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20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge – Day 17

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  • MrsMcK85

    Thank-you so much!!!! No words can say how this challenge has helped me to become the more organised housewife I wanted to be!!! <3ReplyCancel

  • Felicity Jorgensen

    Really needed to do the medicine cabinet. Glad it’s on the list! I’m really enjoying the way you’ve set up this challenge, easy to follow and complete each task. I’m a little behind (started late) but my kitchen hasn’t been this tidy EVER. And it’s staying that way.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Since wipes are in hand anyway, do all tv &air con remotes and telephones as well ????ReplyCancel

  • I was just taking a break from my walk in robe (which had turned into a dumping ground after the birth of my son…no spare room) and got ahead on this task. Handles and switches done. Medicine cupboard gets done every couple of months so it didn’t need doing. I do not like having out of date medicines in my cupboard because it could be dangerous. My husband loves the fact that I am doing this challenge because I often flit from task to task and it looks like nothing has been done. For the first time in a long time my house is looking consistently clean and tidy. Hopefully all good habit will have kicked in before I go back to work next year.ReplyCancel

  • MadS

    There’s a better habit for junk mail: Put a “No Junk Mail” sign on the letterbox. Hubby and I don’t read it so we save ourselves from the rubbish. We’ve put a no junk mail sign up since we were getting inundated with just crap when we first moved in together. If I want to look a catalogues I’ll actually go to the shop or I’ll download them or get them emailed. my email inbox is much cleaner than my “dumping space” at home. :) ReplyCancel

  • Loving the challenge! Thanks so much for your time and effort! XXReplyCancel

  • I got myself in a habit of walking past the recycling bin on the way back from the mail box. There I browse through and out any junk I don’t need/want before it even enters the house.ReplyCancel

  • Carley

    I really don’t want this to be over. I grew to look forward to the emails hitting my inbox and doing them in simple steps because before I would get so overwhelmed that I would spend a day doing nothing. This has completely changed my life, you can’t leave me now!ReplyCancel

    • Zoe

      I could not agree more! I have never liked or been good at cleaning but I look forward to 4pm to see what I’ll be doing next and my house has never looked better! I dont know what I’m going to do with myself next week :( ReplyCancel

  • Roz

    Hi Kat, I can’t access the downloads or connect to any of the links – keeps coming up with error messages or shutting down. Is there a problem with the links or is it just me this is happening to?ReplyCancel

    • Peg

      Hi Roz, the same thing is happening to me! Did you work out how to fix it???ReplyCancel

      • Lisa Lahdidah

        Q: Are you using a mac?ReplyCancel

        • Roz

          Not using a Mac and No, I haven’t worked out how to fix it so I printed from the website direct. I’m still having lots of problems even when scrolling page down it will just blank out and close down my e-mail program, sometimes three or four times in a row – very frustrating and only with this website and OH emails.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Grainger

    I am having the same problem Kat. The message I receive the message stating “Error establishing database connection” ReplyCancel

  • Edwina

    What size and shape Tupperware is used for your first aid kit.ReplyCancel

  • Larissa

    Hi Kat, I can’t access the downloads today or any of the links – when I click on them it keeps coming up with error messages. Same with the email I got. ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Live out of town – nobody bothers you with junk mail then :-) ReplyCancel

  • What an awesome idea I didnt even think to use my tupperware for the medicine. My kids cant open tupperware and I could put it in my pantry instead of the cupboard with my recipe booksReplyCancel

  • Lee

    I have my medicines in a tool box with a combination padlock – my kids are both climbers and can get into tupperwear…. The combination is on the top of the box – our wedding anniversary date….. That way my husband never forgets it…..ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    Oh my gosh i just cleaned out my medicine cabinet! I found something that expired in 2004!!!!!!!!!!!! YUCK!!!!! Wow its so empty now but at least I know were not taking anything that isnt going to work!!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Perpy

    I can’t seem to find day number 16 of the Challenge ? ReplyCancel

  • [...] have been completely neglecting the 20 Day Challenge and last night decided that I HAVE to do Day 17.  It was so easy – but I assume that for people with big houses, two levels, etc it’s [...]ReplyCancel

20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge – Day 16

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  • EEK i have to admit i am not looking forward to this- i think it may ned to be done at the end- im still catching up on last weeks……Sooo hard with 3 little kids, but getting there slowlyReplyCancel

  • Del Zimmermann

    Yay, I did this a few days before the challenge started. I’m not home tomorrow, & my baby’s napping at the moment so I’ll give it a quick tidy after my cuppa & then I get tomorrow off…. Actually I’m going to stay with my parents for 2 days a week to help get their house in order. A ‘hoarding’ farmer & a ‘far too busy to begin, it’s just too overwhelming’ Director of Nursing, they’re not home much so I’m doing a ’40 days to clean & organise your home’ for them. Each of your daily tasks will take me AT LEAST 2 ENTIRE DAYS to complete there! Wish me luck, you’ve been a huge inspiration! Some of the tasks I’ve completed in the last 3 weeks I haven’t done at all in the year I’ve lived here, so thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Bev

    my house looks amazing now thanks for the awesome challenge, i will be very sad to see the end of it in a few short days :( ReplyCancel

    • Rinny

      I was thinking it would be a good idea just to go back to the beginning of the challenge after we have finished and repeat days 1-20. It would be so much easier because all we would probably have to do is a quick straighten up or wipe down etc That way things will never really ever get that dirty or disorganized beause they will be getting your attention at least once a month.

  • Utterly Organised

    Katrina your wardrobe is just amazing!! Very inspiring, I am currently doing a clean out of mine and this has motivated me that little bit more :-) ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Another idea re working out which clothes you don’t wear often… I put clean clothes in my wardrobe on the left hand side, which means that as time goes by, the clothes down the right hand end of the cupboard haven’t been worn in months. Then I go through those ones a couple of times a year and get rid of any. ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lapthorne

    Okay, I have got myself organised by printing everything and doing my cleaning kit, but haven’t actually started. Hopefully tomorrow I will get cracking on task one and two.ReplyCancel

    • danni

      i’m glad i’m not the only one, had holidays here in tassie and with my dad visiting and kids running a muck, am planning on getting started properly tomorrow :)

      • Amanda Lapthorne

        I still haven’t completed the challenge LOLReplyCancel

        • That’s fine Amanda, I’m putting it all together as an ebook, so when you do have the chance it will be much easier to access :) ReplyCancel

          • Amanda Lapthorne

            I have downloaded each day as they have come, and have started oh at least a dozen times but never get passed the first week due to something popping up at the last minute – I need to be more flexible and realise there are days that I just won’t be able to do it LOL

  • Janine

    Yay I did this a couple of weeks ago!!! So hopefully I’ll catch up on some other tasks after work :) ReplyCancel

  • I did this a while ago after giving birth to my son. I stored clothes that no longer fit in vacuum sealed bags and am endeavouring to fit into them again!ReplyCancel

  • Tabitha

    I would love to put our winter type clothes away, but, living in Melbourne, you still need jumpers and jeans in the middle of summer! So I use the wardrobe in my study (a converted bedroom) to store our snow gear and the other heavy clothes, as well as my more formal clothes, since they’re not used much. It definitely helps!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I just wanted to say since I started the 20 day callenge I’ve been slowly working through all my clothes,4 kids and Hubbys clothes, it took me ages but the End result was 14 garbage bags and 5 nappy boxes of old clothes donated and 2 bags thrown out…. I feel so much happier when I do my washing as I can put things away again. Thank you for helping me stay motivated. :) ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Did a wardrobe clear out not too long ago, but still so much I don’t wear in there, especially in the t-shirts. My problem is the dressy stuff, as a SAHM, don’t want to always wear the same outfit, but then I have a wardrobe of smart work clothes I rarely wear, and my winter stuff – family are in Canberra and we visit every July, as well as other times, so can’t get rid of the thick winter woolies which I never wear at home.
    Must go through and check not only what fits etc, but what I actually have tops/bottoms to match with!ReplyCancel

  • Amber

    So Excited I so need to clean my wardrobe!!!
    I’m loving this Challenge I’m going from a useless housewife to an awesome housewife! Keeping up my new habbits, who knew houses were easier to clean when you don’t let housework go!!! Lol
    Something my mum has been trying to tell me for 30 years!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    I don’t have a hell of a lot of clothes so shouldn’t take me long. Glad I don’t have to do hubby’s tomorrow! Hes home sick so he can do it! He has ten times as much as me and hardly wears any but he is a clothes hoarder!
    I just have to work out a good way to sort my clothes now as I ony have one drawer!ReplyCancel

  • Oh dear I am not looking forward to this one however I will be trying on all clothes to see what fits and after having bub #3 earlier this year I will have to be realistic about the clothes that I am not going to get back into. Besides a shopping trip has been planned for wed so I may just throw it all in the charity bin and start again!!ReplyCancel

  • I might just do a little bit of my wardrobe today, the problem is its my hubby that has way too many clothes & shoes!! And it’s really hard to make him get rid of any of it! The wardrobe could take me a whole week, & would entail me emptying all his stuff out & trying to convince him to donate some. I currently can’t walk in there because his giant shoes are all piled up on the floor. I wish we had seperate wordrobes & I didn’t have to look at his!! So just a little bit today & then start on all the other jobs I need to get done before the weekend. :-)

    • Naomi

      boy can I relate to you Alicia! My hubby can’t throw anything away. These challenges are fine for me, but I can’t touch any of his ‘stuff’ without getting into to strife. I have had to learn to let it go, and be satisfied with my side of the wardrobe, the bed, the bookcase (and anywhere else you can think of). Am hoping the kids will follow my example.ReplyCancel

  • jilli spencer

    Well yesterday I finally did some re organising….fixed up my laundry YEAH!
    I have done little bits but not enough really, being involved in this has certainly got my brain ticking over and it will happen slowly…just not in 20 days :) ReplyCancel

  • MadS

    now this is one area where I’m ahead!
    I did a big clean out in November last year and again in February just before we moved interstate.
    I’ve since done another “store in vacuum bags because I won’t be wearing them for 18 months” type clean out because I’m pregnant.
    There’s no point keeping things hanging up in my closet taking up space if they won’t fit until after the baby has arrived, and secondly why would I want to keep all my work clothes hanging up that don’t fit NOW and also I won’t be wearing until I go back to the office… it just frustrated me to no ends waking up in the morning and trying to find something nice for work that fit. Now everything does. ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    This is the big one for me as I am in the process of losing weight ; so have several size clothes in my wardrobe . Will soon be ditching size 18′s; but til then space is jam- packed . What to do ????ReplyCancel

  • Bianca

    The best thing I have ever bought for folding my clothes is a “Flip ‘n’ Fold”
    I had a serious car accident 4 years ago & my right arm still isn’t 100%, this little contraption makes life so much easier (& has everything folded the same – which the little OCD monster in me loves!)

    I got mine via a discount/voucher/offer & am considering getting another one!ReplyCancel

  • My wall cupboards are tiny! Lol luckily dh uses it otherwise we would run out of space….who am I kidding, you can’t fit much in a shoe box haha!ReplyCancel

  • I bought the velvet looking non slip hangers for my closet and got rid of the thick plastic ones. You wouldnt believe how much space it saved! I bought mine at Kmart, but I have seen them at Target etc.. They are really thin and the clothes stay put alot better :) ReplyCancel

  • Cath Hicks

    great tips especially the jewellery one !! Will organise my jewellery the same !ReplyCancel

  • [...] only having Day 16 – Wardrobe and Day 19 – Lilli May’s Room to complete in the 20 Days to Organise & Clean Your Home Challenge. With day 20 being to cook something [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    We’re planning on selling around this year as we outgrew our little home years ago. I’ve been super ruthless with getting rid of things. Can’t BELIEVE some of the things I kept!!!!I bought a roll of the large bin bags – I have 4x on the go at a time – 1x rubbish; 1x recycling; 1x charity; 1x my sister – anything she doesn’t want she then takes to charity. I’m also cleaning as I go so I won’t have a mad rush. I’m utilising under bed storage more & jackets are going into vacuum bags in a suitcase at the top of the wardrobe. Next job is the kitchen – that’ll be fairly easy as I keep my cupboards very tidy. I plan to unload a shelf at a time, wipe down surfaces & then re-load. Anything that is looking a little grimy will go in the dishwasher so I can carry on – plus it’ll be a great way to sort out anything I don’t need. I’m DETERMINED not to move junk to the new house only to wonder why I botheredReplyCancel

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  • [...] you know from my last entry, I have been working on Day 16′s challenge of cleaning out our closet for more than just a day…yeah, I have had this crazy [...]ReplyCancel

20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge – Day 15

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20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge – Day 14

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  • Katiekid

    oh no the one I have been looking forward it/dreading. My poor office is the dumping ground for everything and it is only a smallish room. But the worst thing is I have 1 sick kid, 2 healthy kids and I think I am on the way down too. I might have to do this over a couple of days.ReplyCancel

  • Organising my workspace is one of my favourites, The only down side is or up side depending on who does the budget. Is I am no where near all the shops “I need” when I want to get organised. So creativity has to take over!! I have been working on a sewing cupboard to go in my office/workroom.ReplyCancel

  • I didn’t have an extra living space or toy room, so I did my office on that day… yay! ReplyCancel

  • I have been waiting for this but dreading it as well!! My office is actually being used as a nursery so our desk is in our dinning room. I can’t wait until my little girl is ready to move to a big room (cleaning out & painting the spare room/to be her room will be a big job) anyway our desk, sigh, it is covered in crap, it is large and it is in the main area of our house, which is very long & open so you can see everything form one end to the other. ReplyCancel

  • Analise

    Oh dear… Why does the office hv to b tomorrow’s task…? :( the desk (although very untidy) is not my main problem in the office, it’s also the junk room so there is clutter everywhere… Sigh. Oh well just tackle the desk, will do the rest another day… Not sure how much time I will hv as planning to go shopping for some storage solutions to help me organise better :) We so need a command Centre like this on our desk… Can u get other types of command centre’s? :) ReplyCancel

  • Bubbles74

    This is my bugbear. I tidy the desk regularly, then hubby comes home & dumps hs stuff. I’ve decided to make a mobile desk. I have an old briefcase, one Intray & a 5 folder suspension system that can be hung from a door or curtain rail allowing easy access. I have a Pinboard & calendar that rarely get used as I keep most things on my iPad. Does anyone have any ideas to help manage a mobile desk. It’s often out of sight, out of mind:(ReplyCancel

  • Danni

    Groan. I am really really dreading this challenge. The before and after photos for this are going to be impressive if I can just motivate myself to get in and get started.ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra @ Alive and Blogging

    Oh this scares me! We don’t have an office… just a HUGE pile of papers and bits and pieces. No idea how we are running 2 businesses, blogging, looking after our family…! I have been dreading this challenge as I knew it would come up. I bought some organising trays in advance. Bring it on I guess!ReplyCancel

    • Wow, I am so impressed with so many of you preparing in advance, great work. Remember, don’t make this task bigger than it is, just concentrate on your desk JReplyCancel

  • Alli

    Considering We hardly ever use our desk you would think it would stay tidy. I would love to be able to use it to craft more often but every time I go to use it is covered in stuff! So tomorrow starts a new chapter! Think a trip to office works and howards storage world is in order!ReplyCancel

  • shell b

    kat, where did you get the caddy/tray on your desk? i love itReplyCancel

  • My house is open plan but I do have a space which is dedicated to our home office. I usually keep on top of it because everyone can see it if they walk in to our house. So after a quick tidy and dust I did tomorrow’s task today.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Harrington

    I knew this was coming so I ordered a shredding bin this week! It arrived yesterday just in time it seems! I have SO MUCH paper clutter…wish me luck!ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie

    oh no, I was dreading this day! It will not be done tomorrow, but a day that my little one is in care & I am home to get it done without any interruptions… Printable printed and will definitely be done soon! ReplyCancel

  • Well I wont be doing this one. my “office” is full of boxes from when we moved in and I use my computer where ever I am as its a laptop. I don’t have a “workspace”ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    This is the only area I just cannot seem to stay on top of. Can keep it all organised for about a week and then bam…. back to mess. Oh how I would love a study and not just a desk in the corner of a room.ReplyCancel

  • Nicci

    I am days behind (waaahh) thanks to my newborn’s cluster-feed-needs lately but I’m keen to knock this one over . Our desk is chaotic, and needs clearing. This is first on the list for tomorrow, and then I’ll get back to the rest of this week!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    My office is in the shed it’s my husbands room so I’m not sure I’m going to get much fixed but I’ll try! Managed to finally get my bed side draws cleaned tonight! Now my room is perfect!! :) ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I love your white desk organiser..where did you get it?ReplyCancel

  • Terry Hansen

    I knew this was going to be an area to be very organised very soon! Where did you get your organiser and binders? They are exactly what I’ve been looking for and can’t find!ReplyCancel

  • Terry Hansen

    Oh I went back and read your blog post and it looks like I’m going to Staples! I’m so excited because there’s a 40% off coupon for Martha Stewart things in their ad this week…thanks Katrina for being so inspiring and laying out all these projects. My house has never been so organized!ReplyCancel

  • Can you tell me where you got your white desk organiser I love it and would be perfect at my place. We dont have a office space but more of a “dump” to be sorted area atmReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Im on holidays this week so will have to get to this task soon. As part of my clutter is a lot of these, I have a question for u Kat and others…do you keep all your receipts for things you buy at Target Big W Myer etc in case you need to exchange etc and if so, how do you keep/store/file etcReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    Where was the white desk organiser from please?ReplyCancel

  • eeeek! Happy Dance! I clicked on your Officeworks link and they had just added the Martha Stewart home office line!!! Sooo I stopped into my local store (Malaga WA) and they had just got them in TODAY! Fresh off the truck! Thank you thank you thank you! xReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thank you Katrina – your desk looks so lovely that all of us would love to work at it! I think we are all off to Officeworks (in Australia) today. We would all love some help with “receipt” keeping. They seem to be the bane of our existence (in this house anyway). Woohoo – school holidays coming and can’t wait as the kids will be able to help me catch up on the tasks I am behind in (might have to get some pocket money ready for some enthusiastic helpers!).ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Hi Katrina, thank you so much for this challenge. I’m loving it! Where did you get your pin board and frames from you have in your office? And are you still doing the family goal sheets, I love them and just forgot to order one at the start of the year. Thanks again ReplyCancel

  • peter.zoey

    I did my ‘office’ (a desk at the end of my dining room – we prefer to have the computer in a ‘public’ space) last week because its messy little corner in my otherwise lovely living room was driving me bonkers. I have a few things to catch up on from this week though. Any tips on maintenance? I feel like some things are falling around my ears. It’s not helping that we were away for the first part of the week and been sick since we came back but it’s making me sad!!

    I LOVE your command centre. I’m such a stationery junkie.. Must be the teacher in me!ReplyCancel

  • yet again just want to thank eveyone for their wonderful ideas, life feels good with so many things to plan and think of to make my life easier and look forward to every day. Just one thing why cant I print the first page, or would you prefer we didnt print it? maybe its my settings? thanks melReplyCancel

  • Anita

    Oh my Katrina iam addicted, yest I took 6 bags of craft to the tip…..I don’t understand where we were hiding it!! Have bought cute pictures frames to put the ones my girls wanted to keep and hung them above our NEW schoolbag hat/shoe nook, love it, am going a little overboard with the desk thing think I will need to go to bed at 7pm tonight with my one year old.Anita :)

  • Zana

    Love the inbox/drawer, could you possibly tell me the depth of it please :) ReplyCancel

  • Ours would be to do our bedroom, we are renovating our house at the moment and so rushed getting our bedroom painted so we could get our bedroom set back in there to sleep. We have paint stained floor in there at the moment that has nasty stains all over it as we didn’t have time to put new flooring in after ripping our old disgusting flooring out so no matter how much we try to clean and organise in there it always looks dank and depressing. I would use it to get flooring and get something to organise our built in wardrobe as it always seems to be bursting at the seems with shoes! Its frustrating as I completely cleaned it but still feels dirty all the time and waking up to it is a downer when you’re trying to move on to tidy the rest of the house. :) Thanks for your help with these tasks. Everything seemed to have fallen by the way-side as we’ve been going through rennovating so this is helping to me to go back through and pick up on everything I’ve overlooked in the mean time :).ReplyCancel

20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge – Day 13

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  • Maggie

    I have created a photo album of my childs artwork, as yes sadly you can’t keep them all.
    So i keep the special ones and take photos of the others. I then place the photos in the album, less clutter but i still can keep the artwork!! ReplyCancel

  • Trace

    I still have a huge collection of my son’s art work from pre-school and school and he will be 20 on Sunday. I still use it to wrap gifts with.ReplyCancel

  • Jell

    Afraid I have too much of my kids artwork just dumped in boxes/piles in our “store room”. My husband will be really pleased if I manage to declutter it all tomorrow. Should be fun! Hope I can do it in less than a day (ie while kids are at school). First though I need a space near the store room to bring it out and sort through it…ReplyCancel

  • where do you get those boxes?ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Yea I’m a day ahead!!! I cleaned all the cornices recently and as a rule as soon as a piece of artwork is completed or brought home from school I scan or take a photo then I make a photo book with all the artwork from each year, even all the little ones which you might not normally keep! I keep a few really great ones to frame and hang in the toy room. And the great thing is each photo book I can order multiplies for the kids keepsake boxes, one for us and for grandparents! I personally love this format but it may not be for everyone :) ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I am thinking of scanning them all and making a digital book of them so that they can keep it and show their kids when they eventually have them.ReplyCancel

    • MummyBrown

      Sarah, This is what I do. Its a great memory keeper for their “year in review” ReplyCancel

  • Kath

    If you have an iPhone, there’s an app called “artkive” that keeps photos of your kids artwork, categorises them and creates a photo book for you at the end of the year.
    Unfortunately not on Android yet, but I’m on the email list to tell me know when it is available.ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    I got my kids to go through boxes of artwork etc at the start of the year I got a heap of display folders and got them to pick their favorite ones and labelled them Grade Prep, Grade 1 etcReplyCancel

  • Angela Grimsdale

    I have been meaning to clean the cobwebs around the house for a while now!

    I have kept my son’s best artworks or given them to the grandparents. I have used a lot as wrapping paper. I like the idea of making a book of the best ones. ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    I also like to take a photo of the child holding the piece of artwork up – in years to come we will be able to remember what age he/she was when they created the masterpiece (and just how CUTE they were!) ReplyCancel

  • ileana marquez

    Hi Katrina, you are right… this is going to be a hard one… my daughter is 13 now and I love to keep her drawings, but scanning them is a wonderful idea! thank you for sharing it. ReplyCancel

  • lj6

    Another great way to make use of kids drawings is to use them as backgrounds and accents in scrapbook pagesReplyCancel

  • Yay, easy day tomorrow! I don’t have kids, and I’ve done the cobwebs as each room came up in the challenges :) ReplyCancel

  • Cara Tatnell

    what a coincedence I just did this kids art / kids school keepsake clean out over the past two days :) cant wait to manage it better now as it comes in the door instead of tossing it on top of the filing cabinet. Trouble is we get soooo much of this stuff I find we have to be ruthless and throw a fair bit away :( ReplyCancel

  • Alisha

    @kath thanks for the heads up on “artkive” I just installed it and it’s set up and ready to go now before miss 2 gets all her artwork home. @katrina loving the challenges :) ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    On another blog was a framed grid of miniature images of scanned artwork and it looked fabulous. There were at least 120 images on the one frameReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn

    When i cant hold on to it anymore, I scan or photograph my children’s artwork / school work and save onto a disk. That way I will always have it and don’t feel so sad when it has to be cleaned out.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat, sorry…just off the topic… what is the purpose of the other tabs in our folders? Will you be giving us some print-outs to put in them? Or are we to add to them any info which we may find to be useful?. Gianina.ReplyCancel

  • kerri.geoghegan

    Oh, I love the digital photo frame idea for all the beautiful art work!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    These are very lovely things. I hope to do this at home.ReplyCancel

  • Danni

    Put an old stocking over the broom head and put a few drops of lavender oil on the stocking before using to brush away cobwebs. The lavender oil helps deter spiders from moving back in. Lavender oil around doorways also acts as a repellant for flies too.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I clean all my exhaust fan covers in the dishwasher a couple times a year!! They come out a treat…ReplyCancel

  • Sanstar

    *gasp* I can’t believe what you’re asking me to doo! I still can’t do it… I can’t purge the artwork… :SReplyCancel

  • lee-ann

    what do you do with the bulky art work i have hats bonnets art that is just bulkyReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Ohh I’m really after those boxes they are fantastic. Is anybody able to tell me where to get them please??ReplyCancel

20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge – Day 12

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  • Kerrie

    Katrina… A little tip for you.
    I keep a pack of nappy sacks in the glovebox of the car and have one hanging over the gear stick for all the rubbish that may accumulate in the car. If any food wrappers, apple cores, banana skins etc are finished with they go straight into the bag & it gets thrown away on a regular basis. ReplyCancel

    • Janine

      Kerrie, that is a great idea, I find that I end up with bits of rubbish everywhere, I think I’ll be taking this one onboard.
      Thanks so much for sharing ReplyCancel

      • Kerrie

        Your welcome. Hope you find it easier to control the rubbish in your car :) ReplyCancel

    • Nanna

      I too use nappy sacks as car bins – they don’t hold too much so they don’t start “growing”!ReplyCancel

    • me too!! I hate rubbish in the cars! On long trips I tend to pull out a nappy sack and when its full i’ll drop it in the bin at the next stop, or if we don’t fill it i’ll still take it out at one end of the trip, and then use another on the way home :) ReplyCancel

  • yay i did my dishwasher yesterday, just the car and bathroom cupboard to do :) ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    I think this is the first time I will say “yay I’m glad my dishwasher blew up” lol. I can’t wait to get a new one but I am amazed how much more efficient I am in the kitchen without one!
    As for the rest, all done while doing the bathrOom the other week… Couldn’t help
    Myself! First day off from cleaning in two weeks, with two sick kids good timing!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah083

    While I’m accomplishing most of these tasks…..I’ve skipped a few that I want to go back to and not forget. Any chance of a summary dot point checklist at the end of everything we have done? Then I can check it off and do the ones I’ve missed, and will also have the list for the next time I go on a cleaning rampage! This has been great :) ReplyCancel

    • Hi Sarah083, I’ve being transfering the extra things that I skipped, onto the to do list area for a day that I think I have more time! I love lists so I’ve started my own rather large list too! It’s just on ordinary lined paper at the moment but will hopefully type it up after the 20 day challenge.ReplyCancel

      • Tammy

        maybe we just need a To-Do list printout so that we can transfer everything we don’t get done onto it?
        Also, I’d love to know how to keep my clean/tidy house looking so good afterwards… Have you got a regular cleaning routine for us? Once everything is looking so good, how often do we need to do some of these tasks to keep it looking this way?ReplyCancel

  • So we’re supposed to be running the dishwasher twice?
    I get rubbish out of my car every time I get out. However it could do with a vacuum…ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra @ Alive and Blogging

    I keep cheating… I did my bathroom cupboards when I did the bathroom (even though you keep telling us not to!). I can’t believe how much I threw out! Once I’m on a roll, I get whatever I possibly can get done, done! And… we don’t have a dishwasher so I’ll just do a general tidy and freshen up of the house.ReplyCancel

  • Felicity Jorgensen

    Just a tip I use for cleaning in my bathroom (I’m a bit behind in the challenge) to clean my toothbrush holders, I use mouthwash and an old toothbrush to soak and then scrub them clean then rinse with hot water and return the toothbrushes. (We use the ones that stick to the mirror) I also use mouthwash on toothbrushes after we have been sick to kill off any germs.ReplyCancel

  • Bindi92

    I don’t have a dishwasher so this gives me a day to catch up!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Yay – I get a day off! I have no dishwasher and I did our bathroom cabinets when I cleaned last week.
    That said, I didn’t get a chance to look at the linen cupboard today, so I’ll be playing catch-up. My husband wants to know when the wardrobes will be done!ReplyCancel

  • sara

    Another catch up day for me! I don’t have a dishwasher, my bathroom cupboard is basically a small set of drawers so shouldn’t take long and we de-rubbish the car as we go, we park next to the bin so it’s really easy to bring each journeys rubbish out with us and throw it straight away.ReplyCancel

  • Ok, today I am happy to not have a dishwasher :P ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I am wondering if the jug of vinegar will fall over? Will the vinegar come out as the cycle happens? Might be silly questions, but just checking. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Yay…did the washing machine when we did the laundry and the dishwasher is regularly cleaned…maybe just a vinegar rinse for them both. That leaves time to wash the carpets ready for the rental inspection tommorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Finally finished my fans, about to finish the oven – my house is looking so much better and I’m feeling more in control. I was recently in a car accident, and also had to have a pre-booked operation – so the house was a bit out of control! Haven’t needed to hire a cleaner thanks to the 20 Day Challenge! Thanks so much! ReplyCancel

  • Ok, so this is the ONLY time that NOT having a dishwasher will be viewed by me as a ‘positive’ – Time tomorrow to catch up on anything I have missed over the last fortnight :) ReplyCancel

  • Enlisted my two babies this evening and we cleaned/decluttered the bathrooms and the car. Just need to do the dishwasher in the morning after I’ve emptied it. I think the kids are enjoying the challenged just as much as I am especially after enjoying jumping all over the pile of sheets, towels and blankets all over the laundry floor today.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri

    My car is rubbish free because the kids are threatened with death if they don’t take there rubbish with them. The dishwasher is pretty clean too I use citric acid to clean it every so often. ReplyCancel

  • I have the best looking linen cupboard now! My washing machine is sparkling too! ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    I don’t have a dishwasher so I will just make sure my sink and cupboards are sparkling. ReplyCancel

  • I did the car on Saturday and my friend and the rest doesn’t apply lol…. Free day!!!!ReplyCancel

  • clairebear

    Hi Katrina. I have a silly question. Can I remove the date on the task printouts?

  • So, since I am one of the no dishwasher group, I will view this as a chance to do maintence on my home cleaning.ReplyCancel

  • Fleur

    Who knew a dishwasher could get so filthy! I am doing this twice over, just to get it really really sparkly clean. This is going to be added to my monthly cleaning list!ReplyCancel

  • RachJ

    I’ve been following along the tasks, but finding that for a lot of them, I don’t actually need to do them, like clean out my bathroom cupboard, or under my laundry tub, or my plastics cupboard, or clean out my car… and I’ve just realised why!! My housemate moved out in April, and I had a weeks holiday from work, and I did a room a day and scrubbed, and tidied, and organised. Since then I’ve lived on my own, and as I like having things super-tidy I put everything away, and there’s no one else that I have to clean up after…
    It’s great having a list though and I’ll be using it again next time I need to do a deep clean :) ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Jane

    I’m so glad this is an easy one I have a small bench top dishwasher & would be lost without it. Dishes are my pet hate I would rather clean a toilet than wash dishes lol. I just want to say thank you
    Katrina for offering this challenge to us. It has made a big difference to my home. Even thought I have not been able to do all of the tasks due to being so pregnant (baby being induced 4 week early this Friday) It all has been an enormous help in getting my home more clean & organised. The tasks are something that I will repeat each month to keep my home looking great & the tips from other readers have been valuableReplyCancel

    • I too would prefer to clean the toilet 10 times than wash dishes except I don’t have a dishwasher at all, unless you count my husband!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I actually sprinkle bicarb soda in the bottom of my dishwasher on every cycle. I find that it helps with the rinse cycle and keeps the dishwasher smelling fresh every day.ReplyCancel

  • ileana marquez

    whoo hoo!! I have a third a the tasks done for today: I have no diswasher and no car :-) I know… I know… sometimes I feel sorry for myself too. I´ll make it up with something I left behind. Thank you again Katrina. Have a nice day!ReplyCancel

  • [...] 12 was the dishwasher’s turn to get clean. I love this way of cleaning my dishwasher now, no more chemical cleaners. Miss K got in on the action [...]ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Is the 20 day challenge available yet without the dates on them?ReplyCancel

  • [...] days 15-20, I had to go back to days 11-14, as I had skipped some items, such as cleaning the dishwasher.  I completed all the steps that The Organised Housewife says to do, except I didn’t do a [...]ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    I put bicarb in the soap dispenser, vinegar in the rinse aid and 1/2 a cut lemon on one of the prongs to keep it smelling nice and the citric acid helps with the cleaning.ReplyCancel

  • Feefifofum

    Thanks for this task…which I resolutely ignored for a week because I hate my useless dishwasher that barely cleans anything, and doesn’t deserve such loving care. Well, in procrastinating about cleaning the bathroom, I finally got stuck into the dishwasher, including pulling every bit apart and poking the water holes with a sewing pin. Lo’ and behold, after the next cycle, it’s a miracle! My dishes are actually clean! Now, on to that bathroom…ReplyCancel

20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge – Day 11

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  • Natalie

    Fold bedsheets and pop inside their matching pillowcase and store. Easy!ReplyCancel

    • YES! absolutely. I saw this on Better Homes and Garden and doing this ever since. Changed my linen cupboard forever…ReplyCancel

  • Easy day for me, can’t do the lined cupboard as son and partner are soon to move out and into their new home and they have filled my cupboard with their stuff. No room for my things. Once they are gone i will get it all back and then fix it up.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    Oh no I have been dreading this as I have two very overly stuffed linen cupboards lolReplyCancel

  • Yay! I actually cleaned my washing machine prior to the challenge so that’s one less for me… thank goodness as I’ve only just finished off last weeks tasks today!ReplyCancel

  • Woo Hoo – I recently cleaned my washing machine, I dont keep anything but buckets under my laundry sink and my linen cupboards had an overhaul about 6 months ago and have kept it organized since then. It will give me time to catch up on all of the other challenges I haven’t finish :) ReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    I like that one. My washing machine has a cleaning cycle every 100 washes, so it was done not so long ago. I can do some catching up on some of the tasks I didn’t get finished.

    • Tammy

      Mine too. In fact it was due the other day when it was laundry cleaning day, so I did it then. One linen cupboard (kids and tablecloths) got a go the other day when I went to put all the folded linen away and it was a mess, the other (main bed, all blankets) was done recently when I regretfully gave up my blanket box. There was no longer room for it when we rearranged the room, and with a big flat surface, it was collecting too much clutter.
      Have to say, I do the Martha Stewart fold, have been doing it for over 15 years (since having to do our laundry at the laundromat and the lovely woman was in hysterics watching hubby and I trying to fold sheets and showed us how!). Recently have started bundling sheets sets though, instead of storing fitteds, flats and pillowslips separately.
      A day for catching up.ReplyCancel

  • yay! cleaned under the laundry sink during the laundry challenge in the 1st week, cleaned my washing machine that day too and my linen cupboard isnt that bad so should’t take too long! Will give me time to do the food shopping!ReplyCancel

  • Cakebaker

    This will be one task I’ve been looking forward to doing. I have a very tiny linen cupboard. It only has minimal room so I only use it for sheets and towels. I have recently started using Martha Stewart’s idea of folding and storing sheet sets..It has made a lot of extra space and looks very organized.ReplyCancel

  • just realised I fold my fitted sheets like Martha Stewart already! And for another towel folding suggestion google Anthea Turner (Perfect Housewife UK) – i love how she folds hers (i do them this way too now) – no edges any way you look at them!ReplyCancel

    • Cakebaker

      Thanks for the tip I’ll check out the link….ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    I have been dreading this one. We have a walk in linen and so it not only has linen but all out board games, camping gear, old stereo system as well as wine and suitcases! Basically it is our junk room! But… I am determined!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    I’m loving this challenge, but feel it will be a 40 day challenge. Last week ended up quite busy and didn’t get to do some of the things… but needs to be done! I will be making a separate list to each day and get back to them after the challenge, or squeeze them in somewhere over next 2 weeks. Loving the emails Katrina… thank you so much :) ReplyCancel

    • Angela Grimsdale

      I totally agree. I haven’t tackled the spare room or the oven. I have to admit I am procrastinating on the oven as it is one of my least favourite things to clean though the nappysan is a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • I’m a bit of a towel hoarder. the only problem with having heaps of towels is that instead of using the same one for a couple days, my family seem to use a new one every day and leave them on the floor so they get smelly and then I have to wash them! I used to buy new quilt covers all the time coz there is so many pretty ones out there but now I finally have one that I love to death so I never change it.
    I cleaned out my linen cupboard b4 the challenge started so I’m ahead this week yay!ReplyCancel

  • Treens

    i had the same Issue with my kids picking and choosing towels – i chucked everything we have and now my oldest has Purple towels, the middle has Pink Towels and the little ferret has blue towels, now there is no digging – and no sharing towels (or dreaded headlice)ReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    OH MY GOD!!! I just thought I would look at how dirty my washing machine was on the inside. I always wipe down the outside on a regular basis. The softener dispenser was disgusting! Just scrubbed it out and the machine is busy doing its cycle on hot with vinegar. Now I’m wondering if my washing will be cleaner even though I’ve never noticed a problem before! Just loving this challenge, now I’ll have more time tomorrow to do the linen cupboard. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    TRICK to keep bed sheets together ladies, fit the folded sheets INSIDE one of the pillow case. Haha! no more losing those cases and sheets dont get messed up. (I saw this on “Better Homes and Gardens” years ago!)ReplyCancel

  • Yay, I don’t need to do anything for this day. I love to keep my linen cupboard tidy and uncluttered, I just got a new washing machine so it won’t need a clean and I did under the laundry sink last week when I couldn’t find something. Now I can go through some more of my recipes to look at what I want to keep / get rid of.ReplyCancel

  • I just did my washing machine! The seal was full of mould! Horrible!!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie W

    Yay! Easy day for me, but at least it was something I could have easily achieved. I’ve been finding it difficult this past week, esp with spending 2 days in bed sick. Now I’m playing catchup, but at least my washing machine is already clean as it’s a weekly task after washing hubby’s work clothes. Under the sink was cleaned out a month ago and it’s never used. Linen cupboard needs a bit of a tidy up, but it is organised at least.
    I didn’t get the oven done, but I think I’ll tackle that after all our guests have gone home.ReplyCancel

  • Good idea with the matching sheets sets. I’m going to try this today. Also I fold my towels the same as you, it really frustrates me when other people try to “help” me & fold my towels all wrong. I might not be the tidiest person but I am actually fussy about how my things should be when they are tidied away. ;-) I guess I feel that if your going to do something do it properly or don’t do it at all. That’s why I’m loving this challenge, because even though its taking a month it will all get done “properly”!! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Can someone please tell me if the vinegar goes in the drum or in the washing powder bit of a front loader?ReplyCancel

  • I am so loving your challenge. I am a mum of 4 girls and I found the house was beating me. Nothing would stay tidy, everything kept getting lost and even after spending a whole day cleaning the house still looked crap. I am using this challenge to clean and organize each room to be painted and redecorated. My girls have noticed the difference and are trying too. So THANK YOU for getting my family excited and helping me keep on top of the house not the other way round. Bring on the next challenge:)

  • im in love with the challange so perfect timing i hav a bub on the way 11wks to go and this is helping me get the house in order
    also im printing and leminating the check lists so i can use it over again to do checks and keep on top of everything
    thanks so much :):)ReplyCancel

  • i have started to put my sheets in with there matching pillowcases, to help save space in the cupboard, so i can add a box, for my “present box”, the things you see on sale and grab for people for christmas and birthdays, (or for the ones you forget about)..ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Yay! I was just looking in my linen cupboard over the weekend, thinking I hope this comes up soon. I think I have about 30 pillowcases in there…probably 25 too many…ReplyCancel

  • Outontheranch

    I am loving the daily tasks but as someone who lives on a farm with tank water so many of the tasks use lots of water! Is there a way to clean the washing machine without wasting a full cycle? I felt guilty using a whole bath of water for the oven!ReplyCancel

    • Wipe and scrub it out with vinegar and water. Then just rinse it a little. The residue wont hurt your washing, and will actually help a little if you do towels or something like that in your next load.ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie

    The linen cupboard for me is an easy one…
    I keep things in the plastic storage tubs for ease
    * Bed sheets, pillow cases and doona covers* Table linen (some of which was handed down from my grandmother)* First aid (medications are in another box on the top shelf Towels are in specific piles on two shelves (normal bath towels, bath mats, washers, hand towels, guest towels and beach towels).
    The ironing board and iron also have a hanging space on the door with a little basket for the ironing gadgets and starch spray.
    I also keep the spare toilet paper, tissues and toiletry bags in one area of the cupboard given its in the bathroom.

    Washing machine done :)
    Just to do the cupboard under the laundry sink now…. ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Now this is the one I have ben dreading – I nearly need to wear a hard hat to do this job. I’m sure it will be very satisfying…ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie

    Iam loving the challenge, but also think that it is going to be longer than 20 days as I work three days per week – but hey, it will be done by Christmas. I have found that I can no longer bear a cluttered kitchen counter and have managed to keep on top of that. I did the bathrooms over the weekend. And I am delighted to say that I had done the linen closet a few weeks back and still smill everytime I look in there. I think I still need to get rid of some doonas, but am so pleased with progress and enthusiasm I feel for this challenge. Thanks Katrina!
    PS- yes I am also a fan of the bed sheets in the pillow case storage technique. Had my husband so confounded at first that I still laugh at the memory of the look on his face.ReplyCancel

  • So what do we use for the mould in/on the seal??? Bleach or no bleach?ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    so i’m part way through the linen cupboard i have oodles of enviro bags does anyone have a great idea on how to store them /keep them tidy? Thanks ReplyCancel

    • Are those like the woolworths green bags? I fold them up then store them all in one. I use the freezer ones to hold all the others. ReplyCancel

    • Angela Grimsdale

      I pick the biggest, nicest looking one as a storage for the other ones and keep most of them in the boot of my car for shopping trips. I need to cull some of them as they are so easy to accumulate. I cull them by filling them up with stuff to take to op shops.ReplyCancel

  • Joe

    I am so far behind, but with holidays soon upon us, and hubby taking a week off, hoping to catch up with the rest. So glad I have joined. ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I got stuck in yesterday as I have two linen cupboards to contend with. It felt so good this morning dropping off about six bags of odds and ends at the local charity shop :o)ReplyCancel

  • lee-ann

    i gave all my old linen to the animal rescue because even if they have hole in them they can stll dry animals ReplyCancel

  • Fleur

    What a difference! It feels so good to see the house transforming! I am loving the challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Kyls

    A great tip that my mum taught me!!
    Is that when you have a set of sheets/pillowcases all folded nicely. Put them in one of the pillow cases to the set is all stored together. Its great! It keeps the sets of sheets together and also makes the cupboard look really tidy!ReplyCancel

  • Sara

    I like todays tasks!! I clean my washing machine after each wash already by wiping the wet away, especially on the door seal and leaving the door open. I also do the monthly vinegar wash. I sorted my linen cupboard ( or airing cupboard as we call it) a few weeks back so that’s done too! I also store bed sets inside one of the pillow cases to keep everything together. I can now spend today catching up on the tasks I’m behind with. Hello Oven……………. :( ReplyCancel

  • That was the most disgusting job. i never knew i had to clean my washer. it was so gross!!!! i kinda wish i could live in ignorant bliss lol. thanks for the tip- only got that done todayReplyCancel

  • Sylvia

    Do you have a tip on how to keep your towels soft? I wash them and use fabric softener but they don’t come out all that soft. Hubbie thinks its because the spin cycle is too high?ReplyCancel

  • kirsten

    I couldn’t believe how dirty the inside of the washing machine was!! thanks so much for that challenge! looks so much cleaner. ReplyCancel

  • [...] but I’m hopeful for a pay rise next time. For todays challenge, Katrina gives advice on how to clean out the machine. Another part of todays challenge was to clean out and organise our linen cupboard – again, I [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] Day 11 -Clean the washing machine (we don’t have one – sweet!) **Speaking of the washing machine, the one in our basement has been broken for several months now and our landlord still hasn’t fixed it, and the building next door’s washing machine broke, and the next building over has a locked basement, so the past few weekends I have just been going to the laundry-mat…it’s a bit more expensive but I can complete all the loads at the same time – love it!** -De-clutter the linen cupboard -Organize the linen cupboard **Basically the only “linen cupboard we have” are the towel cupboards in the bathroom, and they were already fairly organized** [...]ReplyCancel

  • Cat Sim

    Thanks for setting up this challenge. Living in the USA, I started when our summer break began in June. Since I am still working full time, I have to catch up on weekends, and your daily breakdown of the traditional “spring cleaning” tasks has really helped to keep me from being overwhelmed and quitting. The video on folding sheets is awesome. Keeping everything together in a bundle will help. Anyone have tips for telling queen, full and twins sets apart from each other once they are folded? I am tempted to restricting myself to one color per type: green for full, blue for queen, etc. Before I resort to that, I am open to other suggestions.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great question Cat, I tend to just know what colour is what size, or perhaps you could label the shelf where you place them?ReplyCancel

20 Days to Organise & Clean your home challenge – Weekend Linkup #3

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  • Terry Hansen

    I am so obsessed with your blog and loving this 20 day challenge! Thanks for the feature, totally surprised me! Wishing you a wonderful week!ReplyCancel

  • Anne @ Domesblissity

    Hi Kat! So far, so good. I think we’re over the worst of it now, tackling our ovens! LOL (We still love you!) Looking forward to the next 2 weeks.
    Anne xxReplyCancel

20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge – Day 10

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  • renee poje

    some of that is tuesdays task???

    • I’ve fixed it, I cleaned up my cookies on the computer, it must of played up with the post.ReplyCancel

  • Simmy

    Hi Katrina,looks as though the attachment on the bottom is from Monday…? Any chance you can change it so my folder is nice and organised haha ReplyCancel

    • I’ve fixed it, I cleaned up my cookies on the computer, it must of played up with the post.ReplyCancel

  • Simmy

    The organise, new habit and 5 mins l is the same as Monday also…? Can we find out what tomorrows ones are PLEASE :) ReplyCancel

    • I’ve fixed it, I cleaned up my cookies on the computer, it must of played up with the post.ReplyCancel

  • um the down load is mondays……. and its tasks ect.
    . ReplyCancel

    • I’ve fixed it, I cleaned up my cookies on the computer, it must of played up with the post.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Kat. The shower caddy and cleaning the washing lines were part of Day 6. Seeing as I haven’t done Day 6 yet, I don’t mind, but…! :D ReplyCancel

    • I’ve fixed it, I cleaned up my cookies on the computer, it must of played up with the post.ReplyCancel

  • Ella

    oh no not the ovenReplyCancel

  • Sam

    How often should you clean your oven? I did mine back in July, yes I am shamelessly trying to get out of doing it tomorrow lol. ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Pearson

    I read somewhere that putting foil in the bath with the napisan means no scrubbing at all?ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    This is the one I was dreading…might postpone it til the weekend when hubby can entertain the kids ;) ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    I just cleaned the bath yesterday now i have to soak those dirty things in there..noooooooooooooooooooooooo lolReplyCancel

  • Meg

    oh yay!! I had an overflow disaster in the oven last week and as a result had to clean it. Usually I’d clean as little as I could get away with but as I was in cleaning mode from week 1 tasks I decided to do it properly. So no oven cleaning for me tomorrow!! I didn’t get to do the fridge task so I will get to that instead, and maybe the ceiling fans (they’ve never been cleaned – eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Lee

    Oh the oven….really?!
    I suppose if I dont do it now, I will be in a huge rush in the days before my visitors arrive. Oven it is tomorrow morning. ReplyCancel

  • Jell

    The oven needs some attention. The shelves however I did not too long ago using hot water in my laundry tub with a decent amount of BI-CARB and VINEGAR. Love the fizzy chemical reaction, and boy did it work at treat! They still look pretty good now. Will see how it goes tomorrow. So far I’ve done half of the ceiling fans. Leaving a couple for Hubby on the weekend as the ceilings in those rooms are higher.ReplyCancel

  • thank goodness! just looked at mine and its atually not that bad – i think ill get away with a quick wipe/scrub of both the ovan and shelves! On another note – i wish i could organise my cupboards better but with only a days notice i dont get the time to buy the things to do the next days tasks so it kinds falls behind – maybe next time if you could release the headings for the week so we have a chance to stock up on boxes, or tubs etc that would be fab!ReplyCancel

  • Beck

    Woot!! My hubby did our oven only the other day lol :) *does a happy dance*ReplyCancel

  • Here I was thinking ‘Oh no! What can be worse than the bathroom or laundry?!’ But the oven? Pft! Easy!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri

    YAY I have a self cleaning oven ;) so this can be done tonight while I’m doing my ironing! Thanks for a fantastic challenge Katrina – I’m really loving following your tasks each day.ReplyCancel

    • Lala

      FYI – I recently read/heard that using the self-cleaning feature can shorten the life of the stove. Now I’m not 100% that’s true but something to research jic. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Ai Lin

    My oven is pretty clean – so I am going to skip that. However, I saw your picture of how you organised your baking ware. Very nice. I love to bake and have quite a bit of baking ware lying here and there, and in the oven! I am struggling to put them away neatly — and saw your brilliant idea of putting it in a basket. I might just head out and get one nice basket for myself. :) Thanks for the great tip.ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    Boo to the oven but yay I did my pot cupboard this morning! Now after the under sink one the other day I only have the plates to do tomorrowReplyCancel

  • maggie

    woo hoo i actually love today….. well i’m cheating, my oven blew up about 8 months ago but as we are planning NEW kitchen very soon i wasn’t going to replace it as the shape will change, so i will do my microwave instead. Also i only have 2 kitchen cupboards and a pantry (Hence the remodel of the kitchen space, i will have 1o cupboards top and bottom, so excited) i have already cleaned them in previous days challenges! After work it will give me time to go back and do this things i have missed during the week. No groans here!!! lolReplyCancel

  • can i pretend now that i am having problems receiving this so i don’t have to clean my oven….i have never cleaned it!!! how disgusting!!!! i am a put heaps of foil/glad bake on everything to prevent clean up needs ….ok…i think it is a whole weekend jobReplyCancel

  • carley

    *moaning* the one job I was hoping was going to happen towards the end. My oven is a nightmare (leaving it because I am lazy). But hello napisan with the shelves, who would have thought! I know I didn’t.ReplyCancel

    • Tammy

      I knew as soon as you said would we still be friends that it was the oven! Mine really needs it, and I assume I am doing the grill and stove guards etc also?

      I had a much older neighbour who helped us move house about 10 years ago. When we moved in, we seriously spent A WHOLE DAY cleaning the stove and oven. My wonderful friend did lots of the scrubbing, but she also passed this tip on to me then – although she just uses standard washing powder (ie. OMO etc.). Works beautifully! Never thought to do them in the bath though… Have always struggled in the laundry tubs, turning them around regularly.

      My range hood filter needs a good clean too… it is going in the bath along with the oven racks.ReplyCancel

  • Cakebaker

    Phew!!…I have a new oven so I can take more time to organise my tupperware/plastics…they multiply all by themselves I’m sure….ReplyCancel

  • damn… After such an easy day today, tomorrow will be packed!! My tupperware cupboard is one cupboard that I try not to look into…ReplyCancel

  • Val

    Oven Power by OzKleen is a great oven cleaner. It comes with a large zip lock bag to soak the oven racks in. http://www.ozkleen.comReplyCancel

    • Mhairi

      We have something similar in the UK – Oven Pride. I love it! Pop racks in ziplock bag, pour some solution over base of oven, leave for 4 hours and rinse – job done! ReplyCancel

  • Tara

    I actually cleaned my oven yesterday …It was disguisting but i have some AWESOME advice for keeping the bottom of your oven Kmart or any kitchenware shop you can buy silicone non stick mats (usually called Oven & BBQ Liner) and you just line the bottom of your oven for any drips etc… then it just washes off. ReplyCancel

    • Cakebaker

      Thanks for the tip of the liner..first time I’ve heard about them and with a new oven I really want to keep the base of my oven clean.ReplyCancel

      • Lynette Kemeny

        I’d rather not be cooking with silicone in my oven, not convinced its safe, come back in 30-40 years with no ill effects from it, and I’ll use it, in the meantime, whats wrong with old fashioned alfoil ???

        • Cakebaker

          That’s true…something to consider. ReplyCancel

    • veiledturnip

      are they safe to use in ovens that have elements down the bottom (ie. hidden) I think mine says not to place anything on the bottom because it gets too hot?ReplyCancel

      • Cakebaker

        That was my concern too….my oven has a ‘hidden’ element too..ReplyCancel

      • Tara

        It said on the packet if the element is on the bottom you could put a rack on the bottom with the liner on top.. but that doesnt sound right?! ReplyCancel

        • Cindy

          You place it on the bottom rack and not direct on the bottom. I use these and love them. A friend turned me onto them and she absolutely loves hera too!ReplyCancel

      • Imona Budget

        It’s a great tip…..but I just use foil….when it gets too dirty, I just throw it out and put in another….ReplyCancel

      • No. I burned on up when I got my stove that has the element hidden. Beware!ReplyCancel

    • What a fabulous idea, I’ve not heard of them!ReplyCancel

    • SheenyB

      I use a large aluminium baking tray, the disposable type from the BBQ section in Woolies. ReplyCancel

    • silicone is usually only good until 400-450 F I tend to not use them if I am cooking in the 400′s as I don’t want them to spontaneously catch fire or melt. Check your temperatures of your liners they will always state on the item.ReplyCancel

  • veiledturnip

    a whole cup of napisan seems like a lot?ReplyCancel

  • Booooooooooooo! Not looking forward to that! ReplyCancel

    • I knew a few of you wouldn’t but you will be happy with the end result JReplyCancel

  • Going to put the oven racks in the bath RIGHT NOW! So there…….ReplyCancel

  • Since it says to soak over night I have already put my racks in the bath, I never thought if doing like this and I always struggle with scrubbing them in the sink. I also thought I might as well get the bicarbonate & vinegar in the over tonight too. Friday’s my busy day our with swimming & playgroup so I dnt really get time to do jobs. I also did my floors today too so they are ready for the weekendReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Thanks for making me clean my oven! I can’t remember the last time I did it. The racks are in the bath right now, I may have gone overboard with the nappysan though…..ReplyCancel

  • Nanna

    No groans from me – I have recently done my oven using the carb soda and vinegar! Good result too. I have even done my Tupperware cupboards (note the plural – I have been addicted for 40 years but I do declutter regularly). That leaves the mirrors – but I did them this morning. Guess tomorrow is catch-up day for the tasks that I missed on other days. Thanks Kat for keeping us on the ball!ReplyCancel

  • My Tupperware cupboard is always tidy as I don’t have much room and I don’t have anything that I want to get rid of! Just in time for some more to arrive on Monday!!!
    I did miss the kitchen drawers today as we went shopping, so will have to do that whilst my SIL uses the bicarb and vinegar for the oven! ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    I HATE tupperware cupboards.. when I designed our kitchen a few years ago.. I put in pot drawers to hold the tupperware… it means that the drawers are kept tidy because they wont shut if they arent… but will try bicarb and vinegar on the oven tomorrow instead of gassing myself with oven cleaner like I normally do….ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    Yay!!! The oven… My hubby always does that for me :) and as he is home tomorrow (shift worker) I will just enjoy precious time with my baby boy. The tupperware cupboard is rarely unorganised and I decluttered all my others just 2 weeks ago. I am taking on board your clever idea for all those baking trays though… so handy. Thanks!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Lala

      Her idea for putting together baking trays is what brought me here. Brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    Can anyone tell me how to get the baked on grease off the side of the oven? I tried the bicarbonate and vinegar but it doesn’t really get a chance to soak on there :( ReplyCancel

  • Lynette Kemeny

    better than vinegar and bicarb is cloudy ammonia, it has many uses and is great in the oven……and only A$1.29 its cheap too !ReplyCancel

  • I just want to thank you for this challenge – its awesome. And when I was in Coles last night, the checkout assistant even started talking to me about it – referring me to it. She was excited that I’d heard about it too. You’ve got a lot of support for all that hard work you’ve done :) Congratulations and many thanks xxReplyCancel

  • The oven is always left, we move around a lot, we have been here for maybe 2 months and looking at it, it already needs a clean. This is a good habit from today to keep it clean and not leave it until we move :) ReplyCancel

  • My oven is brand new, I have cooked exactly 2 things inside the oven itself. Washed the grill trays 2 days ago, and wipe the outside and top over everytime I do the washing up. So all I have to do is pull out the element drip tray and give it a wipe over. Kitchen declutter was only done a few months ago, so today will just be another catch up day for me! Still haven’t finished my lounge room.ReplyCancel

  • Gidget Goldsmith

    As I work 6 days a week trying to fit everything in can seem an impossible task especially with an impending wedding just 3 weeks away n the inlaws staying argh anyway I have a couple if days off here n there til then so am endevouring to do as much as practicable til then n beyond! Cheers for the inspirations ; )ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Freeman

    Ok my shoulders & arms really hate me at the moment, really didn’t help that I washed the cruiser yesterday arvo, but my oven & grill are sparkling, & all other task complete. Going to put my feet up for bit, then hit the floorsReplyCancel

  • I just updated my blog lol… was that or watch telly lol since I have nothing else to do until the next challenge comes in….and then it will be a small list again lolReplyCancel

  • Bria

    If you only have cupboards and are not lucky enough to have pot drawers for Tupperware or pots and pans the large clear storage tubs on wheels do the same job. Find the ones that fit your shelf height, if they are a little deep for the space (mine were) cut the handle off the end that faces into the cupboard.

    I’ve been using them for years they contain all the containers and they easily roll out like drawers, with the width of my cupboards I can fit two to a shelf. Much cheaper than a kitchen refit and out of site behind the doors.ReplyCancel

  • OK so the oven’s done but the racks are soaking. To sort my Tupperware cupboard I had to sort thro’ our camping gear,picnic set, lunch boxes and drink bottles all of which are in different places…YAY! sorted! now for two other cupboards ??? maybe;)ReplyCancel

  • This is fantastic news!! Just installed a new oven yesterday – just need to keep it clean from now on.ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I’ve not cleaned an oven before! My husband has always done it…. I think he will be doing it from now on! Oh what a bother!! Oven done. I’ve also cleaned all the window tracks, wiped down doors and mouldy windows. I’m spent!! ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Will not be cleaning my oven. I have a brand new oven sitting around waiting to be installed as we are renovating our kitchen. Phew got out of that one.ReplyCancel

  • Claire @ Claire K Creations

    I cleaned my oven out a few weeks ago and boy was it a task. I was so proud of it afterwards though everyone who came over had to see it! ReplyCancel

  • Jen A

    The glass on my oven is clean for the first time ever, the bicarb and vinegar worked at treat! My trays are still bathing. I did the tupperware recently but it could do with another go.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    Oven clean, but having trouble with the shelves. I don’t have a bath & my laundry tub is small. I’ve tried scrubbing them with a scourer, but even with elbow grease, it’s not getting all the grime off. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    Sorry if this posted twice. My oven is clean, but I’m stuck with the shelves. I don’t have a bath & my laundry tub is small. I’ve tried scrubbing with a scourer, but it’s not bringing all the grime off. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Cakebaker

      I was going to suggest a garbage bag but that wouldn’t work with hot water….sorry.ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Jane

      I’m the same, don’t have a bath etc but what I do is I take shelves out side spray with oven cleaner, leave them sitting up against the wall for around half hour then give them a good scrub & spray with the hoseReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I have liquid oxy action would that work the same in the bath on the racks as the powder?ReplyCancel

  • peter.zoey

    Yay another week done!! I’m in love with your way of oven cleaning, I hate that putrid chemical stuff! I tell you what though, it was definitely not a comfortable job after a hardcore zumba class yesterday!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Try using kids shell pool for soaking oven rakes inReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Try using kids shell pool for soaking oven rakes inReplyCancel

  • sharon

    What is NapiSan? And is bicarb soda actually baking soda? We have a “self cleaning” oven, and the first time my Hubby used that function he forgot to remove the shelves and they got burnt. I have not in 10 years been able to make then silver again. And I am willing to try anything at this point, any suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Vanish Napisan is with the laundry detergents/powders etc at the supermarket. Originally designed for soaking cloth nappies but is used as a general soaker or laundry boost now also.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I have done my Tupperware cupboard (mostly) and have found 5 or 6 old school Tupperware containers that are cracked or just no longer sealing. Since they have a lifetime warranty do you know how I can go about getting replacements for them?ReplyCancel

  • Jell

    Spent way longer than intended scrubbing the oven using bicarb, vinegar, steel wool etc. Too many years of baked on grime, so while it is better than before, I think it will need more attention in the coming days. Thankfully the racks were done not long ago so still pretty good condition.
    Meanwhile, my tupperware cupboard got cleared out, cleaned, decluttered and reorganised. Actually removed a box of junk and am very please with the result.
    Thanks again Katrina, I’m getting there bit by bit.ReplyCancel

  • Jell

    By the way, most of my efforts focussed on the bottom of the oven, but the top is probably just as bad. Found it hard to sprinkle bicarb upwards, so need another day on my head to work on that surface. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • Loved the clean oven! I wasn’t going to use it for a week… lol. Son, 9, decided to bake a cake tonight for dessert. So I’m over the not using it and back to maintaining the oven and keeping it clean. Thanks Katrina. :D ReplyCancel

  • Worked so well, thank you for making my life so much easier with all theses fantastic ideas :D ReplyCancel

  • Any hints for cleaning the oven door glass (inside)? It is particularly grimy, and nothing seems to make much of a dent. Haven’t resorted to oven cleaner as such, but bicarbonate and vinegar didn’t work, nor did a Napisan paste. Thanks if anyone has a good suggestion!ReplyCancel

    • Kirsty

      I used Jif cream cleanser. Also, used a scraper (like you would use on a ceramic cooktop) to scrape off the ‘spots’ of dirt. Hope this helps.ReplyCancel

    • Not sure if this applies but it should work (maybe try in a corner first!) I just got a new wood fire installed slow combustion and in the cleaning instructions it says to get off burnt discoloration from glass spray with windex and scrub with steel wool it works like magic!ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie

    Have spent part of today doing Thursday and Friday’s jobs… now time to relax :) ReplyCancel

  • alicat

    Yeah i’m going to skip this one. Hubby won’t buy me a new one if it’s looking nice! Not long now hopefully….roast flavoured muffins anyone?ReplyCancel

  • The best product I have used in the oven is easy off oven, makes it so simple to clean and looks fantastic afterwardsReplyCancel

    • Lala

      Does Easy Off not have horrible fumes? I’ve never used because I assume it would really smell strongly and I’m very smell sensitive. Thx!ReplyCancel

  • Fleur

    I have just finished cleaning my oven & it is gleaming! Yeah, it feels great to have a shiny oven! I can actually see inside my oven again! I am wondering how often you recommend cleaning your oven Katrina? I would like to keep it clean now – any tips? I found Orange Power was helpful for removing the really hard grime on the glass.ReplyCancel

  • tina

    there is no S in organized…. ReplyCancel

    • ccarrell

      It is spelled with an S in the UK… and it can be here too.ReplyCancel

    • christy

      REALLY ?!!…..This isn’t a spelling bee……………

    • Lala

      OK I’m an American and am wondering how you’ve gone all of these years and not know that Americans spell numerous words differently than our FRIENDS in England and Australia!?! Please don’t confirm to the world that we are, indeed, asshats! TYVMReplyCancel

      • Alas, its too late. Most of us Americans are, indeed, asshats! The English language has many spelling and pronunciations variations that are quite wonderful. Spelt is also a grain. How cool is that?ReplyCancel

  • anna

    organiZe with a ZReplyCancel

    • No, you have it wrong sorry. I’m in Australia and we spell it with a s.ReplyCancel

    • Lala

      unless you live in England or Australia. Wake up!ReplyCancel

  • [...] I came across a pin that I have seen before but never really payed attention to. {The Organzied Housewife} 20 days to organize and clean your home Well, that seemed like something I needed, so I decided to check it [...]ReplyCancel

  • On the same note.. I clean and shine all my stainless cookware with bicarb/baking soda and lemon juice. Just mix up a paste of the two, and using a sponge or teflon pad, I wipe the stainless all over with the paste, let it sit a few minutes, then rinse and dry. They come out looking like new again. This is very good for the discoloring that happens after repeated usage.ReplyCancel

  • Vida

    I read somewhere that foil on the bottom of the oven is not a good idea because it blocks the heat and changes the temperature of the oven.ReplyCancel

    • kay

      I have heard that too, and when baking buns or bread it does not get the nice golden brown…ReplyCancel

  • Darlene

    Great info, but “a lot: is two words. Never one word. Just thought I’d let you know. Misspellings can really cause you to lose credibility.ReplyCancel

    • Lala

      and that has to do with her ability to organize/organise how?ReplyCancel

      • This is one word that I always correct myself on, must of missed this one.ReplyCancel

  • jaime

    great website but you spelled organize wrong

    • Gigi

      I’m sorry but not everyone on the internet lives in the US. Words are spelled different (not wrong) in Australia and UK.ReplyCancel

      • Lala

        Like I said above, all Americans aren’t stupid asshats. :-) They’d have a fit with aluminum/nium et al. Folks would FREAK if they knew that in the UK “fags” are cigarettes! GAH!ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    My oven shelves are rusty. Any tips on how to clean it? Thanks! ReplyCancel

  • stevie

    I put the racks and cleaning items in large plastic bag outside or down basement, tie it up and allow to soak overnight, then wipe and rinse, toss out bagReplyCancel

  • Meghan

    Thanks for the tips! Will be pinning and coming back =]. On a side note I found it funny how I was like.. “‘organized’ is spelt wrong.. oh well” well reading the comments I found that it can be spelt that way just like color or colour. Love how people pick on things like that and the only thing they take away from readin this is “They don’t know how to spell”. It’s the internet people, not everything is there just for YOU. She doesn’t even have to waste her time but she’s doing it because she wants to HELP people. Maybe a friendly message letting them know is better than making yourself look like a jerk ;P. Thanks again!ReplyCancel

    • Julie

      Hahahaha just so you know, “spelt” is not a word. It would be “spelled”. Maybe before we correct others, we should make sure that we don’t look stupid. And when I say “we”, I mean “you”. ReplyCancel

      • Meghan

        Lol really? I didn’t claim to be a grammar/spelling nazi, obviously you
        didn’t read my whole post. Wasn’t trying to be mean or correct anyone, was just simply pointing out how I thought it was funny that I caught myself being like others in the comments. All I can say about my mistake is ‘my bad’ and move on ;P. Maybe you shouldn’t make yourself look stupid by being rude when my post was nothing but positive.ReplyCancel

        • All is good Meghan, I get a lot comments about the organised using s instead of z all the time. Unless you read the about page it’s not obvious I’m Aussie J But hey, it’s good to be different ;) ReplyCancel

          • I personally loved the challenge but find it so sad that such aggression comes to the fore over a simple spelling mistake. Life is just too short to be so worried over something so petty.

      • Beth

        Definition of SPELT

        chiefly British past and past participle of spell


      • Lala

        PS? Spelt IS a word. Who looks stupid now?ReplyCancel

  • Janell

    What is nappy san?ReplyCancel

    • Rhody Janke

      From what I can figure out from searching on the Internet it is similar to OxyClean. And people, PLEASE get over the organISE/organIZE thing. Both spellings are correct. The explanations that were given above are correct and aren’t going to change. There are two different versions of English that are spoken: American English & the Queen’s English, which is what is spoken in Great Britain, Australia & South Africa (among other places if I’m not mistaken). BTW, I’m from the Southern Appalachian Mountains USA.ReplyCancel

  • Anj

    Did you create this blog with the name “Oganised” on purpose? “Organized” is the correct spelling. I was just curious if you meant to misspell it. I’m not trying to be a jerk, I swear!ReplyCancel

    • Lala

      and along with the other 700 American illiterates, you’re showing your inability to pay attention to anything else outside of the US. yes, I am American.ReplyCancel

      • Sharon Hall

        I am more for learning how how to organiz(s)e my house and don’t give a rats ass how you spell organiz(s)e I just want the tips and help so just ignore those rednecks and trailer trash from America(I am also from America) but I refuse to be confused with those morons who can’t get passed social differences due to geographical locationsReplyCancel

  • Shelley

    This may just be me but isn’t it organize not organiseReplyCancel

    • It depends on which part of the world you live….here in Australia we use ‘organise’. We also use colour instead of color etc, etc.ReplyCancel

    • No, it’s organise, I live in Australia and we use the English spelling being with an s not a z ;) ReplyCancel

  • kami

    Seriously, it was distracting to get through the comments with all the apparent English majors out there. its a personal blog people, not the Times. Put your dictionary away and move on. That said… Very nice, I only got through day one, and in the midst of holiday chaos I will attempt to attack my oven. I don’t have the benefit of soaking my racks over night due to my husbands working schedule and the fact that he comes home from work late at night wanting a shower (he’s covered in oil and grease) but I do know if you lay smaller racks on a towel soaked in hot water, sprinkle baking soda over it then spray with a healthy dose of white vinegar then cover with another hot wet towel, you can get nearly the same effect. I think I will peruse day two now.ReplyCancel

    • Great tip Kami, I love how baking soda and vinegar make cleaning so easy JReplyCancel

  • kami

    or.. day one through 9 as I just realized this was day 10 lolReplyCancel

    • LOL, there are 20 days, gradually work your way through it. It doesn’t need to be 20 days, you can stretch it for as long as you need.ReplyCancel

  • Kimber

    Ok, in the first picture of the tupperware cupboard, what is that container right in the middle with the little buttony things on the side? I have a couple of those that I inherited from somewhere, but I have no idea what they are; I’ve just been using them to hold dry goods in the pantry, but I’d love to know what they’re really for.ReplyCancel

    • They are fridge smart containers, ooh they are brilliant. You can cut up your broccoli, cauliflour, watermelon, grapes, most fruit and veg and place in these containers. They will last a lot longer than ordinary containers. The waves at the bottom will store all the moisture from the vegetables therefore they won’t spoil by sitting in their juices. You can see more here about how I cut up my fruit and veg

  • Sabrina

    You spelled Organize wrong everywhere. Wow.ReplyCancel

    • No I haven’t, I’m from Australia and this is how we spell itReplyCancel

      • Please, for those who seem to be stuck on the difference in the spelling of one word. According to Wikipedia we use both spellings in Australia but more often than not we use ‘ise’. You will find that we spell many words differently to those of you in the U.S i.e. realise, recognise, colonise, colour, favour, traveler etc, etc…….I tried to post a link to the Wikipedia page but I can’t paste it here.ReplyCancel

    • Lala

      thank you for perpetuating the stereotype that Americans look like the clueless asshats that some us can be. brava. Katrina – is it too much to ask to delete all of these stupid comments? my brother lives in AU, does that give me any cred? LOLReplyCancel

      • My thought was to leave them here and they can read the comments that will tell them the spelling is correct before making the comment J It’s all Ok though JReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    It’s organize. Not organiseReplyCancel

    • I spell it correctly, I live in Australia and this is how we spell it JReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    First and foremost: I love your blog! And when I read blogs, I always like to read the comments for other peoples’ experiences with the tips and tricks from the post. But I have NEVER read so many comments about spelling! I am Australian, and love it when I come across Aussie Made blogs – but seriously, how many times does the comment about -ise vs -ize need to be said? Surely once would be enough, then the matter would be cleared up! And us Aussies and Uk peeps don’t go mental all over American blogs for the ‘wrong’ spelling! Seriously, Americans, you are living up to your stereotype.ReplyCancel

    • Kool Gool

      I live in America- TX and it just irritates me to no end when I see how hard someone has worked on making something for someone else to help them by taking pictures and organizing things so that others can enjoy it and only to get on the blogs to see someone always has to complain about something. this is not a perfect world people and not everything in America is Right and justified in other places. Get over yourselves and appreciate the effort put out there. SO DON’T HATE APPRECIATE.

      THANK YOU for this blog and your time.ReplyCancel

      • Thank you Kool Gool, for some reason this one post just seems to be picked on for spelling, hasn’t happened for a few months now, hopefully they are reading the comments now.ReplyCancel

  • ACM

    Organize**** ReplyCancel

    • No, it’s organise as I live in Australia this is how we spell it JReplyCancel

    • Are you in the U.S ACM? If so, you are spelling it correctly. We however in Australia, where this blog originates, spell it with an ‘s’.ReplyCancel

    • Kool Gool

      big deal you knew what she meantReplyCancel

  • ginger

    This is my first time to post a comment on anything, I’m just amazed how people got crazy about ‘misspelled’ words! I grew up in Africa, now live in the US, but I’m smart enough to know not everyone in the world is like the US, actually, the rest of the world is pretty much the same, the US is who is different (we’re the only people not using the metric system!). This is a blog on organization/organisation ideas, not spelling. Do a little more research before you tell someone they are wrong, obviously, if organise is ‘spelt’ with an ‘s’ everywhere it is written, more than likely, it’s correct!! Great organization ideas!!ReplyCancel

    • Lala

      agree, Ginger! in the US, we briefly tried going to the metric system in the 70′s but abandoned it. i wish we hadn’t!ReplyCancel

    • I also grew up in Africa and returned to the US with huge variations in my spellings. It matters more to some people than others. Could I connect with you offline about your global upbringing?ReplyCancel

  • Nelson Ramalho

    For the oven trays I use the dishwasher. I put them in on their own on full heat (wish or with out detergent tablet) and as soon as it’s finished I use a scourer and the grease just wipes off. If there are stubborn parts just wash again. Key part here is scrubbing the trays when they come out steaming hot as the grease wipes off really easily…ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    What is NapiSan?ReplyCancel

    • Is Aus the word for diaper is commonly referred to as ‘nappy’. So you would never hear an aussie use the word diaper. NapiSan is a powder which, when mixed with water is used as a soaking solution for cloth nappies. While the disposable ‘diapers’ are all the rage there are a lot who still use cloth and therefore they need to be soaked in something like this before they are washed in the machine. Hope that helps.ReplyCancel

      • shintalmo

        I know what a nappy is, but I don’t know what NapiSan is. I used cloth diapers, but I just washed mine and hung them on the line. What is NapiSan made of? Maybe I could find something similar in the U.S.ReplyCancel

        • Kool Gool

          Try getting some DREFT or Snowy flakes I’m sure this is as close to NAPISAN in america that you will get meaning it is used to wash and soak CLOTH diapers. Or I’d just use an SOS PAD and get it over withReplyCancel

          • Thank you Kool Gool for your tip, I’m wasn’t sure what an American alternative is, thank you for your help.

        • Nicola

          The active ingredient is Sodium Percarbonate 25.7%ReplyCancel

  • Vickie

    Just found you on Pinterest, can’t wait to get started. Yes, I said I can’t wait :) ReplyCancel

  • Betty819

    What is Napasan and where can you buy it?ReplyCancel

  • momof2cubs

    Thank you for the tips. I don’t care how you spell organize! ;) Doesn’t matter to me. I love your blog. ?ReplyCancel

  • YvonneDonaldson

    Just have to add my two cents. I immediately knew from the way you spelled “organize/organise” that this wasn’t an American blog. I also didn’t know that “spelt” was a real word. I’m always happy to learn new things. On that note, this was very interesting. I am looking forward to learning all the wonderful abilities of baking soda and vinegar. I just discovered vinegar’s power on calcium deposits. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • FSDF

    Lol on the tupperware-organisation. First you show a space and then you show a space that is about 4-5 times as big as the first one. Of course it is very easy to look more tidy with more space, it is to organize the same amount of items int he same amount of space that is what storage effectiveness is about.ReplyCancel

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  • Kool Gool

    My oven has NEVER looked like that. thanks for the time you took to put this together. it takes time and although the spelling bees on here have nothing better to do than CRITICIZE on how you spell ORGANIZE I learned a few tips that i will try.. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Kool Gool, I love this way of cleaning the oven, saves so much scrubbing time.ReplyCancel

  • RK

    OMG! Im totally embarrassed to admit that I am an American! After watching all these narrow minded nincompoops act as if they know it all when in reality, they are as stupid as a box of rocks. Maybe this is one of the many reasons our US is in the state it is in. STUPIDITY & narrowmindedness! Yes, stated from a fellow American! DISCLAIMER: Sorry, rest of the world, we are just a bunch of mouthy teenagers. Forgive them ,for they know not what they do!ReplyCancel

    • RK

      GREAT IDEAS on the cleaning. THANK YOU….People come up with some brilliant ideas!

      Please don’t despise all of us because some of US think that our way is the only way! Obviously ones that have not travelled and do not realize that the US is NOT the mecca of the world.ReplyCancel

  • QueenuhCuisine

    Love your site!
    GOOD ON YA! My son lives in Australia and he is perfect in my eyes (wink, wink)
    Tomato….Tomatoooo :) ReplyCancel

  • Michael Tanner

    My wife is breastfeeding currently so I don’t want any strong chemicals… Read a load of your comments and I have to say I seriously think baking powder is the most versatile substance on the planet! I’m surprised we’re not fuelling our cars with it, as well as cleaning our ovens :P Thanks for the great post, would have preferred to have seen it earlier, mind! ;) After trying oven cleaning kent and oven cleaning sutton coldfield I thought I was set – but I never thought there’d be posts like this – the power of the Internet, eh?!ReplyCancel

  • Dee

    Another way to clean oven racks is to put them in a heavy plastic bag (black garbage bag type)
    Spray oven cleaner on them when they are in the bag – knot it to close – leave soaking in the bag overnight. Best to leave bag outside in area where it won’t be disturbed. Open- rinse-done.
    This is my one exception to using chemicals and plastic. It really works and no scrubbing. Just be careful when saturating racks in bag that you don’t breathe chemicals. Wear gloves to remove and read directions on use. ReplyCancel

  • Max Wild

    My girlfriend is away on a hen-do in Ibiza for the week (which is great for some quiet time). The only task she has given me is cleaning the oven…… I honestly have no idea where to start. The whole thing is terrible, inner oven, racks, trays, everything looks awful! Being that I am from Sheffield I am half tempted to call oven cleaning sheffield in and tell my girlfriend I did it. Being that I am not too good at lying I better try myself :-(

    I better get myself some bicarb soda and vinegar as you suggest and get started…

    Here goes…ReplyCancel

  • Shelly

    I came across your day 10 on pinterest. How can I start on Day 1??? Where can I find it??ReplyCancel

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  • Hayley

    I don’t have ceiling fans so this will give me time to catch up on what I have missed so far. If we have air conditioners, should we clean those instead?ReplyCancel

  • Yay… we only have 2 ceiling fans in our house, I already have all birthdays, anniversaries etc. synced on our computer and phones… and my little one is only 4 months old so she doesn’t have activities yet except for playgroup! However, my husband did ask the other night when I’d be getting to the clutter drawers in the kitchen. Haven’t quite finished today’s tasks yet so that’ll be good to finish off tomorrow. We don’t have a dishwasher either!ReplyCancel

    • Eli

      Hi Amy or Kat,
      I have been hearing alot about Google Calendars and syncing to the iphone. I currently use my paper diary (my bible for our busy family) but would love to know how to use the technology of the iphone & Google Cals. Could you please help me with how to set it up. My doctor’s receptionist swears by it and all her family uses it to update their activities so that everyone knows whats going on each day. Currently I tell my kids – if you don’t write it in the diary then you don’t go. It might sound a bit harsh but they have only ever forgotten once (neither of them drive yet so I’m the taxi).ThanksReplyCancel

      • I like your Write it down policy – that would work for me!ReplyCancel

      • Leah

        Hi Eli, have you tried setting it up by yourself yet? It can be a bit difficult to help someone with something internet-related when they haven’t tried themselves yet. Something relatively simple to do can be complex and time-consuming to type out. For starters you have to open a google account, you can do this at (Gmail is just the Google email system.) Then once you are logged in to your Gmail account, click on ‘Calendar’ at the top of the page. If you have any specific questions about using the calendar at that point, then ask people (either here or elsewhere) your specific question.

        I’m afraid I don’t use a smartphone so I can’t help with synching. Apple can also be a bit uncooperative with other technology companies, but it sounds like Kat uses an iPhone and Google Calendar so she must have had success with it. ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    Yay no fans! But I will do the aircon vents and definitely need to declutter a draw or two so that will be done. I am useless with birthdays so might have to send out bulk text to all friends about birthdays and write them down straight away!ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    We don’t have ceiling fans in our house thanks to ducted air con, but this will give me the chance to do the fridge task that I didn’t get done yesterday. Today’s task has taken me most of the day, I have a kids play room and a sewing room but i chose to clean the toy room. I have a huge plastic striped bag worth of toys to donate, and I threw out the broken toys too. I also put half the toys in a tub to rotate which is something I have always wanted to do but never done. Pretty proud of my progress so far, thanks Kat and all the other readers for the motivation!ReplyCancel

  • Bec: you may want to consider cleaning the duct vents – they too are something we neglect!ReplyCancel

  • bec

    Oh we have lots of junk drawers, oh dear! ReplyCancel

  • I’m scoring on this task – no fans and my extremely big kitchen with hundreds of cupboards only has 4 very tiny drawers with compartments so there’s no way to mess them up. I’ve had to work around not having proper drawers so kitchen is very well organised. BUT since I’ve got lots of “extra” rooms, I’ll do another one of those tomorrow instead. That way I don’t have too many rooms left undone!ReplyCancel

  • Birdybirdy

    No ceiling fans but plenty of drawers, not really junk drawers, but somehow managed to miraculously turn into them! Bin bags on standby!


  • Alimacmac

    I’ve been a bit sick since Sunday, but I’m hanging out to catch right up!! Hoping I can in good time!! ReplyCancel

  • I just want to say, I feel ripped off! LOL
    I don’t HAVE a dishwasher :( ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have any ceiling fans, so instead I’ll clean all of my air con vents.
    Also, I already use my diary/calender every day. I can’t function without it!ReplyCancel

  • I am totally unorganised in general but I do empty the dishwasher every morning while I boil my kettle and make my tea. It’s a great tip as it does make keeping the kitchen way easier :) ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Only 2 ceiling fans, kitchen drawers could use a go-through, but aren’t too cluttered, thanks to hubby installing dividers a couple of years back. But the 3rd drawer in the bathroom vanity is a drop-spot for all kinds of bathroom related things… And in decluttering my rooms, all I’ve achieved is to throw out the rubbish, and put everything else in a box. Time to empty a box…
    Oooh, calendar/diary: was finding lots of posts re this/household organiser recently, putting it off till next year. With 3+ months left, time for a trial run in 2012.
    I open the dishwasher after I’ve had my shower, remove what the kids can’t reach to put away, and add it to my lot of dishes on the draining rack from last night to do before I make school lunches.ReplyCancel

  • peter.zoey

    We have 12 foot ceilings and no ladder. And I am about 5 foot flat. I think I’ll leave the ceiling fans to my hubby to sort out :)
    Unstacking the dishwasher was one of the things I put on my morning routine, and it has really helped things to run more smoothly in the morning. I can already tell that this challenge is making a big difference to the way we run our household.. and we’re not even halfway through! Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I am soooo loving this challenge. I sooo look forward to each evening finding out what the next days tasks are, I think I will miss it when the challenge is finished :-( ReplyCancel

  • I can’t seem to download the checklist. ReplyCancel

  • I can pretty much tick everything off day 9 already….gives me a chance to properly do day 8, newborn at home and 6 yr old home with Gastro since Monday afternoon!ReplyCancel

  • Many Declutter drawers to do here! It seems that I hid it away rather than put it away! Have a Manilla folder now for paperwork so I just need a plan for the miscellanous stuff that gathers. LOL Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • Here in the UK we are waving bye-bye to summer and the nights are drawing in! Soon the central heating will be cranking into life so, Northern Hemisphere Mums instead of tackling ceiling fans maybe we should take time to wipe over all of our radiators/give them a blast with the hoover to prevent that nasty smell when they burst into life and burn off the summer’s dust! Yuck!ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    I don’t have ceilings fans but I do have a very untidy kitchen utensil drawer!ReplyCancel

    • Bubbles74

      No ceiling fans here either, but 2 small airconditioners to clean & 2 very untidy utensil drawers. ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    This challenge is showing me I am a very organized person already lots of stuff already done in my home but your giving me soo many useful tips n trips to improve my ways n better my systems ecspecially with the meal planners, charts for kids.. Oh n the laundry organiseation fanulous All Working fantastic in my house u are giving me the encouragement to tackle those jobs I have been procrastinating about lol.. I am 22 weeks pregnant n also nesting so this challenge is doing me the world of good thanks so much for your inspiration n great ideas you have helped me improve my living n routines n I will continue on after this challenge is over :-) ReplyCancel

  • 13 ceiling fans and 9ft ceilings + catching up on things I’ve missed this week! Hmmmmm Early to bed tonight I think!ReplyCancel

  • 8 and a half months pregnant means my SIL will be doing the fans! I will do all the drawers in the kitchen and some things I’m been meaning to organise for our move interstate in December! That will be my organisational thing! ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla

    Oh dear, I took the exhaust fan down to clean it for the bathroom day and no I can’t put it back in. I think that may be my challenge for the day LOLReplyCancel

    • Tammy

      How do you take it down and clean it? Mine I can see is full of dust and who knows what, but vacuum doesn’t seem to get it. My bath is always full of dust and yuck that I’m sure (long hairs excepted!) comes from the exhaust fan.

      On that point, before I pack the heaters away for the summer, any clues on how to clean them? I can’t seem to get the grills off.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley C

    Do you have a birthday card box that i can make to help me be more organised in sending cards to my friends and family?ReplyCancel

    • Hannah Nix

      I think it would be fairly easy to turn a photo box into one Shelley. Label the dividers with the Months, and prepurchase cards and stamps if necessary! ReplyCancel

  • But which junk drawer?? I think that every room in my house has at least one!!ReplyCancel

  • bumblebee

    Are there any other single mums who work full time as well doing this challenge? I am struggling, I only managed to do the first couple of days, but I am so tired in the evenings after getting the little one to bed that I have hardly enough energy to make myself dinner let alone cleaning… that normally has to wait until the weekend when I have a bit of time :-( ReplyCancel

    • cj

      hang in there, bumblebee. One task at a time. I plan on completing these at night and before work…just keep checking things off. :) ReplyCancel

    • Maybe do it weekly instead if daily. I found yesterday was the first time I was a behind on everything and I work p/time with a husband. Be kind to yourself it’s having a go ReplyCancel

    • MM

      I am with 10mon old twins, and doing it ok. There were catch-up days as we had tasks I didn’t need to do. So please do. It’s worth it. :) ReplyCancel

    • Jillian

      I am hearing you, I am a single mum with teens and working full time between, getting off to school and work and after scchool commitments I am exhausted, I spent last weekend in my kitchen and haven’t done much more. My kitchen is sparkling and my sewing frineds couldn’t believe it was the same kitchen. Let your light shine, we all get there in different ways and I agree be kind to yourself.ReplyCancel

  • CJ

    great challenge. Thanks for posting it.

    I was recently put in charge of keeping up the house by my DW. She wants me to catch up to everyone else in the challenge by Friday. I will get started tonight when I get home from work for days 1-4.
    I think I may need some extra coffee. :)

    good luck everyone!ReplyCancel

    • Hannah Nix

      Best of luck! Its definitely worth it! ReplyCancel

  • Busymum

    Just organised my calendar! My husband bought me a dishwasher yesterday!!! Very excited but while he’s installing it, my beautiful clean kitchen has become a disaster area! But my junk drawer is clean already thanks to last weeks kitchen challenge, so fans and yesterdays dreaded challenge of the spare room to do today (not looking forward to this, it has been a dumping room as we’ve just moved and I have little storage space atm). I love the motivation this challenge gives me & My husband has gotten on board…asking what each days challenge is and even giving me a hand here & there! Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Nix

    I managed to load the dishwasher in the time it took the jug to boil the other night! Now, I’ve decided to always do it then. It means my hubby can load it before work, without the added hassle of unloading!
    btw, He thanks you immensely! This challenge, in the first week, got our house back on track, and keeping it that way is proving rather easy!! ReplyCancel

  • Shireen Baker

    Done the fans including the exhaust fansReplyCancel

  • I come on here to check the daily tasks and then find that I can already tick most of the list off every day lol…..Im left wondering what else is there to do for the rest of the day?
    Like the ceiling fan….we use ours during winter to circulate the heat in the house (as it just sits in one room) and the dishwasher…what is a dishwasher lol….the calender, we dont do activities etc. My once in control powered me is now left feeling quite down when I see all these prompts now :-( Your doing a fab job though Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    Can anyone help? I store my cookie cutters in a plastic container, but they always smell musty. Any suggestions as to what I could put in the container to stop the musty smell.ReplyCancel

  • Kat, just wondering about the purpose of the dividers in our folders. Are we to add anything in them which we find useful, or will you be posting up some more print-outs for those sections?ReplyCancel

  • Kat, the way you do things around the house is inspiring and really resonates with me. Buying the Laundry printable was the best thing i have done today….LOVE THEM! You have really thought of everything! Happy house WIFE, happy LIFE! I do believe I can say my stress levels have decreased being organised…..and thats all thanks to you.ReplyCancel

  • Kat, also just wondering if this cleaning challenge will include some instructions re: cleaning the outside of our home? eg: wiping down any outdoor furniture, letterbox, kids play sets, trampoline….etc.xo GianinaReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Fans done! But I’d love advice on cleaning air conditioners and oil heaters.. Also where do you store your heaters in summer?? Thanks..ReplyCancel

20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge – Day 8

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  • Seleena

    :( Emails arn’t being sent to me any more :((ReplyCancel

    • I haven’t received them for the last two days either… not sure why. I’ve added The Organised Housewife email to my contacts just in case… we’ll see if I get it tomorow.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat. Is this your house in the email pictures everyday?ReplyCancel

  • sue johnson

    I have not received anything after day 6 please re send thank you. loving the challenge.ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie

    Just waiting for the renovations to be finished & we will be getting the expedit bookshelves, I can’t wait! ReplyCancel

    • I would LOVE the expedit shelves, but don’t have an IKEA here :-( ReplyCancel

      • Kerrie

        And I guess there is no chance of ordering online and getting them delivered??? You could always try ebay… ReplyCancel

  • rachael

    Hi! Loving the challenge! Just wondering if we are doing the garage at all during the challenge or if I should do some organising in there tomorrow because I don’t have a.spare room/toy room. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Am loving this challenge Katrina, although I’m a tiny bit behind because my three month old is not a fan of sleep during the day! I don’t have any of the rooms you’re describing. Could I do the study instead? Or will this be a separate task? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    ooo i can’t wait to do this tomorrow. i’ve been wanting to purge the kids toys from the playroom cupboard and claim back a shelf or two for my crafting things. is it a little over the top that i am getting excited about cleaning a cupboard???ReplyCancel

  • hmmm… I have all of the above… Which one will I do..? I think I’ll stick with the easiest :) ReplyCancel

  • Melouth

    For once having a tiny house is a bonus!! I don’t have ANY of those rooms, It might let me catch up on the rest of the week!ReplyCancel

    • Janine

      I know that feeling too!! We only have one living area thank god!! So I might revisit the laundry as it wasn’t complete last week.ReplyCancel

      • Priscilla

        I’m with both of you too. Loving a compact space when it comes to cleaning. However, it does get untidy quickly. Thank you so much Katrina. You have inspired me. Loving this challenge despite being behind.ReplyCancel

  • Will the study come later? Otherwise that is my craft-ish area and in part of the toy room…just wondering how much to tackle tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    i think im going to take a picture of my spare room and show u how much i have to do tomorrow :ReplyCancel

  • well done Katrina for getting this out so quick! thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Rudd

    I love all these ideas! Please help me with ideas on declittering a very small bedroom!ReplyCancel

  • Bubbles74

    Im so happy to see this one. I’m so far behind and thankfully don’t have any of these rooms. So a catchup day for me. :) ReplyCancel

  • renee poje

    i cant do the spare room :( its full of boxes with all my craft stuff but it also has my hubbys DJ set up! I have to wait until he builds his man cave then I can have a big clean out in that room! So might just sort out babys toy box!!

  • Sandy

    Hi katrina i could not open day 7 yesterday for some reason? Is it possible for you to resend it to me? I couldn’t do the challenge yesterday, as the link would not open! Thanks SandyReplyCancel

    • Unfortunately I’m not able to resend them, I don’t have the capability in my newsletter program, however they can be accessed on the website. Sorry LReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Sunroom/toyroom, here I come.

    Oh, can I do a responsibility chart for hubby too?! He and I supposedly get monthly pocket money (his mostly goes on lunches when there are no leftovers and he doesn’t make sandwiches). We have been fining our kids for being late to school, just recently changed it to fines for jobs left undone before school that Mummy has to do… (I can’t load the dishwasher if they didn’t empty it!), how wonderful if that applied to when hubby forgets to leave work in time to pick kids up from after-school activities, interrupting dinner prep. time for me to do it.

    Seriously, am inspired to do a responsibility chart for the nearly 2yo. He loves sorting the clean cutlery into the drawer, puts his shoes and dirty clothes away, loves helping carry the mail in…

    5 minutes on maintaining the bedroom… maybe I’d better finish the bedroom!ReplyCancel

    • The kids absolutely love helping, I hope it stays that way when they are 12 J LOL, actually I have considered making a to-do list for hubby printable, what do you think?ReplyCancel

      • Tammy

        would love a “Honey Do” list! There are a number of jobs that fit his department better than mine (eg. one of my shelves is unsupported in the middle and has a distinct slope on it!). then when he says “what do you want me to do?” (I can hope!) I know what to say.

        thanks KatReplyCancel

  • Just wanted to mention that on Fri night hubby and I were in bed watching TV and he said it felt like we were in a hotel room because our bedroom was so clean! A week later and it is still very tidy and I love keeping it that way!ReplyCancel

    • LOL, that’s so good, exactly the way you should feel in your bedroom J Great work NatalieReplyCancel

  • LeanneH

    I started off with such good intentions and then I had to work on my day off and had a bad headache on my other day off…..I’m really behind. So… just wanted some advice – do I jump in where we are or do I try to catch up or just start at the beginning and finish later than everyone?ReplyCancel

    • Naomi

      jump to where we are at, then you can tack the missed ones on to the end of the challenge – keeping it flexible for our lives is importantReplyCancel

    • Jump in where we are, as you can go back and catch up once the 20 days are over, this way you can keep up with the chatter and tasks and not feel as though you are behind.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I stumbled upon your blog via Pintrest, and can I tell you that I love it and it has made a huge difference in my home and my life!! My husband has been commenting how great the house looks, and how proud of me he is..he has even been helping! I live in the US, so I get the emails in the middle of the night, but every morning my hubby says “what’s today’s task?” Lol!! I recently stopped getting the emails, but saw that you are working in it, so I’ll be patient and just try to keep up! I seriously can’t thank you enough!! :) xoReplyCancel

  • Cakebaker

    Well this is the toughest part of the challenge for me… Dining room has become my cake decorating room……with almost 4 years of accumulated decorating equipment…no storage to speak of and hardly any room left to stack things on….where do I start with this room?…that’s the problem.. I suppose the best way is start from one end and work my way through. I had intended to empty the room and only put back what I wanted to keep and box all the other stuff till I found storage…maybe the exepedit from Ikea might be the answer.ReplyCancel

    • You have approached it perfectly, I like to start on the left and work my way round. I love the expedit, having the cubes can help you sort all the different items, and the baskets keep them hidden too! Hope you can see a wonderful difference to your room soon.ReplyCancel

      • Cakebaker

        Yes, I looked at it again this morning and feel I would waste the time dragging everything out and trying to sort through so will start at the door and follow the mess…….thanks again for taking the time to motivate us…ReplyCancel

  • Arg the dreaded spare room … aka dumping ground…thats going to have to wait till the weeekend.
    Just a note it should be ‘if you’re cleaning’ not ‘if your cleaning’ :-) ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Appel

    I must wait till my rubbish bin is emptied , until I do any more of these task but will keep printing them out daily

    • Sounds like you been doing a bit of decluttering! Do you have a rubbish tip nearby?ReplyCancel

      • Tracey Appel

        Yes , although I am not paying $45 dollars to use the rubbish tip, I will wait a day or so for it to be empty !! I will try to catch up on the other jobs needed to be done my husband works night shift Sunday- Thursday , so very hard to get to the main bedroom have to do it in sections. Finally sorted laundry, and main bathroom & toilet.


  • Yay! Kids toys done. Also did a toy rotation. My boys are so excited to see some toys they haven’t had out for a while. Something also good to mums would be check batteries. I found one leaky battery!!ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Hi Katrina, Thanks for this challenge, I am enjoying getting the house in order. But todays challenge is going to take me 20 days alone. When we had our 2nd child the spare room/ craft room merged with the study and has now become the junk room with everything that doesn’t have a home finding its way there… Help I don’t even know where to start and I think i hoard paperwork but I am worried I will get rid of something important. Could Mr Organised tell me what papers I have to have and how long for? And any additional organising tips on a study/ craft room would be great because I would love to actually do some craft again one day…. Thanks again Love your blog. ReplyCancel

  • possumperth

    I had a huge success yesterday, I achieved cleaning our ensuite as my daughter is responsible for the main bathroom as that’s her bathroom. I got some storage containers from Howard’s, went home, pulled everything out of the cabinet, cleaned, sorted everything into certain piles, put stuff that I’ve been holding onto for no good reason into the to market pile, put it back in & felt so cleansed by this I then dusted & sorted our bedroom side tables, dressing tables junk drawer, & the walkinwardrobe. & I did the top shelf of the linen cupboard. (I saw your laundry/linen cupboard & it inspired me to put the big blankets into my spare plastic crates) & I felt so much better at the end f the day. I’ve felt so lost over the last 8 months with giving up work, not having to run kids about as she now works fulltime & drives herself about. I sat down Sunday night, set myself a routine in my iPad calendar & I have stuck to it for 3 days & achieved so much & my husband is so proud of me & so happy with how everything looking. A big Thankyou Katrina for giving me inspiration to reorganize myself. I appreciate your tips so much. Xx:)ReplyCancel

  • Renae

    Loving your work but havnt received any emails for the last 3 challenges either … Can you please resend to me! Thanks xReplyCancel

  • Lee

    Im loving this and i recently had a massive clean up as i have a function at my place so the daily tasks have been a bit easier as alot od it was done for the function. However i havnt been getting the challanges emailed to me this weekReplyCancel

  • Choosing a room today will be tough – I have a hobby room, 2nd lounge and we have a home office … Maybe I’ll stay in the office today since I’m busy with filing anyhow. Loving the challenge – hubby even noticed the fridge. Hope you’ll give us a schedule for AFTER the 20 days ? hint hint!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks Katrina, this challenge is working out beautifully for our home, wish I could upload a photo for you. ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    My sewing room looks fantastic. Thank you for making me tackle that room. I wish my shelves looked like yours though. I’ll have to work on that. ReplyCancel

  • yermomma

    Your home looks amazing..chic & neat…like I wish mine did! Congrats and thank you for this mommy community service you provide by taking time out to post all of this. I may not do all this, but you art least inspire me to do & be more. :) ReplyCancel

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  • [...] Day 8 of the 20 Day Challenge to Organize and Clean your Home was to clean the kids toy room, spare room, etc., which we don’t have, so I got a free day.  Yay!  The “5 Minutes Only” task was to tidy the main bedroom, which we have been doing a good job of daily, to keep it looking nice.  Speaking of which, we had a game night last night with friends and one of my friends came to look at something in the bedroom.  Her first words were to remark on how nice and clean our bedroom was.  That made me so happy – our hard work is paying off!  Our friends also noticed the re-designed living room. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I’m coming into this VERY late. Stumbled upon your site and loved the ideas but really needed a starting point…and mid point…and every point in between! I’m a list-lover so this very specific 20 day challenge is SO great for me. I have followed it to the letter for these first 8 days and am thrilled with my home and my everyday life as a result. I’m thinking I may revisit the challenge once a year from now on. THANK YOU Kat, I’m loving your work.ReplyCancel