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Organising with Masters – organised kids wardrobes

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang and 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 […]

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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:

  • 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. 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 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?

  • 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

    • 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?

  • 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!! :-)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!

  • 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

  • […] Mop floor (see homemade cleaner recipe below) […]ReplyCancel

{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

  • 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

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    Would yyou be interested in exchanging links oor maybe
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    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 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

Cork board behind pantry door

Our fridge can be seen in most living areas of the house – dining room, lounge room and walk through area.  When it has bits of paper clipped or attached to the fridge with magnets it begins to look untidy and messy.  It’s a personal preference of mine that I prefer not to keep anything […]

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  • So how much would you charge to come and make over my house? Can I pay you in photos? My goodness you have inspired me.ReplyCancel

  • Nadia - The Everyday Blessings

    I LOVE this idea!!!! Makes me wish I had a proper walk in pantry to do this, but I just have large cupboards with double doors. Maybe I can think of somewhere else to put it…..ReplyCancel

    • Suzy

      Nadia, I have the same type of pantry as you, so my version of this is to stickytape my shopping list and meal list to the back of the door (I just start a new list each week with new stickytape, and it doesn’t leave any residue or damage the cupboard at all). I stick a pen there with blutack too. I also use this space to stick notes/reminders for myself eg things to look for next time I’m shopping at Target/Kmart. I have my kids chores lists and reminders lists stuck on the end of my pantry (which isn’t visible to the rest of the house), but you could also stick those on the back of the pantry door.ReplyCancel

  • That looks fantastic Katrina! Great thinking reusing the mustard tin…I would have thought you purchased something fancy if you hadn’t told us.ReplyCancel

  • Christine S

    I LOVE~LOVE~LOVE this idea. I’ve been looking for something to do on the inside of our pantry door and was thinking cork boards. I love that you have written out the dishwasher chores (my three take turns like that too – top shelf/bottom shelf/cutlery). Would save arguments over whose turn to do what I would imagine.
    I don’t like anything on my fridge either, except black & white photos of family and friends mixed with red quotes/sayings etc that I have printed out laminated and glued magnets to the back. And on the sides I have my meal planner/kids music lesson timetables etc. But it is impracticle to have on the side because my fridge is in an alcove and can’t be seen easily. Love this idea so much I am going to get the bits and pieces today and make it this afternoon.ReplyCancel

  • StaceyLeeGetonwithitalready

    Beautiful co-ordinating of the colours! Looks very serene considering it holds a lot of itemsReplyCancel

  • I love the curry tin idea!!! The whole little makeover looks great!!ReplyCancel

  • Brilliant idea! I too am slightly OCD about my fridge so this is a great way to stay organised :) Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    Wow! that looks amazing – job well done!ReplyCancel

  • Will be doing this in our new place next year!!!ReplyCancel

  • what are the measurements of the cork board please Katrina?ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    I love this! In our previous house we had a black board painted on the each pantry door, one for shopping and one for meals – it was fantastic and used by all in house (I’d often just take a photo of shopping list before heading out to shops). But we have a new kitchen now and I don’t like the idea of painting any doors with blackboard paint!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina, I would add one more list, but it doesn’t need to be as big as the other two, but for those mums who do work and need to use freezer meals on busy days, long days, extracurricular days… Many people either have a freezer that is difficult to see to the back, or an extra one out in the garage. Another tick chart perhaps, SOMETHING to help us know what is in there, and when to cook another batch of spag bog, stew or whatever other freezer surprises we rely on… what do you think?
    I have seen one where you cross off as you take something from the freezer too… ReplyCancel

  • Love it! This will be my project for this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • When (if it happens haha) I get a pantry I am so doing this. At the moment nowhere to really put it.. Except maybe the back of the kitchen door, as that doesn’t get seen much. But the plan is to remove that and put a sliding door in, which might not work so well :) ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    How big of a cork board did you use? I live in a mobile home so everything, including our doors, are smaller than usual. I love this idea and want to copy it but finding it difficult to find a cork board big enough to make it worth while.ReplyCancel

  • KayJay

    Hi! I loved this idea so much, I ran out to office works yesterday and made my own last night – it was easy and looks pretty cool – thanks!!!ReplyCancel

{Inspiring} Pantry Organising Ideas

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

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  • Naomi Tsvirko

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

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

  • Jan

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

  • Michelle

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

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

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

  • Angela

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

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

  • Rebekah Allan

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

{DECLUTTER} Clean out expired spices

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

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  • Jodee

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

  • Laura Keller

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

    • Dawn

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

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

  • Merran

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

  • Namz

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


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

  • Emma Hinchliff

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

  • Tara Jane

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

  • Briana

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

  • Lainie

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

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

Storage solutions for organising the pantry

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

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  • Joanne

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

  • Julia

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

  • Andi

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

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

  • micknjan

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

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

  • Beck

    Wow can you come and do mine?ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

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

  • Lorraine

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

  • Nani

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

  • Larissa ~ My Pigeon Pair

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

  • Joy

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

  • Organizing services NYC

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

  • Genevieve

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

  • Lina

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

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

  • Mary

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

  • MrsY

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

    • charliB

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

  • kristie

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

  • Melissa

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

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

  • Michelle

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

  • Narelle

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

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

      • Narelle

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

    • Peta Bruce

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

      • Narelle

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

    • Lex

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

      • Narelle

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

  • Sarz

    where are the black lidded containers availale from?ReplyCancel

  • Sue Craddock

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

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

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

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  • Jaemerton

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

  • Beckpryde

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

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

  • sarah

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

  • Kirsty

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

  • Corinnep

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

    • Jackie

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

  • Suzy

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

  • Niki Jonesano

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

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

  • Amanda B

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

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

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

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

  • Dawn

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

  • PALM05

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

  • Leanne

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

  • The Flying Drunken Monkey

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

  • Pompea

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

  • sarah-jane

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

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

  • Guest

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

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

  • Jacqueline Murphy

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

  • Sami

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

Our new phone charging station

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

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  • Holly

    That is pretty neat!ReplyCancel

  • Bryar

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

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

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

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

  • Lib

    That is awesome!!! ReplyCancel

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

  • Fantastic Katrina love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    fantastic idea – love it!ReplyCancel

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

  • Lisa

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

  • sarah

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

  • Christeen

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

    • LOL, what do you need figuring out?ReplyCancel

      • Christeen

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

  • Jodie Sinclair

    Great Idea, and arn’t Dads awesome!ReplyCancel

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

  • tammy

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

  • vespaness

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

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

  • Sonya

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

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

  • Sura

    fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Trapani

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

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

  • Lorraine

    That is brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • MummyMoonshadow

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

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

  • Trish

    A super idea Katrina .ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

  • DeadMeat44

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

  • zimmieoz

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

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

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

  • Mandy

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

  • Mrs Woog

    You are a freakin genius xReplyCancel

  • Lucy

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

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

  • Susan F.

    Love it! I love items that help to organize!

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

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

  • Sonia @ Natural New Age Mum

    This is pure genius!!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ashleigh Louise Payne

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

  • SelinsgroveMama

    Great tutorial, thanks!!!ReplyCancel