The 20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home Challenge

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

I am so excited to share with you that the ’20 Days to Organise and Clean your Home’ Challenge is back!

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I ran this challenge back in 2012 and it was a huge success for so many feeling lost and out of control of their own homes. I am thrilled to run it again.  However this time will be a little different, I’m running it as an eCourse.

Why I started the 20 Days to Organise and Clean your home challenge

In June 2012 my life was turned upside down with the unexpected loss of my mum. There were weeks where I struggled to get out of bed, I had a constant headache and just felt lost. Cleaning and organising the home was the last thing on my mind. However after a few weeks I soon realised that the mess, filthy floors and corners with clutter wasnโ€™t helping my state of mind.  I needed to get my house back into shape to help lift my mood and help me find my happy self again.  I managed to get my house back into order by following the steps through this challenge.  I always feel calmer and less stressed with the house tidy, clean and organised.

Challenge starts on 6th October 2014

This challenge will:

  • Help you organise your day so it’s working for you, not against you
  • Show you strategies to keep in control of household tasks
  • Share mindful parenting techniques that will stop you nagging the kids
  • and so much more

{The Organised Housewife} Organising the dirty laundry 5Why an eCourse?

This challenge will be run as an online training course.  You will be given access each day to the new tasks via the ’20 Days to Organise and Clean your Home’ website.  It has a secure login so only those that have purchased the course have access. The site is very easy to use.

Publishing the challenge as an eCourse has so many benefits, the big one being that the you will have easy access to challenge content that will not be mixed with other content from The Organised Housewife blog.

  • For simplicity
  • To make it manageable
  • Prevent overwhelm
  • A daily step by step guide for each task
  • Life time access so you can participate for FREE when run in the future
  • And you will have my support and help every step of the way

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What is included

  1. Access to the ’20 Days to Organise and Clean your Home’ members online website
  2. 5 pre-challenge tasks, to help set you up for success through the challenge
  3. An email each weekday for 4 weeks which will include a link to the new task
  4. A daily to-do list printable, complete with each task
  5. Photos and ideas from my own home and experiences
  6. Checklists a plenty – to help you clean each room of the home, create routines and more
  7. Exclusive access to the private Facebook group
  8. My support – my assistant Kate or I will answer all your emails and be there with you every step of the way

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What to expect each day

Each day consists of the following tasks:

  • Clean
  • Organise
  • Declutter
  • New Habit
  • 5 minutes only

Is this challenge right for you?

  • Help you to create routines within your home
  • Reclaim your space with effective organising solutions
  • You don’t know where to start
  • Take control of your home
  • Stop nagging your partner and kids
  • You have always wanted to make a change but didn’t know how

Then this challenge is for you.  Take back control and make a home you feel relaxed in.

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Why 20 Days?

To prevent overwhelm each new task is unlocked at the beginning of the day

the secret to getting ahead is getting started

We will clean and organise most rooms in the home, chat about the benefits of planning and even make sure your first aid kit is stocked properly!

When does it start?

The 5 pre challenge tasks will be available to you instantly after you have purchased the eCourse.  I did this just in case you are going away over the school holidays you can be prepared and have everything ready to go on the 6th October 2014.  The challenge will be completed on Friday 31st October.

What if I don’t have time?

I understand that everybody has different aged or number of children, schedules or work commitments so please adapt these tasks around your time and family.  If you are not able to complete one of them that is perfectly OK, it can be finished at a different time as you have lifetime access to the content and the facebook group.  This allows you to revisit any of the tasks at any time.

Will the challenge run again?

The 20 Days to Organise and Clean your home challenge will be offered again in the early months of 2015, dates yet to be confirmed.

The Logistics

  • Mobile Friendly – you can access all the information from your mobile devices
  • Lifetime Membership – you will have access to the ’20 Days to Organise and Clean your Home Challenge’ any time it is offered.  This means you only pay once but you can participate each time this challenge is run.  You will get access to any new printables and information added in the future.
  • Day by day – each day’s task will be unlocked early that morning, you will be able to access all past challenge days.  However I have chosen to give you access slowly so it doesn’t become too overwhelming for you.
  • Registration – will close 5pm Sunday 5th October.

Create the home you have always wanted

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The 20 Day Challenge is regularly $69 and you will be given lifetime access to the membership site.

Save $20 – special introductory price of $49 if you register before 29 September 2014

Click the button below to join us. Once you have participated in the Challenge you will have tidied and cleaned most of your home, learnt strategies and routines to help stay in control and keep the home clean and organised and freed yourself up to do the things you most want in life and to spend more time with family.


What past participants had to say

“It made me think about doing things as smaller tasks rather than being overwhelmed by what has to be done and then not doing it!”

“Made me love my home again”

“I loved this challenge. I loved the structure of the plan as the first room instantly changed the dynamics of my home. I loved the daily tasks as it made organising my home not so overwhelming. My main bedroom is gorgeous now and I have more solids sleeps due to reducing clutter.”

“The impact has been great. I have formed new habits of doing a regular amount each day and now I’m not trying to fit it all in at the weekend. Ticking the boxes helped me to see that progress was made. Sometimes all you can see after a busy day is whatโ€™s not done-but the list ticking made me feel good about my achievements. Still have areas that weren’t covered. Hope I can keep up the momentum!”

“Vast improvement to smother running of house, loved the new routines. Even the kids got into it!”

“I really can’t thank you enough for doing this and I can’t think of anything you could have done to make it better – you’ll never know the difference you’ve made in my life. I was very skeptical about the idea of a ‘routine’ for the mornings, it sounded so regimented and I’ve tried it before without any success but now I feel quite anxious if I haven’t done my morning things and it really only takes me about 10 minutes.  I’ve also found to my amazement that the cleaner and tidier the house is in general, the easier and quicker it is to attack those other tasks that only need doing now and then but make such a difference. Everything is getting cleaner and looking better, even the things that once wouldn’t have even been on my radar. There’s time to notice and there’s time to do. It actually feels as though I’m doing less but achieving more.”

You can have a clean home โ€“ and children too


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Melanie September 15, 2014 - 7:11 AM

Love it, Love it, Love it, have been waiting for you to run this Challenge again, I’m excited to make a change in my home, the mess is running the house now and I just can’t deal with it any longer.

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Oh yay!! I am super excited to be running it again too!.:)

Jen September 15, 2014 - 7:25 AM

Perfect timing, I really need this and can’t wait to learn how to stop nagging the kids

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 10:15 AM

Awesome Jen! We are so excited to be running it again.:)

Elizabeth September 15, 2014 - 8:08 AM

I need to pack ready to move, but I have a lifetime of clutter to sort along the way, will this course help this overwhelming feeling i have, I really need to start but just don’t know where!

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:22 AM

It will Elizabeth, it will help you remove some of the excess clutter and perhaps instead of organising the spaces on the day it suggest, pack instead. You will have access to the tasks in the future so when you move into your new home you have all the organising suggestions on hand to make the best solution for your new space. It will also help you to create new routines, so when you move into your new home you can have already made some positive new changes.

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 10:18 AM

Elizabeth, Ooh moving is such a big job! This 20 day challenge is fantastic in helping you get your home back to be organised and running smoothly.

Donna September 15, 2014 - 10:28 AM

Elizabeth – when I moved I went to Officeworks and got some business card-sized flouro tags in different colours.
I assigned a different colour to each room and when I packed the boxes, I stuck the appropriate coloured tag onto each box.
At the new house, I stuck the appropriate coloured tag onto the top of the door frame of each room and the removalists were able to quickly gauge which boxes belonged in which room.

First thing to do on moving day is make up your beds with your jammies under your pillow and unpack your bathrooms, that way you can easily shower and fall into bed when you are exhausted at the end of day 1. Next day, unpack the kitchen. By that time you will be so over it, that you will find decluttering easy because you can’t work up enough care factor to find a place for all the junk – EASY!!
Good luck!

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:24 PM

Ooh I almost forgot Elizabeth, this may help you a checklist of everything you need to organise before you move and it has a system very similar to what Donna suggested below.

Elizabeth September 18, 2014 - 8:12 AM

Ooh yes, I’ve purchased that pack and it has come in handy so far, but that’s as far as I’ve got. I think I will sign up to this though, thanks for your feedback!

Donna September 15, 2014 - 8:43 AM

I will be away in Thailand until Nov 1…can I do it on my own when I get home? Or is it better to wait until 2015?

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 9:40 AM

yes you can Donna, all the tasks will be unlocked by that date ready for when you return, so you can go through them all at your own pace ๐Ÿ™‚

Donna September 15, 2014 - 9:57 AM

YAY!! I’m in – sign me up!

Angie September 15, 2014 - 9:42 AM

I loved the other 20 day challenge. Sorry I won’t be able to commit to this one since I haven’t been able to work in a lil over a yr so money is tight.

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:24 PM

Sorry to hear that Angie, but I understand xx

Helen Warman September 15, 2014 - 11:17 AM

Hi Katrina, I am a 71year old grandma living in a small retirement unit with my husband.I have been somewhat muddly and disorganised all my life, however I am hoping to spend more time on hobbies and Grandchildren. This means I need to get essential jobs done more promptly. Would I be able to adapt the program or is it focussed on a home with children?

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:26 PM

Helen it is focus on home and children, because that is my current situation. But there is also tips in there on how to clean, declutter and organise particular rooms and make routines to keep them tidy. I believe you can adapt this program to you ๐Ÿ™‚

Jillian September 15, 2014 - 11:56 AM

Oh my I can’t wait! I’m not going away on holidays and victoria starts this Friday. I will be totally relaxed and ready for the challenge.
I joined in last time!
I need organising for myself and my teens.

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:27 PM

Exactly what I was hoping for Jullian. I thought after school holidays was perfect timing to start and giving you the time between now and over the holidays to complete the pre-tasks. I know I prefer to be out spending time with the kiddies during the holidays and typically the house is messier than usual after school holidays so perfect timing to get it back in order.

Roslyn Woodhouse September 15, 2014 - 11:59 AM

Hi Katrina- I’m ALMOST in, but I know I’ll be away for a few days in October. Are all of the previous days accessible throughout the challenge? ie: Could I do Friday & Monday’s tasks on Monday if I’m away Friday- or are they just available the day they’re sent?

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:29 PM

Hi Roslyn, As an example you will be given access to all of the first week tasks on 6th October, then the following weeks tasks will be given to you on that Monday. If you have missed a day you can go back and access it easily, you just can’t skip forward a week, until that week has been unlocked. Hope this makes sense ๐Ÿ™‚

Roslyn Woodhouse September 18, 2014 - 9:08 AM

Perfect sense, thankyou!!

Megan September 15, 2014 - 12:31 PM

This challenge is transforming! Can say without a doubt that it’s worth signing up for. I did it and was sceptical at first that it could really help but room by room and challenge by challenge the house was in order and clean. I’ve learned what I need now to keep the house in order and clutter free without it getting crazy! Signing up again for this one but this time my daughter and husband will be on board ????

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Love it Megan, it’s so great to hear how it has helped you and love that you are including your husband and daughter this time, it’s important for them to also help you and I have heard from a few past participants too, it’s made them realise they value their loved one for the hard work they do to look after the home.

Huisvrou September 15, 2014 - 1:29 PM

I wish I could join, but with a Rand-Dollar exchange rate of 1:10, $50 is absolutely way beyond what I can afford.

May I wish you all a wonderful journey in this 20 days!

Jody September 15, 2014 - 1:38 PM

Hi, I have paid the money for the challenge through PayPal, but I accidentally left the page before filling out my details! How can I make sure I’m properly registered?

Catriona September 15, 2014 - 2:04 PM

Hmmm, I was just wondering the same thing!
I must have been so excited to join that I did the payment bit and didn’t see any other bit or any where else to fill in my details…

lisa September 15, 2014 - 5:46 PM

I received an email from Kat but when I click the link to finalise registration it won’t let me sign in? Anyone help?

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:34 PM

Lisa, sorry it’s still giving you greif, can you email me challenge (at) and I will fix it up ๐Ÿ™‚

lisa September 15, 2014 - 8:48 PM

email sent at 7:28 am thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:34 PM

Catriona, have you been able to log in yet? If your having troubles please email me challenge (at) and I will fix it up ๐Ÿ™‚

Catriona September 17, 2014 - 12:03 PM

All good with the log in, had a look today and printed everything off ready to go – thank goodness for the nice colour printer at work!

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:33 PM

Hi Jody, ah-ha this is good to know, I think a few people have done this today. I have emailed all people that I noticed do this, did you get my email ๐Ÿ™‚

Natalie September 15, 2014 - 1:41 PM

Can I access all the content on my iPad?? Not sure if it supports adobe reader?

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:32 PM

Yes Natalie, you can access the content on iPad, the site if mobile friendly. But the downloads are best to be downloaded and printed from your computer, or if you iPad gives you access to your printer then it’s fine.

Catriona September 15, 2014 - 1:58 PM

Great timing! I work full time and with 3 kids and the hubby all seeming to make more mess than ever before, the house is out of control. This seems like it will work very well for someone like me. Can’t wait for it to start!

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:22 PM

Glad to have you join us Catriona, it will help you crate strategies to get those kiddies and hubby to help you around the home!

Catriona September 17, 2014 - 12:07 PM

Haha, can’t wait to see what kind of reaction I get from my 2 lovely teenage boys and my delightful Miss tween!
They are all so open to new ideas……I will tread lightly with them and introduce changes slowly so it will just sneakily be implemented without too much drama. I can only hope ๐Ÿ™‚

sheridan September 15, 2014 - 4:01 PM

I’m confused, can we start as soon as
we sign up or do we have to wait
until October? I would like to start
before school holidays so my house
will be visitor ready!!

Katrina September 15, 2014 - 8:21 PM

Sheridan, it starts on Monday 6th October, it’s run over 4 weeks and I thought it best to be after school holidays, because I like to spend time with the kids during this time and find the house needs a good clean up after holidays are over ๐Ÿ™‚ You have access now to the 5 pretasks, but the 20 days of cleaning and organising will come later.

Daniela September 15, 2014 - 9:30 PM

I would like to sign up, but will be out of town for two weeks out of the four. Do you think i can access all of the four weeks after i return? I was thinking to start in November 1st.

Katrina September 17, 2014 - 9:03 AM

Absolutely Daniela! You can access all of them once you return. They will be open for you.

Vicki September 15, 2014 - 9:53 PM

Yay! All signed up and very excited to be doing this. One of my New Years Resolutions was to declutter the house but now we are in September and I haven’t gotten very far so this is perfect timing!

Katrina September 17, 2014 - 9:04 AM

Ooh yay, perfect timing for you Vicki! Would love to see photos as you go.:)

Roslyn Woodhouse September 18, 2014 - 9:12 AM

hehehe, me 2!!

Kirstie September 15, 2014 - 10:10 PM

Hi, can this been done in England? X

Katrina September 17, 2014 - 9:07 AM

Absolutely Kristie, we look forward to having you join us in the challenge.:)

Carla from My Yellow Heart September 15, 2014 - 10:15 PM

This is brilliant Kat. We’re moving house this week and won’t be back into our home by early- mid October otherwise I’d definitely be taking part x

Katrina September 17, 2014 - 9:09 AM

Good luck Carla, moving is a massive job! You can still register and access all the challenges at a later date that fits in with you.:)

MelanieB September 15, 2014 - 10:16 PM

Wow, I scrolled through all the info and was expecting a much larger price tag, particularly with lifetime membership. Thanks for making the challenge accessible, I will be joining in ๐Ÿ™‚

Katrina September 17, 2014 - 9:11 AM

That’s fantastic, Melanie!

Tammy September 16, 2014 - 12:11 AM

I work 4 (paid!) days per week plus lots of overtime. Also with 2 busy young littlies, I’m finding it a struggle to stay on top of the usual basic cleaning, cooking, organisation etc. So keen for any tips and advice to help make this all work better. But practically how long would I need to set aside each day to complete the challenge? I’m really keen but not sure how I can fit anything else in if it’s more than a small time commitment.

Katrina September 16, 2014 - 1:30 AM

Tammy there are some days that involve cleaning a whole room and organising some elements of it. It maybe a lot for you to complete in one day. There are several tasks per day, so you have an option to chose one task per day and run the program over 30 or 40 days rather than the 20. As you have lifetime access it’s easy for you to refer back to the tasks at anytime you need.

Tammy September 17, 2014 - 10:55 PM

Thanks for the response. If I was to undertake one task per day (which sounds more practical given current commitments) generally what kind of practical commitment is it e.g. hours, half hour

Sarah September 16, 2014 - 7:15 AM

I have visitors over until the middle of October but from what you’re saying it looks like I could sign up but then start whenever works for me? Will all the content remain accessible or do I need to print it off because on a certain date it will no longer be accessible?

Katrina September 17, 2014 - 9:14 AM

Absolutely Sarah, yes it will all remain there for you to access when you are ready to start the challenge!

Ange September 16, 2014 - 8:25 AM

Just wondering about the daily time commitment ?
Thanks very much.

Katrina September 17, 2014 - 9:17 AM

Ange, There are some declutter tasks which don’t take as long then on other days there are whole room cleans which may take longer. It is entirely up to you how long it takes, you an split the bigger challenges up over a few days. Even though it is a 20 Day challenge, you can spread it over 30 days to suit you if need be.

Maria September 16, 2014 - 11:28 AM

Hi Kat. This challenge sounds like exactly what I need. I’m currently struggling to “keep up” as I’m working around a 9 mth old that is only sleeping about an hr a day and have 6 yo also.
I know you have older children so just wondering if the challenge will be suitable to work around a baby?
Many thanks.

Katrina September 17, 2014 - 9:21 AM

Sure Maria, Even if some tasks have to spread out over a few days. You can work it to your own choice. Even though it is a 20 day challenge if it takes you 30 days it is entirely up to you. All the information will be there ready for you.

Liz September 16, 2014 - 10:23 PM

Hi, Our school holidays in New Zealand finish on the 12th October (GMT) Am I able to start a week late and still download the first week? Or am I better to wait til next year?.

Katrina September 17, 2014 - 9:25 AM

No Liz, you can start a week later, it will all be there for you to access.

Simone C September 20, 2014 - 12:56 AM

Hi Kat, I have paid thru PayPal but accidentally hit the “back” button before filling out the registration form, oops! Can I just register thru your normal website registration instead? Thanks!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 22, 2014 - 7:01 AM

Hi Simone, I have just emailed you your login details ๐Ÿ™‚

Kylie C September 20, 2014 - 9:42 AM

i’m totally drowning here!! No matter what i try it never works out. I’m in in this challenge to give me some direction/something to follow rather than jumping in blind. Getting kids involved would be awesome as my 3 oldest are certainly capable!!! Looking forward to doing this xxx

Julie Snelgar September 20, 2014 - 10:26 AM

Hi Katrina,
I signed up and paid and through paypal with a credit card, but have no tdea what is supposed to happened next?
How do I access the challenge!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 21, 2014 - 7:51 AM

Hi Julie, registration page was just a few seconds after paypal payment went through, sometimes it loads slowly and you may have clicked away. I’ve just completed your registration and sent through your details.

Natalie Lee September 20, 2014 - 11:46 AM

Hi Kat, Same as Julie. I payed through PayPal & received an email receipt, but no information on what to do next or email from you.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 21, 2014 - 7:52 AM

Hi Natalie, I can see your registration is complete. Can you email me and I’ll check your email address is correct in the system and can send you your details email challenge (at)

Jolene deguara September 20, 2014 - 6:54 PM

Hi katrina I also paid with a card and received confirmation email but can’t login as have no user name or password thanks

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 21, 2014 - 7:56 AM

Hi Jolene, registration page was just a few seconds after paypal payment went through, sometimes it loads slowly and you may have clicked away. Iโ€™ve just completed your registration and sent through your details.

Brooke Alexander September 20, 2014 - 10:35 PM

Hi, just wondering what it would be like to do the challenge with a 6 month old baby (who was actually 9 weeks prem, so has corrected age of 4 months….sometimes she behaves like a 6 month old, sometimes a 4 month old!) I don’t have a clear routine yet, and can’t imagine committing to something every day and getting it done! Anyone done it and can offer any insights?

Simone September 21, 2014 - 9:36 AM

Hi Kat, I have paid thru PayPal but accidentally hit the โ€œbackโ€ button before filling out the registration form, oops! Can I just register thru your normal website registration instead? Thanks!

Katrina September 22, 2014 - 7:18 AM

Just paid & filling out registration page. Didn’t get to enter passwords or submit & page disappeared.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 22, 2014 - 3:40 PM

Hi Katrina, did you manage to get in yet?? email me challenge (at) if you have further troubles.

shamna September 22, 2014 - 3:52 PM

Hi Katrina,
I am eagerly waiting to join this course.
Thank you soooo much as am badly in need
Of a guidance, tips to organise my
I will be registering this week itself

kylie September 22, 2014 - 10:34 PM

Hi Kat, I’ve paid but cannot sign in. It says username and password is wrong.
Please help me I’m keen to get started on the preparation.

Vicky Locke September 24, 2014 - 1:58 AM

I live in the uk, can I still join the 20 day challenge, if yes how do I pay with regard to the different currency??

Amanda September 25, 2014 - 8:26 AM

Hi, i want to join but can’t use my paypal (long story!) any chance i can pay other way??

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 25, 2014 - 8:42 AM

Hi Amanda, you can pay by credit card without logging into paypal, just below the sign into paypal fields there is an option to pay without signing in. Let me know if this suits you if not please email me challenge (at) and we will work out an alternative.

Danielle September 26, 2014 - 3:03 PM

I have an 18 month old child and I am 6 months pregnant. I have a very helpful husband but because my family is so young, will this be relevant to me?

Claire Davey September 28, 2014 - 6:41 PM

HI, I have paid but haven’t received anything other that the paypal confirmation last night. Have I registered properly or did I miss something?
Thanks, Claire

Claire September 29, 2014 - 5:03 PM

My username doesn’t seem to be working when I log in although I did receive the email this morning with the pre-challenge task. Have I missed something with the registration? Thanks, Claire

shamna September 28, 2014 - 8:21 PM

Hi Katrina
Waiting for the next session as won’t be able to join this session:(
Please start next session ASAP

Julie Grimes September 29, 2014 - 12:47 AM

Hi, I have paid for the 20 day challenge via Paypal, but haven’t been able to login through the members area…I have a username and password written down, but it tells me no username found? Where do I go from here to register for the challenge? Thanks!

Ashleigh October 7, 2014 - 1:24 PM

I have paid for the 20 day challenge but I haven’t received anything. No email, no username etc. I have checked my bank and the money has been deducted.
Thanks Ash

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 7, 2014 - 2:57 PM

Hi Ashleigh, can you email me [email protected] with the details of the email address you paid with (that would be where all your emails are being sent to). Then I can locate your username and reset your password for you.

Jenny Lamendola October 21, 2014 - 7:40 AM

Hi Kat. I know you recently sent something the mail. I recently discovered I hadn’t included my address which I have since updated my profile. I will assume that I have missed out on this little surprise. I am curious to know what I missed out on. By the way thanks for the motivation of this challenge. It has been fantastic.


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