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Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Chicken Gnocchi Soup   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 40 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Soup Serves: 5 Ingredients 500g chicken breasts, cooked and diced into small pieces 4 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons flour 1¾ cups thickened cream 2 cups milk 1¾ cups chicken stock 1 cup celery, […]

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  • Anna

    Yum!! Made it without the spinach (whoops forgot it at the shops), it was still yummy. Thanks Kat for something different. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh glad you enjoyed it, Anna. It is very yummy and fairly easy to make to make as well.ReplyCancel

Bullet Journalling Changed My Life

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts Two months ago, I started a bullet journal as a way of keeping track of all the things I needed to do while my husband was away for a couple of weeks. I had heard bits and pieces about it from other quilt bloggers who […]

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  • Janine Evans

    I’m at journal keeper for tasks. Tried the online ones but keep going back to pen and paper. Will try implementing some of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Aujard

    Alyce, when I read why you started this “I have tried many different types of planners and diaries over the years. Day-to-a-page, weekly, monthly… nothing has ever really stuck beyond a few weeks or maybe a couple of months. I’d always revert back to lists on pieces of paper here or there…” I thought oh wow, this is me. Thank you for sharing, I will be organising my very own journals using your methods now for keeping my business details, invoices and plans.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Harris

    I use a somewhat-similar journal system, however I save a little time by using removable A5 size (almost) post-it notes for the big picture “collections”/items – to capture/build them on the run – and then progressively migrate tasks into daily/weekly pages of the journal as they work into our weekly schedule(s) over time. This allows me to move the post-it note(s) through the journal over time – saving me time with any re-writing from day to day/week to week.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Harris

    I use a somewhat-similar journal system, however I save a little time by using removable A5 size (almost) post-it notes for the big picture “collections”/items – to capture/build them on the run – and then progressively migrate tasks into daily/weekly pages of the journal as they work into our weekly schedule(s) over time. This allows me to move the post-it note(s) through the journal over time – saving me time with any re-writing from day to day/week to week.
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  • Anonymous

    You can’t bet pen and paper. ReplyCancel

  • Janis

    Love, love, love the bullet journal idea. Used a similar thing to this years ago then stopped – but it’s starting again TODAY. ????ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    It is fantastic i agree!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie P

    I’ve bullet journaled for a couple of years now and I love it!!! I love the ability to brain dump and not lose anything – I like clearing out my head!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I love this…
    I have been doing a more random and incomplete version of this but this is just what I need to make it work better!
    thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Seems a great system……should eliminate all those notes I keep writing and losing.ReplyCancel

  • The Filing Fairies

    I never knew this had a name! As an ex event manager I have been using this method for many many years and I had never heard it given a name before. Thanks Alyce and Katrina ReplyCancel

  • Great idea, but I kind of do this in my filofax already which means I only have one place to look for everything, whether it’s scheduled or unscheduled. I might give this a try though as it looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Morunga

    I have started my Bullet Journal today :) Thanks for sharing :)
    I have shared it here..
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teacher-by-trade-Mother-by-nature/1477526579148791?sk=timelineReplyCancel

  • I like the idea! I agree that writing all you need to do, increases the chances of it actually being completed. It is no more a thought but a required action.ReplyCancel

Creamy Tomato and Onion Dip

Come late afternoon I feel really peckish, 18 months ago I would of gone for a sugar hit, however now I much prefer a little savoury snack and I love having some dip in the fridge for just this reason. Plus it is also a great after school snack for the kids.  This Tomato and […]

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  • Tessa

    ooh this sounds so good and even more so with the hint of tabasco, my favourite.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I don’t usually use tabasco on my meals, my hubby covers most of his food in it. But I really did love the little hint of tabasco in this dip, you’ll love it TessaReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    sounds to easy, and is relatively good for you. So going to try this one. Can we substitute anything else for tabasco.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You could leave the Tabasco out if you want yvonne, give it at least one dash as it does add a little bit of flavour, I found the 5 dashes wasn’t hot just gave the dip a lovely tang.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Yummo! This looks so good!
    I’ve been reading a lot of Vitamix ‘healthy dip’ recipes lately and noticed lots use macadamias or cashews all whizzed-up to make it ‘creamy’ without cream for less calories, they’d probably work in the thermomix too.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Ooh yes that is a great idea, Jennifer! I didn’t think of using macadamias or cashews!ReplyCancel

Lots of iPhone tips and tricks

  I have a little obsession I should share with you. I love all my iProducts, I am certain I have just about all available and can honestly tell you it would be very hard for me to go back to a windows computer.  All my devices talk to each other and they are all […]

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  • Kati Wenk

    I love this, I need all the help I can get to use my devices to their fullest. Any more?ReplyCancel

  • Jaimee

    This is great Kat thank you, I had no idea how to get that shortcut screen, I’ve seen people use it, but never asked, great time savers. Also love that picture of you, your smile says a thousand wonderful words, beautiful facetuned or not.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Jaimee for the beautiful comment!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Me Too

    I too have a love affair the apple products, I love how they all sync together just makes my life so much easier, great tips thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes they do make our lives easier, Me Too!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Morgan

    Ooh I have been looking for a todo list that can sync to all my devices, this one looks great, you are wonderful for sharing this post, I’ve certainly learnt a thing or two.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Linda.:) It is fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Monohan

    Ooh so that’s how you photoshop on the iPhone, getting this app!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Kim yes i do love Photoshop too! It’s a great app!ReplyCancel

  • The Filing Fairies

    Did you know that you can also use the volume control on your phone headset to set up longer reach selfies!ReplyCancel

  • It’s amazing (and probably scary) how much I rely on my phone. I’ve been looking for a good “ToDo” app so going to try out your recomendation today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s great Amber! I’m sure you will love the apps like i do!ReplyCancel

  • Ev

    I ?? them too.
    My friends call my The apple guru.
    I luv short cuts & every tip around.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      The Apple Guru!! I love it, Ev!.:)ReplyCancel

  • So funny that you should write this blog post Kat. I have just hit publish on my blog about my trip to Brisbane last week…I purchased the MacBook Air and wanted hints and tips. Decided to streamline my apples….I do love my apples. I too love that they talk to each other, so user friendly and may help me to get a little better at this blogging business. Thanks for the post Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the tips. I really like the one about turning the phone to landscape for a different view of my calendar, will definitely be doing this from now on. xTReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      it’s little things like that that should be shared in a manual to make life so much easier, I like that little feature too!ReplyCancel

  • Wow thanks, i didn’t know i could use the volume buttons to take photos. I’ve also just purchased both the apps. FMS will be my teacher soon hehe (Clever Cookie)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL she is a clever cookie, I’m looking forward to chatting to you about social media in a few weeks then!! Ooh yes makes taking selfies so much easier, wish it helped me with my funny one eye closed thingy when I take selfies though :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow I never knew about the photo one that you can pick a favourite and I’m TOTALLY getting the Facetune app, you still look the same but with just less beauty lines (nicer than wrinkles right) You look great in dark blue BTW. I also had no idea about the calender OR the keyboard. Thanks for sharing Kat. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yay Emily I’m glad I could help you, I like the facetune app for smoothing the skin, also makes my freckles disappear, gotta love that!ReplyCancel

  • Why has nobody ever told me you can use the volume keys to take pic’s, I am only on my third iPhone, you really think I would have known that. Many thanks! xx NReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL Nikki, it’s amazing the different features we find.ReplyCancel

  • Travel Bug Within

    I loved this post – BUT I am a samsung user – so need to search for just as informative post for non-apple fiends like me!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I love your demonstration of how you hold the phone with your right hand to take a picture and the calendar landscape mode tip! These will help me immensely! I don’t know if this is a real tip or not, but I love being able to save any image from a website onto my camera roll just by holding my finger on it and clicking Save Image. I used to screen shot so many things, but now I just do this if it’s an image. Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Leanne

      I meant to also mention a couple of my favourite apps.
      * For photo editing: PicTapGo (free),
      * For listening to music you didn’t know you wanted to listen to (hahaha) according to your mood or what you’re doing: Songza (free, uses data),
      * To save and share the kiddoes’ artwork: Artkive (paid); and
      * For the smarty-pants kids in the family: Codeacademy!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Awesome, thanks for the tips Leanne. They are great.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Richardson

    This was fantastic! I have always had an iphone but you showed me things I didn’t know! The holding of the phone blew me away, I just took a mountain of photos as I sat here holding my phone comfortably and I am embarrassed to say I didn’t know about volume controls for selfies OMG!!! ReplyCancel

  • Money Making Mummy

    my partner asked me to buy one of the fancy faster iPhone charges and I refused but I’m glad now that I know all he needs to do is turn on airplane mode. thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    great post KatReplyCancel

  • Tracey Barron

    There is a book that I borrowed from the local library, called “iPhone Made Easy” by Chris Smith and Kieran Alger – full of really useful stuff, including backing up your iPhone.ReplyCancel

  • Julianne Dimasi

    I’m really loving an app called TIcketyBoo Milestones. I can finally log all my babies cute moments, as they happen on my phone. I always forget to write that stuff down and now I don’t have to anymore. It’s so handy!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Great tips!
    I am envious. I have all these devices too but can’t make the calendars sync. Any tips?
    Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Amy try connecting with iCloud to get your calendars to sync!ReplyCancel

Task 34 – 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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  • I’ve always taken issue with that coat hanger method of decluttering your wardrobe… I don’t think the person who came up with it lives somewhere where there are actual seasons! Or is a bloke – I can see that working a treat if you’re a man.

    I have clothes I only wear for four months of the year – my entire winter work wardrobe for example. Four wool skirts and two pairs of wool trousers that only see the light of day from June – September, get dry cleaned in October and popped away until late May.

    In saying that, it’s about time for a wardrobe cull again. Right now, all my jumpers are hanging up (because I’m wearing them all the time) and they take up a LOT of space.ReplyCancel

  • Busy Mom

    Another idea for seasonal items is to throw a trash bag over the ones that are out of season and put to the back of closet.

    Clothing I am not sure about I tie in a grocery bag and put under my dresser. If I can go a month without needing it (during the season) then I can take the bag to charity.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yes another great idea, thanks Busy Mum.ReplyCancel

  • H.

    I agree that six months is too short for anyone living where there are four seasons. I do a similar thing but annually. That way everything in my wardrobe has had its chance to attract me to wear it.ReplyCancel

  • E

    I live in an area where 4 seasons in one day is common and I find I can be wearing even my winter woollies in summer. I tried the coat hanger method with no luck. Instead I made a divider which hangs in my cloths rail. I put anything I wear to the right if the divider, after a few months it can see what I don’t wear on the left of the divider. Easy!ReplyCancel

  • E

    I live in an area where 4 seasons in one day is common and I find I can be wearing even my winter woollies in summer. I tried the coat hanger method with no luck. Instead I made a divider which hangs on my cloths rail. I put anything I wear to the right if the divider, I can see what I don’t wear on the left of the divider. Easy!ReplyCancel

{MEAL PLAN} Creamy Paprika Chicken

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Creamy Paprika Chicken TUESDAY – Mediterranean Tuna and Rice Pie WEDNESDAY – Left Overs THURSDAY – Chorizo and Vegetable Frittata  FRIDAY –  Taco’s SATURDAY – Sausage, mash potato and vegetables SUNDAY – Roast Pork with roast potato and […]

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  • Katrina

    Yum, that frittata looks amazing, I’m definitely going to add it to my plan this week, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • I am Home Alone this week, so I have meal planned based on food that nobody else likes!

    Monday – Rogan Josh
    Tuesday – Tortellini Arrabiata
    Wednesday – Spanish Rice
    Thursday – left over rogan josh
    Friday – left over spanish rice.

    There will also be enough leftovers for lunch as well!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s funny! Love your meal plan, sounds very yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Veggie Mama

    Ooh thanks for sharing my Strawberry Pop Tart Scones! I hope you like them :)ReplyCancel

July 2014 Daily Inspiration Quotes

Here is a summary of all the quotes that I share on Facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when you need a little inspiration. all images were created by and copyright to The Organised Housewife July 2014 Daily Inspiration Please share your favourite quote of the […]

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  • Jessica

    These are brilliant :) I think I’m going to have to print some off to put up in my home office! Very encouraging.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love them too, Jessica! I like your idea of having them in your office.ReplyCancel

  • A lovely burst of inspiration for me as I try to write some long and boring website content!! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are bright and positive aren’t they! I love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Dream big and make it happen :) Thanks for sharing, reading these quotes was a good way to start up my day. I have some positive thoughts written on sticky notes on my refrigenator. I think it’s also a great idea to remind yourself the happiest life strategy-no worries, dream and make your dreams come true.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      A Young Housewife – I also LOVE the quotes! They are bight and positive and leaving you feeling happy inside. Glad you also enjoyed them.:)ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #2

Thank you all for your lovely feedback from last weeks first Weekend Catch Up post, I will certainly continue sharing them with you! From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite a few members of the community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I share old […]

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  • diane hecksher

    Thank you so much for the time you take to write everyday. I so look forward to reading them.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Diane, I am having so much fun sharing this side of me on Instagram and don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner to share on the blog too :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynette

    truly love seeing this new series of posts, it’s like I’m catching up for coffee with a friend and hearing about how your week went… love your work Kat.! Lynette.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL Lynette, I am drinking a coffee while replying to the comments…. so it’s true, friends catching up over coffee!ReplyCancel

  • Kylee

    Wow you fit so much in during the week, thank you Kat for sharingReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kylee, it was a busy week this week, looking forward to a quiet weekend. We will be making a start on Book Character costumes I think.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Great to read these weeklies – I have missing out on so much! Really enjoy your real life tips and tricks:)
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Jacqui, there is so much that I take photo’s of around my home and think I will blog about that, but honestly I never get time to, this is a great way to share a bit more. So glad you are enjoying the new posts :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Hi Kat! I’m curious about your label machine… Have you used it to label Tupperware Modular Mates? I’ve used the Dymo labels and they don’t stick. Is Brother any good?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Jessica, Yes i have the Brother label machine. I have had it for years and never had a problem with it not sticking.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Hi Kat, I love catching up on your blog, fb and emails. Haven’t quite got the hang of instagram yet. I wanted to ask you do your girls use messenger, or any chat type app on the ipod phones etc. My granddaughter had an app put on while we were overseas so she could communicate with other family and her friends. It is driving me nuts, pinging all the time, and she is constantly looking at her messages. Nothing is getting done. Then we received word in the school newsletter about all these app are for children 13+ and some even 17 years old but the kids are still using them. A serious incident happened at school with a child using one of these messaging apps where the police were involved. Our granddaughter has just turned 11. What are your views and how can we handle it.? bring back normal telephone calls to friends instead of this group messaging etc.maybe some of your readers can shed some light on this subject and how to deal with it. thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Yvonne, My twins are 11 and just about all the kids in their class are on social media. We have created a rule in our home that the kids are not allowed onto social media firstly until they are the legal age for that app and until we think they are ready. I too have heard many stories about these apps, bullying and content that 11 year olds should not be subjected too. I feel I am protecting my kids by sticking to my rules of not allowing them access. They are being pressured by their peers but thankfully my kids know my husband and I position on this and have not harped on about getting the apps, they understand. I told my daughter the other day I used to write my friends letters everyday, it’s not the ‘thing’ these days, which is so sad.ReplyCancel

      • Yvonne Bentley

        Thanks Kat, I knew your girls were 11 that is why I wanted an honest opinion and how you handle this tricky subject. It is a bit hard now that she has it, but it will be discussed and after hearing so many mums with similar answers I am on the same page. Progress isn’t always better. My daughter had penpals 15 years ago.ReplyCancel

        • Martine

          Hi, my grandsons are 11 and 9 and have of course each a smartphone. The rules that my daughter set in place are….no phone to school, no games or chats during the week. The kids are following the rules without problems cause if they don’t , my daughter will just taking away they charger and then on week end they phone will be flat. She also put in place “NANNY” it’ s a control when they are going on the internet. Till now there was no punishment or no breaking of the rules. Just try to put it in place and see your daughter’S reaction. Hope you will coming right.
          P.S. Sorry for my bad english but i am french speaking and wanted just try to helpReplyCancel

          • Katrina

            Martine your daughter has set good rules with her boys having a smartphone. Well done, sounds like it is working well for them.

          • Yvonne Bentley

            Thanks Martine,
            Grateful for your advice. We are contemplating different things and will see which works. It was suggested to maybe allow her 1 hour a day after homework etc. then she has to hand in her phone. this way she can message or play games. But I still think maybe weekends only. There aren’t enough spare hours in a day for her to do the other.

  • Katrina

    I also use the “Nanny” app and highly recommend it.ReplyCancel

Kids Lunchbox Idea #1

Munch & Crunch Banana Morning Tea Strawberry, Kiwifruit and Apple Donut Muffins Lunch Ham and Cheese sandwich and popcorn  Note: normally I prefer to use multgrain or wholemeal bread however this day I happened to have white bread left over from a weekend BBQ  view more lunchbox ideas here

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  • Keryn

    Thanks Kat, this is great, I am forever trying to come up with a variety of different ideas for the kids.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Keryn, it gets hard thinking of new ideas i totally understand. So glad this has helped you out.:)ReplyCancel

Chocolate Slab Cake

I bake healthy snacks for my kids through the week, but occasionally I do like to treat them to something ooey, gooey and utterly yummy as a Friday after school treat. I found a recipe online for a Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Icing… I’ve never tried Chocolate Cream Cheese icing before, and must say, this […]

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  • How come we cant access recipes???

    Very disappointing and time wasting!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Amanda the links are above. It’s not my recipe to be able to type it up and reshare it, but click on the links in the pink in the first paragraph and you will find the full recipes there.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Also, click on the images for each of the other recipes and it will take you directly to the recipe page for those items.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Thank you for sharing! I love your website and I don’t even have kids, but I am learning some awesome tips and tricks and so much creativity along the way :) keep it up!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Hannah, I am so pleased you are enjoying the website, this cake is so yummy, no kids means more for you!!ReplyCancel

Chicken and Corn Soup

A delicious chicken soup for a cold winters evening.  I love the flavours in this soup.  I made it in the thermomix but have found some delicious regular recipes for you too! Chicken and Corn Soup   Print Prep time 8 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 28 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: […]

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  • Carolyn Tristram

    What do you do with the egg – did I miss read it?
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  • Robyn Cooper

    yes the egg???? I assume it goes in at the end
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  • Justine

    I have 2 sick kids that will be home from school today and was thinking I would like to make them some chicken soup for lunch to help their aching throats. Perfect timing thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

The day I removed my Daughters bedroom door

From the very early years I have always followed through with punishments for my kids.  Either at home or while out if they play up I would give them one opportunity to stop and explain to them if they continue I will ‘xyz’.  Typically they know if I have had to speak to them once they […]

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  • Kylie Avery

    Brilliant!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Flannery-Hayes

    Bahahahahahahahahahahaha. I’ll remember this for when I have a tween.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Greenfield

    hahaha I love this! I will definitely remember as well when those tween days come around.. Terence Greenfield Dot GreenfieldReplyCancel

  • Jo Alexander-Wynne

    Oh my goodness you are awesome!!!! This is truly brilliant!!! At the moment we are the challenged parents of a testing 4 year old boy and a fiery 2 year old girl… We frequently use the time out chair and I also downloaded a sand timer app on my phone for Mr 4 – for those times he is too stubborn to do whatever i want – when the sand timer runs out, chances are over. Putting it out there – teenagers scare me hahahaReplyCancel

  • Denise Lawson

    Love it ReplyCancel

  • Helen Reilly

    Love it :)ReplyCancel

  • Regina Crothers

    I think that is horrible. I believe that a child’s bedroom is their sanctuary from a crazy high pressured world. Plenty of other suitable punishments. I have 2 amazing teens who show respect to me and I show respect to them.ReplyCancel

  • Karina Wood

    I would totally do the same! It’ll be interesting to see how we go with the teenage years :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim Shackleford Bullins

    I had bought my son a nice car and he wreck it, then he told me it was a piece of crap. I did buy him another car, it was a piece of crap. It was ragged out really bad. He never complained about something else I bought him, at least not to my faceReplyCancel

  • Angie Ramsey

    We did this a few years ago as well. Privacy is not a right until you are an adult. Slamming doors is not acceptable as it is not YOUR door to break. It’s mine. Also, just an FYI to those that don’t like the idea of removing the door completely, weather stripping around the edge works great too. Nothing diffuses the situation ( and makes them more angry LOL ) like STOMP STOMP STOMP SLAM DOOR and have it close as a soft WOOOOSH…….ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    reading it with a smile & nodding my head. What a clever idea to help her realize the consequences of her actions. As a mum of 3 girls with my eldest being 11 I am often referee to their spats. I’ll definately remember this idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Lisa! Yes i am sure a lot of us mums can relate to this. It has worked so far.ReplyCancel

  • Lara B

    Kat, I loved you before but even more now, my daughter slams her door all the time and I was at my wits end, I honestly didn’t know what to do and you would have thought that this would have come to mind. This is a fantastic idea and I will use it next time the door slams, more than likely in the next 5 min the way she is going.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Lara! I thought it was a great idea too and one that seems to have worked.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is a very worthy method! My parent’s did it to my brother and my best friend’s parents did it to her. Let’s just say they stopped slamming doors!ReplyCancel

  • Kylee

    This is just brilliant that you followed through with a punishment, far too often what I say falls on deaf ears and I rarely follow through and the kids know it. This helps me to realise I should and I know what to do when my daughter gets to this stage. Thank you Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Great post. Any tips on how to get a 12 year old girl to keep her room tidy? I’m almost at the point of giving up!ReplyCancel

    • Shireen Baker

      Don’t clean it, don’t take the washing out. She’ll run out of clothes eventually and she can go to school in her pyjamas. Or, give her a day/time and if it’s not done it’s ALL in the bin. Bring the whizz bin in on the nominated morning of the day and watch how quick she cleans her room.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Fiona, Ooh great question! I will ask the community on facebook!ReplyCancel

    • J'Zanne

      I’ld take the door away there too, albeit with a kiddie gate to separate her space. I mean if the room is to certain point where the door can’t swing freely, also, if she is “so proud” she shouldn’t hide it behind closed doors.ReplyCancel

    • Janis Hill

      I used to set a timer. Whatever the children had not picked up became mine. The first time I had possession of a particular item they did not get it back for a week. The 2nd time was a month. 3rd time three months and there was never a 4th because if I picked up something a 4th time it either went in the trash or was donated to a none-profit!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Wow glad it worked for you, Janis.:)ReplyCancel

  • Fashionista

    Excellent policy to follow through with the threats. Sometimes I think my children wind me up just to see if I will do it…..

    My anecdote isn’t about slamming doors, but an “open door” policy when it comes to boyfriends/girlfriends visiting. My friends M&J have 4 children where there is a 6 year gap between the eldest and the youngest so when the eldest started having a boyfriend visit when she was 17, the youngest was still only 11. So an open door policy was developed, you are allowed to have your boyfriend in your bedroom (because with 3 other siblings in the house the need to “be alone” was respected), however the door must be open at all times. One day M came home to see the boyfriend’s car in the driveway and the door shut. So without a word he went to the garage, retrieved the drill, took the door off and put it in the garage. His daughter looked on in horror. The boyfriend made his excuses and left. She was without her door for a week and the open door policy has been adhered to ever since. By all the children as they are now in their 20s/late teens.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thats great that you followed through!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky

    I’m 40 and my Mother did it to me when I was a teenager.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Funny Vicky how we still remember, i do too!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    My eldest is only 5 so we are not quite at this point yet but she is fiery, I can see this will be us in her tween years.

    I am a big believer in following through with punishments & I try to do it always. Last time it back fired though. My son & I were watching my daughter at her athletics carnival for school and he was being naughty so I said “if you keep doing xyz then we will have to go home”. My son sure enough kept it up and off home we set, him with a big smile as he had gotten just what he wanted. Oh dear…

    Lesson learnt I need to think through the consequences for the behaviour better, I played right into his little plan.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kids are very smart aren’t they Belinda! Great job in following through!ReplyCancel

    • J'Zanne

      I had similar, I had ice cream.
      The currency for the “naughty” one, so we went home, but everyone that missed out the fete, got ice cream, every one “wins”.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian

    I love this. I think we sometimes think that we are the only bad @ss mom and that we are so far out there it’s off the scale. Thank you lol we are moms, all trying to bring up beautiful, respectful and kind kids. Love your posts :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Gillian! Yes at the end of the day that is exactly what we want, respectful children!ReplyCancel

  • Talia

    As a child, my mother told us if we didn’t clean out rooms all of our belongings would end up on the front lawn. We lived on a busy on a main street and our school buses would drive past our house. After one week of not cleaning my room, I came home on the school bus and saw all of my things on the front lawn. Including dirty clothes, bedding, books – EVERYTHING! It was the last time I didn’t keep my room clean.ReplyCancel

  • Been thru it

    In response to how do I get my 11 year old to clean her room. This is what I did it worked well. Give them one hour to clean there room set a timer. Then when timer. It goes off take very one large trash bag go into there room fish everything out from under bed behind dresser closet floor put into bag if one shoe is put up then get the one that’s not. Lock in trunk of car etc. when they want that shoe or blouse shorts etc. they have to do an extra chore to get that one thing back etc. only had to do it one time.ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    In my case I’d have to remove her bedroom door, wardrobe doors, blinds, and any object capable of being flung across the room. But saying that out loud, it doesn’t seem so ridiculous!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Deb i feel for you right now!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Hitchcock

    Currently Miss 8 and Miss 6 have no door either. It’s been bliss… Miss 8 was the slammer and the last straw was when she pushed miss 6 out if their room, slammed the door and got miss 6s fingers caught and kept pushing on it….

    They still argue, but i hear every word… And no-one can be locked out of their space…ReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    Yes! Dr Phil has been spruiking this consequence for years but until now I had never heard of anyone else actually doing it. Good on you.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    I fostered challenging behaviour kids for years and I used this technique more than once. Sure they have a right to privacy (there s a bathroom for changing in with a lock) but our houses are things we (the adults) pay for and work hard for. I think respect for other peoples property is a lesson too many kids are missing today. As for cleaning their rooms, I used to give them a set time frame and then I went in with a basket and everything went in. An extra chore or good behaviour got an item back. As parents we don’t realise a how much we spend on children’s activities or on the little extras that we give them every day. We had a chore list with each chore being worth so much 20c 50c and at the end of the week they could chose their rewards. They also earned points every time I caught them being nice and thoughtful 1 point equals 10c. It doesn’t sound like much but it quickly adds up when you make a point of constantly praising great behaviour. Oh and they never lost points, they just didn’t earn them new ones for bad behaviour. Hair lackeys, scholastic books that we ordered that they wanted through school book club, movie tickets etc. They could save up for them if they didn’t have enough. And half their pocket money went into bank account and at the end of each school term they could buy something they really wanted.ReplyCancel

  • chelle

    This is the very thing I followed through on with my son at 15.. He would consistently slam his door after an argument. Being that he is now 23 … and has never slammed a door since. It’s something that really resonated with him and had him reconsidering hus behaviors.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    Brilliant! Will be storing this idea away for when my twins (now 5yo) hit the “Tween Years.” We have a boy & a girl. Our daughter already acts like a 10yo, bossing her brother & father around so we strongly believe in following through on discipline. They are pretty good, generally, but have their “moments!” Great to read this, thank you.????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Vicki, Yes they all have their moments. Glad you enjoyed the post.ReplyCancel

  • erica

    Brilliant idea. I have a 7 year old boy who is strugglong with and interstate move and a new year brother being added to the family. He is angry and messes up when my attention is not on him and constantly back chats and argues. Any hints as I am at my wits end with his stubborness and unwilingness to co-operate in the family.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Erica, It’s hard when you have a new little bub as well as moving interstate. I imagine his emotions are all over the place. Praise good behaviour and lots of encouragement. Good luck.:)ReplyCancel

  • Gina

    To Belinda with the little boy that got his way, to go home. I feel for you, I hate when my husband says, NO TV FOR A WEEK. I”m like… great, that just punishes me. I try to make punishments simple but effective. So if we are out then depending on the age, very young, sit down over there for 4 minutes. Let it go after that. If it was in a big area like at an athletics carnival, I come prepared with food and drink, but I let them run around and not be too concerned with them behaving perfectly, ie sitting still and not moving (never going to happen but some people expect it). If we are at shopping then if he misbehaves, back in the trolley or pram. My 4 year old HATES this. Then older ones 8 and 12, well they get points that they have to work off and often there is no tv or computer if you have accumulated any points. I have a list of jobs that have points that go with them and they get to choose which job. 5 points, tidy lounge room, 20 points folding washing and putting it in peoples rooms, etc. They seem to be responding to this the best. I don’t have to tell them what job to do, they choose. They complain, if they refuse, I add more points. If they don’t do the job properly, do it again. Boys are hard to handle and I think I am doing an ok job. IT’s hard to keep your cool.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    My son from 12 months to 3 years never had a door.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow that’s interesting, Helen. But i can understand why too, i used to worry about little fingers being caught in the door. It was always a big fear of mine.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Hi Kat, I think the risk is this idea can often backfire in the ling term. Often parents react in the heat of the moment with the words ” if you do that again…..” and can paint themselves into a corner as they have to follow through next time with the threatened consequences. This time it worked out as your daughter obviously realised she had pushed your boundaries too far. Another approach would be to wait for them to calm down and then go in to their room and in a calm voice explain to them how it made yoy feel and that you don’t appreciate that behaviour and its not what you would expect from them and in future etc. Guilt trip often works n a more subtle level rather than having the stress of the no door situation going on for a week. Teenagers will just think How would you feel if your daughter took your bedroom door off? Also the behaviour is often a symptom of something bothering them elsewhere in life, could be the hormones creeping in (on either side).ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Haha, loved the story and being a mother of 4 pride myself on never getting to 3 on my 1,2,3 count.
    I know I always have to follow through &the thought of me removing their doors was enough to stop the slammed doors in this house.
    My follow through story was with our eldest son now 14 at the time about 5. After lots of mucking around one bed time he was told that if he didn’t want to sleep in his nice bed then Dad could take him to the shed to sleep alone.
    More of the same continued so hubby told him to grab his pillow and marched him out the back.
    He came straight back from the shed decided that the bed was a good option.
    The funny part was about 3 nights later we heard our neighbour (whom we hadn’t met yet) say to their child – if you don’t want to go to sleep, you can sleep in the shed like the kid next door!!!

    It was catching on!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh wow! Glad it worked for you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Janine Smith

    For Fiona.
    Perhaps make the request with a deadline for when the room needs to be clean. Explain that it’s disrespectful to her belongings and to the effort you as parents make to earn the money to buy those things. If she refuses to respect her belongings by keeping her room clean, take those items off her and make her earn them back by keeping her room clean and perhaps by doing additional cleaning around the house.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love all of your suggestions, Janine! Thank you so much for sharing.:)ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Re: the door slamming, love it. Ours are mostly frosted glass so any slamming is out if the question & will be dutifully removed if needed. Re: room cleaning; an experienced working mum I knew (before I had kids) organised all her friends to come over & clean up her sons room. She told him it was organised, guess what, clean room…. Haha, never forgot it, might need to do that myself one day!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Glad you are enjoying the posts, Heidi. And getting a lot out of them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Last year my 9 year old was constantly complaining about having to tidy her room and it was always a drama. I decided to threaten taking her room off her for a week, apart from sleeping and getting changed. She told me I couldn’t do that!! The next time it happened, she lost the privilege of her room. She had to ask permission to enter the room to get changed and to sleep.
    I have never had to do it again and it was amazing to see how much she loved having her own room to relax in at the end of the week :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow that’s interesting Katie! It worked well for you.ReplyCancel

  • I commend you for doing this and will have no hesitation about doing it. I still give my kids time out, well to sit somewhere away from where everyone is having fun. I also take valuable possessions, experiences off them! GO YOU! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thanks Emily. I have had so many positive experiences relating to this.ReplyCancel

  • Briony

    sounds great, I wish there was an effective and quick way of stopping backchat with teenage girls! Any ideas??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Briony i don’t for teenage girls but i have from an early age pulled all of my children up if they have back chatted or been disrespectful. I don’t let them walk away until they have apologised.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Baker

    Well done! Good on you for being a parent that follows through, as hard as it is. We too have removed bed room doors, unlike your daughter, our boys are slow learners and have had to have their door removed more than once. We also came at it from a safety issue too, when they slammed their doors, they didnt know if their little brother who absolutely adored them, had followed them into the rooms and we were not about to let him get his head slammed by the door or even worse, his fingers hurt or amputated by being caught in the door, just because they were angry.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley McMahon-Coleman

    I would totally do this. Fair warning was given.
    When DD was in first class, she was chosen to be one of the leads in the class item at the school dance festival. That evening as we ran around trying to organise everything and everyone and get her back to the school on time, she behaved progressively more and more like a diva, and an ungrateful one at that. I warned her that my cooperation and chauffeuring for extra-curricular activities are voluntary but evidently she didn’t believe me when I told her that if she kept it up she’d stay home. Husband was in complete agreement, but she didn’t heed the warnings even when they came in stereo. So – a text to another parent to pass on an apology to the teacher, and Missy had a very boring evening at home and some other kid was front and centre in all the photos. She now uses this example to give her brother and students I work with friendly warnings: “She means what she says, so you’d better listen …” ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl Waterson

    I did the same to miss 14. Was for back chatting me, then she slammed the door. I walked right in there with a screwdriver (bear in mind I have a damaged shoulder and couldn’t remove it anyway) my son in law was there and he got roped into doing it instead. He left to go away for two weeks and we forgot to get it back on. Ended up being up off for about 6weeks at least. She still back chats sometimes but no door slammingReplyCancel

  • Anna Donaldson

    It’s hard sometimes but as a mother of Miss 15 & Master 13 sometimes you have to take the step. I took the door off once because she kept slamming it. As a person who doesn’t like confrontation I found this difficult but after awhile the door wouldn’t shut properly so I took it off. There is a line between looking after things and being lenient in an emotional moment. You still love them
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  • Susan

    Our 3 are aged 6, 8 & 10. Courtesy of Nigel Latella, we use “The Certain Ladder of Doom”. Their names across the top, 1/2 hour time slots down the side, ranging from bed time down to home-from-school time. Stick up on the fridge with a magnet for each child. When behavior deteriorates I give them a warning. Next incident, I calmly(!) walk over to the chart and move their magnet down one slot whilst saying ‘half an hour down’. That means that they go to bed 1/2 an hour early that night. You HAVE to be prepared to follow through on it, especially early on, then it absolutely works. I once had my son in bed at 4pm, showered and everything. He was allowed up for dinner, but otherwise had to stay in bed. These days I just have to threaten them with ‘half an hour’ and they quickly start to pull themselves together. The added bonus is that I often feel that their behavior worsens when they are tired, so, two birds, one stone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow Susan i haven’t heard of this chart before. Sounds like it has worked for you though.ReplyCancel

  • Down that Little Lane

    Cudos Mumma!.. I am taking tips from you for sure! x
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  • Brandy

    My son slammed his door in my face and locked it once. I forced it open and removed it. He didn’t even get a warning and it was off for more than a week. I can say that he has never done that again. I explained to him while removing the door that in my house there is no slamming of doors, not in my face, and I won’t be locked out of his room. If he NEEDS privacy that’s what the bathroom is for.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Brandy yes i would have done the exact same thing!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    When I was your daughters age, I stomped up the stairs after being sent to my room from the dinner table for talking back. My father made stomp up & DOWN the stairs 100times. I was most put out, but I didn’t stomp up those stairs for a very very long time, if ever! Memorably rough? Well it 32 years ago and I still recall that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL that’s funny Louise!.:) But it worked for you! And yes i don’t think i would have been storming up the stairs again after 100 times!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lizzy

    We take away the Xbox ( only allowed on weekends anyway) and have found that is enough to get the kids to pick up their slack. If they have been good they are give the wifi password for an hour and cut off.
    What is everyone’s policy on internet access? I have a 12 and 13 year old, they use an iPod and a phone to access internet therefore it’s hard to monitor what sites they are visiting. Should I check their handheld devices or say only internet usage is on the laptop in the kitchen?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Lizzy i personally like the kids to use the laptop usually on the dining room table and mostly it is only used for homework. They usually spend about half an hour on the computer and i also have a program called Net Nanny installed.ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve

    My son, between the ages of 3-7 went through a stage of “pocketing” things that didn’t belong to him. At the younger ages it was an innocent act of “I like this, I want it”, but after explaining to him that it didn’t belong to him, he understood that it was a bad thing to do. This didn’t stop him so after an incident of pocketing a toy from a shop, showing me (so still innocent not realising the consequences) , we went back to the shop, he told the shop owner, the lady was good about it :), but I said to him, “the next time you steal from someone/somewhere, I’m taking you to the police station”! He did it again, we went to the police station (he in floods of tears) and, to my knowledge he hasn’t done it again since. The next time he does, I told him I’m taking him to the lock up! Btw…I’m a “door slammer” and I’m 45 :-/!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Genevieve you have me in fits of laughter!! But i can see where you were going with this and so happy it worked out for you and your son. Well done.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ani

    We had an amazing cleaner who did wonderful work BUT refused to clean our kids’ rooms because she thought they needed to learn. ;) She said at her place, her sons were not allowed to watch any TV until their rooms were cleaned. I told the kids the same applied, so would inspect their rooms while they were watching TV or a movie; if I found them messy, the child would have their viewing interrupted until they had sorted out the mess, and the TV or movie would NOT be paused while they caught up on their job. It got action and also made them understand that we need to finish work before we play. As a family, when we are not having dinner at the table, we watch a documentary during dinner. This is still seen as a reward, so kids usually keep their rooms in order so they don’t miss out on this fun family time!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s great Ani, glad it is working for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • sheryl

    Haha Kat, I too did this to my son when he was maybe 8 or 9. For 5 days. He’s 19 now, and never slammed a door since, or walked off in a huff since. Golden. I too am a believer in always following through on what you say you’re going to do. He sure never expected I would do that though! They have all turned out immensely respectful young adults that I am very proud of. Worth all the hard harder road of following things through, but in a kind, loving and respectful way :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thats great, Sheryl. So glad it worked for you. I also agree in following through with and believe it does pay off in a positive way.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Good on you! I did that to my daughter about ten years ago (she’s nearly twenty four now), boy did that work. She never did it again and she learnt very quickly to control herself because she knew punishments would be followed through to the letter! We laugh about it now ahe gets great pleasure in re telling the story. Good luck to you and your family :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you, Julie! I am pleased to hear that it also worked for you and your daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Anjee Boulton

    I did this when my daughter was 12, she got into the habit of yelling ‘whatever’ and slamming the door, when I’d had enough, I told her I would remove the door if it happened again. Needless to say over the next 4 years the door was removed about 6 times for a week each time. She is now 25 and the delight of my life! ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    Well done Kat! So many parents do not follow through and the children never learn the lesson. I am proud of you for doing what you said and being prepared to share the experience. 10 points for you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tania

    In our house the bedroom door was only allowed to be shut when you were getting changed. This meant as we got older and friends came around our parents had supervision. We were encouraged to stay in the ‘public’ parts of the house when having friends over. This gave our parents some control over a house of 3 girls & 1 boy, all teenagers.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I really like the sound of this, Tania. It is something we also do in our home.ReplyCancel

  • Ktrina

    We have gone as far as removing all furnishings (wardrobe, bed) from our teens room due to his treatment of said furniture when sulking/etc. in fact he had broken his bed completely by the time we removed itReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh dear! I can see why you have also done this.ReplyCancel

Task 33 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge + win a pack of shoe storage boxes

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  • Kylie Roberts

    I would love to enter but I simply cannot part with my shoes! I keep them nice in boxes. I can however take a photo of my wall of shoes? haha!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Sracek

    This is about one fifth of my collection, 14 pairs. Most of them have only been worn a couple of times, they are either not comfortable or I really can’t walk in them – like the beige boots!!! I have a little shoe addiction I think!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Billing

    I see it looks like you own a Trikke. The one with the pink wheels. We sell them at Trikke Australia this is probably why I noticed it. Lots of fun. Enjoy ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Billing

    I see it looks like you own a Trikke. The one with the pink wheels. We sell them at Trikke Australia this is probably why I noticed it. Lots of fun. Enjoy ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    Only three pairs out so far, sent to find a new home at goodwill as they just didn’t suit my feet! But hopefully more to follow this week! :)

    Entered my pic on Instagram (@allaglow), thanks for the chance! I might pare down my collection enough to fit in these gorgeous boxes!ReplyCancel