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

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

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

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

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

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

  • Kate

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

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

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

  • Sandy

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

    • Ev

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I love Wanderlist too.:)ReplyCancel

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

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  • Chloe

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yeah, no excuses then!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope they help Emily!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Hayley

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

  • Venessa O'Connell

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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

  • Fiona

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

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

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

  • Jody

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

  • Kat

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

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

    Note to merrymakers: get off Facebook! xxReplyCancel

  • Laura

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

  • Emma

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

  • Janna

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

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

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

  • Hello my new BFF

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

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

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

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…

  • 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 to 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 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, 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

As you all know I live on the glorious and most beautiful Gold Coast.  I have lived here all my life and don’t ever imagine moving away.  So you can imagine my excitement when I was interviewed about being a successful Gold Coast Mumpreneur, you can read the article here and watch the video for some tips […]

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  • Melanie

    Kat you truly are an inspiration. I started following your blog shortly after you first started and have been a quiet reader all this time, but I just want to say thank you. You just don’t realise how much impact you have on my life. Your simple ‘mum and everyday’ tips is what I need. You are not unrealistic and you are very relatable, your daily tasks make cleaning the house not such a big job as I do all my normal vacuum the carpets and wash the floors then your tasks just fit in between when you tell me to do them. Thank you Kat and I am so glad to see that your local people have recognised your efforts.ReplyCancel

  • I want to be a blogger

    I have wanted to start a blog for some time but just don’t know where to start, I’ll look into the course, will be just what I need to push myself to start. As you say Kat – the secret to getting ahead is getting started. Thank you for the push.ReplyCancel

As you all know I love to be organised, to blog and create planners!!  Over the past few years I have used my Blog Planner to help me keep all my blog ideas, goals, maintenance log and more all in one place. Even more I enjoy sharing my ideas on how I run my blog […]

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  • Kimberley

    Thanks so much for this – visited via aussie bloggers on FB, and look this is JUST what I needed for 2014. Can see its much loved and so I’m glad I’ve now purchased this (and a cleaning checklist) Love your work!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Kimberley, I hope it helps you keep on track with your blogging and help plan posts!! What is your blog, I would love to visit it!!ReplyCancel

      • Kimberley

        Thank you so much, Katrina! :) My blog is
        To be honest, I’m so bad at planning, I have no schedule. I’ve been very undisciplined but I’m hoping this is just the trick :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylara

    Hi Katrina, thank you so much for such a thorough planner. I love everything you included. I spent the day printing, hole punching, and setting up my planner. The only downfall is it is not 2014 yet LOL. I cant wait to start using it.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina it looks such a great tool for all bloggers.
    I’ve just been checking it out -I like that it has single files too so it’s easy to print exactly what is relevant or what I need.
    I love the review & giveaways form .ReplyCancel

    • I’ve tried to make it easy for you to print only the pages you need, hope you enjoy it Trish xReplyCancel

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  • Linda - Mums on the Go

    This looks fantastic Katrina! I keep track of some of these things already in excel, calendar etc which “kind of” works … but I confess I really love the process of writing things down in a book so this could be THE planning tool for ME :) I also love the way it keeps it all together in one place – rather than having to go to the different documents I have saved for the different elements.ReplyCancel

    • I switch between technology and old school so frequently, but always find that writing things down with pen and paper makes me truly stay organised and ontop of it all. I hope this helps you have a successful 2014 😉ReplyCancel

  • […] What makes a blog run smoothly? Good planning! Give your blogger friend a head start on 2014 by gifting them a blog planning tools. Package up some free printables by blogger Jenni Bost, or for a more comprehensive guide download The Organised Housewife’s 2014 Blog Planner. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] become a lot more structured.  You know me I like to be organised and that also includes being organised with my blogging.  Below you will find a list of what to expect on the blog over the coming […]ReplyCancel

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  • […] become a lot more structured.  You know me I like to be organised and that also includes being organised with my blogging.  Below you will find a list of what to expect on the blog over the coming […]ReplyCancel

I was beyond thrilled when I was asked to speak at the upcoming ProBlogger Training Event on the topic of Building Your Community.  I have been to the last 2 ProBlogger conferences, I have walked away from both feeling confident and motivated to build my blog and continue to make it profitable by learning new […]

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  • Jody Kaden

    Congratulations Kat, I’m sure you will inspire lots of bloggers with your speech!!ReplyCancel

  • Janet@PregnancyPanache

    Great to hear you speak at ProBlogger about what you do at The Organised Housewife – truly inspiring – THANKS.ReplyCancel

    • Naw, thank you so much Janet, I truly loved sharing my tips, I have so much more I’d love to share…. another day!!ReplyCancel

As the end of the year approaches it’s time for me to start updating the blog planner and small business planner with new calendars for 2013.  I’ll be updating one planner at a time as I have some other projects on the go as well.  I will keep you updated as each new planner version is […]

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  • Farmers Wifey

    Now I know why you are called The Organised Housewife! I love this, I am a visual person and a list person, and if I can see what I’m doing, I’m happy! I hate having heaps of little pieces of paper around, it bugs me!!ReplyCancel

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  • CasOrg

    Hi Katrina, will this still be available next year? Just unable to
    purchase now, but most likely in the new year would be good for me.
    Thanks :)ReplyCancel

I have shared a lot recently about my blog journey, how grateful I am for finding this path and my thoughts, prior to hitting publish for the very first time. I would however like to backtrack a little to give you a better understanding of how The Organised Housewife came to be, even before I realised it.

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  • Enjoyed reading that, thanks for sharing. And my vote is done. ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots

    It was really interesting to get an insight into your blogging journey and how it all began. I love your blog and organising tips and I hope you do fabulously in the competitionReplyCancel

  • Love Cavies

    Ive been reading your blog almost since it started and its been so lovely to see how its grown. What a beautiful kind inspiration you are Katie to use your own experience and empathy to now want to help others regain control of their lives. I am an organized person by nature and have enjoyed using some of your ideas in our home. I still need to work on meal planning though, its my big downfall!!! Thank you for sharing this post, it was a window into your soul – a beautiful person.ReplyCancel

  • 20minutemom

    Hi Organised Housewife! I’m new to your blog and was also young when I married my high school sweetheart (21 & 21!). I had always dreamed of being a housewife but it sure is a learned skill isn’t it. I have thought many times that maybe I should have taken Home Ec versus Nursing School 😉ReplyCancel

  • Merri-Made

    I am yet to be Organised but I am really enjoying reading your blog. I am starting to form ideas of needing a routine, picking a starting point, having a plan etc. My main issue is to actually prioritise my housework – I could easily sit in my Creative Space and knit, sew, crochet, bead, etc all day. I have to find a way to do it quickly and easily! Thanks for sharing your ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Dragonden1

    I was always organised even with my first child managed to keep the house tidy, budgeted well, shopped for bargins was so very house proud. When my daughter was 2.5yrs my twins arrived, the house has never been the same again, clothes everywhere washed and waiting to be ironed, no organisation of meals, really untidy house. I love reading your blog, one day i will get it all together i am sure and each week i get something else under control which is sad as the twins are now 4!!!! Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas and suggestions it give me hope xxxReplyCancel

  • Tina

    I am not an organised person by nature, but I require organisation to maintain my sanity.
    After having my second child, housework went out the window. To get organised again, I focused on keeping up to date with the washing and keeping one room tidy (I started with my son’s bedroom). As things have gotten easier, I have added rooms and tasks to do daily to keep the house tidy. I involve my almost 3 yo in the tasks.
    The house isn’t perfect, but it is getting there. At this,point, I can have someone drop in without being too embarrassed.
    Small wins.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    I have four kids, 6, 4, 2, and a two week old … enough said really! LOL
    Thanks for the reminder that we are not ‘supermum’ and its totally ok to allow some time to ‘bounce’ back –
    thank you for your daily tips, as I slowly get back to my new kind of ‘normal.

  • Kylie

    Thank you!!! I too felt totally overwhelmed by the unorganized chaos after babies arrived!! I remember not wanting to share photos due to piles ofwashing and mess in the back ground!! How could such a little thing consume so much time?!? But I’m slowly getting there. The school bag nook is still my favorite!! It’s one routine after school/ kinder that works perfect!! Thank you for sharing – everything!!

  • Mel

    i love you, you are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • The Camera Chronicles

    Very inspirational. I’ve actually just done the same thing in regards to routine charts – split the boys’ chores over the week, split my own chores, even split homework tasks over the week. Having everything in front of me in a visual way has helped me feel a little more organised. Still hard with three boys determined to turn everything upside down, but at least it’s a start! Good luck with the Kidspot Top 50!ReplyCancel

  • All this time knowing you I never knew you had twins! It’s hard work having a baby let alone twins for your first ones. Love reading how you got to starting this blog Katrina – The Organised Housewife. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    I am a relatively new follower of your posts but you’re an inspiration to me! I am at heart a neat freak, but that had to go out the window when I had my first son the year after finishing high school. I chose to give up work and be a SAHM, and while I stayed on top of the basic housekeeping – all the little extras were put to the wayside. It’s only now that my youngest has started school that I feel I have time to get myself organised around the home. Thank you for sharing your insight :)ReplyCancel

  • Such a great post Katrina. I just said on Naomi’s wall, I forgot you have twins. What a journey THAT must have been. Thanks for sharing and giving us a little bit more of an insight.

    Like the you in the earlier half of the story, there’s no great need here yet {just hubby and I}. But when we are blessed with children let me guarantee I’ll be printing off everything you’ve got! I like a clean house. Most of the time. 😉 ReplyCancel

  • What a great post! Only a mum of twins can know how tough those early days were:) the only pics of my twins for weeks and weeks were of them asleep!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel M

    Your story is my story! Like you I have twins and was always organized before they came. The crazy busy first days then turned into severe sleep deprivation as they both had food intolerances that took ages to diagnose. Lack of family support and hubby setting up his own business meant that our house turned into a bomb site and I struggled to keep on top of everything. I wish I had this site back then. One book that made such a difference was You Sexy Mum who also says to follow the pioneer women and have washing day, baking day etc which makes so much sense! My boys have just turned 5 so are off to school after the holidays (NZ) so I am looking at getting our family routines better organized with the help of your charts, thanksReplyCancel

  • Julie Parker

    So lovely Katrina. I really enjoyed reading your entry and wish you all the best for the comp!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Laws

    I have just discovered your blog through retromummy. I am a grandmother with serious clutter problems but this week i am on school holidays and i have been very focussed and have been culling unwanted clothes, books etc from the house. i have a few more rooms to go but i am happy with my results so far. now that i have found your blog i will be able to go to it to give me even more motivation and practical advice on how to keep on top of things. by the way it’s just me and three dogs at my house and the dogs don’t contribute to the mess so it’s all up to me to sort it out! all the best in the top 50 competition.ReplyCancel

  • Love reading about your journey Kat, you are turly an amazing lady that has made either a massive or just a small difference is so many people’s lives. I wish you all the best in your quest to being Kidspot’s No1 Blogger. You so deserve it. Thanks for motivating and keeping us organised. Much love Liv xoxoxoxReplyCancel

  • Such a great post Katrina! It’s great to read that you too had struggled with an unorganised house at one point. It makes me feel confident that I can achieve that in the future too. Congrats on your nomination…you have my vote!!ReplyCancel

  • you inspire m Kat every day with your posts . Thank you so much xxxReplyCancel

  • Roanne Laughlin

    What a great story! Very inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Great post Kat, I can really relate to what you have written as a mum of twins too. Good luck.ReplyCancel

  • Loved reading this post, Kat. Good luck!! xxReplyCancel

  • Kiara

    So glad I came across you!!! :) A newborn, a 16 month old and a school aged child I really needed help and your website is just what I needed :) Thanks for all the effort you put into it :)ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    You have saved my life.!!! You are such a inspiration to my daily life and home.
    I love reading you post daily and share alot of them too.
    Well done Katrina, you are a super woman out to inspire us all, keep up the great blogging 😀ReplyCancel

  • Skimpton78

    Just read your story about how you got started… you are such an amazing woman and I’m incredibly proud of you, my “surrogate sister”! The person to whom you are referring (obviously I know who that is) will be very lucky to have you for support if she makes the decision to improve her current situation, and I hope that she does get there eventually. And I really hope you get the No. 1 on Kidspot… you so deserve it!!! Love you. xx ReplyCancel

  • Yolanda

    What a great post Katrina, I had tears in my eyes at the end of it. You are a beautiful lady and doing an amazing job with your “Organised Housewife” Blog. Good luck!!!!!

  • Natalie

    I am getting married soon and hope to have kids as soon as possible. Are there any tricks to keeping correspondance with the in laws that you know of?
    From the other side of the pond
    Natalie ReplyCancel

  • Luc

    I wish you were around when I had my eldest! Sure hope you win as you really deserve that blogher ticket!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Wow. I’ve only just found your blog, but I can tell it’s going to be a HUGE help to me. I have 4 boys (7, 5 & 2yo twins) and my house is a mess! It makes me depressed just to walk through the door – and I have no idea where to even start. My twins are cyclones of destruction – while I’m busy cleaning up one mess they’re at the other end of the house creating a new one! The time has come for there to be less junk and clutter for them to wreak their devastation on :)ReplyCancel

  • Shani

    Ahhh twins…that’s why I like the concept of organised chaos. Mine are now 12, plus an 18 year old, hubby and pets. Your daily tips are fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • […] mentioned in my post about feeling the difference that somebody close to me had lost her mum and I watched as her home change, she became a hoarder. […]ReplyCancel

I would like to say a big thankyou to A Beach Cottage, Mojito Mother and Tina Gray {dot} me for joining me in the series ‘Our Blogging Journey’.   I am glad that I stumbled upon blogs and started one of my own, I couldn’t imagine what I would be doing with all my spare […]

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