Masthead header

{MEAL PLAN} Homemade Lamb Rissoles

My kids eat a lot of fruit, but there are times where I have over purchased.  Usually I make a nice fruit salad to try and use it all up.  But lately I have been loving our newest appliance as an alternative to using up the fruit. Philips sent me their QuickClean juicer to review.  I must admit I have had a juicer in […]

Continue Reading...

  • Kirsty

    Yum, that Milo slice looks great. Think I’ll have to try it this week :)ReplyCancel

Love it, Like it, Link it – #18

Welcome to the another ‘Love it, Like it, Link it’ Blog Link Party!! If you have a blog please join in the fun linking up below your favourite blog post of the week (only one please) and there maybe a chance you are featured next week. HERE ARE 5 THAT I LOVED & LIKED Shabby […]

Continue Reading...

  • Susanne

    Thanks for hosting!  Looks like the office project is coming along nicely.  Can’t wait to see what’s happening next week.


  • desireempire

    Love your features this week Kat.  Thanks for hosting the party.  A great way to get in touch with Aussie bloggers.

  • Domesblissity

    Hi Katrina! Just noticed your linky party. Don’t know how I missed it. Great features. Thanks for hosting.

    Anne xxReplyCancel

  • Oh my Goodness! Thank you so much, Kat. xxxx (That inspiration wall on Secret Mummy Business is amazing. I want it!).ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style

    So many great blogs linked up. I can see I am going to be on the computer reading all afternoon. I’d better make a cuppa and settle in. Rachel xReplyCancel

  • Thanks for hosting! I’ve linked one from And Sew We Craft today as well as my own blog – hope thats ok!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy

    The link to 
    Secret Mummy Business |  My inspiration wall isn’t working. : (ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for including my Carrot, Orange & Almond muffins in your Loved & Liked list Katrina – I’m chuffed! 

    PS: The muffins won 2nd Prize at the Country Women’s Association exhibition. ReplyCancel

Organising the home office – Decluttering big items

My office has become a dumping ground for big items that don’t have a ‘home’. Exercise balls, a mirror, hiding behind the filing cabinet are old pictures we have taken off the wall and bits of cardboard for kid projects. My next step to organising the office is to remove the ‘big’ items cluttering the […]

Continue Reading...

  • Lea

    Our study contains the remnants of a recent children’s room rearrangement. I have to sell or donate a cot, rocking chair and a baby rocker, as well as wait for council pick up to get rid of the mattresses. It’s been in the too hard basket, but I’m going to take photos and get it happening this weekend.ReplyCancel

    • You should Lea, make it the weekend to get ontop of it. Can you use gumtree to donate your items? ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    This SO sounds like my study at the moment – last week I had a major decluttering day in there. Since losing our spare room (it became our daughter’s nursery), our study has become our ‘dumping ground’ – the home for items to be donated, items to be sold, items to be sorted etc. I’m gradually getting there but as you say, it’s the big items that need organising first before I can even contemplate sorting through drawers and so on :)ReplyCancel

    • That’s right, by getting rid of the big items it will help you to work out what you want to make of particular areas, easily access everything around these areas making it to organise the space. Would love to see a pic of your office when it is finished! ReplyCancel

  • Metta4

    At the moment, my study is full of Sunday paper supplement magazines that I want to get around reading one day, loads of old photos that need sorting, paperwork and paid bills that I’ve been procrastinating for too long to do the filing, and general clutter bits and bobs that have no real home in the rest of the house (how do people manage that don’t have a spare room/study … where else does this ephemera end up?) I’ve been sorting through books and CDs this week that are now waiting to be put out for the Garage Sale Trail so hopefully I might get a few dollars out of them? :)ReplyCancel

  • Can’t wait to set up our office/sewing room in Japan! Following this series avidly, thank you!ReplyCancel

    • I’m so excited for you and can just imagine all the gorgeous fabrics you will find over there!

  • Suse_T

    I am at the moment a SAHM, but by profession an accountant. You will never guess which room has the most clutter at my house. The office is the one I procrastinate on so often. It is my dumping ground for all things I don’t want Master5, Miss3 and Master 10mths to touch, plus all the normal office stuff. It also has my sewing cabinet stuffed in the corner.
    Today in the bit of time I had while Master 10mths was napping (currently teething so very clingy) I organised the paper that was on top of my printer. Only a small dent, but I am making a start.
    Thanks for the motivation ReplyCancel

    • Suse_T

       The amusing bit, in the paper was last years tax paperwork, lodged with the ATO, but not put away in my office and all the stuff for this coming year, which now has it’s own neat little file :)ReplyCancel

    • That is such a great start Suse_T and soon after making small little dents over a few days it will be one big achievement. ReplyCancel

Milo Slice

Milo Slice   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: Katrina Serves: 12 Ingredients ½ cup SR Flour ½ cup Plain Flour ½ cup Milo ½ cup dark choc chips 1 cup rolled oats ⅔ cup shredded coconut ⅔ cup brown sugar 1 egg 125g butter, melted […]

Continue Reading...

  • Hey! For once, I have all of those ingredients. :)ReplyCancel

  • Same here, Melissa – that never happens! I think I might make this for afternoon tea for my girls … looks yum!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl

    This looks absolutely delicious.ReplyCancel

  • [...] – Milo Slice and Passonfruit cookies (from 100+ cookies from 1 [...]ReplyCancel

  • Bronwen

    In the oven as we speak – can’t wait to try it :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Finally got around to trying this one ~ very popular in our house ~ thank you. XxReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Why oh why everytime I make slice then cut it up it crumbles……:( Made this was yummy but fell to bits.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    This recipe sounds scrumptious. Will be making it tomorrow for my kids lunch boxes.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I can’t have dessicated coconut. What would you recommend substituting for it as these sound delicious?ReplyCancel

  • Mum of the Nibbs clan

    Hi for kids allergic to brown choc can we leave that out? and can we change brown sugar to raw? or no sugar at all? just for kids who have reactions to sugar thingsReplyCancel

    • Trish

      My son has a nut allergy, so I made this without the chocolate and it was so good! In fact I have made it 3 times now :) I am not sure about the sugar, but I would try it, I often substitute things if I don’t have something or leave stuff out depending on what I can make that is safe for my child. hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • sly

    I’m from US what is Milo, please?ReplyCancel

    • Krystle

      Milo is mixed with milk to make a milk drink that tastes like malt. It is similar to Nesquik but is more grainy. It is really yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    Can this slice be frozen?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Simone, I would! I freeze everything.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ollie

    Just made this for an after school snack. Girls loved it. Thanks :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Ollie, Ooh that is great. Glad your girls enjoyed them.:)ReplyCancel

Lamb Rissoles

Lamb Rissoles   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: Kat Recipe type: Main Meal Serves: 5 Ingredients 500g lamb mince 1 brown onion, finely diced 1 egg 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce ¾ cup dried breadcrumbs salt and pepper to taste Instructions Place all ingredients in a […]

Continue Reading...

Organising the home office – Set up a dedicated workspace

Task 1 – Setting up a dedicated workspace A workspace can be a dedicated room, a corner in the house, a cupboard or a night stand.  Whichever it maybe lets ensure it’s a workspace that suits what you need and that you will get the best out of this space.   Today I will  share […]

Continue Reading...

  • pauline

    Absolutely LOVE all of these ideas.ReplyCancel

  • annon

    love the pictures. i have a small corner of our lounge room as an office but using my imagination and creativity i have managed to cram alot into a little space and make it look great. these pictures inspire me to decorate even more lol!ReplyCancel

  • TamW

    These are beautiful, when bubba number 2 needed a room, goodbye office/junk room. We now have a section of a cupboard and laptop (on the dining room table) as an office space, it works but it’s tight.ReplyCancel

  • This is exactly the reference I need at the moment. My son’s desk is still in the playroom and it’s really not working. I need to rejig. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • I hope you find some great ideas over the coming weeks to make a great space you all enjoyReplyCancel

  • These are gorgeous inspirational spaces! I can’t wait to have an office of my own but with the renovation chaos at my place it may be a while; I have to put up with my laptop on a flat surface (if I’m lucky!). Great post Katrina :) xx


    • I’m sure it will be a stunning room once you have finished renovating!!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely stunning workspaces! I love that they’re all so open and organised.ReplyCancel

    • I love the Tiffany blue with white accessories, not sure my hubby would like it though seeing we share the room.ReplyCancel

  • Egrantva

    Beautiful and inspiring!

  • I love the under-stairs one!! And the little nook with the padded seat next to it – so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Our son is still doing his homework in the kids play room and we are now noticing how it is NOT working. I desperately need to swap our rooms around and do a bit of rearranging. Thanks for the brilliant ideas.ReplyCancel

  • [...] some inspiration for me to swap rooms and rearrange our play/work areas. Do you need some inspiration [...]ReplyCancel

  • Missyc

    i am addicted to your site – you are motivating me to do it all!!
    I love the Smart use of a small space – do you have any idea where i can get anything like this similar here somewhere? the link sends me to a USA websiteReplyCancel

  • Danimezza

    Thank you so much for including my space… and at the very top!ReplyCancel

    • Karen Quist

      Yours was my favourite! I will use it as inspiration for my daughters’ rooms.ReplyCancel

    • it’s a beautiful space to include :)ReplyCancel

  • […] From a selection of wonderful ideas on the Organised Housewife […]ReplyCancel

Organising the home office – Where to start

During May, on The Organised Housewife, we will be organising the home office.   This has been one of the most requested topics for me to write about and I am so excited to be sharing my ideas with you and getting my office properly organised too.  I look around and I see chaos.  However, […]

Continue Reading...

  • Mummabear

    Yes I need help in this department. Ours has become a dumping ground. Life is busy so the piles mount up. Definitely need a new system and make it a functional room again. Ours is quite small, off the main bedroom….I would love to clear the desk and space and be set up and inspired to write and study in there. It’s a great space and has a pretty outlook out the window…no more excuses – May is the month for me!ReplyCancel

  • Seriously, you should see my office! I can’t even make out the shape of the desk at the moment. That room just hasn’t been a priority for me for the longest time and it shows.ReplyCancel

  • My weakness is things coming in and piling up the moment I clear my desk! I have to be strict with myself and put the things that come in RIGHT AWAY instead of letting them sit there for a while.ReplyCancel

    • and it really only takes an extra few seconds to put it in the right place, I think it’s just all in our minds at times.ReplyCancel

  • Tmbrew71

    Paperwork is definitely my kryptoniteReplyCancel

  • Yep. This is ours as well. And we aren’t as organised as you with our finances. HAS to change. Time to start being grown ups about it all.ReplyCancel

    • Great way of thinking Melissa, because if you don’t look after it nobody will.ReplyCancel

  • Chantelle

    At the front of my filing cabinet, I have a manilla folder called the Lazy Folder…where I put the paperwork that needs to be filed. How lazy is that? It would take almost no more time, to actually file it where it needs to go. Somehow I have managed to convince myself that it is efficient, because once a month or so, I file them all at once. Oh dear!ReplyCancel

    • Chantelle, that is too funny. Well, at the moment I think it is better than my pile ontop of the filing cabinet, so you do get a star for your lazy folder!!

  • Lisa

    It would be nice to have a system that didn’t fall over the minute we got busy or sick. This seems to be when it all comes undone and ends up costing you so much more. Would love to know what you keep in your Home Organising folder Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Ripper

    Omg even ur mess is organized. My mess is just mess and i try ever so hard to follow ur steps to organization but it is a very very slow process.ReplyCancel

  • Ha ha ha – I just took a picture of my office saying I was going to tackle it this very evening but as hubby is away I’m going with cuppa, sofa, tv remote and ipad to play on instead, but I will be very interested in following it. My office is like your hubbies. I will see if I can attach the photo I took. ReplyCancel

  • Jen S

    Beautiful study! I am a bit jealous as I don’t have a study or a desk at home but I guess it’s not essential for me as I don’t work from home anymore. We have a 2 drawer filing cabinet in our walk-in-robe for bills etc and a 3 drawer unit for our kid’s art etc. Paperwork usually stays on the bench in a plastic 2 shelf organiser (like yours) until it is dealt with and then makes it’s way to the filing cabinet – which is way overdue for culling (Question: how long do you need to keep things for?). Yes we usually have a messy bench I guess, although I am trying to spend a few minutes de-cluttering it everyday. I tuck the organiser away if someone visits ; )ReplyCancel

  • well I look forward to following this topic.. I don’t have an office but I crave for one. Instead I have an area in the dining room that is my office area.
    I do have room for an office area in either the tv room that is the kids area or perhaps need to quick smartly finish the rumpus room and make my office there… But i do attempt to clean my area but I fail at paper mess… I re-homed the filing cabinet as it was full of um junk!!
    So I’ll be watching this closely!!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Stew

    Oh me oh my: my weekness. You might better say my weaknesses as there’s barely a square inch of desk visible of my desk. In fact it could be purely a hovering mass of papers. That extra 30 seconds to deal with said paper is rarely possible in the moment it’s thrown at the in tray. I feel as if what’s more relevant to me is being able to get back to it and have places for all of those things that pile up on my desk — even the ones that don’t *really* need to be kept at all. ;o)
    Thanks for the help, either way. ReplyCancel

  • Dianna Bray

    We are in at the begining of extending our house. With the new extension it frees up a room for me to have as a home office. At the moment, my formal dining room is my dumping ground for all my stuff, including our 2 laptops and cords.
    I have in my head how I want my home office to be set up but I am very much looking forward to your tips and suggestions.
    I already have a filing cabinet that is well organised but I want to set up the room to not only include bills etc but all my wrapping paper, craft items (both mine and the kids) and all those other miscellaneous items that seem to get accumlated through out the house.
    Looking forward to this topic.ReplyCancel

  • Paperwork is my weakness too. I’m trying to conquer it.ReplyCancel

  • Amie

    I love the doll on your husband’s desk, lol!!ReplyCancel

  • Bridget

    Our study is getting a huge cleanup and it feels great to achieve the impossible.  Thge computer desk is clear of clutter now and I slowly working through the rest of the room.  Hubby will get such a surprise when he returns and I am loving the achievement of clearing the dumping ground of our house!ReplyCancel

    • I bet you will feel so good when entering this space, good on you for making the start!!ReplyCancel

  • [...] and there are photos and videos to make them easy to put in to action. She has several posts on Organising the Home Office with such valuable advice – like taking the little bit of extra time to put something in the [...]ReplyCancel

  • I’m starting your Home Office organistation (how’s that for a clever spelling mistake!). At the moment, my partner has the office all to himself and my laptop floats around the house from the bedroom to the couch and often on the dining table. I am a mature age student who has very recently finished a teaching degree but am now working on a spec ed diploma. The office is chock full of ‘stuff’. Teaching stuff, uni stuff, homehandyman stuff, office (accounts and finance) stuff and heaps and heaps of other ‘stuff’, and all this stuff is stuffing up me being able to move in there too. Our desk is a dining table and I plan for both of us to share this. the good things about our office – lots and lots of shelves, the large dining table/desk, and great lighting. The not-so-good, the ‘other’ stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Oh, and my partner is a full-time student (psych) how uses the office ALL THE BLOODY TIME! JxReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Great topic! But please please please I need help with knowing what I should be filing and what is truly not really necessary. I mean, bank statements, why am I keeping them? What are the tax rules for keeping things of an ordinary household nature? How old is too old for bills and paper records? I reckon I could halve the volume in my filing cabinet if I knew what it was that could go!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie

    I really need to get a handle on my office mess, it’s horrible. It’s the one room in the house that has everything in it, which doesn’t fit anywhere else. It’s become a dumping ground for my husband but our filing is somewhat organised, so that’s something! We don’t have much storage in this house and it shows… I just wish my baby would relax and let me get n with things instead of crying every time I put him down!ReplyCancel

10 steps to an organised home office

I have to admit our office is organised chaos.  I share our office with my husband, we have 2 work stations with very different styles of organising and definitions of what a clean desk is.  My desk tends to be a dumping zone with broken toys, kids drawings, receipts, magazines to sort through and my […]

Continue Reading...

  • Grant-deanna Platts

    Oh I am definately up for the challenge :)ReplyCancel

  • All of it!! I just started on the office last week – after sorting through mountains of filing, I’m nearly there…and now the next load of ‘stuff’ has been dumped. I’m looking forward to hearing your organising tips. Amy xReplyCancel

  • Our office is chaos and not even remotely organised! It is the dumping ground for so much! I’m really struggling with everything in the house with an 8 week old and a 22 month old who won’t nap in the daytime :( I keep dreaming we had the money to pay someone to come and help me with it all!!ReplyCancel

  • 1.Setting up a dedicated workspace – That’s the dining table! Or coffee table. But the dining table is bigger and better!
    2.Create zones in the office – I have a cupboard! One side is ‘office’ and the other stores my hobby. The Bloke has a cupboard – it’s scary in there! And the boys have a cupboard. (Which is NOT my problem!)
    3.Controlling the paper clutter – This is where less is actually more… No space for paper clutter means it can’t really accumulate.
    4.Organising desk drawers – HRRMMMM May need some help there. I do have two drawers I haven’t worked out to my satisfaction
    5.Set up an effective filing system – Two lever arch files. One for warranties, one for current stuff. The last three years are bundled together by year in the filing cabinet which is in a wardrobe. (we really have space issues!)
    6.Organising the finances – I do that the first week of February, when school goes back
    7.Spring clean the computer – lalalala look, there’s a tractor! Ok, maybe *that* needs doing
    8.Taming the inbox – It’s a lovely tractor, just look at it…
    9.Protecting the digital photos – yes, that’s the Bloke’s domain. I should check what he’s doing.
    10.Learning how to stay in control and keep the office organised – I think not having a dedicated office is probably a Good Thing for me. I have one of those standing file things in the kitchen, stuff that needs action goes in there, and I action it on Sunday afternoon when I do paperwork.

    So in summary, up for #4, 7, 8 and 9ReplyCancel

  • Therings

    Given I had to move similar piles of kids drawings, recipts, school newsletters, photos, etc to actually get to my computer this morning, I’m thinking my desk area needs a revamp too! Hubby and I also share an office with 2 workstations. Can’t wait to see what ideas you come up with. 2 things I have implemented – Ikea Lack shelves above the desks – low enough for all the stationery items and pens, etc to be stored on and I can reach them whilst sitting, so this keeps the desk area free of them. Also, a magnetic board behind the desk with bulldog clips on – this keeps groups of paper together but up in front of me so I don’t forget about them or loose them on my desk under the broken toy frog!!ReplyCancel

  • Trina

    To keep all my hubbie tax receipts in order before they go in the lever arch file I use a file box (a nice brown leather look one that can be used anywhere if you don’t have a dedicated space). Things get filed here first instead of being put in a to be filed pile. This means they are roughly in order and can be found should a receipt be needed. When I file them in the lever arch file in preparation for the end of year tax I just have to put them in alphabetical order. It gives me a chance to purge anything that doesn’t need to be kept and make sure I haven’t left anything out of the tax return.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Is there any tips on organizing the husband so he doesn’t dump mail, magazines, paperwork, books, lotto tickets, pens, manuals (my list is endless) around the house rather than putting it in its place?? I might have to set up a rewards chart for him if he gets it right!ReplyCancel

  • Roxy

    Can’t wait!!ReplyCancel

  • What area in your home office needs the most attention?
    ALL OF THE ABOVE!! Help!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Gretton

    look forward to it!! in desperate need of some help in this area also!ReplyCancel

  • Leonie

    I recently hired someone to spend a few hours with me on my computer, organising my mail set up and folders and improving my skills. It was well worth it, I feel like I have had a virtual office spring clean!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Doing backups on the computer & organising all of the electrical cords. I also need to update all of my inventories for insurance purposes… oh procrastination at its best!ReplyCancel

  • Dani_searle

    Definitely number 3.I can’t stay on top of the paper clutter!ReplyCancel

  • Jazz

    Papers and receipts! It all gets put in piles with the intention of sorting it out ‘later’. I’m yet to discover that magical time ‘later’!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    Omg THANKYOU! I just bought a filing cabinet yesterday and now do not know where to begin! I will be watching this space!!

  • Belle

    I believe that the ENTIRE office needs desperate help!! Watching this space…ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    SO what I need. Tonight I talked to hubbie about the fact that I currently do not have an office at work and I do not have an office at home that is just for me to work (I have a large proj m’ment job and also run a website from home). so lots of jobs all joined into one mess. This is my focus as well for the next few weeks so hoping I get some great tips. Always love reading your stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Yes!!! I need tips on how tosort all the paper – thats is defiently my weakness too. And i need tips on how to sort/stire tax stuff (receipts etc) – another weakness of mine. Watching this space…..ReplyCancel

  • Mumma K

    Thanks Katrina, this is one area in our house that needs desperate attention, because our house is on the small side my home office is a cupboard, it has become a ‘dumping cupboard’ for paper, kids craft and anything really. I’m really looking forward to having a organised home office, can’t wait to get started :)ReplyCancel

  • Timely Katrina. We also have 2 separate office spaces and mine is on-hold while we organise renovations. Frankly, I can’t wait that long so am thinking of a move to another part of the house and reorganising it a-fresh. I am looking forward to getting rid of all the PAPER (!) and going almost paperless.ReplyCancel

    • Thats a good idea so then in the meantime you are working in a tidy environmentReplyCancel

  • The part of my home office that needs the most attention is the part that I don’t have one! I have a desk in the corner of the lounge room. But it does get untidy quickly with paperwork.ReplyCancel

    • I hope that by the end of the month that you maybe able to find a system that can help you eliminte the paper mess!ReplyCancel

  • Luckiestwoman

    I’m joining you on your quest! I’m starting back at work next Monday. My home office is my workspace and it’s a mess! I even cleaned it up a few weeks ago but didn’t get the follow up organisational stuff done so I am basically back to square one. Your list has me all inspired!
    I have a personal blog dedicated to it – might even have to make it public once I am done.
    Thanks for posting!ReplyCancel

  • Jana

    Thanks for sharing also reminds me of my desk as I also have a Ragdoll who loves jumping on my desk & even on my keyboard lol ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    Great timing, just started organising my office last weekend. Looking forward to some great tips to help me in the coming weeks. I have only recently discovered your website but already I have been able to implement so many of your ideasReplyCancel

  • I need an office to start with.. not my messy area…ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    I have a cat but no office , we are setting up a temporary one in a mobile room. So I need all of the above.ReplyCancel

    • LOL, my cat is funny, she keeps popping up in all photos recently. I look forward to seeing what you have achieved at the end of the month Trish!ReplyCancel

  • [...] for me. I think a nook may be more suited to a student or child but me? Nah not at all! Over at The Organised Housewife,  Katrina is on the  topic this month about organising the home office. I’ll be watching [...]ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    Oh dear! My office is so much smaller but has so much more clutter! I am going to be removing items for a while.
    I started using it as a dumping ground and started organising it, so hubby made it his dumping ground! Grrr!
    Will take before after photos.ReplyCancel

  • Chrissie

    My desk! I work full time from home, so I have my work laptop in front of my Mac (which I can’t use for work at the moment). A jacket to cover up the spot on my desk that reflects sunlight directly into my eyes from about 8am, a pile of paper that’s goodness knows what, notebooks for work and my personal writing, my diary, water bottle… Yep, my desk really needs some love right now!ReplyCancel

    • could you get something to put on your desk instead of using the jacket such as a placemat or table runner? I hope you enjoy this months challenge!

  • Tayla

    I have a small desk in the corner of my room for uni and tafe work, really need to use the space a little better, cant wait to get started!ReplyCancel

  • Tabitha Fletcher

    Yeah, I’m sortof an organized mess myself, lol. I have a special tray to collect little lost things like paperclips and pen caps that we can’t find the partner to. But…it works for me. I would love for you to link this at Making Space Mondays!! ReplyCancel

  • Tabitha Fletcher

    Whoops. Didn’t leave an address. How did that happen? Thanks, Tabitha FletcherReplyCancel

  • This looks like my desk, even down to the ragdoll cat “personal assistant” :) mine prefers to sit in front of my computer screen, not behind it though…ReplyCancel

  • Marelize

    My home office is the farm’s office, it is the homeschooling-area too. So I have my stuff, farming stuff (two enterprises), and school stuff all in one room! It’s got the better of me.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Marelize, It feels so good to have the office decluttered and organised. Good luck.:)ReplyCancel

  • Mychelle

    Steps 1 to 10 has been my ambition for 7 long years! I haven’t even been able to organise my tax for 4 years. To sort the 0000’s of digital photos would take me 2 weeks full time reckon. Maybe in 20 years when the kids move out (hopefully!!!????)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL oh i wish you all the luck Mychelle! It’s one of those jobs that are quite easy to put off but unfortunately have to be done.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Phillips

    My whole office needs work, it is also our spare room (sleeper couch), struggling to keep all business files etc….,no space, papers over flowing, big desk but never tidy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Good luck Natalie, I would love to hear how you go organising your office. Maybe try a few floating shelves. I think they work quite well.ReplyCancel

{MEAL PLAN} Chocolate Scones

What is on your meal plan this week, I would love for you to share your ideas and any recipes, or links to some you enjoy!   This weeks meal plan Monday – Shepherd’s Pie Tuesday – Chicken with gravy and vegetables Wednesday – night off, noodles in a cup Thursday – Fish and vegetables Friday […]

Continue Reading...

  • I like the look of those chocolate scones! I reckon I could eat about 2 platefuls in one sitting!ReplyCancel

  • Stealing recipes. xxxxReplyCancel

  • Trish

    I love the idea of chocolate scones Katrina – and the spinach , lamb and cheese pieReplyCancel

  • Trish

    I might check out the coupon codes too to see if they have any for my area.ReplyCancel

  • That is such a bargain! I might have to check out what else Coupon Codes might have in store. ReplyCancel

  • Desire Empire

    Love your idea of meal planning. I don’t think about it until the morning but would sure love to be as organised as you.

Organising the kids shower

My kids have just about outgrown the bathtub.  The twins now 9 and my youngest 7 all inherited their dads long legs. So each night they are having showers.  After the kids had a bath the facewashers would easily dry over the tub ledge.  However now when having a shower I usually always find the […]

Continue Reading...

  • Jessicacarey

    Love the hooks for the puffs in the shower,what a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • alannadale

    Great idea but no way I would spend that much on a shower caddy!ReplyCancel

  • Kazzie

    Love it! … a bit pricey but it looks modern and streamlined.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on a lovely clean shower – the caddy looks very practicalReplyCancel

  • Littleanglelstoo

    That looks divine – and your tiles are SPARKLING! Great job. We are about to complete our transition to the shower – can’t wait!

  • Stacey

    I really like this idea. But for $150 I am happy for the bottles to sit on the floor! ReplyCancel

  • tomi

    I’ve finally found the caddy I wanted but the man will not be pleased about the price tag though :(.

    Still worth bookmarking the site for later browsing ;)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I feel sorry for your twins and their eczema. I was born with atopic eczema and diagnosed at 5 weeks of age. I suffer all year and it is not a good feeling. It is very hard for people to understand exactly how itchy the skin gets. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Katrina I love your ideas and where did you find this website – it is an amazing discovery for the addicted organiser. We are about to do a bathroom makeover/reno and it has given me lots of inspiration! For eczema we have found great results in using Epsolm Salts (try in the bath. If using a shower, you can make a mix in a bottle and spray on before or use a foot bath.ReplyCancel

  • That’s a great idea Katrina! My kids are at that age as well, and with Eme having eczema and Seth not, the number of products in our shower is ridiculous. Love how organised your shower is…especially the little sponges hung in a row, up off the floor.ReplyCancel

  • brella

    Hi Kat – you just keep coming up with more and more ideas. I love your blog. I have been decluttering over the last few weeks and feel so much better just clearing out our house. Thank you for inspiring me. xoxReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    I LOVE Moo Goo! It’s the only thing I’ve found that keeps my sensitive skin and scalp calm. Love the shower caddy!ReplyCancel

  • What a clever idea!ReplyCancel

  • Jodene

    Wow, this shower caddy is fantastic! I am going to head over and see how I can get one. I have a metal one that hangs over the shower head, but I hate it. They always get rusty or they don’t sit straight. This one is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • MarissaBeautifullyOrganised

    Love it Kat – I shared it on the blog, hope that’s ok?ReplyCancel

  • Jude Dickson

    Wonderful idea…great design…but seriously could anyone justify $149.00 + postage for an acrylic shower shelf?
    Is it just me?  ReplyCancel

    • It’s very strong and durable, I will get my money’s worth for sure as the ones I have used in the past rust and corrode, where this one won’t.ReplyCancel

  • Raelene

    I have 3 teenagers in their bathroom and the amount of products that are scattered on the floor is rediculous…….. Your shower caddy may be expensive but at least it will be a one off cost! I off to order one now. Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • I went to Bunnings/Masters and got a soap dispenser like they have in hotels on the walls with the shampoo and conditioner except I got one with three dispensers in one Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash (thats what I use anyhow) no bottles what so ever. And now that I can see how much is left in the dispenser I just buy the 1 Litre bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash when they are on sale and I only need to buy it every 3 or 4 weeks instead of weekly/fortnightly cause I am unsure if it will last the week or not.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    How does the mentioned shower caddy hold up to shower/water scum & mould/mildew?ReplyCancel

  • EJ Butler

    Great idea. I have 2 shower caddy’s in my shower because I hate things on the floor. I have a few shampoos and conditioners in my shower because I wont waste expensive stuff on my boyfriend. I only recently got the new second one before that I had a suction cap one which kept falling off. great Idea but annoying. this one i have now is hanging over the glass and one over the shower head. I would pay $150 for a great shower caddy. I do wonder about the soap scum. another of my nightmares.ReplyCancel

  • Marisa

    that is exactly the shower caddy I have been searching for for our shower, thanks for postingReplyCancel

  • Jac

    I love this idea! Especially the hooks for the puffs. I have a glass shelf in my shower and tried this, but my hooks keep falling off, which ones did you use?ReplyCancel

  • Joanna

    what a great idea… love it…ReplyCancel

  • Robomum

    Love that rack. I’m in the same situation with my little one and I’m always picking up sopping facewashers.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    As we do not have a glass shower I am having to think outside the box. I was wondering how the 3m holds up in the water with all the steam?ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    My girls don’t like the loofah says they say it hurts their skin, so I am going to put loops on their face washers and hang them off their shower caddy.ReplyCancel

Love it, Like it, Link it – #17

Welcome to the another ‘Love it, Like it, Link it’ Blog Link Party!! If you have a blog please join in the fun linking up below your favourite blog post of the week (only one please) and there maybe a chance you are featured next week. HERE ARE 5 THAT I LOVED & LIKED The […]

Continue Reading...

  • Russian Smoochies

    Thank you for the opportunity to share our blogs! I’m new to blogging and could really use some feedback, comments and followers. Much love for your blog and site! xxxxReplyCancel

  • [...] been featured by The Organised Housewife  in her Love it, Like it, Link it feature this week. I feel so honoured to be featured on this lovely blog – Thanks very much Kat! I've [...]ReplyCancel

  • Ash K

    Thank you Katrina for featuring my post :-)ReplyCancel

  • Desire Empire

    Thanks for hosting Kat

{Inspiring} Mothers Day Ideas

I love the idea of being pampered and having a lovely restful day on Mothers day.  What do you enjoy most about Mothers Day?   Below are some really lovely quotes plus creative acitivities you can do with your kids over the coming week. Mothers Day  Clever hint to hubby | Putting on a party Breakfast […]

Continue Reading...

  • Dani

    Wonderful … I love the poems!
    I would appreciate if you could share some ideas for donations for school run Mother’s Day Stalls …. we sell the donated gifts for $5 and under.ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Such super fun ideas Katrina , thank you for sharing ….got to show my husband now what he can do with the kids.

  • Renee Simpson

    I will be flying back from Sydney on Mothers Day after seeing Strictly Ballroom the musical. Having some mummy time that weekend and then spend some time with my husband and 2 girls.ReplyCancel

{ORGANISING} and hiding the ironing pile

We recently upgraded our old TV to a flat screen, with that we also needed a new  TV unit.  I found a wonderful long unit to match the rest of our mahogany furniture. Our iron basket used to sit nicely next to the old TV.  We previously kept it in the laundry but then we […]

Continue Reading...

  • Pahaha hiding the ironing pile… excellent, my ironing pile is hiding my favorite chair! Must get inspired today :)ReplyCancel

  • Yep mine usually hides something else rather than me hiding it! Will have to work on a good hidey hole…ReplyCancel

  • Where are all your dvd’s etc if not stored in the tv cabnet?ReplyCancel

  • Marcena74

    What a great idea! The baskets also hide the cables at the rear of the unit, too!ReplyCancel

  • Snotface Stinkbum's Mum

    ironing? what ironing? like you, i avoid clothes for myself that require ironing, and hubby is a mechanic – no need for ironing there either! Snotface Stinkbum is not at school yet, so no uniforms either! i iron so much (usually when i sew) that hubby found the ironing board whilst doing some decluttering in the spare room and asked me why we had it “to iron on, dear” “we have an iron?”

    but i do love the ‘non traditional’ use of the storageReplyCancel

  • Shoe_gal3178

    I don’t do ironing, I fold them straight off the line (For the things that get folded) and for the things that are hung I bring coat hangers out to the line and hang them straight on them and put them away. We have a big wardrobe (which helps a lot). And if I don’t have time to bring them in I won’t. But I mostly do.ReplyCancel

  • I only iron when I need something eg work clothes I either iron each morning or evening or do 5 days at once – I started this when I had 2 piles of ironing that I never ever got to. Much easier to just hang everything up as soon as its dry or fold up and put in the cupboards. The baskets are a good idea, but who wants to have your ironing basket under the TV?ReplyCancel

  • Kazzie

    I love it! That’s good thinking … ‘thinking outside the square’.

    Usually I have an ironing basket located on the laundry bench, but being an empty-nester, only throw a few to be ironed on the back of our chair in our eating room as a reminder! Convenient, but an eyesore.ReplyCancel

  • The ironing basket is in our room. It comes out every second Sunday night to sit by the front door so I don’t forget to leave it out for the Ironing Fairy. Aside from that, it sits on the floor between the door and dressing table. I toss the empty hangers back in there as well.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have an ironing basket at all. All of our shirts are placed on hangers straight out of the washing machine. Once dry, they go straight into the wardrobe, to be ironed as they’re worn. It would make sense to dedicate a particular time each week to iron all the shirts etc, then I wouldn’t be running around like a crazy woman every morning!

    btw – those baskets look fabulous in your tv unit!! Genius.ReplyCancel

  • Joolzmac

    I do the same as Lisa Warren – I put away shirts as they are dry then iron as necessary – one each morning as part of my routine. Hubby is quite capable of ironing a shirt if need be. ReplyCancel

  • Letitia

    My ironing basket sits in my walk in robe until I get a chance to do it. I iron every time I sit and watch TV therefore do it quite regularly. Usually Sunday nights and a night during the week. I love neatly ironed clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    As I am an Ironing Lady, I do about 3-4 baskets a day for other people plus my own family, there is always lots of ironing here.ReplyCancel

  • … I do not iron. ReplyCancel

  • Jspunner

    My ironing basket is also in our wardrobe but my system is I cut my Mum’s hair she takes a bag of ironing & then I only have to iron it if I really need it.
    Katrina the baskets look great. Would you know where I could find something similar but smaller (like to fit in the Ikea expedit series bookcase) maybe in a faux leather? I can’t seem to find any & you seem to have agood eye for storage.

  • Jazz

    I had to think about this post for a while. I’ve fallen into the trap of having a plastic tub in front of the tv unit pretty much permanently which is full of my ironing to be done and I hate it. It goes away when I know I have visitors coming but for anyone who drops in, it is on display for all to see. Reading this post made me really think about this. Our side cabinets in our tv unit contain the kids’ hard cover books on the left, and I’ve take the door off it’s hinges to allow the kids access to the books rather than having to open the door all the time, and on the other side, our dvds etc with the door in place (we removed the handle when the kids were little – they couldn’t open it without but we could still manage).
    The kids never use these books any more (mind you, the minute I started thinking about getting rid of them, they went back to them again – doh!) so I am going to pack them up and move them. I’m going to get a proper book case and some might go in there, but the tv unit is going to have it’s door put back in place, and I’m going to find some pretty fabric or paper to cover the glass doors and in goes my washing. Thank you so much for this post! I’m so sure that not looking at my ironing all day will do a lot for my sanity!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodene

    I don’t have an ironing pile/basket either. Everything gets folded and put away after washing and in the evening I just iron the kids uniforms and whatever I want to wear for the next day and that’s it. Takes about 15 mins and it’s done. I just can’t bring myself to do hours of ironing in one go. I have too many other fun things I would rather be doing ;) ReplyCancel

  • Eli

    My ironing basket is kept in the laundry. I fold anything that I can, straight off the line. Anything that has to be ironed gets done of a Sunday night, ready for the week. I love seeing my basket empty for the start of the week. It also means that I don’t have to panic each morning to iron uniforms (I’m so not a morning person) and get to sleep in a little longer.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    I love the long tv console unit… no glass doors! Where did you get it… been looking for just this style!!!ReplyCancel

  • I love reading all the comments for this post. My partner does all the ironing. I can’t/won’t iron. If it needs ironing, I give it away. I fold all washing as it comes off the line. And I hang what should be looked after a bit more. But my partner irons either the kids or his own clothes as they are pulled out of the wardrobes. I try to have tomorrow clothes pulled out before we go to bed, so he irons then. I do make it even however. I love being in the garden, and I do help with mowing and the garden up keep….ReplyCancel

  • [...] Note:  Since writing this post, I have changed where I hide my laundry.  See full details here. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jaimie

    I don’t have an ironing basket. I have no room at all for one. I just put all the clothes away and if someone needs to wear something that needs ironing we iron it the night before.
    But that is still a clever place to hide other things.- a blanket for cold nights watching tv or maybe all the accessories for the playstation & wii.

    Where do you keep all of your DVDs?ReplyCancel

  • Elissa

    I iron only my clothes (hubbies a tradie and daughter’s clothes don’t need ironing) so its on an as needed basis.
    But as a side note, we have an indoor cat and to eliminate the smelly kitty litter (we were in a unit then) I trained him to use the toilet (as in adult toilet). Its quite nifty as we no longer have to buy litter, scoop his poop and deal with the smell. He does both in the toilet and we’ve only had 2 accidents when both were my fault as I left the toilet lid down. The smell is elmiinated as once its in the water it no loonger smells and I keep a container of disinfectant wipes next to the toilet if he does leave a mess on the seat (rarely).
    Just something to think about :)
    By the way I love this site!ReplyCancel

  • Roz

    I store mine in our walk in robe… But it is folded and ready to go though..ReplyCancel

  • Leann

    Mine always sits in a big pile on one end the couch – not a great look. I am now off on a mission to find a better way of storing my ironing pile – thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Elly

    Marissa, you’re a legend!!! xxReplyCancel