Share your accomplishments and be proud!!

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

You are the reason for this blog and I’d love to learn a little about you.  I’d love to read about your journey to a newly organised pantry, fridge, cupboard, morning routine etc.  Take pride in these efforts you are making and share it with us.  Maybe you have some tips of your own??  Or maybe your just starting to consider becoming organised??  Do you have a blog, tell us a little about it. 

Please leave a comment letting us all know your accomplishments or where you are going to make a start, what lead you to the path of being disorganised and how The Organised Housewife has helped you.  I’m sure your story will be encouraging and inspiring for others – I’m sure it will make me feel better too 😛 

Please leave your comments, even brief ones, as your comments encourage me to continue blogging 🙂

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Stacey September 10, 2010 - 6:38 PM

I became disorganised when I had my third baby, she's now 4 months old, I'm struggling to become the organised mama I once was.

Katrina - The Organi September 10, 2010 - 11:35 PM

Stacey thankyou so much for posting a comment!! I'll be posting my evening routine for children hopefully next week, then I will try and create a routine up for daily and weekly house chores. Hopefully by finding a routine that fits your household will bring back that organisation you used to have.

Gillian September 10, 2010 - 11:47 PM

Having been a single mum that was working full time, my only routine was trying to get out the door in the mornings on time and limited cleaning on weekends. After leaving my job 6 weeks ago I have been trying to get the house back to some organisation, from it looking like a bomb exploded. I have managed to sort out the kitchen and my & my sons bedrooms. Next is to hit the office and play room.
With now having a part time job I can begin to balance life out.
Thanks for being an inspiration Katrina

Katrina - The Organi September 12, 2010 - 7:03 PM

Thankyou Gillian, I am glad you find the blog inspiring and it has helped you make a start on some rooms. Continue with the great work you are doing and soon all you will have to do is just maintain it, finding more time for relaxation and spending time with your son!!

Lisa September 10, 2010 - 11:49 PM

Hi Katrina, your Blob is wonderful. I have been a pretty organised mum for a few years now. With 7 children you NEED to be.

I have benefited from a few of your little tips, like the cutting up of the broccoli and cauliflower into the Tupperware fridge containers (mixing them has worked fine so far – they don't last long enough in my fridge to go off either)! I have also started to chuck the sponges and scourers into my dishwasher too WHAT A GREAT IDEA, in the past I would soak them in nappy san over night.

As for a tip of my own….. have have come up with a handy pillow slip bag for the kids pj's and clothes. Handmade and painted with material paints…has their name on them and when we go on holidays and take pillows, they just slip on their personal pillow case! (I can photograph and email if you like)!

Thanks again, Lisa

Katrina - The Organi September 12, 2010 - 7:06 PM

Wow Lisa 7 children, love it!! I agree, your vegetables would be lasting long enough to spoil. Happy that you are finding sme great tips. i would love to see a photo of your pillow slip bag, can you email it to [email protected], sounds interesting.

Leila September 10, 2010 - 11:51 PM

I recently became a mum for the fourth time (10yr boy, 4 yr girl, 2 yr boy and 10 week boy) I've never been a very organised person but i'm realising i need to be so that i still get some me time and be able to keep a tidy house.

I'm also trying to cook more foods from scratch instead of using processed or convenience foods so need to organise my kitchen better than just everything put onto shelves and found hopefully before the used by date.

Have only recently seen your blog and can't wait to explore it more, hopefully there will be some ideas i can use in my own life/house and stick to them.

Katrina - The Organi September 12, 2010 - 7:15 PM

Congratulations on the birth of your newest baby boy!! Must be a joy to have another bub in the house. I love babies 🙂 Soon I will stop the kitchen posts and continue on to another room. I'd like to do a post shortly on general household duties, to try and help everybody to stay ontop of them. I love making cakes and dinners from scratch, knowing what is exactly what ingredients have been used is beneficial to our household, helps keep the skin irritations under control. I think they taste alot better too 🙂

Freya September 11, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Thanks for the blog. I'm a work in progress with organisation.
Just headed back to work (part time) after Bub #2 and am holding it together, but like to aspire to greatness! When I did a pantry and fridge clean through, I was impressed I only needed to ditch less than a bucket full of stuff onto our compost heap. And I'm making much more effort with meal planning.
Thanks, and keep it up!

Katrina - The Organi September 12, 2010 - 7:16 PM

Thankyou freya I am happy you are finding some inspiration. Soon you will learn to balance work and bub and you will find the greatness you are looking for!!!

Debbie-Lee September 11, 2010 - 12:01 AM

I am really loving your site, I have found that I have become so unorganised since the birth of my third son earlier this year just like Stacey, however I had recently done my kitchen cupboards and was pleased to see they look similar to yours, I have today put up the morning routine for my kids. Can't wait for the evening one as well, now if I could just face my pantry and linen press.

Katrina - The Organi September 12, 2010 - 7:18 PM

yes the evening routine sounds like it will be a great help to alot of you. I will do a post this week for you Debbie-Lee, along with some general household duties. Good luck with the pantry, just remember how great you will feel after it is clean, and to maintain it is so easy.

Kelly September 11, 2010 - 12:11 AM

Hi Katrina, I love your blog!! I use to be really organised and then my daughter was born. I can't believe how much 'stuff' baby's have.
I cleaned out my fridge and freezer the other day, I was so proud. Recently I have put together a folder where I keep all my to do lists, routines, meal plans and anything else I use to help me stay organised. It's great because I always know where everything is.
I look forward to reading more of your tips.

Katrina - The Organi September 12, 2010 - 7:25 PM

Babies can accumulate so much and they hardly use most of it. Especially the clothes. I don't have babies clothes anymore, sold them in a garage sale a few years ago. However, a great tip if you are planning on more babies and want to hand the clothes down to them or friends and family – Store clothes in plastic storage boxes in the top of the cupboard. Label the boxes with the size eg. Size 0000, Size 00 or Size 2. This will be great help for when the next bub comes along will save you the time of going through all the clothes again.

A folder is a great idea keeping all the information together. I have a lever arch file too I keep all my lists and household notes. I call it my home management folder. I'll show you in a later post.

Your certainly on the path to organisation Kelly, continue with the great work!!

Kelly September 12, 2010 - 10:25 PM

Lol!! I've already done the thing with the clothes. I have them under the single bed in my daughters room because there is no where else to put them. I have one for 0000, bibs, hats and other bits n pieces then I have one each for 000, 00, 0 and one that is size 1 and up since she is in size 1 now. I also have one for boys clothes which my friend gave me heaps of and another one for blankets, sheets and towels. It's been a lifesaver. Before I did this I had the clothes in bags and it was so un organised. I can't wait to read more of your tips and tricks.
I'm having trouble with random paper work at the moment. I have so much of it and I don't know how to get it in order??

Katrina - The Organi September 12, 2010 - 10:41 PM

lol Kelly, is there any more under the bed 😛

Katrina - The Organi September 13, 2010 - 11:39 PM

Paperwork…I think I need a whole month of blogging for organising the office….it will come!!

Beck September 11, 2010 - 2:02 AM

I'm still trying to get a hold of my house after moving into the house my husband had occupied alone for many years. Your kitchen tips have been a saver so far even if I haven't fulfilled them completely yet they have given me the information I need! I have however finally used my fridge store tupperwear which has sat in my cupboard since the day I bought it. I need more!!!

Katrina - The Organi September 13, 2010 - 11:26 PM

The fridgesmarts are just brilliants arent' they!! Take your time don't force yourself to get organised, keep reading the blog find inspiration and hopefullly soon you will be motivated to get your house under control. Once you start you won't stop!!

Kylie September 11, 2010 - 7:32 AM

Hi Katrina,
I just discovered your blog a week ago and bookmarked it immediately, so I can come and read every day (or every 2nd day if I happen to be busy).
I haven't always been disorganised, in fact the opposite, so I have an idea in my head of what I want my house to look like – but, thanks to partly finished renos, and a house that's really too small for us (and the stuff we accumulated over the years), we live in a constant state of CHAOS! 🙂
Baby #3 due in less than 10 weeks, so I need to stay motivated and finish the job I started.
I am managing to do at least one thing a day towards a cleaner, tidier house.
Kitchen is already done (almost 2 weeks ago and it's managing to stay tidy, yay!)
Lounge/Dining is being done in bits and pieces.
Desk has been done – It has stayed tidy for a whole week, even with hubby's efforts to mess it up!
Daughters summer/winter clothes have been sorted.
On the agenda is filing cabinet – old paperwork, laundry, bathroom and clearing stuff that needs to be sold.
Once my new linen cupboard and new built-in wardrobes are finished, the bedrooms will naturally follow. But in the meantime, the more visable areas are getting a make-over 🙂
Keep up the great work, and thanks for keeping me motivated with your simple tips.

Katrina - The Organi September 13, 2010 - 11:28 PM

Congratulations, 10 weeks will go so quicly. Seems like you have it under control, great work!! I don't know if your using one, but a to-do list will keep you on track. I find I get jobs done quicker if I have made a a to-do list.

Kylie September 14, 2010 - 8:02 AM

Thanks Katrina – yes it is going very quickly.
I was writing a to-do list, but haven't lately. Will get back to it now because there are a lot of little things that are easily forgotten – like the filing cabinet and recipe files (one I've been putting off).
I printed out your morning routine (for the kids) and weekly routine chart – I am going to use it as a permanent fixture for our regular activities and washing routine (yes, I wash by routine, lol), so hubby knows what's happening when it comes time for him to take over when bubs is ready to make a grand entrance 🙂

sarah September 12, 2010 - 8:52 AM

Well I am neither a housewife nor a mum – although I hope to be both in the not too distant future! – and yet I am still extremely disorganised! I'm trying to use your blog for some inspiration to make some sort of order of my house that looks like a natural disaster has passed through! Someday we will be done with renovations and I will have my house back… then I want a pantry like yours and benches like yours that have no clutter on them! Probably doesn't help that my husband is a hoarder and a typical messy male! 🙂

Katrina - The Organi September 13, 2010 - 11:37 PM

No a hoarder husband is no help, maybe he should look at the blog 😛 But you should make a start, be it small, take the throw away 10 things challenge. 10 things less may help you to store better, may help you to continue to throw away more, give you more room to move. Do this challenge once a week, maybe when hubby isn't at home or try and get him involved…..good luck


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