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  • Kristin Owen

    Walking to school, and the lightest pitter-patter of rain began.
    My daughter said: “It is like a million little kisses.”ReplyCancel

  • Annette Murray Higgins

    My daughter said her own name and its a hard name to say!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Irvine

    My most precious moment as a mum,
    Was when I first my set eyes on my son.ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie Wright

    I think still my most precious moment was when my first was born and I looked down and saw much love I never knew possible!!! She’s now 13 and killing me…but I hold onto that moment with hope.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Stevens

    being told by my daughters teacher that miss 6 said she was getting a pair of zucchinis (bikinis) sweet because she is an only child and usually says grown up things. ReplyCancel

  • Kerin Matz

    Finding a card my daughter wrote saying ” You are the bestest parents in the whole town”ReplyCancel

  • Christine Osman

    On graduating from Uni my son thanked me for my support, inspiration and loveReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Pitman

    Having any of my gorgeous grandchildren tell me how much they love me with no prompting from anyone and for no reason other than true loveReplyCancel

  • Kerryn Tippett

    We lost our 3 year old daughter this year and now I know: Every moment is preciousReplyCancel

  • Shelley Lovelace Ramsey

    My daughter spilled flour, looked up with “I’m in trouble look”; instead I tossed a palmful up in the air & we giggled as it “rained” in our kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Smith

    How our son says, “I love you” every night before he goes to bed – and he’s 18.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Fawaz Frewen

    Watching every little milestone my 3 kids achieve and learning to be independent in their everyday lives :)ReplyCancel

  • Belynda Tyson

    Watching my family grow up, knowing that I have taught them well and they have matured into young adults now. I only have 1 teenager to grow into an adult.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Hanna

    It was in the hospital room and watching my husband asleep with my newborn son asleep on his chest. Such a moment of joy!ReplyCancel

  • Jaimelee Brown

    When I held each of my babies for the first timeReplyCancel

  • Amy Prior

    My most precious moment was very recently. My 6 year old daughter confessed to praying to God in her prayer journal that mummy would always be healthy and happy and lose the weight I need to lose to feel beautiful again. I have never been so moved nor felt as loved and appreciated as I did in that moment. I have had a really rough time with my health since having children and medication has resulted in my gaining a huge amount of extra weight very rapidly. It has been constant struggling and I have felt so under appreciated for a very long time it was so heart warming to know my baby isn’t as selfish I sometimes think.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Richards

    Daughter aged 7 held up a bra in Kmart and said “Here’s the bras you like mum, the ones with the boobs already in them!”ReplyCancel

  • Sally Williams

    Watching the joy on my daughters face as she cradled her first born. Still causes me to well up with pride

  • Treva Alofs

    My oldest son who is 5 took his little brother by the hand (who’s 22 mo.) when were about to cross the street and said “I got you Ashy, stick with me”.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Abbot

    Right now sitting on the sofa with my two rug rats watching watership down. The memories..!ReplyCancel

  • Jade Snel

    The day i got to Hold my son for the first time again three days after he had open heart surgery. I didnt want to ever let him go, it was also extreamy strange due to all the tubes and wires attached to him. I was just glad I could hold him close to me. Every moment I spend with my son is precious!ReplyCancel

  • Krysten List

    Every day that we share – learning, growing, living and loving together; knowing they are a part of my life fills me with joy.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Seeing the joy in my eldest daughter’s face as she plays with her baby sister, knowing our perseverance in having another child was worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Anna dellow

    Sharing morning tea made by my six year old son with my two daughters in the sun yesterday. Just enjoying their stories and company.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Ottaviano

    Having 4 Beautiful Healthy grown Children and then becoming a Grandmother to 2 Adorable granddaughters 😉 ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Watching Mr 10 and Mr 7.5 help their little sister Miss 2 – the wonderment on her face is so precious and the love that they have for her is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Watching my 3 kids playing together, helping and sharing. I must of done something right for them to have such a beautiful bond!ReplyCancel

  • Philippa Johnson

    My most precious moment as a mum was when my 5 year old daughter said she can’t wait for Easter ‘so I can spend time with you!’ReplyCancel

  • Carley Smith

    I have had quite alot of precious moments over the past 15 years with my 4 children. However the one that really comes to mind was after my father and grandad both passed away within months of eachother my eldest son was 2 at the time and one day on the way to daycare he just piped up and said “hey I know, maybe Pa & father could get a parachute in heaven and parachute out of the sky” oh, was I wish they could, really tugged at the heartstrings that one, the innocence of children <3

  • Selina

    Giving the gift of motherhood to a stranger (donated eggs) and recognising a mother’s infinite love on her face when she held her son.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    Having a bad day, suffering “mothers guilt” and then being told out of the blue from my daughter that I am the best mum ever.ReplyCancel

  • Danina Scrivenor

    My son is Autistic and all I ever wanted was for him to tell me he loved me and call me mum and I remember the first time he said “Mum” and “I love you” and he was 6 years old. It was an amazing moment and I will never forget the first time : )ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    Seeing my little man smile for the first time, I saw both love and happiness in his eyes and his smile, it was perfect. I fell in love with him all over again.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    Seeing their faces light up with joy and wonder when they learn something new or when I come home from work. Love!ReplyCancel

  • Hazel Morgan

    Those quiet moments when I put them to bed and we whisper our ‘I love you’s’ to each otherReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Walking in the front door, taking a deep breath, and knowing Ruby was my closest connection in the world. I’d never be “alone”.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah

    Seeing my twin boys laughing and playing togetherReplyCancel

  • Helen De Brueys

    Every night when my kids call me the best mum in the world. They are 16 & 13! I take that with me to bed every night! Cherish them both!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Having my middle daughter ask me to coach her basketball and softball teams. That time together is precious.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My very first ultrasound and seeing my baby inside me for the first time, was the most wonderful life changing experience.ReplyCancel

  • Roslyn Woodhouse

    That moment when you pick them up while asleep and they snuggle into your neck like it’s the safest place in the world… totally priceless!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    When my little girl wakes in the morning, comes in to our bed to snuggle and we talk about how much we love each other.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Scott

    My most precious moment was when each of my three children said their first word “Mama”.ReplyCancel

  • Catriona Kennedy

    Soooo many to choose from, but THE most precious moment with my son would have to be when he said “I love you Mum” at age 2.5!!! Loved it! He says it every day to me.ReplyCancel

  • Krysten List

    Every day that we share – learning, growing, living and loving together; knowing they are a part of my life fills me with joy.ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    Two precious sons, both loads of fun, too many precious memories to choose just one, melt every time they say “I love you mum”.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Walker

    Nursing my Mum in the last months of her life and seeing her stretch marks and realising how the sacrifices we Mum’s make are beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Stoute

    When my son asked me to play Lego with him ‘to make cool stuff’. I love it when they want me not need me :)ReplyCancel

  • Aimee Turner

    When I have my 3 children play nicely together & I hear the beautiful things they say to each other.ReplyCancel

  • Mariam Awadalla

    I have many :) but one of my favourite precious moments as a mum is when one afternoon, when I was washing the dishes, my two year old son, Aaron, came up to me out of nowhere and asked me, ‘mummy, are you happy?’ I was so overwhelmed and I said, ‘yes Aaron, I’m happy, are you happy?’ To which he replied ‘yes, now I am’. Then he gave me a kiss and walked off. Precious!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Asher

    When he plays clean the shower with his bath toys & tells me “It’s all sparkly clean. You don’t need to clean it now Mum!!!”ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    The first day I left her at daycare for a few hours and when I returned she repetitively kissed me on the face for it felt like minutes. The happiness and love was unforgettable.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Dixon

    When my one year old daughter walked towards me and held tightly onto my leg. I remember doing this to my mum….love.ReplyCancel

  • Steph Hawkins

    The smile she gives me that says “I love you mum”ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    So many precious moments, but that first flutter of movement in early pregnancy is an awe inspiring magic moment.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I have a nine month old, and we had never been apart until very recently. My most precious moment was seeing her little face light up when I returned home! Not to mention the extra snuggly cuddles I received, I felt very loved.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Giving birth to my beautiful baby boy Jack after 11 pregnancies and one child it was a true blessingReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Every morning when I wake up to their precious happy smiles & their excitement to start another day.ReplyCancel

  • I have three most precious moments – gazing at the beautiful faces of my newborn babies after we had both laboured many hours to meet each.ReplyCancel

  • Mereana Whanarere Reid

    The kiss on my cheek before they go to bed is my most precious moment :)ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Every moment is precious with my girls
    As they are only little for a little while
    From their first steps, walk and then run,
    But the best moment is when they say
    I love you mum.ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Holding my son for the first time after being told I would never have children. He is a true miracle.ReplyCancel

  • Janice Greaves

    The day my special needs child said her first word at 3.5 years old it was Mum.ReplyCancel

  • Janine Dawson

    When my daughter was looking at my belly button & then the pure joy when she discovered she had one too!ReplyCancel

  • Jade Hatcher

    My most precious moment was when my daughter grabbed me and said I just love you too much mum. (3yo)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    One of my most precious moments was actually today. My 4 year old appeared with a ‘present’ for her 2 year old sister. She had wrapped a banana (2 year olds favourite food) in a bandana scarf after the presentation and delight on my 2 year olds face, miss 4 got her up into her booster seat and helped her peel it. My most precious moment with miss 2 was the other night when going to sleep she lay in bed joyfully gargling the tunes to her favourite songs for a few minutes, then laughed quietly and went to sleep!ReplyCancel

  • Narellef

    When our son was finally born after 25hr labor. He wasn’t breathing &the Doctor said for my Hubby to blow& our baby started to breathe & cry!!!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine McDonnell

    The most precious moment was the first time I held my daughter, at three days old, as we were both unwell… I will never forget that feeling, unbelievable!ReplyCancel

  • Gillian Harridge

    When my daughter makes me laugh till it hurts. she is one funny little girl.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Arnold

    When my child just randomly tells you they Love You. Just special and brightens the worst of daysReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hemetsberger

    Still being able to get a cuddle from my son who is almost 12 years oldReplyCancel

  • Lee Corkish

    My 4 yo,(Now 20) holding her new born baby brother, saying “I’m the first one to every hold him aren’t I Mum?”ReplyCancel

  • Lee

    It was 11 days ago when I gave birth to a baby boy, at home surrounded by my midwife, husband and 3 little children.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Tan

    Started when we found I was expecting twins! That was a phenomenal previous moment!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Tan

    Started when we found I was expecting twins! That was a phenomenal precious moment!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha S Goode

    After being hit by a car, 19 weeks pregnant, ending up in ICU with a pulmonary embolism. Holding my son for the first time.ReplyCancel

  • Rowena Hart

    There’s many moments of enjoyment and pleasure of being a mum or a parent !!! Each of my 3 children’s birth..but I love watching them laugh and play and exploring !! The excitement on their faces is pricelessReplyCancel

  • Karen Robinson

    When I am breastfeeding my baby, and they look up at me with such love in their eyes, their is no greater moment or feeling.ReplyCancel

  • Megan McCormick

    The intense love, joy and satisfaction I feel every night when I creep into watch then kiss my four precious children before I go to bed. My heart feels so full of love it could burst.ReplyCancel

  • Alison Filgate

    Watching my young girls growing into beautiful young ladies. Staying true to what they believe in xxReplyCancel

  • Alison Filgate

    Watching my young girls growing into beautiful young ladies. Staying true to what they believe in xx

  • Clare Tudor

    When my 3 year old son says to me ‘I like you Mumma!’ & then smiles with his beautiful big dimpled smile.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia

    Watching our 4 year old teaching our special needs 8 year old the alphabet successfully. They just have a special connectionReplyCancel

  • Christina Elliott

    There are so many precious moments! One of the best is spending time taking in everything – looks, sounds, smells – as I hold my children close.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Beauty shining from within. Jumping on the trampoline a storm rolled in. Mr3 taking my hand stating “Don’t worry Mummy, I’ll look after you”.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Head

    I had just gotten dressed, and met my 2 year old little boy at the doorway, he looked me up and down and said ‘mummy pretty’!ReplyCancel

  • Jane Gardam

    My proudest moments was when my daughter had her 1st child, the feeling was wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica Paterson

    ……coming home from the hairdresser, my hair permed (after being dead-straight)… my son turned to me & said “Are you still my mum?” nawwww <3ReplyCancel

  • Atika Brown

    When my six year old son wakes me up in the morning and the first thing he asks is if he can please vacuum the whole house today?ReplyCancel

    • mary

      my precious moment was not as a mum but as a grandma, my grandaughter asked me to go to her school assembly as she had to say who her hero was and it was meReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    It was when my second daughter cried for the first time. After her older sister was stillborn, it’s a moment my heart will always treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey Evans

    That moment when they are just born and are placed onto your chest, you see them for the first time after wondering for 9 months how they would look. It’s a magical moment I will treasure forever!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    The half asleep ‘I love you Mummy’ at the end of the bedtime story as I tuck him in and kiss him goodnight.ReplyCancel


    Hand picked flowers from the garden, even though they’re just the blooms without any stems. Precious really is an understatement.ReplyCancel

  • Lori Davis Spyker

    the day each of my 4 girls were born..none was more precious than the other.ReplyCancel

  • Karina Lee

    When my baby came out of my tummy and I saw her cute chubby cheeks for the first time! It made the painful-as-hell labour all worth it!ReplyCancel

  • Drinksi Cardonnay

    After 10 years of trying, I finally become a mum. Imagine my surprise when the 1st child was born 5.36kg, 11 pounds four :-)ReplyCancel

  • Gaby Rodriguez

    my daughter who is 5 lost her father last year to suicide. ( not that she knows that) said one day when i was crying, dont worry mummy i am here and always will be. what was even more touching was that i had been separated from him for over 4 years and was feeling very lonely as i am struggling as a single mum and wondering where the money will come from.ReplyCancel

  • Tami Bird

    Watching my four year old son meet his baby sister. The look of love and adoration that changed to shock and horror when she cried!ReplyCancel

  • Gayle Richardson

    The first out of the blue, “I love you!”ReplyCancel

  • Gabriela Rodriguez

    my daughter who is 5 lost her father last year to suicide. ( not that she knows that) said one day when i was crying, dont worry mummy i am here and always will be. what was even more touching was that i had been separated from him for over 4 years and was feeling very lonely as i am struggling as a single mum and wondering where the money will come from.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    Realizing the importance of my own Mother and the help she has provided me every day of my life.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Tsang

    Having breastfeeding problems since birth, my daughter and I got up early one morning and as the sun came up she perfectly latched and fed – unforgettable.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Lewis

    When my daughter who is not a touchy, feely little girl gave me my first hug. They are far and few between but I cherish each one when they come.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Maree Amoore

    Still to this day ……. thirty-seven years later ……… The birth of our son and the realisation that here was the product of our love.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Moncrieff

    The first time they each said ” wuv you “ReplyCancel

  • Helga

    The first few minutes with my two daughters after giving birth to them.ReplyCancel

  • Maria P

    When my daughter first caught the school bus. She was scared and after a few failed attempts she struggled up the steps, turned around and gave me a huge triumphant smile…..ReplyCancel

  • Di Lang

    4yo stated when baby sister born-“She’ s cute and good looking!”ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    3-year-old son tried to hand over wipes and nappy to me when I was changing nappy for my baby girl. Surprised, glad and proud!ReplyCancel

  • sonia cattley

    Watching the little ones work out what a butterfly is..absolute wonder in their eyes and great for the development of coordination.ReplyCancel

  • JG Campbell

    My 17 month old finally said Mummy loud and clear :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Grayda

    my precious moment is every time my daughter tells me that she loves me, which is usually several times a day. I’m so luckyReplyCancel

  • Ebaney

    The moment my now 8 week old daughter was realised from the special care unit after having breathing issues after birth.
    She was in the for 3 days, but it felt like 3 years. When I was able to hold her and care for her myself is a moment I will always remember.ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Watching little Alex sit up as I was putting her to bed and saying that she loved me and loves being the first person to see me every morningReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    After 21 years of belligerence, I heard my daughter say to me “Mum, you were right”… I knew then I’d raised a decent human being.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Parisella

    Every moment with both my kids is preciousReplyCancel

  • Fiona Groves

    The day our first foster child arrived at our door, and the day our twenty fifth arrived only a few weeks ago, both precious moments.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Kaddatz Fahl

    My son has physical problems and it was the little things like sucking out of a straw at 4 and taking the first step.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Hooper

    If I thought laying eyes on my daughter for the first time was special, then seeing her as a bride was surely magical-just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Isles

    When my eldest son tells me he loves me as he doesn’t express his feelings very often and it makes me feel special.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Louise Codling

    Most precious moment… First time my kids gave me a kiss for no reason.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    The day my daughter gave birth to her own child, a beautiful boy named Vincent and became a mother herself.ReplyCancel

  • debbie walker

    I will never forget dancing in the rain with my son, he said “the storm will pass as we can dance in the rain mummy” today he uses this with his kiddies, nothing is ever too hard to achieve.ReplyCancel

  • Mellie Jane

    Hearing “i love you mamma” for the first time nothing has melted my heart quite like thatReplyCancel

  • Linda B

    When my four year old daughter crawls onto my lap and cuddles me and tells me that I’m her best friend ever! Priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett

    Getting through a complicated pregnancy to see a healthy little boy at 38 weeks rather than 28 weeks like my doctor first thought.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Cardwell

    When my middle daughter was 3yo and said she wanted to be a doctor to fix her eldest sisters legs because she has **sarah and posey** (cerebral palsy)ReplyCancel

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • Tanya

    If only I had a broom cupboard, sigh!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Elliott

    Wow. Someone needs to declutter their cleaning supplies!! They spent money on that hanging thing when all they really needed to do was get rid of something! Hell, I’m a hoarder and I don’t even have that many cleaning supplies.ReplyCancel

    • Kylie

      I was thinking the same thing!!! Nobody needs that amount of choice when it comes to cleaning!!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    @tanya I wish I had a broom cupboard as well. Everything gets shoved into the laundry or computer room cupboard. We don’t have much storage space at our house.ReplyCancel

    • Tanya

      Small laundry’s should have been banned 40yrs ago when they were built, lol. My poor vaccum cleaner, ironing board, clothes baskets & airers live out in the family room unless we are having visitors and I shove everything in the laundry and then I have to be careful nothing falls over and gets stuck behind the door so I can open it to pull it all out again so I can find the washing machine.ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Avon I’m going to put it out there first and foremost, I don’t wear makeup everday.  But for me a beauty routine is not just about makeup it’s about looking after your skin, your future self. To prevent the wrinkles and keep your skin toned as you age. Looking after […]

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  • Mamma

    This is a bit of a silly post. It’s not so much a beauty regime as a hygiene regime.
    Shower, get dressed, put on make up of going out….isn’t that all of us?!?ReplyCancel

    • Nellie

      Not me. I shower at night so I can sleep in until the very last minute.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Love this routine. Just started this day and I feel so much fresher and not look so much like a daggy mummy.

  • Shelley

    I too love this. I came across this website looking for help as I am at the extreme end of unorganised! Yesterday morning I got up and showered rather than just putting on whatever I could find and getting out the door. It made a huge difference rather than coming home from dropping the kids off and showering sometime throughout the day! I actually went straight from there and did groceries etc. You wouldn’t believe how much extra time I had from this one little thing.

    I’ve never really worn makeup mainly due to not knowing where to start. So what might be a normal everyday thing for one person certainly isn’t for another. The simpleness of this post makes it not overwhelming to start looking after yourself rather than everybody else. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Shelley, you have truly brought a tear to my eye…. thank you. Why I write this blog is exactly what you have explained in how it has helped you. Whilst my ways may be ordinary sometimes people just need a glimpse of how somebody else goes about general day to day tasks and is an idea of how they can adapt it to their lifestyle. I can only imagine how much extra time you have by not having to come back home to shower and then more than likely get distracted with other things, but rather drop the kids and continue on for the day…. good on you. You have truly made my week, thank you xxReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    If looking after your skin and preventing wrinkles is your goal, daily sunscreen use (rather than just when you think you need it) is the key, and has scientific evidence to prove it! A big study called the Nambour skin cancer prevention trial showed very clearly that people who used sunscreen daily had far less ageing of their skin after 4.5 years – imagine how that translates if you start the sunscreen young and continue it throughout your life (not to mention the reduced rates of melanoma and other skin cancers)! I think it is important people know this fact and spend their time and money on sunscreen rather than unproven creams and formulas…ReplyCancel

    • absolutely Amanda, sunscreen is always important, I make sure I purchase my creams with sunscreen in it, as I burn even putting washing on the line, my skin is that fair.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I’ve been rocking the avon magic face cream stuff and eye wand (face cream make pores and flaws look less aggressive and the eye wand brightens the eyes) then chuck on some avon bb cream, flick of mascara and a run over the eyebrows with the mascara wand (very lightly…helps them stay in place too) and I am done. Takes less than 5 min. And I agree…showering before taking the kids to school def kick starts the day on a good note. On days when I don’t….I find myself wandering in circles and keep passing the mirror thinking how awfully tired and haggard I look.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    This isn’t a beauty routine as much as a cleanliness routine, not helpfulReplyCancel

  • Alison Fusca

    Love this!! I too, shower at night (as my 3.5yo showers with me – so much faster than a bath and she feels like a ‘big girl’!) it saves me so much time in ams. Just run the straightener over my hair and quick splash of makeup I’m done!
    Love love love your blog – always inspiring 😉
    Keep it coming xxReplyCancel

Click Love Grow’s Photography Course for Women is here! read more details here  This is a guest post from Louise from Click Love Grow What do you do with your images after you take them? Do you have difficulty finding them once they’re uploaded to your computer? Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to […]

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  • Rebecca Lockwood

    Hi, are you able to help with info on keeping photos in an organised matter on Apple Mac’s iPhoto program? On our old computer we used to have our photos saved by date in folders, but when we transferred them over to Mac it jumbled them up everywhere and now I can’t save/store/organise them in the same way.ReplyCancel

    • Angela Woodall

      I have been using iPhoto for a few years for our photo storage and love it. I probably (no, I know) I don’t use it to it’s full potential, but it is easy to navigate around. You should have several options – on your left menu bar you will have library options where you can browse through events which you can create yourself or iPhoto automatically creates on each import (creates one for each day/import). You can also look through all the photos here. Next you have Recents where you can search by dates and go back to last import, 12 months or your entire library. What I like is the next option – Albums. You can create as many albums as you like and call them whatever works for you. Simply click on File at the top and it gives you many options. Albums are in here. Then you just select and drag/copy into your folders and you can select as many photos as you want at once. It will copy them and keep the original in your library though, so be careful if you choose to delete from an album as it may delete the original as well. If your Mac has jumbled them up then just start with creating your own albums or events first and drag them into it. Do bits at a time. Good luck.ReplyCancel

      • I really need to use your tips here Angela and organise my photos a lot better in iPhoto too, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

      • Rebecca Lockwood

        Thanks Angela & Claire, yep, all my photos are jumbled, so I’ll try tagging faces and also sorting them into albums. I think I just need to get my head around how iPhoto stores it differently. Thanks again.ReplyCancel

    • Claire B

      I also tag everyone’s faces in there so then if I’m looking to do a photo book or something special for someone I can quickly and easily look under FACES and it shows all the photos of them. It was great when my Dad passed away and my mother-in-law as I was putting photobooks of each of them with my girls together and I was able to just go into those folders.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Is there any way of sharing where those beautiful photo albums came from (top of the page; green purple and black and white)?ReplyCancel

    • Louise Glendon

      Hi Bec, they’re gorgeous aren’t they! I bought them from Michael’s when we were living in the US. Its similar to Spotlight in Aus.

  • Tracey Myszka

    Hi, do you have any idea’s on what would be a good second hand camera to start with. I would love to take the Love Glows photography course or one similar.ReplyCancel

  • Julie C

    Is there a way to back up photos and how to do it???
    I’d hate for my stuff to get stolen ( computer) or fritz out and lose all my pics.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Julie you could save all your photo’s to an external hardrive or a cloud system like dropboxReplyCancel

  • […] Read here how professional photographer Louise keeps her photo’s organised […]ReplyCancel

I LOVE to cook and bake for my family, there isn’t a week that goes by that I haven’t baked something delicious for afternoon tea or for their school lunchboxes.  I LOVE cookbooks, I honestly don’t need anymore than what I have, but a new one is always a welcome gift! However, I am trying […]

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  • Angela Woodall

    I also have a binder for all my recipes I come across or have been handed down to me. It’s bursting at the seams so this is a great idea to split between two as I’ve been wondering how to go about resorting them. I do find, however, that the 4 ring binders work better as the sleeves just don’t seem to stand nicely in a 2 ring binder. I also did one for mum several years ago as a gift, retyping all her old recipes and adding in some of mine she liked. I made up some cool dividers and designed a front cover to slip in the plastic. She also has her old handwritten book back to keep for prosperity as there are a lot of old recipes handed down to her in it too.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    now when are you publishing that cook bookReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Hi Kat – Love this idea and particularly how pretty it is! I have a hodge-podge of handwritten, magazine and printed recipes but would love to get them all organised and reprinted… which sparks a random question – your stuff is always colourful and you obviously make and print your own labels and a million other things – do you have a recommendation for a good printer for home? We don’t have one at present and when we did I was horrified at how much ink cost and how often I had to order new ink (which I could only do online and then wait ages for it to arrive). Any suggestions on economical ways to set up a home printer situation? Do you find your kids print homework related stuff on it as well or do they do that at school? Just interested to know what works for you.
    Thanks, and thanks for the site. With a 21 month old boy and another (over)due any day this site helps me keep pottering away at a calm and ordered home life.

  • Chloe

    Hi Kat I purchased this download a week ago and finally got the binders. I can’t wait to start filling it up. Do you have a special way of getting the spine in? I managed to slip it in, in one folder but can’t seem to get it in the other. It’s driving me insane! Haha.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Hi Kat, love this idea & think it’s great. I’m in need of a good recipe clean out, and not to mention all the ones I’m still yet to try.
    Just wondering if you’ll be redesigning this in the new bright colours your changing to now?
    As I would love to see it bright & colourful, think it helps the cooking mood ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Wendy, Sorry at this stage i am keeping the colours and designs.ReplyCancel

  • Deena

    Hi Kat, I love the recipe designs – I’ve downloaded it and it is so handy!
    I was just wondering, what font have you used on the folder? I’m trying to add extra dividers and want everything to look consistent.


  • I absolutely love this! I was searching high and low for something as pretty at the shops to store all my favourite recipes.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh fantastic Michelle! I am so glad this has been posted at the perfect time for you.:)ReplyCancel

  • […] How I organise all my favourite recipes […]ReplyCancel

It’s only in the last two years that I have started drinking coffee.  I can’t believe I went through my whole 20’s without it, but it just didn’t appeal to me.  Now that I have eliminated coke from my diet (now 10 months without any!!) I am enjoying my relaxing cups of coffees more. I […]

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  • Coffee is my life’s blood. I must have it. Speaking of which I have to go…ReplyCancel

  • Mareesa

    I have heard that you shouldn’t boil a stainless steel kettle with vinegar in it. My kettle is stainless steel, and I fill it to the top with 2pt vinegar, 1 pt water, let sit for 30 mins, then rinse a few times to remove vinegar smell/taste.ReplyCancel

  • Carley Monk

    This was great to be reminded to do, it’s one of those things that people (I know I) tend to not even think of doing. Mine now looks spotless thanks, but was wondering how do you clean those coffee pod machines? I use mine everyday, but couldn’t tell you how to clean it, any tips?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hudson

    I’ve used the Rubbedin brand “Kettle Magic/Descale Magic” that did a fantastic job, but to be honest, looking at the ingredients, it’s mostly citric acid – boiling up lemons would do the same job. I do, however, use their Washing Machine cleaner and descaler, and I also have CLR for cleaning limescale in the bathroom.ReplyCancel

  • SueM

    I use citric acid. need to reboil kettle a few times after to make sure the next user doesn’t taste it. ask me how I know this 😉ReplyCancel

  • Bradley

    I would boil the kettle with it on the draining board. We didn’t have much vinegar in the kettle and it boiled over.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I read your ‘how to clean a kettle’ post but at the end there was a reader tip which I tried since I had a lemon and no vinegar. This worked 100% perfect! I was never sure how to get rid of the limescale and it surprisingly worked with no harsh chemicals. With the boiled lemon water I put it into a bowl and with a warm tea towel I cleaned the outside of the kettle with the hot lemon water. That also worked a treat! Thank you! From one very happy housewife <3ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Wow – it worked my kettle is now really clean – thanks for the Tip.ReplyCancel

  • Georga

    Wish I had read the boiling over comment before I just did this! Only had about half a cup of vinegar and a cup of water to cover the element and when it reached boiling point it shot out of the spout like a fountain, flooding my toaster and the kettle element! Lol. Toaster is now out in sun drying out but I suspect I will need a new toaster and kettle! At least it will be a clean kettle I guess.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Oh no Georga! Oops.:)ReplyCancel

  • Alistair

    Thanks for a great tip, this is a really simple solution.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    OMG just tried the lemon in the kettle tip. OMG my kettle is sparkly!! I’ve tried vinegar in the past and it never seemed to work.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Lemon works wonders and yes so sparkling.:)ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Sonia Donaldson at Natural New Age Mum. Could your pantry do with a bit of a healthy overhaul? If we want to be healthy, it makes sense that we need a pantry stocked with healthy, whole, real foods!  Where to start? I have five tips that can help guide […]

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  • Christine

    I really like the suggestion of making change over time. It’s so easy to panic and want to dot it all now which is often not possible timewise nor financially. ThanksReplyCancel

    • I agree Christine, I like the idea of not replacing the bad with more bad, once used up replace it with a healthier alternative!ReplyCancel

  • Shazibell

    Thank you for a great post! Where do you find the glass jars? I love the idea of buying one a week.ReplyCancel

    • Sonia @ NNAM

      HI Shazibell. I really like the ones at Ikea (in the piccy) – the are really cheap and they last for ages. Be wary of some of the ones from the supermarkets as the ‘metal’ bits go rusty! I also upcycle a lot of old jars from honey and coconut oil etcReplyCancel

      • Shazibell

        Thank you!! Ikea here I come, one always needs a reason to shop (well not really)ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Janschek

    Wonderful tips! Thanks for sharing with us Natural New Age Mum. It’s my goal to phase the tupperware out and become a glass only pantry : ) I love the jars from Ikea too!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome! I always put all my pantry items in glass jars!ReplyCancel

  • Jo (down to earth mother)

    Great post, thanks Sonia!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Hudson

    Such great tips! A great starting point for people wanting to make big changes in a manageable way :)ReplyCancel

  • […] Katrina, a Gold Coast mum is a blogging legend with over 300 thousand Facebook fans! I shared some tips about getting your healthier pantry and was keen to get some basic information to the mainstream audience. If only one person makes a […]ReplyCancel

  • Amy Taylor-Kabbaz

    I had never heard about the tomatoes and cans Sonia… thank you! I’ve just adjusted my shopping list to get the tomato passata in a jar instead. Great tip! xReplyCancel

  • H.

    I buy a lot of 1kg jars of fruit in natural juice and find the plastic containers perfect for pantry storage. The number on the bottom is 5 so I presume they are safe for storage.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Great idea! I love repurposing jars and containers too. I have a heap here waiting for me to use as gifts for Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Great tips Sonia! Great reminders to choose healthy food- I will add glass jars to my shopping list and the fun part will be choosing pretty ones :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sounds like a fun shopping trip, Naomi!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    I heard a great suggestion this morning when it comes to processed snack foods. Instead of cutting them out completely (which is really hard to do), just don’t bring it home. When you’re out shopping or doing something, feel free to indulge, just don’t keep it in your house. Opt for fresh fruit, nuts and yogurt (etc) at home, and save the unhealthy stuff for when you’re out :)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Howards Storage World Recently I set you the task in the Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge to purge all the kitchen appliances you no longer use.  I LOVED this task as I really needed to get rid of some kitchen appliances. I purchased a Thermomix last year.  The […]

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  • Maree

    Hi I love your posts. Where do you get your shelving and boxes etcReplyCancel

    • Hi Maree, I have linked to all the products in the post, they are all from Howards Storage WorldReplyCancel

  • Nat

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I had a full on clean out of my kitchen over the last week and set up a proper menu list for my family. I feel so much more organised and less stressed now…plus I managed to make a few dollars selling off no-longer-needed items to buy things I will actually use – thank you! I also wanted to know where you got that cute little bbq caddy from please?ReplyCancel

    • It’s so much better when you have more room in the kitchen isn’t it, but for me the space does not stay vacant for long!! The caddy is from Howards Storage World, it’s really pretty isn’t it, my daughter also has one in her room with all her pens and textas.ReplyCancel

      • Nat

        Lol. That’s very true about the empty space. I thought a resolution not to buy anything new was in order to accompany my freshly purged kitchen…..after I pop to Howard`s Storage World for that gorgeous caddy of course :-) Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    That looks amazing Kat :) I would love any ideas or products you could suggest for doing something similar in a large corner cupboard?ReplyCancel

  • Niki

    Your cupboard looks fantastic Kat! I would love some suggestions or ideas you may have for organising large drawers in the kitchen. I have no cupboards in my kitchen, only drawers! So my dinnerware, tupperware, crockery, etc etc is all in really big drawers. I’m struggling with new ideas of how to organise them better. xoReplyCancel

  • gill

    Love your pages, but have trouble seeing the pictures you put up. Can only see 3 in this article :(ReplyCancel

  • SonyaMath

    I love your bracket for trays and platters. Mine are too large to put on such wire shelving so standing up would be good. My tips and hints are to get rid of takeaway containers, and heaps of other containers that I realistically am never going to use and give them to child care centres or similar to use for craft. Also, I try to shop in the one colour (white) so it makes me feel nicer looking at the crowded shelving. TRY being the operative word in that sentence.ReplyCancel

    • SonyaMath

      I sooo want a Thermomix as I think I could get rid of heaps of kitchen accessories but I am too miserly to buy one.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime

    I may have helped sell my husband on the idea of a Thermomix by promising that I could do away with lots of other appliances. As it turns out, the yonana was the only one I purged. I like my thermomix, but it can’t replace my bread maker, which can make the entire loaf while I’m not even in the kitchen, my ice cream maker, which makes creamy ice cream with NO icy crystals in it or my blender/food processor, which can slice vegetables into thin slices or grate them in different sizes etc.
    I can’t help it. I love to cook, and I use my appliances a lot. I think as long as you are using them, the space is not wasted. That said, my Tupperware and plastics cupboard needs serious attention.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL i would have to agree with you on this one Jamie! I love my thermomix but i still find i use my other appliances too.ReplyCancel

  • Sherelle Lock

    I was wondering how many glasses/plates etc you allow per person, I’m sure we have too many! You look like you only allow one plate per person, no spares?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    How minimalist! I obviously have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF.

    I think I’m going to have to purge everything into boxes and put in another room for a month. Whatever is still in that box at the end of the month is being donated.

    I was just thinking about storage baskets/trays for my bottom shelf large appliances with many parts (like the juicer).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I like that ide, Lisa! You will be surprised at how much you really don’t use them. Storage baskets is a fantastic idea and keeps everything looking neat and tidy.ReplyCancel

  • […] Organising the crockery cupboard and decluttering kitchen appliances […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Declutter and organise your kitchen crockery cupboard […]ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Are you in Sydney Australia….I need help of organise my cupboardReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Stuff Masters I love sharing new and exciting products with you and I am thrilled to share this rather unique unit created by a great Aussie business called Stuff Masters.  The story behind this fab unit is beautiful… Stephen and his wife have 4 kids, Mrs Stuff was searching for […]

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  • Isobel

    What a brilliant idea! Although I don’t know if I’d have them in the hallway-as they aren’t very attractive- maybe in the garage? Extremely practical though-and a lovely story of how they came about though.ReplyCancel

    • I agree Isobel, such a sweet story and he listened to exact what his wife wanted. The garage would be the perfect place, or even in the kids bedrooms to store books and hand school uniforms from too.ReplyCancel

  • meandmyreadymadefamily

    That is such a great idea. I love how you’ve added the charts so it is like a command centre for the kids!ReplyCancel

    • It’s a great little centre, you could also remove the charts and put hooks on the side to hang their school uniforms. So many different possibilities!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly law

    Love this! wish I could get them for in the UK!ReplyCancel

    • They are very unique Kelly, I have not seen them anywhere myself either before StuffMasters contacted me and made me aware of them.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Jamieson

    These would be perfect for my two little boys, shame you can’t get them in NZ.ReplyCancel

    • Such a pity Megan, have you contacted StuffMasters, see if they can help out at all??ReplyCancel

  • Susan Potts

    These are very clever – wish I’d had these when my kids were all little. I would have them in their bedrooms next to their study desks – that way they have access to the books they have to lug to and from school.ReplyCancel

    • Susan, that’s a great idea, we were trying to decide between the front entry or next to the kids beds, we decided front entry to tidily store all the shoes and there was enough space needed.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie

    How perfect! This is exactly what we need.
    p.s. I love your girls school bags, where did you get them? :)ReplyCancel

    • Cherie, I asked them same thing when I was setting up and the reader mentioned she purchased them a few years ago from Dreamworld.ReplyCancel

  • mone

    i want one with a spot for my work bag etc as well as for the kids heheheheReplyCancel

    • that’s a great idea mone, they could be used for so many different things. If I had more room in my garage I would like them for the kids sports gear!ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    I wish my partner would let me get one of these, the front door is a jumbled mess but he doesn’t see the point. Maybe it’s because it would be used to clean his mess more than the kids lolReplyCancel

  • Celeste Thomson

    Great idea – an extra would be a small side cupboard for bats, hockey sticks etc. Gorgeous design love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie @ Handmade Kids

    Wow, love this idea- what a great Australian product :)ReplyCancel

  • This post is fantastic Katrina. I just love the launch pad. I am forever tripping over school bags when I walk through the door.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is such a great unit, keeping everything beautifully tidy!ReplyCancel

  • […] more school bag nook ideas here:  25 School Bag nook ideas  |  24 reader school bag nooks  |  Storage unit for school bags  |  more nook […]ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips I decorated my sons room back in 2011.  He has just celebrated his 11th birthday (ooh he’s growing up so fast) and asked if he could change a few things in his room. Thankfully he still loves his painted wall and bed cover. But he asked […]

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  • Julia K

    Since son # 1 has moved out of home – we are about to embark on a major bedroom reshuffle ! Daughter # 1 will move into son # 1’s room, Son # 2 will move into Daughter # 1’s room and Daughter # 2 will stay in her existing room. Son # 2’s room will become a storeroom.

    We are repainting and recarpeting ALL of the bedrooms (starting with son # 1’s old room). Daughter # 1 and I have already started planning her new room. She is very crafty and loves to display her artwork and photographs. She received some lovely inspirational prints for Christmas ( purchased from The Organised Housewife) and these have been housed in plain white frames. She is ITCHING to get these up on her wall. Much as I love seeing things on walls – I always cringe at the thought of the damage to our lovely new paintwork.

    A 3M COMMAND GIFT PACK couldn’t come at a better time to facilitate all our upcoming bedroom makeovers !ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gelston

    We have just moved to a new house and i really want to make some family picture walls so these would be perfect as i don’t want permanent hooks or holes anywhere!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I would finally put up all my wedding photos and pictures of my daughter and current expecting #2 in frames all around our house as our walls are very plain. We have been living there for 5 years so its about time :(ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Pearce

    At last I’d decorate my sons room, he’s 11. I’ve never done it, always wanted to do it and now I actually MUST do it.ReplyCancel

  • tennille Ritchie

    Ivwould put up some charts and inspirational saying in my office and use the hooks to get stuff of the office deskReplyCancel

  • Debbie Kennedy

    Remodeling one room at a time,due to a flood.Command strips will be great for the newly painted walls! So helpful for organizing each room,your blog is the best! ReplyCancel

  • Donna Ryan

    Just moved to a new home. Son and daughter (both 11) want to put up their fav pics. While their little sisters (both 8, yep 2 by 2 LOL) now have a chance to decorate their own way. Wall loving Command strips would be a huge help :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Hill

    I’ve got some lovely black and white photos of Mum, myself and my 3 year old. Would love to get around to hanging them up, this would definitely be the motivation I need! :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Short

    I have so many pics to hang this would be a great start, I RENT!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I would use it to hang pictures I bought from overseas 14 years ago, and family photos we had taken last year.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I would use them to make my family photo wall that I have been waiting to do since we moved into our new house nearly a year agoReplyCancel

  • Holly

    With a two year old coming home from preschool every week with more artwork it would be great to put some frames in her room so I can rotate the artworkReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Oh bliss! I’d use them to finally get my family portraits, travel photography and art posters up on our walls. We’ve been in our new home for 7 months now and still have bare walls! ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    I am just about to start updating my son’s bedroom. He is now 4 and wants it to look like a BIG boys room so we would love to hang some of his artwork & favourite posters of NInja Turtle’s & Transformers :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    I would use it everywhere as we have just moved from our own home into a rental and don’t want to damage the walls! These would come in VERY handy at the moment!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Jamieson

    We have moved into our new home a couple of months ago and have just recently finished painting both my sons (4 and 2 yrs) feature wall. I made them an MDF rocket, helicopter & airplane a while ago and the boys keep asking me when they’ll get to put them up.
    The great thing about the 3M Command Gift Pack is that the boys will be able to help pur these on the wall themselves, no hammers, so little hands can help! :)ReplyCancel

  • JBMarigold

    I have degrees, certificates and awards languishing in the cupboard. It’s time I made “The Progress of Success” mural on a wall to inspire the children to achieve to add to it! 3M COMMAND STRIPS would be just the trick on our solid brick walls!
    (As well as that laser level…)ReplyCancel

  • Karina Wong

    I would use them to decorate the new nursery. At the moment, it’s plain jane boring and resembles Kennards Storage more than a nice homely nursery!ReplyCancel

  • AnnMaree

    i would use them to decorate my house with pictures of my family! Dont have many up as we live in a rental house and arent allowed to hammer nails into the wall so this would be absolutely fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    I would use them to hang pictures of my new bub! We have a big photo wall in the living room, and I need to rearrange and put up new frames for all the beautiful photos of bub no 2 :)ReplyCancel

  • Soni

    My daughter loves creating artwork and we have a couple of cracks in the kitchen walls so I’d kill two birds with one stone and hang up all her artwork and hide the cracks at the same time!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    I’d love to hang my favourite picture – the Sydney Swans holding up the 2012 Premiership cup!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Putting all our pictures up in our new house when we finally move in!! This Command gift pack will go to great use that’s for sure.ReplyCancel


    To give me the push and wriggle on I need to finally hang all the pics up that are neatly in a pile in the spare room, waiting for me.ReplyCancel

  • cms26

    A cupboard cleanout unearthed an amazing husbands’ father’s army papers. Love his signature and also signature of his father giving him permission to enlist. They can now be returned to a box or drawer or framed and displayed. I think, with a little imagination,they would look great framed with a photo of him. I am sure his grandchildren and great grandchildren will discover and become interested in family history they did not know existed.ReplyCancel

  • geegee

    I just joined!! 😀 YAY And I love this whole set up and how amazing you can make every part of a home so organised and family friendly. I spent most of today looking through all of the ‘organising by room’ ideas and have become inspired to make my house look just as fabulous! I would use this pack to make the family mural and maybe even change the theme of my bedroom just for fun :) Thank you so much for inspiring me and also making cleaning actually sound like fun!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Just over two years ago my lovely husband gave me five small canvas frames (the first letter of each family member, designed to look like giant scrabble tiles as we are a scrabble-loving family, and a heart) and he suggested that maybe I could do something creative with them. It was a perfect gift, and I’ve been planning the perfect creative use for them for much of the past two years. I decided to make them part of a huge artwork, so I’ve now got 25 canvas frames, all 6″ x 6″, and I’ve had dozens of our family photos printed onto canvas that I will arrange into a big textured collage (if that makes sense – hard to describe my creative vision!). I am so excited to get it done and on display! I have been wondering how to fix them to the wall as I don’t exactly want 25 holes, so this 3M Command gift pack would be perfect.ReplyCancel

  • AmberB

    Have just recently moved into a new home (YAY!) so all of the family photos need to be hung around the house – this would be the perfect solution!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    We are a very arty family and I need a solution for storing all our new
    art works quickly and easily and so they look great. Currently I use
    bluetac straight on the walls but this damages the pictures and the
    walls on removal. Ideally I would likes series of different sized
    frames on the wall but have been reluctant as the pictures need to be
    changed monthly and I would be left with lots of hooks in the wall in
    the wrong places.

    Seems like 3M have the solution I have been
    looking for! I could hang pictures in frames with the 3M photo strips
    and when I am ready to rearrange the wall remove the strips (without
    damaging the wall) and place the new pictures wherever they look best.

  • claire

    I need them to have all my new beautiful little prep girl’s art work and favourite pictures in her playroom. I want to fill it with pictures but dont want to put nails in the walls because I am sure we will get over the busy walls as some point.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    My daughter got a beautiful canvas photo of her great great aunt when she was a little girl in the early 1920’s. We’re just about to do up both my son’s and daughter’s rooms and would love to hang her beautiful picture up. I also want to do birth details pics for both my kids so the 3M Command Gift Pack would come in handy!ReplyCancel

  • Lina

    I would use 3M Command Gift Pack for lots of different things – hanging pictures on the wall, hanging white board with the tasks / menu/ chore chart on the wall, hanging decorations on the wall for Valentine’s day, I would use it do decorate room for birthday celebrations (use hooks on the wall to attached the balloons to or hang up Happy birthday sign), hang photo frames and much more. Last Christmas I even used some of 3M Command hooks to hang the Christmas lights on the wall and everybody loved this idea! I love 3M Command products as they save our walls, time and money!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Drennan

    Both my daughters bedrooms and their study area’s need updating.. the 3M Command Gift Pack would be excellent to help achieve this quickly, (rather than it going on the to-do list that never gets done). I hate having to put nails in the walls as it is guaranteed that where I want to put something there is never a stud. If it isn’t centered correctly it drives me crazy which is why our lounge room walls are no longer covered in photo’s, I couldn’t stand them not being where I wanted them…ReplyCancel

  • Jane Northrop

    I probably would use it in my kitchen in my cabinets to utilize space as I have very few drawers/cupboards. I have also started using them whenever I want to hang something that doesn’t necessarily need a nail.ReplyCancel

  • Marg

    We have lot of photo frames that need to be hung. 3m pack would be just the perfect thing.ReplyCancel

  • Madonna

    I would use the 3M for the photo’s my boys want to put up on their walls, the awards they win and the teaching posters they roll under their beds (out of sight, no need to learn)ReplyCancel

  • Karly

    We moved house 12 months ago and we still have some framed photos stashed in the linen closet that really should be put up.ReplyCancel

  • Viv

    for economical pictures in frames I also use kids wrapping paper and cut out the parts they like to put in a frame. When he was very young we did all sorts of Tractors, recently we just changed it to Minecraft pics. I will have to try these 3M hanging thingy’s though.ReplyCancel

  • Cindett

    Since both of my parents have passed away i would put their photos in our living where i can see them everydsy! ReplyCancel

  • Denise O'Flaherty

    I would re-hang EVERYTHING!!! Especially my new command center stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I’d make a memory wall down our hallway and full it with framed photos of our favourite memories and I’d finish organising the bathroom by making better use of the wall space.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Ciantar

    I would be able to finally put up all the photos lying in drawersReplyCancel

  • Sherryl

    I’m scared of using a drill. This way I could get a great big picture frame and put all the crazy photos of my little family up to show the world how mad we really are. Oh and would be able to hang my child’s whiteboard. ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    I’m a renter, in Sydney, in a ‘study’ sized room. It would allow me to liven up the small space renter style!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    What a great giveaway! We moved into our house 9 years ago and still haven’t put any pictures on the walls because we didn’t know where we wanted to hammer in the hooks. I would use the picture strips to finally hang up our wedding photo and photos of our 4 kids so that our house finally looks like a home. At the moment all our photos are stored on the computer and not even printed! I would use the mini hooks to hang some Christmas lights for the first time this year, and the medium hooks to hang the kids’ towels on as we don’t have enough towel rails for 6 people! I don’t have much bench space in the kitchen so the utensil hooks would come in handy too :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    With 3M Command, I could hang framed kids’ photos or art prints on the hallway wall without damaging the surface. Also the old drill holes could be covered up by the frames.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Thompson

    We have a great many pictures and embroideries to rehang after repainting. plus my Mum is just about to move from her home into rental aged care and we are looking to be able to hand her favourites for her in her new home. this prize would benefit 2 families…..ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    To avoid arguments with my other half about drilling holes into the walls and finally get around to hanging photos, momentums and pictures on our bare wallsReplyCancel

  • Tracee Forster

    Great for pictures but would love to try it for small stitchery wall hanging and other fabric décor.ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    We rearranged our house a few months back to make a playroom. My son started Kindy this year so I’d love to use the pack to display his artwork there. Also we now need a command centre so they’d be helpful there too.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    The kids love to create and draw. Some of the ideas they come up definitely need keeping for posterity and displayed on their walls. Instead of being filed away in a art folder, unseen and unappreciated, I would love to frame some of them and put them up around the house. And how proud the kids would feel seeing their works of art taking pride of place. The beauty and ease of the 3M Command system means I could have it done whilst the kids are at school and not have to wait for a spare 2 minutes on the weekend when hubby isn’t busy.ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    I’ve been looking for some ideas to display my kids art…. and being in a rented house means I have to be very careful about what I stick on the walls so they don’t get damaged! I would use the idea of sticking frames up on the walls and then be able to insert my little boys drawings or my little girls sticker ‘drawings’ free from worry about damaging the wall! :)ReplyCancel

  • melanie beardsmore

    as an already avid 3M command junkie i would finally hang some pictures up in my boys rooms and my own room seeing as we rent ive been slow getting that done this time around!! time for some new artwork!!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Raewyne Dobbs

    At the moment my house is having an entire renovation make over. These hooks would be a great help at putting up photos in the lounge to give the room back its homey feeling. :) It would make me extremly happy to see photos up around the lounge and it would take my mind off the dust and dirt I am living with at the moment. Lots of plastering/sanding/painting and staining going on around here. not including the dust from the demolition and construction of new rooms.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Palmer

    We have just finished doing some painting inside and my walls are blank! I would love this prize pack so i can decorate the walls with photos and art and not cause any damage. Need to make the house look more like a ‘home’!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Austin

    I have been thinking about giving my son’s room a makeover for a while now. His father is extremely unwilling to do anything around the house, not even paint a wall, so a quick and easy update like you have done above, would be really great.ReplyCancel

  • Trina Garner Williamson

    Lath and Plaster are not fun to deal with when it comes to hanging up pictures. Let alone the face that all of our outside walls have no studs to speak of. I would finally be able to have pictures and art on the walls. The hooks would be very helpful with organizing my kids toys. They like to put them in lingerie bags and the existing hooks are just too high to reach.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    I would hang the hooks on my dressing table mirror to hang my beads and necklaces on. Very handy to see if the beads go with my outfit and they won’t get tangled in a jewellery box. I would use the picture hanging strips by finally hanging my shadow boxes of pictures and mementos of my kids when they were younger. The mini clear hooks would help me to organise the tangle of cords behind the computer by hooking them onto the back of the desk. The utensil hooks would be used to clear my bench tops from tubs of utensils….that’s if my husband doesn’t ‘borrow’ them for the shed. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Our real estate won’t let us put holes in the walls to hang pictures. Would love to be able to put some family photos and art on our walls. White walls are very uninspiring. The 2 girls are both artistic and would love to hang some of their pieces. Please consider us !

  • Jacky Burkett

    Surprise my Stage Manager daughter with a wall of framed programs, posters & tickets from the various shows she’s worked on.ReplyCancel

  • Susannah

    We’ve just re-painted our kitchen walls. I’d use the Command white hanging strips to hang two clipboards, one for my weekly meal plan and the other for my shopping list and a document holder where I store take-away menus. I’d use the black hanging strips to hang some old black and white and colourised prints/photos of family members in the hallway (I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now). I would place the medium sized white hooks in my walk in wardrobe and would hang small evening purses from them. I would use the large hanging strips in white to re-hang my favourite print, titled ‘grumpy girl’, so she sits in the centre of the wall. I would use the clear mini hooks to string up some ABC’s (with the help of some cotton) in my son’s bedroom. I would use the utensil hooks to hang his chalk bags (white and multi-coloured) and a cloth for wiping from the underside of his chalkboard/easel. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I am a school teacher and could definitely use the 3M products to fix various semi permanent things to the walls, such as job charts, birthday charts, frames, hoocks to hang hats on etc. etc etc. I love 3M products and use them regularly but winning some would be fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alecia

    We have just purchased a new house, and as I am still very new to being organised (I am hopeless – especially hard with packing going on), this would make our new start in our new place even better by helping us start off on the right foot!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    I’ve lived in this house for nearly two year and not a single frame has been put up, that’s two years of hearing “I’ll do it soon”. 3M Command looks so easy to use, I could do it myself, it’s the only way it will actually get done!!ReplyCancel

  • Tania Carling

    My house is in disarray,
    from kitchen to wall.
    3M Command can handle them all.
    My bedroom makeover will have a display home look,
    with all these strips and hooks.ReplyCancel

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  • Chloe B

    I have so many photo`s just sitting in my photo box and none on my walls we have freshly painted walls so I am too scared to hammer holes in them , I would use the gift pack to display the photos of my beautiful family !!ReplyCancel

  • amandagorton

    I’d frame and decorate the playroom with the kids artwork – there is nothing more homely than adding a personalised touch to a room.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    The 3M picture strips
    Would surely fix
    The art I need to display

    While the 3M hooks
    Have functionality *and* looks
    I wouldn’t have it any other way!ReplyCancel

  • sarahjane

    I’d probably copy the simpsons idea. Its brillant.ReplyCancel

  • Andie Hansen

    what a great idea!! I would use my pack to replace all the nails in my walls that keep getting bigger as I readjust or replace my photos…..ReplyCancel

My youngest recently celebrated her birthday. We didn’t have a party, just spent the morning in the park with friends and had family over for dinner later that evening.  But, Miss now 9 had one request, she wanted a rainbow layer birthday cake.  Initially I panicked, thought that exceeded my cake making ability, however researched […]

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  • Jac_CommonChaos

    Love it Kat! I made a Monster High layer cake and had no idea those cake slicer things even existed! Took me a while to get even layers with a knife so I am totally grateful for that tip! Her cake looks fantastic, you did an awesome job.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Harper

    Looks awesome – all the way from the UK. x :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jkirbs

    Kat,it looks great.But what size cake pan did u use?ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Yummo Kat!
    Where’s our piece? Perhaps The Organised Housewife needs a birthday party too? Those who live locally can then get to meet you = maybe have a picnic in the park and we all bring a plate from a recipe we found on your site…. grin!
    On a totally different tack – I heard a really great quote on the radio this morning on my way to work which I’d love to share….
    “Help teach your children how to be happy, not rich. That way when they are older they will have learned the value of things not the price…”ReplyCancel

  • Whoa! That looks amazing! I did a layered snickers cake last year but it’s not as impressive as that!ReplyCancel

  • Siham Theccvillage

    That looks yummy !ReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    Thanks so much. Birthday’s coming up, this post is just in time!ReplyCancel

  • Barbi Bradbury

    I did this cake for my son’s 5th birthday but with m’nm’son the outside.ReplyCancel

  • Barbi Bradbury

    He was very happy.ReplyCancel

  • […] How to Make a Rainbow Layer Cake The Organised Housewife […]ReplyCancel

  • cinnamum

    Can you let me know where you bought the cake cutter? am having trouble sourcing one. with thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Falzon

    Hi, I’ve made a rainbow layer cake before and apart from being a bit fiddly and needing lots of room to store the cakes as they were cooling, it was pretty easy! And my daughter absolutely loved it as she is somewhat obsessed with rainbows and colours!
    Just going to get a bit picky though with your text…. you have a couple of small grammatical mistakes which I just had to point out…. In this paragraph “I used 2 x of this buttercream icing recipe, it made just enough, if I used anymore the cake would of been too sweet.” This should say “would HAVE been too sweet”. This is also repeated somewhere else in the text. I’m not doing this to be negative or anything but I just think it shows a bit more care to get little details like this right. I love your blogs and will definitely keep reading them though, don’t worry!ReplyCancel

  • Marjorie

    Hi Katrina – can I ask where you bought the sugared confetti? Thank you. This cake looks amazing. I am going to attempt it in July for my daughter’s 6th birthday party.ReplyCancel

  • June Harling

    If you are making these cakes in the future, use Sugarflair gel rather the Wilton as the colour is much more intense and you will be able to use less.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Gusa Nugent

    Going to give this a go for my Daughters Birthday….. wish me luck :p

  • Nadia Bernardis

    Is the recipe on the cake packet?ReplyCancel

  • kayla djssf

    what shop did you buy the cake leveller from? i am from Australia and i can’t fine a cheap one.ReplyCancel

  • kaylla djdf

    what shop did you buy the cake leveller from? i am from Australia and i can’t fine a cheap oneReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Kaylla, i purchased it from Cake Bitz.:)ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Can you please tell me which Wilton Gel colours did you use exactly? I would love to achieve the same shades of colour in each layer that you did. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Hi Caroline, i brought them in a box of 8 Wilton gel from a cake shop and i believe you can also purchase them from spotlight.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina V

    Hi Katrina – I love this cake, do you think it suitable for a 1st birthday. Seriously considering it. Thanks Kat (Love your name :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Katrina, LOL thank you.:)
      Yes i think it would be a lovely bright beautiful cake for a 1st birthday cake.ReplyCancel

  • ?????

    Marvelous content, thank You !!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    Hi Kat, beautiful cake, thanks for sharing and I’m very excited to try this for my girl’s 3rd birthday soon. Did they really only need 10 minutes each? I’m a terrible cook, just wanted to make sure!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jackie, Yes they only took 10 minutes but also keep in mind it will depend on your oven. I’m sure your little girl will love this cake!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    Love the cake! I’m going to do this for my Miss 6. What size tins did you use?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Claire, I used a standard round cake tin. Hope your daughter loves her cake :)ReplyCancel

  • lisa


    how do you store the cake after you have frosted it? can you leave it out, if so for how long? or does it need to be refrigerated?


    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I iced it about 3 hours before we cut it and left it on the kitchen bench uncovered, it was deliciously fresh.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Thank you so much for this post. I made it for my daughter’s fourth birthday and it turned out really well. Everyone was very impressed and my daughter was over the moon. I also found the cheap vanilla cake to be quite delicious. Great tip!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is, I’m all for making muffins and biscuits from scratch, but this mix tastes so good, perfect!! So pleased it came together well for you :)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Howards Storage World Today I’m going to give you a tour of my fridge… funny of all the places, but this is one place in my home that is always organised.  I find that keeping the fridge & freezer organised is one of my essential tasks.  The benefits: Food won’t […]

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  • Hélène.

    Oh my, that fridge is impressive! I am positively jealous ?ReplyCancel

  • Kelly j

    how long does your chesse last when you chop it up like that? do those containers stop them getting the “hard” bits where the cheese is exposed to air?ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Hudson

      You can freeze grated cheese.ReplyCancel

      • Jane Sibley

        I freeze grated cheese all the time, just pop it into a zip lock back and squeeze the air out of itReplyCancel

    • The vacuum seal prevents the air getting in, but you can definitely freeze it if you’re using a different container/bag.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly j

    and those containers look great, i like the fact that they fit into each other, one of my pet hates with other plastic containers!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Woodall

    I love the organisation. Mine is nearly there. I’ve been using the tupperware fridgesmart containers. Do you find these are keeping your food better? I still find that some foods just don’t last very long in mine. e.g. pumpkin I also use large containers (the huge decor ones because that’s what I had at the time) for anything small that comes in a bottle and won’t fit into the door pockets. I learned last year when I wanted to buy some cheese and grate it for a special occasion that it was actually cheaper to buy it already grated, so I would check the price (comparison) before you buy it in case either one is on special. Weird I know, but it also saved me heaps of time.ReplyCancel

    • Tamea

      I use fridgesmart containers for my cut pumpkin and it lasts longer than if it were in cling wrap – do you leave the skin on? :)ReplyCancel

      • Angela Woodall

        Yes. I leave the skin on but cut the seeds, etc out of it. I’m lucky if it lasts a week. Most things I can get 2-3 weeks out of if I need to. Just not the pumpkin and I won’t put pepper on it like it’s been suggested.ReplyCancel

        • Tupper Nat

          Have you tried washing your container with vinegar? Even the slightest bit of mold (something you can’t see) defeats the purpose of the product. Happened to my cheese, dying quickly. Used vinegar and back to weeks and weeks. XReplyCancel

      • Kylie

        Pumpkin lasts fantastic when frozen… i just pull out what i need when I need it. best way to save on wastage :)ReplyCancel

    • Kristie

      I also use Tupperware fridgesmart and find my veg last a couple of weeks.ReplyCancel

    • alison

      The reason I grate my own is pre-grated chesse has a anti caking agent in it that I have read is not recommended to be consumed by childern ReplyCancel

      • Margaret

        I buy block cheese and then shred it with the fine shredder on my get more because it is smaller….then any leftovers are put in the freezer in a plastic zip lock bag….ReplyCancel

      • Mel

        The anti-caking agent contains gluten & they also lube the graters with flour so anyone on a strict gluten free diet can’t consume pre-grated cheese. Because these 2 items are not a ‘component’ of the food they don’t have to list it on the ingredients.ReplyCancel

  • Tamea

    have you found a container that does all that AND can go in the oven? I am searching for something that I can store lasagne / pasta bakes in and put them in the oven to reheat rather than the microwave. THANKS for sharing. I thoroughly enjoy your hints, tips and ever honest sharing 😉ReplyCancel

    • Linda Walmsley

      Hi Tamea
      your pyrex dishes have lids on them and can go from freezer to oven or microwave. They are a glass dish with a plastic lid. Just be sure to remove the lid first….. made that mistake only once…ReplyCancel

    • Angela Woodall

      You could also use the tupperware Heat and Eat. They are fantastic for fridge, freezer and microwave, but not the oven. You would need to switch to an oven safe one like the Ultra Pro which will go oven, microwave and fridge. They just don’t seal like a container would. But then neither does pyrex. Pyrex gets really hot in the microwave, but heat and heats only get hot where the food is because the food has been heated not the whole container. The food tastes yummier and is better for you too because it’s not having the cr@p heated out of it.ReplyCancel

    • Pyrex dishes come with lids that you can use for freezing, and then remove to pop in the oven.ReplyCancel

      • Tamea

        Thanks Kat, I’ve looked at pyrex, often, but can’t seem to find the right size!ReplyCancel

    • Kylie

      Try the Glasslock ones… Apparently they are good for fridge, freezer, microwave and oven :) I have seen them on sale at Victoria’s Basement.ReplyCancel

    • Jaqueline

      I found on pinterest that you can líne your pirex with foil, then freeze and take the pirex out, once ready to bake you can place it on your pirex again, that way you can use what you already have and the big frozen blocks can bes toree vertically to maximize your spaceReplyCancel

    • Grace

      Hi Tamea
      I know there’s a tupperware that is oven and microwave safe. They’re not cheap though. You’d be looking at around $100 for a medium sized oneReplyCancel

    • Candice

      Tamea you should look at the Ultra pro range from Tupperware they are fantastic for meals such as lasagne. You can put them in the oven, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher. They also come in different sizesReplyCancel

  • Larissa

    Does this mean you’ve ditched the Fridgesmart containers you used to use? Which containers help the food last longer do you think? I wish my fridge looked liked that!ReplyCancel

    • Olivia

      I was wondering the same thing. I got some Tupperware ones I saw her recommend them, and now she is recommending the HSW onesReplyCancel

      • Tupper Nat

        No, I think she would still use them. Wasn’t this a trial? If it works for you Olivia, then that’s great. ReplyCancel

    • They were too awkward in the cupboard for storing. These ones are similar in construction – they have the same ridged-bottoms to keep the food out of any condensation, and the vacuum seal means the food freshness is sealed in.ReplyCancel

  • OMG Your fridge is so clean and organised!!! I am seriously impressed!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    That’s fantastic – thanks for the tour!! With chopped up veg (e.g. carrots) do you find that they dry out at all? I’ve chopped up carrot sticks to keep in a container in the fridge in the past, to make it easier to grab a healthy snack, but found that they tended to dry out after a day or two, unless I kept them submerged in water. That was just in those decor clear containers though, so not a vac seal container or TW fridge smart. Would I have better luck with those? Thanks for the advice. :)ReplyCancel

    • Amanda Titley

      If chopped carrots are stored in the fridge immersed in water they stay fresh and crunchy :)ReplyCancel

    • For snacking on, yes, submerge them in water. For cooking, they’re ok as the cooking softens them up again.ReplyCancel

  • Marg

    I keep my grated cheese in the freezer.
    Love all these ideas but we have a regular fridge/freezer with half the space. Any ideas for how to make it work with less space?ReplyCancel

    • Perhaps you could do this for your most regularly used fruit and veg that you want ready to go? Whole veggies that you use up in one meal you could keep whole.ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    I love some of your ideas, particularly knowing the containers are freezer-safe and don’t give items freezer burn. I’ll have to pop down to HSW!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Maudy

    I am about to upgrade to a new fridge – I’m going for one with french doors – it has several drawers in the freezer, so I think containers will be better in the drawers. I am interested to know how you store meat? Currently, I bag it into single serves, but it might not be the best way come the new freezer.ReplyCancel

    • Angela Woodall

      I use a product called ‘Go Between’ made by Glad. You find it with the Glad Wrap. I use the tupperware freezing containers (arctic) and layer them between the meat and wrap it over the edges to help protect. Works well. Also means you only need to take out what you want as they separate.ReplyCancel

      • Tupper Nat

        Same Angela and I use Go Between too. XxReplyCancel

    • Kezchaz

      Miss Maudy, we brought the LG French Door with water and Ice (unreal fridge). And with all the compartments in the freezer it is great to have containers as they fit so nicely, but you do have to make sure you get the right size or the freezer won’t close. I have never had an organised freezer until now, and they are deep freezers.. lol.. Good Luck…ReplyCancel

    • Containers are much easier in drawers as they stack nice and neatly. Think about how you use your meat – if you do only cook it in single serves, then stick with that. If you find yourself using a couple of single serves at a time, then double up. The ladies’ suggestions of Go Between is great for keeping meat separated.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hudson

    I’ve never had a whole fridge like that – for space purposes we only have a fridge with a small freezer on top. Keeping it tidy and fitting things in has always been challenging. Today, though, your post has inspired me to change how things are done. Today it’s the fridge, and tomorrow will be the freezer.ReplyCancel

  • I do this too! I keep gluten free bread in a huge container in the fridge and chopped up veg as well!ReplyCancel

  • Sherelle

    How do you store your lettuce? Do you buy just leaves or keep it whole? I can’t see a picture of one inside your fridge?ReplyCancel

    • Tupper Nat

      Lettuce needs to breathe so I would safely assume these aren’t meant for lettuce. I buy both. :)ReplyCancel

      • Sherelle

        My only problem is the size of the round container Tupperware provide for the lettuce itself. It’s huge and being rounded isn’t fridge friendly.ReplyCancel

    • Andrea

      I keep whole iceberg lettuce in an airtight plastic box with a sheet of paper towel on the bottom. In the fridge. Keeps for about two weeks.ReplyCancel

  • brooke

    Just wondering what size vac seal containers do you use. id like to purchase some but would just like to buy a couple of the more versatile sizes as seen in your post
    thanks!! :)ReplyCancel

  • nic

    so impressed speachlessReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hudson

    YES! I did it. Still have to do the freezer, but the fridge is all clean and looks like something I’d like to eat out of (no before photo, it was a shameful mess). Better still, a pile of containers that were taking up space in my cupboard are actually being useful now!ReplyCancel

  • Mommy Adventures

    Wow, that is some kind of awesome. Might have to check out these containers you speak of :)ReplyCancel

  • HP101

    Are the vacseal and colopots glass or plastic?ReplyCancel

    • The VacSeal containers are BPA-free plastic and the Colopots are glass.ReplyCancel

  • tracy kilkenny

    Hi I really need to know where to get these containers thankyouReplyCancel

  • Colleen Payne-Bizic

    I think I may be a convert! Thinking about doing all of this. Only suggestion would be to peel the bananas before freezing and wrapping individually. Much easier to deal with when you need it.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    do you find that the containers take up extra space in the fridge when you organise them like this?ReplyCancel

    • Perhaps it does mathematically, but it means that the first thing you seen when opening the fridge for a snack is loads of pre-prepared fresh fruit and veg all ready to eat :)ReplyCancel

  • Tupper Nat

    You have 3 breathing requirements for you fruit, vegetables and salads. Some are light, some medium and some heavy. The beauty of fridge smarts, now “ventsmarts” is they have a ventilation system to accommodate all fresh produce and “little feet” at the bottom to hold the condensation to prevent water damage that destroys our food. These containers don’t have either vents or condensation holders so I can’t see how they last long. These containers look like they function the same as the Tupperware clear mates. Just air and liquid tight. I would love to answer all your questions ;)) but not my place ;((. Angela Woodall – we sound similar. XxReplyCancel

  • Pennie

    Do you not get frustrated having to pull all of those containers out to get to the one you want on the bottom? I also cut and store all my fruit and veg etc but I have kept my shelves in so I don’t have to pull everything out all the time. I have a family of 5 so we go through a lot of food so doing all this prep, may take 20-30 at the end of shopping, but makes it so much easier to get dinner ready after a long day at work.ReplyCancel

    • Not really, no more so than having to pull them all out to reach the one at the back of the shelf! :)ReplyCancel

  • Zelda Sheldon

    Great! I know my hubby would prefer storing in glass more than plastic but this looks like a space and time saver for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Cybele @ BlahBlah

    Very inspiringReplyCancel

  • bellbanger

    When you freeze your bananas whole and peel them, they are still yellow inside. We eat them like ice creams. Just allow to defrost on the bench for a few minutes then peel with the aid of a knife. Our 2 year old loves them.ReplyCancel

  • Lani

    Help regarding the vacseal containers. I went into Howard’s storage world but the lady couldn’t show me how to use it.

    Am I right in saying place items in containers have the vac green bit down before placing lid. Place lid & lock the 4 outside clips. Then just push down once on the centre to release the air.

    Is that right?ReplyCancel

    • Kerrie Czernia

      That is how the lady showed me and then open the green bit to release and openReplyCancel

      • Lani

        Thanks. I guess maybe the ones in store were brokenReplyCancel

  • Lani

    Also can I ask which food excel when using the vacseal containers? Also what foods can be stored together or not togetherReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Looks fantastic! Motivating me to get some organisation happening in my VERY messy fridge! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    This looks great, thanks for the ideas! Question – How long do you expect fruit & veg to last once cut up? For example, watermelon in cubes like this would tend to start going mushy after a couple of days, and carrot sticks tend to dry out quickly…how long do these portions last for you?ReplyCancel

    • I only need them to last a few days, or until eaten, which can happen quickly!ReplyCancel

  • Gracious

    love your idea. and love your fridge!ReplyCancel

  • Toni Mathews Wetter

    My best organization tip for the fridge is to not let me touch it. LOL. Love yours.ReplyCancel

  • Jas

    Hey Katrina! :) what sizes did you buy? I am unsure of what sizes to buy for each fruit/vege. Thank you so much!! :)ReplyCancel

    • I have the 1.5L squares and 1.7L rectangles, but you want to buy whatever measurements fits in your fridge best.ReplyCancel

      • Jas

        Awesome! Thank you so much for letting me know, have a great night! :)ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Thanks for the inspiration, Katrina! Just wondering about things like broccoli and cauliflower, do you wash these before or after cutting or just before use? I must wash all fruit and veg and I can imagine that washing prior to storing would not work unless you let the pieces dry beforehand. What do you do?ReplyCancel

  • Katrina D

    How do you organise a chest freezer? We have five sheep butchered at one time, I bag up a freeze in family portion sizes, has anyone tried wire baskets in the bottom to sort frozen meat into their groups, chops, roast, mince? Or any suggestions how to divide freezer?ReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    Could I ask what sizes you use in the vacuum sealed containers please? I just need to get an idea of what fits into what size.
    And thanks for the inspiration.. I have finally started organising our pantry and have never been happier :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Rushbrook

    how long does the food last when you do this?ReplyCancel

    • Jackie

      I would also like to know this…ReplyCancel

      • They all easily last a week
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        The Organised Housewife

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  • Biljana

    Katrina, your fridge and friza look amazing, I have never seen one so organised. It has definatly inspired me to reorganise mine. Geat post…xoReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    Would love to see a fridge make-over of a smaller fridge, the type with the freezer on top. I am slowly but surely attempting to do this, but very short on space. Your fridge/freezer look amazing, and those Howard’s containers look like they would definitely make life easier :)ReplyCancel

  • Do you happen to know if the plastic containers are BPA Free?ReplyCancel

  • krystel

    another great tip is remove your crisper drawers to allow more room to stack your fruit n veg storage containers. We recycled our crisper drawers by my husband putting them in the shed to use for his storage needs.ReplyCancel

  • […] click through to see how I organise my fridge […]ReplyCancel

  • […] This is one of my favourite blog posts in a long time- how to organize your fridge and freezer. Its possibly too aspirational for me, but there are still some great ideas here- particularly the weekly preparation of vegetables. Blanching the vegetables and then freezing them can save even more time. […]ReplyCancel

  • Cro Meakin

    Look at what you made me do! Chopping up veges and fruit so they are ready for smoothies and snacks is BRILLIANT. Now just working on making healthy snacks that I can freeze. Thank you for the great tips!ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Rosenzweig

    That would have cost a fortune to buy all those containers.ReplyCancel

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      Hi there, thank you for contacting me. I do not wish for you to show my post on your blog, you are welcome to show a snippet and they can click to the link you will include to read the full post. Please email me to discuss further.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Barnett

    only thing I would add is – don’t put your scraps from chopping fruit and veg in a shopping bag and throw away, put them in a big container/bowl then take outside to the compost bin!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Rayson

    Love your site, where do you purchase these containersReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Ann, these are available from Howards Storage World, you can buy them in store or online :)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Tonizzo

    I do this too, and while the containers cost a bit to set up, I almost never have to buy cling wrap and wasted food is negligible. ReplyCancel

  • Amy Thomas

    Looks great! There are also freezer mates by Tupperware, which I use in my freezer. Lots of sizes from ones big enough to store 2 loaves of bread, to tiny that would store sauces, stocks, half opened cans etc. Flexible so easy to get food out, dishwasher safe, and the best bit is they are modular, so two littles will stack on a medium etc. In the fridge I use the ventsmarts for my fresh stuff but use the clear mates to store cheeses, deli meats, butter as well as grated carrot, sliced tomato – Even left over avocado goes in my clearmates and doesn’t go brown till about day 3! Again all modular so two smalls equals a medium, etc. Great space savers and has saved me a lot of money in wasting a lot less food. Tupperware has the freezer mates as a host gift reward at the moment. Happy to answer any questions.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I haven’t been to a tupperware party in so so long, I didn’t even realise there are freezer mates available… there you go :)ReplyCancel

    • Raz

      What r the advantages of Tupperware fridge storer vs Pyrex. Also how do you store mushrooms, snow peas and aubergineReplyCancel

  • Amy Thomas

    Is that a pastry sheet container in your freezer? I need one of them! Where did you find it? :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes it is Amy, it’s made my Decor and you can get them from Big W, Kmart or Woolworths and Coles.ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn Reiffel

    Loved this one – now Im keen to sort my fridge & freezer. Really like the pre chopped fruit and vegies. Quick pop down to Howards first. I’d like to offer a slight change : Save all peels and scraps in a clip bag – kept in the freezer until you want to make a vegie stock base. Add any limp vegies celery ends – and boil away. Then put them in the compost later.

  • Sharyn Reiffel

    Loved this tour. Your wonderwoman -inspiring me to sort my fridge & freezer. I really like the pre chopped fruit and vegies. Quick pop down to Howards first. I’d like to offer a slight change : Save all vegie peels and scraps in a clip bag – keep in the freezer until you want to make a vegie stock base. Add any limp vegies celery ends from your fridge. Boil for a few hours in a big stove pot. Then put them in the compost later when they have cooled.

  • Lisa A

    Absolutely love this! One question though – if you chop up zucchini, onions etc how do you know how much = 1 piece if you need it for a recipe (ie 1 medium onion) – how much would that be 1/2 cup of the chopped up amounts?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Great question Lisa, when cutting these up have a look at what a whole zucchini looks like, I would say for my little hands it would be 2 full handfuls. I don’t precut onions, I think purely for the reason of not wanting onion smelling containers 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jesse

    Hi Katrina – what are the sizes of the vacseal containers you have in your fridge & freezer? They look like good sizes :)ReplyCancel

  • nadine

    I purchased 4 different sizes and a couple of each. Are they supposed to stay “sealed”? I’m having to press mine sealed everyday ss the bubble vacuum loosens. Is this normal as I am a bit disappointed?ReplyCancel

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  • Lele Akbari

    Hi Katrina,
    I wanted to write to thank you. Your suggestions are making a huge impact in my household. I did a big shop Tuesday, I followed your instructions left everything out I needed to chop and prep. I got out all the containers, plastic rubbish bag close for scraps. We love it the fruit in the fridge ready to eat and pack for hubbys lunch is brilliant. Fridge is neat and orderly. I waste a lot of food due to spoiling, now I now whats in there and I will use it efficiently. Making thanks. Love your blog. Cheers Lele :-)ReplyCancel

  • Emilie

    I can see just one problem with this method : fruits and vegetables loose their vitamins very quickly once they are chopped…ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Oh yes i have heard this but i personally have not had any problems with the fruit and vegetables loosing their freshness.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the Inspiration Kat!ReplyCancel

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  • Bernie

    Hi Katrina,
    I have had this article bookmarked for awhile and finally went down to HSW to purchase. Bonus is they had 30% off! This option is more affordable than tupperware so looking forward to getting organised and giving them a go. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • Eilis

    Dear Katrina
    I am new to your blog and I am enjoying it! Thank you. Just a question regarding your fridge organisation.
    Would you recommend the Tupperware freezer mates containers or the Howard’s Storage Vac Seal containers or are they similar? Should I keep the vents open while storing them in the fridge and freezer? Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Eilis, Welcome! So lovely to have you join us.:) To be honest i use both! I think they are both fantastic. I keep the vents closed to lock in the freshness.ReplyCancel

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  • Chelsea

    Hi Katrina, Love your fridge and freezer!!. just want to ask a question , when you shop, do you wait till you have used all of the product from a container before topping it up, just thinking how do you know whats fresher…e.g the ham.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Chelsea, Yes i try to use it all up before rebuying. If there is a tiny bit left in the containers i place that on top of the fresh produce so it gets used up first.ReplyCancel

  • Raz

    Hi katsina, I am loving your fridge is can tell you thnx for inspiring me.
    What r the advantages of Tupperware fridge storer – vent smart vs Pyrex?

    Also how do you store mushrooms, snow peas and aubergineReplyReplyCancel

  • Kirstie B

    Thanks for this post, it is great. Always wanted to know how I can have grout and veg last longer!
    Just a tip with carrots, I chop them into sticks and store them in a container filled with water, that way they stay fresh and pre chopped.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! Thank you for sharing your wonderful tip, Kirstie.:)ReplyCancel

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At the beginning of this Back to School Series I asked what topics you would like me to write about, there were quite a few readers asking for tips on how to help high school kids, organise study time and their desks.  As I don’t have teenagers myself I put the call out for somebody […]

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