Beautifully Organised

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

My kitchen rituals

Let's talk cooking and kitchen rhythms / rituals.

For me, the only downside to home cooking is the state of my kitchen when I’m done!

So messy - this pic is the AFTER :)

I keep the clean up simple by washing dishes and wiping down surfaces as soon as I put my baking in the oven. 

It means I can take my time because I’m waiting for the baking to happen anyway, and If I need to check on how the cooking is going, I’m right next to it and I won’t forget about it.

Most of my baked goods take 20-45 minutes so if I’m done with the dishes before it’s ready, I’ll declutter or clean a cupboard or pantry shelf too. Then it’s never a huge job!

Tell me about your kitchen habits - when do you wash your dishes? How do you manage bigger jobs like pantry cleaning and organising?

x Marissa

Friday, June 22, 2018

Laundry room tour: How I organise my laundry room

Last weekend I gave our laundry room a little refresh! I thought I'd give you a little tour of what it looks like now and how we use it :)

There's something about having a useful, beautiful space that makes you want to spend more time in there, so hopefully I'll be on top of our laundry pile each week now!

Storage cupboard: In this cupboard we keep our ironing board, iron, the car vacuum, a box of bits & pieces like lint rollers, bags for walking the dogs, and command hooks, plus my bamboo broom and dustpan and brush set.

Left side: On the wall I have my spray mop, I have 2 mop heads so when one is damp and dirty I take it off and throw it straight into the washing machine with the next load of washing, and then I put the spare clean dry mop head on before hanging the mop up again.

Laundry sink area: We have our dryer up high on the wall to make the most of the wall space, and underneath that is a shelf that holds a container of laundry powder with a scoop and a cute little fake plant to brighten the room up a little. Next to that is our hand soap, and underneath the shelf, on the corner of the laundry sink I keep a cake of soap and scrubbing brush to get stains out before washing.

Right side: Up on the wall we have a white basket hanging, in that basket we keep our Hills foldable washing basket (gifted to us from Hills Home Living) so it's easy to grab when I need it and easy to put back. 

A foldable basket makes all the difference when you don't have a lot of space, those big bulky plastic washing baskets won't fit in our little area and would just get in the way. This one looks better, is easy to fold up and put down again, is waterproof inside, nice and light to carry and holds a whole load from my 7.5kg washing machine! You can pick these up from Bunnings in the colours Smoke, Natural and Black - we have the Smoke one.

Underneath the basket is our shoe storage - our laundry is right next to our back door so it makes sense to keep our shoes here :) We have a standard shoe rack and I put white baskets on each level to create drawer like spots where my husband and I can pull them out, pop our shoes in and push them back in, and the kids can just drop their shoes into the top baskets.

Laundry sink storage: Under our laundry sink in the little cupboard I have our extendable, around-the-pipe shelving, you can adjust these to fit almost any cupboard. We keep our carpet cleaners, stain removal, and shoe waterproofing spray in there, along with my floor scrubbing brush and a pair of rubber gloves (on a tray in case someone puts them in when they are still damp - I hate drips!)

And that's it - that's our pretty little laundry space :)

I hope you found it helpful to see how we have organised it - and I'd love to see photos of your laundry in our Facebook group!

x Marissa

Monday, June 4, 2018

My favourite tips for when you feel overwhelmed getting your home in order

Here are my favourite tips for when you feel overwhelmed getting your home in order:

* Start in the space that makes you feel the most irritated

* If it’s overwhelming, set your timer and do 10 minutes twice a day

* Declutter a bag full every week or every day until your house feels easier to manage. One week toys, one week clothes, etc

* Decluttering is better than organising because otherwise you’ll have a house full of containers and no one will bother putting things away if the space is so cluttered - it will be too hard 

* But once you have cut back, then look at storage with a focus on making things easy to locate, easy to get out and easy to put away

* Set up daily and weekly cleaning routines to stay on top of it

* If your kids are school age it’s their responsibility to help you manage the household - and your partner too! Families help each other so they can spend more time together xx

What are your favourite tips?

x Marissa


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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Product review: Battle of the drink bottles

* I'm an ambassador for Smash Enterprises
I’m a BIG believer in reusable products and we haven’t bought a disposable bottle of water in almost a year now!
My drink bottle broke recently so I’ve been trying new Sports Chiller drink bottle from Smash Enterprises​ and it totally beats “regular” drink bottles!
Here's why I love it compared to regular drink bottles:
  • It keeps my water colder for longer
  • It has a wide neck for easy cleaning (plus you can regular sized ice cubes)
  • It’s much lighter than my old drink bottle 
  • and my favourite part is that there’s no condensation ruining my handbag! It doesn't get wet on the outside, even if my water is really cold

Definitely worth checking out next time you’re at Coles! They come in 3 colours (pink, blue and grey) for $10 RRP. 
Let me know which colour you get!

x Marissa

Nude Food Day 2018 - your chance to reduce lunchbox rubbish and earn money for your school!

I’m excited to announce that I’m an ambassador for Nude Food Day 2018!

Through Nude Food Day's Nude Food Grant School Program National Nude Food Day are giving away $10,000 to schools, classes and students :)

Applications are now open and close 22/6/18. For further information and to register visit

*Note : The Nude Food Grant is only open to Australian and New Zealand Residents that are a part of a recognised education provider.

As someone who is passionate about reducing waste and cutting back on the use of disposables, I’ll be sharing over the next few months how my family packs our lunches ‘in the nude’ in order to reduce rubbish. 

I hope you get some value from our ideas and examples and I’d love to see how you embrace Nude Food Day too!

For more information and to apply for your school grant, go to

x Marissa