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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 mess, filthy floors, corners with clutter wasn’t helping my state of mind.  I needed to get my house back into shape to help lift my mood and help me find my happy self again.

I have managed to get my house back into order.  There will always be an empty place in my heart, however I am feeling so much better because I feel calmer and less stressed with a the house tidy, clean and organised.

Please join me in the ’20 Days to Organise and Clean your home’  Challenge so you too can find calm and happiness at home.  

Challenge Starts: Monday 3rd September, you will need to check the blog each weekday for challenge tasks, yes we get weekends off!!

Pre-challenge tasks start: Monday 27th August, these are tasks to ensure you will then be ready to start the challenge!

I hope you can join in the fun! 

Receive one simple tip each weekday to help you organise, clean & declutter your home
  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • 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

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  • Jimjams

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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