A Milestone


Today marks the 5th anniversary of this blog – Organised Castle.  WordPress sent me a message of congratulations this evening but I had remembered this morning when I checked back to the date of my first post.


It is interesting that I reach this milestone at a time when I have spent some time debating the future of Organised Castle.  I am definitely planning to continue with the blog but am yet to decide on the direction.


Some blogs have a very narrow focus with quite specific content whereas mine tends to be a more rambling approach to whatever is foremost in my mind.  Over the last 5 years I have covered topics as diverse as decluttering, my small wardrobe, gardening, menu planning, sewing, general organisation, cooking, green cleaning, preserving food and even some political commentary.

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When I started the blog I made a commitment to myself to post every day in order to make it a habit.  Sometimes I stick to this and other times there can be substantial gaps when life gets in the way.  I have considered a less onerous schedule of perhaps 2 posts per week, however, I have decided to maintain the current random posting of whenever I have the time and something worthwhile to say.


While the frequency of posts is entirely my decision, I would love some feedback from you, dear reader, regarding the content.  I have recently posted a number of posts with recipes and preparation of our dinners.  These seem to have been popular and I am wondering if I should do more of this.  What would you like to see in future posts?  Anything I should leave out?  I would love your feedback because although this is part diary it is also about sharing knowledge and skills and I want to keep it relevant for you.


I am looking forward to the next 5 years and what will unfold and time goes by.

Living Life & Thank You


I had dreamed of getting a blog post written last night but life got in the way.  As you all know, I try to make sure that meal preparation is done ahead of time because of the late hour that we arrive home.  I did quite a bit on the weekend so it has been a very simple matter of heating and eating the past couple of nights.  Last night I cooked a pot of rice and made Mexican Bean Pie ready for our dinner tonight.  I will just need to cook the vegetables when I get in this evening.  The pie is my own invention and has 2 ingredients – refried beans and rice.  Mix quantities of each together, spread into a pie plate or shallow casserole dish, top with breadcrumbs and grated cheese.  I heat it in the microwave then finish the topping under the griller.  I use a gluten-free version of topping using almond meal, flaxseed meal, and spices.  The choice is yours.


Tonight will be a new ‘Foodie Friday’ post in which I will focus on growing at least some of your own food and the benefits it provides.

Finally, I would like to say thank you to those of you who commented on my previous post about reaching a milestone of 3 years of blogging.  Your thoughtful and positive feedback is so valuable.  Although I said that this blog is essentially my diary, it gives me great joy to realise that you are out there reading and see value in what I write.  I hope that will continue and I will not let you down

Thanks, once again and I look forward to many more posts and comments.

Edging Closer


It is not a new year nor the anniversary of my blog but I am on the brink of a milestone.  As I write this the statistics show that there have been 99,992 views.


Almost 100,000 views of my blog!  Who would have thought when I started this almost 3 years ago that I would still be writing posts almost every day and that there would be people in well over 100 countries on every continent reading my blog.  It is the knowledge that each and every one of  you are interested in at least something that I write that keeps me going.  Your comments and feedback are very welcome and thank you for visiting.

Fabulous 500


When I published my post yesterday I was surprised to see on the sidebar that it was my 500th post.

500 times I have written something important to me, hit ‘publish’ and you, dear reader, have to taken the time to not only read it but often ‘like’ the post or add your comments.

It is a good time to reflect on what I have written and trawl through the archives.  Here are 5 posts that seem to have touched a chord for whatever reason.

Decluttering Meets Damask

Do You Really Need That?

Project 333 – Ready, Set, Go…

Friday Favourites – Mango & Avocado Salad

A Storage Solution

To celebrate the milestone of 500 posts I would like to offer a giveaway to a lucky reader.  It will be a surprise but if you would like to enter you will need to be a follower of this blog and leave a comment on this post.

To follow just click on the ‘Sign Me Up’ button on the right-hand side of the blog.  Entries are open to both Australian and international readers.

Entries will close at midnight Friday 22nd February (Brisbane time).  Once the winner has been drawn you will be contacted via email and/or a blog post to arrange delivery of your prize.

Good Luck!!