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I was recently browsing pinterest (as I do) and I came across the tip below.  Does your whiteboard look like the picture to the right? Mine does at times but my main struggle is actually getting the marker off.   I have used all known methods such as metho and white board cleaner to get it off, but it […]

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  • Lemon Essense also works really well. As a teacher I’ve always got a bottle of it near my whiteboard!ReplyCancel

  • Jell

    must give that a try. to remove permanent marker from whiteboards, try going over the lines with a whiteboard marker. one erases the other!ReplyCancel

  • It works because air fresheners have ethanol in them and ethanol gets off every permanant marker in the world! (Coming from a science background where you needed to clean glasswear which you used permanent marker to label).ReplyCancel

    • Jo

      would this work on clothes then too?? getting some paints and texta out has proven impossible for me.ReplyCancel

  • Wow – as a teacher who pulls her hair out every day over a dirty whiteboard, this tip is very exciting!! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Easy tip for cleaning the whiteboard » The Organised Housewife | | Home Cleaners in AdelaideHome Cleaners in Adelaide

    […] article: Easy tip for cleaning the whiteboard » The Organised Housewife This entry was posted in Home Cleaners Adelaide. Bookmark the permalink. ← The Town […]ReplyCancel

  • alcohol based hand sanitizer gel works a treat.ReplyCancel

  • FJ

    aerogard is fantastic for removing marker stains from desksReplyCancel

  • Melissa Mitchell

    I have Glen 20. And a white board disaster! Off to do it now!ReplyCancel

  • […] using a marker to cross off as I fill a glass of water.  Then each evening using my clever ‘whiteboard cleaning technique‘ I’ll clean it ready for the next […]ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Goldthorpe

    where did you get the white board with the days of the week on it?ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Young

    I have been using Glen 20 for this for a while now. Works better than whiteboard cleaner and smell better too.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hudson

    I always just used a good spray of Spray and Wipe on my whiteboard at school, and it’d come up clean everytime. The BETTER trick is knowing how to get permanent texta off your whiteboard when someone has picked up the wrong pen. Orange oil goo remover, then spray cleaner to get the orange oil off. I find the coloured pens always leave traces more than the plain black pens.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Wicks

    to remove permanent marker from whiteboard you write over the permanent marker with a whiteboard marker – it should rub off easilyReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    Spray Aeroguard also removes permanent marker and cleans up whiteboards.ReplyCancel

  • […] I created an A4 Weekly Meal Planner with the intention to laminate and put on the fridge, but a reader suggested a fabulous idea of framing it, then writing the meals directly onto the glass.  You can use paper towel and water to wipe and start fresh the next week.  If water doesn’t work, try this trick. […]ReplyCancel

  • I haven’t heard this before! I refer to this website whenever I try new ways to clean my whiteboards. Do you know if this voided your warranty? It isn’t necessarily a cleaner like the website says, but it isn’t whiteboard cleaner either.ReplyCancel

I love clever little tips like this, thank you to one of our readers Fiona for sending in this tip to use bread tags to label your power cords to easily distinguish cords, as we all know they can become a tangled mess. Clever way of repurposing! image creditoriginal source unknown original source unknown Do […]

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  • That’s a seriously simple idea that makes complete sense! I am always pulling out the wrong cord…must remember to save those bread ties! Tfs Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Suse T

    Whoo Hoo, that’s a gold nugget. I spent time under our bed yesterday trying to organise the power cords. I even found one for our old cordless phone that was not even connected to anything.ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely love this idea. So simple!ReplyCancel

  • I have a basket full of bread ties in my kitchen, plus 101 powercords. Super cool way to make my life a little easierReplyCancel

  • THats fantastic ideaReplyCancel

  • Marelize

    Brilliant idea.
    I will have to come with something else – I bake our own bread and don’t have bread-tags. But simply the idea of naming the cords! Wow!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Pillar

    A great idea, so simple!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Please if you have you g children crawling that power cords are unavailable for then to access because at our clinic we have a few children come in from bread ties being a choking hazard.ReplyCancel

Have you been struggling to know where to start?  TODAY is the day to start getting YOU organised, tidy the house, exercise, be social whatever your priority is… you can do it, don’t procrastinate, please just try. image credit Follow these steps: Print the weekly planner, calendar or get your diary and write in all your appointments […]

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  • Great post – i love it :)ReplyCancel

  • So true about the computer, it can very easily take over your precious time. Great post.ReplyCancel

  • Got a new “to do”note book, school starts tomorrow, planning in my head my new debt bustin strategy and about to email re aphotgraphy course to learn how to use my camera better, then I’m going to write a list of pages I need to scrapReplyCancel

  • Hey I just bought the cleaning checklist from you and for some reason it had for you to send to my postal address. Can I message you through my email address so you can just send it to there please?ReplyCancel

  • Sherie

    Love it, sounds just like me lol except I still have 2 littlies at home so even though it’s just over an hour i try and walk the kids to school, and home again unless it’s really hot. i just did my routine sheets the other day of the kids routines morning and afternoon, cleaning check lists, and my routine – but do need to change it a bit to put “me” in too :-)ReplyCancel

  • scrap that it’s thereReplyCancel

  • Thanks for reminding us xoReplyCancel

  • Tellie C

    Sounds great! This page is so inspiring! Well done Katrina! I now always make sure that after Ive dropped my eldest 3 to school and got the littlest to sleep, that I wash the breakfast dishes and then put a load of washing on and fold the clean laundry (Im still guilty of using the dryer to much) and then once those things are done, I can have a coffee and sit down on the computer until my little Miss wakes up, and I’m trying really hard to then, get off the computer, Ive even started turning it off. I don’t need to waste anymore time on the computer, when I could be spending it with her!
    I am going to try and use my slow cooker a little more often too. The afternoon routine in our hosue is still really hectic. 3 big kids wanting/ needing to do homework and needing help, bathes and me trying to get dinner organised and cooked, all the while listening to my Bubby scream and whinge because she is weaning herself from and afternoon sleep, its really frustrating trying to help the big kids, while she is crying and then I need to attend to her, and can’t help them, then things need to be cooked for dinner and my partner isnt home until about 6.30pm…… so I’ll work on this routine abit more to make things as easy as possible in the afternoon’s/ early night! ReplyCancel

  • Just love your blog and all the great, inspiring and motivational ideas and tips XXReplyCancel

  • Gayemurphy

    I wrote out a routine for the kids – Morning, Afternoon & Evening, the morning one is the one they’ve practically nailed as we worked hard on getting it down pat last year… I’ve rearranged this years after school activities, so we’re still working on the afternoon routine & the evening routine is thrown into disarray when Daddy goes away for work… What I’ve been wanting to do is write my personal routine out, so that I keep on top of everything that needs to get done… As I ran out of time to get the “must do’s” done within a time frame so I missed out on coffee with a friend last week & card making this week… I’ve rescheduled the card making for next week & my girlfriend even said to me – make sure you write down everything that you “must do” within the time frame, so that we get to do this next week!… lol re-prioritising the importance of writing out a daily routine!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    So true Katrina – I was in a similar routine to you. I’d drop the kids at school and then “fluff around” on the computer and suddenly it was time to pick the kids up again. No housework done, no exercise, nothing really productive to account for my time spent that day.

    So this year I’ve written up a weekly chore schedule, which includes housework/laundry chores and exercise to be completed each morning from when I get home after school drop-off. Then, and only then, do I allow myself computer time. It’s funny – at first I was craving it as it was my old routine, but now, it’s not so important that I can even skip a day!ReplyCancel

  • […] Being a stay-at-home mum can be isolating. Get out there, give it a go. You can do it!   […]ReplyCancel

Today I am linking up with Kate from Picklebums.  She has been posting through October about being ‘Perfectly Imperfect’.   I love meeting people who read my blog and hearing their stories of how I have managed to help them, however some say “I wish I could be as organised as you” or “your house must […]

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  • Marita

    Love your perfectly imperfect tips :-)

    And I hear you on that pesky apostrophe, the harder I try to get it right the more mistakes I make.ReplyCancel

  • Lee

    I have totally stopped folding face-washers after seeing this on your and it’s has saved me so much time.

    As for the apostrophe, care factor = 0. xxx

    That’s care factor equals zero if that is unclear.ReplyCancel

  • Love those ideas and i do lots if little jobs while talking on the phone.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Katrina,you do an excellent service for so many people.
    The fact that your apostrophes are ‘perfectly imperfect’ are neither here nor there with me.
    I never even noticed.
    I read your site for the motivation and hope it gives me,not as an opportunity to hone my grammar nazi skills and I think 99% of your followers feel the same.
    Ignore people who are so lacking within themselves that the only way they can feel ok is when they bring someone else down.ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots

    I love this post Katrina and your perfectly imperfect tips xxReplyCancel

  • I love the let dishes air dry tip. I have been doing that for ages and always feel a little bit guilty leaving a big pile by the sink but you’re right. Why use your time to do something that doesn’t need doing.

    To the apostrophes, I would say that people will always something wrong with anything. If the only thing they can find wrong with your blog is an incorrectly placed apostrophe then I’d take that as a compliment! ReplyCancel

    • thankyou Claire. and your right in regards to the dishes, time is better spent elsewher.ReplyCancel

  • So, all this time I’ve been leaving dishes to “air dry”, I’m actually being organised! lol. Yay me.

    Katrina, I think your blog is fantastic! Everyone makes typos occasionally, and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. For me, its more about the content. Keep up the excellent work…you’re one inspiring woman!ReplyCancel

    • LOL I let mine air dry too, I thought it was just me being lazy but I like organised better 😉

      Your blog is fantastic Kat. Pay no mind to the people who have too much time on their hands. The time they spend giving you grief about one little apostrophe could be better spent organising their home!
      Oh but I forget, they’re perfect. Their homes are probably immaculate 😉

      Keep doing what you’re doing, we all love you!ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou Lisa xReplyCancel

  • mumspk

    I feel like a kindred spirit Ms Picklebum! I ticked all of on your list bar one… folding socks. Old habits die hard!ReplyCancel

    • It is hard to change a habit, but imagine all the other things you could be doing instead :)ReplyCancel

  • You know, I don’t even know why I fold the face washers. Love your blog, Kat. You inspire me to be that little bit more less undomesticated 😉ReplyCancel

  • I am going to do the sock thing from now on. Love your tips and don’t mind how you use apostrophes if at all :)ReplyCancel

    • And another tip is to get all the same coloured sock so it’s easier to match together.ReplyCancel

  • Ah those darn apostrophes! They often do me in too!
    I am totally into the ‘air dry’ washing thing… and now I get to say it’s ok because The Organised Housewife said so!
    Love that you can embrace your imperfections and work with them instead of against them!ReplyCancel

    • LOL…..yes Kate because I said so! Loved linking up to you today and loved writing this post.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t air dry… if it can’t go in the dishwasher, I don’t want it! (Yes, everything goes in the dishwasher…plastics and all). When I didn’t have a dishwasher, I air dried everything as it’s much more “hygienic”… I mean, fancy rubbing all your nice, clean dishes with a dirty tea-towel! I fold face washers (they live on a shelf), but not dishcloths (they’re in a tub under the sink). My best Lazy Housekeeper tip is to take a leaf from the Book of Nike and JUST DO IT. Nothing takes as long as you think it will.

    (Personally, I am a fan of a well placed apostrophe (and, as you may have noticed, overly keen on parentheses).)ReplyCancel

    • That’s right Harriet, Just do it, don’t waste time pondering too long. I’m trying to improve my grammar, I will get there :) ReplyCancel

  • You are classic, and boldly confident Kat, Love that you can say back off so politely!! XReplyCancel

  • Yes, I always aim with housework to do the most possible in the least amount of time. So, I take a LOT of shortcuts. I always have to stop and think with apostrophes too. Just ignore the critics. When they have a more successful organising blog than you do, I’ll take notice. Until then…ReplyCancel

    • Their criticism has helped me to try and improve, it’s just the way they said it was so rude. Thankyou Julie :) ReplyCancel

      • Pam G

        Hi Katrina, I know I’m coming to this post very late… reading through all your past posts, you see! Just wanted to say good on you for taking the time to think “Hmm, that was rude, but I wonder if there’s any truth in it” and actually deciding to try and improve in the area of grammar, despite the hurtful way it was pointed out. I am a bit of a grammar nazi but I love love love your blog and the way you write so I choose to ignore the little errors… Good on you for taking that person’s criticism so gracefully :) And thank you for a wonderful blog – I’ve been looking for other decluttering/organising blogs online and so far haven’t found one to match yours. Love the clean layout, lots of pictures, great articles, easy links, search bar, not covered in sponsor ads (in the middle of some people’s articles no less) – just a great read. Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

        • Thank you Pam for your kind words. Yes I know my grammar isn’t the best and one word tonight I realise I am typing incorrectly is thankyou, need to learn it is 2 words. But yes I have taken from this to improve my use of apostrophes when in doubt I just don’t use it now 😉 So please you are enjoying the website :)ReplyCancel

  • I put everything in the dishwasher so have mimimum things to airdry! I love how you have the socks sorted though, one thing i’m going to do for hubby now!
    Thanks for all the inspiratiob you give us Kat!!ReplyCancel

  • the facewasher drawer in the bathroom is way too small, so I’ve recently pulled it out and put a basket in there, which has made a huge difference to them ending up in the teatowel drawer! (don’t ask, sorting clothes is the kids’ job)

    As for socks, everyone has their own lingerie bag, they put dirty socks in every day, and we wash them once a week… it has significantly reduced the number of odd socks, random socks tucked in shoes/drawers/cupboards, and has saved me money, becaus ethey have the same number of socks at the end of term as they started off with!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya G.

    OH its nice to know my air drying isnt just me… mother HATES air drying…LMAO… but times savers in any form i do so adore….As for the blog i do not read it near as often as i wished i could…i need more time savers you see teehee….as for gramatical erros or punctuations be imperfect….its much more fun :) THanks for writing and sharing and alooing comments for continued productive sharing…i love to read when i am able to…hopefully that will be much more often….Question….How do you (and the readers) deal with sentimental things…we are moving and i need a LOT of help with things i hold so much senitment for and much that really is all just in my head…but cant or dont know how to distinguish them and make room and clear out…Thank you…Tanya xoReplyCancel

    • Aaw thankyou Tanya. Sentimental items are hard, usually it’s not the items that is sentimental, it is the memory behind it which you will always keep in your heart no matter if you have the item or not, however the item will help trigger that memory. Perhaps take a photo and store them all in an album together so you can than give the item to charity or a family member that may use and appreciate it more.ReplyCancel

  • Patty

    Leave the poor love alone! You can get the point of what she’s trying to say with having to teacher her a lesson! If she so chooses to have a lesson, she can do as you have and look for a blog that has helpful hints!
    Loving you the way you are, Patty in WA State- U.S.ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou Patty, I am just blown away today by the lovely comments, I appreciate it, thankyou again. xReplyCancel

  • Tealepenny

    Love your blog – I am the worst speller in the world and love love your blog – who cares we get the point of what you are trying to say – keep up the good work

    • Thankyou Tealpenny, all these beautiful comments I have received today is just inspiring me more. Thankyou ReplyCancel

  • Donna smith

    As a working mum I haven’t a lot off time i find it much easier to fold washing and put away once dry and only iron when it’s neededReplyCancel

  • Eleni

    Thanks for this! I have always air dried my dishes and i thought this was perfectly normal!! I hate the tea towel factor of fluff. I guess we all do what works for us but air drying certainly saves time.

    No one cares about apostrophes (oops did i spell that right?!) we just love to read your blogs.

    I dont iron all upfront either, i find it easier to iron in little lots or just before the garment is to be worn. It’s a different generation and there are so many other things that we would prefer to be doing than trying to stay absolutely perfect.

    A self confessed perfectionist who has come a long way!ReplyCancel

    • I used to iron like that too Eleni BK (before kids), it was easier, but now hubby needs shirts for work it’s easier for me to do them all in one go. whatever works best and gets the job done :) ReplyCancel

  • Great tips! I let my plastics air dry, or everything if I do a lot at once! I wash the big pots and pans that are easy to dry first, and then leave everything else. 😉 My MIL hates that I do that, but I cook and wash up after 4 people for every meal of the day – I don’t have TIME to dry every single thing! I also don’t match socks either, if they can’t get both of them to the wash, not my problem! lolReplyCancel

  • Natalie @ Mummy Smiles

    Love the sock tip Kat! I always try and match the same colour fade, but NO MORE!! Oh and feel free to apostrophe whatever you like!! I got told off once for using too many of “these”. I quite like “them” <3ReplyCancel

    • My top tip is to buy pure white socks, no colour on them, then makes matching so much easier because they are all the same :) Thankyou Nat, so lovely to meet you today.ReplyCancel

  • Owallace

    I luv reading all your blogs & ideas…I do wish i was able to be more organised like u….I try…really i do…but it just doesnt seem to work!!!!!…With 3 kids, sport, running school canteen & endless dr’s appts..(youngest 2 been 2specialists since 4wks old)…ive come to accept that im just not one of those super organised people atm…Ive been taking up tips of your little by little & not stressing anymore (or trying not to)…& for those who are picking up on your apostrophe use…Dont hve better things in life to do…I know i do!!!! Keep up the awesome posts!!ReplyCancel

    • Running a canteen is a HUGE job, that and your appointments must keep you very busy. You will get there, find what works for you, create routines and new habits and it will all start falling into place.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    YAY i don’t feel so bad for letting my dishes airdry over night, and for throwing my sons and my socks in the drawer without sorting first. I do sort my husbands socks, but maybe i’ll stop doing that. I love the idea of dusting while on the phone, i must try that next time i’m stuck on hold with some corporation listening to “your call is important to us”ReplyCancel

    • Give it a go Kristie, and if you feel you need to sort the socks then go back to how you used to do it :)ReplyCancel

  • Apostrophobe!

    Dear Katrina, I also do not use apostrophe’s well. And I have three uni degrees. I have just stopped using them altogether now! Be proud of your care factor with them. : ) ReplyCancel

  • Kaye Ballentine

    I do not fold undies just put them in the drawer.
    Sox I still roll in pairs.
    Hankies I air dry flat and fold as if ironed.
    Fold tea towels and pillowslips put away.
    After years of ironing everything I have found the sky still in place ,it hasn’t fallen one bit.


  • Claire

    Your blog is brilliant Katrina!! I’ve only recently discovered it, but being a Mum and housewife is so much easier with your help!! Keep up the good work, these tips are great. My hubby still wears odd socks even when I do pair them, so I’m definitely going to stop doing it now! Thank you so much and ignore the grouchies comments!ReplyCancel

  • julie mcdonald

    All good tips. The fact you use any apostrophes makes you a hero in my book. I think it is gradually dying out.ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    The grammar police strike again! Gah!

    Love this post, I never thought to dust when I am on the phone! Thanks for all your hard work and time that you put into this blog. :)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    yay someone else who “air dries” the dishes! great tips :)ReplyCancel

  • […] to think I was being lazy by leaving the dishes to dry overnight. If the Organised Housewife can do it, so can […]ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    LOVED seeing the air drying tip! I maintain that tea towels are unhygienic, and therefore air drying is the best way! (Although I tend to put them away before I go to bed as I worry about mice and creepy crawlies!!)

    As for your comments on apostrophes, for what it’s worth, I come here to learn about organisation, and I figure that if you want help with punctuation you’d go and read their blogs (which would probably be less about punctuation and grammar and more about how to be ignorant!) I’m sure they’d be most put out if you walked into their house and started criticising their house keeping skills and lack of organisation! We all have our own strengths and there are those who choose to share their gifts with style and grace (and the freedom to punctuate as they please!) and then there are those who feel the need to impose their thoughts on others whether it is welcome or not!

    I close with a comment that I saw on Pinterest the other day that I think is particularly fitting:

    Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength (Eric Hoffer)ReplyCancel

  • Emma Sparnon

    I have to fold socks an underwear a particular way or it bothers me! Love the tips – http://www.foreveremma.meReplyCancel

  • Heeral

    Love to hear that all mothers go through similar things. Love ur tips. I used to fold my undies and bras in perticular way. Now i don’t fold either. just have them in different drawers so that they don’t mix up. That’s it. Also i fold the laundry but my hubbie stacks the clothes back in the wardrobe. one less chore. ReplyCancel

  • Starayla5

    I’ll just ignore the apostrophe stuff – some people seriously need to get a life!!! The more important issue here is where did you get that doona cover??? It’s awesome and I want one! The only thing I like to fold are the face washers, they’re quick and small and perfectly square. Socks and undies do my head in. ReplyCancel

    • I got the Doona from Big W this time last year. However you can’t remove the inner, it came with a cusion cover, bottom sheet and pillow case. i then painted his room to match the doona. ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Varvadouka

    These were very helpful! Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • leanne

    Hi trina everyone makes mistakes thats why proof readers exist the college brochuReplyCancel

  • leanne

    oops silly phone lol . . the college brochure we produced quarterly was proofed several times with the proverbial fine tooth comb & by several people & it always had at least one error that was missed once printed. To those people who criticise others remember that your criticism is a reflection of something about you that may need to change. i have taught many staff with poor literacy & confidence – i applaud their enthusiasm & progress & have learnt to let it go – pages of corrections will just undermine what they have achieved. trina’s blog is such a true reflection of who she is including the clear & chatty style of writing. love you trina!ReplyCancel

  • Tellie C

    oh who cares if you don’t use an apostrophe, I know I’m not on here to point out your errors, I can read and understand what your saying with or with out one…. pfft sorry people but come on! ReplyCancel

  • […] Make bed, remember it can be perfectly imperfect […]ReplyCancel

  • judy

    I just read the apostrophe problem you have. Well I am so glad that who(m) ever brought that to your attention must not live in a ‘glass house’ since they are throwing stones. Who really cares if there”s an error. With the information you provide, Kat, it doesn”‘t matter. I enjoy your ideas and tips. Please keep them coming.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Hi Kat, I love your blog and try to read it daily. Thank you for inspiring me to be more organised!! I love these tips too. I have only recently started to pair up my husband’s socks as it means he can just take out a “ball” out of his drawer in the morning and not rummage through it looking for a matching pair and waking me up! Self-interest. :)ReplyCancel

  • Ollie

    I ‘love’ your blog & read it ‘everyday’. I ‘also’ noticed your ‘incorrect’ use of the ‘apostrophe’ -“haha”. -who honestly gives a rats????? If I wanted an English lesson, I’d take English lessons. ‘Love’ the idea of the bra-bag for socks :)
    Keep up the great work Kat xx. Ollie ReplyCancel

  • Marianne Banck

    Hi Kat. I’m a mom of four children, three girls and one boy. I just love your blog, I read it all the time and just wan’t to thank you for all your tips and tricks….
    I live in Sweden so English is not my first language so I don’t react in case you don’t wright exactly the right way. I’m only intrested in What you have to say. Continue with your great work… :-)ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Marianne, I’m so pleased that I can share with you even if you are on the other side of the world xxReplyCancel

  • Naomi Mills

    if i’m too busy to fold washing i chuck it in the correct draw and get to it later, out of sight out of mind lolReplyCancel

  • […] I want to share with you one thing that has really helped me.  Kids are kids and their standard of tidy and my standard are completely different.  For example the kids make their bed each morning, but it’s usually always lumpy, when they were younger I would go in and straighten it.  But now, I am happy that they at least made their bed without me nagging, I’m grateful for their effort.  I’m content with it being  ’perfectly imperfect.’ […]ReplyCancel

  • […] try to stand by my ‘perfectly imperfect’ standard, however Miss 10 struggles with keeping her room and drawers tidy and needed a different […]ReplyCancel

  • Katharine

    When folding washing, I don’t turn my husbands shirts or shorts out the right way. If he has taken them off and they have gone into the wash inside out then they get folded that way too. He has never complained about it! It saves a lot of time :) LOLReplyCancel

  • Krystina

    I’m a mother of five, four girls and youngest a boy. Back when I only had three girls they were one size apart in socks I put the first letter of their name on the toe as I got them out of the pack. Then as they came out of the wash just bundle them into the draw. If your children’s names start with the same letter try one dot for the eldest, two for the next ect. Helps as you pass clothes down the line. I mark all my kids clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Lime & Mortar

    My son’s pjs all go into fabric cube box in his expedit. No point folding them all as he messes them up instantly ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    My 2 kids often help me fold small items and pair the socks. I put the socks in a little tub on the couch and we do them in a few minutes as we sit together in the evening. The children, 7 and 10yrs, often put their own clothes away. They started when they were 4 also helping hanging small items of washing on clothes racks. It is time well spent. Sometimes when they were younger I would read a lovely story to them while they folded or put a story CD on. When they are busy/tired or I have time I just do it myself. Teaching children to help is one of the best things we can do for them. When they are about 10 they are so helpful to have around if they are used to being part of it. They are not deprived of free outdoor and indoor playtime either. My friends’ children who are happy to join in helping with little household chores are also a great pleasure to have over even if I am busy.
    I love your blog Kat. It is fantastic! I also like correct grammar. I can’t help noticing apostrophe slip-ups sometimes but the benefit I get far outweighs anything else. It is like having a wonderful friend who might have a little messy spot in their house. I honestly don’t mind in the big picture. I look forward to another year of hearing from you.
    As for fluff from teatowels if you get linen ones, good quality cotton or ENJO teatowels you won’t get fluff on your dishes.ReplyCancel

  • […] Encourage your children to leave their room tidy before school starts.  All school age children have the ability to make their bed, allow them the independence of doing it themselves, and perhaps it may not be to your standard, but save yourself time and don’t re-do it, be proud they have made the effort.  Here are a few more things I allow to be ‘perfectly imperfect’. […]ReplyCancel

Thankyou to lovely reader Malinda for sending in the following tips I have small baskets for each person that I put folded clothes in and then they go to the person’s room…even if it takes an extra day to get put in drawers they are out of the way…and not my responsibility anymore haha {image […]

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  • I tried that – a basket for each of my girls folded clothes. I put them in their rooms but they just use the clothes out of the basket and never put them away. (sighs!)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve started a ‘second chance basket’ – each night I pick up what has been left on floor, show it to the Darlings who soon rush to put everything away before Mummy tosses it out! Working a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    I do this… only 4 in our family, but it makes folding so much easier – a basket for each person. Then, if I don’t get to put away the night of folding I put them in the bedrooms and I can easily find clothes for my tots and hubby, until I put them away. Hubby is currently at two baskets though – coz he won’t put his clothes away. lolReplyCancel

  • Organization in the home is important because it corresponds to a saving of time. If we spend a little time to organize and plan, certainly in the future we will save time, we can do more things and we can make them better!ReplyCancel

  • I’m trying the baskets theory on my family. Lets see who in my family is willing to chip in and help by putting their own stuff away instead of expecting me to do it. I didn’t realise they were living in a hotel. LOLReplyCancel

  • The baskets are a great idea, I have 6 children and often we will have a “folding party” If I havent had time to get the daily mountain of clean clothes folded. The baskets would make it much easier for them to put their things away.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda

    I do a similar thing, however I use some of the reusable shopping bags. They take up less space and are easier to carry upstairs together :)ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    Folding washing is never a problem i fold as it comes off the line… and i have a basket for each bedroom, however… the putting away part has me flummoxed… i think we have too many clothes!ReplyCancel

  • Chan

    I stumbled across this and love this idea for the kids I work with! BTW, love most of your ideas!ReplyCancel

  • I have the individual baskets too, love them! Mine fold up flat though, the thought was that I could put them away between washing… yeah, that doesn’t happen… At the moment I put most of the washing away, my son can, but is hopeless at keeping it folded neatly so I redo it most of the time and my daughter is just too young, but it still makes it easier as I keep filling them until all the washing is done and then only have to do one trip to their rooms to put them away. It’s good for ours too as I can throw the whole basket in the cupboard and shut the door when people are coming over 😉

    • kimberly

      hi meredith, where did u find folding baskets? :-)ReplyCancel

  • Carly Green

    I have set up a seperate account that is linked to all my other accounts & has a visa debit card attached. I worked out all my bills weekly & transfer that amount. I also track my electricity usage (weekly) to ensure i am putting aside correct amounts. I have all my bills direct debited out of that one account. I never get overdue fees anymore & get a 11% discount on my next electricity bill each qtr as its always paid on time. It took me a while to learn how to manage our finances better but i am so glad i did.ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne Crawford Mutzelburg

      Carly – who are you with for electricity? I would love to get a discount for paying on time!ReplyCancel

      • Carly Green

        Hi Suzanne, I am with Click energy. I am on the honeymoon plan which is $110 pm i pay in advance. they have no contracts & are cheaper than agl etc. if you do decide to join them I would really appreciate it if you say that i referred you that way we both get $50 off our next bill. My acc number is 160399 as they will ask for it :)

        • Suzanne Crawford Mutzelburg

          Thanks Carly – I will look into them and if I do sign up I’d be happy to say you referred me. ReplyCancel

  • ames

    I automatically pay bills day after payday. I have internet banking and have set up for each fortnight to pay, so one week is phone, the next electricity I got my quarterly statement for electricity times it by 4 then add $200 then divide by 26 and that is the amount we pay. If we owe any money when the bill arrives we pay the extra. But we generally find we are in credit for most of them :) which helps around Christmas time as we then don’t pay for a week or two and have a bit extra :)
    Love the basket idea, just wish i had the room :) maybe when I get a house of my own.ReplyCancel

I have mentioned before about my allergies and not being able to use horrible smelling cleaners.  I find as detailed below a very simple, non toxic way of cleaning my oven: To remove the baked on food at the bottom of your oven sprinkle with bicarb soda.  Fill a spray bottle with vinegar, then spray […]

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  • Kristen

    Love this! My oven is in dire need of a clean and I hate oven cleaner with a passion, will definitely give this a go instead! Though I will have to cover the floor as my door is side opening, lol :-)ReplyCancel

  • Mama Currie

    Hi Katrina
    Came accross this great tip to clean the racks in your stove. Fill your laundry or bath tub with hot/boliling water add 2 dishwasher tablets, soak over night. Very little scrubbing required in the morning.

    When I fill the bath, I used hotwater and boiled the kettle a couple of times.

    They came up beautifully.


  • Amanda Brownhill

    great idea! I nearly choked using oven cleaner and it made me think if I did this more often I wouldnt have baked on stuff.. ha in my dreams…ReplyCancel

  • I am definately going to try this – I am so over having asthma attacks from the fumes of oven cleaners…..ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    After cleaning our oven we always fold some alfoil and place it on the bottom of the oven. Makes for easier cleaning next time.ReplyCancel

    • Karin

      Always used to do this in older ovens and it was marvellous. But new oven, Miele, States this is not allowed.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Hi there
    I also soak my trays in nappysan oxy action though, it is amazing. I usually leave them over night and they are soooo sparkly when I get them out. Shiney as new. I also clean the inside of the oven with nappysan oxy action, just make a paste and put it on and leave for a few hours and come back and wipe off. Works on stove tops too!!! Such a great way to clean without the toxic smells!! Especially considering we have too cook in there and the horrid chemicals would end up in our foods!! gross!!!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Kylie, I shall buy nappysan oxy action with my baby wipes when I go out in a few minutes!

  • MIchelle

    Hi there, you should really check out Enjo products – you’ll never use a chemical again. I have found them well worth the money!ReplyCancel

  • Mamagringa

    Great ideas! I would normally use my dishwasher to clean the racks but now, we have just upgraded our kitchen and we bought a pyrolytic oven – SELF CLEANING! Apparently, you turn the oven up high to 250 degrees C and leave it to burn off all the food residue. Then, you can just wipe it or vacuum the ash out once the oven cools. Will let you know how it goes when I try it. :) ReplyCancel

    • I have wondered how the self cleaning oven works. I have never thought about vacuuming the ash, what a great idea!ReplyCancel

      • Chris Hall

        I know this is bizarre, but when I used my self cleaning oven, twice because I wasn’t sure, it melted the sealant between the oven and the splash board and the wall.ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      We had a self-cleaning oven for years. It works great but the electric bill is a bit higher.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I have just used both of the tips above and WOW!!! I can’t believe how good it looks! Sparkly showroom condition. I’m so impressed, and I didn’t have to use any nasty chemicals. Thanks so much! xReplyCancel

    • That’s great Fiona, love the sparkly bathrooms and a bonus to use no chemicals.ReplyCancel

  • I actually clean my oven with nothing but baby wipes, and it comes up sparkling just like new every time! I heat the oven for a short while, and then when it is cooled a little but still warm, just wipe all surfaces over with baby wipes! Presto!ReplyCancel

    • I have a friend who also swears by cleaning with baby wipes! Great idea Kristie!ReplyCancel

      • Beryl

        ………and you clean your baby’s bottom with these!!! How toxic are they?ReplyCancel

    • Nikki

      surely that wouldn’t be for an oven that hasn’t been cleaned in over 6 months

    • Jilly

      I am going out to buy baby wipes! Thank you for the tip!

  • Anonymous

    Another trick I have learned is that once you’ve cleaned your oven – make a paste of bi-carb soda and water and use a pastry brush to coat the inside of your oven. Yes, it looks bizarre – all white, however, all fat splashes are absorbed. Once the coating turns brown, simply wipe off – voila clean oven! – and simply repeat the process. ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      That’s an EXCELLENT suggestion! So, you bake, roast, etc with the dry soda paste on the oven surfaces, right? If so it would help me see what’s going on as my oven’s interior is navy blue. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • […] bicarb and vinegar are a great combination for cleaning the shower, around the basin taps, the oven, almost everywhere.  I keep my bicarb in a powdered sugar shaker, from spotlight.  Shaking […]ReplyCancel

  • Jus

    This method works really well, i also wrap my oven racks in alfoil when soaking them and use a regular washing powder. Amazing results!ReplyCancel

  • kate

    dont forget you can clean your exhaust fan thingo’s in nappy san too, i just took mine appart this week and soaked for an hour or so and got rid off all the grease and grimeReplyCancel

    • This is a question I have too…do you mean the mesh type of grills on the overhead exhaust fan?….ReplyCancel

      • Georgina

        I clean the mesh covers on my rangehood the same way and it works so well!ReplyCancel

  • I tried the bi-carb and vinegar just this morning for the first time (until now have used the stinky foams) . The oven wasn’t terribly dirty but I wasn’t completely satisfied with the results from the bi-carb/water/vinegar combo. Once I’d wiped out the residue, I dribbled some liquid dishwashing detergent on a wet chux and wiped the walls over, rinsed and did it once more. It’s now lovely, shiny and grease-free again! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Darson

    Just a question about using Nappysan. Doesn’t that have bleach in it as well? Just not sure about using the chemicals in Nappysan on things that I cool with either?ReplyCancel

    • Darson

      I meant ‘cook’ with not ‘cool’ with, lol.ReplyCancel

    • Yes, however I always make sure it is thoroughly rinsed off before putting back in the oven. ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    Here’s how I do mine…Start with a cold oven, remove the trays, boil a kettle and fill a metal bowl with the boiling water. Place the bowl in the oven and quickly shut the door. Take 1/4 cup of ammonia and reach into the oven (keeping your nose away) and tip carefully in the bowl. Shut the door and leave overnight. Cleans quite easily with the bit of bi-carb for any stubborn bits.

    Meanwhile…take the trays and place in the bath. I place a towel in first so that I don’t get any scratches on the bath surface. Cover them with hot water and add a 1/4 cup Morning Fresh laundry Liquid and 1/4 vinegar. Leave until the water is cold and get a ‘curly wurly’ scrubber and run over the trays.

    Everything sparkles.ReplyCancel

  • Sueellm

    After the oven is clean I coat my oven and oven racks with bicarb/water paste also… makes it such a quick, easy job to clean in the future (which I do about once a month). It looks a bit yukky though, but I could never go back to using Mr Muscle and the like. ReplyCancel

  • Norwex oven and grill cleaner – enzyme based – spray on – wipe off.  No smell to hurt your nose.  Not caustic – doesn’t hurt your skin – works in minutes.  So much cheaper than Mr Muscle.ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      where did you get the Norwex? Who makes it? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • This is awesome, I am so glad I found this post.  Have been staring at my oven for weeks now procrastinating about cleaning it and I would never have thought of using nappy san.  I am definitely going to do this tomorrow!  ReplyCancel

  • Savi

    My oven was really bad. Tried your trick, but I just ended up with bicarb gunk to remove. I ended up cleaning my oven trays by soaking in a solution of detergent and bicarb mixed together with boiling water, and they cleaned cleaned up a treat with a gentle scrub (got my 5YO cleaning them for me :) ). The oven itself was very baked on, and we used our new hand held steamer and a fair bit of elbow grease, and it looks fabulous. I also used a technique similar to amosi. I have a misture of vinegar and bicarb in a spray bottle, and read that if you give a spray every now and then in the oven, it will soak up the grease and you just wipe it all off. It looks weird as it dries white, but I am amazed at how much black is still wiping off now!!!ReplyCancel

    • Love the idea of using the hand held steamer, after all the gunk is off then bicarb and vinegar will be all you need.ReplyCancel

    • Savi

      ooops just realised I had a few major typos. It was the oven racks I was cleaning with the above tip, and the solution used was ½ cup white vinegar and ¾ cup dish washing soap and then I covered the racks with very hot water. Regadless, I am very happy with my clean oven :)

  • My oven glass is terrible. I’ve tried bicarb and vinegar but I think my problem is wiping it away too quickly. Will attempt letting it sit for an hour. Can I do it when the oven is hot or should I do it when it’s cold?ReplyCancel

  • Megan Harrington

    For the glass my husband showed me a great tip! I was using a gumption paste with a little water (you could also use the bicarb paste) when he brought in his razor blade scraper from the garage….and proceeded to scrape the glass clean in about 10 secs flat! I was impressed and have used this method ever since. However tomorrow I’m going to use the napisan bath method as soon as I get home from work. Never been so excited to clean the oven!!!ReplyCancel

  • What a great idea, I have put all my oven racks in the tub already, can’t wait to check it tomorrow! lol I’m addicted to cleaning now. Thank you so much for your inspiration!

  • Helen

    Just did my glass door of the oven with a wipe of a soapy cloth and some scraping with the razor scraper – fantastic tip!!!ReplyCancel

  • jeannette

    Great idea but what is “nappy-san

    • Napisan is a brand of cloth diaper soaking solution. It comes in a powder form and in Aus supermarkets is available in the laundry aisle. I’m sure there would be an equivalent available.ReplyCancel

  • Where do i purchase nappy- san at in Georgia?ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    What is bicarbonate?ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    I love the Napisan remedy… Have tried it on a few other tings too, with excellent results, eg the exhaust fan covers….wonderful, they are back to clean white plastic. Love it. Oh and I asked the man of the house to help fold some sheets one day and he says the inside of the cupboards dont care how sheets are folded, OK he just got himself out of that task.. forever…. :)ReplyCancel

  • Suzi

    What is nanny-San ?ReplyCancel

  • dirtbustinmofo

    Pumice stone fellow cleaning-fairies!!! P U M I C E S T O N E !
    A wet pumice stone will clean a dirty oven faster than ANY spray-on product, no kidding!

    It won’t scratch porcelain if its wet because porcelain is a harder surface, it’s amazing for toilets as well. Your local hardware stoe should carry it, I’m in US so we carry it in Home Depot, Ace, Orchard Supply, Lowe’s and any Pool Supply Store – it’s what they use on the stubborn tile stains in pools!ReplyCancel

    • s

      What is the product name? The pumice stone I know is a small rectangular
      brick. Do you mean “pumice Powder”? We have Home Depot etc here. Thanks.ReplyCancel

      • dirtbustinmofo

        Yup, that’s the one I’m talking about! The small rectangular stone you’re thinking of is going to be your new best friend!

        But don’t use the ones they sell for beauty unless it’s 100% natural. You can get one at HD in the cleaning-supply section. The brand they sell is called “Pumie” it’s about $3 (US). They also sell a stone in the pool-supply section but it’s about $10 (US).

        It’s magical. I use it for ovens, stoves, toilets, bathtubs & sinks. Basically, anything ceramic or porcelain & heavy steel oven racks too! It won’t scratch as long as you keep it wet while you scrub & all you need is water = no chemicals!

        Here’s a link for a maid service in Texas that swears by it!

        Hope this helps, happy cleaning!!!ReplyCancel

  • Janel Finnigan

    Hi my name is janel does anyone know if I can do this in a gas stove ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Looking in my oven this morning funnily enough thinking I should give this ago before it gets any worse. Will try it this arvo after I’ve done my afternoon tea muffins:)ReplyCancel

    • Justine

      Finally got around to it and it worked. Needed abit of elbow grease for the sides and top but came up really well for a 30+year old oven.ReplyCancel

      • It looked fabulous in the photos you shared on Facebook Justine, it looks amazing for a 30 year old oven, you did a brilliant jobReplyCancel

        • Justine

          Shame after all my hard work getting it clean, it stopped working about a month later, have had to get a brand new oven as it was an old lift up door, which the spring had broken, and the electrician legally could fix it. Managed to get one of the last Miele 70cm oven in Australia as they have discontinued it, and it fits perfectly in the space, with room to put the shelf above for the micromave, so I can get it off the bench top:)ReplyCancel

  • Pippa Smith Waddell

    I haven’t read all 50 comments below, so not sure if anyone has mentioned, but it is a good idea to line the bottom of the oven with foil. When it gets dirty, just throw it away. This way you never have to clean the bottom of the oven again!ReplyCancel

    • Cassandra Webb-Writer

      New ovens have heaters below the base and will ‘bakeon’ the foil, so not a good idea.ReplyCancel

      • Deb

        yes, i made that mistake the very first time i used my brand new oven, i put foil at the bottom not knowing there was a hidden element there and now i have baked on foil at the bottom of my oven forever coz i dont know how to take it off :(ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Micallef

    Seriously people, you MUST try Norwex Oven and Grill cleaner. It will completely change the way you feel about cleaning the oven. For me it was once a job to be avoided at all costs, now it it easier than doing a load of washing – seriously!!
    10 minutes, wipe off, no fumes, no chemicals. Free demonstrations available or try it for 60 days with a money back guarantee. You have nothing to lose.ReplyCancel

    • leah

      Amanda, can you use on a gas oven?ReplyCancel

      • Amanda Micallef

        Yes you can use it on all types of ovens, even self cleaning and woodstoves (if you were wanting to).
        Come and see me at
        I’ll tell you more about it :)ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra Webb-Writer

    My partner cleans ovens for a living, (well for a new home business of ours) and he uses a steam cleaner. For the serious oven cleans he uses a blade, like the type you put in a box knife, and carves the baked on food off.ReplyCancel

  • wendy-lou Inglis

    I know this is an old thread but can someone tell me how to clean the glass oven door min looks awful brown colour but no amount of cleaning seems to helpReplyCancel

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  • Kristen

    Baking soda and vinegar together makes a noxious fume… It can be used together as a drain remover but needs to be done with ventilation. Be careful!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime

    Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. Vinegar is dilute acetic acid. Together they produce sodium acetate, water and carbon dioxide. The sodium acetate dissociates in the water so you get ions.
    None of these is going to harm you. There’s plenty of carbon dioxide in the air already.
    As you are mixing an acid and a base, they neutralise each other. This also means that they really don’t work as cleaning agents when used together. Separately though, they can be used to good effect for various household chores.ReplyCancel

  • Maegan

    Is there another easy/effective method to clean the shelves, if one does not have a bath tub?ReplyCancel

  • Another goog way is to clean them in your laundry sink, my advise is just becareful if it a plastic sink and not a stainless steel one as it could crack with pressure from cleaning.ReplyCancel

Vicky – I was just reading your post on decluttering the kitchen bench from last year HERE. I do this every 2nd day and it is driving me insane!! The kitchen bench seems to be the hot spot area, example, when you come home you place the mail, along with junk mail, your handbag, the […]

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  • Sharon

    That was really helpful thanks! Love how tidy your utensil drawer is!! More inspirational ideas – thank you :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      These drawer dividers are meant for your clothes, but I found them perfect in the kitchen. Being plastic very easy to clean.ReplyCancel

  • I like that your dividers aren’t all joined together. Smart.ReplyCancel

Naomi – My theory has alway been… Beds made and dishes done makes the whole house look so much cleaner! I completely agree Naomi, without fail both these tasks are completed each day. I enjoy walking past the bedroom seeing the bed made, it makes everything look tidy.  I also love waking up to a […]

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  • Sarah

    Might be a silly question, but where does one get their skin checked? Just at their GP??ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Hi Katrina, love your work! Is that your bedroom? I adore the quilt cover, any ideas what brand it would be? My room is heading for a makeover soon, after LTR (living through renovations), all the plaster dust should settle, and some serious decorating can start…lol
    Thanks againReplyCancel

Tomorrow is the night that most men and some women go manic over the football. Something called State of Origin is on???  Lol, Ok, I am so not a footy fan (nor is my hubby), I more than likely will be happily watching one of my favourite TV shows while pottering away on the laptop. […]

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  • Genevieve Peden

    I love my footy so I wont be doing anything on the list tomorrow night lol QUEENSLANDER!!!!! Oh and its also my 30th tomorrow so even more reason not to do it hehehe

    P.S I love your blog. It has started my motivation to get organised :) Just not tomorrow night lolReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Happy Birthday Genevieve! Birthday’s are so the one day you can enjoy chore free, guilt free. Have a great night!!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Happy 30th Genevieve, hope you have a super day. Are you having cake? Mmm yummy best part of a bday IMO. xx

    Ok so I thought I had myself sorted on what my night would be like and then I read this post. I was planning on sorting my recipes folder (umm this seems like an always evolving process for me) but now that I have read this post I can already feel myself getting distracted. Do you have any tips on staying on task? Im pretty organised but I never seem to make a dent in my To do list.

    I get so much satisfaction when I complete a project. Trouble is I usually have about 5 on the go at a time so nothing ever really gets finished. Anyone else relate?ReplyCancel

  • Christeen

    Happy 30th Genevieve! We share the day except I’m a decade and a bit older. I married a Dutchman who has no understanding of football so we are going out to dinner!ReplyCancel

  • What do I do in SoO? I watch tv and yell a lot LOL

    <3 my footy :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I had a little giggle as i briefly read this post, (I’m in WA so it’s not such a big thing here!)
    Now if only we could get State of origin/Wiggles/Twighlight/FA Cup all broadcast simultaneously i might get through that great list!!ReplyCancel

My kids are now on school holidays, it was such a long term for little kids.  So I am going to take a break from the blog this week to spend time with them.  But don’t worry I have scheduled in plenty of great reading for you!! Today I am posting some wonderful reader tips, […]

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  • Erin

    On the topic of freezing… The Jeanswest website recommends putting your jeans in the freezer to remove germs and smells, rather than frequent washing.ReplyCancel

  • sunning your mattress helps to eliminate dustmites also.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Wow thanks for the reminder – freezing meals & lunches is how i survived being a FT working mum before number 3 came along then really bad morning sickness!! – my favourites were ones that I could heat n eat (DH never liked the texture of potato pasta or rice that had been frozen so I would cook halvsies(half dinner) then freeze for future use
    I would cook double bolognaise, then when using the frozen half I would only have to cook the spaghetti
    I would make double meat/veg base of shepheard/cottage pie, then when using the halvsie i would just top with potato (even deb!)

    Obviously you can make bigger triple/4x/5x batches to portion and freeze depending on freezer

    It basically gave me a ‘head start’ after a busy day – also good for browned meat, ‘butterfly’or cut up a roasted chook,
    stewed apple for sweets, herb & raw egg mix for quiches,I have even premade ham & cheese toasties/tuna melts for dinner

    Can also sit in the fridge overnight (I would often get home at 5:45pm make dinner for 6:10 then kids in bed at 7:15 & 7:30, then sort out the next night’s dinner afterwards…
    Some dishes are even better the next day (curries, lasagna, ..)
    On the subject of alternative uses of the freezer:ReplyCancel

  • You seem to know your stuffReplyCancel

Organising ideas for the Laundry This storage system also has a shelf on top, perfect for storing the washing basket. I like to wear sunglasses when I put my washing on the line, it’s just so glary outside.  So I have used one of my most favourite products a 3M Command Hook (I am 3M’s biggest fan), […]

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  • Your laundry organiser has totally inspired a massive laundry makeover at our place today. Rather than spend any money (although I really liked the look of yours!) we have repurposed various containers and baskets and stacked them on some shelves that were holding a lot of junk. It’s so good now!! So thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • McWato

      Great Laundry ideas. Do you have any hints on how to organise a laundry that is part of the garage? It is very uninspiring and space is ALWAYS an issue.ReplyCancel

      • DonnaE

        Me too! An outdoor laundry, built into a small corner of the garage. Also includes a really big water heater!ReplyCancel

  • Karene

    I too am a huge 3M command hook fan and have just put a dozen of them up on my blank laundry wall to hold bags and hats ( I was inspired by the initial hooks that you have in your home ) which has taken all of that stuff out of my family room where it was disorganized and messy. Love the sunglasses hook too. I need sunnies out at the line too but had never thought of this. I read your blog daily and have already used so many of your great tips and ideas. Thank you so much for inspiring me.ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    This is fabulous. I love your washing system and it is something I am going to set up. I am a Mum of three so I think to teach them to pop their laundry into the right container ready for washing is GENIUS and it will make laundry so much quicker. I was only thinking the other day that I need to get a better system as I currently have three laundry baskets in my laundry. Not only do they take up too much space but I have to pull everything out of them to find all the pinks, or all the whites etc etc, drives me crazy. Thank you for your blog, you are an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Your laundry looks exactly the same as mine. It’s so inspiring to see what wonderful use you have made of a fairly small space. I love the system you have set up for sorting your dirty laundry. I am always pulling my clothes out of the laundry basket and putting them into piles but the problem is, is that the piles stay on my laundry floor. I really need to invest in something like this.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina. This weekend, I started sorting out my laundry. Its a very dark and uninspiring room, and sadly its been neglected for quite some time…yesterday I did a load solely off tea towels!! Seriously, do I need 40 tea towels?? lol. Next up, towels and sheets. I’m planning a load a day until the backlog is cleared. Planning to repaint the room a lighter colour and hang my dryer on the wall like your’s. Brilliant. Then I’ll tackle the linen cupboard. Thanks again for the inspiration. Lis.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      40 tea towels maybe excessive, I have at least 7, one for each day. A quote from Julie Rafter, a day of indulgence is doing an extra load of washing and seeing the bottom of the basket….lol. Great work Lisa!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate

      I have about 30 +! I must go through about 3 a day, sometimes more. I wash in hot cycle with napisan once or twice a week with other kitchen cloths.ReplyCancel

  • […] begin with, I read through all of the laundry, broom cupboard, and ironing posts that The Organised Housewife has put together. Then I took a […]ReplyCancel

  • P R I N C E S S

    i love that when i read this i just wanted to do up my laundry and i did :) thank you for insprining me to do this :) thanks ReplyCancel

  • spottsy7

    My dad put up a drying rack in our laundry – he used a pulley system to raise and lower it so that is was above the door jamb and you didn’t hit your head on it or damage the door.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Love your idea for the sunnies :) we live in the sunny pilbara so I’m never outside without mine. and I think I might get hubby to install a drying rack. the laundry is the most organised room in my house because I hate doing it but I love my clothes! I also hate ironing so when I hang things out on the line I take a little extra time to smoothe them out, I hang like items together (such as, my shirts, then my pants, then my hubbys shirts, then his pants) so I can fold them and bring them in, then pick them up as little piles and put them away immediately. works great and I rarely have to get out the iron! (it helps that he works on the mines and would KILL me if I ironed his work clothes!)ReplyCancel

  • Pru

    Wow what a wonderful system if I wasn’t nursing my 12 week old I would be re organising my laundry this is now my new project!!ReplyCancel

  • I’d love one of those great indoor lines too.
    They look great and I have my eye on the one built in to the cupboard at Bunnings.. but I feel that it will cost a lot more than I am willing to spend.
    Your laundry looks so practical. Can’t wait to get mine sorted.ReplyCancel

  • I installed a 3M Command Hook above my washing machine that I now use to hang my empty washing basket on which in turns frees up more bench space for sorting/folding washing and keeps the basket off the floor, bench, washing machine, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Kris

    Are your whites so bright that u need the sunnies in the laundry ?? Hehe – joke! Love your laundry…….all it needs is this retro sign !!!

  • Tracey A Johnson

    your laundry is exactly the same size and layout as mine…love your clothes line idea…im gunna steal it :) thanks heapsReplyCancel

  • Mom3angels

    So I have an old Florida home which means it screen porch has been closed off and now my added laundry room is bigger than my kitchen. This laundry room has my pantry which is an old dresser, my photo albums and bookkeeping boxes are also in there. Where is the best place for that stuff??ReplyCancel

  • Shannan1976

    PLEASE HELP! We are moving into a smaller home in a couple of weeks, and it has a “European laundry”..!! That’s right – just a cupboard! We are used to having a big laundry room and don’t know how we are going to cope… Any ideas please..???ReplyCancel

  • julie mcdonald

    I gave my washing machine a good wash the other day. Wiped out the bowl with vinegar and wiped all around the top of the drum to get rid of mouldy bits. Amazing just how grotty it was and how good it looked afterwards.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Landers

    Hi. I tried spraying my shower screen with white vinegar and giving it a scrub but the soap scum build up is VERY stubborn. Have also tried making a paste with bicarbonate of soda, scrubbing and then spraying with vinegar, repeating the scrubbing and then rinsing. Have tried a few commercial cleaners in the past but nothing is working. HeLP!ReplyCancel

    • Yes using the ‘clean’ cleaning products something they don’t get harsh and stubborns stains out. A few people use cloves ( I have not used Cloves), but if you are looking for a commercial cleaner I have tried Exit Mould in the past and I find it really good with getting the most stubborn stains out.ReplyCancel

    • Deletes Warner

      Hi Suzanne, I swear by the Chux Magic Eraser sponge. The first couple of times a little bit of elbow grease may be needed but you will definitely see results straight away. We keep a chamois in the shower and wipe the screens after every shower and very rarely have build up and a quick rub over with the Magic Eraser is all that is needed once a month just to keep them sparkling.ReplyCancel

      • Deleese Warner

        Silly auto correct my name is Deleese, not Deletes, lolReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Thanks for all of your hints and tips. I also have a similar laundry system – 3 baskets – whites, lights,darks. My family have been helping with this sorting since my girls were babies so it comes instantly to them when they put their washing in the laundry. They also have a laundry basket,a small one,in their bedrooms so when this fills they bring it to the laundry and sort it. It works wellReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Well done Jane! Sounds like you are on to it!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    I bought an old hexagonal playpen which I am hanging on my walls in the laundry. Two panels per section are hinged together so they can hang close to the wall, but then be lifted for the bottom to rest on a plinth which is about 2/3 the length down the wall so that the sections make a triangle against the wall – I luckily have a large laundry, so 3 of these double sections fit easily AND if I need to get past the washing, I just drop the section off the plinth, washing and all! Love the drawer cart, that’s my next purchase!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds like a great idea Linda!ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    My laundry is exactly the same layout too. I have the IKEA drying wrack on the wall behind the the back door, it folds flat even with clothes on it when I need to open the back door.
    I also have an IKEA shoe cupboard on the same wall too. It all fits perfectly :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Sue, it does all fit perfectly. Keeping the laundry well organised.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Your laundry is the exact same layout and size as mine. I have done what you have done with the Elfa baskets. They are not cheap, but money well spent as they really make washing and sorting so much easier and less frustrating – especially in a small laundry. Great idea about the sunnies, I’ll be doing that too! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes i love the Elfa baskets too, and like you say keeps everything perfectly organised.ReplyCancel

I buy Palmolive detergent in a large 4L bottle from Big W.  I find it more economical and trying to do my bit by reducing the amount of plastic in our landfill.  I used to refill an old bottle but it soon got grubby, very sticky and didn’t look all that fancy on my kitchen […]

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  • samantha savva

    I have to admit, I am terrible when it comes to washing up detergent. I normally just buy the cheapest that is on sale at the grocery store. It hides under the kitchen sink as they are normally quite horrible to look at. However now I have seen this I will definately be adding it to my shopping list this week. I too use the store bought hand soap dispensers but I definately buy the bulk packs and refill. SO much cheaper.ReplyCancel

  • I store my detergent and hand wash behind my sink and the sponges/cloth in the actual sink. Our kitchen is in the middle of the house and the sink faces directly into our living area so I can’t really hide it anywhere (apart from putting it in the cupboard, but we can’t lock out doors so don’t do that because of the risk to our youngest child).

    I have my favourite 2 products being Cussons Kitchen Hands (odour eliminator one that is a lemon scent) that I use in the bathrooms as well and for dishwashing liquid use Blast Ultra Plus (lemon/citrus scented too). Not the most attractive containers but at the moment that’s the least of my worries with still a major chunk of the declutter challenge to complete yet heheReplyCancel

  • Alicia Ilievski

    Eeeee I am always changing my idea of what I love in this area. I actually dont mind spoiling myself on good dishwashing detergent, dispensers and hand soap. I figure its something I spend a lot of time using so I always try to spice up my life…..OMG is anyone reading this….sooo saaaad LOL
    Anyways my all time favourite is to use Enjo hand soap. The bottles are lovely. They are a little on the exe side so at the moment we dont have any in the house. I do love them.
    I really love the detol hand soap complete with no touch dispenser. They have these on sale for the whole kit for $10 every now and again. I like this because it is a bit of a novelty. I also like the smell of both type.
    I am currently using the Method dishwashing liquid…its less chemicals and the bottle makes me sooo happy (umm again another saaaad moment LOL)
    Love your little set up and think it might be time to revamp. Mostly I repurpose any nice looking soap bottles. Change is as good as a holiday right?
    Ohh and I looooove Ikea for everything EXCEPT soap bottles (they all rust) I will not try any more of them from there.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa


    I have an over the door hanger from Howards Storage world (the type that you use in a shower although it is slightly shorter than the nomal kind) on the cupboard under the sink. I store soap, hand sanitiser, dishwashing liquid and the sponge on it.

    Love it! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That sounds great Melissa, I would love to see a photo of it.ReplyCancel

  • April

    I got my squeezy bottle today! Now i can help the environment by refilling!

    Thank YOU Katrina for this never ending source of information!!! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Good on you April, we can all do our little bit. I love my squeezy bottle, especially for the oil too.ReplyCancel

  • Linley

    I have a small rectangular melamine tray that my sponge/dish soap/hand soap sit in. Catches the drips and makes wiping down the bench easier. Love the squeezie, refillable sauce bottle idea!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • It’s so much easier with the squeezey bottle, looks nicer too on the bench.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrinamica

    I know this post is old but I wanted to share anyone, we put our dish liquid in a glass olive oil/dressing decanter (which is really pretty) that wasn’t being used. We actually have two so sometimes one is filled with bleach and they look really nice sitting on the sink.ReplyCancel

    • They would look really nice and decorative. Clever reuse of the decanter!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrinamica

    I know this post is old but I wanted to share anyone, we put our dish liquid in a glass olive oil/dressing decanter (which is really pretty) that wasn’t being used. We actually have two so sometimes one is filled with bleach and they look really nice sitting on the sink.ReplyCancel

  • Adelle

    I use a hand soap dispenser to put dish washing liquid in (either a one like the pic above, or you can buy a decorative one) and only 1 or 2 squirts – no using too much! And although I also have hand soap at the bench it isn’t a big deal if someone accidently uses the dish washing liquid :)ReplyCancel

  • Ali

    I used to have the messiest bench ever, now I have a container in cupboard underneath that holds all my cleaning tools for doing dishes and detergent bottle lives next to it so now i have nothing on my bench besides cake mixer, kettle etc, looks way better now.. ReplyCancel

  • Gelelosa

    Hi Katrina, Where did you buy your soap dispenser squeezy bottle? I love that idea! I also use bulk detergent (bought from a wholesaler where I also buy liquid laundry detergent, both in 4l containers) and I bought one of their clear plastic pump dispensers for the detergent, which also sits on my bench. I keep a soap dispenser and hand sanitiser there too. I have a basket attached to my under sink cupboard door which stores the brushes and scourers. I tend to drape the Wettex over the edge between the double sinks, as I tend to use it so often!ReplyCancel

  • Helen James

    I have a rubber grip mat on the bench with a pretty green pot on it. In that sit my brushes. I have a small sponge in a saucer next to the pot so that any drips from from the brushes can fall on to it. It soaks up sooo much water but never really gets wet (hard to describe). Next to the pot is my detergent. It is a big bottle. I like to have all these things where I can reach them easily to do the dishes. Thanks to the 20 day challenge for helping me to organise my kitchen window sill I now have a pretty area for brushes, scrubbers and detergent.ReplyCancel

  • i use a white cntr i bought from target on sale which was meant for little pots. It has little “feet” at the bottom which is great as it “lifts” & doesnt get wet underneath.. a good thing since I have a wooden window seal so water sitting on it is not a good thing. it’s “country” looking.. really simple & pretty. I put a chux at the bottom to collect any water / dirt & put all my brushes, detergents, sponges & antibacterial spray which i use all the time. very handy & looks neat & pretty :)

  • Tam78

    My mother in law bought me a groovy little soap dispenser that uses only a small amount of handwash. Have a look for yourself here

    Cuisipro: Foam Pump

I mentioned in the 1st Step to Decluttering – Create organising goalspost, that I always loose the phone.  What I did mean was the home phone, which never get put back on the charger (aahhh so frustrating, my fault totally), but sometimes my mobile phone goes walkies too.  I’m happy to say I have created […]

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  • Great idea! We don't have a house phone. I usually keep my mobile, keys nad purse ontop of the computer hutch, but it does look messy. Looks like I'm searching for a basket, or even better scrap alter a nice one! ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    That's a great idea scrap one. Please share when you have finished it!! ReplyCancel

  • My husband has ALWAYS been really bad at losing his keys – he seriously looks for them at least TWICE a day. And no matter how many times he loses them, he refuses to take responsibility for them and keep them in 1 place. For his birthday a couple of years ago I purchased a key hook/rack thingo and he refuses to use it and simply puts his keys on our buffet/hutch unit … or the bedroom drawers … or his pockets … or in his ute … or above the fridge. Not sure this will work for us, but I'm going to give it a go for his things – and have a safe keeping spot for him somewhere and in something. Just to figure out where haha. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Where you able to give it a go Tam, has hubby learnt to put his key’s in the same place everyday?ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    great idea. This is what we have been doing as well but are finding the area needs to be decluttered weekly as heaps of other stuff gets dumped in the basket as well!! ReplyCancel

    • Yep My hubs dumps every piece of paper, used list, random pocket findings, mail … in his basket. At least its nice and big and if we are ever looking for something its usually easy to check the basket and 9 out of 10 times we will find it there. The basket also hides the untidy nature of his pocket emptying as he comes in the door. ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Gotta love the basket, at least you know where everything is! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You are in a great routine Jenni by decluttering it weekly!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You are in a great routine Jenni by decluttering it weekly! ReplyCancel

  • Lisamaree_82

    I put my “basket” (a melted vinyl record bowl) into the drawer :) Even less bench clutter.ReplyCancel

  • We have a basket type drawer right at the front door and hubby still walks straight passed it and dumps his gear on the bench….everything from his pocket….gum, keys, wallet, phone, pens… name it!! So frustrating!! LolReplyCancel

  • Clairevirg

    We have a basket for dumping such things – we call it Niknak (???- I don’t know why!) The only thing ids , evrything ends up in here and we do have to have a clear out every now and then.ReplyCancel

    • It’s great that is all in one spot instead of spread out, great work!

  • Barbara

    my hubby is the same as Tam’s (a few comments below) always losing his keys, glasses, phone etc. I think this problem could be a male thing. I bought a wooden station for everything but somehow has now become used for some thing else but what it was bought for initially. I love all your ideas katrina. I spend along time on your site as everything you do inspires me. Thank you from another Gold Coast mother.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I love the idea and will go and *repurpose* a basket and yes my hubby dumps his wallet on the kitchen bench but luckily for me he is tidy so will mostly take up the challenge love your buffet and the drawers!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cara Tatnell

    looks good. I have done the same with a gorgeous timber bowl that my friend brought back from Fiji as a gift to me…great for phones and keys etc.ReplyCancel

  • I really need to do something for my hubby’s stuff. He leaves his wallet, keys, phone, and wedding rings all over the house! Every day it’s in a different spot. It drives me crazy!!ReplyCancel

    • Aah, find a dedicated spot for it, and if you don’t like nagging just pick it up and put it in it’s new ‘home’ and after a few days he will get the hint JReplyCancel

  • Macs Mum

    This is a good habit – and at the end of the day, take the basket or box TO BED WITH YOU. That way, if for some unfortunate reason you are unlucky enough to be broken into, people won’t be able to just pick up you wallet/purse and steal the car.
    Then, just bring it down in the morning again….!ReplyCancel

  • Got a beautiful basket with flowers whilst in hospital that we are using for keys and what not at the front door. We did have a box each, but they seemed to be full of stuff that shouldn’t be there! Hopefully Hubby will be able to keep it up! He usually leaves them all around the house and wonders why he can’t find them!!!ReplyCancel

  • Miranda

    We have a little box on a shelf for hubby’s wallet, phone and our keys. We call the area we leave things to hand back to people (casserole dish to give back to mum, cardi I borrowed from my sister, a hand-me-down toy we have in mind for a friend) “The Departure Lounge”. Before someone leaves my house I am trying to get into the habit of checking “The Departure Lounge” (hall cupboard) for anything I might have for them. It means it is out of the way while we store it there; I just have to get the habit going so we remember to give it back! I found even if it sat at the front door I’d forget to hand it to them – so it’s more about the habit!ReplyCancel

  • thanks for idea Katrina – I am always looking for my phone.ReplyCancel