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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

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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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

  • 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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Pin It I have been receiving questions from readers wanting to start their own blog journey and those that are established seeking advice and tips.  I am thrilled to start a  new series to help share some of mine and other bloggers ideas to help build your blog. When I first started blogging Tina Gray […]

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  • Fantastic post. While I don’t want to become “famous” in the world of blogging, I would like to know that people read my blog, and enjoy it’s content etc. This has been very informative 😀ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for this information, as a new blogger i found it so invaluable for my road down a blogging path!

  • Thanks for sharing this info kat. I love reading more about bloggers journeys – the parts we don’t see on the blog! Look forward to reading more of the series.ReplyCancel

    • It some great insight and hopefully help those that just starting out :)ReplyCancel

  • Deb @ Aspiring Mum

    Thanks for all this information! I’m in the process of moving from Blogger – and it’s great to glean some advice from others. I also am not keen on Twitter…I am more comfortable with facebook and I think I will continue with that. ReplyCancel

  • What a cool post – so interesting to see everyone’s thoughts above :)ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous post, Thanks! Loved the bit about not needing to do everything. Sometimes ‘everything’ can be so overwhelming and not necessarily work.ReplyCancel

  • Very helpful post! I just added the plugin that sends an email to readers when I reply to their comments. Very helpful! ReplyCancel

  • Great post guys – Katrina – would love you to add it to my Saturday linky – there’s no rules or buttons or anything, I’m just trying to give bloggers as many resources as possible on top of what they get from my Saturday posts and you all have so much to offer!

  • Jane Williams

    Wondering if spelling organized with an s instead of a z was for a reason? …the only way to get that title? It really bothers me, but just wondering what the thought was?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Jane, it’s because I’m an Aussie Blogger and we spell a few words slightly differently, ‘organised’ being one, I know it’s hard but please bare with it! ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for this post:) Im looking at moving from blogger becuase I really dont like it. I notice no one has mentioned or used typepad (spellcheck), is there a reason? I would love some feedback:) Thanks, Jodie.ReplyCancel

    • Ooh, I haven’t used or heard much about typepad, but I do know how easy wordpress is to use and all the great plugins that are availableReplyCancel

  • […] Kat answered the first question – If you could do it again, what would you change? […]ReplyCancel

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  • I use WordPress and it’s lovely. The themes are great, there are loads to choose from and I found it really easy to find my way around during the setup process. Only thing I can’t work out is how to get my profile picture on there!?!
    Can highly recommend the program!
    LM xReplyCancel