New Adventures for The Organised Housewife

I started this blog in 2010 and I remember the day clearly. Sitting in my little home office I initially created this blog as something to occupy me while the kids were at school, as I wanted to share some of my organising tips, cleaning how to’s and favourite recipes with friends and stop spending so much money on scrapbooking LOL. My friends shared it with their friends, then they shared it and I was having fun sharing snippets of my life and it grew to more than just a hobby blog. I was really enjoying creating The Organised Housewife blog; I loved sharing my tips, recipes, creating printable checklists, chatting with everyone on Facebook and making the blog itself look pretty. I was doing it all myself, but after a few years, I found I was spending alot of time on it.  I would put the kids to bed and continuing to work on the blog – caused I loved it – but I was leaving little time for myself and found it overwhelming to the point that I was going to close down the blog (ooh could you have imagined, so glad I didn’t). Ultimately like I said I loved it, I really didn’t want to stop, but I needed to find balance again.

I stopped working in the evening and looked after me a little bit more, however, I was still finding it hard to keep up. Many may not realise but there is A LOT behind the scenes to running a blog!  I got a uni intern to help me and I loved the extra help.  To ensure I had the work/life balance needed I ended up hiring a lovely lady to help me keep on top of the emails.  At this stage, my hubby left his 9-5 office job and started his own business, so we converted our spare lounge room into our office so 3 of us could sit and work comfortably.  A few more years later, we moved house, Scott hired a staff member and earlier this year I employed another staff member (now I have a team of 3) and as you can imagine our home soon became crowded with 2 rooms being offices for our home businesses. Working from home certainly has many advantages, but after 8+ years I had finally started to feel the challenges it brings along with it too.  I have a very good physical work/life balance (stopping when the kids came home from school), but mentally it was hard to switch off. When it came to weekends, I wanted to just relax at home, but because I’d been there all week I started to feel like a hermit and it was affecting both mine and Scott’s mindset.  So we decided to take the leap and search for some office space suitable for us both and our growing vision for our businesses.

The Organised Housewife blog began 8 years ago in my home office as something to do while the kids were at school. Fast forward to now and we have some awesome news - and exciting things to come!

This is a funny story and a very long story short, we have leased some office space!!  Out of pure coincidence, because there wasn’t much available close to home we ended up leasing the same office that I worked in before I left the workforce (when I became pregnant with the twins).  I was the receptionist for a building development company and now I am the Boss Lady!!  How cool is that, coming around full circle like that.  The office hasn’t changed a bit, same wallpaper, same rattly step, same blinds, just new carpet. But we’ve made it our own.  It has quite the grand entrance with this stunning staircase.  It’s a hidden gem in an industrial estate.

The Organised Housewife blog began 8 years ago in my home office as something to do while the kids were at school. Fast forward to now and we have some awesome news - and exciting things to come!

We moved into the office space last week, I shared a little office tour on our first day on Instagram Live because I was beside myself excited!  It’s a great space, with loads of windows and natural light. We’ve each got our own office which helps us to focus on the work we need to do (I feel we are already so much more productive, as you can imagine 3 ladies in one office, there was lots of happy chatting!!). It will have challenges, especially as I write about the home and usually as I write a blog post I get up and go take photos, it now just means that I need to plan ahead with my photos and content. I can do that, I’m the queen of planning!!!  You can see I utilised this big wall in my office for just that.  My 2019 editorial content calendar is up on my wall and I’m already in planning mode!! Look out 2019, here I come!!

  Large A2 2019 Calendar printables available from my shop to instantly download here.  Bonus Oct-Dec 18 included.

The Organised Housewife blog began 8 years ago in my home office as something to do while the kids were at school. Fast forward to now and we have some awesome news - and exciting things to come!

If you’ve been following along you’ll know that I am quite shy, but I’ve been working on this, trying to overcome my fear of public speaking. I’ve been doing a few facebook lives within my closed 20 Day’s to Organise and Clean your Home facebook group and on my main facebook page, which I’ve actually really enjoyed.  Soon I am doing a speaking bootcamp to help me learn a little more as the new office has a great space where I plan on doing workshops with local Gold Coasters beginning in January 2019.  I am super excited about this, as I’ve always wanted to meet the community face to face with hands-on teaching and having a cuppa together and this space is going to give me this ability.  If you’re a local and interested, please register your details below and I’ll let you know when I have finalised all my plans.

My daughter set up my desk for me and put all my quotes on the wall behind me, I love it, great pop of colour and inspiration!!

The Organised Housewife blog began 8 years ago in my home office as something to do while the kids were at school. Fast forward to now and we have some awesome news - and exciting things to come!

Let me introduce you to The Organised Housewife Team. On the left is Kate who helps manage all the office admin and helps me keep on top of social media. Kate is a newlywed with 2 gorgeous Ragdolls and an amazing ability to create delicious cakes. Despite how much I have enjoyed all these years creating the graphics and printables for the website I’m not superwoman and can’t do it all, so I’ve handed it all over to Clare. Clare is our in-house Graphic Designer, who very cleverly designed our 2019 Wall Calendar which has nearly sold out (we aren’t doing a 2nd print run, so if you want one I suggest grabbing one before they sell out).  Clare has a little son who starts school next year and has an uncanny sense of knowing what I want to say before the words exit my mouth. I feel so lucky to have both young ladies a part of my team here at Organised HQ to help me make my vision a reality.

The Organised Housewife blog began 8 years ago in my home office as something to do while the kids were at school. Fast forward to now and we have some awesome news - and exciting things to come!

I’m so excited about the future, and my vision for the possibility of The Organised Housewife and putting it all into action. Hope you enjoy the ride with us!!

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25 comments

Rebecca Hawkins October 9, 2018 - 5:30 AM

Congratulations on your new office! Great to see your team too.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 10, 2018 - 8:52 AM

yes good to put a face to the names hey! Thanks Rebecca 🙂

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Helen October 9, 2018 - 7:08 AM

Your office looks great – have fun ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 10, 2018 - 8:52 AM

we already are!! Thank you lovely 🙂

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robyne bartlett October 9, 2018 - 7:45 AM

congratulations may this coming year be brilliant

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 10, 2018 - 8:51 AM

I suspect it will be 🙂 thank you Robyne x

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Linda October 9, 2018 - 8:47 AM

So excited for you , well done! Looking forward to the future blogs,I would like utube as well it’s easy to listen while I do other things.Wishing you all Good luck !

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 10, 2018 - 8:51 AM

thanks for the suggestion Linda!! And thank you for your lovely comments x

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Lisa October 9, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Your space looks amazing…Congratulations!!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 10, 2018 - 8:51 AM

It really is a lovely space, we are very lucky!! Thank you 🙂

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MJC52 October 9, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Congratulations Katrina, Scott and Staff on the move and well done. I’m from NSW and I would really like to see some You Tube content. The small amount that you do have on You Tube is good and very informative. Could we see your interviews that you have done through TV Channels as well. Well done Katrina, you deserve this.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 10, 2018 - 8:50 AM

oooh yes thank you for the suggestion… I was even thinking about having an online link to watch the workshops live from wherever you are if you can’t attend… will keep brainstorming 🙂 Thank you lovely

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Fiona October 9, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Congratulations and love the idea of face to face workshops!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 10, 2018 - 8:49 AM

glad to hear it Fiona!! Exciting times ahead 🙂

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Sharon October 9, 2018 - 3:52 PM

So happy for you Kat xx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 10, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Thank you Sharon 🙂

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Ann October 9, 2018 - 4:26 PM

So exciting for you!! Congratulations! You’re really going to love doing the workshops! I consider myself an introvert, but I really enjoyed teaching my scrapbooking workshops! I miss having the connection but unfortunately it’s no longer an option for me.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 10, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Thank you lovely 🙂 Yes I’ve actually enjoyed the lives I have been doing on Facebook and Insta so I’m really keen for live workshops!!

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Trisha October 12, 2018 - 7:47 AM

Hi Kat
I agree with the rest with congratulations with the growth so far…although youtube is great and i would love to see more, but maybe a road trip West could be on the cards? I for one would love to meet you in person!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 12, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Now I love that idea Trisha!!!

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Trisha October 12, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Wow it would be awesome…. involve the fam and make a holiday out of it! So many nice things to see and do on this side of our beautiful country as well!

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Julie McGuire October 12, 2018 - 8:32 PM

Good luck on your new adventure, keep up the good work. Would love to see some posts on tips to help around the home when you are physically disabled, if you have time to explore that subject.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 16, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Thanks Julie 🙂 ooh thats an interesting topic, will definitely do my best to look into it x

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Rhonda Ball October 13, 2018 - 6:05 AM

Congratulations on the new office space Kat. You really are following your dreams. I love your vision and drive for achieving your goals. I have been a “Organised Housewife ” groupie for over 5 years and love how you can motivate me. Thanks. Keep up the great work.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 16, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Thank you Rhonda 🙂 and thank you for sticking around for so long!! Love being able to help and inspire others!

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