JReplyCancel

  • Very excited about the 20 day challenge but I have not been able to download any of the printables as yet :(ReplyCancel

  • Annie

    Its interesting reading everyone’s cleaning tips. I’m not so sure about the necessity of chemicals (even vinegar) in this microfibre age. Disposable dusting cloths (or my glove if its not too bad), plenty of microfibre gloves and cloths, water spray bottle, gumption (for heavy duty cleaning) and Mr Sheen for glass and the like for me. Excited to be doing this and part of a community of organised housewives. Congratulations Katrina for inspiring us.ReplyCancel

  • Lea

    My local Coles had the Vileda mop an bucket on special today. $6.50 saving on the mop and $4.50 on the bucket. Bonus.ReplyCancel

  • wombat-wally

    Ditch the chemicals and buy Norwex. It’s worth every cent and makes cleaning SO easy and So So much quicker! No need for sprays, mixing things etc.. Just simply cleans with water! I have never looked back! ReplyCancel

  • Juana

    I’m really looking forward to the cleaning challenge – I need a LOT of guidance on this front, in particular with ‘tidying, having a place for everything etc..’. If you haven’t heard of ‘Nature Direct’ check it out… 100% natural cleaning products, odour control and disinfectants… nothing toxic at all, just plant extracts – new Australian company which is growing very fast because everyone LOVES the products. I’ve joined the company because I love using the products SO much and was telling everyone about them anyway!! http://www.naturedirect.com.au :-)ReplyCancel

  • hungrymum

    I read a comment yesterday (which I now can’t find) requesting a black & white version to the printables.. I’d like to add my voice to that request too, please! I’ve tried changing the settings on my printer (via the print options, and also manually on the machine) but it still prints in colour. Hoping you can help rescue my cluttered house with this challenge :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Hi Katrina,

    I have recently stumbled upon the 20-day challenge and the timing could not have been better. I’m keeping up with parts of the house with surface cleaning, but the other parts are in chaos (and consequently not really cleaned). I need to regain ALL of our home and make it a calm, clutter-free, and clean space.

    The one problem I’m having as I prepare for this process is that I live in the US and many of the cleaning products you recommend are just not available here. I was just curious if anyone from your blog community has mentioned any US alternatives?

    Many thanks in advance for all your advice. I am going to DO this!
    MelissaReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Bought a sugar shaker with my groceries the other day, still need to make up your cleanser. Had to go and find the borax in one of a dozen cardboard boxes full of sewing stuff! At least I knew it was there :) Had bought it many years ago (12-15?) for when I did some marbling with paints. Any ideas if it has a limited shelf life?ReplyCancel

  • So I already had the housekeepers box. I am looking forward to trying the homemade general purpose spray, but will use up my other products first. My bucket looks a little empty because I tend to keep the bathroom cleaning products in the bathroom cupboard.
    1 x glass cleaning wipes
    1 x chux cloth
    1 x Surface spray
    (one set for each bathroom)
    That way when I see something that needs a wipe I can just do it, otherwise I may loose the inspiration (or get distracted) if I have to go and get the cleaning kit.
    Likewise for the toilets.
    1 x Flushable wipes
    1 x bowl cleaner
    in each toilet. Admittedly my kids are past the point of having to put cleaning products out of reach :) But this works for me.ReplyCancel

  • savvy fi

    I used to use Easy OFF BAMM for bathrooms before I discovered HARPIC WHITE AND SHIRE Bleach Gel. OMG one product for the whole bathroom not just the toilet! its brilliant as a toilet cleaner, no more toilet brushes needed. My hubby leaves toilet in a disgusting state on a daily basis and I just pour or squeeze this onto every poo splatter (sorry peeps but what else to call it I dont know lol) and it disolves it away. anything splattered onto the bottom of the toilet lid I wipe with a dolop of this product and use loo paper to wipe it away. Sparkling white bowl!
    Any stains on bath tub or shower I wipe some on it and leave it a minute and it just disappears then I squirt some on a sponge and with gloved hand wipe everything over. Now i am sensitive to bleach and before this product i wouldnt have it in the house but this is quite mild and the Eucalyptus one leaves bathroom smelling so fresh.
    So there you have it, I save money by only using the one product and time in fiddling around. Less clutter in the cupboard as well. ReplyCancel

  • Deborah K

    I just wanted to say thank you for the motivation! I have gotten my cleaning kit together. Thanks! Diluted tea tree oil is a favorite all purpose cleaner that I use. ReplyCancel

  • Deborah K

    My father passed away this year and some other stressful events but life kept happening around me anyway. Life can be messy! It is time to get clean and organized. This is perfect timing for me and my family. I am running behind the rest of you being at #89. I hope to keep up!ReplyCancel

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{ROUND UP} Pantry Organisation

It’s been a fun fortnight sharing with you some ideas on how I organise my pantry.  There is so much more to share, however I have to wrap it up here as the following weeks will be the starting the ’20 days to Organise and Clean your home’ Challenge. Here is a round up of […]

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  • We had just had a new pantry finished as this topic started so it has been perfect timing. The tupperware cupboard got a clean out too so I could find all my modular mates and other containers. Have used many of the ideas, and Howards Storage World got a few visits too, to stock up on new racking. Have purged my cookbook collection and added these to my pantry door using some old magazine racking, which means I haven’t been able to do the noticeboard idea. (bummer) Looking forward to the next 20 days of ideas.ReplyCancel

  • The container you use for coffee and sugar I use for grates carrot and chopped lettuce for school lunches, prep it all on Monday and we’re good for the week (only 1 at school so far). Makes healthy lunches quick and easy, even on days that I’m at work and have to be out the door by 730.ReplyCancel

  • OMG, your pantry is exactly the same layout as mine but noooo way does mine look like yours. It is a mess, I am so disorganised and i look at my house and just have no idea how to clean it up! Where do I start??ReplyCancel

    • The lazy susan in the corner of the pantry is a great help for all the jars, so then it’s not a jungle of food. I usually like to start in the kitchen, your pantry, fridge then cupboards, move onto your laundry and get back control. Have you seen my 20 Day’s to Organise and Clean your home challenge, it may help you with the process :)ReplyCancel

  • Jess Dixon

    A Tupperware demonstrator (such as me) can help you organise your pantry and advise you as to which modulars for best in your pantry. I became a demonstrator to do my pantry but now I’m addicted. If I’m stressed I open my pantry. The only sane part of my house sometimes ReplyCancel

  • [...] me, you will find it there! Beware though, it’s truly addictive! Or you might like to check out The Organised Housewife. Katrina really knows her pantry organisation! (She also has some good tips for working with [...]ReplyCancel

  • […] week I organised my pantry and it looks amazing.  Cue inspiration here.  The Organised Housewife blog is […]ReplyCancel

  • […] See here of a roundup of all my pantry organising posts […]ReplyCancel

  • Sally McInerney

    My pantry cupboard is just that a cupboard, so the shelving doesn’t have much room so I have baskets on each shelf to hold different things, such as spreads, or sauces. containers are a mixture of tupperware and supermarket types that hold flour,rice,pasta etc on the top shelf,ReplyCancel

  • Sophie

    Where do you get / how do you do all your labels please? Love them :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Do you have any suggestions for pantry’s that are deep? I have a new kitchen and my old pantry was very wide and shallow so I could see and reach everything easily. Now I have 2 deep pantries that are wonderful but I struggle to see what is at the back and am still working out what to put where so that our everyday items are at the front and other items at the back – but it’s easy to forget what I have as I can’t see half of it. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate them. I do have some of the shelves from ikea that allow you to put things up abit higher but it still doesn’t quite solve my problem. Thanks :-)ReplyCancel

    • Rachel

      How about a lazy Susan for your jars?ReplyCancel

{GIVEAWAY} Tupperware Modular Mates Home Start set

I am so excited to be giving away a Tupperware Modular Mates Homes Start Set to one lucky reader.  This kit will help you to start organising your pantry, or if you already have modular mates it will extend your collection!   As I showed you yesterday ‘A guide to sizes of Tupperware Modular Mate containers […]

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  • Thanks for the comp!! I’ve been following your blog and getting emails for a while now. Sometimes I even manage to do a few daily tasks! LOL
    My kids have recently needed a change in diet to gluten free so we are in desperate need of organisation!
    Good luck to those who enter and thanks again for the comp! ReplyCancel

  • Sensen

    This would be sooo amazing to win this. My husband and I have just moved into our home and I am trying to organise my pantry (this is the first time I have had to do this in my life) trying to find the right containers for everything is interesting lol
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  • Justine Clarke

    Probably the best comp prize I have entered for a long time! My husband despairs of me “do we really need more plastic containers??” and I launch into long explanation of why Tupperware is not just another “plastic container”ReplyCancel

    • I was trying to find out what the numbers mean and am no closer to any knowledge : ) I loved your comment. Sounds like my house.ReplyCancel

  • Love Tupperware and love my Modular Mates! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    I would love to win these to help my mother start cleaning up the clutter that fills her home. Sorry, I don’t have facebook so I’m hoping this blog comment will count as an entry. :)ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Fitton

    Love your page. I am not sure if the pinit thing worked for me though. Am new at doing that sort of thing. Good luck everyone.
    Would be fantastic to have some new Tupperware. ReplyCancel

  • I am 35 years old with 2 kids and one cooking and have never owned a piece of tupperware!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome giveawayReplyCancel

  • Roslyn Roser

    Would love to win. Moving to a new house with limited cupboard space, so really need to be organised! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracye McMahon

    Great giveaway just in time for my spring cleaning starting with my kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth A

    Hope I’ve done all those bits correctly… fantastic giveaway, thanks for the opportunity! ReplyCancel

  • Utterly Organised

    Wow, what an amazing giveaway. As you know I am a HUGE fan and this would expand my existing collection :-)
    Allison @ Utterly OrganisedReplyCancel

  • Carly

    Would live to win these. My pantry is a mess and this would be the motivation i need!ReplyCancel

  • Jess M

    I’m excited about this great giveaway as I’ve been working on my pantry over the past week after your inspiring photos. I’d love to win!ReplyCancel

  • Katelyn

    Would love to win this comp…. Another thing to say about Tupperware, if you have a housefire and they can take extreme heat, I had a housefire in wagga 3 years ago(a month after convincing my partner that is was worth buying Tupperware), after buying a cupboard full of the modular mates, about half survived, some had soot damage but the inside didn’t smell smoky and wasn’t mis shapen, the other half the fire was too close too and it was destroyed.
    I have no modular mates these days because in the split with my ex I got my 2 kids, their toys, clothes and beds and my personal belongings. Since the split I have bought a few bits and pieces where I can, plus some I had as presents since. Unfortunately, buying furniture is what I have to do before I think about tupperware seriously.ReplyCancel

  • I love tupperware too. Unfortunately we’ve had to replace the sandwich keepers as sometimes they disappear at school never to return (wonder if their is a rebirthing racket going on there??!!)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    I didn’t realise that Tupperware had gone BPA free….. good to know!ReplyCancel

  • Sura

    What a fab giveaway – thanks so much.I finally have a pantry and would love some tupperware!ReplyCancel

  • Petrina

    More tupperware would always be a good thing!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I’ve just started my collection, actually received my stuff today and have already started doing my cupboard, but need lots more!!! Would love to win…ReplyCancel

  • I need more modular mates. my cupboard scares me :-sReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic giveaway. Shame I already have a cupboard full!! Love my Modular MatesReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I am a Tupperware demonstrator and love your blog about our fantastic products.
    If anyone requires any further information, would like me to do a pantry fit-out/review or want to host your own party feel free to contact me on 0414667596, you could get this set for free just by having a demonstration and inviting a couple of your friends.ReplyCancel

  • Oh I’d love these!! My cupboard is a mess. lolReplyCancel

  • I would love to win these as I have half dressed out my pantry and it looks fabulous. It is the first place I like to show everyone when they come to see me. Cupboards are always plasant to look in.ReplyCancel

  • ooohh just what I need for my new pantry in my new home ! (well its not brand new but its new to me)ReplyCancel

  • michelle koevoets

    BEST GIVEAWAY EVER ~ Ah i love tupperware..! Gave up work this year to become a full time student (while being a single mum of 2) so tupperware has been backbenched..fingers crossed :)xReplyCancel

  • Rach

    Awesome blogs & awesome prize :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Pehi

    I would sooooo love to win these after having 8 kids I am in real need of replacement thankyouReplyCancel

  • Mardi Durie

    Love the competition! (and the inspiration you give!).
    Tupperware would be fantastic!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • OMG!!! I am a tupperware hoarder Sshhhh sure am i need to re do my entire pantry but this to win is an awesome start hell yes.ReplyCancel

  • 5122 entries!? are you kidding me! props..ReplyCancel

  • Theresa

    I love this set, the mini rectangles are my favesReplyCancel

  • Nicky

    Would love to be able to win this, i never win anything it seems!!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Hi , great ideas re re organizing your pantry !
    I’m a Tupperware distributed in Sydney and in the month of September if you have a party you can get some great freebies as well as getting a huge set of Tupperware valued at almost $300 for less than a fifth of the price ! Amazing value … All you have to do is invite over a few friends , have a demo and voila !
    Please contact me if you would like a Sydney party anytime but particularly of you like the September special
    Email me on [email protected] for a chat … Or text on 0433119106 for any more infoReplyCancel

  • lisa c

    Love my modular mates but still don’t have enough for everything to be organised!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    Awesome giveawayReplyCancel

  • claire evans

    great giveawaysReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    I have been using Modular Mates for years – love how they stack in the pantry ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Shannen

    With our first baby recently joining our family I am finding the need to be organised more important than ever. Would love some modular mates to add to my pantry. ReplyCancel

  • Gee

    I need some more organisation that’s for sure. More tupperware will help :-)ReplyCancel

  • Npamz

    Thanks Katrina (The Organised Housewife) and Tupperware this is an awesome giveaway and really appreciate you helping to sort our homes one day at a time….Best wishes for a fantastic day today!!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    OMG! I need this so badly. HELP!!!ReplyCancel

  • happyhoois

    This is the dream prize for the “work in progress” kitchen to get organised…. ReplyCancel

  • Katrina – I’d love the details to contact your Tupperware demonstrator – I moved to the Gold Coast about 10 months ago and haven’t found a new demonstrator yet. ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I’m A bit confused on how to enter – so am just going to leave a comment – saying that I love tupperware and really need more in my cupboard as everything is falling on my head when I open the doors! thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • I would <3 <3 <3 to win this! (I never win anything!)ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie fisher

    I am just starting my new pantry so this prize would be awesome !ReplyCancel

  • Jana A.

    My dream home includes an organized pantry with matching tupperware for all of my food! :)ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    We definitely need this! thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh I would love help to organize my non existent pantry!ReplyCancel

  • Amazing!! -fingers crossed…-ReplyCancel

  • I am a huge fan of the Modular Mates from Tupperware! I really need to buy some more.ReplyCancel

  • Cakebaker

    I already have a set but would love to win another one to help my Daughter organize her pantry…..thanksReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Finding a matching container and kid set in my kitchen drawer is a bit like playing Bingo. It’s great when you get a match right away but not always so lucky. Would love some proper Tupperware!ReplyCancel

  • Deeanne

    I would love to win a set to organise my cluttered pantry :)ReplyCancel

  • Please please can this be me! I need this I so need this!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Had a fight with my pantry top shelf last night and it won. Time for some organization.ReplyCancel

  • So looking forward to who the lucky winner might be. amazing prize. Fingers crossed, not long to go now.ReplyCancel

  • What an amazing give away. I have Tupperware Modular Mates and I love them. More than 20 years later and they are still going strong. I would love to win some new ones to add to my collection, you can never have too much Tupperware.ReplyCancel

  • I love you blog. I’ve only just moved out for the first time in my life and I get some many great ideas from your blog to do in my houseReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I am slightly tupperware addicted!!! My husband used to hate it until he realised just how good it is!!!! I have converted him!!! I am yet to makeover our pantry though… fingers crossed ReplyCancel

  • Love modular mates and all things tupperware – just booked another demo tonight actually! Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • I can’t figure out how to PIN a tupperware product. i’m new to pintrest and can’t see a ‘pin it’ button on the tupperware pagesReplyCancel

    • Kylie W

      Fiona, I had to play around with installing the pin it button on hub’s PC in Favourites Bar, so then the pin it button is there on a toolbar while you’re looking at the Tupperware catalogue, then you should be able to click on the pin it button on the toolbar and choose which picture from the catalogue you want to pinReplyCancel

  • I have absolutely no tupperware, so this would be a great way to start a collection. Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • bdcthompson

    I love my modular mates, I use them all the time to keep my pantry organised, but I’m always running out, so would love some more. Thanks so much for the opportunity. xx Oh and am loving your blogReplyCancel

  • Betty

    I just can’t get my pantry right, would love to get some order. Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Luga

    Here in the states we have something better than Tupperware…. Lock N’ Lock & it’s a fraction of the cost of tupperware.ReplyCancel

  • Terry Hansen

    Love Tupperware and how they stack so nicely to see everything! I’d love to win some tupperware – I’m doing the 20 day organising challenge and organizing all day long! Thanks for the opportunity and the inspiration to get things cleaned up!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis

    What a great giveaway! I’ve found your blog through friends for the ’20 day challenge’ and am enjoying the inspiration to get my place a bit cleaner and tidier! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Ai Lin

    Hi there,

    Since reading your blog, I am so inspired to get Tupperware for myself. I am starting with the modular mates series, and I have placed order with a friend from overseas (1/3 of the price after conversion rate!!) and can’t wait for it to arrive at my door step. However, I am still not happy the way my pantry is at the moment, so I have decided to sort it out tomorrow! Wish me luck, and I am sure I will be chucking stuffs away. I have just cleared out the storage cabinet – oh boy! amount of unwanted and unused stuffs are just sitting there. I didn’t manage to take a before picture, but I will try to remember for the pantry tomorrow. Wish me luck. Your blog is brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Name

    i do enjoy some tuppawareReplyCancel

  • Moi

    Hi Katrina,

    I have been a fan of yours for a long time!! I have heaps of Tupperware and I use it all the time but I have never been able to find the perfect container to store rice cakes (round ones)!! Is there a particular Tupperware item that you use or you know others use to store rice cakes??? my kids love them but they keep going stale :-(ReplyCancel

    • I use the mini rectangle 2 to store the rice cakes. You used to be able to get the mini’s in packs, you maybe able to ask your demonstrator if you can buy them individually. If you need a demonstrator, contact me and I’ll put you onto a great one who would be happy to help.ReplyCancel

  • Hey! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figureed I’d ask.
    Would yyou be interested in exchanging links oor maybe
    guest writing a blog article or vice-versa? My site discusses a lot of the sazme topicxs as yours and I think
    we could greatly benefit from each other. If youu are interested
    feel free to send me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Terrific blog by the way!ReplyCancel

A guide to sizes of Tupperware Modular Mate containers for the pantry

If you have seen pics of  my pantry you will know that I am hooked on Tupperware.  I met a mum at swimming lessons many years ago who was a tupperware demonstrator who showed me the latest Tupperware catalogue.  I took it home and nearly tagged every page in the book.  I believed I needed […]

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  • ngaire jarron

    Just letting people know – Access Mates seals will no longer be available after 29th August so if you would like one – order them now!

    Also, you are right there are specials in September for Modular mates sets, the bonus items range from Spice Sets to Veg Out Larges so very worthwhile to party in September!ReplyCancel

    • I was looking for them in the new catalogue because I couldn’t remember what they were called. Thank you for letting us know ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Hey – just found out yesterday the mini rectangles that you can only get in the Home start kit are available next month in a small kit of their own :) ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    This is awesome, I’m just about to do this to my pantry. I noticed Flour and SR Flour in large flat rectangle containers rather than up right. Do you find this works better? Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Kate, yes I do, it fits a full 2kg bag and it’s easier for me to get my hand in with a 1 cup and scoop out what is required. It also fits well on my pantry shelf.ReplyCancel

  • Wow about the mini rectangles being available on their own. I love them. I have a full modular mate pantry that I purchased all in bulk when the modular mates were on special – had my own catalogue party..with just me as the customer. I had enough ‘sales’ to get all the host and free gifts :) I have a master list that I got years ago that tells you how much of each ingredient (in grams and kgs) fit in each container. I used that as my guide for getting the right container size. Kerry T Brisbane.ReplyCancel

    • I have been trying to google that list Kerry :) I knew it existed, I could only find an American version which didn’t really relate. Great idea having your own party :)ReplyCancel

      • I still have it :) Am quite happy to scan and email to you if you like. It would be 10-15 yrs old, but the modular mate sizes haven’t changed, so am sure it would still be okay. I got it from a Tupperware Manager back when I was ‘collecting’ my sets :) :) ReplyCancel

        • Alannah Croom

          Would it be possible to upload the list onto your website? It would be great to have! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Customers can also receive a FREE consultation on their pantry (or even fridge and freezer!) from your Demonstrator to work out what containers you need for the products you purchase (either immediately or over time). This is a very worthwhile exercise as it ensures you do find the right container for the product and size of your shelf. I LOVE doing CKP’s for my customers!ReplyCancel

  • kris

    Quick question – where do you keep replacement stock so that it doesn’t look messy? e.g. if I buy more plain flour because I know I won’t have quite enough left for a recipe, i don’t want to top up the existing flour because then it will be a mix of old and new. Once my container runs out I like to rinse and refill with all new flour. But, where do I store the new pack until I need it? Do you have a separate part of the pantry for things in original packaging rather than tupperware? thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • karen ryan

    sorry your tupperware is not even in your cupboards,and it doesnt look as good as it should
    mine are all even and it looks amazingReplyCancel

    • No it’s not Karen, but as you read above I have mentioned I have room to purchase more if and when I need. This is a guide to help people, not to criticise ReplyCancel

  • Anisa

    Ki Katrina, could you tell me what size packet of weetbix do you fit in the rectangle 2, please?ReplyCancel

  • Nicky elliott

    Custom kitchen planning booklet or sheet is available in nett items for those of u still demonstrating. I actually include one in e ery party pack that i give out because i love the end result in my own kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Jeni

    I’d love you to come and organise my pantry LOL… I just don’t know where to start… mine isn’t messy and is somewhat organised because we only moved recently but to sort it out with the racks and tupperware containers, I just feel overwelmed at the thought of doing it myself!ReplyCancel

  • Peta

    Thanks so much for this guide. I need to do something different and better with my pantry and this is great inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Your pantry looks amazing Katrina! Could you please tell me what size you would use to store salt? Thank you. I can’t see how to access the guide to determine the sizes. Is the link still on this page?ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Hi Katrina,
    Can you please email me the master list with grams and kgs? I’m trying to organise my pantry and it would be very handy to get the containers right. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Kerrily Barton

    i love..love..love it! i m going to do my pantry today and make a notice board for the inside to. handy place for he school tuckshop list. could you please email me the what list of size guides…im actually excited!!ReplyCancel

  • stacey

    Yay. Im a demonstrator in christchurch and CKPs are my favourite to do for my customers.well done Katrina, your pantry looks greatReplyCancel

  • Susan

    A Tupperware dealer has a catalogue of what size foodstuff purchase will fit into which container. Anyone that needs more help can find a local demonstrator via the Tupperware web page and organise to have a custom kitchen planning demonstration.ReplyCancel

  • [...] 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 [...]ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Maree

    Tupperware have a great special on Modular Mates for the month of April 2013. Contact your local Tupperware lady to hear more. If you host a party in April you could even receive a set of Modular Mates free. Also your Tupperware lady can do a Custom Kitchen Plan for you this will help you choose the right Modular Mates for the products you buy in the quantities that you buy them. This can also be done for your Fridge and Freezer with Tupperware’s Fridge Smart and Vent Smart systems and the Antarctica range. I now love my pantry, fridge and freezer so easy to find things and I really do save money keeping my food fresher for longer.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Can you tell me what the difference is between the ovals and the super ovals??ReplyCancel

    • ovals aren’t as long Megan, they are good for packets of coconut and sugar, I use the super ovals for bigger packet items like pasta and rice.ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh Louise Payne

    While it all looks very neat stacked like this I don’t see it as very user friendly. I own tupperware modular mates and it drives me nuts to lift out 2 or 3 other containers to get the one i need from the bottom. Most of what’s on the bottom isn’t used at all. I have already retired several Tupperware containers in favour of just leaving things in original packaging.ReplyCancel

    • kez

      Hi Asheligh,
      I have just bought some inexpensive shelves from Ikea for my pantry. I am loving that I don’t have to take out several items to get to the one on the bottom of the pile. They are metal, cream coated and are stackable!!ReplyCancel

The container I use to store our coffee and sugar

I have just started drinking coffee, I don’t know why it took me so long, I’m hooked now.   I have my 2 cups each day, just after the kids go to school and around 2pm, any later and I won’t sleep. image credit I keep the coffee & sugar in our pantry, mainly because […]

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  • cindy

    if it only you that drinks coffee…dont buy big jars they go stale..opt for coffee bags or smaller jars..stays fresher..tastes better. xReplyCancel

  • Katrina Allan

    i’m a barista, aka, the coffee lady, and i love my coffee, but for those who don’t drink it that much, this is a great idea..ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    ohhhhh, i work at coles and last night i was setting up the sale displays for the catalogue that starts today. ALL SISTEMA CONTAINERS 50% OFF THIS WEEK!!!! I have a full cupboard of these already but il be buying some for my friend who never has enough :)ReplyCancel