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{Declutter} Handbag

Please forgive me my day’s have been all out recently, yesterday’s post was ‘Cleaning Tuesday’ clearly it was Wednesday, but here I go again, Decluttering on a Thursday instead of Wednesday, will you forgive me??  LOL. I have posted about decluttering your handbag before, however, I want to repost this, because I have so many […]

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  • Julie

    Don’t worry
    – not having perfect domestic goddess posts adds to their appeal – it keeps the goal of being organised into the realm of the attainable for us mere mortals!!
    (We are not yet worthy ..) :)ReplyCancel

  • […] take some time today to clean your handbag, organise inside if you have time (great product review below which can help), and create a permanent home for your […]ReplyCancel

  • Kahler

    Thanks for sharing I have been organising my whole house and family but never thought to organise my hand bag it’s always full of receipts and shopping lists and other such junk, love having a guideline to work from to help me sought my hand bag :) P.S love your blog it’s very inspiring!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna

    I keep all of my cosmetics in a clear zipped bag for easy access and it keeps me from looking for them in the canyon that is my handbag. Same for pens and other office supplies. Still haven’t mastered the paper, but working on it.ReplyCancel

  • […] Decluttering. I’ve been putting this one off because…ugh. Just…ugh. Who wants to clean out their purse? (Guys: substitute wallet, backpack, briefcase or whatever it is you carry. I have guy friends who […]ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I keep a separate coin purse + credit card holder which I keep all my membership/discount cards in – this saves my wallet being overstuffed & impossible to keep closed. I also have a cosmetic purse where I keep a pen, nail file, paracetamol, hand cream + a few other bits & bobs. It’s great – so easy to now find my keys, mobile & walletReplyCancel

  • you forgot tissues for the handbag, i also keep mints in mine for the fresh breath emergencies. i also use that same particular chapstick its great the best ive used to be honestReplyCancel

  • fiona

    I like to change my handbag over alot, so each time it gets a good declutter!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Hi Kat, just voted for your blog on the AWC site, good luck!! Your site is fantastic, you deserve the nomination, best wishes Katrina QldReplyCancel

    • Hi Katrina, thank you so much for taking time out to do that, I really appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • […] Decluttering. I’ve been putting this one off because…ugh. Just…ugh. Who wants to clean out their purse? (Guys: substitute wallet, backpack, briefcase or whatever it is you carry. I have guy friends who […]ReplyCancel

{Declutter} Nail Polish

Do you have a few extra bottles of nailpolish that you thought looked really pretty at the supermarket, purchased it, used it and it just wasn’t the right colour and now wonder what to do with it?  (Yes that’s me, I brought black nailpolish to wear to a concert I went to last year, it looked […]

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  • nikke miller

    If you store them in the fridge they last so much longer, I have a container with lid that I have them all in & leave them in the fridge at about the middle shelf at the back.. I also love to pamper my toes :)ReplyCancel

  • Marcia

    A fun thing to do with nailpolish your not so keen on, is mix them with others until you have a shade you adore!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Katrina,
    First of all, I love reading your blog daily.
    I just organise my nailpolish bag too. Our school has a fete every year & I know they always have a nailpolish stall, so, I donate mine there. Thought I share this.
    Enjoy your day..ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra

    Nail polish can be given to your local Nursing Home , the residents love have their nails painted and would love it more than you would ever know.ReplyCancel

    • What an excellent idea! I’ll declutter my nail polish this weekend and then have a trip down the road to my local nursing home. Thank you! :)ReplyCancel

      • I webster pack for a group of mentally disabled teenage girls and you just reminded me that would be a great gift for them!ReplyCancel

  • […] him.) So, anyway, I was really excited when I saw that this week’s decluttering challenge was Nail Polish. Except that I really didn’t want to go out and buy a canister. (Michael’s and Wal-Mart […]ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    I recently discovered a way to use multiple colours of nail polish that is gorgeous, easy and fun! Google (or whatever) the words “marble nail polish”. I use about 5 colours to get amazing results. Some suggest masking tape around the finger area you don’t want painted but I smear Vaseline using a Q-tip. (It’s faster and and conditions the surrounding area at the same time!) I found a quick-dry nail spray at Walmart for under $5. It’s a huge can, it doesn’t take much and smells like baby powder. Have fun coordinating your nail colour with your clothes!

    Suzanne in Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

  • […] him.) So, anyway, I was really excited when I saw that this week’s decluttering challenge was Nail Polish. Except that I really didn’t want to go out and buy a canister. (Michael’s and Wal-Mart […]ReplyCancel

{Declutter} Board Games

While the kids are home go through your pile of board games and sell, donate or giveaway the games the kids have grown out of.  Just for fun play them one last time.  This will also make room for new better age appropriate games. Our family favourites are: Jenga Trouble Monopoly Hungry Hippos Puzzles 3 […]

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  • I nearly did this years ago but changed my mind and packed them away. Now my youngest is 22 and I have become foster mum to two boys 7 & 10 so they have all come out again. So glad I didn’t toss them because they are expensive.
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  • […] Board Games. Yes, I need to do this. I have a lot of unused board […]ReplyCancel

{Decluttering} The kids wardrobe

While the kids are home today, go through their summer clothes and donate, sell, giveaway or store for other family and friends all the clothing they have grown out of .  Make it fun, get them do a fashion show for you. My kids have quite a few summer clothes but as for winter they only have […]

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  • I did just this the other night. One of my daughters was a great help, I waited until the other was asleep before starting though, even the next morning she cried when she realised I’d not kept a pair of stripped size 4 tights (apparently their her very best and favourite and they still really really do fit her – she wears a big 6 or a 7!) She is going to be a horder, I can see it.ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    What great timing Katrina! I have just received hand me downs (HMD) from a great friend for my 2 DS’s (6 & 3).

    I store the HMD in two underbed tubs under each child’s bed with one size (marked on the outside) in each tub. I have made an inventory of what each child needs and what is in the tub, so that I can take advantage of end of season sales if I need to. I store one inventory in the tub and one in my Household Manual/Notebook.

    HOWEVER…. your list shows that I am still keeping way too much and could probably pare down even more (we keep 6 x shirts, 2 x hoodies/jumpers, 2 x jeans, 2 x long pants or shorts, 2 x trackies, 6 x singlets, 3 x PJs, 1 x raincoat & 1 x heavy duty warm weatherproof coat).ReplyCancel

  • Oh my.. What are Jeggings?? Can you tell I’m the mummy to a Miss 1? I don’t think we have any Jeggings in her wardrobe yet! :/

    So glad someone has given me a list though, I think we have far too much already! I’m already buying into the next size, as I know I have too much size 1. I think it’s time to start vacuum sealing these clothes up ready for the next child!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Tina, jeggings are leggings that look like jeans. You can get away with just jeggings and a t-shit unlike leggings needing a skirt or dress over the top. Super cute. They come in size 1 too, Target have some.ReplyCancel

  • aah, there you go, Miss 1 does have a pair of Jeggings! Thanks Katrina! :)ReplyCancel

  • […] list could keep going.  HERE is a list of clothing I buy my children during […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Hanging organiser for clothes, toy box for the teddies she kept, Ikea baskets store socks and swimmers.  More details found here on organising the kids wardrobes […]ReplyCancel

  • Visitor from Ireland

    I’m amazed that your children manage with so little clothes – how do you manage to wash them and have spares? They are either very clean children or you are the queen of laundry!!

    And I thought I was doing great with 5-6 pairs of trousers/leggings and same number of tops :))ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Omg- my kids have WAY too much clothes!
    They both have 4 pairs of jeans (all each) 2 pairs of “utility pants” 4 track pants, 1-2cords, 12 long sleeve tops and 6 jumper/hoodies and 2 warm jackets.ReplyCancel

{Decluttering} The freezer

Now that winter is approaching, it’s a good time to use up alot of the food or meals you have in the freezer, to then restock with yummy casseroles and soups. Create your meal plan using food from the freezer Clean the freezer wiping down the sides and shelves.  See more details about cleaning the […]

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  • Julie

    What a week it has been in our house with me organising a big fundraiser bbq, Easter and ANZAC Day all the same weekend!
    The house is not as shabby as i had expected it might get – but for now it will wait until tomorrow as I take the youngest 2 out so Ms 15 can get some sleep before she starts work!

    We went to the Dawn service as we have done most years, and every year since my son started Scouts. As a Venturer (senior scout)my daughter(15) stayed overnight on Vigil at the Cenotaph in council gardens, after which we followed the procession from the town centre to there. (Last year she was lead flagbearer for the district march and looked like a deer in headlights when she realised where she’d be!) Thismorning I looked for her nearly 10min only to find she’d been placed in the catafalque party (the remaining 4 to guard the monument through the entire ceremony!) ..which brings me to my point – we all have duties, even if we do feel a bit reluctant sometimes. And I must say much of the time much of the housework fits this bill. I think it is one of the most unacknowledged and sometimes unappreciated of duties when performed for other than yourself. (If you ever do want to hear a mass campaign of housewife appreciation try the post-WW2 rhetoric – too bad it’s prime political motivation was to free-up employment for returning servicemen!)

    For me its a day full of memories – of Old Spice cologne and my Grandad. Obviously, I do not have the same calibre of memories as the veterans but for me the memory of my Grandad is one of love. He always had a lap for me. As I look back now and remember when he was tired, had arthritis in his knees, and the pains of years, I have an even deeper appreciation in that he never let me doubt there wasn’t a moment he wouldn’t make for me.

    My Grandad had a disdain for the maudlin commemorations, and would never go. He even spent some time as a detained conscript for his determination to serve his country as an engineer!! He thought that family, and enjoying the simple things in life was the appropriate way to appreciate the sacrifices made instead. During thismorning’s service, after a beautiful dedication, the crowd silent, some of the oldest veterans stood up and applauded. (I was always taught it was proper respect to be reserved) There was a quick shuffle of papers when one of the RSL members joined the speaker and stated his overwhelming joy and honor to see so many young people come to appreciate the veterans. He said that to just see them enjoy and celebrate life & freedom made it all worthwhile. So there it is – whatever your opinions of war or those involved, take the time to give love & value to another, make the most of the freedoms that are often taken for granted so you can enjoy living the best life you can! It’s your duty.ReplyCancel

  • […] The Freezer. I need to do this one, but it needs to wait a little while longer. I have to get a couple […]ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Here’s a tip that’s great for any time of year!

    We have a smallish freezer(30″ wide) in our kitchen and a bigger freezer(40″ wide)in the cottage/garage. The small freezer contains items for the next 2 weeks of meals, some pre-made dinners, fruit&veg, baking. The larger freezer contains the items to prep the foods (meat, fish, fruit, veg).

    To keep things organized in the small freezer each category is in a cardboard box: fruit, veg, meat, fish, baking on top. To organize the larger freezer I also put like items in open top cardboard boxes with hand holes on the sides. These are the sort of boxes you’d find tomatoes, cukes and peppers in. I get mine at Costco — all the same size so it’s nice and neat. They are also designed to be stackable (I use these in my sewing room to keep projects together and it’s easy to move them from room to room).

    Here’s my fav trick: On the outside of the big freezer I use an erasable marker and make a list of what’s inside! ie: top left hand corner is prepped soups&sauces, top right hand corner are jams etc I also write how many items of each type are in there. The dry eraser hangs on a hook that’s suctioned onto the freezer’s side. Even my hubby can go to the freezer and find that stash of ribs!

    An older lady in the line up at the green grocer told me about this. It’s amazing the tips you can find out when you’re chatting :)

    Suzanne in Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

    • I love this idea, sounds so wonderfully organised. I’m loving all your tips today Suzanne, thank you for sharing them all.ReplyCancel

  • […] The Freezer. I need to do this one, but it needs to wait a little while longer. I have to get a couple […]ReplyCancel

{Declutter} Kids colouring books

Today’s decluttering task may not relate to everybody, but at the moment I am doing quite a bit of rearranging in my house to cater for a new wardrobe system.  I am wanting take a few things out of the WIR and store elsewhere in the house.  I found that one of the drawers in […]

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  • Claire

    We keep the best and scan and save those that are good but don’t quite make the grade but can’t bear to throw away.ReplyCancel

  • We only have a couple of books so far. The boys have only recently got into colouring (2.5yrs and 1.5 yrs). Infact yesterday I went net surfing for some easter colouring in pages lol.
    I do plan to have a basket int he Expedit shelves I want for the family room to house colouring books thoughReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    my daughter’s draw is bursting!! I shall get straight onto this and maybe sort her colouring pencils/textas as well.
    Thanks for the idea and motivation!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the reminder! I only seem to think of doing this when I am looking for a colouring book to take with us to a restaurant or friends place. I’m on to it now! (Okay, after a coffee!)
    CassReplyCancel

  • Leila

    We rarely buy colouring books, i download the occasional image online and the kids get them from some of their friends and relatives for birthdays and christmas. For the images out of the books we tear out the pages yet to be used and pop them into a display folder, the images the kids really like we copy on our printer so they can all colour them in over and over again.
    Images the kids are really proud of get taken out of the book and displayed on the fridge or we cover in clear contact back and front and pop onto the front of their wardrobes with a small amount of contact until they want to update, means they have new artwork in their rooms regularly and the ones they take down are usually passed to the grandparents for display on their fridge.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the tip, I had been starting to get a number of books and not knowing what to do with them!ReplyCancel

{declutter & organise} Broom cupboard

An organised broom cupboard makes ‘cleaning day’ so much easier when you don’t have to wrestle the contents inside. In my broom cupboard you will find: Vacuum Cleaner Ironing Board Iron Clothes hanger for my the ironing 2 dusters (I have 2 as my girls help me dust) Blinds cleaner Mop No broom, I don’t […]

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  • Oh awesome. Will definitely do this. Our broom cupboard is in the kitchen (weird hey?) and I keep the medicines on the top shelf. It is in desperate need of a declutter.
    Not sure if I’ll get to it today being shopping day but will do my bestReplyCancel

  • Vicky Moran

    I don’t have a broom cupboard! It was in the kitchen but was totally useless. Once you got the ironing board in there, nothing else could fit. It had a shelf on the bottom for the vacuum….impossible to get out beast in. So….we converted it to a 2nd pantry cupboard.

    Now the vacuum is kept on the floor in the linen cupboard, I don’t iron so don’t have the ironing board anymore, the broom, mop, bucket are all kept in the laundry between the wall and washing machine. Rags are kept in with the teatowels in the kitchen. Iron is kept in the buffet…with my slow cooker, wok, bread maker etc!

    Weird much??!!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina,
    Your cupboard looks fantastic and I bet it saves you heaps of time aswell having it so neat and organised! I’m just wondering where you got the wall mount to hang your iron up? Such a great idea.
    We’re having our laundry renovated sometime in the future and I will be having a Broom Cupboard installed as we dont have one at the moment. I’d love to have the bits and pieces like that ready to install when it all happens! Thanks again for your daily inspiration.
    Jac at Common Chaos Chronicle xoxoReplyCancel

  • I don’t have a broom cupboard either. There is an un finished mini room which i think must have held the old hot water service, which is now outside, but we use this for our storage.

    My ironing board and clothes airer live in the laundry, between the tub and my fridge (tiny kitchen – fridge is in back area/laundry)I get them out all the time and it’s a struggle trying to get them in and out of the storage room because the door opens inwards of all things! I must be renting the WORST DESIGNED house in the universe! My Kirby lives in a linen closet with no shelves (why??) as it can stands up and i don’t have to take it apart.

    My iron lives on top of my washing machine, there are just no cupboards to put anything in! It also means it is with the ironing board so hubby can find it when I seem to have ironed every one of his ten million shirts except the one he wants to wear! :)

    I don’t have a broom except for outside, I vacuum the hard floors in the house every day. I got into this habit when my baby started crawling around and never stopped. I vacuum after I make the beds each morning.

    Because there was not much to do for this challenge I decluttered my tupperware cupboard instead and added it to my 52 things list :)ReplyCancel

  • It looks brilliant – well done – I am so thankful to you as now my vaccum cleaner lives in the bottom of our linen cupboard as does the steam mop. They ahve never had homes… they use to just hang around in corners or be shoved from room to room …ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    common chaos chronicle:
    I have a wall hanger just like it – it either came from Bunnings or Howard Stroage WorldReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I too would like to know where your wall hanging things came from.ReplyCancel

  • Aliesha

    This would be awesome if i wasnt renting and could screw these hangers onto the cupboard and also if my laundry cupboard wasnt the size of a shoe boz, i have to keep my vacuum in the linen cupboard, that also is the size of a shoebox :(ReplyCancel

  • katherine

    gosh i wish i had a broom cupboard!
    i have to squich my vacum into the bottom space in my linen cupbaord
    and my broom, ironing board and mop etc have to fit between my washing machine and the linen cupboard *sigh*
    cant wait till the day we build a house… my laundry is going to be a DECENT size!ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Girls

    You inspired me, so I’ve been working hard on my broom closet. So far it’s looking splendid! Can’t believe how much extra room I’ve reclaimed. ReplyCancel

    • These closets are so small too, so we need as much as we can get. Good on you!
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  • Kristine Dowley

    Mine has tools, bits and pieces (screws and bolts, ties etc) plus the iron, ironing board, broom, mop, dustpan, floaties, sunscreen etc… It’s a two door thingy, one side has shelves, the other is open, with a shelf across the top of both sides. ReplyCancel

  • guest

    and if you get the metal version of the iron organiser rather than the plastic coated one, you don’t have to wait until the iron is cold before putting it away!ReplyCancel

  • Kirbstar23

    Can i ask…. how wide is your broom closet?
    We are in the process of re modeling our laundry love your ideas.
    Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • angezap

    Hi i love the iron holder, where would I get one of those?ReplyCancel

    • I got this iron holder many many years ago, I have seen them definitely at Howards Storage World, but like to think you can also get them at Kmart, Big W, Bunnings.ReplyCancel

  • Wow, that looks amazing… Where can I find one of those holders where you have your dusters etc in?ReplyCancel

    • Veronica, I purchased this quite awhile ago, but Im thinking if I remember correctly I got it from Bunnings. I will keep my eye out and let you know if I see another one.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    were did you get the iron organiser from? i would love to get one for my cupboard too!! i am trying to organise my home and your website is really helpful!! keep it upReplyCancel

    • Bec it was so long ago, I can’t remember exactly, but I have seen them at howards storage world, possibly kmart and Bunnings too. It is such a help, keeps the iron tidily away.ReplyCancel

{Declutter} The ironing pile + How to iron a business shirt

Get to the bottom of the ironing basket As this weeks topic is ironing, today I would like you to declutter your ironing pile…yes that’s right I am asking you to iron, even if you despise it, it needs to be done.  I am sure you will find something you will love to wear at the […]

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  • Natalie

    Found it last night! I love ironing :) so I set up my board in front of a comedy dvd I haven’t had time to watch and ironed away!ReplyCancel

  • I gave up having an ironing basket many years ago when I found spiders and earwigs in the bottom of it! Now I fold/hang and put away. Both my girls have been able to iron a T-shirt/jeans/shorts since they were about 10 (if needed). My ironing board is always up, behind the door in the study so mostly, I iron my husband’s business shirt & trousers each morning as part of my routine (as soon as he gets in the shower) and find it works well for me. Sometimes I iron 5-6 shirts on a Sunday arvo if I feel like it. I always have Monday’s school uniform ironed ready to go. I cannot wear something if it is creased!

    I iron a business shirt much like you – collar, left front, across the back, right front, each sleeve then finally the yoke across the shoulders. I also iron hubby’s hankies with precision!

    Cheers – Joolz

    So lovely to meet you via the video! :)ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Ironing…haha that’s funny! Until recently I didn’t own an iron, and only needed one to iron on labels on the kids clothing (I mistakenly bought labels that needed to be ironed on, my previous purchase of clothing lables didn’t need to be ironed on). I now buy clothing that doesn’t need to be ironed, and find if I wash and hang out and fold straight away things don’t get creased and I can put them away staight away. This even applies to my work pants and tops. Hanging the shirts on a coat hanger seems to get the creases out when it dries.ReplyCancel

  • Hey Katrina,

    Great idea! As you know I have found reknewed passion for ironing. It makes your clothes feel fresher and crisper. Makes me feel a bit fancier than I really am and it burns more calories than sitting while watching telle :)
    Will tackle this after lunch.ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    What a great clip. Thanks for continuing to give us great ideas! Just wondering though, on the subject of ironing and laundry – where do you store your ironing stand thingy? I have one that hangs from the door but it has started to scratch the paint from the door and yours looks like such a clever idea. I also finally got to the bottom of my ironing baskets (x 3) and have given them away so I can never have the opportunity to fill them again – thanks for the challenge!ReplyCancel

  • I haven’t had any net for the last couple of days so hadn’t caught up onthe posts here until now. Yesterday I decided to completely spring clean my laundry room seeing as I hadn’t decluttered my three things form my laundry or washed my washing machine.
    My ironing basket sits on top of our chest freezer which is in the laundry so as part of the clean up I ironed!!!
    Only took about an hour. I did that while I waited for my teenage son to come home and move a cupboard for me (yes I cleaned behind everything!!!)
    Laundry looks great nowReplyCancel

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  • Sarah

    I found it easier to keep the ironing pile decluttered – is to iron on a daily basis… then you dont have hours of ironing to do, you can usually get it done in 1/2 an hour instead of 3! :)

    lovin’ your ideas!ReplyCancel

{Decluttering 52 Things} Little Laundry Cupboard

Ok, today isn’t Wednesday, but I wanted to still give you a decluttering task this week.  Today let’s remove some items from the little laundry cupboard that holds all our cleaners, chemicals, washing powder etc.  Last year I put a challenge out to readers to remove all old cleaning products they no longer use.  If you […]

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  • I have a double door louver laundry cupboard that has lots of unused items. Will definitely be going through that in the next few daysReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    My cupboard is under the laundry tub. I threw out on bottle of armour-all because hubby prefers to use baby oil on the car dashboard. Other than that it only contains a small bin, laundry soaker, woolwash and washing liquid. I’m glad something didn’t need a major declutter for once!ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    We don’t have a laundry cupboard but we do have a shelf so i de-cluttered it.
    I got rid of the old bubble blowing bottles
    Old laundry powder scoops
    some small sample bottles of stuff for getting paint to stick to any surface (?)ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Stevens

    I love this task, thankfully for me I didn’t have any products to throw away, I like only having what I need in those areas.

    The one thing I did toss though was an old McDonalds McFlurry cup, I used it to transport our fighter fish when thoroughly cleaning his tank. He passed on a few weeks ago now so out it goes!

    I’m glad this made me look in that cupboard, even if I didn’t really need to toss anything. :DReplyCancel

  • hope im not to late – I do have a cupboard ontop & below my laundry tub but being the most organised person I dont use either and just throw my stuff ontop of my dryer – it looks horrible.

    IM ashamed now.ReplyCancel

  • Carina

    I have a set of cleaning products for each bathroom in each bathroom. So I don’t have to cart them from one end of the house to the other.
    And in turn is quicker cleaning the bathrooms/toilets. And the launrdy cupboard isn’t as clogged up.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Where do you get those white baskets from?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Thanks for a great website …given me some great ideas ! I went through my laundry last week ( used your wire basket idea …working great btw). I also got a couple of ‘Lazy Susan’s’ – turntables things ( that I see you use in your pantry) and put them in my laundry cupboard for the cleaning products, so that the ones I use ‘occationally are still easily accessable ( and the other items don’t all fall over whilst trying to reach for them).ReplyCancel

{Declutter} Task #4: Linen cupboard: Bedlinen

As we are still working in the laundry today we would look through the linen cupboard and declutter some of the excess bedlinens you may have. Bedlinen I know we all have our own little gripes about the linen cupboard, it’s too small, need more room, too much stuff, storing items in the linen cupboard that […]

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  • Georgina

    My linen cupboard drives me crazy but we are currently renting and have limited storage for a number of things so this is where it goes. One thing I do to help keep the linen sorted is to store sets together inside one of the pillow cases. All sheets plus the second pillow case for a double bed all folded nicely inside the pillow case for the set means you can grap the whole set in one go with no problems of lost sheets or pillow cases. Anyway just a suggestion, I was so excited when my sister suggested it to me that I thought I would share. Thanks for your website it does inspire.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa Braaksma

      I also do this too Georgina, it is so helpful and reduces the clutter in the linen closet.ReplyCancel

    • Bec

      Oh that’s a great idea…I think I will try and do this from now on!ReplyCancel

  • Georgina

    My linen cupboard drives me crazy but we are currently renting and have limited storage for a number of things so this is where it goes. One thing I do to help keep the linen sorted is to store sets together inside one of the pillow cases. All sheets plus the second pillow case for a double bed all folded nicely inside the pillow case for the set means you can grap the whole set in one go with no problems of lost sheets or pillow cases. Anyway just a suggestion, I was so excited when my sister suggested it to me that I thought I would share. Thanks for your website it does inspire.ReplyCancel

  • Yay! This is perfect for me today. We are moving in about 10 days. I am aiming to pack about 4 boxes per day (I have 3 children under 3, so this is reasonable). Today I am tackling the linen cupboard. Ours is ridiculous!

    Just a question, where do you store extra blankets? That is what seems to take up a lot of room in our linen cupboard, particularly during summer.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I just realised I forgot to add quilts and blankets to the list, will amended that. I store the kids blankets in the top of their wardrobe along with an extra doona (in case they wet the bed). Once upon a time I did try the space saver bags which worked well, but in time air got in them.ReplyCancel

  • I decluttered my linen cupboard not all that long ago but things are starting to get messy in there so I will resort and declutter is I need but doubt it.
    I too keep 2 sets of sheets per bed. So much easier. I do need some spare matress protectors but we are planning on switching the boys to single beds (from their toddler beds) later in the year so won’t worry about that now.ReplyCancel

  • Tick! I de-cluttered my walk-in linen closet, my side of our walk-in robe and the cupboards in our study back at the start of January. A real purge! Boy does it feel good! Since then, things have remained very neat and tidy as I am aware of them getting back to the state they were in. Do you know I found a Red-back spider in the cupboard in the study? OMG!

    After your post on ‘washing the washing machine’ – that is next on my list for this coming weekend. I took a look at it and yup, its really grimy around the rim.

    Thanks for the inspiration,

    JoolzReplyCancel

  • Phew this one I did back in the school holidays. Hey would love a sneek peek in your linen pree. Photos always help inspire.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    I’ve just realised we have about 5 or 6 quilt cover sets for our bed, and use about 2. I think it might be time to donate a few to new homes!ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    Linen cupboard now done. I am a bit behind but keeping up with challenges if not a few days after the fact.
    I managed to get together 1 big green garbage bag full for charity out of the cupboard and made room for my cleaning products. I am very lucky as despite living in a smallish place I have a nice large linen cupboard.
    Thanks againReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Hi there, I stumbled upon this site http://bedlam.net.au and thought you might find it useful. Have a great day and thanks for all the great tips you post hereReplyCancel

  • R J Palmer

    Hi there, not long have found your website and am loving it, i have been on here so much trying to sort my house with partner 10yr girl and 4yr twin boy’s, I am pretty busy trying to keep up with everything, :-) With our sheets with a permanent marker I put a K for king Q for queen and S for single so there is no need to unfold the sheet to find out what it is, for me or anyone else that may be in the closet, Thanks for this wonderful site!!ReplyCancel

  • D A Carter

    Just found your site and I think I’m really going to like it! I have 2 guest rooms and I keep 2 sheet sets for each room – one on the bed and one in the chest of drawers. This way I always have sheets available for the guests.ReplyCancel

  • Leigh

    A great idea for odd pillow cases is to cut a slit in the top hem line amd use them for covering special clothes on coathangers! Keeps them dust free and clean :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nat

     I had a look in there and found that I have an excess of 30 pillow cases…
    I used to have four pillows on my bed. I am going to keep them, but won’t buy any for a long time!
    It’s like back in the old days, when young girls who were getting married were given a trunk full of linen that was going to serve them for the rest of their life.
    Quite frankly, appart from the bottom sheet, linen don’t need to be replaced that ofetn.ReplyCancel

  • wow.. i had so much to donate.. i had sheets sets from my wedding unopened that i clearly dont need.. soooo many beach towels and doona covers for the wrong size bed… hopefully someone will be able to use them at the op shop. ReplyCancel

  • Also my kids beds have drawers under them so their linen and towels are kept in there which makes my small linen cupboard seem a bit more roomy.ReplyCancel

  • jai1_jai1

    I have only just really looked at this site (despite likeing it on fb) as I’min the process of decluttering our house. Everything in our house is temporary at the moment as we are VERY slowly renovating it. Our linen cupboard annoys me as limited storage means it also holds, medicines, fixing tools etc and sewing/knitting things. Only 3 weeks ago I cleaned it out and got rid of a mountain of stuff. I thought going over it again would be unneccessary, but this morning I got rid of 1x QS doona cover & pillow cases, 2 x single doona covers and pillow cases, a heap of material and wool I’ll never get around to using and around 30 plastic or bent clothes hangers!!!ReplyCancel

  • […] Task 4: Remove 3 items of bedlinen you no longer need or use. I use all of the bedlinen I have, so this one isn’t getting done. In an effort to go through my cedar chest and make sure that was true, though, I did come across some interesting things. Possibly more on that in another post. […]ReplyCancel

  • LisaH.

    Love the idea of folding flat & fitted sheet as well as pillow case in one bundle. I’m going to adopt this style now. Thank you
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  • […] Task 4: Remove 3 items of bedlinen you no longer need or use. I use all of the bedlinen I have, so this one isn’t getting done. In an effort to go through my cedar chest and make sure that was true, though, I did come across some interesting things. Possibly more on that in another post. […]ReplyCancel

Decluttering 52 Things – Task #5: Under laundry sink

What is hiding under your laundry sink?  Do you have some bags from a vacuum cleaner you got rid of a few years ago or cleaning products that haven’t been used in over 12 months, perhaps there maybe some used light bulbs? Declutter under laundry tub Today let’s remove 5 things from under the laundry tub that […]

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  • Chrissy

    I only decluttered under my laundry tub a few weeks ago. I got rid of heaps of stuff including an ash tray (most of my extended family gave up last year), vacuum cleaner bags (I now own a Dyson), and spray bottles that don’t work. Under there now is a tub for old jam jars to reuse for homemade jam, a spew bucket (I was finding when ever any of us were sick, I was always soaking stuff in all the buckets, so this exclusively a spew bucket, I also keep a spare dustpan and brush that my step son was given for Christmas, it is his for cleaning up after himself, the other boys ones are kept in a drawer besides the washing machine for easy access.ReplyCancel

  • Denise

    i wish I did only have this much katrina but I have my laundry powder, stain remover, floor detergent and other cleaning products. Also many emplty pump bottle for future use, rags etc you get the ideaReplyCancel

  • Lisa Braaksma

    Hey, if you got any spare Tupperware bottle brushes i;ll have some please :)ReplyCancel

    • Tracy Williams

      I know, I love them too! Wish you could find them at the supermarket!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        I’m seeing if I can get my hands on a few for you girls if you are interested.ReplyCancel

        • Lisa Braaksma

          Oh YES please. I have one and it’s looking like a shaggy dog tooth brush!ReplyCancel

  • I only have a couple of buckets for soaking under the basin.
    But I a have a double door louver (sp?) cupboard that houses all the clenaing products, toilet paper, soft drinks (if we buy them occasionally), rags and old towels for messy jobs, spare bag of spuds and green shopping bags.
    I do need to go through it all. I have fish food there and I haven’t had a fish in about 8 years.ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    Done! Better late than never….I threw away more than 5 items. 3 shopping bags full actually. Luckily the garbage man was about to come and our bin not yet full!! Items included; a few empty bottles, old sponges, old handbag, plastic tablecloth and more.
    Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      3 shopping bags full, wow you were on a roll, great job Summer! The things you find under the laundry tub…you are doing so well :)ReplyCancel

  • Bearandlyndal2

    I’m sorry but I’m still laughing at the cat shampoo! We have a cat too and I’d never dream of washing her! Thanks for making me smile on a rainy day!ReplyCancel

  • Jspunner

    Yay I actually got to do this one today. Helps that I had to clean out the laundry as a new washing machine arrives tomorrow. ReplyCancel

  • Cakebaker

    My laundry is a walk through with a laundry trough, washing machine, stacked baskets and shelves above the washing machine/trough all closed in a set of louvre doors…no benches. My biggest bug bear is the fact that the baskets won’t open fully because of the door frames for the louvre doors…..bad design!! My task will be to make some decent use of the space under the trough for bucket, sponges, detergents etc…….then some hanging space above/instead of the useless baskets……I think I need to go Howards Storage World for inspiration…….I knew this would be a tricky challenge…ReplyCancel

  • This is Task #5…Can I please also have Task #1 to #4…. I missed that…..Thankyou.ReplyCancel

  • […] Task 5: Declutter under the kitchen sink. I actually needed to do this. I didn’t think I did, but once I got under there and started moving things around…I kind of did. […]ReplyCancel

  • Kiwimrsmac

    Right, I’ve done under the sink. Who knew that I had 4 bottles of toilet cleaner, 3 of floor polish, 2 refills of hand soap! Its like a miracle. Thanks for the push!ReplyCancel

  • Jen von Gradulewski

    I dont have a laundry sink, so I just did my kitchen sink:
    18 glass bottles that my husband puts there instead of putting in the recycling box (next room over… can you say lazy butt.. lol), 2 gross old dish brushes, and a few empty dish soap bottles.ReplyCancel

  • […] Task 5: Declutter under the kitchen sink. I actually needed to do this. I didn’t think I did, but once I got under there and started moving things around…I kind of did. […]ReplyCancel

{Decluttering 52 Things} Task #3: Coffee Table

Pin It We are on a roll to declutter, so far we have turned coathangers ready to declutter clothes in 6 months time and purged a few extra soft toys.  I am trying to catch up with a few tasks over the next week or so, so then we can have 1 task posted each week […]

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  • Kerri

    Wow I am so excited to have found this site… I have done the coat hanger thing and the soft toys and I’m about to do the coffee table challenge… My coffee table is not in the middle of the lounge room.. it is between two recliners in front of a window(the reading corner) its generally tidy but I am going to wipe it over and dust the lamp shade on the lamp that sits on itReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Awesome work Kerri! Welcome to the site!ReplyCancel

  • I missed the soft toys challenge, thought there should have been another one in there somewhere.

    Love that you have athe Challenge tab too.

    Wehave a coffee table but it's under the window, it doesn't have a shelf underneath to store stuff which is good, but we keep a beanbag under there for whenthe kids want it. On top is a scrapbook album of Ethan and two ornaments which will always be there. I have a magazine rack though, but that gets purged every sunday.

    So yay challenge already done for me! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Having the tab will make it alot easier! I love that you have the scrapbook album out for all to see. I used to do that but now I have too many of them :)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    We have put away our solid wood coffee table until our toddler is older too, but I find we end up with magazines and bits and pieces ALL OVER the lounge room instead of on one coffee table! So I covered a stiff cardboard box (about a large magazine size) in pretty fabric and popped it between the two lounge chairs. This used a piece of fabric I still hadn't assigned a project too, gave us a place to put magazines, and added a little decorator style touch to our rented lounge room! I bought a cheap bowl in the same general colour as the fabric and put it on the mantelpiece for all the little bits of clutter. As our lounge is our family space it gets a quick tidy a couple of times a day, and I empty the bowl each morning when I clean properly, and sort the magazines once a week :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      that’s very creative natalie, I would never of thought to use fabric, great thinking!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    OMG you guys are so good…..

    my coffee table is the second of my tidy husbands hates!!!

    as soon as I get off here, as we are having a sick day with the toddler, I am off to do the coffee table challenge…

    no shelf under but I can think of a basket I can just pop under on the floor.

    I looove having a coffee table for feet cups junk mail and the friday dinner in front of the tv !!

    but yes I will investigate where to put those recipes (i will probably never cook) so I can throw the mags!

    Nikki :) ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Graham

    I don’t have the coffee table in front of the tv in the Lounge room. Too dangerous in our house lol. We have it downstairs in the Living room/entrance. But that means whenever anyone comes in the front door that is where everything gets put – keys, purse, school papers, newspapers etc, etc, etc. So yeah ;) this is a good challenge for me. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Maybe a little basket on the table would store the keys/purse neatly.ReplyCancel

  • Nice blog. I have bookmarked it, WIll visit again.
    coffee table with storageReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I love this site it motivates me I just tidied my coffee table nothing but coasters and my hubby feet :-)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    I had an Ikea coffee table that was big and had a lower level for storage. I found that the top was a dumping spot and then that junk got ‘squirrelled’ away (AKA shoved out of sight) underneath into the baskets. I ended up hating it, so I brought out a square coffee table half the size with no lower shelf- problem solved! It does get messy quickly but it doesn’t get nearly as much, so I can clear it in seconds rather than 10 minutes! It also opened up the room a great deal and makes it look more spacious!ReplyCancel