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A fresh new blog design

  It has been quite a while in the planning, finally I get to reveal to you my new look logo and blog design.  It’s a completely new design, it’s fresh, crisp and so colourful, I absolutely love it and I hope you do too!!  Big thank you to Marie O’Neill Design+Illustration for the amazing new graphics! […]

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 Do you ever feel like this….. sometimes you need to realise you are worth the self-intervention!  The best thing I did was take some time out for me to get my health back under control. {image credit} I am trying really hard to feel more confident in the person I am, I took a leap […]

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  • Smaggle - March 26, 2014 - 9:33 AM

    You look gorgeous! And also like you’re feeling a little bit better too! I love seeing you hanging out with Kelly! I miss her gorgeous face!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki | Styling You - March 26, 2014 - 10:40 AM

    Looking fabulous Kat! I’d be still swaying too. I sway after a long plane ride!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly B -- Be A Fun Mum - March 26, 2014 - 10:29 PM

    You’re so gorgeous Kat. You look fabulous…and that smile! Loved that we got to chat a bit more this time. xxxReplyCancel

  • Katrina Chambers - March 27, 2014 - 5:18 AM

    You looked lovely and fresh! Love those shoes! XReplyCancel

  • DeludedPrincess - March 29, 2014 - 11:46 PM

    I was on the same cruise. Didn’t see you unfortunately. I wasn’t there as part of the bloggers group though. You may have seen me? I was on crutches so I kind of stood out it seemed.ReplyCancel

    • Kat - The Organised Housewife - March 30, 2014 - 9:02 AM

      I remember seeing somebody on crutches and felt a little sad, it must of been you!! Did you enjoy it, it took a few days for my swaying to disappearReplyCancel

      • DeludedPrincess - March 30, 2014 - 11:19 AM

        Yup that was me, don’t feel sad! I had a ball. The only thing I missed was going on the waterslides lol. Otherwise both hubby and the staff looked after me so well and it was amazing. Encouraging everyone to do a cruise now. ReplyCancel

        • DeludedPrincess - March 30, 2014 - 11:23 AM

          I didn’t stop rocking till Wednesday afternoon. Made me feel more ill on land than it did on the shipDid you enjoy yourself? Ready to book the next cruise? ReplyCancel

        • Kat - The Organised Housewife - March 31, 2014 - 8:10 AM

          The conference went for 2 full days, so I wish we had more time to rest and relax on the cruise…. next time.ReplyCancel

  • miss Prudence - March 31, 2014 - 6:56 AM

    Kat, you are looking wonderful – so fresh and full of energy. Just beautiful. Glas you are feeling so good and taking on new challenges!ReplyCancel

{GIVEAWAY} A weekend away to the Sunshine Coast + your chance to win one too!

My family and I experienced this weekend with thanks to As I am writing this post I am sitting on the balcony of a beautiful apartment in Caloundra.  I have been reflecting the past few weeks I have had and appreciating that I don’t have a pile of dirty clothes or dishes to clean, […]

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  • Julia K - March 21, 2014 - 6:26 AM

    Hi Kat,
    Another lovely post – I live on the Sunshine Coast so it was nice to read about the attractions from an “outsiders” point of view.
    As regards your kids’ transition to high school – we moved to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney in 2002 and our eldest son had just completed Yr 6 ( the last year of Primary School in NSW ). We were so worried about moving him away from all his friends. He ended up doing Year 7 at our local school and made loads of new friends. His transition to High School the following year was seamless.
    Sometimes the hardest thing is just coming to a decision. Now that you have reached a decision and the kids are comfortable with it – you can switch gears and look forward to it. Uncertainty and indecisiveness are the worst things.
    Glad you enjoyed a lovely weekend away.ReplyCancel

  • Thorael - March 21, 2014 - 6:40 AM

    Hey, I tried clinking on the link, but it says page not found… Any help with this would be great =)ReplyCancel

  • Anne - March 21, 2014 - 8:41 AM

    Don’t stress the new school thing. Drop the guilt. Now.
    A great education is much harder to get than a new best friend.
    My dad was a soldier – I had four different primary schools, two high schools. Every two years we were moving, schools, interstate, changing countries we lived in even. And most of my school friends would be doing the same. I would miss them, yes, but I learned valuable lessons in independence and making the most of each day that we did have together. In these days of phone calls not costing half a week’s wage, Skype, emails, Faceworld…and even the good old fashioned letter in the post, your children won’t have to leave their old friends completely behind, they can still keep in touch if they want to. If you don’t sweat it, they won’t. In fact they’re probably already showing much more resilience than you!
    You have to learn to easier on yourself Kat. Show yourself the same love you show us! :) ReplyCancel

  • KezUnprepared - March 21, 2014 - 10:42 AM

    Looks like you had an amazing time and obviously just what you all needed :)
    I was sent to a different high school to all my friends. I thought my parents were evil. Especially as I was being sent to the private school all us state primary school kids made fun of in their strict uniforms! Humiliation! However, today I am so happy to still be friends with the girls from primary school! In fact I am closer to some of them than ever and I’m almost 30 :)
    I am so glad my parents did this for me looking back. I made a whole lot of awesome new friends at high school and space from the cliques of my primary school really helped me bloom and blossom and come into my own (and all those clichés).
    Follow your gut and I bet you’re doing the right thing xReplyCancel

  • Karen - March 21, 2014 - 5:09 PM

    I understand your anguish about school. We are lucky at our children’s school, it goes from prep to year 12. In primary school myself and my two beasties went to three different high schools, but now 34 years later we are in three different locations in QLD, but we still keep in regular contact. Which has become easier over the years due to emails and facebook. Cherished friends will stay with you foreverReplyCancel

What Is Project Life?

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts A couple of weeks ago, Katrina shared my Project Life organisation on her Facebook page. It sparked many questions about what actually is Project Life and how to do it, so Katrina asked me to share a bit more about Project Life and what […]

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  • TEANNA - March 19, 2014 - 7:42 AM

    Love the Project Life Album just went to purchase over $100 worth of stuff and then it said “Sorry we dont ship to Australia” – very disspointingReplyCancel

    • AlyceB - March 19, 2014 - 8:12 AM

      Yes, that is the biggest pain about the Project Life organisation! Spotlight sells a lot of the basic stuff, as do other Australian scrapbook stores, especially online.ReplyCancel

    • Danya Breman - March 19, 2014 - 9:23 AM

      Teanna I buy from Crafthouse. It’s based in New Zealand and used to be the only way we could get PL :) I just ordered a few days ago. Spotlight and some other shops now sell in Australia I believe. Check out Crafthouse :) ReplyCancel

  • TrinaR - March 19, 2014 - 3:10 PM

    WRMK also sell albums and similar photo inserts and are readily available in Aus. The albums are very good quality too with many colour options.ReplyCancel

    • AlyceB - March 19, 2014 - 3:55 PM

      Oh boy, when we move back to Australia, I can’t wait to get supplies so much more easily!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Lote - March 19, 2014 - 10:20 PM

    I’ve only just seen these thanks to this blog! I’m going to ask for them for my birthday….even if it isn’t until September >W<.ReplyCancel

    • AlyceB - March 20, 2014 - 10:36 AM

      Haha! Welcome to the club :D ReplyCancel

Win a day with The Organised Housewife – Thanks to Kia

This post is sponsored by Kia Please note this giveaway is now closed, the winners are C Buchtmann from NSW, L Gaeta from QLD and L Mineo from Victoria congratulations ladies I am really looking forward to visiting your homes! Recently I mentioned I would love to give myself away for a day, to help those […]

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  • Mary - March 14, 2014 - 11:22 AM

    Amazing! That’s so generous of you :) I’m going to go home to take pics and enter IMMEDIATELY!! lol, thank you so much for even wanting to come out & personally help 3 of us :) ReplyCancel

    • Kat - The Organised Housewife - March 14, 2014 - 11:38 AM

      Mary, I am thrilled to be able to meet three of my readers, I love organising and I hope to help just make a little difference in your homes. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Jenkin - March 14, 2014 - 2:05 PM

    Such a fantastic competition! So generous of you and Kia! I would love to enter, but we’re currently building and living with my husbands parents while we do. I have loved reading your blog since discovering it a few months ago. I’m already storing ideas for when we get to move into our new house! Keep up the great work. :) ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Joyce - March 14, 2014 - 5:34 PM

    What an amazingly generous prize. Pity you can’t come out to NZ to help me :) I’m loving your blog and have suggested my friends and family check it out. I discovered it about 2 weeks ago and am presently catching up on all your previous posts.
    I’m a mum of 4 kiddies (7, 5, 4 and 18 months) and have never felt I was getting on top of my housework or organising our home. I have recently started a part time admin job (have been a full time SAHM since my first was born) and am feeling rather overwhelmed with family, housework, time management – life in general. I’m hoping I will find more useful posts on your blog to help me feel more in control.
    Looking forward to reading more of your great tips and advice, and implementing your ideas :) keep up the great work xxReplyCancel

  • Robyn Robson - March 18, 2014 - 4:38 PM

    Not sure if my entry went through? After a couple of minutes it said “unable to establish connection” or something like that. Do I need to redo?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Antolovic - March 19, 2014 - 7:11 AM

    I did my entry for your organising competition on Sunday but I got a message saying your message has been sent redirecting you and then the little circle thingy just kept spinning and then timed out. Do I need to resubmit it again? I hate to miss out on a chance for you to come help me organise my craft roomReplyCancel

  • Megan - March 19, 2014 - 8:30 AM

    Entered!!!!! Oh boy do I need this sort of thing. It was just hard picking an area that needed attention but finally narrowed it down to one that would be more productive. Just before I saw this competition I was trying to sort out a solution to this problem area of my home so hopefully it was meant to be. Good luck everyone. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Divya - March 19, 2014 - 7:53 PM

    Just submitted my form! I think it’s wonderful that you’re taking time to help 3 (lucky) readers! It’s very kind of you! Now, keeping my fingers crossed :-) Good luck everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Sante - March 21, 2014 - 7:28 AM

    I’m so sad that Canadians can’t join in!! Maybe next time??? :0)

    I LOVE getting your daily e-mails – with 6 girls the tips are VERY needed some days!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Brookes - March 21, 2014 - 11:57 AM

    I wish Canadians could be a part of this! I love your blog and your daily e-mails! Being a new stay at home military wife comes with it’s own duties and your blog has helped me stay motivated and keep organized. Thank you!
    PS the new Soul looks so much nicer than the previous model! Thanks for posting pics!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - March 21, 2014 - 8:30 PM

    Entered. I have my fingers tightly crossed. I am in desperate need of your help. Good luck everyone.ReplyCancel

  • […] so excited today I am visiting the 1st winner of the Kia ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a Day’ competition.  So that means I have to be very organised and well planned these school holidays, […]ReplyCancel

  • Angela Woodall - April 8, 2014 - 8:58 AM

    Congratulations to the winners! I’ve been trying to find out who the winners were for days. I thought I must’ve missed the post announcing it, but couldn’t find it anywhere until now. On another note, I’ve just printed up my Mac calendar to keep track of all the things we want to do these holidays along with my work and other commitments. I’ve also written the kids wish list on it in the blank space at the bottom and top as I had no hope of remembering what they were and the exact dates. It’s the first time I’ve felt it necessary. Funny how I’ve now also just seen yours and it’s similar.ReplyCancel

February Quotes Of The Day

I was asked recently by a reader if I could put all the quotes that I share on facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when she needs a little inspiration.  I thought it was a fantastic idea, please find below the inspiration shared during […]

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  • midnight dog - March 13, 2014 - 1:59 PM

    Wow! So quick! You’ve made me so happy – i love having a beautiful page like this to refer to!ReplyCancel

The OH List! #1

I’m not a huge fan of walking around the shops, but I do enjoy online shopping, looking at all the pretties, homewares, gorgeous dresses etc.  Life sometimes gets too busy and shopping online helps when you have 5 minutes spare to quickly buy a gift or something for the home.  However, when I find a […]

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  • MarissaBeautifullyOrganised - February 15, 2014 - 7:47 PM

    Ooh love this idea Kat – I’ll be following along with this series :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - February 16, 2014 - 3:37 PM

      Thanks Marissa!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - February 17, 2014 - 6:35 AM

      Will certainly make shopping fun now, sharing all my find with everyone ;) ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - February 17, 2014 - 2:10 PM

    Love the aqua wire baskets and the iphone cover! Lovely selection Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - February 17, 2014 - 3:46 PM

      I love those baskets to Vanessa, beautiful colours!ReplyCancel

  • disqus_j8q6nZBQSZ - February 22, 2014 - 12:43 AM

    the link for the mox-shoes isn’t working :( ReplyCancel

Creating an easy & changeable picture wall + Giveaway

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 - February 12, 2014 - 6:34 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 6:38 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 6:44 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 6:54 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 7:01 AM

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

  • Debbie Kennedy - February 12, 2014 - 7:22 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 8:09 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 8:23 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 8:43 AM

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

  • Liz - February 12, 2014 - 9:10 AM

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

  • Jane - February 12, 2014 - 9:20 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 9:23 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 9:47 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 10:15 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 10:49 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 11:04 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 11:16 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 11:17 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 11:39 AM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 12:13 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 1:37 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 1:55 PM

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

  • Di - February 12, 2014 - 2:02 PM

    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

  • DIANA O - February 12, 2014 - 2:04 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 2:14 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 3:47 PM

    I just joined!! :D 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 - February 12, 2014 - 7:40 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 7:58 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 8:32 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 8:32 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 9:14 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 9:24 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 9:33 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 9:48 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 9:55 PM

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

  • Madonna - February 12, 2014 - 10:36 PM

    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 - February 12, 2014 - 10:44 PM

    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 - February 13, 2014 - 7:55 AM

    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 - February 13, 2014 - 8:10 AM

    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 - February 13, 2014 - 9:49 AM

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

  • Sarah - February 13, 2014 - 5:05 PM

    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 - February 13, 2014 - 8:49 PM

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

  • Sherryl - February 14, 2014 - 9:48 AM

    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 - February 14, 2014 - 10:33 AM

    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 - February 14, 2014 - 1:46 PM

    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 - February 14, 2014 - 3:02 PM

    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 - February 14, 2014 - 7:33 PM

    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 - February 15, 2014 - 10:56 AM

    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 - February 15, 2014 - 11:13 AM

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

  • Christine - February 15, 2014 - 3:30 PM

    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 - February 16, 2014 - 11:56 AM

    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 - February 16, 2014 - 1:03 PM

    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 - February 16, 2014 - 1:08 PM

    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 - February 16, 2014 - 1:09 PM

    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 - February 16, 2014 - 1:27 PM

    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 - February 16, 2014 - 1:38 PM

    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 - February 16, 2014 - 2:05 PM

    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 - February 16, 2014 - 2:06 PM

    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 - February 16, 2014 - 2:17 PM

    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 - February 16, 2014 - 8:11 PM

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

  • Susannah - February 16, 2014 - 8:56 PM

    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 - February 16, 2014 - 9:38 PM

    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 - February 17, 2014 - 1:12 PM

    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 - February 17, 2014 - 8:11 PM

    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 - February 17, 2014 - 10:37 PM

    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 - February 18, 2014 - 10:31 AM

    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 - February 18, 2014 - 2:32 PM

    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 - February 18, 2014 - 3:40 PM

    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 - February 18, 2014 - 4:30 PM

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

  • Andie Hansen - February 25, 2014 - 8:32 AM

    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

{GIVEAWAY} Reading Egg Subscription

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  • carmen - February 7, 2014 - 6:22 AM

    My son will still be 4 for some time when he starts prep next year. I would live to give him a boost with learning his letters and sounds by using a system such as reading eggs.ReplyCancel

  • Kylei Denniss - February 7, 2014 - 6:24 AM

    Entertaining her as she learns phonics… she is behind 2 years due to a school failing her. Back on track now with a diagnosis, reading eggs could make a big difference for her.

  • Anita fearnley - February 7, 2014 - 6:24 AM

    It will assist my child to learn his sounds, improve his speech articulation and understand how to read and learn mathematical concepts in a smaller learning environment that is tailored to his needs. ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Jansson - February 7, 2014 - 6:34 AM

    My 3.5 year old would love to be able to read his books. Although I do quite enjoy his entertaining, oulandish stories while he’s pretending to read them to me :) ReplyCancel

  • Soraya Sarcos - February 7, 2014 - 6:53 AM

    My daughter is 5 and reads perfectly. She has always loved book, I guess because I read to her since she was a newborn. She likes to practice her spelling and reading new stories. She just can’t get enough of reading and learning. Reading opens doors for her and shows her different points of view which makes her more sensitive to other people and cultures.
    My twins are still to little, they are just learning to talk, but how the love books too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi West - February 7, 2014 - 7:26 AM

    I have been reading to my 4yo since I was pregnant (never too early to start). Early last year she was diagnosed with a severe phonological delay which means speech therapy until she is talking using the correct sounds. I never knew ABC Reading Eggs existed until I saw the free trial on your web page the other day. We have used the free trial and tis amazing. We sit there together and are going through all the sounds which helps as the more she hears things correctly the better. I don’t need her to read (that would be a bonus), just hearing and being encouraged to use correct sounds is sooooooo beneficial to her and us. The other bonus is that she doesn’t even realise it is helping her as its fun, unlike the homework from the speech therapist which she knows is work no matter how fun we try to make it.ReplyCancel

  • Pernilla Hokanson - February 7, 2014 - 7:38 AM

    My daughter is 4 y/o and so ready for Prep. She’s enjoying the 4 week trial at the moment. Would be lovely to see her blossom even further as the cost of Reading Eggs is out of our league.ReplyCancel

  • cassie - February 7, 2014 - 7:40 AM

    My foster child has come into our care two years behind the developmental age of her peers. We are trying to improve her literacy and this trial could help us know if she would enjoy the program and we could continue the subscription. ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Day - February 7, 2014 - 7:40 AM

    My daughter is infatuated with books and tries to read to herself…. Reading is just part of our daily routine, so a subscription to reading eggs would be icing on the cake for my daughter’s little sponge of a brain!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie86 - February 7, 2014 - 7:48 AM

    My daughter is 3 and is really enjoying learning her letters! We decided not to send her to kindergarten this year for social reasons but we still want to encourage her first steps towards education at home. I believe reading eggs is a wonderful and engaging way to help her take these first steps with phonics and letter recognition.ReplyCancel

  • Renata - February 7, 2014 - 8:50 AM

    I would love to incorporate reading eggs in my homeschool. :) ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - February 7, 2014 - 9:18 AM

    This little chook,
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    Reading eggs, I am sure,
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  • Amanda Byrnes - February 7, 2014 - 9:31 AM

    Reading Eggs is awesome. I have purchased the program at different stages for my 4 older children. But now money is tight. I have had to put options like this into the Luxury category, and at the moment there is nothing to spend on luxuries. But I would love to be able to give my 3 nearly 4 year old the opportunity to give it a go. Being the 5th child she has developed much quicker than the other children and gets frustrated that she can’t read already. I know this would be an awesome help for her.ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn - February 7, 2014 - 10:01 AM

    I have been a teacher for 40 years and have used reading Eggs very successfully. My grandson was born with a cleft lip and has been slow to talk. Reading Eggs would give him a huge lift in self confidence and just the boost he needs before he starts school.ReplyCancel

  • Tara - February 7, 2014 - 10:33 AM

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  • Venita - February 7, 2014 - 11:56 AM

    I would love to give my son this opportunity. He has been sick from birth with chronic kidney/liver disease and chronic lung disease and requires to travel to see Specialists at least every 4 weeks – he has just started school and having a program like this would be amazing – we could continue using it when he is unable to attend school and is in hospital etc. The one thing we want to keep on top of is reading – the school don’t care how much school he misses just so long as we can work on reading outside of school. After all, if you can’t read – it will affect everything else. This would be such a blessing for him.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - February 7, 2014 - 5:09 PM

    my son (5) has only just begun to overcome significant hearing issues following surgery late last year which has affected his attention span, speech and learning via audio. these eggs I’m sure would be just the thing to help him catch up with the other kids in his year by engaging his attention and making learning fun.ReplyCancel

  • Leeanne P - February 7, 2014 - 9:23 PM

    My daughter would really benefit from reading eggs-she missed the school cut off age by 2 days this year so she is very keen to learn letters and words yet she is in Kindy for another year.ReplyCancel

  • rachel - February 7, 2014 - 11:01 PM

    My daughter has just started kindy but has had to have speech therapy since she was 1yr old! The therapist has said she has caught up mostly but she still struggles a little with saying her letter sounds. I know this is going to make it harder for her to sound out letters and words and learn to read. Reading eggs will provide her with extra support in a fun and engaging manner to ensure she doesn’t fall behind due to her struggles- and all the while she will think she is playing games! :) ReplyCancel

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  • Caroline - February 8, 2014 - 9:05 AM

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  • Sally - February 8, 2014 - 10:59 AM

    As one of the youngest in his kinder class, reading eggs will give my son an extra boost to keep up with his peers and keep up his self-confidence and love of learning!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - February 8, 2014 - 1:08 PM

    We’d love to win a subscription to reading eggs. Why will it help my child read? He is a visual learner and reading eggs is set out so beautifully. Boys are often reluctant readers so I think reading eggs will give him confidence and help to instill a love of reading.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - February 8, 2014 - 8:49 PM

    Reading Eggs could help my daughter as she has a great imagination, books and reading would just make that magic grow!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - February 9, 2014 - 5:03 PM

    I would love to win this for a Grade 6 student I teach. He is a refugee and has no English, so it would be a great way for him to listen to reading and build his vocabulary.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Bull - February 9, 2014 - 10:45 PM

    My son Archie has just started Prep and I believe reading eggs would be the perfect program to help him recognise letters and build strategies which will ultimately lead him to learn how to read.ReplyCancel

  • Vyktoria - February 10, 2014 - 8:25 AM

    We would love to win this subscription for our Miss 3.5 as she is an avid reader and storyteller and sadly we don’t have as much time to read to her as much as we did before her new baby brother was born. This would especially help me while I’m breastfeeding to keep big sis occupied :D ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Kent - February 10, 2014 - 12:38 PM

    ‘Reading Eggs’ for little miss 4
    For reading, maths, spelling and more
    Get her ready for school to come
    Start at home with help from mum!ReplyCancel

  • feline1981 - February 10, 2014 - 12:46 PM

    I have 3 small girls who would love this. My 6 year old loves the iPad and loves to read- great combo! She has taught our 3 year old to read a bit and is now wanting to teach the 2 year old to read! What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie d'Arbon - February 10, 2014 - 5:15 PM

    My middle boy has just started kindy. He’s obsessed with computers and we are struggling to get him to take an interest in anything besides Minecraft. His screen time has been severely limited to encourage him to do other stuff. We take him outside and show him the world. He gets to go camping and boating. He gets to ride horses. He has a small sister and a big brother to play with. I offer him paint and paper and colourful, messy things to do. All to no avail. He just flops around the house, moaning piteously, wailing and gnashing his teeth. Apparently he has nothing to do inside (despite a room full of Lego, craft stuff, Star Wars action figures and other cool things – sigh). Reading Eggs would show him that you can use the computer for learning AND it can be fun. It will (hopefully) get his mind out of the Minecraft world and into the literary world. He can read about adventurous children that go outside and don’t melt in the sunlight. He needs Reading Eggs. I need Reading Eggs! For pity’s sake, give us Reading Eggs!!!! Save us from floppy, sulky kindy boys…argh!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie Crawford-Ferguson - February 13, 2014 - 10:37 PM

    It’s quite difficult to find an Australian phonics program and app. my miss 4 loves story time this would her help learn the basics.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Ribbans - February 14, 2014 - 4:07 PM

    Computers, phones and tablets
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    (Though if you ask me,
    nothing beats turning a real page).

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    In the gadgets at hand,
    I can secretly teach them
    To become readers so grand.

    Encouraging a love of reading
    Using fun stories, games and song
    With our Reading Eggs program
    We just can’t go wrong!ReplyCancel

  • April P - February 17, 2014 - 2:00 AM

    My son is in Prep, he enjoys school and is making friends, l want to help him as much as l can, l know the ABC reading program would help him, it is a very good teaching program, l would love to see my son confident in reading.ReplyCancel

  • TajKai - February 18, 2014 - 11:14 AM

    Mr 5 has just begun Kindy. He can read most letters, but is not yet making the connection between letters and words.

    He’s hungry to learn!

    I’m also hungry for him to learn … there are only so many times I can read him his favourite bedtime story ‘Do pirates have wobbly teeth?’ without falling asleep myself.

    Reading Eggs with their fun learning methods, graded learning and rewards for achievements have everything my son needs to maintain his interest and motivation in becoming a proficient reader.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray - February 19, 2014 - 1:36 PM

    To fill in the gap between what is learnt at school and what I know to teach at home, Reading Eggs would be a fantastic tool to ensure my daughter gets the best possible start and hopefully not struggle at all.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett - February 20, 2014 - 9:20 AM

    My 6 year old son who has ADHD and sensory processing disorder would really benefit from a program like this. He is keen to learn but is often distracted in the class room, so something he can do at home (like this) would really help his reading skills.ReplyCancel

What to expect in 2014 on The Organised Housewife

I always say my new year starts when the kids go back to school.  I think it’s because it’s a new school year, new uniform, new books, new routines… However, this week truly marks many new things for me.  For me personally I am excited to say that I now weigh less than I did […]

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  • Bronwyn - January 30, 2014 - 6:15 AM

    I would love to have you come and organise the toy area. It constantly frustrates me. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:39 PM

      They can get frustrating. Have you considered having a toy rotation system, take away some toys so they don’t have so much to play with, then in a month or two replace the toys with the ones you have stored away. It’s like they have new toys again!ReplyCancel

  • Toni - January 30, 2014 - 6:19 AM

    My kitchen please! I am forever being unable to get to things!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:38 PM

      I’d love to organise your kitchen Toni, ooh… I’d be happy to organise any room!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - January 30, 2014 - 6:22 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I love your posts. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:37 PM

      You are very welcome Sarah… thank you xxReplyCancel

  • Khali - January 30, 2014 - 6:39 AM

    Definitely the kid’s toy area!ReplyCancel

  • Donna W - January 30, 2014 - 6:50 AM

    The kids rooms! What a dream. I love this blog so much!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:36 PM

      So glad you love the blog Donna, hope you enjoy all the upcoming posts I share with kitchen organising tips!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - January 30, 2014 - 7:02 AM

    This would be the most amazing prize!! I constantly struggle with decluttering and feel I tidy up one area and shuffle it to another. My worst areas are toy storage and the garage. Thanks to all you do Kat! And congratulations on your health and well-being goals!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Smyth - January 30, 2014 - 7:21 AM

    Congratulations on your ‘remarkable’ news Katrina! If I won you for a day, I would finally be a chance of sorting out my terrible laundry!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:35 PM

      Thank you Amanda. Aah, I would love to sort your laundry… sorting the dirty laundry would have to be one of my favourite organising tips!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty - January 30, 2014 - 7:24 AM

    I’m similar to a lot of the others – toy storage is something I constantly get frustrated with!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:34 PM

      Aah yes, toys end up everywhere. My trick all these years is not to pick it up myself, but rather get the kids to pick it up, helping them to learn that it’s their responsibility after they have played to put it away!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Antolovic - January 30, 2014 - 7:25 AM

    My kids toys but there in too many rooms!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:32 PM

      Maybe we would just have to organise a few rooms in the one day!!!ReplyCancel

      • Melissa Antolovic - February 4, 2014 - 8:42 AM

        sounds goodReplyCancel

  • Crafty Mummy - January 30, 2014 - 7:31 AM

    Well done, Kat! Exciting changes – and you’re so gracious about it all. Can’t wait to see where your year takes you.

    If you were to help at my place I’d show you my (slightly scary) craft room. I dream of custom cabinets along one big wall to store the sewing machine and all the fabric (and all the other scrapbooking and craft supplies), but I don’t know where to start in designing such a storage unit.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:32 PM

      I’m really excited about this year Tonya. Ooh a craft room would be so much fun, how exciting would that be, a trip to Ikea would be in order!ReplyCancel

      • Crafty Mummy - January 30, 2014 - 4:51 PM

        Yes! Maybe we can convince Ikea to sponsor a post where you make over my craft room!!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - January 30, 2014 - 7:47 AM

    Congratulations Katrina. I’d like you to organise our study/office area.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - January 30, 2014 - 8:26 AM

    if I won you for the day I think my bedroom would be the target area, it seems to be in a constant state of flux, lol. my children have all fled the messy nest and have their own so am sorting through the grandkiddies toy box tomorrow, lolReplyCancel

  • Lisa - January 30, 2014 - 8:30 AM


    We are currently decluttering our small home which we’ve filled like we live in a mansion. At the moment it is very dull & boring! I think our two boys would love a fun bedroom (shared) just like your son’s one, so all of their Lego creations can be on display. LOVE the idea on spending time in each room each month with your inspiration. Can’t wait!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:29 PM

      Hi Lisa, my son loves his lego area, it’s great to display the creation he has made. Hope you enjoy the upcoming tips xReplyCancel

  • Frances Sadler - January 30, 2014 - 8:36 AM

    The kitchen! I’ve never been able to get that in any reasonable order besides the everyday itemsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:27 PM

      I would love a good kitchen clean out. It’s one room that I need to keep organised, otherwise I then don’t enjoy cooking and being in there. I’m sharing all my kitchen tips next month hopefully you might find a few tips to adapt to your home.ReplyCancel

  • Marina - January 30, 2014 - 8:44 AM

    Congratulations Katrina – you will be a huge asset to The Remarkables Group. If getting out to a home is difficult (which if you came to mine I’d be handing you a cup of something and steering you to my multi tasking dining room) maybe run some webinars or just do some more videos to let us all share the experience :) You were a fabulous speaker at the Working Mums Masterclass, I walked away with so many brilliant ideas, I know many of your readers would love a taste of that experience – Thankyou :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:26 PM

      That’s a fabulous idea Marina. I would love to do more video’s but being home alone all day I wonder how I can do it myself… I did a video course recently on how to make my own video, it’s a step forward xReplyCancel

      • Marina - January 30, 2014 - 10:27 PM

        Katrina I’d be more than happy to give you a hand. The amount of stress you have relieved for Australian mums – it’s time the favour was returned ;) If you’d like to take me up on the offer, even if it’s just brainstorming – I’m sure you’ll be able to find me :) ReplyCancel

  • Shazibell - January 30, 2014 - 8:47 AM

    Congratulations on feeling healthier and fitter, I am on the same journey so I understand how amazing even the smallest change can feel! I would love help in the kids rooms, can just never seem to get them right :) ReplyCancel

  • Leanne - January 30, 2014 - 8:50 AM

    My lounge/dining room needs the most help. Toys everywhere, TV, dining table, craft table….could we fit anymore in here?? Can we find the floor??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:24 PM

      That sounds like a lot in one room, but I love a good organising challenge!!ReplyCancel

  • Anne - January 30, 2014 - 8:55 AM

    Oooh Oooh Oooh – having a Katrina for a *whole* day…… my imagination just explodes at the thought of it….sigh… I fear however you would take a look around my home Katrina and decide that a day mightn’t be near long enough – grin! I am getting so much better thanks to you – but what I need is for you to be in my head for a day – organise my brain for me and then hopefully the rest will just come….I de-clutter, tidy and organise – but somehow the result never quite works completely and I find myself six months later in the same spot as previous – so I do another de-clutter, tidy and change the method of organisation to a different one. I wish I could just figure out what would work but instead it seems I need to go through the whole saga several times before I finally fix on a solution that works. The pantry is almost there, the linen cupboard likewise, laundry and bedrooms are great – but oh! My gardening stuff, the craft room come storage area and the nightmare of the office..oh dear…. Thankfully I can hide these areas from public view!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:24 PM

      Ooh Anne, this is a fabulous idea though, not just a room but helping a family to set up routines to hopefully keep spaces tidy and organised.ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle - January 30, 2014 - 9:08 AM

    Definitely the kitchen!!! Since moving into the house over two years ago, the temporary spots to put everything have remained the same. Plus we have the least workable pantry ever! Narrow and deep. The kitchen is completely impractical but I don’t know where to start…..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:22 PM

      Ooh I do love a good pantry clean out, sounds like fun. Thank you for sharing Dannielle xReplyCancel

  • Melissa - January 30, 2014 - 9:29 AM

    WOW!! Sooo many great ideas and sooo many excited housewives!!! The post by Marina is an excellent idea to share the journey! Where to start, what do we need to take into consideration, what if the new organisation doesn’t work?! You could always go local like my place!!!! That would be soooooooo coooool!! Congrats on your personal goals!! Lovin’ the new ideas!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:21 PM

      Thank you Melissa…. do you live local, love the Gold Coast, such a beautiful place, I look forward to organising this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye - January 30, 2014 - 9:38 AM

    Congratulations! Very well deserved :-) ReplyCancel

  • Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye - January 30, 2014 - 9:39 AM

    As for which room – my office would be great, but I would love to have you enter the man cave (shed). Only area I constitute as a real disaster!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:20 PM

      LOL I tried to organise my husbands shed recently…. he wasn’t impressed, let’s just say it didn’t get finished, it’s his domain, he says he knows where everything is.ReplyCancel

  • Annaleis Topham - January 30, 2014 - 10:26 AM

    Help me make my kitchen work better – I organise it and it ends up exactly as it was before. Truly think I have too many thingsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:19 PM

      Kitchen organising sounds like so much fun. I’m sharing all my kitchen tips next month, hope you find some tips there that may help you xReplyCancel

  • SallyN - January 30, 2014 - 10:27 AM

    Well I’d love you to reorganise my whole house!!! I would levae the decision up to you when you saw which you think needed it more. I have downsized and would LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to come and help me!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:18 PM

      Sounds like fun Sally. I would start in your bedroom so you wake up in a good mood, then I usually like to start from the front house and work the way through :) ReplyCancel

  • Mum on a journey - January 30, 2014 - 10:51 AM

    Awesome work, Katrina. You deserve your successes. You work hard to make everyone’s lives a little brighter. My study is the family dumping ground. I constantly struggle with motivation and energy, you are an inspiration. I would like to copy meal plan till I get the hang of it. That is how I learn from others. Keep being the inspiration that you are!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:17 PM

      Ooh you are so kind… The meal plans start back again on Monday, I hope it will be able to help you!!ReplyCancel

  • Annaliese - January 30, 2014 - 11:19 AM

    Congratulations on making such a success and helping hte rest of us out. Your site may be called “The Organised Housewife” but I have to say, as a full time working mum with two kids of my own (girls 4 and 10) and two steps (boys 9 and 15) who has NO time for housewife-ing in my day, your organisational tips have helped me move a little closer to sanity from madness. Keep ‘em coming!!!! I would have to say it’s the nedrooms that I need help with – I don’t see them generally except first thing in the morning and last thing at night, when I shuffle a path through a mix of dirty and clean clothes (10 year old and 15 year old) and small sharp platic toys (4 year old and 9 year old) thinking *must get to that this weekend*. Argh!!!!!!!!!! LOL you’ve got to laugh….or you’d cry! :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:16 PM

      I’m so glad that you have found parts of the blog to be able to help you Annaliese, perfect to adapt the ideas to suit your family. When so busy it’s hard to find time, I can only image how hard it is for you. xxReplyCancel

  • TheMorleyReport - January 30, 2014 - 11:40 AM

    What wonderful news :) Well done my dear! That is sooooo exciting :)
    Now if I had you to visit for a day… mmmm first we would have to sit down and have a good goss but then I think I would get you to help me organise my blogging.
    Of course we would need to also have a nice lunch and maybe a little cocktail to celebrate our hard work :) xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:13 PM

      Naw your so kind Karen, thank you. Ooh we would need to book in 2 days to fit in lunch and cocktails!! Can’t wait to have one on the cruise with you!!ReplyCancel

  • Veggie Mama - January 30, 2014 - 11:58 AM

    Welcome! Great to have you on board.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki | Styling You - January 30, 2014 - 1:00 PM

    Awesome work on all fronts Kat and welcome to TRG xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:12 PM

      Thank you Nikki, I’m really excited to be apart of the TRG team!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - January 30, 2014 - 1:57 PM

    Congratulations! I would love my wardrobe overhauled. It was one of my “nesting” jobs, but my baby is now 5 months old and I haven’t even looked at it!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:09 PM

      Hi Cassie, ooh the wardrobe would be so much fun, I enjoyed giving my daughters wardrobe a makeover recentlyReplyCancel

  • Christina @ Hair Romance - January 30, 2014 - 2:41 PM

    Congrats Kat and here’s to a fab 2014! I’d love you to come and organise my kitchen, or my bathroom. I have too many hair products.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:08 PM

      Thank you Christina, I’m looking forward to 2014!!ReplyCancel

  • Janine - January 30, 2014 - 3:00 PM

    Congratulations well done.
    I would love you to come and organise my bedroom, or my computer area, or my kitchen!!! hahaha or just my whole house as I only live in a tiny house!!
    Ok well seriously it would have to be my computer area.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 30, 2014 - 4:09 PM

      Thank you Janine, the computer area would be a great start!!ReplyCancel

  • Vanilla Belle Homewares - January 30, 2014 - 4:30 PM

    Sounds Great! Can’t Wait! – Gem (Vanilla Belle Homewares)ReplyCancel

  • Jkirbs - January 30, 2014 - 4:53 PM

    I would like help organising Kitchen and Dining rooms

  • SameliasMum - January 30, 2014 - 5:03 PM

    I’m so happy for you Kat. Here’s to an exciting new year for you, your family and your blog. Personally, I’d love for you to come over and help me figure out my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Facebook User - January 30, 2014 - 7:21 PM

    Congratulations Kat. You blog is very motivating and inspirational, I hope you take some time to celebrate all your milestones! Bec from

  • Julia Prentice - January 30, 2014 - 7:30 PM

    Kids rooms.. oh please please can I win you to come and help me with the kids rooms! We’ve just downsized into our own home.. and it’s a mess!! Too many toys, not enough room! I’ve considered attaching sacks to the ceiling for extra storage? lolReplyCancel

  • Laila Cox - January 30, 2014 - 7:43 PM

    Congratulations on your achievements Katrina and good luck for the coming year. I would love you to organise my 2 children’s bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Sibley - January 30, 2014 - 8:11 PM

    Love you website, my house is already looking better. If I would be so lucky to win you for a day I would love some help with my Laundry or my office, or maybe just have coffee & pick your brain x0xReplyCancel

  • Tanya Beck - January 30, 2014 - 8:28 PM

    Congratulations. I would love you to organise my bedroom. This is where I send myself when things get out of control or I just need some time out.ReplyCancel

  • Renee - January 30, 2014 - 8:59 PM

    Hey Kat, I’d trade a Personal Training Session for a visit from you to organise my 6 year old daughters bedroom. You’d have to see it to believe it, she keeps every drawing, every toy packet it all means something to her, means mess to me but she wont throw anything out. RReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - January 30, 2014 - 9:35 PM

    Congratulations Katrina! What a great achievement! I look forward to reading your blog and receiving all your great tips and advice. If I had to choose a room to organise, I’d probably say my bedroom although all I really need is more wardrobe space!ReplyCancel

  • diane - January 31, 2014 - 3:22 AM

    looking forward to reading your blog everyday xReplyCancel

  • Nicky Kozlovskis - January 31, 2014 - 10:13 AM

    great job Katrina! I so need you in my life!! I’m trying think where I would start if I could win you as my whole house is a mess!!! I think the area most in need is my children’s rooms and their playroom.ReplyCancel

  • CindyR - January 31, 2014 - 10:49 AM

    My office/craft room would LOVE some organisation!!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - January 31, 2014 - 11:48 AM

    Sounds like an exciting year coming up! If I could win you for a day I think my kitchen would be the room I’d like your help with the most. We moved last year and I just don’t feel that the kitchen is as functional as it could be. The other area would be the walk in robe in the master bedroom – too much general ‘stuff’ stored there!ReplyCancel

  • Renee - January 31, 2014 - 12:26 PM

    The areas where junk piles up – my study is the ‘dumping room’, old clothes, toys, new stuff to be stashed for Christmas/birthdays, anything without a proper home and I can never find my desk, and the toy clutter – I really need the help.ReplyCancel

  • Smaggle - January 31, 2014 - 1:22 PM

    Welcome aboard love! What an exciting year you’ve got ahead!ReplyCancel

  • Terawel - January 31, 2014 - 2:48 PM

    My office/sewing room is a disaster right now and I don’t see it improving until after the income tax is done. That’s the one thing I dread and, therefore, put it off as long as possible— knowing it would make much more sense to just get it done as quick and early as possible!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - January 31, 2014 - 3:57 PM

    My toddlers toy area in the living room :-/ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Turley - February 1, 2014 - 8:38 PM

    My garage. It is full of baby stuff and things my kids have out grown, and things i can’t seem to organise or part with.ReplyCancel

  • Ezza - February 4, 2014 - 11:12 AM

    My office! I am continually stacking piles of paper and have stuff laying everywhere!!ReplyCancel

  • Raeleneanna - February 6, 2014 - 8:07 AM

    Hmm, I really need to think hard about this one, our whole house is chaos….it’s a toss up between the teenagers bedrooms (a constant battle), the communal areas (kitchen, dining, lounge – open plan) or the clutter cupboard under the stairs (dumping ground)…….My girls bedroom I think…if this was sorted, I wouldn’t have so much junk, sorry – treasures, left in my lounge to start with!! Now, all I need to do is convince Kat to come to good ole NZ!! (Please, pretty please????)ReplyCancel