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Creamy Chicken Pasta Bake   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 50 mins   Recipe type: Pasta Bake Serves: 5 Ingredients 250g dried pasta 1 tlb oil 500g chicken breast, chopped 1 leek 4 rashers bacon 1 tsp crushed garlic 1 cup chicken stock 300ml sour cream ⅔ cup frozen […]

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  • Lisa Wright

    THANKS FOR THIS RECIPE, IT was a huge hit in my house, even my fussy 4year old loved it. Definitely be making this againReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    Made this again last night! It has become a staple in our household now. My husband insists upon it and always takes left-overs to work for lunch the next day! So delicious, thanks Kat! :)ReplyCancel

  • shane

    do I need to cut up the leek?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes Shane, i usually dice mine or thinly sliced whichever you prefer.ReplyCancel

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the winner, Melissa and thank you to ezibooks Australia for the wonderful prize. ezibooks Australia This month sees the kids returning back to school, that means naming pencils, labelling glue sticks along with the ever so pleasant task of covering books.  I dislike contact usually always ended in a bubble war […]

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  • I love the artwork magnets, having my little girl starting school this year, there will be plenty of new art coming home to put upon our fridge!ReplyCancel

  • What a great I idea!!! I haven’t heard of their stuff before!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Redcliffe

    With one son starting primary school, one starting high school and one in between The boys pack would be perfect for my family. I love the magnets! I could see them getting a lot of use!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Lysaght

    I’m about to undertake this huge job – this year for 2 kids!!! These would definitely make the job easier!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Love this! So much easier and more attrqctive than contact paper!!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Love this! So much easier and more attractive than contact paper!!ReplyCancel

  • Kris

    I like the PVC covers. I’m a library technician so cover books with contact for a crust but LOATHE covering school books.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Just covered my first and last book….bubbles everywhere…lol ReplyCancel

  • Brenda

    Count me in!ReplyCancel

  • The book covers are a fabulous idea!! 12 secs to cover a book compared to 10 minutes (in my case) what a time saver!! They are colorful, easy to keep clean and best of all reusuable – I’m so excited to be introduced to such a great product ReplyCancel

  • Leonie

    I love that you are able to clean them. They sound great!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    This is the first year for me attempting to cover books so I need all the help I can get lol these book covers look amazing and so easyReplyCancel

  • Toni

    This is a really great idea! Saw a link to this via a post by a friend on fb. The reusable aspect is particularly appealing (in addition to completely eliminating hours of contact- related stress for those of us who are contact challenged!) & our family will certainly be switching to these! : )ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Brilliant idea! love that you can wipe them down too!ReplyCancel

  • Nadia

    We have 2 big kids at school with a 3rd starting this year and a 4th starting next year! These have just changed my world. Thankyou!! (From a fellow perfectionist contacter, lol!)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I have just been looking for this type of thing online… how perfectly timed. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Mealyandi

    This will be my first year of covering books. I am dreading it just quietly and our school gives their books out on the first day of school and expect them to be covered by the next (maki g for a very stressful night) I feel unorganised and unprepared for the start of the year already. Will have to get my hands on these.
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  • Ckmansell

    How do I enter the competition?ReplyCancel

  • How do I enter the competition?ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Mcmillan

    defiantely the book covers, I hate using contact but they need to have their books covered, all 8 of mine at school this year, so thats a whole lot of grumbling at contact to doReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    OMGoodness – how brilliant are these things. This will be my first time getting my boy and his books ready for school, and these would help enormously. Fingers crossedReplyCancel

  • I have been using these type of covers for a couple of years now and they are fantastic. I have not seen the scrapbook size before so I will be ordering a few of that size. ReplyCancel

  • Marcia C

    PVC Book Cover Packs are excellent.ReplyCancel

  • Regan Flegler

    Like Mealnyandi this is my first year of book covering for school – and yes, they don’t give you a book list (which I thought was going to be the fun part!) they just provide everything on the first day. No fun and no fair! So, having to stay up late covering books on the 23 Jan these would definitely make life easier!ReplyCancel

  • I used these for.my daughters books wen we were in nz, my mother in law got them for me from the boarding school she worked at, best of all they can be re used for the next booksReplyCancel

  • These look amazing! I was dreading the contact and have kept putting it off. Think I might be buying some of these pronto!ReplyCancel

  • elle sinclair

    I love contacting but you need to have plenty of time , so this will be heaps easier :-)ReplyCancel

  • Lsg1378

    I just went and bought contact … might have to rethink using it!!! The Book covers are FAB!!! Will save so much stress for the year. (I was a BAD Mummy … didn’t even cover the kids books at all last year!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    After 6 years of covering books with contact I discover these – YAY can’t wait to use them they are a fab idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison Smith

    These plain covers look good. There’s also a range of printed covers available at http://www.ezcover.net.au for $1 which are worth looking at. I’m going to get some of each ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    Great idea! Would love to enter the competition :)ReplyCancel

  • Helen P

    OMG thanks for the link! The plain covers are great but the printed ones at ezcover.net.au are way cool! Made from recycled materials too! Only girls designs (the other 6 are for boys! – that’s a bit lop-sided). And you can buy single covers. No scrapbook size yet. They say that size is coming soon – just exercise book size and A4.
    I might get the plain scrapbook ones and the others from this ezcover.net.au crowd.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    loving the jungle artwork frame and magnetsReplyCancel

  • Paula

    Love the book covers – discovered them last year, after I’d bought the contact and will be going that way this year. With 3 boys, I’ve got a lot of covering of books still to do!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    absolutely fantastic, will be putting these on the back-to-school listReplyCancel

  • Lise

    I love them all, they look fantastic, thanks for the link :)ReplyCancel

  • Robin

    Yes those printed ones for $1 each at that ezcover.net.au site (v.similar name lol) look good value. Have just placed my orderReplyCancel

  • Simone

    What a wonderful idea. I just ordered 5 X A4 Girl’s Pack with the 10% discount , but would be over the moon to receive another pack. Just don’t ask me what I’m going to do with the big roll of contact that’s sitting in the cupboard! ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    The boys book pack us my fave, with four boys in our house they sure would come in handy!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    What a great idea! Even the older kids could do their own books :)
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  • My daughter is about to start year 1, this would be lovely!ReplyCancel

  • E Lindsay

    No more chasin contact bubbles – I like!ReplyCancel

  • Robin

    Yes agree, the ezcover.net.au stuff is cool!ReplyCancel

  • Kiara

    Book covers definitely, have never been able to cover them myself! (I wrangle nanna or nanny to help!) ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    The book covers are the best!!! You will get hooked on Ezibooks!! :))ReplyCancel

  • Bella

    This is brilliant! Getting some ASAPReplyCancel

  • Tara

    This is today’s job for me, covering school books yet strangely enough I find myself reading my favourite blogs instead lol I cover my kids books with their choice of wrapping paper then clear contact so these covers would be a really big time saver for me :)ReplyCancel

  • Staceyellis33

    wow these are great. my twin girls are starting school this august and another daughter starts august 2013 and my son in July 2015. These are going to be a life saver for me. thankyouReplyCancel

  • Christie

    Wow! What a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    What a great idea. For us working mums covering books is just another thing to try and find time for. Now that’s one less thing I will have to worry aboutReplyCancel

  • B-prepared

    OMG – they are amazing – with bright colours like that there will be no excuse for not being able to find their books!ReplyCancel

  • The scrapbook covers win my vote!! Those are the WORST to cover!!ReplyCancel

  • kerry santillo

    The boys sticker pack is my favourite. Keeping track of all their books is mind blowing, this takes the sting of going back to school. I will be organised :)ReplyCancel

  • The best back to school product would be the stickers. Easy to name books and the pictures would make my son’s things easily identifiable to him.ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic products – and very economical in my opinion. Beats trying to fight a roll of contact any day! Definitely buying some of these and referring on! Love the scrapbook girls colours, but will need the boys colours for my son ;).ReplyCancel

  • Alison Smith-Broad

    Fantastic, Brilliant and absolutely amazing!!! Wow !ReplyCancel

  • Bel Shepherd

    These look so good. Going to their website now!ReplyCancel

  • Leimay Cherry

    what a great idea, i spent hours last year covering books only to have the teacher recover with plain paper and no contact the complain to us parents when the kindy kids ripped the covers in day to day use.
    This year i have one starting high school, i have no idea what to cover his books with, the book cover packs could be just the thing i need!ReplyCancel

  • Hiselbobbie

    I use stickers for everything!!!So i would have to say the stickers,great for labeling everything or whatever u need them for!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sallyann

    WOW!!! Love the idea of the book covers! Why wasn’t this thought of 11 years ago when my first one started school??????????ReplyCancel

  • Definately love the book covers i hate tackling contact tooReplyCancel

  • Alison Smith-Broad

    These look great, you can also get Aussie made printed ones here: http://www.ezii-covers.com.au if you need a patternReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    These are amazing! My favourite product is ezicovers without a doubt! They are so easy and such a great price. The coloured ones are lovely but even the clear ones are great.ReplyCancel

  • Alison Smith-Broad

    these are all just so amazing I can’t get over it!ReplyCancel

  • They look nice and easy to use! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Taylor

    Awesome idea, and priced very reasonably. If I had to pick a favourite product, the 3 pack of A4 book covers, especially with the wipe down surface, great for messy kids :)ReplyCancel

  • Starx

    Love the colours of the covers. Ease of use a definite winner!ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    Love the colours! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison Smith-Broad

    These look good too, found them on Google http://www.ezcover.net.au quite a few designsReplyCancel

  • Bel

    The book cover packs look great, I will definitely be investing in these to save time covering books this year!!ReplyCancel

  • Nic-1103

    I like the look of the scrapbook girls pack! With a daughter starting Prep this year there are lots of scrapbooks on her booklist! This looks SO much easier than the hassle of contact!ReplyCancel

  • Kerrieg75

    These are a great idea. With a son going into yr 5 and my daughter starting kindy these will be a god send with so many books to cover.ReplyCancel

  • Fab idea! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Alison Smith-Broad

    I’m going to buy these plain ones and some printed ones from here: http://www.ezcover.net.auReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    What a brill’ idea!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Hutchins

    What a great product!ReplyCancel

  • Tanyamaree25

    How awesome are they!!ReplyCancel

  • Leesa_massey

    Great give away!!
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  • Katrina

    Awesome productReplyCancel

  • I think the book covers are great as coving books is one of the things I hate doing mostReplyCancel

  • I already have a stash of these covers for my girls, they’re fabulous. Given that i’ll have over 60 books to cover i’m still surprised that i’m actually looking forward to it this year!ReplyCancel

  • Theimperfecthousewife

    Book covers are fantastic…. saves so much time and energy!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    The book covers are the best idea can’t believe I havent thought of itReplyCancel

  • the book covers are great and the best back to school item for saving me time!- i have some from 2 other brands but just went through our book packs and this year i need an additional 17! A4 pones so will be using these.ReplyCancel

  • Row

    has to be so much better than covering books with contact errrrgghhReplyCancel

  • Terriannhamilton

    As I first time book covered I need some of these :)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    These look so user friendly!ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    Love how easy these look to use :)ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    You can also get schoolbook covers with cool designs on them from:
    http://www.cardsnstuff.com.auReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I love! love! love! the Artwork Magnets.ReplyCancel

  • Rachypooh

    love the choicesReplyCancel

  • For the life of me, I don’t know if I entered this? Do they have exercise book-sized covers?ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    As we have limited space with metal walls – the artwork magnets would be fun !ReplyCancel

Welcome to the first ‘Love it, Like it, Link it’ Blog Link Party!! The purpose of this link party is for bloggers to share their best blog post of the week and readers to click and see how creative all these bloggers are!  Posts such as craft, decor, helpful tips, recipes, organising, decluttering, diy projects, […]

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A few of my readers are non facebook followers, my mother in law (love you) is an avid reader.  They miss out on a lot of the content I post on facebook like the daily task and quote of the day.  So today I have spent some time putting together a few little changes, specially […]

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  • Kim Jarrold

    Any additional help will always be useful.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Springer

    Dear Trina,

    Many thanks for thinking of we electronically challenged followers. I am always amazed at how interesting and varied your blog is. You are so inspirational to a great many readers including myself. Keep up the wonderful work. Looking forward to whatever 2012 challenges you have in store for us .LOL MIL xxReplyCancel

  • Nattyj

    Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you. After been Facebook hacked late last year I have been off Facebook now for a few months & I miss your daily tasks the most! This will be wonderful to receive them by email – thanks again! x :)ReplyCancel

  • Naomi Joseph

    Looking forward to receiving the daily emails.ReplyCancel

Quotes for December 2011 Each evening on facebook I publish a ‘Quote of the Day’.  Below is a summary of the image credit with links to websites where I found the quotes. I hope you are able to find motivation and inspiration from each of the quotes. image credit: hey miss awesome image credit: etsy […]

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Quotes for November 2011 Each evening on facebook I publish a ‘Quote of the Day’.  Below is a summary of the image credit with links to websites where I found the quotes. I hope you are able to find motivation and inspiration from each of the quotes. image credit: kids-art image credit: things we all […]

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Last year I asked you about your 2011 organising goals, were you able to reach them?  I must admit, number 2…. I want to spend more time  ‘Scrapbooking’, wasn’t successful for me as I was having too much fun blogging Let’s create new goals for 2012 and together try to accomplish them.  Also by filling […]

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  • I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “PLAYING WITH THE KIDS“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “KEEP ORGANISED“
    I want to organise “KITCHEN“ room first.
    I always lose “PATIENCE“ .
    I want to be all organised by “1st TERM“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “EXCESS TUPPERWARE“ .ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel “ON TOP OF THINGS“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “RELAXING“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “PUT MY HANDBAG“
    I want to organise “LOUNGE ROOM“ room first.
    I always lose “MY LIP GLOSS“ .
    I want to be all organised by ASAP, IF EVER“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “?? “ .ReplyCancel

  • KazF

    I want to feel AT HOME while I’m at home, not like I’m camped out in someone else’s place between work commitments.
    I want to spend more time QUILTING.
    I want an area of the home where I can QUILT.
    I want to organise LAUNDRY/KIDS BATHROOM first – currently using their shower recess as a broom cupboard.
    I always lose MY PHONE IN THE BOTTOM OF MY BAG – need to remember to use the little pocket in the side of it.
    I want to be all organised by MARCH 1 – I have holidays coming up, I’m laughing too.
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with MAGAZINES – I’m going to buy less this year, I swear.ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel “ RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time doing “ COOKING NEW & EASY DISHES “ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “ READ“.
    I want to organise “ MY LOUNGE ROOM“ room first (it’s full of baby toys!)
    I always loose “MY MOBILE“ .
    I want to be all organised by “ 1 MARCH 2012“ .
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “ CRAPPY PLASTIC CONTAINERS (not Tupperware!)“ .ReplyCancel

  • Jess Nash

    I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “HAVING COMPUTER FREE DAYS AND ENJOYING MY KIDS“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “WORK GUILT FREE“
    I want to organise “BOYS ROOM“ room first.
    I always lose “PAPERWORK“ .
    I want to be all organised by “MAY 2012“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “MY SONS OLD CLOTHES AND BABY BITS AND PIECES“ .
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  • Michelle Miles

    I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “READING“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “NOT SEE ANY OF MY DAUGHTER’S TOYS“
    I want to organise “THE PLAY“ room first.
    I always lose “TIME“ .
    I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “MY DAUGHTER’S BABY TOYS“ .ReplyCancel

  • I want to be UNPACKED and SORTED by the end of this month after our second move in less than a year.
    I want us to have more ROUTINE as a family so life doesn’t feel so out of control.
    I want to make time to practice my COOKING. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    1.I want to feel “LIKE HAVING MORE FRIENDS“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “WITH FRIENDS“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “ENTERTAIN“
    4.I want to organise “HOMEWORK/SCHOOL“ area first.
    5.I always lose “MY ME TIME“ .
    6.I want to be all organised & decluttered by “OCTOBER 2012“ ready to spend Christmas less stressed .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “KIDS TOYS“ .
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  • Chrissie Hanham

    I want to feel “CALM” when Im at home.
    I want to spend more time “PLAYING WITH MY SON”.
    I want an area of the home where I can “SCRAPBOOK”.
    I want to organise “MY SONS ROOM” first.
    I always lose “MY SANITY, LOOKING FOR EVERYTHING AND PICKING UP AFTER EVERYONE”.
    I want to be organised by “6 WEEKS AFTER MY PARTNER AND I MOVE IN TOGETHER IN MARCH”.
    Something i dont need, but am having trouble parting with “MY SONS OLD TOYS AND CLOTHES”.ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Grainger

    1. I want to feel “PRODUCTIVE“ while I’m at home.
    2. I want to spend more time “HAVING COMPUTER FREE DAYS“ . Ditto
    3. I want an area of the home where I can “HAVE MY BUSINESS AND OUR HOMESCHOOL SEPERATE“
    4. I want to organise “SCHOOL SPACE“ room first.
    5. I always lose “ FAVORITE PENS“ .
    6. I want to be all organised by “START OF TERM 2“ .
    7. Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “NIC NACKS THAT HAVE SENTIMENTAL VALUE ONLY“ .ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel “ENERGISED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “EXERCISING“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “STUDY“
    I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    I always lose “MY WATER BOTTLE“ .
    I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “BIRTHDAY CARDS“ .ReplyCancel

  • Lettyanne

    2012 Goals

    I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home. (I agree)
    I want to spend more time with my husband and children enjoying life.
    I want an area of the home where I can “RELAX“ and read
    I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    I want to get a balance of family, work, study, and getting my home and office organised will help this .
    I want to be organised by 20th Feb with systems to help the rest of the year flow in a more orderly fashion .
    I always lose school newsletters and certificates
    Something that I don’t need but having trouble parting with is old memorabilia such as coasters from places we have traveled to.ReplyCancel

  • 1.I want to feel “CALM“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “DOING SOMETHING *I* WANT TO DO“ .(ie get more organised about spending some quality time with my hobby – genealogy; #4 will actually help toward that, as the cupboard is big enough for my stalking stuff as well!)
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “KEEP MY STALKING STUFF“ (see #2 and #4)
    4.I want to organise “MY OFFICE“ first. (Plans are afoot regarding a CUPBOARD! My ‘office’ is a shelf in the dining room. It is going to expand to a cupboard by the middle of February)
    5.I always lose “…..“ . I don’t lose stuff. Ever. The only time anything of mine goes awol is if somebody else takes it!
    6.I want to be all organised by “LONG WEEKEND IN MARCH“ assuming I get my cupboard!
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “RECORDS“ .
    Yes. Those honkin’ great VINYL things. I have about 50 of them, and no record player. But they’re a part of my mis-spent yoof, and I don’t want to part with them!ReplyCancel

  • 1. I want to feel “ORGANISED“ while I’m at home.
    2. I want to spend more time “ENJOYING MY KIDS“ .
    3. I want an area of the home where I can “BE ME“
    4. I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first. Yes Same.
    5. I always lose “MY MEMORY OF IMPORTANT THINGS“ .
    6. I want to be all organised by “MID YEAR“ .
    7. Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “TOYS I LIKE BUT THE KIDS DON’T“ .

    One of my goals from last year was only just completed. It was crazy it took so long to do.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “being productive! either housework wise or scrapping or studying“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “RELAX“ not spend so much time in my bedroom
    I want to organise “OFFICE“/scrap room first.
    I always lose “paperwork“ .
    I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “clutter/paperwork“ .ReplyCancel

  • 1. I want to feel “STRESS FREE“ while I’m at home.
    2. I want to spend more time “HAVING FUN WITH MY FAMILY“.
    3. I want an area of the home where I can “BE FREE TO CREATE“
    4. I want to organise “MY OFFICE/SCRAPROOM“ room first.
    5. I always lose “MY SHOES”
    6. I want to be all organised by “EASTER“ .
    7. Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “MAGAZINES“ .ReplyCancel

  • Lsg1378

    I want to feel “Relaxed and happy“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “Creating and crafting“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “Feel uncluttered“
    I want to organise “My“ room first.
    I always lose “My phone book“ .
    I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS“ . Ha ha! I wish ;)
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “stuff, clutter, and old toys“ .
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  • Peta

    I want to feel “CALM“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “SCRAPPING“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “FIND EVERYTHING“
    I want to organise “KIDS“ rooms first.
    I always lose “PAPERWORK“ .
    I want to be all organised by “END OF FEBRUARY“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “KIDS OLD SCHOOL BOOKS“ .
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  • MABELLA COTTAGE

    1.I want to feel “ORGANISED“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “BEING PRODUCTIVE“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “DO MY WORK UNINTERRUPTED“
    4.I want to organise “STORAGE AREAS“ room first.
    5.I always lose “OOMPH“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “YESTERDAY!!“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “NEGATIVE THOUGHT PATTERNS“ .
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  • Emily

    I want to feel “ORGANISED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “BEING CREATIVE WITH MY CRAFTS“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “RELAX“
    I want to organise “LOUNGE/OFFICE“ room first.
    I always lose “PAPERWORK“ .
    I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “ITEMS THAT HAVE SENTIMENTAL VALUE ONLY“ .
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  • Joyh

    I want to feel “ORGANISED & RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “SCRAPBOOKING“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “GROW SOME HERBS“
    I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    I always lose “RECIPES“ . I need to organise these somehow.
    I want to be all organised by “30 SEPT 2012“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “OLD BIRTHDAY & CHRISTMAS CARDS“ReplyCancel

  • I am going to start organising things for Christmas 2012 (cards, craft, cooking etc) on the 25th September 2012!ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel “ORGANISED & RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “SCRAPBOOKING“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “GROW SOME HERBS“
    I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    I always lose “RECIPES“ . I need to organise these somehow.
    I want to be all organised by “30 SEPT 2012“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “OLD BIRTHDAY & CHRISTMAS CARDS“ ReplyCancel

    • Sorry! That came out before it was supposed to and I could not delete it. It was supposed to read:

      I want to feel “CALM“ while I’m at home.
      I want to spend more time “WITH MY HUSBAND“ .
      I want an area of the home where I can “MARVEL AT HOW TIDY THINGS ARE“
      I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
      I always lose “MY USBs“ . I need to organise these somehow.
      I want to be all organised by “30 MARCH 2012“ .
      Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “MY HUSBAND’S STUFF LOL“

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  • I want to feel “CALM“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “WITH MY CHILDREN ‘GUILT FREE’“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “RELAX“
    I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    I always lose “PAPERWORK“ . (I recall this was on my list last year!)
    I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS/END TERM 1“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “KIDS OLD SCHOOL WORK“ .ReplyCancel

  • Samll22

    1.I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “READING AND ATTEMPTING TO COOK“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “READ A GOOD BOOK“
    4.I want to organise “KITCHEN“ room first.
    5.I always lose “RECIPES FROM MAGAZINES“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “July“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “????“ .
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    • Suse T

      Try putting your recipes from magazines in display folders. I am in the process of sorting into different coloured folders. Eg, entrees, dips and drinks in green, main meals in blue, baking in pink, desserts in purple, etc.ReplyCancel

  • 1.I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “SEWING“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “STORE ORGANISED BELONGINGS FOR SALE/MOVE“
    4.I want to organise “SEWING“ room first.
    5.I always lose “MY MIND?!“ :P.
    6.I want to be all organised by “MAY“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “MY CHILDHOOD MEMORABILIA“ .ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel “CONTENT“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “LEARNING SOME NEW HOBBIES“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “ENTERTAIN“
    I want to organise “OFFICE/RUMPUS“ room first.
    I always lose “MY SHOPPING LIST“ .
    I want to be all organised by “XMAS“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “OLD CRAFT STUFF“ .ReplyCancel

  • Cj Vandort

    .I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home

    I want an area of the home where I can hang sun hats and handbags

    .Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with daughters prep books/art work

    .I want to spend more time not worrying about the house work – spending it with the kids!!ReplyCancel

  • 1. I want to feel “CREATIVE“ while I’m at home.
    2. I want to spend more time “DOING THE THINGS I LOVE“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “WRITE & CREATE“
    4. I want to organise our “STUDY/OFFICE“ first.
    5. I always lose “IMPORTANT FORMS THAT NEED TO BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED!“ .
    6. I want to be all organised by “MID-YEAR“ .
    7. Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “UNUSED SCRAPBOOK PAPERS AND FABRICS“ .
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  • to be more organised and not so lazy. And to slow down!ReplyCancel

  • 1.I want to feel “PEACEFUL“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “HAVING FUN WITH THE KIDS“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “ENJOY“
    4.I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    5.I always lose “MOTIVATION“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “EASTER “ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “OLD CLOTHES“ .ReplyCancel

  • Kylie W

    1.I want to feel “STRESS-FREE“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “SEWING“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “CREATE/SEW IN AN UNCLUTTERED ENVIRONMENT“ AND “STASH GIFTS WHERE I CAN REMEMBER AND FIND THEM”
    4.I want to organise “WARDROBES” first.
    5.I always lose “MY DIARY/IDEAS NOTEBOOK“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “JUNE“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “KIDS OLD SCHOOL WORK/BOOKS“
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  • Kris

    1.I want to feel “LESS-ANXIOUS“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “OUTSIDE“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “CONCENTRATE“
    4.I want to organise “OFFICE/GUEST ROOM“ room first.
    5.I always lose “MY KIDS HATS“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “WINTER“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “BABY CLOTHES & GEAR“
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  • I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home too. We have too much stuff in my opinion and it stresses me out some times.
    I want to spend more time “WITH MY FAMILY“. Family holidays, activities and dates with my husband are all planned in to be regular things.
    I want an area of the home where I can “FOCUS“, somewhere I can work if need be, but also focus on crafts and things.
    I want to organise “BEDROOM“ room first.
    I always lose “GLASSES“ . I really should put them in a regular spot.
    I want to be all organised by “MY BIRTHDAY IN APRIL“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “BOOKS“ .ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    1.I want to feel “HAPPY, ORGANISED, RELAXED & CONTENT WITH LIFE“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “DOING FAMILY FUN STUFF, ESPECIALLY ON WEEKENDS..NO MORE HOUSEWORK & ENJOYING WHAT I HAVE & MAKING MORE TIME TO EXCERCISE!”
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “ENJOY IT BEING ORGANISED & KNOW I HAVE MORE TIME TO SPEND WITH MY FAMILY”
    4.I want to organise “MY BEDROOM“ room first. FOLLOWED QUICKLY BY HAVING A SPACE TO STUDY & TO KEEP ALL MY STUDY STUFF TIDY!
    5.I always lose “MY MIND & IMPORTANT NOTES FROM SCHOOL“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “THE TIME SCHOOL STARTS BACK & WHEN I START STUDYING FULL TIME… IN 4 WEEKS… HAHA THATS GUNNA B A HARD TASK!“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “EVERYTHING! THE PAST, MY NEGATIVITY & MY BITCHY ATTITUDE…OH U MEAN IN THE HOME?? STUFF THAT HAS EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT -LIKE CARDS, LIL KEEPSAKES ETC“ .
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  • Mumma K

    1.I want to feel “ORGANISED & RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “SOCIALISING WITH MY TODDLER“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “CREATE ART & CRAFTS PROJECTS“
    4.I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    5.I always lose “MY CAMERA“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “MID AUGUST“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “OLD ART & CRAFT SUPPLIES“
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  • Kgoz

    1.I want to feel “energised“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “swimming,walking,meditating and doing yoga“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “store all my scrapbooking supplies and study materials“
    4.I want to organise “our toyroom/office/needs to become to bedrooms“ room first.
    5.I always lose “sunglasses“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “glassware“ .
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  • Anonymous

    1.I want to feel “AT HOME and COMFORTABLE“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “WITH MY YOUNG SON“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “HAVE QUIET TIME“
    4.I want to organise “KITCHEN“ room first.
    5.I always lose “IMPORTNAT PAPERS“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “SUMMER 2012“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “CRAFT ITEMS
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  • Lee

    I want to feel ORGANISED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “WITH MY KIDS AND PARTNER” .
    I want an area of the home where I can “EXERCISE“
    I want to organise “BACK“ room first.
    I always lose “GLASSES“ .
    I want to be all organised by “START OF SCHOOL YEAR“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “BOOKS“ .ReplyCancel

  • I want to have a place for everything, and everything in its place. Then I can concentrate on the important things: my husband, my baby, and me.ReplyCancel

Writing this blog has been a complete joy and even I enjoy going back and reading through the archives, here are some of my favourite posts published in 2011. Click on the images below to visit the post.  My top 11 favourite posts of 2011 These 4 little drawers are a time saver I’m considering […]

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  • Hi I’m only new to this page and I just wanted to let you know I LOVE IT! I’m a mum of 5 with number 6 on its way. And I know that you are going to be an awesome help to me. THANK YOU for sharing your gift. Cheers Kaz. ReplyCancel

  • Theimperfecthousewife

    I just love that mix-master! I think I dream about it :)ReplyCancel

    • It’s hard not to love it, it works like a treat and the colour is just devine!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina I love your blog since being introduced by a friend earlier this year. I think you had about 5000 likers then… Over 19000 now… Congratulations!

    I liked your top 11 today but by far my favorite for the year was your one about your kids having a ‘quote hanger’ you made on their walls and their ability to change it as they feel… This touched my heart as a beautiful tradition that they will remember and be encouraged by now and in the future and one I’d like to use when my children are older.

    Thank you and best wishes for 2012. ReplyCancel

  • since we moved to a new country last year, we have had everything disorganised – my mission this week is to get my pantry looking like yours, well the way I had it before we moved – we only brought a few toys and clothes over with us so we are going through the expensive task of rebuying everything, which takes a bit of time – fingers crossed it will all be rebrought and my house looks the way it should by the end of the year, and the kidlets toy collection brought, sorted and organised – thanks for you posts, its always great to see another way of doing things – looking forward to another year of great ideas :)ReplyCancel

  • the “click on image to go to post” is not working for me….. :(ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My favourites would have to be yep – the Laundry 4 drawer system, your Linen Press declutter & seeing your super organised broom cupboard. These posts have had the biggest impact in our house!! Thank you Kat!!ReplyCancel

  • Right now I’m loving the declutter posts – having just moved house and decluttering while packing, I’m now entering phase two of decluttering while we unpack and rearrange everything into our new home :) thanks Kat, you’re always such a fountain of information!ReplyCancel

    • Yo are on the right track for sure decluttering as packing and then throughly as unpacking, you will enjoy less items to dust for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Leona click on the photo’s they will take you to the posts :)ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Higgins

    Love your jewellery corner! Did you ever post instructions on making the hanging rail??? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Ooh no Natasha I didn’t completely slipped my mind, thankyou for reminding me, have added it to my calendar to write a post about. Thankyou! ReplyCancel

  • wasn’t working for me at work, but is at home – different browsers and what notReplyCancel

  • Jadey

    The pink Kitchenaid is so purdyReplyCancel

  • Fiona Cetinski

    Oh I love that pink mix-master! I want one! ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Ludwell

    Thank you SO much for your tips on organizing my pantry. It helped so so much even though I don’t actually have a pantry at all in my kitchen! I bought a shelving system from ikea and it is very deep so wasn’t sure how to stack it so that things were easily accessible. Your post was so helpful and now my pantry is really user friendly and even my husband can manage to put everything away in the right places :)
    To be honest, all your posts are really helpful, even if it is just giving me the motivation to attack the clutter or dust or toaster crumbs or whatever else is lurking around! XxReplyCancel

I’m back from my little blogging break, was enjoying some wonderful time with my little family, it will still be a little quiet for the next few weeks as the kids are on holidays, but from February I’ll be back into my blog groove!  I really enjoy writing and sharing all my tips and ideas […]

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  • Theimperfecthousewife

    Sounds good :)ReplyCancel

  • Ohhh the love it, like it, link it ~ blog party sounds like so much fun!!! You are going to be a busy bee my dear! So excitied for you and another amazing Organised Housewife year <3ReplyCancel

  • I can’t wait for the Option to have daily tasks sent to my inbox. My house looks so good after finding you last year. My Dh always comments on how good it looks. Thanks so muchReplyCancel

  • WOW! Can’t wait to see this year unfold Katrina :-)ReplyCancel

  • An app?! Holey Moley! Rock on, you!!ReplyCancel

  • looking forward to another organised year!ReplyCancel

  • An iPhone app sounds great … I better hurry up and switch from android then! I’m ready and waiting for all the things you’re going to throw at us this year!ReplyCancel

  • Another one who can’t wait – looks greatReplyCancel

  • Amie Codlin

    Looking forward to seeing the new planner you were telling me about. Hope you had a great break Kat and got to spend plenty of time with your family and look forward to catching up in the new year.ReplyCancel

    • Yes it was Amie, has has been finished for awhile just haven’t had a chance to write about it. Looking forward to catching up soon.ReplyCancel

  • Sounds great I can’t wait! ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Hi Katrina, I started reading this blog a few weeks ago and I love it. I don’t have kids but I have about four different jobs (a full-time one, plus blogging, freelance writing, going to uni, editing my novel and soon, tutoring at uni) and I have a husband who needs looking after (and a home that needs cleaning) so I need to mentally organise as well as physically organise. This blog has been a massive asset to the positive idea of organising, and I already dowbnloaded (and then customised) the meal planner and hope to get some recipes in order for when work starts next week. Anyway I just wanted to say the blog is great and I look forward to joining your readers for 2012 and to see what you have in store for us. Cheers, Sarah ReplyCancel

{image credit} Wow, 2011 passed by so very very quickly.  This year I need to learn to slow down a little, balance my life between family and working on the blog (which I enjoy), find more time for ME, eat more fruit, find time to scrapbook, relax and find more courage.  I am very shy […]

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  • Theimperfecthousewife

    That’s great. Very inspiring. And well done on all of your 2011 success.ReplyCancel

  • Becky

    love these… many of your goals resonate with me too… we sat down as a family yesterday and did some family goals and individual ones too…. was cute that my almost 3 yr old said he wanted to learn how to use the toilet… :)ReplyCancel

  • Love it Kat i think I’ll definatly be putting an order in, such a gorgeous idea <3ReplyCancel

  • Tam

    Hi Kat, I’ve been following you for a while, in a silent inspired kind of way and love this idea… ok so I’m going to copy it as well. Congratulations on a fabulous blog, it’s like a training partner in organisation instead of exercise and keeps me motivated to maintain my house and life as I like it. All of your printable systems appeals to that part of my personality. Now to re-introduce the work part of my life (12months off for a baby.) and include that in my organising. So thank you for all of your efforts over the last 12 months and continued success in 2012.ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou so much Tam, I am pleased that I have been able to help you. To go back to work will be an adjustment but a new journey and exciting journey for you, create a routine that will work for you.ReplyCancel

  • fantastic idea! Now to try and dwindle my goals down to fit on page!!ReplyCancel

    • lol, I have had a few orders that have alot more words than mine, it’s been fantastic to see what everybodies words of inspiration are!ReplyCancel

  • Pretty … and functional!ReplyCancel

  • great idea!ReplyCancel

  • I love it! So much more inspiring than a boring old list. Here’s to a wonderful 2012! ReplyCancel

  • Sevencherubs

    So proud of all you have achieved Katrina and a HUGE congrats on the one million pageviews. Insane and so inspiring. I know you work so hard on your blog and are really helping so many people with your work. Wishing you an awesome 2012! N xReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much Naomi, I appreciate all your support and encouragement xxReplyCancel

  • […] to the new years resolutions.  There is a great post on this on the Organized Housewife called 2012 Goal Art.  It’s actually pretty cool, if you have the time and patience to do it.  Or if, like me, […]ReplyCancel

  • I totally love it! I was totally inspired yesterday I did one up myself and even had some credit at Snapfish so have ordered mine as a photo print to put above the desk, and one of their photo blocks to put perhaps in my bedroom, and a magnet for the fridge! Thanks so much, as usual, for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Caz

    What a great idea. You’ve inspired me to reflect on the things I’ve established that I value and set some goals for ME for this year (I’m usually setting/reviewing goals for our son who has autism). I used Wordle to arrange the key words/phrases in a colour scheme that fits my study and have printed it out on glossy photo paper. I’ve also done a matching one for a ‘mummy morning mantra’ I was given. Now to buy some nice frames tonight :-)ReplyCancel