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2015 wasn’t my year, I’m keeping it real and sharing with you the things that made me feel flat and the changes I am making to make 2016 an awesome year. Plus…. a very big thank, something I have wanted to do for 18 months and finally I have found the moment.

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  • Niomi

    Thank you for your inspiring and heartfelt post Kat, I wish you a 2016 full of good health, happiness and fulfilment.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Niomi, I already feel it’s going to be a great year, I truly hope it continues onwards and upwards 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    Only a newish reader but I’m with you in happily ending 2015, my horrible started in 2014 when husband deserted marriage! Long story but young kids, selling home and moved late in 2015 to a house not only needing some work to make it the home we want but also keeps throwing up issues. Hoping 2016 is better for us both.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that is so much for you to go through Sandra, I hope that 2016 helps you to find you to be strong and that it doesn’t take too long to do the work on your house.ReplyCancel

      • Sandra

        Thanks Kat I hope the same for you. I found you by googling shredded chicken last year and my allergy plagued oldest has had it for lunch pretty much everyday since.ReplyCancel

  • Anne At Home

    Just wanted to say how wonderful & inspiring your blog is to me. From your lunch box ideas (my kids are taking Tupperware sandwich keepers to school this year thanks to you), to homework stations, meal planning, stay at home mum series, back to school series through January, Christmas planning and so on, I have taken so many of your ideas & incorporated them into my home. Thanks for your honesty today, I hope 2016 will be better. Anne xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Anne, I truly love writing my blog and sharing what I do in my home to help inspire others with ideas for their home. Can’t wait to share with you all the new project I have yet to start in our new house 😉ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Hi Kat,
    I remember what happened in 2014 and I’m a dweller too so I can understand how it would have effected your 2015.
    I’m looking forward to reading some more directly from you in 2016 and all about your new home.
    I’ve jusy started reading The Working Mums Collective which I found inspiring. I’m going to look at the Collective Hub next.
    Here’s to you and I in 2016 Kat! I’ve never felt so strongly in my bones before that this is going to be a wonderful year!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love your enthusiasm for 2016 Tracey, it is going to be a wonderful year I already feel it too!! Ooh the working mums collective sounds interesting, I’ll go check it out, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Sweet Kat, you don’t need a new year or to turn a page of the calendar to take charge. You simply need to choose “today is the day”. Dr Seuss will tell you, “your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your absolutely right Danielle, but like diets I’ll start on Monday, I had it in my head I wanted to write this post and share it and make from the kids first day of school all about positiveness and not looking back on what I was dwellling on. I’m proud of myself to sticking to my commitment and feel so good to say thank you and move forward. Your right though, it’s doesn’t need to be a Monday, or first day of something, any day is the perfect day to start, love that quote by Dr Seuss, I feel I am getting up that mountain for sure :)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for sharing Kat. You’ve had an enormous couple of years and no surprises it has taken it’s toll on you physically. I hope 2016 is your year and you find health, happiness and have lots of fun in your new house! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you lovely Vanessa, feeling great about this year already :)ReplyCancel

  • Indi

    Hi Kat, I just want to say that your blog is a huge inspiration for me – I’ve always enjoyed organising things in general but it took having children to make me want to attack the house.
    I loved your 20 day challenge last year and hope you will be running it again.
    All the best for 2016!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s so great to hear you loved the challenge Indi, yes it will be back in 2016, I have to find the right time as it’s a lot of work and now that I don’t have Kate to help me have to find that happy balance :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Dear Kat we have never met, but you have inspired me in my home and lifestyle. You are a genuine and generous loving person. Reclaim your time and yourself in 2016.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you so much Jen, reading these comments is so lovely and your words are truly so kind, I am so pleased I published this post I’m already feeling better :)ReplyCancel

  • Cathryn

    Hi Kat, so glad you have found your way through the deep dark forest. I was wondering where you had got to … the blog lost a little of its spark, which tells us that you were preoccupied, which means something awry in your life. Lovely to hear you are onto it …. seize the joy available in this sweet 16 year!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It did and I could see it and it’s good for me to read that you could see it too, it was hard with the will we or won’t we move, do I do the work I wanted to do in the old house or not cause we will sell it, i felt like I was in limbo. I’m going to start sharing posts about the move and the new house soon, can’t wait to share it all with you :)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Hi Kat, I too had abad 2015 & am looking forward to a rewarding 2016. I wish you well & I thank you for your blog, I have been following for awhile now.

    I hope you have a great 2016 & I wish you well for the year ahead.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I like how you put that Belinda, rewarding…. it’s a very deserving word, especially those that didn’t have a great previous year, love it!! I hope your 2016 starts to show improvement for you very very soon.ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Hi Kat,
    Thankyou for such a heartfelt blog post. I have been a long term reader/follower and have used and shared a lot of your tips and ideas. I wanted to share with you a post that I wrote about living with Chronic Fatigue. I am a long time sufferer but I have not let it get in the way of living my life. I hope in reading it it may give you some understanding, hope and some ways to cope with this new diagnosis. I wish you all the best. Di

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you so much Di for sharing your story, I was told that mine started when I caught a cold sometime last year, I do remember being really sick twice, and while I am sick I usually don’t sit still and relax, I find it hard to just stay still, but learnt now it’s important to do so. As you say it’s about balance and knowing when you need to stop and take time out for yourself. Funny that you say forgetful and can’t get words out…. that’s been me lately, the kids have noticed I have started calling everything ‘thingy’ can you get the ‘thingy’ put that ‘thingy’ away, the word just isn’t’ top of tongue.ReplyCancel

  • Loved your honesty Kat and wishing 2016 to be fabulous for you – be kind to yourself and look after your health. That is so important. We will all be here backing you, whether you drop in daily or every few days! Cannot wait to hear more about your new home, glad you are all settling in well :) xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Ashlea, the house it so lovely, we went away to Sydney last weekend and coming home to this house felt like home, looking forward to sharing it all with you.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Sorry to hear you’ve had such a difficult year Kat, but thank you for sharing your feelings with us. I find it refreshing to hear honesty because it’s so easy for us to compare our lives with other people’s highlight reels (Facebook, instagram etc) and the reality is often quite different. I love your optimistic approach to the new year. Your readers appreciate the wonderful ideas and wisdom you share with us. Happy 2016 xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your right Rachel, it’s very easy to share the good but I feel I also have to share the not so good, it’s real, it happens and good to know that the person behind the screen isn’t perfect. I love quotes and inspirational stories, I find strength in them to help change my mindset and really for me mindset is the top of the leaderboard to help make change.ReplyCancel

  • Miriam

    Dear Kat,
    I know what you mean when you say you were left with a residual shadow after such a traumatic time. Back in 2012 I had a deeply traumatic event that lead to a complete mental breakdown. After much counselling and support from so many people I am now well again but every so often I feel that shadow from the past. I have no additional advice for moving forward – your positivity and enthusiasm will pull you through. I just wanted you to know you’re not alone!!!
    You inspire me every day and I thank you for that! I feel as though you speak to my heart, never with judgement, but always with positivity and encouragement.
    So, thank you!
    Love Miriam (a disorganised housewife! Haha!)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Miriam, these words are a delight to read and so pleased this is how I make you feel, that’s what this blog is all about. I think it’s good to talk about the issues you have, I have caught up with friends recently for dinner and coffee, they are a great outlet and happy to listen. I am very enthusiastic about 2016, already know I have made a positive step forward, thank you xReplyCancel

  • Claire

    Kay, so happy I came across your Blog. Here’s to a wonderful 2016.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Glad your hear Claire :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Thank you for sharing Kat, I have loved following your blog the last few years. You have been such an inspiration to me as a new house wife and made me feel valued as a human. I’m now preparing to go back to work full time and God it is daunting! All the best and I look forward to hearing from you more personally xoxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I work in the home and find it a juggle working and kids. I hope you can find an even balance. With how I have felt the past year, I found that being organised the night before, making kids lunches, clothes ready to hang on the line makes the morning so much easier. Wishing you all the best for your return to work.ReplyCancel

  • Bettina

    Its so good to read this post and to hear you once again! I have missed the personal side to your blog and I remember the 2014 issue, and I am glad that you feel you can start to move forward! I hope you never have to go through anything like that again! I can’t wait to see what you do this year and am glad that you are feeling more in control on your fatigue and bring on the health changes. That is something I am struggling with too, I was doing well with my weightloss in 2012-2013 but in the September I hit a bump in the form of an abscess and just never got back on track and have put most of the weight I had lost back on, devastating! But we have to pick ourselves up and move forward! No more looking back! Much love to you Kat, and Happy 2016!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s right Bettina, no more looking back. I have booked in a full health check with my GP, which I think is a good thing to do. I have wanted to do it for awhile, but that word ‘busy’ got in the way. I’m my priority for the moment and want to find the underlying cause to my weight gain. Here’s to 2016 xxReplyCancel

      • Bettina

        I’m so glad you are taking care of you! Its a hard thing to do at times, as we put others ahead of ourselves (and I do not have children and this still happens). Keep smiling and looking forward! Can’t wait to hear how you go! And try not to be scared as you head to your appointment, just go with the flow and hopefully you can find out what is going on and start to work towards getting back on track. xxxReplyCancel

  • Knowing what’s been getting you down is always the first step to making things better Katrina. I’m positive that 2016 will be the year where you will live your life to the fullest!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Norlin xReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Hi Kat, It seems my new year always starts in February. I haven’t been alone for 8 weeks. I am giving myself today off. No housework, etc. Have just made a lovely hot cup of tea, caught up on your blog and am planning to watch a movie and maybe crochet.
    Am glad to see you getting your mojo back for 2016. Last year, your blog seemed to lose a little something for me, but that seems to be changing. Honestly, would rather read one detailed post a week than have you feel like you have to write something just for the sake of putting something on the blog. Hope this doesn’t come across as harsh as that is not my intention :(
    Here’s to a fabulous 2016 for us all!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love the feedback Samantha, it’s good for me to read and know and I certainly want to make improvements, thank you for your honesty I really do appreciate it. Which movie did you watch? Hope you enjoyed your day of peace :)ReplyCancel

      • Samantha

        Thanks Kat. I enjoyed watching Cinderella yesterday. Back on the job today :)ReplyCancel

  • Yaye for more Katrina!! I truly love your blog – you are an inspiration to us all because YOU ARE REAL! 2016 is definitely going to be amazing for you Katrina! New beginnings for you, your family and your blog! Woohoo!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Charlene, always love your support, I’m excited about the new year, onwards and upwards :)ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Kat, on reclaiming your strength and determination! May 2016 be a year full of enjoyment, new experiences and strong connections with your readers.


    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you KP, one step at a time and I know I will get there, already feel so much better :)ReplyCancel

  • Much love and hugs!
    I can relate to feeling like last year got the better of you… I feel that way too.
    Lets hope 2016 is the year we both get out from under whatever cloud is following us around, and let’s hope it’s also the year we get to catch up in person for a good bloody chat! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      We need a good chat Kate, that would be wonderful hope you can make the RGM this year would be great to see you. Let’s help each other for under the cloud, we can do it!!ReplyCancel

  • MarieJeanne

    Well done Katrina. Looking forward to more of you!! Very best wishes.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you so much MarieJeanne, the support has been great and probably all this is what I needed to hear and read, I feel very content at the moment xReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    GO YOU Kat!! This is going to be a wonderful year for you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Already feel so good Lorraine, have made all the right decision so far, thank you for your support and words of wisdom last week xReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Just wanted to say GO GIRL!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL, thank you Dani xReplyCancel

  • Gillian

    I enjoy your blog and yours is the only daily email I read every day, that you are real is the reason! Thank you for sharing yourself and your life and I know 2016 will be better for youReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    It will be, thank you so much Gillian for continuing to read :)ReplyCancel

  • Hira

    Hi Kat, i’ve been reading your blog since long and I must say, you are the most inspiring blogger for me as yet (coming from a person who reads a lot of blogs). I had been wondering why you have slowed down and now got the answer. To be very honest, i was a bit worried for you too, there is some special connection which I can’t explain but really without knowing you in person, a lot of times I understand where you are coming from. One thing I have always always felt that you dont take as much care of yourself as you should. Please its a request from a well wisher, take care of yourself!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve never experienced what I felt last year Hira, it was December that I knew I didn’t want to continue feeling this way and started to make some changes and decisions about the blogs future. I’m excited to take it bake to basics and also continue with work/family balance. Your words are so kind Hira thank you, your kindness and support is so very lovely. I will take take of myself, promise xReplyCancel

  • Hira

    Hi Kat, i’ve been reading your blog since long and I must say, you are the most inspiring blogger for me as yet (coming from a person who reads a lot of blogs). I had been wondering why you have slowed down and now got the answer. To be very honest, i was a bit worried for you too, there is some special connection which I can’t explain but really without knowing you in person, a lot of times I understand where you are coming from. One thing I have always always felt that you dont take as much care of yourself as you should. Please its a request from a well wisher, take care of yourself!!!ReplyCancel

  • Wow Kat! Bravo… Telling your story from the past 12-18 months with such honesty can only be healing & helpful. I am so glad we have reconnected too! Always around to chat & help in any way I can. 2015 was a Sh!T year for me as I struggled with retiring from teaching, selling our home & leaving Sydney & away from our lovely grandkids.. But I’m sensing already I’m being rejuvenated in 2016 to keep on telling my stories on the blog & re-connecting.. Blogging is a great medium isn’t it? That’s how we met! Glad you are happier in your new home ‘ I hope the GP visit yields some positive outcomes! Love Denyse xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I am too Denyse, so pleased you have emailed me and I’m really enjoying reading your tips!! Moving house sounds like an easy job, but it is so emotional and draining at the same time. I hope you are feeling settled in your new home, have you already made plans to visit the grandkids??ReplyCancel

  • Wow Kat! Bravo… Telling your story from the past 12-18 months with such honesty can only be healing & helpful. I am so glad we have reconnected too! Always around to chat & help in any way I can. 2015 was a Sh!T year for me as I struggled with retiring from teaching, selling our home & leaving Sydney & away from our lovely grandkids.. But I’m sensing already I’m being rejuvenated in 2016 to keep on telling my stories on the blog & re-connecting.. Blogging is a great medium isn’t it? That’s how we met! Glad you are happier in your new home ‘ I hope the GP visit yields some positive outcomes! Love Denyse xReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Thankyou for sharing yourself with us. I found your blog when my daughter now 4 1/2 was a baby. I was feeling overwhelmed and your blog helped me put one foot in front of the other as I learned about looking after my home and new little family from you. Thankyou so much. All the best this year. Please look after yourself.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      HI Julie, that’s so lovely to hear that it has helped you and your family, thank you for your lovely words, I will look after myself and get my health back on track.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Hi Kat,
    Thankyou. I always feel unlifted and happy when i read your blogs, as you say happy photos dont always tell the real story. Hopefully 2016 will be a lot better for you and yours. Yoi do have a really supportive community behind you. Although we dont know you personally, we feel as though we do. good luck, chhers KimReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Kim, I would so love to catch up with everybody one day for coffee, I slept so well last night, everybody’s words of support and encouragement is so very lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn McGuire

    Kat –
    You are so cute! No wonder you get tired and stressed…look what a dynamo you are. You should be very proud of this website you created. My kids are grown but I like to look and see the creative things you come up with, and your affirmations. You send a little bit of your positive energy out into the world every day…that’s a wonderful achievement. Take care of yourself.
    Lyn in the USAReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love the quotes, quotes help to inspire and motivate me. I’ve put quite a few up on my new office wall, I really love looking at them everyday. Thank you Lyn for your kindness xReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat – oh this sounds so like me!! Small business owner / operator, 2 kids – one has just left home, hubby working shift work and I just don’t MAKE time for myself and often feel like it is groundhog day. My business is a fully hosted B and B so I MUST smile every day and be ‘available’ – so so draining some days. Anyway – like so many others, I feel inspired by your blog and can relate to the daily dilemas. All the best for your 2016 – and cheers to mine too!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rhonda, ooh that must be hard, being it’s a B and B are you able to have day’s off? I think that’s the biggest struggle working from home the ability to switch off from work mode. All the best for a wonderful 2016 for you xReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Hi Kat,

    Thank-you for your post. I too didn’t have a great 2015 but for completely different reasons of course. It is great to know however, that just like the sun comes up tomorrow, a new year is like the start of a new chapter in our journey.

    Lessons learnt but left behind.

    And don’t be so hard on yourself, we are all human and in the crazy world we live in today, we all need to remember that!

    Wishing you and your family, fresh sheets and fresh memories in 2016. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      your so right Kate, lessons learnt but left behind, like that!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Reading this article was like looking into my own life. From gastric sleeve to health to personal issues. 2016 is our year the year to get balance in life and a healthy body and mind.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Karen, have you put on weight after the sleeve, I haven’t had time to do much research, but didn’t realise it was common, many have emailed me saying they have put some weight on too. I’ll let you know how I go.ReplyCancel

  • Sounds like a great plan for 2016. Your health should always be a priority. Then your family. Then work. :)
    You have created such an awesome business & community and you should be incredibly proud.
    I wish you all the very best and hope that 2016 is an AWESOME year for you professionally and personally. xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Jodie, I appreciate you comment, especially as I remember you commenting from the very early days I started the blog :)ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    Hi Kat

    All the best with focusing on 2016 and getting out from clouds from previous years. I’ve been reading your blog/posts/web etc for about 2 years now, and your laundry organisation tip was one I took to heart. Literally. Instead of regular arguments with my 25, 23 and 20 year old sons, we all now have our own washing baskets. I brought one of those stacking drawer combos that go in the wardrobe, labelled all their names on it and for the last 9 months it’s each to his own! Needless to say my water bill has gone up, but my stress level has decreased considerably. Sometimes it’s letting go of the small stuff to make positive change.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that balance you have there Paula, whilst the water goes up at least your stress goes down and gives you some extra time for you. Here’s to the positive changes :)ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Thanks for your honesty Kat, it’s so refreshing to read in this digital era. The reality of your life is the same for many of us – we’re all in this together. Hope 2016 is a much happier joyful year for you. Your blog and site inspires me daily to be a great household organiser. I love all of your advice and ideas and my family is the better for it xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Jennifer, love that description ‘household organiser’ :)ReplyCancel

  • Chloe

    Kat! I felt COMPELLED to comment. I want to thank you for all of your help to our family. You started me on an amazing journey of self improvement which started with the 20 days to organise your home. After that, I decided to go almost chemical free, toxin free, eat wholefoods, practice mindfulness, meditate, start yoga and the list goes on and on and on, and it ALL started from you suggesting that I simply make my bed each day. I too, suffer severely from anxiety (which is why I decided to do the 20days cause I couldn’t get ahead of my life I was so overwhelmed) and have adverse health affects. I’m not one to through around ‘shoulds’ but I’m hearing that your body is giving you warning signs! We’ve all heard you now say you are going to make your health a priority this year so we will hold you accountable! I can’t recommend enough starting some mindfulness and doing 5 mins meditation a day. Maybe make tiny steps this year and as I did, take those few moments while the kettle is boiling to simply stand or sit with no distractions (phone, mag, tv etc) and just listen to your breath as it is. I used to do the bench wipe while I waited for the kettle but now I have realised I need those couple of moments. I am so glad you have shared this with everyone, it is so important to be organised and it makes for an easier home but it is MOST important that the mums make their health and wellness #1 in the home and this is an excellent learning topic and a whole series in itself! I would love to hear how you went with the move and what you would do differently next time (and no one will judge if you say you’d hire a cleaner haha). Many, many thanks Kat and take care of yourself!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that Chloe, I do feel it, put it out there that I should post regular updates about my health for accountability. I think the move brought on the most stress and anxiety, the house was a mess with packing, and I just don’t cope well when it is. Thank you so much, I love that I and my blog have been able to help you make positive changes in your home, this a so motivating for me. I’ll start sharing posts about the new home soon. Thank you so much Chloe for commenting, reading all these posts has been ‘unreal’ of a better word, I need to hear it all :)ReplyCancel

      • Chloe

        Thank you Kat. And I appreciate you taking the time to read and reply to all of the comments, it IS so nice to get replies! This is your year!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Hi, I’ve only just started following yr newsletters and blogs and have just read your latest post. Such a big year for you & your family with many things I think other mums can relate to. Thanks for your honestly and keeping it real, we need more of it on social media. Wishing you health & happiness for the new year. Kat (cool name ?)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Katrina (super awesome name). I have so many great post ideas coming up, hope you enjoy them :)ReplyCancel

      • Lyn

        I am new to this site and wanted to say how much I enjoy the posts, advice and tips. I have been married for 35 years and had become very “lazy” and disorganized and our home was a mess. I had no energy or eagerness to start tidying. Your daily chores have motivated and kick started my decluttering and cleaning frenzy. I work full time but have been doing bits each night and looking forward to the weekend to put a big dent in some more tasks. Thank you for all that you do, you are a gem!ReplyCancel

  • Gosh you sure have had a lot to deal with in the past year but I can tell from this very upbeat post that you’re on track for a stellar 2016! I must admit a lot of not so great incidents happened to me in 2015 and I took them not so well. This year I need to make some changes that will help me become a healthier and happier person, able to take the punches and knocks that invariably come our way. I hope to see your smiling face around town again soon xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hello lovely, we should definitely try and do coffee in the coming weeks! I hope 2016 is a better and healthier year for you, pitty I don’t live as close any more otherwise we could go walking together :(ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Wow. Kat. This is the first time I have typed in.
    I feel like I know you after following your blog every day for at least 2-3 years; most of all after today.
    You are an absolutely wonderful and strong person and I enjoy reading your inspirational tips so much.
    If one small voice can help you know that we love you, then this has worked.
    Life is full of trials – each in its own way. But, there is always the future puling us forward, such that there is something to look forward to, something to strive for, something to live for. No matter how great. No matter how small.
    I want to thank you for your positive and sunny side, that I know will always be there. Your readers are always with you.

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Naw thank you so much Kirsty. I try and keep it real, that’s what I love about writing this blog, you can read magazines and see beautifully styled kitchens, bedrooms extra but my house is real and I have to share my real story along with it. I am so pleased I shared this post, I am feeling so positive and so much better sharing it. Thank you for commenting Kirsty, it’s so lovely these past few days to reconnect with my readers xReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Best wishes for a good year!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you JudeReplyCancel

  • Kat….you hid your struggles so well and I think a big part of being able to move forward with a clean slate is sharing those struggles. Well done to you gorgeous lady xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Miss seeing you and your smiling face each week Mel xxReplyCancel

  • Lyn

    I am to to this site and wanted to say thank you. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION.!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Lyn xxReplyCancel

  • Chris Ann

    Thanks for sharing Kat, and I am so pleased that you are coming back to ‘normal’. I am a lot older than you and have had my share of struggles with life, so I think I know how you felt, but I just want to let you know that bad things always end eventually and I have always felt so inspired by you – I am still trying to get myself organised, but definitely improving.
    I missed whatever happened in 2014 – must have been while I was having new knees installed on both legs[best thing I ever plucked up the courage to do!!!] and of course, in all the preadmission testing they discovered a medical issue that should have made me lose weight and hadn’t – but after being treated for it in 2015 the weight piled on! Very discouraging! Still, such is life, at least I can now walk miles without pain and that’s huge for me!
    Thank you for all you do for us messy, disorganised people!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you so much Chris Ann, I do feel those bad shadows that I had over me have gone, and mostly just reconnecting with you all and reading all these beautiful comments… truly thank you so much for taking the time to comment and share.ReplyCancel

  • Mia

    Thank you for being real Kat. It takes courage to be authentic and to call out when things aren’t working. I hope you invest the time in yourself, it’s the best thing you’ll ever do.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Mia, I have just finished tomorrows post, which will help me keep accountable to looking after myself and share with you how I am going!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Hi Kat
    I have followed your Organised Housewife for a while cause I would in my dreams love to be an organised housewife & mum.
    But mostly found your Gastric Sleeve journey very easy to relate too & real. When you wrote a blog ages ago that you had the surgery, I was looking at the operation and I did find inspiration from your story. I am now nearly 12 months post op and thank you for sharing your story cause it has changed my life. Hope 2016 is a better year for you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      so pleased that it has inspired you Tracy, I started to put on weight mid last year, which would have been 18 months post op, my surgeon says I’m the first for it to happen to and wants to do bypass surgery on me. I am reluctant to have another surgery as I feel I need to work out the cause for the weight gain, give my health a really good check and make sure there is no other reason. We did a swallow test and it did show that my stomach has stretched slightly. How are you feeling after the surgery?ReplyCancel

  • natalie

    I love that quoteReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s a good one isn’t it and so true!ReplyCancel

  • Shennie

    You are an inspiration! Will be praying that your health continues to improve dramatically! Don’t be putting too much pressure on yourself, but well done for mustering up the drive to keep going and getting passionate again. Thanks for being real with us all xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Always Shennie I think it’s important to share all side and not just the good :)ReplyCancel

  • The last two years haven’t been kind to me either Kat and I’m starting out this year determined to make 2016 happier and more purposeful. I hope the year is kinder to you – remember to take care of yourself and listen to your body xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Kirsty, you have already been a great help with getting my balance back on track, especially through back to school time sharing your fabulous posts. I hope 2016 is an improvement than last year for you xxReplyCancel

  • Penny

    Hi Kat

    Even though I virtually never comment, please know that I think you and your blog are fantastic and I read your posts religiously!! I feel like it’s always there to give me a boost when I feel a bit flat and bored with the never ending housework/meal planning hamster wheel that is the life of a mother of small (or any age really) children!!

    Here’s to a fantastic 2016 for you and your family!!!

    PS I will try to remember to comment more so you know what your readers are enjoying!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hello Penny, lovely to e-meet you and thank you for commenting, although sometimes it’s hard to reply to them all I really do like reading comments and reading others views and opinions. LOL your so right, it can be a hamster wheel, ground hog day, fun when the curve balls are thrown in there!ReplyCancel

  • I’m spending time this morning catching up on my favourite blogs, and your’s was first on the list. So glad you are taking care of you, its our number one, before everything, without exception, only then we can be the best Mumma/wife/blogger/Kat/Louisa. Big love to you darling heart, you are going amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you lovely Louisa, your always so insightful and encouraging, thank you. I’m feeling really good at the moment, so pleased I shared this post there is so much love here and it has truly warmed my heart.ReplyCancel

The perfect gift for children aged 10 – 36 months, the smarTrike® Explorer 5 trikes in 1 transforms in 5 different ways, featuring advanced 360º steering technology and a 110º reclining seat. The new innovation from smarTrike keeps active little ones entertained and comfortable on the go – unlike standard strollers!

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  • Mehreen Adnan

    How do we enter?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Click on the entry form at the bottom of the post, just below the sentence: Each smarTrike® Explorer is, valued at RRP $219.99 eachReplyCancel

      • Mehreen Adnan

        Okay thank you :) can international followers enter?ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          No I’m so sorry Mehreen, it’s for Australian residents only.ReplyCancel

      • Beky

        There’s no link for me…ReplyCancel

        • Kate - Kat's Assistant

          Hi Beky, Click on the entry form at the bottom of the post, just below the sentence: Each smarTrike® Explorer is, valued at RRP $219.99 eachReplyCancel

  • Siobhan

    There’s no link to enter. I have read your previous advice. There’sno no link below RRPReplyCancel

  • Tess

    I can’t find the link either, no matter where I click! Maybe it’s jumbled on amobile deviceReplyCancel

  • Christine

    Disappointed. No link, nothing works and no way to enter..ReplyCancel

  • Belinda B

    Merry Christmas :) lovely giveaway, thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

Party planning is a great option to create a stream of income into your home, particularly if you are wanting extra cash, without getting a job out of the home. I’ve shared my top tips on How to start a party planning business + you can WIN one of 3 The Body Shop® Virgin Mojito Ice Bucket Gifts.

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  • Paula Thompson

    The coconut deluxe gift set would be top of my wish list because it is my favourite scent and smells so delicious.ReplyCancel

    • Margaret Quintal

      The top of my list would be any of the pre-packaged Christmas gifts! The ability to not only benefit myself with gorgeous products but to also help a family in Ethiopia have safe drinking water because of my purchase is even more rewarding. Keep up the great work The Body Shop with all that you do and in your WaterAid campaign!ReplyCancel

  • nicole lavanda

    the best product from the body shop that’s on the top of my wish list is their Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak because juggling 2 little ones during the day, studying and working….the thought of stopping at the end of the night to soak the feet sounds magical!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Harris

    I love the advent calendar in the Xmas catalogue. I think it’s an affordable and fun way to try a range of body shop products. Coconut body butter is my go to product xxReplyCancel

  • Spa of the world luxurious body collection box would be my pick! Looks AMAZING!
    It would make the ultimate gift full of amazing products to keep you feeling relaxed and refreshed! I might just have to keep that one for myself!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    White Musk, I’m just about out and need to top up! Perhaps a white musk body bar too :)ReplyCancel


    All the gorgeous perfume oils, I love, love, love them but really dislike going ‘in store’ because the girls behind the counter are either too engrossed in themselves or their over the top conversations to pay attention or give respect to shoppers (by toning things down and watching their tongues) OR it’s the other extreme and the minute you set foot in store they’re on you and won’t leave you in peace to browse and select the scent for you, insisting that they know your nose better than you do. Body shop at home sounds like heaven to me, for all the products, without the snooty nosed sales assistants.ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    I love grapefruit flavoured everything, especially the body butter and shower gel. I just want to lick myself, it smells divine!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    24 Days of Christmas Gifts!

    One for me, one for my mum, one for my sister… but I would have to give them on 30 November so they could begin to open them on the 1st. Hmmm, so then I would need to buy more gifts for Christmas Day. They would love it! And I would love it too because the Advent Calendar is such a great tradition. And maybe I could forgo the chocolate Advent Calendar. Maybe…ReplyCancel

  • I would love to check the carrot moisture facial cream I used through my twenties back in Denmark – and which Body Shop stopped producing some years ago :( – would love to be able to get it again – was just the best.
    As I have not used it for years due to not being able to get it might be why my skin looks old now :(ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    The pomegranate skin firming range because at the age of 40 I need to find ways to keep my skin looking youthful.ReplyCancel

  • Louise M

    The Mango Bliss box, I rarely like fragranced products but this smells as good as the mangoes I eat!ReplyCancel

  • kzsupreme

    The pomegranate skin firming range for me,
    hitting 50, sagging skin I see.
    Body shop at home products, sheer bliss
    I can relax, and a sale I cant miss 😀ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Hemp hand protector, because it works.ReplyCancel

  • Hildi

    The Advent Calendar from the Body Shop;
    Would make my heart skip and hop;
    Leading to Christmas a surprise everyday;
    Would make this grateful Mummy shout HOORAY!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Palmer

    The 24 days of Christmas! An advent calendar for mummy! Yes please! Bout time there was one for mummy’s!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    The top of my list would be the Shea Butter Tin. I love the way Shea Butter leaves your skin so incredibly soft and silky. Talk about pampering. Really don’t have the time for that, but would love it. I’m always for helping anyone out, especially to give Clean Water for the people of Ethiopia? We should always help out cause there is always people in worst shape then ourselves.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Berkeypile

    Shea beauty bag. I need soft hands!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Bunyan

    I’d love the advent calendar, something special just for me to enjoy and count down to Christmas, why should the kids have all the fun! Also it would give me an idea what products I like to purchase full size at the next party!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    The Mango Bliss Box just screams summer indulgence. Blissfully delicious!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela M

    The cranberry shower gel. I’m sure it smells delicious and it’s absolutely Christmassy! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    The Argan Deluxe Kit as I’ve used some of these products before and my skin coos in delight when these are applied. The perfect gift to my skin!ReplyCancel

  • Belle

    The Glazed Apple Shimmer Globe caught my eye. I don’t even know what it is but just looking at it makes me feel like it would smell fresh and summery and make me feel all shiny and new.ReplyCancel

  • melanie

    Coco butter body butter! Its time to start getting ready for the warmer weather and theres nothing better than smelling and feeling delicious on a balmy summers evening!ReplyCancel

  • melanie

    Cocoa butter body butter! Its time to start getting ready for the warmer weather and theres nothing better than smelling and feeling delicious on a balmy summers evening!ReplyCancel

  • Elita Hooper

    Hemp body butter only thing that will fix my son’s excemaReplyCancel

  • I would absolutely love the mango bliss box. Mangoes are my favourite fruit combined with great products. MMM heaven all round.ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    Argan oil gift set ticks all my Christmas wish list!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Brazil

    I would love the oils of life box. I was in a store today and tried some under my eyes and it felt so beauiftul. I love all Body Shop products but always seem to be buying them as gifts. Today I treated myself to some of the new SPA scrub and went to bed feeling amazing. Skin is so soft.ReplyCancel

  • margo

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely gift.

    I would choose the hemp hand cream as my hands need all the help I can get, it works, you can see the difference.ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Cannot go past the Hemp range it just works – forget all the restReplyCancel

  • Alexandra

    My pick is Spa of the World – what’s better than being transported to amazing places all over the world and being pampered by unique products from your own living room?ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    The Mango Bliss Box would definitely be on the top of my wish list, I used the mango range at the end of my first pregnancy and when my daughter was a newborn and every time I smell it I can remember those days as if I was living them again :)ReplyCancel

  • Sue Kelsey

    Milk bath – best bath ingredient ever, leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed.ReplyCancel

  • ooh, for my daughter who is a hairdresser and has issues with her hands, i would get the Hemp Medium Tin… she loves this. and for my other daughter to take to the gym, Strawberry Beauty Bag… that would make me happy, seeing my girls happy.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    The Satsuma tin! I’ve always loves that scent and I was so disappointed when they discontinued it. I might need to put it on my christmas wish list… :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My favourite Body Shop product is the Strawberry hand cream. It comes in a small tube that fits perfectly in your hand bag. You only need the tiniest bit to leave your hands feeling silky and soft and the gorgeous strawberry scent lasts for a good while. Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Debra Girling

    The White Musk Barrel Gift, my all time favourite Body Shoppe scentReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    24 Days of Christmas Gifts. I love the idea of an adult advent calendar! Why should the kids get all the present opening fun!!?ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Shea body butter – luxurious on dry skin plus it smells good enough to eat!ReplyCancel

  • Selina Brookes

    The pomegranate series has my name all over it – smells delicious and alas, my skin now exhibits “visible signs of aging”! Can’t go past the gift boxes though with 10 nieces and nephews to buy for this Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Busuttil

    Jasmine perfume oil or shower gel and body lotion! Most perfumes give me a rash or a headache (Or both) but I just love this fragrance and body shop perfumes are gentle on my skin.ReplyCancel

  • It would have to be any product from the Moringa Range as this scent is just divine, fresh and subtle, but if I would have to pick it would the Moringa Body Mist as it makes me feel beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • jess

    My skin always loves thes strawberry body butter!ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    Easily the peppermint pamper tin! Nothing like a bit of relief for my tootsies after running around on them all day!ReplyCancel

  • Tam

    Is there a non-virgin Mojito range? If so, I’M THERE!

  • Diana

    Any of the Body Butters. My teen girls and I go through them like you wouldn’t believe. We haven’t tried the Mojito, but the Frosted Plum smells divine! Anything fruity!ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    top of my list would be hand cream i absolutely love body shop hand creams :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Would love to try something from the plum range…a new scent I haven’t seen before! The body shop products are a moment of bliss in my house of boys (hubby and 3 boys). I always suggest body shop products when people ask me for ideas :)ReplyCancel

  • Nikoly Richardson

    I would love the Black Musk EDT or the African Ximenia Scrub.
    What the heck…lets go for both!
    Ooh, but then there’s the…..and the….oh where does it stop?!ReplyCancel

  • Selina Leng

    The new oils of life range- I’ve tried the samples and loved how it made my skin feel, the only hydrating product that’s stopped it flaking and it smells heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne W

    The Body Shop At Home party
    Would be a marvelous treat.
    The Coconut Deluxe Gift set
    Smells good enough to eat!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Cole

    The Advent Calendar Set, because Christmas only happens once a year, and a box filled with surprises is the way to go for me!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Hanham

    The “Oils of Life Skincare Gift” is at the top of my wishlist because you’re never too old to become younger!ReplyCancel

  • Shea Body Scrub is always on my must have list.

    Creamy, delicious scent, leaves smooth skin, you get the gist.

    It helps me out every summer, it really is quite clever.

    And now with a baby on the way I need indulging more than ever!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Horsham

    I love the mango body scrub – it always makes me feel clean or may be I should say to awakens my skin and afterwards love the oils in it so that my skin feels that moisturisedReplyCancel

  • Kristie Newland

    The Satsuma Tin! I fell in love with the scent when I was living in the UK and have only been able to find it once (at christmas) since retuning to Oz :(ReplyCancel

  • Trileen Robson

    There is nothing better than the body shop shower gels/washes, especially the pink grapefruit and coco butter ones. I have very little time to indulge in these products, but this gives me the one optunity to “indulge” in beautiful products xReplyCancel

  • Thelma Roberton

    Since I couldn’t see anything raspberry the next best thing it glazed apple…the sugar scrub is at the top of the list!ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    It would have to be Spa of the World for my daughter & me. Spa is something we both love to do together & to be able to use this amazing product would be a total bliss!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Body scrub at the end of a working week I love to exfoliate the whole body to feel fresh and aliveReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    Top of my Christmas wish list was always the olive body spray…LOVED it and cried fReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    Top of my Christmas wish list was always the olive body spray…LOVED it and cried for weeks when it was taken off the shelves ? I am a big fan of all the body butters…at the moment I am loving the new frosted cranberry body butter!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Lovelock

    I’d have to order the Strawberry Bliss Box as a Christmas gift for myself! I love having a bubble bath using the Strawberry Shower Gel as the bubble bath. Smells amazing & I come out in a much better mood.ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    Black Sea Salt Scrub does an amazing job at exfoliating the whole body. I just love the way your skin feels afterwards – so fresh, alive and smooth waiting for that next layer of virgin mojito body butter that just smells so delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    The Shea Butter has always been a favourite of mine. Doesn’t conflict with any of the perfumes I wear and super-moisturising without the greasy aftermath. The fact that it’s responsibly sourced through The Tungteiya Shea Butter Association and goes to help women in Ghana is an added bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia G

    Right up the top of my list will always be the Body Shop’s coconut body butter. No smell conjures up images of warm summer evenings by the pool than that one!ReplyCancel

  • Angela J

    Spa of the World Kit – OMG, just to get lost in the inulgence of it all, even for just a small while! Bliss.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Maddock

    Top of my Wishlist from the Body Shop catalogue is the Advent Calender Gift (p9) as this contains so many of my favourite products, along with a lot that I haven’t yet tried out.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    Body Butter keeps me smooth, because I’m always on the move. Air con and pollution all day, keeps dry, dull skin away.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    The Satsuma gift set because while growing up in England “Santa” always left a satsuma (mandarin!) at the bottom of my stocking. The smell still reminds me of those freezing cold & dark Christmas mornings! But in a good way!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    On top of my Christmas wish list would be the moringa body butter the beautiful fresh smell of this would take me from day to night on a balmy summer’s day in the pre Christmas Party rush. That virgin mojito would also go down a treat dying to try this out!!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia

    Mango Bliss Box. Mango is my toddler’s favourite food. I might get a few more cuddles if I smell like it 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Parsons

    I use Body shop products, and the all in one face base is wonderful as is the moisturizing primer! Both awesome products and the fact that nothing is tested on animals makes me love the Body Shop!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    A treat for me that might just over-ride the smell of wet dog around this house at the moment in the most exotic of ways… A WHITE MUSK DELUXE GIFT Set!ReplyCancel

Do you have open packets in pantry you struggle to keep closed or tidy? I’ll show you how I keep all the little packets tidy and a fabulous new idea I’ve come across to keep the contents airtight.

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  • Lucy Williams

    Definitely the spices that aren’t in jars. All just shoved in a spice rack wherever they fit!ReplyCancel

  • Renaye Baldwin

    Everything feels chaotic at the moment. I think the cereals are definitely the worst though because the kids get into those all day long!ReplyCancel

  • Sharnee Snowden

    Definitely my baking area….I have containers but its the half used choc melts and oats that look messyReplyCancel

  • Chandini Gibson

    The kids snacks! So many packets and it’s so hard to keep it all sealed and organised.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Sullivan

    The most disorganized part of my pantry is the baking items shelf. The flour, salt, oats, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, chocolate chips, etc. look so messy and not uniform.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Hall

    The most disorganised shelf in my pantry would be the spare food shelf. The one with extra tins and bottles and packets. It doesn’t matter how I put things away I always can never find anything on that shelf!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    A cup of tea please, what type would you like, there’s the green, behind the peppermint, below the black, oh dear the camomile has spilt, how about green camomile?ReplyCancel

    • Michelle Kerr

      It would definitely have to be the baking shelf! Half used packets of nuts, baking chocolate;, dark, white, milk, coconut & many flours. I even need to own up to once having a nasty “flour mite” in my pantry – I’m sure if using Anylock, the flour mite would never return!ReplyCancel

  • Adele Hile

    At the moment the whole pantry, it seems to have gotten away from me lol. And where did I get all those sauces lol. the any lock rods look easy to use, Mmm time to get organised, the baking section needs workReplyCancel

  • meegan tighe

    My baking section is absolutely chaos, so many packets of open nuts,choc bits ,sprinkles …..the list goes onReplyCancel

  • Catherine

    I have far too many ‘bits and pieces’ strewn all over the shelves, spilling all over the place. Chaos!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh

    I have a community of open bags behind my tupperwares. I think the packets are all having a private party. I have tried using pegs but they seem to fall off.ReplyCancel

  • Chantelle Jones

    My freezer and pantry are on equals when it come to unorganised packets.ReplyCancel

  • Kirra

    My bags of open or extra nuts is the messiest bit of my pantry! These would be great! I store the extras in a container but all ways have spills. Thabks for the chance to win! ?ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Our whole pantry is chaos!! We just moved house and it was all neat, but now the kids get in and pull things out, things just get thrown wherever..nothing has a place anymore. I must say though, we seem to have lots of open packs of different pastasReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Definitely my baking shelf, packets, decorating things, candles everywhere. Just can’t seem to find the right containersReplyCancel

  • Liz

    My kitchen is original circa 1960s with no pantry, so we use the small cupboards intended for plates, cups etc as a pantry. The baking section is the most disorganised, as with very limited space it is all piled on top of each other. I almost always have to remove all of the contents to find what I am looking for!ReplyCancel

  • Toni-Matee

    My entire pantry and fridge are disastrousReplyCancel

  • my most unorganised is the whole damn lot. True.
    If i have to pick one area maybe the spices. Or cereal.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    I would have to say my spices Especially the little packets of spices as I have quite a few now that i don’t have containers for yet and it is something I seem to forget about until I go to use them.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley Hallion

    Like a previous comment, my herbs and spices. I like using the small jars but a whole packet doesn’t fit so I have a plastic container with half full packets sitting in zip lock bags. The herbs and spices still fall out of the original packaging into the zip lock bag. I’ve tried several types of plastic clips and bull dog clips but the “perfect” sealing option still eludes me….ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My most unorganized section would have to be snaxks. Half opened bags of chips, biscuits etc.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    It’s a toss up between the kids snacks & the breakfast cereals! So many items & not enough containers!ReplyCancel

  • Di Jackson

    I have large open neck glass jars with screw top lids in a book case type space for everyday items to be close at hand and easy to check when supplies are running lowReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    Nuts, pasta and cereals so I use pegs, bulldog clips, rubber bands or sticky tape but they are all fiddly!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Clark

    It m ay sound trite, but MY WHOLE PANTRY!! I need a make over, but to start these ANYLOCK sealing rods look amazing. My freezer is a mess with corn and peas, and there are always chips etc in the bottom of the pantry.
    HELP!! I need these!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nathalie

    Oh where do I start? The cereal is a serial disaster; the pasta is in a mess of bow ties, linguine and macaroni mayhem; the spices make me hot under the collar and the nuts are driving me, well, nuts! I need help!ReplyCancel

  • Moira B G

    The most disorganised area in our pantry is the spices that don’t fit in jars – peppercorns, extra packets of cumin and coriander, and star anise.
    The other area where I could really use some package closers like these is in our freezer. We have lots of half-used fruit and veggie packets there!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Brightfield

    My pasta, nuts and masterfoods packaging for sure. But then again, my boys make a ripe mess of the snacks drawer.ReplyCancel

  • sharon

    always the pantry, it starts off with good intentions but within two weeks we all just put things at the front and push the rest to the back and find alot of open packs and we double up on alot.ReplyCancel

  • Princess

    My hubby just loves munching on chips and nuts, we have a bunch of those packets. I will always have to ensure that those unfinished foods in the packet are sealed and if I run out of containers, I will used rubber band. Seeing this ANYLOCK feels like a relief coz I know foods will not be wasted.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Grant

    The remains of bags that don’t fit into my storage containers. These bags either sit on top of the full container waiting to be used or lie undisturbed for years in a big box on the pantry floor.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    My linen press is out of control. All messed up and nothing is accessible. Nightmare!ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    My rice and pasta drawer is the worst…I noticed last night that the rice was spilled everywhere and oh what a mess there was.ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Mayhem in my pantry! Several varieties of rice – jasmin, arborio, brown and wild. It drives me nuts! And my many varieties of nuts – macadamia, pistachio, almond, cashew, peanut & pinenut drive me loopy! Yes kids fruit loops spill all over the floor along with rice bubbles, Cheerios and muesli! What am I to do? Help please!!!ReplyCancel

  • jane

    I have a drawer that contains spices only.Most are in little jars. However I cannot fit anymore jars so i have a dozen or so packets of things like sesame seeds, flax seed, dried shallots and so on. The contents come out all over the drawer and it ends up a big mess. I end up vacuuming (yes vacuuming) it all to clean the mess. Please help me!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angie

    My entire pantry, fridge/freezer needs help, so much stuff to sort. Please help meReplyCancel

  • Dinah

    FIVE of us! One teen is Vegan…soooo many packets of legumes and seeds! One teen is a health nut…soooo many packets of protein! One child is a sugar fiend….soooo many hidden packets of sweets! One is my hubby….soooo hopeless at closing things! One is me….bemused, befuddled and desperate for Alice Brady to move in! Help!!!ReplyCancel

  • Di Adams

    Definitely my spices cupboard.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bonner

    We remodelled our kitchen when we extended and put the pantry under the stairs. Because it is out of sight, everything just gets ‘tossed in’. There is no rhyme or reason. Would love a whole week off to just sort it all out and put in proper shelves and the likeReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    Definitely my baking shelf! Nuts, choc chips, flour and sugar that won’t fit in the container ??ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My baking shelf is THE worst! I NEVER use a whole bag of things (choc chips, nuts, almond meal etc). I waste SO much, as when I get to baking again, the air has got into my opened bags ago I have to buy new packets-then the same process starts over again ? ANYLOCK bag seals look like THE best invention for me! ??ReplyCancel

  • Mariam

    My pasta and rice section definitely!! half used packets that get moved around and spill everywhere!ReplyCancel

  • Mellanie

    Biscuits, pasta, chips, cereals, nuts, spices, flour, sugar — all opened packets that I find so hard to keep fresh and accessible. And every time I see how disorganised they look just makes me cry, “waaaaah!”ReplyCancel

  • Donna Lovelock

    My freezer! My kids go hunting in there & I’ve got corn, peas, broad beans & who knows what else, all rolling around the bottom of the drawer.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My baking section is chaos! A lot of open bags of ingredients that are only used in one or two recipes (I have every type of coconut you can imagine- shredded, dessicated, flaked, you name it!). I love the idea of being able to keep those ingredients fresh between baking sessions! :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda Miguel

    My left over herbs and spices. They have a container of their own to sit in until I need them, but they’re always spilling, mixing and making a mess!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    My messiest area is the kids section half opened packets all the timeReplyCancel

  • Meline van Horrik

    usually the back of the pantry where I keep the not so often used bottles and packets of ingredients where I use them once or twice then they get shoved to the back behind the more frequently used items – out of sight out of mind until I do a clean out and they’ve expired…or worse…weevils! :(ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Having Bernini the 20 day challenge currently organised but I know my open bags of pasta always get away from me.ReplyCancel

    • Wendy

      Got to love auto correct, Bernini should have be been doingReplyCancel

  • Donna W

    My baking shelf = embarrassingReplyCancel

  • Amanda Withell

    great idea! So need these. My baking supplies are a mess. I normally use peg which really aren’t great. Fingers crossedReplyCancel

  • Monique

    I have an unusually deep pantry (80cm). It looks super-organised at the front but the back of my dry-goods shelf is a black hole where random opened packets of excess pasta, beans, coconut etc get thrown, sealed with clunky, inefficient bulldog clips! It’s messy and the clips don’t keep things fresh long; it’s a total afront to my anal-retentiveness!!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    I even went and had a peep at my pantry to try to work out which part was the messiest and it is a very tight competition! The winner(??) is the very top of the pantry where I try to hide my chocolate stash from the kids. Chocolate gets thrown up there in haste when I hear the sound of footsteps approaching. Unfortunately not always quickly enough…ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    My problem is putting cream biscuits in the same container as the plain biscuits it makes them soft so I keep having to throw them out and I keep breaking those cheap clips would love some Anylock sealing rods.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Elvy

    We have 7 in our family with a vegetarian and a health nut so have many packets of nuts seeds legumes beans assorted flours pastas rices noodles rice papers nori sheets oats and wholemeal cereals wholegrain wraps and crackers, rice cakes etc and while most are in containers I do have a lot of opened packets and items that go to the back of the pantry only to be found after the use by date is long gone :( Baking items and spices are also a problemReplyCancel

  • Natalie phillips

    My shelf that contains kids snacks, adult snacks and pasta, rice and ang other misc item.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I know you said pantry – but for me it’s freezer! Peas, corn, chips all escape the opened packets and party on the bottom of my freezer, spilling out at any opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Vila

    The messiest area in my pantry is the spices. I usually use sticky tape to reseal them. This doesn’t always hold and then they spill. I also try and put them into mini lunch bags.ReplyCancel

  • Sonny Gillingham

    PASTA! Oh my gosh, I have so many half empty bags of pasta floating around in the bottom on my pantry… and so many spillages. It is NOT pretty in there!ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Hardy

    I have an “everyday” shelf in my pantry – items that are used everyday…and it is total chaos. Cereal packets not sealed properly, tea bags escaping from their box, biscuits going stale before their time, rice crackers that are like pieces of round cardboard and dont mention the dried apricots that are so dried out you could play ping pong with them! AnyLock sealing rods would save me from so much wasted food and dollars!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    Everywhere!!!! My pantry is the most untidy section of my house and it drives me crazy. Little fingers com in and help themselves to items and then shove it back in wherever it will fit. I end up clearing it out every 3 months to find packets of things I have kept buying because I thought it was out but really it was just hiding at the back of the pantry somewhere :(ReplyCancel

  • Diane Clifford

    The whole pantry needs attention but the worst shelf would have to be the baking shelf with the left over nuts, chocolate drops etc. I try to keep them in jars but this is not always successful. And I like to keep track of use-buy dates.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    It would have to be my freezer. Opened vegetables and fruits. Having basket draws in my freezer I find it hard to store.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    The spices are all over my pantry. Particularly those in bags. And then there is not enough room in my spice rack for all the bottles.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Basham

    My baking cupboard! All my flours, sugars, bread crumbs, cupcake toppings and sprinkles – its just a nightmare!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    My open packets! Nuts, pasta, rice, seeds, dried fruit… more pasta and rice that was lost under the other packets and probably stale anyway. Hence why I’m reading this article :-)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    My “baking area” half bags of flour, cocoa spilling out of boxes, food dye staining my shelves. I loaf organisation dough much!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa-Maree

    Oh its hard to narrow it down to the worst space! The kids snacks used to be. Lots of small (unstackable) items, and with four kids all having different preferences there is always loads of open packets.

    I think I have that solved with a snack trolley. Just a small cheapie 3 stacked baskets on rollers with everything they need to pack their lunches … bars, fruit cups, spoons, sandwich bags, bread and spreads. They wheel the trolley out, can see what they want and after the morning rush I wheel it back in.

    Now it’s the 3 or 4 open cereals that drive me mad. Bulky and hard for the kids to seal, and the pantry mouths just love to find their way in there! Looking for the perfect moth-proof cereal containers (that will hold the largest packet of weet bix)!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    My baking/decorating bits and pieces. They don’t always come in a nice little container, you tend to only use them a handful of times every year, but they seem to take over. . . . . . .ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    I think the bulk storage is the hardest to organise eg extra paper towel, packets of biscuits and items I’ve got extra of when they were on special. Then there’s the baking section with all the food coloring and flours and sugars. Or maybe the kids snacks? Or the cereal? Or my spices? Well let’s face it the whole pantry is a shamozle, perhaps it’d be easier to move……..ReplyCancel

  • jess

    Definatly my baking shelf, im always baking yet there always seems to be a packet of plain flour that wont empty itself into the tupperware, or chocolate bits etc…! Would absolutly love to give these a go!ReplyCancel

  • Angela M

    The pan lids! I don’t know what to do with them.ReplyCancel

  • It would have to be my very top shelf where I keep all oil bottles, vinegars and whatever else is shoved up there and I must say the opened packets in my pantry dry me nuts.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    It’s a tie between the bottles of food colouring and cake decoration items, bags of various nuts and seeds and the spice jars!ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    The worst part of our pantry is the ‘dry foods’ shelf, with everything from pasta and cereal to baking ingredients. It is also the shelf with the most pegs stolen from the washing line! My hope is that some Anylock sealing rods would remove the need for pegs – and therefore remove my toddler’s need to ‘rescue’ the pegs to put them back in the peg bucket.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Palmer

    My most disorganised spot in the cupboard is the dried fruit & nuts corner! All sorts of packets opened & unopened piled up! My kids love dried fruits & I love making bliss balls of all sorts so there’s a lot!ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Bertrand

    The worst area in our pantry is the bottom shelf. This is where bottles, packets and anything that doesn’t have a home gets stuffed in. I have organised the other shelves with containers and racks but half the problem is that I can’t see what I have down there so I end up buying more than what I need and can fit.ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    My baking shelf! All those little packets of hazelnuts, vanilla bean pods, choc bits and almond meal are currently ‘sealed’ with a peg! Needless to say they dont last so id love to try the Anylock sealing rods!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Parsons

    My pantry is quite small so anything that does not fit on the shelves is stacked up, and I have to be careful of not starting an “avalanche” when I am searching for something. :)ReplyCancel

  • Becky

    The baking section and the snack area…open biscuits, crackers, popcorn, snack packs etc etc. half stale! because unless mum seals them somehow others don’t! LolReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Reynolds

    I have started using a lot of different flours, I am not GF but have found using less wheat makes me feel better. But you could never have enough containers for all the alternatives you seem to need – packets everywhere! I would love some of thes – to get my pegs back into the peg container.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Finch

    Definitely the corner where all the kids snack foods are. Little packets of chips, biscuits, muesli bars and fruit bars everywhere!!!ReplyCancel

  • Celia

    That section under the shelves! I shove everything under there and it’s spilling out onto the floor of my pantry so now there is no standing space and I am bending over stuff to reach shelf items!! I love your idea of the boxes for loose packets, must try that!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    My entire pantry is always unorganised especially with teenagers opening packets eating some throwing leftovers back in with packet left openReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    my herbs and spices – so many different ones in tiny jars and packets,ReplyCancel

  • Kat these look amazing!

    My pantry really suffers in two areas – condiments jars (nothing anylock can do about those!) and cereals. Seems everyone in the house likes a different cereal and tastes change before finishing the box. Drives me bonkers!!ReplyCancel

  • Lea

    I hate to admit this, but my ENTIRE pantry is unorganised at the moment and it is driving me crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    My spice mixes! Half are in jars and others in packets, some too small to stack and packets to flimsy to stand up. Constant struggle.ReplyCancel

  • Rice flour, plain flour, icing sugar, self raising flour all over the place what is a person to do. Sweeping it up makes it look like a snow storm hit. I could throw in a couple of eggs and bake a cake out of it. There’s always a solution to every problem.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Definately my container cooking ingredients section, or my empty storage container cupboard.ReplyCancel

  • all of my baking and herb area is so untidy, I just shuff it back in and shut door quick.ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Definitely my baking shelf to the point I sometimes get greeted by little pantry moths…time to clean out again and my. Frozen veggie draw in the freezer. Zip lock bags work here only when. Someone cLoses them properly. I love this new idea though and will be lookin out for them at my local shopping centre.ReplyCancel

  • I have too much stuff shoved in my pantry, so when I try to get to things at the back I make even more of a mess of the rest of it. I like the drawer idea.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    The whole pantry. I had such grand plans when we got a new kitchen of a perfectly organised pantry, however I seem to be the only one in the house with that visionReplyCancel

  • Jess Frisch

    The most disorganised part of my pantry in the lunch bags that all just get thrown in the bottom in a pile! Surely there’s a better way to store them!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I call it the “random shelf”…since it’s where everything that doesn’t fit elsewhere goes. Gotta say this is much better than the rubber bands & clothes pegs I find myself using sometimes!ReplyCancel

  • Maree Staples

    My rices are the Bain of my pantry. One rice container, but several types of rice (Jasmine, Brown, Aborio. etc.)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    The most disorganised part of the pantry is the open packets of nuts – each family member eats a different type of nut!ReplyCancel

  • Lexi

    It’s a battle of baking ‘gear’ (fondants, food dyes, sprinkles, cutters) in my pantry versus the dreaded #pastagate. Anylock would save my San Remo spirals from spiralling out of control!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Mouton

    The most disorganised part of my pantry is the top shelf. It has a load of random things that I don’t use very often like extra crockery, teapot, bilting machine.
    Everything else is neat and tidy and I have containers to put random open packets into when I need to. I’d love some Anylok sealing rods to seal them before I put them away.ReplyCancel

    • Nicola Mouton

      Darn spellcheck. Sorry Anylock.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'Neill

    The most disorganised area of my pantry is the “baking battleground!” It’s chock-a-block full of half-used packets of dried fruit, nuts, choc-chips, flours, sugars, you name it – it’s there…it’s open…it’s half-used. Drives me half-mad!ReplyCancel

  • Janine Bone

    Inbetween getting stuck and sidetracked from the current 20day challenge to decluttering my house, I love to eat, so that means lots of cooking and baking and feeding of others. When I’m pushed for time, I tend to stuff things back in the organized pantry, fridge and freezer, and undo the hard work I did to get it tidy in the first place. The items that get the messiest are these little packets that don’t have Tupperware houses, some surplus spices and too many varied chocolate chips (found Reese peanut butter chocolate chips the other day – soooo good in a cookie!). My trick has been to fold down the open packet and secure it with a rubber band. This works reasonably well most of the time, but is not ideal. I love these Anylock snaps! What a great idea! And then off to ikea to get some drawers to keep them all in! No more rubber bands for me!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    OMG I need these stat I have so many open packets and the go to waste because they either dry out or go stale. Even the veggies in the freezer sick of them getting frost bite, I’m going to get myself some of these.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    These would be great for my pantry as I am queen of open packets! This is by far the worst area of my pantry. I have baskets, bowls and containers of them!ReplyCancel

  • Amy w

    my disorganised area in the pantry is any bags that the kids have opened (usually lollies). You know when the bag rips so far down that you need to practically use sticky tape?
    I think the anylock seals will help close up the yummy contents and keep them fresh for ME!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    my disorganised area in the pantry is the shelf where we place all the packets for snacks! We seem to have endless snack items for home, shopping trips, schools, after school activities!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    OMG I am ashamed to say the whole thing! From the bottom to the top. I have a lack of storage space in my kitchen, so everything is shoved in the pantry. But it is on my todo list!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Definitely everything here too at the moment. Plus it doesn’t help that my pantry is so dark with no lighting…if I could get around to organising it I probably wouldn’t need to shop for months! Wouldn’t these make life a little simpler?! Thank you for the opportunity to win them.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    It’s the spices for sure. Starting to follow an Ayurvedic diet has been great for my health because of all the spices that are added to cooking – but the number of them I need to keep on the go is huge! Spices go off too, if not sealed from the air.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    The frozen veggies, every so often when I pull everything out of the freezer to clean there are peas, broad beans and even a corn cob on one occasion that had made a run for it!, I would love to be able to prevent such get-aways in the future…ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Wow, these seem such a great invention! For me, spices. Not enough containers for them. Also I have various types of gluten free flour that I use!ReplyCancel

  • Marg

    The baking area. I’m a terrible cook and feel sorry for my kids suffering my cooking but a bit of confidence and organisation in the baking section would go a long wayReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Definitely my herbs and spices section. I use heaps of different spices and have over 40 bags/little bottles in my spice cupboard and have resorted to using elastic bands that either disintergrate or you can’t put on tight enough to sealReplyCancel

  • Debbie-Lee

    Definitely it would be the shelf at my five year olds sight line, he climbs to get what he wants elsewhere and then just piles everything at eyesight …. oh the things I find opened/half eaten in there …… but I have to admit the whole thing is pretty shocking even with Tupperware and all the best of organising intentionsReplyCancel

  • Bev Lange

    Oh, for me it surely seems
    wishing for a pantry of my dreams.
    I can never get it right,
    it always looks a fright.
    Where is the worst to be?
    Everywhere you can see!
    Spices, cereals and flour,
    oh how I need your power :)
    Pretty please consider me
    or you will find me in my tree 😀ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    The most disorganised area in the pantry is the “small items” area mainly used for spices, stock cubes and packet teas- all are varying sizes, some prone to spoiling, and are hard to corral. The ikea plastic cabinets are a great idea (**note to self- “go to ikea”)!!ReplyCancel

  • Karlene Forrest

    The baking section. I always have too much plain flour but not enough SR. Or I have 2 bags of coconut already but buy a third because I didn’t think there was any…ReplyCancel

  • Corinne

    The baking area is the most organised! Flours, sugars, additives all have a place!ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie

    I find the hardest thing is to maintain a clean pantry. To ensure everything gets used and not forgotten.ReplyCancel

  • These look great! Yes, I hate open packets and yet never find time to put them all in cannisters etc. Worst part of my pantry is definitely the pasta / rice / couscous area at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    everything. I straighten up but by the end of the week it’s in chaos again. We don’t have a proper pantry, so it’s just corner cupboard under the bench with tins, oils, sauces and a few other stuff located in other cupboards. The stuff that are at the front often get scatted around and moved to the wrong shelf in an attempt to reach things at the back and the cupboard gets in more mess trying to locate something that has been left on the wrong shelf by someone elseReplyCancel

  • Melissa Xuereb

    These ties look great, would be a welcome help in my pantryReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I bought an 8 pack from Big W this am and tried them on my frozen peas and corn. I had to fold the packet over twice to get an airtight seal. It was slightly fiddlier doing the extra fold. They are more secure then a peg or rubber band and much neater.
    I never bother looking at non-pretty practical looking stuff like that in the shops that I haven’t had recommended by someone so thanks Kat. I think they are going to be really useful.ReplyCancel

  • Kaylene Griffin

    I use lots of containers in my pantry so the thing I find a problem is the left overs after filling up the containers. So I think the Anylock Sealing Rods would be great.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I have a small section in my pantry for cans eg. tomatoes, corn etc. and I never seem to have enough space and then I get over flow. So even though I can’t use your new clips in this area of my pantry, I will certainly take your recommendation and get some they sound great – thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Julie c

    Definitely baking supplies that you only need a little of – brown sugar/ choc chip bits/ dried fruit/ nuts etc What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    Definitely the extra packets of “overflow” items that don’t fit in their assigned containers! try as I might to use them first, sometimes its just not possible and it just all ends up a mess!ReplyCancel

  • bree

    With the recent diagnosis of Leukaemia, one of my child’s medicines crowd the pantry, whilst being beside my toddler, newborn’s and the adults medicines = chaos on a whole pantry shelf! I believe these Anylock products will work keeping the pills airtight. What a great invention!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    For me it is the baking area – I do lots of different baking using varied types of Gluten Free Flours.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    The messy part of my pantry is the area between the floor and the roof.. I can never seem to sort it out properly!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Kiel

    Has to be my frozen section, bags of peas & beans etc my laundry pegs just don’t seal them properly!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    We live in the country and I have a lot of problems with moths getting into my flours and cereals!! These sound like the solution! Fantastic idea, I would love not to have extra protein in the cereals 😉ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    Ice cream toppings….from open packets of sprinkles of every colour and kind to chocolate drops and cherrys in the fridge. If they are easy to use I could teach my husband as he is the main culpret at leaving packets undone!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    It’s a toss up between the small packets of herbs and spices, the open packets of pasta, and the little containers of baking goods like choc chips and vanilla essence. Could definitely use some ideas for organising these areas.ReplyCancel

  • lynne adams

    I currently sharing my unit with my adult niece and her partner while they are saving for their own house. They moved in, together with an overabundant supply of herbs and spices which are currently housed in a cardboard box! Open packets, pegs, bulldog clips and sandwich bags are trying to conquer the mixed spices but to no avail. I think we need a solution and in a hurry.ReplyCancel

  • Joni

    The whole pantry… I’ve lost control and have pantry moths for the first time ever…errkkkReplyCancel

  • Christina

    Ice cream toppings….from open packets of sprinkles of every colour and kind to chocolate drops and cherrys in the fridge. If they are easy to use I could teach my husband as he is the main culprit at leaving packets undone!ReplyCancel

  • Marta

    Definitely the area where I keep the open packets like pasta, peanut, etc and also the section where I keep things like instant noodle packets, cans of tomato, tuna, coconut powder etc. I must use containers like Tupperware and plastic drawers like the one that you use from Ikea in this post. Love this Anylock product, seems to be very effective yet simple solution and a must for organizing pantry and to seal other open packets.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    All of it! With 4 boys and a hubby, no matter how nicely I organise the pantry, whenever they pull something it out it just gets shoved back in in any place. I dont know how many packets of food I have had to throw away as they havent been bothered to reseal them and they have gone stale or gotten pantry moths in, hopefully these are boy proof and will make it easier for them to seal bagsReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    We just moved house (12th time in 12 years, gosh I hope this one will last!), so I’m back to reorganising all living spaces. My worst headache at the moment is the bathroom. It’s much smaller than we used to have and the cabinets weren’t planned smartly. The narrow cabinet below the sink drives me mad: it’s so narrow that all I can fit in is my makeup box but as there’s no shelf and I can’t fit one, the space above is a waste, and I have to stack things on top of each other – very annoying!
    Am tackling the storage room today, wish me luck!ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    Moving house is clearly not good for me – I can’t even read the question correctly :) ok, so it’s not about the most disorganised area of the house but the pantry… Well, my current one has very shallow shelves which makes it easy for my husband to find anything (men proof pantries should be made one can/jar/container deep) but hopeless for me trying to store anything. I guess the worst organised part now is the multiple packets of nuts, dried fruit etc. as they are all in small packets carefully tied around with elastic bands and the quantities are not enough to justify containers. Help!ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Where we keep the munchies – chip packets, nuts and lolly bagsReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I follow the daily tips from Kat however I find my teenage children open packets and eat standing in the pantry. Of course they then leave the empty packet for me to deal with. So this becomes my most disorganised area, on the eye level shelf for everyone to see. Oh and if I am lucky they use a peg to seal the bag up so the contents don’t go stale.ReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    Def the baking section – all my flours/sugar are sorted with Tupperware, but the nuts/cocoa/choc bits/seeds/muesli etc are always such a mess no matter how I try to organise itReplyCancel

  • Helga Grenkowitz

    Various varieties of nuts and dried fruit because we mix ‘fruit & nuts’ ourselves to only have those we love.ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    The very bottom shelf, floor level where my totally anal wife thinks no one looks.
    BTW you can make these yourself, like we do. All you need is two straws and a pair of scissors. Youtube link for your reference Enjoy :)ReplyCancel

  • Kerry Santillo

    These would feel nice inserted into my backside.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Parker

    The small packets of recipe base mixes and herbs etc. I dont always use a whole packet at one time so always have open ones on the shelf.ReplyCancel

  • karina lee

    All those packets of half eaten chips, biscuits and lollies! They are scattered all over the pantry!ReplyCancel

  • Anne-Marie Marini

    Definitely my baking stuff & packet snacks.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    The kids school snacks. I have half packets galore! With 3 boys there’s forever little hands getting into new found snacks! With saying that, my freezer comes a very close second!ReplyCancel

  • Snacks area is regularly sabotaged by my family. Biscuits that do make it to a container are eaten and I find an empty container. But more annoying is the open packets just sitting there inviting ants, cockroaches, weevils. It would alot easier to simply Anylock the Gate!ReplyCancel

  • Maria P

    Definitely my pasta section. My family loves pasta and I have so many different types in my pantry and it’s a mess.ReplyCancel

  • Lorna M

    My baking shelf, packets of flour, sugars, assortment of nuts, dried fruits, chocolate bits, desiccated coconut, sprinkles, little bottles of colouring, the list goes on….Help!ReplyCancel

  • nicole tange

    Biscuits and snacks. So many opened packets and boxes opened from the kids raiding the pantry for something to nibble on. Drives me crazyReplyCancel

  • Leah

    All my bits and pieces for baking! Cocoa, chic chips, sugar, rice flour etc… they are always spilling out or spoiling before their time as they arent sealed properly. Would love to give Anylock a go!ReplyCancel

  • Chi

    The section with nuts and baking supplies!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    My tea section! So many different packets of loose leaf tea, and they never all fit into their jars so I end up with half filled packets everywhere!ReplyCancel

  • sonia

    my most unorganised would be the bags of nuts that don’t fit into the jars, and the ones in my head. So much going on right now. Just trying to keep myself together.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My baking corner! Pesky choc chips and hazelnuts rolling out of packets that tip over, brown sugar going hard when the air gets in too long and puffs of spilt flour whenever I move anything.ReplyCancel

  • jodie

    My disorganized area is the cereals area, there is only so much Cera that fits in the containers and then I have packets that are opened.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    i have just moved house and trying to fit a 4 bedroom house contents into a 3 bedroom half filled already house. The whole kitchen is kaos. i cant find anything and have no room. The pantry would have to be the worst. It is very small and I have a lot of double ups of half opened packets.ReplyCancel

    • Pat

      Linda, I know your pain. We moved to a house with a smaller kitchen. Slowly consolidating (er eating) our way to a smaller pantry need. The tub in the 3rd picture above is a great way of helping you do this (have several myself), along with those drawers of Kate’s.ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    I put my half opened packets of like items in one large-enough Tupperware container. For singles that are usually leftovers from full containers, I fold them over tightly then secured with a double round of sticky tape. Found some Sea Salt and peppercorns while looking for some flour for those lovely muffins I made while breakfast was cooking on Sunday.
    Was trying out a recipe for homemade pasta in one pot. The only pasta I had was a kilo packet. Divided it into 4. Cooked one lot and bagged the other three lots for later experimenting. My first lot of experimenting was woeful and DH has named this dish GLUE, thanks to my heavy hand with the plain flour. So I am prepared with more pasta already to use. Just no ‘neat’ way to store the bags. I have Curry Glue for my lunch today. It was yummy! So here’s hoping the leftovers will be as good.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Definitely my cupboard in my large walk in panty. Its where all of those packets get stored. Usually I use an elastic band to keep them closed once open, but the Anylock idea sounds fantastic and one that would definitely be utilised in my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Felicia

    Kids snacks!
    Slowly getting on top of things by being more organised in meal planning & therefore grocery buying. But buying bulk instead of multi packs of things means LOTS of open packets…
    These are a great invention!ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle

    My most disorganised area is my baking area! So mich half opened bags at the top of the cupboard that I can’t see.ReplyCancel

  • Alisha Lothringer

    My whole pantry!! I have added tiered shelving so at least I can see things however the baking section needs serious attention. Clips just don’t cut it, I am forever finding desiccated coconut, cacao,ReplyCancel

    • Alisha Lothringer

      My whole pantry!! I have added tiered shelving so at least I can see things however the baking section needs serious attention. Clips just don’t cut it, I am forever finding desiccated coconut, cacao powder and coconut sugar everywhere. We live in a small old home with a tiny pantry so I don’t have room for many containers plus the moths are always a problem. This reusable, space saving solution is a winner!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Mandy

    My most disorganised section of my pantry is the open packets of dry goods. If I put half used packets of biscuits in a container, the kids or hubby will just go and open another packet without looking first. So frustrating and messy having the open packets in the shelves.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Mills

    Most definitely the open packets of pasta, biscuits or bread. Closely followed by the mountains of tinned food that get buried in the back of the pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Louise M

    The baking shelf, you only have to look sideways at it before a half open bag of flour comes tumbling down all over you!ReplyCancel

  • Lellyco

    The worst area is the snack section of our pantry. As the clips are in different colours I think I would give each child a different to make it easy for them to grab their packet, not someone else’s.ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    My spice section. It is so messy and crammed that I’m to scared to take them out and use them. Instead food has been tasting really bland lately with only salt and pepper being used these days for the family meals.ReplyCancel

  • charlotte

    Its a battle between pasta in the pantry and frozen fruit in the freezer…. i try to embrace the mixed fruit and pasta suprise!ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Our most disorganised area – it’s hard to pick one! Think it’s an equal first position to breakfast cereals – everyone in the family has their own favourite – and the snacks with half eaten bags of popcorn. The Anylocks would be fabulous at helping with both of these problems!ReplyCancel

  • Shannan

    No particular as all areas are in caos and hard to find anything underneath the piles of stuff that gets shoved in thereReplyCancel

  • kELLY

    My area in need is all the half eaten packets of chips and snacks!!! ArgggReplyCancel

  • Oh definitely my baking shelf. Half packets of pine nuts, walnuts, hundreds and thousands, choc chips you name it. They get so lost and end up out of the packet and on the shelf the floor or in the bin. GrrrrReplyCancel


    the worst part is snacks pantry because we have lots of variety of snacks and it is impossible for me to put all the leftovers into the containerReplyCancel

  • Robin Langham

    I make up my own muesli for the family so there are always bags of oats, flaxseed, bran, nuts, sultanas etc loose in the pantry. This would have to be the most disorganised and messy shelf of my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Ngaire

    My baking shelf is in constant need of organising – doesn’t seem to matter how well I sort stuff into labeled containers there’re always a few new ingredients that float around in half opened packets or get shoved to the back of the shelves! Save me!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah de Geeter

    My baking shelf needs organizing.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    Herbs in sachets. Where? Unknown.
    Spice packets loose wherever they’re thrown.
    There’s pantry mayhem! Things go splat…
    AnyLocks for MY SPICES would solve all that!ReplyCancel

  • Nicholle Sullivan

    Easy – cereals. Rice bubbles on the floor, weet bix exposed, stale cheerios and several packs of muesli. Sometimes they are still in their boxes, sometimes not, all are rarely sealed. Of a fairly shabby pantry this is a clear winner…..or loser!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha McVie

    I think my herbs and spices are my most disorganised, no matter how hard I try I always seem to have a sprinkling of basil or oregano decorating my pantry shelves :)ReplyCancel

  • Maddie

    My cereals- with 3 boys we always have multiple packets on the go! These devices would help no-end! Thank you for the chance to try them out :)ReplyCancel

  • Estella

    The baking/snacks section are all mixed up at the moment, lots of opened packs (not sealed properly) and we frequently find expired packs since the unused packs stay in the bottom of the ever-growing pile…ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    The whole pantry is a shambles….mostly the spicesReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I don’t have a pantry. I only have 2 shelves in a corner cupboard that holds all our “pantry” items. So there’s an assortment of open pasta packets, dried fruits, spices etc all jumbled one on top of the other. Always fun when I put something in upside down and it all tumbles out everywhere. Oh to be more organised! And rich. I think if I was rich I would build a house with a big butlers pantry :-)ReplyCancel

  • Julia Mason

    Funnily enough, its the part were all the containers live! They are messy and mixed up!ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    All the little bags of spices in my pantry are a mess.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    The messiest part of my pantry is the ‘baking section’ packets of sprinkles, 100s & 1000’s and decorations galore!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    My whole pantry is a mess at the moment. We have a horrible deep pantry which means that every time I need something I have to move stuff to get at it. The result is that things just get randomly chucked back in where ever they may fit. Storage of kids snacks such as the little packets of biscuits, sultanas and muesli bars is also a problem areaReplyCancel

  • Trish taylor

    Anywhere my twin boys can reach … They open my Tupperware containers and leave a corner open. The pantry moths had an early Christmas feast .ReplyCancel

  • Lu

    Snacks. Especially nuts and seeds.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Green

    My whole pantry is chaotic at the moment. I open it up everyday and just think to myself, “gosh I really need to do something about this!”.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Murphy

    My whole pantry is a nightmare, i am forever cleaning up spilled pasta or cereal, with a house full of boys each time they go to the cupboard one of the horrible open bags always end up tipped overReplyCancel

  • Christine

    My most disorganised part of my pantry is the section containing condiment and stock etc.ReplyCancel

  • Molly

    Everywhere! But worst is baking section, choc bits, flour, sprinkles, vanilla etc!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Sims-Chilton

    My spices – they are in original packets with rubber bands, in containers, in ziplock bags and some even have sticky taped packets.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    My pantry! I keep getting weevils in my pantry and they make a terrible messReplyCancel

  • Suellen

    I would have to say my baking section with opened packets. Such as coconut, icing sugar, bakers flour etc, that you only use a small amount but buy in a large bag.
    Also snacks, where the children leave the bags open.ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I have been using the Anylock seals for over a week now and despite needing a double foldover for frozen peas and corn they have been perfect for all the other packets I have tried them on. I am really happy with them and would recommend them over pegs, rubber bands, IKEA clips … . In the 8 pack they didn’t have many suitable for small bags so my small baking stuff is still in a shoebox with rubber bands!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'Neill

    Thank you so much, Kat! I can’t wait to try the Anylock seals out. It will be so much better than using pegs, lacky bands & “el-cheapo” clips that don’t hold the seal tight enough or, worse still, break! Thank you once again for the prize. Kindest regards, VickiReplyCancel

I’m helping one little boy & his classmates reach a goal of collecting one million bread tags, can you help?

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  • Natasha

    My husband and I are on lite ‘n easy, all our lunches are packed in bags sealed with bread tags – some days we have 2 tags each! We shall have to start saving them now and send a happy package to you!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Oh that would be perfect, thank you Natasha.:)ReplyCancel

    • Natasha

      a lite n easy eater here too, sending my tags your way…. Ive been saving them as I was thinking there must be something better I can use them for.ReplyCancel

    • Kayleen

      My partner and I are also on lit n easy. we have been collecting the tags for a few weeks now. Will be sending you a package shortlyReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Maybe once they have finished with then they could donate them to ‘bread tags for wheelchairs’ ?
    I collect them for this cause – once u start looking for them you find bread tags in the strangest places. They cannot be recycled as they r smaller than a 50c piece.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      What a lovely idea, Jen!ReplyCancel

  • Maryke Sinkinson

    hello we will sent ours to your class and I think I have a few for you same here I was collecting for wheel chairs too good luck M/s King classReplyCancel

  • Renae Smart

    Hello, is it ok if they are slightly broken? I have just found half a dozen on my recycling / vaccuum. Will send from Adelaide- from a past Broome-ite :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m not sure, but worth sending them, thank you Renae :)ReplyCancel

  • Kath

    We had been collecting them aimlessly for awhile now – so yay I can send you about 80 in one go!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that will be a great help, thank you Kath.ReplyCancel

  • Would love to help and send any we collect.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      so lovely of you thank you BonnieReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'Neill

    Awesome idea! My hubby & I are doing Lite ‘n’ Easy also, Natasha & Kat. Will keep collecting & post when we have a suitable bundle. Bonus that we’re also in WA! Fabulous work, Ms. King’s Room 8 Class @ Tambrey Primary! Well done & good luck!??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea isn’t it Vicki, thank you for helping Michael and his classmates :)ReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    I’ve been tossing mine in a jar since I got married 5 years ago & have only got 56! Is going to take a while to reach a million I think! But Iv posted mine off today ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I think it may too, Michaels teacher has said she is happy to continue collecting them next year as well :)ReplyCancel

  • i have been saving them over the past year. do you still need them. i will post them off for youReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      That would be wonderful, thank you Brunella.:)ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    We have a collection already so I am happy to send them on. It would be great if they could be sent to the bread tags for wheelchairs organisation once the kids are finished with them but I guess it is a matter of them all being sent on to South Africa.

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Thank you Vicki, very kind of you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    We are in South Africa and collect the bread tags at our school, for them to be made into wheel chairs (see the above post). Happy to provide an Aus or South African address that will ensure they get here once you are done with them if you are interested.ReplyCancel

    • Audrey Mckenzie

      Hi Sam,
      I would appreciate it if you could provide me with the Australian and the South African address please. Many thanks! Cheers, AudreyReplyCancel

    • Peter

      I would really like to know an address in Australia, where we can send plastic bread tags to, to be forwarded to the South African charity “Bread Tags for Wheelchairs”.A few of us have collected about eight thousand of them in only a couple of months. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I’ve been collecting bread tags for a few years now with the plan of donating them to the wheelchair organisation as mentioned above. I’m more than happy to send the to Michael’s school first if they can then be forwarded to the charity organisation after that? I love that these small pieces of plastic will be used for multiple purposes and will never go into landfill or our waterways!!ReplyCancel

  • Bela

    Happy to help. I always seem to find these in the bottom of the freezer ?ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia

    I’m just wondering when is the latest that we posting this to Michael’s school?ReplyCancel

    • Leanne King

      Hi Sylvia,

      There is no end date, we will just keep collecting until we reach the magic number. Most of the children will still be at the school, so when we reach that magic number we can then show the whole school what one million looks like


      Ms KingReplyCancel

  • Leanne King

    Hi Kat

    I would like to thank Amy for doing what she has done, in helping our class reach one million. Like Amy said they do not know what one million looks like and thought that it wouldn’t take long to get the desired goal.

    I would personally like to thank everyone that is now on a mission to collect the tags for Room 8. It is really appreciated.

    Ms KingReplyCancel

    • I am wondering if you get your quota are you going to let us know and will you donate the excess to the bread ties for wheelchairs charity?ReplyCancel

      • Amy

        Hi Rachel, I have just posted below, but yes, the teachers have reported back and after the suggestions about the wheelchairs, the school is looking into it via the link below. They will definitely not go to landfill. The school is already part of a Recycling Warriors initiative and love the idea that the breadclips can be reused/recycled. Thanks!! AmyReplyCancel

      • Leanne King

        Hi Rachel

        Yes like Amy’s reply you will know at the end of the year what the total amount we have collected. I think it’s a fantastic idea to pass these bread tags onto the wheelchair charity..better than being put into landfill that’s for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Pilkington

    I am stunned at the wonderful response. Thank you Kat, thank you everyone who has and is helping us! The teachers have reported back and after the suggestions about the wheelchairs, the school is looking into it via the link below. They will definitely not go to landfill. The school is already part of a Recycling Warriors initiative and love the idea that the breadclips can be reused/recycled. Room 8 are going to map where all of the bread clips come from and will update weekly with totals. The first 5 packages arrived on Thursday and Friday and contained 938 bread tags. (Vic-3, SA-1,WA-1) Thanks for your support and please share with your fb friends.

  • Amy Pilkington

    Just to keep people updated, so far, the class has received 22 envelopes with a total of 3630! Thanks everyone!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      WOW that is amazing! What a wonderful achievement.:) Well done everyoneReplyCancel

    • Leanne King

      Thats fantastic Amy well done in helping Room 8 reach 1 million a little way to go but we never knowReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    I’m defintley helping got a heap to send next week, glad I could help out :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you so much Krystal :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Alexander

    Hello loyal ‘The Organised Housewife’ Readers.
    Room 8 would like to thank everyone who has sent in bread tags so far and give an update of how many bread tags we have received since Mrs Pilkington’s request was posted.
    In one month, we have received an amazing 17, 793 bread tags from 88 packages across Australia and New Zealand, taking our total up to 21,740 bread tags altogether. Envelopes and packages have come in all shapes and sizes, including a heavy 2.9kg box, from Villanova College Tuckshop, in Coorparoo, Queensland that contained 7,461 bread tags. Three people have sent a second envelope within the month, while two people sent a package each after seeing a sign about the project at Tinlin’s Winery, in McLaren Vale, SA.
    Students have loved reading all of the encouraging letters, notes and postcards that have accompanied the bread tags, and were particularly fond of the picture sent in by Camryn and Hayden Cox. Students have also enjoyed plotting where the packages come from on a large map in the classroom as well as viewing the online ZeeMap that has been set up- which has the details of the sender, the number of tags sent, and where they were sent from. You can view the ZeeMap by following the link below and unlock it by typing in the ‘Viewer Password’- room8.
    Thanks again to everyone who has sent us bread tags. It is hard to tell who is enjoying it more, the students or teachers!
    Room 8ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Alexander

    Hi everyone,
    The final count is in and Room 8 has a total of 75,375 bread tags. Thanks to Mrs Pilkington’s request on this blog, in 10 weeks, we received 62, 251 bread tags from 230 packages from all over Australia and New Zealand, including a donation of 10,000 bread tags from our local Baker’s Delight. The community of McLaren Vale, in South Australia worked together and sent us 3763 (care of Tinlins Wines). We received 10,264 from Judy Brophy from Brisbane and of course we can’t forget the 7,461 from Villanova College Canteen in Brisbane. We are grateful to Sonya Mantle from Lithgow, for sending us 5 packages containing a total of 707 bread tags. Thanks to all of the day-cares, kindies and school classes etc, who have spread the word and sent us bread tags. We could not have gotten to this total without you.

    Special mention must go to Michael Pilkington’s family and friends, who have been sending him bread tags since March 2015 and have contributed a massive 5395 bread tags to the total.

    As we did not reach one million bread tags this year, the project will continue next year when the students are in Grade 4. Please continue to collect and send your bread tags throughout next year. School resumes on 2nd February, 2016.
    If you did send us tags (and gave your name and location), make sure you find yourself on the online ZeeMap that has been set up. You can view the ZeeMap by following the link below and unlock it by typing in the ‘Viewer Password’- room8.
    Thanks again. We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday period.
    Room 8 and Mrs Alexander (Relief teacher in Term 4 while Ms King was on unexpected leave)ReplyCancel

  • Valerie

    I have 1700 bread tags to send to you, I will do this early next week. I also have 23 larger potato tags do you want those as well? I have been collecting tags for about 15 years. Good Luck with your Million tag project.ReplyCancel

    • Jessica Alexander

      Hi Valerie,
      Thank you very much. The kids love the big tags so please feel free to add them to the package. Don’t forget to include your home town so we can add you to our map.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa


    Is this project still going?

    Years ago I saved breadtags for this project then there was no longer an Australian collection point. So many friends continued to collect and give me these tags. I have just kept knowing that at some time in the future they will be required.

    I would be very pleased to send. TeresaReplyCancel

I am a planner and like to think ahead and am already planning my Christmas blog posts! However, over the next few months I would love to feature some guest posters (you don’t have to be a blogger) sharing craft projects, room makeovers, Christmas recipes and more. I thought it would be fun to seek some contributors to share posts about Christmas, summer, school holidays or back to school. If this sounds like something you are interested in, please keep reading!

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  • Hi Katrina,
    Will you be contacting all the contributors who have submitted an idea after the 20th?

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Charlene, Yes Kat is going to try to get onto that today. We received an overwhelming response, which is fantastic.ReplyCancel

Create some special moments with your family by planning a fun family movie night in the comfort of our own home, snuggling up on the couch together. Plus a FREE family movie night printable and Tomorrowland DVD pack giveaway.

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  • Rebecca Broderick

    I actually let my daughters be in charge of most of the setting up and organising, they feel so important and excited when we have our movie night.ReplyCancel

    • Cassandra M

      Our movie nights are usually in the school holidays…we sometimes have disco glowbowling with empty bottles and glow sticks in them..they double as movie lights..we wind down with pillows and blankets on the loungeroom floor homemade popcorn..sometimes a pizza party..the kids also like to dress up as their fav movie characters while watching the movie.
      We keep movie nights to the holidays so they can stay up later..Its something to look forward to for them.ReplyCancel

  • nicolle lewis

    My kids enjoy movie night cuddled up in my bedReplyCancel

  • Nikoly

    I think it is mainly just the time spent together, having snuggles and just doing nothing. I also like to think the kids enjoy that we actually watch their movies so when they talk to us about them they know that we know what they are talking about.ReplyCancel

  • Mick G

    Let everyone partake in the movie selection and preparation of snacks such as popcorn etcReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    My top tips for enjoying family movie night are to have an early dinner, a fun, family favourite meal (ours include burritos, hamburgers or pizza, all homemade yum!), and to have a small amount of special treats to eat during the movie (like Maltesers or lollies – my kids love this as we don’t let them have treats like this all the time) and for parents to be consciously present during the movie and really enjoy the experience with your kids. As they say, kids grow up so fast and there will only be a certain amount of time we have where the kids will actually want to do this with us! And I think kids know the difference between when you are really in the moment with them and when you are tuned out or mindlessly looking at your phone, tablet or laptop :) Here’s to many happy family movie nights!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer D

    We live to let each child choose a candy treat to mix in the popcorn. We make homemade individual pizzas which and smoothies. Then curl up to eat and watch the movie with lots of blankets and pillows in the living room.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon M

    Every Saturday night in our house is ‘Family Movie Night’ so all our children look forward to it heaps!!! We also have a voting system where we all get to pick three dvds off our shelf and I also get some dvds from the local Library. We then write down our top two picks and we do a tally and the movie with the most votes wins!!! This process takes about half an hour at the minimum so it is quite a build up towards the movie :) :) Happy watching!!! p.s. there is always a bowl of treats for everyone :)ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Wanless

    Make sure the dogs are already fed and happy so they don’t interrupt! Snacks all around for everyone and a vote on the movie to watch so we all enjoy the film.ReplyCancel

  • We love popping a bunch of popcorn and inviting friends over to watch togetherReplyCancel

  • I love at-home movie nights. I think it’s almost my favourite thing to do!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Not feeding hubby any gassy foods (or ‘fart fodder’ as he calls it) for a good 24 hours prior to family movie night!! This way he doesn’t silently sneak things out, then sit there in denial as we all choke or need to evacuate and miss most of the film!!ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    Talk during dinner, get the chatter out. Cover every topic you and the kids can bring up, so they don’t talk all the way through the movie! Yes I am a Dad to girls and can they talk or what, and always through or over the crucial parts of a movie. Love them to death but it does get annoying during what should be a quiet time.ReplyCancel

  • Agnes

    my tip is to pick a movie everyone can enjoy. Sounds simple but with an age range of nearly seven years between the kids in our family it can be a challenge. Our favourites have included Back to the Future, The Neverending Story, A Cat in Paris and Arrietty.ReplyCancel

  • Justine Franklin

    Make sure everyone is comfortable with the movie choice. I divert the home phone to the answering machine so there are no interuptions. Schedule in an intermission. There are 5 of us and nearly all of us need a short break (if you get my drift) during the movie. Rather than pause 5 times, knowing there is a break, i think subconsciously, you can wait until then. Most of all try to be relaxed, forget about the stress of the day and just be in the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Bel

    Tip 1: after dinner set the timer and get the gang excited about tidying up with a reward (popcorn, choctop, etc) if they beat the buzzer.
    Tip 2: have an intermission for teeth and bathroom after food is consumed /at the half way point / yawning startsReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    Make sure it’s a movie everyone can enjoy and also make sure everyone has their own favourite snack – we had to put popcorn on hold for while as my daughter had braces so we substituted with vege chips (her favourite) so she could still enjoy without feeling left out. Looking forward to our first movie night WITH popcorn now there are no more braces!ReplyCancel

  • julie

    Best movie night is camping out in lounge room with our favourite snacks and drinks and fall asleep together watching moviesReplyCancel

  • Kate

    We do Movie Night at home on a Friday (each fortnight). The two kids alternate between choosing the DVD for the night or the ‘treats’. They love it as they get input each time.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    We start our movie nights early when having dinner so we have an easy picnic dinner on the floor in front of the tv that way our little ones can still have an early night and watch the whole movieReplyCancel

  • Penny Marrett

    Making it a regular thing rather than a one off makes it good family time also letting kids pick the movies as well as making the treats/snacks gives us extra time to spend together. We love a good family movie night together and the kids would do it every night if we let them!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Make family movie night a time to connect.

    Enjoy the time WITH the children.

    Have all baths out of the way and PJ’s on.

    Turn off all devices, barring the TV etc.

    Load up on the munchies.

    Have 2 movies on hand. A family favourite and a new film.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Make sure the movie is going to appeal to everyone and that there is plenty of popcorn…..lights down, sound up loud, phones off and away we goReplyCancel

  • Movie night is Saturday night in our house! With homemade choc bombs being the bomb when it comes to movie snacks!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Andrijasevich

    1. A family-friendly movie
    2. Lots of movie-friendly snacks
    3. Lots of comfy pillows & blankets
    4. Preferably a cold & rainy night…
    5. Lots of love & cuddles! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Debra Moody

    We always get out the blankets so we can cuddle up together while enjoying the movie, its a great feeling being all together for these special fun times.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Our kids are all teens now and they still ask for “Family Movie Night” on a Friday or Saturday night! And…. and they still like Disney movies too!!!! And they do all the setting up, make or buy the lollies, chips, chocolates and drinks to share and make big bowls of popcorn. I’m glad we started this tradition when they were little, as life with teens can get hectic and they’re often busy with part time jobs, studying or staying at friends and they still ask to do Family Night with good ol’ Mum not Dad. Awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Our family movie nights always include home made pizza (where the kids and hubby choose the ingredients they want), popcorn (salted butter) and smoothies to watch in front of the TV. We bring down our pillows and blankets from our rooms and make ourselves a cosy theatre before playing a game. The winner gets to choose the movie the family watches for the evening :)ReplyCancel

  • James

    I work shift hours and I always appreciate my wife for organising family movie nights.
    Top tips: put away all phones, laptops and tablets, and each one goes around the room to share what’s up that day.
    Love each other and want to spend time with one another.
    Coupled with good food and a recent movie rental. That’s all you need for family timeReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    We do movie nights often. Lay out a picnic rug on the floor and replace healthy dinners with dips and nachos and hot chips. We remove the lounge. Leave all the cushions and have lots of blankets. Lights out. Popcorn. Lollies. And we allow soft drink! My three step children and husband all love it.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Best

    We have never had an organized video night with all the trims. Kids often watch movies but my husband and I don’t really watch it with them. I think it is a fantastic idea to have the whole family do something together and go to the effort to make the experience as real as possible. I live over 600km from the nearest cinema so going to the movies is not really an option for us. Love this idea.ReplyCancel


    Make sure everyone agrees on the movie, start it early with popocorn and drinks pre-prepared. pause for an interval for snack refills and toilet breaks. Ensure there are plenty of cushions and blankets. Enjoy the time togetherReplyCancel

  • Joni

    I choose the most humourous movie possible since my kids range in age from late teens down to a 6 year old, since humour has a universal language. We all quote funny lines for months after…ReplyCancel

  • Frances

    A rare but memorable occurrence having all four of my boys + Mum and Dad watch the same movie – (aged 18 down to 7 years). Lots of fun and laughter when we do. Beautiful to see them all huddled together under tv blankets sharing family time.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Top tips are:
    Start early, so the night is not toooo late for smaller kids.
    Make the room really dark (during the day the kids love that part too-adds to the excitement,my kids love that!!)
    I like home made popcorn with a small amount of icing sugar on top YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Bek

    Make the room dark and cool. Drag queen size mattress out with oodles of pillows n blankys for snuggling. Popcorn, maltesers and choc-tops.ReplyCancel

  • Grace

    Movie night for us means finger food dinner while we watch the show followed by delicious dessert with all lights off sitting on comfy cushions,right next to each other.The most important tip is to turn off all phones or ignore any calls, so that there would be no interruptions to the family time.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl S

    When we were lucky enough to have a new DVD the children and I would run around and have the movie night as soon as we had picked up the DVD and organised dinner and had everything ready so we didn’t have to leave the room again. Dinner would be eaten on the coffee table or laps depending on what it was while watching the movie cause we couldn’t wait! Lights were turned out and we would all be snuggled up with blankets.ReplyCancel

  • Suanne Sykes

    We love family movie nights. Preparation is keeping an eye on foxtel to phone in for suitable movies. Plenty of cushions and throws and having popcorn and cut up fruit ready to go. The best part is snuggles with Mr 5. One of those moments to cherish before they grow out of them.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Short

    Special family time with popcorn, healthy drinks (just don’t tell the kids) and a rotation of movies over 4 weeks (4 kids) each one given a choice of feature movie.

    We play a short dvd of cartoons, then have an intermission before the main movie, JUST like when I was a child.

    Can’t wait for the reaction when they get the “TICKETS” next session, thank you for the printable

    Best time in my world with familyReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Many of the top tips have already been suggested in your blog post, but one major point that I would like to add is plan for a ‘half time’ break just like the intermission from the old cinema days.
    Its a good idea for restless children, especially when most have limited attention, it gives everyone a chance to use the bathroom and to restock food and drink.

    Now nobody misses the crux of the movie!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Family movie night involves an early dinner of homemade pizzas on dough made by the kids, lots of pillows and blankets and the family snuggled on the lounge. These nights are planned around movie releases and some classic oldies like ‘The Goonies’ or ‘Back to the Future’. We watch the movie and eat a magnum or drumstick ice cream. It is loads of fun and we place bets on how much of the movie daddy will see before falling asleep.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi bruxe

    Movie nights are Friday nights. We usually pick one from Netflix and lay out their fold out couches and turn the lights and phones off. Kids set up their own couches with pillows and bedding and mum and dad organises the foodReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Turn all mobile phones off take the home phone off the hook, make sure the snacks aren’t sugar based as the kids won’t sleep after the movie. Nothing to stop you having movies on a rainy day, or during the day on the weekend especially when school starts. We often have movie nights, or movie marathon of the sequels in a dark room, surround sound, the grandkids love the cars zooming behind them etc. popcorn or other snacks. But especially enjoy our togetherness as a family with the grandkids. At Christmas we do our own kids home movies. Most of all cherish these special moments together which will create memories for our kids.ReplyCancel

  • Shell

    My top tips for a movie night are to not have a too big of a meal, if all the kids can have a say in the snacks it’s a good start, less complaining! Make the room dark, lots of snuggle blankets/doona’s, and make sure that Mum & Dad actually sit and watch the movie with the kids, no other screens allowed!ReplyCancel

  • Paula fitzpatrick

    We love Movie Night in our house, we call it Fam Jam Movie Time. We have snacks drinks and kids in jammies. Inevitably it’s us grown ups that have nodded off before the end of the movie.ReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    As we have a 3D TV and player we’d be all wearing the 3D glasses and munching popcorn cooked with a minimum of butter and have glasses of cold water with ice cubes.ReplyCancel

  • Jen G


    #1 rule: The night has to be mobile free!
    Before starting the movie, send the kids for a wee.

    Pop a packet of popcorn in the microwave;
    Snuggle together – if the movie’s scary, it helps you be brave!

    Together laugh, scream, cry or smile in delight;
    It’s quality time, it’s your family movie night!!ReplyCancel

  • Marnie Quinn

    We love movie nights in our house. We take turns in choosing the movie and snuggle up together on the couch. I like you clean up the lounge first. Boys help then we chose snacks and get started. When I’m having an especially anxious day movie night snuggled with hubby and boys always relaxes me! Bliss.ReplyCancel

  • We often have movie nights.
    My kids are 5 and 7 and on movie nights we have an early dinner then bath.
    We all snuggle up on the couch with our doonas and some our favourite movies are old classic ones like “Mary Poppins”, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and most recently “Sound of Music” (they are singing Do Re Mi … all time now :))
    And we have pop corn – popped over the stove in some olive oil and with salt – you just can’t watch a movie with out pop corn 😉
    The plan is that the kids can fall asleep and I can put them straight to bed, but fact is that I am often the one falling asleep and waking up when the movie finish :)ReplyCancel

  • Brooke R

    My top tip for a family movie night that is enjoyed by all is going all out with the theme! We have a menu of dinner and snacks to match our selected movie. One of my girls favourite movie nights so far has been ‘Frozen’ where we indulged in troll stones (meatballs), Kristoff’s Ice Flakes (rice) and Sven’s Salad (carrots and beans) for our dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Flip

    We turn the dinner table to face the tv and they eat dinner and dessert while watching. Then they might get a lolly or choc to end.ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Kaczmarczyk

    Have everyone enter the movie they want to watch into a hat and whatever gets pulled out, everyone has to watch!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Mattress in front of the TV with lots of blankets and pillows.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    We pick our movie days in advance. It gets everyone excited about it. They older ones research the movie and the little ones are better behaved when they are reminded abhor Movie night.

    We have a movie room that is just for movies and games and have the popcorn machine and drinks there.

    PJs, Picnic blankets, loads of pillows and blankets (and a couple of pull out mattresses) mean the kids can camp out if they want and if they fall asleep is OK to stay there. There’s no school in the morning so they love to be able to stay up a little later on movie night.

    I get more cuddles during movie night than any other time during our busy week. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • sandra dare

    Our movie night must haves are snacks, pillows, and obviously a movie :) some times we have a picnic in the lounge room (tea time) or the normal popcorn & lollies or a bowl of cut up apple & cheese xx we have a regular Friday night movie night during school terms – during holidays our movie nights can be almost every night.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    We have come up with a list of movies we all want to watch, have written them out and take turns selecting one. That way we don’t spend a long time trying to choose a movie on the night.ReplyCancel

  • Aja

    We usually put a big mattress down and build a cubby to make it a bit more special. Heaps of pillows and squishy cushions, and plenty of snacks and drinks for everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Every Friday and Saturday night we get out the bean bags and the big cushions. The chips and popcorn ready, turn off the lights and we are ready to watch a movie.ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    We bring in the spare mattress and make a big bed on the floor next to the couch with lots of pillows and blankets. Have great fun picking the movie together, then pop the popcorn, dim the lights, snuggle, munch, enjoy! Love these special family moments xxReplyCancel

  • Tanya Clarke

    My son and I select the movie together. We prepare our snacks together and snuggle up on the couch. He feels very special because he gets to stay up late on movie night!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Scriven

    Discuss it earlier in the week to pick the movies and purchase/hire them.
    Have them help make the snacks after school that night.
    Ensure snacks are a little balanced so you can skip dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Every Friday night is movie night in our house. Everyone helps to make pizzas all the while discussing the movie to be viewed. Then younger kids make cubbies, older kids lie on scatter cushions, mum and dad are relegated to the couch. Top tip? No gadgets, all phones away and everyone focused on the TV. At the end quick rip around the crew as to what part they enjoyed the most. We all love movie night!ReplyCancel

  • Pat

    We manage a movie night about once a month. We have a special dinner then retire to the lounge room. Crochet blankets come out and everyone snuggles down. Sometimes there is discussion on which movie to view and other times we agree on the first option.
    Even thought the youngest is now 25, we still watch kid friendly movies as they are so much fun to watch and always make for a good night’s viewing.
    We are generally too full from dinner to want snacks, but they are there if anyone wants them.
    The cats sometimes come in and join us. Happy humans make good cat beds.
    When the movie is over we have a cuppa, then those that need to drive off do so.
    We started doing this when the kids were in primary school with everyone in their PJs after we bought our first video machine. Here it is thirty years later and we are still doing it. In deference to those driving we stay in our day clothes now.ReplyCancel

  • Tiona Evans

    Friday is our standard movie night if we have no other plans. My two girls alternate choosing food which is usually take away or sometimes Mum will cook a special/easy meal. This is a big responsibility which can take a whole school day to choose. Then either a trip to the DVD store or we will have taped a movie on our handy HDD recorder. One sets our picnic spots on the carpet while I dish up the food. The movie starts while we eat, we then take a quick break to clean up and sit back down with desert (weather appropriate). Then movie finishes in time for bed.ReplyCancel

  • Cherry G

    Always make sure that’s there plenty of popcorn in the bowl for all and make sure all the phones are off. No one likes to be interrupted during the movie. Then give the kids the choice of picking the first movie. We like to do theme nights. So we watch all syfy movies one night then Disney another etc., It all depends on what mood we are in. Then we have to shush as my youngest doesn’t like talking when he’s watching a movie.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Flockhart

    It has to be an electronic free night except for the movie, so no phones, tablets etc. Ignore the landline and let the machine take the call. Smart phones have a DND function where you will be not be disturbed by any phone call except one from your selected and friends emergency calls.
    If there’s a dispute over movie selection put the names in a colander and let the youngest person pick.
    Prepare your snacks. Air popped corn is a great one. You can vacuum the mess easily. I like water best. No big mess if spilled.
    Room temperature controlled to be comfortable. If it’s cool weather curl up with a rug or quilt.
    Ask anyone who needs to visit the toilet before the movie starts but don’t stress if someone needs to excuse themselves. It’ll become smoother over time when they’ve learnt that Home Cinema is like the real thing and you don’t stop the movie for anybody needing the toilet! Of course it may depend on the age of the children but it is a family time not just for one person to hold things up!
    Everybody should wash their hands before sharing the snacks and germs!
    If you’re having two movies you can have an intermission in the kitchen for ice cream and other messier items. You might have pizza or party pies, sausage rolls if you’re combining dinner with your fun night. Then wash the hands and settle back for the second movie.
    Whatever way you organise your night, enjoy it and make beautiful memories.
    My grandchildren tell my great grandchildren what movies we shared and enjoyed at the cinema and then at home with that wonder new invention of VHS tapes!ReplyCancel

  • Eva Kiraly

    Some yummy healthy treats, a comfy couch and a great movie is all we need for a family movie night, it’s something to look forward to when the weekend arrives!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    (F)amily movie night means to us…
    (A)lways munchies to nibble on.
    (M)any cuddles.
    (I)ndividual drinks with spill-proof lids.
    (L)ots of laughs and, finally, plenty of tired
    (Y)awns when the movie has finished…
    so the happy and contented kids can all go to bed!ReplyCancel

  • james pizzey

    a family movie nights are a tradition we choose a movie the whole family will enjoy chips and nuts plus a bar of chocolateReplyCancel

  • Linda Marquis

    We always draw the curtains and make the lounge room nice and dark so it seems just like we’re at the cinemas.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Ballantyne

    my major tip is to ban electronic devices such as phones and such during the movieReplyCancel

  • Han E

    My daughter always wants to watch a family movies so we started watching ‘older’ movies from when her Dad and I were young and she enjoys that a lot. It’s a good way to introduce her to what we have experienced when we were young. Along with that, homemade popcorn and frappe’s or spiders … Love a good movie!!ReplyCancel

  • Jemma Y

    I am a mummy to four girls we love movie nights with daddy.
    we love disney movies,my girl’s love making popcorn and making smoothies,with mummy’s help, usually monthly on friday nights,so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • skye

    Switch off the phones and make sure the popcorn and drinks are ready ?ReplyCancel

Tips for teaching kids good healthy habits now will help them to develop a healthy lifestyle to stay active as they grow.

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  • Louise

    My bub is only 4 months old, but I would like to teach her good habits from an early age, thank you for these tips Kat, good to know especially as your children are older now, so must have worked :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree Louise i think it is extremely important from an early age..:)ReplyCancel

  • Charlene

    We try and take the kids out each weekend, for a picnic and bike ride, the sunshine does wonders for our health and wellbeing.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Oh that sounds lovely, Charlene! I must admit we are big on outdoor activities on the weekends especially seeing the weather has been just beautiful. Even through the cooler months we do things like bowling, so much family fun.:)ReplyCancel

You know what I keep in my kitchen cupboards and what I cook my family for dinner each night… I would love to learn more about you! I would be very grateful if you don’t mind taking a few minutes to answer this survey, it will help me with the creation of future content and ideas for the blog.

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I appreciate learning about new and fantastic apps or plugins to help optimise the blog, either to improve productivity or to make tasks easier. Over the years I have used a few different apps and plugins, there are a select few that I continually use to help organise and streamline my blogging.

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  • Thank you Katrina, this list is really helpful. I am finding blogging is taking over my life, which is really difficult when I am also trying to run a business and a family with 5 kids. xxReplyCancel

  • Kate

    i love “remember the milk” app. It’s a to do list app but so versatile, it’s the only way I can keep up with business and family tasks. I like too that they regularly update the app to make it better.ReplyCancel

  • Oooh thank you for all of these great tips! I’m off to create my signature now!!ReplyCancel

  • I use Wunderlist for our grocery shopping! It’s fantastic and has saved me so many times from driving back home to get the shopping list 😛ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    What Id really like to know about is a great app for storing all the store cards I have. I must have three card holders now. Just ridiculous!ReplyCancel

    • Ev

      The App. Stocard. Or Wallet Guard. Are both fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • When I write, I am very particular with grammar. So, my favorite app is Grammarly. It gives me confidence that the articles I made are error-free.ReplyCancel

  • Really great, helpful list, Kat. I use and love Trello for project management and use it to map my eCourses from start to finish. It’s absolutely brilliant and awesome that I can give someone else access (such as a VA) to mark off tasks or edit things.ReplyCancel

  • Some great ideas here. I use asana for project management, and like Eva, I love that you can give access to someone else to set them tasks (and they can set you tasks) and keep the project on track. I haven’t heard of CoSchedule, but I’ll be checking that one out. Thanks for a great article!ReplyCancel

  • Kat, these are great suggestions. I love Dropbox for keeping files synced across devices so I can access them on the go if needed.ReplyCancel

  • I love Co-Schedule – I don’t know how I blogged so long without it. Thanks for all the top tips especially the one about the signature! That’s so cool! xReplyCancel

  • Oh, I love Evernote. I have only started using it this year but now use it for home and work since I can easily sync it across my phone, iPad and work computer. A friend recommended Trello as well but I haven’t taken the time to investigate that one.ReplyCancel

  • CoSchedule is my favourite although I did recently download Wanderlist but yet to give it a go. I use Google Docs for my brain dumps since they auto sync plus OneDrive to keep everything accessible from every device. Huge time saver instead of relying on one device or external data storage.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I love Wanderlist too.:)ReplyCancel

It is easy to get distracted when working at home, I share my top productivity tips for working at home to help you create balance between family and work and more.

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  • Chloe

    Thanks Kat. I love the working in fit wear – you would be ready to do exercise whenever! I’m a sahm to two littlies under four and I find ‘oh we got to go for a walk’ and I’m in my pjs then it’s another half hour…. Great tip!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yeah, no excuses then!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I’m definitely going to try working in my gym clothes, I find it really hard to switch off house/mum mode when I need to work on my business. Love these tips Kat, this week has been brilliant, certainly changed a few ways I look at things.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope they help Emily!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    Kat, I have often wondered how you do it and I just love that you are so structured with your time. I find it hard to switch off when I have so much to do, and honestly I probably do neglect the family and I feel so guilty for it. But your right there is always something, it’s never ending. You are just brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Maria there will always be something probably just as important as each other, running your own business is never ending, but for your own sanity you do need to switch off and take a break, you will be a better person for it tomorrow if you do :)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    I have only just started working from home and I am really struggling already, especially with family thinking I am home doing nothing all day, they don’t get it. I’ve really enjoyed reading your tips, your honesty that you screen your calls as I have considered this but wonder what my family would think if they knew, but I need to if I want to get any work done. Thank you for sharing your tips Kat, I find these priceless.ReplyCancel

  • This post is perfect. Just the advice I need right now. I work two jobs from home, and organisation is paramount to getting anything done. Must turn off my notifications!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      notifications are so distracting, if I don’t turn them off I wonder.. ooh what did Bobby just say, I should go look, Cathy just replied to a post, curiosity takes the better of me.ReplyCancel

  • Great tips :)
    I do love that one of the things about working from home is that I can choose to not to dress up some days for work – can wear my trackie pants and I always wear my woolly slippers not matter what else I am wearing 😉
    And my office will never ever be as tidy as yours – no matter how much I try :) – but I am working on getting it more organised.
    And I do love the freedom by being your own boss like today I am going to help set up a Haven for Assist A Sista – any orders coming in have to wait till tomorrow – would not be able to do this if I worked for someone else.
    Will come back next week to read this to remind me again to try and be a bit more organised 😉
    cheers TeaReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that you are taking time out for such a great cause Tea. I must admit, I have worn trackie pants and bed socks each day through winter, which is probably as comfortable as PJs, but I love that too about working from home, comfort xReplyCancel

  • Venessa O'Connell

    Hi Kat,
    Thank you for the great article. I also work from home and feel so very blessed to be able to. My 1 little tip that I try to follow is to have a general tidy and purge once a week in the office. I also Pride myself that I try to recycle as much as I can from packaging, cartons etc. Keep up the great work Kat.

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is a great idea Venessa, a once a week tidy up, fabulous idea especially if you are time poor and can’t tidy the desk each day :)ReplyCancel

  • These are excellent tips and most of them I am failing but well aware of it. The screening calls and to do lists I’ve got mastered but pjs and a clean work space I’m totally filing, plus set work hours. Would you believe it’s all on the to do list 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Start with the clothes Holly, change to gym clothes and see if that helps energise you and then do the next task on your to-do list!ReplyCancel

  • What fantastic tips! I think the biggest thing for me was turning off email notifications. They used to be automatically set to beep and show a box on my screen every time one arrived. So distracting! Sometimes I would find myself taken off on a huge tangent and not getting back to my 9am task until after 2pm. No longer. Now I only check them when I have finished the task I set myself, not before.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Thankyou Kat! What great advice. My downfall is consistency, on the exception of exercising and being dressed for success even if that means being in gym gear (they are so comfy).ReplyCancel

  • Definitely a To Do list and sticking to it. I agree that working from home has its own set of distractions and without my To Do list I feel that I am constantly busy without being productiveReplyCancel

  • Thank you Kat for a terrific post. I have been struggling with the work/life balance of late and this post has reminded of what needs to be done to achieve that balance! Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Jody

    Hi Kat. Thank you for that article. I’ve just started working from home with my new venture, and I really have to sit down and think about how to balance work with everything else that comes with being a SAHM to two little munchkins (3 years & 9 months). Your article definitely reminded me off things I need to focus on to make it work more smoothly. Thanks againReplyCancel

  • Kat

    Great tips Katrina. Just wondering what is the name of your Ikea desks? I love how your work area looks. Thanks KatReplyCancel

  • KAT… these tips are so good! Plus we have total desk envy hehe.

    Note to merrymakers: get off Facebook! xxReplyCancel

  • Laura

    This is so helpful. I started working from home 9 months ago and I have been struggling to find balance. Some weeks I do heaps of work and the housework falls behind, other weeks I feel like I have stayed on top of the housework but have fallen behind on my work. I too found sitting on the lounge I wasn’t getting anything done so I have taken over one end of the dining table. I have been working on my hubby to turn the guest room into a study, but no such luck yet!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    You can download a “Do Not Knock” sign (used to be able to get it as a sticker) from the ACCC so that pesky salespeople don’t disrupt you. I’ve found it’s cut the door knockers down considerably!ReplyCancel

  • Janna

    Thanks for the great tips. I have recently returned to study while still working full time and I think these tips can also be applied to my situation as well. I can be so easily distracted from my homework and assignments and as the study is all online I only have myself to keep me on track!ReplyCancel

  • I love it when a blog post multiplies and turns into two posts :) love these tips although I am guilty of breaking pretty much all of them! I could definitely be more productive.ReplyCancel

  • Great tips Kat! As a fellow WAHM I found most of them I already do but there are a few news ones there to try. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Hello my new BFF

    Your Blog and Site is just what I needed (as I sit here in my P.J.’s, hee hee) to read this morning. I had these exact thoughts this morning as I got out of bed before I read your blog post about not working in my office space in my pj again. I said to myself….I am going to wash up, get dressed just as I did when I went to my office, even a little lipstick, lol. Then no more TV while I am working, no more distractions. I have small a TV on my desk – kick that thing out of there, lol.

    Get organized, I got a whiteboard; I am going to use it for my calendar – when to do my campaigns, newsletters, blog, inventory, etc.

    I am just starting the blog, so your blog tips will help. Thank you for being here in this cyber world of madness, I think I can make it now. DezReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      whiteboards are great to help you stay organised, my hubby uses his as a to-do list. Wishing you all the best on your blog journey.ReplyCancel

  • Sophia

    Hi Kat. Great tips. When do you do your meal planning? Is that part of your todo list?ReplyCancel

This exquisite children’s blanket is made exclusively from Anlaby merino wool, a family heirloom that will be treasured and loved.

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  • LaTanya

    We have a beautiful crochet blanket that my grandmother made for me, that I will pass on to my son for his family one day.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Heald

    Anlaby Giveaway-My granny knitted a jumper for my brother about 20 years ago. About 15 years ago she suffered a stroke which left her without the use of one of her hands. I’m expecting my first son any day now and this jumper is the last thing she was able to make. I can’t wait for the baby to wear it!ReplyCancel

  • michelle harris

    we have a old crotchet blanket of my grandmothers i now have 2 grandchildren myself and when they visit,they always ask or that blanket,i would never dispose of it,its ull of loveReplyCancel

  • Rebeka Lambrinakos

    Our family heirloom isn’t a physical item and this is why I’d love the Anlaby’s Woodlands Friends Blanket. Our heirloom is our middle name, Maree which has been passed down four generations so far. My newborn daughter now shares the middle name tradition :)ReplyCancel

  • Maria Braund

    My Christening Outfit. All 3 kids of mine have worn it.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Burford

    Our piano. It was given to my parents by an old family friend, and it is being passed down to me soon. I plan on keeping it and passing it down to my kids :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    We have a case as an heirloom in our family. My grandmother gave my mother a houndstooth overnight case to take to hospital when she had her four children. I have taken the case when I had my 4 children,as have my 2 sisters and my 2 sisters in law. My mother has recovered the case with decoupage and the case continues on. It has now also been used by my own daughter and daughter in law when they went to have my 4 grandchildren. There is more to come….We love family traditions.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I have a blanket that was knitted by my grandmother which will be handed down. My mum also made some bunny rugs when my son was born. I have kept one for all my children <3ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Angus

    I sadly do not have an heirloom to pass down, but would love the opportunity to win this to start one in our family. Lovely ideaxxReplyCancel

  • Trina Joy

    I unfortunately do not have an heirloom but would love to start one with a beautiful Anlaby’s Woodland Friends blanket. My 5 year old loves snuggling under blankets but nothing as beautiful as this. Thanks for the opportunity :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    It’s a toss up between an old post sorting box/cabinet that came from my Grandmas house from when she was a child. My aunt had it once Grandma passed away and now it’s with my sister and she will pass it down to one of her children or my Grandmas engagement ring which she gave to me and my husband used it for our engagement ring as that was the ring I wanted. I will pass this on to my daughterReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    My grandmother had a lovely wooden bassinette that she used with her 4 children, then my mum used it with her 3 children, and I have used it with my 4 children. I only hope that one day they will be able to do this also, as a special family heirloom passed down through the generations. Adding a special baby blanket to this would be a lovely addition, so I would love to win this prize thanks :)
    Also I have used family names as my children’s middle names, with a special occurrence being that the eldest of the 5 generations being girls, who alternate the names Nance and Jean (originally as the first names, then being passed on as the girl’s middle name) so hopefully that can continue also.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Wren

    My Great Aunt’s Eternity ring. It was my great great Aunt’s who passed it to her sister (my grandmother, before she left England for Australia in the 60’s), who passed to my mother, who will pass onto me when Mum is ready to part with it.ReplyCancel

  • felicity

    The most treasured item that i would pass down to my daughter is my mother in laws epern its like a vase,its old a bit cracked but with some flowers its beautiful,hopefully it teaches my daughter that its ok not to be perfect,shes still badeautiful.As for my son i have no idea as he is about to be a father himself i thought this blanket would be perfect,its like giving him a big cuddle when i cant be there.ReplyCancel

  • anna donato

    My photo albums. Photos are like souls. Photos are my history, my family and my friendsReplyCancel

  • Jess Powell

    My wedding dress! I used the fabric & had it made into a little dress which my first daughter wore for her first birthday and i will have one made for her baby sister also :)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Irvine

    A wedding ring… It is a plain rose gold band that was worn by my Great Auntie, and passed down to me… This is the oldest heirloom I have, so I used it as my wedding band, and plan on passing it on to my son for his childrenReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    In our family we have a beautiful wind up statue of a wee girl in a garden that was bought in Oberammergau. It plays Happy birthday. Every member of the family gets this played to them, either in person or on the phone) on their birthday no matter where in the world the live by my parents. It will be passed down to me when they sadly pass on to continue the traditionReplyCancel

  • My Grandad came out on the 5 pound boats from uk to Australia and he passed away a couple years ago but gave me his original suitcases that he came with and I keep my baby’s clothes in it stacked in her room. It means a lot to us and one of the kids will have it when they move out one day:)ReplyCancel

  • Gail Johnson

    I have our family heirloom which is a beautiful red cedar pianola. My Grandfather (who died before I was born) saved up every cent he could, which took many years back then, to buy it so his youngest daughter could learn to play the piano & ANYONE could play the rolls & sing. He wanted the love of music to be passed onto generations. I have 4 grown up daughters & would love this beautiful heirloom for my grandbabies, to pass onto each family as they are born. I already have 1 beautiful grand-daughter and more on the way. *Much more portable than a pianola!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    We have an antique up right organ that has been in the family for over 100 years. There is always a fight over who gets it next!ReplyCancel

  • melissa

    Memories past from one generation to the next.ReplyCancel

  • Janine Smith

    My husband’s grandmother made a teddy bear for every grandchild and great grand child. She passed before we had kids so ours won’t get one which is heartbreaking.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    we lost treasured items during our emigration from the UK and unfortunately have nothing to pass down to our daughter born here, I would love the chance to give her something that should could pass down to her children with stories of life and loved ones from England she’ll never meet, something to add to what will be her Australian heritageReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    My great grand mother Tess (Jessica) was a very talented violinist and I have her treasured antique violin. I will pass it onto my daughter one day.ReplyCancel

  • Twyla

    we have many traditions, books are big with our family. We have holiday things and a special silver cup that will go to each baby in turn.ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    I have done some family research tracing the family tree and I have some stories from parents and some aunts and uncles and I plan to put together a book that I will pass on to my kids. I talk to them a lot about the familyReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    My Oma (Dutch grandmother) received a pair of pink glass drinking glasses from her grandmother, and were amongst the few possessions she brought with her to Australia in 1947 and she has now passed these onto to me her eldest granddaughter And I hope, I too have the privilege of passion these onto my granddaughter (in many years to come). These are precious to all of us as they are so fragile yet link many women across continents and generationsReplyCancel

  • Annette Ashby

    My mother had a special dinner set which she got when she was married in 1945 and was used on very special occasions like Christmas- all of us (6 kids) have a plate or bowl from the set and will pass them down through the generations.ReplyCancel

  • Bobbie-Lee

    When I was 13 my great Aunty sent me her cooking book (she lived in America) it contained recipes that my grandmother and great aunty grew up having made for them from their mother and teir grandmother. Its a very special book to me as it gave me my love for cooking and to keep the special book to be passed on from me.ReplyCancel

  • Raelene

    I have been given a beautiful rung which belonged to my great great aunt which will be passed down to my daughter. Love the idea of passing down a family heirloom.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Hill

    I bought my daughter a large personalised musical snowglobe for her first birthday with the intention of her passing it on to her daughter one day.ReplyCancel

  • We dont have an item passing down the generations, but we do have a name. Every first born male in the family carries Leslie as a middle name. 4 generations so far.ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    My engagement ring! It has so much sentimental value to it and I would love to pass it down to the future generations!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Booth

    My husbands grandparents had to flee war torn Czechoslovakia with nothing but the clothes they were wearing, so instead of an item we have an amazing story that I will be sharing with my boys when they are old enough. Having an heirloom blanket to pass down would be great, we could snuggle under it as I tell them about their history.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalyn Hill

    My hubands grandfathers desk still sits in our house. He got it for his 21st from his parents and left it to my husband when he died. It’s definitely our most precious heirloom and we look forward to giving to our children when they are older.ReplyCancel

  • I am 8 weeks pregnant after having a miscarriage 4 months ago. My mum has finally decided that I’m far along enough to start giving me some of the things of mine that she put away. The two best things are all of my books, including my Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit books. She saved them for over 30 years. Then we were looking in her wardrobe the other day and she pulled out a tiny little woolen red jacket that was mine about 34 years ago. And we both just started to cry.ReplyCancel

  • Claire L

    I have a glory box full of treasures that have been passed down to me including knitted baby items, quilts, embroidered inen, china and crystal pieces! I have also been adding special things since my daughter was born like her christening dress, first shoes, and a copy of her fagourite stories to keep and share with her own children.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian

    both my daughters wore their Great Grandmother’s & Grandmothers Engagement rings on their Wedding Days & I hope they will pass those on to their daughters to wear on their Weddind Days too. I have just taught myself to crochet & just completed a bear & in the process of making a cot blanket for our new Grandchild expected soon. Hoping they will become heirlooms too.ReplyCancel

  • Gabi

    Each of my Nanna’s grand daughters have worn her antique watch for their weddings. A lovely tradition I hope to continue with the generations to come.ReplyCancel

  • Leizl Mowbray

    We have a beautiful oak cot that was passed down through my Dad’s side of the family. He slept in it, me & my 2 sisters slept in it & my nieces & nephew have slept in it. I remember playing with my dolls as a child, placing them in the cot dreaming of the day when I would place my own child to sleep in such a treasured heritage piece. Unfortunately I moved to Australia, and it was too expensive to bring the cot over when my bubs was born. It was a sad moment but my baby is my greatest treasure and the love from the family is his greatest heritage.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Milne

    I have two things that will be passed down, the first being a christening gown that I had made for my 3 kids and since then all the nephews and nieces have worn this outfit. It has travelled around the world. The second item is my nanna’s childs tea set. She would have been 111yrs old this year and she played with it as a child. I didn’t receive it until I was married but I now keep it safe to pass to my daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Ann

    My christening gown and my grandmother’s silver.ReplyCancel

  • Vivienne

    I have inherited my great grandmothers engagement ring. The ring was passed down to my grandmother and upon her death the ring was passed to my mother and since my mother passed away I now have the ring and would like to pass that down to one of my children who will pass it on to one of theirs.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky a

    A locket which has been passed down from my dads side of the family over the last 3 generationsReplyCancel

  • Christine Burgess

    We don’t have one as such…but I guess 30 – 40 year old hot wheels cars that my husband & his brother used to play with, that now my 6 boys have & continue to play with will no doubt be passed on to their kids.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    We have a poem by Rudyard Kipling that has been passed down in our family ”IF” ( Mann is my maiden surname) which is the one line ‘you will be a man, my son’ along with many traditions like Monday night Family Night where we ate together as a family for many years. Red plate acknowledgement meal when someone does well in the family on that day, always sitting at the dining table for meals and giving thanks all day, my grandmothers ring, my nana’s Soetkoekie recipe, too many to mention. But no blanket airloom yet?ReplyCancel

  • Nicola wood

    A lemon yellow and white coloured baby blanket that my great grandma knitted for me. It’s the only item we have after we left the uk to come to aus as a holiday (and ended up staying!) all our belongings were put in storage which flooded. It was the only thing my mum brought with us. I used it with my daughter when she was born. It’s so precious and I can’t wait to give it to my daughter when she has her own babyReplyCancel

  • We have a crocheted cream wool blanket used at the Christenings in the family, passed down from God Mother to God Child in each generation. When my middle son was little he had a blanky that he used to carry around and he called it a ‘ZeZah’, the christening blanket is now called ‘Mummy’s ZeZah’ My family used to grow superfine wool in the Mudgee Region and we lost the farm in the 1990’s, I miss the wool and still work in woolsheds but it’s just not the same. We scour Vinnies weekly to search for woollen jumpers lovingly made by someone elses’ Grandma. I would love to win this blanket to start a tradition of passing down a blanket withing our immediate family, starting with my children’s children. Fingers crossed xxxxxReplyCancel

  • Jo

    My great-grandmother’s engagement ring has been passed down the generations from her to my grandfather, who passed it on to my father. Wearing it connects me with her pioneering spirit. Passing it on will keep her memory alive.ReplyCancel

  • sharon brown

    We have a shawl knitted by my great grand mother which each of our 5 children have used. It will be passed on to one of our grand daughters.ReplyCancel

  • Karla Oleinikoff

    My Grandmother received a Royal Albert Tea Set when she got married in the 30’s, which went to my mother, and has now been passed on to me, which will be passed on to my daughter. The set is absolutely beautiful, and I’m honoured to have such an heirloom in my safe keeping.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Ballantyne

    My grandmothers wedding band simple but very much treasuredReplyCancel

  • Kat Taylor

    One of our family heirlooms are my husband’s 40 year old, threadbare ‘Bobby’ panda and my little brown dog, which our 5year daughter old loves!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    My family (as yet) doesn’t have something to hand down from one generation to the next. However I would love to change this and this blanket would be an awesome start to it :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    My most treasured family heirlooms are a series of photos taken by a travelling photographer (on horseback) in the 1920s of my family and the workers during shearing season on my families property. The photos were published in a book that documented “Stationlife in NSW during the 1920’s”. I can stare at it for ages imagining what life would have been like back then and am filled with pride at how hard working and brave my ancestors were. They are truly treasured.ReplyCancel

  • Debs

    My nan is 94 and a while ago when we were reminiscing we spoke about a little spotted china tea set I used to play with when I would visit her. It used to be Nans when she was a young girl. For my birthday this year Nan gave me this little tea set. I would have to say it is the most precious possession I own. My mum played with it as a girl and I’m not afraid to let my daughter who is 7 play with it. What makes this an Heirlooms is that it has been played with and enjoyed for 4 generations of little girls not just placed on a shelf to look at.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Stringer

    My husbands baby shawl which was made in England, our two babies were christened with it and I expect my grandchildren will use it too!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My grandmothers glory box. It was her grandmothers and then my nana passed it to me. I have four sons so hopefully there will be a granddaughter for me to pass it down to.ReplyCancel

  • Darla

    My wedding photos.ReplyCancel

  • Karen oliver

    My mother purchased a wedding veil when my oldest sister was married; mum had 4 daughters. Every daughter wore the veil and future daughter in laws on their wedding day. That was over 40 years ago. Her granddaughters have worn the veil on their special day just like my daughter did. Mums great grandchildren will now where the precious and very special veil on their day, and generation after generation. We all cry when it is worn as she was suddenly taken from us way to early but she can watch from above.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Somervillw

    WW1 war letters from family members and family photos all precious and replaceable.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    We have a cane bassinet that has been through several generations, incl cousins in each generation, it just gets shared around ?ReplyCancel

  • Gillian Harridge

    My great grandfather’s saddles, they are handmade and make you gasp they are so beautiful. They represent our family history.ReplyCancel

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