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Task 15 – 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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  • Tanya

    If only I had a broom cupboard, sigh!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Elliott

    Wow. Someone needs to declutter their cleaning supplies!! They spent money on that hanging thing when all they really needed to do was get rid of something! Hell, I’m a hoarder and I don’t even have that many cleaning supplies.ReplyCancel

    • Kylie

      I was thinking the same thing!!! Nobody needs that amount of choice when it comes to cleaning!!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    @tanya I wish I had a broom cupboard as well. Everything gets shoved into the laundry or computer room cupboard. We don’t have much storage space at our house.ReplyCancel

    • Tanya

      Small laundry’s should have been banned 40yrs ago when they were built, lol. My poor vaccum cleaner, ironing board, clothes baskets & airers live out in the family room unless we are having visitors and I shove everything in the laundry and then I have to be careful nothing falls over and gets stuck behind the door so I can open it to pull it all out again so I can find the washing machine.ReplyCancel

Task 14 – 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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  • We only have ONE table cloth and two runners, one set of placemats and no coasters. So nothing to get rid of here!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Maudy

    While I do have four table cloths, they don’t take up much space so they can stay for now!ReplyCancel

  • Zoe T

    Oh, I really like that simple idea of just folding the table cloth up when it’s not being used! I love the look of my table without one but we’ve always kept it on to stop it getting ruined at dinner times, why didn’t I think of this!! xReplyCancel

    • That’s understandable Zoe leaving it on to protect it. As much as I would love a beautiful wooden table we purchased a cheap on from Ikea so if it gets scratched while the kids are little it’s not a huge problem. I have heard the trick of when you do get a scratch rub in a bit of shoe polish to hide it!!ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I gave up on table cloths, I spent more time getting frustrated that they were getting dirty. Now I just wipe the table down instead.ReplyCancel

  • Clogwog

    I have a wooden table protected by glass. During the day it’s covered by my nice Dutch tablecloth and a fresh fruit bowl. At mealtimes I remove table cloth and use place mats. Just have to wipe them and the glass down after meals!!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    We only have 2 table cloths and no runners. I think it’s time to buys some more table linen. I never really bothered before as my 2 children always made a mess. Now I would like to decorate our dining table.ReplyCancel

  • Corrina

    Kat, the flamingo’s in the background on your first pic, are they antique or vintage somewhat? My mother inlaw has them and thinks they are antiques???ReplyCancel

Task 13 – 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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  • AnnMaree

    Hi! I’ve thrown out around $60 worth of cleaning supplies and some weren’t even open!!
    Also, I was just wondering where do you get your VIVA Shower Wipes from. My friend and i use to use them and now we can’t seem to find them in our Woolies or Coles?ReplyCancel

    • Wow good on you AnnMaree!! I haven’t purchased the wipes in awhile but I purchased a few when they were on sale from Woolworths. I just checked their website, they say they are also available from Coles, IGA, Kmart and Big W.ReplyCancel

Task 12 – 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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  • Miss Maudy

    I have finally been able to access the ‘spare’ sheets (we have a spare bed at the moment, and also go away a lot, so have a couple of sets of QS and single bed sheets for those BYO linen places) and realised just how trashed that cupboard is. I’m at the putting everything back stage of a kitchen reno, so thinking that it might be nice to have a quick win and reorganise the linen cupboard!

    (At the moment, I’m three steps forward, one sideways and/or one back with sorting and culling so stuff can go back in the kitchen and laundry.)ReplyCancel

  • Oh, I did the sheets last weekend. Didn’t actually get rid of any, even though we have more than we need – but at the moment we also dont have a spare bedroom, which we may remedy soon, which will then need a bed and suitable linen.
    It also means we have spares for if we’ve just changed the sheets and then end up sick or similar and need to change sheets again without worrying about the ones already in the wash.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I noticed that your top shelf in your linen cupboard is the same as mine in that you only have a small access area to it. How do you fit the boxes in?ReplyCancel

  • ScienceGeek

    I’ve started using one of the pillows from my sheet sets as a ‘bag’ for the rest of that set. Everything fits into the bottom half of the case and if I fold the top half over it makes a neat little rectangle that’s easy to stack and retrieve when I need it. It’s especially useful when my attempts to fold the fitted sheet aren’t entirely successful!ReplyCancel

Task 11 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

Decorate your home without the need of a hammer or drill and without damaging your walls with 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips, which hold up to 7kg. Visit 3M Love Your Walls for decorating inspiration and the chance to win some great prizes. A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will […]

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  • Leesa Watt

    clever!ReplyCancel

  • enza

    I have stuck to your declutter program religiously and haven’t missed a week. I can not beleive how much I have sold on ebay, donated to lifeline, thrown out and given away. I have always been tidy but i can’t beleive how much “stuff” I have accumulated over the years. When I wrote my goals I gave myself a time frame of 1 year and I really think I will need all 12 months to get this done. You are amazing and thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    I the 52 week challenge and the daily tasks are making an amazing difference to my house, I finally feel like I am getting somewhere. I have a long way to go to finish this very disorganisedtamd cluttered house but your tips keep me motivated. Thankyou so much!! ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    I love this idea!! Brilliant, I love reading your posts. I am an organising addict and your blog never lets me down. Keep it up please. Also I love the product posts ,I love getting recommendations on great products and hearing about them from other mummy’s who have tried them are always the best recommendations. I don’t have time to scour the web trying to find new things to make life easier you take so much hard work out of that. Thanks again :) ReplyCancel

  • BethJ

    Another great idea! Thank you for sharing the calendar print-outs, and a great way to put them to use.ReplyCancel

  • BethJ

    The 3M links don’t work…ReplyCancel

  • Krystle

    love the binder idea… very clever indeed. :) ReplyCancel

  • Lynn F.

    What program do you use to print the calendar?ReplyCancel

  • Oh I just LOVE this challenge! This is exactly what I need. I actually printed a monthly planner this week but this one is so much prettier. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Gore

    what a great Idea with the folder. so simple yet I would not have thought of itReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    Just bought the 3M Command Damage Free Hanging Strips on your recommendation- I love them!! Going to buy a heap more so I can hang all the things I have been waiting for hubby to put hooks in the wall for. Thank-you!ReplyCancel

  • ileana

    this is just an amazing idea!ReplyCancel

Task 10 – 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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  • Miss Maudy

    OOh, one I’ve actually been able to do! I tidied my cookbook case on the weekend, culled 30+ cookbooks. They’re mostly those cheapy little $5 cookbooks that I never ever use (plus a couple of bigger ones I don’t particularly like or use) and have a neat little pile of 6-8 magazines to rip before next recycling day. Of course, I think culling 30 cookbooks means I can buy more…ReplyCancel

    • Haha, doesn’t it always ;) ReplyCancel

    • Glampam

      I use that kind of BOSO philosophy now with lots of stuff – If you want to Buy One, you gotta Shift One first! Either recycle, sell or donate it – amazing how you are more careful about impulse buying!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Several years ago a friend (affectionately) commented that the only domesticated thing about me was that I lived in a house…..
    So, some time after I learned to eat but long before I learned how to cook, I started collecting a lever arch file filled with recipes I gathered from everywhere; chefs I worked with, friends, family, magazines….. The folder became overly full so I ‘temporarily’ started to fill plastic bags semi-sorted into basic categories. After years of neglect (where I still hadn’t started cooking beyond scrambled eggs on toast and porridge) they overflowed from the book shelf to expand into a pile of bags on the floor of the study…..I was doomed.
    Then along came the wonders of TV and chefs like Jamie O and Hugh F-W, Nigella et al – who made the previously daunting seem impossibly easy and tasty; and so finally I expanded my skills from ‘assembling from a packet and garnishing with flair’ to actually creating a meal from scratch. And it was edible…..well some of it was….
    Fast forward to late last year, in a mad frenzy I culled almost a whole wheelie bin’s worth of recipes. It took me an entire rainy weekend – mainly because I promised myself I would only keep those recipes that were healthier than how I was currently cooking; so that meant I had to read all of them in order to decide if I wanted to actually eat the end result!
    Now my recipes are in their own individual folders – I couldn’t actually cull back to fit them all in one – but it’s a start. I plan to try one a week and if it doesn’t rate an 8/10 or higher then it too will go in the wheelie bin.
    Well that’s the plan. The cull was last year, it’s now March, and I haven’t started. I am a natural born procrastinator. Oscar Wilde would’ve been proud of me: “Never put off until tomorrow, what can be left till the day after”……sigh….I have dreams of being organised and efficient but it is a struggle some days. One day though it will be Katrina who is proud of me instead!ReplyCancel

Task 9 – 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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Task 8 – 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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  • Lauren

    A tip I found online: Store the jars in your fridge upside down to prevent mold forming :) ReplyCancel

    • That’s a clever tip Lauren. We also store all open soft drink bottles on their sides, they stay bubblier longer :) ReplyCancel

  • Wow am I jealous of your fridge and pantry! Definitely something to aspire towards. I recently did a spice rack purge and was very surprised to see items that were well past their due dates. They were mostly from recipes that called for an item I rarely use (i.e. cream of tartar) that got pushed to the back of the cabinet and never thought of again. Thank you for doing this, I love this Challenge and look forward to participating!ReplyCancel

    • Time passes too quickly sometimes and you just don’t realise how long spices have been sitting in the rack for. Glad you are enjoying the challenge!ReplyCancel

  • I loved this task. I actually found almost a whole shelf’s worth of space to put my fun baking stuff on (instead of all cluttered and mixed up in an overflowing tupperware container on the floor of the pantry)! We’ve started taking meal planning seriously and this has really helped us to get through the stuff in the pantry and fridge without wasting so much!ReplyCancel

    • Love it when you can play around with additional shelving, great work Kez!!ReplyCancel

  • I have flour thats NOT past its best before, but has gone nutty and brown in its container.
    Any ideas how / why this is happening? What I can do to avoid it? I had to throw out and replace all my flour only a couple of months ago, and now only the regular flour is still any good (the self-raising, wholemeal and bread flour are all splitting). I already only buy the smallest available bag at any time.ReplyCancel

    • Lyn Head

      Does it have weevils??? I put my flour, rice etc in the freezer for 24 hours when I purchase it as it kills any weevil eggs that may be in the product.
      also how are you storing it? Does the container have an airtight seal? Alternatively, you could just store them in the freezer to help them keep fresh.
      Hope this helps???ReplyCancel

      • I dont think its weevils, as we aren’t having issues with anything BUT the flour. The containers are air tight as far as I can tell, and I’ve not seen anything moving in them.
        When I’ve replaced the flour, I’ve cleaned the pantry and the containers thoroughly too.
        To be honest, its not something I’ve ever thought about. Its certainly not something thats been talked about.
        Will go and do a weevil test though – I read one site suggesting putting some flour on the bench and watching it for movement.

        If its NOT weevils, any other ideas? Could it be the specific plastic container I’m using?ReplyCancel

        • Lyn Head

          I use Tupperware Modular Mates, personally wouldn’t use anything else – but I do know if I have forgotten to put the flour in the freezer for 24 hours, I do get weevils in the Tupperware containers!
          I’ve only ever had wholemeal flour ‘split’, but I knew it was getting old so just threw it out.
          Do you keep the containers in a cool dark place?
          I’m sorry that is all I can think of at the moment…hopefully someone else will have some further suggestions for you – good luck!ReplyCancel

          • Thanks Lyn, you’ve still been great.
            No signs of weevils in the flour thats been on the bench for 25 minutes, and actually, I think its only the self-raising thats the issue at the moment. The wholemeal is split (but smells ok, so is probably stale, and TBH, is possibly well over a year old since I opened it), and the bread flour must be newer than I thought.
            The pantry gets no sunshine in it, no heat on it, so thats fine.

            I think its just the self-raising flour. Maybe I need to only buy it when I need to use it. Or start making my own as needed.

          • Sarah Hudson

            I’m not sure what you mean by splitting – but things like bread mix and self raising flour have the raising agents mixed in. It would make them more susceptible to moisture getting in. Any moisture would set off the raising agents. I only buy plain flour and just add baking powder or yeast depending on what I’m making. It’s cheaper and the flour keeps better – I just store it in a Systema Baking clip-lock container.

  • SmittenKitten

    We’re moving on Monday so I’ve been decluttering left right and centre! The Pantry has been the biggest hurdle for me as I’ve been trying to cook using mostly items from my pantry or freezer as I hate throwing food out!

    Many a time did I start to make a meal only to find the key ingredient was left over from our last move…two years ago! Oops!

    Anything that doesn’t make it into a modular mate seems to be forgotten by me, I’m going to order some large rectangles when I get into my new house for all my cans and spices to keep them stacked nicely and so none get lost at the back of the panty.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Head

    When my elderly parents last moved, I unpacked all the pantry items and found items with a used by date of 1988! Lets just say they were quite distressed when they saw what I was throwing out!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Maudy

    What I would like to know is how – despite going through my pantry twice a year (Easter and September holidays), I will without fail find at least two or three things that are a couple of years past their use by date. Every. Single. Time. I sometimes wonder if there’s a gap in the space time continuum that links my pantry to another in an alternate universe and half a jar of mixed spice pops through every now and then.

    I’m in the midst of a kitchen renovation, so stuff has been culled and packed in boxes for the last couple of weeks – but I would lay money on finding something that’s two years out of date when I move stuff *back* into my new pantry.ReplyCancel

    • it’s always the way Miss Maudy, something is always hidden . How exciting a kitchen renovation!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hudson

    Katrina, I have a Q for you. How do you store bread? We don’t eat that much of it and I hate it when half a loaf goes mouldy before we’ve even had a chance to toast it. Help!

    The spice cupboard is still on my list. I’ve been buying my spices in the zip-lock packs. They stack nicely in the cupboard. I also buy more whole spices than pre-ground. They last longer and taste better.

    I notice Aldi have spice racks for cupboards on sale soon!ReplyCancel

    • Lucy B

      Hi Sarah. I keep all my bread in the freezer. We get thru about three loaves a week with kids sandwiches and toasties etc. I put them all in the freezer when I buy them and just take out one loaf or half a loaf as and when needed. I’ll be in Aldi for the slice racks. .. Thanks for the tip. ReplyCancel

    • I freeze my bread usually and we only take out what we need for lunches that day. However when I do buy a fresh loaf I just keep it in the plastic bag, wrapped so no air can get in and store it in the pantry.ReplyCancel

      • Sarah Hudson

        Thanks. I have a *tiny* freezer, so there’s rarely room for a whole loaf of bread, but I think if I put it in when it’s half gone, then it will keep the rest of the week. I really only make sandwiches for my toddler’s lunch – hubby takes leftover dinner and I often just graze or eat the boy’s leftovers with some extra fruit.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy B

    Hi. Katrina what do you keep in the black boxes on the floor. I am so conscious of having food on the floor because of bugs. Even though i use an anti bug spray around the door entrance. I have a large walk in pantry in desperate need of a make over and would love to make better use of the floor space. ThanksReplyCancel

    • This is usually extra bags of flour, nuts, rice, pasta, sugar etc. Kids lunch bags are also stored in one.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen

    Your fridge looks great but how do find things on the shelf with all the containers. I find that things in the back get lost with all the ones in front of them… Maybe I’m not planning enough to use up all the stuff in order…ReplyCancel

    • I removed one of my fridge shelves so it’s easier to not forget what’s in the containers at the back. I now keep all the vege items at the back, fruit the front and snacks to the side. I give my fridge a clean out each weekend, using up all the vegetables and fruit by making a juice! Clean the containers so they are ready for when I come home with fresh groceriesReplyCancel

  • Krystel

    if you put all your herbs and spices in Tupperware spice containers the use by date is void and they will last years, same goes for any other dry goods. Also keep your fruit n veg in Tupperware vent smarts and you will never throw anything away. Same goes for deli goods, yoghurt, cheese- keep these in Tupperware clear mates, I have never had to throw any food away. I am very anti waste.ReplyCancel

Task 7 – 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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  • Lj

    my MIL (bless her) keeps giving me her ‘cast off’ appliances. My cupboards are full of them. My husband, because they are a ‘gift’ doesn’t want get rid of them. I have a thermomix, which is all I use. But I am still going to persevere and empty all the cupboards out. Hopefully he’ll understand that we do not need the Mr Cappuccino milk frother……….sigh :) ReplyCancel

    • Haha, good luck!!ReplyCancel

    • LOL your MIL sounds so sweet. Can you place all the appliances you no longer want in a storage box in the garage, then after a few months your husband can then see and realise you don’t really need them and then you can purge them?ReplyCancel

  • The only one we have that I’ve not used in ages is the popcorn maker.
    Thats quite a relief, actually! And I think I’ll keep it, we should use it more often.
    I’ve had people suggest that I should get rid of the stick blender now I have a food processor, but I find the stick blender more efficient for specific tasks.ReplyCancel

    • Stick blenders are good for soups – keep it in the pot!ReplyCancel

      • Absolutely! And mashing baby food. Also, it takes up next to no space.
        I do, however, really need to find cupboard space for the food processor. Its huge and in the way on the bench.ReplyCancel

        • that’s the stubble with such big appliances. I usually don’t keep appliances on my kitchen bench, but now that I have a very heavy KitchenAid mixer is has to stay, the kettle and Thermomix get used every day, so it makes sense for them to stay, but my corner of the kitchen bench closest to the power point looks so cluttered now, didn’t design my kitchen very well for that reason.ReplyCancel

    • My hubby and kiddies purchased a stick blender for me for mothers day last year, I used it quite a bit before my Thermomix, I can’t part with it just as it feels too new to purge. But I agree it’s small and manageable to store still.ReplyCancel

  • Love this! We live in a tiny apartment so we regularly cull. The one thing I won’t throw away though is my egg maker. I LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • adorableely

    Done this – but don’t think it really counts as we don’t have many appliances. All I threw out were some items that came with my previous blender that broke. Still at least I achieved a task quickly :) ReplyCancel

  • Miss Maudy

    I’m in the midst of getting a new kitchen (very excited) so in the lead up to that, looked at all my appliances to see what I use/don’t use and discovered that the only appliance I *don’t* use is the juicer attachment for the blender. And that was mainly because it had been eaten by the black hole that is a corner cupboard. I no longer have corner cupboards! I’ve found alt.uses for a few of my appliances – like using the stick blender to “sift” icing sugar and crush herbs (not at the same time), and stewing fruit in the rice cooker.

    When the new kitchen is in, there’s going to be some more culling though.ReplyCancel

    • Rice cookers are very versatile!ReplyCancel

    • How exciting in getting a new kitchen, have you chosen cupboards or drawers, I see the drawers are becoming more popular for plastics and crockery.ReplyCancel

Task 6 – 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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  • Ashleigh Louise Payne

    Ahead on this one. Organised my plastics drawer months ago and have managed to keep it so. ReplyCancel

  • Lynn

    all kitchen cupboards and one of my 2 drawers done. Wed 5th Feb sees a mammoth load going to charity, feeling awesome nowReplyCancel

  • Cathy Troup

    I use a dish rack to slot all of my oven trays in. It hardly ever gets messy and the kids can manage it also!! Love it….sorry for the bad photo!ReplyCancel

    • Cathy I would love to see a photo of how you use the dishrack, sounds like a great idea!ReplyCancel

      • Cathy Troup

        did you see the photo Katrina??? I posted after my first comment!ReplyCancel

    • Cathy Troup

      I thought it uploaded….attempt number 2 lol!!! Gosh it does not look that clear!! Now it is sideways…..argh I hope you can see it!ReplyCancel

      • Cathy Troup

        And you got a bonus hello Kitty…..where did that come from???? What??? Now I am ROFLing……..I give up long day!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lyn.S

    Love this 52 week challenge, motivates me to just dig in and get things done I’ve been putting off!ReplyCancel

  • Cath Trott

    Hi I cant see the photos, any ideas ?ReplyCancel

    • Kim Sansom

      Hi Cath – I often find that when the page first loads I can’t see the photos either, however if I then refresh the page they magically appear. Not sure if it will work for you but may be work a try!ReplyCancel

      • Kim Sansom

        Oops – I meant worth a try.ReplyCancel

        • Margaret

          I am also ahead….I got a new kitchen last year so have had to purge heaps of stuff…..only have drawers for storage….still finding my way as it is totally different after 35 years with my old kitchenReplyCancel

          • 35 years is a long time to get set into habits. Good luck!

  • Di

    What are you doing with the purged TW Kat? Are you putting the fridgesmarts back in the fridge?ReplyCancel

  • Kelee

    I have plastics drawers that seem to just get jumbled all the time. Any ideas to keep them in order?ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    Im the same as Kelee. I have a drawer, did get a tupperware lid holder, but still can never match things up easily…..any ideas or tips for a drawer?ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    Gosh I wish my cupboard doors opened up like that!! The way my doors open up is terrible… I have 2 ‘dead’ corners in my cupboards…. so frustrating!!ReplyCancel

    • Ooh, they’re annoying! One option is to put in a lazy susan? Or use some labelled baskets so things are easier to find/get out?ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    I keep the lids on the containers – I know it uses more space, but I don’t then have to hunt for ages to find a lid that actually fits. Also I recently got really ruthless & decided that I’d keep mostly just the same sized items that all stack onto each other. I’m sure I can manage without the once-a-year-use items of tupperware/plastics!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    love the Ikea shelves, we have them in a expedit in my daughters room to display all her lego, one set on top, one set underneath, they are great, so versatile!ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine

    I am happy to see that I am not the only person with loads of plastic and Tupperware containers. And I also have a whole stack of lunch containers!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Dorbon

    After years of never finding the right lid quickly, about a year ago I made the move to storing containers with lids on and have never looked back. Everything stacks so easily and its super quick to grab the right container with lid.ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    sorry, can’t see picsReplyCancel

  • Truscaveczka

    If I had this much space in my cupboard, I wouldn’t have to worry about the clutter, I suppose. Space like this contains all my pots, plastics, baking things and kitchen towels. Oh, not to mention the bread machine ;) ReplyCancel

    • It definitely is harder with less space.ReplyCancel

      • Truscaveczka

        It’s not difficult, it’s just like a jigsaw puzzle and lego blocks in one :) And it forces you to ask one question over and over again: “Do I really need this?” (And it’s easier to say no and let the thing go ;) )ReplyCancel

  • Brilliant ideas! Unfortunately my cupboard openings are not very spacious but have definitely got some good ideas there! The plastic container-lid issue does my head in dailyReplyCancel

  • Kiki Pitman

    tip from tupperware that I’ve been using for over 12 months now, if you keep it in your cupboard when it’s meant for the fridge you’ll never use it. I keep my fridge tupperware in my fridge even when empty. this means that there is always room in my fridge for them when I need them (no rearranging needed) and they are already at a chilled temperature to begin chilling your fridge food when you need to put it awayReplyCancel

  • Dimitra Osborne

    I have bought a $5.00 plastic lid minder from Bunnings, screwed it to inside of plastics cupboard door. lids all in one place, easy to find, easy to stack away.ReplyCancel

  • Dimitra Osborne

    this is picReplyCancel

  • Jane

    What did you do with your purged items? How do you repurpose tupperware?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hudson

    I actually purged my plastics cupboard a while ago. I have found that the best way for me to store containers is with the lids on. This means the container is ready to go when I need it, and the lids don’t go missing or get broken – they take up a bit more space, but it means that I only keep the containers that are actually used.ReplyCancel

    • That’s great you’ve found what works for you! That’s the important thing – what works for you :) ReplyCancel

  • krystel

    a great tip for your fridge containers don’t put them back in the cupboard when not in use, leave them in the fridge so when you get back from shopping your containers are at fridge temperature and not room temperature and you wont risk any foods being contaminated.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Walton

    I know everyone doesn’t have one of these but, I use a dishwasher rack from my old dishwasher to hold my pots and pan lids.. I am sure I could use it for plastics too.. it has wheels on it and slides out easily. I use other ones under the bed for storing shoes and such. So if you see dishwashers on the side of the road for rubbish see if you can’t grab the racks.ReplyCancel

Task 5 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday from February.  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 Books and Bookshelves Do you have a […]

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  • Kat Moss

    This is awesome. My bookcase looks like it will fall apart from all the clutter. Good timing :) ReplyCancel

  • I’ve just been thinking I need to clean out my cookbooks. I have several that I have never used, some of them I dont even like the layout, so I never really think to open them… my husband will be well pleased to see some of them go!ReplyCancel

  • Mia

    Hello, The pin it button for the book corner / guttering idea is not working. And the image cant be found by copy and pasting your url either. Can you please check if the pin it button has been activated on your end? I would love to do this one day :) ReplyCancel

    • I cant pin anything from this post either! I love the guttering idea too and want to store it :) ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Hi Katrina, I absolutely love your site, amazing information:) I cannot see any photos in this post:( I’ve never had problems before and all my other sites are working fine. Hope you may have a simple explanation for this, many thanks. LindaReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Great timing. I didn’t even know about this challenge today but decided to do one of my bookshelves, it’s been bugging me for too long. Now have about 50 books to take over to Lifeline. Still a long way to go but it’s a start.

    I also tried to pin some of the photos but the Pin it button wasn’t working.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Hadley

    I recently purged our old unwanted books and put them up for auction on eBay. Only made a few bucks after postage but at least they went to people who needed them :) ReplyCancel

  • Lulu

    Dammit! I just cleared out my bookcases last week – after being motivated by your challenges week to week!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Turley

    I can’t seem to see any of the diagrams?ReplyCancel

    • I’ve tried on a variety of browsers, and they’re all working for me. I asked a friend to do the same, and she could too. Have you tried a different browser?ReplyCancel

      • Jodie Turley

        I still can’t see any diagrams? As far as looking on another browser, sorry Katrina but i don’t even know what that means?ReplyCancel

  • Spazzy

    I’ve promised myself I will purge my books and make more use of my Kindle this year. This is the push I need! My personal tasks are: admit which ones I really have no intention or inclination to read again and get rid of them first, then the ones I can easily have electronic versions of. Then I can have a neater storage space for the ones I really love.ReplyCancel

  • Anzonette

    Jodie I have had the same problem since Thursday – I just can’t seem to get any of the pics etc on the blog – if I am lucky I will get the first pic downloaded and thereafter just blank. Very sad as I love the visuals :-( ReplyCancel

    • Anzonette

      Just a follow up – I use Firefox as a browser as I always seem to have problems with Internet Explorer. Well after reading Kat’s note I thought let me quickly switch and see what happens when I use Internet Explorer (as I tried to view the valentine’s post and that also did not work) – anyhow it works! So Jodie if you are perhaps using Firefox maybe use Internet Explorer for the blog, it seems to work. Not sure what the problem is as Firefox always used to work, but appears that for some reason it doesn’t like it the last few days? Thank you for the tip Kat!ReplyCancel

      • Ms R

        I have the same problem on the android phones. Have to use chrome!ReplyCancel

  • HouseofDustnFur

    Gosh – only 1 week to purge our books! I think I might need to spend a whole month to purge ours..ReplyCancel

  • SmittenKitten

    Well that is another job done! My books are going to our local hospital, they accept donations and then sell the books for a few dollars. All monies raised goes to buying things for the hospital such as wheelchairs or games for the wards and as an added bonus patients can pick up a nice book for about $3!

    It was really hard for me to part with my books – I get a bit attached to the characters! So it was really important that I found a good way to pass them on.ReplyCancel

  • Mega1

    Just saw this post, and I cleaned out my bookshelves last week (great minds think alike!). I store all sorts of things in my two large book cases from maps, photo albums, keys, kids games and toys and also… books! So, I keep two fabric covered boxes for kids toys/games, and have also sorted my books into colours. Looks heaps better… ! I am not on the lookout for a nice container for keys as they are just kept on a shelf, and can easily wander!ReplyCancel

  • Yay! We made room on one entire shelf we didn’t know we had :) ReplyCancel

    • great work!! Now what are you going to do with that shelf?ReplyCancel

      • More books? Haha. Actually, it allowed us to move some books which were sitting haphazardly on top of other books into some of the space and we can probably file some more of our loose ‘stuff’ (the type you’re not allowed to throw away) into that space also. I just can’t wait until there is nothing that doesn’t have its own space :) We’re really getting into your decluttering tasks and I want to thank you for giving us places to start when we’re overwhelmed :) Also, when my husband argues with me, I tell him it’s on your blog and he listens more! xxReplyCancel

Task 4 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday from February (during January it will be randomly as I am publishing The Back to School Series).  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 […]

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  • Jeannie Marie Thomas

    Wow, I love the egg-carton idea!! I think I have a few drawers that need a good shuffling… ^_^ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    I had junk shoe boxes. found a key for an old wardrobe. Had just brought my son a little gentleman’s wardrobe, He’s happy he now has a key for both doors. Now to declutter the tool shoe boxes.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    I found yo-yo’s from my childhood. The kids loved playing with them. They thought mum and dad were way cool as we could do tricksReplyCancel

  • I can’t wait to do this!! I have a certain second drawer in my kitchen that really needs some attention!!ReplyCancel