Let’s get organised in February

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

It’s February already, can you believe it? How did that happen so quickly?  We had a fabulous January, although it did start off with me really sick, it did get better.  It was great to spend time with kids over the school holidays, towards the end of it we ventured down to Sydney for a family wedding, my kids were all involved in the wedding Mr nearly 13 walked the bride down the aisle and the girls were bridesmaids.

Our youngest had a birthday the day after the wedding, she turned 11.  She wanted to do something together with the extended family so we visited Taronga Zoo. Ooh what a remarkable place for animals to live, they have such a glorious view. Did you know you can visit Taronga Zoo for $1 on your birthday, thank you to one of my readers for sharing this top tip with me!

I found some clarity in January, in myself to look after me, plus I reflected on the year past in regards to the blog. I said goodbye to my assistant Kate as I am wanting to get back to basics on the blog. Which I have thoroughly enjoyed so far, it is extra work for me, but it’s a good thing.  With that extra work I need to find balance as I can’t do it all. So that will mean every now and then I can’t share a blog post every day. Tomorrow actually is the first day in I can’t remember how many years that I will not be publishing a blog post. Be still my anxious heart, it’s OK, it’s going to be OK… lol. Balance will be my key to getting back to the happier, healthier me.

Let’s get organised in February

When I first started the blog I used to share a monthly planning post, which used to coinside with a daily task at the beginning of each month.  It’s today’s task actually, which I give you in my daily newsletter and on my facebook page “Prepare for the month ahead”. Sounds easy, but what shall we plan?

Personally, by sharing this post each month it will be a great time for me to let you know how I am going, I love the accountability I have with you all!!

February to-do list

This is my list of goals I want to try to do this month

  • I am crazy…. all my 3 kids have their birthdays within a fortnight, the twins birthday is soon. We have delayed their birthday parties to celebrate a few weeks after their birthdays, so they could settle into school first.  So this month I am crazily celebrating miss 11’s birthday party one weekend, then the following weekend celebrating the twins 13th birthday with Mr having all his mates over on the Friday night, then Miss have her friends over Saturday night.  They have given me their list of foods they would like, and Miss games she would like to organise, it’s going to be loads of fun. I’m going to be easy on myself and not make it too complicated. Got any tips for me??
  • Create a space for the kids school bags, I thought they’d prefer their bags in their bedrooms, but Mr nearly 13 and Miss 11 prefer to keep their bags downstairs.
  • Organise Miss 11’s bedroom.
  • Continue being kind to myself and stopping when I find I am tired.
  • Get my full health check with the GP, my appointment is booked in.
  • Find a sport for Mr nearly 13 to sign up to for the year.

I’ve created a printable, February 2016 Monthly planner page to help you organise your goals for the month. It has a little quote for some inspiration for you:

I cant change the direction of the wind but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination jimmy dean

Click here to download – sorry this content is no longer available


February’s Free Monthly Calendar

Use the 2016 free monthly calendar, Weekly Planner or Daily Planner to help you plan your days through the month.

Plan your month

Ideas to add the following to your calendar:

  • Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • Holidays
  • Public Holidays, find dates here
  • School term start and end dates here
  • Pupil free school days
  • School events, discos, fun days
  • If family/friends are coming to stay
  • Business trips
  • Hairdresser/beauty appointments
  • Dentist checkups
  • Health checkups
  • Time to sit down and meal plan
  • Plan an upcoming holiday
  • Immunisation for kids and pets
  • Time out for YOU!
  • Date night
  • Girls night out
  • Family fun day

February Birthstone is: Amethyst

What goals do you have this month, personally or around the home?

FREE PLANNING PAGE - February 2016 Monthly Planning Page. Use this page to prepare for your month, setting your goals and priorities. With a little quote for inspiration.

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jac February 2, 2016 - 6:20 AM

Thank you Kat, one for your honesty, two showing how we can balance life and to look after ourselves first and three for the printable, I need this.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 5:51 AM

Glad you like the printable Jac, hope it helps you 🙂

lIsa February 2, 2016 - 6:23 AM

Your children are adorable, I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning and I feel I have watched the grow up, you should be proud they look very happy. Love your blog, your so inspiring and I’ll be joining in your February project. My goals are to start walking now my son started kindy, and I want to organise the laundry and pantry.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 5:52 AM

Thank you Lisa, they are gorgeous and growing up so quickly, they are very happy kids, always smiling. Excited that you’ll be joining me in Feb, hope you can find time soon to make a start on your Laundry.

Leonie February 2, 2016 - 6:24 AM

I love this style of this post. Thanks Kat

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 5:52 AM

Awesome Leonie, that’s great feedback, thank you 🙂

Bec February 2, 2016 - 7:22 AM

Thanks for the reminder to book a Dentist appointment for myself. its one of thoes things that just dosent get prioritised. good luck keeping things in hand and thanks heaps for the additional printable. xx

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 5:55 AM

Sometimes it things like these that we put off, and it continues to be at the bottom of the list. The appointments really don’t take that long, it’s just taking the time out to book the appointment.

Kath Truran February 2, 2016 - 7:46 AM

Your children are just beautiful and a credit to you. I admire you so much for your strength in your daily life and the way you handle the challenges that you have had to face. You are lovely and an inspiration. I’m 70 so many of your day to day ideas are not relevant but I do want to have a beautiful organised home and you encourage me to do that. Your page is the first I open every morning. Take care of yourself and know that many people from many walks of life applaud you and wish you well. Light & love Kath

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 5:57 AM

Aaw Kath, this is so beautiful to read first thing in the morning thank you so very much for your kindness. The twins are at camp at the moment, they have been away since very early Sunday morning, they are home late this afternoon, I can’t wait to see them, missed them terribly. I am so pleased that you can find some inspiration in my blog to help you in your home, that is so wonderful to hear, thank you.

Deanne Shannon February 2, 2016 - 9:34 AM

Hi Kat, thank you for being honest it is nice to know we are not the only ones struggling at times to try and find balance. I recently left a job that I thought was going to be my dream retirement job. (very disappointing)So last month I spent my time giving up a codeine addiction I had been hiding for some years from my family and spending quality time with my 3 girls whilst on school holidays. This month I would like to concentrate on getting our house organised room by room as my husband would like to change jobs this year to a job that will see him working longer hours and I also would like to find myself another job and even contemplating fulltime work. Which I know will make life hectic with kids sports living out of town and having a mum who I am caring for with pancreatic cancer. As well as lose some weight and get healthier than what I am at least. So I really look forward to your tips and advice because I do get very overwhelmed at where the hell do I start lol.
So thank you again for sharing all your ups and downs I really appreciate it. Here is to a good February to get started.

Cheers Deanne

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 6:03 AM

Hi Deanne, it sounds like you have so much going on, firstly congratulation on giving up your codeine addiction, how are you feeling, any side effects? What is your top priority in all that you have listed? Can you start your day with a little exercise, so you are making your health a priority first in the day, then looking after your mum and organising the house, good to hear your are going to do room by room, that will help with the overwhelm taking it one step at a time. I hope you can find a job with decent hours for you and your kids.

Lyn McGuire February 2, 2016 - 3:54 PM

Oh my, what lovely children. They look like they should be actors.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 6:05 AM

Naw thank you Lyn x

Susie February 3, 2016 - 5:34 PM

What a BEAU-TI-FUL photo of the 3 kids. That’s one to treasure!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 6:23 AM

It is, Mr nearly 13 has a beautiful smile on his face, it’s really hard to capture his wonderful smile in a photo, whenever I point a camera at him his smile freezes. Miss 11 is so cheeky here 😉


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