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On facebook and in our daily newsletter I share a task each day to help you create a clean and organised home. Please find December 2014’s summary below. Prepare for the month ahead, purchasing all gifts and cards for December Air all pillow, bedding and mattress pads Vacuum behind the TV cabinets Tidy and declutter your tupperware cupboard […]

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View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit Extra Boxes My darling husband is a box hoarder, he keeps boxes and packaging for just about everything, boxes like for phones/ipads, xbox, toys, tools etc. I understand his theory though, he keeps […]

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  • Rach

    I keep some boxes because we rent. That way, if we have to move at the end of our lease, I know things like the xbox can be packed into it’s original box and transported in the safest way. Most boxes get recycled around here :)ReplyCancel

  • Shivs

    Hi, a noble idea, but shouldn’t this task be kept for the correct day I. The Christian tradition? Decorations go up at the start of Advent and come down on the Twelfth day of a Christmas, the Epiphany, Monday the 6th this year.

    I love reading your blog, but I am fed up with traditions being followed incorrectly.
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Shivs, each family have their own traditions and ways, in ours we always take down Christmas decorations on the 27th or 28th December, my lovey husband does this as my birthday is shortly after and as memories of my childhood having Christmas and birthday combined this is something I truly love him for to seperate them both.ReplyCancel

  • Skellygirl

    Hi Shivs, WOW you’re packing quite a punch there. I believe these days whatever religion you follow, traditions are a personal choice & not really for anyone to dictate to another. My decorations are already sorted, restocked & packed away ready for next year. As we know, Christmas was never really about decorations or when they go up & come down. Stay proud of yourself however for sticking with your own traditions & beliefs ??????????ReplyCancel

  • Skellygirl

    Hi Shivs, WOW you’re packing quite a punch there. I believe these days whatever religion you follow, traditions are a personal choice & not really for anyone to dictate to another. My decorations are already sorted, restocked & packed away ready for next year. As we know, Christmas was never really about decorations or when they go up & come down. Stay proud of yourself however for sticking with your own traditions & beliefs ??????????ReplyCancel

  • Skellygirl

    Hi Shivs, WOW you’re packing quite a punch there. I believe these days whatever religion you follow, traditions are a personal choice & not really for anyone to dictate to another. My decorations are already sorted, restocked & packed away ready for next year. As we know, Christmas was never really about decorations or when they go up & come down. Stay proud of yourself however for sticking with your own traditions & beliefs ??????????ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    i purge stuff all the time. But some boxes are worth keeping. I keep boxes for devices such as iPads and iPods – if you sell them when you update or don’t use them anymore you usually get a better price if it’s in the original box.
    Don’t get me wrong and use this as an excuse to hoard- 99% of the boxes are recycled immediately.ReplyCancel

  • RachaelW

    Best blog ever, I follow it religiously, love viewing everyday, have been incredibly motivated and inspired. Thank you thank you. Keep up the good work..ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    im a dreadful box hoarder too. I think I need to get that sorted outReplyCancel

View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit Extra Supplies Do you have a cupboard or area that you keep all extra supplies?  I keep all extra toilet paper, tissues, paper towel on a shelf in the garage.  It’s my stock […]

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  • Helen

    I have managed to sort through the ‘junk’ cupboard and get rid of a lot of rubbish we didn’t use or want any longer. I have a stock room to keep all of my extra items. It’s meant to be a study but none of us would want to sit in a room alone so we turned it into a stock room with 2 shelving units. I stock up on toiletries and toilet paper when I can. Its got even more in it since we’ve had christmas as we’ve had a few gift sets! XReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I Decluttered the medicines yesterday, threw out four thermometers that were not working, and a pile of tabs and bottles that hadn’t been used. Did the sheets cupboard the other day, threw out about twenty sheets for beds I no longer have.ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    My mother in law passed away recently, cleaning her pantry was an eye-opener. She had about 17 bottles of dishwashing detergent, 12 bottles of hand wash, over 60 cakes of soap and about 50 rolls of toilet paper. Made a funny moment at a sad time.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    Please don’t throw away sheets or bedding you no longer need…. The RSPCA and animal shelters are always in need of clean bedding – so please donate !!ReplyCancel

View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit Pantry Food It’s that time of year that our pantry starts to fill up with extra nibbles, sweets, packets of chips and more.  I usually like to sort through my pantry on the […]

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  • MS Barb

    Oh wow! I enjoyed watching the pantry organizing video! Great ideas & storage ideas/suggestions! I have one suggestion (because I’m shorter than Leanne!) I would label those top storage bins, so I could read what was in them, before I got the step stool!
    THANKS for the great video lessons!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Good idea Ms Barb, glad you liked the video, sometimes it’s easier to show an overall makeover using the video!ReplyCancel

October 2014 DAILY TASK SUMMARY  On facebook and in our daily newsletter I share a task each day to help you create a clean and organised home. Please find October 2014’s summary below. Clean three windows in the home Declutter and organise three drawers in your bedroom Declutter, clean and organise drawers in your office Declutter and organise your […]

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  • Ronniie

    Thanks for these lists you have made. I am just so overwhelmed with my house at the moment, that I was in a state of paralysed procrastination. Now, I feel like I have a helping hand and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Ronnie, That is lovely to hear. To make it a little easier on yourself, make a list of what you want to achieve and tick as you go. I use this method and find it helps so much. It is great sense of accomplishment.ReplyCancel

Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit Kids Toys Bit of a kids theme these past few tasks, but this is good with the lead up to Christmas.  Especially going through and seeing […]

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  • Love, love this! I’m inspired, I’ll be purging our little boys toys and outgrown clothes to make way for Christmas. We will donate his toys and clothes, some hardly played with or worn, and get the toys out of the lounge room and into the spare drawers in his wardrobe. No more clutter or tripping over things…now to get him to clean up after himself!

    Thanks for the motivation! ;)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh good on you Edwina! It feels so good to donate old toys. I actually did it with my kids last year and we donated to the children’s hospital! The kids loved the idea of giving toys they no longer played with to the children’s hospital. ~ KateReplyCancel