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Task 38 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • Sandy

    Just done this a few days ago. Just a question on when you are bringing out your Xmas planner out. Being a single parent I need to start fairly early to be able to afford to give my family a great Xmas without leaving myself broke for those bills that always come in in January.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Hi Sandy, Ooh yes i have one already to go. My apologies i just haven’t had time to promote it yet. Here is the link to my shop for you: http://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/shop/product-category/planners/ReplyCancel

The 20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home Challenge

I am so excited to share with you that the ’20 Days to Organise and Clean your Home’ Challenge is back! I ran this challenge back in 2012 and it was a huge success for so many feeling lost and out of control of their own homes. I am thrilled to run it again.  However this […]

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  • Melanie

    Love it, Love it, Love it, have been waiting for you to run this Challenge again, I’m excited to make a change in my home, the mess is running the house now and I just can’t deal with it any longer.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh yay!! I am super excited to be running it again too!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Perfect timing, I really need this and can’t wait to learn how to stop nagging the kidsReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Awesome Jen! We are so excited to be running it again.:)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    I need to pack ready to move, but I have a lifetime of clutter to sort along the way, will this course help this overwhelming feeling i have, I really need to start but just don’t know where!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It will Elizabeth, it will help you remove some of the excess clutter and perhaps instead of organising the spaces on the day it suggest, pack instead. You will have access to the tasks in the future so when you move into your new home you have all the organising suggestions on hand to make the best solution for your new space. It will also help you to create new routines, so when you move into your new home you can have already made some positive new changes.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Elizabeth, Ooh moving is such a big job! This 20 day challenge is fantastic in helping you get your home back to be organised and running smoothly.ReplyCancel

    • Donna

      Elizabeth – when I moved I went to Officeworks and got some business card-sized flouro tags in different colours.
      I assigned a different colour to each room and when I packed the boxes, I stuck the appropriate coloured tag onto each box.
      At the new house, I stuck the appropriate coloured tag onto the top of the door frame of each room and the removalists were able to quickly gauge which boxes belonged in which room.

      First thing to do on moving day is make up your beds with your jammies under your pillow and unpack your bathrooms, that way you can easily shower and fall into bed when you are exhausted at the end of day 1. Next day, unpack the kitchen. By that time you will be so over it, that you will find decluttering easy because you can’t work up enough care factor to find a place for all the junk – EASY!!
      Good luck!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh I almost forgot Elizabeth, this may help you a checklist of everything you need to organise before you move and it has a system very similar to what Donna suggested below. http://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/shop/product/moving-home-pack-with-checklist/ReplyCancel

      • Elizabeth

        Ooh yes, I’ve purchased that pack and it has come in handy so far, but that’s as far as I’ve got. I think I will sign up to this though, thanks for your feedback!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I will be away in Thailand until Nov 1…can I do it on my own when I get home? Or is it better to wait until 2015?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      yes you can Donna, all the tasks will be unlocked by that date ready for when you return, so you can go through them all at your own pace :)ReplyCancel

  • Angie

    I loved the other 20 day challenge. Sorry I won’t be able to commit to this one since I haven’t been able to work in a lil over a yr so money is tight.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sorry to hear that Angie, but I understand xxReplyCancel

  • Helen Warman

    Hi Katrina, I am a 71year old grandma living in a small retirement unit with my husband.I have been somewhat muddly and disorganised all my life, however I am hoping to spend more time on hobbies and Grandchildren. This means I need to get essential jobs done more promptly. Would I be able to adapt the program or is it focussed on a home with children?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Helen it is focus on home and children, because that is my current situation. But there is also tips in there on how to clean, declutter and organise particular rooms and make routines to keep them tidy. I believe you can adapt this program to you :)ReplyCancel

  • Jillian

    Oh my I can’t wait! I’m not going away on holidays and victoria starts this Friday. I will be totally relaxed and ready for the challenge.
    I joined in last time!
    I need organising for myself and my teens.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Exactly what I was hoping for Jullian. I thought after school holidays was perfect timing to start and giving you the time between now and over the holidays to complete the pre-tasks. I know I prefer to be out spending time with the kiddies during the holidays and typically the house is messier than usual after school holidays so perfect timing to get it back in order.ReplyCancel

  • Roslyn Woodhouse

    Hi Katrina- I’m ALMOST in, but I know I’ll be away for a few days in October. Are all of the previous days accessible throughout the challenge? ie: Could I do Friday & Monday’s tasks on Monday if I’m away Friday- or are they just available the day they’re sent?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Roslyn, As an example you will be given access to all of the first week tasks on 6th October, then the following weeks tasks will be given to you on that Monday. If you have missed a day you can go back and access it easily, you just can’t skip forward a week, until that week has been unlocked. Hope this makes sense :)ReplyCancel

      • Roslyn Woodhouse

        Perfect sense, thankyou!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    This challenge is transforming! Can say without a doubt that it’s worth signing up for. I did it and was sceptical at first that it could really help but room by room and challenge by challenge the house was in order and clean. I’ve learned what I need now to keep the house in order and clutter free without it getting crazy! Signing up again for this one but this time my daughter and husband will be on board ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love it Megan, it’s so great to hear how it has helped you and love that you are including your husband and daughter this time, it’s important for them to also help you and I have heard from a few past participants too, it’s made them realise they value their loved one for the hard work they do to look after the home.ReplyCancel

  • Huisvrou

    I wish I could join, but with a Rand-Dollar exchange rate of 1:10, $50 is absolutely way beyond what I can afford.

    May I wish you all a wonderful journey in this 20 days!ReplyCancel

  • Jody

    Hi, I have paid the money for the challenge through PayPal, but I accidentally left the page before filling out my details! How can I make sure I’m properly registered?ReplyCancel

    • Catriona

      Hmmm, I was just wondering the same thing!
      I must have been so excited to join that I did the payment bit and didn’t see any other bit or any where else to fill in my details…ReplyCancel

      • lisa

        I received an email from Kat but when I click the link to finalise registration it won’t let me sign in? Anyone help?ReplyCancel

        • Katrina

          Lisa, sorry it’s still giving you greif, can you email me challenge (at) theorganisedhousewife.com.au and I will fix it up :)ReplyCancel

          • lisa

            email sent at 7:28 am thanks :)

      • Katrina

        Catriona, have you been able to log in yet? If your having troubles please email me challenge (at) theorganisedhousewife.com.au and I will fix it up :)ReplyCancel

        • Catriona

          All good with the log in, had a look today and printed everything off ready to go – thank goodness for the nice colour printer at work!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Jody, ah-ha this is good to know, I think a few people have done this today. I have emailed all people that I noticed do this, did you get my email :)ReplyCancel

  • Can I access all the content on my iPad?? Not sure if it supports adobe reader?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes Natalie, you can access the content on iPad, the site if mobile friendly. But the downloads are best to be downloaded and printed from your computer, or if you iPad gives you access to your printer then it’s fine.ReplyCancel

  • Catriona

    Great timing! I work full time and with 3 kids and the hubby all seeming to make more mess than ever before, the house is out of control. This seems like it will work very well for someone like me. Can’t wait for it to start!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Glad to have you join us Catriona, it will help you crate strategies to get those kiddies and hubby to help you around the home!ReplyCancel

      • Catriona

        Haha, can’t wait to see what kind of reaction I get from my 2 lovely teenage boys and my delightful Miss tween!
        They are all so open to new ideas……I will tread lightly with them and introduce changes slowly so it will just sneakily be implemented without too much drama. I can only hope :)ReplyCancel

  • sheridan

    I’m confused, can we start as soon as
    we sign up or do we have to wait
    until October? I would like to start
    before school holidays so my house
    will be visitor ready!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sheridan, it starts on Monday 6th October, it’s run over 4 weeks and I thought it best to be after school holidays, because I like to spend time with the kids during this time and find the house needs a good clean up after holidays are over :) You have access now to the 5 pretasks, but the 20 days of cleaning and organising will come later.ReplyCancel

  • Daniela

    Hi,
    I would like to sign up, but will be out of town for two weeks out of the four. Do you think i can access all of the four weeks after i return? I was thinking to start in November 1st.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Daniela! You can access all of them once you return. They will be open for you.ReplyCancel

  • Yay! All signed up and very excited to be doing this. One of my New Years Resolutions was to declutter the house but now we are in September and I haven’t gotten very far so this is perfect timing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yay, perfect timing for you Vicki! Would love to see photos as you go.:)ReplyCancel

    • Roslyn Woodhouse

      hehehe, me 2!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirstie

    Hi, can this been done in England? XReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Kristie, we look forward to having you join us in the challenge.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is brilliant Kat. We’re moving house this week and won’t be back into our home by early- mid October otherwise I’d definitely be taking part xReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Good luck Carla, moving is a massive job! You can still register and access all the challenges at a later date that fits in with you.:)ReplyCancel

  • MelanieB

    Wow, I scrolled through all the info and was expecting a much larger price tag, particularly with lifetime membership. Thanks for making the challenge accessible, I will be joining in :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Hi
    I work 4 (paid!) days per week plus lots of overtime. Also with 2 busy young littlies, I’m finding it a struggle to stay on top of the usual basic cleaning, cooking, organisation etc. So keen for any tips and advice to help make this all work better. But practically how long would I need to set aside each day to complete the challenge? I’m really keen but not sure how I can fit anything else in if it’s more than a small time commitment.
    thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Tammy there are some days that involve cleaning a whole room and organising some elements of it. It maybe a lot for you to complete in one day. There are several tasks per day, so you have an option to chose one task per day and run the program over 30 or 40 days rather than the 20. As you have lifetime access it’s easy for you to refer back to the tasks at anytime you need.ReplyCancel

      • Tammy

        Thanks for the response. If I was to undertake one task per day (which sounds more practical given current commitments) generally what kind of practical commitment is it e.g. hours, half hourReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I have visitors over until the middle of October but from what you’re saying it looks like I could sign up but then start whenever works for me? Will all the content remain accessible or do I need to print it off because on a certain date it will no longer be accessible?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Sarah, yes it will all remain there for you to access when you are ready to start the challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    Just wondering about the daily time commitment ?
    Thanks very much.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ange, There are some declutter tasks which don’t take as long then on other days there are whole room cleans which may take longer. It is entirely up to you how long it takes, you an split the bigger challenges up over a few days. Even though it is a 20 Day challenge, you can spread it over 30 days to suit you if need be.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    Hi Kat. This challenge sounds like exactly what I need. I’m currently struggling to “keep up” as I’m working around a 9 mth old that is only sleeping about an hr a day and have 6 yo also.
    I know you have older children so just wondering if the challenge will be suitable to work around a baby?
    Many thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sure Maria, Even if some tasks have to spread out over a few days. You can work it to your own choice. Even though it is a 20 day challenge if it takes you 30 days it is entirely up to you. All the information will be there ready for you.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Hi, Our school holidays in New Zealand finish on the 12th October (GMT) Am I able to start a week late and still download the first week? Or am I better to wait til next year?.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      No Liz, you can start a week later, it will all be there for you to access.ReplyCancel

  • Simone C

    Hi Kat, I have paid thru PayPal but accidentally hit the “back” button before filling out the registration form, oops! Can I just register thru your normal website registration instead? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie C

    i’m totally drowning here!! No matter what i try it never works out. I’m in in this challenge to give me some direction/something to follow rather than jumping in blind. Getting kids involved would be awesome as my 3 oldest are certainly capable!!! Looking forward to doing this xxxReplyCancel

  • Julie Snelgar

    Hi Katrina,
    I signed up and paid and through paypal with a credit card, but have no tdea what is supposed to happened next?
    How do I access the challenge!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Julie, registration page was just a few seconds after paypal payment went through, sometimes it loads slowly and you may have clicked away. I’ve just completed your registration and sent through your details.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Lee

    Hi Kat, Same as Julie. I payed through PayPal & received an email receipt, but no information on what to do next or email from you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Natalie, I can see your registration is complete. Can you email me and I’ll check your email address is correct in the system and can send you your details email challenge (at) theorganisedhousewife.com.auReplyCancel

  • Jolene deguara

    Hi katrina I also paid with a card and received confirmation email but can’t login as have no user name or password thanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jolene, registration page was just a few seconds after paypal payment went through, sometimes it loads slowly and you may have clicked away. I’ve just completed your registration and sent through your details.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke Alexander

    Hi, just wondering what it would be like to do the challenge with a 6 month old baby (who was actually 9 weeks prem, so has corrected age of 4 months….sometimes she behaves like a 6 month old, sometimes a 4 month old!) I don’t have a clear routine yet, and can’t imagine committing to something every day and getting it done! Anyone done it and can offer any insights?ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    Hi Kat, I have paid thru PayPal but accidentally hit the “back” button before filling out the registration form, oops! Can I just register thru your normal website registration instead? Thanks!ReplyCancel

Task 37 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • Cindy Mayes

    Love this thought of using the beautiful things you have. Also love your blue stool/table – where did you find that gem?ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    I collect cupcake papers – I really hate to use them.
    Beautiful colours and designsReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      There are so many beautiful ones out now, i agree Tracy!ReplyCancel

Task 35 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • I don’t have much in my handbag – before children and before I started wearing glasses most of the time, I didn’t even carry a handbag! However, I have decluttered thusly:
    – Three old supermarket receipts
    – An invitation to a party a couple of months ago
    – A couple of used tissues
    – $114 (into ma wallet! A much more sensible place to keep it)

    And when I get home, there’s a bank statement to go into filing *and* the warranty stuff for my new clothes dryer.

    My handbag now contains (as well as the statement and warranty stuff)
    Purse
    Phone
    Glasses
    Work id card
    Lipstick
    Business cards (in a holder)
    A pen
    A car shaped USB (because… why not!)
    And a small pencil case with lady’s things, panadol, hand cream, lip balm, refills for my pen and an Allan key which, while I don’t know what it’s for, is obviously in my bag for safe keeping. So it can stay.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Your handbag sounds perfect, Miss Maudy and well stocked.:)ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Thorpe

    I’m with you, PK… I didn’t purge anything. I usually keep my handbag pretty tidy. I did put some of my daughters clothes in there briefly (lucky me, she had a sleepover at Nana’s the night before!!) ReplyCancel

  • Michele Lane

    I went to a Tupperware party and we were playing a game … where they asked who who has what item on them (eg particular colour clothing item, watch, pen etc) and you got points for each item. I had 15 pens in my handbag that day!!!ReplyCancel

  • PK

    I was unable to purge anything from my bag, since the only things in it are things I need to have in there. I don’t shove receipts in there (they stay in the bag with the purchased items), my list is electronic, and I keep so much in my bag that I *have* to keep it tidy.

    I use a “bag-in-a-bag” (I have the blue one: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9VCkP2rE-kI/UNbEFsynEUI/AAAAAAAAAy4/UiRQP6FDTss/s1600/Handbag-Organiser.png) which really helps, and I just transfer this from my handbag to a backpack when I need more space.

    I’m not going to list everything I carry, as it numbers close to 100 different items (due to medical conditions), but it is really well organised :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Good on you, PK for having a well organised handbag!ReplyCancel

Task 34 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • I’ve always taken issue with that coat hanger method of decluttering your wardrobe… I don’t think the person who came up with it lives somewhere where there are actual seasons! Or is a bloke – I can see that working a treat if you’re a man.

    I have clothes I only wear for four months of the year – my entire winter work wardrobe for example. Four wool skirts and two pairs of wool trousers that only see the light of day from June – September, get dry cleaned in October and popped away until late May.

    In saying that, it’s about time for a wardrobe cull again. Right now, all my jumpers are hanging up (because I’m wearing them all the time) and they take up a LOT of space.ReplyCancel

  • Busy Mom

    Another idea for seasonal items is to throw a trash bag over the ones that are out of season and put to the back of closet.

    Clothing I am not sure about I tie in a grocery bag and put under my dresser. If I can go a month without needing it (during the season) then I can take the bag to charity.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh yes another great idea, thanks Busy Mum.ReplyCancel

  • H.

    I agree that six months is too short for anyone living where there are four seasons. I do a similar thing but annually. That way everything in my wardrobe has had its chance to attract me to wear it.ReplyCancel

  • E

    I live in an area where 4 seasons in one day is common and I find I can be wearing even my winter woollies in summer. I tried the coat hanger method with no luck. Instead I made a divider which hangs in my cloths rail. I put anything I wear to the right if the divider, after a few months it can see what I don’t wear on the left of the divider. Easy!ReplyCancel

  • E

    I live in an area where 4 seasons in one day is common and I find I can be wearing even my winter woollies in summer. I tried the coat hanger method with no luck. Instead I made a divider which hangs on my cloths rail. I put anything I wear to the right if the divider, I can see what I don’t wear on the left of the divider. Easy!ReplyCancel

Task 33 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge + win a pack of shoe storage boxes

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • Kylie Roberts

    I would love to enter but I simply cannot part with my shoes! I keep them nice in boxes. I can however take a photo of my wall of shoes? haha!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Sracek

    This is about one fifth of my collection, 14 pairs. Most of them have only been worn a couple of times, they are either not comfortable or I really can’t walk in them – like the beige boots!!! I have a little shoe addiction I think!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Billing

    I see it looks like you own a Trikke. The one with the pink wheels. We sell them at Trikke Australia this is probably why I noticed it. Lots of fun. Enjoy ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Billing

    I see it looks like you own a Trikke. The one with the pink wheels. We sell them at Trikke Australia this is probably why I noticed it. Lots of fun. Enjoy ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    Only three pairs out so far, sent to find a new home at goodwill as they just didn’t suit my feet! But hopefully more to follow this week! :)

    Entered my pic on Instagram (@allaglow), thanks for the chance! I might pare down my collection enough to fit in these gorgeous boxes!ReplyCancel

July tasks of the day

How to survive the fussy toddler who won’t eat anything. I think most households have one of these, toddler or not.  On facebook and in our daily newsletter I share a task each day to help you create a clean and organised home. Please find July 2014’s summary below. Prepare for the month ahead, purchasing all gifts and […]

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Task 32 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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  • Wow, your drawers are super clean. I always have a very neat bedside table, usually hiding a multitude of sins inside the drawer! I will be cleaning it out tonight!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I only keep what I need in the top drawer, I should of shared an image of my bottom drawer, it’s a little more ‘compact’ but this is where I store cards, letters and trinkets that mean a lot to me.ReplyCancel

  • Lordy, my bedside table is a nightmare compared to yours! On the top of it, I have a stack of books I’m thinking about reading (I just moved 75% of them to the bookcase due to fears of having the whole lot fall on my head in my sleep); there’s my lamp, clock radio (my drink bottle is in front of it so I can’t actually *see* the time), drink bottle, box of tissues, a couple of magazines and my e-reader.

    The drawers in my bedside table are the only place(s) I have that are “mine” in that there is no need for anyone else to ever go in them, so I keep stuff that I don’t want fiddled with or borrowed in my drawers! This includes most of my jewelry, a couple of special photographs and other bits and bobs that I want to keep.

    Underneath – more books. (Also beside my bedside table is um. More books. And *all* my CDs but they’re in boxes)And the powerboard – clock, lamp and charger for the e-reader. I don’t ever leave my phone in my room at night.ReplyCancel

  • Kathie Belden Hood

    This is just what I needed to encourage to declutter my bedside table and drawer. Many thanks.ReplyCancel

  • I’m the same with my bedside, but the top drawer is always a mess! I need to give it a good clean out!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Happy cleaning Bec! You will feel great once it is done.:)ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Turley

    I love your little containers you use in your bedside drawer. I wonder where I can obtain some from. Any ideas please. ReplyCancel

Task 29 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday. I am a few tasks behind as I took some time off with the kids over school holidays and sadly had to attend a funeral which set me back a little.  So this week will be DECLUTTER CATCH UP WEEK!! I will share […]

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  • This is seriously something I really need to take the time to do. Thank you for visiting us on the blog today.ReplyCancel