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In just over 2 weeks I will be on my way to New York to BlogHer’12. I am REALLY looking forward to the conference and visiting NEW YORK CITY!!  I would like to say a very big thank you to Howards Storage World who are helping me get there. I was actually worried as my mind has been […]

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  • MummyToFive

    Ooh I’m so jealous! I wish you could swish me up inside one of those bags and take me with you Kat!! Your going to have the bestest time over there and take lots and lots and lots of pics!!! ReplyCancel

  • enjoy your trip. I love having checklists for travelling. Travelling alone isn’t so bad as long as you are organised.  That tree is pretty but sorry I doubt you’ll see it like that now since its summer over there.  Blooms like that usually occur during Spring.ReplyCancel

  • Utterly Organised

    Hi Katrina, you will LOVE New York – I am so jealous!! Make sure that you visit Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake, they are delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Cat

    NYC is awesome!! – we’ve been twice in the last couple of years, with kids.  We last went in March/April, when our kids were 8 and 10.  Central Park is amazing, just gorgeous.  Hope you get to do lots of exploring as well as meeting lots of great people at the conference.  CatReplyCancel

    • Im really looking forward to central park and seeing all the lights at night JReplyCancel

  • Oohh.. How exciting, Kat! I’m sure you will have tons of fun at BlogHer and yes, will learn tons too.. Can’t wait to hear all about it! And yes, this printable looks really neat as well. Thanks, Kat!ReplyCancel

    • I’m going to have a blast, really looking forward to it, thanks Prerna JReplyCancel

A few weeks ago my youngest was asking me to make some creamed rice for her, a perfect winter dessert.  My previous attempts at making creamed rice was cooking the rice normally (with water) then stirring through some cream and condensed milk prior to serving, however I wanted to try to find a ‘creamy’ creamed […]

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  • jess

    This sounds great Katrina, my youngest has only two teeth so far so looks perfect for her!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Drew

    My daughter loves creamed rice!  I am going to make this for dessert tonight!  Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Just a Tip: put the rice in at the start before bringing it to boil because if you put the rice into the boiling milk it can retard the rice and stop it from becoming soft and creamy. This is my all time favourite recipe – but only if my dad makes it!!ReplyCancel

  • This is my mum’s creamed rice recipe in the pressure cooker.  It is simple and FAB!  I want to try yours but try this one.  It is amazing!

    I haven’t done any conversions but I am sure you will be able to work it out …….?

    1 pint milk  (600mls)

    2 oz sugar

    1 1/2 oz rice

    vanilla and dob of butter

    Put milk, butter and vanilla in cooker and bring to the boil.

    Add sugar and stir well and then add rice

    Pressure for approx. 15 mins.

    It does thicken when cooled.

    Just watch it as sometimes the milk can boil over
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  • Brenda

    We always had creamed rice hot like a veggie in school. Now my son loves it as they had it in school too (thanks Mrs Obama for deleting this from their meals). But I am having a hard time making it so I hope these will work for me. ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Young

    I use the Thermomix rice pudding recipe from the Everyday Cookbook. I thought it tasted a bit too eggy so now I make it without eggs. It still sets and my son often asks for it for dinner…sometimes I let him.ReplyCancel

  • Angelina Riegner

    Kat, you must try the Maple creamed rice recipie from ThermOMG, a thermo website. Yummo!!!! and easy peasy too xReplyCancel

  • David

    would these recipes work in a rice cooker?ReplyCancel

  • Raelee

    … in a saucepan put left over “cooked” rice (approx. 1C); add an egg to every Cup of milk (less if large eggs); drizzle of vanilla; beat and add 1Tblsn corn flour as it warms up; stir regularly with whisk until thickened; remove from heat; stir in large Tblsn honey (sweeten to taste).ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Linda Andersom from Mums on the Go You are travelling on a crowded plane with two small children. Your toddler manages to spill juice all over the front of his clothes only seconds before your baby pukes on hers. You are rummaging through your carry-on bag with one hand, […]

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  • Kate

    Lollipops for my kids are at the top of my packing list. Regardless of their age (my kids are 11, 9 & 6), lollipops are a lifesaver for kids with helping them equalise their ears on take-off and landing. The sucking of the lollipop easily takes care of ‘popping’ their ears. And if they’re not old enough, give your toddler/baby a bottle or drink with a straw to achieve the same result.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    This blog was just in perfect timing for my trip from Bris to Melb on my own with Mr 3yr old and Mr 8 mth old – Thank you for the many ideas as I was starting to stress about the thought.  Flying with one child was easy but never having flown with 2 I just didn’t know what to expect.ReplyCancel

    •  have a great trip to Melbourne with your little ones. My personal experience has always been that the more organised I am before the flight the more calm and happy the exerience is for all of us … especially if I am flying alone with them. I am sure Mr 3 will be a wonderful helper :) and if it all goes pear shaped … breathe deeply and remember the day will end! LOL   Happy travels – LindaReplyCancel

  • Great timing for me also as we’re travelling UK to NZ next month with 4.5 and 2.5 yr olds.  Toys that I found priceless on the last flight were coloured pipe cleaners, plasticine, triangle shaped coloured pencils (so they didn’t fall off) and a couple of favourite stories.  Tip A – insist that favourite stuffed toys go into the hold.  These were my biggest bug bear to try and keep hold off during transit!

    Thanks for your ideas – zip lock bags are awesome!ReplyCancel

    •  I love your tips about triangle shaped pencils/crayons! I will be adding that to my packing lists in future :)  Have a great trip to NZ next month and hope zip lock bags make your carry-on luggage easier to work with during the flight. Linda ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Edwards

    We had a few plane trips when our third child was just a baby. We also had an 18 month old and a 3&1/2 year old, so 2 very young children to occupy. Probably the best advice we were given was to break the trip into 15 minute blocks. For every 15 minutes you need one snack and one activity, which will take about 5 minutes each, leaving you with 3 or 4 mins of boredom to deal with before they’re ready for another toy or snack, so a 2 hour flight you want 8 snacks and 8 activities/toys, though you could probably double up on a few. Stickers and colouring books are absolutely awesome!ReplyCancel

  • JB Perth

    Having just flowing with Miss 3 and Master 5 – spare clothes are a must for yourself as well as kids.  If they vomit, it is usually over you too!  Also take old thin towel (found old cloth nappies great) and face washers (with plastic bag).  These can be used as bibs when they eat to catch things falling off the tray, wipe hands & faces, clean up vomit, endless!  Make sure you are happy to throw them away.ReplyCancel

    •  great suggestions! I always laugh when my husband wears a pale coloured t-shirt when flying with us and then complains at how dirty he is on arrival!!  Nothing I wear of my kids are wearing is “precious” as who knows what will happen to it during our travel day ;)  LindaReplyCancel

      • Brooke - Little Miss Moi

        This sounds really bad (because I generally abhor matching outfits) but I dress my girls in matching outfit for flights (they only have one matching outfit, it’s become their ‘flying uniform’) when I am taking them solo. It helps me see them if they run off, and people know they belong together, and I figure if one gets lost at the airport I can point to the other sister and say “She’s dressed just like this”.ReplyCancel

  • KJ

    I never dress my kids in clothes I would be sorry to throw out, and change my own shirt to an old one on the plane. And yes, on long haul you need two changes! Having had an 18-month-old do a spectacular fountain vomit over herself and me, I was very pleased to put the whole lot in a bin bag. I also pack a lightweight bassinet or stroller blanket for each child (ours are 2, 4 and 6yrs old) for something clean to lay their head on in transit lounges, as they seem to collapse to the floor at the gates! Also… whilst not related to carry-on, stagger your meals if you are flying with your partner by requesting one meal at the beginning of the food service, so one parent can be (mostly) done before the other tray arrives ;)ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful tips, taking them all on board, about to head off to the States (from Aus) and taking my 7 and almost 3 year old. I need all the help I can get!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Li

    some of the toy manufactures put out small toy catalogues, I’ve picked up a Thomas and Friend train one and the Matchbox cars, all free of course. Found them in the toy sections. Small and compact to keep in my handbag, great for my 3 year to read on our flight to HK. ReplyCancel

  • BelCC

    What great ideas!! We don’t travel a lot but I’m actually planning on implementing some of them to just condense the about of stuff we cart around when out and about with our kids!!ReplyCancel

  • Very helpful :) We’re travelling in June! While we’ve travelled with our son as a 3 month old and as a 17 month old, we’re going to attempt it with him as a 2.5 year old and I never feel like we’ve mastered it because his needs/personality etc change each time!ReplyCancel

    • Brooke - Little Miss Moi

      Hi Kez, I personally thing 2.5 is the age when the kids start to be great travellers. They are over the excitement of wanting to walk everywhere, and activities such as colouring or movies can hold their attention for longer than 30 seconds! Good luck.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Little Miss Moi

    I always take a spare plastic bag for garbage, as the flight attendants never collect it regularly enough. I clean up as I go. I take a carry on bag that can fit under the seat rather than in the locker, so I can access things when the seat belt sign is on, and get us all packed up as we are taxiing along the runway. As most of my travel is international, I always keep passports and pens in an outside pocket for easy access when I have a moment to fill in the forms. Sometimes it takes three or four attempts! If I do the ‘new toy for the plane’ tactic, I always buy the same thing, because a different one will guarantee fights. And I take what I can carry myself – if I let my kids take a carry on bag for themselves, guess who ends up carrying it?ReplyCancel

  • Rach

    Thanks for the extra tips! We fly next week to Quebec Canada with a 5, 4, & 10 month old (& my grandma with dementia). Im starting to think we are crazy! This tips certainly help though :-)ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Great tips! I second the change of clothes for parents as when a small child tips over their drink, it WILL land on you. A backpack with leash for toddlers can save your sanity in a crowded airport, especially when your stroller is in Oversize Luggage and you are trying to simultaneously grab luggage off the carousel while keeping hold of your little one.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    Great tips:) Other things I’ve found are: Take two bags: one for the things you definitely need (food, activities, and wipes mainly) goes under the seat. The other bag has the might-needs, and goes in the overhead locker (the nappy bag, spare clothes, and baby paracetamol (which I’ve used surprisingly often!)). Agree with spare adult clothes. I try to pack spare kids clothes that are interchangeable between them all. The other thing for toddlers is a sleeved bib- goes on at the start and doesn’t come off until the end! Finger puppets and stickers are great activities.ReplyCancel

  • Alecia

    We found that always having a bottle/sippy cup drink on hand for babies/toddlers, or lollypops for older kids is great, give them to them as we are taking off and landing to stop their ears from hurting.ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago we had some friends visit to celebrate their youngest little mans 1st birthday.  I offered to make his birthday cake, as I love decorating cakes.  I spent some time searching for the right cake to make, but then a few days before my oven stopped working.  Eek. Our friends were on […]

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  • brella

    this looks awesome :-)ReplyCancel

  • Vcupitt

    I LOVE THIS IDEA!
    Even “I” could manage this one.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Nitz

    How did you manage to get the kit kat’s to stay in place before you put the ribbon on?ReplyCancel

    • Kathryn

      I just leant them up with a slight slant and then when you wrap the ribbon around it brings them all up standing tallReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Looks awesome, although I would use real cjocolate not yucky white stuff.  What a great idea, think I’ll be using this one.ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    this is great but yes do u put icing mixture around the cake for the kit kats to stay in place?? also for the ribbon?ReplyCancel

    • Nani

       The instructions say to put a ribbon around the cake to keep the kit kats in placeReplyCancel

  • This looks divine!! I saw a picture of a cake like this online and was wondering just how it was made. I love white choc too.ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    I’ve seen this with jelly beans in the middle and a Dora figurine to ‘kidify’ it. Looks so simple. ReplyCancel

  • Hannahshorney

    Fantastic idea.ReplyCancel

  • Sunshine n Giggles

    WOW! What a fantastic idea! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Busymumto5

    LOL I made a cake similar for my daughters birthday in June.. Except I bought 2 mud cakes, cut the icing off one and added whipped cream and mini m&m’s!!ReplyCancel

  • disturbed_angel89

    Awesome I am so going to do this for my 23rd birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Abanannagirl

    That was out of one of Donna Hay’s kids annuals, with a basic chocolate buttercake as the base.  I made it and used chocolate biscuits around the edge as they were cheaper (the Woolworths brand malt sticks, or you could use tv sticks if they were on special too)ReplyCancel

  • Shanballin

    I have also made this cake!! Got an awesome reaction! I made a red cake to surprise my 3y/o who loves red and iced it thickly with buttercream icing that I then stuck the kit kats (used milk choc) to! Then filled with m&m’s and Maltesers! Eyes nearly
    Popped out of the kids heads!!! ReplyCancel

  • My question is what did you do with the 2cm from each piece?? ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I have made this too… super easy and super effective :)ReplyCancel

  • omg so making this!ReplyCancel

  • Donna @ NappyDaze

    Love this! Will be using this very soon for the husband’s birthday xReplyCancel

  • Ive made this one too. It was a hit! But I used choc mud cake and original kitkat. I also iced the sides of the cake so the kitkats would stick to it.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Wow, looks divine, I am so doing this for my hubby’s bday in a couple of weeks!  How did you get the kitkats to stay up prior to the ribbon going on?
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    • Julie, get a little bit of icing sugar add a few drops of water to make a gluey paste, it should then stay together.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny L

    Awesome idea….a favourite for young and old :)ReplyCancel

    • I love some of the other example being shared, use Maltesears instead of m&m’sReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I love this, I might make it just cause I canReplyCancel

  • Hello….I made this yesterday for hubbies birthday was so easy…but just need to say i needed 3 blocks of kit kats….. I love you, you have the best ideas. hope you are having a great day…. FB follower AnneReplyCancel

    • It such a simple cake, I hope your hubby liked it JReplyCancel

    • Kathryn

      I made it today actually and needed 3 blocks also. 2 just didn’t go all the way around. So glad I bought a 3rd block “just in case” b/c the checkout queues were looong! Was a huge success! Thank you for the idea. ReplyCancel

  • karennarelle

    Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. I am going to make this for my little girls 4th birthday on Wednesday! ReplyCancel

  • MummyToFive

    I did this cake for hubby last year and it was chocolate overload and he loved it! I love how did it with white chocolate though, it looks so yummy! ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Showed my hubby this a few days ago and he made me one for my birthday yesterday. No white chocolate here though – yuck! ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    I “made” this cake today for my Miss3. It was a huge success. I did need 3 packets of the Kit Kat family break though. 2 blocks didn’t make it around the Woolworths cake. Thankful I bought 3 ‘just in case’. Phew! Also I used smarties because they have purple and pink in the packet unlike the M&Ms. The scattering of pink & purple smarties amongst all the other smartie colours then matched the purple ribbon holding up the kit kats. I also did a ‘double decker’ cake so that I didn’t have to cut the kit kats. I did Chocolate mud on the bottom (cut icing off to make cake flat) & white mud on top with jam and cream in the middle. Keep icing on the top cake to secure the kit kats & the smarties/M&Ms. LOVE LOVE LOVE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INSPIRATION. I love reading all your posts. ReplyCancel

  • Manda-Kate

    “Furry Friends” chocolates (upright – smooth side out) also look great as a border around a square or rectangle cake.ReplyCancel

  • My

    Thanks so much for sharing this idea.  My kids and my husband made me one of these cakes for my birthday.   They put tim-tams around the outside.  I loved the idea so much I am making one for my brother-in-law.  I’m going to try some of the suggestions from the comments and use malteasers on top and furry friends as the border.  ReplyCancel

  • SheenyB

    I made this cake for Mr 14 for his birthday, instead he wanted “Nans” chocolate cake, Skittles and the white Kit Kats (way too sickly let me tell you). It worked out beautifully and I had a very happy big boy.
    :)ReplyCancel

  • […] the most colourful and simple birthday cake, a Kit kat M&M birthday […]ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    These are also great with fruit instead of m&m’s. For Xmas I made it with cherries on top. Next time I ‘ll try using strawberries.ReplyCancel

  • Deb - Blessed mum of 6

    I did the same with white Tim Tams for both my sons who turned 22 and 13 last week. So easy with the woolworths white choc mudcake, 2 pkts white choc tim tams, one large block of homebrand white chocolate and those little happy birthday chocs only less than $3 for about 16, I didn’t use them all and then sprinkles in the colours of the party decorations and those little etable silver things :)ReplyCancel

    • this is a fabulous idea, I just saw the Adrian Zumbo has a new Tim Tam range, white choc and raspberry, that would add a nice touch to the cake too!!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline

    You could also make this cake using chocolate fingers, orange flavour matchmakers or fudge fingers then top with Penny Pigs!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      sounds good Jacqueline. What are Penny Pigs??ReplyCancel

      • Jacqueline

        Hello Katrina,
        ‘ Penny Pigs ‘ are a lovely lemon flavoured, foam sweet. Sold here in the UK by Marks & Spencer ( also known as M&S ). I think M&S are opening a store in Sydney sometime this year.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Ooh i will have to keep an eye out for when it opens, thank you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Thanks for this simple idea. You have saved me. I will make this for my daughter’s 5th birthday tomorrow. It’s a godsend at this busy time of year.ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Naomi from Seven Cherubs As a mother I like to be organised and prepared in advance as much as I can be for unexpected and expected events that happen with our family. One expected event that often happens in our home is that my husband travels away for work. […]

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If you have been following you will know that my mum recently passed away very suddenly.  Mum and I were different in so many ways, I love baking she wasn’t a fan, my favourite colour is pink she can’t stand anything pink, I’m a minimilist and she lived in a very cluttered home.  Mum did […]

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  • Josiebishop_1987

    Big hugs Kat! I wish you all the strength in this terribly hard time.  xxReplyCancel

  • Mamacass51

    We will all be here to support you through this, I am sure your Mum is watching over you as you all work through it.  Maybe she was too embarrassed to let you help her, as many suffer with the issue of hoarding and just don’t know how to get out of it or stop it.  I know my Mum, bless her sole, was also a hoarder.  Take care ?ReplyCancel

  • Katrina
    Sending prayers, love and ((HUGS)) your way Katrina. Its hard to lose someone that you love.
    Keep the strength that you have.
    Luv TracyReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Wow!  I can’t even imagine.  Good luck with the task ahead of you.  I’m sure amongst the sadness of it all you will stumble along a few gems that make you smile. ReplyCancel

  • Suzy

    Wow, that’s a lot of boxes! We had a similar situation after my Mum died, but she had things hidden away in various cupboards, so we weren’t aware of the extent of the hoarding. Similar to your mum’s peanut butter jars, my mum had kept icecream containers and old towels. In some ways, those types of things were the easiest to get rid of, although sad because they were obviously important to her. The harder things to deal with were the special items like costume jewellery and clothes, as well as all my dolls from when I was a child. I felt that if she had kept these things for so long (40 years in some cases), then who was I to just get rid of them? In fact, some of these things have joined the clutter in my house and I have found it too emotional to deal with them. But it’s been a few years now, and you’ve inspired me to start to deal with some of my mum-clutter. We can do it together!ReplyCancel

  • Mariah

    Whoa. This was a major wake up call for me. I’m only 35 but I have a whole room of office & life stuff that I have been needing to go through/unable to get rid of… needless to say, your video just gave me the courage to grant my husband his long sought wish of letting him throw it all out. I’m calling him now. It will all be gone within a week I’m sure and we will be free. Free as you say to do the things I truly enjoy… I’m so sincerely sorry for your loss. I hope it brings a teeny bit of comfort to know that you just saved my life. Seriously. Love and prayers, MariahReplyCancel

  • Leungchoip

    Thank you for sharing this journey.  I have been working through my mums clutter for the past two years, a little at a time, so by the time she passes it won’t be such a problem.  You will be able to deal with everything, as long as you don’t overtax yourself and remember  that it has taken many years to get this way so it won’t disappear overnight.  Good luck.  Think how much happiness you will be able to bring to others as you donate/sell/keep and give away.  Thinking of you and looking forward to sharing the journey with you.  thanks.  ReplyCancel

  • Shell-B

    Kat,
    You are so brave to share this with us. Hope you do find solace in the fact that you  really do inspire so many.
    I am sorry for your loss and hope you will be kind to yourself to get through this.ReplyCancel

  • Susie F

    I am so sorry for ur loss Katrina…. this has hit a nerve with me as i sit here in my pj’s at 1.30 pm after feeding my 5 week old baby and trying to entertain my 3.5yo son while looking at all my storage boxes full of stuff, piles of mementos that need to be sorted and all of the mess and clutter that adorns my home – my name is Susie and I am a hoarder :)  I am sick of it and continually tell myself that i need to declutter and throw stuff and it is impacting on time with my family….. i too seem to go through things, moving them from one room to another in my attempt to declutter and become more organised………… i should be outside enjoying the sun with my kids, not worried about what to start on in my poor attempts to fix the state of our home.  I am inspired and I am going to follow you on your journey and hopefully will finally get to enjoy the more organised, less cluttered life that i dream of :)  much love to you and your familyReplyCancel

  • Eliza

    Katrina, Thanks for you sharing your story. It must be very hard for you on so many levels. Please take all the time you need – away from this blog, if you need to – to give the decluttering and grief time. Will enjoy reading your blog whenver you are able to come back to it. ElizaReplyCancel

  • Jazzmum

    hugs to you during this difficult time. ReplyCancel

  • Vicki (N.Z.)

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.  I too am a hoarder and have taken this week off to clean out my worst room.  One thing we all need to remember is that people hold onto things for many different reasons.  During the war/depression our parents/grandparents probably never threw anything out, it possibly became a habit, and that may be why some of our parents/grandparents have so much stuff.  We were quite “poor” when I was a child and Mum reused everything she possibly could, which may be where my hoarding “habit” came from.  However I do not want my friends/family to have to clear it out after I am gone so I am starting!  Bless you and your Dad and your family as you go through this difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thanks Kat – you are such a lovely mentor to us who struggle (the non-born organised amongst us).  Alot of us are visual people and so your pics & videos are what inspire us.  (Your video has just inspired me to go & tackle something on my procrastination list!)  Please also know, that your taking a little bit of time away from the blog has allowed some of us with a big list to catch up!  Just finished my gift wrapping centre & it looks sensational…  please feel free to post some of the archives, as they might be oldies but they’re all goodies.  Looking forward to tackling the kids’ wardrobes & have also just got the lunchbox things a bit more organised in time for back-to-school.  Big hugs {{{ }}}.  **Absolutely love your work**  Big hugs also to your Dad & Brothers for them allowing us to follow your journey.ReplyCancel

  • So sorry to read about your Mum. What a hard journey. Thanks for being so open and honest, I shall be following along. Need to organise my own home, and shed the clutter as well. Thanks.  ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    Im sorry for your loss Kåt and I will follow your story. I love your blog and it has some wonderful inspiring information. All the best xReplyCancel

  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo

    oh sweetie… so very very hard.

    My husband and my parents are hoarders and I know how hard it is for them to throw anything out.  And how hard it is for me to see them keep such – to me – useless things.

    I will be following along and sending strength.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    As everyone else has said I am sorry to hear about your mums passing.  I have never been a overly tidy person, although I am an organiser and mostly organised we live in semi organised caios. My small 3 bed home is FULL to the rafters with STUFF.  My hubby is a horder from a family of horders … (his mother gave me a box 2 years ago with EVERY little thing he had ever given her from kinda through to he was 18 and expected me to keep it as safely as she had done … it went in the bin – much to her discussed). Hubby keeps newspapers never reads them but keeps the whole thing.  The mess gets to me so much that once every couple of months I have an almost breakdown take a few days of work and through everything I can get away with out … the bad part about doing it this way is I loose important things.  I can also be part of the problem as I will see something on special and think “oh, I want that” and just get it soo we have soo much JUNK not stuff that we would ever need or use but just cus I thought it COULD oneday be usefull.  I am going to try and follow your recomendations and try and get my house organised.  Thanks and good luck with your parents place.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    We recently lost a member of our family, and it truly has an unfathomable impact. The loss is very hard to come to terms with. Wishing you every strength. Take heart from your opportunity now to really help your Dad deal with an enormous task.

    Your blog has inspired so many small changes in my home that have made a big difference… and yes, there’s a way to go yet!! Many thanks. S ReplyCancel

  • Deborah

    My absolute love to you Kat. This particular blog has given me goosebumps. I am not a hoarder but my husband tries… despite the fact that he hated living in a “hoarders” home growing up! Its such a tricky, intensely emotional and overwhelming process to go through. I helped my husband in this process when his father passed away 7 years ago. It was hard – his mother (who no longer lived there as she had left a few years before hand) came in as my husband and his brothers were going through everything and throwing out most of it, She went off at my Husband and then me for getting rid of “important things”… I won’t go into how those things were NOT important, but I did my best to shelter my Husband and his brothers from the outburst. As it was not benefiting them as they were all ready to move on and do what their dad needed several years before his passing – he hated the clutter but didn’t know what to do about it, and they (my husband and his brothers) didn’t know how to help.
    Its amazing to be free of these “things”, as My husband tells me – he is so glad that he was able to go through all of those things. It was an almost “cleansing” from him, it was something he didn’t know how to do, until I could hold his hand and be there right with him.
    xxReplyCancel

  • Bianca

    Kat, thinking of you during these hard times and sending love. It’s a hard hard job and I hope you are able to find strength from family and friends. x

    bianca – a little delightful xReplyCancel

  • Tamkennedy

    What a tower of strength you are, I love getting your tips, thinking of you. I don’t know what I would do without my mum xxReplyCancel

  • Jenn

    OMG Katrina.  This is so close to my heart.  I too lost my mother suddenly and unexpected, in fact, a few days before your mum’s passing.  I know I must watch your video but cannot find the courage to hit the play button.  My mother was a hoarder and the thing that stops me at the play button is the photo of all those boxes.  This could be my mother’s house.  I am currently co-caring for my father who suffers early onset of Alzehemiers and soon to take on full time care.  Every time I step into my parents home, the pain is heightened as I realised that I am yet faced with the fact that I must dispose of all the stuff she couldn’t. I have to watch my father amongst this mess which only leaves him confused, overwhelmed, lost and anxious.  How sad that all the clutter was adding to my father’s Alzehemiers.  I’m also faced with the fact that I need to declutter my own home which I was slowly progressing with but now realise that I need to speed up the process.  My heart goes out to you and the bravery you have shown by facing it and tackling it.  There will come a day that I will hit that play button but for now your video sits quietly waiting for me.   
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  • Alisha Luxford

    My mum and I read this together and both shed a little tear for you. 

    Mum tried to explain some of the thoughts that can go through your mind when you’re getting on in age, and especially menopausal. 

    You want to hang onto everything that has memories attached to it. You can get a bit sentimental about the strangest things. For instance, Mum crocheted my newborn twins some blankets, and she didn’t want to get rid of the tiny bundles of wool she had left. They were pretty much useless to make anything. 

    After seeing this blog and video, she can understand that really, it’s the memory she wanted to keep, not the wool. Perhaps that’s how your dear Mum started? 

    In any sense, I wish you, and your family strength at this hard time. My prayers will be for you tonight. 

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  • I’m glad you have the support of your Dad and brothers to tackle this job. I wish you all the very best Katrina, and hope that as the clutter is sorted, you can think more about your mum and not the stuff she was hoarding. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Fion a

    I am feeling for you and the huge task ahead of you. My inlaws are hoarders and their house had a tree through it during the 2008 storms that hit brisbane. We removed 80 cubic metres of stuff from their house and sadly less than 4 years later it is all starting to build up again. I hope you can give your dad some peace and restore some space in their house for him. All my loveReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I’m sure you will inspire many others with your strength and bravery – thinking of you at this difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Kath Wong

    Oh Kat, you are so brave. Brave to go through all of the boxes your mum had collected so close after her passing, brave to let us see the process (it is of course so personal to you), and brave to show your face to us while doing it! I wish you luck and strength as you tread this path. Deepest sympathy
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  • Carrie

    Dear Kat, as always you never cease to inspire me, even in your times of sadness you continue to share and inspire!!!  Thank you.  I have my very elderly mum living with me and my poor husband has no garage space now with all her ‘special, precious STUFF’ stored there.  I will follow your journey with interest and know you will continue to motivate me as you always do.  good luck with the journey, be strong and treat yourself gently.  hugs and thanksReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Dear Kat

    Your video brought me to tears as I realised the very sad and difficult time you are experiencing right now.  Please try not to beat yourself up about removing your Mum’s things from the home.  It will be such a help to your Dad and I believe your Mum is now in a place where she can appreciate the things you are doing to care for him.  How lucky he is to have you & your brothers around him.

    Thank you so much for your courage in sharing this post with us, it has inspired me not to put off those things I should have been getting organised around my own home, and also to give both my parents extra good hugs this week!

    Take care of yourself (you know you need to in order to take care of others right?) and know that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel very soon.

    Emma xReplyCancel

  • Terry

    This must be so difficult for your family to go through all your Moms things. makes me miss my Mom so much, she’s been gone for 12 years now and she had the emptiest closets I had ever seen. I wish they would’ve been some stuff to go through. my heart goes out to you and your family. How you didn’t shed a tear while making the video is beyond me, I have a huge lump in my throat. Take care and wishing you comfort as you tackle this heartbreaking task.
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  • Anon

    Oh sweetheart thank you for sharing your journey.  Hang in there, you’ve given your father an amazing gift.  Remember your mum for all the ways you loved her.  Our parents are fallible, and an important life lesson is to let go of the things that you can’t change – it is hard to let go of the ideal picture of what we want them to be and accept as they are,  Good luck with the next stepsReplyCancel

  • My mother in law is a hoarder. It breaks my heart. She has a styrofoam cup from when her sister ws in the hospital when she was 2. She will not get rid of it because her sister may want it back one day. UGG, She says she wants change. My husband wants to use all his vacation time to help her. ReplyCancel

  • FJW

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for being strong for your mum.  Take courage in knowing you have helped many of us along your own journey and will continue to do so as we journey with you. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy James

    Hello beautiful! I don’t visit any blogs as much as I used to but saw this in my facebook feed and wanted to say hi and pass on my condolences to you and your family. I see how difficult this is for you and admire you and your brothers for tackling this with your dad to help him have a free-er environment. Sending you love and strength and thank you for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • barbara001

    Thankyou for sharing your blog on decluttering your mum’s place. I am so glad i found your site. You have given me alot of inspiration and ideas on how to do things better. My condolences to you & family during this sad time. I lost my father 7 mths ago and still dealing with his passing. As you say we can go through this journey together. Take care xo
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  • This sounds to be an amazing way to keep up the home away  from de-clutter.ReplyCancel

  • sophie.hills

    Thanks so much for sharing Katrina.  I think we get a deeper insight into why you want to help us to get organised.  Take care, and I’m looking forward to sharing the journey with you (and helping myself get better de-cluttered)! Hugs for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    First of all, I am so sorry about losing your mum, especially so suddenly. My prayers are with you.

    I have only just recently found your site and I wish I had found it 12 months ago when I had a breakdown over my clutter. I ended up seeing a councillor to sort through what was holding me back from sorting out all my junk. 12 months later, I am still on the journey, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    I saw the pictures of your mums home and I have to say it scared me. It is almost exactly like my mothers. While she does not store peanut butter jars and the like, she just cant stop buying stuff she doesn’t need. It is only her and dad in the family home now and she doesn’t need eight baking pans, as an example. She has two shipping containers, full of apple boxes with costumes in it from when she was a costume mistress. She has not done any plays in years, but she continually adds to the collection. I just fear that it will get worse and eventually it will just take over. I also know that you can’t force anyone to begin to de-clutter. Some people will never be able to get to that stage. I can empathise with your feelings towards your mum and dads home and I hope it all goes well. ReplyCancel

    • It sounds like you know exactly how I am feeling. Mum too has a shipping container I am yet to look in. I wish you well on your journey and I am so pleased that you found my site too JReplyCancel

  • tomi

    So sorry to hear about your mum. Thinking of you and your family, take care. ReplyCancel

  • Davistrans

    Thank you for sharing your video and story. I’m sure it will be truley inspirational for so many people. Sorry to hear about the loss of you mum, my thoughts are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Kyles93

    Your story touched me today as today is 6 years since my mother unexpectedly passed away.  Unlike you, I have only a few things of hers as my sister has mental health problems and had thrown most things away over the years.  Anyway, thinking of you and your family.  Hold onto each other – it is a very difficulty heartaching time xxxooo ReplyCancel

  • Danelle69

    One thing I heard from someone who helps with de-cluttering in the US, there is a point when the clutter starts to collect, something triggers it.  He suggested that you have a look at the magazine in the bottom of the  stack (if they are collecting them) for an idea on the trigger date.  Was an intersting thought.ReplyCancel

    • Absolutely and I have learnt what the trigger was, sadly we missed all the signs at the time.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Well done Kat, you are doing a wonderful job. We have just finished cleaning out my brothers house, he passed a few days after your mum, and although it was sad and difficult we did manage to have a few giggles at things we found and old memories that these items brought back. Our loss has inspired me to de clutter my house and my life and I will be following you for advice, tips and motivation. Much love to you and your family xoReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Hi Katrina, thank you for sharing this difficult journey you and your family are now taking.  I have been following your blog for quite some time now, as I have too much stuff and am not organised enough, so it’s a regular inspiration to see what ideas you have for us.  I remember reading some time ago about your reasons for starting up this blog, to help your friend who had lost her mother.   It hit a nerve with me as we lost our dad 20 years ago, and my mother like yours, began to expand on her ‘collecting’ hobby, from teddy bears to old bottles and all sorts in between.  She said it was an interest, but sadly got to the point that we could no longer stay with her when visiting, as there is just not enough room, because of her stuff, she lives in a 4 bedroom family home on her own.  Hoarding creates stresses in relationships, as the hoarders become very defensive of their stuff, (in my mums case even cardboard boxes and old toothbrushes).  I have not been to her house in years now, even though we have recently moved from the other side of the country to within a short drive.   I know that she is avoiding having my family visit.  She says she is clearing out things, but I know that this is difficult.  I have now chosen to step back, for the sake of my own sanity, (and my husbands).  It is in someway reassuring that there others experiencing the same emotions.  Best wishes to you and your family and keep up the great work on the website. ReplyCancel

  • My mum passed away suddenly on the 27th March 2011, i’m a solo mum and she was my world apart from my children. She was also a hoarder of everything, you described my mum to a tee. Only she didn’t have neat organised boxes, it was everywhere, to the point there was no where to sit when we visited. My brother and i filled a large skip bin in one day when we had to empty out the house she rented. Time is passing and it does get easier but i am glad i found your website as i can see myself heading down her track and i hope that this will give me a new start. Much love and prayers to you, it isn’t easy.ReplyCancel

    • Ooh Katrina (wonderful name), it’s such a hard process and I feel that because of the hoarding it has really drawn the process of loosing mum more than I can bare. I am pleased that my website can possibly help you to keep an uncluttered home xReplyCancel

  • Bec Waterhouse

    Your poor mum. She must have been so embarrassed about her hoarding :( It must have been hard for you to watch her go through that.

    I’m very sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • […] my parents house after the passing of mum.  If you are new to the blog, you can read further about the first step of decluttering mums home.   […]ReplyCancel

  • Jilly

    {{{{hugs&prayers}}}} Katrina, as you and your family cope with this sad event! You are very brave!

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  • Mira

    I feel for your loss and pray for you and your mom,but I wonder why you have a need to embarrass your mom by airing her ” hoarding” it did not bother her,why is it bothering you and why does the world need to know?…It should be private ,I think she would preferred it that way.You can get support and fulfilment in other ways.
    May God give you and her peace.ReplyCancel

    • Caris

      If it did not ‘bother’ her then it cannot ‘embarrass’ her now. Kat is fantastic about being honest and real – and it doesn’t get more honest and real than facing the fact that your parent is a flawed human being like everyone else. I read no criticism in this page – this is part of who her mother was in the end, part of their relationship. And if someone else who is going through the same thing right here and now can see this and know that they are not alone, that it is nothing to be ashamed about and that they can talk about it, then I think it is a wonderful thing.ReplyCancel

    • Mira, I shared this post because of the experience I was left to help my Dad and brothers with. That was to go through all her items, her treasures, her … stuff. She was a hoarder and it made the process of her passing away so much harder. It was a really long and slow process of clearing that took us months. To be honest I didn’t really come to terms with what had happened to her so suddenly passing away until we finished moving my Dad. I will forever miss my mum but that grieving process was so long and drawn out, I was not myself for a good 9 months. My hope from this post was that somebody that is a hoarder to realise how hard it is on the family that is left behind to go through the things and hopefully they can make a change.ReplyCancel

      • Cath

        Hi Katrina,

        I was wondering if you were comfortable, and have the time, if you could possibly write a series of more extensive posts on what you did to clear out your mum’s stuff. Did you sell anything? Give things away to family/friends/school/op shop? Did you get a skip? Were there any disagreements about what to do with things? How did you manage those? Was it more challenging because your Dad wanted to keep things the way they were? How did you manage your grief amongst all of this? Did you keep anything yourself? And how long did you work on it?

        I’m facing a similar task within the next twelve months and the thought of it is almost overwhelming.

        Many thanks.ReplyCancel

  • JH

    Thank you for sharing your story, I felt your pain but can also tell you are a very strong person who will move forwards with this process. To part with the belongings of someone we loved is very tough, but when the volume of items is mammoth it makes the process so much longer and harder to deal with doesn’t it.
    I wish you peace and happy times ahead, with good memories of your Mum in your heart.ReplyCancel

  • Desré Nikolich

    From what you have said about your Mum it seems that she was very organised as a young parent and its seems when she lost her mother something inside of her changed. Do you think your Mum may have had a lot of grief and loss which affected her emotionally? Maybe she slipped into depression and was having troubles coping. Maybe it all became too much for her and she was going through the motions. It seems despite your difference you were close to your Mum. You should never feel a sense of failure and shame about not being able to help your Mum. Maybe she felt like a failure and shameful as she couldn’t pull it all together like you. Maybe your competence showed her of her incompetence to keep her life in order. She needed love just as you need love. We all need love to function. Maybe her mother was a huge part of her source of love. We all live and grow and change with the seasons of our lives.ReplyCancel

  • Desré Nikolich

    By the way Katrina my Mum is a hoarder too. I have been trying to get her for years to start decluttering but she also has difficulties letting go of things as she puts emotional attachment to things. She has had many losses too – her mother had Alzheimer’s and disappeared and was never found. She has lost my Dad and a second husband to cancer. She has lost her sister to cancer. I too have too many things due to renovating and having things stored. Before I had a hard time letting go of things but now appreciate the opportunity to purge – let things go – to free myself up. I guess it is a bit like dieting. One needs to be in the right head space to make changes. I guess how I can most inspire my Mum is to show by example and take time with her and assist her to start decluttering at her own pace.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Lavigne

    First, thank you for sharing your story. even if it seems to have been two years loosing a parent has to be rough. She has a great legacy though. Her family loved her and she must have done a great job raising you if you turned out as amazing as you did never mind the cluttered house ( though it must have been horrendous to have dealt with)
    I have just found you this morning and I think you are just what I need. I am a new Mom and have moved six times in the last 3 years. Life has been good to me though, with a great family and a loving husband to be, I am finally settling after a tumultuous decade that was my 20’s.
    The final barrier is the mess that is the house. I still feel overwhelmed and unbalanced but one step at a time things will get better. One more move though as we are buying a house this year. Trying to make it our last move.

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  • Anonymous

    I can relate with your mum’s habit of not wanting to throw anything away. Over the years I have too become a lot like your mum. I used to have a clean organized home, nothing out of place. Then, when my second child turned 2-3 years of age, that’s when it started for me. I didnt want to throw anything of my kids’ things away. I have slowly become a hoarder. I am embarrassed to have people come over because my home is not so nice to look at anymore. I’ve been wanting to declutter for so long, but I don’t know where to begin. It seems so overwhelming. I’ll get these little bursts where I’ll start small but then I lose the interest and fall back into old habits. I really do need to take charge and get working on it, because my husband does not like my bad cluttering habits. He tries to throw things out and I say no.I’m really torn.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Shepherd

    Oh Kat, thank you for sharing. Big hugs to you xxReplyCancel

The past few weeks have been a real struggle coping with the grief of losing mum.  I have lost all my grandparents, but this is a completely different feeling.  There are days where I think tomorrow I will try get back into my routine, but I’m finding it hard to move forward.  I want to be […]

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  • Donna Webeck

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Take time with your grief, and I hope it will be easier with time.  

    This is a beautiful list, I am going to take note xxReplyCancel

  • Tammy_crane6

    i lost my dad 2,5yrs ago, at age 20– it hurts that he only spent a short 5mnths with my first daughter & will never get to cuddle my 2nd– watch them grow hear them say ‘pop’ for the first time — & i know people say it gets easier with time, but i think it gets harder- i mean, sure you learn to find a way to deal with it (you have to!) but everyday you miss them more & more :(   — condolences x ReplyCancel

  • Oh I am so sorry that you lost your Mum. I think the fact that you have realised that you just have to be kind to yourself and take life at a pace that you can manage, is a step in the right direction. Great list. It was lovely to meet you at Blogopolis and I will look you out in New York! A-M xxReplyCancel

  • Helene

    Deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your Mum. Such a massive loss that we all dread, my thought are with you and I hope that you start getting some sleep soon, maybe even some lovely dreams of your dear Mum will bring you some comfort. XoReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    My heart goes out to you and your family Katrina – losing a parent is a really hard thing for anyone to go through, I was in High School when I lost my father and even at that time it took me 3 months to get back to school to face people etc. So I think you are already doing a wonderful job!! I believe (this is what gets me through) that your Mum would be watching over you all now and she will be reading every blog that you are writing and she will continue to be very proud of you – think of her as your guardian angel watching over you and your family xxReplyCancel

  • My thoughts are with you Kat. You are truly inspirational and will move forward in your own time. What a great lsit above.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina, So sorry about the loss of your mum.  Losing someone close is never easy and I dont think it is something you ever get over.  A friend of mine posted this link on FB last year and I thought it was really interesting and has been of some help to me.  I hope you can use it and that is can help you to move on and get back into your regular routine.  Regards Marianne  :)   http://wendykeller.com/featured/schedule-your-suffering/ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I am so sad, that you have lost your Mum. I am sure that she is now watching over you as someone above has said, and I am sure that she is vey proud of you. I think that you are doing an amazing job already. Take all the time you need, your readers love you and will understand.ReplyCancel

  • MarissaBeautifullyOrganised

    Oh lovely Kat, I’ve just caught up and read about you losing your mum, I’m so sorry lovely xx

    My thoughts are with you and your family xxReplyCancel

  • Janblanch

    Katrina I am so sorry for the pain you are going through at the moment. losing a loved one is never easy and losing your mother is very hard at whatever age you are. take one day at a time and let yourself grieve in your own way and your own time. things will right themselves when the time is right and until then be kind to yourself. my thoughts and prayers are with you

    jan

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  • Susan

    Hi kat, one thing I did when I lost my mum was I went looking for a beautiful thank you card and wrote it to her … Telling mum all the things I was grateful to her for and what I loved about her…. All the things I maybe hadn’t gotten around to telling her… But also a lot of things that I had told her but that I wanted to say again… Like I love you!! I found it very helpful doing this – it ended having an extra few pages to it!! Best wishes to you and don’t be too critical of yourself….. It will take time to fully grieve and “deal with your loss”… XoxoReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    Deapest Sympathies. Grief takes time, and I’m sorry it will be a long journey. The lengths gives tribute to the special relationship that you had. The best road through it is the road of thankfulness. Of the beautiful mother you have and treasured her best legacy is her family. May you find comfort in your treasured memories and peace in the midst of turmoil. God bless.ReplyCancel

  • Dianna Bay

    Dear Katrina, I can not begin to comprehend what you are going through. I am so sorry for your loss. I know that your mum did not get to read your blog but I am sure that she is at your side, with her hand on your shoulder guiding you through this time in your life. I am sure that she is very proud of you and your accomplishments.
    You are a very insperational women. I have found comfort in recent days, by reading your posts and looking at your ideas. One of which I have taken on board this week to help me get through a very challanging time. I am a person who likes to be organised, and in control of as much of what is going on around me as possible. I am currently going through a house extension at the moment. I have 2 young boys and we are staying in the house whilst the extension is being built.
    I did not realise how much of a control freak I was until I started this process.
    Last week it all got too much and I broke down about the whole situation, I couldn’t handle not being in control of my surroundings or what was going on.
    I turned to your website and FB page for ideas on how to make things better for me and my family. I spent last weekend sorting my bathroom cupboards and also set up a 2 week meal planner based on your ideas.
    From this I have been able to gain control again and feel less anxious about what is happening. Your page has helped me plan how things will be once the extension is finished and it has set my mind at ease.
    Thank you for your wisdom and your words. I hope that knowing you have helped someone as much as you have, helps you get through this time.
    Wishing you all the best.
    D
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  • Nbeltane

    First of all condolences on your loss. 

    I lost my dad in may of 2011 he had a sudden heart attack, it was several months for me to come to terms that he was gone. Then in February of this year, we lost Mum to Cancer. To have lost two parents in less than a year is more than hard to cope with, for the first few months after losing mum i still expected her to call. I am learning to take each day as something that should be treasured. i lost interest in everything the home, crafting blogging, I miss them both immensely. Now its time for me to concentrate on my little family and do what is right for us. For many years we have stayed in the same state as my parents but now they are gone we have made the decision to move interstate and start a new chapter and journey just for us. To do some of the things that that list suggests. It just takes time. And as many people have told me in the months since losing mum and dad, grief doesn’t just go away, it stays with you, with each day though you get a little stronger. ReplyCancel

  • lj6

    “The darkest moments of our lives are not to be buried and forgotten, rather they are a memory to be called upon for inspiration to remind us of the unrelenting human spirit and our capacity to overcome the intolerable”  Vince Lombardi
    You will get through this because you are a strong, inspirational and lovely lady.  ReplyCancel

  • AshMmisforMe

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mum Kat. That’s such a beautiful list that you found. I’m sure your mum can see your blog, and how amazing you are. So so lovely to meet you on Saturday, xoReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    What a gorgeous list. We all need reminding some times to do these things, what ever is going on in our lives. Take your time and don’t be hard on yourself. Thinking of you at this sad time, even though I’ve never met you. Take care xxReplyCancel

  • Betty

    Katrina, so very sorry you lost your mum, I think you share your beautiful self through your blog so indirectly I think your mum did read it. In any case, she had the Organised Housewife as her daughter, what could be more special than that, I’m sure she’s very, very proud. xReplyCancel

  • Vanja

    Lovely to read, as I lost my dad 4 weeks ago… It feels like life is never going to be the same again :-( ReplyCancel

  • Shell

    I lost my Dad 10 years ago suddenly to a heart attack. It was the anniversary on the weekend and honestly I cried more than I have on any other anniversary. Losing a parent rocks you to your very core. It takes time to heal and time to nurture yourself. Always worth making the time for yourself and speaking with a professional for some counselling as well.

    Really love your blog, but don’t forget to take time out for you as well.ReplyCancel

  • Rose

    I lost my Dad two weeks ago – thanks for this post he was diagnosed with cancer 6 months ago, it has been a horrendous 6 months and I am struggling – I am someone who always copes, life can keep piling it on and I take it in my stride, now even the little things seem so hard and insurmontable, at the moment I feel like all the joy has been sucked out and I’m wading through a thick fog – the insomnia is the killer I think but I suspect even with sleep it would be hard, it is almost unbelievable that life wants to keep charging along when I feel like it should’ve hit pause while I take in the enormity of my loss.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime

    Sending you a healing hug.ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart We recently sold almost all of our belongings, boxed up most of what was left and the rest was squeezed into luggage and moved to Japan with us. So as you might imagine, we had one massive garage sale and learnt several important lessons about […]

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  • Great tips there Alyce. I’ve never had one even when we moved simply because we couldn’t be bothered to get ourselves organised, especially since we had to also fix up our house before selling it. Instead we gave the stuff away and those that we wanted to replace, we sold on Ebay . ReplyCancel

  • Price everything, especially what you’ve advertised & want to sell; even if it’s a general sign that says “cheap-just ask!” (use quiet times to price what you ran out of time to do).
    Rope off entry until advertised start time. It builds impatience & excitement in buyers & they will tend to make purchases as soon as they see something they like instead of thinking about it & just so somebody else doesn’t buy it!
    You can’t sell space! Don’t spread out too much. Keep items close & grouped together; stand books so you can read spines, hang clothes in garment styles, label linen in sets, etc etcReplyCancel

  • […] Okay, enough vacation talk. Let’s turn our attention back to the home front. Summer’s a great time for garage sales, and there’s no better way to declutter your home while making a few extra bucks to spend on that vacation. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!) Get the most out of your sale with these tips on product selection, pricing and advertising. My favorite tips: Use “bulk pricing” for entire categories of items, and don’t include your street number when advertising the sale. (The Organised Housewife) […]ReplyCancel

  • […] 5 easy tips for a successful garage sale […]ReplyCancel

  • Terri

    Have plenty of plastic bags and small change.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yes! I must have. Thanks Terri.:)ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Laura from Smarter Admins A few months ago, I moved house. I moved from a spacious place that was (very) run down to a house that is (a lot) smaller but in beautiful condition. It’s lovely to be living in such nice surroundings, but I’m struggling to keep my […]

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  • […] It’s a well known fact that I am the ‘messy one’ in our relationship. It’s evident from the invisible line drawn in the middle of our bedroom, which half is mine. Same with our shared desk. I stumbled across this site which made me drop my jaw because – awesome – I can organise my whole life!! Here’s how to organise your desk to start. […]ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    Thank you for posting this!
    I was looking at my desk on the weekend and was mortified at it! Esp since I work from home, its awful having ‘stuff’ everywhere.
    I really look forward to getting it cleared up this week using your tips :-)
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  • Everyone feel like to work at neat and clean work place. Having good management is very necessary for this. How you are using each thing at your work place, are you keeping the things back properly after use. All these things are very necessary to keep your desk clutter free.ReplyCancel

  • Elisa

    mine is even tons messier. Actually my entire room is :-( And I have been dreading and procastinating about tidying it up…ReplyCancel

  • Carola

    My son is looking for a clear glass desk like yours… do you mind me asking where you got it?ReplyCancel

    • Fiona

      I bought mine from Officeworks, was around $100.ReplyCancel

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This is a guest post by Olivia from Star Concepts Since Digital Photography took over the world, the amount of photos we take these days is massive.  But, what do you do with your photos and how do you store and organise them? Storing Photos There are many ways to store & organise your photos, […]

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  • This is a fabulous post, I have been thinking about what to do about backing up all of my pictures, especially now with all of the baby pics that I would hate to loose. Must put this on my ‘to do’ list for the weekend – thanks!

    Allison
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  • Tracey Lee

    OMG, I thought my photos were safe backed up onto discs. Am so pleased I read this, looks like I will busy this weekend getting my photos printed.ReplyCancel

  • sarahshort

    This is brilliant bes get printing. It’s about time. I have minimal printed photos of my 16 month old. but lthousands of digital photos. Thank you for a great post.
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  • I was quite shocked as well to learn that CDs/DVDs do not last much longer than 10-15 years, if that!  I have some that are getting onto 10 years, too!!  I have been wanting to print out the best photos of each year and actually put them into a photo album for the kids to look at!!  What a concept!  LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Anthony McDonald

    Although I’m not a housewife (wrong gender), I’d like to add a little to this. I take literally thousands of photos each year and although I back them up onto a portable hard drive and DVD/CD, I have found that the absolute best option these days is to select your favourite pictures and turn them into a photobook. Its very easy and there are many sites to use. Depending on the software you use, the finished product can look amazing. It’s so much better to be able to just go a grab a photo album and flick through it than to to start up your computer and watch a slide show. The books I have completed also have descriptions and comments and they look very professional. You can edit all your photos to change sizes, add effects etc and although the price is relatively high if you have many pages, it works out very similar to physically printing out each photo individually. Another bonus is you can have huge full page spreads or multiple small photos. I used photobook australia, but just google photobooks or photoalbums and you will have many to choose from. Oh, and turn around time from order to delivery is generally 7-10 days.ReplyCancel

  • B.Annear

    i started putting all my photos into photo books and ordering them, at the beginning of last year – but i have still got to do the last 13 years (at least) so i best get cracking on the earliest ones first!!! thankyou i wasnt aware oif that at all!ReplyCancel

  • Cherryl Kirk

    This was very informative about life span of dvd/cd,i have done one or two photo books.A great idea for storing the many memory cards….I purchased a medicinal tablet dispenser, you know those ones with the days marked in it?
    They fit perfectly and keep them dust free + each one can be marked with labels (music, pictures etc.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Thank you so much for taking the time to research this! I’ve been wondering the exact same things and really need to attack this! Very glad to know the options! Again thank you so much! ReplyCancel

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  • Yonex Sterno

    Photo books are great ways to organize and store photos. They are even easier to flip through as opposed to a regular photo album. In New Zealand, http://www.my-books.co.nz/ actually can help you in acquiring or making your own photo bookReplyCancel

  • Anna

    This is something I seriously have to do. Started last night but am going away for two weeks on saturday with more photos to come. Oh boy! Do I have a big job ahead of me. Thanks for the tips.ReplyCancel

  • Mamabaz

    Picasa. My Samsumg galaxy is set to automatically back up all pics taken on my phone to my g+ account and is linked to picasa on my computer. Photos taken with my camera get downloaded to picasa straight aftr they are taken and these get backed up to the g+ account too. My back up backup is an external hardrive.ReplyCancel

  • JO

    If you use an external drive, it is a good idea to keep one externally e.g. at work or with someone else.ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    Dropbox is cloud storage the same as icloud and you can pay for more storage. It isn’t just a sharing site.
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  • Hiya! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa? My website addresses a lot of the same topics as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Superb blog by the way!
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This is a guest post by Jac from Common Chaos Chronicle There is nothing worse than walking through the door and tripping over several school bags that have been tossed in the entry-way as the children have arrived home from school. This I know, as I have done it on more than one (or 101) […]

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  • Carmen

    fantastic idea. maybe the glass could be replaced with thin perspect or laminated sheets… great idea of the long wood to attach the smaller boards with the hooks by hubby …
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  • Larissa ~ My Pigeon Pair

    Oh Jac, that is a brilliant Organisation Station!!!  I just love it!  It will make such a difference in your busy lives!  Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • That is one cool area!! Most definitely a must-have for busy families.ReplyCancel

  • love it! looks very organised and very pretty! xReplyCancel

  • Awesome idea! We have a small house and don’t have anywhere suitable (without it being in the ‘way’ in the living areas!), so wondering if it would be suitable to hang outside in the enclosed carport – it’s not fully enclosed like a garage, but has a garage door and the back open (hope you know what I mean!) … will have to suss it out as this is SO WHAT I NEED!!!ReplyCancel

    • Could be a good idea, just make sure the kids don’t leave food in their bags overnight so little animals don’t come to investigate.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Arthur

    That is excellent! I’m going to give this a go for sure. ThanksReplyCancel

    • It’s a fantastic space!! I am sure that it will definitely help to make a space more organised in the home.ReplyCancel

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    • Jac has a great blog, I don’t know how she does it and to be expecting baby number 6 any day now, I am so excited for her JReplyCancel

  • Great idea! I would try to replicate the same for my children too..I is very handy in teaching them organization skills

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  • mprjm

    love love love this. thank you for sharing. my kids are 5,3 and 1 but we already have school bags and job charts so im going to make this in the holidays
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  • WOW, I’m always looking for ways to ‘organise’ in my home of 8 kids and this is awesome.  Not sure if I have a wall long enough so I made need to split it up but I love the frame system with glass as a white board.  This is awesome I’ll be heading to spotlight, office works and bunnings today.ReplyCancel

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  • Hi Jac (& Katrina). I’ve just come across this idea, having just joined the 20 day challenge and I LOVE IT! I have made my own version of it to suit our family and what we need to do and its up and ready to go for next week. I’m sharing it on my blog where I tell everyone to go to yours and check it out! Awesome ideas have to be shared. ;-)
    http://sexymomgp.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-planning-makeover.htmlReplyCancel

  • […] her pages I found this one which I’m adapting to suit my family. Its a very clever ideas on how to organise each […]ReplyCancel

Toilet Training Aides Following on from my post yesterday sharing my 12 tips to potty training and the NEW Potty Training Charts with Certificates, I want to share with you some products that I know would have helped a great deal when training my kids.   Plus there is an awesome Potty Training Pack giveaway! […]

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  • Kapernickn

    Please enter me into this competition.  My 3yr old boy shows no interest whatsoever in giving up the nappies, unlike his siblings who were completely out of them well before their 3rd birthday. ReplyCancel

  • I like the Clean shopper would be very handy ReplyCancel

  • Jodi838

    I’m just starting toilet training with my son and we bought you’re training charts yesterday. Thanks for sharing about Mummy’s little helper products. It’s great to know I can get everything I’ll need in one spot :) I also like the Fridge-to-go’s Cool Pad. That’s the hardest thing when they have a fever or have bumped their noggin, to keep the icepack wrapped in a tea towel around their head. What a great idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi838

    Also can I ask if you, Katrina, or any other parents out there, if you have some good hints & tips on toilet training a boy? Any helpful comments would be most welcome. I’m not sure how soon to introduce the standing up part as he’s just 2 but very tall for his age so the potty isn’t going to be big enough for long but I don’t know if he’s old enough to understand about learning to aim etc yet (or see it under his pucoo belly LOL) HELP PLEASE!ReplyCancel

  • Leimay Cherry

    Oh The Construction Eating Untensil Set (Fairy) is just devine… i know a few little girls who would just love one of those… Have added them to the look at list for presents.

    And what a great time for toilet training, my last baby is just starting. we have been sitting him on the toilet to get used to it the last little bit and he has asked once or twice in the last week to go, yet to do anything but hey its a start!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Walmsley

    Great competition! My little girl is three and a half – she is heading in the right direction but hasn’t been terribly interested in the whole process so anything would be a help to finally get everything sorted!ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    We are so close yet it feels so far on the toilet training with my litlte Miss nearly 3 :)  Love the Super Soft Chic Clean Shopper Pink Petunia which would be perfect for my little one when we go shopping.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I love Embellish’d Hair Clip from Mummy’s little helpers – you can never have enough clips especially with 2 girls in our house! Would love to win this perfect timing for my second one nearing this stage and can do with all the help! ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Jinnette

    For me it is the brolly sheets. My son no matter what we do always manages to have a leak at night, makes it much easier to change him whip the brolly sheet off and put a new one on.ReplyCancel

  • Kim maxwell

    I love the sippy grip, anything that can be tied down when you go shopping so it wont get lost is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke Elmer

    The breast screen is a fabulous product, a great idea for those times when you would like to head out for dinner or to a function and be able to make a safe choice between using the milk you’ve expressed as a back up or being able to offer the breast guilt free… wish I’d known about it with bub number one :)

    (http://www.mummyslittlehelpers.com.au/milkscreen.html) ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    We have just welcomed son #3 to our family – so this potty training kit would be fantastic!!  The wee target would be great for my 2 older boys as well – hopefully we would have a few less misses! ReplyCancel

  • The aromababy skin care products are gorgeous and a favourite of mine.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Keeler

    The clean shopper is one of my essential baby items :)ReplyCancel

  • katie pyle

    Ooo those frilly tushies looks great for going under little girls dresses! ReplyCancel

  • Kiara

    Kala’s Magic No Spill Cup Think I need a tonne of these as my possum currently tips puddles from her normal bottles all over the house!!!ReplyCancel

  • the sippy grip is my favorite product can’t loose the sippy cups any more Great for my little ones.ReplyCancel

  • The kiddysac sheet set- my little dancer would love the ballet sheets!ReplyCancel

  • chellebubs

    My Fridge-to-go! What a fantastic product to have, it would make going out for the day so much easier :-)ReplyCancel

  • Mel Nolan

    I love ‘Kala’s Magic No Spill Spouts’. My toddler likes to steal my pop top water bottle but would always end up leaving the top up and spilling water everywhere!! The No Spill Spouts from Mummy’s Little Helper can be attached to most bottles too!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Hendrix

    I would love the nausea psi bands to help with morning sickness and they are cute!! ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness, my son would go nuts over the Constructive Eating Utensil Set! Maybe that would get him actually using his fork or spoon instead of his hands, lol! ReplyCancel

  • Great competition …my granddaughter is nearly 2 qnd ready for toilet training….this wonderful prize would definitely make training her a lot easier.ReplyCancel

  • HOw exciting!  & just in time as we have just started Toilet training :)  ReplyCancel

  • Kbaker78

    i absolutely love the kalas no spill cups – they are the only ones that seem to stay spill proof no matter how frequently usedReplyCancel

  • Angel

    I like the wee targets. What is better then a target to focus my son’s attention. AND my son loves trucks. What could be better!!!ReplyCancel

  • I love the  Hurphy Durphy – what a brilliant idea to ensure that the seat belt buckle securing the carseat isn’t accidentally released!ReplyCancel

  • Love the TravelJohn Junior – would make life so much easier! And Wee Friend Potty Stickers are also a great idea – might have to look into investing in both!ReplyCancel

  • Love love love the Sippi Grip – I don’t even want to think about how many times I’ve had to retrieve a dropped or thrown sippy cup when out! Mummys Little Helpers is helping me find so many great, helpful products – thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Nerys15

    The baby wedge, i’ve already got one but this one from mummy’s little helpers is so much better, might look at investing in a new one anyway.  Would give me peace of mind when my little one is laying down and would hopefully help with his major wind issues.ReplyCancel

  • Amelia Bell

    My son is 22 months and is showing signs of being toilet trained so thanks for the post, will definitely look into those products!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Keller

    Love the clean shopper, nothing worse than your little on trying to eat the trolly handle yucko!
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  • i love the Pink Frilly Tushies… but I have 3 boys, no girls as of yet to try them out on but good for spoiling the niece :)
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  • Yvette Bowyer

    I have just started training my daughter – she’s stops and starts and gets scared doing a poop in the toilet.. 

    I love the brown bear hug rug!! Actually all the rugs there at Mummy Little HelpersReplyCancel

A few weeks ago I was ready to start the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation challenge.  I had completed all my preseason tasks, however the day it started was the day after my mum become really sick.  I did not have time to start the challenge and commit to the exercise routine, I wanted to […]

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  • Nelevi

    Oh mine! I will have to try just about all of these. They look scrumptious. Thanks, and good to have you back :-).ReplyCancel

    • They do don’t they, my favourite would have to be the Honey Chicken!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Cullen

    I’ve been meaning to make the fried stuffed mushrooms form Le Petit Brioche for almost a year! I even bought a big bunch of mushrooms on the weekend and thought about it,,.. but thats as far as I got, hahaReplyCancel

    • I’m not a mushroom fan, but it actually sounds really nice, you will have to let me know how they taste!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my – the Potato & Bacon Casserole and Honey Chicken recipes look amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Janey M

    I’m going to give the potato casserole a go but I’ll use grated potato. I really love hash browns- so do my hips cause thats were they end up!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Bergfeld

    Katrina, thank you so much for including my recipe in your round-up. It is much appreciated. I’m about to begin exploring some of the other recipes you’ve featured. Everything looks delicious. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…MaryReplyCancel

    • They are all so delicious, thankyou for helping me come up with something to our to our meal plan!!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I’m planning to do the 12wbt next season!! See you there :DReplyCancel

  • Heidi @foodiecrush

    Thank you for including my Chinese Chicken Salad in your roundup! I’ll be trying the twice cooked potatoes for sure! ReplyCancel

  • Love this idea, will be getting started on it this weekend. My husband will love the fact that I am getting rid of all those food magazines he claims I never use :-)ReplyCancel

  • Some great ideas there. Those twice cooked potatoes look yummy.ReplyCancel

  • I am salivating – thank you for the inspiration!! I just hope Michelle Bridges doesn’t see this post :)). Look after yourself. xxReplyCancel