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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!

      • 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 :)

    • 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!

    • 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 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

    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 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

{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.

  • Shibby

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

  • Kathryn

    Many thanks!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Zarna 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

{Organising} The kids bathroom

Here are a few of my organising tips for the kids bathroom: Toothbrushes I have tried many times putting the kids toothbrushes in a ‘decorative’ toothbrush holder.  I found that inside the holder got very grotty quickly and with little ones splashing water when using the basin I was always wiping up water puddles around […]

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  • Cherie h

    Just letting you know the chicken pox vaccination doesn’t stop them from getting them they just get a milder dose as for the one who hasn’t had them he may be what they call a carrier with no symptoms so they could of had the :-)ReplyCancel

  • julie

    As far as your other child being a “carrier” – this would mean he/she is still infectious !!
    I think what is meant is that this child either has a sufficient degree of immunity from vaccination or sub-clinical infection (they got such a mild ‘dose’ they did not develop symptoms) or somehow managed not to be exposed to the varicella infection your other kids had!
    A serology test (seroconversion antibody levels) cam be done to determine immunity if you are concerned.
    Any infection is a battle of balance: the exposure level & virulence of the germs versus your conquering immune response.
    Seroconversion efficincy differs between people and vaccine type.

    If anyone has not had either chicken pox or the vaccine I highly recommend the vac – it is NASTY as an adult!! 21 days after my kids had supposedly stopped being infectious I went from hospital emergency dept (being soo sick) to acute care to being sent to isolation with my own nurse when they discovered my first welt…then being discharged as soon as my obs were stable but having to walk out in a mask!!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine


    Just wondering what section in Woolies you found the suction cup baskets. I had a look today at the one near me but couldn’t find any.

    I think it is a great idea! We also have the decorative toothbrush holders but I don’t like the yukky stuff that grows inside. Ewww….ReplyCancel

    • Bridget

      Hi, I had trouble finding the bathroom caddy too, but found it in Coles, in the gladwrap isle (random) just hanging, as they do with other little bits and bobs for impulse buying. It wasnt where I thought to look.

      Good luckReplyCancel

  • I love how your hair items look in the drawer- very easy to find everything! I have a teen daughter and here’s the best thing we did for the bathroom- I put a cool looking large wire square basket on the counter for our hot irons and blow dryer. My daughter would unplug her flat iron but since it was still hot, she would leave it on the counter which would drive my Hubby nuts but now that I have the metal basket, she can just unplug it and put it in there to cool leaving my counter clutter free!ReplyCancel

    • That’s such a great idea!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea! I leave my straightener out because of that same reason and then have to remember to go back and pack it away (with running around after my 3 kids though this can be a long while after it has cooled). I love this idea, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Gallaway

    I will be looking for one of those baskets this week – soooo sick of the grot inside the toothbrush holder! I run ours through the dishwasher once a week because they get so disgusting (and all the grot comes out of the bottom and goes all over the bench – eww!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I never thought of putting them through the dishwasher, this one is plastic, so I am sure it is possible, great idea, thanks Shannon!ReplyCancel

    • They have also been found at Big W for $3, I found this one randomly throughout one of the isles hanging on a post around the shevles

  • I do the same with washers. I also keep the used ones in an old colander until the day I wash towels and washers. Thanks for the idea to keep the vaporiser in their bathroom perfect placement for it, these things just don’t occur to me sometimes having moved from such a smaller home I just put things where they had to be kept before sometimes and haven’t been here for long enough to think these things through IYKWIM.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Ok kat.. now i wanna see whats in those other bathroom drawers!!lolReplyCancel

    • LOL….I have 2 drawers full of washers (they are very small drawers) and the girls keep some play make up in the bottom drawer…..nothing exciting.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    whooohoooo!! i just brought myself that toothbrush caddy thingy!! awesome!! BigW $3.00ReplyCancel

    • That’s such a great price. $3 and it will save so much time with cleaning. Love a tip earlier to put in the dishwasher to clean as well.ReplyCancel

  • [...] 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 [...]ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    What an awesome idea! I am currently building my home and CANNOT WAIT to move in so I can begin putting all of your organisational tips to good use. I am going to be so organised I won’t know what to do with myself!ReplyCancel

    • Graet idea to get all the tips before you move in. Then you can move in with a plan of attack! Good luck!

  • Joyce

    I do the same with the face washers except we don’t have a drawer for them, so they are in a tub. I wish I had a bathroom cupboard. lolReplyCancel

    • ooh, yes cupboards would make it easier to hide all the clutter, but hopefully you are working around itReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Those little hanging suction baskets are great in the kitchen also. I put the dish brush and straw brush cleaners in it (for my daughters baby cups) and it hangs off the wall over the sink. ReplyCancel

    • So very versatile. I have also been putting it in the dishwasher to give a quick clean.

  • Josie

    omg, you are amazing. I can not let my husband see your blog or he will fall madly in love with you!!ReplyCancel

  • Bettyvotskos

    Hi Katrina,
    Just wondering, do you use the same basket for your own toothbrushes, this brush thing has been driving me nuts!!!! Love your blog.ReplyCancel

  • RenaeHall

    luv luv luv! I am mum to 2 sets of twins (1 and 4 ) and just started following :) although i can manage to have a reasonably tidy house (i can get dishes, floors, washing etc done) but with the demands of kids & work etc slowly the non daily jobs just seem to pile up. But doing my daily task is making me feel so much more positive and inspired and motivaed to get my zoo back under my control ! thanks so much :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Moore

    I am a little concerned from a hygiene point of view all the toothbrushes are touching!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Such great ideas, kids bathroom is now clean and decluttered. Yay!ReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Pan Fried Fish

Apologies that this week’s meal plan is a day late.  I had a fantastic long weekend away with friends, I have caught up on my project life album and also completed a few scrapbooking layouts, didn’t finish as much as I wanted, but we enjoyed the chatting and late nights, along with the scrapbook expo, so […]

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  • Hi Katrina, sounds like a wonderful weekend you have had. I will get back into meal planning sometime soon and hope to join in, in the not too distant future :)ReplyCancel

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Roast chicken breast with gravy

Roast chicken breast with gravy   Print Author: Katrina Recipe type: Chicken Serves: 5 Ingredients 1-2 tbs Oil 2 Chicken Breast pieces 3 Chicken drumsticks Salt and Pepper 1 cup water ½ tsp Chicken stock powder 1-2 tsp Plain Flour, depending how thick you like your gravy Instructions Drizzle a little oil in the bottom […]

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Pan fried fish

Pan fried fish   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 15 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Fish Serves: 4 Ingredients ½ cup plain flour 1 tbs cajun seasoning (or seasoning of your choice) 5 pieces white fish fillets (ie, we use Barramundi) 1-2 tbs butter Instructions Place flour and […]

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Microwave Vegetables   Print Prep time 2 mins Cook time 4 mins Total time 6 mins   This is a quick summary of our I cook vegetables, this is what suits me and my family. Author: Katrina Recipe type: Vegetables Serves: 5 Ingredients 1 heaped cup Brocolli, in florets 1 heaped cup Cauliflower, in florets […]

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