Task 1 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge – Vision Board or Notice Board

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful New Years and I just want to tell you how excited I am about starting 2019 off with my ‘Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks‘ challenge. I know that many in our community followed me back in 2014 when we ran this and by popular request, it’s back!!  If you will be following along with me for the first time, I just want to reassure you that this is going to be super great, and together, we are going to achieve great things, because I will show you how to declutter step by step. I don’t want you to worry, or get overwhelmed with the tasks ahead of us this year because we will do it at a pace that will actually make you enjoy these decluttering projects each week. A new Decluttering Task will be published on the blog every Wednesday.  Register here and I’ll send you a link to your inbox to the latest task each week. You can also follow along on Instagram with hashtag #declutter52things. Let’s get stuck into Task 1 of 2019!!!

The ‘Declutter 52 things in 52 Week’ Challenge is completely FREE!!! Sign up to my daily emails so you don’t miss when the next task goes live. Alternatively, visit the blog each Wednesday to see the latest task. I will publish the new task on the blog every Wednesday.

Please share a photo of your space each week on Instagram using hashtag #declutter52 and tag @theorganisedhousewife


 Decluttering Task #1

Perfect time of year to declutter your noticeboard, cork board, inspiration board or the fridge!!!

Let’s begin by removing all the unnecessary clutter from your noticeboard, cork board, inspiration/dream board or the fridge and use your board to inspire you and help you reach your goals, (be it personal or professional) or plan your next holiday. Fill it with inspirational quotes, favourite photos, special ideas, whatever works as a positive motivation for you. I am a firm believer of using affirmations as a way of inspiring myself. There is something so powerful about words. This is my noticeboard or inspiration board that I made last year for myself (my plan is to update it this week). It actually sits in my toilet at home because let’s face it, it’s the one place we actually take time, so I get to read it in peace and remind myself of my daily goals.

‘Ask, Believe, Receive’. Use a vision board to train your mind to think positively and attract those goals on your vision board and bring them to life.

TODAY’S TASK: REMOVE ANY OLD NOTES, INSPIRATION OR JUNK FROM YOUR NOTICEBOARD, CORKBOARD OR INSPIRATION BOARD. 

Remove old bills, takeaway menu’s, erase old notes, goals you have reached and any other junk cluttering up your boards.  Then replace it with:

  • Inspiration and motivational images found from magazines
  • An inspiring quote
  • Your 2019 goals, to inspire you to achieve them.

I believe that everyone should have a vision-board, because it’s such a positive inspiration on your soul.

  READ MORE: How to Make Your Vision Board Work For you

‘Ask, Believe, Receive’. Use a vision board to train your mind to think positively and attract those goals on your vision board and bring them to life.

MY 5 MAIN 2019 GOALS

To inspire you all with Task #1, I challenge you to make your very own, personal 2019 goals list and add it to your visions board so that you can see it at least once a day, so that you can strive to achieve all your goals throughout the year. Here are my 5 main goals that I am going to create into graphics or find inspiration in magazines for my 2019 goal board.

1. TO BE KINDER TO MYSELF

My biggest goal this year is to be kinder to myself. I’ve been feeling deflated because although I haven’t reached my weight-loss goal, I need to acknowledge and celebrate that throughout 2018 I actually didn’t put on any weight either and for that I should be darn proud of myself and stop beating myself up!  In 2019 I am going to be far kinder to me.

photo credit Sanctuary Counselling

2. TO PURCHASE A NEW LOUNGE

I have my eye on this beautiful grey lounge suite or another with recliners from Nick Scali and my goal is to save up and buy it for our home. I need one that will fit all five of us on it, and this one is just perfect.

photo credit Nick Scali

3. TO GO ON TWO HOLIDAYS THIS YEAR

It’s Scotty’s and my 20th Wedding Anniversary (that’s over 7,400 glorious days married together!), so I want to have a family holiday, but also a couples holiday so that we can celebrate and have that romantic getaway together. We don’t know whether we want to do something beachy or something rainforest style, but we definitely want to do something relaxing.

4. EAT HEALTHIER

This year, my aim is to eat healthier and to create some new health conscious but still very yummy meals. It’s a challenge I’m setting for myself and I can’t wait to see what I come up with to share with you.

photo credit heart.org

5. BE MORE ACTIVE

More exercise, more walking, more fun things that double up as exercise like bike riding with the kids, plus I really enjoy taking Zoe for a walk every morning. 

photo credit The Zoe Report

DON’T FORGET – Please share a photo of your space each week on Instagram using hashtag #declutter52 and tag @theorganisedhousewife

What have you put on your board to inspire you this year?

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65 comments

Michelle January 2, 2019 - 6:11 AM

This is the first year that I have done this challenge after many years of following you. Disappointing and a little off putting to see such a blatant ad in one of your life goals with no attempt to blend it in or make it less obvious. I am hoping this was a one off and that this is not the aim of what seemed to be a fantastic idea!

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Carolyn January 2, 2019 - 7:15 AM

I thought that too Michelle 🙂 … maybe I should post here the brands of all the things I want and see how many I am given … Ferrari (why not ??!!), King Living (gorgeous lounges), Miele (putting in new kitchen and need new appliances) – that might do for starters!! I do hope it is a one off because like you, I have been following Katrina and it is my first time to do the challenge. Now off to work on my vision board!

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Mum-of-boys January 2, 2019 - 10:21 AM

I think its disappointing to read these first comments. Kat has been doing this blog for years and its my understanding that it takes a lot of effort and time (unpaid) to do this and I’m sure initially she wasn’t out to make a fortune from it and just wanted to help others. But from her efforts and continued hard work she now has a massive following and why not advertise and earn a little from it. Its the same as other “mum bloggers” too. They actually endorse products. If you don’t like it keep scrolling. I personally don’t take any notice of advertising and i not sure why Kat needs to “blend it”? Kats not saying that she’ll receive anything free from these companies and if she does get a deal from it… well good luck to her! These comments came across to me as a little rude and inconsiderate. Lets support each other!! Kats years of hard work may finally be earning her an income! Everyone is welcome to start a blog and do it for themselves too.

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nicole January 2, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Well said MUM-OF-BOYS. This is my first time doing the challenge and I didn’t even notice the adds the first to are talking about. Like you said if you don’t like it keep scrolling lol 😀

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Lisa January 3, 2019 - 8:33 AM

Lol I didn’t notice either
Nicole

Jasmine January 3, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Neither did I. I had to go back and SEARCH for what was being referenced! I was looking for BLATANT.

Nat January 2, 2019 - 8:37 AM

I have been looking forward to the first challenge today. Made a cuppa, logged on, read challenge one and got up and did it in a snap, back to my cuppa before it had even cooled! Some times just a little bit of direction is all you need. I haven’t done this program before and I am looking forward to all I can achieve, thanks Kat.

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Sarah January 2, 2019 - 6:27 AM

Hi 🙂 whats number 3? 😉

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Amanda January 2, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Haha! I was thinking the same thing!
Surely number 3 is stop being picky and OCD and worrying about what we are all missing out on!
Maybe its a subtle resolution!

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Anna January 3, 2019 - 10:08 AM

I was thinking the exact same thing! x

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Suzanne January 2, 2019 - 6:48 AM

These sound like great ideas. Where is number 3? The couples holiday is a goal of mine, and also more me time for 2019.

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Elizabeth January 2, 2019 - 6:49 AM

Sometimes it is like you are inside my brain….there will be a few similarities on my board once I finish it.

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Joelle January 2, 2019 - 6:51 AM

Hi, thanks for doing this for free! I think it’s going to be really helpful. I’m not on Instagram, I’m afraid, so can I post photos to your Facebook page?

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Jane January 2, 2019 - 6:54 AM

I’m looking forward to doing this yearly challenge but as also mentioned before it’s very disappointing to see adverting in life goal #2. Also where is #3? You’ve only listed 5- it’s looking like a cut and paste job to me.

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Arndria January 2, 2019 - 7:32 AM

What an inspiring start to the year! Have you had a holiday in Cairns & Atherton Tablelands ? Gorgeous and so much to do. We love it here.
Good on your for including your new lounge suite. My dream one is $5000 which I wont be getting with a 3 year old. However I aim to get a cheaper model before we have an influx of visitors in May. Happy New year. This year my calendar is in my kitchen for all to see x

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Rebecca January 2, 2019 - 7:52 AM

I’m excited to join in. I wasn’t at all bothered you referenced where you’d like your dream couch to be from, I watched a recent live you did where the whole focus was “where did you get that from”. Good luck in achieving that one ASAP, I’m also going to be pursing a new couch myself!

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Jane January 2, 2019 - 8:09 AM

I’m really happy to join in Kat. I didn’t find your comment about the couch bothering at all as I think if you really want something you’re focussed on that exact one and that’s your goal. Thank you for doing this challenge. xx

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Karen January 2, 2019 - 8:31 AM

Happy to be back in Kat, just before Christmas I pulled out your original set I had to go deep in a declutter. I had laminated them way back then so I could use them Yearly or if needed. My daughter who was a teenager at home back then, invited me to do this challenge last week with her as she gets her new house in order. I love that she knows it is a of regular life to declutter, purge and set yourself free to achieve your goals. Thank you for playing a part in that for us both.

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Marie January 2, 2019 - 9:10 AM

I really need this so I’m excited to begin… my daughter tagged me in this , so here goes… ?

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Daisy January 2, 2019 - 9:16 AM

Hi Kat! – Any recommendations on where to busy some nice looking notice/cork boards? Thanks!

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Sophie January 3, 2019 - 1:11 AM

Kmart have a few different types of cork+whiteboards, and some photo boards for very reasonable prices.

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Rachel January 2, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Thank you Kat I am excited to start this challenge and get un-overwhelmed! Didn’t mind the ad at all. Will be off to get a little photo board as this is a cute one – thanks!

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Lynelle January 2, 2019 - 9:57 AM

I can’t wait to start this and have my first task delivered today to declutter the outside of the fridge. Love also the idea of a vision board I can’t believe I haven’t found this before last week. It’s exciting and although I don’t live in a huge house or own my home, the 2 bedroom duplex I live in is going to be transformed. You see, I moved from a 4 bedroom house into a 2 bedroom unit/duplex, did not part with extra furniture & have become the worst hoarder like buying 5 of all skin care when in special thinking I’m doing myself a favour $ wise in the long run. My laundry cupboards are more like a beauty salon come hairdresser, come nail bar. I used to be a hairdresser & nail tech so have stacks of products, tools of trade, loads of spare makeup on special blah blah blah. I’m a shocker so looking forward to getting into this. Or I move into a bigger residence which isn’t on the cards. Look forward to reading everyone’s journey.

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CS January 2, 2019 - 11:21 AM

This is great! Thank you so much for doing this. ?. I need this help desperately. And I love all your goals! I like that there are a manageable number… Maybe I need to declutter my goals list too.

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Lesley January 2, 2019 - 11:25 AM

Happy New Year Kat – thank you so much for all your time organising this. I’m not a vision board kind of person but I do keep a note in my diary of top goals for the year – will update that instead! I had a free day yesterday so also made a start on a massive paperwork purge……started by checking how long I needed to keep old tax returns – 5 years if you’re only doing personal returns.

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Lorretta January 2, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Happy New Year to all
Thanks for offering us a helping hand , support and a task list to de clutter for 2019
After I signed up , that was motivation for me to start on my walk in pantry .. I am now half way through and it is looking much better

Thanks

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Raylene January 2, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Skip delivered this morning and now full and also trip to the dump! feeling inspired to be clutter free 🙂

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Tracey January 2, 2019 - 1:53 PM

Lol! I didn’t even notice there was no number 3 or that the Nick Scali comment was an add! I’m just happy to partake in a free program to help me get my life in order. I have been following Kat for years and regularly seek advice and recipes from her web page. Thanks for all of your hard work Kat!

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Kylie January 2, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Same here Tracey, I had to scroll back up to see what they were talking about!

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JC January 2, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Well I often start these things and get overwhelmed with it all, so here’s hoping one task a week is just what I need.
I have a group of us doing it together, so we’re checking in on each other too.
Here’s to a stronger, fitter, tidier 2019

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LEONIE SARGENT January 2, 2019 - 3:40 PM

First time doing this challenge. Over and done with in less then 5 minutes. Great way to start the new year. Thank you Kat for sharing these ideas with us all.

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Julia January 2, 2019 - 5:22 PM

I have scrubbed my fridge to within an inch of its life and thrown out anything out of date. I have decluttered the outside and now only have the necessities and a couple of things that make me happy my Calm calendar and a beautiful quote. It has inspired me to start my bedroom closet.

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Yvonne Warnick January 2, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Happy New year Kat.. it’s great to be back! Looking forward to the challenge! And thanks for arranging the 2019 calendars. I bought 6 and everyone loved them.
Yvonne

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Lynette January 2, 2019 - 6:34 PM

First timer busy shift worker kid wrangler and study slave here. Can’t believe I achieved week 1. Feeling inspired. Lounge definitely in my diary for June (sales time) and 3 days away with my monkeys booked. Thankyou

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Linda Mottram January 2, 2019 - 8:42 PM

First time commenting, mum of one who works part time. Looking forward to the challenge. My hubby and I have 2 vacations booked over this year with a daughter

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Sandy January 2, 2019 - 10:19 PM

Have declutered my fridge and ditched what felt like about 500 magnets! I’ve also rewritten my weekly goal board. I’ve never done a vision board but this has inspired me to do one for the year. This is great Kat, so helpful. Thank you.
PS – that lounge looks amazing!!

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Esther Polman-Leonards January 2, 2019 - 10:29 PM

First timer here as well. I like the ideas Kat is portraying on her blog and will start getting my goal board up. Fridge door is now tidy again and planner looks like we are running a project instead of an overprescribed household. Good start! Looking forward to next week!

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Danielle Langelaar January 2, 2019 - 10:40 PM

This is my 1st time joining a challenge like this and I was a bit scared but this is a great New Years and 1st challenge and one I can definetly achieve in the week?

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Carolyn January 3, 2019 - 6:45 AM

Thank you Kat, what a great start. It’s also inspiring to see the comments and how far some people have taken this – the inside of my fridge will get a clean out too!

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Suellen January 3, 2019 - 6:52 AM

Done. I had already cleared the front if my fridge as I dont like things on it. Looks untidy. Have a few takeaway menus which I sorted and I don’t have a vision board. So only had to sort takeaway menus.

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Kathy nicholls January 3, 2019 - 7:37 AM

I work away from home through the week. I still joined this becuase my home feels so unorganised. I just read your first task so ring my husband and told him to get rid of all ththe crap on the notice board and fridge! By the time I get home each weekend my house should be organised ???

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Karen Pickering January 3, 2019 - 10:07 AM

It’s my first time doing this challenge and I am looking forward to it sooooo much. I have years worth of clutter in every room of my house and can’t wait to get into it and get some freedom back from having this burden look at me all the time. Happy new year to you all and a clutter free one. Thank you Kat.

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Sarah January 3, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Was I meant to clean fridge lol got lost in all the comments. I don’t have a board but wrote my goals down in my bullet journal. General life is kids education, we homeschool. Improve finances, buy less & live more. Become organised high up there so thank you for this challenge. Improving health & self care a big goal this year for me as I have become very unwell. This has had a big impact on keeping on top of things

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Darnsie January 3, 2019 - 5:08 PM

My goodness your vision board is beautiful. So clear and tidy!

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NvS January 3, 2019 - 6:54 PM

I like the fridge and note board to be mostly empty, which won’t last since my kid will make loads of drawings and crafts that will be up on the fridge in no time. But I’m enjoying it empty while it lasts.
I don’t know where I’d want to hang my mood/vision board so I’m making the background of my desktop one.
My main goals are “No procrastination” and “Let it go”, and I’ve got so many more, but most should have the “Let it go” as a response.

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Diane January 3, 2019 - 7:36 PM

I had a great day today. Uncluttered the fridge then threw out heaps of old paper work from years back. Great feeling.

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Katische Vinning January 3, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Our fridge blew up last Sunday. I was annoyed to be having to be making a hefty purchase just after Christmas (I would plug appliances online but don’t want to offend anyone ?). However, this offered me the chance to pull everything off the old fridge. The new one looks so clean! I created a whiteboard wall on our sliding door and am using that for our goals.
These include saving goals and health and fitness for the whole family.

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Gwenda January 3, 2019 - 8:12 PM

First timer here too. Fridge done. I don’t have a mood board but was given a lovely diary for Christmas so have been using that to jot tasks in….so good so far….and great feeling accomplished. Thanks Kat for doing this

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Sharon Peat January 3, 2019 - 10:22 PM

I’m excited…have cleaned up my two “boards” and chucked out useless stuff that I didn’t even realise I had pinned on there….working on my vision board now…looking forward to putting it up and being inspired by me every day! 🙂 😉

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Jo Cottell January 4, 2019 - 1:18 PM

Thanks Kat. I’m excited to get started. Have never done a vision board before, but I’m feeling inspired and am keen to get one started. Looking forward to less stuff in my home 🙂

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Leonie Schroder January 4, 2019 - 2:58 PM

I’ve been a subscriber of yours for years but this year, after a prompt from a friend, I’ve decided to do this too. I’m and Papercrafter/Stamper/Stampin Up Demo and with this task I’m doing a Vision Board for the first time! I’ve also had the idea to run it as a class! So this first task is not only helping me but it’s also going to help my business!! Thanks for the challenge Kat and looking forward to more 🙂

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Heather January 5, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Thanks Kat, excited to be onboard and sorting out my life/house! Just a quick question though and feel a bit silly asking but… where do you suggest we put the stuff we’re decluttering? So on my notice board I have my son’s swimming lesson progress certs which he loves seeing every time he makes progress and gets another tick on a certificate? I know obvious choice is a cert folder/file but he seeing them motivates him. Where do you put the school info newsletter eg. Quick go to info? I know it’s silly as it should be filled away etc but feel I still need a few bits but maybe that’s my inner hoarder giving me a hard time haha thanks! Heather

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TJ January 5, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Would anyone know how to make these inspirational prints? I’d love to be able to write a few of my own but have no clue how. Is there an app? All the regular print websites don’t seem to do them.

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Melanie McKenna January 6, 2019 - 7:23 AM

Thanks for the ideas. I’m new to this too. I was inspired by your comment on a previous post which said look at little areas in the bad areas- focus on a little bit at a time. I’ve recently closed my business and have 2 bedrooms packed with stuff. Every day I have speant about 15 minutes on each section. No where near finishing it, but the goal is to have it all clear by June. Made my self an organised list which I can tick off as I go. The list is getting shorter already. Looking forward to storage and organising ideas for drawers and cupboards. Thank you.

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LeAnne January 8, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Your 2019 goals are nearly the same as mine. I love the lounge from Nick Scali too – think it would fit in my house perfectly

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 9, 2019 - 10:55 AM

thanks for sharing, looks great

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Melsy January 9, 2019 - 2:36 PM

I was so daunted at this that there would be too many tasks and I wouldn’t keep up but already I can see that you are breaking it down to make it more enjoyable. THANKYOU!

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Lesley January 9, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Okay……..I’ve made a good start – totally inspired by you Kat.

Sorted out my diary & “jobs to do” lists big-time…. I use the Debden version of Filofax…… got rid of all the little bits of info tucked in the pockets/back pages (after recording the info where it should be if necessary).
Then……..ashamed to admit it, but have 3/4 filled NINE big black garbage bags with obsolete paperwork (lots had to be shredded too). In the process I also sorted & re-filed in more logical order.
Feeling very pleased!!!
Looking at the next task now – adapting a bit to suit me……

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Nine bags!!! well done you, what an achievement. Keep up the good work Lesley

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Michelle January 12, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Am a bit behind as I am moving classroom as well so am putting in big days at school at the moment.
I can’t work out how to upload my before and after photos Kat … can you give me some clues?
My noticeboards in my kitchen and study have been decluttered and have a fresh look. I just used what I had at home rather than buy anything as my hubby has a brain tumour and isn’t working so there isn’t a lot of spare cash. Am ready to tackle task two tomorrow.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 2:47 PM

you can post them on instagram using the hashtag #declutter52 or email them to [email protected] 🙂

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Maz January 16, 2019 - 8:59 AM

One of the ideas of a vision board is to cut out pictures from magazines of things you love & would like to get! You may get them from there or somewhere else eventually, if at all. Its just to remind you of your dream & goal. As most of us have found, people always ask “where did you see/get that?” Sorry the year had to start with nit-picking! The majority love the helpful ideas so thank you Kat! Please continue showing us things you love (& even where you found them!). No one is forced to read the blog or do the challenge! If you don’t love it, purge it! Haha!

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kathy thorpe February 20, 2020 - 1:57 PM

Hi l love this site. I am 60 years old and i’m still learning so much from you(never too old to learn)
I have 4 children 2 of which are twin girls. all grown up with families of their own, love to be neat and tidy and organised.
I shared your site with my daughters and they love it to we often compare things we have down

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 27, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Thank you Kathy! I loved reading this feedback and am so pleased that you and your daughters are enjoying the blog 🙂 Kat

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