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{WINNER} AusMumpreneur Best Blog 2011

  I am super excited and extremely honoured to have received the AusMumpreneur Best Blog 2011 Award on the weekend!!! I had the most fantastic time in Sydney, met some amazing ladies in business and was inspired by everything that I learnt at the conference.  Thank you to Peace and Katy, the mum’s behind Connect 2 Mums network […]

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{Inspiration} Wardrobes

I  have found some wonderfully decorated and organised wardrobes, wouldn’t it be nice…… Wardrobe Inspiration Gallery {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit} {image credit, unknown} {image credit}

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  • Fareehaz

    hi kat, these days you have been posting some interesting pictures but sorry to say, this one looks unrealistic and perfect for magazines only. Infact these wardrobes look more like posh boutiques and designer shops. Honestly i would never like to have my wardrobe to be so much full of stuff stuff and stuff. less is more I believe. When we have bigger houses we end up creating bigger mess (as said by Anthea Turner)ReplyCancel

    • I had the same thought…they remind me of shops….sooo many hand bags. They are inspirational though. I think I would be ashamed to have sooo many clothes though :)

  • if my wardrobe knows what good for it, it will transform itself into the black one above between now and when i go to it next, lolReplyCancel

  • Star Concepts - Olivia

    Oh wow, how do we organise the person to come and arrange that!!! PS Love all those shoes!!!!ReplyCancel

  • While they look fantastic they look like wardrobes that scream of LIVE IN HOUSEKEEPER!!! It does remind me of the SATC 1 movie and when Jess get that new wardrobe in her new apartment with Big.ReplyCancel

  • Toni Blackmore

    Agree with boutique comments, while every room is undoubtedly beautiful, and I certainly wouldn’t say “no” if offered one, I suspect the time, effort and mental energy to maintain it would be a bit much. Now that level of detail in a study, library, craft room etc. is another thing :) I enjoy your blog every day, thanks for the work you put in, Toni

  • who has that many shoes ?!?!!ReplyCancel

  • Liannedgong

    OMG I want the ones with all the shoe storage do you think my husband would extend the house so I can have the walk in of my dreams? neeerrrr don’t think soReplyCancel

  • Buchman007

    WOW!!!! Dont I WISH I had that many clothes and closet space! This is toooo unrealistic to me! This looks like a celebritie’s closet!!!ReplyCancel

  • carlisworld

    Who has that many clothes and shoes? As beautifully displayed as everything is I am a big believer of less is more, it’s not hard to maintain a lovely organised attractive space when you dont have an awful lot of things, but the things you do have you love!

  • Toni Blackmore

    Happyhousewifey, I think my daughter does. Sometimes think I should have named her Imelda:)ReplyCancel

  • Adalita Marks

    I’m getting similar to the 6th photo. I have tonnes of clothes and shoes (I so need to do a clean out once we move back in). I think the other ones are way too over the top, I do adore the Elfa walnut one, if we weren’t getting ours made. I can’t wait 2 more months (hopefully) visiting from

  • Roxy

    Love it!
    I have the second last wardrobe system. The great thing about it is that you can build it as you go! You don’t have to get it all at once!ReplyCancel

  • wendy

    i would really love to see some realistic wardrobes and storage ideas for the average family with 4 kids…ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    Please please can I have the last one. Luv it.ReplyCancel

  • Amber

    I actually hate all the pictures! Why do people think all the clothes and shoes are necessary. No wonder people are drowning in debt. The second picture is shocking! She has every colour of the rainbow just in tops!ReplyCancel

    • Kel

      The second one got me as well… who needs 7+ yellow tops? Honestly.ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    It would be lovely to have more room and proper areas to store things like shoes as our current built in wardrobe is seriously lacking and we can find things due to the rediculous L shaped layout.ReplyCancel

  • 01jubjub

    Wow. I find these images really disheartening. Is this kind of ostentatious display of frivolity really what we should be encouraged to aspire to as a society and as individuals? All I can think when I look at these wardrobes is the hundreds and thousands of dollars sitting there (probably largely unworn) in specifically designed wardrobes to hold it all when millions of people world over don’t have enough bare warmth or food to sustain them. How much better could the world be if we only bought what we needed and shared what we have with those who need our help? Not to mention how much longer our precious resources and our planet would be sustained. It makes me sad that we as a society believe that excessiveness of such possessions is important.ReplyCancel

  • Kiwimama

    Interesting wardrobes… as an average housewife, trying to make ends meet with little children on very little I can’t say I’ll be aspiring to any of these (my jeans and sneakers just wouldn’t quite look as cool as all those heels and beautiful coloured garments). I’d love to see some ideas for something that’s not walk in and makes a normal size wardrobe work effectively. Pleased to read that some folks found it helpful :)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Unrealistic? Possibly, Inspiriring, yes. The clothes look awesome all colour co-ordinated like that. I’ve been wondering what to do with all my shoes and my wardrobe looks a lot like the first one so the wall at the end could be a great place to put them. I also love the rug idea too. Just because we dont all have millions of dollars and a housekeeper doesnt mean we can’t pinch the ideas of those whove had the professionals in to really think about how the space could be used.ReplyCancel

{GIFT IDEAS} Fathers Day ~ handmade gifts

Fathers Day is just around the corner, Sunday 4th September.  Today I would like to share with you some super cute handmade fathers day gift ideas.  Find some time this weekend to prepare a little special gift.  If you kiddies are a little older have a look through my Top 20 Fathers Day gift ideas […]

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{Decluttering} One Shelf

#26 One Shelf Today I would like you to set aside 20 minutes to clean one shelf in your house, any shelf of your choosing.  Sort through through the contents and consider if you really need to keep each item or where a better home for it maybe. I want to show you this shelf […]

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  • Maree @ FarmyardCrafts

    Not so much a shelf… I’m going to bend the rules a little… I’m going to clean off the top of my tv cabinet and my piano (which honestly sometimes look like shelves!). They are storing so much stuff we just don’t put away (cds, dvds, books, music etc). That’s my job for today. We are having people over on the weekend for my #1’s 6th birthday. I need to start getting ready today! Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

  • My desk , all little cubby holes /shelves and surrounds, drawers too.

    Ps Your blog comment box is loading much better today. I clicked through from your Facebook fan page not within the other comment :).ReplyCancel

  • Christine Newman

    The top shelf of my linen cupboard! This is a carry over from when you suggested we declutter our linens, there is no linen on this shelf so I ignored it :) So now I must tackle it! And also the top of my TV cabinet too. Often ignored beacause I’m not tall enough to see the top, but its a catch all for all sorts of clutter!

  • Nikke Miller

    must be the day for it I completely cleaned my whole tv cabinet as it needed a dust and my 2yr old got into it yesterday.. I so need some of those baskets, might head on over there now!! thanks for the heads up :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    Ooh I love that toast rack as a mail sorter! I did one of the shelves on my bookshelf that had acquired some extra bits and pieces that shouldn’t have been thereReplyCancel

  • Janine

    I have been staring at my wine glass cabinet for a few days now, thinking it needs a really good dust and re-sort… this is going to be my task for today. ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Thank you SO much for including our Toast rack in your blog, very much appreciated. From Lifestyle Ensemble or find us on facebook @ lifestyle EnsembleReplyCancel

  • i have been pretty slack and not started any of your great tasks this year but i am going to start by doing this one today…TV unit it is because of little ones everything gets put up high and thats the first place they goReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I love everything about this shelf! White is my colour. This weekend I plan to tidy out my kitchen cupboard … the one with the roller door. Having the roller door is such a good idea that everything gets swept into it and now it is chokers. This season I have bought both a crockpot and a sandwich press. My kitchen is tiny and the only place big enough to store these is the roller door cupboard.
    I love those baskets that you featured. I’d love a black and white one. I can think of a heap of things I could use it for.
    Have a fantastic week.

  • Suzanne

    Thanks for the motivation! For me it’s the kitchen “drop zone”. I have a cork board from IKEA above but it’s overwhelmed. LOVE the idea of the cloth basket(s) as I have oodles of fabric and will make it match the chair covers!

    Suzanne from Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

{Cleaning} When you are sick

I have been a little sick recently, flu’s, headaches, just the winter blues all round, like everybody else.  It’s not a great feeling when you are sick.  I like to lie on the couch and catch up on my favourite TV shows and rest.  Resting is the best medicine.  I have received many messages recently […]

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  • I just focus on clothes washing & dishes too, and just do a bit at a time so not overwhelming. I try to rinse dishes & pack the dishwasher as I go, so it doesn’t build up (we are so lucky to have one of these!) and then just do a few of the most essential handdishes when I feel up to it (eg. sippa cups, kids bowls & cutlery tend to be most important).

    I try to plan my meals so that there aren’t extra handdishes, but use things that can go in dishwasher.


  • I tend to be desperately ill and moaning for only a few days (probably about a day and a half on average), so I ignore the laundry and vacuuming and such completely when I am sick. I drag myself around at the end of the day and put everything away because I do not like clutter. (I also avoid a lot of mess by letting my two year old watch unlimited television when I am sick. She rarely gets that, so she thinks she’s won the lottery and barely moves all day.) My husband’s job is to provide takeout for dinner and we eat it right out of the containers which go right in the trash, so there are very few dishes. Luckily, we aren’t sick that often. ReplyCancel

  • I am really lucky that I have one of those hubbies that goes above and beyond when it comes to cooking and cleaning, so its me that has to step up to the plate when he’s feeling poorly. You’re right though…having the dishes and washing done are two simple tasks that can make a huge difference!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Having a couple of meals in the freezer is a godsend when you are not feeling well. I try and do as many “double ups” as I can of things like Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Parmigiana etc to build up a supply in the freezer. ReplyCancel

  • Ethro17

    one foot in front of the other until kids bedtime so i can completely veg out infront of tvReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Im also lucky and get my husband and family to help out when i am sick (i have been for the last few days). I just do a general clean and make sure everything looks tidy. Everything else can wait. I have a 13 week old daughter so need to make sure i stay well for her sake.ReplyCancel

  • carlisworld

    As a mother of 6, when someone gets sick it generally goes around the entire family and I end up with sometimes up to 3 weeks of every day having someone home in bed. I dont often catch it, though when I do I get REALLY sick. I find the slow cooker a godsend as I can throw in some meat, vegies etc in the morning and dinner is sorted. My husband is very helpful with the laundry, bathrooms, floors and things and my boys ( 13,14&15) help with dishes school lunches and even Ironing school uniforms. Luckily we have only all been dreadfully ill at the same time once, in which case all you can do is the basics, and pray it will all be over soon!! ReplyCancel

    • Cyndii

      As a mum of 7, aged 14,13,10,8,6,3 and 12 months i can totally relate to this!!
      We have just gone through a month of sickness with a nasty virus that affected the WHOLE family,& kids and 2 parents who could barely raise their heads off the pillows.
      Then just as i start getting the them back to school is stages my littlest one gets chicken pox!!!!
      That was not pleasant and i felt i was completely depleted of energy and the house was a bombsite.
      The boys however pitched in with dishes and meals (i guess even sick teenage boys need food ;) )
      They cooked jaffles and spag bol and heated canned soup.
      And then they learned to use the washing machine (they put everything thru the dryer but it got done) so everyone had clean school clothes and towels while i was taking care if the last of the ill ones.
      It makes you proud when they can function somewhat on their own :D


      • Sam

        Wow mum of 7!! You must be super woman! I am never going to complain about having 3 kids ever again ;DReplyCancel

  • Yep, I’ve got a good ‘un who picks up the slack (and who normally does heaps anyway) if I’m sick. I can usually at least throw a load in the washing machine then into the dryer and then I usually just keep up with the kiddies and leave the rest for hubby! Nappies, feeding, lunches, naps, etc are usually enough for me!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I’m very lucky that hubby will always (and when I say always, I mean 80% of the time) help out when I’m sick, although luckily thats only been once this year! (touch wood!!) We have to as a minimum do washing once a day, otherwise with a family of 7, 2 of those which are toilet training, can make for a lot of washing to have to do! ReplyCancel

  • Mypigeonpairblog

    I have an amazing hubby who always helps out around the house! For me it is tidy floor and kitchen bench everything else can wait!ReplyCancel

  • When I get sick, I get hubs to help out. I know he can stack the dishwasher or do the dishes even. Laundry, well he can do that, but not fold, not that he can’t fold, he just doesn’t like doing it but then again who does!? So he’s pretty good around the house when I’m down, because he knows I need a day to recover so that life can resume as normal again. :)ReplyCancel

  • I am very fortunate that Mr T does more housework than I do and because I work full time, I choose to invest in a cleaner for 2 hours a week to help stay on top of everything and free up time for us as a family. Would be lost without either of these!ReplyCancel

  • projectivist

    I think that you mean “you’re”?

    What do you do when you’re feeling sick?ReplyCancel

    • If you have so much time in YOUR day to be so critical of such a small thing I could use some help packing boxes before we move house… Put your time to better use gee.ReplyCancel

  • Asherkate

    Sigh i push through it i have to lol Hubby wont offer to help & i f i ask him to he will do it but half heartly so i dont bother. The only time he has been fantastic at the house work is when i am in hospital & his left to play mummy for a week :) But in all fairness im sick to often to expect him to help every time & am in hospital at least once every 8weeks kidney problems. But i hire a cleaner if im to ill to do a big clean alos my dish washer & dyrer is my best friend lol ReplyCancel

  • Thankfully my hubby is amazing. He’s a better housewife than I am! Although cleaning the kitchen is my domain, apparently. We have a dishwasher, but while I try to put dirty dishes in as soon as they’re done with, he’ll stack them by the sink. Or even right next to the dishwasher *smacks head* But, he cooks. Amazing food. So I guess I can bite my tongue and hold back the sigh and stack the dishwasher! Hope you get better soon xxReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      My hubby is the same about putting dirty dishes on the counter above the dishwasher. He has a bad back and is 6’4″ tall PLUS I have a certain way of putting them in so it’s all good. I don’t mind.ReplyCancel

  • Davidlisa

    My Husband is fantastic!! My 2 infants and my husband and myself all got the flu, we were all feeling crappy, and you know what it is like when you have 2 sick babies as well as yourself to look after. My husband did dishes, helped bath and fed the babies and pick up their toys that had been spread across the lounge room floor. It is so good to have the help and support of a loving husband. We didnt do much cooking at all because we felt so bad, but we did have a few meals in the freezer that we just defrosted. It pays to have frozen meals that you have cooked earlier.ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      I agree about the frozen meals…what do people do without one?! Bet you and hubby tell each other daily how much you love and appreciate one another. Teamwork!ReplyCancel

  • Judy

    Hope you feel better soon, I have had the flu bug for last week and not been able to do much at all, keeping all the challenge notes so I can get back on track as soon as energy levels improve.ReplyCancel

  • I’m husbandless, so if I’m really ill the house goes to ruin.
    Luckily for me, my Dad came last time I was very ill to watch the kids and he even washed my dishes while I slept <3ReplyCancel

  • As a single mum I don’t have a partner to help out but have the amazing support of my mum & sisters. I’m rarely sick but when I was the other week they took my kids (except baby) so I could sleep.
    Hope you’re feeling better asap :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I was so sick this year with a bug that my partner had to take 2 days off work to just look after me and our three kids, two off which are at home. Thank god he did cause I could barely lift my head little own a broom or mop or even a sponge. While I was sick he did everything, right from breakfast in the morning to dinner at night along with all the cleaning in between, and he even took the kids to the park in the day so I could get some sleep, thankfully I don’t get sick very often though.ReplyCancel

  • Leonie

    Thanks for sharing. Its nice ti know everyone else is human tio The kids and I are sick at the moment with hubby just coming down with it. I focus on doing what I can and only what’s driving me batty. There’s lots of tv watching, a couple of washing loads (we use mcns so lots of washing), make sure we have kids clean dishes and toys are kicked to the sides of the room. Hubby is brilliant and managed to come home early this morning. We’re both parents in this house and both do whatever is needed. One of the many reasons I love him :)ReplyCancel

  • It depends on how sick I am but normally I do try and get my basics done but I don’t do it all at once. So I might get up and put the washing on, have a rest, get up do the floors, have a rest, clean the kitchen etc. However, when I have been really bad I have been lucky that hubby has chipped in off his own back. MInd you the last dinner he cooked for us was french fries, spaghetti and smoked salmon… well as he said at least the kids ate it… lolsReplyCancel

  • JessM

    I am extremely thankful for my husband. If I’m feeling under the weather he sends me to bed, looks after our baby and gets any outstanding housework done xxReplyCancel

  • Bek

    So jealous of all you lucky folks with helpful hubbies. Treasure every moment. As a widow with a 2yo and 4yo it is very hard when I get sick – the support is not an option. I look forward to reading any other tips you might have on managing the household when sick or even working long hours myself!ReplyCancel

  • Last time I was sick enough that the housework wasn’t getting done, I was still breast feeding. My husband was able to take 2 days off work and because I was still breastfeeding newborn he did everything including bringing my baby in for his feeds. When I felt well enough to get out of bed my husband had bathed and put both kids to bed done the dishes and tidied away all the toys from the day. He even cooked himself dinner (no way I was eating) and put on a load of washing. I am very lucky.ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      Now THAT’S what husbands and fathers are SUPPOSED to do. My hubby is that kind of man. We are blessed. I appreciate my fella and tell him everyday how much I love him. He picks up after himself and tidies away things that may need a tidy without being asked….EVER! Once, I asked him how he manages to be so unlike other fellas. His answer: “I live here too! It’s our house and you are NOT a maid!” I adore him! He can cook (not always healthiest stuff but he cooks). He knows how to run the laundry machines. It’s a wonderful life when you work together as a team, pulling in the same direction. He says: “You’re not a housewife…you’re MY wife and partner.” What’s not to adore?

      Suzanne from Kelowna, BC, CANADA

      PS Ladies! Watching your fella fold laundry is DEAD SEXY!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I so needed this today, as I have been really ill for a few days. Have just found some strength to put on a load of washing! Thank you :DReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Chocolate Yoghurt Snack Cakes

This week I would love to share with you some delicious recipes shared by the lovely ladies who have linked up to the Meal Planning with The Organised Housewife recently.  I think one of the best recipes you can get is those that are recommended.  One that has be tried and tested by others.  I haven’t tried […]

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  • KM

    Yum! Home delivery please? ;)ReplyCancel

  • KA

    Great Menu. I am a new follower and I am very impressed with your blog. Have printed off some great recipes to try. Thanks and keep up the great work.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Bavin

    Everything looks so good! I think I am going to have to try the beef triangles! The best recipes are definitely the ones that are passed on.ReplyCancel

  • Yum, I’m thinking the beef triangles will be a hit in our household. Loving all these meal planners I’m reading so far, gives me ideas on what to cook!ReplyCancel

  • These recipes look super and healthy. I am trying again this week failed to stick to my plans a few nights because of funeral and we went to movies another – but scored free dinner at SIL & my Bro’s house 2 night …ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    Mmm all these meal plans look great! So many yummy looking mealsReplyCancel

  • It all looks really yummy Katrina!ReplyCancel

{Guest Post} Being organised saves money

This is a guest post by reader Jennifer Kerr. My motivation for being organised has come from a need to save money and live on a tight budget, but also to use my time as wisely and effectively as possible, given I’m a new mum to a five-month-old daughter. I am not an expert. I […]

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  • These tips are great. I am a big fan of ‘a little bit, often’ to get through those dreaded chores. I am a big fan of meal planning too, and deep freezing, it does cut out the 5’o’clock panic. Thanks for the tips for the laundry soap too, I know many people who are looking for such a recipe. ReplyCancel

  • Mtomsey77

    These are great common sense tips. I must admit I am pretty good with the organising of food too. I only work on a week budget (mainly because I don’t have that much room in the pantry, & alot of the fresh veg, etc would not keep for the fortnight). But I will sit down one night of the week & go through the recipe books & make a plan for the week, & as you have said I will only make a shopping list of those ingredients I don’t have. We are a family of 5 so organisation is essential, especially now that 2 are in school & with all the extra curricular activities after school. Preparing myself during the day, saves time after school for running around & homework.

    You are so right, it saves so much time & money. Alot of people don’t understand how we survive on 1 wage. But shopping at Aldi for the majority of the shop, & of course sticking to budget meals helps. We still go to the grocer for fresh fruit & veg, but we have to cut out alot of Deli items that are not necessary and too expensive.
    I suppose one part I do fail at is the washing. I have usually been able to do it all on one day, but now with an extra child the amount of washing has some how doubled. I have lately been following The Organised Housewives tasks of one load a day, and it has made such a difference. I feel more motivated to wash, hang & fold one load a day rather than 6 loads in one day.

    Thanks for the tip of the Laundry Liquid I will try this which will also save on money for the more important things like shoes & handbags.ReplyCancel

  • julie mcdonald

    Jennifer, it sounds like you are a well oiled machine… most days! We all try to be and with a small baby it is even harder – things can go pear-shapes pretty quick! So much good advice here, especially the meal preparation during the day and a load of washing a day. I do that because otherwise those baskets just overflow and someone is yelling for that T-shirt they wore 4 days ago!
    I am more organised for having found The Organised Housewife – sometimes we just need a prod to do that bit extra around the home. That reminds me, I need to wipe out my washing machine again!ReplyCancel

  • Kia

    Thanks for your guest post Jenny and congrats on your new addition…some great tips you have there, we are a family of six, 2 adults and 4 kiddlywinks aged 3 – 10 yrs. Washing is so true I wash everyday atleast 2 loads…i think our washing breeds??? LOL but I am terrible at putting it away. I have now made it Mondays is my put it into piles and put it away day and I have just started to get the kids to do their own putting away which has been very helpful and I have finally let go of the guilt associated with asking them :) I am really enjoying the tips and tricks on this website/blog it helps me kepp on the straight and narrow and lets me know I am not the only housewife in the world hee hee…ReplyCancel

  • Eva

    I love the idea of the homemade washing liquid, but is it only suitable for top loaders? Thanks for the tipsReplyCancel

  • Jenkerr Designer

    Thank you all for your positive comments! Eva, yes the recipe is suitable for front and top loaders, and once you buy all the ingredients, it breaks down to be about half a cent a wash! Can’t beat that value! ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    H Jennifer, this was a good read. I too plan my meals a week in advance but I think I might up it to two weeks – this will help as I live out of town. I do like the idea of using all the fresh ingredients first too.
    I also wash every day. Small machine and short clothesline. But it is great to just be able to do a little bit everyday and then I seem to find more time for the bigger cleaning jobs.ReplyCancel

{Inspiration} Jewellery Storage Ideas

I am so excited to be showing you all these different ideas of storing your jewellery. Please be warned this is a long post, but worth looking through. Readers Gallery This is a tip I picked up from Trinny & Susannah. Just rows of small nails on the back/inside of wardrobe. It works really well […]

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  • meljewel

    oooh Just gorgeous!! I have high quality fashion jewellery that i sell part-time so i have a huge collection, great inspiration for a new display!!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    I have a lovely hand made jewellery tree. The bottom is an overturned goblet and the branches are old spoons and forks. I LOVE it! It holds all my bits AND looks pretty on my dresser. ReplyCancel

  • Pinkfrosting

    I’d love to see a pic. Sound fabulous.

    I will work on this project this week. Will show you what I come up with. Great post Kat.

  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    It’s really interesting seeing how everyone has organised and displayed their jewellery. I really like the frames with hanging wires. Will definitely have to sort out my jewellery :-)ReplyCancel

  • As always, you have inspired me to sort out my jewelry chaos. I use a big hanging thing with pockets (fro Howards) but never got round to filling it so I still have bits in all sorts of places. So many great ideas here. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • I use this from Ikea: It’s pretty good but not so great. I have to re-organise my necklaces because this works well for rings, bracelets and bangles but not necklace unfortunately. Thanks for sharing these ideas above, I do think I might decorate a corkboard to make it look nice and pin up my necklaces. ReplyCancel

  • I made a hairclip holder for my daughter similar to that last one with the ribbons and frame, but instead I used a canvas (painted it first) and added ribbons.

  • I organised my jewellery a little while ago. I took before and after photos. I was going to use it as a topic for my blog when i eventually get started. I have used a shelf inside my wardrobe. I used cheap stick on hooks from the cheap shop. I got a pack of 20 for $2. I also picked up from a second hand shop fitting place , the earring holder. Now I can see most of my jewllery. I still have a couple of items that I wanted to keep in boxes, but I have found I wear a variety now.ReplyCancel

  • Ella

    These are all wonderful ideas, but just wondering if anyone has any ideas for someone who travels a lot? I go away on at least a weekly basis and i like to take different bits and pieces with me. The jewellery bags/rolls don’t really work too well so after some alternativesReplyCancel

  • [...] jewellery storage ideas here. [...]ReplyCancel


    I have been wanting to make a frame with chicken wire on fabric for a while. But decided to re-arrange a few things in the house and came up with something to get me buy until I pull my finger out. Here it is….
    I used the woven square placement I had in the centre of our dining room table. It wasn’t currently being used as I now have a basket with paper and pencils for the kids to draw whenever they want there instead.
    I’ve now got the frame, but yet to find a wire I like but this is working out well so far.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Maree

    I love the cork board idea. I bought paper towel holder from woollies and it holds all my bangles. And I have a fancy dish that all my costume rings go in. I will definately invest in the cork board at the moment all my chains are hanging on a hook which gets tangled :)ReplyCancel

  • sophie

    Good article, even better comments. I’ve got some great ideas now – thanks guys!ReplyCancel

  • Soraya Avila-Sarcos

    Great ideas! I’ll definitely bookmark this page for the future.
    I love your blog.
    Very inspiring.ReplyCancel

{Giveaway} Jewellery organiser

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to KylieP for winning the prize. Brag Bags Jewellery Organiser Yesterday I showed you how I organise my jewellery, but understandably you may not have the same amount of space for yours.  Brag bags have beautiful jewellery organisers and they are so kindly giving one away to a lucky reader! […]

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    All done!!ReplyCancel

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    All done !!! :DReplyCancel

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    All done!!! :)ReplyCancel

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    Both are done. ReplyCancel

  • Sueanne

    Mission complete!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa B

    All done :)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    another one done :DReplyCancel

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  • Mandy Merenda

    Hello!!! I have completed both the requirments above ;) Good luck everyone!!! Kind regards, Mandy Merenda. ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the opportunity for another giveaway! Love them a lot! Have done both requirement :)ReplyCancel

  • KylieP

    Hi there!!! Have completed all the requirements … thanks for another choice to win!! =)ReplyCancel

  • JB

    I have completed both requirements. Love the thought of organising my jewellery. I never wear it!

  • LeighR

    All completed. Thanks heaps for the recommendation!ReplyCancel

  • E Churchward

    All done, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Amarylise

    All done, just gorgeous, I love it! (and I have the perfect spot!)ReplyCancel

  • Matandmara

    All done! Love love it!ReplyCancel

  • Karin Williams

    I have completed both the requirments above. How easy was that? I was going through my jewlery this morning, thinking about how organised your wardrobe is!ReplyCancel

  • All done.. I love this idea.. so niceReplyCancel

  • Chantal Williams

    Done, fabulous product thanks for sharing Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Missaliant

    Hi There, I have just met both requirements :) Fingers crossed.

  • Alli brown

    Done and done :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle K

    So gorgeous! Have liked again! CheersReplyCancel

  • Val G

    Oh I would so love to win this! I have a wire coat hanger doing the exact job… Not very pretty on a plain coat hanger! Completed both requirements :-) ReplyCancel

  • Wenjowade

    All done! Love your daily tasks …slowly getting our home organised!ReplyCancel

  • Judy

    completed both the requirments xxReplyCancel

  • I have followed the instructions. What a lovely prize. My jewellery has been stashed away in a moving box for nearly 2 years now … I really need to get it out. lol. xReplyCancel

  • Meegan

    Thank you for the chance to win something from Bragbags!! Awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Mmzcwozniak

    All done :) Thankyou Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Williams

    Thanks Katrina for the link to bragbags and the chance to win this lovely jewellery organiser.

  • Helen W

    Hi there..I have Liked Brag Bags & completed all tasks. Love both your pages…ReplyCancel

  • Fiona S Gow

    Glad to head back to Bragbags, & of course I like your blog today too!! Wishing myself luck…ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Bushell

    All done…love the organiser!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Coopman

    All tasks completed. What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Tam

    DITTO, I’m done.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Forrester

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter this competition…I have completed the requirements. Best wishes Karen FReplyCancel

  • All done :))) They are really nice!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Hargrave

    All done :)ReplyCancel

  • Sue Connell

    Thanks for alerting me to these gorgeous organisers. I’ve completed both requirments xxReplyCancel

  • meljewel

    Hi, I have completed the requirements for this giveaway. Anyhow I am new to your site and loving it! Spent abit of time on my tab yesterday browsing all your older posts. And have the same trouble with my miss 6 and her room, so am decluttering/cleaning today. ReplyCancel

  • Shirley McCoy

    All done! Thanks xReplyCancel

  • Amanda Maybin

    Done all, love the jewellry organiser!ReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn Bartlett

    Done all the requirements, and am now absolutely addicted to your site. Thanks to you, I may actually be able to call myself organized one day :-) thanks for the opportunity to winReplyCancel

  • All done! What a great prize!ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    Hi there, I have completed all the requirements to be in with a chance to win your beautiful jewellery organiser. Please please please pretty please, pick me :)ReplyCancel

  • Done already a liker of Brag Bags on faceboookReplyCancel

  • Nerys Lewis

    All Done – How cute is the Jewellery Organiser :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    All done, thank you.

  • Jeantunbridge

    All done, Thanks for sharing a talented lady :)ReplyCancel

  • Ive completed both requirements :) ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    Completed Thanks for the link to Brag Bags. I really need to organise my Jewels. Would love to win, if not I’m off to make my own or better still go back to Brag Bags I’m sure that would be easier, for a not soo organised person.ReplyCancel

  • done hope im not too late :DReplyCancel

  • Leabre05

    I have just completed both requirements! Cheers!

  • Louise

    All done, thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • Completed and now nervous about finding Brag Bags.ReplyCancel

  • Reannonhope

    Done what you asked-thanks for pointing me in their direction, I love the stuff they have :DReplyCancel

  • Talea

    All done! Thanks! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jess B

    Completed the requirements! Really want this one cos my necklaces are tangled up in knots in a drawer :(ReplyCancel

  • mandy

    Hi love your work, completed the give away requirements :DReplyCancel

  • Janjudd

    Many Thanks for This Fantastic Opportunity, have been looking for something like this, appreciate The Idea also all of the above is done..Cheers JanReplyCancel

  • Andrea Healy

    Thank you… : )ReplyCancel

  • Terri

    Hi I completed the requirements. thanks for this opportunity to win something lovelyReplyCancel

  • Sandylee

    completed the giveaway competition. Fingers crossed for me!! Heaven knows I could really do with this prize.ReplyCancel

  • Hi, completed both requirements. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Candice Needham

    Done! <3 ReplyCancel

  • Latisha Pahau

    Hey Katrina,Totally love the referal even though its for a comp the bragbag site is awsome and i love it have defplanz to purchase some items from there.So what was required to be completed for the comp was done and thanks once again Have a Fab Day!!


  • Jo

    All done :) thanks for the opportunity to win!ReplyCancel

  • I have completed both requirements. Thanks!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Flossyshere

    completed both requirements thank youReplyCancel

  • Meryl

    I’ve completed the requirements for the giveaway! Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Jones

    completed both of the requirements, thanksReplyCancel

  • All done :) Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy T

    Hi there have done all of the requirements! Thanks CathyReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    all completed – LOVE this jewellery storing tip from another PINTEREST addict!! ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Cotter

    completed both requirements :)ReplyCancel

  • J Mott

    Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Robynbaker1

    Done and luv them thanksReplyCancel

  • Alannah

    I have liked both times. I would love to win this for my mother-in-law. Smiles and thanks for the chanceReplyCancel

  • Meagan

    Done both. Thank you! ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    Completed both requirements

  • I’ve completed both requirements. ReplyCancel

  • malleemum

    Both “likes” done and fingers crossed for a prize coming my way!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    I have completed both requirements & look forward to maybe have a prize come my way. Thankyou.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I’ve done all the requirements! -hang’n out to see who wins!

  • Kerrie Lee

    Hi there, completed both requirements :-)ReplyCancel

  • Ash Mack

    Hi. I have completed all the requirements. Thank you. This is a fantastic giveaway and a great product. ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    Done, ThanksReplyCancel

  • Cathy White

    Done :-)

    Going to read up on Meal Planning on your blog too, yay!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy White

    (Entered for my SIL in Australia).ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Morcom

    All DoneReplyCancel

  • All done fingers crossed thanks for the giveawayReplyCancel

  • Jessie Boan

    All done! Thanks for the extension :0)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett

    All done :)ReplyCancel

  • kerry santillo

    Hi there , just wondering , I have no like button on top of post but twittered instead is that ok, Hope so , lovely prize !! thanksReplyCancel

  • Caroline Kelly


  • Toni hill

    All done <3 :)ReplyCancel

  • Annelee

    All done…thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Fairbridge

    Was already a fan but I said you resent me. Have liked alsoReplyCancel

  • Lisa Robertson

    Done!! So glad to have found this page – will be having to get me some of their items regardless, for me and for presentsReplyCancel

  • I have clicked both like buttons, and whom-ever wins this is going to be a very lucky girl!!!ReplyCancel

  • tracey westwood

    I have completed my entry and loving all of your links. Their items make unique presents which I love.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie-Lee Kolbee

    All done!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie-Ann Biasi

    I cannot find the “Like” button for the post :( but I have cmpleted the other part! Can someone help me please?ReplyCancel

  • Ronnie McGrath

    I have completed all the above requirements…fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Airey

    All done thank u for letting me and every1 have a chance in this competition ;)ReplyCancel

  • Joni Condos

    All done!ReplyCancel

  • Rita Maguire

    Have completed both requirements. Was thinking of making one but would have been nowhere as stylish!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Akers

    I have completed both requirements. Would be overjoyed to be able to organise my jewellery-ThanksReplyCancel

  • Belinda Bonello

    Done both :)ReplyCancel

  • Faye Berry

    Done, done, done! Thanks for sharing- what a great idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Harris

    Have done both :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy stevenson

    all doneReplyCancel

  • Kim Pankiw

    Hi, all done! Thanks so much for your website, I just love love LOVE being organised! I dont wear my jewellery enough so I hope I win this so I can get it out and display it all, Im sure then I will wear it more, as well as my 3 year old daughter who loves by ‘jewels’.
    Congrats on your award as well, well done!ReplyCancel

  • Betty

    Both done, with thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    Can I BRAG that I’ve done both parts too?!!! :DReplyCancel

  • Karen Hall

    All tasks completed :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Eldridge

    All tasks done!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Arndt

    Both missions completed. The Organisers are a lovely idea and would make a perfect gift(Hope Hubby is watching me type this from over my shoulder!)Good Luck All!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Law

    I did it !! <3ReplyCancel

{Organising} Jewellery

This is my jewellery area in my wardrobe.  I created this space to prompt me to wear my jewellery more often.  To have it easily accessible makes me wear it more often. I made this jewellery holder, step by step instructions coming next week. Bracelet and Earring holder from Howards Storage World (target and dollar […]

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  • Maaja

    My oh my – I’m in love!!! Great idea :)

  • Commonchaoschronicle

    Looks great Kat! I would have to clean out heaps of clothes to attempt something like this. Might be my next decluttering challange!ReplyCancel

  • Brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    I LOVE this idea, Kat. I’m too embarrassed to show how I currently have them stored but since I’ve been “inspired” by Seven Cherubs’ and have been buying more pieces, I need to find a better way to store them. And I think you just gave me the answer!ReplyCancel

  • [...] I showed you how I organise my jewellery, but understandably you may not have the same amount of space for yours.  Brag bags have beautiful [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jaki Flegg

    Great way to store your jewellery and it certainly would encourage you to wear it all more.
    My collection is much more modest and I actually put a photo on my blog a couple of weeks ago :)

  • Karin Williams

    Thanks so much for your inspiration! And for posting where you bought your jewlery stands from. Just rang up Howards Storage World and found they have the bangle holder! YAY! Guess what i will be doing tommorrow? Shopping and Organising!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • [...] and finally my jewellery area more details HERE [...]ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    That looks lovely, such a pretty space as well as being organised. Umm my jewelry is in a big jumble at the moment lol. But you’ve certainly given me some inspiration ReplyCancel

  • wow – they don’t call you the organised housewife for nothing! ;) You ARE very organised!!ReplyCancel

  • Hubby hung up a hanger from Ikea on our mirror! It’s perfect – looks similar to your’s.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy White

    Gorgeous!! NZ blog readers – I have seen Spotlight with similar earring holders, might be worth a look ;-)ReplyCancel

  • guest

    At the moment I store jewellery in empty Ferrero Rocher boxes. I have about 4 stacked on top of each other. The boxes are so pretty, and I can see into them without having to unstack them all to find the items I want. I also use these boxes in other areas of the house, like the bathroom drawers and bedside drawers for holding small items. ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl_lynde_60

    I have a great hanging jewellery organiser I bought at the Tamborine Markets, its a gorgeous padded material with 40 clear pockets and hangs in the wardrobe on a hanger. I just absolutely love it! They are on the internet at: ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Fowle

    This came at the perfect time for me, I’ve been searching for ways to store my jewellery, and yet see it easily, so that I wear it. Jewellery boxes are so pretty, but unless you make the effort to open them, you never wear half of the things.ReplyCancel

    • Your right, I needed to see all my necklaces and makes it a quicker process when dressing. Would love to see what you come up with :)ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    My everyday jewelry is in a 4-drawer (9″wx15″h) mini dresser from Rubbermaid. Each drawer is divided using empty decorator soap boxes. Each box is lined with flannel so jewelry does not slide around when the drawer is opened and closed. Jewelry is colour-coded in the boxes so it’s easy to spot what I need.

    Good (precious&expensive) items are not usually for every day so those are stored in an antique satin 2-drawer jewelry box with a lid that opens. I spent 4 hours on a rainy Saturday cleaning and organizing all the items so everything has a “place”. The best part is that now I know what I have, it makes deciding what to wear easier and careful consideration is given for any new purchases.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a really clever way of organising your jewellery Suzanne, I like the idea of lining it with flannel so they won’t move.ReplyCancel

The Block 2011 – My Winners

I have been watching the block every night since it started, I love renovating shows.  I have enjoyed watching all the fun, decorating and effort that each of the couples have put into their rooms.  I have found in previous years some contentants have the same style taste with room reveals being very similar, but […]

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  • Kate Puddles

    I don’t watch The Block but that first bedroom is gorgeous :-)ReplyCancel

  • Tmbrew71

    My daughter was home sick from school yesterday and compiled a list and photos of her favourite block rooms too. You have chosen exactly the same except for the bathroom. Although she didn’t like the basin in Rod and Tania’s bathroom she loved the ‘reece beast’! ReplyCancel

  • waybalu

    I found them all really boring lacking totally in imagination, they look like something you’d buy out of a catalogue or had that hotel feel. How many people in 5-10 years time are going to look at there beige bathrooms with ‘imaginative’ sink and maybe a feature tile of brown kitchen cupboards or just bloody brown in general. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying they don’t look nice, Just get creative whilst still making them saleable.ReplyCancel

  • waybalu

    I found them all really boring lacking totally in imagination, they look like something you’d buy out of a catalogue or had that hotel feel. How many people in 5-10 years time are going to look at there beige bathrooms with ‘imaginative’ sink and maybe a feature tile of brown kitchen cupboards or just bloody brown in general. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying they don’t look nice, Just get creative whilst still making them saleable.ReplyCancel

  • Christeen

    Our house has been watching The Block every night since it started too. We found ourselves liking different rooms in all the houses and not just one house totally. Although we think it will be between Rod & Tania and Josh & Jenna our favourite couple through the series has been Polly and Waz. We got to met them at the Ekka on Friday and they were super sweet. Polly was really lovely even when my 9 yo daughter couldn’t talk because she was ‘star struck’ So we hope they get a great result for their hard work.ReplyCancel

  • I think I have to go with Josh and Jenna for the winners as I love their larger living spaces. Though I loved Rod and Tania’s backyard and many of their kitchen features!ReplyCancel

  • tania Walsh

    Hey There, Just went looking on the internet for Images of Rod & I from the block to save and seen on here your gorgeous website…
    Thankyou so much for the lovely comments on our house….The Block was one of the hardest things we have ever done in our lives but at the same time We had the best times as well….
    Great to see all the photos on here and all your thoughts

    :) Tania & Rod
    (The Block 2011)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow Tania, you have made my day replying. I loved your house, especilaly the kitchen. My fingers were crossed for you both to win! I am so happy to hear that your house sold for a great profit and you recieved something out of all the hard work and effort you both put in. ~ Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Mel Taylor

    I just purchased the clairmont bed (queen) from Adairs! Still lovely two years later, and 35 percent off too :) ReplyCancel

May I ask a favour…..PLEASE?

  Next week I am going to Sydney for the Connect 2 Mums Ausmumpreneur awards.  I am a finalist for Best Blog for 2011. As I have mentioned before it is such an honour to be considered for this award. Voting is closing soon I would love to have your support, can you please take a […]

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  • Meghan Baldock

    I have just voted for you :) I hope you win!! You inspire so many people – daily. You deserve it!!

    ps. I just clicked both likes… to be sure xReplyCancel

  • Good luck Katrina – I see you have 72 votes now! Exciting!ReplyCancel

  • I just voted! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • shae

    Thanks for that i was so lost at how to vote. Come on girls get voting! IT IS alot of effort to sign up and vote but its nothing compared to the amount of effort that Katrina has put into making her blog…and our lives so much easier!ReplyCancel

  • shae

    Thanks for that i was so lost at how to vote. Come on girls get voting! IT IS alot of effort to sign up and vote but its nothing compared to the amount of effort that Katrina has put into making her blog…and our lives so much easier!ReplyCancel

  • Janine Doney

    You’ve got my vote. Congratulations on the nomination and best of luck for the awards! JxReplyCancel

  • Charm

    All done. Good luckReplyCancel