Top 5 Perfectly Imperfect Organising Tips

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Today I am linking up with Kate from Picklebums.  She has been posting through October about being ‘Perfectly Imperfect’.  

I love meeting people who read my blog and hearing their stories of how I have managed to help them, however some say “I wish I could be as organised as you” or “your house must be perfect”.  I want to let you all know you can be organised too… just find YOUR WAY, adapt my ideas to suit you.  I have my short cuts in being organised, I am a perfectionist however these short cuts are give me more time to enjoy my family, home and find time to relax.  

My Top 5 Perfectly Imperfect Organising Tips

1.  Let your dishes air dry over night

2.  Bundle kids face washers in drawer, don’t fold

3. Don’t pair socks, bundle together and the owner can take the time to do it

4.  As much as I would love to straighten the kids beds after they have made them, I resist because a) They have put in the effort, for that I am grateful, and b) I don’t have time.

 5. I don’t like dusting.  It’s on my weekly cleaning plan but it usually isn’t completed when I’m doing my other chores.  However, I do manage to get it done while chatting on the phone

Do you have any perfectly imperfect organising tips?


Another imperfection:

A few readers recently have picked up on my ‘imperfect’ use of the apostrophe.  I want to say that whilst I appreciate and don’t mind people pointing out my errors, please do so kindly.  I put a lot of work into this blog and the facebook page to help, motivate and inspire all my readers.  I am ‘one’ person running The Organised Housewife plus my household, please be nice.


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Marita November 2, 2011 - 6:14 AM

Love your perfectly imperfect tips 🙂

And I hear you on that pesky apostrophe, the harder I try to get it right the more mistakes I make.

Lee November 2, 2011 - 6:51 AM

I have totally stopped folding face-washers after seeing this on your and it’s has saved me so much time.

As for the apostrophe, care factor = 0. xxx

That’s care factor equals zero if that is unclear.

Debbie November 2, 2011 - 7:20 AM

Love those ideas and i do lots if little jobs while talking on the phone.

Anonymous November 2, 2011 - 7:25 AM

Katrina,you do an excellent service for so many people.
The fact that your apostrophes are ‘perfectly imperfect’ are neither here nor there with me.
I never even noticed.
I read your site for the motivation and hope it gives me,not as an opportunity to hone my grammar nazi skills and I think 99% of your followers feel the same.
Ignore people who are so lacking within themselves that the only way they can feel ok is when they bring someone else down.

Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots November 2, 2011 - 7:42 AM

I love this post Katrina and your perfectly imperfect tips xx

Claire @ Claire K Creations November 2, 2011 - 7:57 AM

I love the let dishes air dry tip. I have been doing that for ages and always feel a little bit guilty leaving a big pile by the sink but you’re right. Why use your time to do something that doesn’t need doing.

To the apostrophes, I would say that people will always something wrong with anything. If the only thing they can find wrong with your blog is an incorrectly placed apostrophe then I’d take that as a compliment!

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 8:56 PM

thankyou Claire. and your right in regards to the dishes, time is better spent elsewher.

Lisa Warren November 2, 2011 - 8:48 AM

So, all this time I’ve been leaving dishes to “air dry”, I’m actually being organised! lol. Yay me.

Katrina, I think your blog is fantastic! Everyone makes typos occasionally, and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. For me, its more about the content. Keep up the excellent work…you’re one inspiring woman!

Kellie - Good Bad Unnecessary November 2, 2011 - 9:07 AM

LOL I let mine air dry too, I thought it was just me being lazy but I like organised better 😉

Your blog is fantastic Kat. Pay no mind to the people who have too much time on their hands. The time they spend giving you grief about one little apostrophe could be better spent organising their home!
Oh but I forget, they’re perfect. Their homes are probably immaculate 😉

Keep doing what you’re doing, we all love you!

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 8:54 PM

No not lazy, just good time management!

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 8:55 PM

Thankyou Lisa x

mumspk November 2, 2011 - 9:33 AM

I feel like a kindred spirit Ms Picklebum! I ticked all of on your list bar one… folding socks. Old habits die hard!

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 8:54 PM

It is hard to change a habit, but imagine all the other things you could be doing instead 🙂

Tina Gray November 2, 2011 - 9:55 AM

You know, I don’t even know why I fold the face washers. Love your blog, Kat. You inspire me to be that little bit more less undomesticated 😉

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 8:57 PM

Love it, less undomesticated… classic Tina!

jodie thompson November 2, 2011 - 10:07 AM

I am going to do the sock thing from now on. Love your tips and don’t mind how you use apostrophes if at all 🙂

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 8:57 PM

And another tip is to get all the same coloured sock so it’s easier to match together.

katepickle November 2, 2011 - 10:15 AM

Ah those darn apostrophes! They often do me in too!
I am totally into the ‘air dry’ washing thing… and now I get to say it’s ok because The Organised Housewife said so!
Love that you can embrace your imperfections and work with them instead of against them!

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 8:58 PM

LOL…..yes Kate because I said so! Loved linking up to you today and loved writing this post.

Harriet November 2, 2011 - 12:34 PM

I don’t air dry… if it can’t go in the dishwasher, I don’t want it! (Yes, everything goes in the dishwasher…plastics and all). When I didn’t have a dishwasher, I air dried everything as it’s much more “hygienic”… I mean, fancy rubbing all your nice, clean dishes with a dirty tea-towel! I fold face washers (they live on a shelf), but not dishcloths (they’re in a tub under the sink). My best Lazy Housekeeper tip is to take a leaf from the Book of Nike and JUST DO IT. Nothing takes as long as you think it will.

(Personally, I am a fan of a well placed apostrophe (and, as you may have noticed, overly keen on parentheses).)

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 8:59 PM

That’s right Harriet, Just do it, don’t waste time pondering too long. I’m trying to improve my grammar, I will get there 🙂

Nikki Condon on Facebook November 2, 2011 - 12:44 PM

You are classic, and boldly confident Kat, Love that you can say back off so politely!! X

Julie November 2, 2011 - 12:46 PM

Yes, I always aim with housework to do the most possible in the least amount of time. So, I take a LOT of shortcuts. I always have to stop and think with apostrophes too. Just ignore the critics. When they have a more successful organising blog than you do, I’ll take notice. Until then…

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:00 PM

Their criticism has helped me to try and improve, it’s just the way they said it was so rude. Thankyou Julie 🙂

Pam G January 4, 2012 - 10:08 AM

Hi Katrina, I know I’m coming to this post very late… reading through all your past posts, you see! Just wanted to say good on you for taking the time to think “Hmm, that was rude, but I wonder if there’s any truth in it” and actually deciding to try and improve in the area of grammar, despite the hurtful way it was pointed out. I am a bit of a grammar nazi but I love love love your blog and the way you write so I choose to ignore the little errors… Good on you for taking that person’s criticism so gracefully 🙂 And thank you for a wonderful blog – I’ve been looking for other decluttering/organising blogs online and so far haven’t found one to match yours. Love the clean layout, lots of pictures, great articles, easy links, search bar, not covered in sponsor ads (in the middle of some people’s articles no less) – just a great read. Keep up the good work!

Katrina January 4, 2012 - 9:42 PM

Thank you Pam for your kind words. Yes I know my grammar isn’t the best and one word tonight I realise I am typing incorrectly is thankyou, need to learn it is 2 words. But yes I have taken from this to improve my use of apostrophes when in doubt I just don’t use it now 😉 So please you are enjoying the website 🙂

Kirsty November 2, 2011 - 1:42 PM

I put everything in the dishwasher so have mimimum things to airdry! I love how you have the socks sorted though, one thing i’m going to do for hubby now!
Thanks for all the inspiratiob you give us Kat!!

Cate Brickell November 2, 2011 - 3:05 PM

the facewasher drawer in the bathroom is way too small, so I’ve recently pulled it out and put a basket in there, which has made a huge difference to them ending up in the teatowel drawer! (don’t ask, sorting clothes is the kids’ job)

As for socks, everyone has their own lingerie bag, they put dirty socks in every day, and we wash them once a week… it has significantly reduced the number of odd socks, random socks tucked in shoes/drawers/cupboards, and has saved me money, becaus ethey have the same number of socks at the end of term as they started off with!

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:01 PM

Great idea Cate!

Tanya G. November 2, 2011 - 4:35 PM

OH its nice to know my air drying isnt just me… mother HATES air drying…LMAO… but times savers in any form i do so adore….As for the blog i do not read it near as often as i wished i could…i need more time savers you see teehee….as for gramatical erros or punctuations be imperfect….its much more fun 🙂 THanks for writing and sharing and alooing comments for continued productive sharing…i love to read when i am able to…hopefully that will be much more often….Question….How do you (and the readers) deal with sentimental things…we are moving and i need a LOT of help with things i hold so much senitment for and much that really is all just in my head…but cant or dont know how to distinguish them and make room and clear out…Thank you…Tanya xo

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:11 PM

Aaw thankyou Tanya. Sentimental items are hard, usually it’s not the items that is sentimental, it is the memory behind it which you will always keep in your heart no matter if you have the item or not, however the item will help trigger that memory. Perhaps take a photo and store them all in an album together so you can than give the item to charity or a family member that may use and appreciate it more.

Patty November 2, 2011 - 4:39 PM

Leave the poor love alone! You can get the point of what she’s trying to say with having to teacher her a lesson! If she so chooses to have a lesson, she can do as you have and look for a blog that has helpful hints!
Loving you the way you are, Patty in WA State- U.S.

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:12 PM

Thankyou Patty, I am just blown away today by the lovely comments, I appreciate it, thankyou again. x

Tealepenny November 2, 2011 - 4:45 PM

Love your blog – I am the worst speller in the world and love love your blog – who cares we get the point of what you are trying to say – keep up the good work

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:13 PM

Thankyou Tealpenny, all these beautiful comments I have received today is just inspiring me more. Thankyou

Donna smith November 2, 2011 - 5:21 PM

As a working mum I haven’t a lot off time i find it much easier to fold washing and put away once dry and only iron when it’s needed

Eleni November 2, 2011 - 5:34 PM

Thanks for this! I have always air dried my dishes and i thought this was perfectly normal!! I hate the tea towel factor of fluff. I guess we all do what works for us but air drying certainly saves time.

No one cares about apostrophes (oops did i spell that right?!) we just love to read your blogs.

I dont iron all upfront either, i find it easier to iron in little lots or just before the garment is to be worn. It’s a different generation and there are so many other things that we would prefer to be doing than trying to stay absolutely perfect.

A self confessed perfectionist who has come a long way!

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:15 PM

I used to iron like that too Eleni BK (before kids), it was easier, but now hubby needs shirts for work it’s easier for me to do them all in one go. whatever works best and gets the job done 🙂

Renee Franks November 2, 2011 - 5:40 PM

Great tips! I let my plastics air dry, or everything if I do a lot at once! I wash the big pots and pans that are easy to dry first, and then leave everything else. 😉 My MIL hates that I do that, but I cook and wash up after 4 people for every meal of the day – I don’t have TIME to dry every single thing! I also don’t match socks either, if they can’t get both of them to the wash, not my problem! lol

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:16 PM

Love it Renee, I hear you!

Natalie @ Mummy Smiles November 2, 2011 - 6:05 PM

Love the sock tip Kat! I always try and match the same colour fade, but NO MORE!! Oh and feel free to apostrophe whatever you like!! I got told off once for using too many of “these”. I quite like “them” <3

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:17 PM

My top tip is to buy pure white socks, no colour on them, then makes matching so much easier because they are all the same 🙂 Thankyou Nat, so lovely to meet you today.

Owallace November 2, 2011 - 6:16 PM

I luv reading all your blogs & ideas…I do wish i was able to be more organised like u….I try…really i do…but it just doesnt seem to work!!!!!…With 3 kids, sport, running school canteen & endless dr’s appts..(youngest 2 been 2specialists since 4wks old)…ive come to accept that im just not one of those super organised people atm…Ive been taking up tips of your little by little & not stressing anymore (or trying not to)…& for those who are picking up on your apostrophe use…Dont hve better things in life to do…I know i do!!!! Keep up the awesome posts!!

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:18 PM

Running a canteen is a HUGE job, that and your appointments must keep you very busy. You will get there, find what works for you, create routines and new habits and it will all start falling into place.

Kristie November 2, 2011 - 6:21 PM

YAY i don’t feel so bad for letting my dishes airdry over night, and for throwing my sons and my socks in the drawer without sorting first. I do sort my husbands socks, but maybe i’ll stop doing that. I love the idea of dusting while on the phone, i must try that next time i’m stuck on hold with some corporation listening to “your call is important to us”

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:19 PM

Give it a go Kristie, and if you feel you need to sort the socks then go back to how you used to do it 🙂

Apostrophobe! November 2, 2011 - 6:55 PM

Dear Katrina, I also do not use apostrophe’s well. And I have three uni degrees. I have just stopped using them altogether now! Be proud of your care factor with them. : )

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:21 PM

LOL love it Bec, thankyou!

Kaye Ballentine November 2, 2011 - 7:04 PM

I do not fold undies just put them in the drawer.
Sox I still roll in pairs.
Hankies I air dry flat and fold as if ironed.
Fold tea towels and pillowslips put away.
After years of ironing everything I have found the sky still in place ,it hasn’t fallen one bit.


Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:23 PM

Kaye, I still fold my tea towels too.

Claire November 2, 2011 - 7:35 PM

Your blog is brilliant Katrina!! I’ve only recently discovered it, but being a Mum and housewife is so much easier with your help!! Keep up the good work, these tips are great. My hubby still wears odd socks even when I do pair them, so I’m definitely going to stop doing it now! Thank you so much and ignore the grouchies comments!

julie mcdonald November 2, 2011 - 8:04 PM

All good tips. The fact you use any apostrophes makes you a hero in my book. I think it is gradually dying out.

Katrina November 2, 2011 - 9:23 PM

Grammar is so hard to get correct 🙂

Donna November 3, 2011 - 6:44 AM

The grammar police strike again! Gah!

Love this post, I never thought to dust when I am on the phone! Thanks for all your hard work and time that you put into this blog. 🙂

Katrina November 8, 2011 - 9:03 AM

Thankyou Donna 🙂

Anonymous November 3, 2011 - 1:44 PM

yay someone else who “air dries” the dishes! great tips 🙂

Katrina November 8, 2011 - 9:05 AM

Thankyou Sarah, time better spent elsewhere!

Alli November 5, 2011 - 10:57 PM

LOVED seeing the air drying tip! I maintain that tea towels are unhygienic, and therefore air drying is the best way! (Although I tend to put them away before I go to bed as I worry about mice and creepy crawlies!!)

As for your comments on apostrophes, for what it’s worth, I come here to learn about organisation, and I figure that if you want help with punctuation you’d go and read their blogs (which would probably be less about punctuation and grammar and more about how to be ignorant!) I’m sure they’d be most put out if you walked into their house and started criticising their house keeping skills and lack of organisation! We all have our own strengths and there are those who choose to share their gifts with style and grace (and the freedom to punctuate as they please!) and then there are those who feel the need to impose their thoughts on others whether it is welcome or not!

I close with a comment that I saw on Pinterest the other day that I think is particularly fitting:

Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength (Eric Hoffer)

Emma Sparnon November 9, 2011 - 11:55 PM

I have to fold socks an underwear a particular way or it bothers me! Love the tips –

Heeral November 10, 2011 - 8:37 AM

Love to hear that all mothers go through similar things. Love ur tips. I used to fold my undies and bras in perticular way. Now i don’t fold either. just have them in different drawers so that they don’t mix up. That’s it. Also i fold the laundry but my hubbie stacks the clothes back in the wardrobe. one less chore.

Katrina November 11, 2011 - 9:23 PM

What a wonderful help your hubby is!

Starayla5 November 13, 2011 - 11:17 AM

I’ll just ignore the apostrophe stuff – some people seriously need to get a life!!! The more important issue here is where did you get that doona cover??? It’s awesome and I want one! The only thing I like to fold are the face washers, they’re quick and small and perfectly square. Socks and undies do my head in.

Katrina November 16, 2011 - 12:08 PM

I got the Doona from Big W this time last year. However you can’t remove the inner, it came with a cusion cover, bottom sheet and pillow case. i then painted his room to match the doona.

Vicky Varvadouka November 15, 2011 - 12:17 AM

These were very helpful! Thanks!!!

leanne January 4, 2012 - 4:14 PM

Hi trina everyone makes mistakes thats why proof readers exist the college brochu

leanne January 4, 2012 - 4:35 PM

oops silly phone lol . . the college brochure we produced quarterly was proofed several times with the proverbial fine tooth comb & by several people & it always had at least one error that was missed once printed. To those people who criticise others remember that your criticism is a reflection of something about you that may need to change. i have taught many staff with poor literacy & confidence – i applaud their enthusiasm & progress & have learnt to let it go – pages of corrections will just undermine what they have achieved. trina’s blog is such a true reflection of who she is including the clear & chatty style of writing. love you trina!

Tellie C January 27, 2012 - 9:07 PM

oh who cares if you don’t use an apostrophe, I know I’m not on here to point out your errors, I can read and understand what your saying with or with out one…. pfft sorry people but come on!

Katrina January 27, 2012 - 9:51 PM

Thankyou x

judy August 13, 2013 - 10:34 AM

I just read the apostrophe problem you have. Well I am so glad that who(m) ever brought that to your attention must not live in a ‘glass house’ since they are throwing stones. Who really cares if there”s an error. With the information you provide, Kat, it doesn”‘t matter. I enjoy your ideas and tips. Please keep them coming.

Natasha August 13, 2013 - 12:10 PM

Hi Kat, I love your blog and try to read it daily. Thank you for inspiring me to be more organised!! I love these tips too. I have only recently started to pair up my husband’s socks as it means he can just take out a “ball” out of his drawer in the morning and not rummage through it looking for a matching pair and waking me up! Self-interest. 🙂

Ollie August 13, 2013 - 12:26 PM

I ‘love’ your blog & read it ‘everyday’. I ‘also’ noticed your ‘incorrect’ use of the ‘apostrophe’ -“haha”. -who honestly gives a rats????? If I wanted an English lesson, I’d take English lessons. ‘Love’ the idea of the bra-bag for socks 🙂
Keep up the great work Kat xx. Ollie

Marianne Banck August 13, 2013 - 7:23 PM

Hi Kat. I’m a mom of four children, three girls and one boy. I just love your blog, I read it all the time and just wan’t to thank you for all your tips and tricks….
I live in Sweden so English is not my first language so I don’t react in case you don’t wright exactly the right way. I’m only intrested in What you have to say. Continue with your great work… 🙂

Katrina August 15, 2013 - 8:16 PM

Thank you Marianne, I’m so pleased that I can share with you even if you are on the other side of the world xx

Naomi Mills October 14, 2013 - 12:52 PM

if i’m too busy to fold washing i chuck it in the correct draw and get to it later, out of sight out of mind lol

Katharine April 8, 2014 - 9:36 PM

When folding washing, I don’t turn my husbands shirts or shorts out the right way. If he has taken them off and they have gone into the wash inside out then they get folded that way too. He has never complained about it! It saves a lot of time 🙂 LOL

Krystina May 12, 2014 - 2:24 AM

I’m a mother of five, four girls and youngest a boy. Back when I only had three girls they were one size apart in socks I put the first letter of their name on the toe as I got them out of the pack. Then as they came out of the wash just bundle them into the draw. If your children’s names start with the same letter try one dot for the eldest, two for the next ect. Helps as you pass clothes down the line. I mark all my kids clothes.

Lime & Mortar July 30, 2014 - 7:09 AM

My son’s pjs all go into fabric cube box in his expedit. No point folding them all as he messes them up instantly

Jude January 20, 2015 - 9:31 AM

My 2 kids often help me fold small items and pair the socks. I put the socks in a little tub on the couch and we do them in a few minutes as we sit together in the evening. The children, 7 and 10yrs, often put their own clothes away. They started when they were 4 also helping hanging small items of washing on clothes racks. It is time well spent. Sometimes when they were younger I would read a lovely story to them while they folded or put a story CD on. When they are busy/tired or I have time I just do it myself. Teaching children to help is one of the best things we can do for them. When they are about 10 they are so helpful to have around if they are used to being part of it. They are not deprived of free outdoor and indoor playtime either. My friends’ children who are happy to join in helping with little household chores are also a great pleasure to have over even if I am busy.
I love your blog Kat. It is fantastic! I also like correct grammar. I can’t help noticing apostrophe slip-ups sometimes but the benefit I get far outweighs anything else. It is like having a wonderful friend who might have a little messy spot in their house. I honestly don’t mind in the big picture. I look forward to another year of hearing from you.
As for fluff from teatowels if you get linen ones, good quality cotton or ENJO teatowels you won’t get fluff on your dishes.

Kathy January 10, 2019 - 8:31 PM

You do your absolute best and then some for you your family and all of us. Life isn’t meant to be perfect and it’s not. Thank you for all you do. ( ps. One week down of meal planning It’s a revelation to me 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 3:08 PM

Ooh Kathy this comment put a big smile on my face 🙂 thank you! Also, YES! Meal planning is life changing, so glad you’re finding it that way too!


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