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{Printable} Keep Calm

Remember if you don’t have time today, there is always tomorrow. If you are struggling to get through something print this gorgeous Keep Calm printable I created, place in a frame to help remind you not to stress there is always tomorrow. Available for FREE in shop

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  • Renee

    Probably a silly question & it is quite early still but where do I go to print this out? I love all the “Keep Calm” posters & when we move I plan on putting a lot of different ones around my craft space.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    You mean there’s going to be ANOTHER day tomorrow !?! What Again?
    (panic – reaches for paper bag and calm-aids ) :DReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Lol, yes to attempt all things that weren’t finished today.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Yes. this will be one of my fave printables i think.
    I have found that some time ago after recovering from being very overwhelmed (to put it simply) I try focus on the quality of each day cos I can’t guarantee the quantity! And ‘running myself into the ground’ or staying up super-late just to get everything done is not a good long term choice.
    This blog helps me so much to remember this, there is a routine each day and after that there is time for fun/friends/family and the most important things.
    I wish you all comfort and peace.ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy

    My Fav!! Love this one! Reminds me of my fav verse. I shared it on my blog today!
    http://formamas.blogspot.com/2011/08/little-inspiration-printable.html

    Chrissy @ formamas.blogspot.comReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Super easy pumpkin soup

This weeks meal plan below, don’t forget to link up your meal plan below. Today I would like to dedicate this post the my dear husbands Uncle Paul. Sadly Paul passed away unexpectedly over easter and today we are laying him to rest. He was such a happy and easy going young man whom was […]

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{Video} How to Fold Bath Towels

Quick video to show you how I fold my bath towel.   Pardon my description of folded bath towels as gorgeous, should be described as a neat bundle, but didn’t want to tape again, so gorgeous it is!!   Click image or HERE to view

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  • KateS

    They do look gorgeous. My cupboard’s a mess so this will now be my task for the day! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    That’s exactly how I fold my towels! My sister taught me when I was around 10 years old :) ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I just love watching your video hints, keep them coming. You really make my day with all your hints and tips. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Be still my heart… I have found someone who folds towels just how I do! Some people just don’t get it!

    Cheers – Joolz :) ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Thankyou again – your blog is always helpful!ReplyCancel

  • As others have said, the folded towels do make a gorgeous bundle. My dream is to have a pretty linen closet with everything folded perfectly. I don’t quite make that, though. :) ReplyCancel

  • Newks

    I used to buy linens and towels for a huge retailer in London. We were always taught to fold them lengthways first, to preserve the towels – and all linens actually. Wonder why that was and if horizontal makes any difference?
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  • Cute little video. I’ve just started my own business selling doona covers. I hate pulling products out of the box because I have to work out how to fold them again. There’s a real art to folding!

    Joey

    http://www.duckprint.com.au
    unique doona cover designs

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    • That’s for sure Joey, much like a map you can never get it right again.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    And here I thought everybody did theirs this way. Of course you hide the edges (that’s my OCD talking) and we have a stack for beach towels, large towels (or bath sheets) and kid size towels. This way the piles are the same size and purpose. I also have another stack for the old towels that are used for muddy adventures and cleaning up messes, etc. The shorter towels have the face washers and hand towels stacks in front of them on the shelf.ReplyCancel

  • Terri

    Good idea but Anthea Turner does it even better http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF9Fog_NZdg hers show no edges.ReplyCancel

  • Annabelle

    I went away for a weekend with my husband last year and came back to my cupboard with towels folded like this. My MIL had a tidy up. It has stayed that way ever since and no more rolled towels to be seen.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a sweet mother in law. I’m going to tackle my Dad’s cupboards and rescue them!ReplyCancel

  • [...] stumbled upon this lovely Australian woman who made a tutorial about how to fold them. I kind of already knew how to do this (I mean, really, [...]ReplyCancel

The Organised Housewife Cleaning Checklist

After many requests I have finally put together aah, it could have so many names: Cleaning Checklist Cleaning Chores List Cleaning Schedule Cleaning Maintenance List Let’s go with THE ORGANISED HOUSEWIFE CLEANING CHECKLIST This checklist is seperated between 3 pages with the following categories: Daily Tasks (1st page) Weekly Tasks (1st page) Monthly Tasks (2nd […]

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Link Love

I have just started reading a few blog from some amazing and very talented ladies.  Today I thought I would share some great posts I have come across: Be a Fun Mum – I’m sticking to Kelly’s Love the Moment Challenge Seven Cherubs – Mum to seven’s discuss’s motherhood Becky Higgins – What project life is all […]

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  • Hey Katrina,

    Thank you for the Link Lovin!

    There’s a new kid on the block I think you might like too. Check her out:

    http://www.lifelovesandliz.com

    She has actually linked to you in her latest post.

    Case
    xoReplyCancel

  • Kat, thank you so much for linking to my Love the Moment Challenge. And now I have other great links to check out — so thank you! xReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for the link love!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina,

    Thanks so much for linking up my blog! so kind of you and I hope we can catch up again soon. Take care Naomi xReplyCancel

  • Wow, thanks for the link love! And I’m enjoying reading through the rest of the posts as well! =)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the link love… and what a great list of links to be included in!ReplyCancel

  • hey :) just thought I would let you know that retro mummy’s link isn’t working.ReplyCancel

{Routine} Bedtime

Do you stay up too late and find yourself tired the next day?  Whilst it is a great time to get alot done, or rest while the kids are asleep you are only making yourself more tired and miserable the following day.  I recently spoke to my mum about this same topic, she wakes up […]

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  • Julie

    These are really good practices. Thankyou for reminding us – it sounds so basic and simple but the experts are saying about 80% of us suffer from poor sleep habits or lack of sleep.

    There is a considerable body of research linking chronic sleep deprivation to depression and weight management difficulties.

    There is also some great new research linking white(a section of UV) light to correcting your sleep patterns/moods should the above good sense advice not be enough http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_therapy

    I used to do shift work at night and still try to be there for kids stuff like assemblies & sports days.
    Sometimes it takes discipline to not just do that one more thing!
    I know all this yet i still have days (well, nights) when they are all in bed and I act like Gollom with my “precious” free-time borrowed from my sleeptime…. !ReplyCancel

  • This is a conversation my Mum and I have regularly. I work 4 nights a week till midnight and get to bed most nights around 12.30ish. On the 3 nights I am home I find it hard to wind down for sleep any earlier so find myself awake and alone for several hours a night :( Then my boys are awake by 6:30 in the morning. I wake most mornings feeling tired and grumpy and I know my poor boys cop my bad mood…..So hard to find balance sometimes and be organised :) ReplyCancel

    • It would be hard to change your body clock. It isn’t a good start to the day when you wake up grumpy. Have you tried reading in bed, lights off just a lamp on, I find this make we weary easily.ReplyCancel

{Declutter} Nail Polish

Do you have a few extra bottles of nailpolish that you thought looked really pretty at the supermarket, purchased it, used it and it just wasn’t the right colour and now wonder what to do with it?  (Yes that’s me, I brought black nailpolish to wear to a concert I went to last year, it looked […]

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  • nikke miller

    If you store them in the fridge they last so much longer, I have a container with lid that I have them all in & leave them in the fridge at about the middle shelf at the back.. I also love to pamper my toes :) ReplyCancel

  • Marcia

    A fun thing to do with nailpolish your not so keen on, is mix them with others until you have a shade you adore!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Katrina,
    First of all, I love reading your blog daily.
    I just organise my nailpolish bag too. Our school has a fete every year & I know they always have a nailpolish stall, so, I donate mine there. Thought I share this.
    Enjoy your day..ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra

    Nail polish can be given to your local Nursing Home , the residents love have their nails painted and would love it more than you would ever know.ReplyCancel

    • What an excellent idea! I’ll declutter my nail polish this weekend and then have a trip down the road to my local nursing home. Thank you! :) ReplyCancel

      • I webster pack for a group of mentally disabled teenage girls and you just reminded me that would be a great gift for them!ReplyCancel

  • [...] him.) So, anyway, I was really excited when I saw that this week’s decluttering challenge was Nail Polish. Except that I really didn’t want to go out and buy a canister. (Michael’s and Wal-Mart [...]ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    I recently discovered a way to use multiple colours of nail polish that is gorgeous, easy and fun! Google (or whatever) the words “marble nail polish”. I use about 5 colours to get amazing results. Some suggest masking tape around the finger area you don’t want painted but I smear Vaseline using a Q-tip. (It’s faster and and conditions the surrounding area at the same time!) I found a quick-dry nail spray at Walmart for under $5. It’s a huge can, it doesn’t take much and smells like baby powder. Have fun coordinating your nail colour with your clothes!

    Suzanne in Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

  • […] him.) So, anyway, I was really excited when I saw that this week’s decluttering challenge was Nail Polish. Except that I really didn’t want to go out and buy a canister. (Michael’s and Wal-Mart […]ReplyCancel

{Declutter} Board Games

While the kids are home go through your pile of board games and sell, donate or giveaway the games the kids have grown out of.  Just for fun play them one last time.  This will also make room for new better age appropriate games. Our family favourites are: Jenga Trouble Monopoly Hungry Hippos Puzzles 3 […]

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  • I nearly did this years ago but changed my mind and packed them away. Now my youngest is 22 and I have become foster mum to two boys 7 & 10 so they have all come out again. So glad I didn’t toss them because they are expensive.
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  • […] Board Games. Yes, I need to do this. I have a lot of unused board […]ReplyCancel

{Decluttering} The kids wardrobe

While the kids are home today, go through their summer clothes and donate, sell, giveaway or store for other family and friends all the clothing they have grown out of .  Make it fun, get them do a fashion show for you. My kids have quite a few summer clothes but as for winter they only have […]

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  • I did just this the other night. One of my daughters was a great help, I waited until the other was asleep before starting though, even the next morning she cried when she realised I’d not kept a pair of stripped size 4 tights (apparently their her very best and favourite and they still really really do fit her – she wears a big 6 or a 7!) She is going to be a horder, I can see it.ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    What great timing Katrina! I have just received hand me downs (HMD) from a great friend for my 2 DS’s (6 & 3).

    I store the HMD in two underbed tubs under each child’s bed with one size (marked on the outside) in each tub. I have made an inventory of what each child needs and what is in the tub, so that I can take advantage of end of season sales if I need to. I store one inventory in the tub and one in my Household Manual/Notebook.

    HOWEVER…. your list shows that I am still keeping way too much and could probably pare down even more (we keep 6 x shirts, 2 x hoodies/jumpers, 2 x jeans, 2 x long pants or shorts, 2 x trackies, 6 x singlets, 3 x PJs, 1 x raincoat & 1 x heavy duty warm weatherproof coat).ReplyCancel

  • Oh my.. What are Jeggings?? Can you tell I’m the mummy to a Miss 1? I don’t think we have any Jeggings in her wardrobe yet! :/

    So glad someone has given me a list though, I think we have far too much already! I’m already buying into the next size, as I know I have too much size 1. I think it’s time to start vacuum sealing these clothes up ready for the next child!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Tina, jeggings are leggings that look like jeans. You can get away with just jeggings and a t-shit unlike leggings needing a skirt or dress over the top. Super cute. They come in size 1 too, Target have some.ReplyCancel

  • aah, there you go, Miss 1 does have a pair of Jeggings! Thanks Katrina! :) ReplyCancel

  • [...] list could keep going.  HERE is a list of clothing I buy my children during [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] Hanging organiser for clothes, toy box for the teddies she kept, Ikea baskets store socks and swimmers.  More details found here on organising the kids wardrobes [...]ReplyCancel

  • Visitor from Ireland

    I’m amazed that your children manage with so little clothes – how do you manage to wash them and have spares? They are either very clean children or you are the queen of laundry!!

    And I thought I was doing great with 5-6 pairs of trousers/leggings and same number of tops :))ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Omg- my kids have WAY too much clothes!
    They both have 4 pairs of jeans (all each) 2 pairs of “utility pants” 4 track pants, 1-2cords, 12 long sleeve tops and 6 jumper/hoodies and 2 warm jackets.ReplyCancel