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Not sure where to start with cleaning your home? Join The Organised Housewife’s ‘Organise and Clean your Home Challenge’. Great ideas to clean your home.

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  • Lydia

    count me in, I need all the help I can get. I struggle to know where to start.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Fantastic, Lydia! Looking forward to having you join the challenge.:)ReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    i joined this challenge in the 1st round, I can express enough how it helped me with the simplest things around the house. I have 2 kids and found it hard to work out how all these other mums found time to even do the dishes. Kat shares all in very easy step by step detail., and I love the checkboxes she implemented during the last round I can tick in the screen as I have completed tasks. Thank you Kat you’ve made a dramatic change in my household, honestly a simple thank you doesn’t seem enough though.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh thank you, Cassie. That is so lovely of you and i am so very pleased to hear the challenge worked so well for you.:)ReplyCancel

  • MoniqueM

    Hi Kat & Kate…
    I’ve done this challenge before and would like to do it again this time. I have 3 questions though :
    1) I can’t find a tab to click on for previous participants
    2) As I have lifelong access am I a basic or premium etc. participant? If I’m just basic can I upgrade and how much extra will that cost? Id like to join the Facebook group this time and receive any new printables.
    3) Are the printables the same as before as i have them still in a binder and will I automatically get the 2016 calendar when it’s ready or do I need to purchase that separately?
    Thanks in advance for answering my queries. I’m just a little confused at the moment.
    Cheers! MoniqueReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Monique. I’d love for you to join in again. You will find the existing members login on the homepage: http://20daychallenge.theorganisedhousewife.com.au/. You signed up in Round 1 which included access to the facebook group, I’ve just checked and you are already in the group, I’ll email you the link along with details on how to upgrade to receive the printable bundle. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    I want to participate but I’m not completely sure if it’ll benefit me. I don’t have a printer. And only need to establish a routine, got the rest under control (but an extra sweep and clean would be nice).ReplyCancel

  • Colette

    Hi. I was wondering if this would be suitable for a working full time single mum or it more for homes with a full time “housewife” ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      HI Colette, it may be too much for you to complete all the tasks in each day, however the beauty of the ecourse is that you can go back whenever you have a few spare minutes. Either use the daily printable and tick the paper once you have comleted each task, or use the virtual checklists and tick ont the screen so you can keep track of where you are. You have lifetime access, so even if you do take a few days to get through one of the tasks, that’s fine.ReplyCancel

  • What a brilliant idea! I really need to do this as my life feels so cluttered and chaotic!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It will help you Amber to create some routines to help take that chaotic away :)ReplyCancel

  • It seems very interesting. I always wanted my house clean and organized, but don’t know from where i should start and even if i do start from somewhere i don’t get time for next day.
    I would really like to join this challenge and see if that can help me in achieving what i wanted or not.
    Really exited for it.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Fantastic! You will get so much out of the challenge, excited to have you join in.:)ReplyCancel

  • Colleen

    Hi
    Really love reading your posts
    I am retired now and have grandchildren
    But you have motivated me to decluttered
    And lots of great tips
    Thank you
    ColleenReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Colleen, so pleased this has helped motivate you, biggest tip with getting through your clutter, if you are struggling to part with something take a photo and write with it the memories it holds. Sometimes we don’t need the ‘item’ it’s the memories that we truly treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Marianne

    I am interested in joining this 20 day challenge. I do not have the “organizer” gene at all and I desire it. I pray for help all of the time. My question is will the printables have specific tasks? I ask because, I work best when someone tells me exactly what to do and not for me to fill in whatever I think should be done since that is my problem to start with! I have always wanted to get inside the mind of an organized person and figure out how they think. I really, really hope this program will be like that, with you telling me what you do everyday to make your house clean and run smoothly. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Marianne, this program sounds exactly like what you are looking for. The ecourse shares how I do things, I share with you my routines and step by step checklists, you can use mine or I have provided blank lists for you to create your own if you don’t want to follow mine. It will certainly help you make a positive difference in your home.ReplyCancel

  • Merilyn

    Hi Kat. Great website. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. Is it possible to join the 20 day challenge now? I would love to get organised before Christmas! Thanks.ReplyCancel

On facebook and in our daily newsletter I share a task each day to help you create a clean and organised home. Please find February 2015’s summary below. Prepare for the month ahead, purchasing all gifts and cards Tidy and declutter your pantry Tidy your dumping zone Purge all unused and out of date items from your bathroom […]

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  • Nicky

    Hi Kat!

    Love your site, thanks for the regular ideas and inspirations! I would love to know where you got your spray bottles from for your cleaning kit? The one’s I purchased in the past never seem to last for very long.

    Thanks, NickyReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Nikki, I picked these up from a hair supply store very similar to hairhouse warehouse, which I know also stock them. The store was at my local westfield shopping centre. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

On facebook and in our daily newsletter I share a task each day to help you create a clean and organised home. Please find January 2015’s summary below. Update your answering machine giving it a fresh new message Gather all the kids colouring, drawings and crafts, keep what you treasure, recycle what you can and throw away the […]

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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

    • Eleanor

      I once too was a box hoarder. I have now since realised that the less cardboard boxes we have in the house, the less cockroaches we have! They love the cardboard and paper hence a very good reason to minimise the amount of cardboard and paper in the house!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        That’s a great tip Eleanor and good reason to unpack all the boxes to keep the cockroaches away.ReplyCancel

  • Inspired by you, I bought one of those racks from Big W to keep lids in – brilliant idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s great to hear, it’s so very useful!!ReplyCancel

View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit Office Desk I always like to start the new year with a clean desk.  I actually can’t concentrate very well when it’s messy.  Anyways… around this time of year I go through my […]

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  • Uschi

    Looks interesting, love to receive your hintsReplyCancel

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 Lounge Room Not long now till Christmas, our family spends a lot of time in the lounge room between now and then and especially on Christmas morning. Todays task is to: Tidy and […]

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  • Helen

    Hi Kat,
    I’m about to take on decluttering and organising our home properly for the first time.
    We have four kids and I’m a daughter of hoarders, we live in a three bedroom rented house (it comes with my husbands work), and lots of friends who live this mining town have given us their belongings, so to say that this job is hard is a major under statement!!!
    and breathe!

    I want to know what you recommend to do with last years school books? The used, written in exercise books.
    Should I just throw them as my children will probably never look at them again?
    Or keep one or two for sentimental reasons to give to them when they are older??
    Any advice would be great!

    thank you for sharing all your ideas and tips, they are an immense help!
    HelenReplyCancel

On facebook and in our daily newsletter I share a task each day to help you create a clean and organised home. Please find November 2014’s summary below. Prepare for the month ahead, purchasing all gifts and cards for November Declutter and tidy the drawer you call a ‘junk drawer’ Label those boxes/baskets that you can’t remember what’s […]

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