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Do you drink enough water?  I struggle to drink my 8 recommended cups each day. It’s also easy to lose count on how many you have had.  I have tried otehr methods like tallying it on the fridge but it just doens’t seem to work.  Now, I use this great way to encourage myself to […]

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  • I've seen this tip before – I think via Flylady – but works so WELL with the tupperware drink bottle. What a shame my DD recently lost the bottom of mine :-(. It would have been good to finally have a use for that bottom part :-).

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  • Tara-Lee Bush

    Such a great idea. I need to drink more water, I have an addiction to caffiene and need to stop drinking so much soft drink. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      same I love Coke, this helps me drink more water. ReplyCancel

  • […] This goes in hand with becoming healthier, however I drink alot of coke, so this needs to be a goal of it’s own.  I don’t drink tea, coffee or alcohol….just don’t like the taste and have no desire.  So Coke has always been my ‘cuppa’. Instead of Coke I’ll try and drink more water. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] it. Now that I am home all the time I find it hard to get in to a new habit. I read a great post on The Organised Housewife, which I believe was first mentioned by FlyLady; it says to keep hair ties on your water bottle. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] as I have been drinking alot of water […]ReplyCancel

  • Amy Jade

    Awesome idea I always take for granted I drink enough water but I know somedays I certainly dont. I have a tupperware bottle too so I have  already started using your awesome tip!! Hey girls who drink too much soft drink perhaps you could give yourself a visual and get an empty container and each time you have a can of coke add 9 teaspoons of sugar to the container and see what it looks like at the end of the week it might shock you into cutting back or giving it up completely :)ReplyCancel

    • Ooh now that is a really scary thought to put the sugar into a glass, but certainly good to look back and see what you have consumped, great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Ollie

    Love this idea. I can go a whole day without drinking one glass of water (and often do). I will try this. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Mrsrachelbell

    I am doing the 12WBT, and have been drinking 2 litres a day just before we started… I have a 1.5 litre bottle that I drink and then add 500ml when I have emptied the bottle.. IIt looks like a lot, but its not once you get going, and your skin feels soft I feel less bloated… Dehydrated bodies dont burn fat!ReplyCancel

  • Do you know if you can still buy these drink bottles???ReplyCancel

  • […] it. Now that I am home all the time I find it hard to get in to a new habit. I read a great post on The Organised Housewife, which I believe was first mentioned by FlyLady; it says to keep hair ties on your water bottle. […]ReplyCancel

Some simple Kitchen Cleaning Tips that will help you clean your kitchen.

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  • LaTisha

    Denture tablets also work well for the toilet bowl ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      really, love it, they are handy for a few things!! ReplyCancel

  • Great tips- my pantry needs as much help as it can get!
    PS- Thanks for the linky love- linked ya back! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      anytime 😉 I've taken photo's of the pantry just have to write up the post, hopefully tonight so it's ready to read tomorrow ReplyCancel

      • Yvonne

        Ha ha…I just did mine, looking forward to seeing and reading your hints.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          The kitchen is always a great start!!ReplyCancel

  • Great tips

    Going to use for my kitchen cleaning for sure .

    thanks a lot sharing your great cleaning ideass and tips over here ReplyCancel

  • Great tips! I’m going to try the oven cleaning tips… I put my dishwashing brushes in the dishwasher…. never thought to do the same with the sponges! :) Great!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    I never thought to put my sponge in the dishwasher! Thank-you. I normally just throw them away (gets costly). Will try the oven rack & napi-san this weekend! I use one of those BBQ lining mats in the bottom of my oven, so the oven is always clean and i just pop the mat out and wash off in warm soapy water (trick my uncle told me). Makes cleaning the oven so much easier.ReplyCancel

  • Nat

    Great ideas, thanks!! I also put my sponges/washcloths in the microwave for about 20 seconds, that kills all the germs as well…i put them in damp.ReplyCancel

  • Nae

    I cut my scourer sponges in half before I use them. It works out much more economical!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea, as I find I usually fold them over so they are easier to handle!ReplyCancel

      • Jan mason

        This is not really a reply :) your Honey biscuit’s, although delicious, the mixture is always very dry, and no way can I roll it into Balls, what am I doing wrong?ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Hi Jan, I’ve made them a few times and the recipe works for me, I squeeze them into balls and they turn out delicious, perhaps add more milk, a tablespoon at a time?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Halved lemon or lime in the kettle also works wonders!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Raward

    Heard a tip that you can put the dishcloth in the microwave to kill the bugs & germs on it too. Wet it and stick it in the microwave for a minute! Germs be gone! :)ReplyCancel

  • Liljaneymac

    A great way to clean your kettle is to cut a lemon in half, place both halves in the kettle, fill with water and boil it. It removes all the build up from inside, without chemicals. Pour the lemon and water out, rinse the kettle and you’re done :)
    Once you’ve tried this, you won’t do it any other way….ReplyCancel

  • Tintin

    Another oven rack cleaning tip is if you have a large laundry tub, is to try lining it with foil (shiny side up) then placing your oven racks in. Sprinkle with napisan fill the tub until the racks are submerged and leave overnight. Wipe off clean in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • I want to clean the mesh above my Daughter’s exhaust fan…..can you give me any tips please. The mesh does come off in two pieces so I can soak if necessary.ReplyCancel

    • jodi

      I don’t know if your mesh is metal like mine. but I always stick mine in the dishwasher. Comes out good as new!!!ReplyCancel

  • Larmo

    What is a denature tablet and what is napisan?
    Love the tips.ReplyCancel

    • Denture tablets can be found in the toothpaste isle, it to clean teeth for the elderly mostly. Napisan is in the laundry section, I use it to help brighten whitesReplyCancel

  • […] HERE for more general kitchen tips FREE – 7 THINGS I DO EACH DAY TO KEEP THE HOME CLEAN AND […]ReplyCancel

The majority of mail we receive is junk mail. It is easy to accumulate a mountain of it especially in your busy zones such as the kitchen bench, dining table or the office desk, which makes these area’s look untidy.

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  • Melissa Jones

    Is that more tupperware I detect in your cupboard :0P just wanted to let you know that I'm really enjoying your blog :0) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      lol, yes there's is alot of Tupperware in my cupboards. Thanks Melissa, I am really glad you are enjoying the blog, love the feedback!! ReplyCancel

  • […] Create a new home for your junk mail, either goes directly into the trash…or see these ideas HERE. […]ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    What a great idea!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    junk mail doesn’t even make it past the front door in my place, I have to walk past the wheelie bin on the way in the front door – out it all goes, plus our body corporate doesn’t allow anything other than Aus Post deliveries so we only get random junk mail, never catalogues… I used to miss them, but not any more!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    That is a really great idea. I like to cut things out of the catalogues and put them into my vision book (collect items that inspire me or I would like to buy). I might start putting the junk mail into my intray in the office instead of just leaving it on the foot cushion until I go through and cut out what I need. I often find I accumulate too much and then I get annoyed and throw it all out without even looking at it.
    Loving your blog by the way. Found it a few weeks ago when looking for ways to be organised at Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • […] Create a new home for your junk mail, either goes directly into the trash…or see these ideas HERE. […]ReplyCancel

I find I can’t sit still when I am talking on the phone and take the opportunity to do a few little tasks around the home. Multitasking at its best!!

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  • Sarah

    If I'm on the phone to my mother I'm usually on Facebook or checking my emails… I tend to be stuck on the phone for a LONG time!!! LOL! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      Yay my first comments…thankyou!! Facebook is another great time waster, but I find I can't concentrate on the conversation i'm having if looking at facebook…lol. ReplyCancel

  • Celeste Williamson

    I just came across your website and I love your tips and I’m for sure going to visit your website often.
    I have a simple question for you when do you go to bed? I saw your AM routine how about your PM routine? I just have a hard time organizing my time and I think that will help me a lot.

  • Jo

    I get told off for doing everything while on the phone. Apparently sorting out the tupperware cupboard is noisy. I cook dinner, do gardening, put away groceries, make school lunches, grocery shopping while on the mobile phone.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I must admit Jo, i have done my groceries while talking on the phone too!ReplyCancel

  • Misty

    Weed the garden, wipe bathroom vanitys, polish furniture, tidy kids rooms, apply makeup, collect mail.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Wow Misty, apply makeup you are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Betty

    Dust,dust, dust!ReplyCancel

  • Gayemurphy

    Depends which task is requiring to be done… I have a headset so I can chat to my girlfriends & get: beds made, pots & pans washed, washing hung out, folding put away, junk mail folded (I deliver to two areas), dishwasher packed/unpacked & everyday household paperwork filed. What I have worked out though is when I’m doing a serious de-clutter of the kids stuff – I need to focus on the task at hand.ReplyCancel

  • Facebook certainly is doable whilst on the phone but yes it also takes your concentration from the conversation at hand.
    I have also made the bed, put washing on to wash, folded clothes, peeled potatoes and carrots, put meat on to cook, pegged washing on the line, unloaded the groceries, sent text messages, written notes and more whilst been on the landline – love cordless phones!!ReplyCancel

  • My mom, sister, and best friend all live out of state (and two of them out of the country), so I’m on the phone a lot. When I talk to them I run in place and fold laundry at the same time. Workout accomplished, laundry dealt with, and nice phone call gotten in. ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Thanks for the ideas. I tend to walk around picking up strays and finding their proper home. Especially books, and I often end up tidying the kids bookcases. If I’m hiding from the kids I tidy my bedroom!ReplyCancel

  • Amber

    I have done stuff like wipe down the bathroom, clean mirrors, even as far as started on the shower… put the books back away in the kids rooms, feed the animals… ReplyCancel

  • Eleise Bott

    I always weed the garden! I get outside and do a job.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Great idea, Eleise. Enjoying the sunshine, sounds nice.:)ReplyCancel

  • Anne-Marie

    I always am doing little tasks while talking on the phone too! I feel like a have to utilise the time. My husband, like a lot of men, doesnt talk much on the phone and when he does the conversations are always quick and to the point. I think us girls know we are going to be on the phone for a while and want to make the most of the time – because we are great multi-taskers.ReplyCancel

    • Judy

      I think when you are on the phone to anyone you show them the respect and give them your 100 percent of your attention. If you can’t do that don’t answer till you can.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree, Anne-Marie.:)ReplyCancel

    • Emily

      I wish my husband was like that. Mine talks for ages and often on the phone. Thankfully he’s normally tinkering in the shed at the same time!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I love putting in my apple ear phones and multi tasking on the phone to friends? Anything from sorting out the pantry to hanging clothes on the line or just a general tidy up. Even outside weeding or cleaning out the car!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve never thought to venture outside, it would be nice in the fresh air!ReplyCancel

  • Kaycee

    I too have a headset for my cordless phone, and just do whatever needs doing at the time (so long as it is a relatively quiet task – I do draw the line at vacuuming!!)
    I find the task seems to go much quicker while I am focusing on the phone call instead of the task!!
    I have a friend who rings me each week while she does her ironing, and I do mine at the same time, good conversation happens and we both get our ironing done!!!! 😀

    Ironing, cooking, folding, loading/emptying washing machine/dryer, cutting out materials for sewing and pinning the pieces together, making beds, stripping beds, cleaning oven/microwave, cleaning bathroom, mopping floors, weeding/planting/pruning, sweeping floors, menu planning, online groceries ordering, paying bills online, sorting out drawers, tidying, packing away clothes the kids have grown out of, putting away washing, hanging/getting in washing, polishing furniture, cleaning walls…..heck, I even get dressed while I’m on the phone if someone rings me that early in the morning!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great list of ideas Kaycee, love that you have an ironing date with your friend!ReplyCancel

  • I tend to empty the dishwasher (quietly) and iron shirts!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ironing seems like a popular task, it’s quiet too!!ReplyCancel

  • felicity

    Cleaning your handbag and your purse out are good jobs.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, I find receipts at the bottom of my bag often, great idea!ReplyCancel