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  • Laurel Hermon

    I am loving this challenge more than I thought possible. It turns out that I respond well to being told what to do, rather than being left to my own devices! Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! The kitchen has stayed clean and tidy all week, the laundry is sorted and the floors are sparkling ready for the weekend! Looking forward to week 2!ReplyCancel

    • Jell

      I agree, it has been great to get direction and tips for each day’s tasks, rather than having to work out what to do next. Thanks for the challenges Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Anne @ Domeblissity

    Hi Katrina! Your challenge coulnd’t have come at a better time for me. I was in the process of writing out a schedule but you did all the hard work for me and you’ve done it in a way where I won’t be overwhelmed and discouraged to continue. I’m loving my cleaner and organised home more and more and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for going to all this trouble to share the challenge with us. I look forward to beginning week 2.
    Anne xxReplyCancel

  • Rach

    Hi Katrina,

    A friend and I have been talking for some time (pretty much everytime we catch up!) about how we would love to have a massive clean-up. I’m 5 days into your challenge with major cleaning happening, and I was proud of showing her my progress when she dropped around this morning. I’m thinking that she is inspired to start the challenge also! Can’t wait to receive the next challenge for the new week. Even my fiance is finally learning to clean up after himself and the kids, taking a bit of pressure off me.


  • Marci Vaughn

    Thank you for this challenge! WOW! My house really needs it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage AdventuresReplyCancel

  • Triple T Mum

    Katrina, thank you for featuring Our Morning Routine. I was thrilled to see it here! Your laundry post has really got me thinking. I had never thought to have a Laundry routine but now it just makes SO much sense. Defiently another post in the pipeline!ReplyCancel

  • ileana marquez

    Hi Katrina! better late than never…. as I told you yesterday i´ll be able to do the big part of cleanning and organizing during weekends, and today was my first day! I´ll post a bit of my progress on my blog later also but I did all but one task for Day 1, all tasks for Day 3, and half tasks from Day 5. I had planned for tomorroy do Day 2 and 4 and if I have the energy finish Day 1 and 5.
    Thank you for all your help! have a wonderful day!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang During the process of trying to get my house back into order I decided to be kind to myself and make easy meals that didn’t involve hunting for a recipe, too much preparation or dirty dishes. I’m a messy cook, somehow I use up the full kitchen bench, just […]

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  • helen

    The photos look great! One pot cooking is my favourite! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Ellem

    While I’m not a mum yet, I have a busy life working two jobs, keeping the house clean, as well as feeding myself, hubby and our cat. Some nights I’m just too tired to cook a meal from scratch! I love the fact that meal bases help create a yummy meal with minimal effort!ReplyCancel

    • Barry Morgan

      Is your husband unable to contribute to keeping the house clean and providing food for the family?ReplyCancel

  • Elise

    I would love to try the So Crispy range because your schnitzel looks delicious and I would love to give it a go! Recently becoming a working mum, I need quick and easy (and TASTY!) meals to cook during the week for my family, and the new Maggie range looks just that!ReplyCancel

  • anita duesterhaus

    As a busy mum of seven, I am ALWAYS looking for quick yet delicious meals to feed my little tribe.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Kumor

    I would love to try them as they seem so easy to use and my daughter told me they are delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Macdonald

    When ppl drop in i would love to be able to make meal rhat lools and tastes like i have spent hours in the kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Pitasi

    Hi. I have my hubby home sick for the next month and he can’t help out due to his sickness plus I work 5 days a week and we have 3 cheeky boys who make lots of mess so I definitely would LOVE to try these super easy quick dinners please!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Edmondson

    I would love to try these quick and easy meals that sound delicious and healthy. With a 3 year and a newborn dinner time is much easier when prep and cooking time is minimal – it means we can still eat a good meal but spend the time with the children that is so important at this time of the day!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Please please please choose me for some maggi samples(and if you don’t, never mind I will buy them anyway as they look delish). I’m 28 weeks pregnant, with baby 3 and I’m in the process of cleaning my house and stocking the pantry and freezer with easy food for my hubby to cook as I have been told to expect this baby any day now! I’m trying not to stress too much about it, but rather prepare the kids to not have mum or their new sibling around for a couple of months.ReplyCancel

  • Rosana

    They used to have a beautiful Butter chicken… I would love to try the satay one :-)) thank u for the opportunity and really enjoying the 20 day clhallenge :-)))ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    Being a working Mum of 3 year old twins, I am constantly on the look out for yummy no fuss meal ideas for my fussy kids!ReplyCancel

  • Shift working hubby and young twins leaves us with very little time together so an easy meal would help wonderfullyReplyCancel

  • Wendy Sutcliffe

    I’d love to try the satay rice. My son is allergic to peanuts and I so miss eating satay chicken! I could make up the rice and he could have chicken nuggets instead! I like the idea of less dishes too!ReplyCancel

  • Corlia

    I have a very fussy husband so I had to come up with a week meal plan ages ago to keep us both happy :-)
    Mon: Butterchicken, bread rolls, steamed pumpkin
    Tue: Spaghetti Bolognese
    Wed: Grilled pork chops, mashed potato and fried cabbage
    Thur: Slowcooker lamb (usually jumbuck stew), basmati rice, raw carrot sticks
    Fri: Steak, baked chips, corn on cob
    Sat: Chicken Casserole, basmati rice, raw celery sticks
    Sun: Lamb chops, alfredo pasta, steamed mix vegiesReplyCancel

  • pam

    Looks yummy. I like to try out new things that are quick and tasty. Sometimes i will buy a pkt mix and the meat for it .ie chicken and wrap them together and freeze them. So when i look in the freezer i dont have to think, what i will make with that !!! It’s already there to go. Chicken crispy schnitzels.ReplyCancel

  • YUM quick easy meal for the nights hubby is going to be late home, will be easy to prepare earlier in the afternoon :)ReplyCancel

  • Thanh

    For a reduced effort and washing load yet still have a delicious home cooked meal for everybody? Maggi’s so crispy and one pan range is definitely for me!ReplyCancel

  • pamperedstef

    I’d love to win the packets. We are into trying new things in our house (still have to get the 4yo into that habit). Glad you are giving more than one away. I’m cooking for 8 right now and 3 have already flown the coop. :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh i am always looking for quick and easy meals that my husband AND young kids will eat and that i dont have to spend too much time and prep on. Would love to give these a go. Having trouble with the kids and meals it is a nightmare.ReplyCancel

  • With an 8yo & 4yo triplets, I need quick and easy meals that they’ll love. I’ve been curious to try the one pot sachets, but never seem to get around to it lol! But especially since now my kitchen is so sparkly you need sunnies to walk in it!! I don’t have the heart to mess it up!ReplyCancel

  • A.K.A.Mum

    LOL – I’d love to try both! I’m very lucky that my DH often cooks but it also means I have to listen to him whine about how he gets sooooo bored cooking the same things over and over – because he pretty much refuses to look at a recipe that has more than four or five steps in it :-SReplyCancel

  • Barbara

    I would love to win the Maggi packs as i haven’t tried either product. The easier the meal is, the better. Cooking in one pan makes the job quick and easy. Not too much mess to clean up.ReplyCancel

  • Fiasma.....and Flynny too!

    Oh so many reasons why I need to a quick and easy way to prepare dinner….a few main reasons are I work 45 mins away from home so unless I am super organised dinner is always a late one and another and most important reason is my two beautiful children would like to be fed by a reasonable hour (doesnt happen often but when it does OMG does it make night time so much easier for this frazzled Mumma :) )!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen

    One Pan Range sounds great for babysitting days..little helpers in the kitchen make preparing meals so much more fun and means they usually eat without fuss.ReplyCancel

  • Abbie

    crispy sounds good! crisping up the meat is the only way my Miss 2 eats meat at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • vi lammertsma

    Love my new clean kitchen and now can’t bear to mess it up with elaborate dinner cooking! These Maggi meals look so easy and appealing and even more importantly use so little dishes to prepare – would love to the One Pan range on the family!! Most likely will make it on to their favourite meal list for more variety! Looking fwd to putting my feet up with my family in the evenings for a change!ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    I always try to cook using one pot… love it… but to try some new flavours and find better ways to hide the greens from the kids is an added bonus to the quick and easy meal…. after all.. the less work mum puts in to cooking dinner… the more likely the kids are to eat it!ReplyCancel

  • Nichole Atchison

    I’m always after fast, tasty and healthy meals for our busy, hungry family. It’s always exciting to add something new into the mix at meal times.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Green

    I am a single Mum, I like anything that will help me out at dinner :) xReplyCancel

  • Caitlin Miller

    As a new Mama I love the idea of these simple, tasty Maggi meals! Am loving the 20 Days challenge and am new to meal planning – so these Maggi meals would definitely take the pressure off planning and creating some yummy dinners for the next few weeks! ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Payne

    I have a 2.5yo and a 6mo, hubby is starting a new job, and I’m currently completing an online courses and your 20 day challenge (which has so far been successful!) so I love your quick and easy meal ideas and I love to try some of the one pan recipes!!ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid

    With a busy family, I need simple and easy ideas that make dinner prep less of a chore!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley C

    If i could use one pot to cook while the hubby is on nightshift, it means less washing up and more ‘me’ time with the remote, couch and icecream (after the kids are in bed of course)! ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Always looking for new and delicious ways to cook. Most of all it’s so quick and easy!ReplyCancel

  • Who doesn’t need a break on dinner sometimes. These would make for quick meals at the end of a busy day.ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Wilson

    Family lunch or gourmet dinner,
    The Maggi range is a certain winner
    It leaves nothing to be desired…. except a second helpingReplyCancel

  • susan

    As I have just started working full time, I am really struggling to get myself organised with our family meals. With 3 VERY hungry boys to feed, the maggi satchets meal-helpers would certainly be a helper to me!!ReplyCancel

  • We have one pot meals at least twice a week due to after school activities, would be nice to add some new ideas into my regular “one-pot roation”ReplyCancel

  • Jill

    I am the most disorganized person you would ever meet lol my husband does most of the cooking and cleaning as i am the secretary of our local basketball comp and spend over 15 hours a week organising that alone. I would like to give him a night or 2 off from cooking and this looks great! And im sure my kids would love it :)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve wanted to try making schnitzels from scratch but was afraid of getting it wrong but your meal plan makes them look so easy!ReplyCancel

  • I work some nights and Hubby works late others, we are all getting sick of cheap frozen pizza for dinners because there is no time (especially with a little bub) to plan, cook and clean after a ‘proper’ meal. Also, we used to eat a lot of tomato based pastas but master 4 no longer eats anything red so my meal plan ideas have shrunk to less than half!
    I would love to shake up our boring meals with a little Maggi magic!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea D0ney

    Iggam keen to try Maggi because sometimes my life is backwards! (Get it?) :) Seriously when you don’t know whether you’re coming or going, when things are topsy turvy and the world seems upside down, there is nothing more magical than an easy meal. ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    We are such a busy family and on the run so often that i haven’t done a full food shop in months! I run in, grab the usual and out again. I honestly couldn’t tell u what new ranges were around if my life depended on it. Just seeing them in your blog has made me wanna go get some to try (but winning them would be even better 😛 )ReplyCancel

  • We are non stop through the week, so to have such simple, yet tasty and nutritious meals to try with my fussy girl would be fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Marconi

    I’d like to win either of these great Maggi products I work full time as a highschool teacher and I’m also planning my wedding. I am often running around at appointments or meetings so time is an issue and this is a perfect solution.ReplyCancel

  • Kath Crispin

    We have been much better organised with meals this week (your website is rubbing off on me!)Big batch of spag bol made on Monday while I was in the kitchen cleaning (so leftover meals from that). last night steamed chicken and rice balls with salad, tonight chicken cacciatore leftovers from the freezer, Thursday BBQ staek/sausages and Friday will be take awa (a luxury).
    Always keen to try new things luckily Miss 5 is becoming quite adventurous and we are encouraing Mister 3 to do the sameReplyCancel

  • I have seen these meals in the shop but have always put them back as my kids can be so fussy at times. Even if I do a chicken stir fry the youngest just wants the plain rice or noodles. It would be nice to try and get them to eat something different for a change. I get so deflated when I spend ages preparing a meal and they turn their noses up at it!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey

    So Crispy!! I could totally just eat my computer screen right now! It looks yum! I just gotta taste it!ReplyCancel

  • Teneal

    I can be the most organised person at work but when I get home from a long day and being pregnant with baby #2 the last thing I want to do is spend ages in the kitchen. Looks easy to make which is what i need while the other half is away at work. Less time in the kitchen means spending more time with my son before the new one arrives. ReplyCancel

  • Rachael H

    Hi, I just recently found your website! I am terrible at meal planning and would love to try these sachets. I have 1 yr old twins and find it hard to get dinner organised for them let alone for myself & my husband. These seem pretty easy.ReplyCancel

  • Hubby has started a whole new health kick and while i’m being very supportive and super proud that he is eating many vegetables he would previous not eat he is also requesting the same boring meals over and over as if eating bland foods will make him loose the weight he wants to loose all on its own.
    I’d love to be able to show him with the same basic ingredients and a little help from Maggi we can have a tasty and nutritious meal full of flavour still keeping to his healthy eating plan.ReplyCancel

  • as a single mum of 4 kids, including 17mth old twins, I rarely feel the inclination to cook… nor do I particularly enjoy it these days LOL. These sachets sound like a God-send! Thanks for the chance to enter. Keep up the great work on the blog, I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Teneale

    My current goal is to start menu planning and writing proper shopping lists – and remembering to take the list with me to the shops! If I can make easy, tasty, good, family meals with the help of sachets then I’m in! I would love to try both of these – they sound delicious!ReplyCancel

  • TanyaMB

    Maggi One pan range I gotta try
    So yummy off the plates it will fly
    So crispy I might keep for hubby and me
    When all my little ones snoring z to zzzzzz :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel T

    That satay chicken looks amazing!!

    I’ve actually gone on cooking strike,
    creating tasty meals isn’t worth the fight.
    Hubby says my cooking is blah
    But Maggi one pan should shut him up!ReplyCancel

  • Alyra Shaw

    This looks so easy and with a baby due in the next few weeks looking for easy meals to have on hand ready.ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Hermon

    I love a one pan dish and hubby loves a schnitzel, the kids love chicken in all it’s forms, so we can all be winners at dinner time!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    This looks like a perfect meal for our little family, mr just turned 3 is starting to getting fussy so a tasty meal including meat and rice would be perfect for us.ReplyCancel

  • Wow! That looks tasty and easy! Would love to try :-)ReplyCancel

  • I work full time with two boys who are the world’s fussiest eaters for 9 and 11, though they will eat satay chicken or any chicken and rice dish.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Would love to win a Maggi pack I’m sure the family would love it!ReplyCancel

  • I have 5 children who have a wide assortment of after school activities. I am often floundering at night trying to come up with meals they will ALL eat. I’d love to try these and see if they would turn dinner time nightmares into something more pleasant.ReplyCancel

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  • Toni Fuller

    After an extremely successful Day 1, I can’t wait to sink my claws into this next challenge…lol!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    This is a pretty big task, especially on a busy day, but I am really looking forward to getting stuck in and making my room a beautiful place again.ReplyCancel

    • Sandy

      When i looked under the kitchen sink yesterday i thought i will never get this completed but i am proud to say i did, my kitchen looks fantastic, except for a top cupboard that needs dusting, did not get to it! Half of the stuff under the kitchen sink belongs in the garage so i need to get a box and store them away! Looking forward to task 2 tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Elle

    I am always trying to start good new habits, so I love this part. By any chance will you be doing a sweet little printable with a list of all the new habits at the end? That would be amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Janap

    Looking forward to Day 2ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Cant wait to do this and clear out the stuff under my bed. Hardest part will be cleaning hubbies bedside table that has a stack of car magazines, tools, paper, and pens.ReplyCancel

  • This was great! Instead of going to a friends for a cuppa for most of the morning, I came back home after taking the kids to school and did day one. Here is my progress on my blog (if thats ok)

  • Ive already printed off my printable and filled it in. Have started thinking about what I want the room to look like and thinking of bringing a couple of items in to make it more relaxing for us. ReplyCancel

  • miss Prudence

    Phew, missed yesterday but i have caught up – except for the light fittings. My bedroom got painted on the weekend and I am very focussed on keeping this space a sanctuary.!

  • Ally

    This is definitely going to be a hard one for me as I use my room as the dumping ground for everything. I hate that I do but it just always happens !!! But I will get it in order !!!ReplyCancel

  • I was just looking at my bedroom and thinking that because of the lack of shows on tv tonight I was going to tackle it :) no excuses nowReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I love that each task isn’t that big – sure in the end the whole house is going to be done but it’s a huge task made really easy. Might skip the washing though – storm warnings :) but can’t wait to do it :)ReplyCancel

  • ajrunge

    I find that because I have a very small laundry my washing quite often gets dumped in our room, new habit is to try foldind straight away!! Off to tidy the top of the tallboy and the couch in the bedroom so we can actually sit on it!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Grainger

    Would you believe I had already started this task without knowing!!! Had already stripped and changed the bed and began working on the decluttering of the desk!!! Oh well, more time for relaxation tomorrow :)

  • verybusysupermumma

    ha! I did the bedroom this morning – was sick of looking at it. But the kitchen is half done – the beach was calling hubby and the kids!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Yay I have totally finished day 1. Now I have a clean and tidy kitchen! ReplyCancel

  • Loved day 1. Might start day 2 tonight cos my room is a disgrace.ReplyCancel

  • I began day 1 not quite finished so will try and complete tomorrow, did most of day 2 over weekend so will be laughing by tomorrow. ReplyCancel

  • i actually enjoyed day 1, organised under the sink, my benches are now clear and cupboard doors washed down, didnt do the bookshelf as i had done that a couple of weeks ago instead started sorting out my cd rackReplyCancel

  • Mum of Many

    Had a wonderful day cleaning away – BUT – had a huge laugh at the 5 minute bookshelf clean – clearly your shelf doesnt look like mine!!!! The kitchen has been restored to its former glory, the floor is drying and then I have some ME time before tea!!! How wonderful is that!!ReplyCancel

    • Tammy

      My bookshelves (nearly 70 shelves throughout the house!) are mostly quite tidy as we did a huge investment in new shelving last year and rearranged and sorted. With so many bookcases (about 15) in the house, most in areas where they are seen by all comers, I try to keep them tidy. But the little bookshelf on the bedside table, that was another matter, with the 20 books I am reading at the moment!
      a 5 minute task that was helpful, worked towards tomorrow’s goals, and was achievable. Tick!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    Cant believed I even cleaned my windows & walls today! Crazy! Looking forward to tomorrow I love a clean bedroom and iv been meaning to do the declutter for weeks!!ReplyCancel

  • Bec k

    Day 1 was easy for me as that was already organised. But omg am I nervous yet excited to organise my room. It’s a huge dumping ground and it use to be a favourite room of the house. I’m looking forward to getting back to a romantic place :)ReplyCancel

  • I have failed already. I did my usual dishes and kitchen clean – but the bench is still loaded with crap. Windowsills are clean though! so that’s something. Bedroom eh? I see failure in my future again. I’m being very inspired though.ReplyCancel

  • Mickey

    I so loved day 1. My kitchen looks new like when we first moved in b4 daughter came along. No clutter 😉 Im so energized by tasks & having the sun out really helped. Like how it looks so much i don’t want to cook dinner & make mess.ReplyCancel

  • Happy3Mum

    Great! Looking forward to tomorrow already! Accomplished a lot today so will build on that tomorrow. I have already done most of the dirty dishes from tea so kitchen will be lovely in the morning. Loving this challenge. Question – what do you use in the water when you mop the floor? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Kerri

    I’m a day 1 failure but I knew that when I saw what day one was & the amount of work i have to get through today plus picking up DD from rehearsal in the city. I’ll get day 1 done in day 2 as the masterbed room is tidy just needs dusting. ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Day one went great. I now have clean sorted kitchen cupboards and an uncluttered bench space. I reorganised my storage of mixer etc. now much easier to get out of the cupboard to use. Things rarely used are now at the back. Also sorted the pantry and got rid of out of date food items. Rubbish straight into the bin and items to donate to charity shop are in the boot of the car to be dropped off tomorrow morning. Also cleaned the windows and doors!!ReplyCancel

  • I’m with Kerri- day 1 did not go at all as expected. But I will get it done in day 2, as my master bedroom is always tidy and uncluttered. My Mum always made it clear how important it was to have a haven from the world- and I love having a place I can go with my hubby where we can relax alone (away from our 3 small kids 😉ReplyCancel

  • Eccles

    I’m in Oz – so I’m behind already haha. I’m selectively following, based on all the other things I’m trying to catch up with. My day 1: Dressed & ate breakfast, washed & hung up 2 loads of washing, phoned a sick friend. My dishwasher has gone to the great washer in the sky, so, put away dishes from last night, washed a sinkful of breakfast dishes, cleaned the cooktop & wooden chopping board – no mean feat in itself! Sent off info for tax returns, sorted/read emails & mail. I have a wall of blackwood timber doored cupboards – yes, it’s a big job & I’m short & no good on ladders! Washed & dried what I could reach, brought in the dry laundry & I’m pooped!! But I am very well chuffed with my achievements today. YAY me!! I try to keep the cupboard under the sink organised, so there’s not really nuch to do in there, other than a bit of a wipeover of the shelves. My bed beckons & it’s not even dinner time yet. As long as this lovely weather lasts, I’ll be able to keep up with the laundry – there’s always something to do in there. I’ll need to get my lovely & tall DH to clean the light & fan fittings in the kitchen, but I’ll wipe over the window sill when I do the next load of dishes. All things considered, I’m happy 😀ReplyCancel

    • Bec

      This is an Australian Blog so you aren’t far behind! Today was day 1- the kitchen challenge. Kat sends through tomorrows challenge the day before so we can prepare ourselves :-)
      Well done on getting what you did today, you should be very proud!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    ooh, looking forward to this! We have recently lost our study, now in our bedroom, and already the clutter that was the study is moving in to my bedroom. My dressing table can’t be seen!

    On a more positive and hopefully helpful note, rotating my mattress is something I do reasonably regularly. Since it needs to be rotated (head to toe) and flipped (top to bottom), On the mattress piping which goes around the edge of it top and bottom, I have written in laundry marker near the left foot of the bed which way to turn it next so all 4 combinations get moved through: H -> T, T->B, T->B, H->T.

    Now I also feel better about not getting my regular cleaning done today – vacuuming my room! I can relax and leave it till tomorrow! Yay!

  • Kate

    day 1 pretty imrpessed with my kitchen today – yay! and tomorrows mission in the bedroom should be a breeze as mines already not too bad and changed all the sheets and such yesterday might even geta picture up or too. Evengot hubby involved today getting down light fixtures!

  • Yay, I’m ahead. I changed all the beds already this week, as the sun was shing and tomorrow is forcast for rain. I have some things to do, but no bedside table in our room so no having to tidy that. ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Ooh I am feeling chuffed that I managed to fulfil my morning routine (and got out the door with the kids 5 minutes earlier than usual)… but alas I have failed the kitchen tasks. I am pleased with what I did (cleaned air conditioner, cleaned 1 window and sill and venetian blind…. aaghhh that took forever. I have started to declutter the bench and dinner is in the oven so the family will eat! But, I’ve just read tomorrow’s list and with plenty still left from today’s I fear I will be cowering in a corner by day 4. I had such great intentions! I definitely didn’t get the cleaning gene. Will soldier on…My husband is rolling on the floor laughing… I think I’ll join him … it beats crying! ha haReplyCancel

    • Sarah

      None of us are super woman do what you can every little bit helpsReplyCancel

      • Nioka

        I started to feel the same when I hadn’t finished the kitchen and had to pick up the kids. I am also working part time so probably won’t get all challenges done in one day. I am going to take a couple of days to finish a challenge. Stock pile the ones I don’t get to for later.ReplyCancel

        • I am the same, there are some from yesterday that I didn’t need to do but some desperately, so I am picking and choosing and those that don’t get done will get done either on the weekend or when I get a spare 5 minutes. I find that when I am really busy then to pick one task and set a timer for ten minutes and then just concentrate on that, this does three things, first it makes you soley concentrate on one thing so you don’t get distracted by doing something else you see doing, it makes you go faster, you say right I only have ten minutes and whoosh off you go. and finally you are more likely to start something when you think of it in ten minute blocks. So many people think I can’t start that as it is going to take me forever and I don’t have time but if you have a spare 10mins then you think right what can I do in that time. You will be amazed! I do a set 20mins in my kitchen once a week and in that time I managed to do my benches, clean my bin (trash can for our American friends), clean my oven (not a real deep clean just take out the trays and give it a wipe over), clean my microwave, fridge and one cupboard and that is on top of the daily cleaning that I normally do in it every day (I fit it inside the 20mins) I never would ever have thought that I would get all that done in just 20mins.ReplyCancel

    • Nanna

      You have not failed!! You are closer to achieving what you set out to do and there is always another day. I work outside the home so I am not able to complete the entire list BUT I am just ticking off what I have done and when the 20 days is over I will start again on the tasks that didn’t get done the first time. ReplyCancel

  • Mel J

    My under-sink cupboard was all just shoved in. It now looks great & I’ve got on my list to find some appropriate containers for what’s staying. ReplyCancel

  • Katey

    Off to a great start! Although I’m working full time at the moment, I’m going to try and commit as much to this as possible. My cupboards are sparkling – it really makes a difference! I was just thinking my bedroom needs a good tidy, ready for day 2!ReplyCancel

  • what do you do with the cushions off your bed when you are IN there at night?ReplyCancel

  • Lynley King

    Had very productive day today, but am apprehensive about bedroom! have been procrastinating on this area for soooo long, but now that I know it is on the list for tomorrow I can work myself up to tackling it. Probably wouldn’t have otherwise!! Am enjoyiong the process though :-)ReplyCancel

  • For the first time in years my kitchen is spotless. Not being a very tidy person by nature and not really having known how to clean a lot of things/rooms properly my house was getting worse and worse. This challenge seemed like the perfect way to actually get things done, as I don’t have to figure out where to start, I just do my jobs. Thankyou so much.ReplyCancel

    • Jell

      I agree, I’m like this too. Very much in need of the challenges and tasks Katrina is providing so I can develop better habits for cleaning the house regularly.ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie

    Wow… I achieved all of the tasks today (but I was not working today) and I still had plenty of time to do other things. Including pulling the blind down (plus another 2 sets of verticals) to clean. It feels so much better and much more achievable to do it in small steps rather than in one big go! Everyone thinks I am crazy for doing this, but I can’t wait to finish it and prove them wrong and most of all enjoy my new organised and decluttered home :) THANKS!!ReplyCancel

  • Penny Lane

    Today’s task went surprising well! My kitchen, and the cupboard under the sink, is sparkling! Alas, I think it’ll all be undone by my tiny tornadoes before week’s end. Day two shouldn’t be too bad, either. My bedroom is pretty good already. ReplyCancel

  • kirby schofield

    my kitchen looks AMAZING i got a 30lt tub of bits that don’t live on my kitchen bench and a 30 lt tub of recycling/paper stuff thank you :)

  • TashL

    Loving my first days efforts, amazing how a clean and decluttered kitchen can make you feel. Looking forward to Day 2, although the weather here isn’t going to be good for the washing.ReplyCancel

  • Finally finished todays tasks… not that my kitchen was that bad, but I have a 4 month old bub to work around. One thing that I’m really pleased with is the kitchen window and tracks… everytime I look out the window now I momentarily think the window is missing… it’s so clean, yay! Didn’t do the bookshelf, but they don’t really need doing. Tomorrow should be a bit easier as our bedroom is pretty good already.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Belleville

    Totally enjoyed day 1. finished at 6.30pm and am totally huggard now. my wonderful hubby cooked tea for me while i finished off. my windows n light covers esp r sparkling, this totally rocks! thanks Kat :-)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    Thank you so much just having my routine written down really kept me on track this morning. I even had time to start de cluttering the kitchen. ????ReplyCancel

  • Shanay

    Happy that I’ve completed all day 1 tasks. So nice to have shiny cupboard doors! The top of my kitchen cupboards get so grimy. Last time I cleaned them I thought about putting greaseproof paper up there but didn’t get around to it. This time – it’s done, so looking forward to cleaning up there next time. Just pull the paper down and put new stuff up…ReplyCancel

  • Obviously good taste – we have the same bedroom suite! I am ahead of the game with this task as I had new carpet laid in our bedroom last week and this forced the issue of cleaning all surfaces! I also took the opportunity to move our room around and it’s a lovely fresh change. I have a basket of paperwork that needs looking at so I will do that tonight instead. ReplyCancel

  • Cara Tatnell

    I was going to “half” follow along with your challenge and pick and choose bits that were relevant to me BUT I am pleased to report today I caught up on all the pre challenge tasks complete with folder etc and I am hooked. I loved doing the “goals” – what a great way to get motivated. Day 1 went great and I have waited for your email for Day 2. My favourite part is the “5 minute task” just choosing one small job from a mountain of things destroys an overwhleming too hard basket.ReplyCancel

  • Erica

    Day 1 was awesome! Was feeling so inspired I had the lot finished before I dropped the kids off at school! Yay me! Looking forward to an easy day tomorrow as I tackled the main bedroom over the weekend! However the perils of the top drawer await…ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    My partner is always one about my bedside table so now is my chance to clear it all off! He won’t believe his eyes :)ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    well, that was certainlya task and a half! I also started radiotherapy today….I thought the 20 days would help me not count down for 30 days of radiotherapy. There’s no way I’d achieve these tasks if I were working fulltime – thank goodness for sick leave :-)ReplyCancel

    • well done for even attempting let alone finishing with having radiotherapy as well. it does take your mind off things having set tasks to do. my mum recently completed radiotherapy. for the 3 weeks treatment she was fine but towards the end she felt tired. at least when you hit the time you will have a nice clean house to be tired in!ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    I am so motivated by this challenge. My kitchen looks amazing – I actually enjoyed clearing the dinner dishes tonight! I love your tip on loading the dishwasher through the day, it keeps the benches looking great. My 2 older kids have so far responded really well to their morning and afternoon routines – and I feel like a new woman and a much nicer mum with my morning and afternoon routine. I haven’t yelled at the kids once today! I am usually SO stressed in the mornings, but today I got up at 6.30 and actually had a shower! Thanks so much Kat xoReplyCancel

  • JUST FINISHED MY KITCHEN! im the dirtiest person i know, & every1 i know will tell u the same thing. i know how to clean, i just dont. i suffer depression, and ive always used it as an excuse, any amount of mess or clutter truly overwhelms me, ive never been givin the tools to be organised either, but when i saw my friend joined this on facey I WAS IN!! so far so good lol i know its only early days yet but im gettin the kids n hubby on board & we’re guna get this done!
    thx a bunch for all the print outs to… they soooo cute !!

  • Kathy C

    Phew, have made it through Day 1…. kitchen looks very nice, I hope I can keep it that way.I am excited about Day 2 as the sheets were going to be done anyway,here’s hoping all days are as successful as today (today is my best day of the week to get things done, it is all downhill from now on) I have made a cheeky headstart and done the dining chairs tonightReplyCancel

  • Lois Crook

    Am loving the challenge – but as someone who works full time and has 2 small children Im wondering if completing 20 days of it might kill me!

    • Julie Cox

      I work too and have two toddlers, so I am doing what I can and I think it might be a 40 day challenge for me – no use stressing!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    My kitchen is looking fabulous and even managed 3 loads of washing today! However tomorrow may be a different story. I was just saying to hubby that I hope the next task isn’t main bedroom. I have such a busy day and the bedroom would be my biggest problem area. Will just have to do what I can!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Don’t know if I can do all of this task tomorrow as we have a forecast of rain, so I will save the bedding washing till a sunny Saturday sometime soon. Also, how do people wash their pillows? In the past I have put them in the washing machine and they bunch up and aren’t the same. Any tips?ReplyCancel

  • I Managed wiping down half the cupboard doors before i went to work. been a while since i cleaned the kitchen like this so took a while to do. may take me longer than 20 days but it is so much easier being “told” what to clean rather than deciding for myself which results in it not getting done. I did do washing, looked after the sick hubby. and cleaned the microwave! go me! I did get a “I love you, i love you” from my husband for doing what i did. nice to be appreciated : )ReplyCancel

  • Trini

    Day 1 done with success, as for my bedroom tomorrow….oh golly mamoth marathon ahead there! Might be completing this task on saturday!! ReplyCancel

  • Well would love to comment on how my day went but I will wait till tomorrow when I am on the laptop, I have not touched it today (been too busy!) and I am now crawling into bed cos I am plain exhausted (but darn I feel good! Lols)ReplyCancel

    • Well yesterday was a good day considering how busy in life I was, I was out with doing children related things for over 6 hrs yesterday and I had hubby home on a day off (you know how they can get under your feet). I didn’t need to do under my sink or my microwave as I had only done the sink a couple of weeks ago and I do my microwave once a week but my benches and decluttering them has been something on my to do list for ages, so this is what I did in dribs and drabs (broke them down into sections to fit in between the different errands I had to run) and I did my walls. I still need to wipe over my cupboard doors and the window but hubby is doing ALL the windows today (already preplanned) so I could get away with that. But I was quite happy as I still managed to get all my normal house work done too (which I was worried about ignoring for the challenge) So, I felt great. Today’s challenge will be easier because I won’t be out today. It is also one of the areas that has been driving me nuts over winter and now that Spring is here I have been itching to get in. Only going to spend an hour doing it though as I also have a massive amount of study to catch up on. ReplyCancel

  • christie harris

    These are such pretty printouts, but they look atrocious when printed in greyscale :-(
    Would it be possible to re-do them with higher contrast text instead of grey? It’s almost impossible to read, although it does look lovely on the screen!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna

    Day 1 went swimmingly. Even got the boyfriend to help polish silver while cleaning in the kitchen. The bedroom is a challenge indeed. A mountain of clothes has formed and I must get it under control! Thank you Kat for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    Day 1 finally done, though my 10 week old was not helping much today. Luckily his Nanna came over for cuddles so I could get finished for the day. Looking forward to tomorrows task though slightly apprehensive at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    Loved todays challenge although it took a looooooong time!!! Feeling more organised already. Just wondering if you will give us a ‘maintenance plan’? I know that by the time day 20 rolls around my kitchen will need doing again!ReplyCancel

  • melissa j

    Thank you for day 1. I feel so much more accomplished today then I have in easily years! Can’t wait to start tomorrow :)ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    Hm only a small portion of day 1 tasks done, I might have to get up extra early to complete them, and start on day 2’s!! Working full time, organising a wedding and a trip to Europe, is a bit hard to squeeze it all in. Wish I was still a stay at home mum!!!! But thanks Katrina for putting this altogether, at least we have guidelines to help us.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie W

    Day 1 complete except for the corner of one bench – a few items that I hate looking at but have no other home elsewhere. I will rectify that very soon. I also washed my kitchen curtain & just cleaned the glass before hanging it back up. My dining chairs are wiped down daily after dinner, so tomorrow’s 5 minute task is done – I’m sure I can find something to fill the time though :)
    My main room is a nightmare – in the wardrobe & under the bed are a cluttered mess & my room has become a home for everything that needs to be sold or doesn’t have a home elsewhere, as well as being a bedroom for our toddler. Sad, very sad. No bedside drawers for me & I did hubby’s last night (his is just a tall set of plastic drawers with his work clothes stored in there). I don’t have much time to work on my room in any day, but, I can certainly do the bed (I already make it every day without fail, it really makes the room look bearable), the floors, the fan & declutter the top of my scrapbooking cabinet.
    I have a huge pile of stuff/clothes I’m working through turbo lister to sell on ebay and hoping to finish renovating & decorating the girls bedroom, but I’m keen to continue with the challenge tasks as much as possible. Thanks Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Oates

    I really didn’t think I would have the energy after working today and doing my 17 month olds dinner and evening routine on my own tonight as hubby is at work, but it’s done and I can go to bed knowing the kitchen is clean and the bookshelf tidy! I love our bedroom and am looking forward to throwing the bedroom window open and completing tomorrows challenge. I’m also looking forward to having a lovely hot shower, putting on clean pyjamas and slipping into a bed with clean sheets! The little luxuries!ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    Have only just sat down to relax after a busy day at work. Looking forward to doing the challenges in a few weeks time. Loving it though. Was wondering if we can print out the blogs without all the ‘extras’ on the side?ReplyCancel

  • Ngahia

    Well i dunno about anyone else but my was prob gunna b the biggest job to do in my house and i was a little apprehensive about it for the first challeng but now that its done i feeel like im SO ready to get house clean and organised :) what a awsome start everyone! keep up the great work and thank you to Katrina who has given me the inspiration and more importantly motivation

  • Angela Grimsdale

    My kitchen is looking a lot better than it has in ages (though the top of the cupboards need a really good clean from months of dust). I will have to save that task for another day. I am looking forward to tackling the bedroom as it is a pigsty at the moment!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    10pm and I’ve just finished the kitchen! It looks fantastic. My kitchen bench is usually full of clutter, but right now it’s clutter free! I can’t say the same for my dining table though, since that’s where a lot of the clutter has landed until tomorrow. Sooooo not looking forward to tomorrow, since my bedroom is my dumping ground for everything i want to deal with later, I know I’ll feel better tomorrow night though once it’s done. Not looking forward to waking up in the morning either. My kitchen was pretty filthy, and I’m pretty sure my efforts to clean it were equivalent to a gym session. Got a feeling I’m gonna be pretty sore! ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    New habit: make bed in the morning.
    Task: Wash bedding, rotate mattress.
    Perhaps not the best day to have chosen for this new habit, but a habit I’ve been working on in the last month anyway. What a difference it makes walking into the room through the day to see the bed made rather than messy, the room feels tidier already, for 5 minutes work! Since our bedroom is right next to the front door, I have always closed the bedroom off as I open the front door to people. With the bed made, once I get my dressing table (which I can’t see, nor its chair either!) decluttered, I will feel more relaxed about leaving the door open.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Phew! Day 1 completed. Cannot wait to have a bedroom as delightful as my kitchen! Though i’m sure it will require more then one day. I have started replacing my tea towel each night too.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Duffy

    Kitchen looks beautiful, I keep on opening the under sunk cupboard to admire how good it looks! Cleaned out the rubbish from under the bed, that was really bad. Vacuuming under bed tomorrow night, the bedroom looks wonderful! The kids even noticed the kitchen, that’s how good it looks!!! This is easier than I thought, and am actually enjoying watching my home becoming steadily on the road to perfection, thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Due to a teething 7mth old and unwell 4 year old and very little sleep last night I was unable to do it all at once but thanks to your guidelines I found it easy to keep going back to it and got it all done! oh what a wonderful feeling when my mum pops in amid screaming children and first thing she says is I have never seen your kitchen look so good! And though hubby was completely aware of the tasks for the day he noticed and had positive comments on the differnce! Thanks I feel a little more inspired.tomorrow’s challenge is huge for me my room is like a halfway house. CAN”T WAITReplyCancel

  • Joanne Nunez

    Just having a little break to let you know I’ve almost finished and my kitchen hasn’t looked this clean and decluttered in years! Thanks so much for setting this challenge Katrina, you’re a true inspiration!… and I’ll sleep well tonight :)ReplyCancel

  • man! today was hardcore.. first i did the kitchen like crazy, in 2 hours this morning, then did divers cleaning and lots of laundry … tomorrow is rental inspection in da house!
    then i saw the task for tomorrow, and since my husband sleeps in the day, I put in an evening shift while listening to can of worms and q&a . all washing folded, sheets changed, clutter removed. the result is a very blunt & bare looking bedroom, but we have a brand new king size bed =)
    I used to have a beautifully decorated sleeping room and a bad marriage – now i have a beautiful (new) husband and a bedroom that needs some decorating. well, you gotta know your priorities ..! 😉ReplyCancel

  • am also pretty chuffed that the kitchen looks neat even AFTER cooking tonight (cuz i tidied up and cleaned AGAIN!) – this is going so well, it’s scary!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Feeling a little chuffed that I am going to bed with a nice clean,decluttered kitchen and proud that I got it done with one of my kids coming down sick this afternoon. I did it in spits and spats a couple of tasks at a time but got it done. Normally I would have had a ton of excuses. It did help I have to say that as I was wiping I realised that lots of you were wiping out your microwaves too. It was a comrort!ReplyCancel

  • allison

    Well i worked today and brought it all home to finish so day 1 & 2 will need to get done tomorrow after gymnastics for the girls. my under sink is already tidy just need to de clutter and clean benchtops and windows. cupboards are white so i clean them regularly. Bedroom will be the biggest problem due to lack of storage. kids bookcase already done just the other week. Here’s hoping little miss 2 & almost 4 behave for me to get things done tomorrow ss i’m back at work wed & thurs. School hols r coming up soon so can catch up more then. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Alli brown

    Yay all set for tomorrow- in the last week I have been working on my bedroom, so most of the tasks are done, but looking forward to cleaning out under the bed! Loving it thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    When i looked under the kitchen sink yesterday i thought i will never
    get this completed but i am proud to say i did, my kitchen looks
    fantastic, except for a top cupboard that needs dusting, did not get to
    it! Half of the stuff under the kitchen sink belongs in the garage so i
    need to get a box and store them away! Looking forward to task 2

  • Roxanne

    Very excited after hours of work the kitchen is shining! I’m so inspired & thank you for helping me get things in order! A list of new habits at the end would be great!ReplyCancel

  • Oh, I also have to say, please keep the photos on instagram coming ladies, they have been very inspiring and I have been giving you all cheers on seeing the completed missions. There has been some really hard work going on out there.ReplyCancel

  • Tez

    I LOVE how clean my kitchen looks and I am still not finished!!! Will have to do the challenge over a longer period as not able to get it all done in one day due to work committments but really inspired after day 1!!! Will need to spend a day going through all the boxes I filled from decluttering the benches and shelves though!!!ReplyCancel

  • adalita_m

    i had already given my kitchen a massive clean on the weekend ready for my Hens party but I didn’t clean up from that until yesterday. So now it is all neat and tidy! Not sure If I’ll get today all done but I’ll tidy the bedroom up as much as I can. ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    I’m a bit concerned at how I’ll go today, my bedroom is shocking, there are piles of laundry and odds and ends everywhere. Plus I’m working in the school canteen all day.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Yay my hubby is doing this one today :) he just picked up 5 water bottles from beside my bed. Whoops! Morning sickness is hard:)ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    I am so impressed with myself. My kitchen is amazingle clean and tidy in every nook and cranny. My bedroom is now clean and refreshed. I have stuck to my new morning routine which somehow makes my whole day more fluid. My sister commented that my whole house wa looking cleaner than it had in ages. Go, me, go.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    I just binned my 21st birthday cards which has had a home in my bedside table for ages!! Why, did I hang onto them for soooo long????ReplyCancel

  • Liliam

    Loving the idea of the organiser in the bed side table’s drawer. For some reason always becomes messy.ReplyCancel

  • Well I am done, but I have to say, I thought this was a cleaning challenge not a 20 day bootcamp challenge! I am stuffed!ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    Totally off task today…. swapping a box in the pantry for the medications meant I ended up restacking the pantry and labeling all the containers… and this evening is thankfully leftovers as my cooking time has been spent making a charging station for hubby’s hand radios and phones…. oh well… ReplyCancel

  • Oh my God!!! I did it I did it I did it!!! It took me over eight hours but I did it!!! I can see my floor, the room smells so much better, and I have vacuumed up so much fluff that I’m sure my husband’s asthma will improve!!! Thank you for the checklist, it really made the job seem less insurmountable. That one room was my big barrier and now it’s DONE – I can’t wait to see how my house will look at the end of the month!ReplyCancel

  • Paulette

    My kitchen was so much easier to cleanup tonight! Am yet to do the windows, but will do them along with the bedroom windows tomorrow. Will be a nice day, so will pop dining chairs out in the sun.
    Making me feel much better already.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Perpy

    Room is looking, and feeling, wonderful! Culled lots of useless stuff that was collecting dust! ReplyCancel

  • I don’t know how I can complete this task. I am 27 and still live at home and therefore everything I own is in my room. I have to admit that I have a pathway to my bed and that is about it. I have things on and in every nook and cranny and stashed on every available surface. I can’t wait to move out so I can complete these tasks, and start making a mark on my own home. ReplyCancel

  • Lilli May designs

    I am loving your direction! Thank you so much for helping me declutter my life! Cant wait for tomorrows tasks!! Keep smiling!ReplyCancel

  • Tash

    Am I reading wrong? Or do you open your blinds and windows and give your neighbours a view before getting dressed lol ReplyCancel

  • I love these challenges! Sadly I haven’t been able to do any yet as I work every day except Wednesdays and when I am at home toddler takes priority. However, I am printing out every bit of info every day as it is all great! I will be putting it all in my folder and doing it as I get a chance. It might take me the rest of the year to get through all 20 days, but it, and your fabulous page, has already done so much in helping me get organised and feel more in control of the household and helping me reduce my stress levels, so a huge Thank You!!

  • I partially completed this challenge today along with day 1. I washed and changed sheets, aired doona, and washed its cover and dusted and tidied the room 😉 Luckily i did most of this challenge of my own accord a few weeks ago. So things weren’t too bad in there :) Love going to bed in clean sheets and bedding :) Tho we kinda cheated and i changed the sheets last night as we have a really heavy mattress and need hubby to help me :/
    I will have to come back to the decluttering task for the dresser and top drawer but because i ran out of time. I think i did well tho as i have a sick teething baby as well. They really arent that bad anyway so i dont think it will hurt them to wait.
    One win I had in here today was that I found my nursing necklace that i was unable to find. So i was happy about that! 2 missing items now found! Thanks TOH! :)
    Well i’m utterly exhausted so i’m off to bed. Shouldn’t really be on here at this hour but had to watch my tv show first… 😉 Night!ReplyCancel

  • My nightstand is a glass open shelf piece due to having such a small bedroom. I needed that see thru open feel. But due to lack of drawers to hide the items any ideas for orginizing on shelfs without having those deep baskets? Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nitty Brown

    So i stripped my sheets and it is 11:15pm and realised that I have to put new sheets, a bit tempted to sleep in a bare bed..ReplyCancel

  • cyndi hobbs

    i did the bed ect a few days ago, so rather thatn add to my washing pile i think ill skip this one and move onto day 3…..ReplyCancel

  • SandraW

    Started the challenge a day late (Thanks SE10 on FB for sharing) so decided to attack the kitchen at 8pm – made for a long-ish night!! BUT it’s clean!! and tidy!! and smells so nice this morning :)
    I’m adjusting the challenge as I go, as I am on leave ATM but work full time and care for a very sick husband, I spent last Sunday doing our bedroom so today is a quick tidy and clean but I can finish off a couple of little things I noticed when doing the kitchen last night.
    It’s not very often I want to clean…but I’m looking forward to all the challenges!ReplyCancel

  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    Finally got mine done Kat! Yey! Here’s a link to my blog post about it!

  • Deborah K

    My main bedroom is wonderful! Thanks again for the motivation.ReplyCancel

  • Erica @Cult of Kale

    I don’t have too much in my bedroom right now, we had to deal with a bed bug infestation recently and most of our stuff is still in storage. :( I did use my steam cleaner to give a really good clean to the mattress and carpet at least, and decluttered the little bit that was there. ReplyCancel

  • […] you can see, we are a very, very cluttered bunch. Day Two was supposed to involve cleaning the entire room, but that definitely did not […]ReplyCancel

  • […] ok, we are still on day two of the 20 Day Challenge to Organize and Clean your Home.  For some reason, cleaning our bedroom has been so, so difficult.  To be fair, it’s not […]ReplyCancel

  • […] bad when your second day of a 20 day challenge turns into three days.  In our defenses, though, The Organised Housewife is exactly that – a housewife.  I’m assuming (don’t correct me if I’m […]ReplyCancel

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  • Beth

    Cant wait to start tomorrow!!!

    • I’d love to know how you go!ReplyCancel

      • Prue

        I am so excited to start this. I believe I may just make it this time. My kitchen and I have a love/hate relationship at the moment. I have to admit when I saw the list of to do’s for the kitchen I freaked. I am going to just take it one step at a time, and try and organise the tasks into most important first. That way if something doesn’t get done, at least I won’t feel bad about it. ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I’m excited to start my Spring cleaning, this looks achievable for me!! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Christie

    I am so looking forward to the challenge. I LOVE organising and enjoy reading your blog :) one qn about this first post – where do you keep your bin now? Pic?ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    Where did you get your container for the dishwasher tabs?ReplyCancel

    • Vanessa

      I just found one online so nevermind! Love it, getting one! I have a similar one for my laundry powder and pegs so this will match :)ReplyCancel

    • I purchased it from Domayne last year, I do remember seeing them recently when I was there.ReplyCancel

    • Sandy

      I don’t want to look underneath the kitchen sink! Everything goes under there when i cant find a home for it! I am tired already! hahaReplyCancel

  • Zoe

    I did a lot of cleaning/tidying in my kitchen over the weekend but still not finished so hopefully this will help finish it off!
    Where did you get the ‘dishwasher’ container from?!?!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda McGregor

    I started a bit early and did underneath the kitchen sink yesterday. I can’t wait to start tomorrow. I am really looking forward to a clean house and also proving to one of my best friends that it can be done. No sceptics allowed here :)ReplyCancel

    • It absolutely can be done good on you for making a start, but ultimately you will be enjoying the rewards and the end result JReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Looking forward to getting started – it’s been hard explaining that I am spending time preparing to get organised and clean!

    Ah-ha! denture tablets are going on my shopping list!ReplyCancel

    • LOL, I’m sure it is, you will be amongst friends here that completely understand JReplyCancel

  • Can you please tell me more about using denture tables for cleaning out drink bottles? sounds interesting!ReplyCancel

    • I’m also curious to know :)ReplyCancel

    • We have drink bottles that are hard to get your hand or a bottle brush into and there are times they get a little slimy. My hubby uses his drink bottle to mix his sports drinks. So we use the denture tablets in these bottles to give them a really good clean. For this reason this is why I like the Tupperware drink bottles as my hand fits easily in there to make sure they are always completely clean.ReplyCancel

      • Danni

        We add rock salt and a little water to the bottle. Put the lid on and give a good shake. The salt acts like an abrasive and removes any stubborn contents and also has some disinfecting properties. No harsh chemicals required. As a bonus, tip the solution over weeds to kill them.ReplyCancel

      • kelljo

        quick question. I have found that our kids tupperware drink bottles have the lid / spout chewed away from the kids biting etc etc. Anyone know if you can replace these as it just looks a bit yuck.ReplyCancel

        • Yes you can get them replaced, if I can remember correctly they are about $7.95 each for the kids bottles 😉ReplyCancel

        • Gaspard

          Contact your tupperware rep. They should be able to replace it if they still have the part in stock.ReplyCancel

      • Vanessa

        Are these denture tabs safe to use on stainless steel drink bottles? I don’t like drinking out of plastic 😛ReplyCancel

        • Emma Berry

          I don’t think they are. My packet says for use on non-metallic materials.ReplyCancel

          • Vanessa

            Thanks :) They’re pretty easy to clean out with a bottle brush anyway.

    • Becc

      I usually disolve enture tablet in water bottle and then let soak. However, I found it leaves a minty smell, so I’ve started using milton tablets.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi

    Any tips on achieving these goals when it’s a day I have to work?
    I work part time 3 days per week and have a shifworking husbandReplyCancel

    • Perhaps you can spread the challenge out for an extra few days at the end so you are able to complete everything you want. However to keep on track at least do the 5 minute task and the declutter task if you can.ReplyCancel

    • i have the same problem. so im filling in the ‘to do list’ on the printables and i will assign some of the jobs to my husband (only the ones i think he can do to a good standard) lol ReplyCancel

  • thank goodness i saw this now… toast for dinner in this house… i’m getting a head start. bit freaked by the amount to do (I work full time) but I’ll do what I can and have the printables to catch up on the weekends. mostly keen on the habits :)ReplyCancel

  • Vikki Little

    I used to be so organised before we accumulated all the crap we have in our house lol…..I also dislike my house so don’t feel the need to make it look nice like my other houses. Looking forward to tomorrow…I posted a kitchen before shot and hope the after is an improvement!ReplyCancel

  • Caz

    I was a bit worried when I read that we were starting in the kitchen as that’s going to be a huge area for me and I work 3 days plus have added responsibilities. To my delight I did under the kitchen sink about 6 months ago when I started following Kat so it won’t take much to tick that off. I also attacked the bench a few weeks ago so that’s only a bit out of control rather than majorly 😉 Wiping over the cupboard door will be the biggest task as there are sooo many grooves and they haven’t been done in I don’t know how long :-$ReplyCancel

    • Perhaps start with half of your cupboards tomorrow and do the other half at a later time, but at least give some a go JReplyCancel

  • Seleena

    So excited to begin this journey! Hopefully with a bit of a plan i can feel like i’m getting somewhere!! Goal to have an amazing house for 5 minutes before i have baby #2. Wish me luck! ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie

    I hadn’t thought of denture tablets… I use milton tablets or liquid for mine. ReplyCancel

    • How do u clean your bottles using Milton tabs? I have a stack of tabs and drink bottles so would love to do this :)ReplyCancel

      • Kerrie

        If they are large drink bottles I usually break the tablets into quarters & put one quarter into each bottle, fill with water & put lid in upside down.
        Or if I have a heap to do or they are smaller, I fill the sink with water and put a couple of tablets in. I leave them in the water for an hour or so. I don’t rinse the bottles all the time, but let them dry thoroughly before I put them away.
        Once I’ve finished I soak the scourer, dishcloth, bottle brush (which I still use occasionally) etc.. I give these a good rinse under running water after they have been soaking. ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    I’m so excited and looking forward to this week, thank you. I LOVE the download, it’s so pretty!! Off to fill in my to do list for tomorrow. Well done :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Jane

    I’m so looking forward to getting started on making a clutter free & organised home Thank you so much for offering this as it’s just the encouragement I need as I’m often lost where to start. Timing is perfect as baby no 3 due to be delivered between 21st & 28th Sept so my goal is to have a clean organised home ready for baby. Love the plastic tray toaster ideaReplyCancel

    • Perfect timing for you then to get the house ready for bubs arrival. Congratulations xxReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for putting all of this together! My best friend and I are doing it together and we are both very excited :) ReplyCancel

    • That’s so lovely you are doing it together, hope you enjoy the process 😉ReplyCancel

  • jillian

    Wish me luck I am sitting here procrastinating already.ReplyCancel

    • Don’t procrastinate, just make a start. First thing in the morning make it your mission to do at least one of the tasks.ReplyCancel

    • kirsty

      lol me too:PReplyCancel

  • Carla B

    So excited. Last week, In anticipation of starting this challenge, I cleaned out the cupboard under the sink, and while I was at it, I realised how filthy the cupboards were, so I cleaned them also. I work tomorrow, so very happy to get 2 of the biggy jobs done. Thanks so much. :-)ReplyCancel

  • @jillian lol me too!ReplyCancel

  • Megan B

    I use denture tables for mugs and drink bottles. They work a treat. Just use with water like you would with dentures! Its great for the coffee stains you get after a while on your mugs! ReplyCancel

  • Cher Warner

    It kind of sucks that we have to start in the kitchen :( Mine is so bad due to almost mental breaking point…we don’t have any clean dishes. Not sure I’ll get it all done tomorrow, let alone the ‘jobs’ you have listedReplyCancel

    • Remember Cher if you don’t have time to do them all that’s OK.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Cher, I suggest you work first on getting some clean dishes, this will probably give you some motivation to keep going? Best of luck, GeneveneReplyCancel

      • I agree, sounds like it is the dishes getting you down so do them first. If you don’t have time for anything else’s that is fine, just try and get in the habit of doing the dishes very day and see how you (from someone who has been in a similar spot).ReplyCancel

    • Cher – When my kitchen gets to that stage I fill the sink with hot soapy water and then dishes, leave for 5 mins then was and leave to air dry – soak another batch of dishes – just leave one full tray at a time – come back when their dry – just one load each hour or so. The small stages can make it a lot less overwhelming. Good luck with it!ReplyCancel

  • Oh goodo – I gave my kitchen a good clean yesterday so I’m ahead already (probably the only time I will be!)ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Hi Katrina, I was reading the link where you mentioned putting your sponges in the dishwasher to clean – where in the dishwasher do you put them and don’t they move in there and get caught up or block the drain area? Looking forward to starting this journey- hope I can keep up :)ReplyCancel

  • Does anyone have any ideas how to clean the built-up sticky residue off from laminate bench tops and cupboards? Accumulation of cooking oils and all purpose cleaning spray. Any natural or shop-bought products which allow minimal elbow-grease if possible as I have a large kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Bianca

    So excited to start tomorrow.. Just put denture tablets on my shopping list, my girls are water bottle crazy and I hate washing them.. WOOHOO FOR TOH 20 DAY CHALLENGE..ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    I hv been following you for a while so my kitchen is one of my easiest now.but the top of my cupboards is my challenge tomorrow. Thanks Kat. XxReplyCancel

  • Monique

    @ Rebecca Williams I try to milton our water bottles each week, especially my sons coz of kindy and school. I just fill the sink and put milton tablets in there and soak bottles for at least 15mins. Do my cutting boards on occasion too after the bottles.ReplyCancel

  • Carmel

    Finalising my cleaning basket tonight I thought “god I really have to redo this sink cupboard”. Checked email and yay!… Motivated!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much Katrina!! I just did an inspection of all my kitchen cupboards and drawers and filled in my ‘to do list’ and my ‘shopping list’ of things i want/need to make it more functional. I’ll go get what i need in the morning and get cracking!! P.S. I HATE cleaning the oven so i wont mind if you ‘forget’ to add that job to the challenge :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma Berry

    Thank you for organising this challenge. I am going out tomorrow to get a tray for my toaster and some denture tablets. Fantastic ideas. (After I’ve finished the kitchen of course)ReplyCancel

  • Marissa

    I have to admit when I saw that our first task was cleaning the kitchen I felt very over-whelmed, knowing this is probably one of the biggest areas of my home needing sorting & cleaning. I was pleasantly surprised to see the tasks are very manageable and no longer have that feeling of dread cleaning my kitchen tomorrow. Thank you so very much for breaking this down into easy bite size pieces. I am looking forward to joining everyone in this awesome challenge xx ReplyCancel

  • Now I know what I’ll be doing when I get home from work tomorrow afternoon. I will definitely be taking some before and after photos. I think you’ll be shocked at the state my kitchen is in at the moment. I have the biggest pile of crap at the end of my bench. I really need to work out a system. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • i bought a nice little wicker basket to keep at the end of my bench, all the crap goes in there like keys, wallets, bills, phones etc and at the end of the day when im doing the dishwasher i spend about a minute to clear it out and put everything away. hope that helps you :)ReplyCancel

      • I have something similar but on my buffet near my kitchen. Although papers still end up on my kitchen bench sometimes but it does work most of the time. ReplyCancel

      • Jehanne

        I like the idea of a basket that gets cleaned out at the end of the day. My bench is terrible, you can barely see it under all the junk that has piled up!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    I cheated & started tonight!! My house looks so much better already! It amazing the papers & clutter that can accumulate on on the kitchen counters! I LOVED the 5 min only challenge, hubby did the book shelve where we keep our DVDs & I did the office one. Our garage sale pile is growing already!ReplyCancel

  • Samy

    Oh, I cleaned the rubbish and ‘crap’ off my bench just yesterday YAY, however I have to admit it is almost back to where it was. I need the push to do the bookcase though, as ours in the study and I class this as my ‘husbands’ room as he is in his final months of studying so I try NOT to venture in there, however the study is one of my goals to clean and sort as it will soon become the nursery for bub #2ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Thanks for the ecouragement and motivation, Katrina. I actually completed the task tonight as I’m working tomorrow and won’t be home in the evening. Off to a great start! My kitchen is now sparkling and I am for once grateful for my very small kitchen space, not too much too clean! Looking forward to the tasks for the next 19 days!ReplyCancel

  • Danni

    This is such a wonderful idea and a great challenge. Great motivator for the beginning of spring. I love a paperwork flow so I’ve been enjoying the printouts and creating my file. Thanks for the time and effort you’ve put into creating them Katrina. Can’t wait to do the challenge and see how I go. ReplyCancel

  • Cakebaker

    Happy to say this challenge is much needed…..I have gone through the tasks except just not sure what you use for cleaning down walls and how much effort do you put into it?ReplyCancel

  • Caris

    I really do not like the idea of my toaster being next to cleaning products. Why don’t you keep it on the bench? i use mine every day so I leave it out and plugged inReplyCancel

    • I have to admit that although I use mine every day I do put it away, I have a small kitchen and if I don’t it gets in the way. I love the idea of putting it in a basket though as I was having to wipe my cupboard out all the time. ReplyCancel

    • I rarely use my toaster, maybe once a week and I don’t have the space to keep it on the kitchen bench.ReplyCancel

  • lee

    how long should we be allowing to do our kitchen l guess it depends on how messy it is lolReplyCancel

    • It really does depend on how much time is needed and how much time you have available.ReplyCancel

      • lee

        thank you have got most of it done will finish off tonight after teaReplyCancel

  • Sylvia

    Im moving into my new house with my husband in hopefully one week so I have a house to do all this challenges. I want to be super organised and prepared for when we move. I was so inspired by tomorrows challenge I attacked my mums kitchen!!! Bring on the next challengeReplyCancel

  • Bubbles74

    Anyone else having trouble printing printables? Telling me thy are password protected PDFs. ReplyCancel

    • Yes they are protected for security, however some readers using Internet Explorer are having trouble printing them. IE plays up a lot so I switched to google chrome, you can print using Google Chrome. Also have your printer set to High Res printing.ReplyCancel

  • Mags

    Hi Kat, great series to get everyone organised and motivated – love it! You mentioned Vanilla spray for your fridge – is this something you purchased or made yourself? If made yourself, can you let me know how and how you use it? Thanks a million.ReplyCancel

    • No I purchased it from the grocery store, I don’t use it often it’s when I give my fridge a big clean out. In between I use my homemade all purpose sprayed onto a sponge and then wipe.ReplyCancel

    • Vanessa

      I’d love to know too!ReplyCancel

  • I’m happy to say I’ve got a head-start on this in the last few days, too. Just a bit more to do in the morning :)ReplyCancel

  • Monday in the US is a holiday and we have company coming for a cookout so I will try today to get things done. Did under the sink and it looks great so I am one step ahead. Also figured out what you call “benches” we call counters. Kept looking for a bench in your pics. Thanks for this challenge. Hopefully I can keep up.ReplyCancel

    • Lols Cheryl, my husband is American so I m fluent in American, if you are unsure of anything just ask nd I’ll translate for you. ReplyCancel

    • I can see that would be confusing, pleased you worked it out though. Enjoy your cookout!ReplyCancel

  • Interested in the vanilla spray you mentioned, I just pour some on a rag and wipe down inside when finished. Love the smell when you open the doors.ReplyCancel

    • That is a great alternative JReplyCancel

      • Tammy

        I have used straight vanilla on my fridge for some years. It is also fantastic for getting rid of the musty smell in the esky after it’s been in storage, especially if there was any moisture left in it.ReplyCancel

  • Mum of Many

    Hi Kat – Up early so I can make a good start and keep up with the programme. Where were you 32 years ago when I first became a housewife!!! Just goes to show – you can teach old dogs new tricks LOL. After having 5 kids, their wives/husbands and 7 grandies my house needs an overhaul – you are just what I needed. Am eager to start and keep up!! THANKS your marvellous!!ReplyCancel

    • Aaw, thank you so much, I look forward to watching your progress through the challenge 😉ReplyCancel

  • ElizaDoLots

    Here we go then…. Good luck everyone – especially my own Clutter Buddy – WE CAN DO THIS xxReplyCancel

  • Carrie

    Here I go…….. I’m so inspired by all this – been struggling and trying to ‘get organized’ for 38 years this month!!! Now there’s only the two of us in the house surely it’s going to be easier??????? Good luck everyone – I’ll be interested to read how you are all going too. ReplyCancel

    • Mum of Many

      Hi Carrie – Im at ‘oldie’ at this cleaning game too and like you – we are down to 2 – I dont wont to start ‘retirement’ like my Mum in law – in a huge mess – so Im starting now!!ReplyCancel

    • It absolutely will get easier, enjoy the challenge JReplyCancel

  • I have done this and had a bit more motivation, so I did my linen cupboard and my bathroom cupboards, so if they come up I can have a day off.. I haven’t tackled the tupperware cupboard yet though, that just give me night mares…lolReplyCancel

    • LOL, Tupperware cupboards always get messy quickly, I think the key is to give it a quick tidy every few daysReplyCancel

      • Tammy

        I got so frustrated with this, and certain others in the household never putting the Tupperware where it belonged, that when I finally had it all neat and tidy, I took photos! Now I just need to find them, print them and stick them inside the cupboard door. Hey, the concept works for my games cupboard (a full linen closet of board games, floor to ceiling)!ReplyCancel

  • Love the comments, I have to say, they are what got me motivated today, I’ve been sick witht eh flu and gastro all week (being pregnant and looking after my 17month old as well) and although I like the pics posted, its really the comments, see you later I’m off to do my kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    A tip for you, lay out baking paper along the tops of your overhead kitchen cupboards – never clean or dust up there again!ReplyCancel

  • Trini

    Oh bring it on!!!! Challenge accepted!!
    Denture tablets are a great idea, going to try this one. Where i live we have really hard water so this will be interesting to try!! ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    This is a win for me, I organised under my sink a few weeks ago. A quick wipe through and boom, done! ReplyCancel

  • Nadia - The Everyday Blessings

    Today’s also the day I mop my floors – it’s going to be a busy day! Plus, I have hubby home sick. Getting stuck in regardless! I know I won’t let myself rest until I get it all done :) ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    just saw this challenge on the Brisbane kids facebook page Its just what I needed to kick my but into gear cant wait to see how I succeed!! ReplyCancel

  • Pennie

    Winning!!! I couldn’t wait to get started so I did under the sink last night and the laundry cupboard this morning! Looking very neat and organised in both cupboards now!!!ReplyCancel

  • Apryl

    This morning while my children were eating breaskfast I cleaned out under the sink, Reorganised and wiped the cupboards ,Oh and cleaned the microwave ( with your spray recipe) , filled the dishwasher and wiped the shelving with the photos on it. My kitchen looks wonderful. Im off to the shops to find some baskets to pop rags in :) ReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    Hhhhheeeeelllllppppp. I have just washed my laminate cupboard doors with sugar soap (is that right?) and even though I have wiped down with a damp cloth afterwards they still have streaks all over them. They are dark green in colour which I think makes it stand out more. Should I have used sugar soap? I usually use spray and wipe but it doesn’t seem to get the grease marks off. Will continue kitchen makeover. Loving this challenge. xxReplyCancel

    • I dont know much about sugar soap, maybe next time used vinegar. I just use cheap white vinegar in a spray bottle with water (maybe a third vinegar). If you cant stand the smell (which does disappear after cleaning) add a drop of eucalyptus oil.ReplyCancel

  • Carley

    I have started, I cleaned out under the sink, now it looks so bare, but I guess you get that with a big house and not much stuff yet. I also went ahead and cleaned out some other cupboards and already threw out some old fry pans. So looking good!ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve

    Cleaning my house is the easy bit. It getting into the habit of keeping it organised. I rally struggle with that. Will be doing great then have a bad day or week and bam back to disorganised chaos.ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    Sorry if this has been asked. Why is the tasks not on the printable ? maybe something to consider ?ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Oh my gosh I have a bench again. I started by clearing all the rubbish off the kitchen bench, the kitchen became instantly BRIGHTER because the light was bounching off the cleared bench top. I’m now disappointment I did get a photograph of the before and after I wish I’d done that. Well on my way to getting this done and I’m hoping that I can stay on top of it. Thanks for this it was the KICK UP THE BOTTOM I needed.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been looking forward to the start of this challenge… this morning I had a male friend call me needing some help to do his resume… Didn’t really want to because I want to spend it going hard on the challenge but we managed to come to a mutually agreeable point, lol – he is currently working his way through my list while I am “busy” typing his resume :) Love it! ReplyCancel

  • ozcountrychic

    I woke this morning to hear on the radio that it is “National Organization Week” Yay! Can’t believe I’m so excited to get stuck into this:)PS Had to tidy/clean/organize under the sink when we got our cleaning supplies done! TCO house here we go….ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    So far so great! I have cleared my bench of all clutter, loaded the dishwasher and cleaned out under my sink. All of my cleaners have been moved to the laundry (except for my dishwashing cleaner). The older kids and I also started to use our morning routine list – OMG it worked!! I didn’t yell ONCE! Thank you so much for this Kat, it’s just what my family needed!ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    thanks Katrina! this challenge gives me something to think of other than my pregnancy for a change – perfect timing as I am due on the 20th Sept….might even bring baby along sooner :)ReplyCancel

    • sarah

      all done in less that an hour!! Everything seems cleaner and I feel good ! Oh and I found a hat that my hubby was missing on top of a bookshelf which has made his day too :)ReplyCancel

  • deanne

    bugger, im not off to a good start! my dishwasher broke last night, just after i loaded it up (with left overs ready to go in this morning) after family went home and catering farthers day lunch. used pretty much all plates, cups and bowls and a far chunk of the cutlery. had to do it by hand this morning. got through all but cups and cutlery and my daughter’s Dr pushed her appointment to an hr early so i get take her the and back to school and it lunch time. just finished lunch and now im feel way behind ahhhhhReplyCancel

    • deanne

      grr .. father’s day ReplyCancel

      • deanne

        and stressed, obviously, after seinge all the spelling mis haps in that first post heheheReplyCancel

        • deanne

          i give up (on correcting my spelling) lolReplyCancel

  • Kitchen is gleaming! The cupboard under the sink smells rosy too! I have to have my bin in there as there is no where else for it, but all very functional under there now! Even the fish tank got a good scrubbing!! GREAT MOTIVATION TO DO THAT SPRING CLEAN!!ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Hi Katrina, I have subscribed to the emails previously for the daily tasks, and when I didn’t receive the pre-challenge emails I tried again. Unfortunately, I’m still not receiving them. I will still do the challenge, even if I have to go directly to your site each day, because I am hooked!! Keep up the great work! I’m enjoying this immensely.ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Yay! pleased to report I have got my benches clear – they weren’t much of a problem as I don’t like stuff on them anyway but I guess I really didn’t realise just how grimy my cupboard doors were until I started cleaning them… looks like a new kitchen.
    Under the sink – TICK (also managed to find NUMEROUS opened spray bottles of the same thing – 3 tubes of Shoe Glue?? why? LOL and 3 half full containers of Borax)
    ONLY thing left to do is the tops of the kitchen cabinets – will have to wait til later as 3-1/2 yr old g’daughter has reached her limit of entertaining herself LOLReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Yay! I’ve completed all my tasks. Phew! From an idea from here earlier in the year I have a basket on my bench to put junk mail, things to read, etc. so I was able to give that a sort out amongst the other tasks. In the basket was a bag of receipts to shred and as we don’t have a shredder I asked my 3 year old daughter to cut them up for me! So glad I had something for her to ‘help’ with. She also helped me wipe down the cupboard doors.ReplyCancel

  • Done! Geez that took ages. I thought my kitchen was pretty organised and not too grotty. Anyway, now it’s time to clean up after my cleaning up and look at the rest of the house. I’ve decided to extend the 5 minute idea, by taking a kitchen timer with me and spending 5 minutes in each room of the house doing general cleaning after the tasks are finished each day. With those 5 minutes and a quick vacuum I should be able to keep on track.ReplyCancel

  • lauren

    Hi there Katrina, i just want to thank you for setting up this challenge, i am a mother of 3, 6mth old, 2 yr old and 5 year old, and my house is a just a complete mess, and i never know where to start so nothing ever gets done. my kitchen bench has been a dumping ground from everything to last nights dishes, confiscated toys, my printer and office materials ( i hope to create an office space during this task), and hubby’s stuff. i look forward to all the following tasks, but i find it soooo hard to part with things like kids junk. by the way i have been keeping baby food jars for sorting craft supplies, do you know how to get the sticky label residue off these ive tried so many things and it wont budge..

    cheers, good luck everyone,
    p.s can’t believe i am excited about cleaning.. thankyouReplyCancel

  • ToniF

    Hi Katrina,
    I have just finished today’s Challenge….feels sooooo good to have my kitchen clean and HYGIENCE again!!! Thanks so much for getting me motivated. I can’t wait to receive you email with tomorrow’s challenge. Now to mess up my kitchen and get some lunch ready….grrrr….lol!!!ReplyCancel

  • Was planning on getting this done this morning while I only have 1 of the 3 girls at home. But my 4 year old needed me at kinder today… so am aiming to get it done this evening with hubby around to help :)ReplyCancel

  • Carly T

    A HUGE thank you for setting this challenge. It is EXACTLY what I’ve needed to get this house sorted. I’ve been struggling with clutter, plus finding the time to do anything other than take care of my little girls. The kitchen is almost 100% clean and I tidied my daughter’s bookcase. Took me about 30 mins because it’s a huge one and is full of toys and books. It so needed it so thank you for the motivation! I hope I can keep up with the tasks and the enthusiasm for the rest of the month.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    yipee I have finished my tasks for today feels awesome ! thanks again and I’m looking forward to tomorrows challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Slow start, our kitchen is always a mess, with 3 children and 2 at home most of the week it is hard to keep it clear as we are always eating or stuff just gets picked up and put on the bench. I don’t have the advantage of a dishwasher and with 5 of us, that take up alot of time, so this morning when the girls were playing before school I managed to do dishes from last night and this morning. Tonight I will do dishes after dinner I think:) Just another hint on cleaning microwave, if you have incrusted pieces I like to put a cup of water with lemon juice in the microwave and put it on hight for a minute or two, it soften everything up and you can just wipe clean with a nice lemon scent. About to try and declutter the bench.

  • all done for today! yay! thanks Katrina. I’m due to start back at work after maternity leave in October so this perfect timing.ReplyCancel

  • Oh MY What a work out!!! I have completed the clean of the tops of my cupboards, but gee they were sooo sticky I had to use a lot of elbow grease!
    I am just stopping for lunch, then I will replace SOME of the items that were up there, and throw a whole lot more…
    Next stop, under the sink…
    Thanks for the motivation, but gee I hope tomorrow is a slightly easier day!ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    Day one has been tough… ended up being out longer than I hoped this morning… have done the bookshelf (through your blog and searches found the idea to stack some books horizontally instead of all vertical- takes the boredom out of the shelves..) and while doing the caddy pre task I have already sorted out under the kitchen sink….
    Just have to find homes for the declutter and do my normal cleaning…. thank goodness my daughter is at an after school program today… have an extra 45mins to finish my list and ….. well 40mins… Mr 2 has just up-ended his packet of bikkies… vacuuming first…. ho hum…ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa

    Looking forward to starting my tasks when I get home from work. Hope to be able to do them all, however with 2 kids under 5 and working full time we will see how far we get. Can’t wait.ReplyCancel

  • DONE!! I must say my heart sank when I saw we needed to start in the kitchen…with the dreaded cupboard under the sink! I have been ignoring mine for a whole now and it was disgusting. But now all done and the benches look fab. I think the next 20 days will be rather cathartic and I can’t wait.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Got a big chunk of it done. Clean above my kitchen cupboards and decluttered. That was gross.
    Cleaned under the sink and all the doors etc.
    Thank you. Oh and moved some canisters.ReplyCancel

  • going great guns so far :) anyone got any idea how to clean my rental’s old dark stained wood window sills please?????????ReplyCancel

  • Kylie W

    I’m sitting at school catching up on emails and my to-do lists while waiting for my daughter to finish artclass. I had to go shopping this morning including a trip to Ikea for a new towel rail, so I picked up some denture tablets and a tile grout brush that is perfect size for window tracks (Woolworths) as well as more scrubbing sponges. Got home at 12 and got stuck into the kitchen straightaway, starting with a bucket of sugarsoap. Got a fair bit done, my walls and top of microwave are gleaming after scrubbing off all the cooking grime. Decluttered in the cupboard the microwave sits on and a ledge between kitchen & dining that accumulates bits & pieces all the time. Also cleaned all my candle holders. I’ll clean the microwave while dinner is cooking on the stove :)ReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    LOVE that the kitchen was first. I had recently cleared out all my cabinets & drawers, but I was able to remove several items from the benchtops, and it feels more spacious already! Thrilled that I had already culled & cleaned my bookcase a couple of weeks ago, and have asked hubby to help me clear the sink every night. I like to dry dishes as he washes them, because it’s our chance to catch up on the day.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    After some procrastinating this morning…. I finally got in there. 1 sparkling kitchen, microwave and sink cupboard I can actually find things in now =)ReplyCancel

  • Cakebaker

    I have completed day 1 and have a beautiful kitchen as a result. Looking forward to Day 2. I love this challenge because as I mentioned to another participant of the challenge I clean ALL the time but the challenge has helped me focus on one room at a time instead of doing spot cleaning in every room and it doesn’t look like I’ve really made any effort. Also there are certain spots/rooms in my house which will be a challenge but instead of not knowing where to start this idea has given me a starting point…I haven’t been this motivated about cleaning for years…….thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Bianca

    i find it’s easier to have a container full of clean microfibre cloths stored under kitchen sink ready to wipe down the benches. Then it goes into the wash when i’m done. No smelly cloths wiping down the benches that way!

    • Cakebaker

      I was looking at some microfibre cloths at the supermarket just now and put them back on the shelf……perhaps I’ll pick them up next time…..thanks for the tipReplyCancel

      • Bianca

        i got mine from the reject shop. big packet for next to nothing! i did see on another lady’s blog, she throws her dirty cloths in a bucket under the sink, then empties the bucket out weekly. when she empties the clothes into the laundry, she quickly fills the bucket up to mop the kitchen floor. ReplyCancel

        • Cakebaker

          Hi Bianca, I have a reject shop near me so will have a look there for some cloths. Thanks for note about the blog…I must be missing something though…when she empties the clothes into the laundry, she quickly fills the bucket up to mop the kitchen floor…..I don’t follow….ReplyCancel

    • I do the same. I used to have only 7 but now have 14 as I use them all the time. So when I go to do my afternoon wash, the morning cloth goes in and I get a new one out. They are good or wiping up spills too. ReplyCancel

  • Loving this! We have just started packing to move house in 6 weeks, so i’m decluttering as i go. Still following these challenges as it will mean less cleaning when we do actually move. Luckily i only have a very small sink cupboard that will only fit my cleaning supplies, but i also did the corner cupboard next to it. My bookcase is almost bare as most of it has been packed away, so just gave it a bit of a dust and tidy up.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Just wondering, where did you get the container with Dishwasher on it?
    Loving the challenges so far 😀ReplyCancel

  • DeniseNZ

    All done. Kitchen looks lovely!ReplyCancel

  • ChemDry

    Awesome post! I will definitely try these tips. Thanks for Sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Finished Day 1 and I am exhausted, but the kitchen is clean. Thanks for the help and making me actually do it. The cupboard tops were disgusting, but are now super clean. My youngest son was concerned about me and the ladder though. I have a pretty good routine with dishes etc, as I don’t like leaving dirty dishes out and I clean-as-I-go all the time thanks to my old part time job from high school leaving me with a lifelong habit. I’m feeling much better about this whole ting now. Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Paulette

    We’ve had a family friend pass away over the weekend :(
    The challenge is in te back of my mind. My plan is to do at least the Declutter & see how I go. Perhaps Oct will become my catch up. Thank you for all the effort you’ve put into helping others.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Berry

    I did have a lovely kitchen, until I had to make dinner. Eating is so over-rated don’t you think?
    I didn’t get to the tops of the cupboards but I will have to leave them til the weekend. My cupboard doors were really grimy and took ages to clean. I ended up using degreaser on the ones near the stove. Yuck.
    A hint on the tops of the cupboards – once they are clean lay newpaper on the top of them. Then when you have to clean them next time just throw out the newpaper and give them a quick wipe. All the sticky grease from cooking will be on the newpaper. ReplyCancel

    • Try cling wrap insted of paper as the grim may make it stick, i also do this on top of my fridge.ReplyCancel

  • cookwithkids

    I am so inspired! Thank you so much for organising this challenge. Such a great idea and something I’ve been wanting to do for so long but just feel too overwhelmed to start. I completed todays tasks and threw out 2 bags of rubbish from under the sink and relocated a few things and can now fit my toaster and juicer in the cupboard! SO excited and the kitchen looks fantastic. I am actually looking forward to cleaning some more tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Phew – FINISHED – and although I’m tired – the kitchen does look great !

    A tip for the tops of the kitchen cupboards – cloudy ammonia is BRILLIANT for cutting through grease. It is only about $1.50 a bottle (buy it in the cleaning aisle). Yes it stinks to high heaven, but it works a treat for cutting through built up grease and grime. WARNING – DO NOT MIX CLOUDY AMMONIA with bleach (fumes are toxic).

    My “AHA moment” of today – I found a shelf that was moveable (never knew I had it LOL). For my “bookshelf task”, I decided to declutter my cookbook shelf (since I was in the kltchen anyhow). I removed all the cookbooks, decorative tins etc and vacuumed the shelves which were (ahem) disgustingly caked in dust and fluff, only then did I discover that the shelf was moveable !! I have lived in this house for almost 10 YEARS and have been struggling for a cupboard to store all those taller than usual items. As a consequence of decluttering the cookbooks – I now have a space to store my urn, breadmaker and milkshake maker ! When I can afford a kitchen reno – I will have doors put on the front of this shelf to make everything look even tidier.

    My other small win today was the amount of LOOSE CHANGE I uncovered. All my little decorative tins were treasure troves ! I’ve put all the coins into a large jar and will be interested to count up how much I have at the end of the challenge. I also found a stack of foreign coins which I will take toag the Jetstar counter at our local airport to donate to their STARKIDS program.

    So – end of Day 1 and I have a large box of “Sell” items and a large box of “Donate” items (mostly cookbooks – let’s face it – what ISN’T available on the net these days”. I’m tired – but motivated – thanks Katrina.

    At one stage today – there I was atop a ladder – scrubbing grime off the cupboard tops and I smiled and thought of all the other women that were doing the same thing – I know I’m not the only one that is tired (but smiling) tonight.

    The Master Bedroom awaits (and it is a HUGE task as it has sadly become the DUMPING GROUND…..I am just glad that the wardrobe & ensuite are separate tasks as I couldn’t possibly tackle them in the same day !

    Go everyone – this will be SO worth it in the end.ReplyCancel

    • Prue

      I used shampoo to cut through the grease. Surprised me, how easy it got off the oily dust on the top of the cupboard, just mixed it with water and wiped with a microfibre cloth.

    • for your open cupboard, you could buy a small tension rod and fabric or a curtain that it the appropriate size and use that. it adds some fun and hides what you need to hide. :)ReplyCancel

  • I should have started yesterday! almost there… walls, cupboards, bookshelf, and new habit to follow… must have man brain, cannot stick to daily task 1,… have inlisted children’s help to start day 2 as seven of them sleep in the Main Bedroom! Haha
    Honestly, will do mine tomorrow! 😀 Thanks Katrina for the challenge. I’m considering a house cleaner!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    I struggled today to even look at your website! Spent the morning at the library with the kids, when they slept i got a chance to do some tidying around the house after the weekend (i was away friday and saturday). So i’m a day behind already! I think this 20 day challenge will be super challenging for those with toddlers and babies in the house.ReplyCancel

  • Adelle

    Done! I am so excited to be participating in this challenge! Working full time is going to make it a real challenge – but luckily hubby is on board too! My kitchen is SPARKLING! :) Thanks Kat! ReplyCancel

  • Miss Perpy

    My kitchen is looking beautiful! Cleaned appliances like the toaster and milkshake maker, and popped it in the cupboard – once I thought about how often they’re actually used, it was silly wasting that bench space.

    I also have my morning and evening check list laminated and stuck up on the fridge door – and I use a whiteboard marker to tick off as I go. ReplyCancel

  • Sara G

    Finished!!! Kitchen looks much better. Threw loads of rubbish away and found lots of useful cleaning bits I didn’t know I had and was about to buy more of!! Dreading Day 2 as our bedroom is the worst dumping ground after the dining room. It’s where all the kids stuff that has no home gets left and there’s a pile for the hubby to put into the attic ready for the next boot sale. Better get him up that ladder tonight!!!!ReplyCancel

  • I didnt get to this challenge today due to a sick and teething bubba :( But this is one I REALLY need to do. So plan to tackle it tomorrow! :) (hopefully…!)ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Day 1 complete! I now keep walking into my kitchen just to admire the clear bench tops!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    I have started this challenge today and have made it about 90% of the way through. I am loving it and getting hubby involved too. I didn’t realise how dirty my kitchen cupboards were…… I love the fact that all the tasks are manageable and even though i work full time i think I will be able to get through them all at least by the end of the week. :-).ReplyCancel

    • Jell

      I occasionally wipe over a single cupboard, but today made sure I did them all. Shake of bicarb on my sponge, spray vinegar on cupboard and rub with sponge. I have added an old tea towel to my cleaning kit to wipe dry anything just cleaned. I find it gets rid of droplet marks and leaves everything “polished”.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Triffett

    Its 9.44 and I did it!! I completed day one with four children in tow! Thank you so much so excited to see my house slowly transform xReplyCancel

  • Anya

    Well it only taken me ALL day (3 kids under 4 will do that) but the kitchen is finaly clean. I even managed to clean the *cough* cobwebs from around the fridge. I wasn’t going to wash down the cupboards as they are still covered with their protective blue film and I’d had plans to take them off next week (finally getting our splashback…its been a long wait) but after cleaning everything else they just looked to dirty…so they got washed too. On the upside all this cleaning distracted me from my serious sugar cravings (participating in sugar free Sepember). Tomorrows challenge will be a challenge as our bedroom is alsothe office…hate it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    all done! looks sooooo good – though i have been avoiding the cupboard under the sink for *ahem three years now! was disgusting but so satisfying once finished :)ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    Well it’s evening and I’m still not quite finished the challenge for the day, but I feel really good that I have started! I’ve found it hard to finish anything around the house since the arrival of my second little bundle of joy, so if this takes a little longer than 20 days, then so be it! I’m determined to stick to it and my wonderful hubby is going to do it with me!!
    Thank you so much for all the work you have put into this Katrina – my attitudes and thoughts are being transformed, even if my house is taking a little longer to catch up!ReplyCancel

    • Jell

      I’m sure I won’t get through everything each day, but plan to keep working on the unfinished tasks another day, which may mean I use October as the catch up time. At least I will have made a huge dent in the backlog of cleaning/decluttering & organising my home desperately needs!
      Don’t give up, once we get started let’s just keep going.ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla

    Thanks for getting me motivated to clean. I thought about just putting it off for tomorrow however, I have finished and also gave the floors a quick sweep too. It only took me just about 45mins. I watched “Can of Worms” while I worked away. I use ENJO. I love it. Just water and some marble paste and my kitchen looks amazing. I gave the stove a good clean too and got the grime off the burners. I dare not use chemicals now that I have learnt of the harm they cause, and to think we place food down on those chemical laden benches and consume them. Food for thought…pardon the pun. Thanks again Katrina for the motivation and the great ideas too.ReplyCancel

  • I use the enjo green kitchen glove for the top of the cupboards. Cuts through the grease in seconds. Thanks for the tip re newspaper or cling wrap for keeping clean. Not something i would have thought of. Loved the results of decluttering under the sink. Didn’t realisehow many cleaning product ingredients were under there.
    Off to start on the bedroom now.ReplyCancel

    • Dee

      Ack. You just reminded me I didn’t get around to doing the top of the cupboards. Will have to attack them tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • I am thrilled with my kitchen. Totally sparking and it didn’t seem to take that much longer than the usual post-dinner routine. In fact, kids in bed and kitchen done and dusted by 8:00pm. Love it :) Can’t wait ’til tomorrowReplyCancel

  • What a way to start with 8 hours of cleaning in the kitchen and still have the island bench to go! At least what I have completed looks amazing and it’s the best it has looked in the last 5 1/2 years! Loving my new friends bi-carb soda and vinegar. Thank-you for helping inspire me to actually start cleaning. ~SReplyCancel

  • Dee

    Although it is almost midnight, I just did my dishes, wiped down my benches and shinied my sink, kettle and espresso machine. I know tomorrow morning I will stagger out to the kitchen to put the kettle on for a cup of tea and smile at the clear bench tops and shiny sink/kettle. So THANK YOU for this inspiration :) :)ReplyCancel

  • Brenda, Ireland

    We,re a bit behind on the Northern hemisphere so just leaving work now to start on the challenge for the afternoon.This was the first morning in a long time where I felt positive-usually feel behind and out of control with all thats to be done.As it happened I’ve been so enthused by the project I had started over the weekend -as luck would have it -on the kitchen!Its great to have the work broken down into smaller pieces.Makes it less daunting and you can have guilt free leisure time when you’re done.Thanks Katrina and good luck to everyone in their endeavors :) ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Would help if I actually remembered to start today!! though I seem to have achieved half of the clean, all of the declutter and none of the organise, so will play catch up tomorrow! I’m am so in love with the idea of this challenge. Thank you for getting me going!!
    I’m blogging my progress at

  • Isabelle

    Wow! i’m exhausted but my kitchen is shining! Being in Canada I’m a day later than most people :)
    Looking forward to attacking the bedroom tomorrow since it has been sadly neglected in the last few weeks. Too busy enjoying the summer weather.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    Thanks for day one, I was pleasantly surprise at how much fun it turned out to be.ReplyCancel

  • allison

    I have my toaster on a tray so it collects crumbs and it is easy to pull out.ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Awesome BEFORE & AFTER photos! Very motivating!
    PS: What do you use Denture tablets for?? :) Noticed them in your kitchen cupboards.ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    After cleaning the kitchen I rang my mum… and now she tells me…. lay some newspaper, brown paper or something hanging around on the top of the high cupboards… next time you go to clean them… remove the paper carefully along with most of the greasy kitchen build up…. so I bought some brown paper today for this… excited to see how it holds up…ReplyCancel

    • Rach M

      Actually sheets of A4 printer paper often fits perfectly on the top of those high cupboards. Also if you store things up there, cover them in glad wrap. I have a few cake stands, a wine decanter and a weird platter stand thing that live on top of my cupboards, and a layer of glad wrap on top of them means that I can use these items straight away without having to wash them up first.ReplyCancel

  • Have completed the items for this task which took me all day but have made extra room in our cupboards (as you can see from my pictures it was long overdue) This has motivated me to do the rest of my kitchen cupboards etcReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I just started cleaning along today – I managed to get the pantry, cupboard under the sink and our random phone cupboard cleaned out and got some little trays for everything. It looks lovely now! The kitchen benches are clean, but decluttering will have to come tomorrow. I started cleaning up the kitchen and making the bed a few months ago and boy does it make a difference. No more hurriedly tidying everything when someone pops over for a visit.ReplyCancel

  • Wow, well I finally caught up and did this task today! I’m so glad I did. It needed doing so badly and it looks so much better now! It took me most of the day and i ploughed through alot of rubbish, dirt, grease and grime, tho i’m a little embarrased to say. Little embarrassed of the before shot, but i might post it as a grid. I also discovered many items that did not belong and started a little bucket for them. I also found $1.10 in change which i thought was a great feat but turns out hubby put it there one the weekend! 😉 I did however find one of my daughters teething gels which was missing so was pleased about that. Now i can cross that off my long missing item list!!
    I am so tired after completing this task but it is a good content hard days work tired. I was also starving too for some reason, had to have cereal for dessert to fill the hole… weird.. 😉 But I am VERY pleased with my achievement today. I dont think ive had the bench this clear since my daughter was born almost exactly a year ago! I cant stop looking at the bench and smiling. I am on such a high :) Such a good feeling. :)
    I cleaned out under my sink but I think i will need to purchase some more baskets/caddy’s to make my tiny cupboard more efficient. Have added it to my house cleaning list :) Also have to say, i purchased some of that new dettol surface cleaner yesterday, and so far i am loving it! :) Its great :)
    Well off to post on day 2’s (as i did them both today) task then off to bed. :)
    A big thank you to The Organised Housewife for creating this challenge. Its just the motivation i was needing! I was a bit sceptical when i first signed up for the email list thinking i wouldn’t be able to keep up, but i’m so glad i have so far. Its so uplifting to have a clean house! :)ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    I am a day behind intentionally as we had guests yesterday, but I have had a great day starting on my kitchen today. I didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped but with a 9 month baby who is crawling and standing I was always going to be pushing it! My work surfaces look great, the dishwasher and washing up is sorted, everything is dusted and cleaned. I don’t have a laundry room so will continue with the kitchen in two days time. Looking forward to blitzing the bedroom tomorrow – it desperately needs it!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany W

    OMG I Love this, can’t wait to start. Bring on the clean and Organised home. Thanks heaps.ReplyCancel

  • Done with Day 1. Kitchen is clean and truth was I don’t have that much “stuff” as we moved in here only 18mths ago and I use microfibre cloths, enjo marble paste and some left over Amway cleaners like LOC (which I love) and a kitchen cleaner.
    I did clean my window which is the same security mesh type you have Katrina. Polished and vacuumed the inside so while I was on a roll grabbed the hose to wash the outside. BIG MISTAKE! The previous owners didn’t leave a gap at the bottom of the screen so the water backed up and spilled into the kitchen.
    All I can say is I look forward to when we get the kitchen renovated and remove that dust/dirt trap.
    Day 2 will be done Friday. Hubby is helping out with the Master Bedroom…yay!!ReplyCancel

  • I’m running a bit behind because I PROCRASTINATED as well as having to go to work yesterday, but my kitchen is all shiny clean :)

    Decluttered my cookcook shelf/cupboard. It was an insane mess. I have put all the clippings to be sorted on a little, previously useless shelf until I have some time to get them separated.

    Cheated a little bit because I wiped my cupboards down on the weekend! ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Still working on my kitchen, little by little, first the benches, then the hutch… Washed all the aprons hanging up (7 for 5 of us!) and decided that the nice bright red one is now my cleaning apron, and have added it to my cleaning kit.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda p

    Have been so enthusiastic about this obe my arm is now sore! Left it a little too long to clean windows and walls! Whoops!!ReplyCancel

  • Terry Hansen

    I’m a little behind but so happy with how my under the sink project has inspired me to keep going. Thanks Katrina for all the handy printouts!ReplyCancel

  • meganwhitecmc

    wow, so glad I did this challenge! I thought under my sink wasn’t too bad but in my clearing out I found all the jam jars I had been collecting for when the fruit trees are overflowing. I decided I didn’t need all of them, thought some would be great for keeping all my nuts and seeds that I use in cooking… went to pour the seeds in and there was maggots! So I tossed every open packet and now have beautifully labels jars for storage of the new packs I will need to buy this week.ReplyCancel

    • Cakebaker

      meganwhitemc I know how frustrating it is to go to use nuts and seeds to find weavils etc in them. I store mine in the fridge now with great results..keeps them all so fresh. Unless of course the little bugs are already in the packets when you buy them….which does happen sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • Cakebaker

    This challenge has changed the way I look at cleaning. I am still powering through the daily tasks you have set Katrina…not always completing every task on the day but am motivated to catch up when I have spare time. Some thing which I have honestly thought were too hard, time consuming or just couldn’t face are now manageable because I think my mind set has changed. I feel like I’m on top if it all and not the least bit dragging myself from room to room getting beaten before I start.

    I, and my family, can’t thank you enough….ReplyCancel

  • Deborah K

    This was difficult for me, but it is DONE! Do I have what it takes to keep going? I hope so. Thanks, Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Hi,

    I’ve LOVED this challenge and want to keep doing it each month :) Are you planning on leaving it up here on your blog? I want to keep referring to it rather than print it out and add to my hoard of paperwork :)

    I started late so don’t have all the daily emails sadly :(

    Thanks so much for organising it, I feel so much tidier :)ReplyCancel

  • Erica @Cult of Kale

    Okay, yay! I did this today, everything except organizing under the kitchen sink. I was surprised how quickly I was able to do it! My only issue with under the sink is that I have chemicals that need to be properly disposed of and I don’t have anything to organize with. I’m adding dollar store bins to my shopping list and I’m going to look up where to take chemicals now. ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Cowle-healy

    I’m so excited! Spring Break is over in 2 days, and I spent HOURS scrubbing my kitchen clean for New Year’s. 😀 It has not looked this good in far too long. There was so much clutter piled up! Hopefully my husband will help me rise to this 20 challenge as I go back to work. I even got a head start on tomorrow today!ReplyCancel

  • BeMommyFor5

    off to find a shelf for under the sink…I also store the cutting boards and cookie sheets under the sink…I use pressure curtain rods to hod them….I am the worst organizer / cleaner in the world…this will help me know where to start!ReplyCancel

  • A

    I just wanted to let you know I just found this blog and I’m going to do your 20 day challenge. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Glitter

    Do you have the 20 day challenge w/out a specific date on it?ReplyCancel

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  • I am several months late to the challenge, but my husband and I began it yesterday. You can view my own progress here on my blog: – and of course I link back to you in several places, to give you credit for the challenge! So far our kitchen looks AMAZING, I just really hope it stays that way!ReplyCancel

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    […] Our roommate’s girlfriend moved in with us this week, plus I have still been working on the 20 Day Challenge to Organize and Clean Your Home, plus we’ve been preparing for our final pre/post marital counseling session (which was last […]ReplyCancel

  • ruzzel01

    Great process. This is how its done.

    office cleaningReplyCancel

  • Kattie

    I’m 32 weeks pregnant and just started day 1. Phew! I thought I kept up with my kitchen, but man was I wrong! I still need to organize under the sink, but it shouldn’t take long, there isn’t much there.ReplyCancel

  • […] monthly meal plans, and I’ve worked through (almost) all of the Organised Housewife’s 20 days to Organise & Clean Your Home (by the third attempt I could tick off almost every task!). I have followed other inspirational […]ReplyCancel

  • […] a book shelf. The Organised Housewife has a list of ways to clean the entire kitchen, but recommends that you take on one organizational […]ReplyCancel

  • Weiting Wu

    Is it now too late to download the check list already? always showed file not found….sadReplyCancel

  • Shonel Leary

    Hi Katrina, I was wondering if these printables are still able to be downloaded as the link doesn’t appear to be working. And if not, are they able to be purchased or will you perhaps be running this again? Thanks!!
    Loving the 52 Declutter Challenge!ReplyCancel

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    […] a book shelf. The Organised Housewife has a list of ways to clean the entire kitchen, but recommends that you take on one organizational […]ReplyCancel

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  Top music to listen to when cleaning the house I recently asked on facebook for songs that you enjoy listening to while doing housework as I LOVE the music playing while I am cleaning. I find myself moving faster and enjoying my time by dancing and singing.  So I asked and I received a […]

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  • Kathryn Check out this website and there is an app for iphones. There are many channels, including 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, country, top hits, relaxation, etc. I put my phone in the dock of my stereo and usually choose 80’s and having it loud for cleaning the house. It’s continuous music and it’s FREE. You can pay a small amount to have premium, but I haven’t bothered with that. Check it out.
    I’m looking forward to having a clean and organised house in 4 weeks time… thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

    • Anne

      Kathryn – thank you so much for sharing this! i’ve downloaded the sky fm app and i’m happy singing away!ReplyCancel

    • Janine

      Thanks for the above info, Kathryn, I’ve recently got an iPhone and this is great. Cheers JanineReplyCancel

  • dolly patron….working 9 ti 5ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I love cleaning to the sound of Sum 41 and Blink 182 – best motivational and upbeat music I’ve found!ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    A bit of footloose is always a winnerReplyCancel

  • Angelica

    Housework by The B52’sReplyCancel

  • I always put Alice (as in Alice Cooper) on when I’m pretty much doing anything… crafting, housework, driving, eating, sleeping, lol… you name it I do it to Alice <3ReplyCancel

  • Marie

    I love this playlist but my FAVOURITE would have to be Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen!!ReplyCancel

  • my fave song to vacuum to is Best Things in Life are Free – Janet Jackson and Luther VandrossReplyCancel

  • I LOVE Madonna songs. The Immaculate Collection. EVERY time that comes on I get up and do stuff .. lolReplyCancel

  • savvy fi

    Jimmy Barnes especially his first 4 albums. Any Ausrock from the 80s works just as well too!ReplyCancel

  • Who suggested Call Me Maybe??!! aahhh now its stuck in my head! :pReplyCancel

  • anything by Paramore is greatReplyCancel

  • charmaine

    The Killers-Mr BrightsideReplyCancel

  • wondering if you could make this playlist on Spotify and share it?ReplyCancel

  • Old Mossback Robin

    Big Band Jazz- Big Bad Vodoo Daddy. ReplyCancel

  • I crank a Techno Channel on Pandora and rock out to whatever is good. Things like Daft Punk and Deadmau5ReplyCancel

    • Tiffany Scanlan

      I thought I was the only one cranking the Deadmau5 while doing housework!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    There a cd collection 101 best housework songs, I blast the loud and my little munchkin and I get cleaningReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I love listening to some Ballroom Dancing or Zumba cd’s….I start hearing that Latin beat and my hips and feet can’t help themselves – they gotta start jiggling! Mind you, the dog gets a bit confused seeing me Tango across the room with a broom as my dance partner….good thing he can’t talk or my family would have me certified…..!ReplyCancel

  • My mum always cleaned to “It’s A Beautiful Noise” by Neil Diamond!ReplyCancel

  • Love a bit of Girltalk, they mash up lots of favourites from the early 90s into some very cool dance music!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren O'Connell

    I am totally turning this into a Spotify playlist as we speak!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Lote

    imma have to make this into a playlist! I always struggle with making up my mind with what to listen to when cleaning. I’m going to have to add frozen let it go though to that list 😉ReplyCancel

  • Megan StClair

    Dirty Dancing Soundtrack on RepeatReplyCancel

  • This is a very impressive cleaning playlist :) I personally like everything energetic, because it helps me do my job quicker, and the time passes by quickly.ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle

    I’ve got three kids and have had a Kia Carnival for 5 years, and I love it! I swore I’d never own a ‘family bus’, but it is a fabulous car.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Had to giggle at your, “Yes, that’s 6 kids in the car!” comment. I drive around with my 7 kids in the car everyday – a Hiace commuter bus. The Carnival looks lovely, but a tad small for our brood!ReplyCancel

  • you fit 6 kids bikes AND the kids in the car ?
    wow, i must say i am impressed.
    not that I can relate, the boy hates his bike with a passion 0_o
    (but we can fold the scooter so no => ) nice big family car anyway ! ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    @nikki: I think Kat only put the bikes in with the back row down ie only 3 back (ie middle row) seats available. We bought 2001 Chrysler grand voyager when about to have no 4 in 2010, now 2 yrs later fitting no 5 in too but we have to stop the babies now, or else buy a different ‘bus’ as it is only 2 nice big seats in middle row with passage between! We chose it over Toyota and Kia for its boot size though, as we never have luxury of putting back seats down and could still fit a few small bikes in boot I reckon, for me the important thing is the large volume of shopping has to fit!!!! Plus more anchor points for car seats than competitors models at least for the year models we were looking at…. It is a bus, no hiding from it, but somehow not as boxy as the Kias and toyotas.ReplyCancel

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  • Mandy Jean

    I want to feel relaxed and calm while I’m at home.I want to spend more time crafting and on my blog.I want an area of the home where I can relax and read.I want to organise my life and home.I always lose my glasses.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with anything craft related.ReplyCancel

  • Trina

    I want to feel relaxed while I’m at home.I want to spend more time having fun.I want an area of the home where I can make crafts, to call my own space.I want to organise my life period.I always lose remotes and my glasses. Ha ha ha.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with all the kids stuffed animals .ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    I will do the questions in the morning (8.30pm Thursday here in UK) but I am
    glad to have the help to tackle one of my worst habits – hoarding!!!!
    I am expecting our second baby in just under 4months time and feel like I need to be on top of everything to make the most of family lifeReplyCancel

  • RPasq

    I need labels for “recycle” and “shred” for all my paper clutter!!ReplyCancel

    • Yeah that’s a great idea – I won’t use the ‘sell’ but would definitely use ‘recycle’ & ‘shred’ReplyCancel

      • GeoChick

        I’ve been decluttering my paper lately – that has been my task. I sort through it during the day, and I have a box that I put the ones I want scanned into, and my DS once he gets home from school – loves scanning them in, and we shred them together – it is working a treat so far – as he loves scanning them, and constantly asks for more!ReplyCancel

  • Amy D.

    I want to feel more relaxed at home. I want to spend more time with my kids. I want an area of my home where I can read. I want to organize my bedroom. I always lose paperwork. I am having trouble parting with my clothes that are too small.ReplyCancel

  • Caz

    I want to feel happy while I’m at home.I want to spend more time putting my plans into action.I want an area of the home where I can do activities easily with my daughter.I want to organise my whole house.I always lose the cordless phones.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with things that still work.(I would like to write another) My partner has trouble parting with the shed full of cords he’s collected over the years.ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel more relaxed and calm at home, i want to spend more time having fun with and spending quality time with my family, i want an area of my home where i can have some me time, i want to organise my whole house, i always loose receipts, something i dont need anymore but have trouble parting with is clothes that dont fit anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Dee

    I want to feel calm while I’m at home.I want to spend more time crafting.I want an area of the home where I can relax with a cup of tea.I want to organise the cupboards (everywhere).I always lose hairties and bobby pins.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with books.ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel more relaxed at home and happier, and be able to walk through the front door and not feel anxiety. I would like to be able to do my scrapbooking without it being a mission just to locate it all, and spend more quality time with my family instead of always having something to do and feeling guilty to relax because of the state of the house.ReplyCancel

    • Guest

      I am with you Michelle….I want to be able to create without feeling guilty that my house is not perfect.and to spend more time just chillin’ with the fam. ReplyCancel

  • Carley

    I want to feel at peace while I am at home. I want to spend more time in the word of God and outside gardening. I want an area of the home where I can put my handbag and the families shoes. I want to organise my garage. I always lose the kitchen bench. Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with is some cookbooks.ReplyCancel

  • I have no dramas taking some of your Tupperware!!!
    I am about to become a SAHM of two and I need to feel relaxed and get rid of all the excess items we don’t need! I want weekends to be about family time only!ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel INSPIRED while I’m at home.I want to spend more time making & creating.I want an area of the home where I can CRAFT.I want to organise all paperwork and clothing.I always lose track of my own projects.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with old clothing and memorabilia .ReplyCancel

  • Wilma

    I want to feel in control while I’m at home.I want to spend more time doing the things I loveI want an area of the home where I can feel relaxed and at piece.I want to organise my desk areaI always lose nothing but everybody else in the house lose their stuffSomething that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with plastic wares and pots and pans..ReplyCancel

  • Sara

    I want to feel productive while I am at home. I want to spend more time making my home comfortable. I want an area of the home where I can work on my blogs and photo projects. I want to organize my closets and office. Something I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with are old purses, shoes, and clothes. ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    I want to feel no stress when i’m at home, i want to spend more time with my family. I want an area of my home where i can do anything (play, read etc) I want to organise just about my whole house! I always loose my car keys, something i don’t need any more but have trouble parting with is clutter! (Need to get past the,,,what if i need/wear it again idea)ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel like I can sit down for ten minutes without feeling guilty that I haven’t done this or that. I want to spend more time playing with my boys. I want an area of the house where my son can do his school work. I want to organise all my son’s learning activities. I always loose track of my craft activities. Something I don’t need anymore but am having trouble parting with is all my boys baby toys.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann

    another label i thought of was ‘gifts’, so i have a designated spot to keep things i buy for people’s birthday’s etc. Think i’ll find a cupboard space for all these baskets.ReplyCancel

    • MummyJenn

      Great idea Mary Ann. I love it. I use to have a plastic crate for things I would buy on special that I new would be perfect for someone, but it was also handy to have to kids gifts in the crate for those moments when my child came home with the last minute birthday invitation or for when I was tied up during the week and didn’t make the shops. Some for boys, some for girls. Worked well. Must find that crate and restart it.ReplyCancel

    • I love this idea, now that my eldest is getting to the age of going to birthday parties I will have to do this :)ReplyCancel

    • GeoChick

      I keep a box for that purpose – it sure makes christmas present buying a lot easier – as if I see something that I think a family member would like, in it goes. Its the first box I look through when it comes time for christmas present buying/wrapping – and rarely I have to actually purchase extras – as I can cover most presents from that box. Same for kids birthday parties.. ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    I want to feel in control when I’m at home. I want to spend more time crafting and playing with my girls. I want an area of the house that’s not untidy (except the toyroom – gotta let the kids play somewhere right :D). I want to organise my study and walk in robe. I always loose ……… Not sure……my kitchen bench and table. Something I don’t need anymore, but having trouble parting with would be memorbillia and books.
    Fingers crossed I can achieve this. Good luck everyone. xReplyCancel

  • I want to feel relaxed, satisfied and productive while I’m at home. I want to spend more time with my family and in the garden. I want an area of the home where I can sit peacefully with a cup of tea. I want to organise EVERYTHING, but especially my paperwork and wardrobe. I always lose paperwork. Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with is clothes that I don’t wear. ReplyCancel

  • yvette

    I want to feel happy when Im at home. I want to spend more time with my little girls. I want an area of my home for my girls to play. I want to organise my kitchen. I always lose my keys and remotes. Something I dont need and have trouble getting rid of is just about everything.ReplyCancel

  • Mickey

    I want to feel more less rushed at home.
    I want to spend more time relaxing with my family.
    I want an area of my home where i can craft.
    I want to organise the whole home but especially the cupboards.
    I always lose papers, everything.grr
    Something i dont need anymore but am having trouble parting with are old nick nacks, clothes mmm now i think about it there are a few things.
    Looking forward to the 20 day challenge :)ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel IN CONTROL OF MY HOME while I’m at home.I want to spend more time IN THE VEGE GARDEN.I want an area of the home where I can CHILL OUT.I want to organise MY PAPERWORK.I always lose THE CORKSCREW.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with – FOOD PROCESSOR AND JUICER.ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    I want to feel at ease when at home
    I want to spend more time quilting or reading
    I want an area of my home to be able to sew
    I want to organise my home so it’s maintain more easily as I work full time
    I lose impportant paperwork and need to ensure that I put it in the folder that I have set outside for it!
    Hmm this is hard as I need all my quilting fabric, and I’ve just cleaned out my wardrobe and got rid of all the clothes I no longer wear, probably the linen press, needs a good clean out and everything I don’t use got rid off.
    Thanks Katrina for the guidelines to get this started! I’ve been trying to be organised for years!! heheReplyCancel

  • Dawn

    I love this … definately I will have a box labelled ‘return’ … and ‘gifts’ (good idea Mary Ann) … and ‘complete’. This is so exciting!

    I want to feel AT PEACE while I’m at home.I want to spend more time BEING CREATIVE.I want an area of the home where I can SIT AND RELAX.I want to organise MY CRAFT ROOM.I always lose HAIR ELASTICS.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with SCRAPBOOKING SUPPLIES .ReplyCancel

  • Jodstar78

    I want to feel PROUD OF MY HOME while I’m at home.I want to spend more time RELAXING AND NOT WORRYING ABOUT MY CLUTTER.I want an area of the home where I can CHILL .I want to organise MY CLOTHES .I always lose SOCK PAIRS. Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with – CLOTHES AND NICK NACKS

  • Leanda

    I want to feel relaxed at home, I want to spend more time cooking with my kids. I want an area of the home where I can do art and craft with my girls. I want to organise all of our wardrobes and the study. I always loose those little items that don’t really have a proper place.I need to part with and then replace old clothes that don’t fit with new ones that do :) ReplyCancel

  • MummyJenn

    I want to feel CALM & IN CONTROL while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time WITH MY KIDS
    I want an area in my home where I can PLAY BOARD GAMES, PUZZLES, ART/CRAFT THINGS WITH MY KIDS
    I want to organise my OFFICE SPACE
    I always loose PAPERWORK
    Something I don’t need anymore, but have trouble parting with is KITCHEN STUFFReplyCancel

  • kk7777

    I like the idea of a “RETURN” basket/box as I always seem to have things lying around in 10 different places that need to go back to various shops and never end up going anywhere.

  • MrsK

    I want to feel happy while I’m at home.I want to spend more time playing with my girls & having friends over.I want an area of the home where I can sew and paint.I want to organise the my kitchen cupboards and the play room so the children will use it..I always lose the lunchbox containers.Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with is three quarters of my wardrobeReplyCancel

  • Nazrin

    I want to feel like I can breathe while I’m at home.I want to spend more time relaxing.I want an area of the home where I can do things without thinking about the mess.I want to organise my rumpus room.I always lose the phones.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with things that I don’t actually use.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    I want to feel relaxed while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time with my husband.
    I want an area of the home where I can create both for pleasure and profit.
    I want to organise my craft & sewing rooms.
    I want to exercise more often.
    I always lose track of time.
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with old clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I want to feel relaxed while I’m at home.I want to spend more time with my son.I want an area of the home where I can put my feet up and relax.I want to organise spare room – soon to be baby room.I always lose important paperwork.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with books.ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel less stressed while I’m at home.I want to spend more time with my family.I want an area of the home where I can do craft for when we have children over, plus when my miss 1 gets older.I want to organise MY CRAFT ROOM.I always lose the scissors.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with things we don’t need anymore .ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Sinclair

    I want to feel calm and orderly while I’m at home.I want to spend more time in my garden.I want an area of the home where I can be creative.I want to organise my kitchen cupboards.I always lose receipts and warranties for items we have bought.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with gifts from well meaning family/friends.ReplyCancel

  • sam&soraya@home

    omg im 32 weeks pregnant and already nesting and cleaning- i’m a neat freak and i don’t think i have anymore rubbish to throw out…last night i decluttered my hubby’s clothes he loves keeping everything even 2 year soaks and shirts that have holes in them lol. So looking forward to the 20 day challenge to see if i’ve missed out on anything:) and my 22month old will be helping too, i think she will be like her mummy.
    my hubby is scared of the thought of having three females under one roof hehe. Bring on Monday!ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel relaxed and calm while I’m at home.I want to spend more time enjoying my kids.I want an area of the home where I can relaxe and sew/craft.I want to organise my entire house and hopefully in turn my mind.I always lose paperwork.Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with clothes that are too small or just not worn on a regular basis.ReplyCancel

  • Shell76

    I want to feel relaxed while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time with my husband.
    I want an area of the home where I can read fantastic books.
    I want to organise my sunroom as reading nook.
    I want to exercise more often.
    I always procrastinate.
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with clothes which no longer fit well.ReplyCancel

  • charlotteorr

    I want to feel RELAXED while I’m at home.I want to spend more time READING.I want an area of the home where I can READ.I want to organise THE CUPBOARD IN THE LOUNGE AND THE AREA UNDER THE STAIRS.I always lose PENS.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with CLOTHES.ReplyCancel

  • Briony

    Can’t access the labelsReplyCancel

  • Christine

    I want to feel CALM while I’m at home.I want to spend more time WITH MY HUSBAND & KIDS.I want an area of the home where I can READ QUIETLY.I want to organise LINEN CUPBOARD.I always lose IMPORTANT PAPERS.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with OLD SHOES & HANDBAGS .ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    I want to feel calm while I’m at home.I want to spend more time playing with my son.I want an area of the home where I can study in peace.I want to organise home office.I always lose paperwork.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with old clothes that don’t fit me anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Bronwen

    Can’t open the downloads either again. I want to feel calm when I am at home. I want to spend more time doing therapy with my son. I want an area of the home my daughter can do her homework in. I want to organise my home office, I always lose bills that need to be paid. I want to get rid of outgrown kid clothes.ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel calm & in control while I’m at home.I want to spend more time finishing sewing projects that I’ve started.I want an area of the home where I can store my business stock more orderly.I want to organise my daily routine.I always lose the motivation clean/tidy.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with scraps of material .ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel comfortable and not helpless when I’m at home. I want to spend more time doing things WITH my kids. I want a space in my home to chill out. I want to organise my bedroom. I always lose my patience! Something I don’t need anymore but have trouble parting with is old clothesReplyCancel

  • Any chance we can get the password for editing the labels? I’d also like to change “Sell” to something else, but when I opened the PDF in photoshop to change it, it asked for a password.ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    I want to feel RELAXED while I’m at home.I want to spend more time DOING WRITING AND ART.I want an area of the home where I can DO ART.I want to organise THE PANTRY AND MY OFFICE.I always lose THE SCISSORS.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with KITCHEN THINGS.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    I have trouble parting with old crockery, paintings (of no value) and ornaments etc that have been passed down. My mother is always asking where something is (usually in a box somewhere) so I’m too scared to donate/sell. But they take up space and don’t suit our home.ReplyCancel

    • Old crockery is great for planting succulents in and gifting. I suggest being firm but kind with Mum and saying no thankyou as I would hate to waste it as it doesn’t suit my home:) She’ll get the idea.ReplyCancel

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  • Mrs Mac

    I’ve just set up my spare bedroom with four corners for each of the four labels and I’ve already started doing a little bit of sorting. I can’t wait to get stuck into it!!ReplyCancel

  • MummaLish

    hate to be picky but the pre-filled goal list has a typo.. should say I always LOSE not looseReplyCancel

    • Tammy

      I noticed that too, and typos REALLY irritate me. But if I fill in the blank one, I can fix it myself!ReplyCancel

  • kaidi

    above the blank goal list you have got ‘
    create your own list using the Blank Evening Routine list’ should this be
    reate your own list using the Blank Goal list’ ?ReplyCancel

  • trina

    hi everyone am exicted about starting on monday just trying to print out todays downloads and the doucuments will not open what to do ?ReplyCancel

  • MummaLish

    Also, is there a way to get the labels without the background? Printer ink isn’t exactly cheap and we can’t really afford to replace it right nowReplyCancel

  • I want to feel organised while I’m at home.I want to spend more time relaxingI want an area of the home where I can set up my teaching stuffI want to organise my studyI always lose everythingSomething that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with everythingReplyCancel

  • adel

    I want to feel free to do what I like while I’m at home.I want to spend more time with my family.I want an area of the home where I can Scrapbook during me-timeI want to organise the whole houseI always lose track of what needs to be doneSomething that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with are the clothes that are now too small for me (and still hoping that I will fit in them again one day).ReplyCancel

  • So enjoying this! And we haven’t even started the “real” challenge yet. Thanks Katrina :)ReplyCancel

  • Inspired

    I want to feel comfortable while I’m at home.I want to spend more time with my kids outside.I want an area of the home where I can set up my scrapbooking and start some projects.I want to organise my computer desk.I always lose things I need before I walk out the door.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with is old clothes that may fit again one day .ReplyCancel

  • Becc

    I want to feel RELAXED and in control while I’m at home.I want to spend more time OUTSIDE or crafing.I want an area of the home where I can relax to craft or read.I want to organise the whole house.I always lose everything(lately).Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with anything that might be useful for craft(fabric off cuts, etc) .ReplyCancel

  • 1. I want to feel Organized while I’m at home.
    2. I want to spend more time with my Family.
    3. I want an area of the home where I can do crafts.
    4. I want to organize my craft room.
    5. I always lose crafting supplies.
    6. Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with furniture that’s in storage for 2 years & it’s costing me $90.00 a month!ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel organised and happy while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time in my garden and in my craft room.
    I want an area of the home where I can relax and do my craft in .
    I want to organise my laundry and craft room.
    I always lose the our socks!.
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with craft items, I inherited everything of my mums (6 very large tubs of craft materials) when she passed away 2 years ago and will never use it all but cannot part with it.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Ive made my goals but gone 1 step further and broken down separate gpals for each room and what i need to do to achieve these – specifically, they are now stuck in strategic areas in each room (because if i put them in a folder i’ll ignore them) so that instead of looking and feeling overwhelmed wondering where to start i now have a plan – theres big jobs and little ones and i can cherry-pick and cross off- pick little ones for quivk sense of satisfaction and motivation and big stuff on days i feel like i could slay dragons and ultimately they will all be done – also if partner feels like helping he knows exactly what needs to be done and can cherry pick alsoReplyCancel

  • I want to feel inspired while I’m at home.I want to spend more time reading, cooking just for fun, and gardening.I want an area of the home where I can relax.I want to organise EVERYTHING!!!!!!!.I always lose most things (lucky my head is attached).Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with are some cds and dvds.ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel CALM while I’m at home.I want to spend more time WITH THE FAMILY.I want an area of the home where I can ORGANISE ANYTHING NEEDED.I want to organise MY ROUTINES.I always lose MY PHONE/KEY.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with CLUTTER.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    I have completed all 5 pre challenge tasks and I’m so ready. Very excited to be doing this… thank you so much xxReplyCancel

  • Anna

    I love this! I so need this in my life! Here’s my goals:
    I want to feel RELAXED while Im at home
    I want to spend more time SEWING AND CRAFTING
    I want an area of the home where i can SEW
    I want to organise the PLAYROOM
    Something I don’t need any more but have trouble parting with: OLD MAGAZINESReplyCancel

  • I want to feel content and content while I’m at home.I want to spend more time baking.

    I want an area of the home where I can read in a quiet place
    I want to organise pantry
    I always lose my keys
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with books .ReplyCancel

  • Vintage M2

    I want to feel able to breathe while I’m at home.I want to spend more time playing with my kids.I want an area of the home where I can read without noise and chaos.I want to organise bedroom.I always lose my keys.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with old college textbooks and classroom notes.ReplyCancel

  • MummaWato

    I want to feel organised and calm while I’m at home.I want to spend more time with my soon-to-be-born-bubby outside, exercising and feeling great- not coffee dates!! Oh and more time on my study!I want an area of the home where I can set up the study.I want to organise the downstairs room.I always lose important paperwork.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with old study notes, uni assignments, nik-naks from early 20’s.ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel happy when i come home, not stressed. I want to spend more time having fun, i want a area of the house set aside for my photography and other fun crafts. I want to organise my study and kitchen oh and my master bedroom (such a no go zone for everyone). I always always lose what i need like stamps, camera, books and even some of my clothes lol! and something i have and have trouble parting with is my book collection its kind of big *sigh* this is going to be so much fun !!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Hopefully you’ll love day 1 of the challenge to set you on the path of a clean and organised kitchen JReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    I want to feel uncomfortable and guilty while I’m at home.I want to spend more time enjoying what I have.I want an area of the home where I can relax and just be.I want to organise office/craft supplies.
    I always lose paper work.
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with small clothes and books .ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    Whoops!! I think I made an error earlier, with “I want to feel…… at home. I thought it was “I feel… home”. So “I want to feel in control and relaxed at home.”ReplyCancel

    • LOL you did I love that feel in control and relaxed, it’s the key JReplyCancel

  • Jell

    I want to feel comfortable and satisfied while I am at home. I want to spend more time gardening or scrapbooking. I want an area of the home where I can do crafts. I want to organise the store room. I always lose the “thing” I need to find. Something I don’t neet anymore, but have trouble parting with is anything that I don’t really need anymore!ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel COMFORTABLE while Im at home
    I want to spend more time READING & CRAFTING (GUILT FREE!)
    I want an area of the home where i can CRAFT
    I want to organise the UTILITY ROOM
    I always lose TRACK OF BIRTHDAYS ETC
    Something I don’t need any more but have trouble parting with: OLD MAGAZINESReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    I want to feel content when I am at home.
    I want to spend more time with my kids, in the garden and doing craft.
    I want an area in the home where I can sew and do craft without distraction
    I want to organise my whole house
    I always lose ?????
    Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with

    • I always lose my keys
      Something that I don’t need anymore, but am having trouble parting with is my makeup and other facial cleansing items (I can easily make do with half of what I have and I don’t wear makeup) and some of my clothing (have way more then I can wear in a year.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Perpy

    I want to feel RELAXED & ORGANISED while I’m at home.I want to spend more time OUTSIDE, SOCIALISING, EXERCISING.I want an area of the home where my husband can CAN DO HIS WOODWORKING HOBBY.I want to organise GARAGE (it’s embarrasing!), REMEMBERING TO CHARGE MY MOBILE UP .I always lose MY MOBILE.Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with ALL STUFF TO DONATE OR SOLD, GET LAZY AND DON’T DO THE DONATION BIN RUN – SO SITS IN OUR GARAGE .

    P.s Close to finish my “Day 1: kitchen tasks” ! Thank you for doing this 20 day challenge, it’s awesome!ReplyCancel

    • Miss Perpy

      Oh, and my car – it always ends up in a mess! ReplyCancel

  • rubygem

    Well I’m well on my way to getting a clean house. I started on my Master Bedroom, Ensuite and My 9 year old daughters Room. I purged, I cleaned up. All that’s left is to clean the venitian blinds in my room and ensuite and vac the master bedroom carpet. I hadn’t even started day 1 and I’m already excited to get my house sorted. Oooh I even sorted out the linen press last night. Thanks so much for the awesome downloads they make me feel so motivated. I even gave my 9 year old morning and afternoon routines and a list of chores. She was amazing this morning. Did everything on the list and more. She was so helpful. I love you… !!!!! thanks for helping me get motivated.. not only is it going to save my sanity but probably my marriage poor husband hates clutter.ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel RELAXED while I’m at home.I want to spend more time PLAYING WITH MY DAUGHTER.I want an area of the home where I can LET MY DAUGHTER PLAY SAFELY WHILE I RELAX.I want to organise EVERYTHING! BUT MOSTLY MY DAUGHTERS ROOM AND THE OFFICE.I always lose EVERYTHNG AT THE MOMENT MY DAUGHTER HAS A HABIT OF TAKING THINGS WALK ABOUT… IE. REMOTES, CREAMS, DOOR STOPS….Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with I’M SURE THERE IS SOMETHING… 😉ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    It’s been a heck of a journey to catch up, not on the tasks but negotiating the site. There is no next post button so I have to click on every “You might also like” to find the next piece. I have two more days to find and catch up on. Also I haven’t been able to download the blank Goals document. I get an error message and the labels come up as a blank page. I really like the program. I am a highly organized person but am sharing with a terribly harried and overwhelmed disorganized friend and hope to help her with this program. Thanks for sharing it. ReplyCancel

  • Deborah K

    I want to be able to do my crafts, craft with my children and with my friends in my home. I have trouble parting with paper – I have lots of paper clutter, stacks of paper. It comes in the mail every day.ReplyCancel

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  • Weiting Wu

    I want to feel relax and comfortable while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time get my daily TODO done.
    I want an area of the home where I can concentrate on my study, reading.writing blog..etc.
    I want to organise my kitchen, my pictures and all documents.
    I always lose the concentration.
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with cards from friends and old clothes .ReplyCancel

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  • Snip

    I don’t really have a routing.. We have supper round about 7 and then the girls need to be in bed by 8 when “me time” starts. When they get home they have a light snack and get straigt into the homework. I will still set it up as we just joined the gym and will have to work an hour of gym time in the evenings as well..ReplyCancel

  • bobbie-lee

    I try and have dinner on the table by 6-6.30. Whilst mr showers the mr2 i tidy up the toys and put the dishes in the dishwasher. Mr2 is in bed at 9 (any earlier he wont sleep). Usually all night tasks are done by 8 anyway. I run the dishwasher during the night to unload it in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I’ve just started a new routine which includes doing once a month cooking (or because we only have a small freezer, once a fortnight food preparation!) It makes meals soooo much easier!! Instead of just unpacking & putting away our last grocery shop, I made up some crumbed chicken, hamburger patties, diced onions, carrots,capsicum & zucchini (the hidden veggies in our pasta sauces & hamburgers), marinated steaks, divided up bulk packs of sausages etc. Everything went into meal portions in ziplock bags in the freezer. Now all I have to do is get a packet out to defrost overnight & spend 15-20 mins preparing some salad or veggies in the evening. Plus, it means I only had to use and wash the food processor one day to get those hidden veggies sorted :) The initial prep took me 2 hours on one morning and gave me enough food for evening meals (&leftover lunches for hubby) for the next 2.5 weeks :) Plus meal times are much saner now!ReplyCancel

  • Have done this up too :-)

    5pm bath & shower time
    5:15 dinner prep
    5:30 Readers and homework
    5:50 Kids clean up TV Room and I start cooking
    6:00pm set the dinner table and watch a little TV
    6:15 dinner and dessert
    6:45 kids brush teeth and I will clean the kitchen
    7pm story time and then bedReplyCancel

  • Evening routine

    4/4.30pm – baby wakes & breastfeeds. I use this time to check emails, online shop and organise (using iPhone).

    5pm – play with baby

    5.30pm – my partner puts the baby in a carrier and takes the dog to the park while I cook dinner (if it’s not already done), tidy the house and  finish chores (like bringing in washing off line) then eat dinner and have some “me” time. 

    6.40pm – partner returns with sleeping baby, we wake him and i help my partner shower with baby, put cloth nappies outside ready to be washed (done by my partner later) then dress baby

    7pm – Breastfeed baby in dark nursery

    8pm – If my partner hasn’t already done so, we both clean up the kitchen so it’s neat and tidy (I try tomake sure the house is neat and tidy before good to bed) then we’ll spend some time together usually watching tv series we’ve recorded

    9.30pm – bed for me! ReplyCancel

  • Thanks – did this one too, just the other day!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    5pm Quiet play time- No tv/internet etc,
    6pm Bath time
    6.30pm Songs/Story time while one of us starts dinner
    6.45pm Bottle
    7.20pm Dinner for Mum and Dad
    8.00pm Baby to bed, Load dishwasher and run, set up bottles for next day, general tidy of the house.
    9pm Adult bed time :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma Berry

    We already have a night time routine in place: Bath Kids Make Dinner Have dinner as family (around 6pm) Clean up after dinner – dishes/kitchen/dining room/sweep and spot clean floors in kitchen and dining room) General house tidying – pick up everything Read to kids Kids bedtime (around 7.30pm) Put on load of washing to finish in the morning My time. At the same time I clean the kitchen, the kids do their night time jobs: Tidy the toys in the lounge room and bedroom Clean teeth Special time (if they get everything done by 7pm they can do something special – eg a quiet craft activity. Special wee (the last wee of the day) ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    We have a night routine, hubby home from work at 3.15 say hi to the boys. hubby starts dinner between 4 – 4.30 tea at 5, boys shower or bath when finished dinner. I leave for work at 5.40. Boys toilets, teeth and bed by 7. (Boys are 2 and 4), hubby bed by 8.30pm (Starts work between 4am – 7.15). Me home from work between 9.30pm and 2.00am. I clean the kitchen in the morning while the kids eat breaky.ReplyCancel

  • Trina

    I have a night time routine I can share. My husband works from 1130pm-830am. So he is asleep til dinner. But I make to sure have the house clean before dinner. Dinner is by 530/6 at the latest. Baths at 7, which includes pajamas and teeth. By 730 kids are ready for bed, which means its TV time (now that school is in session the tv doesnt get turned on til usually this time). The kids cuddle up and they get to watch what they want to watch as long as they are relaxing. 830 is bedtime, which is when we read to them. once asleep, I do the one laundry load for the day. Spend the rest of my time with my husband before he goes to work. Once he leaves, its time for this Momma to go to bed to recharge her batteries. ;o)ReplyCancel

  • Deanne

    got my routine down pat
    3.00 pick up kids
    3:15 give kids afternoon snack
    3:30 listen to kids argue over the computer (look at wine in the fridge)
    4:00 argue with kids over doing home work/home readers (STARE at the wine in the fridge
    4:30 argue with the kids over doing their chores (get a wine glass out and put it on the bench)
    5:00 listen to kids argue over whos turn it is on the computer (contemplate if its still too early to fill that wine glass sitting on the bench)
    5:30 fight with kids over having showers (check and see if the wine is cold enough)
    6:00 have dinner
    6:15 argue with kids over eating their vegies (stare at hubby, knowing we will race to the wine to see who gets there first )
    6:30 see what the kids are up to, it far too quiet. pull the hands of one child off the other childs neck (check hubby hasnt gotten to the wine first)
    7:30 put youngest child to bed and send the other to read for 30 minutes (eye hubby off, check he hasnt beat me)
    8:00 put other child to bed
    8:01 crash tackle hubby, beat to the wine, open that sucker and drink it tsraight from the bottle LOL
    9:30 pass out!

    i think that sums up my afternoon/night time routine ;P ReplyCancel

    • Deanne

      this routine can be improved by being more organised and puttiing the wine in the fridge earlier 😉ReplyCancel

      • Tash

        I think you’ve covered a few mum’s evening routines, love it :-)

      • Emma Berry

        I’d be putting the wine in the fridge earlier. Or learn to like red. Love it.ReplyCancel

        • Kerrie

          lol… Or just add ice cubes to the wine 😉 ReplyCancel

    • love it :) you made me laugh … thats my routine down pat… i might have to copy and paste :) lolReplyCancel

    • MummyJenn

      Deanne, this is a classic routine. I’m not sure there is a mum out there who doesn’t share the same routine. lol. I have learnt to chill now (as well as the cold drink in the fridge – I don’t drink wine but a cruiser or malibu is always on hand) and when I ask the kids to do something and they don’t start then they are giving a warning which includes a reminder of the consequence (homework time, don’t want to do your homework, that’s fine you deal with the teacher in the morning because you don’t get another chance to do it). Mind you, its not always pleasant and I’m not always so patient (and that’s when I head to the fridge earlier). But at the end of the day, hubby and I have a good chuckle over the events of the day and a nice cold drink. ReplyCancel

    • hahahahaha ok you made my day ……….ReplyCancel

    • Kathryn

      Haha, brilliant. ReplyCancel

    • Funny routine. Would probably be us when our children are older, minus the alcohol as we don’t drink. Sub it for Coca-Cola and that’s us, haha.ReplyCancel

    • Nadia - The Everyday Blessings

      Hahahahahahaha!!!!! Love it! And no, 5pm is not too early for wine :)ReplyCancel

    • Dee

      think that happens a lot of households, pretty similar except replace wine with chocolateReplyCancel

    • Kathyv

      Lol – sounds reasonable to me.ReplyCancel

    • Vicky V.

      Thanks for a good laugh!! LOLReplyCancel

    • Your routine made me laugh. thanksReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    My evening routines are allot harder with various activities with the kds, work and then when they are with their dad….. I would need to do just a rough plan … got me thinking!! But in saying that, we trialled my Miss 6.5 morning routine this morning and she was very excited about it…. might need some tweeking over the next couple of days but she liked it :) Always a good start!! ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    We’ve got our routine pretty much sorted for the evening…
    4:45 – daddy home, coffee for the parents.
    5:00 – daddy and baby have time together while mummy gets dinner ready.
    5:20 – toys away
    5:30 – daddy feeds baby
    5:45 – mummy bathes baby (then changes her shirt…very enthusiastic washer!), followed by a massage and a breastfeed. Daddy takes out the garbage/washes up/folds washing (whatever is needed most).
    6:15 – daddy reads a story (or two) and puts baby to sleep. Mummy finishes getting dinner ready and does a quick wash-up if possible.
    6:30ish – parents eat dinner
    7pm onwards – daddy does his schoolwork; mummy cleans up the kitchen and makes lunch for tomorrow.
    8:30 – tv on to watch a show and eat dessert.
    It’s pretty much freestyle from there…I do a quick lounge-room straighten-up before bed, which is usually by 11pm.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Forgot to add – I don’t dry my dishes either…it drives my husband mad!ReplyCancel

  • Karen rambling mum

    I’m just starting today, have just printed all the printables so far. Of course, my printer is out of coloured ink! So it doesn’t look as pretty, but I have ordered more ink online. So that’s one job done to help this household be more organised! Will be back to share how we are going!ReplyCancel

  • Paulette

    Love your routine Deanne 😉

    We have no set night routine. I just can’t find one that works for our family. Baby due in Dec, which I’m sure will throw it all out anyways :(
    A friends cooks or at least preps her dinner at lunchtime, an thinking of trying this. DH doesn’t arrive home until 5.30 & our boys bedtimes are at 7. I’m thinking an afternoon/evening routine would be better than a night? Thanks for all the ideas :)ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Mine varies day to day because of kids after school activities, so I only put it together for the days at home…
    4.30 Afternoon tea/time with kids
    5.00 washing on
    5.20 start dinner
    6.00 sit down for dinner as family
    6.30 clean up leftovers/kitchen/benches/wash dishes/stack dishwasher
    7.00 hang washing (VERY slow washer!!)
    7.15 washing on
    7.30 on couch with hubby (dishwasher goes on after evening cuppa)
    Older son goes to bed by 9, so he is a part of our evening too.
    Younger 2 sons routine…
    6.30 teeth, face, hands, PJ’s
    6.45 play/family time
    7.00 10 minute tidy up (includes washing going out)
    7.10 reading in bed
    7.30 lights out.ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    5pm- Dinner together at the table
    5:30pm-Bath time
    6pm-Milk, Play, Read, Brush teeth
    7pm- Bed

    We have a 3 1/2 year old, 18 month old & 6 week old.

    This works well for us :-)ReplyCancel

  • MummyJenn

    Once again, no time restraints on my routine. I also don’t have homework & kids time listed on my routine as this is shared between myself, hubby, and the older kids. We stick to their routines and I slot mine around that depending on the daily activities. My morning, afternoon, and evening routines is on one page inserted into a clear plastic binder sleeve which is stuck on the inside of my pantry and I tick off each day as I go. ReplyCancel

  • Britt

    I am really enjoying reading others routines to get an idea of how to create a better routine for us. At the moment a routine seems impossible due to Mr8mths not sleeping longer than 45 minutes before we need to resettle him. However our morning routine works well :)ReplyCancel

  • fiona

    ApHi Katrina can’t wait for the challenge to start. Really enjoying seeing other daily routines. Lots of great ideas. Was wondering if you might be able to create a spine for the folder as I have lots of folders the same that sit on my desk. Plus the design is pretty I think it would look great. But only if u can find the time. Love your blog I’ve been a follower for almost 3 years. Always excited to see new posts. Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

  • Tab

    My routine is changing all the time, as I’m at uni.
    7.00 get home, pull out various containers, water bottles and general rubbish from my bag. I have no idea where most of it comes from, particularly the multiple water bottles
    7.10 start dinner, while drinking a cup of tea and reading interesting articles in magazines (which I count as uni work, since its usually related)
    8.00 eat at dinner table, TV off, no phones
    8.30 fight with my laptop and try to print off what I need for the next day
    9.00 try to make out notes which I made during the day, contemplate becoming a doctor (since I have the handwriting)
    10.00 pack bag for tomorrow
    10.10 face, teeth, PJ’s etc
    10.30 asleep with light on and book in my hand


    • Tab

      oh, and I forgot, at 11.00 half wake when my partner gets home ReplyCancel

  • KristyFey

    My mind does the saame thing at night if I look at pintrest… also we added pick up rooms and it workks! I have to give a shout out to my hubs… he is amazing with the night time routine!! (this is why I can check in and relpy right now:)ReplyCancel

  • Kendall

    we have a very flexible evening routine as the girls have dancing 4 out of 5 weeknights and we have to work around that. Generally it seems to be a day by day routine as in Monday we do *this*, Tuesday we do *that* etc. Generally the same pattern though just the time changes. We have always followed a fairly loose ‘routine’ as in things happen in basically the same order but we don’t worry about times and if something doesn’t happen when it should that is ok – it all gets done haha. Most of the time it works but I might try a more formal routine and see how it goes :)ReplyCancel

  • Malinda

    this is the same routine we’ve had for 5 years…works with all our kids ages 1, 2, 6
    3:45pm – home from school, snacks and playtime
    4pm – reading for school kids
    5:15/5:30pm – dinner
    6pm – bathtime, whilst getting pjs for kids get out their clothes for the next day
    6:30pm – dad home, time with dad
    7 – 8pm – storytime and bed time, readers now if we had afterschool activities
    8pm – tidy kitchen, hubby does dishes, make lunches for the next day, put load of washing on
    then relaxing time in front of tv or go for a run
    10pm – bedtime

  • Corlia

    4.50 prepare baby’s dinner
    5.00 feed bub
    5.15 hubby gets home and plays with bub while I start on dinner (unless slowcooker is on)
    6.00 adult dinner time while bub plays on playmat
    6.20 bathe bub (hubby and I take turns)
    6.30 breastfeed and prepare bub for bed
    7.00 put bub to bed
    7.15 relax, cup of tea, snuggles with hubby and watch tv
    9.00 wash dishes, quick clean up of loungeroom, prepare bottle for bub
    9.30 bottlefeed bub
    10.00 get myself ready for bed -shower, brush teeth etc
    10.30 bedtimeReplyCancel

  • Cath

    Have started doing a quicky once over clean of the bathroom sink/vanity while the kids are in the bath in the evening – killing two birds with the one stone!

  • Birdie birdie woof woof

    I am new to your blog and am loving it!
    Our routine goes like this:
    3.15- afternoon tea
    3.30- homework/readers etc
    4.00- kids play time, mummy cooks din dins
    5.00- dinner as family
    5.30- wash dished/load dishwasher
    6.00- kids bath/shower time. 8yr old 3yr old twins
    6.45-quiet reading time in bed/story time
    7.00-lights out
    I spend 30 mins-1hour tidying up, cleaning bathroom etc
    8.00 onwards wine and chill!

    Also yor blog inspired me to de clutter my pantry today, I have a sparkly organized pantry now! Thank you.

  • Nadia - The Everyday Blessings

    I blogged about my evening routine. Nice and cruisy, while still getting things done! :)

  • Clearly I need to move to Australia! With swimming and gymnastics ending at 6:30 we only get home after 7 each night … very early mornings to very late evenings and only get to eat around 8pm so kids go to be after nine and me no earlier than 11. Can you rather send me a Time Machine or a Time Saving Fairy? Not a printable – I need the real deal!ReplyCancel

  • Alli Brown

    Hope you don’t mind but I have been re-creating your printables in publisher cause being a little OCD I like to have them all filled in with type as my writing is way too messy. They are no-where near as cute as yours but I tried to stick to the colours :)
    They are certainly helping get into the routine of the challenge :)
    Our Night routine changes most nights too as hubby and I do tutoring different nights, but I managed to sort it to 3 different routines which are pinned to the fridge and in the folderReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Does this really belong in Checklists or in Routines?
    Have had a routine for the kids morning for most of the year – in general it works well but I am keen to rearrange it to have breakfast before getting dressed. Have also been thinking for a while that we need an afterschool routine. So much easier in the morning though when it is the same every day!ReplyCancel

  • We pretty much have a routine, in place but this is just reminding me that I need to stay away from the computer until the kids go to bed ;P I get so much more done and the evening is so much calmer (and the dishes get done!)ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    Think this will take me a while to work out… afternoon activities…. hubby working all over these hours… routine is hard in this house but desperate to try and get one locked in…ReplyCancel

  • Becc

    7pm home from work
    7.05 run water and wash dishes, prepare tea
    7.30 computer to relax
    9.00 feed lambs(if any)
    9.15 put on washing(if any) go to bed.ReplyCancel

  • Wow my hubby and I both work full time and have a 3 yr old. Dinner at our place is normally served at about 6.45 for all of us followed by bath for bub then bed for her about half seven but she is terrible at sleeping and requires one of us lie with her until she falls asleep which can take up to an hour by which time if it is my turn I am also normally asleep. ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    Got my cleaning kit done folder and printables done,routines sorted and goals set….bring it on katrina :) thanks to my bestie Rach for sending me katrina webpage love you ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I am still really struggling with this one!!! with three kids and afternoon activities and a little dancer who is at the studio at all different times it’s really hard to nail down ONE routine for the evening. would love some advice on how to tackle it all. At the moment I have the tasks written down we need to get done, but no timeframeReplyCancel

    • We are out a few evenings each week as well, and I make sure that I have the slow cooker on so dinner is ready when we come home, it’s one less task that needs to be done. If not a slow cooker dinner it’s left overs from the freezer or I cook a double amount the evening before so I just have to reheat. This also eliminates a lot of dirty dishes.ReplyCancel

  • Bubbles74

    4.30 Prepare dinner (cook earlier in the day, reheat/pasta/rice/serve/cool to kids temp)
    5.00 Dinner (18mo, 3yo & 5yo). I usually eat with the kids.
    6.00 Bath/Shower – toothpaste on toothbrushes & give bathroom a quick wipe
    6.20 Dress 18mo
    6.25 Breastfeed 18mo, drink of milk for 3 & 5yo
    6.30 Brush teeth
    6.35 Read with girls
    6.50 Toilet run
    6.55 Prepare girls for bed. Son goes to the toilet
    7.00 Lights out for girls. Reader with son
    7.15 Lights out for son
    7.20 Clean kitchen, bin, compost & recycling out
    7.40 Prepare dinner for tomorrow (chop veg & meat)
    8.00 Paperwork
    8.10 Daily task (cleaning/project/repairs etc)
    9.40 Shower & bedReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Hi Katrina, I am soon returning to work part-time and am thinking about setting up a different evening routine for each night. on the days I am working I will need to leave the house early so want to make sure everything is packed for my kids to go to childcare, meals are prepared ready for when we get home etc. Do you think this is too much? Would be interested in your and your readers views… Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah K

    Evening routine:

    5.30pm – do a load of laundry

    5.35pm – start making dinner

    6.00pm – put laundry in dryer

    6.10pm – serve dinner

    6.30pm – do dishes, wipe counters, quick vacuum under chairs

    6:45pm – showers

    7:00pm – tidy baths


    Routine to put away clean clothes

    Fold laundry while watching a movie or podcast and put them away.

    Problem: when I go to put folded clothes away and they don’t fit in the closets/drawers because my child has shuffled through them.

    7:30pm – start dishwasherReplyCancel

  • Jen

    I am trying to implement a night routine and really struggling to suit everyone in our house. Children aged 3-15 and hubby who doesn’t like to eat before 6.30-7.00, then we have after school activities which has my 15 y/o home after 7.30 2 nights of the week. I like to eat as a family as often as we can, and believe this is such an important time to come together each day (the only time we are all home together), I also don’t like to bath the kids until after dinner, so dirty fingers, faces and spills can be washed away before bed. Any ideas how I can create a calm structured evening routine, realising at least 2 nights of the week my 15 y/o will be eating on his own..:(ReplyCancel

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  • Katharine

    I have a two year old and a 3 month old and my husband doesn’t get home until after their bedtimes most nights, so I have worked out a routine that works for me alone. I also have piano students ring the doorbell at 7pm for their piano lesson, so I stick to the routine every night! During both of the kids nap times just after lunch, I prepare dinner. 5:00pm baby has a feed. At 5:30 – 5:45pm, toddler has dinner while baby sits in her rocking chair and watches or fusses gently. If baby is upset, I hold her while toddler has dinner. You learn to do a LOT of things one handed when you have two kids! 6:00-6:15pm toddler has a bath. Baby is either asleep by now in her cot or if fussing I have her in a portable bassinet I can move into the bathroom so I can tend to her and supervise bath-time if needed. 6:30 – 6:40pm toddler has stories and milk. 6:50pm toddler brushes teeth and goes to bed. 7:00pm doorbell rings. When baby no.2 was very little I often would put toddler to bed 15 mins earlier and give baby a top up feed at 6:45pm (she was a very good baby to settle at that time of evening and was usually fast asleep by the time the lesson began). If she wasn’t asleep by 7pm, I let her self-soothe her way to sleep in the bassinet just outside the music room door while the lesson was going. There have been a few hiccups along the way, but nothing un-manageable as I only taught for 30 mins, so fussing children could always wait that long if needed. It is a terrific routine and works perfectly well 95% of the time!ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda

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

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

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


  • Snip

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

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

      • Lisa P

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

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

        • Snip

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

  • Elsp

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

    • Wow you have such a busy morning JReplyCancel

      • Elsp

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

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

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

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

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

  • LeSha Howard

    My Morning Routine

    Feed the Baby

    Eat breakfast


    Put baby down for nap

    Clean the house

    Take a shower
    Eat lunch

    Feed the baby

    Cook dinner

    Clean the kitchen

    Feed the baby

    Work on crafts/homework/business

    Put baby down for the night

    End of day :)

    The times are variable lol ReplyCancel

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

  • Hannah

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

    6:00 – feed baby

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

    6:40 – husband leaves for work

    6:45 – breakfast for mum

    7:00 – put a load of washing on

    7:15 – breakfast for baby

    7:40 – wash up

    8:00 – baby goes down for a sleep

    8:10 – hang out washing

    8:15 – have a doze on the couch

    8:45 – get dressed

    9:15 – baby wakes up

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

    10:00 – dress baby

    10:15 – out for a walkReplyCancel

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

  • Kim

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

  • Nadia - The Everyday Blessings

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

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

  • Leigh

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

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

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

  • Kat @ Eco Empire

    My routine includes having a baby and breastfeeding!

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

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

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

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

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

    10am – baby wakes & breastfeeds.

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

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

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

  • Carrie

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

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

  • Cheryl

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

  • Gemma

    6:45am Get up, shower

    7:00am Get dressed, including shoes

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

    7:15am Prepare & eat breakfast

    7:25am Put away clean dishes from night before

    7:30am Get meat from freezer for dinner

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

    7:50am Kick hubby out the door to work

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

    8:10am Wipe over bathroom & toilet

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

    8:30am Half hour exercise

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

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

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

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

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

  • charlotteorr

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

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

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

  • Sam

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

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

    7am start work & have breakfast

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

    In the office:
    5am wake, shower, dress

    5:45am train to work

    7am start work & have breakfast at desk

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

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

  • Casey

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

  • Naomi

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

  • Shazster

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

  • tamara

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

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

  • Kristy

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

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

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

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

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

  • Leasa

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

    • Liz

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

    • Letitia

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

  • Krissy

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

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

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

  • Kirsty

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

  • Kerrie

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

  • Leanne H

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

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

    • Di @ Life is Di-licious

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

  • Nikki

    This is the biggest part of the challenge to me.

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

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

  • Prue

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

  • Mrs Mac

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

  • Nikki

    in there was homework also.
    Makes me really want a cleaning lady 😀ReplyCancel

  • I just shared my current routine.

    You may need to sit down Katrina…lolReplyCancel

  • Tab

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

    • Rach

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

  • Karen

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

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

    • Georgie

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

  • Keln

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

  • Cat

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

  • kat

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

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

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

    • Di @ Life is Di-licious

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

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

  • Samy

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

  • MummyJenn

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

  • Malinda

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

  • MummaLish

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

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

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  • 7am – press snooze

    7:09am – press snooze

    7:18am – press snooze

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

    7:50am – prod husband, get dressed

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

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

    8:25am – sort washing & load machine

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

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

    10am – start the housework!ReplyCancel

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

  • kaidi

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

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

  • Becc

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

  • allison

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

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

  • Bubbles74

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

  • Rachael

    My room 6.00 – 6.05am

    Make bed

    6.03am Open curtains

    Take dirty washing out

    Bathroom 6.10 – 6.20am

    Swish sink

    Swipe toilet



    Take dirty washing out

    Dining room 6.25am

    Open curtains

    Lounge room
    6.30 – 6.35am

    Open curtains


    Take dirty washing out


    Put a load of washing on

    Kitchen 6.50 – 7.13am

    Make bread

    Make breakfast for boys

    Make lunches for school and kinder

    Put dishes away from last night

    Wipe benches etc


    Boys room 7.15 – 7.25am

    Make beds

    Open curtains

    Get school and/or kinder clothes out

    Take dirty washing out

    Dining room 7.30 – 7.33am

    Wipe table

    Vacuum/carpet sweep under table

    8.05 – 8.20am

    Change Michael’s nappy

    Get dressed and do hair

    7.50am My breakfast

    Hang washing

    Kinder and school drop offReplyCancel

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

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

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

  • Deborah K

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

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

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

  • Rebecca

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

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  • Krissy

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

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

  • simone

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

  • K@DragonflyMumma

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

    • You’re a step ahead!ReplyCancel

      • Katie Woodleigh

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

  • Jami

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

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

  • Nikki

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

  • Ruth

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

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

  • Guest

    Bicarb and Baking Soda are the same thing.ReplyCancel

  • Angie

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

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

      I have also seen these buckets at BigW.ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

  • Deanne

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

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

      • Deanne

        oh good :)ReplyCancel

        • Lynley King

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

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

  • Already one day behind, eeeek!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

  • Meegan Reeve

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

  • Karen Flack

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

  • Tam

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

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

  • Bern

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

  • Bern

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

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

    • Sarah Aynsley

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

    • Cakebaker

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

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

        • Cakebaker

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

  • Kate

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

  • Bronwen

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

  • Mel

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

  • shan

    I’m in.

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

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

  • Jessica

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

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

    • Barbara

      me tooReplyCancel

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

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

  • Barbara

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

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

  • Frazzeled Mum to 4

    Anyone else use enjo products?ReplyCancel

  • Candice

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

  • lisa_dalby

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

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

  • Jodie Sinclair

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

  • Peta Hill

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

  • Naomi

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

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

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

    • Amanda B

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

  • Mandy

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

  • Lainey

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

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

  • Karen Joy

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

  • Fiona

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

  • Briony Young

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

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

  • Annemarie

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

  • Loulou

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

    Looking forward to this! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

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

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

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

    • Joh

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

    • hungrymum

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

  • Oh, and what is Sugar Soap?

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

  • Nanna

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

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

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

  • Annie

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

  • Lea

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

  • wombat-wally

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

  • Juana

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

  • hungrymum

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

  • Melissa

    Hi Katrina,

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

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

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

  • Tammy

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

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

  • savvy fi

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

  • Deborah K

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

  • Deborah K

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

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  • Joh

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

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  • shoppegirls

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

  • Becca

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

  • Karina

    Hi Katrina

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



    • Kath Mc

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

  • Jade

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

  • Lynley King

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

  • Mariane

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

  • Jodie Emerton

    Yah looking forward to this challenge

  • Justine

    I’m definitely in ReplyCancel

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  • Anne-Maree Russell

    I am loving this sick already! A-M xxReplyCancel

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

  • Kimberley

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

  • KG

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

  • Fleur Phillips

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

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  • Mocha Addict

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

  • Looking forward to this challenge!!!ReplyCancel

  • veiledturnip

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

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

  • Fiona

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

  • Kirsty

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

  • Kathryn

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

  • Sarah

    I can’t wait to get started!ReplyCancel

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

  • Cindy

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

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

    • Claire Bailey

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

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

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

  • TAP

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

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