Sunday, September 2, 2012

20 Day Cleaning/Organisation Challenge - Day 1

The Organised Housewife
Hi everyone! I am partaking in The Organised Housewife's 20 Day Cleaning/Organisation Challenge!
I have a few differences to the program, l won't be participating every day, l work full time, Mon-Fri 7-5, and by the time l get home it is around 6. I have started today (3rd September 2012) which is Day 1 of the Challenge. I have taken a day off following the big game yesterday saying farewell to the two greatest NRL stars, Luke Burt and Nathan Hindmarsh.
Today the main challenge is to organise/declutter/clean underneath the kitchen sink. There was a list of other tasks to do if we had the time also:
  • Wipe Over Sink
  • Clean Benches
  • Wipe Down Cupboard Doors
  • Dust Up High
  • Clean The Microwave
  • Wipe Walls
  • Clean Window & Sill
  • Dust Light Fittings
  • Wash & Wipe dishes

I ended up doing most of the above, with Michaels help (he offered!) except for wiping the walls and dusting up high. I am going to leave those for another day. I completed the rest of the above as well as under the kitchen sink. I have some photos of before and after from todays efforts. Please note that the amount of washing/wiping up is a lot more than what would normally be there, especially with only the two of us. We went through our fridge and threw out/composted old food, and there are a lot of Tupperware containers that wouldn't normally be washed each time.

Here are some before photos:

Overall view of the kitchen from the entrance

A lot of washing up, a lot of it again is not what we would normally have, Michael would *kindly* leave all the washing/wiping up from the week for me to do on the weekend, as he is here during the week most of the time by himself, he doesn't use much each day, so would do one big wash up.

The things nearest to the window are all Tupperware, we just cleaned out the fridge and these are the containers that need to be cleaned and put away. The electric frypan in this photo is dirty awaiting to be cleaned from picklets from breakfast - yum!

Under the sink. I've previously tried to organise it (as you can see from the white basket) but we have accumulated more since the last time l did it. The large roll of Chux we got from Costco. I don't like using Chux as its not good for the environment, but when we do we try and get as much use out of one Chux and try and resuse as much as possible.

After Cleaning/Organising Photos:

Overall view of the kitchen at the entrance

Much better! I also cleaned the Coffee Machine while l was at it too =)

Michael cleaned the oven (the large one which we haven't used for about 2 years, its a really old Roden) so now hopefully we will be able to use it again. He also cleaned the microwave. The smaller oven (pizza oven) on top is our main oven.

Under the sink overview

Top shelf, at the back we have 2 bottles of CLR (only wanted one at the time but could only buy as a 2 pack) we used this to clean out or coffee machine, my parents have one also and they used it to clean it. I have soaps in the middle basket and the big Chux roll at the back. The basket on the right hand side houses all of the washing up things, which we will take out to wash up. It has a brush, scourer, sponge, Chux and dishwashing liquid.

Down the bottom, l have a basket at the rear for sponges/cloths, three at the front, L-R washing up liquid, bug spray, general cleaning sprays and wipes.

What a good boy! I didn't even ask him to help =)
So there is my overview from Day 1. Click the button above (at the very start of this post) to go to her website and download/print off her challenges.
As l mentioned earlier, l work Mon-Fri so l won't be keeping up to date with these challenges, but l am hoping to do one each weekend until l have done all 20.
Thanks for stopping by!


Ann Bright said...

The small and trivial work in our daily chores could appear too simple and easy, however, when you actually start doing them, it simply damages so many weekends. The list of work or challenges really seem easy, but at least you had someone to help you in this.. Hope you have good time finishing them up.

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