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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

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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

My gift to you this Christmas is a selection of 2013 Monthly Calendars with To-Do list.  These calendars will help you organise and plan holidays, activities, upcoming events and more.  I have included the to-do list on the side to help you achieve your goals each month. I choose to start the week with Monday […]

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Today I am having a fight with the paper shredder while I am multitasking.  Apparently I have taken a few too many pictures on my phone and its saying my memory is full. While I upload all the photo’s to my computer, I am shredding paper while the computer is busy.  I was on a […]

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  • Awesome ideas.  Everytime I throw away a bunch of shredded paper I wonder what I could be using it for.  Seems like there should be something! I did shred some specifically the other day to include in my husband’s b/d present. I put a note in a box and need to fill it with something – used shredded paper.

    Also, when my daugher got married, we shredded colored paper and put in glass bowls on the tables.  It looked really pretty!  It was new paper though – not recycled.ReplyCancel

    • Max

      If you can’t find a use at home for your shredded paper a lot of pet shops will happily take it to line their cages. Check with each individual shop first, but I used to take the bags from our workplace to our local and they loved it!ReplyCancel

      •  Fantastic idea Max!!! I am sure the pet shops would love this and it is kind of like recycling it in a way lol.
        We have guinea pigs and shredded paper makes a nice and warm bed for them so even if you know others with animals…ReplyCancel

      • Nicole Grant

        We also take ours to the local pet shop. They always seem grateful. ReplyCancel

      • KateGi

        The Brisbane City Council Animal Shelters (if you’re in Brisbane, look them up on the BCC website) – which are run by the animal welfare group The Lost Dogs’ Home incorporating The Lost Cats’ Home – will take shredded paper. We shred a lot of paper; anything with personal information on it gets cross-cut shredded and that ends up in the recycling (but being cross-cut it takes up far less volume than strip-cut) and anything else is used on both sides and then strip-cut. Every so often we take the strip-cut shredding to the BCC Animal Shelter at Willawong. FYI they also welcome old towels.ReplyCancel

        • This is really good to know, thank you for sending through this information.ReplyCancel

  • Karen T

    Shredded paper can go into your worm farm or compost too :)ReplyCancel

  • I have a shredder. It doesn’t like shredding more than a dozen or so pieces of paper before it has to have a bex and a lie down. Why I expected more for my $20, I don’t know!

    The Bloke has a Man Cave with a pot belly stove. It generally takes a few bits of paper to get going. It also doesn’t need a rest after it destroys a few pieces of paper so we’ve taken to calling *that* the shredder and he uses anything with personal information in it as a fire starter. Or if he’s feeling more pyromaniacal than usual – I hand him a wedge of papers on a cold day and voila! Fortunately, end of financial year culling time coincides nicely with Fire Time!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t know if you’ve noticed Katrina, but shredded paper fills your recycling way quicker than just regular paper! I love the ideas you’ve shared for repurposing the shreds. Way more fun than shredding and throwing it away.ReplyCancel

  • Carole Fitzgerald

    we use a shredder at work and bag the shreddings and give it to the local pet shop for the pets’ cages…..ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    You can also use shredded paper in compost bins its great, or if you are starting a new garden bed dig a little bit deeper and place in some shredded paper it will help with water retention and worms love itReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Kylie, from Get Me Organised As I sit down to write some tips on organising your office filing and paperwork, I recall the phone conversation I had with a girlfriend this morning.  She has been flat out at work recently, and also very busy at home with her husband […]

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  • Filing is great, but i never no how long i should keep receipts for bills that i have paid eg: power bills and phone bills etc. Have you got any advice???ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina – thanks for the opportunity to be a guest contributor on your awesome blog! Carly, depending on whether you need them for tax purposes, I would suggest that one year as a maximum. If you will be using for a tax claim, you need to keep for 7 years although your accountant may advise that certain bills can be kept for a shorter period than others. Hope this helps :)ReplyCancel

  • Ferial Reynolds

    we use an online money management program, which allows me to take a photo of the paper work then store it in a file section and then I have the paperwork readily available online and can shred the paper. Yay, to moving closer to a paper free home/office.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Is the get me organised site working? The links in the article don’t work…ReplyCancel

Part 1 – Gift Wrapping Station I love birthday cards to send my thoughts, love and wishes through sentimental messages to my loved ones, family and friends.  Perfect to let them know you are thinking of them even though you may not have spoken for a little while, as we all realise life sometimes just […]

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  • Kristy

    Such a great idea!! Maybe my next project should be to sort through all my old cards into ‘keep’ and ‘re-purpose’ someday soon…. I actually have every card I’ve received since I was about 12 (I’m now 27) and yes…. there are about 5 shoeboxes and 2 coffee table drawers full of them… Oops!ReplyCancel

    • Maryanne

      You’ve got a lot of love to be giving! :)ReplyCancel

  • June

    I love doing this at christmas time. With all the cards my family of five receive we also have an abundancy of cards and can’t bear to just throw them in the bin so why not re-use them!ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    That’s a good idea :) I like the Christmas gift tag suggestion too – thanks June!ReplyCancel

  • Teegan

    I re-use my cards in a similar way too! I cut the greeting message half of the card off the card (and if it’s a sentimental one I store it away) and use the picture side as a kind of postcard to write on the back! I then address it in the bottom right hand corner and stamp it (like you would a normal postcard) It’s a great way to send thank-you notes to people when you have attended their special occasion (like a dinner party or wedding) without spending too much on a new card and postage – and people appreciate the thought more than anything! I keep at least 10 on hand at a time and keep only my favorite patterns and designs when I get too many… :-)ReplyCancel

  • I save the cards I recieve in a “treasure”-box. Mostly the ones for my son. I made him a box, that I shall give him when he moves to his own place (he’s only 3 now). In that box is his birthdaycards, summer-cards, christmascards. And I also date them. It also contains his first birthday candle and other memories.ReplyCancel

  • Jess R

    I have every card since my mum was pregnant with me! Growing up my sister and I would play games testing each other on who had given us the card!! We had hours of fun. i do admit that i am strating to not keep EVERY card i recieve as i am now 30!!!

    I have kept all cards for my 2 girls (2 1/2 and 8 months).
    I think cards are really special!
    My husband hates them lol…so i dont always recieve them!! Unless he is reminded…which kind of defetes the purpose! Oh WellReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Let me think… cards in our house.. I too like cards
    I havent kept every one – I started out just keeping the wedding & birthday ones of the kids, our first christmas, the kids ones from good friends & the really nice cards …I am getting better at being selective..
    I quickly lose the Planet Ark Recycle envelope my husband brings home (and the spare my mum also gets me LOL!)
    I mostly scrapbook them (but I dont put them too near my photos!!)
    Sometimes i make pocket pages to keep them in, other times I have used them to journal what that person did to help celebrate that particular occasion or why they are special to me
    Though the last lot of xmas cards were better value on recycling: Half went to kindy for a what-did-you-do-on-the-holidays collage Ms 4 cut the others to shreds for hours while i finished scrapbooking the last few pages of Christmas 2009.ReplyCancel

  • […] on from Part 1 – Gift Wrapping Station – I have a cabinet in our lounge room which I use as our gift wrapping station, […]ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Got some great ideas from this post….love it!
    I must confess, Im a card keeper also. BUT, it is on my list of things I need to work on SOON!! =)

    Ill be doing same as Kristy suggested.

    Kat do you scrap the cards you keep or just box them? Would love to see.

    Julie are you scrapbooks lump or not too fat? I was considering pockets also but worried my books would warp with the extra content. Do you make pockets or buy them?ReplyCancel

  • Bebright2

    What a GREAT idea! I will be using this one I can tell you!ReplyCancel

  • […] like to create our own birthday gift tags for gifts we give.  I found this perfect printable below from ScrapBook Inspiration Magazine to […]ReplyCancel

  • wow great idea :)


  • Eunice

    If you want to keep the cards for sentimental value but aren’t particularly attached to the card itself you can scan the item, keep a copy electronically and then happily recycle or dispose of the actual card. That way you save on space but still have the card to refer to for sentiment.ReplyCancel

  • I reconfigure them and showcase the signature and message inside and use them as part of my scrapbooks. I have all of my wedding cards, baby showers and sent kid birthday cards along with the pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Terri

    I have been doing this for years with Christmas cards. I hate throwing out those beautiful cards and when I was young and broke, it was a perfect way to make tags for my Christmas cards. I also used to make new cards by cutting out features (i.e., Christmas trees), the painting a scene on cardboard and using the cutouts to embellish (paint a forest scene with watercolours and then pasting the cutout trees to the card). It was a way to make free cards when I couldn’t afford to buy them … especially since I used cardboard that came in my pantyhose. They were so popular with friends and family, that I still make my own cards like this 35 years later.ReplyCancel

I was reading Real Living Magazine recently and came across this nifty organising idea: Mail Station With a shelf and a few magazine holders you can create a space for mail and accessories. Find a fact sheet HERE on how to make your own mail station.

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Pin It This seems to be a general request, how to store paper work the kids bring home from school, be it artwork, homework or excursion forms. As for artwork we put it up for display on the fridge for about a week, I hope you don’t mind, but I will show you how I store […]

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  • I dont know how you come up with this stuff its great! and when you think about it these options are so simple i can just never think of them haha ReplyCancel

  • April

    I love this idea. We end up just storing the home readers etc on a shelf in the wardrobe and then it is a mad rush in the morning to gather the right stuff together for the right day. I can't wait to see what you do with the paper and craft that the children bring home. Thanks Katrina ReplyCancel

  • Kristine

    awesome, love the magazine holder idea and I will be buying three today! ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Ernst

    WOW! I think all your ideas are fantastic! Just wondering what the pictures are on the other side of your fridge with the sculls on them? ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    My daughter is in 4 year old kinder this year. I am saving all your school ideas for when she starts! Just brilliant! xxx ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Russell

    Do you have a printable of your shopping list? Looks great! ReplyCancel

  • Love your fridge! So clutter free. Mine's like a war-zone. And that's just from calenders!!! ReplyCancel

  • looks great, I too have those magazine holders, and they are a bargain. I wanted to ask about your shopping list as well. It looks great. Have you done a post on it. YEs you have me wondeering about he skulls. lol ReplyCancel

  • Carmen

    Love your ideas! Have you a copy of your printable shopping list? I could really use one of these! Cheers ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Cross

    I have only recently discovered your blog and I LOVE it! Great ideas, fantastic printables and lots of organising. I just got a new fridge yesterday and have discovered that I no longer need to cover every square centimetre with kids artwork to conceal the rust marks on our ancient old fridge! Your post will work perfectly for me- thanks! Also, just to add my voice to several other comments – would love to see a shopping list printable – looks fantastic. Cheers! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Katrina, glad you're loving the website :-) A new fridge? How exciting! See the "free printables" tab to be able to download all my printable lists. Thanks :-) ReplyCancel

  • Liesll

    Thanks, Great idea will go and buy magazine holders this morning. What would I do with out you, really great ideas!!! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Liesll, glad you're getting some great ideas ReplyCancel

  • Lindi

    HI. Thanks for great ideas. Yes please, may we see pictures of inside the drawers? ReplyCancel

  • Regina

    Thanks for the great tips. I will def. be printing out the labels they are a great idea. Don't be silly as if you could show us too many pics of course we want to see inside the drawers. ReplyCancel

  • Jarhyli

    WOW thank you for yet more awesome ideas! I have magazine holders and magnetic clips on my shopping list for 2moro :) I can't wait to be more organised this year, your blog is an inspiration xoxo ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I'm so happy that I am inspiring you and others to get organised….that's the whole purpose of my blog. Keep up the good work!! ReplyCancel

  • Jarhyli

    Forgot to add, YES I do love the owl, where did you find such a cutie? ReplyCancel

  • I love the magneting clips. It;s just what I used for ages. I don't need to use them so much as i only have the one child and shcool now and he's in high school, not so much paper in highschool!

    Mu plan was to cut out a photo of each of us to stick on our relevant clips. We all had one, the big boys for school stuff, Brian and I for work stuff and then there was a mics clip for family events ect.

    I never did actually get around to sticking the photos on so instead I used my Dymo label maker and labelled with our names and misc for that extra one.

    I used to place my clips on the side of the fridge. Where we were living at the time one end of the fridge wa free. This kept those personal letters etc away from certain eyes.

    We have two inbaskets on our computer pull out shelf (where the keyboard normally sits) for our bills etc. One is for my stuff – mags I'm reading, things I've printed off etc. The other is fr school notices (they get placed on top of the keyboard when radnall comes home) and bills. The inbasket gets gone through every few days. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      WOW they sound like great idea's for storing bills etc, you're doing so well…keep up the good work. ReplyCancel

  • […] loved the reward charts I posted yesterday.  Following this post and the picture I added on the How to store paper brought home from school I have had a few emails asking how I clean my stainless steel fridge.  Well…I have to tell […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Tidy up the homework area, see organising school papers HERE […]ReplyCancel

  • […] I ensure that the sunscreen is always put back where it belongs, in the bottom shelf of our homework station.  In this we keep, sunscreen, invisible zinc which helps to prevent or slow freckles from […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Tidy up the homework area, see organising school papers HERE […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Organising all school papers and homework books […]ReplyCancel

  • […] there. So many tips, tricks, ideas, and inspiration. Exactly what I need. As I browsed, I found this back to school post about how to organise papers that come home from school, and loved the simplicity of it and […]ReplyCancel

  • Katy

    Thank you for re-posting this on your Facebook page!! I really need to go through your archives. Dealing with 3 children’s homework, readers etc was driving me batty!!ReplyCancel

  • Jell

    We used to dump their school stuff on the table for me to look at, then on a spare kitchen chair so they could get things to pack each morning. I got sick of having to relocate stuff when we needed the extra chair at the table. So I recently tidied the mobile computer desk which sits next to the kitchen table. There is now space on a shelf above the monitor and I have purchased a plastic tub for each of the kids (2). These sit neatly on this shelf with a clip on lid. Now they unpack school bags, give me anything I need to see (notes, diaries, etc) and put everything in the tub til it is needed. Then they can take out homework, readers, etc and return to the tub when done. In the mornings bag packing is easier because all their stuff is (should be) in one spot and not mixed up with the other child’s stuff. Still adjusting to the new system, but so far so good!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa

    Wow, you are very clever and very organized. I love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    Oh I do this too 😀 Magazine holders work great! I love your blog btw and I’m really enjoying the 20 day challenge!ReplyCancel

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