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Moved house

As the title says, we've moved house. Me and bubby that is. Hubby is still in the country as he doesn't finish his posting until mid December.

So as you can imagine, it's pretty stressful here. Much warmer (to the point where i'm putting bub to bed in just a nappy instead of a warm pair of pjs, sleeping bag and blanket), much noisier due to traffic and lots more people around, his room is brighter - and all this equals a non-sleeping baby. He's always only been a catnapper so i've never had much of a break to get stuff done, but he would drop off to sleep within 5 or 10 minutes, sometimes complaining, sometimes not. Now it's got to the point where i'm having to do controlled crying which i really don't like, as the minute i put him down, or remove my hand from his tummy, he cries. And i can't stand bent over his cot with a hand on him while he giggles and tries to grab my fingers for too long, as it's just not getting him to sleep!

Yesterday…

20 day cleaning challenge - day 20

Day 20's challenge was free choice. I ran out of time.

Clean:
Free choice -  Declutter:
Freezer
Organise:
Baking day
New habit:
Stick with your routines
5 minutes only:
Tell all your family members you love them, thank them for helping you through this challenge and being such a wonderful support.

20 day cleaning challenge - day 19

Day 19's challenge was kids' bedrooms. I ran out of time.

Clean:

Open window to let in fresh air -
Strip the bed sheets off the bed -
Wash all bedding -
Wash all teddies and then put on line in sunshine for a few hours to help remove dustmites -
Vacuum mattress -
Flip mattress if you haven’t recently -
Pick up and put away all clothing -
Pick up and put/throw away all other clutter -
Dust all surfaces, bedside tables, dressing tables, mirrors, picture frames -
Dust ornaments -
Vacuum ceiling fan to remove dust that has settled during winter -
Vacuum the floor, including under the bed -
Place clean linens on the bed -

Declutter:

Donate or store away for hand me downs the following from the kids rooms -
Small clothes
Shoes that are too small
Toys they have outgrown
Books they have outgrown

Throw out -
Rubbish
Paper clutter
Broken toys

Organise:

Kids' bedrooms -

New habit:

Part with sentimental clutter. If you don’t love it or use it has to go. Read this full detailed post about how to part with s…

20 day cleaning challenge - day 18

Day 18's challenge was cleaning your handbag. I ran out of time for this task.

Clean:

Handbag -

Declutter:

Inside of your handbag -

Organise:

Date night - fantastic idea! We don't have any family as babysitters and i'm reluctant to leave him with someone i don't know. However, for an occasional night, my old housemate who is a childcare worker might be willing? But failing that, he's asleep by 8pm so hubby and i have time to ourselves then.

New habit:

To-do list -

5 minutes only:

Empty all indoor rubbish bins and put into your outdoor wheelie bin - i do this regularly.

20 day cleaning challenge - day 17

Day 17's challenge i ran out of time for.

Clean:

Light switches and door handles - did the switches with each room challenge, and the area around the handle on the door, but not the handles.

Declutter:

Medicine cabinet - ours is pretty tidy.

Organise:

Medicines -

New habit:

Junk mail -

5 minutes only:

Spot clean your lounge - this one has come up a few times now. Not sure how dirty other people's lounges get, but mine really doesn't need it so often. I just chuck the covers in the wash every now and again when it's dirty.

20 day cleaning challenge - day 16

Day 16's challenge was wardrobes. This will be a good one to do in the new house, no time here.

Clean:

Remove all items from the floor -
Wipe over skirting boards -
If you have shelves remove items from shelves and give them a wipe over to remove dust -
Vacuum floor -

Declutter:

Your clothes.
Remove any items that need repairing, assess if you have time place them in a mending pile, if you don’t, consider if it’s worth getting it repaired professionally or give to charity for somebody that may have time -
Have you worn it in the past 12-18 months? No, then consider donating it to charity  -
Does it still fit? Too big, great work! Donate it to charity you don’t need them anymore! Too small, if you are trying hard to return back to that size then place these items (not all as you need incentive) in a storage conatiner in the top of your cupboard to make enough room for the clothes that fit you now -
Purge if you don’t like how it looks or feels on you -

Organise:

Your wardrobe -

New habit:

20 day cleaning challenge - day 15

Day 15's challenge was the patio. Most of this i did before i ran out of time.

Clean:

Remove all cobwebs from roof and furniture -
Clean windows surrounding patio - the windows are the kitchen and laundry, and i did those on their challenge days.
Clean furniture - we have one chair out there, but it's covered in car parts so i'm not touching that.
Wipe over BBQ - don't have one here.
Remove old leaves and blossoms from potted plants - done.
Clean floor - Karcher will need to be brought up here from storage before we can tackle this.

Declutter:

Weeds - done, except under the car as i can't reach.

Organise:

Kids wardrobes - he doesn't have one yet, just drawers, and i keep them tidy.

New habit:

Water plants - I do this whenever i see my driest hanging plant is starting to droop. Probably should get into a routine. As it's spring i can get away with watering twice a week. Once summer hits it'll need to be at minimum once a day.

5 minutes only:

Tidy outside front doo…

20 day cleaning challenge - day 14

Day 14's challenge was the office. I don't have an office set up here, but in any case i ran out of time.

Clean:

Declutter your office desk -
Empty bins -
Dust/wipe over all surfaces -
Clean your computer -
Clean window -
Pick up items from the floor to make vacuuming easier -
Clean skirting boards -
Vacuum floor -

Declutter:

Office desk:

Grab two bins, one for rubbish, one for recycling and have them close by (if you have confidential information you may need a shred bin too) -
Divide the paperwork on your desk into the following piles: to-do, file, read, receipts (these are enough for our quick tidy up), not forgetting to recycle and throw any paper as you go -
As you find little notes, add them to your to-do list so they are all together -
Test the pens, highlighters etc on your desk that they all work, throw away those that have dried up -
Tidy your corkboard -
Remove anything that doesn’t belong on your desk - .

Organise:

Create a folder system for your piles, to-do, file, read, receip…

20 day cleaning challenge - day 13

Day 13's challenge:

Clean:

The cornices - out of time (see this post).

Declutter:

Kids artwork - none yet as he's too young.

Organise:

Kids artwork - i've seen a great idea of scanning the artwork and making it into a photobook - here's the blog i saw it on.

New habit:
Kids drawings - display then store.
5 minutes only:
Remove dust from bathroom exhaust fan - did this with the day 9 5 minutes only task as it's an all in one light/fan.

20 day cleaning challenge - out of time

I'm admitting this now, with a few days to go before i move - i'm not going to finish the challenge. Just ran out of time. We've come back from holidays - more on that later - and my focus now is on getting bub to settle by himself again (he's discovered sleeping in a moving pram and in bed with us is more fun than in his cot) so i can make a list of what i need and get packing. Bub and i will move back to Perth and hubby will stay here until the end of the year when his contract ends, at which point his company will move the rest of the furniture up. I only need to take bub's furniture and maybe a chest of drawers for me with us this time, the rest of the household furniture including my bed is in storage from when i moved out of my house.

Aside from clothes and my stuff (laptop, paperwork etc) i also need to take some food staples with me so we don't end up with two of everything again. Things we get through quickly such as flour and oil shouldn't be much…