Jump to content

20 DAYS TO ORGANISE & CLEAN YOUR HOME CHALLENGE
Anyone want to play?


  • Please log in to reply
199 replies to this topic

#1 ChunkyChook

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:30 PM

I have decided to start this next Wednesday. Just wondering if anyone else is keen?



#2 Purelle

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:31 PM

Count me in!!!! Sounds interesting biggrin.gif

#3 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:35 PM

Why not. I need to get it done and my husband is on holidays as well.

#4 ChunkyChook

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:39 PM

I plan on following this as close as possible http://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/organi...hallenge-day-1/
It wont work perfectly for me as some days look quite overwhelming but I think it will be a good starting point and will tweak it to suit.



#5 tibs

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:39 PM

Sounds good but I'm afraid 20 days may not be enough  ph34r.gif

Edited to add I just looked at the link above and I'd be happy if my kitchen cupboards looked like the before photos so 20 days definitely won't be enough but I guess you have to start somewhere original.gif

Edited by tibs, 29 December 2012 - 09:53 PM.


#6 luke's mummu

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:44 PM

I just had a look at the website - looks good, but I would need 20 weeks.


#7 slvhwke

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:08 PM

I'm in.  My house desperately needs to be decluttered!

#8 emma_jean

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:18 PM

Definitely up for this. Might be the focus I need.

#9 ChilliDog

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:39 PM

I'd love to give it a go but not sure I can do it in 20 consecutive days because i have to go to work.

I think our house is generally not too but but do struggle with things like bench top clutter.

#10 Wise Old Owl

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:51 PM

After a week of sickness in this house involving all 5 of us I am super keen to organise and clean my house!!!

I clicked on the link and read day 1 - how do you access the rest of the challenge?  It says to sign up to challenge but it was started a couple of months ago....

#11 Lainskii

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:55 PM

QUOTE (OneBlueStar @ 29/12/2012, 11:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
After a week of sickness in this house involving all 5 of us I am super keen to organise and clean my house!!!

I clicked on the link and read day 1 - how do you access the rest of the challenge?  It says to sign up to challenge but it was started a couple of months ago....



Towards the bottom of the page there is a link that says 'click here to view day 2 tasks.


#12 tamietamara

Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:00 PM

I am so in!  This looks fantastic!!! Just what we need.  And since hubby and I are both on holidays def achievable. I love that it is heavily structured and easy to stick to. I am happy to start we'd as well with the next few days spent doing the pre-challenge tasks as she sets out. Can't wait!

#13 LittleListen

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:21 AM

I'm in - our house is going on the market at the end of the month, so I am totally up for this. It must happen. I'll go with the Organised housewife lists as I've done them before and they will help me get done every thing I need to get done this time around.

For those who are overwhelmed by the Organised Housewife's lists (they are intense!), try these ones

Or a real simple baby-steps introduction you could use each day here

#14 purpleblackqueen

Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:02 AM

Just curious, how do those of you that have kids plan to do this??? There is no way known to man I could even attempt this whilst my kids are on school holidays.

#15 LittleListen

Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:46 AM

Can't answer that PBQ. I work full time with no kids and I have planned out to spend 30 -40 mintues each evening, using a timer, so that I don't take on more than I can complete in one go and get defeated.

So last night I went right through the 20 challenge posts with my diary and wrote a list for each day for the next 20 days (i'm starting today as we are on a time limit and have the 'big clean' to do at the end.

With the Organised Housewife lists, there were lots of things I have recently done or we don't have those rooms in our place or those things wouldn't work on a week day as they need a bit more time, so I swapped them to a weekend.

Having it in my diary means I will stick to the list and I won't be tempted to try and do more on one day. I'll post my list shortly.

#16 emma_jean

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:10 AM

I have kids and I think it's doable? I guess I will know more after today. But really I think whatever I can do will be good and moving in the right direction.

#17 LittleListen

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:15 AM

My 20 Days List (heavily modelled on the Organised Housewife 20 day challenge)

1. Kitchen:
Clean: benches, top of cupboards, cupboard doors, clean microwave, wipe over walls, dust light fittings
Declutter: under kitchen sink
Organise: clear kitchen bench, tidy under sink.


2. Bedroom:
Clean: Wash all bedding (takes 2 days as no line, so unders first), vacuum mattress/air. pick up all items and put away, dust surfaces, vacuum floor and under bed
Declutter: Bedside tables
Organise: DH's bedside table

3. Laundry:
Clean: Wipe over laundry sink, clean all shelves/surfaces,
Declutter: cleaning products/shelves
Organise: Shelves


4. General:
Clean: Pantry shelves
Declutter: Out of date food in pantry
Organise: Pantry


5. Bathroom:
Clean: shower, around taps, mirror, vanity, tub, sink, toilet
Declutter: Vanity cupboard (doing this on a later day)
Organise: Shower caddy

6. Fridge:
Clean: Fridge
Declutter: Out of date foods
Organise: Door of fridge - completely clear off


7. Dining
Clean: Hobby cupboard, dust in display cupboard
Declutter: Display cupboard

Organise: Hobby cupboard

8. Lounge
Clean: Air decorative cushions, wash cushion covers, wash throw rugs, dust all units, clean light fittings, clean lounge and condition
Declutter: Coffee table
Organise: Decorations and furniture layout

9. Kitchen:
Clean: Oven deep clean (overnight)
Declutter: Tupperware cupboard
Organise: Cutlery drawer


9. Laundry:
Clean: Washing machine
Decluttter: Laundry linens
Organise: Laundry linens


10. Bathroom:
Clean: Bathroom cabinet
Declutter: Bathroom Cabinet
Organise: Bathroom Cabinet

11. Wardrobe:
Clean, declutter, organise: My wardrobe
Clean, declutter, organise: Dh's wardrobe

12.Random:
Clean bottom shelf of pantry
Declutter: Medicine cabinet/shelf

Organise: freezer

13. Spare Room
Clean: shelves
Declutter: filing cabinet
Organise: filing cabinet


That's the end of the list from Organised Housewife the way I have done it, selecting only the tasks that apply to me.

14. Floors - all floors vacuumed and washed

Days 14-20 will be spent deep cleaning each room one at a time ready for showing. I'm really hoping that by doing it this way, I won't be overwhelmed or defeated. I'm also packing a box of non essential things every day for the 20 days and storing them so that when we come to the move it won't be too intense.

I don't think it really matters what you do or what order you do it in, as long as you have a plan. There are some fantastic printable checklists on google and pinterest for those who just want to start slowly or take longer than the 20 days.

Bring on the 20 days I say!!

Edited by eyesabove, 15 January 2013 - 07:59 PM.


#18 MrsWidget

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:24 AM

QUOTE (Madame Catty @ 29/12/2012, 10:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe I'm reading it wrong but I found the first day overwhelming.  If I had no other chores, it would be achievable, but I lost enthusiasm reading through her list.  Maybe I'm just lazy.

Then I am too. I was keen till I saw that list.  ohmy.gif

#19 Beancat

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:46 AM

I have started but not to this schedule and it will take me more than 20 days too.  I have a 4yo and 1yo and am 21 weeks pregnant, so I am limited as to what I can get done each day.

So far I have:

Cleaned out DS's clothes and toys and reorganised his room
cleaned out DDs clothes and toys and am in the process of reorgansing her room
Cleaned out my clothes
Started onthe spare room
Bought some storage solutions form Ikea, wardrobe, x2 chests of draws and toy storage unit.

My focus this week is to finish DDs room, clean the family room and clean the fridge and pantry

#20 lilmissmars

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:52 AM

This looks great. I'm going to get a notebook and get some lists going (would use her print outs but I have no printer and its 90 cents a page at our local computer place.)

If I get time ill start today!

#21 Maple Leaf

Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:00 AM

I will give this a shot. Even if I do half each day it's better than nothing! original.gif

#22 Sentient Puddle

Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:03 AM

Does everyone who uses a toaster every day like we do - actually put it away under their sink after every use??? Just seems to waste time and energy to have an appliance free bench???? Seems really weird to me.

#23 gina70

Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:04 AM

Would love to join. I have about 20 days of holidays left and would like the house (and garden) to be totally organised before I go back.  I have already started my kitchen; I am cleaning 1(or more) cupboard/s each day while I cook the dinner.  I have started the garden too.

#24 ChunkyChook

Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:23 AM

ILBB I do. I'm a bit weird though. I empty my kettle and put it in the cupboard too  ph34r.gif

Maple Leaf, I figure the same. Something is better than nothing. It doesn't matter if it doesn't get done in 20 days. We can all just encourage each other and share our own achievements and ideas.

Edited by ChunkyChook, 30 December 2012 - 10:23 AM.


#25 kpingitquiet

Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:25 AM

I'm in, though I'm kinda cheating because we've just spent a week renovating and cleaning. I'll officially start on Weds when vacation is over.

And no, we do NOT put our toaster away every day. Coffee pot, toaster, kettle, knife set, utensil canisters, cutting boards, and fruit bowl live on the counter and always will. original.gif All the "occasional" appliances like waffle iron, stand mixer, slow cooker, etc are up on open steel pipe shelves on the wall.

My mom's kitchen, however, has a super nifty panel that slides down (kinda like a bread box) and conceals coffee pot and toaster. Very handy!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Trying to understand why your baby is upset

Working out what?s underlying your baby's fussiness can be a case of trial and error. Here are a few common causes and how you can remedy each one.

When those you love judge your parenting

In today's society, never has it been harder to parent without judgment. But what about when judgment is coming from closer to home?

Don't play the victim blame game with family violence

It's not a woman's job to teach violent men how to behave.

11 truths about having two under two

When I told my mothers? group that my husband and I had started trying for our second baby they told me I was crazy. Now I can see why.

'How do you say goodbye to someone you've only just started to get to know?'

New mum Sarah Sutton was faced with a shattering scenario no person should have to endure.

It's a ... boy! Couple welcomes son number 13

"It's a boy!" That's the phrase Kateri Schwandt has heard in labour delivery ward for the 13th time in her life.

Six reasons to go for a walk

Can't find time to get to the gym? It could be just as beneficial to put your baby in the stroller and go for a walk.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

Toddler styling

Seven things my toddler taught me about my home

My standards at home were never that high but having a two-year-old has taught me to be cool with chaos.

Australia's top baby names of 2014

The numbers have been crunched and it's official: Australian parents are having a bit of an 'O' moment.

How to set up the perfect nursery for your baby

You'll soon be meeting your baby, but you've got one big task to get done first: setting up a comfy, calming nursery you'll both be able to enjoy.

Childcare rebate: tougher rules for stay-at-home mums

A new form of activity testing will be introduced to ensure the highest subsidies go to parents who contribute the most to the workforce.

The women who desperately need more support in pregnancy

For women suffering from chronic morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, pregnancy can be the roller coaster from hell.

When labour doesn't happen and you're induced

I never actually went into labour - so by 42 weeks I was booked in for induction.

Mum's grief for triplets inspires change

The death of Sophie Smith's triplet baby boys has motivated the half-marathon mother and her team to raise $1.25 million for charity.

The best advice for treating head lice

Just like a horror movie ... THEY'RE BAAAAAACK. So what works in treating and avoiding head lice and nits?

Overdue and over it

A watched womb never labours ... or at least mine didn't.

Parenting an early walker

Watching your child take their first wobbly steps is one of the best parenting highs you'll ever experience. But with that high comes a new reality.

Baby-led weaning worked for us

My baby wasn't interested in food - until we tried something new. Now she's eating it all, and it often comes from my plate.

'Paralysed bride' becomes a mum

Rachelle Friedman Chapman was preparing to marry the man of her dreams when tragedy struck four years ago.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.