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Task 13 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • AnnMaree

    Hi! I’ve thrown out around $60 worth of cleaning supplies and some weren’t even open!!
    Also, I was just wondering where do you get your VIVA Shower Wipes from. My friend and i use to use them and now we can’t seem to find them in our Woolies or Coles?ReplyCancel

    • Wow good on you AnnMaree!! I haven’t purchased the wipes in awhile but I purchased a few when they were on sale from Woolworths. I just checked their website, they say they are also available from Coles, IGA, Kmart and Big W.ReplyCancel

{GIVEAWAY} A weekend away to the Sunshine Coast + your chance to win one too!

My family and I experienced this weekend with thanks to www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au As I am writing this post I am sitting on the balcony of a beautiful apartment in Caloundra.  I have been reflecting the past few weeks I have had and appreciating that I don’t have a pile of dirty clothes or dishes to clean, […]

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  • Julia K

    Hi Kat,
    Another lovely post – I live on the Sunshine Coast so it was nice to read about the attractions from an “outsiders” point of view.
    As regards your kids’ transition to high school – we moved to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney in 2002 and our eldest son had just completed Yr 6 ( the last year of Primary School in NSW ). We were so worried about moving him away from all his friends. He ended up doing Year 7 at our local school and made loads of new friends. His transition to High School the following year was seamless.
    Sometimes the hardest thing is just coming to a decision. Now that you have reached a decision and the kids are comfortable with it – you can switch gears and look forward to it. Uncertainty and indecisiveness are the worst things.
    Glad you enjoyed a lovely weekend away.ReplyCancel

  • Thorael

    Hey, I tried clinking on the link, but it says page not found… Any help with this would be great =)ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Kat
    Don’t stress the new school thing. Drop the guilt. Now.
    A great education is much harder to get than a new best friend.
    My dad was a soldier – I had four different primary schools, two high schools. Every two years we were moving, schools, interstate, changing countries we lived in even. And most of my school friends would be doing the same. I would miss them, yes, but I learned valuable lessons in independence and making the most of each day that we did have together. In these days of phone calls not costing half a week’s wage, Skype, emails, Faceworld…and even the good old fashioned letter in the post, your children won’t have to leave their old friends completely behind, they can still keep in touch if they want to. If you don’t sweat it, they won’t. In fact they’re probably already showing much more resilience than you!
    You have to learn to easier on yourself Kat. Show yourself the same love you show us! :) ReplyCancel

  • Looks like you had an amazing time and obviously just what you all needed :)
    I was sent to a different high school to all my friends. I thought my parents were evil. Especially as I was being sent to the private school all us state primary school kids made fun of in their strict uniforms! Humiliation! However, today I am so happy to still be friends with the girls from primary school! In fact I am closer to some of them than ever and I’m almost 30 :)
    I am so glad my parents did this for me looking back. I made a whole lot of awesome new friends at high school and space from the cliques of my primary school really helped me bloom and blossom and come into my own (and all those clichés).
    Follow your gut and I bet you’re doing the right thing xReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I understand your anguish about school. We are lucky at our children’s school, it goes from prep to year 12. In primary school myself and my two beasties went to three different high schools, but now 34 years later we are in three different locations in QLD, but we still keep in regular contact. Which has become easier over the years due to emails and facebook. Cherished friends will stay with you foreverReplyCancel

Banana and Date Muffins

I have had this odd craving (no I am not pregnant) for dates lately, I have been making date cookies, energy balls and my latest favourite is this Banana & Date muffin recipe.  I have made quite a few variations of banana muffins over the years, with weetbix or chocolate chips, but have to say […]

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What Is Project Life?

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts A couple of weeks ago, Katrina shared my Project Life organisation on her Facebook page. It sparked many questions about what actually is Project Life and how to do it, so Katrina asked me to share a bit more about Project Life and what […]

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  • TEANNA

    Love the Project Life Album just went to purchase over $100 worth of stuff and then it said “Sorry we dont ship to Australia” – very disspointingReplyCancel

    • AlyceB

      Yes, that is the biggest pain about the Project Life organisation! Spotlight sells a lot of the basic stuff, as do other Australian scrapbook stores, especially online.ReplyCancel

    • Danya Breman

      Teanna I buy from Crafthouse. It’s based in New Zealand and used to be the only way we could get PL :) I just ordered a few days ago. Spotlight and some other shops now sell in Australia I believe. Check out Crafthouse :) ReplyCancel

  • TrinaR

    WRMK also sell albums and similar photo inserts and are readily available in Aus. The albums are very good quality too with many colour options.ReplyCancel

    • AlyceB

      Oh boy, when we move back to Australia, I can’t wait to get supplies so much more easily!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Lote

    I’ve only just seen these thanks to this blog! I’m going to ask for them for my birthday….even if it isn’t until September >W<.ReplyCancel

Task 12 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • Miss Maudy

    I have finally been able to access the ‘spare’ sheets (we have a spare bed at the moment, and also go away a lot, so have a couple of sets of QS and single bed sheets for those BYO linen places) and realised just how trashed that cupboard is. I’m at the putting everything back stage of a kitchen reno, so thinking that it might be nice to have a quick win and reorganise the linen cupboard!

    (At the moment, I’m three steps forward, one sideways and/or one back with sorting and culling so stuff can go back in the kitchen and laundry.)ReplyCancel

  • Oh, I did the sheets last weekend. Didn’t actually get rid of any, even though we have more than we need – but at the moment we also dont have a spare bedroom, which we may remedy soon, which will then need a bed and suitable linen.
    It also means we have spares for if we’ve just changed the sheets and then end up sick or similar and need to change sheets again without worrying about the ones already in the wash.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I noticed that your top shelf in your linen cupboard is the same as mine in that you only have a small access area to it. How do you fit the boxes in?ReplyCancel

  • ScienceGeek

    I’ve started using one of the pillows from my sheet sets as a ‘bag’ for the rest of that set. Everything fits into the bottom half of the case and if I fold the top half over it makes a neat little rectangle that’s easy to stack and retrieve when I need it. It’s especially useful when my attempts to fold the fitted sheet aren’t entirely successful!ReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Baked Fish Fingers with Salad

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Baked Fish Fingers with Salad TUESDAY – Sausages, potato mash and vegetables WEDNESDAY – Lamb Kofte with Fattoush Salad, Griddled Sweet Potato and Tzatziki THURSDAY –  Salmon and Spinach Quiche FRIDAY –  on a weekend getaway SATURDAY – on a weekend […]

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Baked Fish Fingers

A fantastic recipe to get the kids to eat fish, they will love the crunch of the Panko crumbs.  Plus this is an easy weeknight meal.  I used Hoki fish, however you can use whatever white fish fillet is on special when purchasing. Baked Fish Fingers Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 mins Total […]

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  • Holly

    What’s the best/favourite white fish to use??ReplyCancel

Win a day with The Organised Housewife – Thanks to Kia

This post is sponsored by Kia Please note this giveaway is now closed, the winners are C Buchtmann from NSW, L Gaeta from QLD and L Mineo from Victoria congratulations ladies I am really looking forward to visiting your homes! Recently I mentioned I would love to give myself away for a day, to help those […]

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  • Mary

    Amazing! That’s so generous of you :) I’m going to go home to take pics and enter IMMEDIATELY!! lol, thank you so much for even wanting to come out & personally help 3 of us :) ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Jenkin

    Such a fantastic competition! So generous of you and Kia! I would love to enter, but we’re currently building and living with my husbands parents while we do. I have loved reading your blog since discovering it a few months ago. I’m already storing ideas for when we get to move into our new house! Keep up the great work. :) ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Joyce

    What an amazingly generous prize. Pity you can’t come out to NZ to help me :) I’m loving your blog and have suggested my friends and family check it out. I discovered it about 2 weeks ago and am presently catching up on all your previous posts.
    I’m a mum of 4 kiddies (7, 5, 4 and 18 months) and have never felt I was getting on top of my housework or organising our home. I have recently started a part time admin job (have been a full time SAHM since my first was born) and am feeling rather overwhelmed with family, housework, time management – life in general. I’m hoping I will find more useful posts on your blog to help me feel more in control.
    Looking forward to reading more of your great tips and advice, and implementing your ideas :) keep up the great work xxReplyCancel

  • Robyn Robson

    Not sure if my entry went through? After a couple of minutes it said “unable to establish connection” or something like that. Do I need to redo?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Antolovic

    I did my entry for your organising competition on Sunday but I got a message saying your message has been sent redirecting you and then the little circle thingy just kept spinning and then timed out. Do I need to resubmit it again? I hate to miss out on a chance for you to come help me organise my craft roomReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Entered!!!!! Oh boy do I need this sort of thing. It was just hard picking an area that needed attention but finally narrowed it down to one that would be more productive. Just before I saw this competition I was trying to sort out a solution to this problem area of my home so hopefully it was meant to be. Good luck everyone. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Divya

    Just submitted my form! I think it’s wonderful that you’re taking time to help 3 (lucky) readers! It’s very kind of you! Now, keeping my fingers crossed :-) Good luck everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Sante

    I’m so sad that Canadians can’t join in!! Maybe next time??? :0)

    I LOVE getting your daily e-mails – with 6 girls the tips are VERY needed some days!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Brookes

    I wish Canadians could be a part of this! I love your blog and your daily e-mails! Being a new stay at home military wife comes with it’s own duties and your blog has helped me stay motivated and keep organized. Thank you!
    PS the new Soul looks so much nicer than the previous model! Thanks for posting pics!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Entered. I have my fingers tightly crossed. I am in desperate need of your help. Good luck everyone.ReplyCancel

  • […] so excited today I am visiting the 1st winner of the Kia ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a Day’ competition.  So that means I have to be very organised and well planned these school holidays, […]ReplyCancel

  • Angela Woodall

    Congratulations to the winners! I’ve been trying to find out who the winners were for days. I thought I must’ve missed the post announcing it, but couldn’t find it anywhere until now. On another note, I’ve just printed up my Mac calendar to keep track of all the things we want to do these holidays along with my work and other commitments. I’ve also written the kids wish list on it in the blank space at the bottom and top as I had no hope of remembering what they were and the exact dates. It’s the first time I’ve felt it necessary. Funny how I’ve now also just seen yours and it’s similar.ReplyCancel

Apricot, Almond and Coconut Slice

I am not a huge fan of apricots, really don’t like the taste very much…. but this slice is ooh so good one that I am certain I will make on a regular basis.  It has a delicious oat and apricot base, topped with a not too sweet mix of white chocolate and coconut oil.  This […]

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  • Tiffany

    Would love the non Thermomix recipe! Looks yummy, for school lunches. ????ReplyCancel

  • Bel

    Me Too!!! Looking for different school lunch ideas, this sounds deliciousReplyCancel

  • ann berry

    Looking forward to the non Thermomix recipe
    s!ReplyCancel