Airing my Dirty Laundry

Organised Housewives 2

This is a guest post by Fussy Eater’s Mum of Life with a Fussy Eater

No matter how much I want to be an Über Mum (painfully organised and impeccably clean) it will always be an uphill battle. Life on Fussy Farm means that I have to accept that flies, spiders and dirt will constantly challenge my cleaning abilities.

So thank goodness there are some experts; people who really are neat, tidy and organised and who can give me a sense of hope.

Martha Stewart is one of these experts. Although, even she had to acknowledge in her book, Good Things for Organizing, that “a great deal of credit must go to my housekeepers and my talented assistants … who are empowered to help with this “organising.”” In other words, she pays a lot of people to do her dirty work.

Airing my Dirty Laundry

I use to flip through the pages of her magazine and dream of a house with a linen room. I would read her tutorials on how to fold a fitted bed sheet and feel all the more smug for it, even though I still just crammed them into a ball and shoved them into a closet.

My admiration for Martha has waned over the years, mainly because of her lack of morals. In addition to a bit of insider trading, she was accused of running over her gardener because he had the audacity to complain that she hadn’t paid him. So no matter how organised she can get her pantry, she doesn’t behave like a lady.

My new organisational guru, however, is a perfect lady. She is The Organised Housewife, and unlike Martha, she does all her organising herself. So you know that it’s fair dinkum.

I subscribe to her blog and every day I get a beautiful little reminder in my mail that there is hope for Fussy Farm becoming a neat and orderly place.

I decided to put The Organised Housewife’s tips to the test and organise my laundry.

Did I mention we have spiders on Fussy Farm? And the dirt and dust? Because this is the BEFORE photo of my laundry.

To begin with, I read through all of the laundry, broom cupboard, and ironing posts that The Organised Housewife has put together. Then I took a trip to Crazy Clarke’s to purchase plastic containers; lots of plastic containers. Then I pulled out the laminating machine and made up a number of labels to stick on the outside of the boxes. And I gave it a good clean, including cleaning the washing machine.

This is the result…the AFTER or at least the PART WAY THROUGH photo.

So it really works! I have to admit that I still read most of The Organised Housewife’s post purely to day dream that my kitchen bench will gleam as brightly as hers. But it’s so comforting to know that she’s there should I need her advice. If I ever do achieve the status of Über Mum, I will be sure to credit The Organised Housewife for helping me get there.


About Guest Blogger

The Fussy Eater’s Mum is the creator of HealthyChart and the fabulous woman behind Life With A Fussy Eater. She blogs about food & nutrition, her desire to be an Uber Mum and life on Fussy Farm in rural WA.

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Kristie Schwarz June 25, 2011 - 10:44 PM

Ooooh, the after photo?! Would love to see it!
Feeling very inspired, though first of all I have to actually GET a laundry room…..
Off to get some recipes from Life With A Fussy Eater now!

Katrina June 28, 2011 - 9:41 AM

Having a laundry would help to keep all items like towels, sheets and cleaning items organised. However you still can work around it if your laundry is in the bathroom or kitchen area.

TJC June 25, 2011 - 7:48 PM

Thanks for the inspirational post!
Although you after picture is missing or do we need to imagine that one. *giggle*

Now I am off to read your fussy eater blog.

Katrina June 28, 2011 - 9:40 AM

The after pic has now been uploaded!

Leisha June 26, 2011 - 1:11 AM

Had a little giggle this morning!! The laundry reminds me of my BTOH (before The Organised Housewife) days + the fussy eating part. Add a little of the “no I can’t be bothered using the toilet today” and it can certainly make your head spin. Absolutely love your Healthy Chart and will be spreading the word… Ever thought of doing one for the toilet training? Thanks Fussy Eater’s Mum!!

Katrina June 28, 2011 - 9:50 AM

I love this post too!!

Crafty Girls June 26, 2011 - 8:58 AM

Can’t wait to see the after shot FEM!

Katrina June 28, 2011 - 9:53 AM

The after has been uploaded 🙂

bec ritchie June 26, 2011 - 11:53 AM

will the after photo be appearing soon.?..loong forward to seeing it

Katrina June 28, 2011 - 9:55 AM

Hi Bec, after photo is up.

Jacqui Honeywood June 26, 2011 - 12:08 PM

Holy crap FEM I thought that WAS the after photo – does it get better than that?? Good on you for taking inspiration from someone else and sharing that with everyone. Can you come and do my laundry next please xx

Fussy Eater's Mum June 26, 2011 - 12:39 PM

See my point, Katrina’s advice really works! But sorry Jacqui, you’ll have to do it yourself!

Crafty Girls June 27, 2011 - 2:52 AM

OMG, WOW! That is absolutely unbelievable, the difference it’s made! Have you noticed a strange shift, like, now you actually ‘enjoy’ being in the laundry? Oh, and your laundry is about a million times bigger than mine. LOL

Katrina June 28, 2011 - 10:00 AM

Would be nice to have a laundry this size.

Bek @ Justfordaisy June 27, 2011 - 7:13 AM

Love this! So great to see the change! 🙂 Now for me to get started… School holidays here at the end of the week! I’m inspired! 🙂

Katrina June 28, 2011 - 10:03 AM

No worries : ) We loved it Bek, it was so yummy! I just used a whole can when I made it!

Gemma @ My Big Nutshell June 28, 2011 - 8:03 PM

I’ve been meaning to say (for a few days now), how much I enjoyed this guest post by Life with a fussy eater. I also love the transformation. You have a wonderful way of inspiring others Katrina!

Katrina July 2, 2011 - 2:11 AM

Thank you Gemma. I want to provide more ‘real’ organising stories. Mine are real life but some may not like the way I do things, this give good varitey 🙂

Di4mk63 February 17, 2012 - 6:19 PM

great job, love the size of your laundry, totally jealous!

Cat April 3, 2012 - 6:56 PM

Excellent job. What a massive laundry. Laundry envy has hit hard. Mine is the size of a shoebox, or two, but I too am empolying some tips from The Organised Housewife. Thank you ladies.

Megan Harrington April 16, 2013 - 4:11 PM

Awesome job!!! Looks fantastic – you must feel so much better for it. I couldn’t even tell you had cupboards before the clean up!!! After doing the 20 day challenge last year I’m happy (and proud) to say my Tupperware, pots ‘n’ pans, medicine, laundry & bathroom cupboards are still as clean as the day I organised them. Her methods work and I think many of us refer to Katrina as “Saint Katrina”!!!

Katrina April 16, 2013 - 9:17 PM

That’s awesome work Megan that you have been able to keep your cupboards organised. I’m no saint, just happy to share my ideas 🙂

Gangemi Cabinet Makers June 17, 2014 - 8:32 AM

what a transformation from the first picture to the next. Clearly Katrinas tips have done you well. Let’s hope it stays that way!

Christina March 1, 2016 - 12:02 PM

I would love to know what label names she put on her boxes. Which categories did she use on the containers?

Les March 1, 2016 - 7:39 PM

Thank you for such an honest and refreshing post. I laughed for ages about you only reading Kats post to day dream. I also read them faithfully and dream a lot. You have done a fantastic job and should enjoy the feeling of a job well done.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 2, 2016 - 7:08 AM

she has done very well didn’t she 😉

Kim March 2, 2016 - 9:51 AM

I must say what a good job , Life with a Fussy Eater! I’m amazed you manage to tame the clutter. As a mum of 5 I could never have coped if I’d have a laundry like the before pics!! X

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 3, 2016 - 9:05 AM

She did well didn’t she!!

Sharon October 7, 2021 - 9:55 PM

Hey Kat thanks for the tips. You did a great job taming the mess! Seems like I need an organisational guru myself as I’m very lazy to handle my own laundry.


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