{On the blog this month} Organising YOU, inside, out and around

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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Now that the kids have returned back to school this is the month to get YOU organised.  It’s so easy to but ourselves last with having to care for kids, make extended family happy or be there for friends in need, too often we neglect ourselves.  

Do you have a pile of clutter that has been sitting in a corner for over 6 months, never find time for yourself, do you have a tooth that needs to be seen to by your dentist, do you not have enough time to cook and resort to takeaway to often or when was the last time you went on a date night with your partner?  

I’m very excited to have some fantastic guests posting their ideas and wisdom, as I too have areas that need improving.

During February I want to help you to ORGANISE YOU!  

This will be the beginning to a wonderfully organised year!


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Will you join me on this journey? What do YOU need the most help with?

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Nicole February 1, 2012 - 12:08 PM

Where do I sign? Yes to all of that.

Bec February 1, 2012 - 12:09 PM

Sounds like just what I need Cant wait 🙂

marilynfiggett February 1, 2012 - 12:10 PM

I’m in!! 🙂

Emma February 1, 2012 - 12:12 PM

I’m looking forward to feeling less cluttered, both around the house and in my head! I need help with pretty well everything you mentioned above 🙂

Aloma February 1, 2012 - 12:18 PM

Keeping the dining table clear – we have no dining room so the kitchen has a dining table and, naturally, it becomes the clutter spot. It’s my “shiny sink” but I need to find a place for everything, and everything in a place, so that I can keep it that way!

Lisa Warren February 1, 2012 - 12:18 PM

I need to you come to my place Katrina and help me get my shiz together. I have clutter hotspots in my house, and no idea where or what to do with all the paperwork that comes through the door. The other problem area is clothing. We obviously have too much, and I am will to cull, but I’m thinking it’s mostly about routine. HELP!!

Anonymous February 1, 2012 - 12:21 PM

This is perfect timing for me! I have just finished working and embarking on a new life as Mum to a preschooler. I am looking forward focusing a little more time on me rather than everyone else! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!

Michelle Rayner February 1, 2012 - 12:27 PM

Bring it on! Like oh so so so many mums, I put myself last. And when I actually do take a little time for myself – I feel guilty! Argh! Any help, well ALL help, greatly anticipated and appreciated 🙂

Aloma February 1, 2012 - 12:28 PM

Sorry that was an incomplete comment! My “shiny sink” dining table is necessary for me to sit at and enjoy my cup of tea, my lunch, my mail opening and letter writing, which are the little things that I love to do for myself during the day, but get put off doing when I see a pile of mess on it instead. (Another goal should be to read my comments properly so they’re complete).

Sarah February 1, 2012 - 12:29 PM

Great plan. I’d love some help with magazines that come into our house. Not trashy ones that can leave as quickly as they came, good quality ones, particularly gardening or business/investment improvements. I get ripping out the few articles I want to keep but then I get suck with what I do with them then so that they stay as a focus (rather than just another book binder on the shelf) but not necessarily forever.

Anne February 1, 2012 - 12:37 PM

i need help with: 1) making a too small, cluttered house with no storage space feel under control, 2) working out how to make the most of every free 30 mins 1hour etc instead of checking emails 3) sorting through a to do list that only only ever seems to grow longer 4) putting myself first – definitely – but how? anne

Amy Perdomo February 1, 2012 - 8:39 PM

I am with you Anne, our teeny tiny townhouse has NO storage, I have a 2 year old and a 7 month old, both very clingy to me at the moment, I go back to work at the end of the month 2 days per week, back to uni in march and have fundraising to organize for my 2 year olds operations… oh and the baby is a TERRIBLE sleeper, im up to her at least 2-3 times per night :/

Rebecca February 1, 2012 - 12:41 PM

Just perfect for me at the moment im trying to organise all my uni notes and teaching resources and am at a lost where to start or how to file all the paper trail so that when i start my final year of uni i can be organised and ready for all the challenges ahead

Lisamareemccann February 1, 2012 - 12:42 PM

cleaning and time management and getting off the computer hehehe 🙂

Livbruce February 1, 2012 - 12:47 PM

I’m in too…especially on time for me… I got o hairdresser only once last yr!

Katrina February 1, 2012 - 1:00 PM

That needs to change, we will get you there!

Amanda B February 1, 2012 - 3:34 PM

I need to go to hairdresser also.. haven’t been since March last year!

Janithom February 1, 2012 - 12:57 PM

I need to try and organise my small home, in particular the tops of cupboards and dining table that end up being the dumping area for everything. And to stop being disctracted by the current book I’m reading (which is an ongoing thing!!) but to complete some quilting projects and just generally try to be more organised in the kitchen etc thanks

Sandra February 1, 2012 - 1:08 PM

Can definately do with the help!

Carol February 1, 2012 - 1:16 PM

I definately want to de-clutter my house, with a 3rd baby on its way, we have no room for it right now! I need to clear up so many things in the house but just don’t know where to start.

Julie c February 1, 2012 - 1:27 PM


Time for me to exercise.
Keep kitchen benches uncluttered.
Some king of way to “work smarter” on the internet so that it is not a time waster and I’m getting what I need – not wasting time randomly looking for info.
Getting back into the workforce goals/ motivation / help.

Kirsty Ross-Bell February 1, 2012 - 1:31 PM

Organising my new house we move into in MArch De-cluttering clothes, shoes etc, that the kids have grown out of now, but when the containers come from Melbourne that is when the big job starts.

Kellie February 1, 2012 - 1:44 PM

Glad you asked. I need more time to cook and freeze meals and snacks. Need to get a hair cut, lip wax and remove my old toe nail polish! When I do have time I forget to get them done! I have 3 kids (9, 7 & 3) There’s always “house” things to do. This year I’m getting organised, decluttered and simplifying our lives. Thanks to you Katrina, I’ve recently discovered you, you’re inspiring!

Kirsty February 1, 2012 - 2:12 PM

This year my goal is to de-clutter my whole small house so it works better for us. I am particuarly focussed on it since I’ve just found this site. I have also joined the gym so I am focussing on that too. I LOVE this site!

Emma February 1, 2012 - 2:31 PM

I’m excited! Let’s do it! I need help with EVERYTHING !

kylie February 1, 2012 - 2:36 PM

this year i want to organise my time better.i have a son in grade 3 and a 4 yr old son who goes to daycare twice a week.i want to get into a good routine all week.while keeping the two days i have no children to concentrate on ME.i clean every day but my house is crashed again by the time i go to bed.over it!stressed and tired.i want to lose 10kg this year and i dont never know where to fit that in.

Amanda B February 1, 2012 - 3:35 PM

I want to do date nights with my husband but hate paying for babysitters.. we talk about it then we do one at home and then nothing for ages!! we tend to get on our computers and talk from our computer chairs!! UNHEALTHY!

Starx February 1, 2012 - 6:16 PM

sounds great Katrina, I work 4 days a week and am so disorganised. I need to make time to exercise and sort out my scrapbooking area as well as everything else. Help!!!!

kt February 1, 2012 - 8:23 PM

well now my tafe course got cancelled i guess i do have more free time. I need to improve on my whole house and myself

Leah Reynolds February 1, 2012 - 8:27 PM

i am unorganised with uni, housework, mummy and wife duties hehe

Skatty24 February 1, 2012 - 8:33 PM

I am a fulltime working Mum to 2 Girls, with a husband who works away!!! I need organising

Tellie C February 1, 2012 - 8:36 PM

looking forward to what you come up with!

sakuralulu February 1, 2012 - 8:42 PM

I need to become a more organised housewife fullstop.

I enjoy your newsletter and fb daily tips although rarely go through with the great advice I read- that is what I NEED to do. PUT IT INTO ACTION.

Narelle February 1, 2012 - 8:47 PM

I want to prioritize time for exercise. My mind gets enough but my body needs it too, to have better balance. Yes there is house stuff, but I think exercise will lead to better all round “performance”

Kate February 1, 2012 - 9:14 PM

I need help with getting all my organizing plans and ideas out of my head and into action!! How do I start? Where do I start?

Cathy February 1, 2012 - 9:26 PM

I need help to get everything organised in my house!!! I am particularly drowing in paperwork and just can’t work out the best way to keep/throw everything that comes in! Looking forward to it all!

Jeninbalmain February 1, 2012 - 9:38 PM

I am definitely in. I have been making attempts to declutter our townhouse. My little guy has just started kindy and my baby is turning 1 this weekend. I am going back to work in March so I know that I need to be organised to get everything done. My main problems are paperwork (I end up drowning in paper!) and clothes (need to get rid of those piles)

Lisa February 1, 2012 - 9:38 PM

Oh – now you’ve hit a sore point! That would be the long list starting with “stop saying yes to volunteering”, “clean out the kids rooms who have severe allergies”, “visiting a beautician at least ONCE this year”, “catching up with friends and not feeling guilty”, “spending qualitty time with my DH” and “starting the journey to lose 40kgs” … Thanks Katrina – looking forward to crossing off some things on my procrastination list!

Suse T February 1, 2012 - 9:48 PM

Want to comment, but please excuse if it sounds like a whinge.
Three kids 5, 3 and 7 months and a husband in a 3 bedroom house, with way too much stuff.
Something on every night after school….ballet, swimming lessons (separate nights), little aths. One evening with a meeting and an another with husands sport, topped off by tea needing to be on table by 6pm to fit routine of getting small grumpy kids to bed.
Every flat surface getting ‘stuff’ on it as soon as I’ve cleared it. I starting to get somewhere with your de-cluttering hints, then Christmas hols happened and now I feel completely overwhelmed back at the beginning wondering how the terms activities are going to fit, let alone how to organise my house.
Going back to work two days a week in July and would love to have organisation before then.
Personally would love to lose 6kgs by eating better and getting time to excercise, read more, finish and do more sewing/knitting projects, learn to crochet and get to bed waaaay, waaaay, earlier.

L Hickey February 2, 2012 - 3:38 PM

You can do it, Suse!!
When I get some free time (after kids are in bed!!) I’d like to reply to your email, as I’m in a similar position. But, after being inspired by this site as well as some others, I’m getting back on track, feeling more organised and looking after myself!
All the best – I hope to contact you soon!
– Lou x

Jantina F February 1, 2012 - 9:51 PM

Im just disorganised in general!!! Use to keep a tight ship but after having my baby and suffering from PND I was suddenly a fish out of water. While I’m now back to being me again I’m having trouble fitting in baby, work and house work …. Let alone me time ! Looking forward to your posts this month!! X

Karen Anton February 1, 2012 - 11:15 PM

Well, the good news is….
after reading all of the comments posted already I can relate to every word that you’ve all written, Clutter everywhere. Never home. Kids. Husband – everyone’s list is basically the same. 2012 bring it on – 2012 the year I get organised !!

Elizabeth February 1, 2012 - 11:26 PM

I need help with everything – balancing the wife/mother/employee roles eeeep

Kari February 2, 2012 - 1:56 AM

I look at everything and get totally overwhelmed, the clutter is so bad it’s suffocating me and I just want to curl up in a ball and disappear. I can relate to everyone elses comments as well so I’m hoping you have some great hints!

Olivia Statters February 2, 2012 - 10:52 AM

I’m in Kat. Love your structure to the day, really must adopt this for myself. Looking forward to being super organised!!

Kylie February 2, 2012 - 4:00 PM

Count me in. I just did a blog post and printed off your weekly planner this morning – half organised for next week (fingers crossed)

Cass February 2, 2012 - 5:51 PM

I’m not sure what I need to be honest. With 2 kids both starting new schools (each is at a different school) it’s a whole new world for me. A gentle reminder to take the time to stop and ‘smell the roses’ and focus on myself in some way will be greatly appreciated this month. 🙂

Gayemurphy February 2, 2012 - 7:52 PM

I need to re-organise my children’s rooms we swapped rooms late last year in hope that they’d be easier to keep clean & it’s now worse than before! (large Christmas toys DIDN’T help!) & to get into a routine – I had started de-cluttering nearly 2yrs ago, now it feels that I’m constantly de-cluttering! Upside: I have been able to successfully use the area for school notices & that’s worked out well… so far!

Mumma K February 3, 2012 - 9:15 AM

I am totally in, organising doesn’t come naturally to me I start but find it hard to finish… With a 2 yr old and a new baby due in August I really need to stick it out and get this family and house organised, thank goodness for the organised housewife 🙂 I’m happy to start anywhere as everywhere is pretty much disorganised lol

Debbles February 4, 2012 - 10:10 AM

What a great site….will be returning often me thinks and sharing with others!!

Leeona Anne Bailey February 6, 2012 - 5:24 AM

Wow, just what I need to organise me! I want to come first for a change.Help!Looking forward to it.

Caz Pen February 6, 2012 - 10:19 AM

My Mum (who was very organised – unfortunately this did not get passed on to me!) always used to love saying ‘Do a little & often’.
Im starting to understand what that means with 3 children under 7 – if you don’t keep on top of things they soon get out of control! Loving this website for keeping me motivated Katrina! Wonderful.

Cheryl Bromage January 23, 2013 - 7:05 AM

I live in a 2 storey house that has clutter everywhere with the ‘I just need time to go through that’ problem. I work full time and run a sporting club canteen at the weekend so essentially work 7 days a week so am extremely time poor. I know what has to happen I just don’t get to it because I get so tired and have nothing left to give at the end of the day. You tips have been great and I am slowly starting the declutter process


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