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Hi I’m Katrina, the writer of the The Organised Housewife. I’m also a wife to a wonderful and supportive man as well as a mother of 3 children Mr and 12 year old twins and my youngest is 10. I live on the beautiful Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

I wasn’t always as organised as I am today, I’ve had my share of struggles and melt downs, as all mothers tend to do, but going through that helped me to adapt routines to help keep the house under control. You can read my full story here.

On The Organised Housewife blog I share daily tips and ideas to keep the home and family organised. Ideas to create new habits like making the bed first thing in the morning, creating a routine for the kids to make mornings chaos and frustration free or suggesting areas to clean that you may forget about, such as the dust on the ceiling fans. My aim is to motivate and inspire readers to enjoy the journey they are living with their family while easily keeping a tidy home.

I also love creating charts, checklists, planners and more, which all help me in different ways in the home from cleaning the house to reward charts for the kids and routine charts which help the kids with their morning tasks, but in turn helps me keep my sanity so I am not repeatidy yelling at them to brush their teeth!!  All my charts are available as an instant download (which means you can purchase and print them within minutes) all in my shopyellow divider


Visit The Organised Housewife online shop for printables to help you stay organised around the home and help you to create routines.  With items such as the Christmas Planner, Cleaning Checklist, Kids Routine Charts and so much more.


Rainbow--Morning-Routine-Chart-in-Frame2013 Christmas Planner

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There are several different subscription options for this blog, when you sign up to any of the newsletters you will recieve my ‘7 things I do each day to keep the home clean and organised’ mini eBook.

  • DAILY TASKS – One simple cleaning, decluttering or organising task will be sent to your inbox 5 days a week, Mon-Fri. 
  • WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – Emailed to you once a week with updates on blog posts and recipes from the blog.
  • MONTHLY PRINTABLES UPDATE – Receive a monthly update on what new printables are available in the shop.

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You will also find me chatting on Facebook and pinning on Pinterest, I do have a twitter account but am rarely on there.  Follow along on instagram to see a more personal side of me.  Click images below to follow.

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I am often asked “I need help but where do I start”?  I start at the front door of my home and work my way through from left to right.  I firstly declutter, organise and then clean.  View this page to help you to determine what your organising goals are.

I am currently sharing tips each week on cleaning the neglected areas of your home, see posts from the cleaning series here.

Visit the Organising by Room page to easily view the different organising tips for a particular area of your home.  Click on the images below to get started.

kitchen   laundry   bathroom


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See the frequently asked questions HERE.

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  • Love your welcome page Katrina and how you have it clearly organised for new people to understand :)ReplyCancel

  • Your welcome page is fabulous Katrina! Love how organised it is, and it makes your blog so easy to navigate.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    What a beautiful way to start your organised & clutter free life by visiting this page (& blog).  It is so well set out that you just can’t wait to see what else is here to motivate you.  When I’m feeling worn out & looking at my piles of sheets/towels/ironing, I watch Kat’s videos on You Tube on how to fold sheets / towels / iron a shirt – she makes it looks super easy that you just can’t wait to start on the piles.  ReplyCancel

  • bunnypudding

    Thank you! I have just found this blog and whilst I am not a mother yet, living in a small flat with a solider who whilst trained to iron like a pro has not *quite* picked up the training to tidy things away this blog is a god send!thank you! xReplyCancel

  • Thank you Katrina. I never thought I had time to clean my house. Now I have started following your ideas, I actually enjoy cleaning!! I have my little cleaning caddy (like yours) and away I go.
    Looking forward to heaps more tricks and ideas.
    THANK YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Hi – I hope this is where I should comment on Little Bellies Healthy Choices! My baby loves her rusks and I am about to try her on some egg and arrowroot biccies – so any healthy alternatives are welcome! Venny SarmientoReplyCancel

  • Tina

    Hi Katrina,
    I stumbled upon your website and just like you, I was at a loss when I first set up house ten years ago. I have read numerous organising websites, books and bought many organising products. I took away what worked for me and tossed out what didn’t.
    I found this blog very practical, simple, aesthetically pleasing and a ‘one stop shop’ for organising aussie mums. As a wife, mum, part time university student and preschool support worker, I’m looking forward to be learning from your tips as we approach 2013.


  • Claire H

    Hi Kat, Merry Christmas to you & your family. Love receiving your emails, so thank you for taking the time to send them.ReplyCancel

  • Yana Per-y

    Hi! Do you have a site map or archive/calendar? I’d love to read everything chronologically.
    Fabulous blog!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    As i working single mother of 2 daughters the youngest of which is disabled….i just want to say i absolutely love your work. You are a blessing from God. You have made my life exactly what i want it to be….hassall free :) i use this site everyday for all the great tips and recipes you have….i can’t thank you enough. I recommend your site to everyone Katrina. Loving regards JenReplyCancel

  • jaja

    hello, wondering if anyone would like to share how to organise girls hair clips / elastics and toher such accessories. we have just been given a heap of hand me downs, everything from clips to scrunchies. any thoughts / photos would be appreciated.ReplyCancel

    • sharonthoms

      Hi I have always had long hair, to my waist, and still do for that. The way that I have always kept my hair stuff is bobby pins in a small box. Clips, combs, decorative pins, in another box. Last box for hair bands/elastics. Different so you can grab them easily but always sat one on top the other. The scrunchies, I always kept, around a tall tin of hair spray. The overflow, generally into one other basket that I keep my brush and combs in. Also headbands and soft rollers. Hair dryer, hangs on a proper hair dryer hook and the curling wand, I roll the cord around and also goes into the basket, or otherwise in a bathroom drawer, if you have a spare one for hair accessories alone. I have always kept the same system going, and one thing that I have always found works easily.
      Hope that helps.ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      Great tips from Sharon. I also have very long hair. Bobby pins are kept in clear, snap lidded plastic prescription bottles: short for the smaller bobbies and tall for the longer ones. For keeping cords tidy I fold them them use a toilet paper tube to contain them. For extension cords in the garage etc we use a marker to label the length of cord contained in the tube.ReplyCancel

  • Casey Dawson

    Hey Kat. As you know I have been stalking, oh I mean following, you for quite some time. I just jumped on here because I am sitting in my PJs on my fat butt at lunch time, surrounded by a home that looks like it has been ransacked and was searching for a little motivation. I clicked on ‘start here’ because it had been so long since I read that page and it has changed!!! I love it! I never knew that you clean the same way I do. Pick a spot and work left to right through the house… I now feel like much less of a freak! xoReplyCancel

  • ebomb

    Hi there! Just wondering if you have some ideas on the best way to pack crockery etc and the awkward shaped items when you pack? Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy

    I have just taken the time to explore your site after a couple of months — NOW I am fired up and ready to get after this place hubby and I call home. Thanks goodness he has a lot of patience!!! Thanks for this site and all the wonderful ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    Just what I need, perfect thank you. Your blog is excellent for me, I’m a SAHM in need of organising my cleaning schedule. I hope you don’t mind, I’ve grabbed a button for my new blog I have started. Thanks again.

  • Samantha Goulding

    I am slowly getting though your site and love it. I have just add my leggo’s recipe so am now here. I love the recipe I added because my family eat it without fuss and its so quick and easy. I can pre-make the majority in the morning if I need to and just add the gnocchi and put it in the oven at dinner time.

    Thanks for your daily tasks too, I actually get about 80% done and feel so satisfied after. CheersReplyCancel

  • Lizard

    When is the next 40 day challenge?? Spring time is a great time to do it again. I loved the last one!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Hi I ordered and paid for the Household Budget 2 weeks ago and have not yet received it. Can you please let me know when it will arrive.ReplyCancel

  • Prue

    I would love the Howards Storage containers. There are so many things I would store in them for the kids; ice cream, yoghurt, choc mouse, home made yogo, frozen fruit smoothies, pana cotta OMG the possibilities are endless. Please please pick me.ReplyCancel

  • Rivkah

    Can I just say, that after downloading and printing your daily planner for 2014, I have had so many women ogling it! I can’t wait to use it and love the clean easy format of having everything on the one page each day.ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    What’s the name of the mop you love, please?ReplyCancel

    • I love the Vileda micro fibre mop. It glides over the floor so easily and as silly as it sounds this mop has reduced the time I spend mopping, because it glides and cleans so easily. Before I used a sponge type mop and it took so long to clean the floor. The Vileda mop can be purchased from your local grocery store, I got mine at Woolworths.ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    I love your blog Kat. Thank you for speaking about all of my dirty little secrets. I am so tired of just closing the door on my clutter to the point that my blood pressure goes through the roof! Following your decluttering tips I am slowing making my way through my house. Your latest one about your daughter’s desk hit home. I have the same issues with my 8 year olds desk in her room – she just can’t keep it tidy! Mr 5 year old won’t be getting one in his room. Thank you again and i can’t wait to see what’s next.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Hope

    I have fallen over your website and its official – I’m in love. I love it all. Thank you – I love that you have a thermomix, that you love lists…:) fantastic!ReplyCancel

    • I LOVE lists, would be lost without them. Did you see I have now created a list for my Thermomix cooking too, list queen!!!ReplyCancel

      • Anne-Maree Driscoll

        Just discovered your website and was hoping that I could be inspired to use my thermomix more, where do I find this list that you mention?ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    I love my Toyzbag Lego Bag & Playmat in One. Its really great for keeping my Son’s Lego collection together and so we don’t have to keep picking up blocks all the time :) I’ve attached a link to the website http://toyzbag.comReplyCancel

  • Jen Bishop

    I think this ‘start here’ page is so so good and something I’ve been thinking about adding to my blog for ages. Thanks for the inspiration and I am sorry for the loss of your mum. Jen xReplyCancel

    • Thanks Jen, absolutely you should, it’s a really big help for new readers to navigate around the blog :)ReplyCancel

  • Debbe Beams

    I have just subscribed to your email, can I get a list of the “Daily Tasks” from 1st January as I would like to do them all for this year?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Debbe, at this point in time I don’t have a list of previous tasks, but I will certainly try and get around to doing it soon.ReplyCancel

  • Just discovered your blog. it is great. I work fulltime outside the home with a lot of work travel, plus have a craft/hobby business, plus I am studyng, and then of course I have to do all the usual household management (including deal with my step son who lives with us full time). Your blog really has helped me organise my life, myself, and declutter the house painlessly without exhaustion! keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Lockwood

    I’m a committee member of a local sporting club. They have a mop head that needs a real good cleaning. It’s a pretty thick “shaggy” mop head. Got any tips on how to easily give it a clean out without too much nasty chemicals?ReplyCancel

  • Maddi

    Thank you for this. I work full time, study from home full time, and I have a full time toddler (who is an amazingly wonderful bundle of energy.) I have always been a very disorganised person, and my house often looks like a craft monster has exploded in it. Thanks to you though, I have just spent the last 5 days (break from work) organizing and de-cluttering, it feels good!ReplyCancel

  • Love the website upgrade Kat and this page is really well organised!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Roinich

    Hi I’d love to see any ideas on a nice way to display trophies and medals my girls have lots from dancing but they just hang on a door handle any suggestions? ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Hello, I’m a big fan of your website- it caters to my obsessive neat freak side!! I was jus wondering what sort of software or computer program you use to create the printables. I see people creating posters and worksheets and printable things all over the internet and I’d love to know how you do it. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Sue

    I need some help please, I found a recipe that calls for 2 packages (20 sheets) graham crackers, I was planing to use honey tiny teddies but dont know how much to use, secondly it asks for 11 table spoones of melted butter, how much would that be eg ounces or grams. this is a recipe for no-bake salted caramel cheesecake I think its a brit recipeReplyCancel

  • Kandi Kokonuts

    I just found your reindeer food toppers but can’t download them :(
    how can I print some???
    thank youReplyCancel

  • alex

    Hi just subscribed and looks great so far, fantastic but can you tell me do you have a checklist for items for a first home for newlyweds to assist in a list for a gift registry.

  • Katrina

    Hi Alex, that sounds like a fantastic idea! I don’t have one but i will put one together soon.ReplyCancel

  • Sara Hammond-Chapados

    I just found and subscribed to your blog today!! I’m so excited I don’t know if I will be able to sleep tonight! I LOVE the 2014 Calendar you offered for organizing. I am very behind but hope to do what I can in the months that are left. I am wondering how early you post the next calender. I really don’t want to miss it this time!!! Thank you for everything that you offer! It looks like you have been a blessing to sooo many! :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie


    I love your website and tips! Just wondering if you had any tips for moving house/packing?ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Olasz

    will you be doing the 20 days to clean and declutter challenge again…i loved it or is it still available on your blog

  • Jenny

    Hi Kat. I am doing the 20 day challenge. Thank you for this and is a great motivator. I know you were sending a little surprise in the post. I just realised I never included my postal address. I have now updated my profile. Not sure if you would be able to send now. TIA. JennyReplyCancel

  • Dianne

    Love your site, so much help available. Any tips for culling hard copy photos please? Have begun scanning, such a tedious job.ReplyCancel

  • Penny Wallace

    Hi Kat – just love your daily posts. I spend a lot of time looking at yours and Planning with Kids sites. I know I have recently seen on one of these two FB pages a link to a company that prints your child’s name on the systema range of lunch boxes. Unfortunately I can’t find it again! Do you know where I can find the link? Thanks in advance if you can help me. Penny.ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely love the site! I wish i was as organized, i seem to live in constant chaos!ReplyCancel

  • hayley gildert


    i recently purchased the weekly planner, have you any blogs to show how you have filled them in. as to what goes in what box etc?
    many thanks

  • Hi Hayley, I do have a blog post on how i lke to set my planner out. I hope this helps, here is the link for you:

  • Chris

    Hi Sue,

    One table spoon measures 15 ml of fluid;(a desert spoon is 10ml and a teaspoon is 5 ml) so 11 tablespoons would measure 165mls.
    I personally find these sorts of measuremets annoying i.e. solids measured in spoons and cups, and liquids measured in grams and oz
    so I would exchange the butter for 165 mls of light vegetable oil in this case. Hope this helps :)ReplyCancel

  • lieya emilia

    hello, im new here. looking forward to read your blog since i will be one of the full time housewives in the world. I hope that i can get the idea how to manage my house, i never thought to be a full time working at home mom but with open heart i accept this as my job too.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Have you got any ideas for sorting out the linen cupboard.
    A pile of sheets, we have King single, single and double, some better ones put aside for guests, then towels, handtowels, bathmats, washers, and again some better ones put aside for guests. What is the best way to sort this please?ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Hi Alison, i sure do. Here is the link for you:
    Hope it helps.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina,

    Love following you and your blog! Ive recently started a new business designing and selling prints for kids bedrooms. Would love to send you one, free of charge and your choice of print if you can do a post on any of your social media sites?

    Is this something you do?

    We launched Sunday night so Im new at this sort of stuff.

    Thanks for your time,

  • Ms_MotorbikeNut

    G’day Katrina,

    Can’t find a spot or your email addy to email you. Wanted to let you know in the newsletter you sent out today (10th February 2016) the link for HOW TO PROPERLY BURN A CANDLE (sorry not shouting just wanted it to stand out) doesn’t work every time I click on the Read More it comes up with a problem loading the page.

    Where is a good place to contact you if there is ever a problem with links again?


    Ms MotorbikeNut
    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXXReplyCancel

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