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{Organising} Part 3: Kids Drawings – Hanging drawings or words of wisdom

Hanging Kids Drawings I have mentioned previously that my Miss 8 has low self-esteem and suffers anxiety.  She needs a lot of encouragement and motivation as she finds situations overwhelming.  I made some paintings for her bedroom wall as a gentle reminder each day. However, I want to also encourage my other children.  I have found a variety of quotes suitable […]

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  • Anonymous

    What a great idea. Looking forward to see more quotes on Saturday.ReplyCancel

  • This is such a great idea. I put words of affirmation in my girls’ rooms so they can read in the morning before they face the day, and at night when going to bed – it has such a positive impact on their day. (Love the idea with the coathanger).ReplyCancel

    • Lovely idea, it’s powerful Debbie for them to read and be inspired!ReplyCancel

  • I Love Love LOVE this idea. Katrina! I was thinking of ordering some sticker wall quotes but this makes it so much more fun and affordable. ReplyCancel

  • Dana Nelson

    That pant hanger idea is THE BEST!!! I’m so in love with it! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

    • Simple, easy and practical, would love to see a photo if you create one too!ReplyCancel

  • A great example of repurposing Katrina! This solves a little dilemma I have been having with my ‘painting of the week’ system in the kitchen. Thanks xReplyCancel

  • [...] few days ago I showed you that I place quotes in the kids toy room.  This is to give them inspiration and motivation.  I don’t change it regularly, but when I [...]ReplyCancel

  • Libby Withnall

    This is one of the most brilliant, easy ideas I have ever seen. Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • [...] I love word art and I love this idea to display random quotes. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Clancy

    That is truly beautiful. The hanger idea is great too I will do one for eac of my 4 which should save some fridge space lol. But the encouragement you give your children this way is inspirational. Thank you for sharing this :-) ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Love the coat hanger idea, think i have one or two of those in my cupboards so I’ll be painting soon!ReplyCancel

  • Karennarelle

    will be stealing the coathanger idea. GeniusReplyCancel

  • Karennarelle

    will be stealing the coathanger idea. GeniusReplyCancel

  • Marg

    Such a great idea….. having been sharing POSITIVE quotes with my netball team over the last few weeks for motivation….. Helps them heaps….. I gave one “No Excuses”….. its amazing the difference it has made to a couple of themReplyCancel

    • It really does, just the simple words really make you think and reacess. ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Love the idea its greatReplyCancel

  • Roze

    such a wonderful idea, for myself as well as kids! thank you for all your inspirational pointers…. :)
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  • Fiona

    :-) i LOve this!!! My kids are only 2.5 and 14 months, so i bit young at this stage!
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    • Fiona

      I think i’ll do this for our toilet!! i have lots of quotes on the wall using blu tac, they are coming off and have dogs ears.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Love the poster. We have painted a section of wall in our kitchen with blackboard paint and write a quote for the week to ponder and discuss….last week was the word “TEAM” standing for “together everyone achieves more”. :) RachelReplyCancel

    • That’s really love rachel, I love the meaning you have put with that word!ReplyCancel

  • Tanyia

    this is so clever cant wait to go shopping for supplies. Thanks for more inspiration, as we are renting the first time in years our walls look awfully bare. This is a simple way to get around putting no holes in the walls.ReplyCancel

    • I love the 3M hooks, I am forever changing my mind on where I want pictures, this makes it alot easierReplyCancel

  • Just gorgeous. Might get the kids to write their own as an insight into what’s going on in their minds. Thanks Katrina. ReplyCancel

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  • Mel

    I love this idea. Where do you find these quotes from?ReplyCancel

Top 5 Perfectly Imperfect Organising Tips

Today I am linking up with Kate from Picklebums.  She has been posting through October about being ‘Perfectly Imperfect’.   I love meeting people who read my blog and hearing their stories of how I have managed to help them, however some say “I wish I could be as organised as you” or “your house must […]

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  • Love your perfectly imperfect tips :-)

    And I hear you on that pesky apostrophe, the harder I try to get it right the more mistakes I make.ReplyCancel

  • I have totally stopped folding face-washers after seeing this on your and it’s has saved me so much time.

    As for the apostrophe, care factor = 0. xxx

    That’s care factor equals zero if that is unclear.ReplyCancel

  • Love those ideas and i do lots if little jobs while talking on the phone.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Katrina,you do an excellent service for so many people.
    The fact that your apostrophes are ‘perfectly imperfect’ are neither here nor there with me.
    I never even noticed.
    I read your site for the motivation and hope it gives me,not as an opportunity to hone my grammar nazi skills and I think 99% of your followers feel the same.
    Ignore people who are so lacking within themselves that the only way they can feel ok is when they bring someone else down.ReplyCancel

  • I love this post Katrina and your perfectly imperfect tips xxReplyCancel

  • I love the let dishes air dry tip. I have been doing that for ages and always feel a little bit guilty leaving a big pile by the sink but you’re right. Why use your time to do something that doesn’t need doing.

    To the apostrophes, I would say that people will always something wrong with anything. If the only thing they can find wrong with your blog is an incorrectly placed apostrophe then I’d take that as a compliment! ReplyCancel

    • thankyou Claire. and your right in regards to the dishes, time is better spent elsewher.ReplyCancel

  • So, all this time I’ve been leaving dishes to “air dry”, I’m actually being organised! lol. Yay me.

    Katrina, I think your blog is fantastic! Everyone makes typos occasionally, and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. For me, its more about the content. Keep up the excellent work…you’re one inspiring woman!ReplyCancel

    • LOL I let mine air dry too, I thought it was just me being lazy but I like organised better ;)

      Your blog is fantastic Kat. Pay no mind to the people who have too much time on their hands. The time they spend giving you grief about one little apostrophe could be better spent organising their home!
      Oh but I forget, they’re perfect. Their homes are probably immaculate ;)

      Keep doing what you’re doing, we all love you!ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou Lisa xReplyCancel

  • I feel like a kindred spirit Ms Picklebum! I ticked all of on your list bar one… folding socks. Old habits die hard!ReplyCancel

    • It is hard to change a habit, but imagine all the other things you could be doing instead :) ReplyCancel

  • You know, I don’t even know why I fold the face washers. Love your blog, Kat. You inspire me to be that little bit more less undomesticated ;) ReplyCancel

  • I am going to do the sock thing from now on. Love your tips and don’t mind how you use apostrophes if at all :) ReplyCancel

    • And another tip is to get all the same coloured sock so it’s easier to match together.ReplyCancel

  • Ah those darn apostrophes! They often do me in too!
    I am totally into the ‘air dry’ washing thing… and now I get to say it’s ok because The Organised Housewife said so!
    Love that you can embrace your imperfections and work with them instead of against them!ReplyCancel

    • LOL…..yes Kate because I said so! Loved linking up to you today and loved writing this post.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t air dry… if it can’t go in the dishwasher, I don’t want it! (Yes, everything goes in the dishwasher…plastics and all). When I didn’t have a dishwasher, I air dried everything as it’s much more “hygienic”… I mean, fancy rubbing all your nice, clean dishes with a dirty tea-towel! I fold face washers (they live on a shelf), but not dishcloths (they’re in a tub under the sink). My best Lazy Housekeeper tip is to take a leaf from the Book of Nike and JUST DO IT. Nothing takes as long as you think it will.

    (Personally, I am a fan of a well placed apostrophe (and, as you may have noticed, overly keen on parentheses).)ReplyCancel

    • That’s right Harriet, Just do it, don’t waste time pondering too long. I’m trying to improve my grammar, I will get there :) ReplyCancel

  • You are classic, and boldly confident Kat, Love that you can say back off so politely!! XReplyCancel

  • Yes, I always aim with housework to do the most possible in the least amount of time. So, I take a LOT of shortcuts. I always have to stop and think with apostrophes too. Just ignore the critics. When they have a more successful organising blog than you do, I’ll take notice. Until then…ReplyCancel

    • Their criticism has helped me to try and improve, it’s just the way they said it was so rude. Thankyou Julie :) ReplyCancel

      • Pam G

        Hi Katrina, I know I’m coming to this post very late… reading through all your past posts, you see! Just wanted to say good on you for taking the time to think “Hmm, that was rude, but I wonder if there’s any truth in it” and actually deciding to try and improve in the area of grammar, despite the hurtful way it was pointed out. I am a bit of a grammar nazi but I love love love your blog and the way you write so I choose to ignore the little errors… Good on you for taking that person’s criticism so gracefully :) And thank you for a wonderful blog – I’ve been looking for other decluttering/organising blogs online and so far haven’t found one to match yours. Love the clean layout, lots of pictures, great articles, easy links, search bar, not covered in sponsor ads (in the middle of some people’s articles no less) – just a great read. Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

        • Thank you Pam for your kind words. Yes I know my grammar isn’t the best and one word tonight I realise I am typing incorrectly is thankyou, need to learn it is 2 words. But yes I have taken from this to improve my use of apostrophes when in doubt I just don’t use it now ;) So please you are enjoying the website :) ReplyCancel

  • I put everything in the dishwasher so have mimimum things to airdry! I love how you have the socks sorted though, one thing i’m going to do for hubby now!
    Thanks for all the inspiratiob you give us Kat!!ReplyCancel

  • the facewasher drawer in the bathroom is way too small, so I’ve recently pulled it out and put a basket in there, which has made a huge difference to them ending up in the teatowel drawer! (don’t ask, sorting clothes is the kids’ job)

    As for socks, everyone has their own lingerie bag, they put dirty socks in every day, and we wash them once a week… it has significantly reduced the number of odd socks, random socks tucked in shoes/drawers/cupboards, and has saved me money, becaus ethey have the same number of socks at the end of term as they started off with!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya G.

    OH its nice to know my air drying isnt just me…..my mother HATES air drying…LMAO… but times savers in any form i do so adore….As for the blog i do not read it near as often as i wished i could…i need more time savers you see teehee….as for gramatical erros or punctuations be imperfect….its much more fun :) THanks for writing and sharing and alooing comments for continued productive sharing…i love to read when i am able to…hopefully that will be much more often….Question….How do you (and the readers) deal with sentimental things…we are moving and i need a LOT of help with things i hold so much senitment for and much that really is all just in my head…but cant or dont know how to distinguish them and make room and clear out…Thank you…Tanya xoReplyCancel

    • Aaw thankyou Tanya. Sentimental items are hard, usually it’s not the items that is sentimental, it is the memory behind it which you will always keep in your heart no matter if you have the item or not, however the item will help trigger that memory. Perhaps take a photo and store them all in an album together so you can than give the item to charity or a family member that may use and appreciate it more.ReplyCancel

  • Patty

    Leave the poor love alone! You can get the point of what she’s trying to say with having to teacher her a lesson! If she so chooses to have a lesson, she can do as you have and look for a blog that has helpful hints!
    Loving you the way you are, Patty in WA State- U.S.ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou Patty, I am just blown away today by the lovely comments, I appreciate it, thankyou again. xReplyCancel

  • Tealepenny

    Love your blog – I am the worst speller in the world and love love your blog – who cares we get the point of what you are trying to say – keep up the good work
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    • Thankyou Tealpenny, all these beautiful comments I have received today is just inspiring me more. Thankyou ReplyCancel

  • As a working mum I haven’t a lot off time i find it much easier to fold washing and put away once dry and only iron when it’s neededReplyCancel

  • Eleni

    Thanks for this! I have always air dried my dishes and i thought this was perfectly normal!! I hate the tea towel factor of fluff. I guess we all do what works for us but air drying certainly saves time.

    No one cares about apostrophes (oops did i spell that right?!) we just love to read your blogs.

    I dont iron all upfront either, i find it easier to iron in little lots or just before the garment is to be worn. It’s a different generation and there are so many other things that we would prefer to be doing than trying to stay absolutely perfect.

    A self confessed perfectionist who has come a long way!ReplyCancel

    • I used to iron like that too Eleni BK (before kids), it was easier, but now hubby needs shirts for work it’s easier for me to do them all in one go. whatever works best and gets the job done :) ReplyCancel

  • Great tips! I let my plastics air dry, or everything if I do a lot at once! I wash the big pots and pans that are easy to dry first, and then leave everything else. ;) My MIL hates that I do that, but I cook and wash up after 4 people for every meal of the day – I don’t have TIME to dry every single thing! I also don’t match socks either, if they can’t get both of them to the wash, not my problem! lolReplyCancel

  • Love the sock tip Kat! I always try and match the same colour fade, but NO MORE!! Oh and feel free to apostrophe whatever you like!! I got told off once for using too many of “these”. I quite like “them” <3ReplyCancel

    • My top tip is to buy pure white socks, no colour on them, then makes matching so much easier because they are all the same :) Thankyou Nat, so lovely to meet you today.ReplyCancel

  • Owallace

    I luv reading all your blogs & ideas…I do wish i was able to be more organised like u….I try…really i do…but it just doesnt seem to work!!!!!…With 3 kids, sport, running school canteen & endless dr’s appts..(youngest 2 been 2specialists since 4wks old)…ive come to accept that im just not one of those super organised people atm…Ive been taking up tips of your little by little & not stressing anymore (or trying not to)…& for those who are picking up on your apostrophe use…Dont hve better things in life to do…I know i do!!!! Keep up the awesome posts!!ReplyCancel

    • Running a canteen is a HUGE job, that and your appointments must keep you very busy. You will get there, find what works for you, create routines and new habits and it will all start falling into place.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    YAY i don’t feel so bad for letting my dishes airdry over night, and for throwing my sons and my socks in the drawer without sorting first. I do sort my husbands socks, but maybe i’ll stop doing that. I love the idea of dusting while on the phone, i must try that next time i’m stuck on hold with some corporation listening to “your call is important to us”ReplyCancel

    • Give it a go Kristie, and if you feel you need to sort the socks then go back to how you used to do it :) ReplyCancel

  • Apostrophobe!

    Dear Katrina, I also do not use apostrophe’s well. And I have three uni degrees. I have just stopped using them altogether now! Be proud of your care factor with them. : ) ReplyCancel

  • Kaye Ballentine

    I do not fold undies just put them in the drawer.
    Sox I still roll in pairs.
    Hankies I air dry flat and fold as if ironed.
    Fold tea towels and pillowslips put away.
    After years of ironing everything I have found the sky still in place ,it hasn’t fallen one bit.

    PLEASE DO NOT PUT MY NAME ON WEBSITE.ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    Your blog is brilliant Katrina!! I’ve only recently discovered it, but being a Mum and housewife is so much easier with your help!! Keep up the good work, these tips are great. My hubby still wears odd socks even when I do pair them, so I’m definitely going to stop doing it now! Thank you so much and ignore the grouchies comments!ReplyCancel

  • julie mcdonald

    All good tips. The fact you use any apostrophes makes you a hero in my book. I think it is gradually dying out.ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    The grammar police strike again! Gah!

    Love this post, I never thought to dust when I am on the phone! Thanks for all your hard work and time that you put into this blog. :) ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    yay someone else who “air dries” the dishes! great tips :) ReplyCancel

  • [...] Kate Pickle is another blogger who understands that most of us don’t have time to be impeccably organized. I loved this post offering five “perfectly imperfect” organizing tips for busy moms. Kate says it’s okay to throw washcloths into a drawer without folding them. She doesn’t pair socks before putting them away, either. “The owner can take the time to do it,” she says. And my favorite tip of all: “As much as I would love to straighten the kids’ beds after they have made them, I resist because a) They have put in the effort, for that I am grateful, and b) I don’t have time.” (The Organised Housewife) [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] to think I was being lazy by leaving the dishes to dry overnight. If the Organised Housewife can do it, so can [...]ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    LOVED seeing the air drying tip! I maintain that tea towels are unhygienic, and therefore air drying is the best way! (Although I tend to put them away before I go to bed as I worry about mice and creepy crawlies!!)

    As for your comments on apostrophes, for what it’s worth, I come here to learn about organisation, and I figure that if you want help with punctuation you’d go and read their blogs (which would probably be less about punctuation and grammar and more about how to be ignorant!) I’m sure they’d be most put out if you walked into their house and started criticising their house keeping skills and lack of organisation! We all have our own strengths and there are those who choose to share their gifts with style and grace (and the freedom to punctuate as they please!) and then there are those who feel the need to impose their thoughts on others whether it is welcome or not!

    I close with a comment that I saw on Pinterest the other day that I think is particularly fitting:

    Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength (Eric Hoffer)ReplyCancel

  • Emma Sparnon

    I have to fold socks an underwear a particular way or it bothers me! Love the tips – http://www.foreveremma.meReplyCancel

  • Heeral

    Love to hear that all mothers go through similar things. Love ur tips. I used to fold my undies and bras in perticular way. Now i don’t fold either. just have them in different drawers so that they don’t mix up. That’s it. Also i fold the laundry but my hubbie stacks the clothes back in the wardrobe. one less chore. ReplyCancel

  • Starayla5

    I’ll just ignore the apostrophe stuff – some people seriously need to get a life!!! The more important issue here is where did you get that doona cover??? It’s awesome and I want one! The only thing I like to fold are the face washers, they’re quick and small and perfectly square. Socks and undies do my head in. ReplyCancel

    • I got the Doona from Big W this time last year. However you can’t remove the inner, it came with a cusion cover, bottom sheet and pillow case. i then painted his room to match the doona. ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Varvadouka

    These were very helpful! Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • leanne

    Hi trina everyone makes mistakes thats why proof readers exist the college brochuReplyCancel

  • leanne

    oops silly phone lol . . the college brochure we produced quarterly was proofed several times with the proverbial fine tooth comb & by several people & it always had at least one error that was missed once printed. To those people who criticise others remember that your criticism is a reflection of something about you that may need to change. i have taught many staff with poor literacy & confidence – i applaud their enthusiasm & progress & have learnt to let it go – pages of corrections will just undermine what they have achieved. trina’s blog is such a true reflection of who she is including the clear & chatty style of writing. love you trina!ReplyCancel

  • Tellie C

    oh who cares if you don’t use an apostrophe, I know I’m not on here to point out your errors, I can read and understand what your saying with or with out one…. pfft sorry people but come on! ReplyCancel

  • [...] Make bed, remember it can be perfectly imperfect [...]ReplyCancel

  • judy

    I just read the apostrophe problem you have. Well I am so glad that who(m) ever brought that to your attention must not live in a ‘glass house’ since they are throwing stones. Who really cares if there”s an error. With the information you provide, Kat, it doesn”‘t matter. I enjoy your ideas and tips. Please keep them coming.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Hi Kat, I love your blog and try to read it daily. Thank you for inspiring me to be more organised!! I love these tips too. I have only recently started to pair up my husband’s socks as it means he can just take out a “ball” out of his drawer in the morning and not rummage through it looking for a matching pair and waking me up! Self-interest. :) ReplyCancel

  • Ollie

    I ‘love’ your blog & read it ‘everyday’. I ‘also’ noticed your ‘incorrect’ use of the ‘apostrophe’ -”haha”. -who honestly gives a rats????? If I wanted an English lesson, I’d take English lessons. ‘Love’ the idea of the bra-bag for socks :)
    Keep up the great work Kat xx. Ollie ReplyCancel

  • Marianne Banck

    Hi Kat. I’m a mom of four children, three girls and one boy. I just love your blog, I read it all the time and just wan’t to thank you for all your tips and tricks….
    I live in Sweden so English is not my first language so I don’t react in case you don’t wright exactly the right way. I’m only intrested in What you have to say. Continue with your great work… :-) ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Marianne, I’m so pleased that I can share with you even if you are on the other side of the world xxReplyCancel

  • Naomi Mills

    if i’m too busy to fold washing i chuck it in the correct draw and get to it later, out of sight out of mind lolReplyCancel

  • […] I want to share with you one thing that has really helped me.  Kids are kids and their standard of tidy and my standard are completely different.  For example the kids make their bed each morning, but it’s usually always lumpy, when they were younger I would go in and straighten it.  But now, I am happy that they at least made their bed without me nagging, I’m grateful for their effort.  I’m content with it being  ’perfectly imperfect.’ […]ReplyCancel

  • […] try to stand by my ‘perfectly imperfect’ standard, however Miss 10 struggles with keeping her room and drawers tidy and needed a different […]ReplyCancel

  • Katharine

    When folding washing, I don’t turn my husbands shirts or shorts out the right way. If he has taken them off and they have gone into the wash inside out then they get folded that way too. He has never complained about it! It saves a lot of time :) LOLReplyCancel

  • Krystina

    I’m a mother of five, four girls and youngest a boy. Back when I only had three girls they were one size apart in socks I put the first letter of their name on the toe as I got them out of the pack. Then as they came out of the wash just bundle them into the draw. If your children’s names start with the same letter try one dot for the eldest, two for the next ect. Helps as you pass clothes down the line. I mark all my kids clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Lime & Mortar

    My son’s pjs all go into fabric cube box in his expedit. No point folding them all as he messes them up instantly ReplyCancel

Mayo Jar + Golf Balls + Coffee = Happiness

Mr Organised sent what I am going to share with you to me in an email recently.  I DON’T read those long-winded joke type emails that my dear friends send me, usually they are deleted straight away as I just don’t have time (thankyou anyway for thinking of me ).  However, hubby said this email […]

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  • Fi

    I love it! I guess you could also sub a nice wine for the coffee ;) ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I like this but had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder.ReplyCancel

  • Jesslouise

    Absolutely so true! Thankyou!ReplyCancel

  • That is fantastic! Definitely a good philosophy for life.ReplyCancel

  • I love it! I read a similar thing for getting your ‘to do’ list done every day. It said to do the big rocks (big tasks) first then focus on the little things.
    I like it relating to life better. ReplyCancel

  • <3 it! gonna find a way to pretty it up and frame it!!!!ReplyCancel

  • pretty meaning typed or written or something the message above is beautiful all by itself
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  • Such a lovely message that rings true. I think I’m going to share this message with my friends. :) ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Wow,the way some peoples mind work is amazing.
    What an excellent analogy…wish I could come up with something so illustrative and clever lol!!ReplyCancel

  • Bell Harlow

    If you like this you should read 7 habits of highly effective people. One of the habits in this book is big rocks small rocks, very similar and goes into more detail about how to identify what are your big rock and small rocks. Very helpful book for the work place and home. :) ReplyCancel

  • Min Whitehead

    Thank you so much katrina yourwritings today have been even bigger blessings than normal. I love your daily tasks – they have moved me from feeling like a completely hopeless home,children, hubby life organizer to one that is getting there still. It is so comforting to know that I am not alone in forgetting the maintainability tasks eg. wiping skirting boards or knowing the best way to clean an oven. Given we have 6 children ranging in age from 21yr to 3yr one (especially me) would think I should have household organization under control – but NOT A CHANCE!! Howeverfrom now on I am not going to get upset at about rarely getting to my sand coz my golfballs come first – especially our 3yr old who has chronic medical conditions.
    Thank you again I am off to pull out the blankets and roll our little boy up (oxygen tubes and all) up in them pretending he is a speeding sausage roll – then I will hang them in the sun. lol
    warmest regards
    mimReplyCancel

  • nd88

    I have been looking every where for this! Although the one I read had beer instead of coffee…which I like better..hahaReplyCancel

  • Renee M

    So true, you tend to forget about things in life and what your priorities are. Loving your daily tasks, working towards a much calmer and organised household. Thank youReplyCancel

  • annie g

    i love the idea hat you are taking the week-ends off and taking care of golf balls. thank you, i always enjoy your e-mails, may not do them all, but they do remind of the little jobs that get forgotten.
    cheers annie gReplyCancel

  • Dalmey

    i like this and thank you to my gud ‘ol frend who thought to share this with me,  Life is full of trials and tribulations,  we tend to feed off the small things in life but really this msg says it all, ReplyCancel

{FREE Printables} November 2011 Calendar + to do list

It’s November….already.  Have you achieved or on your way to completing everything you wanted to this year?  If not plan it into your calendar to ensure you get the result you are after. Free November 2011 Calendar for you to download. What task are you going to complete in November? 

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  • I need to write out a plan for Christmas and schedule in craft and cooking days. Also need to get prepared for going away. Thanks for the printable.ReplyCancel

  • Jolie from Hey Bambini

    Thanks for sharing this – i’m chasing my tail ATM so this will comein handy! Nice to meet you at the Pro-Blogger Event! ReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Chicken Fritters

This weeks meal plan Don’t forget to link your meal plan up below, or comment letting me know what you plan is for the week…I love seeing new recipes Monday – Salmon Mornay Tuesday – Chicken Fritters and salad Wednesday – Steak with potato and vegetables Thursday – Chicken Schnitzel and vegetables Friday – Cheese on toast  […]

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  • AliB

    I adore that you have cheese on toast in your meal plan. I meant that 100% seriously!
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{Christmas Planning} Creating a Christmas Planner

Create a Christmas Planner Being that tomorrow is the first day of November, we need to start preparing for Christmas.  Over the coming weeks I will help you plan and organise to ensure you are ready for Christmas.  1st on the list of things to do is to create a Christmas Planner.  I posted a […]

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  • I have already started using the christmas planner.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been using one of these for 2 years now and just couldn’t live thru Christmas without it!
    I do love your zipper pocket idea, though… I’ve been struggling to find a way to stop my pen falling out!ReplyCancel

  • katie

    “What area’s of Christmas do you need the most help planning?”

    PLEASE, PLEASE sort out your apostrophes. Plurals DO NOT need apostrophes.

    There are quite a few things here that I would consider buying, but I don’t want to as long as they might have such simple mistakes in them. It is really unprofessional and, if I was a potential sponsor, it would immediately turn me away from your blog. Please sort it out. I am sure I am not the only reader this annoys!

    http://www.meredith.edu/grammar/plural.htm#apostropheReplyCancel

    • Melissal

      There are ways of getting your point across without being rude and I am glad you have been turned away from the blog. People like you don’t deserve to read it!ReplyCancel

  • Katie, ARE you a potential sponsor? I just thought I’d ask so that we all know to look out for you. Some sponsors are lovely and others are a little more trouble than they’re worth.

    Would you like to take a stab at which category I’d put you in? I checked, my grammar is fine in this comment, but feel free to come on over to some other blogs and helps us all out.

    Funnily enough, her mistake didn’t really send you away from her blog. It kept you here long enough for you to make a rude, and wholly unnecessary comment. Do you really not think that she is careful with the products she sells on here? Have you any idea of how many people actually ARE lined up to sponsor this site, or how many people very happily buy her products and follow her blog?

    As a fan of the correct usage of apostrohes, however, it’s lovely to see a like minded person. It would seem, however, that you’re a little more passionate about getting your message across. But since we’re on the subject, that comma that you placed next to the word ‘and’ after unprofessional doesn’t really need to be there. A semi colon might have been more appropriate, particularly considering you used another one just a few words later.

    “It is really unprofessional; if I were a potential sponsor it would immediately turn me away from your blog. Please sort it out. I am sure that I am not the only reader who finds this annoying” would probably be a better way for you to have written this.

    I don’t need to provide you a link, I trust. But I’m a copywriter. I do this for a living.
    Have a lovely day. I’m not sure you’ll be back, as you’ve lost interest in buying anything from Kat. It’s a shame. I suspect it will be far more your loss than hers.ReplyCancel

  • kaffren75

    re: Out of the way of the kids… I will be putting a “M” or “MA” DVD style sticker on the spine… Sean knows he isn’t allowed to touch those movies!!!ReplyCancel

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{Inspiration} Kids artwork

The past few day’s I have shown you what I do with my kids artwork.  Today I am sharing some wonderful and inspiring images I have found that motivated me to create our wall of artwork. View more storing kids artwork ideas: Part 1: Create a wall gallery Part 2: Scan onto a digital photo […]

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  • I love framed kids artwork. There are so many ways to present it! Much nicer than the old magnet on the fridge. ReplyCancel

  • DebLovesBeingHome

    What delightful ideas. We moved in to our new (to us) home this past July. And now have a FAMILY room. I’ve saved artwork from my three youngest children and now have a SLEW of ideas for what to do with a few of their pieces. Thanks so much! Check out my blog: http://www.TitusTwoFriends.blogspot.com for some of MY articles.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    These are so cool. Definitely going to do something like this in my Son’s activity room. ReplyCancel

  • Donna_73

    I have a fridge of art, a floor of art, rooms of art. Everywhere is overflowing with art. I love these ideas and will be putting some of them into practice very soon! Cheers, DonnaReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I have done the good old blu tack on the wall. Not as nice as some of these but more within our budget . . .
    Love the idea of the clipboards the best.ReplyCancel

  • Annabell

    Just framed my daughters artwork from school and it looks amazing, no need to buy artwork when I can get the kids to do it for me :) ReplyCancel

  • jubjub

    I’d really love some ideas on how to store artwork as opposed to how to display it. I’d like to keep examples of my kids artwork at the various developmental stages for them to look back on when they are adults. I’d like to be able to keep it neat, tidy and safe – and preferably in chronological order – throughout the years and maybe hand over to them at their 30th birthday when I know they are more likely to treasure having these memories in their possession. Does anyone have some great ideas for this? Oh, and I’d rather keep original artwork of all shapes and sizes rather than scans or photographs of the items. Thanks in anticipation of some great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Sascha Wardlaw

    My child is at 4yo kinder but for his 3yo kinder year I took a photo of all the work he did and made a book using Snapfish for the years work. I am doing the same for this year. It looks great and I don’t feel guilty throwing work and constructions away as I have a photo!! For school I am planning on making a Portfolio photo book with a bit of everything in it, including a few blank pages to paste writing in etc.ReplyCancel

  • LJayne

    I have 3 strings on my long kitchen wall, one for each child. Everything goes up there and as it gets full, I take down the oldest stuff, save the very very best and recycle the rest. It sounds harsh but by the time the string is full, they aren’t seeing the oldest bits anyway and my youngest, in particular, produces mountains of artwork because she’s at that stage.ReplyCancel

{Giveaway} Kaiser Baas Photo Scanner

Please note this giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the Tara S, Kate F and Kim O!! Yesterday I showed you that I scan the kids drawings and add them to a digital photo frame.  I use the fantastic digital converter products from Kaiser Baas, and I’m thrilled that 3 lucky readers will have the […]

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  • That’s a fantastic giveaway Katrina! I’m definitely entering.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Katrina! What a great give away.
    I recently found and subscribed to your blog and want to thak you for all the time and effort you put into sharing with and helping your readers.
    I bought the cleaning checklist the other day and have already foud it an excellen tool for improving ficus and my motivation.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    whoops…clicked post before I’d proof-read…oh well,still kind of understandable! lolReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina, i’m a new reader of your blog. I also have an organising blog over at http://routinehabit.com/blog. I notice you are also a Qld gal, me too. Anyway just wanted to say I love your site and facebook page and congratulations at your success. I’ve entered your competition and will put a link up on my site about it also. ReplyCancel

{Organising} Part 2: Kids Drawings – digital photo frame

I have shown you how I have a wall featuring some of the kids drawings, today I will show you how to display the remainder of their drawings.   I love the creativity and love that my kids put into each of their drawings and the little notes they write on them, “you are the best […]

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  • Awesome idea!!!!! I have an ever growing pile from Miss Charlotte, think youve given me the solution to the problem of her overflowing draw of craft – thank you so much!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • I came across this idea for kids painting etc on another facebook page and thought I would share itReplyCancel

  • That’s a fantastic idea! I never know what to do with the kids art. How cool would that look mounted on the wall with the other art pieces from yesterday’s post. It would be like an animated art gallery. Thanks for sharing Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Great idea. I was going to take photos of my sons art and make a digital book with them. This idea is even better as they are constantly on display. You have also solved my next mothers day present problemReplyCancel

  • fantastic idea katrina, where did you get your photo frame from?ReplyCancel

  • Granthomestead

    gosh – i just love your site… you are an inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Katrina, that is without a doubt the very best idea I have ever heard for preserving the kidlet’s artwork. Picture me applauding wildly and jumping for joy :) ReplyCancel

  • Ali

    Hi! Love the ideas for displaying the drawings – the wall of frames looks gorgeous.

    I thought I would mention something my mother bought for me and I love… it’s called a file-o-frame http://www.fileoframe.com/ (not affiliated, just a happy customer) It has a space in the front for storing the current piece of artwork, and then in the back it has storage for other artwork. My plan is to only keep what will fit in the storage area (we’ll see if I actually succeed, but I love the idea of scanning what I get rid of!)ReplyCancel

  • Holly N.

    Awesome idea! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • [...] I showed you that I scan the kids drawings and add them to a digital photo frame.  I use the fantastic digital converter products from Kaiser [...]ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Romano

    Yes, fantastic idea for me in the future. ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    Great idea! My girls are only 2 and 4 and I already seem to have a lot of paper (though I err on the side of hoarding . . . ) Might ask for these things for Christmas so I can start this!ReplyCancel

  • Love the idea of using a digital frame! Brilliant! :) My daughter does so much art that I can’t keep up with changing the wall frames, so this would work great!ReplyCancel

  • Davina

    Got my digital photo frame yesterday and have scanned all my A4 drawings. Wondering where I can get the bigger pictures scanned? I have a file o frame too which is good but this is brilliant.ReplyCancel

  • [...] the kids artwork in until I get around to putting them on display, taking a photo or scanning toadd to the photo frame.  They are very sturdy and will sit on top of each other without collapsing.  I’ll put [...]ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Absolutely love! love! Love! That idea!ReplyCancel

  • Love this idea!!!ReplyCancel

  • jenny

    With 5 children, i do get mountains of artwork. This is a fan-photo-tastic idea, and something i will start doing right away. thank you for giving me a way to keep my meories.ReplyCancel

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  • Elly

    What I did last year was to laminate the drawings and artworks, sent some to my relatives residing overseas to surprise them and have some on the kitchen cupboards (using blu tac). Makes the walls look nicer as we live in a rental property.ReplyCancel

  • Neva

    great idea as i just throw them out with 4 kids its just gets too cluttered at least i can keep the memory and still throw it out..ReplyCancel

  • Awesome Idea! For those larger pieces of artwork I take a photo of my child holding their art – not only does that allow us to see the artwork but just how little our child was when they created it – and what child doesn’t love seeing themself in a photo! I also use the scanned images to create smaller photos of their artwork (I needed to reduce them in size as they have created so many pieces) to use in their “growth and development” scrapbookReplyCancel

  • I just informed Miss 10 that I would be doing this soon. And then tossing her originals out! She was not impressed! She snatched her originals up and then lamented that if she had to take care of them, they would get destroyed… I think I have her between a rock and a hard place…lolReplyCancel

    • Its just too hard to keep them all, hopefully she can let go. Perhaps she can make a scrapbook with her most precious ones.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Richards

    Thank you for sharing these ideas, I am feeling inspired now. Whereabouts did you purchase the white frames?ReplyCancel

    • Kylie these frames are from Ikea, very reasonably priced and pretty too!!ReplyCancel

{Organise} Part 1: Kids Drawings – Wall gallery

This has been the MOST asked question I receive: How do you organise and store the kids drawings? Over the next few days I will show you some ideas on what I do with their drawings along with other tips.   Recently I redecorated the kids toy room as they had outgrown the current scheme.  When the […]

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  • I love those Ikea frames! I would like to make a wall display of the kids art but we just dont have the spaceReplyCancel

  • Emmap 73

    Thats always a tricky one, hey… They are so proud of the things they create, and we mums are proud to… but what can ya do?!! I have a ‘spare’ wall which is the ‘back’ of my kitchen bench…. I covered it with some ‘magnetic’ panels I bought from Ikea (good ole ikea) and by magnetic it just means that magnets stick to it… I bought a pile of clip magnets and each day that they bring things home, they go straight up on the wall, and at the end of the school term everything comes down, I ‘discreetly’ sort thru the keep stuff and the stuff that ‘benefits the environment’ by placing every so carefully in the recycling. Big butchers paper type paintings get used for wrapping gifts for grandparents/uncles/aunts….
    I’ve (hopefully) attached a pic of my ‘art wall’ if you wanna see what it looks like.
    Loving your posts and info – keep up the great work! : )

    Oops: can’t upload the picture, telling me its too big…ReplyCancel

  • Betty

    This is so gorgeous, I have a couple of the big coloured Ikea frames that I put their large paintings in on butchers paper, just cut down a little to fit. I’ll commission my own little artists everytime! I’ll have to try the picture wall in my toy room also, love it.ReplyCancel

  • Jo_annee

    Like Emmap 73, I use the back of the kitchen bench for display, but I’ve also taken pic’s of my kids art work (particularily the ‘special’ items) and also a picture of the kids on that day (often proudly holding their creation). Then I’ve used the digital pics in scrapbooking albums to show their (developmental) progress throughout the year and also their (physical) growth. I generally use Snapfish to create the albums (aprox $20 per album, 20-150pgs). The finished book becomes a record of that year including school photo’s, birthday, Christmas, & other special occasions for each child (one album per child tho there is often a bit of overlap). The kids are happy to part with their masterpieces (once they’ve been on the wall for a little while) after I’ve shown them the pictures I’ve taken.ReplyCancel

  • Arizanshine

    I have a way i keeping my daughters drawings. She is a prolific drawer to the point of being rediculous! I HAD to come up with something for my own sanity! I take a snapshot on my phone of her drawings when she brings me one she is really proud of, or if i see one that i have to preserve! then i upload them to Bigw online or harvey normans photos centres and have a soft cover book printed every 6 or so months. they cost about $10 and there are always 2 for 1 deals or better. they make great gifts and you can click on the automatic upload if you dont care what order things are in and voila! you have a teeny book that takes up no space on your bookshelf which also makes great gifts for grandparents (especially those who live far away like ours). The other thing you can do is get them to choose their absolute faves and make up a story that goes with the picture. then you create an actual story and picture book which makes them feel so proud to see it “in print”. The actual drawings i then use to wrap gifts and of course, frame some of them or cover storage boxes with them.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Romano

    Thanks! Great ideas for me in the future., I also like a comment below of photographing the drawing and later creating them into a photo bookfor memories. Ill definitely be doing this for my boy when he gets older!ReplyCancel

  • [...] The past few day’s I have shown you what I do with my kids artwork.  Today I am sharing some wonderful and inspiring images I have found that motivated me to create our wall of artwork. [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] boxes and I thought they would be perfect to store the kids artwork in until I get around to putting them on display, taking a photo or scanning toadd to the photo frame.  They are very sturdy and will sit on top of [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] snack and work on spelling words, then they have computer homework tasks, we have one computer at a desk in their toy room for this.  I also much prefer them doing homework where I can see they are concentrating, writing [...]ReplyCancel

  • brooke

    Where did you get this deskReplyCancel

{Decluttering & Organising} Little Girls play jewellery and makeup

#30 Play Jewellery My girls can accumulate so much play jewellery, given to them as gifts or received in party bags.  All thrown into a drawer of chaos. Together we went through the drawer and decided to do the following: Throw out any broken items Throw out packaging boxes Throw out make-up that has been […]

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  • Definitely time to clean out and organise! I really should dedicate a space for all of my daughter’s play jewellery. Thanks for the inspiration Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Something I have just re-discovered as being very useful for storage is Fishing Tackle boxes. They are about $8 – $10 from Kmart. I use separate ones for storing Jewellery, Hair Clips, Sewing, and Medicines. They have little compartments, and expandable levels. They are not very pretty, but very functional!ReplyCancel

  • We went through all her toys yesterday and she did help me out. Guess its a good idea to organize her accessories today! Time to look for those extra plastic bins…ReplyCancel

  • BBeingCool

    Yup – I really need to do this too! I have two little girls with beautiful hair which requires lots of hair ties and clips. They also adore jewellery. Unfortunately, they play with it and then leave all the bits lying around where their little baby brother can easily get to it and eat it! Need a better solution. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Love this idea – we sooo need to do it soon! I am thinking of using our left over (clean) chinese food containers.ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots

    We’re not at the play jewellery or make up stage yet, but oh my, the girls have endless hairclips and hair do-dads ReplyCancel

  • Katie Jasinski

    jelly cups are great too! I love reusing :-) ReplyCancel

  • Kylie D

    “Mannie and Me”, a business on Facebook, have excellent girls accessory and jewellery organisation stations, either free standing or wall mounted, in a wonderful array of fabric and frame types, to match the decor of any little girl’s room! They have adult ones also. Worth checking out!ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    I did the same thing yesterday afternoon. Little girls get sooooo many little bits and piecesReplyCancel

    • they really do Summer, and it’s these types of little bits and pieces that can make drawers really untidy.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Palmer

    Great idea….will be tackling on the weekend!ReplyCancel

  • I love the trays you have used. I love all of your posts. You always have neat ways of storing objects. Thank you for posting.ReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Cheats slow cooked BBQ meatballs

This weeks meal plan Don’t forget to link your meal plan up below, or comment letting me know what you plan is for the week…I love seeing new recipes Monday – Cheats slow cooked BBQ meatballs Tuesday – Chicken Risotto  Wednesday – Fish and Vegetables parcels Thursday – Sausages with vegetables and potato Friday – Mexican Pizza Saturday […]

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  • Great ideas here! I’ve been doing some of this, too….and have posted other ideas at my blog: http://www.TitusTwoFriends.blogspot.com Check it out!

    Thanks for adding even MORE ideas to my resources!!! ReplyCancel

  • I meal plan monthly which is quite challenging at times but fits in with our monthly pay cycle and helps the budget. Meatballs alternates with sausages on Monday nights but everyone has been getting a bit sick of them, so I’m very glad you linked up the slow cooked meatball recipe as that is a great way to change up the meal plan a little, whilst still using up all the meatballs in the freezer. Thank youReplyCancel

    • It’s always nice for a change :) My son loved these as he is a big BBQ sauce fan and it tasted alot BBQ flavoured sauce.ReplyCancel