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{Goals for 2011} Lose weight, will you join me in my mission?

At the beginning of the year I set myself Goals for 2011, so far I am sticking to them.  Did you make a list too?  As we are halfway through the year I thought we should take a moment, look at the lists we created to ensure we are still on track. As I was writing this […]

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  • Kellie simmons

    I wouldn’t be too worried about your pic you are a beautiful woman best of luck on the journey I will be putting up my own pic soon and will be jogging along beside you every step of the way

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  • Domjomcmillin

    I think you are very brave and beautiful:)
    I’ve beentrying tomotivate myself butalways talk myself out of it which shocker isn’t hard to do
    I want to be healthyand fit so you have inspired me ( let’s just hope my head doesn’t hear lol)ReplyCancel

    • I am hoping to inspire eveerybody Dom, let’s do it, we can, just need to change our thinking!ReplyCancel

  • Yay for you! You are gorgeous!

    I started my blog in the hope that writing about it would help my weightloss… I’m not so sure yet. It’s early days and life keeps getting in the way!!! Perhaps some ‘community’ will help?!

    I’ll be following!ReplyCancel

  • K8T

    Good on you! I would love to join you on this great journey. I have been told that you also need to break down the big weight loss into little goals and reward yourself once you reach each. Today this is the first thing on my “To Do” list. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jamie

    The first thing that came to mind when I saw your photo was that you look full of determination :) good luck :) I also have some weight to lose before my wedding in 8 months so I’ll see you along the road to weight loss!ReplyCancel

  • Jill

    Hi Katrina congrats on the beginning of your journey, I am going to join in , I had lost 43kgs through weight watchers and through bad binging habits I now have only lost 11kgs. So today I have taken charge. I am still following weight watchers, last night I pulled a basket out of my house organising supplies and filled it with today’s food, other than my dinner. But my brekkie, lunch and snacks were all in there and pointed out so I new I am on track. This morning waking up I feel in control and hey even a little organised. ReplyCancel

    • Graet work Jill, on a mission, we can do it, I am loving the enthusiasm!ReplyCancel

  • Sar

    I have been picking up on some advice from Michelle Bridges, TBL trainer, and I want to pass on what motivates me to eat well and exercise for health…Dont Think, Just Do. Dont get paralysis by analysis, dont analysize everything about diets and exercise, just keep it simple. Your trainer is right about the 20% exercise/80% diet = weightloss, Michelle even put up an example about two people: one who didnt change their diet and exercised like crazy every day, and one person who didnt exercise but changed their dietary intake…The one who didnt exercise lost the most weight simply because of the food factor. Exercise is ultimately for health, strength, well being and protecting your future self against injury and problems. In Michelle’s book she also has a great saying to get the runners on the feet and the healthy food in the cupboards/stomachs…Just Freaking Do It (the clean version!!)

    I love your strength of character to post a pic of yourself and to publicly declare your weight loss goals, this shows to me that you have what it takes to reach your goals until you find your happier, healthier version of you not too far away!! I’ve lost 9 kilos in the past year and I can tell you any amount of weight loss is life changing/mood changing/personality changing/FASHION changing (!!) and it is all soooo exciting. My kids are happier, my husband is happier, and all because I am now happier – I’m now not taking out my self-loathing on everyone around me. GO FOR IT you shrinking housewife you!!!!! xxReplyCancel

    • LOL, thankyou so much Sar I enjoyed reading everybit of this comment. Would you like to join in on the FB and give motivation to the others, you have a real nac, reading this makes me want to go for a run around the block. I’m going to paste this onto The Shrinking Housewife page :) Thankyou Sar x
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  • I want to lose a bit more. I have lost 17kgs since my 2nd daughter was born. It was more, but some crept back on.

    Go you for posting your pic and being so honest. I don’t know anyone who has really had success with Jenny Craig. Your new plan sounds great though.

    Good luck. I’ll join you. 5kgs for Blogopolis! :)ReplyCancel

    • yay, looking forward to meeting youa t Blogopolis. We can do it!! 17kg is awesome, please feel free to stop by The Shrinking Housewife FB page and give any tips!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Ries

    Woohoo you can do it! I wont join in as I dont need to lose weight, but I will tell you my story, Last year I lost 18kg! 2 weeks ago I had a baby and am now back in my pre pregnant clothes…mostly just by eating well now, but I joined the 12 weeks body blitz. 84 days of eating well and working out- you can stay focused for that long- its nothing in the grand scheme of things! Good luck on your journey :)ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou, Please pop into my The Shrinking Housewife FB page to give any tips!ReplyCancel

  • Toni Blackmore

    Gosh, you’ve already got a healthy glow, look forward to future posts. Would love to see other comparison shots of you and your (beautiful) trainer. Perhaps linen cupboards or laundries :) All the best.ReplyCancel

    • LOL Toni, the sunshine in the background helps. Kate is gorgeous and great motivation to keep going. What comparison shots are you wanting, her laundry and my laundry???ReplyCancel

  • Haircuts4

    Katrina you are my inspiration and make my job that much more enjoyable. I feel so blessed to be a part of your journey. Love your blog and all your tips on becoming more organised, I am going to start today! Your pt Kate xxReplyCancel

    • KATE!!!!!! I couldn’t be doing this without you. You worked me hard today, I’m feeling very tired and guess what……MY LEGS ARE SORE!!! Looking foward to having my 12 month after shot with you beside me and me trim, healthy and fit :)ReplyCancel

  • dani.brennan

    Hi Kat, just joined you on your new facebook journey, although will be patiently watching and starting mainly on an eating healthier approach and light treadmill until my baby is born in 4 weeks time.. Im having a c-section, so give me a few weeks to recoup and ill be on the bandwagon.. but as I said in my post and as your stop sign clearly states, stop making excuses. LOL. ReplyCancel

    • I’m glad you like the stop sign, I love it too! Wow Dani, you should be resting up as much as you can. I am looking forward to this journey, been on it a few day’s now and feel fantastic. Wishing you all the best with your new little bub, enjoy all the cuddles, smiles and love he/she will bring xxReplyCancel

  • Christine

    Congrats on beginning your journey. Will be popping over to your Shrinking housewife blog to follow your journey there. I’m also on the weightloss journey, I have about 45kg to lose (i know shameful but we all have to start somewhere). I’ve been attempting to blogo the journey out so feel free to have a look http://www.ozdiva.wordpress.com ReplyCancel

    • Not shameful, I am probably not being realistic with the amount I have to lose, alot. But we can do it, we can get there, so happy to be doing it together!ReplyCancel

  • Jamesj333

    Hi there Katrina

    You rock !! keep it up . I’m on a mission myself too,to be healthy in my body. i lost 27kg but have but back on 2 dress sizes. So I enlisted the help of a personal trainer .

    Would love to join you in your mission .

    have a great weekend Jacky ReplyCancel

    • The trainers are great motivation, there is no way I can not go when I know Kate is there waiting for me. Good luck, looking foward to sharing the journey with you.ReplyCancel

  • Kaye_85

    This might sound a little odd, but what font is that for your goals?ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Katrina. This is a encouragement from me to keep going as seeing u last saturday at the pics I noticed the u have lost weight even though it didnt show on the scales. I am back on track on the treadie each morning (weekends included) running 5kms in 30mins now. As soon as u feel fit enough we should make to time to do a afternoon or evening jog together as running on treadie by myself can get boring after a while. Keep it up and don’t give up as I would love to see the Katrina b4 the kids were born. After loosing 5.5kgs myself I can tell u that I feel a big difference in myself as well.

    Your Friend – KarenReplyCancel

    • I’ll be jogging with you before you know it!! thankyou for your encouragement and support, your such a lovley friend xxReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Readers Favourite Recipes

It has been such a busy weekend here at The Organised Housewife household; I didn’t get a chance to type up my usual Meal Plan for you all. Instead, some very lovely readers have been so kind to share their family favourite recipes. Thank you to each one of you for taking the time to provide links […]

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{GUEST POST} Airing my Dirty Laundry

This is a guest post by Fussy Eater’s Mum of Life with a Fussy Eater No matter how much I want to be an Über Mum (painfully organised and impeccably clean) it will always be an uphill battle. Life on Fussy Farm means that I have to accept that flies, spiders and dirt will constantly […]

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  • TJC

    Thanks for the inspirational post!
    Although you after picture is missing or do we need to imagine that one. *giggle*

    Now I am off to read your fussy eater blog.ReplyCancel

  • Ooooh, the after photo?! Would love to see it!
    Feeling very inspired, though first of all I have to actually GET a laundry room…..
    Off to get some recipes from Life With A Fussy Eater now!ReplyCancel

    • Having a laundry would help to keep all items like towels, sheets and cleaning items organised. However you still can work around it if your laundry is in the bathroom or kitchen area.
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  • Leisha

    Had a little giggle this morning!! The laundry reminds me of my BTOH (before The Organised Housewife) days + the fussy eating part. Add a little of the “no I can’t be bothered using the toilet today” and it can certainly make your head spin. Absolutely love your Healthy Chart and will be spreading the word… Ever thought of doing one for the toilet training? Thanks Fussy Eater’s Mum!!ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Girls

    Can’t wait to see the after shot FEM!ReplyCancel

  • bec ritchie

    will the after photo be appearing soon.?..loong forward to seeing itReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Honeywood

    Holy crap FEM I thought that WAS the after photo – does it get better than that?? Good on you for taking inspiration from someone else and sharing that with everyone. Can you come and do my laundry next please xxReplyCancel

    • Fussy Eater's Mum

      See my point, Katrina’s advice really works! But sorry Jacqui, you’ll have to do it yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Girls

    OMG, WOW! That is absolutely unbelievable, the difference it’s made! Have you noticed a strange shift, like, now you actually ‘enjoy’ being in the laundry? Oh, and your laundry is about a million times bigger than mine. LOL ReplyCancel

  • Love this! So great to see the change! :) Now for me to get started… School holidays here at the end of the week! I’m inspired! :)ReplyCancel

    • No worries : ) We loved it Bek, it was so yummy! I just used a whole can when I made it!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been meaning to say (for a few days now), how much I enjoyed this guest post by Life with a fussy eater. I also love the transformation. You have a wonderful way of inspiring others Katrina! ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Gemma. I want to provide more ‘real’ organising stories. Mine are real life but some may not like the way I do things, this give good varitey :)
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  • Di4mk63

    great job, love the size of your laundry, totally jealous!ReplyCancel

  • Cat

    Excellent job. What a massive laundry. Laundry envy has hit hard. Mine is the size of a shoebox, or two, but I too am empolying some tips from The Organised Housewife. Thank you ladies.ReplyCancel

  • Awesome job!!! Looks fantastic – you must feel so much better for it. I couldn’t even tell you had cupboards before the clean up!!! After doing the 20 day challenge last year I’m happy (and proud) to say my Tupperware, pots ‘n’ pans, medicine, laundry & bathroom cupboards are still as clean as the day I organised them. Her methods work and I think many of us refer to Katrina as “Saint Katrina”!!!ReplyCancel

    • That’s awesome work Megan that you have been able to keep your cupboards organised. I’m no saint, just happy to share my ideas :)ReplyCancel

  • what a transformation from the first picture to the next. Clearly Katrinas tips have done you well. Let’s hope it stays that way!ReplyCancel

{Inspirational Images} Bathrooms

I love the walls {image} Shelves on the door’s make this small cupboard very functional {image} I love this idea, beautiful scent and keeps the brushes upright {image} Perfectly organised bathroom cupboard {image} Perfectly functional, love the shelves to hold small personal items {image} Simple and clever, jar + candle votive = clever {image} Inexpensive shelf solution {image} This […]

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  • I agree about the toilet paper!!!! Has to be the right way!!! Grubby fingers on the wall if it is the other way!!!
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  • Adalita Marks

    I am a wrong way person. I like the paper hanging down. ReplyCancel

    • Pernodpourmoi

      So you’re telling us that if it’s the ‘right way’, the paper hangs up? ;)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Gardner

    Love all those ideas! Katrina, do I have to be invited by someone to join Pinterest? Not that I can probably afford the time that I will no doubt be spening on there lol :DReplyCancel

  • KTO

    As much as I love all of those images, I live in the country and the dust that gets into my house is phenomenal and all I’d end up with is dusty towel and cotton tips. :(ReplyCancel

    • I like to have covers on everything and cupboard doors always closed too. ReplyCancel

  • First, thanks so much for featuring the photo of my baskets that hold the bathroom linens. It seems to be making the rounds on Pinterest. You can find the full post here: http://imbusyprocrastinating.blogspot.com/2011/06/design-solution-wall-baskets-for-bath.html

    Second, I totally agree with you about the direction of the toilet paper. Who wants to reach around underneath? Since you’re obviously as obsessive about it as I am, I will admit that I have switched the direction once when visiting a friend’s house!ReplyCancel

    • What a great way to get readers to your blog, because if it I spent sometime haveing a read!! I really like the night stand you just did up!ReplyCancel

    • Kirrily

      Wow, only once! I often swap my friends. They just don’t care which way the paper faces – shocking!
      I was brainwashed from an early age that the paper must face the right way. It’s neater and looks better if there is a print. The house might be a disaster zone, but my loo paper will always face the right way!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Walker

    Toilet paper the wrong way grrr I always change it. My kids think it funny to hear me go nuts about it so they change it and wait to hear me yell ‘toilet paper’ then I hear them running and laughing.ReplyCancel

  • Frances

    i love these ideas. but how do you get those baskets fixed to the wall?ReplyCancel

  • kristy

    Prob screwed into the wall studs Frances with a bit of timber in the basket for extra support :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Love these ideas, and completely agree with you on the loo roll. Absolutely and utterly – even my children get upset when it’s round the wrong way :)ReplyCancel

  • eyefrog92

    please explain why you feel the paper hanging the right way has to be on the front of the roll and when it hangs on the wall side that is wrong????…. culture rules??? Hygiene rules?? am very interested to hear the answer. ReplyCancel

    • Erin

      It’s so odd, I can’t stand it hanging the ‘wrong way’ but have no idea why. It actually makes more sense if you have kids or pets to hang it that way to avoid the roll being unravelled!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        It’s just a ‘thing’ I think looks the right way??ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    I don’t care which way the toilet paper hangs as longs as there is some on the roll.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    lol yes I hate the loo paper being the wrong way as well. ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy

    Can you tell me where I could find the dividers used between the bath towels?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Chrissy, you would find these at the hardward store, probably raw wood but you could then paint them. They would use them use them as wall supports for the bottom of shelves.ReplyCancel

  • Dutchgirl

    I totally agree about the toilet paper.
    And I have a little saving tip, I flatten the roll. You will use less paper, because it doesn’t roll of that easy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh I like this tip, wonder if it may help my little miss not use half a roll (slight exaggeration) every time she goes to the loo, will try!!ReplyCancel

{Organise} Tasks to complete through school holidays

List to be organised for returning back to school Term 3 As of 3pm this afternoon my kids are on school holiday’s!!!!  I love school holiday’s, I may have mentioned before, sleep in’s, lazing in PJ’s all morning, mostly love not having to make school lunches, I’ll do alot of baking with the kids, as […]

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  • I pop our insulated bags in the wash with the towels, they come up nice :)

    I also really need to restock the hair ties. I am probably jinxing myself by saying this, but I seem to have starved the sock pinching fairy to death, or maybe they are just surviving on a diet of hair ties now with the hair tie stealing fairy … either way I need to buy more hair ties LOLReplyCancel

    • LOL, hairties are so easy to you and annoying just appear on the floorReplyCancel

  • I can never get my son’s school socks back to white!! Even after soaking in napisan & washing- they still have dirt stains :( He spends every spare minute at school in the sandpit (which is basically just sandy dirt!) so all his socks & school clothes have dirt stains- anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks in advance!!ReplyCancel

    • Mandy, I use napisan and leave to soak in the washing machine for 2-3 hours. But it seems you have already tried this. What about bleach?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Do you grocery shop online all the time, Katrina? ReplyCancel

    • No not all the time, my favourite online shop is Coles over Woolworths. I found when I shopped online with woolworths and if they didn’t have an item in stock they do not give you the refund, it is then credited to your account. I’d prefer the money in my pocket not their’s like Coles does. There are a few pro’s and con’s I think this is definatelly a post worthy topic!
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{FREE Printable} School Holiday Planner

School holidays start here in QLD at the end of this week.  We are going to try and spend the first week at home, to relax unwind and enjoy time together as a family.  We recently purchased Wii Party and loving it, such a fun game to play all together, making us work together as […]

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{Declutter} The Bathroom cupboard

Remove everything from your bathroom cupboard and vanity top, as you are taking them out access: Is it broken? Old hairdryer, electric toothbrush etc. Yes, throw away. Do you use it?  No, throw away. Has it expired?  Makeup, perfumes, lotions etc have expiry dates. Yes, throw away. Use baskets to keep items organised or easy to […]

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  • MAE

    That bathroom storage looks great. Wondering if you have ideas on how/where to store bathroom bags for travelling. We like to keep them stocked and ready and they tend to take up lots of room in the bathroom cupboard.ReplyCancel

    • Mae, I’ll answer this question in the reader question section of the upcoming newsletter, will be able to give you more detail and a few pictures :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Just the other day as part of my out-with-summer in-with-winter declutter i put all the beachtowels, sarongs, travel hairstuff & sunscreens we take out to beach/pool etc into our beachbags closed them with pegs to keep dust etc out and put them to store in a space next to my vacuum cleaner in the bottom of the linen cupboard. The towel cupboard & vanity cupboard are both less crowded & tidier.
    Bathers, chamois & goggles (the bare essentials should we do an indoor pool visit) are with the sport stuff in each of our wardrobes.
    Have finally finished getting all the woollens, lounge lap-rugs & extra blankets freshened and out, their space now occupied by (cleaned) outdoor setting cushions, fans, extra ice making stuff and the gazebo shadecloth (big washer at the laundomat was handy!)

    I just wonder whether Mae could keep her travel toiletries in the luggage/suitcases – presumably this space is empty until you pack the rest of your travel items? This is what we do with our scout hike stuff..ReplyCancel

    • Love the summer/winter declutter Julie! Might try and add your tip into the newsletter!ReplyCancel

    • We keep all pur travel essentials in our suitcases and also try to stack the smaller suitcases inside the bigger ones!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thank so much Katrina for all the bathroom tips. My kids bathroom was the worst room in my house. I went out and bought those suction tooth brush holders and it is so much better. (I have 7 kids toothbrushes to store, the cup they were in before had to go through the dishwasher ever couple of days – but now – NO MORE!).

    I also took up your chucking and no folding of the face washers in the drawers idea…. you are fantastic….(why didn’t I think of using them for cleaning before though). The only thing I thought of (you have one washer per kid),where as I have 7 kids, so 7 washers is too many in one bathroom, so I put some 3M easy remove hooks on the wall tiles. 1 washer is for the boys bath, 2 girls share one washer and the other 2 girls the other. (After all the girls only use them for their faces and have a shower ‘puffy/sponge”. I also stuck a small sticker on each hook – boat for boys, love heart and a bow!

    In the kids bathroom, I only have towels in the cabinet under the sink, up in the vanity the I have rolled and put the bath towels, in the other side the girls are starting to add their bits and pieces (creams, deodorants etc), less stuff in a kids bathroom is the better!

    You are an inspiration Katrina xoxoReplyCancel

    • Love it Lisa, thankyou for adding the photo as well. I love that you have personalised the 3m hooks with a stickers!ReplyCancel

  • Adalita Marks

    I use the coloured drawers in my makeup bathroom. At the house we are renovating. I can’t wait to have a new bathroom so I can organise it properly. I am going to buy a stand for my hairdryier and straightening iron. I also have bought pink lily clear boxes for makeup, and other bathroom essentials. I have a couple of baskets too. ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for the ideas – we have just moved and the bathroom cupboard is tiny, with no drawers! Hence bathroom goodies still in boxes on the floor! I am keeping everyday items like deodorant & moisturiser for me in my wardrobe. :)ReplyCancel

    • Hopefully you can use one of these ideas. Do you have wall space where you can add some shelves or cabinets?ReplyCancel

      • I’m thinking of buying one of those over the toilet shelf unit thingys – will see how we go. Thanks. :)ReplyCancel

  • P

    assess not access – please!ReplyCancel

  • Ellie

    I keep my daily items in a hanging toiletry bag – Keeps the bench clear, items handy and can be easily zipped up and put away when I want to. It might suit you too :)ReplyCancel

  • sly

    Put the items on the bench in a pretty basket. Then you can just pick up the basket when you clean.ReplyCancel

{Cleaning} Bathroom cleaning tips

Remember I mentioned in this post about organising the kids bathroom that each of the kids use a washer and I have this ‘thing’ that they use a new one each day, I explain a little more below.  Here are a few tips to keep your bathroom looking tidy: While kids are in the bathtub […]

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  • Cherie

    Exit Mould is the only one I find to work but you can’t wipe it or it spreads ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou for the tip Cherie!
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      • Steff009

        Hi if the molds really bad, pour raw bleach on it leave for one hour then wipe off with hot water and rinse, If u have mold in between tiles put some bleach on a tooth brush scrub it on leave for a while then scrub it with the toothbrush then rinse.ReplyCancel

  • Tlr

    Katrina I use a mould / bathroom product from Aldi for my tiles / shower recess, it is a chemical unfortunately but I only need to use it sparingly and it’s a lot cheaper than the mainstream ‘brands’ at other supermarkets :) p.s. I love your page :)ReplyCancel

  • julie mcdonald

    I have cut up 2 old bath towels (haven’t got around to over-locking or hemming them) into 30 x 30cm squares and I use these to wipe over the vanitys in the bathrooms. I use another to wipe over the toilet lid, seat and cistern. Throw into the wash and they are ready for use next time.ReplyCancel

    • I love this Julie, what a great way of using old towels, do you mind if I add this tip to the newsletter?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    The best thing for mould is the homebrand mould remover (from woolies i think). Ive tried everything, all the top notch brands, but this one works amazingly!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    The best thing for mould is the homebrand mould remover (from woolies i think). Ive tried everything, all the top notch brands, but this one works amazingly!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Someone has told me Oil of Clove is suppose to be a great natural mould/mildew remover – it might be worth a tryReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    I have found one of the best ways to get soap scum off the shower screen is by using soap!! Lather it whilst you are having a shower itself wipe over (even with your hands) and rinse, the built up soap is cleaned off (must be the heat of the shower also) It does not dry it but it definitely helps keep the scum film down. You can wipe dry after the shower for a shiny look!

    As for mould after 20 years I still just keep coming back to straight bleach….let it soak on damp tiles for 10-15 minutes then just rinse off with shower water. I cannot scrub have a injured shoulder so this gets most patches off and all that is required is a wipe and the rest comes off too!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Love your blog…….thanks for the inspiration and tips!! A friend put me on to Gumption, The tub lasts forever, it’s cheap, found in the supermarket and it works well for those bath rings. Mould, I go with Shannon Lush on this with the shower and use the bicarb of soda and vinegar. It goes all fizzy and easy to clean. And natural :)
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    • That’s right, gumption’s great for the hard water build up on the vanity too.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Gilder

    Clove oil is brilliant for killing mould. I have used it in my bathroom and it’s gone. I did use a bit of bleach to remove stubborn mould in the grouting then mixed water and clove oil in a spray bottle and it’s done!! No more bleach needed now!ReplyCancel

    • I’m definatley going to have to get some of this, thankyou!!ReplyCancel

      • Inga

        I have read that whilst bleach removes the mould, it doesn’t kill the spores. Clove oil does kill the spores. It’s possibly a tip from Shannon Lush.ReplyCancel

  • Lynhead

    I use lemone juice mixed with cream of tartar in my shower…just mix it up, wipe it on and rinse off and you have a sparkling clean shower. For mould I use straight lemon juice!
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    • I have lemon juice, I’m going to give it a go, thanks Lynhead!ReplyCancel

    • Sherry

      I think I’ll try that on my stubborn stain! My step mom used to use Cream of Tartar & Lemon juice to get stains out of clothing.ReplyCancel

  • r_liston

    If you squeegee out your shower after the last person uses it each day, and if possible, leave the shower door open to air it out, you will have a greatly reduced mould problem. The mould needs moisture so using the squeegee helps keep it dry.ReplyCancel

  • Alanswifey

    Hi , I have just this week found and can recommend the best mould remover/shower cleaner ever, its called Selleys Rapid Mould Killer.ReplyCancel

  • Alanswifey

    Hi , I have just this week found and can recommend the best mould remover/shower cleaner ever, its called Selleys Rapid Mould Killer.ReplyCancel

  • Adalita Marks

    EXIT mould is great for stubborn mould. I used it in our ensuite after the exhaust fan broke. I still have to give that bathroom a good clean but as its in our house which is in construction and not being used I’m not worried. I use a spray bottle of vinegar and bicarb soda if I run out of my natural cleaner (Earth brand)ReplyCancel

  • Morgan

    I get the Mould remover from Aldi, its fantastic. My shower was black, I sprayed it on and came back later and it was white and clean, then I just washed it down. No scrubbing at all, I love it, I use it on the scum that builds up around the taps in the sink too and spray it in the toilet bowl to keep it white and clean too. ReplyCancel

  • Olivia

    For the past six months I have been using a new chemical free product for all of my cleaning duties. I won’t plug it here, but thought I should share the info that I have learned of late. Most bathroom cleaners such as exit mould, don’t really kill the mould but simply bleach it so it can’t be seen. The product I use has a combination of essential oils that remove and kill the mould.
    As for the harder to move soap scum, I now use malamone foam (magic erasers are made of this).
    My bathroom has never been cleaner or smelling so good :) and it takes half the time it used toReplyCancel

  • We use Sparkle For Mould — nothing “natural” about it, but when we thought we’d have to regrout the shower, and tried this super-strength stuff, turns out the grout’s still white and good! It works AMAZINGLY!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda D

    After years of scrubbing the bathroom and trying different products, I found that bicarb and vinegar removes anything…but the best thing for bathroom scum is dish washing liquid, my hubby uses it to remove the grease from his work shirt before soaking it, and Miss 6 now cleans the shower as she thinks it great to slide across the floor and its one wipe of the walls to clean it :)ReplyCancel

  • Lanna

    I use 30 seconds to remove mould in my shower. ReplyCancel

  • Munkyflava

    the mould remover from Crazy Clarks is fantastic.. Not natural again but powerful and it works fast!! We have used it on everything..kids pool and outdoor toys that we nearly threw away.. the security screens after the floods. Clothing, bathrooms.. its magic ReplyCancel

  • 1messy desk

    I’ve heard that a 1/4 teaspoon of clove oil (you can buy it from pharmacies) in a litre of water works really well on mould. Haven’t tried it myself yet, but it’d be worth a tryReplyCancel

  • Many of us assume that cleaning our bathrooms is a very tiring task but if we do this regularly, we do not have to spend as much time and energy doing it as what we have previously thought. Your bathroom usage habits can also affect the appearance and condition of this space – if you practice good hygiene and clean up every after use – then you do not have to worry about taking too long just to have it cleaned. ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I use clove oil and it is fantastic for killing mould and preventing the mould for returning. No nasty and expensive bleaches or chemicals. To prevent shower screens from leaving water ‘spots’, clean with viva mirror wipes then use regular car wax over the screen and tiles. The water beads off (just like your car). You will only need to apply the wax once or twice a year. ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    3/4 bleach and 1/4 water in a spray bottle takes care of all mould!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry

    I have a 4 piece tub enclosure we just installed last year however we noticed the bottom of the tub looks stained- I tried Baking soda to scrub it and even hydrogen peroxide but it still has the stain and it looks dirty & dingy- I have also tried bleach ad soft scrub- they didn’t work either. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • Shell ogara

    I use the Clorox stain remover pen for moldy grout. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse clean. ReplyCancel

  • Lorrie Murphy

    I use dettol and aspirin. Make into paste leave for a little while, maybe 1/2 hour. Rinse, then clean with vinegar and bicarbReplyCancel

  • ebomb

    http://www.norwex.com/productdetail.php?prd=632&ova=&ctg=64&lng=22&cnt=13

    I use Norwex products they are really really efficient and they make everything a breeze to clean. They are antibac and only require water, no harsh chemicals. Look up http://www.norwex.com and it will explain the rest! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristin

    OZkleen do “mould Power” which doesn’t remove mould stains, but does kill mould. So if you remember to use it regularly you don’t have issues to begin with! Works well, is natural and even smells nice! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Gardner

    Hello Katrina :) I keep meaning to pop in and tell you that I love your face washer tip. My house has still seen better days but I now have a much cleaner bathroom :)ReplyCancel

    • so glad it has helped Kylie, just simple little things like that make such a difference!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Love these bathroom tips. Just finished cleaning and decluttering the bathroom.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I’ve been told that exit mould and bleach turn the mould white, which is why it comes back. Chlorine kills mould though, so it doesn’t come back! It’s worked for me!ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    I had a big mould problem in my whole house :( Bad build extention, wet winter and more…
    I research really well what to use to get rid of it. This is what I found and used.

    My tips:
    – never use bleach (or ammonia), is does not kill the mould it just bleaches it – so it is of no use for getting rid of the mould. Though can be used to bleach the stain if that stays after getting rid of the mould itself.
    – best and easiest to use vinegar, either diluted (recommended) or pure. Works great and kills the mould. You can include tea-tree oil as well.
    – for more difficult/returning mould, use clove oil. It really smells and you only need a few drops diluted with water (e.g. 1/4 teaspoon clove oil with 1L water)!

    – always leave ‘concoction’ on for at least half an hour (some say even a day). Wipe/scrub with cloth (or what ever you want). Then use a clean cloth with your mixture to treat/clean again. Then another clean cloth to wipe everything off (can use normal water). Clean cloths are important as you don’t want to re-introduce the mould spores that are now in your dirty cloth :)

    My house is mould free and I’ve been using vinegar to clean now and that seems to keep the mould out as well… Happy cleaning!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Masha! Yes i highly recommend Vinegar!ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Rissoles, potato and veg

Wow I had such a big weekend, non stop.  Saturday saw me looking after a friends 3 kids, plus the neighbours kids were dropping by, it was a very busy afternoon with 6 plus kids, I was tired by the end but really enjoyed it.  Then later that evening I had dinner and drinks with […]

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{Tips} Tax tips for year end 30 June 2011

Yesterday Scott, from Springer Accounting and Tax Solutions (aka, Mr Organised Housewife) provided us with some tips on what to organise ready for tax time.  Today is a list of his top tax tips. Defer income Consider if you have any opportunities to defer income into the 2012 financial year. Bring forward deductions Bring forward […]

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{Organise} Tips for tax time

The end of the financial year is fast approaching, do you have everything organised and ready to claim? Scott, from Springer Accounting and Tax Solutions (aka, Mr Organised Housewife) has been so kind to put together his top organising and tax tips for year end 30 June 2011. Collect the following information required to prepare […]

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  • micknjan

    I keep a file beside the computer for all accounts paid, and when anything comes in the mail e.g. dividends from shares I put them straight into my tax sleeve in the filing system. Simply have to pick up this file when its time to do tax.
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  • Shibby

    lol@ “mr” organised housewife. Thanks scott for that very neat summary :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Many thanks!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Zarna

    http://www.marbig.com.au/Products/Product.aspx?S=21007087&G=14001274&P=14015568 I buy one of these every year and keep it in the front of our filing cabinet, everytime I buy something or receive a dividend statement etc I pop it in this folder so it’s all in one place at tax time.
    When group certificates (or whatever they’re called this week), donation statements etc start to come in at the end of the financial year I pop them all in the folder as well so when it comes time to sit down do my tax I have it all at my fingertips to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee as I enter it all into e-tax.
    Once I’m done I put it at the back of the filing cabinet to keep for the next 7 years and replace the one at the front with a new folder so when the refund notices arrive I pop them into the new folder and start all over for the new year.ReplyCancel

  • Debs

    I’m inspired and am dedicating the next hour to sorting out my documents ready for when the EOFY statements come in. Then I’m going to set up a system like Zarna’s – much needed since I only completed our tax for 2009/10 3 weeks ago! Ouch!! Thanks Katrina for the motivation and fab tips. We’re slowly getting on top of things… slowly.ReplyCancel

{FREE Printable} Weekly food diary

I mentioned on the facebook page recently that I am seeing a Personal Trainer each week to help me become healthier.  She has been great motivation and provides continuous encouragement, I am thoroughly enjoying going to the gym.  The no.1 item on my list of goals for 2011 is to lose weight.  I’m dedicated to succeed […]

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  • Sarah

    This is perfect! One of my tasks for today was to call a local personal trainer (that was recommended to me by a friend). I’ve now signed up for my first session and in the meantime I have been asked to keep a food diary so have printed a few copies of your printable. Great timing :-) ReplyCancel

    • Good Luck Sarah, I’m really enjoying my PT sessions I hope it gives you the motivation to become healthier.ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    Hi – I can’t seem to download – I keep clicking on the weekly food diary and it doesn’t seem to work. Is there something I am doing wrong. Probably!!ReplyCancel