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20 Days To Organise & Clean Your Home Challenge Part 1

I’m beginning the Spring-Cleaning season by joining in the “20 Day Challenge” run by The Organised Housewife. There were a few days of pre-challenge tasks, which included beginning a Folder for tasks, and setting some goals.

One task was to answer the following questions (my answers are in bold).

  1. I want to feel SERENITY while I’m at home.
  2. I want to spend more time COOKING REAL FOOD.
  3. I want an area of the home where I can READ & PRAY.
  4. I want to organise MY PAPERWORK.
  6. Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with CLOTHES I DON’T WEAR ANYMORE.

I’ve also begun to think about what my ideal morning and evening routine would be. I prefer the word ‘ritual’ over ‘routine’, as it is not confined to a certain time or order of events, but I’ll use the word ‘routine’ during the challenge.

I’m currently working on Day 1’s challenges. Luckily I don’t have a dishwasher (hmmm.. that’s the first time I’ve been thankful forthat!!) so I was able to skip right over step 1 😉

Today I have:

7. Cleaned the overhead cupboards (this involved more vigorous scrubbing than dusting..)
8. Cleaned the cupboard doors
9. Cleared the kitchen benches and returned only what is necessary and functional.
10. Cleaned the benches and splashbacks.

Wish me luck with the rest! Are you joining in? Share with me if you are 🙂


Reusable food storage.

I’m always looking for new ways to cut down, or even eliminate, plastic usage in our kitchen, and when out and about. I’d love to never have a single-use plastic bag in the house again, and even better, so have all our food storage in glass or stainless steel. Here are some of my favourite finds.

  1. 4MyEarth has just released their new food covers, I’d love to get some soon.
  2. I love my wraps and pockets from 4MyEarth too. I was given some for Christmas, and have since purcahsed more.
  3. I just discovered Harvest Haversack through a giveaway at Tooodayi. *Be quick, the giveaway ends on 31st July! *  The Bread Bag would answer one of the problems I was contemplating in my last post..
  4. I keep all my glass bottles to put pantry staples in, but have to say my Nuigini Coconut Oil ones are my favourite.
  5. I have 3 different sizes of Ecotanka stainless steel drink bottles, and love them both for home and travelling.
  6. My daughter has a Kiddie Concepts drink bottle, just like Mum’s Ecotanka!
  7. My little bag of Onya Weigh bags are great for buying fruit and veges without the plastic.
  8. I found a Foogo on special while shopping one day, and have loved having an insulated container to keep food warm or cold while out.
  9. I have 3 of these Lunchbots containers, which I love for going out, as well as serving and storing snacks in at home.
  10. And of course, reusable shopping bags are great. I have a light weight basket which is wonderful for taking to the Farmer’s Market, as well as a variety of lightweight bags that fold up and clip onto a keyring.

What are your favourite reusable food storage items? I’ll be back soon with a post on what’s been happening for the last couple of months, and some goals for blogging in the future.

Searching for reusable alternatives

Help me out.. what can I use instead of these disposable, single-use items?

  1. Dental floss
  2. Cotton buds (mainly used  for drying ears)
  3. Freezer bags – for separating bulk lots of meat to freeze
  4. Something to put meat in when buying it from the butcher/supermarket other than plastic bags
  5. Bread bags when buying fresh bread from places like Brumbies
  6. Paper towel – to cover food when reheating in the microwave
  7. Batteries – I need to invest in some rechargable ones. Do they come in sizes other than AA?
  8. Plastic cutlery when eating takeaway – I’ve seen little cutlery sets that clip together in camping shops, maybe I should get a set or two for my handbag.
  9. Plastic bags for bin liners (I’ve run out at the moment.. using strange bits and pieces like the carrot bag..)
  10. Razor – yep, probably should get an electric razor for my legs?

Jobs I’ve had

  1. Piano Teacher
  2. Accompanist 
  3. Background musician in restaurants
  4. Applied Behaviour Therapist with a little autistic child
  5. Vacation Care childcare worker
  6. Trainer at Curves Gym
  7. ‘Research Assistant’ (fancy title for one of those people who accosts you in shopping centres to do a survey..)
  8. Foodcourt cleaner (never EVER again!)
  9. Currently..? a housewife..
  10. And a mother!

Things that make me sneeze..

I’m sitting here sneezing and coughing, and hoping like crazy that this cold builds up my immunity for the rest of winter. I’ve been washing some much appreciated hand-me-down clothes today, thought I may as well sneeze from them at the same time that I’m sneezing from being sick. I used to get hayfever constantly, and never knew whether I had a cold or hayfever. I’m aware of most irritants now, so try to avoid the ones I can, and can at least identify what’s causing the problem when I’m out and can’t control the environment.
  1. Cats, houses where there’s been a cat.. and people wearing clothes they’ve been near a cat in.. 
  2. Horses
  3. Dust (outdoor, especially grain/hay dust)
  4. Dustmites in houses – carpets, blankets, clothes in storage (even washed jumpers in zip-lock bags.. don’t ask me why)
  5. Papers (newspaper print, tissues..)
  6. Perfumes
  7. Aerosols (especially deodorants and insect sprays)
  8. Most cleaning products
  9. Regular laundry powders
  10. And at the moment.. even sifting flour..!! Arghhh

Reusable cloth products

  1. Modern Cloth Nappies (MCN’s)
  2. Cloth wipes (for baby’s bottom) 
  3. Wet bags (to bring home wet nappies, to store nappies in until the next wash at home, and much more)
  4. Change Mats
  5. Menstrual pads
  6. Breastpads
  7. Handkerchiefs
  8. Facewashers (for sticky fingers, and any other time disposable wipes might be called for)
  9. Dish cloths – for the sink and benches
  10. Cleaning cloths – for everything else, including floors, windows, dusting.
 #1-4 are washed together and the rest go together in the normal washes with either clothes or towels. 
I’m a bit particular with my cleaning cloths, so the dishcloth is often replaced a few times a day!

Ways I’ve used Coconut Oil

Personal Care
  1.  Lip Balm
  2. Moisturiser
  3. Soothing cream for itches and bites
  4. Salve for raw nose from a cold/hayfever
 Baby Care
      5.  Nappy rash treatment cream
      6. Cradle Cap
     7.  Shallow frying
     8.  Baking
     9.  Leather conditioner
     10.  Pet care – on cut paws
For more uses, see Hybrid Rasta Mama’s post

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