31 Days To Clean – The Last Instalment

31 Days To Clean

Ok I’ve officially finished the 31 days to clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way. and I am excessively pleased to have done it.

The Mary minded Martha cleaning flurry has dragged me out of a rut and helped me to open my eyes a little wider in order to appreciate the house work demands and given me some new tools to tame it.

My Top Ten Tidy Tamers for 31 Days To Clean

1. Allocate more time in your day to work on specific task.
2. Give yourself a daily cleaning challenge
3. Record 6 things a day you need to achieve
4. Work in bite sized chunks
5. Hang your curtains when wet (Thanks Leanne)
6. Start an organised roster for cleaning (I’m working on it!)
7. Make the bed everyday (except Sundays)
8. Add a little glamour to the table setting
9. Waste money on flowers
10. Don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t all get done.

To all those other lovely girls who joined me for the cleaning challenge, thank you. You helped me stay accountable to my goal.
31 Days to Clean

I hope you will join me next spring for another 31 Days to Clean blitz.


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  1. Susan (HomeGrownKids)  September 8, 2011

    Oh. My. Goodness. Please tell me this is not your real home. I shall curl up and wither if you were to come to my place. LOL

    Nah, only kidding. I wouldn’t mind a bit, despite the differences in our homes 🙂

    Is it the camera and photo or is your lounge room really THAT big? It looks larger than my kitchen/dining and study all put together.

    Even though I didn’t do the challenge I do agree with your points. I take one day a week where I don’t make the bed- usually it is Saturdays.

    Flowers and pretty things are NOT a waste of money, unless your house is cluttered with them. 😉

    3. 6 Things? Oh my! Way too many for me? Can I stick with 2… maybe 3 on a good day?

    • Michelle Downunder  September 8, 2011

      Well Susan, I must confess that these photos were taken by a professional photographer when our house was on the market, hence the excellent lighting. The couches are pushed back to the sides but I do have a big loungeroom and yes my loungeromm does look like that on good days. Today is not so good.

  2. Glenys Hicks  September 8, 2011

    I have yet to start my 31 day challenge… I bought and downloaded the ebook… it seems very good. I may follow your blog for some support/motivation. 😀


    Glenys of Oz

  3. Vanessa  September 7, 2011

    Wow, your place looks like a show home!! Enjoy the fruits of your labour 🙂

  4. Renelle  September 7, 2011

    oh no Michelle, I’m way behind, but will still go along, just will have to be in my time. You were very committed to this and look how beautiful your home is. Please leave your white gloves at home when you visit my place!

  5. leanne  September 7, 2011

    Well done Michelle, you made it. And your home looks stunning. Thanks for sharing with us.. Ps the tip with the curtains-pleased to pass it along.


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