Happy 1st Birthday to The Organised Housewife Blog

Blogoversary, blogiversary, how ever you spell this new word in my vocabulary, I love it, 2 reasons I am jumping up and down excited today.  I cannot believe how quickly 1 year has passed.  This time last year I hit publish on my very first post.  This blog has grown into so much more than I imagined it ever would.  I would love to thank you so much for taking the time to read what I write.  I hope you are enjoying the blog as much as I am loving writing it. 

Looking back on my first post I just went straight in for it, no introduction (because this blog started for my friends and family, they knew me and the reason I was writing).  Instead I hit publish on a meal plan.  So today I’ll share a little about me and why I started this blog.

About Me

I married the love of my life when I was 21, he was 20.  Our story is a fairytale (a story for another time), but we were always meant to be.  We purchased our first home when we were 21.  Before children I was a receptionist/personal assistant to a property developer.  We became parents at 25, to twins (boy and girl).  These babies were born to the most welcoming of arms, I had always dreamt on being a mum and to have 2 little babies at once was extra special (2 for 1 as my hubby says).  I am often asked what was it like having twins – I didn’t know any better, I didn’t know how easy it was to have 1 child.  I wasn’t an overly organised person before babies, however having the twins certainly made me change my ways, behaviours and habits.  I didn’t have time to be picking up and tidying up, I soon learnt that if I created a home for everything, always put it away after I used it, it was then one less thing I had to do later.   We than had baby number three (girl) 2  years later,  which, I then learn how easy having one baby is. 

I am a SAHM but finding recently that blogging is taking a good portion of my day.  We have chosen for me to be a SAHM as it allows me to help at school, go on excursions, pick the kids up when they are sick, bake (lots of baking) and take the kids to their after school sporting commitments.  We sacrifice a lot for me to be here with the kids, budget, budget, budget!  I do however, work a few hours each week helping other mum’s become organised in their home.

Here I’m helping organise a pantry (yes post will be coming!!)

Why I started to blog

After my youngest started school I dabbled in painting and selling my creations, I soon realised it was hard to sell artwork at an affordable price as so much time and effort is involved.  I stopped painting, the house was clean, tidy, organised…I was bored, I needed something to occupy my time.   

I found my friends asking for advice, my recipes and copies of the printables I created to keep the kids in an everyday routine.   I thought a blog was a perfect way to collaborate all the information.  I put it on my personal FB page asking if my friends would be interested in reading it and asked advice on what I should call it.  One dear friend, mentioned she always considered me to be an Organised Housewife, so the next day The Organised Housewife began.

My friends and family have been wonderful support and encouragement throughout this past year, I have already thanked each one of them, but again, THANKYOU!! xx

The blogs aim

My aim is to motivate and inspire readers to enjoy the journey they are living with their family while easily keeping a tidy home.  I want you to learn that keeping your home clean and organised isn’t a chore.  Set your routines, create homes for your things, create a home you are comfortable in living in.  Don’t compare yourself to others, set your limits and goals and you will achieve them. 

Nominated for Best Blog

I am a finalist in the AusMumpreneur Best Blog of the Year! (Yes another reason to be jumping up and down excited!!)  Frequently readers send me emails to thank me for all the effort I put into the blog and how I am helping them change their lives for the better (I love these emails, thankyou).  But…somebody went that extra step further and nominated me for the Connect2mums AusMumpreneur Best Blog award.   I am so honoured and very grateful to be considered as such. 

To win this award would be an absolute honour and great encouragement to continue making my blog a place to give those struggling or looking for guidance, the help and motivation they need.  It would also provide a great opportunity to give the blog more exposure.  I would
like to reach out to more people that don’t know how to seek or search for help and inspiration to create an organised home.

When you have a moment, can you please take a minute and vote for The Organised Housewife blog.   Click HERE to vote, please choose best blog category, find The Organised Housewife, click on the image then click like under the image and description, then your finished, easy. 

 

 

 

  

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27 comments

Jane July 31, 2011 - 9:25 PM

Happy Birthday Kat! I am delighted to see you being SO successful with your Blog after only a year! Well done to you, and keep up the good work- you ARE an inspiration!!

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Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:55 PM

Aaw, thankyou Jane xx

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Tina Gray August 1, 2011 - 10:22 AM

Happy bloggy birthday, Kat! As much as I joke about your daily tasks making me feel guilty, your blog has been a big help and inspires me to organise my home and KEEP it organised! x

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Katrina August 4, 2011 - 12:05 AM

I know Tina, so glad that I have been able to help you x

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Katrina August 4, 2011 - 12:06 AM

Forgot to say, a huge thankyou for all the help you have given me this past year, you are amazing, full of so much blogging knowledge.

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Sevencherubs August 1, 2011 - 10:42 AM

Woo hoo! so exciting!! You have done and amazing effort at helping so many people over the past year. Totally incredible effort. I know you work really hard and am so happy for you lovely. Looking forward to seeing where the next year takes you. N x

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Katrina August 4, 2011 - 12:07 AM

I wonder Naomi, let’s see. Thankyou hun x

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Norlin August 1, 2011 - 10:44 AM

Happy Bloggy Birthday!! And hope there’s more to come! I think I’m going to have to check out your organising ideas as I soooo need that in my life – in fact in all aspect of my life.

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Katrina August 4, 2011 - 12:07 AM

You will find many ideas on the site Norlin, enjoy !

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Christeen August 1, 2011 - 2:18 AM

Hi
Congrats on your blog. You should be very proud of your blog after just 1 year. Imagine the possiblities for the next!!!! Your blog has inspired me to give this medium a go myself and 2 weeks ago my 9year old daughter and I started blogging. Ours is very simple so I can now see how much hard work you put into yours. Just want to let you know it is appreciated.

Christeen

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Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:56 PM

Yes alot of hard work but I love it. Thankyou Christeen, enjoy the journey your blog gives you, what a wonderful idea to do it with your daughter

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Tiffany August 1, 2011 - 3:25 AM

Congratulations on celebrating your first birthday. I stumbled across your blog eight months ago when I was looking for tips on routines for kids starting school, little did I know then how much your blog would influence my day-to-day life. I’m a SAHM with three kids (ages 6, 4, 20 months) and you have helped me get organised with my children, my housework, the shopping and decluttering. I read your blog everyday as well as check Facebook for the daily task. Slowly my house is getting in order. It all started with keeping it simple by just making sure my kitchen benchtops sparkled at the end of the day. I now also have an organised pantry, I’ve managed to declutter and re organise many rooms and cupboards, and now don’t feel so bogged down with what seemed like a mountain of little and big jobs that I wanted to forget needed to be done. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:57 PM

Tiffany, thankyou, this means the world to read this and see how much I have been able to help you. Good on you for sticking with it, declutter and organising around you. x

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Olivia August 1, 2011 - 4:19 AM

Congratulations……I love hearing how just because someone was being themselves that it ends up helping and inspiring so many other people and by sheer kindness you have created this wonderful resource of just want everyone mother needs to help make life just that little bit easier!! I wish I had have found you long ago. Thank you

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Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:58 PM

Thankyou Oliva 🙂

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Adalita Marks August 1, 2011 - 9:38 AM

Congrats – you have inspired me to make my house clutter and my life hoarding free.

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Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:59 PM

I am so happy that I have been able to inspire you, keep at it and you will enjoy your space around you.

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Anonymous August 1, 2011 - 11:50 AM

Happy Birthday Kat, you should be proud, your blog is amazing! I haven’t been following all that long, but you are inspiration. Thank you for being so organised 😉

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Katrina August 4, 2011 - 12:08 AM

Thankyou Katie, I enjoy sharing all my ideas, wish there was more time to share more.

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Julie August 2, 2011 - 1:03 AM

Congratulations Katrina !! You do a wonderful job and are a real help to me and I’m sure many other SAHM and part/full time WAHM and anyone else that is just busy and needing domestic inspiration!! 🙂

Anyone who has ever felt that being at home might not be a “real” job can certainly see homemaking can be a fantastic career option by the successful & “professional” example you give us.
I really enjoy the blog and comments that give so many great ideas & “training” for what can sometimes be an unappreciated job – making it feel more rewarding and satisfying to me.

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Katrina August 4, 2011 - 12:11 AM

Thankyou Julie, you have been a wonderful reader this past year always commenting on my posts. I love this, I love hearing what my readers have to say, it’s always heartfelt and means lot ot me. Thankyou.

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Kirsty August 2, 2011 - 11:11 AM

Congratulations Katrina on your first blogiversary!!!! I love checking out your site all the time and your so very inspiring!!

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Katrina August 4, 2011 - 12:17 AM

Thankyou Kirsty, can’t believe how fast a year passed.

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Jule August 2, 2011 - 1:35 AM

Ouch!! “how easy singltons are” perhaps this was your experience – remember that you were not a new mum with this singleton!! And a good friend who is a midwife specialising in multiple birth management tells me that a “difficult” single can be harder than two easy well managed … much of MBM is about routine training – feed, sleep, activity, etc Very difficult when the awkward toddler wakes just as you settle the baby and insists they wake too. So much for rest and catch-up time…especially when you have two or three or more competing routines of differently aged children close together.
Child-spacing and personality can have a huge impact too!!
I know I would rather have had triplets of my 3rd than another single like my 1st (now my parents even admit they used to make excuses not to babysit..) Compared to my first child I actually took my second to a paediatrician at 4 months to recheck whether there was anything the matter with him neurologically because he was so quiet, fed, slept lots and without fuss!! It’s a funny story now but I really did think there might have been a problem (was he born too quickly? suffer some ‘damage’? He is now a strapping lad of 13 who is very clever mostly and can rest his chin on my head when he hugs me – but I was beside myself about it at the time!
What a journey parenting is!! And supportive family would definitely be a bonus. Blogs like this mean more to some of us than you will ever know : )

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Katrina August 4, 2011 - 12:13 AM

Real life, real stories, this is me 🙂

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Trish August 3, 2011 - 11:01 AM

Happy Bloggy Birthday Katrina!! My twins were my first newborns too, our eldest was adopted at thirteen months. Still I am far from organised. I’m enjoying your site.

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Katrina August 4, 2011 - 12:23 AM

Thanks Trish, you had your hands full too!

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