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20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge – Pre Challenge Task 3 – Create Morning Routine

It’s not too late to start!!  Subscribe to the challenge here.  Share your photos on instagram or twitter using #TOH20daychallenge.  Follow along with the discussion on facebook. << View the previous task Today’s pre-challenge task is to create a morning routine to suit you and your family. I have also included two printables: The Organised Housewife […]

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  • Amanda

    I have just done ours up yesterday as I was getting way too stressed
    For the kids:
    7:00am breakfast
    7:20 shower and brush teeth
    7:30 get dressed and pack bag
    8:00 go over readers and homework
    8:15 in the car

    For me:
    6:30 Computer off
    Hang out washing and put on another load;
    6:45 unpack dishwasher
    6:55 prep breakfast for the ki7ds;
    7:00 get the kids up;
    7:10 get everything ready for DS1 to pack his bag and get dressed;
    7:20 breast feed baby
    7:30 hang out another load of washing;
    7:45 do 15mins of cleaning chores
    8:00 help with readers
    8:10 hang out 3rd load of washing
    8:15 in the car

    I have my shower whenever I wake usually around 5am and do the lunch box the night before


  • Snip

    Our monrnings is really organised in general and since I have a teenager and a pre-teen it really go smoothly in the mornings.
    5:30 get up and start their lunch
    6:00 get them out of bed
    6:10 do their lunch and get their breakfast ready if needed
    6:30 Check e.mail and have my breakfast
    6:50 get them out the door
    7:00 start a load of washing
    7:10 have a shower
    7:30 hang out first load
    7:45 unpack and pack dishwasher and do benchtops
    8:00 Start cleaning/studyReplyCancel

    • I would like to start rising early, you get so much done early in the mornings, I am trying to retrain my body clock to go to bed earlier.ReplyCancel

      • Lisa P

        There are some early times listed for waking up – what time does everyone go to sleep at night…….I always struggle to get adequate sleep and being a night owl

        • I used to be a night owl but now I am in bed at 9 and asleep by 10 for a wake up at 5:30. I found my body clock changed when I had kids and I function better in the mornings now. ReplyCancel

        • Snip

          I go to be sometimes only at 11… For some reason the older I get the less sleep I need.. But have to admit that I take a 5 min nap around 3 just to get that refreshed feeling before the rush hour… Also I have to get up at 5:30 or 6 (depends on what the girls take for lunch) They need to go by 6.50 to get the bus.. And they only get home 16:30 so they have a really long day.ReplyCancel

  • Elsp

    4:15am Wake Up
    4:20am Get up and get dressed
    4:30am Gather things for work
    4:40am Leave for work
    7:15am Return from work
    7:20am Iron shirt for the man
    7:30am Make breakfast for the man
    7:40am Load of washing in the machine
    7:50am Load of dishes in the machine
    8:00am Hang washing
    8:10am ………nap/shopping/paperwork/housework….whatever takes my fancy for the day and hence I’m super disorganised!!! :D ReplyCancel

    • Wow you have such a busy morning JReplyCancel

      • Elsp

        The joys of being a swimming coach! I’ve got no idea how people with kids get things done!! I struggle enough with just me and the man and both of us working!!!! Props to all the parents!!!!ReplyCancel

  • A set time frame doesn’t work for me, a dead line to get things done stresses me out to much get everything done on the dot. With a 1 and 2 year old I do everything in 30 minutes blocks to get the tasks done and if my girls want to help I’m not stressing over the time frame. I have a easy morning routine.

    6am wake and make bed
    6 – 6.30 cuppa with husband and the girls before he is off to work
    6.30 – 7 sit down with the girls for breakfast and then computer/tv time
    7 – 7.30 dishers and washing wipe over lounges and tables etc
    7.30 – 8 brush girls teeth and i have a shower tidy bathroom while showering
    8 – 8.30 dress girls make girls beds
    8.30 – 9 hang out washing put more on water vegie garden freash water for the dogs
    9 – 9.30 put 1 year old to bed cuppa and story time with 2 year old
    9.30 – 10 start days reno’s/jobs/outingsReplyCancel

    • Thank you for sharing your routine, I love seeing how every body else works as we and families are all so different JReplyCancel

  • the only thing I add is some exercise early in the morning! I have to drag myself out of bed at 5.30 to do it, but am always glad I did, as it gives me space first thing in the morning to think through my day, and I feel energised afterwards! Plus if I didn’t do it then, it wouldn’t happen!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • LeSha Howard

    My Morning Routine

    Feed the Baby

    Eat breakfast


    Put baby down for nap

    Clean the house

    Take a shower
    Eat lunch

    Feed the baby

    Cook dinner

    Clean the kitchen

    Feed the baby

    Work on crafts/homework/business

    Put baby down for the night

    End of day :)

    The times are variable lol ReplyCancel

    • Thank you for sharing your routine. Exercise is one I need to try and add back in soon too.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Mine isn’t overly complex at the moment because I’ve got a 9mo and I’m only working a day a week.

    6:00 – feed baby

    6:30 – out to lounge room, cup of tea and turn on sunrise

    6:40 – husband leaves for work

    6:45 – breakfast for mum

    7:00 – put a load of washing on

    7:15 – breakfast for baby

    7:40 – wash up

    8:00 – baby goes down for a sleep

    8:10 – hang out washing

    8:15 – have a doze on the couch

    8:45 – get dressed

    9:15 – baby wakes up

    9:30 – Play School – mum prepares snacks and lunch for baby if we’ll be out for lunch

    10:00 – dress baby

    10:15 – out for a walkReplyCancel

    • That’s a great routine, love the doze on the couch, much needed with a little one JReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I had a little chuckle at this. I know I NEED a routine but we are terrible at it. Mainly as DH does shift work, DS is 8 months old and dictates our sleep patterns and i’m pregnant with #2 and getting dressed is a chore at the moment :P BUT when I have a good day we all crave routine so I think we will set up a routine and stick to as much as we can. Maybe DS will sleep in for once :P ReplyCancel

  • Nadia - The Everyday Blessings

    I’m following along with the challenge, I love it! I’ve done up a blog post with my morning routine and added your button to my blog so others can join in as well :)

  • I am very grateful for these wonderful tips. Is there any chance that the downloads could be available in black and white (as well as colour) ?ReplyCancel

  • Leigh

    My daughter (and son for 2 days a week) have one hour on the bus to get to school so our mornings are prettey well under pressure. We need to leave the house at 7.40 to get to the bus stop.
    6.30- everyone gets up
    from here on the Miss 8 gets herself ready- she has a written routine she follows prettey similar to The organised Housewife’s.
    I prettey much just do what I can in the space of time I have! Feeding Master 5 and 4, showering and dressing myself, dressing the boys whilst hurrying everybody up. Two days a week I have boot camp(circuit) at the community hall 7 ks away so those days I don’t have the morning shower.
    This all does get prettey higgeldy piggeldy so I looking forward to getting my mornings more structured- which will help everyone!
    I would love to be directed to anyone elses morning routine of people in a similar situation- well out of town!!ReplyCancel

  • I have this golden rule that we must all be ready to go by 8am. That way I know if we aren’t ready that we really need to get a move on (and often my 2 year old will need a nappy change just as we are walking out the door, meaning that I am no longer on time but late!).
    And if we are ready early, and the weather is nice, I can get the kids bikes and/or scooters and walk to school. Or my eldest will do some mathletics exercises on my laptop.

  • I desperatley need a morning routine… Have come up with the following, so lets see how we go… fingers crossed:
    6am – Wake up & jump in shower
    6.15 – Get Dressed
    6.20 – Make Bed
    6.25 – Get daughter up and make her bed
    6.30 – breakfast
    6.45 – Get daughter dressed
    7am – Brush teeth & do hair
    7.10 – Feed chooks & make sure animals have water
    7.15 – hang out washing from night before
    7.30 – pack the kindy bag
    7.40 – In car ready to go
    7.45 – Kindy drop off (allowing 15 mins for sign in, activities and teacher chat)
    8.30 – At work to start the day
    Eeeek! It’s scary, I always feel like I have so much to do in the mornings, and am NOT a morning person. I make lunches the night before now and will probably pack the bag the night before too, but put it in there to remind me to do a last minute check. ReplyCancel

  • Kat @ Eco Empire

    My routine includes having a baby and breastfeeding!

    7am -baby wakes + breastfeeds. I use this time to check
    emails and calendar/to-do list. I also plan dinner and google recipes if need

    7.45am -change and dress baby and general tidy up of baby

    8am – While baby lies on playmat I get changed into
    exercise gear and we go for a walk. We’ll either walk to the shops to buy
    anything needed for dinner, or take the dog for a walk.

    9am – Baby stays in pram asleep while I shower &
    dress. I then make a breakfast smoothie to eat on the go.

    If baby stays sleeping I’ll use the opportunity to tidy
    the house or put a load of washing on. If we’re going somewhere I’ll pack the
    nappy bag with fresh cloth nappies and get everything ready to go.

    10am – baby wakes & breastfeeds.

    10.45am – play with baby and complete any unfinished
    chores (clean kitchen or clothes washing)

    **if we have an early appointment or errand I will skip
    the walk and my partner will take the baby while I shower and make my partner and I breakfast,
    then dress and get the nappy bag ready.

    If the baby sleeps in I might try to get ahead in my chores, like have a shower and get dressed.

  • Carrie

    This will come in handy for myself and DD11. it is just us 2 in the house and we tend to have a pretty easy morning however i start a new job next week so mornings will change for us.

    I was just wondering Katrina if possible could you please send me all the printables if i pay for printing and postage? I am currently only on my phone for internet. But really need to get into a routine and declutter the house. I dont really want to have to write out everything lol.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    5.30 Wake
    6am gym
    7.10 home, cup of tea and watch sunrise
    7.30 Ask teenager to get out of bed
    7.40 Scream at that said teenager to get out of bed
    7.45 Pull teenager out of bed, make lunch, shower
    8.15 scream at teenager to get out of shower
    8.30 breakfast, get dressed
    8.40 leave for school drop off.

  • Gemma

    6:45am Get up, shower

    7:00am Get dressed, including shoes

    7:10am Put on a load of washing, start up laptop

    7:15am Prepare & eat breakfast

    7:25am Put away clean dishes from night before

    7:30am Get meat from freezer for dinner

    7:35am Check emails, blogs, Facebook etc.

    7:50am Kick hubby out the door to work

    8:00am Make bed, tidy bedroom, remove dirty laundry

    8:10am Wipe over bathroom & toilet

    8:20am Hang out washing & put on another load

    8:30am Half hour exercise

    9:00am Shower (if needed from exercise) then do whatever is
    planned for the day.

    Lunchtime-ish – let chooks out and collect eggs. Let dogs
    off chain for the afternoon.

    I also did an afternoon one as I find we are eating dinner later and later.

    Check out my blog too….
    I will be following this challenge on there!ReplyCancel

  • I have done up morning routines so many times but I never seem to be able to stick to them, either my daughter wakes early or won’t wake up or I just loose track of the time – how do you all manage to stick to your morning routines?ReplyCancel

  • charlotteorr

    No kids but we have an energetic dog that needs walking first thing in the morning…
    6.30 Bathroom, take vitamins, rug up to go to park with hubby and dog.
    7.00 Make smoothie for hubby to take to work, make smoothie for me. Sit and drink smoothie (me) or coffee (hubby).
    7.45 Straighten bed if I didn’t have time to do it before going to park. Choose clothes. Shower.
    8.15 Dress. Hair and face. Give basin area a quick wipe (to get rid of hair from hubby’s shaving or me drying my hair).
    8.45 Check laundry. Dust mop the floors (dog hair!). Empty dishwasher.
    9ish Turn computer on (I work from home)ReplyCancel

  • just letting you know as some might complain : there are only the first dotted lines on the blank sheet (really doesn’t bother me)
    I think a key to a working morning routine is not putting too much in the morning (do some prep in the evening) and leave some margin for ‘incidents’ that may delay you or take priority. I am going to write ours down now =)ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Nikki, I thought I fixed it but what prints on my computer and what prints from the website are 2 different things. I have spent most of the morning trying to fix it, but they just aren’t printing I’m stumped.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    My routine depends on if I’m working from home or not. Hub and teen look after themselves.

    From home:
    6:30am wake up get dressed, shower if hub not hogging the bathroom (if no time then I have one during my lunch break).

    7am start work & have breakfast

    During the morning as time permits put on a load of washing or 2, make bed, put breakfast dishes in the dishwasher, wipe down kitchen benches, lots of coffee.

    In the office:
    5am wake, shower, dress

    5:45am train to work

    7am start work & have breakfast at desk

    Somehow I’m supposed to fit exercise in there too but I never can.ReplyCancel

  • I NEED a morning routine… I’m prone to grabbing a coffee and a piece of toast then curling up on the couch with my iPad – I know how shocking is that!!! Then I wonder why we need to run around like mad hatters at 8am to get out the door by 8:20. (Did I just admit that online???) Hoping this task and with spring approaching, I can hit the mornings with a firm routine and less computer time ;) ReplyCancel

  • Casey

    Hi, is anyone having trouble downloading the morning routine sheets. It looks like it’s going to load but nothing happens.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Done mine – no changes really, just had to write it down and try to apply times to it. We have 3 sons (12,10,8) who get themselves pretty much organised. I have had a list on the fridge for them for years and while I don’t worry about the order all the jobs have to be done.
    6.30 get up & go for walk or excercise on Wii
    7.10 make sure kids are up
    7.15 make bed, shower, dress
    7.35 washing machine on
    7.40 breakfast & coffee (Hubby makes me coffee everyday – so lucky)
    7.52 hubby & no.1 son leave
    8.00 check emails/calendar/diary (make sure I don’t have anything forgotten for day)
    8.20 in car to bus stop
    8.30 back from bus stop & start work (stay at home mum who’s trying to be clean & organised!!!!!) ie plan/check routine for the dayReplyCancel

  • Shazster

    Hi Katrina, I can print out the second download but it says the first download doesn’t exist. I had no problems until today. ReplyCancel

  • tamara

    My daughter started school at the beginning of the term and I took it as an opportunity for a new routine, I’m now getting up every weekday morning at 6.30 and going from there, I must admit its a great feeling coming back from the bus stop and the house is basically tidy so I can easily get on with other stuff.ReplyCancel

  • I had a morning routine on charts when the boys were younger, but now they are well into routine at 9 & 11 (even the autistic one LOL). I’m sure I’ll need another one soon for the almost-teenager… he’s starting to grunt ;) ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    My Routine is
    4:30 Up I get
    4:50 At the gym
    6:30 Home and Shower, get dressed
    7am Kids get up
    7:01 Make screaming toddlers their breakfast
    7:05 Change nappies
    7:15 Clean up from breakfast
    7:30 Make breakfast and coffee for hubby
    7:35 Make my own breakfast
    7:45 Pack bags for kindy
    8am Make lunch for hubby
    8:10am Out the door for KindyReplyCancel

  • Katrina, for everyone who’s having problems with printing and “click to download” try this. Right click on the CLICK TO DOWNLOAD banner, and SAVE TARGET AS… rather than left-clicking. I have a folder in my docs for all Katrina’s lists, etc.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have times because with 2 kids under 2 (one only 2 months old) I have to be a little more fluid about things but here goes:

    Get up, shower , and get dressed (includes hair/make up if using)
    Clean the toilet and wipe down ensuite basin and benchtop
    Make the bed
    Take dirty washing to the laundry
    Run the washing machine, get Miss Nearly-2 out of bed and change her nappy
    Get Miss Nearly-2′s breakfast ready, unstack the dishwasher
    Eat breakfast
    dishes into dishwasher
    Brush teeth (mine and Miss Nearly-2)
    Wipe over bathroom basin/benchtop
    Get Miss Nearly-2 Dressed
    Hang washing, run second load if needed
    Pack car (if going out)ReplyCancel

    • Add in feeds/nappy changes as necessary for Mr 2mo, sometimes that means we both change clothes if he has a messy burp post-feed, but oh wellReplyCancel

  • Leasa

    just wondering if anyone had an example of a routine that they use in a more diverse household ie baby + preschool + infants school?? or can you remember what you used to do Katrina?? thanks in advanceReplyCancel

    • Liz

      Ditto! Mornings have now been identified as my biggest stress time. Part of it is that each day is different due to part time preschool; part of it is that the kids wake *me* at 7am – how on earth do people get up at 4.30 and 5am?! Lots of personal habits for me to change :) and being patient til the kids are a little less needy?ReplyCancel

    • Letitia

      The key is being organised the night before. I’ve always been a working mum and when mine were young I always laid out their clothes the night before for them and always done lunches (and still do) the night before. Getting everything that you can ready for breakfast the night before is also good. I also used to get ready before getting the children up.ReplyCancel

  • Krissy

    I don’t usually put times on mine as sometimes we wake up or run late.

    * We get up Open curtains
    * If there is time the girls watch a lil TV
    * I Make Breakie (Girls help to prepare)
    * Girls Brush their teeth
    * Girls and I Get dressed
    * Pack lunch boxes (as i freeze sandwiches)
    * Girls pack their Bag
    * We go do everyone’s hair
    * Turn off TV and other power points
    * Get into car
    *Drive to school
    *Come home make coffee
    *Go on Facebook (obviously i am wanting to change this one LOL)

    Some times this routine can take 30 minutes to sometimes an hour.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    My morning routine consists of oversleeping and blindly running around the house in a panic to try get to work on time! I can’t wait to try implement something to bring sanity to my life :) ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie

    I’m looking forward to the challenge… but with 2 shift workers in the house and a little one it’s going to be ‘a challenge’. I sort of have a routine, but putting it on paper is going to be interesting, I look forward to doing it tonight once I get to put my feet up :) ReplyCancel

  • Leanne H

    FOr those of you that wipe down your bathrooms in the morning – what cloths do you use? Do you use disposable wipes or other cloths? I find that I don’t have a cloth in there, can’t be bothered to go and get one so forget to do it. If I do have a cloth there it tends to stay in there and get all yucky!! I also find that the smell of a lot of the wipes and bathroom sprays make me feel sick:(ReplyCancel

    • I use …. Toilet paper! Has been the best wipe out there. I spray my counter and the toilet, leave it while I shower and thn wipe over with the loo paper, it doesn’t smear and picks up any hair and other fluff and stuff (when sometimes they just get moved around). You do have to make sure you buy a good brand that won’t break apart. ReplyCancel

    • Di @ Life is Di-licious

      I use tissues…..a tip I learned from my mum. I also use Orange Power spray which I keep in the cupboard under the sink. ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    This is the biggest part of the challenge to me.

    0430 get up, shower
    0440 feed the horses, unrug and let out
    0450 on the road to work
    0528 train
    1420 train home with stop to shops to grab anything required as on way home.
    1455 school pick up
    1520 home sometimes via the feed store.
    1525 collapse in heap and check email. Feed child
    1600 saddle up and ride, or clean stables, feed up, rug
    1800 in house to make dinner and check emails, empty dishwasher.
    1900 dinner
    1930 cajole child to finish dinner, clean up and have a cup of tea.

    by this stage my motivation to even care about the state of the house has passed.

  • Prue

    Cheryl your mornings are just like mine, except there’s two teenagers.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Mac

    I work part time so on the mornings when we all go to work/day care our routine is crucial to getting us all out the door and to where we need to be on time.
    6.30am Wake up, shower while hubby shaves, get dressed, hubby showers
    6.40am Start preparing lunches & get breakfast ready while hubby makes bed
    7.00 Get my 2 year old out of bed or earlier if she’s awake. Hubby takes over breakfast and bub while I do hair and makeup.
    7.10 We all sit down for breakfast
    7.30 Dress bub ready for day care
    7.40 Do a quick sweep of the house to check all is in order
    7.45 Out the door for day care and work & depending who does the drop off we sometimes squeeze in a quick story with our bub who loves to read! My timings are approximate but we never feel rushed and if we are running a few minutes late that’s OK because we have a few to spare. It’s a real team effort in our house though I must admit!

  • Nikki

    in there was homework also.
    Makes me really want a cleaning lady :-D ReplyCancel

  • I just shared my current routine.

    You may need to sit down Katrina…lolReplyCancel

  • Tab

    I’m not sure about what do about morning routine… I’m a casual worker and a stay home mum and a uni student. My routine changes depending on whether i have to go to work or whether i have our kidlet (toddler) and also depends on if he’s going to daycare or nanna’s.ReplyCancel

    • Rach

      Hello! I also have 2 kidlets, and our routine varies from day-to-day. I’m just going to fill out the routine sheet for Monday/Thursday, those are the days we have a ‘set’ routine for getting the kiddies ready for childcare. Good luck with the challenge! xxx

  • Karen

    I work full-time (40 + hrs. a week) I find it very difficult to keep my home clean. When I get home for work I only have time to make supper, do dishes and maybe some laundry or clean 1 of our 2 bathrooms. Does anyone else on here work full-time and find time to keep house? If so let me in on your secret!!

    • Karen I work 30 hrs a week in a job, but have a home based business as well as a couple of committee positions, so I’m pretty much in the same boat. I love when my husband is on days off, he takes over the cooking and housework. Now sunrise is earlier and the mornings warmer, I’m working on getting up about 6am to make a start on my ‘morning routine’ but adding in a little extra one area at a time. Fortunately it’s only a 10 minute drive to work and I start at 9am.ReplyCancel

    • Georgie

      I’d love to know too Karen! I only work 23 hours a week, but also have a 2nd part-time job from home, am on 2 committees & have 3 kids. I make time to exercise 5 days a week but can’t seem to find time to do housework as well!ReplyCancel

  • Keln

    I have a different schedule .. I started back at work in January after 4 years ‘maternity leave’. I only work 3 hours a day so still have time for ‘housewife duties’ I start from 5.30am – up to 9:00am ! I’m lucky enough to have my nan and pop living with us for a few months to take care of school drop off and getting the girls organised in the mornings. I have everything sorted at night for the following day. Its just so hard not being home with my girls in the mornings, and I know it will be harder when I haven’t got the built in help ! I’m thinking of putting a flyer in my neighbours mailboxes to see if anyone is interested in a small job !! (paid of course!) Anyways.. anyone else out there have a morning job ?! Whats your morning routine if your aren’t there!?ReplyCancel

  • Cat

    Hubby and I both work full time; he travels on and off for work too. We have 2 kids – 2 and 5. Things have always been very organized in our house….we can’t survive otherwise, but even moreso since miss 5 started school this year. Our mornings go a little something like this:
    5:00am – me up shower, hair, makeup dressed.
    5:30am – 6:00 mr 2 wakes up. He and I have breakfast while I unpack dishwasher from night before. Hubby gets up and showers or gets ready to ride pushbuke to work depending on day.
    6:00 – 6:30 miss 5 wakes up. Breakfast for her and second breakfast for the remorseless eating machine mr 2. I pack school bags etc…. A bit of general tidy up around the place and prep for dinner.
    6:30 – 7:00 – kids dressed, toilet, hair, teeth.
    We all have to be ready to step out the door at 7am. In the mornings I do the drop off, I drop mr 2 at Kindy, miss 5 at school and them get to work myself by 8:15 ish. On the days hubby drops off he drops mr 2 at lindy, parks at miss 5 school, drops her off and rides bike to work-there by 8:00. On these mornings I get to work about 7:30ish usually for an early meeting.
    And that’s just the mornings!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • kat

    please please could you show a step by step “dummies” way to braid girs hair. my daughter asks me all the time and i try but it just looks a total mess. ReplyCancel

  • Our school mornings tend to be MUCH smoother when the prep is done before hand i.e. uniforms ironed on the weekend, dishes organised the night before etc.
    We actually set up a routine for the kids on which they access on an iPad/computer. Even gives them a round of applause when they complete all their tasks. Makes we wonder why I am not using it actually lolReplyCancel

  • Strange as this is i have gone from a mother of two (4 &2) working 30 hrs a week to a mother of two NOT Working – and im struggling. Please dont slap me. I am grateful that i dont have too work anymore but its really change my once set routine. I previously had a cleaner (which i obviously dont need now), and my husband use to help alot more – but now due to working 60hrs a week hes unable to do so. I also have gone from two boys in day care too: the eldest in kindy 3 days a week (840 to 250) and the youngest at home full time. I have had to get my head around, school routine -drop off, pick up and getting ready for school and then trying to accomplish “normal” household things whilst having a 2 year old running around.
    I am really struggling to get my head around the school day morning routine. Basically i need to make sure that i can get out of bed on time and do some prep work in the morning. I think setting a “up time” will really help me start with getting a functional practical morning routine. Cause i hate being the shouty mother in the morning becasue “where running late” which is actually – im not organised and have made my kids late :(
    Fingers crossed i get this sorted BEFORE my eldest starts shcool fulltime next year!

    • Di @ Life is Di-licious

      Oh Tracey, I’m just as disorganised in the morning and not having a set time to get up in the morning is my biggest stumbling block. I enjoy my lazy mornings but often find myself shrieking at my daughter at 12.30 to eat up her lunch before kinder at 1pm (we live virtually next door to it so I don’t have to factor in travel time).
      My daughter has been home sick this week so I’ve hardly got any cleaning done at all. I can’t wait for school next year!ReplyCancel

  • I was just working on our family routine – I’m not including exact times, though.ReplyCancel

  • Samy

    After writing up what I thought was our morning routine was not very practiacal and realised we were wasting a LOT of time so I have printed off a few more blank copies so I can re do it. Also with 4 out 5 days different leaving times I am going to need a few diff routines eeekkkReplyCancel

  • MummyJenn

    I don’t set times on my routine, I just have a list of things I have to do as with 4 kids and a father I’m carer for I find time restraints can put me off. I have a daily checklist and pretty much work hard at trying to keep it in order however a little flexibility goes a long way in my household. The kids have their own routines as well with picture chart. Even Mr 4 who has one which Miss 11 & Miss 7 are also responsible for helping when they have finished their own chart. ReplyCancel

  • Malinda

    I’ve got my morning routine working perfectly.
    7am – me up showered and dressed
    7:15am – wake up kids
    7:30am – everybody gets dressed, then breakfast, pjs away and beds made
    8am – dishes and kitchen cleaned
    8:10am – vac kitchen/meals area
    8:15am – everyone teeth and hair
    8:30am – pack bags and shoes on
    8:40am – leave houseReplyCancel

  • MummaLish

    not one to question an expert, but shouldn’t the routines go in the routines section instead fo the checklist section?ReplyCancel

  • I’m so jealous! In South Africa schools start at 7:30! We do the mad dash every morning because getting up at sparrow’s fart, especially in winter, just SUCKS! This morning routine will probably be the greatest challenge for me yet! At the moment the girls (11 and 16) get themselves ready while I scream down the hall every few minutes telling them to get done with whichever part they’re on. I’ll have to think about this one for a while but WILL BE READY for Monday! ;-) ReplyCancel

  • [...] will also be happy once I am asleep.  From reading up about morning routines over at The Organised Housewife I decided to try and get up early to get some things done, once my cats had woken me at 5.30 I [...]ReplyCancel

  • 7am – press snooze

    7:09am – press snooze

    7:18am – press snooze

    7:27am – get up, wake DS & DD, make their breakfasts, lay out DS’s clothes

    7:50am – prod husband, get dressed

    8am – change & dress DD, supervise DS dressing & brushing teeth

    8:15am – put lunches in bags, rinse & stack breakfast dishes, wipe bench

    8:25am – sort washing & load machine

    8:30am – (in theory!) Drive DS to school & husband to work

    9:30am – start washing machine, coffee & breakfast for me

    10am – start the housework!ReplyCancel

  • I’m having trouble downloading either Morning Routine chart :( Just goes to a blank page or the PDF viewer comes up with an error that says “?”
    I really need a morning routine! ReplyCancel

  • kaidi

    why di we put the evening routine and morning routine under checklist tab?ReplyCancel

  • So good getting it down on paper. The only thing that varies really is if I have to wash my hair lol I get up 30 minutes earlier to allow for blow drying :) ReplyCancel

  • Becc

    6.00 Up
    6.05 feed poultry (allow extra10 mins if feeding lambs,take this 10 mins from walk)
    6.10 Walk/ run with dog
    7.00 Hang out washing
    7.10 Breakfast + check computer
    7.25 Shower/Dressed
    7.45 Leave for workReplyCancel

  • allison

    I work 3 days per week so my morning routine is set in stone already on these days and when the kids wake early it sometimes throws me as i don’t have much time as i’m NOT a morning person. Our other days include morning sport so a routine will be worked out for these but i really like no routine on the weekend as I like to get any jobs left done on these days and relax as much as possible. Hubby is at work by 5am 5 days and works every 2nd sat. So i need a routine but i also need to b flexible.ReplyCancel

  • I dont have set times for my routine as it all hinges on when my 1 yr old and i wake up. but usually around 7am and goes roughly like this:
    7am wake up
    7.30 get breakfast ready/eat breakfast
    8/8.30 unpack and repack dishwasher, wipe benches clean up from breakfast
    8.30/9am have a shower.
    Then i will usually hang out washing, put washing on, tidy up and do odd jobs until my daughter wants to nap :)
    I kinda came up with this routine on my own out of neccessity. Because if i dont do the dishwasher/have shower/make breakfast then. Well with a young toddler.. it just doesn’t happen! ;) ReplyCancel

  • Bubbles74

    7.00 Get kids up
    7.05 Breastfeed 18mo. 3 & 5yo dress themselves.
    7.15 Dress 18mo.
    7.20 Breakfast for the kids. Get dressed, make lunches & have breakfast.
    7.40 First warning to finish breakfast. Start cleaning up kitchen.
    7.50 Final warning to finish breakfast (my son will happily eat for an hour in the morning)
    8.00 Brush teeth
    8.05 Put last dishes in dishwasher & wipe down table while kids pack their bags
    8.10 Daughters’ hair, shoes & jumpers
    8.15 Out the door for childcare & school drop-offReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    My room 6.00 – 6.05am

    Make bed

    6.03am Open curtains

    Take dirty washing out

    Bathroom 6.10 – 6.20am

    Swish sink

    Swipe toilet



    Take dirty washing out

    Dining room 6.25am

    Open curtains

    Lounge room
    6.30 – 6.35am

    Open curtains


    Take dirty washing out


    Put a load of washing on

    Kitchen 6.50 – 7.13am

    Make bread

    Make breakfast for boys

    Make lunches for school and kinder

    Put dishes away from last night

    Wipe benches etc


    Boys room 7.15 – 7.25am

    Make beds

    Open curtains

    Get school and/or kinder clothes out

    Take dirty washing out

    Dining room 7.30 – 7.33am

    Wipe table

    Vacuum/carpet sweep under table

    8.05 – 8.20am

    Change Michael’s nappy

    Get dressed and do hair

    7.50am My breakfast

    Hang washing

    Kinder and school drop offReplyCancel

  • The trouble I’m having is, we homeschool and I stay at home! My dad and brother live with us temporarily and generally get up with the kids first since I am usually up with the baby most nights. This seriously throws off my schedule because by the time I wake up (8-9ish) the kids are already up and fed but are comfortable watching a movie or discovery channel. We do have the rule that we don’t allow regular TV cartoons or anything like that in the house so they are allowed to watch National Geographic, Discovery Channel or something similarly educational. Then the TV is off for the day and we do our ‘school work’. Which is generally going to Central Park, Horse shows, different parks/water parks, sometimes doing worksheets, art, coloring, playing games, etc. We live in NYC so there is always something to do or go see. We typically don’t use a schedule because things pop up and I get frustrated. It could be anything from not feeling well to cancellations of shows or events to my printer not working or running out of ink/paper/color crayons/paint, etc. I sometimes think it would be much easier to have the kids in school for my routine and certainly for the state of my home!
    I need alternatives for some of the cleaning routines which would necessitate me being away from the kids because they are ALWAYS around and, although they are good at helping, they are also just as good at dragging things our right after they’ve been put away. I’ve never really minded much since we LIVE in our house and having it clean all the time is unreasonable for me.
    Are there any other homeschoolers out there who have a better way of doing things which allows for a more organized routine and home? ReplyCancel

  • Hmmm, here goes.
    6.30 Alarm. Snooze or read or actually get up & shower
    7.00 kids up
    7.10 empty dishwasher
    7.15 breakfast
    7.35 Mr4 violin practice
    7.50 make Mr4′s lunch while he puts his violin away & a sticker on his practice chart
    8.00 get toddler dressed while Mr4 dresses himself
    8.20 get myself dressed
    8.30 out the door to kindy/swimming/gym

    I’m having real trouble with Mondays at the moment as I need to get to kindy by 8.30 so I can get to my gym trainer at 9 so toddler can do Gymbaroo at 9.30. Not working! I’m trying to implement getting kindy clothes out & making his lunch Sun night.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah K

    I have one child at home (two in college) and dogs, so I have to include them in my morning routine:
    I don’t really have troubles in the morning, mostly evening.

    6:00 Up, brew coffee, unload dishwasher while coffee brewing
    6:10 Walk the dogs
    6:15 Feed the dogs, let them out in the fenced yard to exercise.
    6:25 Make bed, devotional/meditation time(coffee required or fall asleep)
    6:55 Get my child up, in the shower, dressed.
    7:10 My child eats and gets lunchbox packed.
    7:20 Brushes his teeth, review homework details while tidying the kitchen.
    7:25 Tidy the bath and take my child to the bus stop
    7:30 Take the trash to the curb some days
    7:35 Me time.

  • Well there are only two of us, Mr and myself. We have full on lives associated with our interests. So this is our morning routine:
    5am alarm goes off
    5.20am shower
    5.30am dressed
    5.35am kitchen to wash last night’s dishes
    5.40 – 6.30am order dependant on what time Mr has to get up and go to work – iron work shirt, make coffee, cooked brekky, make lunches, do my hair, make the bed
    Sometimes I am organised and spend a Sunday night doing all of my ironing, but more often than not, as I am past my used by date at 8.30pm I usualy cant be bothered.
    This has to change :) ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    5am-wake up, teeth brushed, hair brushed
    5:15-feed cats, clean litter box
    5:30 Kitchen touch up where needed (dishes missed the night before, clear table, wipe down counter tops).
    6-pack lunches, make breakfast
    6:30-Bring husband breakfast (I have found serving him breakfast in bed helps him wake up more easily than me having to go in a million times to try dragging him out of bed). I also eat breakfast while I do my morning Bible reading
    7am-wash breakfast dishes
    7:15-prepare for the day (whether work, school, day of house cleaning…whatever it might be)-this is basically the time I do a quick check of email and get dressed.ReplyCancel

20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge – Pre Challenge Task 2

  It’s not too late to start!!  Subscribe to the challenge here.  Share your photos on instagram or twitter using #TOH20daychallenge.  Follow along with the discussion on facebook. << View the previous task Today’s pre-challenge task is to create a cleaning kit and ensure you have all items needed on hand.  I have included 3 printables […]

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  • Krissy

    I am getting very excited. The printable sheets look awesome. Thanks so much, i look forward to doing this challenge :) ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Krissy! I think I’m just as excited as you, I’m loving putting this together.ReplyCancel

  • simone

    what an amazing job you are doing, can’t wait for next week, seriously, isn’t that funny! thx so much have a great week*_*ReplyCancel

  • K@DragonflyMumma

    very exciting!!! can’t wait to print it all off and get started I already have the little caddy that sits in the bucket and half the cleaning stuff :) ReplyCancel

    • You’re a step ahead!ReplyCancel

      • Katie Woodleigh

        Hi Kat, I’m not sure if you have answered or found the problem as to why many of us are unable to download or print todays task sheets. I am also unable to, has anyone actually been able to print them?ReplyCancel

  • Jami

    I’m in the US. Love your site, and this challenge! But…what is sugar soap? ;) ReplyCancel

  • So looking forward to getting started! It will be awesome to have a complete reference folder to keep (and so pretty too!) Looking forward to decluttering some of my cupboards. How nice it will be to have an organised house! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • i must commend you for the use of cheaper and less toxic products in the house – and even making them up yourself!
    that’s something our mums would have done (or ok, your nans maybe..) =)
    this prep task comes on the right day, have shopping to do and will try set myself up with some things i don’t have. cool.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    Hi Jami, I just went to look for the ingredients, but I can’t find them! Sugar soap is a high strength cleaner made by Selleys. Not sure what’s in it, sorry. You dilute it in water and use it to clean … stuff! Like walls etc. ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Ruth J Hi Jami, I use sugar soap and the sock to clean my walls, diluted as Ruth explains.ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    Bicarb and Baking Soda are the same thing.ReplyCancel

  • Angie

    I don’t think bi carb and baking soda are exactly the same, because some recipes I use ask for baking powder but say you can use bi carb as a substitute? I have all of these things already, just need a handy bucket:) ReplyCancel

    • I have just researched it and it appears that bicarb and baking soda are the same thing (little did I know). Bicarb and baking powder are different. There you go, I usually purchase the bicarb for cleaning in the food isle, but I picked up a packet of baking soda on special recently in the cleaning isle and it’s been working well.

      I have also seen these buckets at BigW.ReplyCancel

  • This will be a great excuse to clean out all the products under my sink! I’ll be gathering our household cleaning products this afternoon.ReplyCancel

  • I can’t believe how excited Iwas to get my challenge email this morning!!! I have trouble getting motivated for housework at the best of times but I’m excited for a challenge to de clutter my house……and omg what a challenge it’s going to be!!!! ReplyCancel

    • It’s going to be an awesome challenge, I’m excited too Karen, pleased to have you along for the ride JReplyCancel

  • Wilma Baking SODA and Bicarb is exactly the same thing. Baking POWDER is a different thing…ReplyCancel

  • Deanne

    I have to say, Im a bit nervous about this challage even though I have signed up for it. We won’t be spending the “whole” day cleaning, will we? There will be time for a social life too, right? like lunch with friends, canteen duty and helping out with maths groups at school. (a break for a cuppa hehe)ReplyCancel

    • The beauty about this challenge is it’s up to you how many tasks you complete and you can work around your schedule.ReplyCancel

      • Deanne

        oh good :) ReplyCancel

        • Lynley King

          I was thinking the same thing too, lol!!! Phew, glad there will be time for coffee ;-) ReplyCancel

  • I use bicarb and vinegar for everything so i’m glad I wont need to give that habit up. Also a massive fan of sugar soap, we have terrible water where i live and often it’s the only thing that will get the shower clean :) ReplyCancel

  • Already one day behind, eeeek!ReplyCancel

  • what would you recommend to have in a cleaning kit? I have so many different cleaners that its ridiculous!ReplyCancel

  • Those wipes look pricey. I wonder if cheap baby wipes with some vinegar or cheap disinfectant added would be the same?

  • I was so excited to open my emails this morning!! Im so ready for this challenge :)
    I already have a cleaning caddy (Which I never use! Hahahaha!!)
    I have used those shower scrub wipey thingys before but I cant handle the smell ~ we cant use any nasty chemicals in the house due to allergies & sensitivities, and while those wipey things work well, there must be some sort of chemical in them… Ive found those magic sponges (probably not the real name) to work on anything though :) ReplyCancel

  • Meegan Reeve

    can any one else open the last 2 check lists? it keeps saying i cant access them :( am I banned already?? lolReplyCancel

  • Karen Flack

    Be very careful with oil of cloves as it can cause discolouration after a few days :) ReplyCancel

  • Tam

    I must admit i don’t buy wipes but use diluted metho in a spray bottle with a microfibre cloth works brilliantly on windows, staino fridge, mirrors etc. Cheap and less waste. Oil of cloves definitely works, also lavender oil in a spray bottle works as a natural cleaner too. Another must in my cleaning cupboard is Shannon Lush’s books to treat all those tricky stains.

    Thanks Katrina,this is going to be a great motivation to achieve the spring clean that i’m looking to do.ReplyCancel

  • Bern

    Love the Viva wipes! We had a sample pack of all their wipe products they are awesome. Our favourite is the stainless wipes, one wipe does the rangehood, cook tops and the ourside of the over.ReplyCancel

  • Bern

    Love the Viva wipes. If you havn’t tried the stainless steel wipes – they are awesome! One wipe cleaned our range hood, cook top and outside of our over.ReplyCancel

  • i was listening to 882 (talkback radio over in wa) yesterday and they had a lady answering all thos Q’s about what to use to clean tricky spots and Pantyhos((sp?) i just call them stockings) seem to be quite handy. do you use these Katrina? does anyone? was thinking of getting some cheap one to try.ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Aynsley

      I use stocking for my cleaning all the time. Thankfully I have a couple of daughters who do ballet so have holey ones in plentiful supply. I have a spray bottle with water and a couple of drops of lavnder oil and you would not believe the muck it can clean in conjuction with those stockings! Grease around the fume hood, stainless steel, kitchen benches…amazing :) ReplyCancel

    • Cakebaker

      I listen to Shannan Lush on 6pr too…so many great tips. I’m still trying to get my mind around her no ironing tip with a spray bottle with lavender oil…..I am looking forward to this challenge too…I love the idea and hope being involved gives me the momentum to keep going for the 20 days…thanks for putting this together Katrina.ReplyCancel

      • I’m not sure if I could do that, hubbys business shirts really need to be crisp.ReplyCancel

        • Cakebaker

          I agree….shirts need to be ironed IMHO…I’ll have to listen more closely next time she’s on the radio.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    This is strange, but I’m looking forward to cleaning my house. I’m a busy, messy, disorganised mother and I always feel stressed and overwhelmed looking around my house. I always read your blogs wishing I could be a little bit like you. I hope this challenge will be the start of a smooth transition into my (hopefully) cleaner, more organised life.ReplyCancel

  • Bronwen

    Is anyone having any trouble downloading the above printables? I have the first one – the kit ingredients, but the second two are both saying ‘ unable to open document?ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I just printed out the three lists and instead of the pretty dots under the headings I have big overlapping question marks in boxes.ReplyCancel

  • shan

    I’m in.

    Kinda bad timing – I go back to work next week after 14 months on maternity/parental leave, so hopefully I can keep up.

    But, for the first time in my life I am a little excited about my bucket of cleaning products… looking forward to having my house looking nice and clean :) ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Have you used magic eraser, it’s amazing, less messier version of gumptionReplyCancel

  • I cant seem to download and print any of the lists, this still includes the cover page. can anyone help???? it keeps shutting my internet down when i click on it :( ReplyCancel

    • Barbara

      me tooReplyCancel

    • Hi amanda, I have hopefully fixed it, you should be able to download now, please email me if you have any troubles.ReplyCancel

  • Yay, day 2! I picked up a great cleaning caddy from the hardware store and everything fits in that. p.s. love my vileda mop too ;) ReplyCancel

  • Barbara

    I can’t download the list’s i need. When i hit download nothing happens. Why is this?ReplyCancel

  • I cant download these lists either, I get a runtime error and it shuts down :( ReplyCancel

  • Frazzeled Mum to 4

    Anyone else use enjo products?ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    I already have my own cleaning kit. It’s a bit different from yours. I’m looking forward to this challenge. My house is somewhat neat already but I’m looking for ideas.ReplyCancel

  • lisa_dalby

    I am going to attempt to commit to this challenge even though I am sick with the flu. I hope this challenge will help me and my partner create new habits with cleaning and organising routines. I will work out what I need for my cleaning kit as it will vary from your suggested one as I have sensitive skin and allergy trigered asthma so have to be careful what I use.ReplyCancel

  • I am in love with the earths choice range of products and the shower cleaner is amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Sinclair

    Where do I find an odd sock? (hahahaha – thats a joke! :-)
    Like the others, I am actually looking forward to getting started! Great job you are doing to organise this – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Peta Hill

    Hi there Katrina! I was procrastinating on FB last night as I too am a WAHM and found your challenge. I have registered, got the folder, dividers and pre-challenge stuff printed and off to get the kids and do the shopping!!! I am actually really excited, because I can see me actually achieving ‘THE CLEAN’ that I need to do!! Many thanks. PetaReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Have combination of Enjo & non-antibacterial products here. We have a septic tank and I have to be careful about what I buy. I already have a cleaning kit made up – just need to add the odd sock to it. Not bad considering.ReplyCancel

  • hello katrina, i too use a stickvac (dyson), and am fastidious with floors, have another dyson, plus a samsung robot vac, plus a carpet heat shampooer… so I also have a number of the items you have displayed on your “cleaning kit” I am so far up to date with the pre challenge tasks; and ready to rumble; but am anxious about getting it all done in time !!! Alicia CarrollReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat … I going to do your 20 day challenge because im one step away from going insane with this mess .. just cant get it under control… Help. I have a 2 and a 3 year old which can keep anything clean…. i blink and the book i put on the shelf are all over the floor… i hope a can stick to it thanks for your help

    • Amanda B

      oh me to Karen, I have same age kids 13 months apart boys.. drives me mentalReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    I have used Enjo for years! Their marble paste is great when you get behind and the grime builds up, ESP in the oven, shower, etc, and the fibres aren’t cutting through it all. Bought Earth Choice wipes for quick cleanups of garbage bins, toilet, highchair, spills, etc. I also tend to use my Nature Babycare baby wipes on things other than my baby’s bottom ;DReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina
    I’m loving this challenge you have created and I love the concept behind it. Thank you!
    Was just wondering if you’ve ever looked at the Enjo cleaning range (I have been using it happily for about 2 years) and what you think of it, if anything? There are no chemicals involved (they do stock Method products for toilets, washing detergents and a few other things specific for things like polishing, calcium disolver and a marble paste polish) and the results are fabulous and quick to achieve. I still think that their kitchen products make my stainless steel shine like nothing else and the window/glass squeegee and floor mop are second to none in my opinion for results.
    Of anyone else out there your opinion is the one I’d most like to have regarding Enjo!
    Thanks again – looking forward to getting the house looking great with your challenge! ReplyCancel

    • Joh

      i’ve used enjo for years! best products are window cleaner, mop and marble paste especially on stainless steel.ReplyCancel

  • Lainey

    I am looking forward to this challenge to get me up to scratch. I do have a question about when you use the bicarbonate and vinegar on you shower, what tips do you have for the vertical walls? I can’t get it to stay on the walls and not just landing straight on the floor. ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat I just wanted to ask about your cleaning solution. I’ve read that Borax is a poison so I’m a bit hesistant about using it. Have you found out any different? CheersReplyCancel

  • Karen Joy

    Can I suggest tea tree oil diluted in a spray bottle – I use it to wipe skirting boards and window trims after dusting and vacuuming- helps keep the mosquitoes, flies, spiders and creepy crawlies away – have used it for many years with great successReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I was just wondering what the ratios of product to water were the best for the vinegar spray and the sugar soap spray please, thank you for doing this challenge, it’s great inspiration for the domestically challenged (me) :) ReplyCancel

  • Briony Young

    I like that u use a lot of natural and earth friendly products, the orange power products are also environmentally friendly, contain no palm oil and helps support the orangutans.ReplyCancel

  • i have a completly white bathroom, and due to my daughter eczema we use alot of oils in the bath so get a residue, the only thing that seems to get it off is the white king power foam, its actually a toilet cleaner but works so well on my shower/bath comboReplyCancel

  • Annemarie

    Do you need to come and show us how to do all this cleaning?…… I’m offering my house for your visit?!! Go on…. The before and after pics will be amazing ;-) ReplyCancel

  • Loulou

    That’s an awful lot of wipes! Straight into landfill. I’ll use a cloth and the appropriate spray cleaner.

    Looking forward to this! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • What is Gumption or are there alternatives? We live in Bermuda, and though we get mostly American products, I’ve actually never heard of it…ReplyCancel

    • Gumption is just a paste cleaner. It is very good but maybe you can see if there is an alternative paste cleaner where you are. Sugar soa p is a heavy duty spray cleaner that removes all residue off walls (it is usually used to prep walls for painting)ReplyCancel

      • How is it made? Or is it something that is bought? Seriously NEVER heard of it! And we get just about everything – Method, Clorox, etc….ReplyCancel

    • Joh

      enjo marble paste works the same but it’s finer.ReplyCancel

    • hungrymum

      It’s made by Clorox, and readily available in most supermarkets in Australia .. It comes in a tub and works kind of like Jif, but it’s more of a cream/paste than a liquidReplyCancel

  • Oh, and what is Sugar Soap?

  • i am one day late also, what is gumption? never heard of it need help.ReplyCancel

  • Nanna

    Dots still not printing, not that it really matters. I am a grandmother of 7, soon to be 9, and I have always hated housework (better things to do). My house is not really dirty but not as clean as I would like but I’m a bit of a hoarder and the house is cluttered. Looking forward to this challenge – hope you can help me at this late stage!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Nanna!! I have just learnt that the cookies are playing up, I have again updated the links and they should work now. Are you expecting twins in your family to go from 7 to 9, how wonderful! I hope you enjoy the challenge and are able to declutter your home a little JReplyCancel

  • Very excited about the 20 day challenge but I have not been able to download any of the printables as yet :( ReplyCancel

  • Annie

    Its interesting reading everyone’s cleaning tips. I’m not so sure about the necessity of chemicals (even vinegar) in this microfibre age. Disposable dusting cloths (or my glove if its not too bad), plenty of microfibre gloves and cloths, water spray bottle, gumption (for heavy duty cleaning) and Mr Sheen for glass and the like for me. Excited to be doing this and part of a community of organised housewives. Congratulations Katrina for inspiring us.ReplyCancel

  • Lea

    My local Coles had the Vileda mop an bucket on special today. $6.50 saving on the mop and $4.50 on the bucket. Bonus.ReplyCancel

  • wombat-wally

    Ditch the chemicals and buy Norwex. It’s worth every cent and makes cleaning SO easy and So So much quicker! No need for sprays, mixing things etc.. Just simply cleans with water! I have never looked back! ReplyCancel

  • Juana

    I’m really looking forward to the cleaning challenge – I need a LOT of guidance on this front, in particular with ‘tidying, having a place for everything etc..’. If you haven’t heard of ‘Nature Direct’ check it out… 100% natural cleaning products, odour control and disinfectants… nothing toxic at all, just plant extracts – new Australian company which is growing very fast because everyone LOVES the products. I’ve joined the company because I love using the products SO much and was telling everyone about them anyway!! :-) ReplyCancel

  • hungrymum

    I read a comment yesterday (which I now can’t find) requesting a black & white version to the printables.. I’d like to add my voice to that request too, please! I’ve tried changing the settings on my printer (via the print options, and also manually on the machine) but it still prints in colour. Hoping you can help rescue my cluttered house with this challenge :) ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Hi Katrina,

    I have recently stumbled upon the 20-day challenge and the timing could not have been better. I’m keeping up with parts of the house with surface cleaning, but the other parts are in chaos (and consequently not really cleaned). I need to regain ALL of our home and make it a calm, clutter-free, and clean space.

    The one problem I’m having as I prepare for this process is that I live in the US and many of the cleaning products you recommend are just not available here. I was just curious if anyone from your blog community has mentioned any US alternatives?

    Many thanks in advance for all your advice. I am going to DO this!

  • Tammy

    Bought a sugar shaker with my groceries the other day, still need to make up your cleanser. Had to go and find the borax in one of a dozen cardboard boxes full of sewing stuff! At least I knew it was there :) Had bought it many years ago (12-15?) for when I did some marbling with paints. Any ideas if it has a limited shelf life?ReplyCancel

  • So I already had the housekeepers box. I am looking forward to trying the homemade general purpose spray, but will use up my other products first. My bucket looks a little empty because I tend to keep the bathroom cleaning products in the bathroom cupboard.
    1 x glass cleaning wipes
    1 x chux cloth
    1 x Surface spray
    (one set for each bathroom)
    That way when I see something that needs a wipe I can just do it, otherwise I may loose the inspiration (or get distracted) if I have to go and get the cleaning kit.
    Likewise for the toilets.
    1 x Flushable wipes
    1 x bowl cleaner
    in each toilet. Admittedly my kids are past the point of having to put cleaning products out of reach :) But this works for me.ReplyCancel

  • savvy fi

    I used to use Easy OFF BAMM for bathrooms before I discovered HARPIC WHITE AND SHIRE Bleach Gel. OMG one product for the whole bathroom not just the toilet! its brilliant as a toilet cleaner, no more toilet brushes needed. My hubby leaves toilet in a disgusting state on a daily basis and I just pour or squeeze this onto every poo splatter (sorry peeps but what else to call it I dont know lol) and it disolves it away. anything splattered onto the bottom of the toilet lid I wipe with a dolop of this product and use loo paper to wipe it away. Sparkling white bowl!
    Any stains on bath tub or shower I wipe some on it and leave it a minute and it just disappears then I squirt some on a sponge and with gloved hand wipe everything over. Now i am sensitive to bleach and before this product i wouldnt have it in the house but this is quite mild and the Eucalyptus one leaves bathroom smelling so fresh.
    So there you have it, I save money by only using the one product and time in fiddling around. Less clutter in the cupboard as well. ReplyCancel

  • Deborah K

    I just wanted to say thank you for the motivation! I have gotten my cleaning kit together. Thanks! Diluted tea tree oil is a favorite all purpose cleaner that I use. ReplyCancel

  • Deborah K

    My father passed away this year and some other stressful events but life kept happening around me anyway. Life can be messy! It is time to get clean and organized. This is perfect timing for me and my family. I am running behind the rest of you being at #89. I hope to keep up!ReplyCancel

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20 days to Organise and Clean your home Challenge – Pre-Challenge Task 1

  Cover page     As I mentioned above the response to the challenge has been great and I have had a request to include a linky with the challenge.  A linky is for bloggers that are following along which can link up their blog posts about the challenge and we can click on their […]

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  • shoppegirls

    What a fabulous idea and fun. I will take part.

  • Becca

    This is absolutely perfect timing as my three year old starts preschool the same day! And my house needs this so badly! ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    Hi Katrina

    I would dearly love to do this but we’ll be away from 1-9 September. I know if I then try to catch up I’ll go completely mad, so I wonder if there’s going to be a way to ‘start’ the challenge on my own later down the track?



    • Kath Mc

      I’m going to be away from the 7th to the 23rd too. Will we be able to look through everything afterwards and do it later?ReplyCancel

  • Jade

    We have start moving house on the 8th, but I figure this will help moving and setting up the new place properly!ReplyCancel

  • Lynley King

    Thanks so much, I have been dawdling along, doing bits and pieces, but this is going to get my butt into gear!!! Actually looking forward to getting stuck in and finally sorting out our house :-) ReplyCancel

  • Mariane

    I’m up for it. Actually started cleaning my bedroom yesterday but sure need help with the rest of the place. Thank you for sharing

  • Jodie Emerton

    Yah looking forward to this challenge

  • Justine

    I’m definitely in ReplyCancel

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  • Anne-Maree Russell

    I am loving this sick already! A-M xxReplyCancel

  • I’ve put my folder together, and I’m ready to go!!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley

    I can’t wait. I recently had a baby and this is just the bomb I need to get back into the swing of things.ReplyCancel

  • KG

    I am really excited… I have taken on board your tips for our pantry and it looks amazing. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the house will look like after the challenge!!ReplyCancel

  • Fleur Phillips

    I am very excited about being part of the 20 day challenge. I am about to go and organise my binder ready for the next instalment!ReplyCancel

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  • Mocha Addict

    I….NEED….HELP!!! Cleaning is not my strong point, what with 2 little kiddies (2 and 4yo). Any help is appreciated. Thanks for starting us all up with this challenge. xxxReplyCancel

  • Looking forward to this challenge!!!ReplyCancel

  • veiledturnip

    Don’t forget in the supplies list – hole puncher!ReplyCancel

  • I’m sooooo ready to get into this challenge! I’ve been struggling to get into a routine and my home and family have suffered, but all set for a new start :) ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Perfect timming! We are getting married mid oct, so this will get our house well under control before my partners family arrive from intetstate and overseas! Looking forwars to it!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    This is so fun! Daily tasks worry me a bit, but I’m looking forward to attempting these! I’ve just got my binder and dividers from Smiggle!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Oh thank you so much, I’m in….. I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I can’t wait to get started!ReplyCancel

  • O heavens, as a person with hoarding tendacies and a junky house filled with stuff, this may be a real challenge that falls flat. Still holding some small amount of hope that this may give me what I need, a cleaned out house.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    I love organizing, but some things I do over & over again for short lived results! I can’t wait to see what plans you have for the 20 days!! Thanks for the opportunity to learn some tricks to some elusive clutter!

  • Done!! – Cant wait for this to kick off… Ive been really sick for over 10 days, the house is a disgusting mess (Not that it was sparkly before I got sick)… Bring it on!! Thanks Kat! You are amazing :) ReplyCancel

    • Claire Bailey

      I could have written the exact same words myself :) So looking forward to doing this. I hope I make it through. Especially with the school holidays starting next week. Eeep!ReplyCancel

  • I so need this right now! My house is a bomb site.ReplyCancel

  • Cannot wait for this!! It is totally the kick start I need to start my house off into good habits again. I have been so busy and have not been home to spend the time I would like on my poor house and it is super messy and cluttered and it just makes me so jumbled to have that kind of house…. so thankyou, I cannot wait!!ReplyCancel

  • TAP

    So looking forward to this challenge. It has come just at the right time and the thought of being organized again is pure motivation enough. ReplyCancel

  • Scootes

    Having been in and out of hospital for the last 2 yrs my house is a shambles (not that it was perfect beforehand!) and I am at a point where it keeps me awake at night worrying about it and the ‘stuff’ we have. Can’t wait to try this and make it work! Thankyou. ReplyCancel

  • Sandi Williams

    Can’t wait!! I’m super excited about this!! I’m a busy single mum to 4 children and work full time so I’m looking forward to another approach to a cleaner home!! XxReplyCancel

  • Looking forward to doing this challenge and having a nice clean house ….and it ends just before my sister inlaws baby shower which is at my house .. WIN WIN :) ReplyCancel

  • I have been wanting to get organised for a while. This will help so much!ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    I’m looking forward to this challenge hopefully it’ll help my daughters and myself keep on track with the house and keeping it tidy!!! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Carisa Mae Webb

    Deep breath…ok, LET’S DO THIS!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa

    Done… I am so looking forward to this. It is overdue in my house.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina
    I am trying to subscribe to the challenge and your newsletter and I am continually directed to a page advising cannot fine Mantismail. Is there another way I can get access to the challenge task and printables and the newsletter?

  • Looking forward to trying to do this… Will be a bit of a challenge to start, as we’re house-sitting and bouncing between two houses, but hope to get some of it accomplished even with the timing!ReplyCancel

  • Folder is ready and waiting – looking forward to the challenge – hubby and I work full-time management jobs, two children one at home studying uni and one is married and blessed us with a grandchild – so house is full on and time limited…..want some ORGANISATION.ReplyCancel

  • folder set and ready to go, just need to work out how to blog? No idea never done it before….

  • Priscilla Ali

    Looking forward to doing this challenge. I’m single mum working part time to a 20 month old. I never seem to have time and am always chasing my tail trying to keep organised and the house tidy so I can explore doing things I like with my son. This will be a huge help. Thank you so much Katrina. ReplyCancel

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  • Triple T Mum

    Okay I’m in. Dipping my toes in here and hoping THIS time I can make it through the challenge and beyond. With 18 month old twins, a 3 year old and a 14 year old the house has been pushed to the bottom of the list! But I think it’s time for a bit of TLC. I’m going to blog my journey as we go. Be gentle with me Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Jordan

    Whoooo! I’m in! I need to set aside some time tonight to really read what I’m getting myself into. haha I’m 5 months pregnant and how nice would it be to “nest” now while I’m still able to move! ReplyCancel

    • Hi Maria the tasks will be given out each day and the printables will also be provided along with each tasks.ReplyCancel

  • I’m wondering if the month packing to move (moving date 26th september) would be a very bad or a very good time to do this… Thoughts and opinions?

    • It could work in your favour as I have a decluttering task for you each day, so this will save you taking unwanted items to your new house. You could possibly skip the cleaning and organising tasks as cleaning maybe easier once all your items have been removed, however read the tips and tasks so you can implement them in your new home JReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Looking forward to the challenge! Having a four month old, i’m finding if i’m not organised it just doesnt happen around here! Bring it on!!

    • It’s having my twins that made me so organised, so hopefully this challenge will be exactly what you need JReplyCancel

  • Whirlsie

    I can’t seem to add my blog link anymore? I could see it last night, but now it seems to have disapeared.ReplyCancel

  • savvy fi

    Wish me luck I am so going to try this. I have an autistic 5 year old daughter who is obsessed with tipping things out and pulling everything out of cupboards and drawers; and I also have a 2 year old girl who loves being a mischievous 2 year old. I have just come out of a two week stint of having the flu so the house is in the worst state its ever been in. Wish me luck! ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Looking forwrd to joining in this challlenge……..I really need to get my house clean and tidy and get rid of my clutter !!ReplyCancel

  • i cant download the cover page to print :( HELPReplyCancel

  • vi lammetsma

    Can’t download the cover page!
    Alice SpringsReplyCancel

  • nadia

    so excited – this is exactly what i need atm!ReplyCancel

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  • Snip

    Is there any other way of sharing our photos with you? I don’t have an Iphone so I can’t do use the insagram thingymabob… Can we upload photos on the facebook page maybe?ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    I’m going to give it a go.. and I too will be away until Sept 4th, but I will work around it. My blog is ReplyCancel

  • Pre-Season Task One including blog post – TICK! Love this challenge, can’t wait to see how everyone tackles it in their own way :) ReplyCancel

  • I’m in! Can’t wait.ReplyCancel

  • kelly masters

    I am up for the challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Folder organised ;-) ReplyCancel

  • I’m in too – I (& my house) are /am in desperate need of something like this! I will be blogging / instagramming my way through :D ReplyCancel

  • If I can get organised enough in time ( haha!!) I will be doing it on my blog too!

  • Missy

    I will be participating, but l work full time Mon-Fri and don’t have any time to clean, my cleaning days are on the weekends! I will complete it, but it will take longer =)ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    folder organized but dont blog or use the iphone program how can i upload picsReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Count me in. I will give it my best shot.ReplyCancel

  • [...] Challenge has officially started, but don’t let that worry you as there are some Pre-Challenge Tasks that you can easily catch up [...]ReplyCancel

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  • So I finally got my act together (talk about being organised haha) and now have my stationary for this challenge. Have also thrown your cute button on my blog, I was just wondering, pretty please, if there is any chance of a matching side binder printable??? I am a bit of a freak with matching stuff as you realise so being able to know what the binder on the shelf is would suit me to the ground.
    Thank you

  • Bargain! Cute little pink folder with 5 dividers and secret pocket at the back. $3 from the Reject Shop!ReplyCancel

  • My home is lurking somewhere underneath the Piles of Doom, let’s hope this helps!ReplyCancel

  • lilmissBeee

    I’m soooo psyched to do this! Admittedly a self-diagnosed OCD cleaning, organising, arranging & sorting freak whom is extremely time-poor (F/T work, children just starting ‘Big School’, the ‘go-to’ family member that helps everyone & a less than helpful 39 yo ‘child’/partner lol.. and especially after having to move house while I was in hospital [yep! The Mister did it all so I'm sure you can all imagine, lol..] am going absolutely craaaazyyy trying to purge, sort, declutter, organise and implement fail proof systems in my home amongst everything else but its hard enough to just keep the house generally TIDY yet alone do all the above!!!
    With the #TOH20daychallenge, it will provide the insight, guidance & motivation I need to FINALLY create my ideal home :)))
    Can’t wait! If I don’t get the time or chance to do the set tasks on the specific dates/days, I have the plan & will endeavour to achieve as much as I possibly can, when I can; e.g. to have all daily tasks completed within the WEEK, etc
    Thank you!!! ….and GOOD LUCK fellow Challengers :)


  • [...] there is a light on the horizon! Last week I came across the Organised Housewife’s 20 Days To Organise & Clean Your Home and signed up. I figured it couldn’t hurt to get a little help (and motivation) to get things [...]ReplyCancel

  • ileana marquez

    Hello Katrina,
    thank you so much for helping to keep our houses organized :-) I work full time (some days more than 10 hs) and I´m sure I won´t be able to follow day by day the challenge, but I´m signing up to them anyway just to complete the tasks at my own peace, mostly I´ll do them during weekends but I´ll keep you posted about my improvements!
    Have a wonderful weekend!


  • MzJax

    Can we still just print the pages to the challenge?ReplyCancel

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  • Joanesy

    I LOVE THIS! and it couldn’t have come at a better time. With 3 little ones my “spring cleaning” consists of me killing myself for 2 weeks and never really accomplishing anything. Being able to focus on specific tasks and knowing everything will be taken care of in the following days, I am so excited! My first day went really well. With all 3 kiddos home for the summer break, I knew it was going to be a challenge to finish the whole kitchen. So this morning (day 2) I still need to clean the window and deal with my clutter pile and organize under the sink. I’m loving how clean everything else is. In preparation I bought a new degreaser to try and it’s great, but got me a little distracted.

    I was degreasing under my microwave (hood). We’ve had that microwave for 10 years. I don’t think I’ve cleaned under it more than once or twice….ewwwwww! The cleaner cut thru the nasty right away and voila! However, it is extremely difficult to spray a cleaning product on the underside of things so of course it dripped on my stovetop. So it was necessary to work on that even though it wasn’t on our task list. I scrubbed and chipped and soaked the bejesus out of one of my burner grates and 8 hours later it looks brand new. Unfortunately for my kitchen my hubby does the majority of the cooking and is a chronic “boiler-over-er” and with most husbands he thinks there is a faery that will clean it up and my stubborn ness gets the better of me and I refuse to. Hence the burner grates are pretty knarly. So we both have some work todo. But I am half a leg up when the day comes to scrub the stovetop.

    I just found this and I am very excited to get reorganized and back to my type A, OCD, organizing ways. That part of my brain has been in hibernation for too many years, and the decluttering projects are exactly what I need since we are trying to move by summer’s end. Off to day 2, hopefully won’t spill too far into day 3. I know I will catch up because my entire house isn’t horribly unorganized. Woo how! Let’s clean!ReplyCancel

  • Denise Iles

    Can we still participate?ReplyCancel

    • the challenge is over Denise, but you can still follow through each of the days good luck!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katharyn Roberts

      I’ve just stumbled across this and want to do it too…. Denise, how did you go doing it on your own?ReplyCancel

      • Hope you enjoy it Katharyn, the ebook should be released soon it will have all the tasks togetherReplyCancel

  • Sarah Learoyd

    How do we go about starting this challenge on our own?ReplyCancel

  • […] life. This month she has asked fellow bloggers to participate in a challenged. It’s her 20 Days to Organise and Clean Challenge.  I’m so excited for this challenge and love that it’s totally free to join. She […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Placed the task lists in full page sheet protectors ( I didn’t have tab dividers)  I like this better because I can write on the sheet protectors with a dry eraser marker and wipe clean when I change tasks instead of printing more sheets Link to Task Sheets:; […]ReplyCancel

  • Brittany

    I know this was a long time ago, but I just found it and would love to try it – but the “download” link doesn’t seem to work anymore! Is there somewhere else I can download??ReplyCancel

    • Hi Brittany, sorry what I was using to give all these printables away for free was playing up with my blog, in the new year I hope to have all these printables together for one easy download.ReplyCancel

      • Stacey Hicks

        hi, any update on the new download for this challenge? I was hoping to start it next week to kick off my news years ‘resolution’ to get on top of everything.ReplyCancel

        • Amy

          Yes I’m very interested when these printable are available, please let us know. ThanksReplyCancel

          • anuvaday :)

            Hi everyone… I’m too wanting to kick the new year off with the 20 day challenge but also can’t access the printables…TIA :)

          • ooh I’m so sorry, the program I was using to give away the printables stopped working, I am trying to find the time to put them all together as an easy download for you, just finding it hard to find time, but I promise it will be soon x

          • anuvaday

            Really appreciated Katrina… thank you :) x

          • mhairi

            Can’t wait for you to get it up and running again :) x

          • Hi Amy, my goal was to have them done for February if I can

{ROUND UP} Pantry Organisation

It’s been a fun fortnight sharing with you some ideas on how I organise my pantry.  There is so much more to share, however I have to wrap it up here as the following weeks will be the starting the ’20 days to Organise and Clean your home’ Challenge. Here is a round up of […]

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  • We had just had a new pantry finished as this topic started so it has been perfect timing. The tupperware cupboard got a clean out too so I could find all my modular mates and other containers. Have used many of the ideas, and Howards Storage World got a few visits too, to stock up on new racking. Have purged my cookbook collection and added these to my pantry door using some old magazine racking, which means I haven’t been able to do the noticeboard idea. (bummer) Looking forward to the next 20 days of ideas.ReplyCancel

  • The container you use for coffee and sugar I use for grates carrot and chopped lettuce for school lunches, prep it all on Monday and we’re good for the week (only 1 at school so far). Makes healthy lunches quick and easy, even on days that I’m at work and have to be out the door by 730.ReplyCancel

  • OMG, your pantry is exactly the same layout as mine but noooo way does mine look like yours. It is a mess, I am so disorganised and i look at my house and just have no idea how to clean it up! Where do I start??ReplyCancel

    • The lazy susan in the corner of the pantry is a great help for all the jars, so then it’s not a jungle of food. I usually like to start in the kitchen, your pantry, fridge then cupboards, move onto your laundry and get back control. Have you seen my 20 Day’s to Organise and Clean your home challenge, it may help you with the process :) ReplyCancel

  • Jess Dixon

    A Tupperware demonstrator (such as me) can help you organise your pantry and advise you as to which modulars for best in your pantry. I became a demonstrator to do my pantry but now I’m addicted. If I’m stressed I open my pantry. The only sane part of my house sometimes ReplyCancel

  • [...] me, you will find it there! Beware though, it’s truly addictive! Or you might like to check out The Organised Housewife. Katrina really knows her pantry organisation! (She also has some good tips for working with [...]ReplyCancel

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  • Sally McInerney

    My pantry cupboard is just that a cupboard, so the shelving doesn’t have much room so I have baskets on each shelf to hold different things, such as spreads, or sauces. containers are a mixture of tupperware and supermarket types that hold flour,rice,pasta etc on the top shelf,ReplyCancel

  • Sophie

    Where do you get / how do you do all your labels please? Love them :) ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Do you have any suggestions for pantry’s that are deep? I have a new kitchen and my old pantry was very wide and shallow so I could see and reach everything easily. Now I have 2 deep pantries that are wonderful but I struggle to see what is at the back and am still working out what to put where so that our everyday items are at the front and other items at the back – but it’s easy to forget what I have as I can’t see half of it. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate them. I do have some of the shelves from ikea that allow you to put things up abit higher but it still doesn’t quite solve my problem. Thanks :-) ReplyCancel

    • Rachel

      How about a lazy Susan for your jars?ReplyCancel

Join me in the ’20 Days to Organise and Clean your Home’ Challenge

My life was recently turned upside down at the unexpected loss of my mum.  There were weeks were I struggled to get out of bed, I had a constant headache and just felt lost. Cleaning and organising the home was the last thing on my mind.  However after a few weeks I soon realised that the […]

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  • Emzee

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mum, I lost my mum at the end of last year and the emptiness is consuming, I am still having trouble dealing with daily life, carrying on like nothing changed, I look forward to this challenge and getting order back into my lifeReplyCancel

  • tinkster

    THis sounds brilliant, but I’m having a baby that week! don’t think the two are a good combo!


  • I need this so much right now! Being a temp worker I have to be ready to go each and every day and sometimes I just get overwhelmed with all the little things that need doing to keep us organised. Yesterday I walked into the kitchen to make a cup of coffee and ended up cleaning and reorganising my entire pantry and fridge. When I got up this morning my head feels much clearer!

    Can’t wait to start, you always keep me motivated to be organised so I can enjoy more of life instead of catching up on the cleaning :) ReplyCancel

  • Alyce

    We’re away for 5 days in the middle, but I will definitely do what I can!ReplyCancel

  • Niki Jonesano

    Can’t wait to do this. Am about to start blogging about doing Michelle’s 12 week challenge and Spring clean my house. A life overhaul. Ha. So needs this right now. Can’t wait.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    Yes, I really need this, we’ve just finished renovating and everything is so unorganised and messy, I’m having real issues keeping up with cleaningReplyCancel

  • Paula

    I am in for sure!!! cannot wait.ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    Count me in for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I am super excited to do this!
    I lost my previous mom in march also very sudden and I love cleaning keeps me busy and if a tidy house tidy mind tidy everything! I can’t wait :) ReplyCancel

  • newsurfiegirl

    I’m in too!ReplyCancel

  • Amie

    Perfect timing Kat. We just moved this week so come Monday I will hopefully be mostly unpacked and ready to organise :) ReplyCancel

  • I’m in too…i think… I’m pretty sure I subscribed on FB (I-phone has been playing up so hopefully it went thru!!) and I have signed up for the newsletter! I found your blog this week and have just started decluttering my kitchen! Looks amazing and cant wait to get the rest of my house/life in order!! Keep it up!!!!ReplyCancel

  • GJ Cohen

    Yes i think i will take this challange : )ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I’m in! ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    That is sad news about the loss of your Mum. I cant imagine how hard that must be. But what a great way to get back on your feet and just in time for spring!! I may have to join you Ladies!! ReplyCancel

  • Sami

    Sorry about your Mom Katrina. I will certainly follow you on your organizing challenge as I´ve never been a very organized person but keep on telling myself I need to change! It´s about time I did, so with a bit of help I think I can do it! Thanks (

  • Kandi victorino

    After 14 years of staying at home with 4 kiddos
    , next week they will all be in school fulltime. Sounds like the perfect time for this challenge! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • would lov to be part of the organizational challange, I am up for it since reading you blog and facebook updates I am getting more organized even if it is just writing down things to do on monday when I think of them over the weekend, and updating my diary it is helping in the house knowing I have x amout of time to do stuff before i have to be somewhere so thank you. I know how hard it is too loose you mum suddenlly I did too about 18 years ago it was the worst time of my life and it took me a long time to get over it too, huggsReplyCancel

  • Tab

    I’m inReplyCancel

  • challenge is ON! =D
    (link is off tho, please fix it ?)ReplyCancel

  • If anyone wants a challenge in the organisation department, my house at the moment is enough to make a Libran swallow hot coals and a tidy woman weep, but a cleaning challenge? Excellent plan. I may just have to stand on boxes and stacks to manage it.. but off we go….ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Can’t wait to start this challenge. I too lost my mum recently and have been struggling ever since with everything. Hopefully me getting back on top of my house will help a little day to day too :-) x

  • Ky-lee Fulton

    Just what I need to turn my have to get around to that list… To my to do today list:)ReplyCancel

  • Working with others can only be a plus. So need this. What a great idea!ReplyCancel

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  • Hi Katrina! I spotted your pic on Instagram… I think this may be just what I need… I’m going to join in the fun! Jo :) xReplyCancel

  • I’m in too!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    I heard about this challenge but thought it would be bad timing for me right now as my mother recently died. Then I read this post and I’m so glad I did. I’m sorry for your loss Katrina. You have inspired me to feel better by taking control of my surroundings. I’m in! ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina :) I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mum. In the past 16 years I have lost my dad, my ex-father-in-law, my step-dad and my future father-in-law being the most recent this summer. It is never easy to lose a parent and my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you.
    A friend of mine posted the link on facebook for your challenge. I can’t tell you how perfect the timing is for this. My life has been turned upside down by so many changes this summer I can’t begin to explain here. I will be away for a week during this but I can catch up when I get back. I actually need to do two homes, one this month and likely work on the other next month so I’m definitely in! ReplyCancel

  • [...] Organised Housewife has posted on her website a 20 Days to Organise & Clean Your Home challenge, and I’m joining in. Now I’m a pretty organised person at the best of times [...]ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Hi Kat…i just told my mum that we should both do this…we are trying already to de-clutter both our houses to this should really help us!! thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • [...] have decided to participate in the the 20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home, with The Organised Housewife at the helm. Once the house is clean and organised, the task will be [...]ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Heufel

    Hi Katrina. I’ve been trying to sign up for the 20 day challenge but when I hit subscribe nothing happens and I don’t get any emails. KatherineReplyCancel

  • Kirky

    For some reason when get taken to the page with checklist and click on it the link is broken.ReplyCancel

    • Sam

      Did you work out how to fix this at all Kirky – I am still having issues with the linksReplyCancel

  • all set and ready to go :)
    thanks for the little “kick” in the butt i needed to finally get my self and our lives organised i am so looking forward to having more ME time ReplyCancel

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  • Love the idea! As a mom running 2 businesses, a blog and spending all afternoon driving my girls to their sports and weekends at competitions and and and and (I could really keep going with this list) cleaning my house is last on the list. Basically just before visitors arrive. Finding a routine for it, with tips and helpful hints, and knowing I’m not the only one that’s battling with it … is exactly what I need! I’m in for sure! ;-) ReplyCancel

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  • [...] is now hosting a 20 Day Organise and Clean your Home Challenge just in time for [...]ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay

    Think this is what I need. Have just lost my baby sister and have let the house go to ruin. Need to get organised. Perfect timing.xReplyCancel

  • Lee

    Have just signed up!! may not be able to do ALL at the right time due to some reno’s next week… but thinking this will hopefully help me out of my messy slump AND give me a headstart on helping with my current depression too! awesome idea!ReplyCancel

  • I’m so in need of a challenge right now… Im on teaching placement, and as a result my house and my kids are feeling very neglected right now… my husband might be too! So… I’m in!ReplyCancel

  • [...] and sorting mode in our current house now, in preparation for the move. I’m starting the 20 Days to Organise & Clean Your Home Challenge today. It might seem a bit crazy to be doing it when we’re about to move, but I’m [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] Now I knew I couldn’t do this on my own. I needed a little assisted direction. So I decided to sign up to the Organised Housewife’s 20 Days to Organise & Clean Your Home Challenge. [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] honey, it’s The Organised Housewife’s fault.  I’m doing a challenge to get our house clean in 20 days” I said between fits [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jimjams

    Condolences on your loss.
    Thanks for this – a timely kick up the backside!

  • [...] It also usually means that I get a little over-whelmed and don’t know where to start. But the lovely Kat aka The Organised Housewife has come to the rescue. Yet again. This time with the 20 days to organise and clean your home challenge. [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] incredibly clever and inspiring Katrina from The Organised Housewife has put together the 20 days to clean and organise your home challenge and women all over Australia [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] ~ Why are you doing so many jobs, Mummy? (ahem…. I’ve been nesting, with special thanks to The Organised Housewife). [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] and Vicky | 0 comments Thanks to my lovely neighbour mentioning The Organised Housewife’s ‘20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home Challenge’ I have become an organising machine! I had lost my home organisation mojo since becoming [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] of catching up to do – as you know I’ve been thoroughly enjoying The Organised Housewife’s ‘20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home’ challenge. I have done things that I have never done before. Aired my cushions, vacuumed the [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] to my lovely neighbour mentioning The Organised Housewife’s ‘20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home Challenge’ I have become an organising machine! I had lost my home organisation mojo since becoming [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] has taken this #TOH20daychallenge to make me realise that the clutter in those ‘hidden’ places were cluttering my mind. [...]ReplyCancel

  • I know this is older, but I’m really glad I found this. I too am going through a hard family challenge and my house has just become a cluttered mess. I always feel so much better when my home is clean, and the act of cleaning usually boosts my mood. I look forward to following your challenge!ReplyCancel

  • I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mum….
    My heart goes out to you and your family.
    Ronnie xoReplyCancel

  • Hayley Tehan

    Hi Katrina!!
    I have just decided to start this challenge!! I know I’m Bout 5 months late, but due to illness I was unable to commit the time to the challenge! Now I am ready to fire and having completed task one today I am enthusiastic about the rest!! ReplyCancel

  • Brenda

    I am so glad you have posted this challenge. I need something to get me thru the winter months!ReplyCancel

  • Gail

    I have just had the first anniversary of losing my Mum and really need something like this……cant wait to start.ReplyCancel

  • Nazach Snapp

    Will you be doing another challenge soon?ReplyCancel

  • [...] the only time I go on there).  Today I found The Organised Housewife’s blog, as well as her 20 Day Challenge.  This immediately sparked my interest.  I have been a newlywed for almost five months [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] April 1st I will be re-doing The Organised Housewife’s 20 Days to a Clean Home Challenge. I will be posting each day’s tasks in my facebook group Housework Honeys. I am still wanting [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] last year, while taking part in The Organised Housewife’s 20 Day Challenge to Clean & Organise Your (my!) Home, I got totally bitten by the meal planning [...]ReplyCancel

  • Cat Sim

    USA summer cleaning and using your challenge. Love it! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Tres Belle

    How do I get your 20 days to organise and clean your house info sound just what i need xReplyCancel

  • Kelly Wade

    Hi I have only recently discovered your blog and I already love it!. I am planning to start with the 20 day challenge. My daughter is 18mths old and we decided it would be best for her if I could stay at home with her during the day. Unfortunately due to our financial situation I had to return to work, so I opted to apply for a new job working night fill so I could be home with my DD during the day. I have been working this job for nearly 12 months working 5 nights a week 5pm -10.30pm. I also kept my old job from before DD working in a real estate agent working Fridays and Saturdays all day (allowing enough time on Fridays for me to pick my DD up from her Grandmas give her dinner bathed ready for bed before I’m off to job number two). I love the idea of being organised I am just not very good at doing it. Your website will be able to help me along to changing my habits for the better. I also seem to respond better to check lists and being told what to do and when to do it (lol). Are you able to give me any tips on how to manage my time better maximising quality family time and still keeping a clean and organised home along with juggling two jobs? I believe it is an important quality to teach my DD (but first I need to learn how to do it myself!). Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Deanne Shannon

    How much longer till the 20 day cleaning challenge is available it is getting close to chirssy and would like to have it done before then and before it gets to hot.ReplyCancel

    • Valentina Cauchi

      Hi Deanne, I pinned this particular blog and then realised it was dated back in 2012. After subscribing and getting updates & daily tips, I found old blogs relating to 20 Days to organise & Clean your home by going to each Day eg Day 1, Day 2 and so on. It took a bit of time (couple of hours) but it was worth it and once I printed each day I was ready to start. I didn’t do all tasks as we have moved into a rental from our own home due to work commitments and found not everything applied. I got a binder and put the pages into it as well as printing off any free printables I found useful and using separating tabs to keep everything. I purchased a few of Katrina’s checklist, favourite one is Cleaning checklist. I used the 20 days challenge in a week as we had a house inspection and I wanted to ensure everything was near to perfect. It was great to use for that. It would be great if the 20 day challenge was available from Katrina’s shop of printables but doesn’t seem to be as yet. I believe she will do this from other posts written here. Hope this helps and sorry if my pinning this to Pinterest got you confused. Kindest, Valentina xxReplyCancel

  • Lisa Hope

    Hi Kat, can you do another of these challenges? soon? kids are going back to school – would be perfect timing for a new year….ReplyCancel

  • […] is keeping me on my toes in terms of facebook posts!), as well as The Organised Housewife’s 20 Day Challenge, AND my own personal challenge of getting on my rowing machine every day. Not to mention uni […]ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    Oh I agree with Lisa would love to do this or at least get a list of what was involved in the challenge. I really need to sort my house so I can start working on myself!

  • This one is great, a 20-day challenge! I used have a 20-day challenge of exercise to be fit. I guess I can substitute it with cleaning. In this way, I can enjoy 2 goals in one way. Living healthy and having a very organized and detailed cleaned day by day. Thanks for this idea!ReplyCancel

{GIVEAWAY} Tupperware Modular Mates Home Start set

I am so excited to be giving away a Tupperware Modular Mates Homes Start Set to one lucky reader.  This kit will help you to start organising your pantry, or if you already have modular mates it will extend your collection!   As I showed you yesterday ‘A guide to sizes of Tupperware Modular Mate containers […]

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  • Thanks for the comp!! I’ve been following your blog and getting emails for a while now. Sometimes I even manage to do a few daily tasks! LOL
    My kids have recently needed a change in diet to gluten free so we are in desperate need of organisation!
    Good luck to those who enter and thanks again for the comp! ReplyCancel

  • Sensen

    This would be sooo amazing to win this. My husband and I have just moved into our home and I am trying to organise my pantry (this is the first time I have had to do this in my life) trying to find the right containers for everything is interesting lol

  • Justine Clarke

    Probably the best comp prize I have entered for a long time! My husband despairs of me “do we really need more plastic containers??” and I launch into long explanation of why Tupperware is not just another “plastic container”ReplyCancel

    • I was trying to find out what the numbers mean and am no closer to any knowledge : ) I loved your comment. Sounds like my house.ReplyCancel

  • Love Tupperware and love my Modular Mates! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    I would love to win these to help my mother start cleaning up the clutter that fills her home. Sorry, I don’t have facebook so I’m hoping this blog comment will count as an entry. :) ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Fitton

    Love your page. I am not sure if the pinit thing worked for me though. Am new at doing that sort of thing. Good luck everyone.
    Would be fantastic to have some new Tupperware. ReplyCancel

  • I am 35 years old with 2 kids and one cooking and have never owned a piece of tupperware!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome giveawayReplyCancel

  • Roslyn Roser

    Would love to win. Moving to a new house with limited cupboard space, so really need to be organised! :) ReplyCancel

  • Tracye McMahon

    Great giveaway just in time for my spring cleaning starting with my kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth A

    Hope I’ve done all those bits correctly… fantastic giveaway, thanks for the opportunity! ReplyCancel

  • Utterly Organised

    Wow, what an amazing giveaway. As you know I am a HUGE fan and this would expand my existing collection :-)
    Allison @ Utterly OrganisedReplyCancel

  • Carly

    Would live to win these. My pantry is a mess and this would be the motivation i need!ReplyCancel

  • Jess M

    I’m excited about this great giveaway as I’ve been working on my pantry over the past week after your inspiring photos. I’d love to win!ReplyCancel

  • Katelyn

    Would love to win this comp…. Another thing to say about Tupperware, if you have a housefire and they can take extreme heat, I had a housefire in wagga 3 years ago(a month after convincing my partner that is was worth buying Tupperware), after buying a cupboard full of the modular mates, about half survived, some had soot damage but the inside didn’t smell smoky and wasn’t mis shapen, the other half the fire was too close too and it was destroyed.
    I have no modular mates these days because in the split with my ex I got my 2 kids, their toys, clothes and beds and my personal belongings. Since the split I have bought a few bits and pieces where I can, plus some I had as presents since. Unfortunately, buying furniture is what I have to do before I think about tupperware seriously.ReplyCancel

  • I love tupperware too. Unfortunately we’ve had to replace the sandwich keepers as sometimes they disappear at school never to return (wonder if their is a rebirthing racket going on there??!!)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    I didn’t realise that Tupperware had gone BPA free….. good to know!ReplyCancel

  • Sura

    What a fab giveaway – thanks so much.I finally have a pantry and would love some tupperware!ReplyCancel

  • Petrina

    More tupperware would always be a good thing!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I’ve just started my collection, actually received my stuff today and have already started doing my cupboard, but need lots more!!! Would love to win…ReplyCancel

  • I need more modular mates. my cupboard scares me :-sReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic giveaway. Shame I already have a cupboard full!! Love my Modular MatesReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I am a Tupperware demonstrator and love your blog about our fantastic products.
    If anyone requires any further information, would like me to do a pantry fit-out/review or want to host your own party feel free to contact me on 0414667596, you could get this set for free just by having a demonstration and inviting a couple of your friends.ReplyCancel

  • Oh I’d love these!! My cupboard is a mess. lolReplyCancel

  • I would love to win these as I have half dressed out my pantry and it looks fabulous. It is the first place I like to show everyone when they come to see me. Cupboards are always plasant to look in.ReplyCancel

  • ooohh just what I need for my new pantry in my new home ! (well its not brand new but its new to me)ReplyCancel

  • michelle koevoets

    BEST GIVEAWAY EVER ~ Ah i love tupperware..! Gave up work this year to become a full time student (while being a single mum of 2) so tupperware has been backbenched..fingers crossed :)xReplyCancel

  • Rach

    Awesome blogs & awesome prize :-) ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Pehi

    I would sooooo love to win these after having 8 kids I am in real need of replacement thankyouReplyCancel

  • Mardi Durie

    Love the competition! (and the inspiration you give!).
    Tupperware would be fantastic!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • OMG!!! I am a tupperware hoarder Sshhhh sure am i need to re do my entire pantry but this to win is an awesome start hell yes.ReplyCancel

  • 5122 entries!? are you kidding me! props..ReplyCancel

  • Theresa

    I love this set, the mini rectangles are my favesReplyCancel

  • Nicky

    Would love to be able to win this, i never win anything it seems!!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Hi , great ideas re re organizing your pantry !
    I’m a Tupperware distributed in Sydney and in the month of September if you have a party you can get some great freebies as well as getting a huge set of Tupperware valued at almost $300 for less than a fifth of the price ! Amazing value … All you have to do is invite over a few friends , have a demo and voila !
    Please contact me if you would like a Sydney party anytime but particularly of you like the September special
    Email me on [email protected] for a chat … Or text on 0433119106 for any more infoReplyCancel

  • lisa c

    Love my modular mates but still don’t have enough for everything to be organised!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    Awesome giveawayReplyCancel

  • claire evans

    great giveawaysReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    I have been using Modular Mates for years – love how they stack in the pantry ;-) ReplyCancel

  • Shannen

    With our first baby recently joining our family I am finding the need to be organised more important than ever. Would love some modular mates to add to my pantry. ReplyCancel

  • Gee

    I need some more organisation that’s for sure. More tupperware will help :-) ReplyCancel

  • Npamz

    Thanks Katrina (The Organised Housewife) and Tupperware this is an awesome giveaway and really appreciate you helping to sort our homes one day at a time….Best wishes for a fantastic day today!!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    OMG! I need this so badly. HELP!!!ReplyCancel

  • happyhoois

    This is the dream prize for the “work in progress” kitchen to get organised…. ReplyCancel

  • Katrina – I’d love the details to contact your Tupperware demonstrator – I moved to the Gold Coast about 10 months ago and haven’t found a new demonstrator yet. ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I’m A bit confused on how to enter – so am just going to leave a comment – saying that I love tupperware and really need more in my cupboard as everything is falling on my head when I open the doors! thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • I would <3 <3 <3 to win this! (I never win anything!)ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie fisher

    I am just starting my new pantry so this prize would be awesome !ReplyCancel

  • Jana A.

    My dream home includes an organized pantry with matching tupperware for all of my food! :) ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    We definitely need this! thanks :) ReplyCancel

  • Oh I would love help to organize my non existent pantry!ReplyCancel

  • Amazing!! -fingers crossed…-ReplyCancel

  • I am a huge fan of the Modular Mates from Tupperware! I really need to buy some more.ReplyCancel

  • Cakebaker

    I already have a set but would love to win another one to help my Daughter organize her pantry…..thanksReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Finding a matching container and kid set in my kitchen drawer is a bit like playing Bingo. It’s great when you get a match right away but not always so lucky. Would love some proper Tupperware!ReplyCancel

  • Deeanne

    I would love to win a set to organise my cluttered pantry :) ReplyCancel

  • Please please can this be me! I need this I so need this!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Had a fight with my pantry top shelf last night and it won. Time for some organization.ReplyCancel

  • So looking forward to who the lucky winner might be. amazing prize. Fingers crossed, not long to go now.ReplyCancel

  • What an amazing give away. I have Tupperware Modular Mates and I love them. More than 20 years later and they are still going strong. I would love to win some new ones to add to my collection, you can never have too much Tupperware.ReplyCancel

  • I love you blog. I’ve only just moved out for the first time in my life and I get some many great ideas from your blog to do in my houseReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I am slightly tupperware addicted!!! My husband used to hate it until he realised just how good it is!!!! I have converted him!!! I am yet to makeover our pantry though… fingers crossed ReplyCancel

  • Love modular mates and all things tupperware – just booked another demo tonight actually! Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • I can’t figure out how to PIN a tupperware product. i’m new to pintrest and can’t see a ‘pin it’ button on the tupperware pagesReplyCancel

    • Kylie W

      Fiona, I had to play around with installing the pin it button on hub’s PC in Favourites Bar, so then the pin it button is there on a toolbar while you’re looking at the Tupperware catalogue, then you should be able to click on the pin it button on the toolbar and choose which picture from the catalogue you want to pinReplyCancel

  • I have absolutely no tupperware, so this would be a great way to start a collection. Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • bdcthompson

    I love my modular mates, I use them all the time to keep my pantry organised, but I’m always running out, so would love some more. Thanks so much for the opportunity. xx Oh and am loving your blogReplyCancel

  • Betty

    I just can’t get my pantry right, would love to get some order. Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Luga

    Here in the states we have something better than Tupperware…. Lock N’ Lock & it’s a fraction of the cost of tupperware.ReplyCancel

  • Terry Hansen

    Love Tupperware and how they stack so nicely to see everything! I’d love to win some tupperware – I’m doing the 20 day organising challenge and organizing all day long! Thanks for the opportunity and the inspiration to get things cleaned up!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis

    What a great giveaway! I’ve found your blog through friends for the ’20 day challenge’ and am enjoying the inspiration to get my place a bit cleaner and tidier! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Ai Lin

    Hi there,

    Since reading your blog, I am so inspired to get Tupperware for myself. I am starting with the modular mates series, and I have placed order with a friend from overseas (1/3 of the price after conversion rate!!) and can’t wait for it to arrive at my door step. However, I am still not happy the way my pantry is at the moment, so I have decided to sort it out tomorrow! Wish me luck, and I am sure I will be chucking stuffs away. I have just cleared out the storage cabinet – oh boy! amount of unwanted and unused stuffs are just sitting there. I didn’t manage to take a before picture, but I will try to remember for the pantry tomorrow. Wish me luck. Your blog is brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Name

    i do enjoy some tuppawareReplyCancel

  • Moi

    Hi Katrina,

    I have been a fan of yours for a long time!! I have heaps of Tupperware and I use it all the time but I have never been able to find the perfect container to store rice cakes (round ones)!! Is there a particular Tupperware item that you use or you know others use to store rice cakes??? my kids love them but they keep going stale :-( ReplyCancel

    • I use the mini rectangle 2 to store the rice cakes. You used to be able to get the mini’s in packs, you maybe able to ask your demonstrator if you can buy them individually. If you need a demonstrator, contact me and I’ll put you onto a great one who would be happy to help.ReplyCancel

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    Terrific blog by the way!ReplyCancel

A guide to sizes of Tupperware Modular Mate containers for the pantry

If you have seen pics of  my pantry you will know that I am hooked on Tupperware.  I met a mum at swimming lessons many years ago who was a tupperware demonstrator who showed me the latest Tupperware catalogue.  I took it home and nearly tagged every page in the book.  I believed I needed […]

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  • ngaire jarron

    Just letting people know – Access Mates seals will no longer be available after 29th August so if you would like one – order them now!

    Also, you are right there are specials in September for Modular mates sets, the bonus items range from Spice Sets to Veg Out Larges so very worthwhile to party in September!ReplyCancel

    • I was looking for them in the new catalogue because I couldn’t remember what they were called. Thank you for letting us know ;) ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Hey – just found out yesterday the mini rectangles that you can only get in the Home start kit are available next month in a small kit of their own :) ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    This is awesome, I’m just about to do this to my pantry. I noticed Flour and SR Flour in large flat rectangle containers rather than up right. Do you find this works better? Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Kate, yes I do, it fits a full 2kg bag and it’s easier for me to get my hand in with a 1 cup and scoop out what is required. It also fits well on my pantry shelf.ReplyCancel

  • Wow about the mini rectangles being available on their own. I love them. I have a full modular mate pantry that I purchased all in bulk when the modular mates were on special – had my own catalogue party..with just me as the customer. I had enough ‘sales’ to get all the host and free gifts :) I have a master list that I got years ago that tells you how much of each ingredient (in grams and kgs) fit in each container. I used that as my guide for getting the right container size. Kerry T Brisbane.ReplyCancel

    • I have been trying to google that list Kerry :) I knew it existed, I could only find an American version which didn’t really relate. Great idea having your own party :) ReplyCancel

      • I still have it :) Am quite happy to scan and email to you if you like. It would be 10-15 yrs old, but the modular mate sizes haven’t changed, so am sure it would still be okay. I got it from a Tupperware Manager back when I was ‘collecting’ my sets :) :) ReplyCancel

        • Alannah Croom

          Would it be possible to upload the list onto your website? It would be great to have! :) ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Customers can also receive a FREE consultation on their pantry (or even fridge and freezer!) from your Demonstrator to work out what containers you need for the products you purchase (either immediately or over time). This is a very worthwhile exercise as it ensures you do find the right container for the product and size of your shelf. I LOVE doing CKP’s for my customers!ReplyCancel

  • kris

    Quick question – where do you keep replacement stock so that it doesn’t look messy? e.g. if I buy more plain flour because I know I won’t have quite enough left for a recipe, i don’t want to top up the existing flour because then it will be a mix of old and new. Once my container runs out I like to rinse and refill with all new flour. But, where do I store the new pack until I need it? Do you have a separate part of the pantry for things in original packaging rather than tupperware? thanks :) ReplyCancel

  • karen ryan

    sorry your tupperware is not even in your cupboards,and it doesnt look as good as it should
    mine are all even and it looks amazingReplyCancel

    • No it’s not Karen, but as you read above I have mentioned I have room to purchase more if and when I need. This is a guide to help people, not to criticise ReplyCancel

  • Anisa

    Ki Katrina, could you tell me what size packet of weetbix do you fit in the rectangle 2, please?ReplyCancel

  • Nicky elliott

    Custom kitchen planning booklet or sheet is available in nett items for those of u still demonstrating. I actually include one in e ery party pack that i give out because i love the end result in my own kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Jeni

    I’d love you to come and organise my pantry LOL… I just don’t know where to start… mine isn’t messy and is somewhat organised because we only moved recently but to sort it out with the racks and tupperware containers, I just feel overwelmed at the thought of doing it myself!ReplyCancel

  • Peta

    Thanks so much for this guide. I need to do something different and better with my pantry and this is great inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Your pantry looks amazing Katrina! Could you please tell me what size you would use to store salt? Thank you. I can’t see how to access the guide to determine the sizes. Is the link still on this page?ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Hi Katrina,
    Can you please email me the master list with grams and kgs? I’m trying to organise my pantry and it would be very handy to get the containers right. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Kerrily Barton

    i it! i m going to do my pantry today and make a notice board for the inside to. handy place for he school tuckshop list. could you please email me the what list of size guides…im actually excited!!ReplyCancel

  • stacey

    Yay. Im a demonstrator in christchurch and CKPs are my favourite to do for my customers.well done Katrina, your pantry looks greatReplyCancel

  • Susan

    A Tupperware dealer has a catalogue of what size foodstuff purchase will fit into which container. Anyone that needs more help can find a local demonstrator via the Tupperware web page and organise to have a custom kitchen planning demonstration.ReplyCancel

  • [...] practical gifts at my baby shower, such a nappies, lotions, Tupperware (maybe that’s when the obsession began) and baby wipes.  It wasn’t long after the twins were born I learnt that they reacted [...]ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Maree

    Tupperware have a great special on Modular Mates for the month of April 2013. Contact your local Tupperware lady to hear more. If you host a party in April you could even receive a set of Modular Mates free. Also your Tupperware lady can do a Custom Kitchen Plan for you this will help you choose the right Modular Mates for the products you buy in the quantities that you buy them. This can also be done for your Fridge and Freezer with Tupperware’s Fridge Smart and Vent Smart systems and the Antarctica range. I now love my pantry, fridge and freezer so easy to find things and I really do save money keeping my food fresher for longer.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Can you tell me what the difference is between the ovals and the super ovals??ReplyCancel

    • ovals aren’t as long Megan, they are good for packets of coconut and sugar, I use the super ovals for bigger packet items like pasta and rice.ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh Louise Payne

    While it all looks very neat stacked like this I don’t see it as very user friendly. I own tupperware modular mates and it drives me nuts to lift out 2 or 3 other containers to get the one i need from the bottom. Most of what’s on the bottom isn’t used at all. I have already retired several Tupperware containers in favour of just leaving things in original packaging.ReplyCancel

    • kez

      Hi Asheligh,
      I have just bought some inexpensive shelves from Ikea for my pantry. I am loving that I don’t have to take out several items to get to the one on the bottom of the pile. They are metal, cream coated and are stackable!!ReplyCancel

The container I use to store our coffee and sugar

I have just started drinking coffee, I don’t know why it took me so long, I’m hooked now.   I have my 2 cups each day, just after the kids go to school and around 2pm, any later and I won’t sleep. image credit I keep the coffee & sugar in our pantry, mainly because […]

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  • cindy

    if it only you that drinks coffee…dont buy big jars they go stale..opt for coffee bags or smaller jars..stays fresher..tastes better. xReplyCancel

  • Katrina Allan

    i’m a barista, aka, the coffee lady, and i love my coffee, but for those who don’t drink it that much, this is a great idea..ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    ohhhhh, i work at coles and last night i was setting up the sale displays for the catalogue that starts today. ALL SISTEMA CONTAINERS 50% OFF THIS WEEK!!!! I have a full cupboard of these already but il be buying some for my friend who never has enough :) ReplyCancel

Cork board behind pantry door

Our fridge can be seen in most living areas of the house – dining room, lounge room and walk through area.  When it has bits of paper clipped or attached to the fridge with magnets it begins to look untidy and messy.  It’s a personal preference of mine that I prefer not to keep anything […]

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  • So how much would you charge to come and make over my house? Can I pay you in photos? My goodness you have inspired me.ReplyCancel

  • Nadia - The Everyday Blessings

    I LOVE this idea!!!! Makes me wish I had a proper walk in pantry to do this, but I just have large cupboards with double doors. Maybe I can think of somewhere else to put it…..ReplyCancel

    • Suzy

      Nadia, I have the same type of pantry as you, so my version of this is to stickytape my shopping list and meal list to the back of the door (I just start a new list each week with new stickytape, and it doesn’t leave any residue or damage the cupboard at all). I stick a pen there with blutack too. I also use this space to stick notes/reminders for myself eg things to look for next time I’m shopping at Target/Kmart. I have my kids chores lists and reminders lists stuck on the end of my pantry (which isn’t visible to the rest of the house), but you could also stick those on the back of the pantry door.ReplyCancel

  • That looks fantastic Katrina! Great thinking reusing the mustard tin…I would have thought you purchased something fancy if you hadn’t told us.ReplyCancel

  • Christine S

    I LOVE~LOVE~LOVE this idea. I’ve been looking for something to do on the inside of our pantry door and was thinking cork boards. I love that you have written out the dishwasher chores (my three take turns like that too – top shelf/bottom shelf/cutlery). Would save arguments over whose turn to do what I would imagine.
    I don’t like anything on my fridge either, except black & white photos of family and friends mixed with red quotes/sayings etc that I have printed out laminated and glued magnets to the back. And on the sides I have my meal planner/kids music lesson timetables etc. But it is impracticle to have on the side because my fridge is in an alcove and can’t be seen easily. Love this idea so much I am going to get the bits and pieces today and make it this afternoon.ReplyCancel

  • StaceyLeeGetonwithitalready

    Beautiful co-ordinating of the colours! Looks very serene considering it holds a lot of itemsReplyCancel

  • I love the curry tin idea!!! The whole little makeover looks great!!ReplyCancel

  • Brilliant idea! I too am slightly OCD about my fridge so this is a great way to stay organised :) Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    Wow! that looks amazing – job well done!ReplyCancel

  • Will be doing this in our new place next year!!!ReplyCancel

  • what are the measurements of the cork board please Katrina?ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    I love this! In our previous house we had a black board painted on the each pantry door, one for shopping and one for meals – it was fantastic and used by all in house (I’d often just take a photo of shopping list before heading out to shops). But we have a new kitchen now and I don’t like the idea of painting any doors with blackboard paint!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina, I would add one more list, but it doesn’t need to be as big as the other two, but for those mums who do work and need to use freezer meals on busy days, long days, extracurricular days… Many people either have a freezer that is difficult to see to the back, or an extra one out in the garage. Another tick chart perhaps, SOMETHING to help us know what is in there, and when to cook another batch of spag bog, stew or whatever other freezer surprises we rely on… what do you think?
    I have seen one where you cross off as you take something from the freezer too… ReplyCancel

  • Love it! This will be my project for this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • When (if it happens haha) I get a pantry I am so doing this. At the moment nowhere to really put it.. Except maybe the back of the kitchen door, as that doesn’t get seen much. But the plan is to remove that and put a sliding door in, which might not work so well :) ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    How big of a cork board did you use? I live in a mobile home so everything, including our doors, are smaller than usual. I love this idea and want to copy it but finding it difficult to find a cork board big enough to make it worth while.ReplyCancel

  • KayJay

    Hi! I loved this idea so much, I ran out to office works yesterday and made my own last night – it was easy and looks pretty cool – thanks!!!ReplyCancel

{Inspiring} Pantry Organising Ideas

It’s back!  Inspiring finds Friday, where I find ideas from other blogs & websites about organising a particular area of your home, this week I found some great pantry organising solutions, I hope they inspire you! Pantry Organising Ideas Use sink caddies to store satchels  |  Make Bake Celebrate ********  Great use of containers  | […]

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  • Naomi Tsvirko

    After writing my blog post today, i decided i needed to visit your site. Some great ideas, will be here often :) ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Some amazing ideas there. I’ve got this tiered wire thing where I can line up my cans and/or jars so you can see what’s behind the cans instead of just stacking one in front of the other. ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Always love some inspiring pantry pics..thanks so much a great round up..take careReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    don’t forget to make sure u have adequate lighting. It helps keep ur hard work of organising……..Tidy :) ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for including our pantry in your post. I am still in love with the handled containers (and feeling rather smug about what a bargain they are after seeing them in an Avon catalogue for 3x the price!)ReplyCancel

  • I love a good pantry! Thanks for the inspiration. Mine need a good clean up!ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Would love to see ideas for ‘scattered cupboards’ in the kitchen rather than a designated pantry. I need a kitchen makeover :( ReplyCancel

  • […] for inspiration, there are some truly fantastic organisational blogs out there for example The Organised Housewife and A Bowl Full Of […]ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Allan

    OMG, it is a bit like cake porn. Love it (and I must of missed your re-branding of your website, it looks awesome. Great job :) ReplyCancel

{DECLUTTER} Clean out expired spices

In my recent pantry clean out I was horrified to come across a spice bottle that had expired in 2008. I thought I regularly checked their expires, however I must have kept missing this one. Whilst I’m happy to use spices that are only a few months past expiry, I do throw them out after […]

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  • Jodee

    OMG – I just got rid of all thr expired spices in my spice rack and I threw out 42 bottles, 7 unopened the oldest of which was May 2005! Thank you for your fantastic website – we have started a LifeEdited project in our house – you are an ispiration. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Laura Keller

    Here in Canada, we have a place called “Bulk Barn” where you can buy spices in just the quantity you want … really helps with this problem. For example I only use Allspice at Christmas, so I just get a couple of tablespoons at that time of year. Then I don’t have to store it for the next 12 months! I imagine you have a place like that in Oz …ReplyCancel

    • Dawn

      Ooooh, I just checked…there’s one in Bridgewater! Thanks for that heads-up!!!ReplyCancel

  • just found some nutmeg that expired in 2003. put it in the bin, eekReplyCancel

  • Merran

    I emptied 6 expired spice jars. Then wondered what I could do with them. Anyone got any ideas on how we can reuse these? I thought maybe to store beads for kids craft projects, or seeds for my veggie garden …ReplyCancel

  • Namz

    A suggestion – those dates stamps rub off after time. I normally get a marker pen and write the date on the label, so that a few year’s down the track, I can still clearly see when the spices have expired.ReplyCancel


    While staying at my MILs place a couple years ago, I came across spices expired in 1995. She insisted that they were still good to use. Ewww……I had to chuck them while she was out.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Hinchliff

    Sooooo, I just went through all of my spices and herbs, chucked out about 70% of them. I’ve never thought to get rid of spices and herbs before!! Thanks :-) ReplyCancel

  • Tara Jane

    Super helpful! Thank goodness I got my spice rack organised around the same time I got married, it’s very easy to keep track of what needs tossing when as long as I remember how long I’ve been married!ReplyCancel

  • Briana

    Don’t throw out the jars that the spices come in as they are more expensive! Tip the contents out, wash the jar & refill, sticky tape the new date back on the bottom!ReplyCancel

  • Lainie

    Hi – you’ve said ‘unlimited shelf life’ for vanilla extract, but I’ve often wondered about that great vanilla bean paste! Should it be stored in the pantry once opened, or the fridge? And is it also ‘unlimited shelf life’? TIA for any definitive answer on this one!ReplyCancel

  • […] week on facebook I gave everybody the task to look through their spices and purge any that are out of date, it surprised quite a few with unexpected and very past due dates.  Sometimes we just don’t […]ReplyCancel

Storage solutions for organising the pantry

There are times when something happens in our lives and we need to take time out from our normal routines.  This is perfectly OK and much needed, however I found myself digging a deeper hole each time I saw my chaos, I am trying to get back into my normal routine and sorting my pantry […]

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  • Joanne

    IKEA have stands for $5 that are very pretty and sturdy with a pattern on the top that you could use for your two level requirements. They don’t bow in the middle from the weight. ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    Beautiful! I wish my pantry was as big. I would also dedicate the bottom shelf to my 3yr son to organize and potter Montessori styles.ReplyCancel

  • Andi

    Your pantry is just gorgeous! It gives me so many ideas for mine. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I am inspired while my pantry is fairly organized with Tupperware atm I really like the clear containers from Howards great when doing the shopping list

  • micknjan

    I used to have a basket (plastic coated wire) that slid on to a shelf and hung underneath. Have lost it somewhere in moves, anyone know where they can be purchased. thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Great video Katrina! I love how you’ve explained what containers you use and why. I’m definitely inspired to give my pantry to makeover.ReplyCancel

  • Beck

    Wow can you come and do mine?ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Just finished re-Organising my pantry, thanks for the motivation, i have changed it around and it is much more user friendly now. Love your website!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    Great Katrina….the video was a great way to demonstrate everything clearly..thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Nani

    I found some great containers (superlock by micronware) in our local ‘cheapy’ shop which have dials on the top so that you can set the date and month so you know how long you’ve had things like flour or rice. One of the problems with dry goods in containers is not knowing how long they’ve been there! ReplyCancel

  • Larissa ~ My Pigeon Pair

    Katrina I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I really need to take a visit to Howards Storage World!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joy

    looks great, will definitely have to do that to my pantry now :) ReplyCancel

  • Organizing services NYC

    Love the way the pantry has been organized its really looks great and very much descent.

  • Genevieve

    My pantry is about an eighth of the size of yours :( uber jealous. I hate my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Lina

    i have been looking at my pantry for the past 3 weeks thinking what can i do to make it work .. As everytime i clean it out it never had all the sollutions thank you for the motivation i am going tomorrow in my lunch break to find some of these great containers.. Can i ask where you purchased some of these things for canisters etcReplyCancel

  • Ooh I WISH I had a pantry…. I get one corner cupboard and a half cupboard above my bench to store food in. So I am soo envious of everyone who has a big pantry that can hide their condiments, beverages and bread….
    On the up side I just bought some more tupperware modular mates so I can stack SOME things and try to make the most of the space I DO have…. Yay Tupperware!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Great organizing. I have packets everywhere. Will now go out and get some plastic tubs for shelves and floor. Already have the Tupperware, so that’s something!ReplyCancel

  • MrsY

    I love your pantry! It has given me some ideas and inspiration but I am in desperate need of advice. I hate my pantry shelves. They are just too deep and food get lost and forgotten at the back. the shelves are approx. the width of a door and as deep and only 4 shelves. Any suggestions??ReplyCancel

    • charliB

      Medium Roll out Shelf – to store the bread, can probably get them in large also. Another Idea might be to use your “pantry for plastics, plates cups etc, and the cupboards you currently use for plastics, plates, cups etc for your food…ReplyCancel

  • kristie

    Great Ideas, where would I get one of these spice racks from?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I LOVE this – I thought my pantry was good, but yours is FABULOUS! Where did you buy the stackable canisters and the spice racks? I have my spices all in a tub and it drives me crazy. PS. I love Tupperware.ReplyCancel

    • Melissa, the stackable canisters are from Howards Storage World, but they have suddenly stopped being airtight, so I can’t recommend them to you for storing food sadly.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Do you have any tips on how to keep a small pantry organised? I have about a quarter of the storage space that you do.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle

    You need me!
    Seriously Katrina, all this modern processed food is what has made you fat and sick and it’s going to do the same to your kids. with love Narelle xReplyCancel

    • Narelle, please understand this post was published in 2012 and we have now changed our diet in many ways.ReplyCancel

      • Narelle

        thank goodness for that!
        I understand how you got there seeing this pantry.
        Good for you : ) with love Narelle xReplyCancel

    • Peta Bruce

      That is so rude :( And it is from over a year ago!ReplyCancel

      • Narelle

        Peta, rude is when I don’t love women enough to help them understand that modern processed food is doing this to them and their children.ReplyCancel

    • Lex

      Okay, but could you have possibly worded that differently or sent it in a message? Geez lady, keep some decorum!!ReplyCancel

      • Narelle

        sometimes love is not always packaged with bows and decorum : )
        However, I would be commenting on the graciousness of the host : )ReplyCancel

  • Sarz

    where are the black lidded containers availale from?ReplyCancel

  • Sue Craddock

    where did u get the spice rack in your video? please. I live in Newcastle NSW Australia.ReplyCancel

{Organising the Kitchen Pantry} Pantry Raid and don’t compare your standards

Over the next two weeks I am going to share how I have managed to get my pantry from chaos to organised.  As you know I have not been myself over the past 10 weeks, I have not kept cupboards or areas around my home as organised as I would like.  But I have come […]

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  • Jaemerton

    I’m keen, tell me how to start and I will follow the stepsReplyCancel

  • Beckpryde

    I totally understand where you’re coming from Katrina!  :)  I have a messy house most of the time, and when it is tidy I feel so much calmer and ‘in control’.  I just wish my girls would enjoy the tidying up bit and not just the end result!  :)  I’m going to buy one of your fave things this week, some 3m hooks!  Going to stick the girls laundry bag/hamper on the wall.  :) ReplyCancel

  • I’m the same as you Katrina. I have times where I let the overwhelm take over and my house becomes chaotic. Once I have it organised again it’s as though I can breathe easier and life just seems to flow better in my household. I’m looking forward to following along with your pantry posts, I need to do mine again soon so it’s a timely series of posts for me. Thankyou :) ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    wasting your life??? well, how rude!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! While I dont take on EVERY suggestion I have found so many tips and tricks that have made my life that much easier!! for example, i cleaned out the wasted space under my sink and made everything so easy to reach. I used to spend one day every weekend cleaning and organising and now since reading your blog I have not wasted one minute of my weekends doing any of this stuff. I have found it to be the exact opposite of ‘wasting your life’ I have so much more time to enjoy myself on the weekends and spend more time with friends and family!! Im also trying to start a family and im so glad I found this blog sooner rather than later so I can get my house (and my life) ready for any new additions that come our way ;) THANK YOU AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK XOXOXReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I understand the need to feel organised too.  If my house isn’t tidy or in an organised state I feel out of control too.  I love your blog and the ideas I can get from it.  Thank yoiu.ReplyCancel

  • Corinnep

    How true about us all having “different standards”.  I personally feel much calmer and happier when my house (and life!) is in some sort of order, whether my pantry, kitchen cupboard or even my wardrobe.  I start to feel very overwhelmed if I have too much stuff in my home.  Sadly, I recently have experienced other Mums who have commented on how “neat” my home is, how I’m “baking” every day (no, only once a week) and when I visit them how their homes are not like mine, ignore the mess – I personally am not interested in their domestic lives and would never judge someone else by my own standards – we all lead busy lives, whether full-time at work / part-time or stay at home mums.  I have been all three, plus an at home business.  I currently work 2 days a week and my 2 daughters are school age.  I think sometimes us women can be a bit harsh on each other – and yes, we all do have different standards but that is okay!!  I enjoy reading your blog Katrina x ReplyCancel

    • Jackie

      I feel the same as you. I feel calm when everything is in order, I just can’t seem to get it all done though. I would ignore these other people. Some people are just nasty. Rise above it and keep going, well done you.ReplyCancel

  • Suzy

    Gosh, some people can be nasty, can’t they? Maybe that person should stop “wasting” their time reading your blog if they’re not interested in being organised.ReplyCancel

  • Niki Jonesano

    I am in. Lets do this together. I follow your blog, but rarely if ever, comment. I would love to be involved. I hope these days are finding you a little more light since the passing of your beloved Mum. NikiReplyCancel

  • I love this challenge, im on to it!! I too feel stressed and down when the house is not in someway organised or tidy, and i am in desperate need of an overhaul!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda B

    I’m in! I keep organising re-organising and I just wanna get it organised and stop organising.. he he.. ReplyCancel

  • My pantry needs a good clean out, so I’ll be watching out for some tips along the way :) ReplyCancel

  • I agree with you here! It’s all about sharing your experiences and discoveries, not about setting a standard. I look forward to hearing your ideas on organizing the pantry. Mine is overflowing at the moment as I did a major restock and should’ve cleared out the old first. Oh well! When inspiration hits I need everything visible and easy to reach or I get cranky lol!!
    Glad to see you returning to your own self Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been “off duty” for a while in our house.  I had a c-section almost 6 weeks ago and being my 4th I have found my recovery to be quite slow, I also was quite sick and had rotten hips and back for the few weeks before I gave birth so my contribution to household chores was limited.  This means that all the areas of our house that I once had complete control over have been in my husbands hands for 6+ weeks.  Now that I am getting back into my old routines I am finding that everything is taking so long!  The pots and pans are away and in the right cupboard but not so that the ones I use most frequently are easily accessible.  The tupperware cupboard is vomiting plastic onto the floor every time it is opened leading my husband to say that “we have too much!” and I calmly tell him to wait until I can re-organise it and it will all seem to work and fit again.  I am taking a long time to do simple jobs because although things are technically away in the right spot they are not organised efficiently.  It is certainly not a waste of time to organise.  I have 4 kids to get out the door in the mornings and I want to sleep for as long as I can get away with… it’s got to be organised for me to do that!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    I’m on a major declutter & organise mission as well.  I, like you, always feel more calm, relaxed and content when there is a place for everything and everything in its place.  I even started blogging about it, which is really motivating because I can’t blog unless I’ve done some actual work.  I love the way you think about organisation, and it’s all about making things easier so you can enjoy more of life.  And, unlike housework, when your organising is done, it’s done … and may only need to be revisited every 6-12 months to make sure it’s still doing its job.  Thank you for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • PALM05

    I love knowing that my cupboards are tidy – not perfect or pristine but everything where it should be. I am lucky to have a walk-in pantry that is home to my everyday crockery, small appliances and plastics as well so my kitchen is always fairly clear. My brain doesn’t do clutter and I find that I can’t relax if I have things out of place. I love your blog and enjoy reading about your latest endevours. Your twins last party was especially fabulous. I passed the lego cake idea to my neice – she loved it and made one for her son. Cheers to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I love your organising skills! You are an inspiration.
    You have some fantastic ideas and I am sure that you help
    a great many mums! Thank you. ReplyCancel

  • The Flying Drunken Monkey

    It was so nice to talk to you about this today. As I said, I will never be as organised as you but you are a great inspiration for me to be better. That’s the only way to compare is only to try and improve. ReplyCancel

  • Pompea

    Thank you! For your interesting and inspiring posts.  I’m with you, I feel better when I’m organised.  Maybe the person that criticised you recently re your cupboards should try organising themselves rather than criticising others to make themselves feel better.  THANKS AGAIN xReplyCancel

  • sarah-jane

    Hi Kat, great to hear that you are back and had a great trip to NY. I am also sorry to hear about your mother. First of all, cannot believe someone would say that you are wasting your life? I guess everyone is entitled to an opinion; I find your blog inspiring and uplifting; it gives me so much needed motivation. This blog is such good timing! I have a very small pantry and I constantly have to tidy up, declutter due to the size, small children and a husband who buys things without checking if we already have it not! About six months ago I took advantage of Sistema being on special at Woolies and the change was remarkable. I would love to have Tupperware but just cannot afford it. In saying that I do use their labels (leftover from when I was a consultant!) and I find they are the best to stay on. Looking forward to reading future posts from you!ReplyCancel

  • I’m with you Kat! I need all the help I can get. If I can save time each day by living in an organised home, it will be well worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    I love your attitude Kat. It took me years to work out, but I am a much calmer, happier person when my house is tidy – not immaculate, just tidy. We all have our different standards and that’s great.ReplyCancel

  • I”m with you on this one Kat!! An untidy house affects my mood and productivity in ALL areas of my life. Getting organised and establishing routines has made a world of difference. Good luck on your ’20 Days’ project in September! I’ll be following along :) ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Murphy

    I’m in. My house has turned into a nightmare. We pulled our kitchen out and the rest of the house became a dump. A new kitchen goes in on Thursday so it’s time to have my tidy and organised house back.ReplyCancel

  • Sami

    I have just started following you and after reading a few of your posts I organized my pantry last Saturday! It took me quite a few hours but now I know what is missing and what I have too much of! Next step – wardrobes. I will certainly be reading your next posts.ReplyCancel