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This is a guest post by Leanne Cooper author of Change the way you eat Leanne is a friend of the family, she has just released her new book ‘change the way you eat’.  I thrilled to have Leanne share todays post as it’s this time of year we often create new goals and look at our […]

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  • Wow, great information!ReplyCancel

  • Jacana

    some inspiration – thank youReplyCancel

    • Hi Jacana,
      thanks for your comment and you are VERY welcome! That’s fantastic that you found some helpful tips in there. All the best with your healthy eating.

  • Well there you go! I am studying with Leanne at the moment and she is a wealth of knowledge! The book is great! Enjoy all the healthy tips!!ReplyCancel

  • Hey Cassie,
    degrees of separation… LOL.

    Thanks for the kind words, and glad you like the book. Nourish Me Up is looking fab, well done you. Chat soon, Leanne xoReplyCancel

Today is the first day of a brand new year. Today is the day to make resolutions and goals. Today is the day that we can look forward and make positive changes. Today is the day to make a difference to the year ahead. Today I want to share with you my personal story, from my childhood to […]

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  • Christy

    Wow, that is an amazing account, Kat! Thank you for sharing your life with us. I really enjoy your blog.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you ChristyReplyCancel

    • Lynne

      Snap – I was also a Mum of 3 under 2 for 6 months! Now we have 3 under 6 and our twins have just started school this year, leaving one pre-schooler so I am looking for some practical ways to get organised. Stumbled across your website and really appreciate the practical emphasis. Venturing into school lunch territory, it’s great to have access to some resources.ReplyCancel

  • Kat. Great writing as usual! I love how that you’ve actually fulfilled your dreams of being like your nan and made a business out of it!

    You continue to inspire us all! Hope you have an amazing 2015!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Never would of dreamt it all those years ago Madonna. Happy New Year to you too xxReplyCancel

  • Mavis Vaughan

    thank you for sharing about yourself. it is so nice that you don’t just tell us all the good things but that you share your difficulties as well. I have wondered if you ever found the quilts your mum had made that were getting quilted? todays post reminded me of them. i have married daughters and I always try to be available to help them out and am very thankful that they allow me to help out too.
    thanks again for your great pages

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Mavis, it would be easy to tell you about all the good, but I think it’s important to share the not so easy and hard times, no sugar coating. We believe that there is one quilt still out there, gone now, we tried our hardest. I have a quilt here that mum made, it’s a queen size, but I have a king bed. One day I would like to make it to fit my bed. I love that you make yourself available to your family, I am sure they appreciate your support and help. xxReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Your blog is so helpful and an inspiration to me. I had a baby on Australia Day last year and I’ve used your blog to help organise my house and life and get back to socialising and still having a tidy (sometimes only tidyish house). Thank you for sharing your story and helping others find balanceReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Monique, I am so pleased to hear that some of my tips have helped you. xxReplyCancel

  • tam

    Thanks for that Kat and i have only just started reading your blog my hour is looking greatReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So glad you found it Tam and that you are using some of the tips in your home, Happy New Year xxReplyCancel

  • tam

    That house lolReplyCancel

  • Nikoly

    For some reason your FB posts stopped showing on my feed and I stopped seeing all of your stuff. It took a couple of months for me to realise that this seemed to coincide with my feelings of being overwhelmed with everything. I have started to see your posts everyday again (and a couple of others) and I am starting to feel very positive about 2015.
    My two great aims for this year are to get on top of the house clutter and to start putting me and my health first. We’ll see how that goes.
    So from one definitely unorganised housewife, thank you for sharing your tips and ideas and making it seem possible for me to become organised.
    Now, if only the kids would get on board!ReplyCancel

  • Wow I loved reading your story Kat, and bumping into you and your gorgeous family the other day in Tassie was so fantastic! I’m giggling that someone said ‘who would read that’… umm, just a few ppl, hehe!

    Have a fantastic New Years, and I look forward to following along for more advice, recipes and inspiration!

    (Oh and I had meant to tell you when we saw you that my girls had heaps of fun making the sequin/pin baubles for Christmas – it quite nicely filled a couple of hours!) Lou XxReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Thank you for sharing your story. I love to see someone keeping it real. Have a fabulous 2015 and keep up the good work. ????ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Very enjoyable and inspirational read. Happy new year. I hope to get more organised in 2015 :)ReplyCancel

  • nordstern

    Thank you for this beautiful post and thanks for sharing your story!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Kat. After reading your story today I feel quite emotional. On reflection I realise how much of your heart you carefully put in to TOH, you have integrity and wisdom which also come through and it speaks volumes to me. Thank you, Happy New Year.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I have never met you, but I just know that you are a sweet and kind person. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Hi Kat,
    Thanks so much for sharing, I loved reading the story behind The Organised Housewife. Your story resonates with me on so many levels, it is really quite uncanny! I too, have gained so much from reading your blogs and all your ideas, tasks and tips. I have been working so hard over the last month or so on decluttering and am now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and I LOVE that feeling! ???? I feel so ready and right in my own headspace to now keep going without feeling so overwhelmed with the task ahead. I am also now ready to dedicate more time to my own health and well being, so Thank you, it is a very special gift you have shared ??ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley

    Hi Cat. I have loved reading your story – thanks so much for sharing. I am really looking forward to following your tips, recipes and ideas in 2015. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Lyn

    Thanks so much for sharing. I especially liked the part where we shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help! Too much in the media these days about being everything to everyone! Loved this post!ReplyCancel

  • And this is why I follow you & your blog! You are an amazing woman who inspires so many. That is my ultimate goal – to inspire others! Thank you for being you Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Thank you for sharing, So many things you spoke about I can relate too, i also have twins who are 3.5 and my eldest is 5 ( starting school this year!) 3 under 2 was not easy, 3 young ones is not easy either! The washing is endless but thankfully the hugs and kisses are also! Keep up the great work!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    sounds very familiar. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks Katrina. I really identify with your point about recognising the triggers that make you happy or sad. I feel much better when everything is clean and tidy, but most days it feels like I’m fighting a losing battle when everyone else seems hellbent on making mess and not cleaning it up.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Hey Trinie,
    My NY resolution is to be a better housekeeper. (I can’t really say ‘housewife’ cos there is no husband/partner and my only children are the 4 legged variety!)

    My biggest problem is that I’m lazy about the house, easily discouraged and everything piles up, gets messy & dirty, I get cranky and even less inclined to do anything about it!

    I started a week or so ago just working on one or two things a day while I’m holidays and keeping on top of it once it’s done. My main aim at this point is to keep the floors relatively clean (difficult with 8 x inside/outside furbabies) and the keep the kitchen bench clear of clutter (I’ve only cleared half of it so far, the other half needs to be sorted.)

    Too early to see if I can maintain it, the real test will come when I go back to work at the end of January.


  • Majella

    Thank you so much. I cried reading this and it is exactly what I needed to read as I lie in bed with aching legs after another long day with two little boys :-)ReplyCancel

  • Saira

    Ah yes…. the piles of clean washing all over the floor! Thanks for sharing, I just assumed you were one of these Born Organised people – even more inspired now!ReplyCancel

  • Nicky

    Hi Katrina, I have recently found your blog (just two weeks ago). I already love it and have enjoyed reading this post. We are renovating at the moment and after a year of living out of home, I’m itching to get back home and start implementing your tips and ideas into my everyday life. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for sharing with us. I also got married at 21 and had both kids by 25. I’ve always been a neat freak since a child but having kids have taught me to try relax a bit as the house is never going to be as clean as I want it. And when it is it doesn’t last longReplyCancel

  • Amanda Morris

    Thanks for sharing Kat. You are a true inspiration and I must admit my role model :). It is so refreshing to read your blog and posts each day and your tips and tricks have assisted in keeping my sanity after having bubs number 3. Happy New Year to you and your family. May 2015 bring good health, happiness and those special moments to treasure. ????ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Morris

    Thanks for sharing Kat. You are a true inspiration and I must admit my role model :). It is so refreshing to read your blog and posts each day and your tips and tricks have assisted in keeping my sanity after having bubs number 3. Happy New Year to you and your family. May 2015 bring good health, happiness and those special moments to treasure. ????ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette

    Hi Katrina,
    Loved reading such an honest account of your life. I’ve struggled with weight and clutter my whole life. I certainly understand that the state of my mind is reflected in my house! Something my hubby doesn’t really appreciate, unfortunately his personality is a “everything in its place” type, so we struggle a bit. Thank you so much for inspiring me and helping me to realise that it can be done, and not to be overwhelmed, but to focus on small steps. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely post to read Katrina. I can’t handle too much mess either as it affects my mood too but my cleaning and clutter standards have had to fall a little bit because I have three girls under the age of four that love to play, create mess and demand my attention (as they should). It’s reassuring to read that you struggled a bit to keep on top with little babies as I would have assumed you were on top of it all. You are a gorgeous person both in life and on your blog. I hope you have a fabulous 2015. You have a beautiful family! I also got married when I was 20 3 months before I turned 21 and my formal was my first date with my husband. :)ReplyCancel

  • My life has been routine free for a few years and it has been hard. I’m seeing a little bit of light for 2015 being more stable, which I could really use!
    Thanks for sharing your story here.ReplyCancel

  • I love your blogs and ideas. I was a workaholic till my eldest son was diagnosed with autism, deaf, ADHD and severe sensory disorder I cut down work to focus on my family. Reading about your mother, that must have been hard because I havent seen my mother since February last year and I don’t know how I feel about it… my mother and I are beyond repairing but I do feel sad for my children to miss out on a wonderful grandmother…. I am so afraid but thank you for sharing your story. I love my life on the Gold Coast too.ReplyCancel

  • Valentina

    Hi Kat,
    You are one hellava woman!! Meant in the sincerest way, I came across your blog a while ago (sorry i just can’t remember) but your the only blog and website I ALWAYS recommend and read/use. Why, because you provide invaluable information to us all that is not complicated, your Australian based and as you say “Not Sugar Coated”.

    We can all find something we can relate to or cringe at, especially about what kids can be getting up to, having 3 daughters of my own, the attitude is what I just Love (NOT).

    I started my own business in March 2014, cleaning holiday homes, rental properties and residential homes. I have been getting busier and busier through word of mouth and I think for now I’ll stay that way. I would like to use this new year to establish some sort of routine for the family and work.

    It really is a juggling act for Mums and Dads. I have always had routines and gotten off track at times but you get that little remind from the inner voice within you saying it’s time to change or get back on track.

    My partner and I have been together for nearly 16 years now and I said right from the start, Life will be a roller coaster ride never a Merry-go-round. You can get through ups and downs, or you can stay in a constant whirl of being dizzy or just stop and do nothing/achieve nothing because your at a stand still.

    I’m enjoying the roller coaster ride and I particularly like reading your blogs of your ride through life. You and your family show us all what it means to be human and especially at the end of it all what it means To Love and Be Loved in a Family.

    Congratulations to you Katrina on a well written post and may the New Year bring Love, Prosperity and Good Health to you all.

    Valentina xxReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Hi Kat,

    I found your website via word of mouth about a year ago. I thoroughly enjoy getting your email daily but must admit I have been very slack at following. When I am good & the house is clean & tidy I can see my hubby smiling & doing a happy dance in his head lol (his Mum is a naturally organised & tidy person & I both admire & resent for this reason lol) I must say when house gets out of control I am extremely unhappy but am also less inclined to want to attempt the tidy up!!! But I am hoping 2015 is the year I declutter & keep a clean & tidy house, I also find I get bored at keeping a clean & tidy house but like I said I hope this is my year. Thanks so much for sharing your story you truly are an inspiration to us all. Happy New YearReplyCancel

  • Gail

    Thank you for sharing your journey. Keep up the great site, it is inspiring. May 2015 be a great year for all.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Hi Kat, you are so inspirational. It is difficult having a family and being so organised. My friends can’t beleive how I manage to do all the things I do. Sometime I don’t cope and it is true a tidy house is a tidy mind and you are able to see things in a more positive and feel better in yourself. Having all my kids left home we are now raising our granddaughter due to her mother’s health. It’s just like doing it all over again but with your blog I can relate to a lot and all your daily tips are great. Your twins are the same age as our granddaughter so I love hearing what they are up to. Thanks for all your effort and ttie it must be very rewarding for you to know you have made a business out of your blog. Thank you for being you which makes us feel half human as well.ReplyCancel

  • Cleo

    Happy New Year Kat. Thanks for sharing. I have been very ill for many years, thats why my house got a mess. I’m slowly getting my health back, and you are helping me to get my house organised and decluttered for the last 2 years. Slowly my house is getting better, I still have to do a lot, but I’m getting there. So thanks for all your great tips and ideas.ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely post! Thank you for sharing – it’s just what I need to read this morning xReplyCancel

  • Wendy Cheetham

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. As I sit here on a Friday night, soo exhausted from a huge work week, but with no energy to tackle what seems in my mind an overwhelming amount of housework, I am inspired by your post and how just breaking the tasks down makes everything achievable.
    God bless you and your family in 2015. Thanks for blessing all your readers.

  • Di

    Beautiful !! I so loved reading you post today. Happy New Year to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Nella

    Happy New Year to you and your family. I really enjoyed reading your story. I’m glad you didnt listen to your neighbour – otherwise we mightened be reading your post each day. You have a beautiful family so keep writing and inspiring us all.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret

    Thanks for sharing…..
    When I was home with my 3 children I was organized and loved being a Mum….I went back to work when my eldest was 15 and the youngest about 9. As I was working in a school holidays etc were never a problem.
    I will retire on 19/1/15, and am so looking forward to bringing my house back into order. We have a lot of decluttering to do. We have lived in our house for 36 years.

    Thanks for all the hints and I just can’t wait to get started in February when we return from our Holidays…ReplyCancel

  • Kacey

    I can relate to nearly everything you have written Kat. I also wash Tues, Thursday’s and Saturday’s. This helps me a lot. I love waking up to a clean kitchen and a tidy house. I am an organised person by nature but having two small children and my own business I have found I need to prioritise my life. My family is the number 1 thing in my life and second is to look after me. Thanks for your inspiration and helping me to be a better housewife on a daily basis. Happy new year to you and I’m looking forward to hearing about the story of you and your husband. XxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Kacey, How wonderful, you and i sound very similar!.:) I just thrive on being organised and having a routine. Happy New Year to you and your family too xReplyCancel

  • Abby Beverley

    Hi Kat. Been following your blog for a couple of years now. I’m in the East Midlands (Leicester), UK. Just want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year. I got married last year so I find your blog useful and the recipes are fab. Best wishes… Abby xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Abby, It is so lovely to hear from you. Happy New Year to you also.:) So lovely to hear your are enjoying the blog. We are looking forward to another bigger and exciting year.:)ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Just thank you for being honest and keeping it real!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi

    Hi Kat and thank you for sharing a bit more of yourself with us! Love your blog…especially recipes and tips.
    Just wanted to take this opportunity to also let your know that you have been inspirational to me by sharing your gastric sleeve story several months ago now. I am now 4 weeks post op and looking forward to all that 2015 will bring especially a healthier happier me! Thanks for playing a part in my journey and good luck to continuing success with yours.
    Happy New Year to you and yours. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Mandy that is wonderful news! So glad you enjoyed the post i did on my sleeve. I hope you are recovering well and 2015 is a wonderful year for you.:) xReplyCancel

  • Molly

    thanks so much for sharing your story. why is it you always seem to post the things i need to read/hear?! i have become so overwhelmed with it all lately, trying to be ‘perfect’ as for some reason i have been comparing myself to others and have failed miserably at even slightly measuring up to what i thought i should be. once again you have opened my eyes and put my heart at ease. its time for me to gain back my routine and control of what i have and to stop comparing myself….in home, life, self and parenting.
    you truly are a lovely person and so insightful. so many thanks to you and here’s to a wonderful 2015!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Molly thank you so much! I am so grateful to all of my readers. I am so very pleased to hear my blog post has had a positive effect on you. You go girl!.:) xReplyCancel

  • Ady Ghosh

    Your beautiful Kat. Loved reading your story . So inspiring. Been a admirer of your blog for some time now . Keep up the awesome work :) Greetings from Melbourne.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much!!.:) That is really lovely.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us, and I like the idea of having certain days to do things it makes life easier and that is how I am going to start my new year off, starting tomorrow 5 January 2015.

    Love your blog and how you encourage others. Bel xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Belinda, That is fantastic! Looking forward to hearing how you go.:)
      So happy to hear you are enjoying the blog! Looking forward to another exciting year.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thank you Kate. I have made your morals of the story my resolutions for 2015. I have printed them out and put on my computer at work as a daily reminder. I am so thankful to have stumbled across your blog :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thank you Kat. I have made the morals of your story my resolutions for 2015. I have printed them out and put them on my computer screen at work as a daily reminder. I am so thankful to have stumbled across your blog :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Lisa that is lovely! So glad you are enjoying the blog. Looking forward to an exciting year ahead.:)ReplyCancel

  • “How dull, who would read that?” Famous last words, haha. Plenty of people, it would seem 😉ReplyCancel

  • Mish

    Thanks for sharing <3 I have been following your blog for about a year now. With 2 teenage children and 2 toddlers plus 2 businesses and a charity I run, I find your daily emails help me get things done that may have been overlooked. My goal for this year is to be more organised in meal planning and preparation. I'll be referring to your recipes, especially the freezable ones for this. Again thanks for sharing your story and making me feel human xxReplyCancel

  • Jane Martignago

    Thank you for sharing your story!! I love your website and reading your daily emails. You are a real inspiration to me as I’m desperately trying to become more organised as late last year my son was diagnosed with ASD and I’m in the process of making a routine for him. Best wishes for a successful 2015 xxxReplyCancel

  • Maggie

    I’ve never posted anything before but wanted to say how impressive you are! I came across your website via HSW, I strive to be more organised, getting there slowly but perhaps more quickly now I’ve subscribed to The Organised Housewife! It was lovely to read your back story, thank you for sharing that :)ReplyCancel

  • Lyn

    Wow, what a story to tell, I find you an inspiration with all you have done. I am a 62 year old grandmother who still works fulltime & find your blogs to be so interesting that when I look at what you put as your “daily tasks” I think ” that sounds good”. I don’t always have the time to do the tasks but at least the idea is there for when I can. Thank you for sharing you thoughts & ideas & I hope you continue your blog for a long time to come.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Lyn, thank you so much! I truly love hearing from my readers and hearing and sharing stories and tips. So happy to hear you are enjoying the blog.:)ReplyCancel

  • I so loved reading this Kat you really are an insipration. Thank you for sharing. xReplyCancel

  • JessBroadbent

    Wow, Katrina, that was so personal, thank you for sharing. I am all about balance, and it is great to hear that from you too. It is also good to have a reminder that we never know what is happening behind closed doors, and how someone might be struggling.
    I so look forward to reading your posts and at the moment I feel very inspired to get going and clean up! I really want to create routines for myself, and have a wonderful home to retreat to. I am taking a long trip in April, and I want to have most of this sorted out before I go, so that I return to somewhere fantastic, and am delighted to come home.
    Thank you again for sharing, I do appreciate it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh wow thank you so much Jess! I look forward to hearing more about your routines and hope you have a wonderful trip in April!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara

    It’s so wonderful of you to share these parts of your life with us (good and bad). After a while we (readers) start to feel like we know the person behind the blog but this is just taken it a step further, I’m so glad you are achieving your goals, the feeling of achievement is one that can never be taken from you. I looked forward to reading your next post.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you so much, Tamara! It means a lot to hear back from my readers.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat,

    I found your blog via pinterest as I searched for DIYs and craft ideas for keeping me a bit sane in the midst of feels-not-working-today. haha. I used to work as an engineer and running a small fnb business but in my heart, I’d love to be a housewife. Thanks for sharing your story and they are inspiring! Really. Keep up your spirit and I hope 2015 will be a great year for you and your family.

    p.s. : I wish one day to visit Gold Coast. I only have been to Melbourne so far. And I just loveeeee Australia! Have a nice day! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Gold Coast is beautiful Emma, I hope you can make it up one day, come in the warmer months so you can experience the beautiful beaches. Glad you stumbled across my blog :)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for sharing your story! Very inspiring :) I have just made your homemade sausage rolls, yum! Please continue to share your life stories, recipes and organization tips, they are appreciated. Also, I will be conscious of asking my Mum for help when I have children as I am stubbornly independent and you have taught me that this isn’t necessarily doing a Mum a favour.. All the best for 2015! xoReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you! I look forward to sharing so much more this year on the blog.
      A big hi five to you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Dianna Bagnato

    Thank you for sharing your story and all tips I think you are an inspiration, a breath of fresh air with realistic, fantastic and wonderful ideas for real women.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    I am only just getting to read this NOW!
    Thank you for sharing your story and for making this ‘job’ real. Too often SAHM’s are seen as ‘not working’ or ‘sacrificing’ their life and identity for their kids / husband.
    I chose to focus on my little family for a few years and do see it as a REAL job – complete with alarm to wake up, routines, keeping food creation and store, teaching and learning, chores and social events on track for the entire family.
    Not to mention the moods, bickering and sibling rivalry at bay!
    My hubs works long hours and I work very hard to achieve balance and find it both rewarding and exhausting. Love your posts.ReplyCancel

  • Joann

    That is an amazing story Kat. Mine is soooo completely different but we are still looking for the same result – peace, harmony and organisation in our lives.
    My story in a nutshell – I have 2 daughters & my partner has 4 daughters (they range from 36 down to 20 – all grown and left home now but 4 live in the same town as us and there is also 8 grandchildren here as well aged from (almost)13 down to (almost) 2). Love them all to bits and enjoy them visiting. On the downside, I suffer from ongoing clinical depression and generalised anxiety. It can range anywhere from mild to severe depending on the day so it means I basically am a really good worry wort, painted happy face and am constantly fatigued – usually sleep 8-9 hrs per night as well as a good 2 hrs during the day.
    But, having said that, I am a fighter, and don’t intend to allow that to hold me back (too often – obviously sometimes things get out of control and I am just in ‘get-through-today’ mode). I try and manage my crazy head issues and I also work in my partners businesses and self-manage our own affairs including 6 rental properties, self managed super fund, and other random stuff (if only we’d stick to one type of industry right? lol). Some days this isn’t so bad – pretty cruisy – but some days it is like a storm from hell – everything that Murphy’s Law says can go wrong does!! And I like to keep a tidy home – and we have a big home – 7 bedrooms type big. Crazy for only 2 of us right? But somehow we manage to use the space between bedrooms, toy/play rooms for the grandkids, home office, etc.
    Anyhooooo, I am hoping that your blog/website can help me to organise my home and help me find a routine that can fit in with my work/life and bring me harmony and enjoyment back to our lives.
    Thanks in advance for your help! JoReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Jo you sound like such a very busy lady and sounds like rare downtime for yourself. I hope you will enjoy some of the tips you find on the blog and can adapt them into your home to help make a few changes to bring that harmony back. I love that your not allowing it to hold you back and trying to persevere through it. Looking forward to watching your journey xxReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Enjoyed reading this with your pictures from here in Seattle, WA. Such a refreshing story of doing the next right thing. I, too, am motivated by new years resolutions. Started reading books as that always fell with good intentions. I’m loving the down time it brings. I just read a little every night and it is calming. Now I know why people are avid readers. I’m certainly not there yet. But goes to show that we can decide to do something, to be someone, with a little determination. Also love that you created the blog even though someone first discouraged you. Thanks for your determination! I am not naturally clean. I can sleep just fine with dishes in the sink. I also love to cook and bake on the fly. I now enjoy meal planning since it makes better sense. I know it makes for a more peaceful life to stay on top of necessary tasks like ensuring the house is tidy at the end of the day. So I do it all, even though it isn’t how I’m wired. “That just isn’t me” is not a good mindset. Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? Take the small steps of determination to get it done. Cheers to you!ReplyCancel


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  • Farah

    Thank you for sharing your very personal but very real story with us all.

    I am parenting grandparent to a boy of 9 who has autism and just last month, I became a full time mum and housewife after working full time for the last 8 years (my husband and I role-swapped and now we’ve done it again). I am thoroughly enjoying being home, and don’t mind admitting that I have finally realised my life long dream, to be a housewife and mother just like my mum. I never wanted to be anything else and yes, she had special days for particular chores too (Monday wash day, Tuesday ironing, Wednesday floors, Thursday grocery shopping etc).

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and receiving the daily email tasks and I look forward to sharing in your inspirational tips for as long as it pleases you to do so.


    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh Farrah, thank you for taking the time to write to me, I absolutely love hearing from my readers. You sound like a beautifully well organised housewife xReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat, your story is so lovely to read. We all have amazing stories to share and can learn so much from each other. Reading others peoples ideas on declutter and reorganising is amazing. We all have so much to share and so many different way of doing and seeing things .When I was a young married mum and things would get on top of me I would Springclean and declutter my whole house out from one end to the other, then I would feel like I was rebalanced.
    With love

  • Nicole

    Hi Kat, I am moved by your story. I am naturally really messy and disorganised and often feel overwhelmed and ashamed thar I can’t “get it together”. I’m a teacher part time and mum to 2 gorgeous and emotional teen girls. Life’s busy at best, chaotic at worst. Your story has inspired me to try to get organised but not get down on myself. Thanks for sharing and best wishes to you and your family.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      HI Nicole, life can get so busy that the house can get a little out of control. Hope you can find some tips to help you from the blog.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Hi Katrina – thank you so much for sharing you life. I think it’s a wonderful thing to share your ups and downs and remind other women to care for themselves and their family.
    I’m an older mum (42 this year) and returning to full time work. My kids are now 8 and 6 but I’ve never managed to get on top of cleaning and cooking. I know that I have to set a good example for my kids – creating habits and having a positive, gracious attitude to keeping home and belongings clean and tidy. Otherwise I just become the mum who screams at her kids when the place gets too gross to put up with.
    So my goals for this year are to create my own cleaning routine and habits and set a good example for my kids.
    Love your blog. All the best

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  • TP

    Pretty handy app! Downloaded and gave it a whirl on my S4 and works really well! Turns out I have blurry vision in one eye but my sight is pretty good over distances. Eye test booked now, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

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

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  • Thanks for this printable, Kat – my birthday is in February and this is one of my all-time favourite quotes 😀ReplyCancel

  • HI Kat, I am new to the Organized Housewife site and I am very pleased that I found you. I can relate to almost everything that you discuss. My house is a council tip, in fact I think that the tip would be better organized. I am currently working 7 days a week but have decided that 2013 is going to be the year that I finally get myself organized. A lot of my problem resulted from combining 2 and a half household of furniture and ‘STUFF’. I have taken on board a lot of your tips and suggestions and rather than try to climb the mountain all in one day I am slowly working my way through.
    The main reason that I felt compelled to write in the comments is that when I read your experiences when going through your Mum’s things not only did I cry because I have lost both of my parents but what you found in your Mum’s craft room is just like mine (minus the jars). It made me sit back and think what a disaster my kids would have if I died and it was like it is now. In light of that I will over the next few weeks sort out my Craft Room, dump things that I know I will never use, label the things that remain so that when I do pass away (not yet I hope I am only 55) my children will not have the over traumatic job of sorting though my stuff and wondering what the hell to do with it.
    Thank you for making me look at myself.
    Keep up the good work, I follow you every day.ReplyCancel

    • Ooh Cheryl, thank you so much for sharing. The reason I felt I wanted to share my experience was the exact reason you mention, because I didn’t want somebody else to have to go through the same heart ache of throwing away so many items that belonged to a parent. I know mum had such a hard time parting with items, but it’s so much harder going through it wondering why and how it all happened in a blink of an eye. It has been a very long 9 months and so much harder because of the clutter. I am pleased that you can hopefully make it easier on your children when that time comes.ReplyCancel

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

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  • Cassie

    I printed a whole heap of inspirational quotes about love, life, family and friendship in different sizes and framed them for my daughters for their christmas present. They are on display above their bed heads to read and inspire them each day. ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Love this, I was so demotivated at the start of the year however I surrounded myself with websites and happiness books and words. I felt ready to get started once work began again and started cleaning out and organising rooms and areas that just made me feel horrible. My inspiration to get cleaning and started was the organised chaos blog
    you linked with the school station. What a fantastic idea and we now
    have our own little station and the kids cant wait to decorate their

    I decided that my word for this year was “sparkle”. Everyone needs a little sparkle! Thank you x xReplyCancel

    • We have the same school bag station, it keeps everything so organised. I love your word ‘sparkle’ and that you will, I can tell you are determined.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Love this! This is similar to something I referred to often a couple of years ago, but much better worded. I found it super helpful coming to terms with what it means to have a loved one with Aspergers Syndrome.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Blessed are those who expect nothing for they shall not be disappointed.ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    You are so right about expectations resulting in disappointments. I feel like I give so much (willingly) and expect others to do the same, but often they don’t and I get disappointed. I really need to learn to ‘accept’! Will definitely put this quote up in our house for my children to read, I think it is one that we can all learn from.ReplyCancel

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This is a guest post by Renee from Belle Amie Mother of Three As a mother of three little people I know just how hard it can be to remember to take care of yourself and to find time to eat healthy. It’s so important at this time of your life to make your health […]

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  • Bec P

    Great Article xx ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    Some great tips here!

    I did a 3week detox recently (Clean book by Dr Junger) it wasn’t
    too hard but it did make me realise how important it is to put healthy and
    nutritious food into our body –  I had so
    much energy, was going to the loo often and felt great!

    Im always rushing around with my two boys that I sometimes
    forget to look after me!  I find a Green
    Smoothie is a great way to start my day and takes a couple of minutes to blend
    up! Delicious too and its helped me curb my caffeine cravings. 

    We are what we eat and we eat what we are!


  • FaB Nannies

    I have read some of your stuff and think you are very motivating and inspiring :)ReplyCancel

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Some of the most beneficial tools that I have here at home have to be my kids routine charts, eliminating the constant, are you dressed yet, did you remember to brush your teeth?  The nagging, then the rush out the door.  Not only are they a reminder for the kids, they help ME and make it a […]

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  • Will be purchasing all of your charts once I get my printer’s ink refilled, it used to cost $20+ now its $40+.ReplyCancel

  • If yr in a postion to find this useful..another option would be to Download onto USB, take to Office Works & let them do it on A3 for a few dollars – my printer @ home is almost obsolete despite me refilling with Generic refills – hardly worth the time or supply costs – you can also email thru yr work & have it waiting to be picked excellent service..& nowhere near the 100% increase you mention..ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Thoms

    Hi Katrina, love the look of your forms, and your site for that matter. Do you have your own ebook? I also have an organising site named focus’s more on motivation, routines and habits than straight organising. Will be sure to say hi again soon. Oh I’m from the coast too. Living in Brisbane now.ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Alyce, from the blog Blossom Heart. Greetings! My name is Alyce, and I over-think.  Am I alone in this? Probably not, but maybe I am… I am a girl after all; us girls do like to over-think things. But maybe people will think I’m crazy, maybe it’ll sound like […]

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  • I hear you about talking to yourself – in your head or muttering to your kids. Careful it doesn’t spill out when you’re out by yourself, like it did witg me! Lol! But I think I’m going to start getting a diary instead of just relying on the organiser in my phone. Too many things happening atm.ReplyCancel

  • gail

    Katrina–I do the same thing with replaying secnarios in my head, conversing with my various selves (no, I do not have multiple personality disorder). I was concerned at one point, but as a quite mature–ahem–grandma, I now think it’s just what caring people do. Thanks for your blog.ReplyCancel

    • At my mums group we actually had a discussion the other day about how it’s kinda funny that we all rehearse and/or replay conversations in our heads :)ReplyCancel

  • gail

    Sorry–The post is Guest Alyce, not Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Caz

    OMG thank you I am not aloneReplyCancel

    • Thank YOU I’m not alone, lol! I hope you can find some peace :)ReplyCancel

  • I regularly talk to myself too and I’m sure some comes out aloud by the look on some peoples faces…lolReplyCancel

  • neeny_81

    Yes I can relate to you Alyce! Definitely! I make sure I read a book before sleeping, I let myself get caught in the story and my thoughts go away until I am so heavy eyed I might have accidentally dribbled… lol ReplyCancel

    • Haha!! Yes, when my husband is away, I sleep terriibly, so I stay up late so I’m nice and tired. In fact, even when he’s at home and on the rare occasion goes to bed before I do, I’ll stay up later than usual so I can just go to sleep when I’m in bed.ReplyCancel

  • Hehe, I’m worried that my husband might hear me when I’m muttering to myself in the shower sometimes!! But no indication so far of this 😉ReplyCancel

  • I’m so glad that I’m not alone. Thank you for this post. I also use a diary to jot down the things I need to do for the week to prevent me from suddenly waking at 2am realising that I need to to A, B, or C the next day and then can’t get back to sleep because I don’t want to forget. So, yes, the diary certainly helps. I also like to read before I turn off the lights as this helps me wind down and fall asleep quicker and I’ve also recently started a gratitude journal that I keep by my bedside where I write 3 things I’m grateful for that day no matter how bad a day I’ve had. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Such a great post. I keep a book and “brain dump” in there multiple times a day. Thinks i need to do for home, work, the kids, thinks i think i want to research etc anything that comes to mind goes in my book and i love it! Sooo easy!ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Susan, from the blog Frost Bite. As women or homemakers we are juggling all day, every day and quite often we put ourselves last in the list of things to do.  So I was thrilled to hear that The Organised Housewife is focusing on YOU this month. So what […]

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  • Love this article! I’m never sure what I can or can’t freeze. This has inspired me to try againReplyCancel

  • I wish! The Bloke is a trifle picky and really doesn’t like to eat reheated frozen meals. And after an unfortnuate incident involving a steak dinner and a bad oyster – he also refuses to eat casseroles. Ever again. Even chicken ones. This makes me roll my eyes a lot, and also makes me a fairly epic failure at meal planning.

    However, for the next few months, our relative work hours are going to be VERY conducive to him being in charge of dinner during the week (he will be home at 3.30pm compared to my normal 6.00pm) So, come Saturday morning, I will be sitting him down and asking him what he’s planning to cook us for the next week! {insert evil laughter}

    School lunches involve me whacking together eight vegemite sandwiches, chopping half into bite sized pieces for the gummy kid and the rest go in whole for the big kid with teeth, and bunging the whole lot into the freezer. Then, if I am feeling charitable toward the wee monsters, whip up a batch of muffins or cupcakes and that’s lunch done for the week! They get a lunch order once a week because I can only fit 8 tupperware sandwich keepers in my freezer! ReplyCancel

  • Di4mk63

    This is excellent! I have just converted my mother to freezing left-overs! As my Dad has just passed away, she is still learning to cook for one, so the idea of having a meal ready in the freezer is great, for those days when she is too tired, too hot, or been out in the garden too late! Thanks for the great post!ReplyCancel

  • Sarahlouise_perry

    I love it, especially the part about swanning around like a domestic goddess! I have just boughtSusan’s book, looking forward to putting into practice!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Great post! Am just tracking down the book now. I need to expand our repertoire of freezables for those days where the toddler, baby and I are all decompensating and a freshly cooked meal just isn’t going to happen.ReplyCancel

  • I have been finding mornings so much easier now I have a freezer full of baked goodies. Hubby used to take frozen meals (mostly curries) to work for lunch, but now he is making himself salad wraps. Thankfully he makes them himself so it doesn’t add to my morning stress. ReplyCancel

  • I’m a big freezer fan. I live in a unit but still have my little freezer attached to the fridge and another bar freezer. I couldn’t live without them! ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Caz Makepeace, from the blog yTravel Blog. image credit There’s the pull that comes with being a mother. From one direction to the next, the demands never stop. The dishes continue to pile up in the sink as you race around in a frantic 15 minute pick-up-everything-from-the floor-and-shove-it-somewhere dash. You’ve […]

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  • Wait!? The is such a thing as taking a break??ReplyCancel

  • * there … I hate it when I do that :/ReplyCancel

  • Ha ha. My break is coming up in 15 hours – a weekend in Sydney by myself – no kids, no hubby, no breaking up fights, horrendous dinner times, repeating myself all the time, etc. cannot wait!!ReplyCancel

  • I love her phrase “don’t break this date with yourself”. The idea of making a date with yourself is wonderful. There are too few such dates in my diary. I’m making two today; a haircut and a morning to visit friends. Thanks Caz and Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Waiting for the night off so I can sleep all the way through without the break up of sleeps for my lil boy’s feeds & without the guilty feelings the next day…… Dream dream :)ReplyCancel

  • Going camping weekend after next to sit on the beach with a glass of wine and a book!ReplyCancel

  • […] all mothers, not just those with newborns, The Mother’s Guide to Taking a Break is a guest post by Caz Makepeace on The Organised Housewife. This bit, “Place the word […]ReplyCancel

  • […] contributing their posts the ‘Organising You’ series:  Organising and celebrating you, A mothers guide to taking a break, Making your freezer work for you and Organising my […]ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Needed to read this today thank you! Time to make the date for our return to Thailand – we’ve been just talking about it for way too long :)ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Julie, from the blog Beautiful You by Julie. image credit:  ‘Be Yourself Be Beautiful Ebook’ from Beautiful You by Julie. Sometimes, (ok lots of times!), as women, wives, mothers, entrepreneurs, employees and all the other hats we wear – we put everything and everyone ahead of ourselves.  We come […]

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  • Thank you – its good to be reminded :)ReplyCancel

  • Easy to say, hard to do!ReplyCancel

  • Tia

    Great guest post. As a mother I definitely put myself last and that needs to change!ReplyCancel

    • Your right Tia, you have to look after you and I am sure you will be a better mother for it! ReplyCancel

  • Roze

    very true! think everyone needs ‘me’ time…i love to have a cup of tea an flick through emails once my 1year old is asleep :)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina!
    Long time reader here, don’t think I have commented before though. Life has always been too busy! But the more emphasis I put on myself the more organised I am, the better life flows and the more time I have for fun stuff like blogging and blog reading!!

    Oh my goodness, great guest post. More people need to know this! I have been working on this myself! I’m learning the importance of putting myself first. I love that has a flow on effect to the rest of the family (and family life) too.

  • […] guest posters from last week contributing their posts the ‘Organising You’ series:  Organising and celebrating you, A mothers guide to taking a break, Making your freezer work for you and Organising my […]ReplyCancel