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Beef and Bacon Pasta Bake   Author: Kat Recipe type: Main Meal Serves: 5 Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 40 mins Total time: 55 mins Print   Ingredients 1 tbsp oil 1 brown onion, finely diced 4 rashers bacon, diced 500g beef mince 2 cloves garlic, crushed ½ cup carrots ¼ cup peas ¼ […]

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  • Allison D.

    Did I miss the Masters giveaway winner announcement?ReplyCancel

  • Yum. I finally made a decent Tuna Pasta Bake the other night, only taken me 12 years of marriage to make one that was edible. Go Me :)

    Question the recipe says ‘sugar’ in step 4 but I’m not seeing it on the ingredient list. Is there sugar?ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid Thigpen Wise

    How much sugar? It is not listed. Also, I am in the U.S. and am not familiar with a “rasher” of bacon. Is it a slice?ReplyCancel

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  • its sad that tomorrow is the last day. I will continue to follow your daily tasks and would like to thank-you so much for all of your hard work :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Thank you Katrina for making me organised again it’s been too longReplyCancel

  • oh my, what will I do without the challenge (how sad) but I look forward to my emails and jump to the task with such enthusiasm. Thanks for getting me into a washing routine and even a cleaning schedule (that even allows for flexibilty) I have begun implementing both while still doing the daily challenges. I feel quite house proud now and all with a newborn. I will keep checking back, look forward to the Oct kids organisation you spoke of.ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    I went and jinxed it saying I kept up and have spent the last two days on the couch/bed with fever and bad cold so missed the all important kids room that I was looking forward to so going to have to do that as soon as I can walk further than the bathroom!
    Thanks so much katrina for the challenge, you have inspired me and already laying on the couch I am looking at my house thinking two days of not cleaning and it is really not that bad!
    Look forward to finishing the task hopefully over te weekend.
    Ps that freezer is rediculously organised!ReplyCancel

  • Geraldine

    I have struggled to keep up although the school hols hopefully will see me finish what I started! So many great ideas and simple tips have been implemented as a result of participating in the challenge. My kitchen is the area of biggest change and the local op shop has been blessed with many items that I have held onto for so long -perfectly good but rarely used. I’m now working on getting by two teenage boys and husband to sing to the same ‘organised Housewife’ hymn sheet too.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Kat!! You made it!! ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra @ Alive and Blogging

    Thanks for letting us all play along :) Glad you did this, I wouldn’t have done so much in my house in one month otherwise! Thank you xReplyCancel

  • Kris

    Thankyou thankyou thankyou for helping me be so organised this past month. It has made life less stressful and SO much easier to tidy for those last minute visitors!!!. Im now concerned at how i will continue without the push from this challenge :(. I really need to make sure i keep this as a “Monthly to-do list” instead of a once off challenge!!. Hope my determination stays :) Now to just tackle my wardrobe – the one activity i never got around to (deliberately lol). ReplyCancel

  • Jesika

    Kat, the challenge has been fantastic…thnak you very much
    i have a question.
    i have aluminium venetian blinds and they are more than just dusty,the ones above my kitchen sink are the worst. How do you recommend cleaning them?
    someone told me to put them in the bath with laundry powder, but i am not sure if this is a good idea or not.
    Thanks for all your help,JesReplyCancel

    • Jasmine

      your blinds are probably covered in verdigrease from being in the kitchen and having grease and food flow around in the air. i don’t know about the laundry powder, but hot water and dishwashing detergent in the bath will work.
      HTH JasmineReplyCancel

  • Roz

    Hi Kat, A huge THANK YOU for your assistance and encouragement over this four week period! Even though I haven’t been able to keep up 100%, what I have achieved is definitely an improvement. I have all the challenges and lists and I will continue to work away at them in the future as well as your daily tasks. To all the others who joinwd in, congratulations on your achievements and keep up the good work!! Enjoy the weekend! (Especially if you have a long one like me)ReplyCancel

  • Sanstar

    THANK YOU for doing this for us, for me, for my house! I am so very grateful, you have set in motion good daily habits and seasonal tasks that I never knew how to do before. It’s hard to be a good housewife when one doesn’t know how to really clean a house and keep it organised. You have been a wonderful help, THANK YOU AGAIN! xxxReplyCancel

  • jessica

    Thank you so much for motivating me! My house is always clean and neat and tidy so I rarely have time with the two kids to spring clean and get into the knoochs and craneys. Love your blog and everything you are about xxxx ReplyCancel

  • hel

    Thank you so much Kat. I have loved the challenge.ReplyCancel

  • Shell-B

    Thanks for the inspiration as always Kat. that was FUN!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda, Ireland

    This challenge has changed my life.I used to feel over whelmed trying to keep order.Now, by breaking it into manageable amounts I’ve seen our house transform and another week to cover areas like the tool shed and one more bedroom,the attic and I’ll be soooo organized I wont know myself :)Then I’ll be free to tackle my craft stuff.Arrrgh!I have felt a lot of gloom and depression leave my life and my workplace area has also reaped the benefits.Its so good at the end of the day to see more and more progress.Thanks for your tremendous efforts Kat.So glad I found your blog and look forward to our daily tasks in my in box! xxxReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Thanks Kat ,enjoyed the chanllengeReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thanks Kat! It’s been an absolute pleasure following your journey to get back on track after you were knocked for a six. What an inspiration you are :) All of your hard work has definitely been worth it – you’ve touched so many families with your well thought out steps.
    On that note, I wanted to share with you that the way you have approached the challenge has been absolutely perfect for those with motor planning difficulties (ie it is difficult to plan each step in the right order to get a task done) & the pics are just an added bonus! This includes people with dyspraxia, ASD & ADHD. Some tasks just seem all too overwhelming and so it is difficult to even make a start (because of a desire to do it perfectly, but not knowing what steps to take to get there). As you know this then leads to hoarding! SO… for those of you with motor planning challenges – be kind to yourself, you will get there! Follow along with the step-by-step and eventually it will get easier & you will start to feel like a pro!!
    Hey Kat – was wondering if you could help those with motor planning difficulties to survive / get ready for Christmas? AND… bring on October – let’s get those kid’s rooms sorted!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan H

    What a fantastic challenge. I have to say at the beginning I was sure I wouldn’t last the 20 days however you broke it down into manageable tasks – and even though we all had some tasks we’re yet to complete thanks to work, sick kids and the like – you’ve now given us not only the equipment & tools we need to finish but also the confidence to know we can! With our folders & task sheets it will be simple to revisit each room on a regular basis meaning this time next year spring cleaning will be at a minimum! Everyone uploading their pics gives even more inspiration and ways to organise our own homes. One of the best things I have ever done. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! (and pantry!)
    I choose to revisit the kitchen on Day 20 as now we’re at the end of the challenge, I have the opportunity to see if the changes I made have worked for me or if I can still make some improvement.
    Thanks Katrina, you’re a superstar! XXX ReplyCancel

  • I can’t believe how much I have looked forward to the challenge each day! We have one more week of school holidays here in SA so after a weekend away with family I am looking forward to finishing each of the tasks I missed. Thankyou for your committment to this project. I especially liked the pdf filing system idea. It will save me so much time, paper, space and ink. Well done to everyone who attempted this amazing exercise.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    I have really enjoyed this challenge and feeling the reward of achieving a goal each day. Being a stay at home Mum is sometime a thankless job. I felt supported through this cleaning and organising journey. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • kirsty.a

    Thank you. I can’t say my house is spotless, but it has been useful to see all the tasks broken down in to manageable chunks and it has helped me established a new school year routine to fit with my new timetableReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Thanks! It’s been a great reminder to set up effective routines and evaluate what I currently do. I started off with you on the 20 days, but some things got in the way & I’m not finished yet. I’m still planning on completing all the days so I hope your downloads will still be active for a while (I bet I’m not the only one). ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Thanks so much Kat :) the house looks a little empty now, and the bins are full. The dust bunnies have been evicted and some good habits are starting. I am not such a disorganised housewife any more. Cleaning in small chunks with every one else was actually fun. Was this really me looking forward to an email for housework? Crazy stuff ! Off to clean out the pool and surrounds for day 20.ReplyCancel

  • Dalya ayoub

    I can proudly say that i have no embaressing ‘junk’ drawers in my home any more… Everything has a tidy place to go back to :) an organised home reflects an organised state of mind…im happy im finally; and for once; there! thank you soooooooooooooooooo much kat :)))ReplyCancel

  • sheila_s

    Thank you so much for sharing this challenge. My favorite part was the new Habits. These tasks have really improved my home and the way I feel in it. Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • sharon

    A great big “thank you” from my house and myself (ok~and the Family). Today I tackle the Dining room and I’m not stopping there….entry way, look out too!ReplyCancel

  • K@DragonflyMumma

    Thanks Katrina, for doing this challenge it’s just what I needed to get my house in order after having a baby. Although my baby was born throughout the challenge (the first week), I’m still going through the tasks at my own pace, I love being able to print off the tasks and have them in my folder for me to refer back to at any time. So again, thank you very much :)
    K xxReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much Katrina – you have blessed so many people with your challenge and blog. I trust that you will also be blessed beyond your wildest imaginings! ReplyCancel

  • Lynley

    Thanks so much for this challenge! I had half heartedly been decluttering for about a year or so,and this has given me the inspirtaion to finish off the rest that I had been procrastinating on! And the small, easy steps were perfect, it didn’t feel like I was cleaning etc ALL day, some of the tasks I had done recently so that gave me the day off or to finish those which took a bit longer. It has also given me the motivation to keep it organises with the new habits. i have found the kids have been more inclined to put things away if the spaces are tidy then when there is “stuff” everywhere. Just what I needed and just a the right time :-)ReplyCancel

  • nomes

    thanks for this challenge. im by no means done, ( i started the challenge late) but i was in a similar situation as you, i lost my father when i was 37 weeks pregnant. so you can imagine what my house was like with grief and a newborn all at once. we are also moving in about 2 months so i was really wanting to declutter before then but didn’t know where to start. ReplyCancel

  • Felicity J

    Thanks vey much Katrina. I have enjoyed this challenge (even if I’m behind), I have set up my folder and continue to use it regularly. I’m also adding photos of before and after of each room To give me incentive to keep it clean. After 2 solid weeks of cleaning I’ve also lost 2 kg! Really thanking you for the extra bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Carla_S

    Thanks so much! I was already overdue with our baby when the challenge started. I’d had NO inkling of nesting urges at that stage. WELL!!! Add those “due any day” hormones to a cleaning to-do list, and you have FIREWORKS! I cleaned, polished and decluttered like a mad woman! Finally, 5 days later, baby decided it was arrival time. I’d done some of the hard rooms by then though, and as he’s been SUCH a good baby, I’ve kept going through quite a few of the later challenges. Saving the rest for soon! Thanks for the awesome inspiration…. and for finally getting an overdue baby to make an appearance!ReplyCancel

  • This challenge has kick-started a well overdue spring clean. I began the challenge late and am gradually working my way through each days’ challenge. What a change.
    Thanks Katrina for your inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for giving me the motivation to organise me and my house. I haven’t kept up with all of the challenges but am slowly getting there. Every day I manage get something done which for me is huge. ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Will get to this day’s tasks this week after a few days away, and have printed your “freezer inventory” in preparation. One comment: could you fix “Mics” to be “Misc” as in miscellaneous? Please? I know I’m nit-picking, but spelling mistakes irritate me.
    Thanks so much for your inspiration and a much needed solid kick up the backside!

  • Jan from Texas

    I just found your blog today, October 4, 2012, but it is so helpful that I plan on working through it on my own. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Kimmi

    Once a month I come to this 20 day challenge and really give my house a good clean following your guide. I do it all in one day after my son has went to bed and it only takes me about an hour and a half. Thank you so much. Absolutely brilliant!!ReplyCancel

  • Hi thank you for this im just starting the challange tomorrow.. i know late but i cant wait to get my house backReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I just finished the challenge. I came to this late but we will be selling our house in a couple months and moving and this Challenger has helped me tremendously to get on track and get a head start on the deep cleaning to come!ReplyCancel

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      that should say challengeReplyCancel

    • Great work, it will certainly help to get the house ready to put on the market 😉ReplyCancel

  • Gina R in the US

    I just found your sight this week. I am going to start out the new year with trying to follow your challange, I stumbled on your web page by accident, but I read through your entire 20 days and think that I can do this. I have a hard time staying motivated to clean so I am sure that I can do this…I will be moving in May and this might give me a head start to cleaning and getting rid of items.ReplyCancel

  • […] bedroom, and have laundry going.  I did, additionally, clean out the freezer (which I believe is Day 20 of the cleaning challenge, so I’m pretty excited that I already have that checked off).  […]ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Callus

    Hey Katrina, I downloaded and printed this challenge a while back. I have some friends who wanted to do it but are unable to download any of the downloads anymore. Is that intentional?

    Thanks, RachReplyCancel

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  • haha! because today was a light day for me i decided to tack on the kids bedroom’s – i have a little bit to do tomorrow but not as much as above which is great! Will try and get to the other things on my to do list!ReplyCancel

  • Beck

    I was kind of forced to do this challenge early so I could fit my sons cot in the bedroom :) I’m so pleased with how it looks but I do have to work with our 12 year old who has so much stuff! Out of the 4 kids he has the most stuff and uses it the least… :)ReplyCancel

  • Nanna

    My four “kids” have all left home, married and have kids of their own BUT my house is more cluttered now! I often have grandchildren stay over so I still have kid things around for them. Is there anyone else out there like me??ReplyCancel

  • Oh only 1 more day to go :( going to miss each day’s challenges ReplyCancel

  • This is going to be a hard one for me. I have a 7 month old who requires constant disctraction during the day so I do all me cleaning when he is down for his sleeps. I am not able to tidy his room while he is sleeping… Will tackle this when he is having a good day, in little doses. Luckily his room isnt too bad anyway. I will use this day to catch up on all the tasks I have missed.ReplyCancel

    • Can you use a playpen or let bub roll on the floor while you clean? I have a 9 month old girl that has learnt to kneel and sit during this challenge because I bring her into the room I’m cleaning with some toys, so she can ‘gaa’ at me!ReplyCancel

      • Unfortunately he was at the stage where he actually needs me sitting with him otherwise he screams! I did manage to clean his room while my husband took him for a walk one day :) He is a lot better now and I am able to clean while he plays :)

  • Loving the challenges! Although I’m all out of order due to nesting!!ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Ahh Got my seven year old to tidy her room today, and am about to vacumm, so tomorrow the other 2 kiddy bedrooms which aren’t as bad:)ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    gee wiz! I have 3 boys each with their own room full of stuff (OMG!!!!). This is a room a day job for us. They are away at grandparents until the weekend so I may stretch the challenge out for a few days so they can each help with their rooms. I’ll also add clean the window to my list.ReplyCancel

  • Zoe

    this one couldnt of come at a better time, Mr 2.5 is going from cot to toddler bed tomorrow :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    still have so much to do to finish the 20 days of tasks, but lots of inspiration and motivation. Will certainly miss it. But Katrina, don’t scare us already, today’s printable IS for DAY 19 isn’t it?! Please don’t let it be day 20 already as it says above the image!
    Going away tomorrow, will move 2yo into toddler bed from cot on return, and 7yo to her own room. Kids’ room will wait until then!ReplyCancel

  • Can’t wait for the Lego under control ideas. I have a 10, 9,7, 5,4,2,and 9 month old. The oldest four can play lego on a bed sheet on the floor without making a huge mess! The 4 and 2 year olds LOVE lego men and are always taking them and losing them around the house, then they break the older children’s creations. I get so frustrated with the lego all around the house ( danger for the 9 month old starting to crawl ) that I put it away in the cupboard again. Please Help! Holidays start on Friday here in WA.ReplyCancel

  • Sara

    Think I’ll give washing the teddies a miss! It’s autumn in the UK, the weather is vile and 7 yr old has 100 stuffed creatures on his bed!!!! (Including a 3 foot long shark called Sid!)ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla

    Woo hoo, cleaned the little one’s room today. Culled a few more toys and will tackle the clothes another time. Was going to do the soft toys today but it was so windy here in Melbourne today thought they would do a Mary Poppins and my darling 21 month old boy would cry at the sight of his beloved toys flying away :(ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    The kids bedrooms are a 20 day challenge all on their own. Been dreading this one….ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Reid

    You are a godsend. My life has become a lot less frustrating due to these really easy challenges. I now feel super organised and due to this i am much better to be around just ask my kids. I love the folder and will continue to keep this up as i find this has made life so much easier and a hell of lot more enjoyable. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Shireen Baker

    My daughter aged 10 did her own room yesterday. 3 black garbage bags to the op-shop,1 black garbage bag of rubbish and an old school bag full of toys to be donated. Now, just need to move onto Mr 14’s room….ReplyCancel

  • RevMum

    Tegan Kirk – set up the portacot in another room and you can clean while bubba is sleeping! :)ReplyCancel

  • melissa

    So pleased I’ve done this one…forced to do it a few days ago as we were getting visitors. Now it’s a pleasure to walk in to my 6yo and 4yo’s shared room. I think I might have been avoiding it prior to the clean. Huge weight lifted and plenty of toys to be donated. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny W

    you picked a great day to wash the kids toys. 28 here in Adelaide so drying was sooo quick my 4 year old didnt even mind her “friends” hanging upside down on the line for the few hours it needed! My kids rooms look lovely tonight and i even got to going through one rooms worth of toys and chucking out/putting away a bunch of toys! One room left to do toys of but i have to wait till 4 year old is out the house or no way she will let me give anything away!! :) Glad its pick your own tomorrow im looking forward to doing my pantries as i dont have any rooms left un done!! YEY!ReplyCancel

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  • My mum always told me not to hang your bag on the hook in the public toilet as people could easily reach over and steal it. I think I’d rather deal with the germs lol :)ReplyCancel

  • We find if we can’t get soemoen to look after the kids for a date night that going to the drive in is a great option as we stay for two movies, the first being a kids one and then the second an adults one. 99% of the time the kids are alseep by the end of the first movie so we all have a great time :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    ah, a date night… have the movie vouchers, hubby is on holidays next week, kids are asking to see the babysitter again (it’s been a few months since our regular Thursday evening coffee nights stopped). Anything good at the cinemas?
    Tomorrow is a quiet day after 2 days of playdates for the holidays, and an easy day in terms of our tasks. Maybe I can finally do some catching up!ReplyCancel

    • Tammy

      oh, and Katrina, what a lovely write up about you and the blog from Howards Storage World. Picked up a catalogue and magazine in store on the weekend, what a lovely surprise to see your face smiling out at me as I flipped through!ReplyCancel

  • Well I can tick the handbag organisation off my list already! I literally just did it 10mins ago before I sat down at the computer to check what Day 18’s task would be. Off to wipe the bottom of the bag right now though!

    Date nights…..what are they again? My partner is finishing his last term of his law course so we can’t wait to be normal again. It’s been five long years but worth the sacrifice. Love the drive in idea Tammy….there’s one not too far away from here.ReplyCancel

  • i tipped mine up side down twice today to find something………lol so i really need to attack it its a nappy bag as well as a hand bag and anything else it shouldn’t be i might get to it tonight so i can do my girls wardrobes tomorrow so so not looking forward to that lol
    i really hope thursday is just as easy we are off on a road trip for the day:)ReplyCancel

  • I will actually get this one done on the day as I’m off for the rest of the week now. Pity I can’t organise date night. We have no kids this week, but hubby is off to his ordination retreat tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Juanita

    AT LAST… An easy day for me. My “handbag” is my nappy bag so it is regularly cleaned, emptied, sorted & organised!!! Date night is a whole other “thing” tho. :-( The last time hubby & i had a couple of hours to ourselves was over two years ago and before that it was 3 years before that! Not having parents here it is SO hard for us to ask friends who have kids of their own to look after our 4!!! Maybe i can tick it off the list by PLANNING a date night with hubby on our anniversary in 2022! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    I’ve learnt that the easiest way to not accumulate unnecessary things in my handbag is to carry one as small as I can. It’s big enough to fit everything I need in it (purse, keys, phone, lipbalm, asthma inhaler and a half dozen tissues) as well as having a little room for a snack for Miss 3. If I put any other clutter in it, I can’t get anything out when I need to. Good reason to keep it cleaned out. It does need a clean on the outside though. :)ReplyCancel

  • Are the emails playing up again? Didn’t receive one this afternoon :(ReplyCancel

    • Hi Amy

      I’m terribly sorry you didn’t receive it. I was hoping it was all fixed, but it must not be. Unfortunately I’m unable to send emails through again. But you will be able to access all the challenges on the blog when you need.ReplyCancel

  • love this as i can definitely pass this challenge! I de-clutter my handbag everyday, its a habit. Tomorrow is our 3rd wedding annerverary, so we are going away for a night, got my mother in law baby sit my son. Yay, :)

  • Meahd

    What a really lovely post to see Katrina :) Easy tasks and a date night!!! ReplyCancel

  • Don’t have a handbag! But I’m starting to worry only two more days left… I’ve liked knowing what direction I’m heading in each day.ReplyCancel

    • Claire Bailey

      I know how you feel Vickie. I have managed to get so much done but I am terrible at organising it myself. I am hoping that following the 20 day challenge Katrina might do a post about how to organise your housework into a routine that you can cycle through to keep on top of everything. I think if I had it all mapped out in my folder then it would be easier to keep up with it.

      My plan is to go through it all again and do a more thorough job of it all. I know I could do a better job of the kitchen, I don’t have a pantry and only got 1/3 of the food cupboards done. Once they are done I can go through saucepans etc. ReplyCancel

    • Totally agree! I haven’t quite completed everything but am thinking of how to incorporate these tasks into the regular routine along with the garden and pets chores. Maybe a 20 week challenge – one of these a week. That would get me through it twice in a year snd would get easier as the new habits kick in and the grime and clutter gets thinner:)ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    Ok starting to hyperventilate now… 3 days left! What will I do without you? I was just saying to hubby I have become slightly OCD about the tasks. I look at them the night before and some I’m like, we’ll I don’t have to do that, I did it a couple of days ago… But then by the next afternoon I find myself having to do the task anyway, re-cleaning or re-organising, just because it is on the list!
    So that means I may actually end up going on date night- it IS on the list after-all!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Nisbett

    Ummm about today’s challenge. In Feb this year moved house on a Sun, unpacked on Mon, turned 40 on Tues, had 3rd baby on Wed. In house move I lost handbag (somehow still had purse)….so 6wks after c-sec when could drive bought myself new handbag. Of course found old handbag very next day when unpacking more boxes. But continued with new bag….somehow this disappeared but still have purse as was switching b/w nappy bag. Further after trip to Officeworks to print baby photos got home and lost full set car and house keys….now sept still havent found either so I am still focussing on decluttering task!!!but love your challenges tips and ideas. Inspiring!!ReplyCancel

  • I try to declutter the handbag after shopping each week but clean….definately needs it! Date night will have to be on the weekend and as part of decluttering I removed the bins from the bedrooms and bathroom… my 16 & 18 yo sons can walk to the kitchen bins…so one less chore to do!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina
    Love the 20 day challenge – takes my OCD to a higher level.
    Must disagree with your hint about haning handbags on the hook on the door of toilets.
    makes it easier to snatch over the top of the door.
    Keep the hints coming – appreciate your effortsReplyCancel

  • Handbag – I do mine regularly and I have a new bag so there wasn’t much to declutter or clean away. Also, I never put my bag on the floor. I didn’t spend that much money on a once off spree to have my soft leather bag ruined. You can by handbag hooks (I got mine from Howard’s Storage World, everything of mine is from there except Tupperware)

    Date night – Will have to wait for a couple of weeks (my 17 month old is in quarantine with chicken pox) but we will go out to dinner or the movies, depending on what is showing.

    Bins – Today is bin day for us, so all my rubbish had to be in the bin this morning anyway.

    Now back to my walk-in-robe. I am almost finished. My husband nearly died of shock when he came home to find that we had a floor in our walk-in-robe and that we didn’t have to reach over things to get to the clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Handbags (work and everyday) done. Bins emptied (garbage night tonight). To-do list being ticked off. Dinner booked for Saturday night – group booking, does that count???ReplyCancel

  • Natalie A

    My hand bag is fairly tidy at the moment BUT I am going to tackle my little one’s stroller which is kept in our car boot. The pocket is full of CRAP and the basket underneath is full of rubbish too ie: empty drink bottles, catalogues and a few other bits n pieces.
    Tomorrow the kids are of to their nannas for a night so will use this time to spend with hubby, probably watching the grand final addition of the Footy Show (unfortunately lol).ReplyCancel

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  • MrsMcK85

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

  • Felicity Jorgensen

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

  • Jacqui

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

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

  • MadS

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

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

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

  • Carley

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

    • Zoe

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

  • Roz

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

    • Peg

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

      • Lisa Lahdidah

        Q: Are you using a mac?ReplyCancel

        • Roz

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

  • Michelle Grainger

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

  • Edwina

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

  • Larissa

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

  • Naomi

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

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

  • Lee

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

  • Jenny

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

  • Miss Perpy

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

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

  • Del Zimmermann

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

  • Bev

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

    • Rinny

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

  • Utterly Organised

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

  • Kim

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

  • Amanda Lapthorne

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

    • danni

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

      • Amanda Lapthorne

        I still haven’t completed the challenge LOLReplyCancel

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

          • Amanda Lapthorne

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

  • Janine

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

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

  • Tabitha

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

  • Mel

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

  • Tammy

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

  • Amber

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

  • Alli

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

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

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

    • Naomi

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

  • jilli spencer

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

  • MadS

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

  • Maria

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

  • Bianca

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

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

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

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

  • Cath Hicks

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

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  • Jane

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

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  • Lee Dingle

    Happy Holidays to you Katrina hope they are full of fun laughter play and love. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Cassie

    My kids school socks are white too but with a red & green stripe. Would you still soak them in napisan? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Joe

    I will be catching up on missed tasks during the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Anne @ Domesblissity

    Thanks Kat! Have a great time with your family. xxReplyCancel

  • Domaree

    I’m the same as you. I love when my 4 are on holidays. No morning rush, a couple of PJ days, movies and fun is all on our list of things to do :) Have a great holiday !ReplyCancel

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  • Katiekid

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

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

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

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

  • Analise

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

  • Bubbles74

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

  • Danni

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

  • Alexandra @ Alive and Blogging

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

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

  • Alli

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

  • shell b

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

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

  • Megan Harrington

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

  • Kerrie

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

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

  • Paula

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

  • Nicci

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

  • Jenny

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

  • Kelly

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

  • Terry Hansen

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

  • Terry Hansen

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

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

  • Karen

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

  • Vanessa

    Where was the white desk organiser from please?ReplyCancel

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

  • Lisa

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

  • Kim

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

  • peter.zoey

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

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

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

  • Anita

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

  • Zana

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

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

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  • Maggie

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

  • Trace

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

  • Jell

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

  • where do you get those boxes?ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

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

  • Sarah

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

    • MummyBrown

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

  • Kath

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

  • Nic

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

  • Angela Grimsdale

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

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

  • Anna

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

  • ileana marquez

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

  • lj6

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

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

  • Cara Tatnell

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

  • Alisha

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

  • Jackie

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

  • Bronwyn

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

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

  • kerri.geoghegan

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

  • Aimee

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

  • Danni

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

  • Leanne

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

  • Sanstar

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

  • lee-ann

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

  • Katie

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

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  • Kerrie

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

    • Janine

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

      • Kerrie

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

    • Nanna

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

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

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

  • Alli

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

  • Sarah083

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

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

      • Tammy

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

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

  • Alexandra @ Alive and Blogging

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

  • Felicity Jorgensen

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

  • Bindi92

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

  • Hannah

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

  • sara

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

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

  • Kirsty

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

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

  • Deb

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

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

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

  • Kerri

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

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

  • Christine

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

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

  • clairebear

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

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

  • Fleur

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

  • RachJ

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

  • Sarah Jane

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

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

  • Sarah

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

  • ileana marquez

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

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

  • Karen

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

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

  • Sandy

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

  • Feefifofum

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

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  • Natalie

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

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

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

  • Sam

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

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

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

  • Ruth

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

    • Tammy

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

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

  • Cakebaker

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

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

    • Cakebaker

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

  • Alli

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

  • Kathryn

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

    • Angela Grimsdale

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

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

  • Treens

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

  • Ruth

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

  • Guest

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

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

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

  • Kylie W

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

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

  • Jessica

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

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

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

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

  • Michelle

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

  • Outontheranch

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

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

  • Kerrie

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

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

  • Anne

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

  • Bonnie

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

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

  • Angela

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

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

    • Angela Grimsdale

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

  • Joe

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

  • Sam

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

  • lee-ann

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

  • Fleur

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

  • Kyls

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

  • Sara

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

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

  • Sylvia

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

  • kirsten

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

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

  • Cat Sim

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

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

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