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{Giveaway} Lime Tree Kids

Lime Tree Kids has been my longest running sponsor on this blog.  Shelley has been a wonderful support of The Organised Housewife community.  I have watched LTK grow rapidly over the past 18 months with so many new products available. Their range is for babies, toddlers and mum, with unique products that you won’t find at […]

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How to be a work at home mum and delegating!

We believe we can do it all, when we are sick dinner still needs to be cooked, washing still needs to be hung out, we work through it, we have to. We balance family, friends and commitments, far to often having so much to do. Can we really do it all, do we have to […]

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  • Congratulations Katrina! I’m so proud of you my friend. Here’s to even bigger and better things in your future.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Barton-Collins

    Congratulations! ReplyCancel

  • Alyce

    So excited for you!!! Congratulations my friend, may this help you have some more time!!ReplyCancel

  • Wish I lived closer I would volunteer to help you with email in exchange for some of the delicious meals you cook :)

    Congratulations on the Nuffnang Talent Program.ReplyCancel

  • wish I knew where to start being a work at home mum…. can’t bear the thought of returnin to work…ReplyCancel

  • Good post! I only hope to my girlfriend doesn’t see this post otherwise I might get assigned to a lot more household chores if she starts to delegate them to me. All joke aside this was very informative post :) ReplyCancel

  • Kruppy

    We can’t wait to continue the journey Kat. A worthy addition!ReplyCancel

  • Marissa Roberts

    Congratulations! So proud of everything you have achieved Kat, you’re doing a fantastic job! ReplyCancel

It’s important to take some time out away from technology and enjoy the outdoors

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang There are times lately where I have been finding myself so busy that I have been saying no to the kids having their friends over for playdates after school.  With reasons like we have plans, I wasn’t in the mood to entertain a few extra kids (which is a […]

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  • Michelle

    I’ve got three kids and have had a Kia Carnival for 5 years, and I love it! I swore I’d never own a ‘family bus’, but it is a fabulous car.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Had to giggle at your, “Yes, that’s 6 kids in the car!” comment. I drive around with my 7 kids in the car everyday – a Hiace commuter bus. The Carnival looks lovely, but a tad small for our brood!ReplyCancel

  • you fit 6 kids bikes AND the kids in the car ?
    wow, i must say i am impressed.
    not that I can relate, the boy hates his bike with a passion 0_o
    (but we can fold the scooter so no => ) nice big family car anyway ! ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    @nikki: I think Kat only put the bikes in with the back row down ie only 3 back (ie middle row) seats available. We bought 2001 Chrysler grand voyager when about to have no 4 in 2010, now 2 yrs later fitting no 5 in too but we have to stop the babies now, or else buy a different ‘bus’ as it is only 2 nice big seats in middle row with passage between! We chose it over Toyota and Kia for its boot size though, as we never have luxury of putting back seats down and could still fit a few small bikes in boot I reckon, for me the important thing is the large volume of shopping has to fit!!!! Plus more anchor points for car seats than competitors models at least for the year models we were looking at…. It is a bus, no hiding from it, but somehow not as boxy as the Kias and toyotas.ReplyCancel

My time in New York

I had the most fabulous time in New York.  I was so worried about going over by myself, however in the end it turned out to be the best thing for me.  I had the time to think, reflect and find myself again.  I had to pinch myself so many time, I couldn’t believe I […]

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  • Natalie Marwood

    Gorgeous video! What an amazing time you had there! xReplyCancel

  • Nat @ MummySmiles

    Wow Kat!!! That video gave me chills. I am so so thrilled that you had an awesome time. So very deserving. You are incredible!ReplyCancel

  • julie mcdonald

    That is fantastic video of memories for you. You covered a lot of ground…ReplyCancel

  • Julie Gaskin

    Wow what an amazing experience for you Katrina. I bet you had to pinch yourself :) ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Schimak

    I loved watching the video. What an exciting time it must have been. Thanks for posting the video. The song was so appropriate. ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous trip Kat! I’m so glad you got to go and experience NY, it seems to have come at just the right time for you, as these things so often do :) I loved the shots of Central Park, and also the billboard “Winning in a NY minute” Bet you can’t wait to get back there sometime!ReplyCancel

  • Your video is lovely Kat. So many lovely memories…I feel like I was right there with you.ReplyCancel

  • Fleur Phillips

    Wow what a great trip! I can’t believe Martha Stewart was there! Can you fill us in a bit on what she said? So glad you had a great time!ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous video – thank you!!! SO much – so inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Thanks so much for the video..I spent 3 days there before Christmas from Adelaide and its so wonderful to see it all..Take care of yourself x
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{GIVEAWAY} Tupperware Modular Mates Home Start set

I am so excited to be giving away a Tupperware Modular Mates Homes Start Set to one lucky reader.  This kit will help you to start organising your pantry, or if you already have modular mates it will extend your collection!   As I showed you yesterday ‘A guide to sizes of Tupperware Modular Mate containers […]

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  • Thanks for the comp!! I’ve been following your blog and getting emails for a while now. Sometimes I even manage to do a few daily tasks! LOL
    My kids have recently needed a change in diet to gluten free so we are in desperate need of organisation!
    Good luck to those who enter and thanks again for the comp! ReplyCancel

  • Sensen

    This would be sooo amazing to win this. My husband and I have just moved into our home and I am trying to organise my pantry (this is the first time I have had to do this in my life) trying to find the right containers for everything is interesting lol
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  • Justine Clarke

    Probably the best comp prize I have entered for a long time! My husband despairs of me “do we really need more plastic containers??” and I launch into long explanation of why Tupperware is not just another “plastic container”ReplyCancel

    • I was trying to find out what the numbers mean and am no closer to any knowledge : ) I loved your comment. Sounds like my house.ReplyCancel

  • Love Tupperware and love my Modular Mates! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    I would love to win these to help my mother start cleaning up the clutter that fills her home. Sorry, I don’t have facebook so I’m hoping this blog comment will count as an entry. :) ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Fitton

    Love your page. I am not sure if the pinit thing worked for me though. Am new at doing that sort of thing. Good luck everyone.
    Would be fantastic to have some new Tupperware. ReplyCancel

  • I am 35 years old with 2 kids and one cooking and have never owned a piece of tupperware!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome giveawayReplyCancel

  • Roslyn Roser

    Would love to win. Moving to a new house with limited cupboard space, so really need to be organised! :) ReplyCancel

  • Tracye McMahon

    Great giveaway just in time for my spring cleaning starting with my kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth A

    Hope I’ve done all those bits correctly… fantastic giveaway, thanks for the opportunity! ReplyCancel

  • Utterly Organised

    Wow, what an amazing giveaway. As you know I am a HUGE fan and this would expand my existing collection :-)
    Allison @ Utterly OrganisedReplyCancel

  • Carly

    Would live to win these. My pantry is a mess and this would be the motivation i need!ReplyCancel

  • Jess M

    I’m excited about this great giveaway as I’ve been working on my pantry over the past week after your inspiring photos. I’d love to win!ReplyCancel

  • Katelyn

    Would love to win this comp…. Another thing to say about Tupperware, if you have a housefire and they can take extreme heat, I had a housefire in wagga 3 years ago(a month after convincing my partner that is was worth buying Tupperware), after buying a cupboard full of the modular mates, about half survived, some had soot damage but the inside didn’t smell smoky and wasn’t mis shapen, the other half the fire was too close too and it was destroyed.
    I have no modular mates these days because in the split with my ex I got my 2 kids, their toys, clothes and beds and my personal belongings. Since the split I have bought a few bits and pieces where I can, plus some I had as presents since. Unfortunately, buying furniture is what I have to do before I think about tupperware seriously.ReplyCancel

  • I love tupperware too. Unfortunately we’ve had to replace the sandwich keepers as sometimes they disappear at school never to return (wonder if their is a rebirthing racket going on there??!!)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    I didn’t realise that Tupperware had gone BPA free….. good to know!ReplyCancel

  • Sura

    What a fab giveaway – thanks so much.I finally have a pantry and would love some tupperware!ReplyCancel

  • Petrina

    More tupperware would always be a good thing!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I’ve just started my collection, actually received my stuff today and have already started doing my cupboard, but need lots more!!! Would love to win…ReplyCancel

  • I need more modular mates. my cupboard scares me :-sReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic giveaway. Shame I already have a cupboard full!! Love my Modular MatesReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I am a Tupperware demonstrator and love your blog about our fantastic products.
    If anyone requires any further information, would like me to do a pantry fit-out/review or want to host your own party feel free to contact me on 0414667596, you could get this set for free just by having a demonstration and inviting a couple of your friends.ReplyCancel

  • Oh I’d love these!! My cupboard is a mess. lolReplyCancel

  • I would love to win these as I have half dressed out my pantry and it looks fabulous. It is the first place I like to show everyone when they come to see me. Cupboards are always plasant to look in.ReplyCancel

  • ooohh just what I need for my new pantry in my new home ! (well its not brand new but its new to me)ReplyCancel

  • michelle koevoets

    BEST GIVEAWAY EVER ~ Ah i love tupperware..! Gave up work this year to become a full time student (while being a single mum of 2) so tupperware has been backbenched..fingers crossed :)xReplyCancel

  • Rach

    Awesome blogs & awesome prize :-) ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Pehi

    I would sooooo love to win these after having 8 kids I am in real need of replacement thankyouReplyCancel

  • Mardi Durie

    Love the competition! (and the inspiration you give!).
    Tupperware would be fantastic!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • OMG!!! I am a tupperware hoarder Sshhhh sure am i need to re do my entire pantry but this to win is an awesome start hell yes.ReplyCancel

  • 5122 entries!? are you kidding me! props..ReplyCancel

  • Theresa

    I love this set, the mini rectangles are my favesReplyCancel

  • Nicky

    Would love to be able to win this, i never win anything it seems!!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Hi , great ideas re re organizing your pantry !
    I’m a Tupperware distributed in Sydney and in the month of September if you have a party you can get some great freebies as well as getting a huge set of Tupperware valued at almost $300 for less than a fifth of the price ! Amazing value … All you have to do is invite over a few friends , have a demo and voila !
    Please contact me if you would like a Sydney party anytime but particularly of you like the September special
    Email me on [email protected] for a chat … Or text on 0433119106 for any more infoReplyCancel

  • lisa c

    Love my modular mates but still don’t have enough for everything to be organised!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    Awesome giveawayReplyCancel

  • claire evans

    great giveawaysReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    I have been using Modular Mates for years – love how they stack in the pantry ;-) ReplyCancel

  • Shannen

    With our first baby recently joining our family I am finding the need to be organised more important than ever. Would love some modular mates to add to my pantry. ReplyCancel

  • Gee

    I need some more organisation that’s for sure. More tupperware will help :-) ReplyCancel

  • Npamz

    Thanks Katrina (The Organised Housewife) and Tupperware this is an awesome giveaway and really appreciate you helping to sort our homes one day at a time….Best wishes for a fantastic day today!!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    OMG! I need this so badly. HELP!!!ReplyCancel

  • happyhoois

    This is the dream prize for the “work in progress” kitchen to get organised…. ReplyCancel

  • Katrina – I’d love the details to contact your Tupperware demonstrator – I moved to the Gold Coast about 10 months ago and haven’t found a new demonstrator yet. ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I’m A bit confused on how to enter – so am just going to leave a comment – saying that I love tupperware and really need more in my cupboard as everything is falling on my head when I open the doors! thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • I would <3 <3 <3 to win this! (I never win anything!)ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie fisher

    I am just starting my new pantry so this prize would be awesome !ReplyCancel

  • Jana A.

    My dream home includes an organized pantry with matching tupperware for all of my food! :) ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    We definitely need this! thanks :) ReplyCancel

  • Oh I would love help to organize my non existent pantry!ReplyCancel

  • Amazing!! -fingers crossed…-ReplyCancel

  • I am a huge fan of the Modular Mates from Tupperware! I really need to buy some more.ReplyCancel

  • Cakebaker

    I already have a set but would love to win another one to help my Daughter organize her pantry…..thanksReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Finding a matching container and kid set in my kitchen drawer is a bit like playing Bingo. It’s great when you get a match right away but not always so lucky. Would love some proper Tupperware!ReplyCancel

  • Deeanne

    I would love to win a set to organise my cluttered pantry :) ReplyCancel

  • Please please can this be me! I need this I so need this!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Had a fight with my pantry top shelf last night and it won. Time for some organization.ReplyCancel

  • So looking forward to who the lucky winner might be. amazing prize. Fingers crossed, not long to go now.ReplyCancel

  • What an amazing give away. I have Tupperware Modular Mates and I love them. More than 20 years later and they are still going strong. I would love to win some new ones to add to my collection, you can never have too much Tupperware.ReplyCancel

  • I love you blog. I’ve only just moved out for the first time in my life and I get some many great ideas from your blog to do in my houseReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I am slightly tupperware addicted!!! My husband used to hate it until he realised just how good it is!!!! I have converted him!!! I am yet to makeover our pantry though… fingers crossed ReplyCancel

  • Love modular mates and all things tupperware – just booked another demo tonight actually! Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • I can’t figure out how to PIN a tupperware product. i’m new to pintrest and can’t see a ‘pin it’ button on the tupperware pagesReplyCancel

    • Kylie W

      Fiona, I had to play around with installing the pin it button on hub’s PC in Favourites Bar, so then the pin it button is there on a toolbar while you’re looking at the Tupperware catalogue, then you should be able to click on the pin it button on the toolbar and choose which picture from the catalogue you want to pinReplyCancel

  • I have absolutely no tupperware, so this would be a great way to start a collection. Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • bdcthompson

    I love my modular mates, I use them all the time to keep my pantry organised, but I’m always running out, so would love some more. Thanks so much for the opportunity. xx Oh and am loving your blogReplyCancel

  • Betty

    I just can’t get my pantry right, would love to get some order. Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Luga

    Here in the states we have something better than Tupperware…. Lock N’ Lock & it’s a fraction of the cost of tupperware.ReplyCancel

  • Terry Hansen

    Love Tupperware and how they stack so nicely to see everything! I’d love to win some tupperware – I’m doing the 20 day organising challenge and organizing all day long! Thanks for the opportunity and the inspiration to get things cleaned up!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis

    What a great giveaway! I’ve found your blog through friends for the ’20 day challenge’ and am enjoying the inspiration to get my place a bit cleaner and tidier! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Ai Lin

    Hi there,

    Since reading your blog, I am so inspired to get Tupperware for myself. I am starting with the modular mates series, and I have placed order with a friend from overseas (1/3 of the price after conversion rate!!) and can’t wait for it to arrive at my door step. However, I am still not happy the way my pantry is at the moment, so I have decided to sort it out tomorrow! Wish me luck, and I am sure I will be chucking stuffs away. I have just cleared out the storage cabinet – oh boy! amount of unwanted and unused stuffs are just sitting there. I didn’t manage to take a before picture, but I will try to remember for the pantry tomorrow. Wish me luck. Your blog is brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Name

    i do enjoy some tuppawareReplyCancel

  • Moi

    Hi Katrina,

    I have been a fan of yours for a long time!! I have heaps of Tupperware and I use it all the time but I have never been able to find the perfect container to store rice cakes (round ones)!! Is there a particular Tupperware item that you use or you know others use to store rice cakes??? my kids love them but they keep going stale :-( ReplyCancel

    • I use the mini rectangle 2 to store the rice cakes. You used to be able to get the mini’s in packs, you maybe able to ask your demonstrator if you can buy them individually. If you need a demonstrator, contact me and I’ll put you onto a great one who would be happy to help.ReplyCancel

  • Hey! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figureed I’d ask.
    Would yyou be interested in exchanging links oor maybe
    guest writing a blog article or vice-versa? My site discusses a lot of the sazme topicxs as yours and I think
    we could greatly benefit from each other. If youu are interested
    feel free to send me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Terrific blog by the way!ReplyCancel

Finding my normality in New York

{image credit} Coming to New York has been exactly what I have needed. These past 10 weeks have been the hardest I have ever had to endure. Losing my mum has been a heartbreaking and the most devasting experience. I have not been myself these past weeks, I have tried to keep up with my […]

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  • Stella-Maree Storey

    Hang in there! I’ve only just tuned into the blog, but I hope you find your normality again, you’re a wonderful writer and by the looks of it an even greater Mum!
    One day into finding this blog and you’ve already helped inspire this mum-to-be to get organised! Thank-You xReplyCancel

    • Thank you Stella-Maree, I have come back feeling great! I am so pleased that you are enjoying the blog. When are you due?ReplyCancel

      • Stella-Maree Storey

        It’s wonderful that you’re feeling great! I’m due on the 4th of October, so less than 8 weeks away!!! So organisation has been top priority on my list! :) ReplyCancel

        • Wishing you all the best for bubs delivery, enjoy all the special moments xxReplyCancel

  • Louise

    bless you, losing a parent is unbelievable hard.  My dad died just over 2 years ago.  I travelled all the way from England to Beautiful Australia where I have just begun to heal my heart.  I think about my dad every day, and can feel him sitting beside me on my mountain in Australia were we live.  I am sure our parents become our guardian angels when they die.  Take each day as it comes, be kind to yourself, tidy houses can wait for another day.  You will find you again.   xxReplyCancel

    • They can wait, but having the house untidy has added to my frazzled state, I have come home and have tidied up and feel so much better.ReplyCancel

  • Claire-78

    Good on you Katrina, I lost my mum, my best friend, very suddenly 5 months ago. It is still heartbreaking. I too struggle to keep my house organised with 3 kids and a husband who is alergic to housework!  all while dealing with the loss of my mum, and now my dad getting re-married next weekend to a lady he’s known 12 weeks!! your ideas and tips give me motivation to keep my head up and plough through it. Thankyou xReplyCancel

    • Wow that is quick, I can imagine how it’s adding to your stress levels. Your right unfortunately we do have to keep moving forward. Thinking of you xxReplyCancel

  • I’m glad you’ve been able to still enjoy NY and to find the respite you needed. I hope your soul stays as refreshed when you get back home xx ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Alyce, yes I am feeling great these past few days, refreshed, house is tidier and I am making good steps forward.ReplyCancel

  • Tamar

    Loving watching your trip – can’t wait for you to get home and tell me all about it – You and i have a coffee and zumba date to reschedule :)
     Tamar xx ReplyCancel

    • LOL, coffee for sure, Zumba I will have to see, I look forward to telling you all about it JReplyCancel

  • barbara001

    Thanks for the pics & updates from NY. Give yourself time to grieve. Women have to do so much for the family some times it is important to recharge your batteries and have some down time. I struggle with housework on a day to day basis. But you have given me so much in regards to food and cleaning and storing things the right way. I have started de-cluttering one room at a time. I can’t thank you enough for sharing all your hints with me and others like me who hate housework.

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    • Aaw, thank you so much for your message, I am so pleased that my posts are able to help you. I have come back feeling great, jetlagged but great.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina, I so agree. Doing stuff like this … getting away from our norm will help us to be better at our norm when we get home. It’s been wonderful seeing you. xReplyCancel

    • I have come home feeling refreshed, I loved being over there and going by myself was the best thing for me.ReplyCancel

  • bjchabs

    Kat….be
    kind to yourself…Grieving is rollercoaster ride and there is no time limit on
    it. I lost my Dad suddenley and it shattered my world. Give yourself time to
    ride the rollercoaster. Some days you will be fine and other days you
    won’t….but you know what that is OK. Maybe you could start a little journal
    and write to your Mum when you are feeling down. This has worked for me. I’m
    glad you are having a wonderful time in New York. You deserve it!!!

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    • Thank you, I have had quite a few people suggest a journal, I think it’s a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • I’m so glad you’re enjoying yourself Katrina! Time away from home to breathe by yourself is just what the doctor ordered. No routine, no commitments…just you and your thoughts. There’s no such thing as going “back to normal” after a devastating loss…it’s finding a new normal and what works for you. Hugs my friend!ReplyCancel

    • Absolutely Lisa, new normal. I’ve come back feeling great, refreshed and your right time away was just what I needed.ReplyCancel

  • Aisling_mccarthy

    Katrina I have seen some at spotlight in nz. They will most likely have it in spotlight in as too. Maybe not thw whole range….ReplyCancel

    • Ooh yes they do have her scrapbooking supplies, I forgot about that. These were her stationery items such as folder dividers, labels etc. I might have a look next time I there though, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Woog

    It was just the tonic you needed. I love your smiling face. xxReplyCancel

Giveaway Week – Norwex

This week The Organised Housewife blog turns 2.  I am so pleased that I have been able to share my tips and ideas that so many of you have adapted and used within your home.  Please join me in celebrating with a week of giveaways, pop back each day this week for a new giveaway! […]

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  • elisabeth zhang

    gotta love micro fibreReplyCancel

  • Peteandjo

    I thought it was only me that had saucepans that were dirty on the bottom.  I need some of that paste.ReplyCancel

  • Lnrmartindale

    I need to win this prize as my stove top looks awful and i can see myself listening to music to motivate me and then my house would be sparkling for 5 mins till the kids touch lolReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    The Rafflecopter does not seem to be working. ReplyCancel

  • Sherriekchapman

    I would love to win this prize anything to make cleaning more pleasurable would be great :-) ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    I can’t get the Rafflecopter to load eitherReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    I would certainly appreciate this amazing opportunity. I will try back to see if the Rafflecopter is up & running. Cheers!!ReplyCancel

  • Rafflecopter isn’t loading for me either? I’ve heard a bit about Norwex, and think it sounds amazing! I’d love to be in the running to win this one! ReplyCancel

  • Manda-Kate

    FantasTc products – Awesome prize!  Fingers crossed for me + house and home!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    I have visited this page every day and the Rafflecopter simply will not load :( I have had no troubles with any of your other comps though.ReplyCancel

Giveaway Week – Purely4Kids

This week The Organised Housewife blog turns 2.  I am so pleased that I have been able to share my tips and ideas, that so many of you have adapted and used within your home.  Please join me in celebrating with a week of giveaways, pop back each day this week for a new giveaway! […]

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  • Hey! For some reason, (and maybe I’ve messed up) but, that link that goes with the entry for sharing this giveaway, links back with the Howards Storage World giveaway instead.ReplyCancel

Giveaway Week – Howards Storage World

This week The Organised Housewife blog turns 2.  I am so pleased that I have been able to share my tips and ideas, that so many of you have adapted and used within your home.  Please join me in celebrating with a week of giveaways, pop back each day this week for a new giveaway! […]

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  • Dreamcatcher1

    So pleased I found this site, exciting to see the great storage ideas from Howards.ReplyCancel

  • Miss D

    It’s funny how important a bin is! We just renovated our kitchen (from poor original 1950′s condition) and top of my list was a “waste management system”, similar to what you’ve shown below your post. It has 3 bins and fits snugly underneath the sink. It pulls out like a drawer when needed. My 3 year old son already sorts our waste for us and rarely makes a mistake between compost, recycling and rubbish.ReplyCancel

  • Skgreen007

    Katrina, when I went to the Howard’s site it said $20 voucher but after I signed up it changed to $10…anyone else have this happen? Or am I going mad and just imagined $20…?
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    • It’s a $20 voucher for a certain period, I’ll check the T&C’s for youReplyCancel

  • @dosedannie

    I better be extra careful Katrina i may end up buying everything in the store! really
    P.S thanks also for all your help on your blog ,videos and tutorials calenders the lot.
    My hubby bows to you as well and is so happy for how keen i am to keep the house in
    immaculate lol :-) xReplyCancel

Giveaway Week – Bright Star Kids

This week The Organised Housewife blog turns 2.  I am so pleased that I have been able to share my tips and ideas, that so many of you have adapted and used within your home.  Please join me in celebrating with a week of giveaways, pop back each day this week for a new giveaway! […]

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  • Hi Kat. I’ve tried pinning, but something is wrong with pinterest this morning :-( ReplyCancel

  • Claire Lenton-Cater

    Great giveaway :) ReplyCancel

  • Tracie Parnell

    Gorgeous stuff! I hope I win!!ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    Hi Kat, Just wondering how non-Facebook users can enter the giveaways. I know, I live in the dark ages by not having a Facebook account! LOL ReplyCancel

  • sandra smsrt

    Brillant — a must for every pantry!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Blomeley

    Is there a list anywhere of all the winners?ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Wow, these are great competitions! Ive entered all of them, fingers crossed!!
    Thanks :-) ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat, have the winners from the “giveaway” week been announced? I am *hoping* the initials up there just might be mine ;) xxReplyCancel

Giveaway Week – Finlee & Me

This week The Organised Housewife blog turns 2.  I am so pleased that I have been able to share my tips and ideas, that so many of you have adapted and used within your home.  Please join me in celebrating with a week of giveaways, pop back each day this week for a new giveaway! […]

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  • Raylene

    These are so cute and I know my kids would have so much fun with these. It’s so hard to constantly buy new toys for them to keep them from being bored.ReplyCancel

  • Marnie Fiedler

    the balloon ball is genius my kids would play with that for hours. We went thru a packet of balloons this weekend pretending we were at the Olympics playing volleyball.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine Barton

    Happy Birthday :) ReplyCancel

  • Only two years?? You’ve crammed a lot of really useful information for us disorganised housewives in such a short time. Here’s to many, many more!ReplyCancel

  • Aleksandra Secerkovic

    happy Birthday <3 it's my daughter's 2nd Birthday today too! ReplyCancel

  • Wow, you have done so much in 2 years! Congratulations and enjoy NY!ReplyCancel

10 ideas on how to stress less

The past few weeks have been a real struggle coping with the grief of losing mum.  I have lost all my grandparents, but this is a completely different feeling.  There are days where I think tomorrow I will try get back into my routine, but I’m finding it hard to move forward.  I want to be […]

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  • Donna Webeck

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Take time with your grief, and I hope it will be easier with time.  

    This is a beautiful list, I am going to take note xxReplyCancel

  • Tammy_crane6

    i lost my dad 2,5yrs ago, at age 20– it hurts that he only spent a short 5mnths with my first daughter & will never get to cuddle my 2nd– watch them grow hear them say ‘pop’ for the first time — & i know people say it gets easier with time, but i think it gets harder- i mean, sure you learn to find a way to deal with it (you have to!) but everyday you miss them more & more :(   — condolences x ReplyCancel

  • Oh I am so sorry that you lost your Mum. I think the fact that you have realised that you just have to be kind to yourself and take life at a pace that you can manage, is a step in the right direction. Great list. It was lovely to meet you at Blogopolis and I will look you out in New York! A-M xxReplyCancel

  • Helene

    Deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your Mum. Such a massive loss that we all dread, my thought are with you and I hope that you start getting some sleep soon, maybe even some lovely dreams of your dear Mum will bring you some comfort. XoReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    My heart goes out to you and your family Katrina – losing a parent is a really hard thing for anyone to go through, I was in High School when I lost my father and even at that time it took me 3 months to get back to school to face people etc. So I think you are already doing a wonderful job!! I believe (this is what gets me through) that your Mum would be watching over you all now and she will be reading every blog that you are writing and she will continue to be very proud of you – think of her as your guardian angel watching over you and your family xxReplyCancel

  • My thoughts are with you Kat. You are truly inspirational and will move forward in your own time. What a great lsit above.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina, So sorry about the loss of your mum.  Losing someone close is never easy and I dont think it is something you ever get over.  A friend of mine posted this link on FB last year and I thought it was really interesting and has been of some help to me.  I hope you can use it and that is can help you to move on and get back into your regular routine.  Regards Marianne  :)   http://wendykeller.com/featured/schedule-your-suffering/ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I am so sad, that you have lost your Mum. I am sure that she is now watching over you as someone above has said, and I am sure that she is vey proud of you. I think that you are doing an amazing job already. Take all the time you need, your readers love you and will understand.ReplyCancel

  • MarissaBeautifullyOrganised

    Oh lovely Kat, I’ve just caught up and read about you losing your mum, I’m so sorry lovely xx

    My thoughts are with you and your family xxReplyCancel

  • Janblanch

    Katrina I am so sorry for the pain you are going through at the moment. losing a loved one is never easy and losing your mother is very hard at whatever age you are. take one day at a time and let yourself grieve in your own way and your own time. things will right themselves when the time is right and until then be kind to yourself. my thoughts and prayers are with you

    jan

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  • Susan

    Hi kat, one thing I did when I lost my mum was I went looking for a beautiful thank you card and wrote it to her … Telling mum all the things I was grateful to her for and what I loved about her…. All the things I maybe hadn’t gotten around to telling her… But also a lot of things that I had told her but that I wanted to say again… Like I love you!! I found it very helpful doing this – it ended having an extra few pages to it!! Best wishes to you and don’t be too critical of yourself….. It will take time to fully grieve and “deal with your loss”… XoxoReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    Deapest Sympathies. Grief takes time, and I’m sorry it will be a long journey. The lengths gives tribute to the special relationship that you had. The best road through it is the road of thankfulness. Of the beautiful mother you have and treasured her best legacy is her family. May you find comfort in your treasured memories and peace in the midst of turmoil. God bless.ReplyCancel

  • Dianna Bay

    Dear Katrina, I can not begin to comprehend what you are going through. I am so sorry for your loss. I know that your mum did not get to read your blog but I am sure that she is at your side, with her hand on your shoulder guiding you through this time in your life. I am sure that she is very proud of you and your accomplishments.
    You are a very insperational women. I have found comfort in recent days, by reading your posts and looking at your ideas. One of which I have taken on board this week to help me get through a very challanging time. I am a person who likes to be organised, and in control of as much of what is going on around me as possible. I am currently going through a house extension at the moment. I have 2 young boys and we are staying in the house whilst the extension is being built.
    I did not realise how much of a control freak I was until I started this process.
    Last week it all got too much and I broke down about the whole situation, I couldn’t handle not being in control of my surroundings or what was going on.
    I turned to your website and FB page for ideas on how to make things better for me and my family. I spent last weekend sorting my bathroom cupboards and also set up a 2 week meal planner based on your ideas.
    From this I have been able to gain control again and feel less anxious about what is happening. Your page has helped me plan how things will be once the extension is finished and it has set my mind at ease.
    Thank you for your wisdom and your words. I hope that knowing you have helped someone as much as you have, helps you get through this time.
    Wishing you all the best.
    D
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  • Nbeltane

    First of all condolences on your loss. 

    I lost my dad in may of 2011 he had a sudden heart attack, it was several months for me to come to terms that he was gone. Then in February of this year, we lost Mum to Cancer. To have lost two parents in less than a year is more than hard to cope with, for the first few months after losing mum i still expected her to call. I am learning to take each day as something that should be treasured. i lost interest in everything the home, crafting blogging, I miss them both immensely. Now its time for me to concentrate on my little family and do what is right for us. For many years we have stayed in the same state as my parents but now they are gone we have made the decision to move interstate and start a new chapter and journey just for us. To do some of the things that that list suggests. It just takes time. And as many people have told me in the months since losing mum and dad, grief doesn’t just go away, it stays with you, with each day though you get a little stronger. ReplyCancel

  • lj6

    “The darkest moments of our lives are not to be buried and forgotten, rather they are a memory to be called upon for inspiration to remind us of the unrelenting human spirit and our capacity to overcome the intolerable”  Vince Lombardi
    You will get through this because you are a strong, inspirational and lovely lady.  ReplyCancel

  • AshMmisforMe

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mum Kat. That’s such a beautiful list that you found. I’m sure your mum can see your blog, and how amazing you are. So so lovely to meet you on Saturday, xoReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    What a gorgeous list. We all need reminding some times to do these things, what ever is going on in our lives. Take your time and don’t be hard on yourself. Thinking of you at this sad time, even though I’ve never met you. Take care xxReplyCancel

  • Betty

    Katrina, so very sorry you lost your mum, I think you share your beautiful self through your blog so indirectly I think your mum did read it. In any case, she had the Organised Housewife as her daughter, what could be more special than that, I’m sure she’s very, very proud. xReplyCancel

  • Vanja

    Lovely to read, as I lost my dad 4 weeks ago… It feels like life is never going to be the same again :-( ReplyCancel

  • Shell

    I lost my Dad 10 years ago suddenly to a heart attack. It was the anniversary on the weekend and honestly I cried more than I have on any other anniversary. Losing a parent rocks you to your very core. It takes time to heal and time to nurture yourself. Always worth making the time for yourself and speaking with a professional for some counselling as well.

    Really love your blog, but don’t forget to take time out for you as well.ReplyCancel

  • Rose

    I lost my Dad two weeks ago – thanks for this post he was diagnosed with cancer 6 months ago, it has been a horrendous 6 months and I am struggling – I am someone who always copes, life can keep piling it on and I take it in my stride, now even the little things seem so hard and insurmontable, at the moment I feel like all the joy has been sucked out and I’m wading through a thick fog – the insomnia is the killer I think but I suspect even with sleep it would be hard, it is almost unbelievable that life wants to keep charging along when I feel like it should’ve hit pause while I take in the enormity of my loss.ReplyCancel