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I have been busy the past few day’s preparing for my scrapbooking weekend away, so please forgive me today I am reposting an oldie, but it is also a great reminder that something so simple can make a perfect start to the day…a clean kitchen first thing in the morning = Happy Organised Housewife!!  Enjoy […]

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  • Trace

    So you wash your sponges in the dishwasher each night? Now that is a new idea! I like it! :)ReplyCancel

  • julie

    I like this post – an oldie but a goodie!!
    I like to clean metallic things including my stovetop with bicarb – it actually cleans the burnt on oops BETTER THAN spray n wipe and orange spray and so many others i have tried
    Good old bicarb – great for cleaning the sinks and saucepans too just be careful not to spot rub too hard on the chrome or stainless steel shiny parts :-) and it deodorises too
    Great for sneaker-reekers!!

    I just wonder…the children clear the clutter basket of their own things…may i ask, what are the consequences if they do not?ReplyCancel

  • TMorc

    I was diagnosed a couple of months ago with borderline PND. I found your website by accident through Facebook and you have been awesome in helping me take one step at a time in dealing with the mess and clutter. I love this one in getting your kitchen sink and benches clean. It give me a fresh start to the day. I have even managed to get the hubby to unload the dishwasher in the morning as it lightens my load in dealing with the kids. Thank you KatrinaReplyCancel

    • Your welcome TMorc, I am so happy that it has helped you. This is such a great start and will make you feel so much better each morning you wake up to a clean kitchen :) Hope you continue enjoying the website and finding inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • I live by this rule, I love waking up to a clean kitchen! I do have a quick question though, I have heard if you put bi carb in the dishwasher that it cleans it out, is this true?? I would love to hear your thoughts :)ReplyCancel

    • Yes I sprinkle in the bicarb, splash of vinegar, sit for 5 min, then if stubborn dirt give a light scrub, otherwise pour in some hot water to wash away. ReplyCancel

  • Francesca

    I stumbled across your site through facebook. All I want to say is THANK YOU! Also, If you’re looking for a green solution to your cleaning products I highly recommend They have the mixes made up for you and add fragranced oils of your choosing(I love the coconut one). They sell a variety of cleaning products to meet your needs and they also do skincare/eauty products. ReplyCancel

  • Mely

    Ok this sounds very easy, daily i spend maybe 4 hours cleaning my kitchen =( i don’t know whyyyy??? maybe cause i don’t have dishwasher but i think i will buy one for sure, but if i want to do what you are doing to maintain clean the kitchen i suppose need to buy also more plates, pots, glasses, forks, knifes, etc…im reaaaly tired to spend so much time in the kitchen =(… thanks.
    atte, desperate housewife at the kitchen =(ReplyCancel

  • Kari

    Gumption for everythingReplyCancel

This week and continuing next week, if needed, we are going to concentrate on organising the kitchen.  I thought that we start with the kitchen because it is the heart of the home.  If your kitchen is like mine, it is seen by everybody that visits the house, so you want it looking it’s best.  […]

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  • […] STEP 1 – CLEANING THE FRIDGE […]ReplyCancel

  • light_sabe_r

    Just cleaned my fridge. like this. Thanks for the tips! I even removed all the “silly” magnets (except for little britain and my super strong puppy magnet… They’re staying!)

    The freezer now only has items in plastic bags if it’s bread and bread only. Everything else is now in tupaware. AND IT ACTUALLY closes. I only threw out ONE thing (a Freezer burned fish) and it’s amazing that it all FITS.

    The fridge is now spotless – It’s also EMPTY. Only the fruit/veg tray and egg shelf have stuff in it. ReplyCancel

    • Tupperware keeps the shelves organise and you wil now know where everything is.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    I love my organised fridge with all my fruit and veg in Tupperware containers. Just now to work on the freezer………I need to get a label machine (can anyone recommend a good one) so I can label all the containers in freezer just like my pantry with my Modular Mates. ReplyCancel

  • Kayteetee

    I’m going to do this next week before the grocery shopping arrives. My delivery was yesterday so the fridge is full!ReplyCancel

  • wattlebabies13

    I have just had a new Kitchen installed and am finding it very overwhelming…..will be following this with great interest!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Just finished cleaning the fridge. I am surprised at how much room I have in there. I have also added some of my fruit and veg into containers all chopped out. I think I will be buying some more as I have run out. Such a great idea and saves a lot of space.ReplyCancel

  • […] tips here on how to clean your fridge before you start […]ReplyCancel

Do you rush around in chaos the mornings getting the kids ready for school?  Your morning routine can set your mood for the day so we need to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. Tips and a routine chart for the kids to help organise your mornings It may be good idea to prepare a […]

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  • Kelly

    Thankyou for sharing your morning routine and tips. We have a routine chart for school mornings which my children have used fromkindy age but have been needing to update it as my children get older, so thankyou for allowing us to use your chart!! My day goes a lot smoother when I can tell the kids to see what is next on the chart rather than constantly being at them to do the next thing!! They love ticking them off every morning and I have found they are completely organised within one hour of waking every morning. Thankyou again, I love keeping up with your blogs and facebook page :) x Kelly ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      That's exactly right Kelly, it's easy for them to see what they should be doing next also giving them the opportunity for independance and allowing you time to get lunches, laundry or yourself ready. Glad you like the chart. I also have a after dinner routine, which I will share at a later date. Kat. ReplyCancel

  • Meli

    we don't put the TV on in the mornings, no distractions and everyhting just runs more smoothly ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      We have only just started phasing out TV as well Meli, just in the last few weeks. However initially it did work really well as a reward for getting ready on time. Now my son is happy to have time to practice spelling words and chit chat (he's a talker). My girls like that if we have a few minutes spare that I do a more complicated hairdo, like a side braid or two ponytail braids….aah girls :) ReplyCancel

  • sandy

    Normally, our routine consists of screaming and yelling and banging on the bathroom door to get our 15 yr old out of the shower. We recently switched it (again) to a new routine where she gets up earlier, spends her allocated time in the shower, then we get up. Before that, we had to get up JUST to get her out of bed. I had to wake up at 5.30 every morning to make her breakfast and yea, she's 15!! So now, after telling them that YOUR lil' kiddies get up and make their own breakfast….she's now doing it too. 8 months into having a teenager living with us and we're slowly getting a routine in order. No more screaming in the mornings, never a good way to start the day :-( ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      I'm so happy that my kidlets can inspire you. And yes, she was taking you for a ride at 15 I'm sure she can do plenty for herself! Hopefully you'll find tune your routine soon. ReplyCancel

  • […] Sep Last month I talked about getting CHAOS out of your morning routine.  Many of you have been asking for my tips on an evening routine.  Today I’ll start with […]ReplyCancel

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  • Very informative and interesting to read. Thanks! ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve

    Im envious of your morning routine for many reasons lol.ReplyCancel

    • It’s all about keeping in routine and then it will all come naturally in time.ReplyCancel

      • Genevieve

        Im more jealous that you get to go to the gym before the kids wake up and you wear make up lolReplyCancel

        • My makeup is a 30 second (shame) task, is a bit of mascara and draw on some eye brows :) I have blonde lashes and can barely see my brows so I need to put a bit of colour on my face. ReplyCancel

  • […] of the most beneficial tools that I have here at home have to be my kids routine charts, eliminating the constant, are you dressed yet, did you remember to brush your teeth?  The […]ReplyCancel

  • Robbndonn

    Katrina I love your morning routine Chart! I Purchased one for my children several weeks ago and it has made all the difference in my 5 year old being ready for school not only on time but early so he has time to play. Thank you!!!!ReplyCancel

    • I am so pleased that they are helping and have taken the CHAOS from your mornings!! ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie

    I dusted before I read your daily task :-)ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    I don’t have kids yet, but I have early morning starts. I make my lunch (enough for my 12 hour shift) the night before and stick it in the fridge. My mom used to make our lunches the night before too, since mornings are busy! I could never make them that morning, I’m too slow and there’s too much prep!! We also had to pick out our clothes and pack our backpacks the night before. My wife is not a morning person *at all*, and she’ll be the ones home with our kids (her choice), so doing everything the night before will save forgotten homework/lunches/missing socks. :) I love love love your checklists, such a great idea!!ReplyCancel

    • Mornings can be chaotic, I love your routine, seems like you can wake up with out too much stress and worry to get the kids out the door.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Any tips for getting a toddler into a morning routine? I have a 2.5yr old who LOVES to help with things like putting washing on, making beds etc and I’m thinking that taking advantage of that to get her into good morning habits is only going to make life easier. I’m expecting another baby in about a month and have just stopped working for at least 14 months – longer if we can afford it. I struggled for a good 9 months after my daughter was born as I think many new mums do to plan and prepare meals, keep up with basic housework etc never mind getting out of the house before midday, and although I’m much better now and generally very well organised (largely due to your blog and Facebook posts!) I’m worried about it all coming unravelled again when bubs arrives especially if my toddler doesn’t know what to expect- she is less resistant when she knows the order of things. ReplyCancel

Each week I’m going to list a new habit for you to try and start if you don’t already do. Habit #1 Every morning once you get out of bed, within the first 10 min of being up make sure you have made your bed and open the blinds/curtains.  It will help make your room look […]

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    […] Make your bed […]ReplyCancel

  • What if your husband is still asleep in the bed? :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      lol…that funny. Make your half of the bed in the hopes he will make the other half we he wakes. ReplyCancel

  • wicki

    why is there only 1 habit? I can’t find anymore?ReplyCancel