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20 day cleaning challenge - day 12

Day 12's challenge was the dishwasher and bathroom cupboards. I've fallen right behind as should be up to day 20 now, but it's ok... so long as i get there in the end!


Dishwasher - don't have one.


Bathroom cupboards - these have been decluttered before i moved, in that i decluttered my stuff. There's still a lot of bottles i have to use up, but i'm aware of them. I spoke to hubby about his, he has lots of shaving foams where he pretty much always shaves just with water, but he says he uses them sometimes and has been getting through them slowly. He also has several body washes given as gifts where he prefers soap, but he has been using them to clean other things (car parts, hands after handling car parts etc) so is getting through them slowly.


Bathroom cupboards - they've stayed tidy since i was well enough after the c section to organise everything.

New habit:

Check your calendar - i do this :)

5 minutes only:

Grab a plastic bag and …

DIY star mobile

I made this to go over bub's change table, to keep him occupied while i'm changing him and hopefully take his attention off of eating the curtains for a while. It would be equally as beautiful hung over a cot which is probably where it will go when he's too big for the table and we change him on the floor.

This is everything i used for the project. Fabric glue, 6m ribbon, metal ring (14" diameter), silver thread (1000m but i've not used anywhere near that amount), over 300 stars cut from cardstock (from Etsy seller Scrapbook Solutions), and the same amount of beads.

I couldn't find any craft rings, so made one by straightening (curling?) a wire coat hanger and cutting off the hanger part of it. Then, i wrapped it in black ribbon and glued the end down with fabric glue. Once dry, i then attached 4 ribbons around the edge to hang it with. To connect them together, i just knotted the free ends over each other a few times and then secured both ends with glue. I&#…

20 day cleaning challenge - day 11

Halfway through the challenge! Day 11's challenge is the washing machine.


Washing machine - this is an interesting one. I've never done it before. I've put about a cup of bleach in the tub, and a little bit in the dispenser (we have a front loader) and have run it on it's hottest wash (95C... which won't work i've just realised as the water heater here is limited to 50C so that's as hot as it will get). All done and i've run the cloth around the seal as well.


Linen cupboard - we don't buy many sets of sheets. Only tend to do it when one of ours is wearing out and we wait for a sale. Our cupboard has another doona (duvet) set, some sheet sets, my sewing and craft baskets, the second coffee machine (of which the seals are wearing out but we're keeping it so we have one each when i move out until hubby moves home), the dog dryer and shampoo, and various other items. It's pretty tidy.


Linen cupboard - only temporary so n…

20 day cleaning challenge - day 10

Day 10's challenge is my least favourite item to clean.


Oven - Tried the vinegar and bicarb trick. It kinda worked. Got some of the baked on food off, but i ended up using Gumption to clean the glass. The oven itself looks cleaner but i can still see those really baked on dark patches on the inside of the door and floor. I didn't do the shelves as i can't find my Napisan. Don't remember using it up before i moved. Need to still wipe down the front of the oven.


Kitchen cupboards - instead of doing this, i've already earmarked a few pots and pans, plus my appliances to take with me when i move. The rest will come down with hubby at the end of the year when his contract ends.


Tupperware cupboard - hubby actually has kept this tidy. He gets sick of the chinese containers falling out.

New habit:

Cleaning stove - i only do this every few weeks. Should try to do it at least twice a week.

5 minutes only:

Clean spatters from bathroom mirrors - is stil…

20 day cleaning challenge - day 9

Day 9's challenge:


Ceiling fans - woo! We have none so that's an easy job done!


Junk drawer - don't have one. Our kitchen utensils are all over the place, but will be moved shortly anyway.


Calendar/diary - i use a calendar, two actually. One on my computer and one on my phone. That way nothing is lost, (although you can sync with Google calendars which will do the same thing) and if my phone is not near me my computer will remind me of an upcoming appointment.

New habit:

Unload dishwasher - woot! We don't have one - ticked!

5 minutes only:

Dust around the lights in each room of the house - done.

20 day cleaning challenge - day 8

Day 8's challenge:


Kids toy room, craft room, spare room or extra living room (one only) - I'm choosing the back bedroom where i keep my clothes and hubby keeps his r/c planes.

Tidy area by placing all items where they belong - done.
Empty bins - no bins.
Dust/wipe over all surfaces - done.
Clean window - inside done.
Pick up items from the floor to make vacuuming easier - done.
Clean skirting boards - vacuumed.
Vacuum floor - done.


Kids toys - not doing anything on this as he's only 6 months old and still plays with all his toys.


Family Responsibility System - again he's too young.

New habit:

Tidy shelf

5 minutes only:

Tidy main bedroom - has stayed tidy.

Wow. That's three challenges i've completed today! Way to go to catch up :) I should be on day 13 by now, getting there slowly.

20 day cleaning challenge - day 7

Day 7's task was the fridge.


Open fridge door and take note of what the temperature is. Now turn inside temperature control to ‘off’, save you electricity - did it a shelf at a time so didn't do this.
Throw away anything that is out of date or spoiled. You’ll be surprised what you’ll find - only a few items.
Move all other items to bench - done.
Take all removable parts and wash in warm soapy water in the sink - done.
While they are drying, wipe the inside of the fridge using warm soapy water and sponge, remembering the door shelves - done.
If your fridge has an odour, make up 1tsp of bicarbonate soda to 500ml of warm water and use to wipe fridge then rinse. To give my fridge a fresh smell I use McLintocks Vanilla fridge wipe - fridge doesn't smell but i do love the vanilla fridge wipe!
Place all shelves into the fridge - done.
Return food items back into fridge, placing similar food items together. See below for ideas on organising the fridge - we have far too many cond…

20 day cleaning challenge - day 6

Day 6's challenge was the bathroom. Blech. This house is very damp and prone to mould, not something i enjoy cleaning, but very much something that needs doing.


Spray your shower with shower cleaner, leave for 10 minutes - left mine for 24 hours, as i have a non-bleach cleaner so needs slightly longer to work. Didn't need that long, but i figured i could spray it on after we'd had our showers, then scrub it while next in the shower.
Note to self - don't wash your face after rinsing the walls with a sponge, even after washing hands. My eyes hurt :(
While waiting: Using all purpose cleaner remove the hard water build up around the taps, using a toothbrush if needed - done.
Remove the buildup in the drain - done.
Clean mirror - done.
Clean toothbrush holder (I put ours in the dishwasher) - don't have a toothbrush holder, as we have electric toothbrushes, but i keep my hairbrush and other items in a holder.
Wipe over vanity and all other items sitting on vanity - done…

20 day cleaning challenge - day 5

Oh dear. Wasn't very successful this week. I was tired on Monday and then the rest of the week, until Thursday night, bubby woke 4 times a night, where he'd been waking 2 the previous week and i'd got used to the longer sleep. So all i managed to do was most of day 5 and a start on day 6 all week. Friday i could have done it, but the final item that i needed to make my latest DIY project arrived and i didn't want to wait so i started on that - more to come soon.

Day 5's challenge was the floors.


Pick up as much as you can off the floor - done.
Vacuum all floors, hard and carpet - done (apart from the change room and the end bedroom)
Mop floor - done.
Relax while the floor is drying - :)


Out of date food - will have a go at this when going through the pantry for the next task.


Pantry - still to do. Will be noting down everything in there and trying to use up those we have 2 or more items of. Also need to work out what will come with me and bubby…

Six months postpartum

As per usual, TMI warning and photos of bare mummy tummy :) If you don't want to see, look away now!

Wow. Half a year old already. I made cupcakes to celebrate... but he can't have any yet! Never mind, he doesn't know what he's missing and we'll let him cut loose on his first birthday with a smash cake for photos as well as his birthday cake.

Not sitting yet, seems to be more interested in crawling. On the day he turned six months, he was lifting his belly a little way off the floor. Then he'd lay down and tuck a knee under him. Once he puts the two together he'll be on the move. We started solids a week and a half ago and he got the hang of holding the piece of food and bringing it to his mouth quite quickly. He has a definite preference for fruits over veggies. He sucks on the food, chews small bits off then spits out the pieces, as he hasn't developed a swallow yet (as expected). He wakes 2-4 times a night.

No apparent improvement in my diastasis rec…

20 day cleaning challenge - day 4

Day 4's challenge was the lounge room. Hubby has been telling me that 'we' need to clean the lounge room for a few weeks now (i think he meant me!) so i thought this was the perfect job for him. He had a go at it in between working on his car on the weekend.


Place decorative cushions on washing line in sunshine for a few hours to help remove dustmites - not done.
Wash throw rugs - don't have any.
Dust all units in your lounge room: TV unit, display cabinets, coffee table etc. - not done.
Remove all DVD’s, CD’s or video games and dust this area, giving consoles and DVD players a good clean - not done.
Reconsider the amount of ornaments you have on display to make dusting easier - not done.
Dust all photo and picture frames - not done.
Wipe over all TV remote controls and video game controllers to remove germs and dirt buildup - not done.
Clean light fittings - not done.
Spot clean your couch - any time i've spilt anything on it i've taken the cushion cover off to …

20 day cleaning challenge - day 3

I did this one on Saturday, just to catch up. However i didn't do yesterday's challenge as the washing machine which belongs to our rented house finally gave up the ghost and stopped spinning, which meant the clothes got wet but nothing else. Had to hand wash 10 or so nappies :( I won't go into details, but it's resulted in me rewashing the entire load in my front loader which we had in the storeroom. Hubby kindly moved it into the (cleaned) laundry for me today.

Day 3's challenge was the laundry.


Wipe over the laundry sink - done. Scrubbed it with sugar soap and then wiped it with vinegar.
Clean all benchtops/surfaces - done.
Using the brush attachment remove all dust and lint from your dryer - done.
Dust your laundry walls (lint and dust does build up due to moisture from the dryer) - done. Also sugar soaped the dirty marks.
Clean window - done.
Clean floor - vacuumed, i haven't mopped yet.


Laundry pile - as i wash every morning, there wasn't a …

20 day cleaning challenge - day 2

Day 2's challenge was the main bedroom.


Strip the bed sheets off the bed - i had done this in the middle of the previous week so didn't do it this time.
Wash all bedding - as above.
Place decorative cushions on line in sunshine for a few hours to help remove dustmites - ran out of time, but completed on Saturday.
Vacuum mattress - will do next time i change sheets.
Flip mattress if you have not done in the past 3 months (I flip mine every 2 months) - will do next time i change sheets.
Pick up and put away all clothing - done.
Pick up and put/throw away all paper clutter - done.
Pick up and put/throw away all other clutter - done.
Dust all surfaces, bedside tables, dressing tables, mirrors, picture frames - Took me a while, as bub sleeps in our room so i could only do this between naps, and not for long as he got bored being in the bedroom. I finished it on Saturday.
Dust ornaments - don't have any.
Vacuum ceiling fan to remove dust that has settled during winter - don't…

20 day cleaning challenge - pre-challenge tasks

Task 1: get a file and dividers ready for the printables.
I skipped this step. I am trying not to add to my pile of things to move in a month and a half, so instead i am doing the items one by one as they appear on each challenge and writing down what i've completed on my blog.

Task 2: get your cleaning kit together.
I did go off to Woolies and get one of the household containers she showed us in the task, plus two spray bottles. I filled one with white vinegar and the other with sugar soap solution. That plus the window cleaner and Mould Power (a natural treatment that doesn't stink, but doesn't bleach either, just kills the mould) makes up my kit.

Task 3: make up a morning routine.
Day starts when baby wakes, and i take him to bed to feed him.
Hubby makes us coffee and changes bub.
I dress bub while hubby gets ready for work and has breaky.
Bub plays on his mat while i get dressed, brush hair, and make myself a cup of tea and some breakfast.
Hubby is off to work.

It's a…

20 day cleaning challenge - day 1

Day 1's challenge was a huge one! Cleaning the kitchen. The Organised Housewife broke it down into several headings, and those into steps, so i'll follow that same format below.


Load dishwasher  - we don't have one, so i skipped this step
Wipe over sink - done. Scrubbed the dirty bits with Gumption too, and wiped over with vinegar: it's now sparkling.
Clean the benches - done. Took a while as i had to move all our appliances to do so, and gave them a clean when i did.
Wipe down the cupboard doors - done.
Dust on top of the overhead cupboards - done. Did the top of the wooden window pelmet too.
Clean the microwave - outside done. Will do the inside on Day 2 if i get time after the next challenge.
Wipe over walls - done, except above the fridge as i can't reach even with a chair.
Clean window and window sills - sill done, haven't done window. Again will try to do on Day 2, or on the weekend. Update - window done.
Dust light fittings - out of time.



20 day cleaning challenge

I'll admit it: i'm not the tidiest of people. But since bubby arrived, i've not organised myself enough to do more than washing, dishes and vaccuuming. Our bathroom has been cleaned twice in nearly six months! Yeah - bad even by my standards. I never used to let it go longer than three weeks max. So this challenge couldn't have come at a better time.

A friend posted on Facebook that she was behind on the cleaning challenge and it was only day 2. I wondered what the challenge was, and as comments started to appear following her post i found that it was the '20 days to organise and clean your home' challenge from The Organised Housewife. I'm starting on it late - it's day 3 already, but that's ok, i'll just follow along behind and try to keep up as much as i can, when my catnapper lets me.

It starts off with some pre-challenge tasks, to ensure you have everything you need to complete the challenge (such as cleaners and cloths). There's five t…