Saturday, 31 October 2015

Win!!! Pincinox Stainless Steel Peg Giveaway

If you missed my review on my latest and greatest laundry product - the Pincinox Stainless Steel Peg - then you must catch my latest review here!
Thanks to the lovely folks at Stainless Steel Pegs, today I have the chance for 5 lucky readers to each score themselves a 20 pack of the Pincinox Stainless Steel pegs. These really are the Rolls Royce of the peg world :-)
To enter simply follow the Rafflecopter prompts below.
Each entrant MUST comment below this blog post as to why they need these pegs in their house...
Please also ensure that you pop your full name beside your comment so that your entry can be verified. Entries without this information will be sadly disqualified.
Full T&C's are detailed below...

Enter Here

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions

  • The giveaway will be hosted by Rafflecopter and is open to Australian residents only
  • There are five prize packs available for five separate winners, each is valued at $31.00 and includes postage
  • Entrant must comment below this blog post as to why they need these pegs in their life!
  • Failure to comment as required above will result in the entrant being ineligible to win and entries will be verified
  • Entrant must include their full name with their comment below, so that entries can be verified
  • The announcement of the lucky winner will be made on the Utterly Organised Facebook Page and displayed on the Rafflecopter widget above
  • The lucky winner will have 5 days to contact Utterly Organised and claim their prize so that the prize can be finalised
  • Failure to claim prize within designated period will result in another winner being drawn
  • Any questions on the competition can be directed to 
Good luck everyone! Don't forget that I also have an exclusive reader offer to receive 30% off your order at Stainless Steel Pegs. For the voucher code or further information, please check out the review post here.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Pincinox Stainless Steel Peg Review & Reader Discount Offer

{Post brought to you in conjunction with Stainless Steel Pegs}
Washing, washing and more washing - seems to be the common theme in my house at the moment. In fact I seem to be spending more time with my washing machine and clothes line than with my own family at the moment, it is that insane!
I was asked way back in April this year to try out and review the Pincinox brand of pegs, which are imported from France and sold through Stainless Steel Pegs here in Australia.
After learning a bit more info about these legendary little pegs, I was super keen to try these out as pegs are something in high rotation here at the moment let me tell you!

So what's so special about the pegs?

Promoted as a 'purchase for life' these high quality pegs are made from a superior grade of stainless steel. In fact the company is so confident in their durability, that they come with a lifetime guarantee to never rust - ever!  
I have had these on my line in all of Melbourne's weather elements over the past six months and I can honestly say that these still look as good as new.

What I love about them...

  • No rusting if left on the line in all sorts of weather - and in Melbourne we certainly know all about the four seasons - usually in the one day!!
  • Because the pegs don't rust, you can keep these on the line forever. This is perfect for the lazy Mum short on time, who cannot be bothered packing away pegs after each load
  • Unlike regular pegs, these don't leave pesky marks on clothes which you cannot seem to remove, even with the most robust of irons
  • These pegs stay put! They don't move an inch, even on windy days
  • These don't fall apart, break or twist like regular plastic or wooden peg varieties
  • You can use these in your freezer without damage. I use these to seal up my open frozen goods (peas and corn bags) with great success
  • Compared to plastic and wooden pegs, these are a teeny bit more pricey. But you'll never have to buy pegs again - enough said!

Discount Reader Offer to Purchase

If you'd like to try these amazing little pegs out for yourself, then head over to the Stainless Steel Pegs website.
Simply enter the code UTTERLY at the checkout for a 30% discount on the 20 Pack of the Pincinox Pegs. Please note that the discount only applies on this 20 peg pack size and Pincinox brand of pegs.
These pegs retail for $31.00, but you will nab these for the reduced price of only $21.70. This also includes postage too, so it is a great chance to try out.
This offer (and voucher code) is valid until the 30th of November 2015, so don't delay!  

And a Giveaway too?!

Yes, yes, yes!! Thanks to Stainless Steel Pegs, a little later on this week I have the chance for 5 lucky readers to win themselves a 20 pack of the Pincinox Pegs valued at $31. See you a little later on in the week for that :-) 
Have you tried these pegs? Love to know how you found these too!

Monday, 26 October 2015

My Visit to the Myer 2015 Christmas Giftorium

One of my favourite things about being a blogger (apart from you fabulous readers) is being invited to some pretty special events every now and then! And last Friday I was absolutely chuffed to be invited to attend the Myer 2015 Christmas Giftorium Launch right here in Melbourne. It is no secret that I absolutely adore all things Christmas, so needless to say this event was right up my alley!
So what is the Giftorium?

Well in a nutshell, it is a magical little Christmas Kingdom designed to make your Christmas shopping a cinch! You see Myer have created a gifting experience like no other across all of their stores nationally.

In each store you will find seven gifting themes including:

  • For Her
  • For Him
  • Tech Gurus
  • Kids Cubby (for Kids)
  • Paws Corner (for Pets)
  • Stocking Fillers, and
  • Food Fanatic

This really does make shopping so much quicker and easier for your loved ones! Within each designated section there are an array of gifts to suit every budget and taste.

In addition to these gifting themes, Myer has introduced a few little areas where you can create unique and personalised gifts too. Here you can do everything from having bathrobes, towels and Christmas stockings embodied to having a wallet embossed. For the sweet tooth you can have a jar of Nutella personalised with your name (yes please!) and for the kids a Peanuts or Mr Men/Little Miss Cartoon print personalised too.

While you are wandering around the store, you are greeted by amazing displays, friendly (and helpful) staff and some fabulous in store activities.

I have to say that the amazing Star Wars display was well loved by Mr B!

A BIG thank you for Kids Business for inviting us to attend this event. Miss C clearly loved the Nutella doughnuts on offer...

And Me? Well I just loved getting my selfie (and mitts on) Kris Smith :-)

If you have no plans next month, then you must head to the Myer Melbourne Official Launch for customers on Saturday 14th of November. X Factor winner Dami I'm and Hi-5 will be there to celebrate too.  I'll be definitely heading back in once the Myer Windows are open and Santa is back in town - cannot wait!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Win a Dettol Spring Cleaning Pack!

I hope that you have enjoyed my posts this week with some tips and ideas on Organising your Laundry and Bathroom spaces at home. Now to kick start your clean, the lovely folks at Dettol have given me two amazing Spring Clean packs to give away. Each pack will include:
- 1 x Dettol No Touch Automatic Soap Dispenser
- 1 x Dettol No Touch Automatic Soap Dispenser Refill
- 2 x Dettol Surface Cleaner Wipes (my favourite!!)
- 1 x Dettol Instant Hand Santitiser
- 2 x Dettol Profresh Shower Gel in Citrus Scent
Packs are valued at $53.00 each.
To enter simply follow the Rafflecopter prompts below.

Important to note: All entries must comment below this post as to what area of their home is in desperate need of a Spring Clean.

Please, please, please ensure your entry/comment has your full name next to it so that I can verify entries. Failure to do this will mean that your entry is disqualified, so please don't forget :-)
All of the T&C's are listed below.

Enter Here

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions

  • The giveaway will be hosted by Rafflecopter and is open to Australian residents only
  • There are two prize packs available for two separate winners
  • Entrant must comment below this blog post as to what area of their home is in desperate need of a Spring Clean
  • Failure to comment as required above will result in the entrant being ineligible to win and entries will be verified
  • Entrant must include their full name with their comment below, so that entries can be verified
  • The announcement of the lucky winner will be made on the Utterly Organised Facebook Page and displayed on the Rafflecopter widget above
  • The lucky winner will have 5 days to contact Utterly Organised and claim their prize so that the prize can be finalised
  • Failure to claim prize within designated period will result in another winner being drawn
  • Any questions on the competition can be directed to 
Good luck everyone!!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Spring Cleaning and Organising your Laundry - my Top Tips and Ideas!

{Post brought to you in conjunction with Vanish}
By demand, today I am offering up my tips for Organising and giving your Laundry a bit of a Spring Clean and boy does this room get a workout from me at the moment!! How is it that babies can generate SO much washing? I am just thankful for having a bit of sunny Melbourne weather as of late to get it all dry each day.
If you have been reading my blog for a wee while, you may recall that I did a bit of a Laundry feature some time ago (wow I cannot believe that was 3 years ago!). You can read those posts here and here. But it was definitely time in my house for a bit of a laundry refresh and overhaul.

Cut Clutter from Laundry Cupboards

Much to my husbands disbelief, towels and sheets don't last forever. Use your Spring Clean as a good opportunity to go through your towels, sheets and linen and discard any items that are looking a bit worse for wear or that you haven't used in over 12 months. I had a stack of towels in colour schemes that were a bit dated so out they went!
If you completed my Bathroom Spring Clean earlier on this week (you can read that post here), then I reckon you (and I) deserve to treat ourselves with some bright new towels for Spring don't you agree?!
I have been lusting after these towels from Adairs - gorgeous aren't they?!
Consider donating any old linen and towels to a local animal shelter, they are always in desperate need of these items.

Organise your Laundry Cupboards

For those new to the blog, this is a little preview as to what my Laundry looked like pre Spring Clean.

The basket organising solution that I put in place several years ago is still working brilliantly today and the baskets from Home Storage and Living (sadly no longer available) are still going strong! I was getting a little bit tired of the labels that I created, so I decided to give these a bit of a revamp once I completed my cull and tidy.

The little labels have been created by Kate at Pretty Paper Labels and I have stuck these on mini peg blackboards that I purchased from Ebay. I have to say that I love the new clean look of the laundry space.
Of course if you liked the old labels, you can still download these from my blog as a free printable here.
I know I sound like a broken record, but baskets really are the BEST thing for sorting out your Laundry/Linen cupboard.
I also have a basket solution to sorting out my washing (which is never ending at the minute). This has been in place for a few years too (you can read more on that here) and I absolutely love the way it keeps my washing a bit more under control as the number of family members has grown!

The drawer unit was also updated with labels from Pretty Paper Label.

Under Sink Organising

The sink area under washing machine trough is traditionally a bit of a dumping ground. If you have enough room, consider popping a basket in here to contain the washing products and powders.
I absolutely think a laundry tin is a great investment to keep powder fresh, neat and looking pretty too!

Clean Washing Machine and Dryer

Did you know that you should be regularly running your machine at 90 degrees to kill bacteria? Yup I neglect to do this too! Why not incorporate this in to your Spring Clean along with popping in a satchet cleaner designed to clean, sanitise and descale your machine.
I pick this up at my local Supermarket in the cleaning aisle and try to do it a few times a year. Once you have finished this cycle, clean the drawer seals and the detergent drawers.

Refresh your Whites!

As you can see from my pictures, we have quite a bit of white linen in our cupboards. These can tend to get a bit discoloured and flat particularly over the Winter months. Using Vanish Gold for Whites is brilliant for soaking whites that need a bit of refresh as this product can lift up to 3 shades of white. If needed, pre-treat with the Vanish Preen Oxi Action Spray before soaking to lift any stubborn stains such as dirt, grass, coffee etc.

My Essential (Budget) Buys for the Laundry

KMART Metal Soak Bucket
Price: $7.00

KMART Laundry Powder Tin
Price: $9.00

Sadly the baskets that I have are no long being sold. Here are a few different alternatives for you....

Price: $21.95 (Medium Size)
IKEA Gles Box
Price: $2.99
Price: $20.89 (on sale at the time of publish)
Price: $8.00 (also in teal and white)

I hope that you have picked up some tips for Organising your own Laundry space and enjoyed a peek at mine. I would love you to share any tips, ideas or pictures with me!
If you are feeling all inspired to Spring Clean, please stay tuned to the bog as thanks to Dettol I have some Spring Cleaning packs to give away on the blog tomorrow....


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Spring Cleaning and Organising your Bathroom - My Top Tips and Ideas!

{Post brought to you in conjunction with Dettol}
What is it about Spring that leaves us with the motivation to dust away the cobwebs and get ready for the sunny days ahead? Sure enough as soon as the mercury rises above 14 degrees here in Melbourne (hey that's warm for us!), I too start to get ready to Spring Clean our home, yard and wardrobe (and usually have a bit of  panic about fitting in to my summer clothes after that Winter comfort eating!!).
I recently asked you guys over on my Facebook page to nominate the areas you wanted me to focus on with a few ideas and tips for Organising and Spring Cleaning your home, and the response was Laundry and Bathroom. So today I will focus on the Bathroom and later on this week it will be the Laundry...

Create a Cleaning Kit

Tip number one is an absolute must! The first thing to do before embarking on your big Spring Clean is to make sure you have your cleaning essentials ready. Honestly a popping all of your items in a little kit makes not only Spring Cleaning, but regular house cleaning SO much easier.

You can pop all of your cleaning essentials in the one basket/box or container and it will save you multiple trips back and forth to change cleaning products over as you go around the house.

My cleaning kit contains:

- Dettol Healthy Clean Bathroom Trigger
- Dettol Healthy Clean Kitchen Cleaner
- Dettol Surface Cleanser Wipes
- Dettol Healthy Clean Bathroom Rapid Foam
- Method Window Cleaner
- Aldi Leather Cleaner spray(we have two leather couches)
- Rubber Gloves
- Sponge
- Chamois for Window/Glass Cleaning

Having a little cleaning kit also keeps all of your products neat and tidy if you stash all of your cleaning products under the kitchen sink.

Tackle the Bathroom Cupboards

Bathroom cupboards can be a source of clutter and disarray - well I know that mine used to be as I LOVE collecting beauty products, shampoos and make up - maybe too much!

Here are a few tips and ideas to tackle these messy cupboards:

Take absolutely everything out from your cupboards. Sort through what you actually have underneath there and throw away any products that you have not used in the past 12 months or that have expired.

I did warn you that I have a lot of beauty products hiding away... There were so many hair and beauty products that I hadn't touched in so long, so I donated these to my Mum and the bin!

2. Wipe down all cupboard doors and shelves
This is a bit of an area of neglect for me and these can get super grotty if not cleaned down regularly. The Dettol Wipes really do make this job a breeze!  

3. Organise your shelves
Baskets, baskets, baskets!! Yes I am the biggest basket addict, but honestly it makes things a heck of a lot easier to keep organised and neat.
I used two large plastic baskets from Kmart to organise my 'large items'. 
Basket 1 is used for my electrical appliances - straightening irons, curling irons etc. 
Basket 2 is used for my shampoo/hair products stash. I like to mix up my shampoos and conditioners, hence why I have a few on rotation!

See how nice and neat these look in my cupboards. These baskets are also the perfect size to easily slide in and out , whilst being easily accessible to put things away at the top.
For my smaller items such as skincare and bodycare products, I have used Ikea Variera baskets which come in the two sizes as used below.
The Ikea Variera baskets are not only fabulous for organising the bathroom (and cheap too), but you'll find them in my pantry and around the house organising so many different things! Definitely worth looking in to these as a low cost storage solution for the home as these are only $5.99 and $3.99 respectively.
 Voila - cupboards done and dusted (literally!).

Tackle the Bathroom Drawers 

Bathroom drawers are another little source of clutter. Our bathroom vanity unit has narrow drawers which has meant finding an organising solution has been a teeny bit tricky.  I picked up the perfect sized (and priced) little baskets again from Kmart to tackle the job.

As with the cupboards, the first step to organising your bathroom drawers is to take EVERYTHING out, sort and cull. I use our drawers for make up, hair accessories and brushes, feminne products, spare toiletries (toothpaste and brushes etc) and hubby gets a drawer too!
I may have mentioned once or twice that I love beauty products and make up, and in fact have a HUGE case full of the stuff. This is a bit of a pain to lug out each day for a bit of lip gloss or tinted moisturiser, which is about all I manage to slap on (on a good day that is). So I have converted the top drawer (and the most accessible) in to a little organised make up stash for me.
Using little drawer inserts from Kmart, I have placed my most frequently used items neatly in here. These are the items that are on high rotation for everyday use.
These little baskets have also been perfect for my hair ties and accessories too. 

Shower Detox

Now that your drawers and cupboards are organised (and sparkling clean), it is time to give your shower a little love. The Dettol Healthy Clean Rapid Foam makes giving the shower a deep clean a cinch! You simply spray the foam on, leave for a few minutes and scrub.

$9 shower curtain from Kmart

If you have a shower curtain, consider replacing with a fresh and bright print to match the sunny weather ahead. This is such an inexpensive way to refresh and brighten a bathroom.

While you are at it, remove the shower vent and give this a good scrub. This is another little job often neglected and this can get very grotty with soap, shampoo and scum build up over time.

Spread some love to Neglected areas

Though I frequently clean our bathroom, there are certain areas of the room that don't get as much attention - skirting boards, windows and exhaust fans I am talking to you! Give these a bit of elbow grease.

My Essential Buys for the Bathroom

Like most projects I tackle, I always look for organising solutions on a budget. Kmart and Ikea always seem to be my saviours and yet again they haven't disappointed with providing low cost (yet gorgeous) little organising solutions.
Price: $9.00
Price: $9.00
IKEA Variera Baskets (two sizes available)
Price: $5.99 large size
$3.99 small size
KMART Rattan Style Storage Tub (also in yellow and white)
Price: $8.00
Price: $2.25 
Price: $2.25
Thanks to Dettol, I am going to have 2 x Spring Cleaning kits that you can use to help you get started on your clean at home. Stay tuned to the blog later on this week for your chance to win this amazing little prize and for my tips on organising the Laundry too!  
If you have any Bathroom organising tips, photos or ideas I would love to hear from you!

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