Sunday, September 23, 2012

Spring Cleaning Days 11-15

OK so a quick recap of my week that was. Feeling a bit behind the eight ball this week to be honest. I had my first cold in ages, our dog Suki was at the vets for a couple of days and I had lot's of things on at school for the kids, I don't think there was a day at all where I was able to just drop the kids and come straight home and get things done. I don't cope well with lot's of things going on, I need time at home without interruption to feel recharged. This coming week should be a little better with at least two days this week I will be able to come straight home (Tuesday & Friday) and get on top of things.

Anyway enough of my moaning and on with the cleaning.....

Day 11 ~ Clean washing machine  ~ I wish all tasks were this easy!!

Declutter Linen Cupboards ~ I really groaned when I read this task. I stuff way too many things into to them to the point that I hate opening the doors lol. It was a great push that I needed to get them sorted out because every time I stuffed more into them I thought I really should sort them day. I got rid of quite a bit of stuff. I still need to go through ornaments on the top shelves to purge a few more. I like ornaments, I buy too many and my tastes change so they get stuffed in cupboards.

I am very lucky that we have two linen cupboards, but I think because we have two we accumulate more stuff!

5 minute job was tidy under the laundry sink, which I did do but forgot to take a pic!
Day 12 ~ Clean dishwasher ~ I cheated a bit on this and just gave the door a wipe down and around the door seals. My dishwasher always seems to be full!!
Declutter & organise bathroom cupboards ~ I still have too much stuff!! I'm bad I ignore expiry dates on makeup and perfume. If it still smells alright I still use it. One habit I need to get into is the one in, one out thing. I tend to buy new makeup before my other stuff runs out which is why I've got five bottles of foundation and six mascaras lol. So I may not have cleared out a lot of items from my bathroom cupboard at least I'm realising how my psyche works O_o
Day 13 ~ Organise kids artwork ~ I have been putting this off for about four years lol. My eldest (now 10) had the biggest tub of artwork to sort through but to my surprise it wasn't too bad. I am very glad that our school sends home a couple of big portfolios each year of the children's work that we get to keep, this saved me having to keep every picture in their tubs. So with the kids help we sorted it all out and kept just the extra special pictures. I bought three pretty cardboard boxes and the girls now have them in their rooms to put more artwork in. They were really chuffed with it, especially the littlest one, she ran around the house looking for every picture she has ever drawn to put in her special box lol.
This big display board is in our toy room, I think hubby got it secondhand from an office. It took him about two years to put it up on the wall but it's great, saves my fridge from being totally covered in pictures lol.
Day 14 ~ Clean the office ~ Well I kinda skimped on this one too :o( I'm still sorting out my office/doll/craft room, I haven't even finished moving all my stuff in from the old one. This will hopefully get done once we are on school holidays when I have a whole day to do it in.

Organise and declutter the desk ~ My desk wasn't too bad because I haven't been working on it lol. If you had tuned around and looked at my craft table well that's a totally different story! Anyway so I just tidied up and put things away in their correct spots and it was done. I feel like I cheated to be honest but oh well it was nearly the end of the week and I was losing steam fast.


Day 15 ~ Clean patio area and weeding ~ I just didn't get time to do this!! We have so much garden it would take me a week to weed it all, and my type of weeding is with the big weed sprayer not on my hands and knees lol. So that is on my school holiday list, hopefully the girls will muck in and help me :o)

Organise kids wardrobes ~ I bought metal basket drawers about two weeks ago for the girls shoes because I was sick of them being all over the floor and the adult size shoe racks were way too big for their tiny shoes. When I set them up I gave their wardrobe a bit of a tidy so it wasn't too bad. My two little girls share a room so they share a side each of the wardrobe. 

My eldest has the emptiest wardrobe of the whole house!! Her chest of drawers however is another matter lol.
Lastly the 5 minute job was tidy outside your front door, clear cobwebs, quick sweep and shake doormat etc.

So I guess I did get quite a few things done, maybe I was just too busy to notice.

Oh and I nearly forgot! I found the most amazing app called Home Routines. If you like being organised with your housework routines this app is for you! You can set it to have daily tasks, weekly task, reminders, timers! It has everything and it is all customisable :D I'm pretty excited about this lol.



  1. I need to do this... I dread it, but I need to do this too -_-

  2. Yes I think you need to be ready and in the right frame of mind to do it. I'm still going on the last few days, nearly finished. Hopefully I will be able to post my last few days of the challenge by the end of the week :o)