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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

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

I like to create our own birthday gift tagsfor gifts we give. I found this perfect printable below from ScrapBook Inspiration Magazineto make your own tags. Print the tags (perfect black and white as I don’t have a colour printer), colour, cut and add to gift. I am sure friends and family will love this […]

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Thankou very much to each of you for my birthday wishes yesterday, you really made me feel very special. I was very spoilt my favourite event of the day was I didn’t have to cook dinner!! In the theme of birthday’s and new year approaching,I thought it would be fitting to share with you my […]

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  • Sammy xo

    This is GREAT Thank you so much, I always forget birthday’s and disorganied with gifts and cards… This will definitely help, I have poped it up onto my organisation board!!ReplyCancel

  • Nadia

    Hi Katrina, can I ask where you keep your printables? I really don’t like loose bits of paper floating around, which is where they usually end up in my house! But seeing as this is my year to get organised, I’d love to know where you keep things like this so they’re accessible yet ‘put away’. Thankyou!ReplyCancel

    • Kylie

      Hi Nadia,
      Ideas I’ve borrowed from Katrina in the past for printables are; decorate a ring binder to use for Christmas/Birthdays/Recipes or other organising stuff, pretty up a clipboard using wrapping paper or scrapbook paper and have your list on that hanging on your office wall or somewhere handy where it doesn’t look cluttered (I use this for loose recipes cards/sheets) or, in a protective A4 pocket (or laminated) and just blutacked to the wall or a cupboard door (I use a daily planner sheet as my washing schedule and have it stuck to laundry cupboard door).
      In the new year I plan on decorating some cheap gift boxes and creating my own birthday card box, so will have separate month lists stuck on cardstock as dividers for my supply of birthday cards. With more than 20 children’s birthdays to remember, I’m going to need to be more organised with birthdays now.ReplyCancel

      • Nadia

        Kylie, thankyou so much! Those ideas are terrific :) Your idea of having a birthday card box is awesome. I think to start I’ll blu tack it to the inside of a cupboard door I use all the time, and I love the idea of having a washing schedule on the back of the laundry door too. Thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • Three Little Pigs

    Thanks for this! I need to be more organised with remembering birthdays! I’m going to use a line or two below each birthday to list present ideas. And i’ll mark off when i have a card ready. Also, If things need posting, i can make a note of when i need to post it off! ReplyCancel

  • Christeen

    Hi Just wanted to let you know that October needs to be changed.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Schimak

    Happy Birthday for yesterday. We share the same day. I always enjoy reading your blog. XxReplyCancel

  • Janine

    Hi Katrina, so glad you enjoyed your birthday! Thanks so much for sharing the birthday calendar – it is just what I need to get myself a bit organised!! Plus, I love your suggestions of how to use it! Many thanks xxReplyCancel

  • Sorry all, I have fixed up the spelling mistake :)ReplyCancel

  • Kiera

    Hi Katrina!

    I’m fulfilling my new year’s resolution and getting organised. Your printable is great, especially as I am too lazy to find out how to make one myself on my mac!!!

    Thanks!
    KieraReplyCancel

  • Chrystelle Dufaud

    Thanks katrina. It will be usefull on my fridge because i always forgot birthday dates.
    From France
    ChrystelleReplyCancel

  • Rachelle

    Super nice! Thanks for this, will put it up on my board! 
    From the Philippines.

    -RachelleReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Katrina,
    Have been meaning to make up one of these for a while. I think I will do multiple copies: one in the cards box (a shoebox full of cards, sorted by type: christmas, baby, birthday, blank, sympathy, etc), one in my diary and one in the household folder which has been a long-term (years!) work in progress.
    ThanksReplyCancel

  • Fina

    Thank you for this Katrina!!! Birthday’s sneak up on me like nothing I mean sure you can put them in your calendar but I always forget to do it EVERY YEAR least this way I can hang it up in a private but where I look everyday place & be better organised!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thanks Katrina. Your printables are always so handy. We also love the school holiday planner and we have one in full swing right now! Happy birthday for yesterday!
    LisaReplyCancel

    • Glad you like the printables Lisa, I love the school holiday planner to, so very helpful to try and get everything we want accomplishedReplyCancel

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  • Nattyj

    Much love to you on your special day!ReplyCancel

  • Happy birthday Katrina!! Enjoy your day!ReplyCancel

  • Happy, happy birthday Kat, hope you have a lovely day! xReplyCancel

  • julie mcdonald

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day!ReplyCancel

  • Lorri Horsburgh

    Happy Birthday, have a great day make sure you relax and enjoy your special day. You deserve only the best, you are a little angel from organised heaven.
    Lorri ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    Happy birthday to you!!! Lots of love on this special day xxReplyCancel

  • Linderic

    Happy Birthday to a very special person.Hope your day is wonderful!
    Regards LindaReplyCancel

  • Cass

    Happy Birthday!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I hope you enjoy your birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Mumma K

    Happy Birthday, hope you have a great day ! ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! Hope that Mr Organised Housewife has treated you like a princess :;) Thank you for all of the blessings of organisation that you have bestowed on all of us in your fan club.ReplyCancel

  • Thankyou all so much for your beautiful birthday messages, yes I was spoilt didn’t have to enter the kitchen at all and enjoyed a relaxing day/night :)ReplyCancel

  • wow we share a birthday :) It is also my birthday on the 29th Dec, glad you had a great day. Happy Belated Birthday!ReplyCancel

I am super excited to be doing theBecky Higgins ‘Project Life’again in 2012. I had so much fun taking photo’s through 2011 and need to find some spare moment to put them all into my album (yes I am a little behind). I have also purchased a few Project Life items which were delivered earlier […]

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is approaching……. Be organised in 2012, find some time over the next few days and organise your diary/calendar be it the online or pen and paper variety. Here is a link to a post I wrote last year which lists all my suggestions of items to put in your diary, using this list will help […]

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  • Fran Bullington

    Just stumbled across your site and wanted to see your ideas for yearly planning. However, the link above takes me to a page that I do not have permission to view :( ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Beaver

    I don’t have permission to view the page on the above link :(ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I don’t have permission either :(ReplyCancel

  • Claire Haberfield

    Me too :( ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    Sorry can’t view Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Janeyh_72

    I can’t view either :(ReplyCancel

  • Menay Wilde

    Yeah please repost and notify us when you have it fixed. because at the moment it is saying “sorry you do not have permission to preview drafts.”ReplyCancel

  • Leesa_massey

    Like the others have mentioned – the link isn’t working :(ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    Thanks Kat!!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    All good now , I love these tips .ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Trimble-Roles

    Can I ask do you have a planner for the iPad?ReplyCancel

  • Sorry all, I have fixed the link now :)ReplyCancel

  • Nattyj

    I have my new OTI diary ordered, can’t wait to get it as aiming for maximum Organisation throughout 2012!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I have the Oti diary and I love it! I have added a pocket to the back using scrapbook paper and cut a slit in the front pocket for the post it notes. I use the exersise column for uni work. It’s the best diary I have ever had!ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve Peden

    I have ordered an Inner B diary and cant wait to try and be more organised this yearReplyCancel

Merry Christmas from my family to yours. I hope you are enjoying today with your loved ones and sharing some special moments together. Don’t forget to take lots of photos!!! {image credit}

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  • julie mcdonald

    Merry Christmas, Katrina. Thank you so much for providing so many great Christmassy fun things to make and do. I made the Reindeer Food then found you could make Reindeer Noses and Reindeer Poop too! I had fund delivering it all over town to my great-nieces & nephews who thought it was a hoot!
    I also made the Cheats Christmas Puddings – so easy and so yummy!
    Looking forward to lots more goodies on your site for the New Year. I must say I have been more organised all this year after I started to de-clutter after Christmas last year – I barely need to do much at the moment.
    Hope you had a lovely day and are enjoying some down time with your family,

    Cheers – JoolzReplyCancel

    • Aaw, thankyou Joolz there are so many cute little things to do for Christmas, I am pleased you had so much fun making and creating! I hope you had a wonderful christmas too. That puts a big smile on my face when I read that you are nearly complete with your decluttering, GOOD ON YOU!!ReplyCancel

We all love sales and the Boxing Day sales are always BIG and busy with people rushing around! It’s easy to go a little crazy with sales, here are a few of my tips to help with thePost Christmas Sale madness: before you go make a list of the items you are most hoping to […]

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  • julie montgomery

    Very good tips and it’s great to have a goal/plan before you step out into the sales that can pull you in! http://gosimplysavvy.com/blog/ReplyCancel

    • They can draw you in so easily :)ReplyCancel

      • Mtomsey77

        i totally agree with having a list of what you want to look for. I went last year, and really didn’t know what I wanted. I came home empty handed, it’s one of those sales you need to know what you want to get and then fight someone for it. lol. I think I may take the advice at the top and look around for linen at target. i love the idea of putting presents away also for babies, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Clothes for me and the kids at these sales. Basically those that are classics, because they last through any trends. As for the kids, well, it’s not so much about fashion is it? It’s more about necessity, so we buy the basics during the sales. Kids grow up too quickly, so no point spending too much money on stuff they can only wear for a little while. Good quality clothes that last until the next sibling. And we stock up on larger sizes as well for the next few seasons. :) ReplyCancel

    • Great thinking Norlin, you are certainly the fashion expert, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I rarely go near the sales as I don’t like shopping. My car is getting service near a shopping centre so Mr E. has suggested I spend the day at the sales. I think I’d rather go o the dentist. But it’s a few days in so it might b okay. I’ll keep your tips in mind if I do venture into the sales.ReplyCancel

    • I really don’t like shopping at the best of times either. Hope you enjoy your time though:)ReplyCancel

  • I usually avoid the sales like the plague as I learned years ago it drives me crazy with the crowds, BUT this year we need a new vacuum and I want a Breville mixer so we will brave the appliance stores and Dj’s at least…ReplyCancel

    • Christeen

      Hi We also want to get a Breville mixer. We want to one that is the scrapper one and it says in the ad that it comes with an icecream maker. It does have good reviews on a couple of sites so maybe we will hand over the $500ish for one. Our current one is 30 years old so if the Breville lasts half as long I’ll be happy.ReplyCancel

    • Deb, my little brother owns a Godfrey’s store (the one at Bundall, Gold Coast) and he says they are having a huge Boxing Day sale. http://www.godfreys.com.au/ You might pick up a really good one, they have stores just about everywhere.ReplyCancel

  • Melodieviljoen

    I’m hoping to find some Xbox and Nintendo Games a bit cheaper! I will also be shopping for myself (my husband’s gift to me will be a gift card)! Hoping to get more Bang for my Gift card!ReplyCancel

  • Remember its not a bargin if you dont NEED it and are just buying for the sake of buying!ReplyCancel

  • Moovisnz

    I find purchasing thinigs like towels and linen are a must in the sales, you can pick up some great quality items under half price.. ReplyCancel

    • I agree, Target always have towels on special at the boxing day salesReplyCancel

  • Good pointers! I am going to write things down for when I go shopping next week!ReplyCancel

  • I always buy my Christmas cards & wrapping paper etc for the following year at the sales, as well as any decorations I’m likely to want. :-) Saves so much money! ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    With the great sales on now can anyone recommend a decent towel to buy that doesn’t stay water resistant but also doesn’t cost the earth?ReplyCancel

I hope you liked the free monthly calendar printables that I published yesterday! Next to my computer I have acork-boardwhich keeps notes, to-do list, items I need to attend to urgently and a yearly calendar to easily refer to. Because I enjoy creating printables I couldn’t resist and created this gorgeous 2012 full year calendar […]

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