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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.
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    • 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

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

  • 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

Use the blog planner to help you organise and plan content for your blog, with schedules, to-do lists, planning pages and more. Help improve the growth and success of your blog, keeping everything beautiful organised all within this one planner.

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  • Lillian

    this is absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki

    I have just downloaded it, it’s just full of all exciting things to plan. And looks beautiful, thanks Kat. Planning here I come!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Hi there, I have desperately been trying to purchase your blog planner, but my credit card details won’t be accepted by paying through the credit card option or PayPal ???. Are you able to give me bank account details to transfer funds to?? I have made online purchases with my credit card recently with no problem… Not sure who to contact to find out why it’s not working…
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  • Fiona

    Fantastic planner! Was thinking of making my own but now I don’t have to. Being new to blogging it was just what I needed. So many things I hadn’t even thought of. Thanks so much KatReplyCancel

I have put together a list of information, sharing with you How to start a Blog and lessons I have learnt along the way. I hope my tips help you create a successful blog.

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  • Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge on this topic. I wondered if you have any advice for getting a good header design? I have tried a couple of things but I’m just not happy with it and I’m not sure how to go about getting one that I like and would be attractive to readers. My blog is aimed mainly at women and I feel mine is a bit masculine at the moment.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      If you like using an image behind your logo you could use an image from one of your blog posts or purchase a stock image with the feel you are wanting for your blog. I don’t mind your logo, perhaps you need to just freshen it up with a matching colours in your sidebar and a new background image.ReplyCancel

  • Lillian

    you are such a clever chook Kat I don’t know how you do it all. I often wonder if I want to start a blog, so I appreciate you putting this together that I can refer back to.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Lillian, bookmark this page so you can come back to it when you have the ‘itch’ to start a blog :)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts Katrina – particularly on the “continued learning”, blogging never stands still, that’s for sure! I’m in my 3rd year of blogging and am looking at making the change from wordpress.com to wordpress.org Also looking into SEO is on my “to do” list – but it blows my mind a bit!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Wessyn

    Thank you for sharing the info. Do you have an article that talks about how we could monetize our blogs? I always wonder how that actually works…..ReplyCancel

  • Lindi Owen

    Hi, thanks for the great information. I would like to start a blog for our family adventure around Australia, we embark on in Dec! We are travelling in a converted coach which will be our home on wheels for 2 adults and three kids. I know basic things about blogging but you have opened my eyes to domain names and host sites etc. I am a bit worried about setting one up but will give your instructions a go. Do you have any other advice? I’d also like to know more about monetizing blogs. Thanks for great info. LindiReplyCancel

There is always something to learn about blogging, from code to SEO, time management to what is the best plugins. As I look back on the past 5 years of blogging I share a few lessons I have learnt.

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  • Serious dedication, Kat! What an incredible effort to keep at this for 5 years – good on you. You’ve created a really wonderful resource for parents. And I love your honesty :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Naw thank you Eva, I do love this little space.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie

    Thanks for the tips. Your timing is perfect. I am just starting a blog of my own. I am looking forward to your help.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Bonnie, please share your blog with me when you have it up and running, I’d love to visit it!ReplyCancel

  • Lana

    Congrats Kat! That’s awesome. How /where can you find the blogging community? Is there a forum or meetup group people go to?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I have found a wonderful group of blogging friends from conferences that I have attended and we keep in touch via facebook. You can also find groups on facebook like QLD bloggers, Brisbane Bloggers, search your local area and add bloggers into the title and you may find one. There is also the Aussie Bloggers group which is a wonderfully supportive group.ReplyCancel

  • Annette Higgins

    I just started my own blog at WordPress and did my first post.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Annette that is so exciting, please send me the link I would love to read it!ReplyCancel

  • Trudy Stanton

    I have beenr reading your blog since shortly after you started, it’s my place to go to when I have my morning cuppa. What I love about your blog Kat is that it’s real, it’s honest and you don’t sugar coat anything. You give us some great tips and remind us to do things in our homes that can easily be forgotten, or as busy mums we don’t have time to think of. The biggest would be that I was doing everything for my kids, they were 7 and 9 at the time and I stepped back and saw that your 6 year old twins were making their bed and as you put it, not perfect, but they still did it, and they were helping with chores around the house. Thats that day that big changes happened in my home, for the better. From the bottom of my heart Kat, thank you, thank you for everything you do to run your blog and share with us.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Naw Trudy, music to my ears thank you so much for your beautiful words xReplyCancel

  • Donna Stanley

    Kat I don’t know how you do it, I don’t have a desire to write a blog, but I love learning more about you and how you are a master at blogging, you just simply amaze me in everything you do, your dedication, how open you are but yet still have your privacy (I love how you have kept that about your kids, I admire that despite us all wondering and wanting to know more about them) and mostly I just love your passion for what you do, it’s clear how much you love it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I do love it, and I think if you don’t have a passion for what you do you shouldn’t do it! Thank you Donna xReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    I only read your blog, I make sure I find time for it every few days. Congratulations on 5 years, you are just amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Cheryl, you are very sweet xReplyCancel

  • felicity

    Hi kat,I love the practicality of your site,I check it every day,I even check it before all my other emails!!!im a bit of a control freak !I love every aspect of your site ,its so fresh and clean,a pleasure to read.Happy birthday ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Felicity, that’s so sweet that it’s your #1 task!! So pleased that you enjoy reading the site and your feedback, it’s exactly what I am going for!!ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    Thanks for your wonderful tips about blogging. This is perfect timing as I started a blog on Friday.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wahoo, another bloggers, how exciting, please share your blog URL here I would love to visit it!!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on 5 years! I just looked back to check and realised I just passed the 4year mark and forgot all about it. I think I have some learning to do though. I think I understand blogging just as much as I did when I first started. It is just a bit of an all consuming hobby for me. Looking forward to reading your tips.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There is so much to learn and then when you think you have learnt that element, it changes and there is a different way to do it. Never ending! Yay congrats on 4 years!! You may enjoy the tips I share on Thursday!!ReplyCancel

  • You were a natural right from the start, Kat. Sharing useful, useable information in such a positive, uplifting, meaningful way. I’m so glad you found such a good niche and settled in so quickly and so well. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you lovely and I remember you commenting on my blog way back then!!ReplyCancel

  • Bev Lange

    Hi Kat, happy 5th blogiversary (love the name). I am a quiet follower of most of your things, my kids are grown up and gone but I still love reading your tips etc.
    Whilst I may not always do the job for the day, it’s always in the back of my mind to do another time and wow, who would have thought there are so many extras that need to be done.
    Keep up the fantastic work that you are doing, you are a true joy with your positive attitude. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Bev, there is always something to do around the home, no rest for the wicked!! Thank you for taking time out to message me, I really appreciate it xxReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Kat! You lessons and tips are invaluable, as is everything you share here. Bring on the next 5 years!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Nikki xReplyCancel

  • pam davies

    Congratulations Kat ! take a bow I can’t believe how 5 years has passed so quickly !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So very quickly, and I am looking forward to the next 5!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Keep Calm Get Organised

    Congratulations Katrina, what an incredible achievement! I certainly find it a struggle to find a balance between blog and family (especially with two under school at home). It’s something I’m really working on. Thanks for your tipsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Michelle.ReplyCancel

  • While working on my blog http://www.lifewrangling.com I have learnt the importance of making notes about post ideas. Too many times I have had a great idea and not written it down, thinking that I would easily remember it later. Unfortunately that has not always been the case. I am only a beginner blogger so I am very interested in learning about how other people go about things in this space.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are going to love tomorrows blog post Jen 😉ReplyCancel

  • Congrats on 5 years Kat! You’re an inspiration to me and really live what you share online. Here’s to the next five years xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Chrissie xxReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Kat, 5 years is amazing. Balance is a struggle for me so I’m going to take on board your tips and I look forward to the rest of the tips this week. Your blog is fabulous and I love visiting it and all the practical advice. Well done to you on such a milestone and here’s to the next 5 years. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Vicki xReplyCancel

  • Great list! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope it helps JacintaReplyCancel

  • Ali Coultas

    Congratulations on 5 years! I’m just starting out on my blogging journey, so looking forward to learning from a guru! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL Guru, feels like it after 5 years!! Ask any questions if you have any, I’m more than happy to help :)ReplyCancel

  • Well done! 5 years is a great effort. Here is my tip – don’t write a post for the sake of writing – eg if you think you must write every Tuesday and Thursday for example. Write because the inspiration strikes you or because something really interests you – it comes through in the posts if it is an ‘obligation’ post.ReplyCancel

    • I agree completely. I make sure I take notes when a topic occurs to me and then write as much as I can while the inspiration is still strong. This might be between cooking dinner and supervising homework, whenever I have the ideas. I then schedule that post for a later date so I don’t feel like I have to rush to get something published.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a fabulous tip!!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Kat! And great post… I am new to blogging and found your lessons learnt very helpful. I look forward to reading more tips!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Please share you blog Sophie, I’d love to visit it :)ReplyCancel

      • Sophie

        Thanks Kat. It’s http://www.beingbridesmaid.com.au, a resource website and blog dedicated to helping those navigate their being bridesmaid experience. Congrats again! ?ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Ooh wow, my daughters are going to be junior bridesmaid early next year, off to have a looksie at your blog :)ReplyCancel

  • WOW!!!! 5 years! You are such an inspiration to me (and so many others!) Kat. I love the lessons you’ve learnt and there’s certainly a lot of tips I will be taking away from this post – particularly about finding a good balance. Happy 5 years! xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you lovely, balance is so important otherwise you are going to burn out and both the blog and family will suffer for it.ReplyCancel

  • Love those top tips! Happy Blogaversary! Congratulations on all you have achieved in the last five years and here’s to (at least) five more!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Sammie :)ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on 5 years! Your blog was one of the first that I followed regularly and has always been an inspiration. I think privacy and anonymity is important and have kept my kids names and faces out of my blog. They are great hand models! I don’t have my photo on my blog either – which is a “no no” …Oh well! Still working on finding a good balance.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      keeping faces off the blog must be hard, good on you though for going to the effort. :)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve kept my daughters real name off the blog too for the same reasons. I occasionally google her name to make sure nothing links back to my blog just incase. I’m more worried about in the future when she gets to school as well because I know how cruel kids can be and I can only imagine it’s gotten worse now with social media.

    Congrats on 5 years Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a good idea googling their names, I’ve never done that might go do it just to check they haven’t been mentioned. Great idea that you are thinking of your daughters future :)ReplyCancel

  • Happy Blog Birthday – what an awesome 5 years it has been for you! Your blog is a true inspiration to others moms and wives out there – I love it all. Thanks so much and keep it up xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Caley xReplyCancel

  • Gosh 5 years and you’ve achieved so much, thanks for sharing these invaluable tips with us! I intend to go back through posts and check I was careful with schools/names, as not sure I was a vigilant at the start! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you lovely xxReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Congrats on 5 years – that’s amazing! I loved this post – my blog is a baby at just 3 months and I found this post really helpful – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • kristy

    Kat, your blog changed my life. I’m an autistic mum of four autistic girls and life is truly chaotic at the best of time. Using your blog has really made a massive difference and given me that order and routine that I SO crave and work best with.

    Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Sacha

    Brilliant! I have recently started a blog about my motherhood journey on WordPress, so your blogging tips have come at the perfect time – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Kat. Love your blog and you’ve done amazing things with it, you should be very proud of yourself. xoReplyCancel

  • Vivienne

    I just love reading ALL your tips and tricks and recipes too. Of course it all makes perfect sense its just putting it into practice that sometimes gets lost in whatever we get up to during the day. Keep doing what you do as you are an inspiration to so many.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you so much Vivienne, it’s all practical advice and sometimes a gentle reminder or simple idea can make such a big difference.ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Paradise Resort I have lived on the Gold Coast all my life.  For as long as I can remember I have heard rave reviews of a fabulous resort for kids at Surfers Paradise and have often wanted to check it out.  However, as I live on the Gold Coast I’ve never really […]

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  • Gail

    I have stayed here with my husband and kids a few times, it was great especially with the beach so close, the kids never had an opportunity to get bored.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is nice and close, beautiful beaches, shops and plenty of restaurants to chose from if you want to venture away from the resort. The new tram rail is only meters away, which can take to many other locations on the Gold Coast too.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree Gail, such a wonderful place for the kids with so much to see and do.:)ReplyCancel

  • Brit Mahoney

    I’m the same as you Kat I have always heard about it in passing but have never been there, I think our next Gold Coast holiday will need to be here, just had a new bub so need something that the other 2 kids can do while I am with the youngest.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I truly wish I had visited sooner, my kids loved it now at 10 and 12 but they would of had such a ball here while younger too. I hope you can get an opportunity to visit soon!ReplyCancel

  • suzy

    Hello Katrina, Wish I knew of it when my son was younger. He is now 15. Just wondering if there is anything that caters for teenagers from 13 to 16 as it seems the teenagers in this age bracket seems to miss out. Would you know of any holiday places that cater for this age bracket? What an awesome holiday! Thank you for sharing. Have a gorgeous day!SuzyReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Suzy, they still may enjoy Paradise Resort, I know kids this age love their technology, some rooms have an xbox in the room, laser tag is fun and then with this package they have available your teenagers would love Dreamworld, you get a FREE 7 day pass. It has quite a few thrill rides, my kids can’t get enough of them and then there is WhiteWater World next door. The beach is also walking distance from Pradise resort so they can visit it with their boogy/surf boards.ReplyCancel

  • I keep hearing amazing things about this, I know my girls would love to have a week here!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley

    Wow looks fantastic! Thanks for this amazing review Katrina. As a mum of 4 (ages 8-2) this looks like an amazing place my whole family would love & since we are in NSW not that far to travel. Will definitely have this resort on the top of my list :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    hi just wondering if is any good for teenagers? My children range from 18 years to 3 months old. I was looking for a short break after Christmas when family visit from UK! Many thanksReplyCancel

  • This is one of my kids’ favourite places ever. We used to do last-minute specials and stay regularly when we lived in Brisbane, but now they live interstate and I live in the country. They are coming for a visit and their only request has been to visit the Paradise Resort. I’m booking for a night or two – wish we could do the five night thing – because it really is awesome for kids. Even beter, for me, as a single parent, the kids are having so much fun that I get to relax as well. I thought they might be too old for the resort, at 14 and 12, but they have begged to go back. And it looks like there is even more to do there now!ReplyCancel

Here is a summary of all the quotes that I share on Facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when you need a little inspiration. all images were created by and copyright to The Organised Housewife March’s Daily Inspiration Please share your favourite quote of the moment […]

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  • Jen

    I love Carpe Diem – sieze the day…
    And please, it’s advice not advise!! ( expert advice)ReplyCancel

Here is a summary of all the quotes that I share on Facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when you need a little inspiration. all images were created by and copyright to The Organised Housewife February’s 2015 Daily Inspiration

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  • Mascha

    I always LOVE getting these inspirations. I have saved quite a few on my computer and have them as my changing desktop background (together with some great pictures)… They make me smile and happy during a difficult working day!! Thank you for the smiles :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree, Mascha.:) They are perfect for a desktop background. I also like to hang so up aroung the office.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love the one about pyjamas. I’m a PJs kind of person. I also love the one about being awesome, not average. I’m going to stick that one in my study space. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aren’t they great! Yes i really love the one about being awesome too.:)ReplyCancel