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Happiness Project

I’m in awe of Naomi from Seven Cherubs (that’s right she has 7 children).  I have only had the pleasure of meeting her twice, at the Aussie Bloggers Conference earlier this year and again last week.  Both times she constantly had a smile shining on her face and phone in hand tweeting…lol, she amazes me as i […]

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  • Tracy Williams

    I have started stopping and allowing the moment to sink in, even in those every day moments. I don’t want to have regrets, watching them and creating beautiful memories allows me to remember why I love being a mum.

  • Julie

    I did this for a while – i called it a gratitude diary
    It is good for learning to focus on the positives in life!

    Make sure you include your challenges in your journal of positives and be more creative and specific than the lame old “could’ve been worse”. Sometimes when you reflect later you can see that you learnt from the situation in a big way that you maybe didn’t realise at the time…I sometimes like to include some of these in my kids scrapbooks’s my version of faithbooking

    And remember:
    “Without the rain, there would be no rainbow” -G.K. ChestertonReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for taking part in this project. So great to catch up with you again. You are one awesome lady and I enjoy being in your company so much. I adore your happiness list, I love the key words you chose to start each sentence and the flow of family and personal was wonderful. I love having my toes painted too! such a simple act that brings me so much joy.

    My heart and prayers have been with you at this difficult time for your family. How tragic and sad for you and your cherubs. It was lovely to see you smiling during the week and I hope that happiness continues to find it’s way into your home and heart.

    Until next time my friend. Naomi xReplyCancel

  • It’s lovely to meet you through Naomi’s linky, Katrina. There are some really great blogs linking up that I haven’t been to before. xReplyCancel

  • I was involved in the happiness project too and am slowly making my ’rounds’ reading everyones entries. Its a shame you didnt finish because I was enjoying reading it and wanted more!ReplyCancel

{Video} Preparing fresh fruit and veg for the fridge

Below is a link to a video i shot for Rubbermaid Australia’s facebook page The Organised Home, promoting their wonderful food storage containers.  Showing how easy it is to quickly prepare your fresh fruit and vegetables to place in the fridge for easy access through the week. See video HERE Congratulations to the following winners […]

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  • Hi Katrina, great video, you got me inspired to this months ago when I first discovered your website. My only concern is one brought up by my mum; How many of the vitamins and nutrients are lost when pre-cutting the produce? I don’t know myself, and thought it might be something you know, or could look into. I still think it’s worth it, simply because I’m more likely to use the produce when it’s pre-cut and I certainly won’t get any nutrients 3 weeks later when I’m throwing rank vegies in the bin!

  • Julie

    I also wondered if anyone else found it reduced the shelf-life of the vegies and fruit by cutting them? particularly soft fruit such as watermelon.
    I think storing precut vegies in water causes nutrient leaching out of the veg into the water (like boiling instead of steaming) but many nutrients are reduced by cooking, long-storage, UV, etc but you would have to research the individual vitamin on wiki or something?
    Certainly the most nutritious food is that which is gladly eaten and made from the freshest, intensive-farmed (if u can home/organic grown) rather than extensive-farmed trace element-deprived soils.
    The best thing about this is the convenience – and if we reach for junkfood instead of slightly reduced nutrient loading fruit n veg we are not getting the nutrients anyway..
    But can i encourage everyone to compost their food scraps, please?ReplyCancel

  • Hmm the link sent me to your FB pageReplyCancel

  • Hi There,
    I’ve been lurking in your blog for a few months now. :)
    I love your site and get a lot out of your posts.
    Cutting up the fruit and vegetables is something that I try and do as well .. as soon as I get home from the grocery store.
    I have those Rubbermaid tubs that are made for the fruit and veg too and find that my produce last quite a bit longer in them because as you say in your video .. they are seperated from any moisture thereby, extending their life.

    So, keep up the fantastic work that you do on this site. Even though I may not always comment, I am reading. :)


  • Hi There,
    I’ve been lurking in your blog for a few months now. :)
    I love your site and get a lot out of your posts.
    Cutting up the fruit and vegetables is something that I try and do as well .. as soon as I get home from the grocery store.
    I have those Rubbermaid tubs that are made for the fruit and veg too and find that my produce last quite a bit longer in them because as you say in your video .. they are seperated from any moisture thereby, extending their life.

    So, keep up the fantastic work that you do on this site. Even though I may not always comment, I am reading. :)


{Declutter} Handbag

Please forgive me my day’s have been all out recently, yesterday’s post was ‘Cleaning Tuesday’ clearly it was Wednesday, but here I go again, Decluttering on a Thursday instead of Wednesday, will you forgive me??  LOL. I have posted about decluttering your handbag before, however, I want to repost this, because I have so many […]

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  • Julie

    Don’t worry
    - not having perfect domestic goddess posts adds to their appeal – it keeps the goal of being organised into the realm of the attainable for us mere mortals!!
    (We are not yet worthy ..) :) ReplyCancel

  • [...] take some time today to clean your handbag, organise inside if you have time (great product review below which can help), and create a permanent home for your [...]ReplyCancel

  • Kahler

    Thanks for sharing I have been organising my whole house and family but never thought to organise my hand bag it’s always full of receipts and shopping lists and other such junk, love having a guideline to work from to help me sought my hand bag :) P.S love your blog it’s very inspiring!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna

    I keep all of my cosmetics in a clear zipped bag for easy access and it keeps me from looking for them in the canyon that is my handbag. Same for pens and other office supplies. Still haven’t mastered the paper, but working on it.ReplyCancel

  • [...] Decluttering. I’ve been putting this one off because…ugh. Just…ugh. Who wants to clean out their purse? (Guys: substitute wallet, backpack, briefcase or whatever it is you carry. I have guy friends who [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I keep a separate coin purse + credit card holder which I keep all my membership/discount cards in – this saves my wallet being overstuffed & impossible to keep closed. I also have a cosmetic purse where I keep a pen, nail file, paracetamol, hand cream + a few other bits & bobs. It’s great – so easy to now find my keys, mobile & walletReplyCancel

  • you forgot tissues for the handbag, i also keep mints in mine for the fresh breath emergencies. i also use that same particular chapstick its great the best ive used to be honestReplyCancel

  • fiona

    I like to change my handbag over alot, so each time it gets a good declutter!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Hi Kat, just voted for your blog on the AWC site, good luck!! Your site is fantastic, you deserve the nomination, best wishes Katrina QldReplyCancel

    • Hi Katrina, thank you so much for taking time out to do that, I really appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • […] Decluttering. I’ve been putting this one off because…ugh. Just…ugh. Who wants to clean out their purse? (Guys: substitute wallet, backpack, briefcase or whatever it is you carry. I have guy friends who […]ReplyCancel

{Cleaning Task} Cleaning the microwave oven

I give my microwave a wipe over each week.  My microwave manual it recommends not to use harsh chemicals or abrasives, so I usually fill my sink with warm soapy water and use this with my sponge to wipe down the microwave.   HOW TO CLEAN MICROWAVE Half fill a glass jug, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar.  Place in […]

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  • Kerrie

    If you add lemon juice instead of vinegar, it has the same effect of loosening the food and attacking the germs, but it also smells really nice :) ReplyCancel

  • I was afforded a small sleep in this morning. I sat up in bed reading and having a coffee, switched on my ipod and hopped on fb. Organised Housewife suggested cleaning the microwave.
    I finished my coffee, hopped out of bed and stuck a glass jug of water & vinegar in the microwave. Fifteen minutes later my dear old (nearly 20 years) microwave was sparkling inside and out. Job done, tick! That is inspiration for ya!


    • Katrina

      Lol, a sleep in, so nice! Wow, 20 years old, you must of be treating it so well to last so long. So glad it is shining for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    My sister-in-law had her baby a bit we all went to visit
    Little James Paul 6lb 2oz and gorgeous!!
    and since they live nearly 2hr drive away I have kind of got my routine a day out – but when I looked at the date this morning i really had to check (I saw the “tuesday” heading and thought my plans for today had been shafted (miss goes to preschool wednesdays) but if anyone is day-challenged like me: Today IS Wednesday ..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I am so out of wack at the moment Julie, yes it’s Wednesday, not Tuesday, I would so love an extra day this week though!!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    I get my sad looking lemons at the end of the week and slice one or two into a Pyrex jug and top with water and pop on for 5 mins. Leave for 5 mins, remove jug, and wipe out. Works a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Once a week I just put in a glass of water for 2 mins and let stand for a couple of minutes while I finish dishes etc – it also works a treat!!ReplyCancel

  • Littleangelstoo

    I love your website and all the hints and tips. I cleaned my kitchen from top to bottom yesterday, and the only thing not completed was cleaning the microwave. Before I had a chance to google ‘how to’ I came across this post by accident. Just cleaned the microwave and it is fabulous and easy.
    Thanks again.

{Printable} Keep Calm

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

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  • Renee

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

  • Julie

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

    • Katrina

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

  • Julie

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

  • Chrissy

    My Fav!! Love this one! Reminds me of my fav verse. I shared it on my blog today!

    Chrissy @ formamas.blogspot.comReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Super easy pumpkin soup

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

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{Video} How to Fold Bath Towels

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

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  • KateS

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

  • Kylie

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

  • Melissa

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

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

    Cheers – Joolz :) ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Thankyou again – your blog is always helpful!ReplyCancel

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

  • Newks

    I used to buy linens and towels for a huge retailer in London. We were always taught to fold them lengthways first, to preserve the towels – and all linens actually. Wonder why that was and if horizontal makes any difference?

  • Cute little video. I’ve just started my own business selling doona covers. I hate pulling products out of the box because I have to work out how to fold them again. There’s a real art to folding!

    unique doona cover designs


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

  • Angela

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

  • Terri

    Good idea but Anthea Turner does it even better hers show no edges.ReplyCancel

  • Annabelle

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

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

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

The Organised Housewife Cleaning Checklist

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

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Link Love

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

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  • Hey Katrina,

    Thank you for the Link Lovin!

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

    She has actually linked to you in her latest post.


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

  • Thanks so much for the link love!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina,

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

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

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

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

{Routine} Bedtime

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

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  • Julie

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

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

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

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

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

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