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My biggest tip to being organised at home is to organise dirty clothes, creating piles for like items, whites, colours etc + different storage ideas.

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  • Tara

    Oh that is a fabulous idea!!! Il be getting one of them for sure i sort my clothes exactly the same way except they are piled in front of the laundry door :| this way is sooooo much better THANKYOU!! xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Will make it look tidier too!ReplyCancel

      • Mtomsey77

        i finally organised our laundry too. I have 3 standard laundry hampers from Kmart(however the ones that you have linked actually look smaller and would fit better in my laundry). They are sorted into Everyday Clothes, Uniforms/Work, Towels/Sheets. I don’t have any for whites, but basically because I have a lack of room in the laundry to put another hamper. It is a constant battle keeping it clean, as it is so small and pokey and doesn’t take much to dirty it up. But I have already seen the difference in implementing this system with the kids. They do have their own hampers in their rooms, but this is because I don’t expect them to go downstairs everytime they have dirty clothes. I still have to sort those clothes out, but the majority is sorted downstairs for me.ReplyCancel

    • Rosemary

      I have been doing this too and it has been a fantastic strategy.
      I also have a basket for each person for when taking the clothes off the line. So when you have not put away clothes straight away, you know where each persons items are. Then the kids (9&8) can put away their own washing “like the way mummy likes it”ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much. I am going to Howards next time I am there and buying this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love Howards, so much I would like to buy!ReplyCancel

  • I redesigned my laundry and I now have a long bench… with the washing machine at the end & dryer positioned above it. Under the bench I have 3 Ikea baskets (on wheels). One black one (for dark clothes), One white one (for light clothes) and another black one for ironing. I can roll the ironing basket out to the line and put the clothes straight from the line into the basket… then wheel that around the house (where-ever I decide to iron). I love my laundry. Although I don’t love doing laundry. LOL. Your system is a great idea too!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      What a great idea, ironing basket on wheels!ReplyCancel

    • I have been looking for baskets on wheels, where did you find yours?ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Russell

    Are these the Elfa series? If so what one is it Elfa White or Mini?

    Thanks

    MelindaReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Melinda

      The system we have is ELFA same to the mini but slightly higher with 10 rails on each side. We have 2 deep baskets (taking up 3 rails each, which hold the darks and colours) then 2 regular baskets (taking up 2 rails each for whites and other items) with the shelf ontop to hold the washing basket. I hope this helps.ReplyCancel

      • Anne

        Hi, Could you tell us the sizes of the frame and baskets?ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle

    I too have started thi sidea about 3 weeks ago ( starting to get in a declutter our house) and have found it works very well. Just a question ” Is cat a ragdoll by any chance? As we have one and that’s his favourite place to sit and watch the birds” i look forward to turning on the computer and see what you have up next on your website.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      yes she is a Ragdoll. She is nearly 2 years old, gorgeous but ever so snobby…lol. Once we are awake each morning she meows like she is hungry but just wanting us to open the laundry door so she can sit there and watch the birds.ReplyCancel

      • Dannielle

        Are you sure you are not talking about my raggy,Chocolate? That is exactly what he does ( he turned 2 last month) and is a very spoilt puppycat undeed.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Yes. I need one of these :) It would just release me from the sorted piles of clothes on my laundry floor that are waiting to be washed!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s a wonderful system Natalie, the ELFA system is great, but you can find more economical varieties at your local department stores. I saw some at Big W recently and know Ikea had some too.ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    OK I am going to get the laundry done today whilst little one is sleeping. I have been independently decluttering since the start of the year but have lost my way so will try and track with your blog. So I will do yesterday’s laundry sink declutter as well. I will try and post back later when completed to keep me on task! thanks for your wonderful blog.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love your motivation Summer, how did you go?ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    That looks awesome! I don’t have room in my laundry for something like that..but currently have a basket that had 2 compartments, 1 side is white and the other blue. The plan is the lights go in the white side and the darks the blue side. My son hasn’t quite worked this out yet and just puts his clothes in anyside. I’m still teaching him to put them in the laundry so will work on the right side later (I usually change it later that night)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Lol, he will get their at least he is putting it is the baskets!ReplyCancel

  • I love it. It looks great. I was off to Ikea any way so I will add it to my list. Thankyou for all your wonderful ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I ? Ikea, can get lost for hours in there.ReplyCancel

  • That is such a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to try it when I have my own place xx

    We have our own individual laundry baskets here, since we all do our own washing. I usually just sort it out before I do the wash.ReplyCancel

  • Joelene Accatino

    I love this idea.ReplyCancel

    • Joelene Accatino

      Went out and bought one. Not from Howards though :( Just a little out of my price range. But I found one (not as good, nor as deep) at Sam’s Warehouse (crazy clarks franchise). It’s a 5 drawer storage set. Frame is D480mm x W440mm x H818mm and basket is D480mm x W437mm x H175mm. The baskets aren’t that big, but they do have a little length on them. Also, just makes me do the washing when I need to.

      By the way, I am absolutely loving your site. Thanks so much Katrina. xxReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        It will still work the same way Joelene, will make washing alot simpilier for you! Thankyou for your lovely comments :)ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    Love the idea, we bought the kids each a small garbage bin (like the council bins) each a different colour. We took them out of the kids rooms when they stopped putting their clean clothes away and just put them back in the bin. They are now in the laundry where we have 1 for towels/linen, 1 for school/work and white clothes and 1 for everything else.
    I love your idea and think i might head out and look at this system and re-purpose the bins for toy boxes for them.ReplyCancel

  • […] storage system also has a shelf on top, perfect for storing the washing […]ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    Katrina – cannot thank you enough. Last Saturday pulled laundry room apart and tossed so much rubbish and stuff that didn’t belong in there. Sunday morning sent DH off to Ikea (Sydney) to get their basket system which is similar to yours $49.99 (Antoniou – 4 baskets with top & frame). Knew that I couldn’t be trusted to get in and out of Ikea quick, so told DH to leave early and get some yummy breakfast at the Cafe. He was out of here in a flash ! LOL… Well, the Ikea baskets are smaller, but we have a front loader and each basket is the perfect size to fill the machine. I am now doing full loads and not forgetting the odd sock etc after the machine has been started (one of the probs with a front loader – cannot open door after cycle started). So… looooove this system – it has made such a difference to my daily routine, especially the hanging out at night, and it is saving us money on water & powder.ReplyCancel

    • jody

      Leisha, you made me laugh! I sent my husband to IKEA to return some items and collect another that I needed for my big storage clean out and he was back in record time. I asked him how he was so fast and he said he went straight to returns, sorted that out, bought a hotdog and left LOL I have never been able to get out of there in under 2 hours!!ReplyCancel

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  • […] from The Organised Housewife {Organise} dirty clothes in the laundry Here you will find tips on how to stay on top of your mountain of dirty washing, a great system […]ReplyCancel

  • Oh, I love this. I’ll be heading down to Kmart tomorrow, I think. Our clothes are in piles… on the floor! At least I can shut the laundry door so people can’t see. But still, it would be nice if it was organised! :)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve got three laundry baskets: one of the IKEA ones that we sort in to lights and darks; a separate basket for my son’s clothing because it’s often wet or covered in food so I don’t want it sitting for a week with the family washing; and a dry-pail nappy bucket!
    I’ve never understood why people don’t sort as they go along, it’s so much easier!ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE that storage thing. I need to link this post with my laundry one too!ReplyCancel

  • My mom had a system like this when we were growing up. I must start something similar here.ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Stevens

    Our laundry requires you to go downstairs, out the door and back in another door. Keeping clothes in there is very hard, so we have hampers in the bathroom instead.

    We have one of these (http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/90180134) and it’s brilliant. We separate into Darks, Colours/Lights and Towels/Linen/etc. You’d be surprised how much fits in there, and they don’t buckle under the weight of towels or anything like that.

    Then the bags get unclipped, taken downstairs (they each have handles), clothes are washed, and brought back inside in the bags to be folded and put away. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Wells

    Love this idea! We are moving house in only 15 days (NSW to WA) and I need to keep on top of the housework and especially the washing, with a baby on the way and study as well. I will have to add another basket to the list for hubby’s stinking farm/work clothes!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Percival

    Wish I had the room to do this as we store the freezer in the laundry as well and room is limited.ReplyCancel

  • spottsy7

    My kids have dirty washing baskets in their bedrooms. I used to work one day per child (we have 5 children) and weekends for hubby and myself. I hang all his shirts straight onto hangers – same with school uniforms. I also fold everything as I take it off the line so it minimises ironing. Because it’s one child per day it keeps everything under control.ReplyCancel

    • kirsty

      1 day per child? that’s genius! then bringing the washing in would be so quick and simple too! tfs.ReplyCancel

  • […] Help sort dirty clothes into darks, colours and white piles […]ReplyCancel

  • Joolzmac

    A brilliant idea for larger families – you can see which load needs doing at a glance!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I got a formica cabinet made with 4 cubbys and 4 holes cut out in the top. I brought 4 baskets, so each kid and parent has its own clean washing basket, then I take the basket to each person’s room and fold the clothes and put into the drawers. Saves on time and dreading Mount Washmore! ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    I have colour co-ordinated baskets in the laundry (blue for darks, red for reds, clear for white, green for baby, pink for a “dryer” load ie. undies, pjs etc). Unfortunately though our laundry is down stairs so this sorting happens on laundry day.

    The good thing is that the baskets are always there so if I’m doing a bubba load in the middle of the week (or a few times a week!!!) and something else gets caught up in the load, I can easily put it in the right basket!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Am I the only person who doesn’t sort the washing??ReplyCancel

    • I dont seperate unless the whites dont come out so well at the end of the week ill do a load seperatleyI don’t have a clothes line at the moment, I have to do 1 load a day to hang on the clothes airer..ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    We have a laundry basket in each bedroom. I only wash from Thursday – Saturday/Sunday for all the clothing. All washing gets taken downstairs and sorted in the rumpus room. I usually have four loads per week. I only wash fold and iron in a space of a few days so that I feel like it has a finishing point. Then I have a few days without having to do any washing of clothes. Then I was towels and sheets throughout the week. At least I have some days when I and my house are not filled with washing.ReplyCancel

  • KristyDB

    I use a three-part laundry hamper (just a calico bag on a metal frame) and store it in the bathroom. As we are a childless couple, I have the luxury of only needing to do a couple of loads a week. The hamper is the perfect size for my washing machine, so whichever divider (darks, whites, colours) is full is what is done next. Always doing a full load saves so much time, energy, power and water! I could never go back to sorting all the laundry again.ReplyCancel

  • Lisakim

    Love this. Now got my laundry sorted very similar and its working great. Roughly following the schedule you do with washing certain loads on certain days and its helping keep it so much more manageable. Not scrambling round of a morning looking for some part of a uniform only to findd it ‘missed’ the washing processsReplyCancel

  • Ann

    I’m in New Zealand and I haven’t seen anything like these drawers…. Anyone have hints as to where I could find some? That would so make a difference in my laundry system!
    ThanksReplyCancel

  • This looks great. We have laundry hampers in the bedrooms and I usually just drag them to the laundry. Unfortunately I just don’t have the space for a hamper like this in the laundry 24/7, I don’t even have a bench to put things on! I’m definiitely thinking of getting one or two shelves installed though so I can put things like the laundry detergent on a shelf rather than in the laundry sink.ReplyCancel

  • Peta Jones

    what a great idea. I usually just end up with piles on the floor!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    i have 2 very large drawers under my bench in the laundry we call hoppers and they are fantastic. I use them for darks and lights. Towels and sheets go straight into the machine. I used to run a house for homeless girls, and was able to pass on many hints. Some on which i learned from my mum….unfortunately, these girls didn’t have this luxury. Anyway, we used little clothes hangers from $2 shops (similar to the PRESSA ones ikea have but with more pegs on) for all the smalls. Each girls had their own and if it was looking like rain, you could easily grab all your smalls off the line with one snatch. Other time saving ideas i have are: gently spin and all items that can be hung straight away onto plastic clothes hangers and hung on line. This takes care of at least 60% of my washing and saves on line space (small line) and then easy to hang straight into wardrobe when dry. We use a system like yours but for clean washing. Each family member has their own drawer and grabs out the drawer and puts it away when they have a spare minute. The last thing we have is a Clevacover over the line that saves a fortune in dryer bills, and is really great. Everyone comments on it when they visit-designed by a QLD mum of 3. Thanks so much for all your tips. I think laundry is the most discussed topic of all household chores amongst mums. We certainly spend enough time in the laundry. I feel i could write a book on it!ReplyCancel

  • […] The beginnings of my laundry system, similar to the one detailed here. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] you would know that I am a little OTTO (over the top organised) when it comes to my dirty laundry. I sort my laundry into whites – colours – darks and linens and prefer to wash them all […]ReplyCancel

  • […] dispose of  cleaning supplies you no longer use. What I love most about my laundry is my dirty laundry system, keeps the dirty laundry […]ReplyCancel

  • brisyvonne

    Just loving all the tips and ideas, I don’t have the space to do that in the laundry. I do take more than one washing basket out to the line when I am getting the clothes off. I place each persons clothes in each of the baskets, then it is less sorting. take it to their rooms and then they can put it away.ReplyCancel

    • This is such a great idea Brisyvonne, will take away from the time to sort the clothes, I think your onto a winner there!ReplyCancel

  • […] week in the declutter challenge I did show you how I organise my dirty laundry, but one way that I really keep organised in the laundry is using a schedule.  We are a family of […]ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Daffy

    Great idea. I have always wanted baskets for each different load. I don’t have the space at the moment. Currently for dirty washing, all dry items go in a basket on the dryer, rags in a bucket and all wet items go on the floor by the machine to wash straight away (have young kids so plenty of wet items). I have a hamper in my room for mine and hubby’s items which I empty when I’m fulling the washing machine (daily) and I tell the kids to put their stuff outside the wash house door (working progress). I sort loads into darks, whites, towels, delicates, and rags. Do 2 – 3 loads a dayReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    I love this idea and will be buying either the Howards ELFA system or the Ikea Antonius system. I have noticed both stores sell the unit with either wire basket draws or mesh draws. Which do you think would be easier to use for this purpose? My main concern is the wire basket draws may have sharp bits on them that “hook” onto clothing (especially delicates).ReplyCancel

  • This is such a great idea. You’ve turned a place that many of us avoid into a beautiful and clean area. The storage solution you chose really fits the space and keeps dirty laundry off the floors and out of the way. This solution will definitely save time when it comes to getting laundry done!ReplyCancel

  • […] I organise my dirty laundry, with 3 busy kids I always have full loads each day and wash particular coloured items on certain days (yes I am very organised like that). Instead have been as routine as I am perhaps you could use this system to wash full loads. ie.  When the colour pile is full wash them, don’t wash the whites until the basket it full etc. […]ReplyCancel

My Miss 12 recently wanted some mini beef mince pies for her school lunch box so she whipped up these little beauties!  I packed them cold into the lunch boxes, you could heat them in the morning and put them in a thermos so they are still warm at lunch time, however it’s so warm here […]

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  • Yummy, and simple. My kids will loves these.

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  • I need to get my hands on some GF pastry so I can make these for Mr Smags. He’ll go bananas for them!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    I do this with leftover Shepards Pie. I mix the potato and mince together, place in pie holes and put lid on. Kids and hubby love them!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    I’m going to try a veggie version with Quorn mince. Have you tried freezing them? I guess they should freeze well and defrost quickly?ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Louise Glendon from Click.Love.Grow As mums I know we love to record our little one’s special moments, and sometimes it’s fun to take more of a pro-looking portrait, so we have something that’s extra special to keep or to pop on the wall! Whether you’re using a fancy DSLR or your […]

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  • Sam

    Thanks Louise- that was a great story. I’m currently trying to work out which camera to buy so I can take better shots of the kids, rather than my iPhone- would you have any recommendations (up to $400) Thanks SamReplyCancel

  • Some excellent tips here! One of my aims this year is to improve my photography. My first step in this adventure is to purchase a new camera, once I find that, I can look into a photography course, and an online one, sounds like a fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    I want to improve too, I’ve switched from Auto but know I need to learn so much more and this course is fantastic for helping with exactly that. Hope you can find a camera you love soon xReplyCancel

Having a laundry schedule sign helps to create a system so that you can stay in control of your dirty washing. Making sure that uniforms are washed.

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  • Julia K

    I too find it easier to put a load of washing on at night. I prefer to hang it out in the morning though as we sometimes get bats flying over which can leave nasty stains on my lovely clean washing !
    I hang the washing out first thing in the morning and bring it in during the day for folding / ironing before the kids come home from school.
    I loathe having piles of washing lying around (clean or dirty).
    I have two large drawers in my laundry for dirty clothes – top for lights – bottom for darks.ReplyCancel

  • I *need* a schedule of sorts. Because I work full time out of home, I mostly wash on the weekend. When I had a magical cleaning fairy, she would put a load on when she left. This one mid-week load made such a difference to washing on the weekend. But do you think I can get myself organised enough to do it myself? That would be a no! (Also, himself has a really dirty job at the moment, and I wash two days worth of work clothes every second night. Wonders why I don’t just do a family load on the in-between night?)

    I wash sheets every second week and doona covers every fourth week, and right now, I am confused as to who needs what washed! We have one single, one double, one queen and one king and I’m trying to work out a schedule that means everyone gets clean sheets and I don’t have all four beds worth to wash at once.ReplyCancel

  • Kyla

    I try to hang out washing as soon as it finishes to minimise ironing. I am wondering if there are any tricks to getting wrinkles out when I forget and leave it in the machine (apart from ironing!)ReplyCancel

    • Margie

      I’ve heard popping a few ice blocks in with the wrinkled clothes in the dryer and letting it run for about 15 mins helps get rid of the wrinkles. However, yet to try this myself….ReplyCancel

    • Jane

      Hi Kyla,

      My Mum was overseas recently and mentioned that the only washing she did was hand washing in the sink and hanging clothes out on an airer overnight. Because the clothes were much wetter than normal, the wrinkles ‘fell’ out as the item was drying.
      When I don’t get to my clothes straight away, I just re wet the item that would need ironing in cold water, wring out a little of the excess and hang it on the line sopping wet. It may not get all wrinkles out, but I’ve found most come out quite well.ReplyCancel

      • Kyla

        Thanks – I’ll have a go at doing that next time I forget and leave the washing in the machine ????ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Cook

    How do you get away with washing towels only once a week ? My house of 4 means I could be washing towels every day!ReplyCancel

    • Kelly

      My husband grew up with the towel schedule of have a shower and throw it in the basket… I was like NO WAY!! You have a shower and you hang it up straight away. We’ve been together for 9 years and married for 6 and at first he didn’t like it but I made him take over washing for a couple of weeks and be soon saw why you hang the towel back up!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    My schedule is – washing is on a Monday. It means that all the clothes from Thursday-sunday get washed.
    I strip beds once a fortnight for our bed and my sons every week (he’s 2) as I do his daycare sheets once a week too. I replace all the towels and do a load. I do most clothes on a Monday as I either bring them in same afternoon or bring them in on Tuesday – fold them by Tuesday night to then have all my husbands work clothes ready for ironing lady who I get once a fortnight (I HATE ironing) I do a small load on Thursday and that usually stays in the basket dried till it gets folded with Monday’s stuff the following week! I try to be organised but I do hate folding/putting away and ironing! And that it seems never ending :(ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    As a fulltime working mum, often random evenings/weekends, I ensure our washing is always at least clean and dry. I keep it to fold as a family to grow independant boys. Towels go on a hook after showering and get washed weekly. I do your trick of washing bedlinen on a day off, sometimes pushing out to fortnightly. I wash most nights when the basket has a full-load, hang up on an airer overnight, or put through the drier on rainy days as space is limited, then place flat in large basket for future folding and to avoid ironing. White is only in our home as a gift by someone who doesn’t have boys or do the washing :)ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    I have a 3 sorter laundry basket – whites, darks and colours, which everything except bedding goes into. Once the pile/s reach a certain level I pop it on to wash in the evening and set the timer so it’s finished when I get up in the morning to hang out. Same as you I also wash the bedding (3 singles, 1 king size) separately first thing to get it straight back on the bed (nothing better than slipping into freshly laundered sheets ????ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Wow, everyone else seems to need to do a lot more washing than I do. I’ve got a husband and three kids and I do three loads of washing most Saturday mornings – one for towels, one for light clothes and one for dark clothes and gym gear. The washing machine is full with each load to save water, electricity, time and $$$. Every couple of weeks I do an extra load with the sheets. Everything gets folded and put away after its dry (usually Saturday night or Sunday). The kids have 3 school uniforms each and we can usually get 2 (sometimes 3) days wear out of each set so I don’t need to wash them mid week. Bath towels are used for the whole week and pool towels are hung up to dry and reused during the week too.ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    The laundry is my least scheduled chore, but it works fine. Whenever I remember…every 2-4 days I empty the laundry chute (everyone knows if it’s not in the chute it won’t get touched/assessed/picked up off the floor/washed/hung up EVER). I sort into loads (whites etc) and wash the largest load first. I may keep going until everything is done or just put back (in their sorted piles) into the chute until I feel like doing it again. I do sheets and towels as you do.ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    Well, this post inspired me! With three ‘young adult’ boys at home (20,22,24) all playing footy, working as ‘tradies’ and general boys dirty clothes, I was not looking forward to another winter of grimy work clothes, overflowing dirty washing baskets and filthy football socks. So, I brought a large stacking basket set, labelled each with their own basket, and handed over the responsibility of getting their washing done to them. Week 1 – one rescued shirt from the dirty pile that hadn’t been washed, a busy Saturday where everyone wanted to use the machine and most of all, a much less stressed mum and dad about ‘getting the washing done!’ Thanks Kat, inspiring as always :-)ReplyCancel

Miss 12 made a batch of these delicious Jam and Cream muffins for the kids school lunchboxes.  She followed this nut and jam muffin recipe, however she didn’t want to include the nuts.  When we packed school lunches this morning Mr 12 put a muffin in a little lunch box and put it next to […]

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Plan activities to occupy the kids through the school holidays, plus use the checklist to help you be organised for when the kids return back to school.

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  • I too am a holiday planner from way back! I find it is the only way to fit it all in. Mine usually takes the form of diary entries, nothing as pretty as your planners. Have a great school holiday with your kids xxReplyCancel

  • Wow… You are really an organized mum.. Planning your kid’s holidays is the best you can do for your kids n yourself as a parent…looking forward to read more of your post…I’m surely going to read the freeZer Friendly lunch ideas as I also have a six year old daughter
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This year has just been a huge roller coaster of emotions, everything just seemed to happen at once, which has resulted in quite a few teary moments plus many happy ones too.  A follower on Instagram recently noticed that I have been a bit ‘quiet’, which was lovely of her to check in.  I have been […]

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  • Michelle B

    Hi Katrina. As someone who has followed you for years, I have always marvelled at your devotion to your family in amongst running such a great blog/website/business. I love how honest you have always been about the challenges you have faced to show the rest of us that even the most Organised Housewife is not perfect ;) You sound like you are making some important adjustments for the benefit of your mental health and your family. Good for you – as always you are a shining example to us all. Us devoted followers aren’t going anywhere and no doubt this change of pace will give you more stories/hints/tips to share with us. Have a wonderful break over Easter.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Michelle. Until the lovely follower on instagram said something, I didn’t realise I was quiet on the blog, and looking at it I was, no posts on instagram and no real conversation on facebook. I was just concentrating on my to-do list, head down, bum up as I say. I think it’s really important to keep it real and share I am not always 100% on top of it all.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Evans

    Hi, I think a lot of us empathise with you. When my eldest started Gr 5 last year at a boys school, the first term was very much panic stations. Everything was so different, and that was just for me! These kids went from boys to young men in one massive step and it was a bit hard to handle.

    I recently had a mum at school comment on how calm and collected I always seemed to be even after 2 drop offs in the mornings, I hastily assured her that like a duck, my legs were kicking as hard as anyone else’s under the water!!

    Everything does work itself out eventually and generally for the better. Sometimes we just have to stop, rethink and recharge so enjoy your holiday break.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kids can be so resiliant, and exactly as you say it was just me and my over thinking and then everything else just made it all very hard. Can’t wait for the holidays, hope you enjoy them too!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    Thank you for sharing. I have had the whole roller coaster this term too for various reasons, and then I get anxious about being anxious! I love how you found a “resolution” to your problems, and reading through, I see how practical and logical they are. Sometimes when caught up in the moment I can’t see through to these oh so easy solutions. On the weekend I had a break through and think I am over it all now… it still puzzles me that these things affect me so much when I am normally so relaxed. But it does. And it helps to know it happens to others too (although I wouldn’t wish it on anyone of course)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it’s funny how such little things can affect us, I too was surprised of how I reacted, but talking to my friend was my breakthrough. I hope it settles for you soon. xReplyCancel

  • Different reasons for the dips but 2015 has very much been a RollerCoaster for me too. In fact including today when I just resigned from my job to avoid a bad situation. Ah! Life is what it throws at us & all any of us can do is our honest best. I’m nervous about what is ahead but my spirit is lighter already.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      the huge positive out of this Vanessa is you know your limits and gave yourself the power to get yourself out of that situation, go you!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh Kat, how I feel for you. I have been going through very similar to yourself, with 2 of our children starting high school this year. We just seem to be so busy, there is little or no time for the things I used to do. Not that I am a big socialiser, but the occasional catch up with friends is so important to us Mums. We just have so much to talk about, to share and to be sure we are normal! I am so pleased to hear you are feeling better. xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      absolutely Nicole, we have found with the kids school work our afternoons and evenings are out to catch up with any family and friends, Netball from 10am on a Saturday and we are exhausted from being in the sun all day, then comes Sunday and we just want to chill. But I agree the socialising is so important.ReplyCancel

  • Oh Kat, what a rollercoaster of emotions! I am so riding along on the same ride with you… albeit for different reasons. I thought this year would be different. I’m not sure why? But I was filled with so much hope and enthusiasm when the calendar flipped over to 2015. But now? I’m struggling. I’m stressed, overwhelmed and feeling a bit shit. I know this will pass. I’ll get back on track again, but in the meantime I’ve just got to cut myself some slack and keep doing the best I can. Which is exactly what you’re doing too – you’re best. Big hugs to you, lovely. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh lovely lady I’m right there with you, I was so ready for 2015, my birthday is a few days before the new year this was the day it started to go down hill, I was sick, which cancelled all my birthday and new year celebations, I was sick for a further week, then website decided to play up and it just kept going. I want a do over!! Can’t wait to catch up, see you soon and have a good chat!! I hope that things start to improve for you, your right, you need to look after you a little, cut yourself some slack! xxReplyCancel

  • Kat, I’m glad you’re feeling more like yourself again :) I go through low patches and it’s always a relief when I see it lifting xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Rah xxReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Moore

    Look after you. You can only be there for your kids if you are nutured too. Thanks for sharing, it’s good to know we all have time when we feel overwhelmed. Good to know we love and are loved. Best wishes.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Jacqui xReplyCancel

  • Mel Bell

    Kat, how brave are you! To recognize you’re feeling a bit flat and then to make such positive changes is awesome. Then to share your experience… you are a gift to all of us. Life can be be tough – I always refer to it as a roller coaster, but if you have more up times than down I reckon you’re doing ok, and I am sure you’re going to be ok! Hugs xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Mel, I’m really pleased I shared this and hearing that so many can relate, I think it’s really important to share the good and the bad, it’s a reality of life and that’s what people are here to read. I can’t wait till 3pm this afternoon, holiday time!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Hello Katrina, I just wanted to thank you for your refreshing honesty and willingness to share your troubles. I am sure all of us empathise, I am having a bit of a rough patch myself at the moment after missing out on a job I really hoped I would get, and it is reassuring to see that someone such as yourself, with all your hallmarks of success (blog, design, parenting, creative projects etc) can still be thrown off course by life’s issues as much as the rest of us, yet feel free to admit this and continue to work towards solutions. I hope you have a great Easter and find the time you need to reconnect with what is important to you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’m so sorry Michelle that you missed out on the job, I hope another opportunity is coming your way soon. I am so pleased I wrote this post, I woke up yesterday thinking about the follower on instagram that noticed I was a little quiet and thought if I didn’t write the post before the holidays it wouldn’t get done. I thought it was important to share the troubles and show that these curveballs in life happen. thank you for your lovley message xxReplyCancel

  • Sorry things have been so tough for you! Thanks for sharing and being honest. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Kelly, I feel relief knowing holidays start tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Hi Katrina, my son started Prep this year and normal routines have all had to change. They are big adjustments and I think as mothers we are prone to worrying about things that our kids aren’t even thinking about. Then I worry I am passing the anxiety on to him!!! This was a great honest blog post and it is really nice to hear that all mothers go through these same periods of doubt or worry. I love your blog and look forward to your honesty and tipsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes Danielle, your right it’s just the mother instinct in us and I was really concerned about the kids seeing me worried and this is why I just stay silent and worry within so they can’t see it. They are coping so well though!ReplyCancel

  • Thankyou for your honesty Katrina. I have only been blogging for 7 months now, but I definitely find it a juggle with 2 young kids (4 and 2), part-time work and trying to start up a business. But I still love it! Sometimes the busy times and roller-coaster emotions are a definite sign that you need to make more time for yourself. Good on you for taking a holiday, you definitely deserve it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      wow Jo, you do sound like you have a lot on. I think the way around it is to priorities and to-do lists help me with my sanity.ReplyCancel

  • I could not agree more!!! Life is a massive roller coaster!! I just want to reach through the screen and give you a big cyber hug (in a non-creepy way lol!). :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL thanks for the hug Lucy!!ReplyCancel

  • Caz

    Oh Kat! I had tears in my eyes reading that. I so know how you feel!
    It’s been such a busy, but short term. There’s a lot to cram in for a family. The kids are growing so fast.
    I also can be prone to over think things, but it’s just because we want to tick all the boxes & for everyone to be ok.
    I’m very thankful for a few close friends to chat to at those times!
    Happy Easter, enjoy it with your family. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s it Caz our worrying to make sure everyone is OK it’s just the new changes and getting used to it, I’m such a routined person perhaps it was my way of coping with change.ReplyCancel

  • ANNIE

    Kat,
    Such a refreshingly honest and open post. My baby started school this year in Prep and as well as having the two older children at school I felt I was a little lost. But as time has gone on this term with being a relief teacher and actively involved in the school on a voluntary basis I can’t seem to find a spare moment to myself. I’m not sure whether this is a good thing or not but at the moment it’s working for me.

    Our holidays started yesterday, love having the girls at home!!!!

    Enjoy your staycation, that’s what we’re doing this Easter holiday too!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It just flies doesn’t it. I also feel like the kids have grown up emensly this past term as well, with 2 of them taller than me and the youngest ooh so close. Happy Easter to you and your family Annie xReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Hi Kat. When you read FB posts it seems everyone is leading this amazing life. In reality we don’t post about how we were up all night cleaning up vomit or how you turned up late to your daughter’s cross country race, so it is lovely to hear your honesty. My eldest started high school & my youngest (I have 4 children) started prep so it has been a tough term for me. I’m looking forward to a well earned break and I know next term will be easier.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds like the holidays are well earned for all us Mumma’s too! Your right, we always tend to share the good, perhaps I might try and share some more of the bad, the mess etc just to show it’s happens :)ReplyCancel

  • Anne-Marie

    Hi Kat,

    thank you so much for such a warm, honest, and beautiful post. I too can relate to how you have been feeling this term with my youngest starting a new school. She cried everyday for the first month and it broke my heart. I would be in tears after dropping her off. I had just started a new business, but I couldnt concentrate on anything and it consumed me. It made me question our decision to change schools and of course think, think, and think again. Thank goodness she has settled nicely now.

    I think as mothers, we spend so much time and energy nuturing our gorgeous little people (and running the household) that we often forget about nurturing ourselves. It is important that we too get plenty of sleep, eat well, excerice, and drink plenty of water. We shouldn’t feel guilty if we can’t be everything to everyone, and it shouldn’t be expected either. Sometimes we need to go into ‘recovery mode’ and rejuvenate ourselves so we can keep going. You can only ride on adrenalin for so long before you hit exhaustion. For me I decided for one week that I would put work aside and just do the things I enjoy so I could get back to my usual happy energetic self and be a better mum again. And after a couple of catch up’s with friends, a massage, lots of early nights, and some lovely walks, I felt like I was ready to ride the roller coaster again – with resilience.

    Thank you again for your wonderful post and I hope you truly switch off from work for the school holidays so you can properly rejuvenate.

    Take care :-)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Gentle hugs Kat. Being a working Mum is tough and you a clearly doing a great job. Be kind to yourself too. XxReplyCancel

  • Trish

    You’re such a lovely person! Thanks for sharing – it sounds like you’re doing a fab job.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Wheeley

    Thanks for sharing Katrina. I find you willingness to be open and honest about parenthood so refreshing, but also so empowering. You actively seek solutions and are such a reflective person. Thanks also for your blog – helps us all juggle busy lives – planning freezer lunches for Term 2. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Bray

    Kat you inspire me, and I so admire that you have resolved your situations! Brave lovely lady xReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    You are a complete inspiration! Love your ‘real-ness’ Kat, although your energy and organisation exhausts me! LOL Your drive and passion is infectious!
    Thank you for sharing this – refreshing as always and I love how you resolved each challenge. PS. I am only just getting to read this now as we are on school holidays and the relaxed starts to the day have let me catchup on some reading. We too are enjoying a ‘staycation’ these hols.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Janelle thank you so very much for your kind words. It really inspires me to hear from my readers and i love connecting with each and everyone of you. We had a lovely stay at home holiday, it was lovely spending time with my family. Hope you are enjoying your holidays too xReplyCancel

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  • Vonni

    Hi Katrina. I no longer receive your daily emails. Are you not doing those anymore? They stopped around a week ago.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Vonni, Hmm that is strange! Ok if you could please click on your last daily email you received and then click through to the blog it should recogonise that you still would like to see the daily emails and hopefully it will start working again for you.ReplyCancel

  • Oh stop!! I am drooling right now. Cheesecake is one of my all-time favourite desserts… and don’t even get me started on how much I love Toblerone! Cant wait to try your recipe out. :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh it is so addictive, Lucy!.:) It is really hard to stop at one piece Lol xReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan family friendly recipe Ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner

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  • I need to get inspiration from meal plans like this I think. Lately I have been serving up the same dinners and I need to change it up a bit. I’m trying to add more veggies at night too. I’ve never made a wonton soup because I’ve always thought wontons were too hard to make but you make them sound easy so I may just have to give them a go. Have a great week Kat. xReplyCancel

    • Bec, i am so lost if i don’t meal plan LOL It does become hard trying to think what to cook everynight.
      The wantons really are easy and yummy.:) Hope you have a great week too xReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for linking up the biscuits. I would be lost without meal planning too, I’m going to give the ricotta fritters and the wanton soup a try over the holidays. thanks again. xReplyCancel

  • Vicki, the ricotta fritters are really good! So much flavour.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I’m planning on defrosting the freezer this week before we go away for the holidays. As such all my meals are “freezer finds” this week :)

    Sunday DD14’s Birthday Dinner Celebration at local restaurant

    Monday Sweet N Sour Meatballs with rice. This is an “OrganisedReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I’m planning on defrosting the freezer this week before we go away for the holidays. As such all my meals are “freezer finds” this week :) Week’s like this are great as I just have to make the sides / vegetables and I have much less washing up to do !

    Sunday DD14’s Birthday Dinner Celebration at local restaurant

    Monday Sweet N Sour Meatballs with rice. This is an “Organised Housewife’s” recipe which I made up as a double batch a couple of weeks ago. Fussy Master 10 can have frozen fish fillets.

    Tuesday Honey Mustard Chicken (from Freezer) with Rice

    Wednesday Beef Stroganoff (from Freezer) with Pasta & veggies

    Thursday Coconut Curry Sausages with Mashed Potatoes & Veggies

    Friday Dad’s Surprise – we are flying down to VIC for the first week of the Easter Holidays to stay with my husband who works there.

    Saturday Depends what’s in Dad’s pantry LOL….

    Baking Lemon Coconut Slice ( this is actually a no-bake slice which was super easy. I made it yesterday for DD14 to take to school for a shared lunch)

    Easter Cupcakes – DS10 is in his last year at primary school and so the last year of bringing cupcakes in to share on his birthday. I’m going to make little cupcakes with icing piped to resemble a nest and each nest will contain some mini easter eggs and a little fluffy chicken.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Those Ricotta fritters look yummy. I made something similar years ago that also had spinach in them.
    My Plan:
    Sat – Thai Chicken Kebabs, stir-fry Veg & Rice
    Sun – Porcupine Meatballs, mash & Veg
    Mon – Spanakopita & salad
    Tues – Nachos
    Wed – Pizza
    Thurs – BBQ Pork & Noddle Soup
    Fri – Tuna Mornay Pie
    Baking – Banana Cake and Ricotta Hotcakes(pikelets)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i love the sound of your meal plan Kylie.:) Delicious!ReplyCancel