Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50: Feel the difference

I have shared a lot recently about my blog journey, how grateful I am for finding this path and my thoughts, prior to hitting publish for the very first time. I would however like to backtrack a little to give you a better understanding of how The Organised Housewife came to be, even before I realised it.

My journey to becoming ‘The Organised Housewife’

My hubby and I married very young, 20 and 21 respectively.  We started dating the night of our school formal, last day of school, so not quite high school sweethearts.  Soon after we were married we purchased our first home.  It was tiny, but suited us fine, it was our home.  We both worked full-time, we weren’t home much so it stayed tidy. Cooking for two didn’t require many dishes so keeping the kitchen tidy wasn’t too much of a chore.  I did the washing on weekends usually only ever two loads, which was easy to keep on top of.   We shared our responsibilities around the home, cooking and cleaning.  I usually ironed while he mowed the lawn.  We had it all under control, clean and organised.

After 18 months of trying, we fell pregnant, I was 24 years of age.  Being pregnant was such a special gift after taking so long (this is a whole different story), we found out early on that we were expecting twins.  Just after the 14 week mark of my pregnancy, I had moments of being so tired at work resulting in falling asleep on my bosses couch. Not feeling the best and having to attend many doctors appointments, we made the decision that I would stop work .  I rested at home and slept a lot, theses little babies took a lot out of me. I didn’t have much energy at all.  

It was at this point the real ‘housewife’ side came out in me.  I woke up each morning to make hubby lunch, while he was at work I made him yummy treats to send with him the next day. Dinner was on the table when he got home, I started organising all the drawers, planning the twins nursery and of course plenty of coffee’s with friends.  I was in my element.  Yes this sounds really 1950’s housewifeish, but I didn’t mind, everything was under control, clean and organised.

Then the twins were born, two bundles of absolute sweetness a girl and boy.  Babies take up a lot of time, feeding took a good hour and a half at times, bathing two babies, giving them each cuddles, the amounts of washing that started to pile up, the dishes that I didn’t find time to do, the sweeping that I put off because I was too tired and no time to fold washing.  My house turned upside down and wasn’t so controlled, clean and organised as it had always been.

In the photo below you can see in the background, clean washing. I had a plethora of images to choose from to show you as all our photos had washing in the background.  I chose this photo to show you , because this is the photo that I think of when I get an email from a new mum saying I need help, how do I do it all?  I was in that place and I want to help my readers to move forward and gain back their control.

After a few months I regained my energy (I think we like to think of ourselves as superwomen, that we will bounce back the week after having a baby, we shouldnt’ put that pressure on ourselves).  I then learnt that I had babybrain (common symptom of having kids I hear lol), I was very forgetful, and putting a load of washing on in the morning just wasn’t priority with crying babies to deal with.  For me to get some order back into our home life I needed to create some routines.  Before the twins were born we had a routine, we cleaned, washed, ironed, baked etc all in one afternoon which is impossible to do now.  I spilt up my tasks and dedicated specific day’s for particular jobs.  From that day forward I have kept to a routine.  Monday was grocery shopping day, Tuesdays I cleaned the bathrooms and tidied the house, Wednesdays I cleaned the floor, Thursday and Friday I had off and hubby would help with some tasks over the weekend.  Splitting the workload over specific days meant I could get the jobs done around the house when the twins were sleeping or happily in their rockers.  

Having a clean house was great, but nothing ever stays clean too long but having an organised house just made it a whole lot easier.  I guess this is where The Organised Housewife grew from.

Over the years many people who crossed my path often asked for advice on how I coped, friends asked for recipes and one person close to my heart lost her mum. I watched as her home changed.  She came home with items belonging to her mother, there was no place made for these things and there was no room to accommodate them and with that a corner became cluttered.  I watched as she started to accumulate more items, she found it really hard to part with her belongings that she didn’t really need.  I watched, feeling helpless as all of this happened.  I offered some small tips and advise and to help her and to help clear the clutter, however this was a big emotional task, I had to step back and wait for her to be ready.  

When the twins started school they were always forgetting to do something, brush their teeth or put on their socks ready for when it was time to leave, so I made them a routine chart.  One of the mums from school saw their chart, she loved it and wanted one too, with that request, I made her one, then the neighbour wanted one too. This started something, a spark, an idea, a want, to share and help other people who feel just like i did or worse felt like my friend overwhelmed in a house of clutter.  

So I created the blog, I now share my ideas on how to stay organised, my recipes, my routine charts plus many more printables and my decluttering tips.  I want to share with my readers that if you are struggling, you can gain back the control.  As for that one person that lost her mum, she is proud of my blog and achievements, but she does not read my posts, I understand it’s a hard process.  I will write and share as much as I can about decluttering, organising, meal planning and cleaning, because I know that she will find that moment when she is ready to make that step and I will be here to help her on her journey, to have a home she wants to spend time in, creates calm to replace the chaos and to embrace the empowerment felt when becoming an Organised Housewife.  

This post is a part of the Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50 Blog Awards.  I am humbled to be in the Top 50, but to be Kidspot’s number 1 Blogger would just be amazing.  I would absolutely love a trip to BlogHer in New York to help grow my blogging skills and to drive around in a Brand New Ford Territory for a year, cruising the Queensland coastline in style and showing you our adventures!  Thankyou Kidspot I have really enjoyed writing this post, by the end of it I was in tears.  

Please visit Kidspot for some really great recipes, ideas of activities to do with the kids, a forum for parents, plus so much more!

Ooh and while your there, please vote for me, by doing so you will have a chance to win $5,000.

 

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32 comments

Richelle Black on Facebook April 11, 2012 - 6:53 AM

Enjoyed reading that, thanks for sharing. And my vote is done.

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Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots April 11, 2012 - 8:10 AM

It was really interesting to get an insight into your blogging journey and how it all began. I love your blog and organising tips and I hope you do fabulously in the competition

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Love Cavies April 11, 2012 - 8:30 AM

Ive been reading your blog almost since it started and its been so lovely to see how its grown. What a beautiful kind inspiration you are Katie to use your own experience and empathy to now want to help others regain control of their lives. I am an organized person by nature and have enjoyed using some of your ideas in our home. I still need to work on meal planning though, its my big downfall!!! Thank you for sharing this post, it was a window into your soul – a beautiful person.

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20minutemom April 11, 2012 - 8:30 AM

Hi Organised Housewife! I’m new to your blog and was also young when I married my high school sweetheart (21 & 21!). I had always dreamed of being a housewife but it sure is a learned skill isn’t it. I have thought many times that maybe I should have taken Home Ec versus Nursing School 😉

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Merri-Made April 11, 2012 - 8:39 AM

I am yet to be Organised but I am really enjoying reading your blog. I am starting to form ideas of needing a routine, picking a starting point, having a plan etc. My main issue is to actually prioritise my housework – I could easily sit in my Creative Space and knit, sew, crochet, bead, etc all day. I have to find a way to do it quickly and easily! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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Dragonden1 April 11, 2012 - 8:49 AM

I was always organised even with my first child managed to keep the house tidy, budgeted well, shopped for bargins was so very house proud. When my daughter was 2.5yrs my twins arrived, the house has never been the same again, clothes everywhere washed and waiting to be ironed, no organisation of meals, really untidy house. I love reading your blog, one day i will get it all together i am sure and each week i get something else under control which is sad as the twins are now 4!!!! Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas and suggestions it give me hope xxx

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Tina April 11, 2012 - 10:21 AM

I am not an organised person by nature, but I require organisation to maintain my sanity.
After having my second child, housework went out the window. To get organised again, I focused on keeping up to date with the washing and keeping one room tidy (I started with my son’s bedroom). As things have gotten easier, I have added rooms and tasks to do daily to keep the house tidy. I involve my almost 3 yo in the tasks.
The house isn’t perfect, but it is getting there. At this,point, I can have someone drop in without being too embarrassed.
Small wins.

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Tracey April 11, 2012 - 11:40 AM

I have four kids, 6, 4, 2, and a two week old … enough said really! LOL
Thanks for the reminder that we are not ‘supermum’ and its totally ok to allow some time to ‘bounce’ back –
thank you for your daily tips, as I slowly get back to my new kind of ‘normal.

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Kylie April 11, 2012 - 11:53 AM

Thank you!!! I too felt totally overwhelmed by the unorganized chaos after babies arrived!! I remember not wanting to share photos due to piles ofwashing and mess in the back ground!! How could such a little thing consume so much time?!? But I’m slowly getting there. The school bag nook is still my favorite!! It’s one routine after school/ kinder that works perfect!! Thank you for sharing – everything!!
Kylie

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Mel April 11, 2012 - 3:05 PM

i love you, you are awesome!

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The Camera Chronicles April 11, 2012 - 3:29 PM

Very inspirational. I’ve actually just done the same thing in regards to routine charts – split the boys’ chores over the week, split my own chores, even split homework tasks over the week. Having everything in front of me in a visual way has helped me feel a little more organised. Still hard with three boys determined to turn everything upside down, but at least it’s a start! Good luck with the Kidspot Top 50!

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Norlin Mustapha April 11, 2012 - 3:30 PM

All this time knowing you I never knew you had twins! It’s hard work having a baby let alone twins for your first ones. Love reading how you got to starting this blog Katrina – The Organised Housewife. 😉

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Jessica April 11, 2012 - 3:31 PM

I am a relatively new follower of your posts but you’re an inspiration to me! I am at heart a neat freak, but that had to go out the window when I had my first son the year after finishing high school. I chose to give up work and be a SAHM, and while I stayed on top of the basic housekeeping – all the little extras were put to the wayside. It’s only now that my youngest has started school that I feel I have time to get myself organised around the home. Thank you for sharing your insight 🙂

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Melissa Walker Horn April 11, 2012 - 3:59 PM

Such a great post Katrina. I just said on Naomi’s wall, I forgot you have twins. What a journey THAT must have been. Thanks for sharing and giving us a little bit more of an insight.

Like the you in the earlier half of the story, there’s no great need here yet {just hubby and I}. But when we are blessed with children let me guarantee I’ll be printing off everything you’ve got! I like a clean house. Most of the time. 😉

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Corrie April 11, 2012 - 6:39 PM

What a great post! Only a mum of twins can know how tough those early days were:) the only pics of my twins for weeks and weeks were of them asleep!

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Rachel M April 11, 2012 - 8:32 PM

Your story is my story! Like you I have twins and was always organized before they came. The crazy busy first days then turned into severe sleep deprivation as they both had food intolerances that took ages to diagnose. Lack of family support and hubby setting up his own business meant that our house turned into a bomb site and I struggled to keep on top of everything. I wish I had this site back then. One book that made such a difference was You Sexy Mum who also says to follow the pioneer women and have washing day, baking day etc which makes so much sense! My boys have just turned 5 so are off to school after the holidays (NZ) so I am looking at getting our family routines better organized with the help of your charts, thanks

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Julie Parker April 12, 2012 - 8:21 AM

So lovely Katrina. I really enjoyed reading your entry and wish you all the best for the comp!

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Patricia Laws April 12, 2012 - 9:12 AM

I have just discovered your blog through retromummy. I am a grandmother with serious clutter problems but this week i am on school holidays and i have been very focussed and have been culling unwanted clothes, books etc from the house. i have a few more rooms to go but i am happy with my results so far. now that i have found your blog i will be able to go to it to give me even more motivation and practical advice on how to keep on top of things. by the way it’s just me and three dogs at my house and the dogs don’t contribute to the mess so it’s all up to me to sort it out! all the best in the top 50 competition.

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Olivia Statters April 12, 2012 - 10:13 AM

Love reading about your journey Kat, you are turly an amazing lady that has made either a massive or just a small difference is so many people’s lives. I wish you all the best in your quest to being Kidspot’s No1 Blogger. You so deserve it. Thanks for motivating and keeping us organised. Much love Liv xoxoxox

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Lisa Warren April 12, 2012 - 10:25 AM

Such a great post Katrina! It’s great to read that you too had struggled with an unorganised house at one point. It makes me feel confident that I can achieve that in the future too. Congrats on your nomination…you have my vote!!

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Shelley Ahearn Mason April 12, 2012 - 10:35 AM

you inspire m Kat every day with your posts . Thank you so much xxx

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Roanne Laughlin April 12, 2012 - 10:39 AM

What a great story! Very inspiring!

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Trish April 12, 2012 - 10:39 AM

Great post Kat, I can really relate to what you have written as a mum of twins too. Good luck.

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Tina @ Tina Gray {dot} Me April 12, 2012 - 10:40 AM

Loved reading this post, Kat. Good luck!! xx

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Kiara April 12, 2012 - 11:10 AM

So glad I came across you!!! 🙂 A newborn, a 16 month old and a school aged child I really needed help and your website is just what I needed 🙂 Thanks for all the effort you put into it 🙂

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Mel April 12, 2012 - 11:39 AM

You have saved my life.!!! You are such a inspiration to my daily life and home.
I love reading you post daily and share alot of them too.
Well done Katrina, you are a super woman out to inspire us all, keep up the great blogging 😀

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Skimpton78 April 12, 2012 - 3:02 PM

Just read your story about how you got started… you are such an amazing woman and I’m incredibly proud of you, my “surrogate sister”! The person to whom you are referring (obviously I know who that is) will be very lucky to have you for support if she makes the decision to improve her current situation, and I hope that she does get there eventually. And I really hope you get the No. 1 on Kidspot… you so deserve it!!! Love you. xx

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Yolanda April 12, 2012 - 5:01 PM

What a great post Katrina, I had tears in my eyes at the end of it. You are a beautiful lady and doing an amazing job with your “Organised Housewife” Blog. Good luck!!!!!
Yolanda
xxx

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Natalie April 13, 2012 - 2:01 AM

I am getting married soon and hope to have kids as soon as possible. Are there any tricks to keeping correspondance with the in laws that you know of?
From the other side of the pond
Natalie

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Luc April 13, 2012 - 6:12 PM

I wish you were around when I had my eldest! Sure hope you win as you really deserve that blogher ticket!

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Louise April 19, 2012 - 10:27 AM

Wow. I’ve only just found your blog, but I can tell it’s going to be a HUGE help to me. I have 4 boys (7, 5 & 2yo twins) and my house is a mess! It makes me depressed just to walk through the door – and I have no idea where to even start. My twins are cyclones of destruction – while I’m busy cleaning up one mess they’re at the other end of the house creating a new one! The time has come for there to be less junk and clutter for them to wreak their devastation on 🙂

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Shani April 22, 2012 - 8:24 AM

Ahhh twins…that’s why I like the concept of organised chaos. Mine are now 12, plus an 18 year old, hubby and pets. Your daily tips are fantastic.

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