The Reluctant Cleaner

I just wanted to set the record straight. With all these Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blog posts and photos about The Organised Housewife’s 20 Day Challenge, there is something I wanted to tell you.  

Cleaning does not come naturally to me.  I struggle.  I try ever so hard, but in truth their are a million things I would rather be doing.  For me to get up and start cleaning or organising all the stars must align…..

  • I HAVE to have music on.  This makes it more enjoyable and helps me work faster
  • Speed.  Not the drug kind but the “I could make this chore into a workout kind”
  • I am easily distracted and will instagram, tweet, facebook at the same time!
  • I have to have all my hair up and housework attire on (think tracksuit and singlet)
  • I have to be alone or at least with child labour.  If my husband is anywhere near me it will not happen.  He is the King of Clean and I like to do things my way!
  • I set myself challenges.   Giving myself time limits or goals.
  • I work best under pressure.  I can clean more of the house in the 30 mins before visitors arrive than in the whole week prior!
So how about you?  Are you a neat freak?  A procrastinator? Maybe even a hoarder?


Organising and Cleaning The Kitchen


Day 1 of “The Organised Housewife’s 20 Day Challenge” and we are Cleaning and Organising The Kitchen. Let me start by saying that our Kitchen was in an average state.  It is the hub of our home.  Literally.  You can see it from the living and dining room, there is no escaping it.  So we try to keep it fairly clean and tidy….

Here it is mid breakfast prep. We have a “Galley” style Kitchen.  It is fairly small with ok storage space but Oh how we wish we had made it bigger! Hey doesn’t everyone. Notice the hole above the Fridge? Lets just say it pays to measure the height of your new fridge.  Oh and the plant.  Hubby’s addition to the decor!

What we like about our kitchen.

  • It is central in the house so I can see everyone whilst “working” in there.
  • Good Size pantry
  • Granite Bench tops
  •  Coffee Cupboard! ( A small cupboard at the end of the bench fro the toaster, kettle, coffee and tea etc)
  • Ok number of powerpoints
  •  Wall oven
What we would change.
  • More bench space!
  • Closer to the entertaing/outside area of the house
  • More of a u shape or non walk through!  Baby gates are a nightmare in this kitchen!!!
  • More storage space!!!
  • Bigger oven and stove top! Ours just came with the house and we wish we had of looked into this further.  Our oven is tiny!!!
But onto the task…..
There were three areas I wanted to declutter  and clean!
Area 1 – I really want to get rid of the cook books.  They are rarely used and don’t need to be on display taking up bench space! The bread!!!  I hate it being on display!  The biscuit style jar holds salt.  Apparently essential for any “woggy” kitchen!
 
AFTER- I moved the utensil jar onto the other side of the cooktop.
The recipe books got moved into “The Great Wall of Ikea” Wall Unit
This bread tin was an awesome buy form Kmart!  It was a while ago and they were a set of two tins (a bsicuit tin came with it) for about $15.
BEFORE – Talk about out of sight, out of mind!  This is our under sink cupboard!  We loose a lot of space due to the (“In Sink-er-ator??) Speaking of which…these are a must!!! I buy everything in bulk when on special, hence the multiple packets of wipes and dishwashing tablets!
AFTER – Yes I had all of these containers around the house!  Just call me a basket hoarder! The large tin now holds the dishwashing tablets!  It is a Jamie Oliver tin I bought from Target.  It was sitting under the stairs as I felt it used to clutter our bench top!
The baskets are all from Kmart.  I have tried to keep like items together.  Furniture cleaning, Scrubbing etc.
Behind the tin is “The Stockpile” of cleaning products.  Unopened products.  On the top shelf are our everyday items.  As you can see I love wipes!!!  
BEFORE – This last area is the end of the bench.  The plant was a present from a student many years ago!  But it needs a new home!  This basket literally appeared on the bench last week.  Thats what happens when your husband has a day off work!  I like to keep a little basket/container here for our daily water bottles.  I am hopeless at drinking water so if I cant see it there calling me, I forget to drink!!!
 

AFTER – Good bye plant and basket!  I have had this little basket for ever!  Now the kids drinks and my awesome CONTIGO drink are tidy but visible.

Over the last year we have organised a few other areas of the Kitchen…you can read about them HERE…..

Organising The Fridge

Organising Take Away Menu

Organising The Pantry 

Organising The Utensil Drawer

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Establishing A Morning Routine

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 As part of “The Organised Housewife’s 20 Day Challenge” we are establishing some new routines in our house.  When I say new I really mean adjusted.  We are busy, routines in our house have been hard to maintain due to the fact that some mornings we need to be ready by 7.30 (my work days) some days I need to get “presentable” to go to work and others we have a bit more time and flexibility.  But we need routines!  We are early risers in our house, but we also have to leave early.  I leave for work at 7.30am and Master O starts school at 8.15am.

Bearing all this in mind we have developed TWO different routines in our household. Here is what I wanted to achieve

  • Time for sightword revision (this means it is fresh in his mind for the school day ahead)
  • Time for some housework
  • Time for childrens chores
  • Limited TV time
  • Dedicated upstairs and downstairs time (we have a two storey house and to be efficient we need to limit the amount of traipsing up and down stairs!)
  • Lunch preparation (I like to do this on the day)

Morning Routine – Work Day

 

ME

KIDS

5.30am

Wake,

Coffee,

Diary,

Lunches

 

6.00am

Dishwasher,

Prepare Breakfast,

Wake, Milk ,Quiet play

6.15am

Breakfast

Breakfast

6.30am

Tidy Kitchen

Sightwords

 

Go Upstairs

6.45am

Dressed – Me

Teeth, Face – Dressed Child 1

7.00am

Dress Child 2

Dressed – Child 2

 

Go Downstairs

7.20am

Defrost Dinner

Pack School Bag

7.30am

Leave

TV Time

 Morning Routine – Non Work Day

 

ME

KIDS

5.30am

Wake,

Coffee,

Diary,

Lunches,

Washing On

 

6.00am

Dishwasher

Prepare Breakfast

Wake, Milk ,Quiet play

6.15am

Breakfast

Breakfast

6.30am

Tidy Kitchen

 

Sightwords

 

 

 Go Upstairs

6.45am

Dressed – Me

Teeth, Face – Dressed Child 1

7.00am

Dress Child 2

Tidy Room – Child 1

Dressed – Child 2

 

Go Downstairs

7.20am

Defrost Dinner

Pack School Bag

7.30am

Washing Out

Morning Jobs

7.45

One Room Tidy

TV Time

8.00

Leave

Leave

 

Some notes!  I had to find a time for MasterO to do his sight words!  So I incorporated tidying the kitchen into the task! He can sit at the bench and say his words for me while I tidy!  Multi task!!!  

TV TIME – On Work days I leave at 7.30 and the “nanny” arrives.  This means that if he is ready and all jobs are done Master O can have about 15 minutes TV Time.  We are very lucky to have Foxtel so I record selected appropriate shows.  These shows also have no ads and each episode is less than 15 minutes long.  Some I recommend are…

  • Team Umi Zoomi (Maths)
  • Ni Hao Kai Lan (Chinese) – Master O learns Chinese at school
  • Number Jacks (Maths)
  • Bubble Guppies (English)
  • Little Einsteins (Music/Art)
MORNING JOBS – Feed the cat, make your bed, tidy the playroom.
 If you have not joined “The Organised Housewife’s 20 Day Challenge” I would strongly recommend it!  
Just finally having this routine on paper makes me “feel” more organised already!

Are you doing the challenge?