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{Inspiring} Pantry Organising Ideas

It’s back!  Inspiring finds Friday, where I find ideas from other blogs & websites about organising a particular area of your home, this week I found some great pantry organising solutions, I hope they inspire you! Pantry Organising Ideas Use sink caddies to store satchels  |  Make Bake Celebrate ********  Great use of containers  | […]

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  • Naomi Tsvirko

    After writing my blog post today, i decided i needed to visit your site. Some great ideas, will be here often :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Some amazing ideas there. I’ve got this tiered wire thing where I can line up my cans and/or jars so you can see what’s behind the cans instead of just stacking one in front of the other. ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Always love some inspiring pantry pics..thanks so much a great round up..take careReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    don’t forget to make sure u have adequate lighting. It helps keep ur hard work of organising……..Tidy :)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for including our pantry in your post. I am still in love with the handled containers (and feeling rather smug about what a bargain they are after seeing them in an Avon catalogue for 3x the price!)ReplyCancel

  • I love a good pantry! Thanks for the inspiration. Mine need a good clean up!ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Would love to see ideas for ‘scattered cupboards’ in the kitchen rather than a designated pantry. I need a kitchen makeover :(ReplyCancel

  • […] for inspiration, there are some truly fantastic organisational blogs out there for example The Organised Housewife and A Bowl Full Of […]ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Allan

    OMG, it is a bit like cake porn. Love it (and I must of missed your re-branding of your website, it looks awesome. Great job :)ReplyCancel

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

During my pantry raid session prior to cleaning the pantry I found some ice cream cones.  We don’t particularly use the cones as much during the winter months.  So before they go stale I thought we would try to use them up.  The girls and I baked some cupcakes in ice cream cones.  I first saw […]

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  • Katrina Allan

    i’m always looking for new ideas for my little miss….might have to give this a try…ReplyCancel

  • Tane Philp-Reid

    So cool, have Miss 9 birthday coming up, will be a great surprise. Thanks for the ideaReplyCancel

  • Fantastic idea, I’m going to make some of these with my kids this weekend :DReplyCancel

  • They just look wonderful!! I love that idea, thanks so much for sharing, I think I have some icecream cones in the back of my pantry too and I’ve run out of cupcake wrappers – double woohoo!!ReplyCancel

  • Love this! I am the same with some cones & cake mix in the pantry that needs to be used. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • sarahbraaksma

    I am going to make these with my kids they will love them!ReplyCancel

{DECLUTTER} Clean out expired spices

In my recent pantry clean out I was horrified to come across a spice bottle that had expired in 2008. I thought I regularly checked their expires, however I must have kept missing this one. Whilst I’m happy to use spices that are only a few months past expiry, I do throw them out after […]

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  • Jodee

    OMG – I just got rid of all thr expired spices in my spice rack and I threw out 42 bottles, 7 unopened the oldest of which was May 2005! Thank you for your fantastic website – we have started a LifeEdited project in our house – you are an ispiration. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Laura Keller

    Here in Canada, we have a place called “Bulk Barn” where you can buy spices in just the quantity you want … really helps with this problem. For example I only use Allspice at Christmas, so I just get a couple of tablespoons at that time of year. Then I don’t have to store it for the next 12 months! I imagine you have a place like that in Oz …ReplyCancel

    • Dawn

      Ooooh, I just checked…there’s one in Bridgewater! Thanks for that heads-up!!!ReplyCancel

  • just found some nutmeg that expired in 2003. put it in the bin, eekReplyCancel

  • Merran

    I emptied 6 expired spice jars. Then wondered what I could do with them. Anyone got any ideas on how we can reuse these? I thought maybe to store beads for kids craft projects, or seeds for my veggie garden …ReplyCancel

  • Namz

    A suggestion – those dates stamps rub off after time. I normally get a marker pen and write the date on the label, so that a few year’s down the track, I can still clearly see when the spices have expired.ReplyCancel


    While staying at my MILs place a couple years ago, I came across spices expired in 1995. She insisted that they were still good to use. Ewww……I had to chuck them while she was out.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Hinchliff

    Sooooo, I just went through all of my spices and herbs, chucked out about 70% of them. I’ve never thought to get rid of spices and herbs before!! Thanks :-)ReplyCancel

  • Tara Jane

    Super helpful! Thank goodness I got my spice rack organised around the same time I got married, it’s very easy to keep track of what needs tossing when as long as I remember how long I’ve been married!ReplyCancel

  • Briana

    Don’t throw out the jars that the spices come in as they are more expensive! Tip the contents out, wash the jar & refill, sticky tape the new date back on the bottom!ReplyCancel

  • Lainie

    Hi – you’ve said ‘unlimited shelf life’ for vanilla extract, but I’ve often wondered about that great vanilla bean paste! Should it be stored in the pantry once opened, or the fridge? And is it also ‘unlimited shelf life’? TIA for any definitive answer on this one!ReplyCancel

  • […] week on facebook I gave everybody the task to look through their spices and purge any that are out of date, it surprised quite a few with unexpected and very past due dates.  Sometimes we just don’t […]ReplyCancel

Storage solutions for organising the pantry

There are times when something happens in our lives and we need to take time out from our normal routines.  This is perfectly OK and much needed, however I found myself digging a deeper hole each time I saw my chaos, I am trying to get back into my normal routine and sorting my pantry […]

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  • Joanne

    IKEA have stands for $5 that are very pretty and sturdy with a pattern on the top that you could use for your two level requirements. They don’t bow in the middle from the weight. ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    Beautiful! I wish my pantry was as big. I would also dedicate the bottom shelf to my 3yr son to organize and potter Montessori styles.ReplyCancel

  • Andi

    Your pantry is just gorgeous! It gives me so many ideas for mine. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I am inspired while my pantry is fairly organized with Tupperware atm I really like the clear containers from Howards great when doing the shopping list

  • micknjan

    I used to have a basket (plastic coated wire) that slid on to a shelf and hung underneath. Have lost it somewhere in moves, anyone know where they can be purchased. thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Great video Katrina! I love how you’ve explained what containers you use and why. I’m definitely inspired to give my pantry to makeover.ReplyCancel

  • Beck

    Wow can you come and do mine?ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Just finished re-Organising my pantry, thanks for the motivation, i have changed it around and it is much more user friendly now. Love your website!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    Great Katrina….the video was a great way to demonstrate everything clearly..thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Nani

    I found some great containers (superlock by micronware) in our local ‘cheapy’ shop which have dials on the top so that you can set the date and month so you know how long you’ve had things like flour or rice. One of the problems with dry goods in containers is not knowing how long they’ve been there! ReplyCancel

  • Larissa ~ My Pigeon Pair

    Katrina I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I really need to take a visit to Howards Storage World!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joy

    looks great, will definitely have to do that to my pantry now :)ReplyCancel

  • Organizing services NYC

    Love the way the pantry has been organized its really looks great and very much descent.

  • Genevieve

    My pantry is about an eighth of the size of yours :( uber jealous. I hate my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Lina

    i have been looking at my pantry for the past 3 weeks thinking what can i do to make it work .. As everytime i clean it out it never had all the sollutions thank you for the motivation i am going tomorrow in my lunch break to find some of these great containers.. Can i ask where you purchased some of these things for canisters etcReplyCancel

  • Ooh I WISH I had a pantry…. I get one corner cupboard and a half cupboard above my bench to store food in. So I am soo envious of everyone who has a big pantry that can hide their condiments, beverages and bread….
    On the up side I just bought some more tupperware modular mates so I can stack SOME things and try to make the most of the space I DO have…. Yay Tupperware!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Great organizing. I have packets everywhere. Will now go out and get some plastic tubs for shelves and floor. Already have the Tupperware, so that’s something!ReplyCancel

  • MrsY

    I love your pantry! It has given me some ideas and inspiration but I am in desperate need of advice. I hate my pantry shelves. They are just too deep and food get lost and forgotten at the back. the shelves are approx. the width of a door and as deep and only 4 shelves. Any suggestions??ReplyCancel

    • charliB

      Medium Roll out Shelf – to store the bread, can probably get them in large also. Another Idea might be to use your “pantry for plastics, plates cups etc, and the cupboards you currently use for plastics, plates, cups etc for your food…ReplyCancel

  • kristie

    Great Ideas, where would I get one of these spice racks from?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I LOVE this – I thought my pantry was good, but yours is FABULOUS! Where did you buy the stackable canisters and the spice racks? I have my spices all in a tub and it drives me crazy. PS. I love Tupperware.ReplyCancel

    • Melissa, the stackable canisters are from Howards Storage World, but they have suddenly stopped being airtight, so I can’t recommend them to you for storing food sadly.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Do you have any tips on how to keep a small pantry organised? I have about a quarter of the storage space that you do.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle

    You need me!
    Seriously Katrina, all this modern processed food is what has made you fat and sick and it’s going to do the same to your kids. with love Narelle xReplyCancel

    • Narelle, please understand this post was published in 2012 and we have now changed our diet in many ways.ReplyCancel

      • Narelle

        thank goodness for that!
        I understand how you got there seeing this pantry.
        Good for you : ) with love Narelle xReplyCancel

    • Peta Bruce

      That is so rude :( And it is from over a year ago!ReplyCancel

      • Narelle

        Peta, rude is when I don’t love women enough to help them understand that modern processed food is doing this to them and their children.ReplyCancel

    • Lex

      Okay, but could you have possibly worded that differently or sent it in a message? Geez lady, keep some decorum!!ReplyCancel

      • Narelle

        sometimes love is not always packaged with bows and decorum : )
        However, I would be commenting on the graciousness of the host : )ReplyCancel

  • Sarz

    where are the black lidded containers availale from?ReplyCancel

  • Sue Craddock

    where did u get the spice rack in your video? please. I live in Newcastle NSW Australia.ReplyCancel

{Organising the Kitchen Pantry} Pantry Raid and don’t compare your standards

Over the next two weeks I am going to share how I have managed to get my pantry from chaos to organised.  As you know I have not been myself over the past 10 weeks, I have not kept cupboards or areas around my home as organised as I would like.  But I have come […]

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  • Jaemerton

    I’m keen, tell me how to start and I will follow the stepsReplyCancel

  • Beckpryde

    I totally understand where you’re coming from Katrina!  :)  I have a messy house most of the time, and when it is tidy I feel so much calmer and ‘in control’.  I just wish my girls would enjoy the tidying up bit and not just the end result!  :)  I’m going to buy one of your fave things this week, some 3m hooks!  Going to stick the girls laundry bag/hamper on the wall.  :)ReplyCancel

  • I’m the same as you Katrina. I have times where I let the overwhelm take over and my house becomes chaotic. Once I have it organised again it’s as though I can breathe easier and life just seems to flow better in my household. I’m looking forward to following along with your pantry posts, I need to do mine again soon so it’s a timely series of posts for me. Thankyou :)ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    wasting your life??? well, how rude!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! While I dont take on EVERY suggestion I have found so many tips and tricks that have made my life that much easier!! for example, i cleaned out the wasted space under my sink and made everything so easy to reach. I used to spend one day every weekend cleaning and organising and now since reading your blog I have not wasted one minute of my weekends doing any of this stuff. I have found it to be the exact opposite of ‘wasting your life’ I have so much more time to enjoy myself on the weekends and spend more time with friends and family!! Im also trying to start a family and im so glad I found this blog sooner rather than later so I can get my house (and my life) ready for any new additions that come our way ;) THANK YOU AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK XOXOXReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I understand the need to feel organised too.  If my house isn’t tidy or in an organised state I feel out of control too.  I love your blog and the ideas I can get from it.  Thank yoiu.ReplyCancel

  • Corinnep

    How true about us all having “different standards”.  I personally feel much calmer and happier when my house (and life!) is in some sort of order, whether my pantry, kitchen cupboard or even my wardrobe.  I start to feel very overwhelmed if I have too much stuff in my home.  Sadly, I recently have experienced other Mums who have commented on how “neat” my home is, how I’m “baking” every day (no, only once a week) and when I visit them how their homes are not like mine, ignore the mess – I personally am not interested in their domestic lives and would never judge someone else by my own standards – we all lead busy lives, whether full-time at work / part-time or stay at home mums.  I have been all three, plus an at home business.  I currently work 2 days a week and my 2 daughters are school age.  I think sometimes us women can be a bit harsh on each other – and yes, we all do have different standards but that is okay!!  I enjoy reading your blog Katrina x ReplyCancel

    • Jackie

      I feel the same as you. I feel calm when everything is in order, I just can’t seem to get it all done though. I would ignore these other people. Some people are just nasty. Rise above it and keep going, well done you.ReplyCancel

  • Suzy

    Gosh, some people can be nasty, can’t they? Maybe that person should stop “wasting” their time reading your blog if they’re not interested in being organised.ReplyCancel

  • Niki Jonesano

    I am in. Lets do this together. I follow your blog, but rarely if ever, comment. I would love to be involved. I hope these days are finding you a little more light since the passing of your beloved Mum. NikiReplyCancel

  • I love this challenge, im on to it!! I too feel stressed and down when the house is not in someway organised or tidy, and i am in desperate need of an overhaul!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda B

    I’m in! I keep organising re-organising and I just wanna get it organised and stop organising.. he he.. ReplyCancel

  • My pantry needs a good clean out, so I’ll be watching out for some tips along the way :)ReplyCancel

  • I agree with you here! It’s all about sharing your experiences and discoveries, not about setting a standard. I look forward to hearing your ideas on organizing the pantry. Mine is overflowing at the moment as I did a major restock and should’ve cleared out the old first. Oh well! When inspiration hits I need everything visible and easy to reach or I get cranky lol!!
    Glad to see you returning to your own self Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been “off duty” for a while in our house.  I had a c-section almost 6 weeks ago and being my 4th I have found my recovery to be quite slow, I also was quite sick and had rotten hips and back for the few weeks before I gave birth so my contribution to household chores was limited.  This means that all the areas of our house that I once had complete control over have been in my husbands hands for 6+ weeks.  Now that I am getting back into my old routines I am finding that everything is taking so long!  The pots and pans are away and in the right cupboard but not so that the ones I use most frequently are easily accessible.  The tupperware cupboard is vomiting plastic onto the floor every time it is opened leading my husband to say that “we have too much!” and I calmly tell him to wait until I can re-organise it and it will all seem to work and fit again.  I am taking a long time to do simple jobs because although things are technically away in the right spot they are not organised efficiently.  It is certainly not a waste of time to organise.  I have 4 kids to get out the door in the mornings and I want to sleep for as long as I can get away with… it’s got to be organised for me to do that!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    I’m on a major declutter & organise mission as well.  I, like you, always feel more calm, relaxed and content when there is a place for everything and everything in its place.  I even started blogging about it, which is really motivating because I can’t blog unless I’ve done some actual work.  I love the way you think about organisation, and it’s all about making things easier so you can enjoy more of life.  And, unlike housework, when your organising is done, it’s done … and may only need to be revisited every 6-12 months to make sure it’s still doing its job.  Thank you for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • PALM05

    I love knowing that my cupboards are tidy – not perfect or pristine but everything where it should be. I am lucky to have a walk-in pantry that is home to my everyday crockery, small appliances and plastics as well so my kitchen is always fairly clear. My brain doesn’t do clutter and I find that I can’t relax if I have things out of place. I love your blog and enjoy reading about your latest endevours. Your twins last party was especially fabulous. I passed the lego cake idea to my neice – she loved it and made one for her son. Cheers to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I love your organising skills! You are an inspiration.
    You have some fantastic ideas and I am sure that you help
    a great many mums! Thank you. ReplyCancel

  • The Flying Drunken Monkey

    It was so nice to talk to you about this today. As I said, I will never be as organised as you but you are a great inspiration for me to be better. That’s the only way to compare is only to try and improve. ReplyCancel

  • Pompea

    Thank you! For your interesting and inspiring posts.  I’m with you, I feel better when I’m organised.  Maybe the person that criticised you recently re your cupboards should try organising themselves rather than criticising others to make themselves feel better.  THANKS AGAIN xReplyCancel

  • sarah-jane

    Hi Kat, great to hear that you are back and had a great trip to NY. I am also sorry to hear about your mother. First of all, cannot believe someone would say that you are wasting your life? I guess everyone is entitled to an opinion; I find your blog inspiring and uplifting; it gives me so much needed motivation. This blog is such good timing! I have a very small pantry and I constantly have to tidy up, declutter due to the size, small children and a husband who buys things without checking if we already have it not! About six months ago I took advantage of Sistema being on special at Woolies and the change was remarkable. I would love to have Tupperware but just cannot afford it. In saying that I do use their labels (leftover from when I was a consultant!) and I find they are the best to stay on. Looking forward to reading future posts from you!ReplyCancel

  • I’m with you Kat! I need all the help I can get. If I can save time each day by living in an organised home, it will be well worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    I love your attitude Kat. It took me years to work out, but I am a much calmer, happier person when my house is tidy – not immaculate, just tidy. We all have our different standards and that’s great.ReplyCancel

  • I”m with you on this one Kat!! An untidy house affects my mood and productivity in ALL areas of my life. Getting organised and establishing routines has made a world of difference. Good luck on your ’20 Days’ project in September! I’ll be following along :)ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Murphy

    I’m in. My house has turned into a nightmare. We pulled our kitchen out and the rest of the house became a dump. A new kitchen goes in on Thursday so it’s time to have my tidy and organised house back.ReplyCancel

  • Sami

    I have just started following you and after reading a few of your posts I organized my pantry last Saturday! It took me quite a few hours but now I know what is missing and what I have too much of! Next step – wardrobes. I will certainly be reading your next posts.ReplyCancel

Our new phone charging station

My hubby was given a coffee machine for his birthday, however we didn’t have the space for it in our kitchen.  In order to keep it on the kitchen bench I have needed to rearrange the small space we have near our electrical points.  This is also where I used to charge our phones etc. […]

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  • Holly

    That is pretty neat!ReplyCancel

  • Bryar

    Wow. I am going to make one.  I have cables all over the place and the very idea of keeping everything in one spot is awesome. ReplyCancel

    • It really is, will make them all tidy and having the separate rectangles prevents them from tangling.ReplyCancel

  • I love it this is fantastic Kat.  A great DIY project for my hubby!!!ReplyCancel

    • That’s right, and what I love about this bread bin is I could paint it too if I change our room design.ReplyCancel

  • Lib

    That is awesome!!! ReplyCancel

  • A recharge station has been on my to-do list for months, maybe this is the inspiration I need to get it done this weekend, I’ve got everything, I just need time!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic Katrina love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    fantastic idea – love it!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you, it wasn’t too hard to put together, I love how it keeps it al organised.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    We are getting a new kitchen soon and a phone charge station is on the list. Its great to get some new ideas. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    and you could use your ‘bread clip labels’ to label each cord so you know what you are switching off, just to keep the whole bread theme going lol :)

  • Christeen

    Next time you’re in Brisbane with nothing to do, can you come to my house to figure something out for me? ReplyCancel

    • LOL, what do you need figuring out?ReplyCancel

      • Christeen

        A similar thing would be a starter, but if your up to a real challenge you can have free range of the whole house.  ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Sinclair

    Great Idea, and arn’t Dads awesome!ReplyCancel

    • It was probably something I could of done myself, it was just nice to spend time with my dad JReplyCancel

  • tammy

    I’ve just labelled all my cords at the plug so I know which is which at the ends near the PowerPoint.ReplyCancel

  • vespaness

    Wish my hubby could do this. He’s not much of a handy man….if you made them and sold them make sure you post the site somewhere cause I would certainly be your first buyer!!ReplyCancel

    • I don’t, however if you visit your local hardware, perhaps they could help you?ReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    And you could put a lock on it so little ones don’t try and pull everything out.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea, I like that I can close the bread lid even with the phone’s charging, the iPad fits in sideways.ReplyCancel

  • Sura

    fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Trapani

    We re-purposed a drawer in our kitchen dresser for our charging station, It is great, everyone knows where the chargers are, they are plugged in and ready to go and I can close the drawer and not look at them! Great idea using the bread box too!  ReplyCancel

    • Fantastic idea! I would love to see a photos if you have time to email me one JReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    That is brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • MummyMoonshadow

    That’s a fantastic idea. i may have to re-purpose my breadbin, which hasn’t actually had bread in it for several years. Keep the brilliant ideas coming, thank you :-)ReplyCancel

    • I love repurposing, finding new ideas for old things, have fun making yours ;)ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    A super idea Katrina .ReplyCancel

  • Love it!!  We have cables and chargers everywhere…ReplyCancel

    • It wasn’t too hard to make Sue, something worth considering for your cables?ReplyCancel

  • That looks great Katrina and so neat and tidy! Love the fabric you’ve added to the inside. If you wanted to hide the powerboard, you could always use some command strips to attach it to the back. You’d still be able to access it, but it would be hidden from immediate view.ReplyCancel

    • I was initially going to do that, but I like to switch of at the power point when I have finished charging, so I need it accessible. I love the fabric too JReplyCancel

  • DeadMeat44

    Oh. My. Goodness! THANK YOU! Never losing my phone charger / camera charger again will add hours to my week! :)  ReplyCancel

  • zimmieoz

    Cool.  We have so many electrical gadgets, it would be nice to have a central location to recharge them all. ReplyCancel

  • Aww man! That is AWESOME! We need that in our house. We’ve got lots of powerpoints but it looks messy to have things all over the place. Might highlight this idea to my husband to make something similar. ReplyCancel

    • It’s just a great organised space, you could hide the cables as suggested in one of the other comments, however I like the easy access to turn the cables off when not in use.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    This is fabulous, I so need to get onto something like this.  Thanks for the inspiration. ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Woog

    You are a freakin genius xReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    Fabulous idea!! I’m going to do that too. Have you got any ideas for how to hide all the cables from back of tv that run down to the floor. So ugly and I’m sick of them!!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome! Thanks for this Katrina! I’m off to Howard’s storage world tomorrow to see what I can do!ReplyCancel

  • Susan F.

    Love it! I love items that help to organize!

  • This has given me an idea. I have been given a “chicken hutch” from an elderly man. He made it for me before he passed away. It was made to hold my eggs. But I have since been told eggs should be kept in the fridge. I could use that as a phone charged spot….ReplyCancel

  • […] I made a charging station from a breadbox – this breadbox tidily stores and charges all our phones, iPad and iPods.  If my phone isn’t still in my handbag, it’s usually sitting in the charging station. […]ReplyCancel

  • Sonia @ Natural New Age Mum

    This is pure genius!!ReplyCancel

  • […] Kat at The Organised Housewife made a phone recharge station out of a bread box! Very cool and if you can find yourself an old breadbox, it’s a brilliant […]ReplyCancel

  • Laraine

    This also works for children putting down electronics before bed. All tech things charging by 9pm means less fights about switching off devices. Works a treat – visual and non-confronting!! Great charging station!!ReplyCancel

    • Kat - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Laraine! Yes i agree with the children before bed.ReplyCancel

Tuna Burritos

This is a super easy meal to put together on a busy weeknight Tuna Burritos   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 40 mins   Author: The Organised Housewife Serves: 5 Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 brown onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 425g can tuna in brine, […]

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How to Organise Your Email for Greater Productivity and Peace of Mind

This is a guest post by Prerna Malik author of the blog The Mom Writes Email. It is the lifeblood of our lives in the day of the laptop and the smartphone. It keeps us connected with business contacts, friends, family and also, our general everyday reading material. No wonder that, nearly everyone I talk […]

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  • I love gmail. I use it only for blogging and have found it a great tool.ReplyCancel

  • Empty inbox = happy Tam! I recently wrote a post on how I emptied my 2000 strong inbox in less than two hours (using some of the strategies you wrote about!) Simple Monday {Inbox: Zero}ReplyCancel

  • […] Organise Your Inbox for Greater Productivity on The Organised Housewife […]ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh Louise Payne

    I recently cleaned up my inbox which had over 1000 unread messages and who knows how many others. I created categories, mostly these are for financial stuff like receipts, bills, transaction confirmations, etc. Anything over a year old was automatically deleted. Most of my unread emails where from stores or companies selling me something. I went back and unsubscribed from all I did not care about. (Unfortunately Tiketek, Ticket Master and Stack Magazine did not heed my request and are now marked as spam.) Now as emails come in they are read (usually once or twice a day) and are either moved to the relevant folder, deleted, or starred. Starring is for anything I need to act on later, e.g. a favourite store having a sale I want to take advantage of or a movie ticket purchased I will need to find quickly when we are at the cinema. So other than financial emails everything is deleted once read or acted on and my inbox stays tidy.ReplyCancel

  • SelinsgroveMama

    Great tutorial, thanks!!!ReplyCancel

{Reader Tips} Label Power Board Cords

  Thank you to one of our readers Fiona for sending in this tip, to use bread tags to label your power cords to easily distinguish cords, as we all know they can become a tangled mess. Clever way of repurposing too! Original idea from:  

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  • That’s a seriously simple idea that makes complete sense! I am always pulling out the wrong cord…must remember to save those bread ties! Tfs Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Suse T

    Whoo Hoo, that’s a gold nugget. I spent time under our bed yesterday trying to organise the power cords. I even found one for our old cordless phone that was not even connected to anything.ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely love this idea. So simple!ReplyCancel

  • I have a basket full of bread ties in my kitchen, plus 101 powercords. Super cool way to make my life a little easierReplyCancel

  • THats fantastic ideaReplyCancel

  • Marelize

    Brilliant idea.
    I will have to come with something else – I bake our own bread and don’t have bread-tags. But simply the idea of naming the cords! Wow!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Pillar

    A great idea, so simple!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Please if you have you g children crawling that power cords are unavailable for then to access because at our clinic we have a few children come in from bread ties being a choking hazard.ReplyCancel

Finding my normality in New York

{image credit} Coming to New York has been exactly what I have needed. These past 10 weeks have been the hardest I have ever had to endure. Losing my mum has been a heartbreaking and the most devasting experience. I have not been myself these past weeks, I have tried to keep up with my […]

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  • Stella-Maree Storey

    Hang in there! I’ve only just tuned into the blog, but I hope you find your normality again, you’re a wonderful writer and by the looks of it an even greater Mum!
    One day into finding this blog and you’ve already helped inspire this mum-to-be to get organised! Thank-You xReplyCancel

    • Thank you Stella-Maree, I have come back feeling great! I am so pleased that you are enjoying the blog. When are you due?ReplyCancel

      • Stella-Maree Storey

        It’s wonderful that you’re feeling great! I’m due on the 4th of October, so less than 8 weeks away!!! So organisation has been top priority on my list! :)ReplyCancel

        • Wishing you all the best for bubs delivery, enjoy all the special moments xxReplyCancel

  • Louise

    bless you, losing a parent is unbelievable hard.  My dad died just over 2 years ago.  I travelled all the way from England to Beautiful Australia where I have just begun to heal my heart.  I think about my dad every day, and can feel him sitting beside me on my mountain in Australia were we live.  I am sure our parents become our guardian angels when they die.  Take each day as it comes, be kind to yourself, tidy houses can wait for another day.  You will find you again.   xxReplyCancel

    • They can wait, but having the house untidy has added to my frazzled state, I have come home and have tidied up and feel so much better.ReplyCancel

  • Claire-78

    Good on you Katrina, I lost my mum, my best friend, very suddenly 5 months ago. It is still heartbreaking. I too struggle to keep my house organised with 3 kids and a husband who is alergic to housework!  all while dealing with the loss of my mum, and now my dad getting re-married next weekend to a lady he’s known 12 weeks!! your ideas and tips give me motivation to keep my head up and plough through it. Thankyou xReplyCancel

    • Wow that is quick, I can imagine how it’s adding to your stress levels. Your right unfortunately we do have to keep moving forward. Thinking of you xxReplyCancel

  • I’m glad you’ve been able to still enjoy NY and to find the respite you needed. I hope your soul stays as refreshed when you get back home xx ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Alyce, yes I am feeling great these past few days, refreshed, house is tidier and I am making good steps forward.ReplyCancel

  • Tamar

    Loving watching your trip – can’t wait for you to get home and tell me all about it – You and i have a coffee and zumba date to reschedule :)
     Tamar xx ReplyCancel

    • LOL, coffee for sure, Zumba I will have to see, I look forward to telling you all about it JReplyCancel

  • barbara001

    Thanks for the pics & updates from NY. Give yourself time to grieve. Women have to do so much for the family some times it is important to recharge your batteries and have some down time. I struggle with housework on a day to day basis. But you have given me so much in regards to food and cleaning and storing things the right way. I have started de-cluttering one room at a time. I can’t thank you enough for sharing all your hints with me and others like me who hate housework.


    • Aaw, thank you so much for your message, I am so pleased that my posts are able to help you. I have come back feeling great, jetlagged but great.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina, I so agree. Doing stuff like this … getting away from our norm will help us to be better at our norm when we get home. It’s been wonderful seeing you. xReplyCancel

    • I have come home feeling refreshed, I loved being over there and going by myself was the best thing for me.ReplyCancel

  • bjchabs

    kind to yourself…Grieving is rollercoaster ride and there is no time limit on
    it. I lost my Dad suddenley and it shattered my world. Give yourself time to
    ride the rollercoaster. Some days you will be fine and other days you
    won’t….but you know what that is OK. Maybe you could start a little journal
    and write to your Mum when you are feeling down. This has worked for me. I’m
    glad you are having a wonderful time in New York. You deserve it!!!


    • Thank you, I have had quite a few people suggest a journal, I think it’s a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • I’m so glad you’re enjoying yourself Katrina! Time away from home to breathe by yourself is just what the doctor ordered. No routine, no commitments…just you and your thoughts. There’s no such thing as going “back to normal” after a devastating loss…it’s finding a new normal and what works for you. Hugs my friend!ReplyCancel

    • Absolutely Lisa, new normal. I’ve come back feeling great, refreshed and your right time away was just what I needed.ReplyCancel

  • Aisling_mccarthy

    Katrina I have seen some at spotlight in nz. They will most likely have it in spotlight in as too. Maybe not thw whole range….ReplyCancel

    • Ooh yes they do have her scrapbooking supplies, I forgot about that. These were her stationery items such as folder dividers, labels etc. I might have a look next time I there though, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Woog

    It was just the tonic you needed. I love your smiling face. xxReplyCancel

Giveaway Week – Norwex

This week The Organised Housewife blog turns 2.  I am so pleased that I have been able to share my tips and ideas that so many of you have adapted and used within your home.  Please join me in celebrating with a week of giveaways, pop back each day this week for a new giveaway! […]

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  • elisabeth zhang

    gotta love micro fibreReplyCancel

  • Peteandjo

    I thought it was only me that had saucepans that were dirty on the bottom.  I need some of that paste.ReplyCancel

  • Lnrmartindale

    I need to win this prize as my stove top looks awful and i can see myself listening to music to motivate me and then my house would be sparkling for 5 mins till the kids touch lolReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    The Rafflecopter does not seem to be working. ReplyCancel

  • Sherriekchapman

    I would love to win this prize anything to make cleaning more pleasurable would be great :-) ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    I can’t get the Rafflecopter to load eitherReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    I would certainly appreciate this amazing opportunity. I will try back to see if the Rafflecopter is up & running. Cheers!!ReplyCancel

  • Rafflecopter isn’t loading for me either? I’ve heard a bit about Norwex, and think it sounds amazing! I’d love to be in the running to win this one! ReplyCancel

  • Manda-Kate

    FantasTc products – Awesome prize!  Fingers crossed for me + house and home!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    I have visited this page every day and the Rafflecopter simply will not load :( I have had no troubles with any of your other comps though.ReplyCancel

Giveaway Week – Purely4Kids

This week The Organised Housewife blog turns 2.  I am so pleased that I have been able to share my tips and ideas, that so many of you have adapted and used within your home.  Please join me in celebrating with a week of giveaways, pop back each day this week for a new giveaway! […]

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  • Hey! For some reason, (and maybe I’ve messed up) but, that link that goes with the entry for sharing this giveaway, links back with the Howards Storage World giveaway instead.ReplyCancel

Giveaway Week – Howards Storage World

This week The Organised Housewife blog turns 2.  I am so pleased that I have been able to share my tips and ideas, that so many of you have adapted and used within your home.  Please join me in celebrating with a week of giveaways, pop back each day this week for a new giveaway! […]

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  • Dreamcatcher1

    So pleased I found this site, exciting to see the great storage ideas from Howards.ReplyCancel

  • Miss D

    It’s funny how important a bin is! We just renovated our kitchen (from poor original 1950’s condition) and top of my list was a “waste management system”, similar to what you’ve shown below your post. It has 3 bins and fits snugly underneath the sink. It pulls out like a drawer when needed. My 3 year old son already sorts our waste for us and rarely makes a mistake between compost, recycling and rubbish.ReplyCancel

  • Skgreen007

    Katrina, when I went to the Howard’s site it said $20 voucher but after I signed up it changed to $10…anyone else have this happen? Or am I going mad and just imagined $20…?

    • It’s a $20 voucher for a certain period, I’ll check the T&C’s for youReplyCancel

  • @dosedannie

    I better be extra careful Katrina i may end up buying everything in the store! really
    P.S thanks also for all your help on your blog ,videos and tutorials calenders the lot.
    My hubby bows to you as well and is so happy for how keen i am to keep the house in
    immaculate lol :-) xReplyCancel