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Weekend Catch Up #6

Poor Mr 11 and I have been really sick since last Thursday, this bug has lingered, so this week hasn’t been too productive on the photo front I’m sorry… and because I have also been working really hard ready to launch something extra special in a few days time.   From the recent survey that so […]

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  • Sweet Miss 11! My week was eventful, consumed by a uni assessment and blacking out at the bus stop! Hope you are on the mend Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh no Stephanie, hope you are feeling better!
      Yes thank you i am feeling a lot better.:)ReplyCancel

  • Mary Doukakis

    I’ve been tidying up #3 son’s clothing left at my home. Getting it ready to send it off to him in his new space. Made stuffed peppers for dindin tonight. Hubby remarks, “great!”… (man of few words). Planning some decluttering this week.ReplyCancel

Raw fruit and nut slice

I gave my pantry a good clean out on the weekend and found some dried fruit and oatbran that I wanted to use up.  You know me, I am loving having some healthy balls and slice on hand so I created this little recipe.  If I had the patience on this day I would of […]

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  • Jaimee

    These sound really good, going to try making some of these for morning tea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are very yummy, Jaimee! Hope you enjoy them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Hi Katrina!

    What a lovely, healthy recipe! Are you able to advise approximately how many pieces this recipe makes?

    Thanks so much!


    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Amy, I can’t remember exactly and I didn’t slice them up equally but you could easily get 18 little piecesReplyCancel

Banana Honey Muffins

I always buy bananas on our weekly grocery shop, some weeks they are eaten up quickly, others they aren’t.  Usually I leave them as long as possible in the fruit bowl and then freeze them for future baking.  I got up early recently and popped a few bananas in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes to […]

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  • Melanie

    These look delicious, great way to use up some bananas I have in the fruit bowl, off to make some now.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are so yummy, Melanie.:) And you are right perfect for using up those over ripe bananas!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    I like that you haven’t added extra sugar. only the honey and banana for sweetness.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Mandy, i think that is enough sweetness. The honey is just the right amount.ReplyCancel

Task 37 – 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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  • Cindy Mayes

    Love this thought of using the beautiful things you have. Also love your blue stool/table – where did you find that gem?ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    I collect cupcake papers – I really hate to use them.
    Beautiful colours and designsReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      There are so many beautiful ones out now, i agree Tracy!ReplyCancel

How to properly burn a candle

Candles can be a lovely addition to any room.  I have a confession, I am or now can say was a candle hoarder.  Much like when I was little I would collect stickers and never use them.  Then when I moved out of home I had a box of stickers that I never used and they […]

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  • I love coconut scents. Coconut & lime is lovely. I quite like apple/pear smells too. I tend to avoid any musky or floral onesReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Leanne, i agree i am not big on musky smells either. I love mango and papaya!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I love Yankee Candles and bath and body works. I love peppermint scented. Candles and always stock up in Jan when its on afte
    r Christmas clearanceReplyCancel

    • Oh yes peppermint, so refreshing! I have peppermint shower cream atm. Its so nice!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Ooh the peppermint shower cream smells delicious! It smells like something you could eat! LOLReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes great idea to stock up then, Melissa. Ooh i don’t think in have smelt a peppermint scented candle burning.ReplyCancel

  • Anthea

    Oh I l-o-v-e candles!… strangely enough my faves are a range at Spotlight called ‘Emporium’… there are a number of scents, but my fave is White Tea… the Fresh Cotton scent is lovely too.

    I found this site only recently, & have really been enjoying the tips & daily tasks – doing a small thing each day makes such a difference! Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Anthea, i will have to check out the range at Spotlight. I also like the Fresh Cotton / Linen scents.ReplyCancel

  • Candles with fresh citrus scents are a must when I’m working and then anything with vanilla or coconut are my favourites to relax to.
    Thanks for the great tips on burning them.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Melissa i totally agree with you! Love all of those scents too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Alisha

    I love candles too and have recently discovered a range from Lemon Canary which have divine scents and the candles come in beautiful vintage jars.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Alisha, i will have to check these out. I like the sound of the vintage jars!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I love candles too and the best one I know of are
    the soy candles from Bali gift and soy candles.
    There is a shop on gallery walk on Mt tambourine.
    They are all natural, have a great scent and last
    ages in really lovely jars.
    They have great melts too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh i may have to take a drive up to Mt Tambourine and check them out. They sound lovely, Michelle.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My favourite candles are Partylite candles- the wax doesn’t burn when you touch it and the scents are AMAZING! And they are all natural ingredients! I have too many favourite scents to choose just one, it depends on my mood and the time if year!ReplyCancel

  • Janene

    Thanks Katrina, I’ve just found your page and loving the tips and challenges. Just got onto the candles and my kids really love the ‘monkey farts’ candles. It’s banana and vanilla.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Janene, Welcome!.:) Yes i have heard of the “Monkey Farts” candles, they do have a really nice scent.ReplyCancel

  • I loved your article, great tips for everyone. I also use to be a hoarder but now that I make my own not so much. I also love the ambiance a candle creates. I will share your link on my page as I think my customers would love your advice.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Thank you so much, Natasha. Thats’s really kind of you.:) Ooh i like the sound of making your own candles!ReplyCancel

{MEAL PLAN} Nonna Minotto’s veal schnitzels

This is a guest post by Susan Austin from Frost Bite I work three days a week in the city so we always have a freezer-friendly meal on my work days. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Pad Thai noodles with prawns and vegetables using Marion’s kit TUESDAY – Barbequed thyme chicken, green beans, jacket potatoes WEDNESDAY – […]

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  • Beth Macdonald

    Thanks for the mention Susan (and Kat!) xReplyCancel

  • Kakoli Das

    I always wonder why your meal planning only includes one meal a day. I am an Indian, and a mother of two preschoolers. I have to plan breakfast, lunch, dinner, school snack box. On most days, there’s always something made specially kid friendly in all the meals in addition to the adult meal. Phew!! Isn’t that a lot ? What advice would you have for me ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow yes Kakoli that is a lot! I would suggest doing the same as you do for one meal only using the same method for all your meals.ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch up #5

From the recent survey that so many of you kindly filled out (thank you), I learnt that quite of  few members of this community do not follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook and Instagram.  I ask a variety of questions on facebook and share a more personal side of me via photos on Instagram.  Because you are missing out […]

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  • Fiona

    Here is to a coffee with you Kat, feel like I am sitting with a friend catching up. We had a great week, I revamped my sons cupboards after some inspiration from you, they look great hope they stay that way. Hope your feeling better.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Still feeling quite sick Fiona, which is terrible as we have such a busy weekend ahead. But yes, I have my coffee here too!ReplyCancel

  • Darlene

    Wow those costumes look amazing Kat and I am impressed to see your daughter at the sewing machine and that you didn’t do it all for them, you are teaching them such great lesson at a young age, good on you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      She did so well, made the apron for her outfit all by herself, very proud moment.ReplyCancel

  • How clever is your daughter on the sewing machine! And I love those book week costumes. I’m making a little trip to Typo today – totally love that shop! Mmm your iced milo looks very delicious for this warmer weather. Thanks for the great weekend catch up. PS – I love following you on instagram! xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      that milo frappe was delicious, was so nice on a sore throat! Yes I may have shed a tea at how confident she was on the sewing machine.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Thanks for the tip about Face Book.ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Some awesome creativity here… A pleasure to read :)

    We hope our Aussie Kids Songs YouTube Channel would really resonate well with your readers. We’d love some early feedback from thought leading parents. Here’s our first video, Waltzing Matilda.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Callum and AmeliaReplyCancel

Kids Lunchbox Idea #2

Munch and Crunch Apple Morning Tea Chocolate Rice Bubble Bars & Apricot Balls Lunch Ham, lettuce and cheese wrap & rice crackers with avocado horseradish spread view more lunchbox ideas here  

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  • Sharon Grove-Zemars

    do you have ideas for teenagers boys who are very active – attend a sports high school apparantley i dont pack enough .. thank you

  • Marni

    love it, simple and manageable, my kids would enjoy this. thanks katReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is so easy and simple and yes my kids love it too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kylee

    I often forget to switch things around and use wraps instead of bread, thanks for the inspiration, now off to make lunches.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes wraps are a great alternative and something a little different.ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE it when you do lunchboxes. It makes me want to cut things up and arrange them very neatly.ReplyCancel

  • I love Tupperware lunchboxes! These look like they’re packed with love and goodness :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kaz i love them too! They work so well.:)ReplyCancel

  • Terry Bowery

    Any ideas for keeping refrigerated items cold? Kids claim ice packs leak and take up too much room in lunch bag.ReplyCancel

A little more about me – Food phobias I can’t seem to get over

Recently I went to a cooking class with a few other bloggers and I couldn’t hide one of my food phobias, later that evening it came to light again, some laughed, shocked that ‘The Organised Housewife’ has such bizarre phobias, but the delightful Mrs Woog who looked after me and then suggested I should ‘totally blog that’… I do agree, I […]

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  • Jenni Cooke

    I’m with you Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Broadbent

    I am 110% on board with number four. I can’t eat meat off the bone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s really funny how so many of us can’t eat meat off a bone!!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    This is so funny, I’m the same and I just love how this is keeping it real and shares a different side of you.ReplyCancel

  • Paige

    I don’t roast very much either, so sorry I can’t share any tips on how to roast a chook, but loved this post about you Kat, sharing more about you.ReplyCancel

  • Totally hear you on the chewing of meat off the bone. In fact, I won’t even eat meat with a bone in it! I also don’t like getting chicken meat off a carcass – I used to have to do it when I worked as a kitchen hand, and it was like six boiled chickens that had to have all the flesh stripped from the bones. I’d volunteer to chlorox the tea pots rather than go near those damn chickens. I’m better at it now, but the man of the house thinks I leave half a chook on the bones. As for roasting a chook. You have to put your hand up its bum. Nuff said.

    I can’t stand to look at food with eyes either, and I once made a boyfriend swap seats with me so I couldn’t see the head of the whole fish he was eating. I did give him the alternative of eating it with a serviette over its head. (I don’t like prawns and that sort of thing, so ripping heads off is a bit of a moot point!)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Miss Maudy you have made my day!! Love this post comment. Couldn’t help but laugh.:)ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Oh snap!
    I don’t eat meat that touches bone and I won’t eat anything that looks like it did when it was alive! Whole fish, spit roast, escargot…… Cruel!

    It creeps me out but I also don’t like the strong gamey taste of things. Bones are gross!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I totally agree with you Emily!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Marelize

    No, I don’t have any such phobias. I just don’t like the idea of eating offal, and won’t even try it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      You are lucky, Marelize.:) And i totally agree with you about eating Offal!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Young

    I am not actually a fan of eating duck to begin with but having it stare at me on a platter in the middle of the table puts me off my food. ReplyCancel

  • Jan Newbury

    I love fish but it has to be a fillet. I cant eat it if its still served with the head on.

  • Kylie

    I can’t stand eating off the bone. My husband on the other hand will gnaw the entire thing until there is nothing left on it, including cartilage.ReplyCancel

  • I cannot eat any food that squeaks (chicken gizzards), jiggles (jello), is rubbery (shiitake mushrooms), is slimy (wakame seaweed salad), is actually FEET (pigsfeet or chicken feet) and several other things. The texture of food can freak me out completely!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Catherine i totally agree with you! All of those things freak me out too!ReplyCancel

  • Ammica

    While it is great that you can identify that these are indeed irrational, there is a sickness in the first world and that is detachment from the food we eat, especially animal products. It is so much more respectful to acknowledge that it was indeed a living creature, and to only feel comfortable with preparing pre-processed animals is plain denial of who they are and indeed what you are.
    Seeing as all us creatures feel, and all.
    Mabey that disgust you feel is actually empathy, I mean. That flesh sliding of the bone is exactly as yours would look sliding off your bone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Umm maybe you are on to something..ReplyCancel

  • Jane Turner

    I can’t eat pork. I learned in school that pork has to be cooked extra well because of parasites. Since then I can’t bear to think about it. Funny, though – I love bacon and ham! Totally irrational!!

  • You are SO funny!ReplyCancel

  • Ammica

    How so?ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Meat near the bone grosses me out. It reminds me of what it once was and it’s all I can sometimes focus on when I’m about to eat it. I’m the same way about pink meat. I can’t stand a rare cooked steak because of the blood. It might taste better but I hate rubbery textures, bloody looking meat, the smell of fish at times, etc. yuk! I like to eat fish but I can only handle the fishy smell a little bit or I start to think about when I maybe caught it and want to gagReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL too funny Heidi, but totally understand!ReplyCancel

  • Fleur

    Yep I hear you on number 1. Hubby always has to do it otherwise I buy them already peeled.

    I used to be bad with roasting a chicken & having to remove the neck. Just couldn’t bring myself to do it.ReplyCancel

  • I cant eat a whole fish. I dont like my food looking at me!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL i am totally with you there, Leanne!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I am down to chicken breast, steak sometimes, beef mince often, and bacon rarely. My food cannot look at me or resemble anything approaching an actual animal. I will thank it for being my food, but I get squeamish so easily. I would starve to death if I had to kill my own meat! I can barely even touch raw meat, so I usually get Mum or DP to deal with that. Ugh.

    As for veggies, broccoli has an awful texture, mushrooms make me queasy and I’m allergic to nuts. Seafood is right off the menu (with the odd exception for one particular type of tuna, shark battered from the fish and chip shop, or if someone forces me to try hake).

    I can deal with a chop bone but absolutely no fat, no cartilage, and no tendons or anything resembling gristle.

    … Actually reading this I’m vaguely surprised I haven’t started yet!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL oh Liz you have made me laugh! .:) Funny.:)ReplyCancel

  • Oh you will HATE to be at my house because when I’m at home I love to eat meat off bones, I don’t do it at restaurants but it’s my sneaky pleasure at home!! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh Emily, yes i couldn’t watch you LOL.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Kidney (and any other offal) Urgh… gross. My grandmother used to try and trick me into eating steak and kidney pie but I always tasted the kidney in the first mouthful.

    Quail. Grandfather raised them & I used to sit and watch them run around their aviary. One day two of them turned up on my plate. Nan made me sit there until I’d eaten them. I couldn’t do it. She eventually let me leave the table – after 4 hours. I still refuse to eat quail 30 years later.

    I hate seafood, with the exception of greek marinated octopus, little suckers still on the tentacles n all.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    haha sounds like you just need to go vego ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sandy, i know it sounds like that, but surprisingly i do like meat just not on the bone.:)ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Garred

    I cannot eat meat off a bone either. Especially Chicken!! *shudders*ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    Haha, this is so funny! I’m probably the opposite to you with this, in fact we’re having roast chook for dinner tonight. I’m more funny about textures, like lumps in yoghurt or jam. And I don’t like mushrooms and oysters for the same reason.ReplyCancel

  • I feel the same way as you about prawns and roasting whole chooks. Anything that looks like an animal is out in my books. When I get a bbq chook I use kitchen shears to cut it up.

    And with everyone else, food cannot look at me!

    I also dislike touching raw meat, particularly chicken. If I can get it pre diced I will.

    And my worst phobia is that I will not eat any meat that I didn’t eat already before I realised as a child that meat is an animal. So I eat chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish and that is it. No bunny rabbits, cute ducks or bambi eating for me!ReplyCancel

Organising the wardrobe for a growing boy

This post is sponsored by Howards Storage World I am really sad to admit the twins, now 11 are taller than me.  They are growing so fast, thankfully have their fathers genes.  But in doing so Mr 11’s current wardrobe system is no longer working.  The cubed system was great when he was younger  but now his pants […]

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  • Joanne Quinn

    Looks great. Lots of inspiration. I have just changed to the flocked hangers myself and am wondering why I didn’t do it sooner!

  • Aimee Douglas

    Good timing for us, we’ve just moved our 11 turning 12 in a weeks boy to another room and needed ideas for the wardrobe!

  • Jacqui Moore

    Thanks for the detailed post. Great to see your many good ideas! ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Moore

    Thanks for the detailed post. Great to see your many good ideas! ReplyCancel

  • Janelle Civijovski

    Any tips re getting children to keep their rooms tidy? I’ve tried a few different things the last few years but I’m the only one who seems interested in keeping anything tidy!ReplyCancel

  • Looks fantastic! Love the elfa system.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s a great system to mix and change how you want. If we ever move the next people could change it all up to suit them.ReplyCancel

  • Marion

    what a fantastic idea for the socks and underwear not folding them. Why have I not found this idea sooner would of saved me so much effort. Brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes Marion, stop folding them will save yourself so much time. I have started putting all my kids socks and undies in a pile and get them to sort them, so much easier.ReplyCancel

  • Lara B

    I have been looking at the Elfa system for a while now, with this and your daughters wardrobe it has given me some great ideas. Is it easy to move the shelves?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes you simply lift the shelf up take the brackets off the back panels and then place at another height, clip brackets back in put shelf back on then your right to do, all within seconds. Very easy to do.ReplyCancel

  • We are about to move Mr almost 12 into his own room, so this is quite useful! My two boys share a room and it’s tight, always messy and a step away from complete chaos. I normally go through it once a year and toss all the packaging they feel the need to keep for eternity, but I haven’t had a chance to do it for a while, so it’s pretty trashed at the moment.

    As an aside, I have the Elfa drawers in my laundry as sorting baskets. Brilliant! And I have two in the bottom of my pantry – one has lunch box snacks in it, and the other has drink bottles.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Miss Maudy, Love your idea of the Elfa baskets in the laundry! Good luck with organising your boys room.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Looks so functional – fantastic. :)

    Just wondering if you can share the overall dimensions (HxWxD) of the robe space? We’re currently looking to renovate to create a 3rd bedroom so all kids can have their own rooms, and am trying to gauge what a usable BIR space would be – this looks great, but I think it’s probably smaller than what I’m currently allowing. And space I save in the BIR will go to the new bathroom, so keen to maximise use of all spaces!!


    • Katrina

      Hi Kate, Sure the dimensions are H: 2.4 W: 1.66 D: 500mm
      Good luck and would love to see photos when its completed.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    I have that space for two boys which I am just about to tackle. I have just put in bunk beds that has lots of shelf space but nothing underneath as a trundle. We do have a tall boy. I would need all across for hanging for both and all the Lego storage and you boxes under the bed now need to go in there. Would love some suggestions :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kellie, i would try looking at Howards Storage World or even Ikea. I get a lot of great organising ideas from there.ReplyCancel

  • Mum's Closet

    I love this Kat. We are about to build a new house – I definitely got some great ideas for wardrobe storage for the kids rooms from this post, especially for Mr 15.
    Thank you, Claire x

  • Marieka Battiato

    loving this idea – perfect timing for us too – we need to do this now ! thanks !!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Hi there, fantastic idea and looks great but could you tell us how much the entire new fit out cost?

    Even a shopping list quote with itemised prices for each part so we can pick and choose what we can afford if we cannot afford to fit out the entire thing?


  • Marieka Battiato

    loving this idea – perfect timing for us too – we need to do this now ! thanks !!ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    Thanks Katrina this is very helpful. I would like to revamp my 12 yo boy’s wardrobe. It has built-in wooden shelves to one side and then a hanging rail across the rest. Can you retro-fit the sliding baskets onto existing wooden shelving? Otherwise I guess I will just use unfixed boxes/baskets from HSW or ikea etc to stash T-shirts etc

    Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Bron, I would suggest taking your measurements into Howard’s Storage World and the team their will be able to suggest the best shelving or you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Leesa

    Hey Kat
    For a new season do you have a minimum number of new clothes you buy – say 10 tees?ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Hi Leesa, No not really. If i see something i like thats pretty i buy it. I don’t really have a one in one out rule.ReplyCancel

{RECIPE} Banana & maple syrup bread

Banana and maple syrup bread   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 50 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Cake Serves: 10 Ingredients 125g butter, softened ½ cup caster sugar 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 eggs 3 large bananas, mashed ¾ cup plain flour, sifted ¾ cup self raising flour, […]

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  • Mama's Style

    ooo this looks so good! i have some bananas that are getting squishy so tomorrow may be baking day ;-)ReplyCancel